Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Odds and ends

I recently posted about finding Tiger Lily sitting in one of my antique glass bowls. That sort of freaked me out even though I eventually thought it was kind of cute. This afternoon, as I was watching Jeopardy, I asked husband if he would bring me a bottle of water. He immediately told me to get my camera, and this is what I saw.

Since we adopted two of daughter alipurr's tiny kittens last Friday, we have had to close all the bedroom doors to ensure the kittens have access only to the bathroom, kitchen, and living room until they are completely trained.

Because Tiger Lily's usual daytime nap place (my bed) is now off limits with the bedroom door closed, she is finding unusual places to catch a few zzzzzzz's. She looked so peaceful snuggled up in the Dasani case, I didn't have the heart to make her move.

We brought these two cuties home from alipurr's in her cat carrier. They proceeded to cry and howl all the way home and there was no comforting them. We have learned our lesson of having kittens and cats loose in a moving vehicle, so they were in the carrier to stay until we could get them home. Because of their loud, pitiful, and continuous howling, I decided to name them Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Dolly's on the left and Loretta's on the right in the above picture. I guess we're going to have to get them different color collars because they are really difficult to tell apart right now (Dolly is a little fluffier than Loretta).

I have decided that we must be nuts to adopt two more kittens. We already have five grown cats. As soon as these two get big enough (around six months of age), off they go to the vet's to get spayed. No more kittens for me (famous last words).

It's becoming more fall-like every day. We have been able to turn off the A/C for longer periods and the trees are beginning to turn beautiful colors. While husband was working on his "closing the pool" ritual this afternoon, I mowed our yard. I don't imagine I will have to mow too many more times this fall.

I noticed that the trees are beginning to drop their leaves. During our drives around the area, we see that many people have their Halloween decorations out already and the farmers' markets are selling pumpkins, gourds, and mums. Our hummingbirds are still here, but I imagine they will all have migrated south within the next couple of weeks. That's a good indication that winter is just around the corner.

Have you noticed that the stores are already decorated for fall and are selling Halloween items? I am being inundated with fancy, full-color catalogues with fall and Christmas items hoping to entice me to make my selections early. Christmas sales are nearly upon us. To increase their profitability, the stores have been putting their Christmas items/decorations out before Thanksgiving instead of waiting until the beginning of December. Pretty soon stores will have Christmas items for sale for six months out of the year. Can you believe there are only 81 days until Christmas? A local financial institution tried to loan us Christmas money today for which I said no thanks.

Between the upcoming elections on November 7 and the October, November, and December holidays, will we be able to turn our television sets on without being beaten over the head to buy, buy, buy and vote, vote, vote? I feel like going on vacation until January 1, 2007, or maybe crawling inside a Dasani carton and taking a little afternoon siesta.


At October 04, 2006 7:57 PM, Blogger Alissa said...

The Wal-Mart here already has Christmas decorations out. Very annoying.

The kittens are very very cute. So you have 7 cats now? All inside? I posted today about a new kitten at our house, too. Not exactly by choice, but by chance. We don't know yet if it will come in with the 2 inside, or stay outside with Spot.

The weather is beautiful. We're mowing tomorrow, and I'm hopeful that will be it.

At October 04, 2006 8:48 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Dolly and Loretta are adorable! I haven't had a baby kitten in about 15 years or so, as we adopted Vincent full grown.
It's raining here, but Bill went and raked leaves this afternoon! (see how good he's feeling?)
Christmas decor up at Costco, Walmart and Target!
I am so NOT ready!!!

At October 04, 2006 9:16 PM, Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

Cute kitties, cute names. YES, you are out of your mind. You have been and always will be a sucker for cats. But I'm smiling as I write this. What would life be like without pets who love us unconditionally? Not like our kids who only know us when it's convenient for them. Heh, I like my 4-legged kids alot better than the 2-legged ones most of the time. They don't give you grief.

I think red collars would be cute than they'd be ready to ride with Santa for Christmas. :)

At October 05, 2006 12:15 AM, Blogger Alipurr said...

I, for one, am really glad you took Dolly and Loretta. I am really sad and embarassed to say how poorly the mama cat is taking care of her babies this time. She is already weaning them, and she doesn't even wash them (ok, yesterday I saw her lick one time on one kittens forehead, but, man, I don't think that counts). It has been really really hard for me to see her act this way and not really be able to do anything about it. I passed off cat litter duty when I had my positive pregnancy test, and actually have barely touched the kittens (so unlike me) because they are soooo dirty that I can see little pieces of kitty litter debris on their fur and bottoms. So I am glad mom took these two. They are getting more love and care than the other 4. The little ones have learned to eat kitten chow, drink water, and go in the cat litter, no thanks to their mother I am sure. Thank God some survival patterns are instinctual. Well, mom, I am thanking you in advance for helping me clean up the laundry room and the kittens tomorrow. I will feel so much better when they are clean. Next Monday is spay day for mama and after that everyone is going outside and I will recover the territory known as my laundry room.

At October 05, 2006 5:47 AM, Blogger susan said...

Because of their loud, pitiful, and continuous howling, I decided to name them Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.

I take it you don't like country music? LOL

Yes, this time of year has its good and bad - cooler weather, pretty leaves - politicians and shopping frenzy.

But it is a great time of year, good to see the hot weather finally go, time for a change!

Glad to see you are able to get out and mow the grass!

At October 05, 2006 8:22 AM, Blogger Tomas Dennis said...

Motherkitty does not like Country music. Tomas likes country music and we both like Dolly and Loretta. Tomas likes Bluegrass. The only music I dislike is opera. Everything elseis great with me.

"Because of their loud, pitiful, and continuous howling, I decided to name them Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn."

"Well it's crying time again" Buck Owens is part of country music.

At October 05, 2006 7:40 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I just love your kitty cats...I haven't loved cats that much until I recently became a grandmother to twins named Tony and Furio for the Soprano' love Dolly & Loretta...hehe!!

At October 05, 2006 10:19 PM, Blogger Smalltown RN said...

Your back....missed you.

Oh those kittens are adorable. I can't believe that one got in with the water bottles. Crazy kitty. so glad you got a pic of that.

Yes the Halloween stuff. I don't do much of that where I live now. Being on an old country road we don't get trick or treaters. When Ilived in the city...I would decorate like crazy....LOVED it!!!!

Now Christmas. Would you believe I bought wrapping paper, ribbon, cards and Christmas crackers the other day. They were exactly what I wanted and I thought ...heck why not!

Great post Motherkitty!


At October 06, 2006 5:25 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

Tiger Lily is so sweet curled up in that bag. Aren't digital cameras wonderful?
Dolly and Loretta are precious! You're a good mom to help Allipur with her kitten problem by taking a couple. Too bad about the mommy not looking after them. Sometimes that happens...strange.
I read just yesterday that when new cats are introduced into a household you can help the cats get used to each other by dabbing a little of the same perfume on each. It apparently helps them feel better about each other if they smell the same :)

At October 06, 2006 7:39 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

The fluffier one is Dolly...wouldn't you know it! *LOL*

We just had a set of neighbors move out and guess what? They left two young tomcats. Our existing cats don't allow them any closer than the fence, so we put food at the fence for them to eat. The older tom we found sneaking over to eat out of the regular cat feeders and we're hoping that the smaller tom will eventually do the same. That's how we get out cats.

Tigerlily looks sweet curled up in the bag and the two new babies are cute and I'm sure will be very happy.

At October 12, 2006 1:40 PM, Blogger The Wandering Author said...

The picture of TigerLily is cute, but I love those tiny, beautiful kittens! I just wish I could reach into the picture and stroke their tiny heads. Thank God I've got two cats of my own (just past kittenhood) and my son's cat - if I saw that picture during the three years I had no cats, I'd have died of acute feline deficiency.


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