Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Kindnesses of Others

I have been amiss in posting lately, for a variety of reasons...mainly due to it being summer and being outside instead of in at the computer. I have a couple of belated "Thank Ewes" to some dear Friends.

Our friends, Steve and Carole, used to be our next-door-neighbors when we lived up the mountain, about 1/4 mile from where we now live. They used to split their time between Phoenix and Flagstaff but have since moved closer to family in Texas. Now they will be here for part of the year, the remainder in the Lone Star State.
They both know of our, er...my affinity for cats. Any loose or stay feline seems to find its way to our door (er, there's that "my" again!). My "Hired Hand With Benefits", aka my DH, says there must be a sign that some cat has posted somewhere in the neighborhood much like the Kind-Hearted-Woman signs the hobos used to leave during the Depression announcing where a warm meal could be found. Carole just laughed when the story of the mother cat and kittens under the front step was told to her. This, I'm sure, is Steve and Carole's perverse sense of humor:


The doormat arrived shortly after the post about finding the little family. And yes, Carole...I have put it in front of the door! :)

And Saturday I found a small box in our mailbox when I went up to get the mail. It was from my sheepy-cyber-bud, Michelle. Inside was a pink-sweatered ewe named "Flora" as well as a cup of cherries dried from Michelle's own tree and Tina's fabulous "Chocolate Coma Cookie" recipe. We're supposed to have drier conditions this week so I believe I will just have to make some cookies for myself. The Hired-Hand can have his Tim-Tams from New Zealand. heeheehee
You'll never know just how much these have cheered me up. It's been a hectic summer even if we didn't go to Oregon. Between kitten-sitting, learning I can't do some of the things I used to before back surgery, and trying to keep things on an even-keel around here these remembrances have made me laugh and given me hugs. Thank you all for your gifts!
Now if I can only find that blasted sign and remove it before any other cat sees it...
NOTE: My DH has pointed out that there must be a connection between me and most of the animals I have. Most all of them are black or some color-form of black shade. Hmm. Could it be something in that Celtic background of mine? I wonder...

10 comments:

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I love that rug! The sheep is cute too! I started a collection of sheep for my daughter when we got tunis, it is pretty big now... think I will take pics tonight and post about them :)

Tammy said...

What a cute pink sheepie!! :-) Cyber friends are so lovely. I agree on the 'secret-sign' posted somewhere that says all cats welcome here, this lady is a good one! Now, we just have to figure out the code and remove it. I love the mat too....
Tammy

Nancy K. said...

Aren't friends wonderful? The welcome mat is gorgeous and the little pink sheep is just TOO cute!

You've obviously touched people's hearts...

Tina T-P said...

Well, you're just getting all kinds of presents lately (he, he, he) T.

Val said...

I love the mat, and even if you find the sign, I am sure the mat will do just as well. The word is out anyway and they know they will receive plenty of TLC from you

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Notice I sent a GIRL sheep, hoping it would jump-start a new trend at Oleo Acres.... :-)

Sharon said...

Back surgery? I missed that whole post. I can't believe all that you do after back surgery. Holey Moley, Kathy. I do believe you are superwoman.

Rascal said...

Excellent mat. I have an award for Rascal. It's at my blog. I'd give it to you too Kathy, if you don't mind being a "Cool Cat."

Sharrie said...

I think I am your counterpart in WI. We seem to get all the stray cats here, too. But......I love all of them.

Dorothy said...

I have so much enjoyed the story of the kittens, and I think that doormat is just perfect! So glad they could find homes in twos. We have two cats from same family (aunt and neice) and it is lovely to see how they enjoy being in the same home.