Saturday, December 17, 2011

Vacation Week

  Today we went down on Main St and wanted to eat at Lewis and Clark's for some of their famous White Chili...but there was a two hour wait.  So we went over to Friday's not far from us.  Bob took a couple of photos while we were in there.  Kayla and Maddie are getting along so well lately.  They can really play together now that Kayla has gotten older.  Today we had a dance show, and a music show....and each of us took turns being the "teacher".   The "teacher" reads a book to the other students.  They are both getting a lot better at coloring, and Santa will be giving them lots of coloring books. 

Me getting to kiss  my Kayla girl.  Maddie was hugging me a lot today also   They left today to go spend Christmas with Brian's family.  I miss them already.  We will have our gathering a little late this year...when they get back.  I am glad they have Brian's family because he has a very big family.  It is too bad they live so far away though because the kids only get to see them a couple of times a year.  Most of his family lives in Cleveland, and his brother in Detroit.  We had about 300 people attend their wedding 7 years ago and probably well over half of them were his family.  Bob's side of the family is pretty large when they all get together.  My side is not big at all  I just have a couple of cousins I still stay in contact with.  My brothers are still living but we aren't all that close...and they all have a lot of health problems.  Bob is taking off of work this week.  We have some things we need to get done around the house...but I hope we will be able to get out and have a little fun also. 

Here is the latest crew of our cats.  Waterpool (on the left) has official tags.  I took her in to the vet at the Humane Society and  got all her shots.  The day after Christmas she goes in to get spayed.  So she is OURS.  Even though she will be an outside cat.  Smokey, next to her is her brother and has just recently been letting me pet him a little.  He will probably be next to get fixed.  The cat next to him is Pink Foot.  He will not let me get very close to him.  A new arrival is the little kitten Maddie calls Figaro.  It looks like these four are ours for now.  Sterile Feral only does spay and neuter once a month, so one by one I will get them all in somehow.  I have trapped about 5 cats and kittens in the past 2 months and taken them to the shelter where they tell me they will not put them to sleep.  Waterpool is a really affectionate little cat.  She LOVES to be petted and she has really soft silky fur.  This is an insulated dog house they are in.  I hope it keeps them warm for our winter.  If not I am sure they will find a place to survive.  I love watching them from the window while they climb all of our big trees in the back yard and wrestle with each other.  If they were in our house.....I cannot even imagine where all they would try to climb.  We have several pine trees in the back and they love to sleep under those.  I don't blame them.  I love the smell of fresh pine.  Maybe next year we should buy a real Christmas tree just for the smell!


Sandy said...

What a great photo of you and Kayla - and the girls together, so cute! I use to think they looked identical but now I'm seeing changes in Kayla.

Enjoyed the post. What a big family he has, wow.

Gigi Ann said...

I love the pictures of you and the girls. They are growing so fast. I'm sure the kitties will do just fine outside. Remembering that they have fur coats, and adjust to the outside temps. They also keep each other warm by the way they cuddle, they look so cute in their little house.

The Bug said...

Cute kids - & kitties :) I'm sorry you'll miss the girls for Christmas - but it just means your season will last longer, right?

Renie Burghardt said...

Love the picture of Kayla and you, and of Maddie and Kayla. They are very cute, and I know you'll miss them at Christmas. And I'm so glad you're getting the kitties altered, so they don't breed and bring more homeless cats into the world. Unlike Ann, I don't think cats do that well in the cold! If they have to be out in it, they try to keep warm, but it isn't that easy, when the real cold gets here.

Merry Christmas to you and Bob. I'll be with Greg and several friends, then I'll be on the phone with daughter and older son and granddaughters. Wednesday, I am going to the Nursing Home for the Christmas party for the residents. I'll probably come away teary eyed. But I want to be there for Eileen, whether she'll know I'm there or not.

Don't mind me, I am in a sad mood. Enjoy the holiday!

Rudee said...

You are a good soul to provide all of that care to feral cats, and I love the name Figaro! Wonderful!

The girls are adorable. I hope one day I'll get to be a grandma. I do get baby time through my girlfriend's kids, but somehow I doubt it feels the same.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever