Saturday, January 21, 2012

Not Feeling The Love....

Well....I finally lost it with two of my neighbors the other night!  She comes over the other night....yet AGAIN...for the I HAVE LOST COUNT....time.  She wanted to warn me that her neighbor was going to trap all of the cats.  She said MY cats are a nuisance to the neighborhood and all of the neighbors are upset with them.  I asked her specifically Who is upset?  Her neighbor...the one that wants to trap them.  She said MY CATS are at her house all the time.  I told her that couldn't be true because HER cats are always at our house.  I have photos to prove it.  She started needling me about whether or not I have had ALL of them fixed.  I finally lost it.  I started screaming at her..that she has done nothing but complain ever since she moved here.  It truly has been one thing right after another.  She seems to know more about our business than we do.  You could tell that she is very used to arguing with everyone she talks to...because she did not blink an eye when I started screaming at her.  I think she actually enjoyed seeing me get upset.  I opened the door and told her to GET out!   I was so upset...I marched down to the man next to her and asked him if he had a problem with the cats.  He said....Yes...they are tearing everything up and getting into his trash.  A LIE.  He has no trash outside...and if he does he shouldn't have.  The squirrels and birds could be getting into it also...if that were the case.  I told him if he traps them and harms them....I would see him in court.  Well....that was just the hot headed anger talking.  It makes very little sense to go to court over outside cats...and I know it.  I was just so angry...I wanted to sock him in the face.  He is another one that has been a pain in the butt.  Several years ago he caught Bob as Bob was leaving for work to tell him that he was going to have someone digging in our back yard to put pipes in to drain his yard into ours because we have a sewer drain.  Bob said..."No you're not   And I am on my way to work."  He said "Oh I thought you were retired".  So retired people don't care if you announce you are going to dig up your yard one his mind.  I could rant on and on about these two...but I think I have finally let myself calm down about it.  I just feel terrible when I LOSE it like that.  Right in front of the grand kids... no less.  In other ways...I am not sorry about it... because those two needed to be put in their place.  I wish I weren't such a hot head though...and could calmly tell people what I think.  Yesterday I talked to one of our neighbors that had his house built the same time as us.  He said that lots of the neighbors feed the strays around here.  Others don't like it...but I have already alerted Animal Control that we have a big problem and have trapped 5 cats and kittens for them.  They have come out a couple of times and left cages and picked them up also.  This just takes a lot of time to get them all.  We now have Waterpool the little female that I took to the Humane Society to get spayed and shots inside living with us.  I had her mom spayed through Sterile Feral and have tried to get others on the days they have the service available.    It really sucks when you have to live next door to people like these two.  This summer should be fun out in the yard... when they are out there.  I think I will just tell them both that if they have an emergency and need help...I will help them or get them help.  But as far as being thanks.

For my penance of uncontrolled anger.....I accidentally (or stupidly) super glued my fingers together  today, trying to fix a clock that Waterpool broke at 4 am this morning.   The end.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


The photo above is of our cats sleeping and holding paws.  Not the best photo...but I think it is memorable.

While cleaning and shredding papers...I found some poetry I wrote in 1977.  I can hardly believe I am going to post these....but here goes.  Don't laugh....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I Now Have Even More Reasons Why I Don't Want To Go On A Cruise

I saw the headline about this ship going down, but I have not  read all of the stories about it yet.  I have never wanted to go on a cruise.  When I was a little girl, I saw the 1953 version of The Titanic and had nightmares forever about it.  I couldn't swim then.  I can swim now.  But....still have no desire to go on a cruise.  The weird thing is....that I love to ride in... or drive.. a speed boat.  On a Lake.  During the day.  The photo above just looks like a nightmare.
Our weather has been super crazy.  Yesterday, it was in the 50's...warm and nice.  I turned the heat off.  During the night, tornado sirens went off, and we had hail and storms.  No damage that I heard of.  An earthquake hit southern Illinois also.  Today it was 8 degrees....super windy,,,,and miserable.  So I am left wondering....could this be the end of the world that we have been told about since we were born.  I personally don't think so...but the weather and the news and so many other things about life can make you wonder.  Reading about our history reassures me that life has always been difficult and in turmoil for many people.
We have been super busy and more than a little tired...moving things in the house.  I think I mentioned that before.  I  have also been spending a fair amount of time on I have met a few other people researching the same relatives.  I doubt if we will ever meet....but who knows.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever