Friday, February 10, 2012

Shades of Grey

We have grey skies here is Missouri today.  Rainy and cool.  I have stayed at home for the most part doing some mailings for charity this morning and watching TV.  I watched CNN and the CPAC coverage.   It is so hard for my listen to anyone running for office with a naive mind...and rally behind them with excitement.  Candidates get built up... just to go into office and get knocked down.  Their hair turns gray in a matter of months...they look unhealthy.  But...I guess somebody has to do it.  After I finished watching that...I browsed through my facebook account and saw an interview with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who are both nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in  "The Help".  I think I saw things in that movie that most people just didn't see.  Or at least I wonder...if anyone else saw it the way I did.  I read the book and watched the movie... feeling like the story was more about relationships and the way we treat each other. Yes... the story is set in the early 60's , a time that I lived in, and remember.  I remember the prejudice and separations of the races and the injustices that were done.  If I had my way....those things never would have been allowed...but they were.  But...that being said...many women through the ages have been "The Help".  They have been White, Black, Chinese, Mexican, German, Irish, etc...etc.  My Mom used to take in ironing, and clean homes.  So did I.  I remember during my early 20's I went with a friend to polish silver at a very wealthy and well known family here in St. Louis.  My friend cleaned weekly for them and they  needed extra help with the silver.  I wanted to go with her because I was nosy and wanted to see the big mansion.  As soon as I got there...I was treated like a piece of crap.  My friends employer. talked to my friend about if I were not there.  She started telling Lucy...SHE is not allowed to touch..this..this..and that.....blah blah blah.  I don't really remember what all she said...too long ago.  But you get the picture.  There are plenty of "Hilly Holbrooks" in the world.  And....boy did I find out some dirt on the way this well known wealthy family lived.    Not scandalous things...but just the way they treated people and what they left around for The Help to pick up after their lazy asses.
I think I just got side tracked about what I was going to originally write about today....and that views (political) (moral) whatever are not always either Black or White.  I see things in shades of grey.  There is usually a circumstance, event, reason, whatever...that just doesn't always fall into the either/or category.  Just my opinion...and my style I guess.
I leave you with my latest photo, taken by my daughter, of our grayish kitten.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Dance!!!

Thank you...thank you...thank you...Kat for explaining how to trim cat's nails.  I went out and got some clippers and the whole thing took about 1 minute and she was so good about it.  I am sooooo excited to have found out how EASY this was.  No declawing for our little girl! rock!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Our little kitty is adapting pretty well.  We still keep her upstairs for the most part...but there are plenty of places for her to explore, play and rest.  She is being me...with a new toy whenever I go out to the store.  She still has her claws, but I made an appointment for her Friday to get her front ones out.  I still wonder if I am doing the right thing...but she has really left some painful scratches on me.  I know she doesn't mean to and she is just being affectionate...but with my aging skin being so thin and sensitive....I feel like I may have to.  She has scratching post and most people think those should be enough...but those thumbs. (?)  ..those are really sharp and long. 
After the fight with the neighbors about the cats...I decided to call animal control and go ahead and trap the others that were outside.  I left the two that she owns for her to deal with.  Animal control works with them and if they are able to tame them...finds them homes with the help of the Humane Society and Pet Finders...maybe a few more organizations.  I know we bought our last dog, Clifford, through Pet Finders.  He was pretty much a perfect dog for us for many years.  A real member of our family.  His lose was very very hard on me.  I really did not want another pet to become attached to at our age....but...this little kitten stole my heart once again.  Something I really did not consider that she could live 20 years and in 20 years we will be 80.  Well.....that is a depressing thought...but we never really know what the next day will bring us...much less the next 20 years.  Que Sera Sera.....
Waterpool seems to love everyone though.  If you pet her gently she is in heaven....
Superbowl day....blah.  Don't care for football.  But I know there are lots of people who do!  So hope your team wins!
PS...still working on my election for President.  Ha

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever