Posts Tagged ‘cats’

Snow covers and reveals

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Today was a bust as far as school is concerned. I woke up in the wee hours to peek out the window and fell back in bed bummed when I didn’t see any snow. I figured it missed us and prepared my brain to get up and go to school. Then 5:45am my phone rang with the NO SCHOOL message for me to pass along. Yeehaw!

Except.

I had made arrangements to have two of our barn cats fixed by the neuter scooter folks and the appointment drop-off time was 7:30am. Buzzkill! No going back to sleep for this queenie. I was zinging with fear that I’d doze off and miss the whole shebang! So, I laid there eyes peeled open….fretting! 😉

Finally, I got up and dressed to go. Hubby loaded up the poor scared kitties and off we went in our four-wheel drive! By this time the roads were a snowy mess. We literally had to “take it easy”. After dropping off our now sure to run over and kill cats (since we spent $75 on them), I jumped back into sweatpants with a side of choffee. Ahhh! Relax minus the sleep.

As the snow has steadily fallen and blanketed my neighborhood, I’ve watched the activity of my neighbors. Some are out playing and sledding, others are shoveling and blowing their driveways. Some even pull out the big guns and use backhoes. As long as I’ve lived in this neighborhood (and I’ve always praised it for being a NICE neighborhood) no one has ever helped us with our loooooooong driveway.

I had to ask myself a very important question. Is it me or is it them? I mean, does that say something about me or about them? So, I spent a little time in self reflection.

Do I treat others with the kindness they deserve? I try to.
Do I help when I see a need? I try to.
Do I care about those in my neighborhood? Of course I do.
Do I have the relationships I wish to have with my neighbors? No.
What can I do? Pray for them and try to reach out. From now on, I’ll keep waving even if they won’t wave back.

Do you show the people around you God’s love? Maybe you have a neighbor that you’re not so fond of. Refuse to be frenemies with them anymore. Drop off some cookies to them or yell a hello next time you’re outside. Do something to be a blessing in His name.

Oh and if you’re out bulldozing snow…..swing over and swipe a path for them too! I bet they’ll love you forever. 😉

A quick look out my backdoor this morning….the beginning of SNOW!

**I’m working on finding ways to show God’s love to those in my path! Seeing my neighbors doing just that, reminded me of my mission!

Oh No!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

We just refuse to be a normal family! It’s either ALL THEY WAY crazy or not at all!

Over a week ago, two of our cats went “missing”! We have a problem with racoons in our area and assumed that had been their fate. Then, it was practically confirmed when one night this past week…..I stumbled upon 3 of Indiana’s largest & bravest coons ever on my back porch! They didn’t even bother taking off when I walked up to the glass door {freaking out} that they were RIGHT THERE eating our cats food!!!

Hubby went tearing up Gavin’s room in search of .22 bullets (he didn’t find them, by the way) to eliminate our cat killing/cat food stealing problem(s). Don’t worry, they all 3 safely got away! Thanks to the great bullet search of 2010! All I know is….they’ve gotten 2 + 3 which = 5 of our cats in the last month (no, we’re NOT cat freaks….our cat had a litter) and we had to do something.

Forward to last night at 11:00pm. I open the glass door to let our Miss Lizzy dog out to potty and right there is a little ugly opossum, eating…you guessed it….THE CAT FOOD! I squeal, he looks at me and continues to munch on down. Hubby snaps into action and grabs A BEE-BEE GUN!! Yes, we are a plethora of danger at our house! He shoots at it…..Lil possum hisses and shows us his sharp teeth! Yikes, scary…even from a little dude! He begins to walk away, sorta. Hubby shoots at him again. He stops and does his warning hiss and teeth trick again. Slowly he’s moving along….all the while hubby is sending him the stings of little bee-bees. Obviously, none of which were hurting him.

I leave the scene. I’m not the type to enjoy a good opossum torture (again, this fella wasn’t worrying). Minutes later, hubby calls me to “COME QUICK”!! I run to the door and there he is with our 2 missing cats!! They’ve been missing for a week! Both are skinny and starving! I say, “What? Where were they?”. He tells me…..words I never wanted to hear! “IN THE BARN!!!” THE LOCKED BARN!!! My heart sank! I wanted to cry! I felt so sick!

Wouldn’t you?

Oh my! Last Saturday, he worked out in the yard all day. He opened the barn to get out the mower, blower, weedeater and yard tools. When he finished, he closed it all up and never thought a thing about it. I can’t blame him in anyway. I didn’t think of anything like that happening. I simply assumed that those darn cat killing racoons had been the reason our cats were missing. 🙁
The poor thing’s were starving! Skin & bones, starving!
If it’s going to happen and be over the top bonkers…..it’s going to happen to us!

Don’t judge us. We really do love all of our animals! This was just a terrible accident.

Lord,
Help us! We can’t get out of our own way somedays. Forgive us for making such a terrible error.
Thank you for saving our cats from a death of starvation thanks to our mistake. You care about
even the little things and I am living proof. And thank you for that little opposum who led us to our crying cats!
Amen.

Have a great weekend, friends & family. We have busy plans for the entire weekend. The big one? Ally is taking the SAT! Please pray for her!