Monday, September 19, 2005
  Homes for my babies

Esme in her new home, originally uploaded by estacey.

A nice girl named Rachel came on Friday night to meet the kittens. She wanted two so they wouldn't be lonely (good sign), was open to my suggestion that she take Thor and Scaredy Cat, since they seemed to be the two that played together most often. Plus, as I told her, it was a good mix - Thor is outgoing and fearless while Scaredy is, well, you can imagine. I couldn't find Thor anywhere, so she and her brother had to hang out with me while I searched my house for a good ten minutes. When I finally found him and brought him out, she gasped at how cute he was. Perfect!

After she left with them, I sat down on the couch and just CRIED. Then I looked down and realized the silver cat sitting before me was Scaredy Cat. "YOU SHOULDN'T BE HERE!" In my upset confusion, I gave her the wrong silver cat. I called her and, get this, she drove back to my house to get the right one! Then I knew she was the right girl for the cat mama job. :) She wrote me today to let me know that they're doing great and are sleeping in the bed with her now.. :)

The OS (other silver) cat, now named Esmerelda (Esme) went home with Alli on Saturday night. Her big boy cat DIno is terrified of her.. whaa.. but they've been touching noses and, when I was there yesterday I caught Dino licking on the baby cat. Another good home. :)

Now it's just me and Mini and the other cats. Mamacat went into heat.. lucky, lucky me.. She's only been howling every now and then, but last night I caught her up on the screen by the big black cat I call Elvis. Stop flirting! No more babies!

Girls. What can you do?

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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