Sunday, September 28, 2008
  Cats DO have feelings!

Kitten was all happy when we got home tonight. She does this funny purr-bloooop thing when she's happy... You know, as she's dancing around on the kitchen counter because we're pouring her fresh food. That kinda stuff.

Anyway, later on I left the office for a few minutes and when I came back, there was Kitten on the chair. Snuggled up, looking all cute. (She LOVES the chair. Chris likes to shut all doors to rooms not being used, but I make him leave the office door open just for her.)

Now, I'm not one to pull the species card when it comes to getting my way. I wasn't going to just MOVE her... But I really needed the chair back.

So my secret weapon? I pet her.

Anything beyond a head scratch will typically get her to high-tail it out of the room within about five seconds. So I rubbed her head, then her back. She stood up. Success! Almost... Then she just stuck her butt up in the air and I gave her a good base-of-the-tail scratch. She didn't budge.

Finally I pulled out all the stops and RUBBED HER BELLY.

Seriously, this is a cat that in the entire four years I've had her, I've been able to hold her in my lap exactly twice. Once because she was sedated (yet she still protested).

And you know what? She ENJOYED the belly rub. !!!

This MUST be because she has missed us so much the past couple of weeks.

But anyway, I needed my chair. So I picked her up, sat down, put her on my lap, and started lovin' on her.

She was off my lap and out the door within about three seconds. :D

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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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