CATS- I never thought I'd be writing about cats, but having recently acquired one, I'm surprised how they can grow on you. As I'm writing this column, my new cat "Boots" is watching intently as I hunt and peck my way to a story about her and possibly why I decided to acquire a feline specie.
For a while, our daughter was here visiting us from Colorado. She had 2 cats with her and one was always meowing and the other one said nothing. The meowing got to me after a while and I silently said to myself, "I'll never have a cat in my house once they leave." Well after they had departed, I didn't miss the meowing, but their daily company for my wife and I got to be a habit. So in a moment of quietness, I decided that a well behaved cat would be good company for Mae and I.
When I told Mae of my plans, she was not that much in favor, but I went to the St. Cloud Humane Society to see what they had on hand. Well to say the least, they had more cats and dogs than I could imagine. After looking at many cats, kittens and pet food, I decided on a cat they called "Patches." Patches is 1 year old, has been spayed, has some shots andappears in good health. She does have white on the end of each foot, so I have re-named her "Boots." She weighs about 8 pounds, so when she jumps into your lap, you are well aware she has landed. She likes to be scratched under her chin and is very good about her food and drink area and does her sand box duty very discreetly.
We haven't taken her in the van except for her ride home, so don't know what to expect. We will worry about that later. As of now, she has fit in with our daily ritual quite well and Mae seems to enjoy her company. Especially when she's on Mae's lap and "purrs."
On occasion I do hear Mae talk to "Boots", so
I believe that Mae enjoys having her around.
I've been told that you can take a cat for a walk, but because of the cold winter weather, that has not been a factor as of yet.
I read once that it is hard to stay stressed when you have a sleeping cat on your lap.
If that statement is true, then owning a sleeping cat has its good points. In general,
she is well groomed and has accepted the
"Goede Household" as a fairly liveable place to spend her 9 lives. Again, in general, we(Mae & I) have adjusted to having a 1 year-old cat on board and would
recommend the same to other households
that may be thinking about keeping a cat.
TRIVIA- The only part of the human body
which continues to grow throughout a person's life is the nose.
An ichthyologist is a scientist who studies
fish. A mycmecologiststudies studies ants.
TITANIC TRIVIA- Several passengers who were listed as being on the Titanic were not, due to illness or other reasons, but were listed as lost due to lack of details about their not boarding the ill-fated ship.
Multi-Millioaire, J. P. Morgan originally was to be on board, but for various reasons was not.
LIGHT-SIDE- BACHELOR: "A fellow who has
the time of your wife at a party."
-Bits of Wit and Wisdom-
"He's just what the Doctor ordered--a Pill."
-The Signs at Wintzell's
BABYSITTER: "A teen-ager who acts like a
grownup while the grownups are acting like teen-agers." -Oyster House-
SAM: "What's an adult?"
FRAN: Someone who has stopped growing
except in the middle." -The Arrow Book of
Jokes & Riddles-
"I occur once in every minute, twice in every
moment, and yet not once in a hundred thousand years. What am I? The letter M."
-The Arrow Book of Jokes & Riddles-
"A Swede traveled across the United States to Yellowstone Park. When he saw a sign-
BEAR LEFT, he got disgusted and went back home." -Norwegian Home Companion-
Ole says: "I never knew what happiness vas
until I got married. By dat time, it vas too late." -Norwegian Home Companian-
"At one time Ole ran a dairy farm and did pretty well. He adopted a slogan which he hung on the wall: All dat I am... I owe to
udders." -Ole & Lena Joke-
Lena claims that Helga is a "suicde blonde"...
"dyed by her own hand." -Uff Da Jokes-
OLE: "Da only part of Lena's Modder dat ever gets sunburned is her tongue."
-Ole & Lena- A Stud and a Hot Dish-
WORDS FOR THE WEEK- "There is no lovlier way to thank God for your sight
than by giving a helping hand to someone
in the dark." -Helen Keller-
"Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal." -Thomas Moore-
"Time is like the ocean, always there-always different." -Ogden Nash-
"We make a living by what we get, but we
make a life by what we give."
"Trust in God. Believe in Yourself.
Dare to Dream."
OLD BURMA-SHAVE SIGNS-
Now can snore
Six more minutes
Until next week, please take good care
of yourself. B. G.