Lizzie Bennet Has Come to Our House to Stay

For months, I have been visiting animal shelters looking for a kitten. I was having a hard time finding the right one. A few turned my head and tried to steal my heart but sadly, they just weren’t the one. My family started hinting that I was being too picky because they thought I was trying to replace the cat I lost. Truthfully, I might have been a little picky but I knew the right kitten was out there for us just waiting to be adopted.

And she was! Lizzie Bennet has come to our house to stay. We brought her home last weekend. She is close to 4 months old with a loud purr, a sweet disposition, and wicked little claws.

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She already enjoys good books!

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Isn’t she sweet?!

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Blessings,

Mimi

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A look back at October as November Slipped In

Hey!

November seems to have arrived for me quicker than usual. The holidays are just around the corner and I’m still trying to recuperate from the month long writing challenge. If you missed the posts from my #write31days writing challenge on Wisdom From the Animals, you can find all of them here.

October was filled with writing, reading, and teaching. I think, at last count, I was participating in four Bible studies. Obviously, God is working on me and knows I need constant surveillance!

On books, I’d recommend To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I reread and  For the Love: Fighting For Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. I really enjoyed both of these books.

For movies, my recommendations for old releases are The Good Lie about the lost boys of the Sudan starring Reese Witherspoon and The Big Year which is a comedy about amateur bird watchers and the competition to count the most species in a year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. The best new release that we saw was The Martian starring Matt Damon and based on the book by Andy Weir. So excellent!

In the music category for October, I downloaded a lot of Andrew Peterson. I particularly like The Burning Edge of Dawn CD and Behold The Lamb of God CD. I’m pretty excited about Adele’s new music too.

We went to see our son at the end of the month. I was so glad to see my boy. I missed him. He is doing great and school is jam packed with study. He is pursuing his doctorate in Geographical Information Science from the University of Illinois. I have no idea what he does but I’m proud. His advisor is tops in the world in this field so I think he is getting the education he needs as well as an introduction to Chinese since his advisor and most of his doctoral candidate group is Chinese. We ate at some great restaurants in the Champaign/Urbana area and learned a lesson: Never-ever-under-any-circumstance book a hotel room just off campus on a Halloween weekend. Bad idea. 4am. Two nights in a row. Enough said.

Jack got his undergraduate degree from U of I so he was pretty excited to be on campus again. We took the Amtrak train with a sleeper car. An excellent way to travel. You do need earplugs since the train whistle blows at every intersection.

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Delta spent almost 2 weeks with my parents in Arkansas. We affectionately refer to her time with them as doggie boot camp.

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That rundown concludes the days of October that fell like fall’s leaves and ushered in November so quickly I barely got a chance to notice.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV Bible

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 8

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 8

Opie is my daughter’s pet velveteen rabbit. He is a sweet boy and one of the most delightful qualities about him, besides the fact that he is so soft, is that he doesn’t make a sound. In a house filled with people and pets, Opie quickly becomes the favorite because he is so quiet. Opie’s silence is golden.

Do you remember the late 1970s commercial for E.F. Hutton? The punchline for the commercial was “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Everyone in the commercial would instantly stop speaking in order to hear what he had to say. His words were important.

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” Proverbs 17:27-28

Sometimes I babble. I talk too much and I’m only making noise. But I’ve noticed that when I choose to refrain from talking, I become a better listener and that the words I do choose to speak are more careful and thoughtful.

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Blessings,

Mimi

Saying Goodbye

She was no bigger than a sprite. Audrey Hepburn, or more commonly called little black kitty, weighed about 5 pounds but she was everything a cat loving family would desire in a pet. Gentle. Affectionate. Playful. Rodent Hunter.

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We lost her this past week unexpectedly and traumatically. We catch ourselves looking for her in her usual places. One of the amazing things about pets is how we can become so attached to them, isn’t it?

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She was 6 months old and a young mom of four babies, when she adopted us as her family. She was almost 10 years old when we said goodbye.

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I think the reason that we view pets as family members and grieve the way we do when they’re gone is love. No big mystery— only love and we loved this cat.

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And she loved us.

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Blessings,

Mimi

“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24 NIV Bible

Funny Animals

Hey!

I’ve had a rugged week.  Sometimes, the only way to improve the mood is to watch something totally syrupy sweet or laughter inducing.

For those of you having a great week, these clips could possibly make you more annoying.

If you’re like me, I hope they brighten your moment, your day, or dare I hope, your week.

Animal Friends Forever

Singing Animals Jeep Commercial

Cat Chasing Fish Under Ice

Animals Annoying One Another

Blessings,

Mimi

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy…” Psalm 126:2a NIV Bible

My Dog Ate a Pen and Other Assorted Tails

News from the zoo:

My dog ate a pen.  Clearly, we’re not feeding her enough and she needed the nutrients only blue ink can offer.  Sure, we could lay blame on ourselves for glancing away for a moment, but really?  Delta just snuck it past us.  She was branded for a few days and had to bear her blue ink shame like Hester and her scarlet A.  (Btw, rubbing alcohol lifted most of it out of her fur.)

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The small, starving, orange and white long hair tabby that took up residence with us a few months ago has tripled in size.  Sydney, the dude, (who was formerly a dudette and then bombshelled us) has come into his manly fullness this week.  He discovered he loooves to sleep with his paws firmly wrapped around the TV remotes.

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Bella, on the other hand, is disgruntled, displeased, and dismayed by all.

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Audrey, my indoor/outdoor, partially deaf, who holds her head sideways since her eardrum busted cat, has taken to literally climbing the door frames.  Wish I had a visual for you but darn it, I don’t.  Why you might ask? I have no idea but for some odd reason, she has decided its great fun to climb the doorframe of our back door.

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Last, but certainly not forgotten is Opie, the velveteen rabbit.  He had his very first taste of the wild life.  We put him outside in a pet fence.  Catie watched the sky for hawks.  Opie wasn’t that impressed with real ground.  I think he prefers his multi-colored litter. The grass was so plain green.

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Delta, Bella, Sydney, Audrey, and Opie wish you a ruff, purrrr, meow, meow, and twitch of a nose day!

Blessings,

Mimi

“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”  Psalm 104:24 NIV Bible

The Bombshell of the Year!

Hello!

It’s Catie today. And I’m here to break the news…

About the end of October, my husband and I, and therefore my parents, took in a sweet orange and white, little, long-haired tabby that wandered up to our house. She was so loving and playful that we all immediately fell in love. Well…all of us but Daddy, but he came around pretty quick, I think. We spent weeks laboring over names and we finally settled on a perfectly sweet name, Sydney.

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Yesterday as she turned 6 months old, we took our baby kitten in to get fixed…

An hour later, my husband receives a phone call.  I was out shopping at the time so he gives me a call and it goes something like this…

Devin: “You are not gonna believe this babe, but Sydney has already been fixed.”

Me: “What??? That’s Crazy. I wonder whose baby she was? We asked around, but no one claimed her!”

Then, because the connection was kinda bad, we had to hang up. Later, when I get home, Devin and I exchanged the usual Howdy do’s, and then he said…

Devin: “Baby, there’s more about Sydney…”

I thought, Oh Gracious! Did the vet want to keep her because I unknowingly had somebody’s baby for the last 2 months? I swear, she just walked up on our porch just starving as can be!

He says, “Sydney’s a little Dude!”

Yep.

That happened.

So there you go, the Bombshell News of the Year, my little baby girl, is a Boy!

Welcome to the fam/crazy farm kitty!

Until next time,

Catie