Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dinner's Ready

Dinner's Ready
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
A robin pair had the intelligance to build their nest in the forsythia bush just below our deck. I built myself a blind out of table cloths and deck chairs and have been chronicling the babies from eggs to leaving the nest.
I freakin' LOVE my new Nikon D5000.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cow Art

Cow Art 3
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
I just got a call from a person with a very heavy accent telling me he represented Walmart Superstores and that I had won 2 gas cards worth a $100 (at least I think that was what he said), and all I had to do was pay the $2.50 P&H when it arrived at my house. The reason is because it was customer appreciation month. After getting my address so he could send it to me, I was handed over to another person with a slightly less heavy accent who started in talking about credit cards. At this point I told them to forget it and I hung up.

It all sounded very fishy. How would Walmart even have my cell phone number?
Sounds like someone is using Walmart's name to try to scam people.

I checked it out on the internet, and sure enough, although there is very little information about it out there, someone else said had it happened to them. The caller tried to "verify their identity" by getting their credit card information.


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Lucy and the Puppy Kitten

Lucy and Kitten
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
At church on Sunday a friend of mine asked if school was out yet for me. I said yes, as of last Friday.
She said, ‘Great! How would you like to nurse a 3-month-old kitten for me?”
A friend of hers had given her an abandoned male kitten to care for, since normally she does that kind of stuff, but this week she is busy getting ready for her son’s graduation party, so she was just too busy to attend to the two-hour feedings.
I said I would do it, knowing that my daughter Emily, home from college, would be in love and I wouldn’t have to do much.

Emily and I discussed it and I informed her that we would only have the kitten for about three weeks and then we would have to find it a home, because our cat, Cally, would not tolerate another cat around the house, although she might accept a kitten for a while.
Emily argued, knowing she would want to keep it, but I stood firm. We’ll see how that works out.

We feed the kitten milk replacement formula from an eyedropper. Afterwards we clean him with a warm wet paper towel to imitate the licking of the mother cat. This also induces the kitten to eliminate, since they can’t do this on their own yet.

I was thinking that our cat might even adopt the motherless kitten, but when we showed the meowing babe to Cally, she stiffened and hissed at it, then took herself outside.

But all was not lost.

At first, we were careful to keep our Weimaraner, Lucy, away from the kitten. Gradually we introduced the new member of the household to Lucy, so she would know this was our cat. Her interest was fanatic. Eventually we let her sniff the cat. She was in love. After we felt it was safe, we put the kitten on the floor. Lucy laid down next to the little thing and assumed the nursing position, getting in occasional gentle licks.
That was it. Lucy finally attained motherhood. Kitty is her puppy.

It was a little hard on the tiny kitten, getting washed with a tongue that was bigger than her entire body, but Lucy’s care worked better than the paper towel in helping him to eliminate waste. And Lucy cleaned up the mess afterwards!
I won’t tell you how. It would make you gag.