Friday, May 29, 2009

Too cute!

So - on Mother's Day - we rescued two, two day old kittens.

The two sisters were born on a Friday, in my neighbors backyard. We've had a stray cat hanging around, have been feeding her since fall, and she ended up pregnant..... anyway, the mama abandoned them when she couldn't get back to them the day after they were born. The neighbors were having a big party in their yard, and the mama was afraid to go over to take care of them, unfortunately.

On Mother's day, the neighbor came over and told me that one of the kittens was crawling in the grass, so I went over to get her, and found the sister on the other side of the fence, between the fence, and shed. I brought them home, attempted to get the mother to accept them for several hours, but, she refused. :( So sad. I had to do something, so I went to the pet supply store and bought animal nursing bottles, and kitten milk replacement. And, so it began, working at trying to save these little girls.

Sadly, the next morning, one of the kittens died. I held her as she took her last breath, and sobbed my eyes out when she passed. It just broke my heart that I couldn't save her. But, her sister is another story!!

Today, she is three weeks old. Her eyes are wide open, her ears are open - she's a wiggly, squirmy, cuddly ball of fur!! It's been so much hard work - feedings in the middle of the night, helping her to potty since she can't control that yet on her own. I've been peed on, and pooped on *yuck* !!!! But, oh my, we're all in love!!!

When I hold her, and talk to her, she just sits and stares at me, listening, and she'll talk back with her little meows, and reaches for me with her little tiny paws. She's just too sweet.

Three pictures:

first is from the day we found both.
next is from two weeks ago, huge yawn, so sweet.
last picture is from today - looking right at the camera.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Unexpected break

Deer Park schools are closed for the week.

There are three probable cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) at one school in the district. It was recommended that the ONE school be closed for a week, but, the district decided to take extra precautions and shut down all six schools. I understand the fear. I understand the concern.

I am, though, wondering what will be done to ensure that that lesson plans will be fulfilled for high school students taking the NYS Regents exams in June. Also a question - will school be extended for a week into July?

At least my boys are fine - and my daughter is away from this (so far) at college.

But - this week also gives us some down time. Time to rest up, and recharge our internal battery, so to speak. I do have a busy week of work - Mother's Day is the 10th, that means there will be a lot of cards sold, and a lot of cards to keep neat and somewhat orderly. Then, a busy week next week with the Father's Day setup, and credits. It just feels like the months roll by so quickly. Before I know it, it will be August and Halloween cards will be in stock. :)

I've been scrappin' so much lately. I have a lot of layouts to photograph and put up here. Perhaps later today.

Anyway - time to get ready for work.