Thursday, July 31, 2014
Surprised with kittens
Pam and Erin have surprised me a couple of times in the last couple of weeks.
First, they called to tell me they had rescued a pair of kittens from the backyard.
It’s not the first time we’ve had kittens or cats show up – since our house is adjacent to a major highway. No doubt, people just drop them off and they wander through the woods to our shed out back of our house or our big yard.
The kittens have never hung around long, for whatever reasons. They’ve either moved on to another house or gotten snatched up by one of the varmints we occasionally see roaming around the wooded area.
This time around, as every other time, I told them, “No, we don’t need any other animals.”
We have Daisy, our quiet inside-the-house dog, and at least in my mind, she’s enough.
But I caved in. Erin had been wanting a kitten and they convinced me two is better than one.
Then later I was shocked to find out that I had been deceived in this kitten caper. They learned about the rescued kittens, in need of a home, via Facebook and had them delivered to the house.
I wasn’t a happy camper, however, the cats are still members of the Burleson household.
Erin is tending to them downstairs.
I hardly ever see them, and I’ve been told that once they get “old enough,” they will become outside cats.
I’m not convinced of that yet, since I got taken in by the first scheme. But I’m hoping I can hold them to that plan.
The other surprise was a more welcomed one – at least in the eyes of the man of the house.
One of the items we found when cleaning out my mother’s belongings from her home was an old candy jar.
Mother and Daddy once operated a country store in Marion County, Ala.
This was apparently their “penny jar” they had on the counter. Just reach down in the deep jar, grab your favorite piece of candy and leave a penny.
I haven’t seen too many of those lately.
I told Pam that maybe we should bring it to the front counter of The South Reporter and have candy available to our customers. That may come on down the road.
For now, the candy jar is at home, resting on our fireplace hearth, and its contents are tempting to someone who doesn’t eat a lot of candy. I’ve been having a lot of small lollipops and candy bars lately.
It truly is a neat thing, a piece of memorabilia that I cherish.
Speaking of that, the memories kept on coming this past weekend, when Pam’s brother Mike and sister Susan visited with more boxes in the trunk of the car.
They brought some additional items that belonged to her mom and dad for her to look through – deciding if she wanted to keep anything.
Needless to say, there were a few things in the boxes that Pam just had to have, and after going through the same thing with my mother’s stuff, I truly understand.
She found a special picture of her, as a child, standing with her parents and more.
Our house is full of additional things these days – from the Burleson side of the family and the Hefley side of the family. We will keep some but not all.
And then there are those two kittens.
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