Monday, May 16, 2011


Things have been extremely busy around here and I’ve neglected posting my blog.  Thanks Carol and Margie for checking on us.  It’s nice to know someone is thinking of us.

We hadn’t heard any news by the end of the week last week, so we knew nothing would happen over the week-end.   Al made plans to head back to Tampa to do some pest control accounts.  He left today knowing our May 20th closing date would be extended once again.

We had a good garage sale Friday, making $230 and getting rid of lots of stuff.  Saturday we were pretty much rained out.  We ended up getting some traffic in between rain showers and made $100. 

My Mom and brother came for a short visit Saturday.   They were only able to stay overnight, but it was good to see them.  They brought Steve’s dog, Red.  He’s an Akita.  If you saw the movie, Hachi, that’s the same type of dog.  (a real good movie but such a tearjerker)   Red fell head over heals  in love with Sweet Pea!  It was the funniest thing.    Red is getting old and had been hit by a car when he was young.  My brother found him laying on the side of the road with a broken leg. He was in a cast for quite a while and the leg healed, but he has always had trouble with it.  Despite the pain, Red followed Sweet Pea everywhere and it wore him out!  His  leg  and hip were giving him trouble and,  and he couldn’t make it up the stairs.  Sweet Pea was on the porch and Red was at the bottom of the steps wanting to get to her.  He struggled to try to make it up the steps.   It was pitiful, but cute.  Mom, Steve and Red slept in the house and ended up letting Sweet Pea come in and spend the night in the house with them.  She was at the back porch and Red wouldn’t settle down with her outside.  Red gave up his dog bed for Sweet Pea,  and he laid on the floor and licked her face.  Yep, that boy was in love!  Mom was here only one night but she managed to spoil my dog!

As far as the house, I just received an email from the Realtor and it appears everything is good, other than some foundation work we thought we would have to have done.  They are now talking about the end of the month for closing.  The delay is probably a good thing.  It will give us more time to get rid of more stuff and not have to kill ourselves.

Well, I’ve struggled with this piece of news, and even considered not putting it in the blog.   I wasn’t sure I could get through it.

We lost our little kitty Socks today.  She was around 20 years old. She was born in a hole in the ground as a feral cat.  We rescued her, her siblings and mother, when she was just a few weeks old.   I found homes for the other kittens and I even found her a home, but the lady brought her back after 2 days…she was such a mean little thing!  That wildness took a long time to disappear but she eventually learned to trust and love us.  She was the “Alpha” cat and the other cats feared her.    She never weighed much over 4 pounds, but was the ruler of our household.  She’d smack the other cars when they walked by, just for good measure.  They got so (and still did until the end) they would try and avoid getting too close to her.    She was so tiny that she always looked like a kitten.   We are sad, but she had a good long life and the end was relatively easy for all concerned. 



  1. so sorry to hear about losing your kitty!..20 years, that is a long time..sounds like she had 'real personality'!!

  2. 20 years is a very long life for a cat.

    I had one that was also born feral and was tamed. He became the best cat and a very good hunter for a male. The only thing is he never purred or meowed.

    I'll have to write about him sometime.

    Glad thing are going OK on the house.

  3. Karen, so sorry to hear about Socks - sounds like Socks had a good home with you - 20 years - wow! Take care!

  4. We are so sorry to hear that you have lost Socks. She was so loved by the two of you and we know you will miss her very much.

    On a happier note your closing is going well. Take good care of yourselfs during this last stretch.

  5. So sorry to hear about losing Sox, our pets are so much part of our family.

    Sounds like the closing is moving right along and you will be ready by the end of the month.

  6. Seems like lots of folks are losing their older animals just efore they go on the road. Sounds like he had a great and really long life. But it's hard to lose such a friend.

    Congrats on house news and your garage sale profits. I've never even come close to your totals.


  7. I am so sorry about your Socks. I know you have been really worried about her. No matter how much we know it is coming, it never seems to get any easier. I surley hope your sweet little Socks is the last pet that will be leaving any of us for awhile. Been way too many lately!

  8. So very sorry to hear about Socks. It is so hard to loose our special family members. For 20 years Socks had the best kind of home and love and I know you all will miss her terribly.

  9. Sorry to hear about Socks, please don't feel too heart broken! You had given her all the love a cat could ever ask for and she had a good life!

    That friendship btw Red and Sweet Pea is something! Hope they will get together again in the near future.

    Good luck with the closing, I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you!

  10. Take comfort in knowing you gave Socks a great loving home for 20 years. She was one lucky kitty!

  11. Very sorry to hear about your loss of Socks. She had a wonderful home for her 20 years and couldn't have wished for a better life.

  12. So sorry for your loss. She had a wonderful home for 20 years!

  13. We're so sorry to hear about poor little Socks. You can feel good about giving her such a good and long life and knowing that you have done everything that you could to keep her healthly and happy right to the end. Our thoughts are with you as we know one day we will be in your boots with our cat Molly (Kevin's sister has her now)and more so with our dog Whiskey.

    Kevin and Ruth

  14. Oh, so sorry to read about Socks. So sad to lose a pet. Sure looked like a little sweetie.

    You should soon be wealthy enough to buy a new motor home with all that garage sale money.

    Sounds like everything is slowly moving toward closing. Hang in there.

  15. Oh, Karen. I am so sorry about Socks. I know how hard it is, especially at such a stressful time. You and I were very lucky to have shared lives with such neat creatures. Hang in there.

  16. Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Socks. Our little fur friends bring such joy to our lives and such sorrow when they have to leave us. But 20 years of joy and love. You couldn't ask for more than that.

  17. I'm so sorry about your kitty - 20 years is a good long life, and she was lucky to be so well taken care of. If there is a cat heaven, you can bet Socks is in cat heaven now, catching up with her mom and all her siblings. My parents had a feral cat, too, and it took a while, but she ended up being a wonderful pet for them.


Please feel free to leave comments. We love to read them! To contact me directly you can send e-mail to