Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Went Kayaking and Look What We Found…

Vero Beach, Florida – Sunshine Travel Rv Resort

We got  up at 5:00 am, and out the door at 6:20.  We got to the park at 7:00, used our gate code and got right in.

By the time we inflated the kayaks and got on the water it was 8:00.  It was another beautiful day and there was a nice breeze blowing.  We paddled around the bend into the Indian River area.  The water was glass calm.  The incoming tide made paddling very easy.


We saw several turtles come up for air and a few manatee, but never got up close to any of them…so no pictures.

Al did some fishing but didn’t catch anything.  He saw a large Snook.  We saw lots of activity underwater.  Apparently something was feeding on the small fish and they were flying out of the water all over the place.


We walked the beach for a while.  It was high tide with a full moon, so there was a lot of sea grass on the beach. 



I guess we’re getting older, because after getting up earlier than normal the past two days, and kayaking two days in a row,  we were both dragging.  We had lunch under the picnic shelter, hoping to get a second wind.  We never did, so we decided to pack it in and head back home.

We have been very sad ever since we lost Squeaky 2 weeks ago.  We’ve thought about getting a kitten.    There is a hole in my heart, and from past experience I know that only a new kitty will help. I was having one of my teary days and Al decided maybe it was time to look for a kitten.  I think he was tired of seeing me cry all the time.   He stopped at a veterinarian to see if they had any kittens, and they gave us the name and phone number of a lady who had 2 litters of kittens.  She rescued them and their mothers.  She (Judy) was a very nice lady who had  lost her husband last year to lung cancer.  She said during the time he was ill, her 2 cats stayed at his bedside with him.  A month after he died, one cat died and a few weeks after that the other one died.  What a horrible year she has had.  I think the kittens have helped her. 

We wanted a very young kitten that was still in the “baby” stage.  They seem to bond with their new owners better than ones that are a little older.  Once they are older, they are so darn full of the devil, it’s hard to get them sit still long enough to bond with you.  I also wanted a furry kitten and one that was loveable.

All of her kittens were adorable and we spent quite a bit of time there holding them all.  Al got kind of attached to a little furry gray and white one, but we already have 2 like that.  I wanted something different.

Here is what we found.  She is very tiny and very furry and soft.  I can hold her in one hand.


She had been to the vet yesterday and got a distemper shot and a worming. I don’t think she was feeling up to par yesterday. 




I am determined that she will bond with me and love me the best.  I don’t want her bonding with one of the cats, or even Al.  Smile  I don’t think her bonding with the other cats will be a problem…they hate her!  She needs to love me the best and I am determined to make that happen.

Last night, I put her in bed and she snuggled down  on a soft blanket on the nightstand by my side of the bed. That was where Squeaky always slept.   She is such a baby, that she wakes up a while, plays and then goes back to sleep.  I was worried she would fall off the bed, so I kept a pretty close eye on her all night.  (another night sleep down the drain).  I fed her during the night (you know babies have to eat often) and we had some play time. I think she might have started bonding with me.  She kept rubbing up to my face and purring.   I’m  going to stay in her face as much as possible the next few days until she thinks of me as her mother and bonds with me.  I need another “special” kitty and she has to do her job!

We haven’t named her yet.  Usually a name just comes to us, and usually it’s a stupid name, like Little Bitty Kitty, Shorty, Miss Kitty, Gone, Fugly, Large, Medium, Small, Mama kitty, Dolly Partin, or some other crazy name.  Anybody have any ideas of a name for her?  Maybe she should have a proper name instead of one that comes to me!

Today is moving day.  We have been here in Vero Beach 13 nights and we have to head back to Tampa tomorrow.  We both hate moving day.  We’ve really enjoyed our stay here and are trying to decide where to go next.  Isn’t that a wonderful thing?  Al wants to come back here and I haven’t decided yet.  This is my turn to pick our destination, since Al made the last choice!


  1. congrats on the new kitten!..she is a cutie!!!..I know you will find a name that is suitable!..when we got our kitty Oliver..if he had been a girl his name would have been 'georgia'!! that would be suitable for your new addition!!

  2. I understand so well about that bonding thing. My cat lady friend says they actually pick you. If they look in your eyes directly, you can be pretty sure they have. My Jeremy is 15 and a bonded soul cat. You and I both know that doesn't always happen. Your little girl is young enough and it sounds like you are doing all the right things. what fun.

  3. She is so cute. Just makes you want to hold and cuddle her. And such big eyes. I am so happy for you. I know all about the crying all the time when we lose one of our fur babies. We lost Ginger over ten years ago and I still get teary sometimes because I miss her. Have fun bonding. And who needs sleep anyhow. lol

  4. She is adorable!! Congratulations on your new kitty!! Sounds like she is already bonding with you. :-) Just what you needed.
    Have fun deciding where to go next...what a GREAT problem. LOL!!

  5. Congratulations on your new addition, she is beautiful!

  6. First, I really like your new banner picture! It's clean and it makes your title much easier to read. But most importantly, CONGRATS on the new kitty! Two names came to mind when I saw her picture 1) "Lit'l Bit"-self explanatory but I think I like 2) "Monaco" best. The new kitty is new and your starting your fulltiming experience with the new Monaco. Have fun and be safe,

  7. OH MY GOD I just fell over from the cute. ACK! It hurts! OWWIEOWWIEOW. I want to kiss her all over that fuzzy face.

  8. I just found your blog! Love it. I am moving to Melbourne, in fact I am leaving on Friday. My plan was to full time but life happens now I am moving to help out my 87 yr old father. But I will be following your blog.
    Agnes Rosebud = kitty

    Donna aka grammynmaggie - maggie being the papillon princess

  9. I really like your new header picture and love the beach and kayak trip shots. Makes me homesick for the East Coast Waters.

    Cute kitty for sure. She's so fluffy. Love those eyes. Hope she'll name herself.

  10. What a precious little kitten ~ as a matter of fact I think you should call her precious. Such huge eyes... love them! I am so happy for you and I hope she will help heal your pain.
    Have fun & Travel safe

  11. She is soooo cute. Here's an idea. Pwani is Swahili for beach as in where you got her (Vero Beach). Or how about Paka (cat).

  12. Congrats on the kitty! I am sure she will figure out just how lucky she is!

  13. What a cute little kitty kat. So sweet. Here are my entries in the name the kitty contest...there is a prize right? Kitty Kat, Freedom, Blue, Sweetie Pie, Sweetie Boy, Buddy


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