Friday, June 08, 2007

The Cat with Opposable Thumbs (Or: Another New Pet who Is NOT Named Tater)

Meet Twinkle, short for "Twinkle-Toes." This was not the name I would have given her, but The Floating Husband said it once (or maybe twice) and from then on, for Ben, that was her name. I felt better when my bfitwww, Elaine, said that she thought "Twinkle" - for short - was an excellent name for a cat. Twinkle it is, then.

Twinkle was a stray, living on the empty lot (which is filled with junk) next to us. I was the first to win her affections, crouching down with my hand outstretched until curiosity trumped fear and she approached me. At first, any time I stood up from the crouching position, she would hiss and run away. She eventually got braver, but would then "attack" our ankles when ever we stood or walked. Now, as far as she is concerned, we are sooooo last week.

Twinkle is an excellent cat. I do not say that about many (any?) cats. I am not a cat person, that is TFH's job, I am a DOG person. I have never met a dog I didn't like. But this cat? She follows us to the bus stop, she rubs her head and ears against your legs in a way that says she loves you, and you alone, she LOVES Ben, and she comes when called. In short, she is a dog. I love her.

For now, she is an outside cat. This has not stopped my husband, the cat person, from letting her in the house when I am away.
::: note, if you want to keep anything a secret, don't let Ben in on it :::
When we have safely removed all traces of our former cat from the house, and when the weather cools off in the fall, I'm pretty sure Twinkle will move in with us. But for now, we are all pretty darn happy.

(This just in: Ben peered over my shoulder, giggled and said "Goody, I can let Twinkle in this weekend when you're AWAY! - not to be trusted, that boy.)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I've Got the Fevah...

Quilt at all buttoned up.
Shoes at shim + sons.
Coreopsis at happythings.
Corn at bura ellen.
Art at Lisa Congdon.
Yarn and socks at Madeline Tosh.

:::edited to add my own touch:::

Monday, June 04, 2007

Welcome to Bensville, in the State of Disarray

This is the last Monday Mission that Jennifer (Ponderosa) is hosting. Thanks, Jennifer, for coming up with such fun topics, and linking us all up. I've had a ball!

Today's Monday Mission: Travel guide

On first glance, Bensville may appear to have fallen on hard times, but a closer look reveals it is still abuzz with all manner of recreational activities. Why, even on eagerly anticipated sunny days, the resident(s) of Bensville often still prefer to stay within its cozy confines. This location hearkens back to a simpler time, when people were free to engage in leisure activities without having to worry about dusting, vacuuming, laundry, homework, or really any kind of responsibility.

Where to go in Bensville:
The main attraction in Bensville is the public library,

which offers an extensive selection of reading materials, though the librarian refuses to use the Dewey Decimal System. This can cause some to panic in the evening hours, when a particular book, which has been selected for the nightly reading ritual, is nowhere to be found. Fortunately for the resident(s) of Bensville, the town elders have chosen to keep the most requested books in a separate area, where they are within easy reach at story time.

When to Go:
Bensville is a pretty happening place 365 days of the year, but the town does shut down between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:00 am. Night owls and early risers may want to find alternate accommodations.

Check out what others are saying about Bensville, or leave a comment of your own

Where to Eat

"...the food was a little, um, waxy or something..."

Hot Spots for Cool Tunes

", love, LOVE the Lullabys at bedtime!..."

Save it for a Sunny day

" could only be better if it was filled with CANDY!..."

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Hey everyone, Swistle and her family welcomed the arrival of a new baby boy this weekend! He is just absolutely gorgeous, so go have a quick peek and say "hi" to Swistle and Henry.


I've checked two different web sites, and we currently have no registered sex offenders living in our neighborhood. It is really easy to check, though I believe the local law enforcement has to inform people if a sex offender moves in to their neighborhood. They do not, it appears, have to tell you when one leaves your neighborhood, so it's good to periodically check. I googled "registered sex offenders in [my city]." The city law offices, as well as state law offices had lists posted for public viewing. The local site had mug shots of the level 3 offenders: those at highest risk of re-offendig. I highly recommend checking, especially if you've just moved into a new town, or neighborhood and may have missed notification. Although I am relieved that our neighborhood is (presumably) free of such a threat, it hasn't completely lifted the veil of protectiveness I feel towards Ben. This is motherhood/parenthood. For help finding information for your neighborhood, try here, here, or here.