Monday, January 15, 2018

Visit Your Rainbow Friends

Hey, Cyndi here.  No, we're not back yet, but I wanted to talk to all of you for a moment.  First, though, Jan has not been idle.  One can evidently only stand accomplishing nothing for so long.  She is returning to the land of the busy with lots of sit down breaks in between.  Marcus has been waiting for his next walk since Dec 21st when Jan took sick.  At least he is now getting exercise chasing a ball in the dog pen. 

Aside from laundry, cleaning and other boring house jobs that are way behind, Jan has just finished the last 9 - yes 9! - months of the 2015 blog posts that lost their photos when Picasa switched to GPhotos.  That was a project she never wants to do again! It was complicated and time consuming but at least the last nine were "easier" than the first three once she learned how to not lose her place every time a post republished.

But what I want to talk to you about is the Our Rainbow Friends memorial blog.  Ann, the Zoolatry human, generally sends out a mass email on the 15th of each month, or sometimes just posts on Facebook because of the hassles that can come with a mass mailing.  For whatever reason, we haven't received or seen a notice since the September memorials came out in October.  And as you know, Ann is presently on vacation, so not doing any notifications.

Amber da Weenie's mom Linda is the lone, hard worker behind the scenes for that blog.  She knows it means a lot to one who has lost a cat, dog, bird or other loved pet to have a memorial bridge post.

We were thinking it would be great if current bloggers would participate in helping Linda keep up with the losses.  (If you don't already have the badge, grab the one above.)  If you are a blogger who just lost a furry or know of a blog that just lost one, let Ann or Linda know.  When the previous month's memorials are posted on the 15th, share the information with friends and readers, then visit and comment (even for those you don't know).  It doesn't take long to say you care about someone's loss.  There are those such as Golden Pines and White Dog Army that take in older dogs and have more than normal losses, but each one is loved and missed.  A virtual hug would be welcomed.

We have long depended on Ann to keep everyone informed and not everyone realizes the hassles she has frequently gone through with gmail.  Linda deserves a medal for her dedication to this project, despite an outside job, intermittent internet, a home and her canine pack to care for.

So, as busy as we know you are, we're suggesting we all step up to help publicize each month's memorial posts, as well as visit.  Those are our rainbow friends - yours and mine.  Those are our blogging friends, old and new.  Let's show our support! 

The December losses have been posted at Our Rainbow Friends.

We hope to learn some new jokes while we're on hiatus, so stay tuned.  And we still have a few more interviews to finish.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Be Back When We Can

Rusty:  Hey, do you remember us?  We've been missing for what feels like forever.

Micah:  We stopped by to let you know we're going to be missing for a good bit longer. 

Rusty:  It's all Jan's fault!  She is under strict order to never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER visit anyone and sit under a rotating fan again!!!!!!  Especially in the winter.  But she should never sit in a draft at any time- period! 

Micah:  Aside from getting a bad respiratory illness, her pain level went through the roof and she almost couldn't move her arms or turn her head for two weeks.  Trying to sleep in a chair and take care of us, even minimally, wore her out. And poor Marcus.  Loud, rambunctious, energetic Marcus had zero exercise for two full weeks.  We cats were ready to lock him in the closet and hide the key.  He is getting a few minutes of ball chasing outside the last few days

Rusty:  Mr. Doug kindly brought her things to help her get better, but we also need to thank Jan's friends Johnnie and her husband James for bringing her some food now that Jan is trying to eat again.  And Miss Suzanne, thank you so much for the Christmas smoked turkey that Jan couldn't open until New Years. 

Micah:  It's freezing here and we're all hunkered down trying to get through this horrible weather, which is worse in other parts of the country.  The house is drafty and the floor is frozen.  If you enjoy camping in the winter, come visit us, you'll feel right at home.

Rusty:  Jan has been sick since Dec 21st.  We tried to get our Christmas e-card to everyone on our list and to respond to everyone who sent us either a snail card or an e-card, but we know we missed some.  Please accept our heartfelt apologies.  No oversight was intended.

Micah:  Jan has been trying to check facebook occasionally for those that are sick or have lost a furry, but we're really out of the loop, so feel free to email us to let us know of any such news.   We will be back, but we have no idea when. 

Rusty:  Meanwhile, keep smiling so no one knows what you are plotting.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

We hope all who celebrate have a fun family and friends Christmas, but please don't forget the reason for the season.

Cyndi turned 14 Thursday and Pipo, Angel Minko, Dalton and Mr. Jack Freckles sent Cyndi this lovely card.  Thank you, Mom Ingrid, for helping them.

Jan has been sick the past few days.  The good part of that is she can't yell at Marcus since she has laryngitis.  (You won't believe this, but Marcus is being good.)  The bad part is poor blind, almost deaf  Merci can't hear Jan calling her to meals.  It's been interesting around here.  And noisy.  If Jan isn't sneezing, she's coughing.  We hope you all stay healthy for your celebration.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Cyndi Turns 14

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Our adorable calico Cyndi turns 14 years old today.  She has come a long way from the tiny, stray kitten with the massive amount of fur living in Mr. Doug's engine hiding from Tippy, his dog.  Her long fur was twice as thick as she was wide. (It was early February and the weather was freezing.)

She is not as spry as she used to be, but she still purrs at the drop of a hat and is just as feisty.  We are thankful she is still with us to celebrate.

Merci:  What are you doing on top of the old computer, Rusty?  The party is down here.

Rusty:  Cyndi wants to know who ate her cake and I'm staying up here on the bookcase until she finds the culprit.

Merci:  She knows it wasn't you.  You're too polite to steal someone's birthday cake.  And we know it wasn't Marcus because he would have eaten the whole cake.

Rusty:  Then who ate it?

Merci:  You see how neatly that last piece has been sliced?  I suspect there is only one here who could do that.

Rusty:  Who would that be?

Merci:  Jan.

 Rusty:  Are you going to tell Cyndi?

Merci:  No, she'll figure it out when Jan brings a knife to divide the last slice between the rest of us.

Rusty:  Whew, what a relief!

Merci:  So, are you coming down now?

Rusty:  No, I like it up here.  Jan can deliver my crumbs to the top of the big bookcase after she finishes apologizing to Cyndi.

Marcus:  By the way, last week I was thankful for My New White Ball.  I hate to tattle on her, but I think Jan ate it.  I haven't seen it since and I've looked everywhere!  Under, over, in, behind ...

Jan:  You have that backwards.  I think YOU ate it!  And I am the one who looked under, over, in and behind everything in the house without success.   I think you need to pay for your next new ball yourself.

Marcus:  Okay.  Can you loan me a couple hundred dollars?

We're joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home.