So I was back home after working out of town for three years, only coming home weekends.
My beloved cat died last February and the idea of another seemed impossible. She couldn't be replaced.
On another note, she used to throw up all over the place. Cat litter is a pain and I didn't miss it. I liked being free from having to worry about a pet.
But since I've been home, the house has seemed colder somehow.
Then Kara, a high school friend of my son's, posted pictures on Facebook of two adult cats for whom she was trying to find homes. She's one of those fairy godmothers to animals, holding Saturday pet adoption fairs in the office of the apartment complex she manages in Grand Rapids. A boy and a girl cat of about 5, Pasha and Wilson came to the Humane Society together from a couple who had a baby and didn't want them anymore. She couldn't stand the idea of having them put to sleep and brought them into the office, where they had been living for three months and counting.
At every adoption fair, she tried like mad to get someone to take them, but no one bit. Fully grown cats aren't nearly as cute as kittens. And they came as a pair.
Well, I saw the pictures and began to think about it. I'm on a tight budget and couldn't take on the expense of spaying/neutering. These two were already fixed and declawed.
And my daughter has been saying for a couple of years now that if I got another cat, I needed two. They keep each other company and don't get as squirrely as our last two have, being home alone a lot of the time. They weren't squirrely to me, of course, but they weren't social to guests.
So I reached out. I didn't commit to anything, just inquired. Kara wrote back, sending more pictures.
I finally told her I was pretty sure I would take them but wanted to wait until after Christmas, when things would be calmer. Then she sent a picture of the cats in the apartment complex office, each one in an office chair in front of the office desk. That did it. While they were lucky to still be alive and living in that office, I wanted them to be alive and living in a home.
And so I went and picked them up last week. It was tough on Kara, who had hoped to keep them but already had several pets — and a baby — at home. The people in the office had become attached to them, too.
So I've had the cats at my house a couple of days now and have been sending pictures back to Grand Rapids to make them all feel better. Straightening up and putting things away, I belatedly noticed a framed poster that Kara had sent along with some cat treats and the adoption paperwork. It must have been hanging in the office, as part of the effort to find the cats a home.
It was a fill in the blank form, and read: Dear Santa, for Christmas this year, I want A FEW TREATS. I need A WARM LAP. I'll wear A SANTA SWEATER. I'll read THE NEWSPAPER WITH YOU. And I'd really love you to bring us A FOREVER FAMILY. Love, Pasha and Wilson.
Now, they have one.
So I was back home after working out of town for three years, only coming home weekends.
- News From ... 100 Years Ago: 04/01/2013
- Northern Notes: 02/18/2013
Fee, tax increases vital to fix state roads
Do Michigan's lawmakers have the will to vote for some painful spending that is absolutely necessary if the state has any prayer of being economically competitive in years to come?Continued ...
Northern dynamics in Dem chief race
Of the 32 men and women who have chaired Michigan's two major parties since World War II, not one has been from northern Michigan. No Republican chair has been from north of the Grand Rapids area; no Democrat from north of the Flint area.Continued ...
Phil Power: Distinction between teaching, giving
Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his proposed state budget for the next two years Feb. 7. If there is a core idea in his $50.9 billion budget message, it's the distinction between investments (teaching people how to fish) and expenditures (giving people a fish.)Continued ...
- Monday, February 11, 2013
James Cook: Complaint over mascots misguided
Forest Area Schools does it right. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights doesn't.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 10, 2013
Loraine Anderson: Wallpaper as 'a manner of travel’
The last time I wallpapered was about 30 years ago. I vowed never to do it again.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Valentine's Day celebrations haven't changed much
Thursday is Valentine's Day! Only four more days to buy cards, chocolates and flowers for your special Valentine! It's a fun day; an opportunity to show your love for others. The greeting card companies, florists and confectioners also eagerly look forward to this annual observance and its bottom-line contributions.Continued ...
Lessenberry: Detroit continues its self-destructive path
To anyone not steeped in the long, dreary and self-destructive history of racial identity politics in Detroit, it is hard to see their city council's move last week to reject the state's offer to fix up Belle Isle and run it as a state park as other than sheer insanity.Continued ...
Weeks: Some applaud Gov. Snyder, but not Brewer
Those who cherish Outdoor Michigan — including the impact of the Great Lakes on the state's economy and recreation — found much to applaud in Gov. Rick Snyder's budget message last week.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
Adapted in TC: Author, retiree inspiring
One of my childhood friends had her leg amputated last year due to infection. She's new to the area and I've gotten reacquainted with her. She's shared some of the trials of living with limb loss.Continued ...
Perspectives: Never too old to play
It doesn't matter if you're a child or a child-like adult, though, because you can play the bear or the hunter with abandon. A few nights ago, we invited our longtime friends and their grandsons (and parents) to come for hot dogs and corn on the cob.Continued ...
- Thursday, February 7, 2013
Amish Cook: Winter travel can be scary
I think a lot more about accidents since the tragedy that took the life of two of my cousins two weeks ago. Joe will take off work to go with us, which I am glad for. Days like that can be more stressful than being at home working.Continued ...
- Monday, February 4, 2013
Northern Notes: TC resident thanks kind stranger for lunch
Eunice Groesser, of Traverse City, was having lunch at the State Street Grille on Jan. 17, when a nice young lady named Angie came over and offered to buy her lunch. Eunice told Angie it wasn’t necessary, but if she really wanted to she could.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 3, 2013
Lessenberry: The future of the fairgrounds
Back in 1849, when Zachary Taylor was president and Michigan had been a state for barely a dozen years, the state's farmers and merchants held the first state fair in Detroit. The fair moved around for a while, till 1905, when Joseph L. Hudson, founder of the state's iconic department store chain, bought some land on Woodward Avenue, near the city's northern border.Continued ...
Garret Leiva: Snow: pretty? Or pretty annoying?
So far this winter is more bipolar than arctic polar: Frigid and flurries one day; 50 and foggy the next.Continued ...
George Weeks: Michigan's high-profile players on Capitol Hill
As Chairman Carl Levin presided last week over the contentious Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on confirmation of ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next U.S. Defense Secretary, I was struck by how much Michigan's congressional delegation is now on the front lines of major foreign and domestic issues facing the nation.Continued ...
Fleda Brown: When poetry connects with the natural world
I've seen many deer crossing the road in the evening or feeding in the fields near our cottage, but I rarely see a buck with a big rack.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 2, 2013
Senior Focus: Family snowman-building event
The Senior Center Network and Compassionate Care Home Health Services are sponsoring a family snowman-building contest on Feb. 16 at the Traverse City Senior Center.Continued ...
- Monday, January 28, 2013
Northern Notes: 'Yarn Fairy’ donations
Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church would like to thank the “Yarn Fairy” who dropped off bags of yarn at the church before Christmas.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 27, 2013
Jack Lessenberry: GOP trying to alter the electoral landscape
Twelve years ago, the nation was bitterly divided over a presidential election that in the end was decided by what many called an outrageously partisan U.S. Supreme Court.Continued ...
Kathy Gibbons: The job that keeps on giving
There is nothing like having your children not only through college, but gainfully employed.Continued ...
George Weeks: Political rivals have common cause on vets
In 2010, Upper Peninsula surgeon Dan Benishek and longtime state lawmaker Jason Allen of Traverse City had a fierce battle for the Republican nomination for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee. Benishek won by just 15 votes out of nearly 99,000 cast.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Uncle Bob Says: Save your pennies!
In late December, I made a trip to Chicago for a belated family Christmas celebration.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 24, 2013
Dennis Chase: Manville has young Panther team rolling
When you call Reggie Manville and ask if he has a couple minutes, he responds, "I'm retired."Continued ...