Friday, March 20, 2009

Great Mailbox Day!


I've been off the grid the past few days...lots of appointments, lots of chores...and some new "house- guests." But first the fun news - my mailbox on Wednesday was a very fun place to be!
First I saw this selvage postcard from Mary at MaryQuilts - Making Scrap Quilts from Stash. I love fabric/art postcards! Second was a squishy...I waited until I poured a hot cup of tea and then let myself open it. Check out the wild Hawian keychain and fabric from Dionne! Oh, and don't forget the shell necklace! Friday is Hawiann shirt day where DH works...I may make a binder out of the lighter fabric for one of the gals he works with...she deserves it for putting up with him!

The weather here is relatively cool so I have been trying to get some of the gardening done. The renters barely took care of the lawn so I don't have to tell you how bad the gardens looked! It has been a bit fun doing some of the weeding and finding lots of new daylillies...they must have grown from seed becasue they are several feet away from the bed of daylillies. That is the main reason I am doing it myself. My DH would have just gone in there with a hoe and destroyed anything not immediately screaming "I am not a weed! It is slow going but there is progress. Here is photo of some of my daylillies I am trying to save...obviously the photo is from 4 years ago!Now, the house guest....Wednesday afternoon while walking MacBeth down near the river a pickup truck speed past us. When it was about 200 yards past us a hand came out the window and tossed a brown bag into the inlet. Now they just cleaned up the area to get ready for the Masters Golf tournament so I was doubly irked at them "littering." Mac however went wild! He did his little Houdini move, slipped out of his color and dashed to the spot they thew the bag. Picture this - me climbing down a Kudzo bank (for those non-southerners think ivy on steroids) trying to catch a 17 pound terrier on a mission. (A terrier who seems at that moment to have forgotten he cannot swim....)

Fortunately for MacBeth the mud slowed him down enough for me to get to him. And even with my heart beating like an old Chevy and my lungs wheezing like a steam engine I could hear the whimpers from the bag. Oh ya, with river sludge that went over my knees I waded to the bag that was only halfway submerged. It had 5 kittens in it. Three were still alive.

The next problem. I had Mac over one shoulder, the kittens stuffed into the pockets of my sweatshirt (kangaroo style) but couldn't get my legs out of the muck. I then heard a voice. It was an old gentleman that lives on the river...and when I say old I'm thinking he is pushing 90. Anyway, he threw me a rope...well, really the end of a garden hose...that he tied off to the mailbox on the corner. Very, very slowly I was able to climb out. Of course the police showed up when I was only about 2 feet from the top (have I mentioned we have the 'best dressed" police force")

So MacBeth's kittens came home in my pocket. Problem is I already have two cats and the only thing they agree on is that we should have no more cats. I keep the kittens in the guest bathroom safe from harm. Also, the house-guests are not quite weaned and have to be fed often...not a lot of sleep going on here. The little ones just have to whine for a second and MacBeth is howling to get into the bathroom to find out what is happening with his kittens. It was cute the first time...funny the second... 3 AM it isn't even remotely entertaining....Fortunately when I took them to the vets this morning a woman in the waiting room adopted one of them (the white one with a brown patch over one eye.) A neighbor has already spoken for the two greys and is picking them up today when she gets off from school. Which is really good since my DH comes home tonight from his business trip and doesn't know about the house guests....I sincerely doubt I will be able to stay awake until he gets home...

19 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

My, my, You will have some explaining to do :o) ...luckily you seem to have it all resolved before the DH gets home. Those are some lucky kitties though...seems you were in the right place at the right time (mud and all) to save them.

Mimi said...

MacBeth has a wonderful Mommy. You are a saint to have risked injury to get to him and to the kittens who so badly needed you.

I'd like to throw the guy out the window in a bag into the river who did this. How awful. I don't understand how someone can be so heartless. There are shelters, there are folks who want pets and he has such little regard for life that he just heaves them out the window? Sure would have like to find that he was caught and faced some kind of consequence.

Sorry for my rant about the "idiot". My main reason to comment was to tell you thanks. On behalf of all humankind.

Hugs

KQ Sue said...

Yea!!! You saved the babies. You are the best!
Funny how the dogs always adopt the new kittens, rather than the resident cats. Been there done that.

*karendianne. said...

Woah! I'm here sipping my cuppa after my nap and I thought we were opening gifts which is always fun at Sio's. Then Kanga came to tell me it's near feeding time (3 cheers she's better) but I informed her she had to wait because we're gardening with Sio but noooooooo, all of a sudden were in a death-defying moment and I'm holding my breath.

You saved the day here so, as usual, it's a happy time with Sio. I just have to remember to breath.

SubeeSews said...

You are the savior of the day. And the adrenlelaine was flowing! Are you sore today from your adventures?
I cannot understand how "humans" can throw away a life. They are probably lousy parents too. Grrrrr! We have lots of rural areas around here and people think it is fine to drop off an animal. A declawed cat cannot hunt or fend for themselves. Grrrrrr!
I was stuck in mud with a brother of mine (I have 7). A pond had been drained for work on a fountain and we thought we could walk on the mud. NOT! We were rescued by the fire department. My Mom was so mad at us.
Subee

Missy Ann said...

You are my hero today. People like you are the reason why we have nice things.

Tammy said...

How wonderful of you and the pup to save the baby kittens. How awful of those people to do something so cruel and heartless. I'm so glad that you didn't hurt yourself and that the older gentleman helped you out of there. I hope you're doing well, cuz I know those kittens sure found a real life ANGEL!!

TheQuiltedFrog said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so glad you were there to save the kittens and then the older gentleman was there to help save you! Like the others who have already commented, I just cannot understand how people can be so cruel and thoughtless--to throw away living creatures like fast food trash. Makes me so sad...and angry I'm also glad that you were able to find homes for the kitties--this way you won't be coming to the guild meetings pleading for one of us to take one! :-)

Clare said...

Some people make my blood boil. Mac knows his Mum. I wish I lived next to you. I would have taken them in like a shot, even if it had meant DH leaving home.

Have a great weekend and hope DH doesn't dig up your day lilies.

Karen said...

Love your daylilies. My garden is full of them. So beautiful. My favourite.

The poor kittens. If he did that here, he could pay fines up to $60,000.00 and jail time.

Mary said...

Glad there was someone to help you get out of the muck! Poor kitties -- how nice you were able to find homes for them so quickly.

Also glad the card arrived safely!

Dionne said...

You had such an adventurous day! I'm so glad everything worked out so well! And that you got my little package ok.
Cheers,
Dionne

trudys_person said...

I'm so glad you were able to save those little kittens - I CANNOT understand people that would do that to helpless animals. To think that their poor mom is still with these "people" ... If I lived anywhere near you I would adopt one (or 2 or 3) immediately!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

thinking very bad thoughts at the jerk in the pickup truck. I hope he at least gets the mama cat fixed now, but what are the odds of that. glad the kittens have found a home and also that there was a nice guy nearby to get you out of the mud. you are all heroes.
beautiful day lillies - I'd have no idea what was flower and what was weed so it would all either have to grow in or all get destroyed....

Jeanne said...

Shame on the truck driver! The kitties are very fortunate that MacBeth and you were there. I'm happy to hear that the kitties will have new homes, too. Will you tell DH about the adventure?

sewprimitive karen said...

How people can do that I will never ever understand and they do it all the time.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh my gosh - what a story! I just can't believe how lucky it was that MacBeth found them! They were so lucky to have you!

julieQ said...

I am so grateful the kittens had a savior! Good for you! As for the driver...since he thinks it is OK to throw living creatures into the river in a sack, maybe he can have it done to himself. I call babies like that gifts from the almighty!

Maggie R said...

AWE>>>> I had a lump in my throat when I read this post.... How can people be soooo cruel.Good for you for rescuing the wee ones. If people would get Bob Barker's rule to get pets spade and neutered they wouldn't have to do terrible things like this...
I smiled when I read Mac was part of the scene..... How cute is he!!
oxox
((((hugs))))
Maggie