It must be kitty season! I got to meet up with my fabulous friends, CP and Lou this past weekend and met my new niece, Lily! She was so sick when they found her (and could fit entirely in the palm of your hand), but CP and Lou nursed her back to health and she is now full of life and so happy. We all spent the entire day watching football in our pajamas on Sunday- jammies, hot wings, chili, cocktails, football, a new kitty and the best friends ever...what's better than that? (ok, if the Pats had won, it would have been much better...we'll be back after the bye week!)
Congratulations Mike and Nicole!
If you haven’t been to Longhaul Farm, you should catch the tail end of their growing season and check out their adorable country store, located on Route 113 in Holderness. They feature all their unrefined, homegrown produce and sell a wide variety of local and organic goods. You could even take home a tub of their homemade pesto, applesauce or yummy signature quiches…which come highly recommended from yours truly. :)
(Tucker, the farm mascot, looking on)
So I posted an ad on Craigslist. I listed a message on FreeCycle. I was specific in my request for a tuxedo cat; I was trying to magically replicate the cat my mom still talks about and misses to this day. Sifting through the many replies of “I have a cat, but it’s more like an orangey calico” or “I have a cat you can have that matches your description but he is seven years old,” I found an e-mail from a woman named Cindy, who had one little furball left of the litter, matching my exact description. I left as soon as I could to go get him.
When I arrived to the trailer to pick up the kitten, his living conditions were unfavorable to say the least. I walked in the door and in one fell swoop, the woman introduced herself and threw the kitten in my arms. I had no choice. He was mangy and covered in fleas. Purring, he looked up at me as if to say, “please take me,” and I bolted out of there, threw him in the back of the van and took him home. A mere $77.00 in flea treatments and antibiotics later, he was a fluffy, happy kitty, waiting for a new home.
But I was a little nervous about the gift. My mom had only mentioned once her newfound desire to have a kitten, so I didn’t spare on the presentation details. I tied a big red bow around his neck, placed him in a polka-dotted gift box (with drilled holes, of course!) and wrote a little poem on a gift tag to place with the bow. I parked at the end of my parent’s driveway, put the kitty in the box, and nervously carried it in the house to present to my mom.
It couldn’t have gone better. The kitten (who I had been calling “Pooper”) must have known he had to be on his best behavior for this pivotal moment. She looked at the box, teared up, read the poem and removed the lid to find a little furry munchkin staring up at her.
“Oh my goodness! He’s beauuuuuutiful! He’s my Sam! He looks like my Sam!” she exclaimed.
“What are you going to name him?” I asked, after a round of toy-on-string playing.
“Sammm,” she said, matter-of-factly. “Three m’s.”
Happy birthday, Mom!
Update: My mom just called me from the store, where she was picking up necessary kitty accessories to tell me the kitty's new name: Zenn Kitty. Zenn for short. :)
An antique tool chest, an orange retro office chair, blue checked curtains, 1 tin tile, an old picture frame, 2 pendant lights, 2 hippie skirts, a photo display thingy, 4 pairs of vintage skiis, toy race cars and ONE plastic duck.
Sigh. I love Plymouth's townwide yard sale day. And sadly, this was the last year of the annual event. So unless someone else wants to take on the project of organizing the hundred or so sales, we will no longer be able to enjoy this glorious September day of bargains. :(
I just wanteed to use my little platform in the world to plug my buddies' restaurant, the Six Burner Bistro, because the food is not only affordable and outstanding, but they support local farmers. The greens and veggies are always fresh and the food is deeeeee-lish. (Oh, and it's a BYOB establishment, so bring along your favorite brew or bottle of wine to enjoy). :)
If anyone is interested in showcasing their art, there is currently room to become a member and display your wares. Also check them out online for fun classes and events!
On the plus side, next year will be 9/9/09, and that's just going to get plain silly...
Group mural project
Music provided by the Jim Tyrrell Trio
(notice Root Beer's new pants...they came from a MALL!)
My friend, Jim Tyrrell (a local musician) and I both rent studio space in the old mill in Ashland and are teaming up for an open studio event tomorrow. Live music, art making, wine drinking, munchies...all of it. Swing on over! Weeeeeeee!