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Pee sticks sandwiched between fluffy critters



When I was living in Florida I had a delightful fluffy black cat named Katzel. One afternoon I went to a new animal shelter to do a story for the paper. The shelter was different than the pound – lots of open enclosures with indoor and outdoor spaces where the animals could easily roam and socialize with one another. It really was quite awesome.

While touring the facility this big fluffy Maine Coon came trotting up, trilling at me. Her eyes were such a pale green they made me think of opals. I crouched down and she reached a big soft paw up and caressed my cheek. It was love at first trill. I wrote the owner a check then and there and arranged to pick the little cat, who I promptly named Yum Yum, up in two weeks after I returned from my visit to Alabama. She and Katzel would become swell friends.

Not two months after adopting Yum Yum, my beloved Katzel had to be put down due to complications from feline leukemia. I was devastated. It took a while, but Yum Yum and I grew to love one another and established a very meticulous routine. One OCD woman and her OCD cat.

One of Yum Yum’s favorite things to do in the evening is sit in an open window and sniff the air. This evening was cool after a spring rain so I took her onto the sun porch and sat with her. Together we looked out the windows and “chatted” – meaning Yum Yum would chirp and purr at me and I would sing her name. Midway through our “discussion” I promised her that even when Pip is here, I will still make time for our window sitting, chasing one another around the upstairs and our evening snuggles.

Look at those BEAUTIFUL LETTERS! I don’t even care that it is an ugly font!

Completing the pee stick sandwich we have this cutie ground hog IN MY BACK YARD! He’s cute and all, but what the heck is he doing in my yard? And why is hanging out on the bumper to the Jeep Wagoneer? And more importantly… why the hell is the bumper in the yard? Gotta talk to Mr. Husband about this one 🙂

I promise this is my last post for the day. I also assure my new readers that I rarely post several times a day and clog your reader with my fretting. Promise.

DISCLAIMER: Yes, my grass needs mowed. Yes, there is all kinds of crap piled around our falling down shed. Yes, the field of grass and heaps of junk probably have something to do with the invasion of wild life! My pee stick told me none of this matters 🙂



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  1. Jennifer Brady #
    April 25, 2012

    YEA! YEA! YEA!

  2. Jen #
    April 25, 2012

    Yay! That’s about as clear as you can get. Congratulations!!!!

  3. April 25, 2012

    Congrats on the digital finally showing up!!!

  4. April 25, 2012

    YES! That’s amazing! Look at that digital, clear as day, PREGNANT!!!!! YOU ARE PREGNANT!

  5. Amy #
    April 25, 2012

    Looking good!!! And you’re damn right – none of that stuff matters. I keep trying to tell myself the same kind of thing – it’s not always easy to keep believing it, so thanks for the timely reminder!

  6. April 25, 2012

    Doing the happy dance for you, Belle.

  7. April 26, 2012

    Beautiful indeed!

  8. April 26, 2012

    Way to bury the lead!!!!! Did I miss a post?

    CONGRATS 🙂 Yay!!!!!!!!!

    Also, I love Maine Coons.

  9. April 26, 2012

    Oh, Belle! I’m so damn happy for you!! You got this. So so excited for you and the Mr.

  10. Anna #
    April 26, 2012

    Yay yhe most beautiful word! Pip is doing good! Your mum can sit in that and swivel with her negative words! Pip will love sitting by the windows with you and yum yum x

    • Anna #
      April 26, 2012

      Sit on that obviously! X

  11. April 26, 2012

    I think you mother needs a little education, faint line is positive and is faint because of the early days! Nothing else. Now there’s those letters as well! And write as much as you want 🙂

  12. April 26, 2012

    YEAH for your rising HCG!! 🙂 Just so fantastic. Today must be time for your blood test right?

  13. EmHart #
    April 26, 2012

    That picture of your kitty is just beautiful. I love the way you describe how she talks, I love that sound, my Jade used to make the same sort. BTW I have given you an award on my blog.

  14. Laura #
    April 26, 2012

    I am SO HAPPY for you dear friend! those digital letters are the best thing I’ve seen all week 🙂 ugly font and all!

  15. April 26, 2012

    Hurrah! Super pleased for you.

  16. April 26, 2012

    Those beautiful words do make that font not matter. Yum Yum will love Pip I bet. Maine Coons are such gorgeous kitties.

  17. April 26, 2012

    Eeeek!!! Congrats! Those letters ate the most beautiful letters in the world. So happy for you Belle!!

  18. April 26, 2012

    love reading your posts and seeing the happy news! wooo hoooo! it definitely puts a smile on my face, I’m so happy for you.

  19. April 26, 2012


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