Why knit so many socks? What is the appeal?
The Zees Go West
A New Englander moves to New Mexico
Thursday, April 6, 2023
So Many Socks!
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Do inanimate objects have souls?
For many years now, I've watched the decline of this poor horse in the yard of an abandoned house. From the road he looked like one of those mechanical horses outside supermarkets that kids would ride for a quarter. I used to dream of rescuing the poor thing.
This year, as a birthday wish, I gave a sort of hero's quest to my son and husband. Please, please, rescue that horse from that terrible neglect and let me give him a home.
They actually did it! They found the property owner and made sure they would be able to "rescue" the horse. Then they discovered something--this was no mechanical horse on a base that would stand on the ground--this was a horse made of cement! He was extremely heavy and his poor legs were broken off. He needed me more than ever.
My son gathered a bunch of big burly friends. They brought trucks. They brought work gloves. This morning they went to get my boy.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
The Story of Little Toad
Our town has a Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program that encourages people to capture "community," or free roaming unowned cats. The cats are then taken to the local shelter and neutered or spayed, then released back to where they have been living. The hope is that this program will eventually and humanely reduce the population of feral cats.
Cats are apparently marked after the process by having their ears tipped, so they can be easily identified from a distance as already neutered.
I know that this program has been in place for many years--sometimes with government funding and sometimes through the goodness of private citizens.
One little guy who was the recipient of this free service was a young gray and white cat. He was so friendly and sociable that folks wanted to have him taken in by one of the many no-kill shelters here and offered for adoption, but at the time there just wasn't any room for any more cats. So he was released back into "the wild"--his neighborhood near the downtown plaza.
Then fate took a hand. One evening, the director of one of the most successful shelters was dining out with friends at the Little Toad Creek Brewery downtown when the gray and white cat came up and "spoke" to them. They knew he was asking for a home so they took him along, named him Little Toad, and featured him as the Action Programs for Animals Pet of the Week.
I saw his story on Facebook in mid-July and couldn't believe that he was not adopted immediately. Two weeks later, he joined our family. He made himself at home immediately. He wasn't bothered by the cats or the dogs. He isn't at all shy and greets visitors at the door and shows them to a comfy chair, just like a little maitre d'.
Monday, July 4, 2022
Hats for the Homeless Shelters
Friday, February 18, 2022
One last pair of gift socks. I think I have reached the saturation point with family members. Our sock drawers are bulging!
Those of you with keen eyes will spot the color mistake I made while knitting and watching TV at the same time.