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Probably the best gift I ever gave anyone was the Christmas I gave my brother a puppy. He’d recently lost his dog, Franz, and somehow Dean and I found out about a litter of puppies that were being given away in Elgin. Dean and I picked out a female, brought it to my apartment for … Continue reading »

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Photos of people I don’t know #2 — a cat on a fence post

Not a person, but I don’t know the cat in this photo so it counts. This was also in the bag of photos from Aunt Corrine. Even 1915, the year this postcard photo was sent, people took photos of their cats. The sender wrote this on the back: From: 117 Hinsdale Pl. Elgin, Ill. To: Mrs. … Continue reading »

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Spoiling the Cat

No, as far as I know that is not a euphemism. I am spoiling our cat. She is elderly, mostly deaf and going blind. She’s got a constant runny nose that was finally diagnosed as asthma a few years ago. We recently had a bad scare  and thought she was dying as we helplessly watched. … Continue reading »

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How I learned that Cokie Roberts lives nearby

So, on Monday afternoon I got a phone call. The ID on the phone display read: FIND TOTO I didn’t answer, but later was curious and listened to the message. Notice that the message did not say “This is a message from your neighbor Cokie”. However, I made a note to be on the lookout … Continue reading »

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Our Three Cats

I’ve been meaning to write about the new [temporary] addition to our household, but I always seem to be scooping poop or filling water or food bowls or breaking up cat fights and don’t have time to blog about it. So, you may know that we have two “mature” cats (I hate to say elderly), … Continue reading »

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Joe’s Best Friend

We have two cats, Joe and Halloween. Halloween is aggressively friendly (read needy), has a very large personality and has thumbs so she tends to be talked about more. Joe, on the other hand, is what I call a pillow cat. He lays around like a decorative pillow (he’s colored like a Holstein cow — … Continue reading »

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I’m not a dog person. I don’t dislike dogs, I just prefer cats. Well, there are some dogs I dislike. I don’t like dalmatians because every dalmatian I’ve ever encountered has bared its teeth at me. I’m afraid of dobermans. My Uncle Don raised Dobermans and one bit me when I was 3. I don’t … Continue reading »

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And two cats in the yard (house, actually)

We have two cats, Joe and Halloween. They were litter mates, born at what we called “the kitty farm” outside Elgin, Illinois. The farm was (and still is) Dean’s brother’s farm and used to be crawling with cats, many of whom were polydactyl. There are no cats left there now, thanks to a busy road … Continue reading »

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While the cat’s away…

…the cats will open 115 browser tabs. I stepped out for a couple of hours to have coffee with a friend and came home to a laptop with the browser at full screen and 115 tabs opened — all firefox help page. Now I know why the keyboard quit working yesterday.  Mystery solved.

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