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Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Pet Blogging! Bloggered!!

Blogger STILL wont let me post photos from my hard drive. Don't know what the problem is.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Pet Care

Got this in Ye Olde E-Maile Bagge:


1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as ifholding a baby. Position right hand thumb on either side of cat'smouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in hand. As catopens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in right arm (to avoid wound on left arm) and repeat process.

3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in best arm, holding rear paws tightly with hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten.

5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front, and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to holdhead firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth Drop pill; put down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow through straw.

9) Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans, drink one beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10) Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat on cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12) Call fire department to retrieve the ------ cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13) Tie the little ------'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak filet. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14) Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15) Arrange for SPCA to collect the "cat from hell" and call local pet shop to see if they have any guinea pigs available.


1) Wrap it in bacon. Drop on the floor.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

So Stand Throughout The Years....

Can it really be 25 years since I graduated from Shady Side Academy? Must be, because I recently attended Homecoming for the Class of '81. It was Homecoming in more than one way for me. Dad taught at the school, and I lived on campus from the time I was eight years old until leaving college. I lot has changed, but much remains the same. I had a good time chatting with some of my old classmates, about 30 from our class of 126 showed up for the reunion dinner.

They tore down The Wall, and put up a parking lot!
(Ok, only MikeW and Lsqrd are going to "get" that!)

I lived here, in the first floor apartment of what was then called Ellsworth House for most of my time on campus.There were no benches in the yard at that time. The apartment and dorm rooms have since been converted into classrooms.

Looking out from the back porch. My cat Earl is buried by the bushes.

The last house on campus that I lived in. No idea who lives here now.

This is new! A theatre building!

There was a "community treehouse" built by some older kids in these woods. There is no trace of it now.

It seems my friends and I spent entire summers playing whiffle ball when we were kids. Home plate was at the base of the tree between the two birches on the left.

Twenty-five years ago, I could wrap my hands around the trunk of this tree.

It wouldn't be Homecoming without a football game!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday Pet Blogging!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Dusty!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Friday Puppy Blogging!

Sunday, October 01, 2006


He did it!

Its the highest finishing batting average by a Pirate since 1969, when Clemente batted .345!

I took the day off to go see the game (making this the first year I've been to both opening day and the closing game) and it was one of the best games I've seen all year. I love a pitchers duel, the Pirates and Reds starters were just amazing, and both teams made some spectacular defensive plays.

Solomon Torres closed it out for the Bucco's 1-0 win, although he looked too much like Mike Williams out there, putting runners on first and third after getting two, before he punched out pinch hitter Javier Valentin for the save.

Bucs finished the second half over .500 and not in last place.

Pitchers and catchers report in five months!

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