What’s In A Name?


so i know you all are just waiting with baited breath what little MeMe’s permanent name is (ha ha)!  i figured i’d go ahead and share it with you before the new year is upon us. 

i went thru many different names before the one  settled on.  it started with Trixie Pixie Mimsy…and from there went on to Autumn and Eve, Ivy, Hope…oh my there were so many!

i thought I had settled on Evelyn Anne and I was calling her EvieAnne for short, but it just didn’t “take”.  I chose Evelyn because I am a rose affecionado, with around 30 or so in my gardens at present, and Evelyn is the name of my favorite english rose.   i’ve always really liked the name Anne, and not just cause it’s part of my name because i just always thought it was really pretty.  simple but a strong strong name.  however, it was not meant to be.  everytime i called her EvieAnne, or just Evie, something didn’t feel right.  I figured it would eventually “settle”, but then life happened, so to speak.

there were 3 things i wanted for xmas this year.  one was that congress would pass the unemployment and tax cuts before my unemployment ran out.  two, i wanted a job, and 3 for some miracle to come along so that i would be able to keep my house for me and my furry family.  well my hope, was pretty much in the toilet and along with it was my reception of the holiday season upon us and everything that went along with that as well. 

meanwhile, while all that was occurring, little MeMe was perservering despite her dismal start in this world.  upon her discovery, she was very sick and underweight.  she had terribly infected eyes, and the vet upon seeing her, classified her condition as “serious”.  in only a matter of days, tho, miss MeMe was howling her head from the bathroom, for my attention and it quickly became very apparent that she had no intentions of letting her current predictament get the better of her. 

helping mom on the computer is some seriously hard work!!

as MeMe continued to heal and put on weight, the world continue to spin, albeit somewhat off it’s access, i’m sure, and then something happened.  i got called for a job interview.  it was for one of those check cashing places and i knew that the likelyhood of them hiring me was miminal because whether or not they’ll hire you is partially based on my credit history and mine sux presently what with my current situation (tell me with 10% unemployment in this country, if they are going to base hiring you on your credit history, just exactly how is that 10% s’posed to get a job if they have sucky credit due to the fact that they lost their job in the first place?), and then, even tho i didn’t get a job, congress passed the legislation needed to help those unemployed and kept the tax cuts, and miracle of miracles, i was contacted for another job interview!!!  all of this, and watching little MeMe blossom started something.  it started this little seed of hope growing within me, and gave me tremendous joy.  if she could overcome all the adversities put before her?  who was i to mope and sulk???  😐

next thing i knew, bam!  boom!  the christmas bug had bit me in the ass!  instead of staying home, i decided to go and see family, and not only go and see them, but to do some COOKING for the occassion as well  (i HATE cooking and so apparently, in this case or any other it takes an act of congress to get me in the kitchen! LOL) 

one of her favorite pastimes, watching tv

traveling to see family wasn’t an easy task, as i not only had to take the dogs with me, but determined that i had to take MeMe as well because not only to keep an eye on her, but because she had developed another eye infection as well!  …sigh  the trip went really well, with MeMe’s eye infection clearing up and blasting around my mom and dad’s house like she had a rocket on her tail! lol 

and yes i know u are probably thinking ‘that’s all nice, but what IS her permanent name already??”  ok ok…well with the hope and joy kicking in, that’s when it hit me…this little kitten’s name is Merry.  yess….MERRY!  and it fits!  here she is restoring my faith and putting a smile on my face.  Merry she makes, and makes all those who come into contact with her.  my mom, a HUGE lover of all things cat, ooo’d and awww’d over her, and my dad was brought to tears by the story of her and her brother’s discovery.  yes she touches all those who come into contact with and makes Merry.  not only is it from the holiday season, but it also the name of one of my closest and dearest long time friends who has been thru alot with me.  and i mean ALOT.  so it is quite the suitable name.  annnddd…just for the heck of it, i tacked on christmas as her second name because everyone who hears it smiles.  how can u not?

and so there u have it.  little Merry Christmas.  the kitten who in saving herself, saved me too.  oh and one last note, i did get a call for another interview and will find out the results of that after the holidays.  little Merry is also now in a splint because she did something to her front right paw. we’re not sure what and the dr couldn’t detect any broken bones, so she’s in a splint for the weekend to give it a break and will come off monday to see if she’s willing to walk on it.  if not, she will go back in the splint for about 6 weeks.  little Merry very calmly allowed the dr to wrap her foot, as long as i was holding her, and is getting around just fine here at the house.  like the little trooper she is, she takes it on the chin and continues to purr, eat, and find the merry in every day!!

one of merry's favorite spots; this bowl. she even sleeps in it. i love this pic!


miss Mena working the camera

 earlier today i got to play what i call “kitty claws” in delivering both kitties to the arms of their new families!  as with any transition with kittens, they were a bit scared but i know that both Mena and Millie would adjust quickly!  and the truly big treat was the fact that Mena’s new owner thinks she’ll be keeping the name!  both families have my contact number should they need anything, but i expect everything to go smoothly.  little Millie will be hitting the road with her new mom and dad, Amy and Jordan, to return to their homestate of Michigan for the holidays.  the couple thought about having me petsit her until they came back, but decided they wanted to take her along.  little Millie is most durable and i know she’ll make the trip fine!

 kinda quiet around here tho.  😦 lol  somehow just the pups doing the only ruff-housing ain’t enuff-used to be both pups and little kits going crazy! lol  MeMe is right now in the nursery eating, but even she’s been quiet tonight, sleeping up here on the computer desk rather than gettin’ crazy.  maybe it’s harder to get worked up without her siblings, but i know she’ll b fine too! 

miss Millie taking her turn at the camera

the one thing about these girls is that they loved the camera!  or maybe, it was that they were very interested in it and what on earth it did whenever i was shooting them.  they most certainly made for some beautiful pics!  i know that i’m going to miss them! 

mena helping my cat sherlock "straigten" things up

what??? (posing innocent for the camera lol)

it seems like there were here for sooo long and that it was sooo long ago that my dog found them in the backyard.  sometime in early november i’m thinking……

and of course, we can’t forget little milo!  (didn’t have my new camera to capture him darnit!)

milo and millie keepin' an eye on a toy


handsome milo (look how tiny when i first found them!)

Milo actually sitting still for 2.5 seconds lol

Millie peeking under the door to see what's making all the noise (dogs)

little Mena who was the smallest of the 3-until MeMe-and the most feral

sooo tiny!  and scared to death!  but how quickly they warmed up to me-well Mena took a few days longer but it wasn’t long before she went from growling and hissing at me to purring!  oh what treasures!  i’m so going to miss them!

fortunately, i have the pictures to treasure-even the bad ones lol, and i also will have their sister as a permanent member of my own little furry family.  MeMe.  who once again proved tonight that now that her sisters are all gone, her vocal chords are still quite capable of letting me know she will have nothing to do with having to stay in the nursery all by herself!

little miss MeMe giving me a look...she is now firmly planted-on her very own blanket no less-smack dab in front of the computer moniter here with me

do you mind?

that light is too bright for my sensitve eyes!!

due to not knowing at this point what’s going to happen with my house, we won’t be having anymore fosters here at Planet Kitty until we know for certain our fate. so the mackerels may be the last, but there may be some good news brewing with regards to the ol’ homestead,,,but that must keep for another post!

 and so we close here and say good-bye to the mackerels.  all but one that is!  live long and prosper little kittens!  you will always and forever remain in a corner of our hearts! 🙂


…yessss i know….way overdue for an installment.  if this were the design star competition, my show would have been cancelled a long time ago.  soo…here we are, a few days…a week or so before xmas and i have all sorts of news!  most of it good.  some a little sad, and some a little scary.

earlier tonight i posted that Mena has been adopted.  but the really wonderful news is, it looks like both kittens have found new homes! (milo was adopted over a week ago to some good friends of mine and he is doing quite well!  i get regular updates!)   i am very excited and happy for both of them!  i will taking along my NEW camera, to document the meeting with the new kittens’ families.  i’m sooo excited!!  (actually i’ve had the camera awhile; it only took them 3 months to get my order straightened out and the camera too me!)

Mena and Millie from left to right

i just have to interject here that the new camera is AWESOME and i’m having alot of fun playing with it!!  it has all sorts of special different settings that are just gonna b loads of fun to experiment with but that’s besides the point…back to the blog!

both adoption parents…as i call them…are great families and after speaking with Millie’s tonight on the phone, I know that they are just as anxious as I am to get their newest family member!  i am soo happy to have this happen as things in my own little world haven’t always gone the greatest and so this was really good news for both me and the kittens!  YEAH!!!  and just one for time for the cheap seats in the back…  YEAAHH!!!

of course, it’s been quite some time since i last blogged, and i know i teased you a bit with the subject of “screaming MeMe” on the facebook page.  I will now explain.  approximately 3 weeks or so ago, i was out in the “back 40” as I like to call it (back yard).  I was working on moving stuff into the garage for the winter, and happend to come across a startling discovery in some items covered in some plastic and blankets.  curled up together to try and stay warm for the 2 remaining kittens that had frolicked off the day that my border collie had cornered the 3 little mackerels in my backyard.  one boy, and one girl.  the little boy was dead, and from what i could tell had been for a few days.  the little girl was curled up next to him, and was breathing.  i rushed her inside to get her warmed up.  it was well into the evening by this time, and the soonest i would be able to get her to a vet, was the first thing the next morning.  i could have just killed myself for not having set a live trap for the other two, and would badly for not having done so for the next week, but i also needed to keep my mind focused on getting the remaining little girl kitten i found, healthy and back on her feet. 

the next morning she was diagnosed with a really bad URI and her eyes were badly infected.  she was tiny and considering that she was the same age as her siblings, underweight and small as well.  the night before i cleaned up her eyes as well as i could, but was afraid of doing too much as i didn’t want to make her feel worse after all she had been thru.  i was up and down all night caring for her, and in the long run, it paid off!  with a few days, the little had gone from sick sick sick…to feeling lots better and and i mean LOTS, better.  the little one had a BIG VOICE and let me know that not only was she hungry, but didn’t like having to stay in the bathroom -one of the warmest rooms in my little house-alone with anyone for company;  hence, the name, screaming MeMe. 

little MeMe

miss MeMe was sooo dirty when I first brought her in, i thought she was grey like her sister millie, but it wasn’t until after a good bath-days later when she was much stronger-that i discovered she was actually white!  amazingly, she never really seemed to be feral like her siblings were.  i don’t know if it was because of her illness and she socialized up during her recovery or what but it didn’t take her long to want to have me right by her side in the bathroom all the time and if i wasn’t she would…well not literally scream, but howl.  a very distinct howl as well; it was always loud and either sounded like “owe” or “now”.  it actually was very entertaining, if it weren’t so hearbreaking!  (altho sometimes, especially once she was back in full recovery, you really did have to chuckle it was so entertaining!)

after a week and a half or so, i reunited MeMe with her brother and sisters in the nursery.  it wasn’t long before they were all romping and playing together, but u definitely could notice a difference in size between her and her siblings, and her eyes need to be watched closely because it may turn out she’ll have problems/sensitivities for the rest of her life, too.  because of this, at least for now, i have decided to make MeMe a permanent resident of Planet Kitty.  altho it was never my intention to adopt another kitty after the loss of my kitty Febe last summer, it looks like fate has done that for me as i’m so very attached to little MeMe (who now has a new name but i’ll reveal that at a later date).  there is something so very delicate and special about this little girl, and i guess i need her as much as she needs me. 🙂

sweet little girl!

the 3 girls hogging the computer desk and monitor-another reason why it's so hard for me to get any work done!

and so all is well in the end at PK.  i was going to write about the other goings-on here at the homestead having to do more literally with the homestead, work, my job search, etc., but tonight i’d rather once again end on a positive note and will talk about that some other time.  the main thing is….HIP HIP HOORRAY!!!  everyone is getting a good home!!  happy holidays!

Where to start??

Well……it began with a computer crash and just kept on rollin’!  :S  After several hours of workin’ on my computer, a friend was able to salvage one harddrive.  Unfortunately, it only lasted about a day and a half and then it all came crashing down again.  I originally had 2 harddrives and with the initial crash, I lost all my fotos I’d taken from the past 7 years or so.  good bye family, friends, etc.  grrr.  :S  The friend highly recommended that I back everything up next time.  Point taken. 

Now, not during this time, but right before, I began motor RV shopping with the intention of moving all of us, eventually, into a motorhome in preperation of things that could possibly come.  Well darnit, I had one found, only to have the owner call me the morning we were sposed to pick it up saying that some unknown damage had just been discovered and he didn’t feel comfortable selling it to me in that condition.  At the time I was relieved thankful to have such and “honest” person at the other end of the sales deal.  However, a couple of weeks later I found the same dang RV listed back on craigslist for $600 more than the price he agreed to sell it to me for!  Grrrr!!!  what gggggreeed!!  So that temporarily has set back that plan. 

Meanwhile, the Mackerels continued to progress for the better.  No more ailments and with recently being altered and healed from their surgeries, they were ready to find homes!  However, because of the loss of all my photos, I had no way to run a photo in the paper with their ads.  So I decided to put it off since I figured the puter would be back up and running soon. (Boy was I wrong)!  A home has been found for lively little Milo tho, and I will be posting new pics of him and his sisters very very soon!!  (Milo will be making the transition this weekend).

Greta, my greyhound, has her good days and bad, and during this time had a few bad days with her arthritis getting the better of her.  I am now having to help her get up almost on a regular basis.  Despite her pain, she reminds bright and alert, and determined to keep on movin’!

With the loss of the RV that I attempted to obtain, the situation of our living quarters continues to become more and more dire.  :S  While I continue to try and find work, a foreclosure date has been set for February 2 of next year.  I had hoped to be able to qualify for a special HUD program, but we didn’t qualify and while there is another program we DO qualify for, the feds haven’t gotten it completely in place yet.  Meanwhile I continue to pound the pavement, now more voraciously, determined to find something to hold us over.  I realize that many other Americans are going thru the same thing, but it’s quite terrifying for the person actually going thru it, at least for me it is, and even tho many others are going thru it, that knowledge doesn’t make it any less devistating, I’m afraid.  We shall persevere tho!!

I  hate to end on a sad note…..and so I won’t!  I”ll save that for the next blog.  I can tell u it starts sad, but ends happy.  I promise!! 🙂