Friday, March 16, 2007

Days of Innocence

I have been over at Pete Townshend's blog the past week or so reading his autobiography. (Which is excellent by the way). He got me thinking about my childhood and thinking about it, I realize that it was the most extraordinary time of my life. It was the decade of the 60's. We grew up in the city, so we were never short on entertainment. The world was changing all around us but life on Yale Avenue continued to be complacent.

I loved the fact that we were able to play outside until after dark. We didn't have to worry about some sex crazed lunatic coming and kidnapping us. We could walk down the alley alone without a worry.

A trip to the local "little store" was a treat in itself. For a 25cents we could get a bag full of penny candy along with a bottle of pop. Now it costs a dollar just for a Coke and the penny candy has gone by way of the horse and buggy.

Everyone knew everyone on our street. Everyone looked out for everyone too. Nowadays you are lucky to even know your nextdoor neighbor's name.

I occasionally like to reminisce about the days of childhood. They were good. For me anyway. I was lucky in that I had great parents, the best Gram ever, and an older brother I could rely on if I needed. And as far as friends, I had the best. I know some are gone now but I will never forget any of them.

On a message board of the old neighborhood, someone asked the question if you could go back, what would you do? I just said that I wanted to spend one more week with everyone that I knew in those days, and just tell them how much they meant to me and that I will always carry them in my heart no matter where life takes me.

The picture above is me(on the bike) and my next door neighbor Davey in 1961. We were about 3.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

March 14

Today is March 14th. It was 30 years ago today that my dad passed away suddenly. I miss him.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Though the weather has been somewhat un-winterlike, Tortellini continues her nap. I can't wait for Spring to arrive. I miss seeing her happy little face. Sweet dreams little girl! I will be waiting for you.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Hi! I'm Daisy. You have already seen my story on the previous post so I won't go on about that. I just wanted to say that I am a happy cat. I have a safe place to live, food, toys and lots of love. Lots of other kitties to play with too. I guess you can say I am a spoiled kitten.
Bye for now. I hope your Xmas is as good as mine will be!

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Last week I rescued a 5 month old kitten from the walking park in our area. She was abandoned with her brother back in August. My husband began feeding them because they were literally starving to death. The kittens also had no shelter to go to. There is a drainage ditch but when it rained, and being out in the wide open, with the fierce wind the poor kittens had nowhere to go.

To make a long story short, my husband had to go to Chicago for work and left me with the kittens to feed. So off I would drive to the park to feed them. I noticed the little girl was limping. Her front paw was injured. She needed a vet. But I still couldn't get her. After a week or so, her leg got worse and she got slower. So I picked her up and brought her home. I called the vet and she was taken immediately. She spent the night and the next day she was spayed, had her foot cleaned(it was abcessed), and she got her rabies shot.
The kitten who we named Daisy is now resting comfortably in her crate. Her stiches will come out next week. I don't know anyone who will take her and I cannot turn her loose. She would not survive. She has permanant damage to her leg and will probably always limp. So it looks like I have another cat. This makes #7.
Her brother went missing a few weeks ago. I am hoping he found a home. Hoping.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Is Winter Over Yet?

Guess who emerged from her winter sleep? Tortellini! The weather was warmer than usual this past week and she decided to get up. Here she is just coming out of her mulch pile. She thinks she has company.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Tortellini is Hibernating

This is my turtle Tortellini. You won't be able to see her though. She is buried under all the mulch and has an extra pile of leaves on top of her. She has gone into hibernation. I miss seeing her around the yard. If the weather warms up though, she may decide to come out for a little bit. If not, I won't see her until springtime next year. Keep your fingers crossed that she makes it through the winter ok.

This picture was taken a month ago. She thinks she is hiding and that I can't see her.
Little does she know!