Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter. Happy Spring!

We have had more days of cold temperatures in March than in January this year so I am sure the flowers are just as confused as I am.  All our daffodils came up early this year but the other plants like azalea and forsythias have not even attempted to bloom yet.

I took a quick stroll through the local arboretum to see what was up there - a bit more than in my yard but still not much.  The cherry trees, hyacinths, crocuses and Lenten roses filled the nearly empty beds.

Wishing you all a lovely Easter day and a much warmer, brighter April to come!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Pat's and More on Kitty Transport

Our Sweetpea wishes you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!  The kitten transport to Knoxville went well - they arrived safely and will be on their way to IL today to a safe place and loving home.  The drive for us was thru the Smokey Mountains - scary curves going 60 mph - not a drive for anyone to take.  We are used to mountain driving so it was fun.

The kitten - Peeps, Cadbury and Jellybean did very well on the ride.  Two slept most of the way and one little girl sat up and talked the whole way, putting her nose up to the door of the cage and wanting attention.

This area of I-40 is known for its rock slides.  In fact last year the road was closed for many months due to a huge rock slide midway through the gap.  Now they have barriers and metal netting over the rocks to prevent that from happening again as this is a major corridor through the mountains.

If you look closely you can see the metal mesh on the rocks.
The Pidgeon River runs along the road here and is great for white water rafting with many spots set up to rent rafts and kayaks.

We met the next leg of the kitty transport on the other side of Knoxville and handed them over to go on to Chattanooga.  The main leg of this run came up from FL and ran about two hours over due to road construction in GA.  We had the easy part of this transport.  They all left Chattanooga this morning to head to the final destination in IL.

We will share some pics of Knoxville in our next post.  We stopped for lunch and roamed the downtown area for a bit to relax before heading back to Asheville.

It was a pleasure to participate in this even - to help homeless animals is my passion.  If you want to get involved in something like this - stop by Your Daily Cute blog and sign up.  The can use people all over the country.  I believe the next run is from FL to Maine.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ice Storm, Loss and Kitty Transport

I have not posted in a few weeks and a lot has happened.  We got our one and only winter storm on February 26 and it was an ice storm.  Freezing rain and high winds knocked out our power from dawn until late evening. Downed trees blocked our road, making it impossible to get out at times.  Thankfully the Fire Dept was constantly clearing the roads of trees and debris so that the electric company could come thru and make repairs.  We had high hopes of the power being back on in a few hours until a line went down across the road in front of the house. That never did get repaired until late evening.

We do have a generator to power our lights and heat but still no water or power to the stove to cook. The hot plate was our stove for the day.

Chica a couple of days before she passed.

All while this was going on our dear senior cat Chica was coughing off and on. She had lost weight and I knew that this was not a fur ball but we could not get out to go anywhere that day.  When we got her to the vet a day later, her chest was full of fluid and they had to drain it.  I was not ready for this.  She was doing well and stable after seven years of chronic renal failure. But it looked like either her heart was failing or perhaps a cancer of some sort  - I have heard lymphoma can cause fluid to develop.  She had one more good day and was up walking about the house and seemed to enjoy being with us.  Then she began to go downhill rapidly.  We took her to the vet and she passed in our arms on my birthday March 3 after 22 years of life with us.

Life goes on, I guess and not having to care for her has given us the opportunity to help transport three black kittens from a high kill shelter to a foster home on Saturday.  We will pick up Peeps, Jellybean and Cadbury
and drive them to Knoxville TN where someone will overnight them, heading off in the morning to the next stop.  This is my first transport and I am looking forward to it. What a great way to spend my day off.  Last year I was able to help  transport a cat with FIV in SC to a no kill shelter in Asheville where he got adopted.  Stuff like this does my heart good.




I will let you know how the transport goes. Keep all the cats in your thoughts that it all goes well.


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