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The Cat Who…

In my last post I told you about our "loaner cat." He is fitting in very well, and as we had hoped, Buddy's behavior has improved greatly. We think he is enjoying the company of another feline in the house.

We have tried out all kinds of names on the new cat, including some that were mentioned in the last post and its comments. We have finally landed on a name that seems to fit — Qwill, short for Qwilleran. Our granddaughters Avery and Della have really latched on to that name. It's really cute to hear Della calling for the cat. She runs around the house saying, "Qweel! Qweel!"


Some of you will recognize the name Jim Qwilleran right away as the main (human) character in the Cat Who... series by Lilian Jackson Braun. You can read more about it in the article in Wikipedia. If you've never read any of the books in that series and you like cats and mysteries, we think you'll enjoy the books. I would recommend starting out with the first one in the series, called The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. Here's a link to a list of the titles in chronological order.

In the novels, Qwill's two cats, Koko and YumYum, help him solve whatever mystery he's working on. Their help comes in various ways, one of which is knocking from a shelf a book whose title is a clue to the solution. As we considered what to name our cat, we have found him several times lying by one of our bookcases, as seen below.

Qwill Hardy Boys

With his nose pointed towards the Hardy Boys books, he seemed to be telling us which name he preferred. We actually considered, but only for as long as it took to say it, the names Frank, Joe, and Biff.

I mentioned our granddaughter Della earlier in this post. Some of you know this already, but she became a big sister Monday of this week. Her little sister Reynolds Rebecca Collogan came into the world about 6 weeks early, weighing 4 lbs. 12 oz. Renny is still in the NICU and is doing better each day. Nora was discharged last night, and we hope Renny will be able to go home soon. Please pray for her and her parents during this difficult time of living in two different places in town. I'll post a picture of her soon. Here's a picture of Renny and Mommy shortly after the birth.
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How to Deal with a Stray Cat

For seventeen years we had more than one cat. Counting strays who lived in our yard, at one time we had a total of eight cats (!), only three of which lived indoors. We were sure that stray cats put symbols in front of our house, much as hobos had done, to let other strays know that we were a soft touch. There are far fewer strays in our current neighborhood.

Almost three years ago when the two cats we had had the longest died within a few months of each other, we found ourselves without any pets. A little over two years ago our vet contacted us to let us know she had a really nice cat that needed a good home, and she thought of us. We weren't sure we were ready to have a cat again in our lives at that time, but we caved and Buddy became a part of our household. (Did I mention that we were a soft touch?)

During many of the years we had multiple cats, our kids were still living at home. Therefore there was lots going on and the cats got plenty of attention. When Buddy joined us, we were empty-nesters, and he has found life with two quiet oldsters a little boring, we fear. With that boredom came some behavioral issues. So we took out a "loaner" cat from The Cat Clinic to see if having a companion would improve his behavior. So far the two cats are on friendly terms and seem to be adjusting well.

Unnamed Cat

We still haven't come up with a name for the new little cat but are considering some having to do with mustaches. To me, he looks like a little Frenchman. We're open to suggestions. Several that we like are Poirot...
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Another Baker’s Dozen of Signs

Some new signs have come my way, and so, I must share them. :-)

A family in our daughter's neighborhood had a yard sale a few months ago. Here's the sign they placed in their front yard.

Ever Think Must Go

Did you ever think? If so, it must go!

This next sign shows the value of including all the words in a message.
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One-Liners Are Some of My Favorites

As I was looking through my files, I found a list of one-liners that were sent to me by a long-time reader who has now been in heaven for several years. Some I've seen and maybe even posted before, but there were quite a few in the list that were new to me. So, in memory of P.D., I post this list of one-liners.

There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count and those who can't.

The days of a digital watch are numbered.

Do not curse the darkness; check the warranty.

Today's subliminal message is

People who kill people give guns a bad name.

There is no future in time travel.

Why is abbreviated such a long word?

What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.

Psychoceramics: the study of crackpots.

In any organization there will always be one person who knows what is going on. This person must be identified and fired!

If you want to know the value of money, try to borrow some.

Put on your seat belts. I want to try something.

It's always darkest just before you step on the cat.

Madness takes its toll; please have exact change.

As I said before, I never repeat myself.

Are you illiterate? Write to us for a free book.

The buck doesn't even slow down here.

When you are over the hill, you pick up speed.

California does have its faults.

Stupidity does not qualify as a handicap, park elsewhere!

You have two choices for dinner; take it or leave it.

I used to have a handle on life, then it broke.
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Are You Glad Summer Vacation Is Over?

For students and teachers, summer vacation is a reality of life. Students generally can't wait until summer vacation arrives, and yet part way through the summer many are eager for school to start again, for a variety of reasons. Teachers have mixed feelings about summer vacation. It's a welcome relief from the rigors and long hours of the school year. Yet many teachers need to find summer employment, just to make ends meet. Teachers therefore often are very happy to return to the classroom, especially if their summer job is not particularly enjoyable. And parents? They also have mixed thoughts about summer vacation. I'll leave it at that.

Last week's post was some of my favorite memes I've seen lately. I saved some for this week since they are related to summer vacation, mainly from the teacher's point of view. I'm not really sure if these "e-cards" are technically memes, but they're close enough since they involve a picture of some kind and verbiage. The series below starts with the fatigue at the end of the school year and ends with one of the "fun" aspects of each new school year. I hope you enjoy them ... especially you teachers.

May Relaxing Teacher
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