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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 9:10pm

That's a beautiful photo, Joan. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 9:06pm

Patricia, I just read your post about you not having a "caring" person in your life. While working at boys' ranches with delinquent boys placed by juvenile courts, I always saw to it that each boy had at least one "cookie" person. It could be a relative, friend, mail-person, ... anyone who showed an interest in an individual boy. Those boys that didn't have an interested adult had a harder time finding a healthy path through apositive role model.  

I hope you give yourself lots of positive parenting (for yourself). Now that you are all grown up, you need to fill in those "holes" that came from disinterest. 

Last year, my closest friend was 85 when she died. She spent many of her adult years nurturing herself because she felt unwelcome and unwanted by her parents, a real emptiness. The way she nurtured herself was to go to all the plays in town, and concerts, and art shows. She even volunteered in order to pay her way. Those experiences just made her glow. Here is a photo of her at her 80th birthday party. She loved hats!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 8:50pm

Patricia, I am so glad you found a husband and family generous with hugs and I assume affirmations. 

What a dreadful thing to hear from teachers! I hope your parents confronted them! 

"teachers who wondered what was 'wrong' with me"

sk8eycat, What a life Jerry lives, a cat drinking fountain, no less! Love the photo. 

Dreadful news about children not surviving locked in hot cars. I agree, 

"Is there a Stupid Epidemic going around? (Rhetorical question...ofcourse there is!)"

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 8:49pm

I'm so happy that the man who invented  this particular fountain lives in California (not too far from Sacramento...Sierra foothills), and is so conscietious about mailing orders out so quickly. Well, he's conscientious about everything...no lead or other toxic materials in any part of the fountain...that's why I blew more than $150 on it last year, after searching the net for almost a week.

Every other fountain on the market is either made in China, and/or contains plastc that gets scratches where mold can build up.  Even the stainless steel ones aren't safe.  This thing has a few plastic tubes, but you can buy any replacement parts at reasonable prices, and the big basin is ceramic, and made in the USA...with NO LEAD in the glaze.

Why did I buy such a complex fountain in the first place? Hairy Jerry will only drink running water, unless he's terribly desperate.  He kept asking me to turn on the bathroom faucet for him, and then got angry because he had to stand in the sink to drink, and got his little feeties wet.

He's about 14 years old, and the last thing I need right now is a cat with kidney problems.  Been there, done that more than once, and hated it.

Anyway, I kind of like the sound of trickling water in the kitchen.  Very soothing. (The little pump is absolutely silent.)

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 8:42pm

sk8eycat, I've said it before and I'll say it again....you crack me up.  I laughed out loud reading about Jerry and his attitude. 

Comment by booklover on August 18, 2012 at 8:03pm

sk8eycat, I totally understand about Jerry being insulted! :)  I have 3 cats.

I hope next week is much better for you.  I am glad we all have each other on here to listen to our news, good or bad!~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 7:27pm

Eww.  Typos!  Sorry.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 7:26pm

GOOD news!  (This is not my Hairy Jerry, but the attitude is the same)

funny cat pictures - I climb alla way up here an therez nothing that I want.

The Cat Drinking fountain died Thursday morning, I panicked, and sent an order for a replacement pump at 7AM...got an e-mail that it had been shipped Priority Mail at 8AM.  Jerry was insulted that he had to drink out of a common glass bowl for 2 whole days, but the new pump arrived this morning, and I installed it immediately.

Did Jerry thank me? Of course not. He just gave me A Look, and then slurped down water as if he'e been stranded out in the Mojave Desert for a week.

At least he's contented now.

It's been one hell of a week.  I hope it's all finally over.

Thank you all for letting me come in here and rant.

Felaine

Comment by booklover on August 18, 2012 at 5:53pm

Patricia, I am so sorry that you were raised in a household with no hugs.  I am glad you found it with your husband's family!

@ Idaho Spud, I loved the movie Matilda as well!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 5:00pm

Dr. Kellie, I didn't worry about it as a child, but as an adult, I take precautions to make it impossible for a kid to get locked-in.  I sure would hate to see a dead child in one of mine. 

 

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