Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bloom!

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Cathy’s Cactus

It has been over a year since my friend and colleague Cathy passed away.  

After she died I had to pack up her personal belongings from her desk and return them to her family. However, to keep her memory & spirit alive in the office I kept her plants, a peace lilly and a christmas cactus. 

Over the past few weeks Cathy’s cactus started budding and blooming.  It is so beautiful, it makes me smile and tear up all at the same time.  

I took some pictures of it last week, and a new colleague of mine made a comment about my photography.  “It’s a long story” I told her.

Happy Holidays Cathy! I miss you.

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Oscar went to his Forever Loving Home today!

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Congratulations Oscar!

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Last night, at the end of my shift at the Community Cat Connection H and I said “goodbye” and “congratulations” to Oscar the cat.  For today he went to his forever loving home.

All of us volunteers at the CCC will miss Oscar.  He came into us after having endured some extremely traumatic conditions of severe abuse and won all of our hearts. (see earlier post)  He is such a gentle and loving soul he will make his new “mom” very happy.  

This is what I love about the volunteer work that I do at the shelter.  Now, you think it would be sad to say goodbye to a cat or kitten that you have gotten “attached” to or “bonded” with, and I will not say that it is not a little tug at my heart.  But it makes me thrilled to learn when I go in for my shift each week to discover that one or more have been adopted and gone home.  That is what we are about, rescuing cats & kittens from bad environments (whether it be abandonment, surrender, abuse, neglect, or stray) and finding them PERMANENT homes to love, protect, nurture and respect for the remainder of their lives whether they be 10 weeks or 8 years.   I thrive on the sense of hope that all of our cats, even the “old unadoptable” ones will someday go home.  

I have learned in the short time at the shelter that for most people, the real cat people who know cats, when you walk into the CCC to “adopt a cat”, you do not pick out a cat because they are pretty or cute, truly, the cat choses to adopt you and deep in your heart both you and the cat know that you have found “the one”, your pet, your new “family”.

I love my work at the Community Cat Connection, yes even scooping the poop.  I now am privileged to sit on the Board of Directors.  As an all volunteer operated organization we are doing pretty good, we are developing business plans, working on sustainability and everyday we become a more stable respected organization.  However, we are far from hiring staff, having an investment account, and a multi million dollar facility, but I have confidence that we will get there someday.  It is an honor to work side by side with the humane, dedicated and loving team of CCC volunteers, the CCC Family. 

But we cannot do it all alone! If you are able please consider contributing to our humble little shelter.  Money is a good thing, but we also accept donations in the form of cat food, litter, toys, hand sanitizer, beds, bleach and laundry supplies, paper towels etc……  We are also selling Cookbooks and Calendars, they make great gifts (we even take Pay-Pal online).  Community Cat Connection, Webster Massachusetts.      

Your assistance would allow us to continue to help cats like Oscar find their home. 

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Registering your DNA could Save a Life

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As fate would have it…..

A few weeks ago I was at a local “Business Expo”.  The type of event where all sorts of companies fill a convention center with booths about their product or services.  Not really my cup of tea, but it was free, I had time to kill between work/other life stuff and they had free food cooked up by local restaurants at the  “Business After Hours”, so I stopped by to check it out. 

Needless to say it was an experience of a lifetime because I walked out of the place having registered with the Caitlin Raymond International Registry through U-Mass Memorial Medical Center.  (And as a reward I got a nice sweatshirt for the gesture, but really folks that was not my intention)

A few cotton swabs to the inside of my cheeks, I am now in the international registry for bone marrow and stem cell donation to help treat life threatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma among others.

During the process I talking with the young man who worked/volunteered for the center (who happened to grow up not to far from where I now live) and asked him “What are the chances that I will be someone’s match?”

As a caucasian, about 1:10,000

Now those are slim odds that I will actually end up saving someone’s life, but you never know, it’s a small world.

For more information about how you can register to be a donor check out their website:

Caitlin Raymond    International Registry

 

Simple 3 Ingredient Vegetarian Meal

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I got all your taste buds covered!

Peel, cube and roast a Butternut Squash, depending upon how big or small you cut the pieces it should take half an hour to an hour.

When the squash is almost done toast up some Pecans on a cookie sheet on the other rack in the oven. Be very careful not to roast them too long, they go from toasty goodness to burnt in a matter of seconds, it should only take a few minutes.

When squash is done and exits the oven get a plate and fork ready…. But wait, the third ingredient?!?

Now would be the time that you pull the Blue Cheese out of the fridge.

Plate the squash, crumble blue cheese over it and then sprinkle with the toasted pecans.

No butter, no salt, no pepper just simple yummy, melty, creamy, toasty, crunchy, sweet and pungent goodness.  All your taste buds are covered!

I recommend plating each serving individually, keeping all ingredients stored separately until serving time. Keeps those pecans from getting soggy or the blue cheese from getting funky in the squash juices.

We had it last night with arugula tossed with some “Goddess” dressing and sourdough bread. 

Thank you NPR for this new addition to my winter meal repertoire.

Chick Flick Nite – Sob – 5+ Tissues

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I am a sucker for a Meg Ryan Movie

I Love my Tivo, Instant chick Flick!  Tonight I watched one of my favorite Chick Flicks, “City of Angels”. 

Best Quote:” I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.” 

It might be contrived, unoriginal, predictable, and sappy, but I love it, and cry every time I watch it.  

Seth, an angel watching over Los Angeles, begins finding his job difficult as he falls in love with Maggie, a beautiful heart surgeon. She becomes interested in Seth, and soon his not-quite-mortal state seems a barrier rather than a gift. A choice must be made between celestial duty and earthly love.   Written by Matthew C. Powell {mpowell@clunet.edu}

I had once told a very good friend that “City of Angels” was going to be on TV after work and recommended that she watch it.  At the time we were going through a very difficult period together, having a mutual friend and close colleague suddenly pass away.  You know what it’s like ladies…. when you need to purge those horribly intense emotions that are toxic and poisoning your body, you need to continue with your grieving but need a different outlet- something to distract you that you can legitimately cry to other than the loss.

We both watched it, her at her home and me at my apartment.  She called me immediately as the credits started rolling, SOBBING, saying something along the lines of (paraphrased) “You suck, what kind of friend are you, BAD movie, you sadistic bitch”, SOB SOB SOB then “Thank you I really needed that”. I love you K if you read this!

Ladies- rent it, tivo it, hell I would buy it if my local DVD store carried a used copy of it.  But please don’t make me say “I told you so” or “I warned you”, save it for a day when you feel that ICK inside that needs to come out. And have a whole box of tissues next to you….. 5+ tissues.