October 23rd, 2009

book cover humor

grandkid pics! And animal stories

Ironically, the day after posting my rodent column I had back to back animal encounters. While I was at work a big orange cat appeared at the door of dispatch, loudly proclaiming it was very unhappy and needed love (and food) NOW. He let me pick him up while we called the humane shelter, but wasn't too thrilled about it and had his claws ready for action when I wouldn't let him down. Still, cat scratch fever is so less scary than spider bite allergies.

Now, at the beginning of his shift one of our deputies hit a deer as he was driving toward the office. My theory is that he felt guilty about the poor thing (even though it got up and ran away), so he adopted the cat and took it home. When he opened his garage door to get a cat carrier, the first thing he saw was a mouse run by him. Looks like Mr. Cat has his work cut out for him.

Cut to last evening. Jillian has come home from college for fall break (yay!) and was sitting on a chair in the living room when a mouse leaped across the room, literally right at her feet, then ran under the chair. There was a squeak -- someone squeaked. I headed for the kitchen for a mouse trap, and as I walked back into the room the mouse walked across the floor again, climbed up onto the sweatshirt Jillian left on the floor, and just stood there in front of her. We quickly concluded it was sick, or insane, or possibly had read my column and was screaming "You killed my father! Prepare to die!"

I'm not proud of what happened next, but ... well ... there was a broom involved.

I wonder if there's a statute of limitations on how often I can write columns about small animals?

Meanwhile, since I've been feeling kind of blah lately, here's the one thing that always cheers me up: Grandkid picspam!!!! (Photo by mom)

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Halloween meme stolen from CornerOfMadness

ozma914's Halloween party:

alwaysjbj dressed as a victim.
angelus2hot dressed as a Level 3 fighter.
be_daring dressed as Lady Godiva without the horse and far too little hair!.
bitterfic dressed as Vivica A Fox.
bloodytearslife dressed as Gabriella Sabitini - tarred and feathered.
bri_chan dressed as Mde. Lachienne Foutue d'Enfer -- you don't wanna know.
cbtreks dressed as Dr. Crusher from "Star Trek".
cdnich dressed as the resurrected dead -- complete with the most convincing coffin, though it looked more like Mary-Kate Olsen with her very own conjoined Ashley.
curiouswombat dressed as Butt-head.
fangfaceandrea dressed as an external hard drive.
freshwateronly dressed as Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster from Sleepy Hollow.
girlyouknew dressed as the love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kathie Lee Gifford.
hunter_s_gonzo dressed as a turkey, though it looked more like Al Gore - tarred and feathered.
irish_injun dressed as Harry Potter.
kazzy_cee dressed as Adam-the-first-man but the fig-leaf was far too big.
kevenn dressed as a character from "Das Boot".
ladyozma dressed as Josephine Baker but the banana "skirt" didn't survive the night.
mabus101 dressed as the spirit of their dead grandmother Jacqueline.
ninkasa dressed as a senior sheet spreader.
p_o_r_u_n_o dressed as Marie Antoinette going to her death.
sanggol_jade dressed as the Viscount of Boyow.
sp23 dressed as a lime ghost.
starophie17 dressed as the Governor of Pennsylvania.
thexbatxbuckle dressed as a walking Guillotine.
tomiob dressed as a knife.
trek_chick dressed as a angel.
trysts dressed as Catherine Zeta-Jones.
willow_25 dressed as a kicker for the Seahawks.
winsomeone dressed as Franklin Pierce.
yellohhh dressed as a Joyce-BoppCooperative employee.

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