I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Our granddaughter, Averie, came to spend it with us, and we had a great time. We visited Santa's Wonderland near College Station on Wednesday evening. If you haven't been there, I would encourage you to go. Young and old will enjoy it - two and 1/2 million lights throughout the woods on a hayride!! We had a good Thanksgiving dinner, spent lots of time together playing Chinese Checkers (she had never played before) and watching movies. Then on Saturday we went to The Nutcracker. It was spectacular!! We ate at the Aquarium afterwards and rode on the shark voyage. I have video of it all if anyone is interested. Hope you all had a nice, peaceful Thanksgiving.
Martha, Sherry, Tanya, my mom, and I drove to Star of Hope and delivered our blankets this morning. We went on a short tour of the living facilities, and were given a brief history of how Star of Hope was started by Elizabeth, the volunteer coordinator. It was very interesting and full of information that none of us knew. They are under construction and getting ready to build a new pre-school there, so they will be growing and helping the community even more. They were very appreciative of our donation and couldn't believe that we were able to make that many blankets. Channel 26 News was there filming, but we didn't get on camera. Thanks again for everyone's participation.
This month, we will just have a book club meeting, and hopefully in December we will be able to meet for a celebration dinner. Then in January, we will set our yearly goal and start all over again!!!
Good news! Averie is coming to spend Thanksgiving with us. We are going to watch the lighting and fireworks in the Galleria, eat at the Aquarium downtown, go on a hayride at Santa's Wonderland (College Station), and we have tickets to the matinee performance of The Nutcracker. She will also get to play with the kittens (that are still here). We are going to have so much fun!!!!!!
I'm not sure what prompted her, but my mom has now decided that she may want our female kitten, Kali. That's Kali holding her toy mouse and sitting next to Nina in the photo. We took them over there yesterday, and I'm not sure what will happen, but they visited, crawled all over her furniture, and then came home with us. They are a little too small to leave yet. We have had trouble separating the mom from the kittens, so we are going to have to board the mom, Nina, at the vet's office until she can be spayed. She won't stop nursing or producing milk as long as she can hear them, even if we put them on opposite ends of the house. She is refusing to eat and cries for them all the time. I finally let them see each other to say goodbye, and she licked them all over and then went and cleaned out the food bowl. They were so excited to see her and were crawling all over her. It was very sweet. I hate to board her, but they can't operate on her until the milk production stops for a couple of weeks.
Look for news later in the week about our catio!! It will be too cool for words. Some people may think we are crazy and some people will think we are kind and loving - either way it is what we want to do. More later . . . . . . . . .
Tonight Barney and Bruce will leave us to go to their new home across the street. I think those are the final names, but I'm not sure. I do know how much we will miss them. Their mom, Nina, counts everyone all the time, so she will be confused this evening. When they gather into their "lump of kittens" tonight, they will be two short. But, what a wonderful home they have to go home to. Yeah!!!!!!!
Barney and Bruce
I would like to think that I can't be described in a short paragraph. Some adjectives that come to mind: curious, caring, kind, generous, excitable, motivated, emotional, fun, organized. What do you think? Claire