Thursday, May 24, 2007

New resident

On Monday afternoon, right before I was getting ready to head home to prepare for Shavouth, a co-worker showed me a small black kitten that he had found. Evidently, the mother had been killed by a snake, and this kitten had been hiding among the rocks for 2 days...he'd finally coaxed it out, and now wanted to know what to do about it.

Nu....what was I going to do? It's about 3 weeks old, and needs to be fed with a bottle, but 3 days later, he's active, bright-eyed, hungry, and full of spunk. Angora trails him (I say "him" but we don't yet know what it is, really) around, watching him like he's one of her pups. Frankly, I could do without the extra stress, but I couldn't just leave him.
The same day that brought "Blackie" (doesn't have a name yet) home, I got a call from a neighbor saying that Yoda, our ginger-colored cat, was lying dead on his grass. No marks of violence or attack, just DEAD. That depressed me, because of our 3 cats, Yoda was the nicest. I guess I can be glad that we gave him 2 good years, and so forth. But it's depressing -- he was neutered and wasn't a fighter at all....everyone used to love to watch him play with the big dogs who came to the park near our house.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Forest Gump

For years, I'd wanted to get a ping-pong table for the yard. We have a perfect space for it....walled in flat yard where the balls couldn't get too lost, and it would be nice for the kids and their friends now that the majority of the children don't use the swings, and the grandchildren haven't arrived yet.

But the price....

This week, someone donated a table to Livnot, which they were pleased about, until it became clear that it wouldn't work in the campus space. So the folded-up table sat on the side until I asked if I could buy it (at a ridiculous price....but still....) and they said "fine". So I called, Hagai, Hagai called his friends, and since there's nothing like incentive, the three of them figured out how to schlep it from Livnot to our yard, and lo and behold, we have a ping-pong table!

Hagai's friends warned me that this means that they'll be spending the majorty of their time here, but I couldn't be more pleased.