9/21/09 – Monday

SAFE Haven for Cats, in the North Raleigh area of NC could use your help! Safe Haven for Cats has a live auction every year. This year, however, not enough items have been donated: “As all of you know, the live auction is fast approaching as it is scheduled for October 10. Last year at … Continue reading “9/21/09 – Monday”

SAFE Haven for Cats, in the North Raleigh area of NC could use your help!

Safe Haven for Cats has a live auction every year. This year, however, not enough items have been donated:

“As all of you know, the live auction is fast approaching as it is scheduled for October 10. Last year at this event we made $10,000 and we desperately need to make this much again to help over 120 cats and kittens in our care today.

Unfortunately, at this time, our donations have been very slow. We are in danger of having to cancel the entire event. Please don’t let this happen!

We need each of you to look at items you might have, as well as work your networks of friends, co-workers, etc., to try to get additional items ASAP. The details are outlined below.”

Items large and small may be dropped off at SAFE Haven for Cats, 8431-137 Garvey Drive any day between now and Monday, September 28th. We are open from 8 am to 5 pm 7 days a week.

In addition items may be dropped off at Raleigh Auction and Estate Sales, 4900-A Craftsman Drive , Raleigh on the following days and times:

Any Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, September 27 from 1-3 pm
Saturday, October 3 from 10 am – 12 pm
Sunday, October 4 from 1-3 pm

Limited pick ups of larger furniture items may be possible on Sunday, October 4.

For a complete list of items we know we can sell please go to http://www.safehavenforcats.org/auction.html#like


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Hey, anyone out there heard of Sensory Processing Disorder or had a child who suffers from it?

After doing some reading about it, I’m guessing that there are some overlaps with ADHD and Autism and Aspergers. In fact, so many of those overlap each other that I’m wondering how the hell anyone ever comes up with a solid diagnosis for one or the other!


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Last weekend, when Fred and I stopped by the flea market in Cullman and then went to the Tool Shed to look around (AWESOME store!), we saw these signs which made us laugh.

(We need this one for the pig shelter, I think!)

Sadly, though, there were none that read “Horseshit Alley”, because I would have had to buy that one.

(I’ve claimed, since I was in my twenties, that I was going to win the lottery and then build a huge house with a long driveway, and name it Horseshit Alley just to piss the neighbors off. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m still young!)


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A few weekends ago, I was going to get groceries, and I glanced up at the garage as I pulled out of my parking spot. Hanging there was a huge Orb Weaver, so as I pulled out of the driveway, I called Fred and told him it was there.

Naturally, he went out to look at it, and took some pictures.

It stayed there for a week or so, then I think the rain we’ve had lately drove it into hiding or off to a more hospitable environment.

And in a related (perhaps) story, I slept in ’til 6:30 Saturday morning. What woke me up?

A spider crawling down my cheek.

(A little one, not an orb weaver. If it had been an orb weaver, I’d be writing this from the Great Beyond, having died due to a heart attack brought on by the horror of having something the size of my head crawling down my face. The baby spider was bad enough, believe me.)


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Back in July, Janice left a comment, and in the comment she left a link to Ina Garten’s Easy Sticky Buns recipe.

I printed it out, and then I forgot about it, and then a few weeks ago I re-found it and decided to give it a try.

They are a BIG hit around here. The first time I made them, they got a little overcooked. The second time I made them, I cooked them for about three minutes less, and they came out perfectly. And then the third time I made them (this past weekend), I cooked them for about three minutes less AND cut the amount of topping (the butter and brown sugar part, not the pecans) to 1 1/2 teaspoons in each cup rather than 1 Tablespoon, and they were deemed absolutely perfect, don’t change a thing.

(I also left the raisins out all three times, because I don’t like cooked raisins. Blech.)

Like the name of the recipe says, they’re very easy to make (although I always have an issue with my second sheet of puff pastry sticking together, and that drives me nuts), and they’re easily halved so you can end up with only six instead of a dozen. Also, I recently bought a couple of Silicone Muffin Pans, and they make life SO much easier when it comes to getting the sticky buns out of the cups – they’re also a lot easier to deal with when I make Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups. No matter how much I buttered the muffin tins, my BE&T cups were sticking to the cups. With the silicone cups, not only do they not stick but I can skip buttering the cups altogether!

Highly recommended (the recipe AND the pans) – and thanks, Janice!!!


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Sam is king of the (small) cat tower!

Every evening, I turn the hanging light on, and Sam is just obsessed with sitting and staring up at it. Maybe he thinks it’s the sun.


“Halp! Halp! CALL 911!!!” (Sam, with Bill laying behind him, biting the back of his neck.)

These kittens ADORE walking carefully (and sometimes not-so-carefully) along the footboard of my bed.

Sprawling Bill.


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Snoozin’ Joe Bob.


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2008: No entry.
2007: I think I need more sleep.
2006: Photographic proof that I met a (Not So)Scary Internet Person and lived to tell the tale!
2005: I mean, it’s not bad enough the man has road rage, he’s got to have fucking walking-through-the-house rage too?
2004: “No, this is real time!” Fred sighed.
2003: No entry.
2002: No entry.
2001: Written by hand.
2000: No entry.