Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Gooseberry, Pincushion Flower, and Running

This is the newest critter that I brought home. This is "Gooseberry" from the farm where I feed the strays each day. This was taken down there and he got under my feet and was just so loving. It was like he was saying, "You know I love you. Please take me home with you." Well, I did and I'm not sorry either! He is so good. He has stayed right around and sleeps in his little bed on the porch every night! Miss White Lilly and Munchie of course had to hiss and act ugly towards him, but they are coming around. He loves the dog and they play regularly!!

I got this little pincushion flower at the grocery store. Isn't it cute?? I just couldn't resist. It doesn't really look real to me but it is! It's very small, as you can see how big the pot is as it's sitting in front of the coffee pot, only about 4-5 inches tall. Those little orange balls are so tiny!

Yesterday evening my great neice was running in another cross country race here, so I went to see her. She did great, coming in 4th place. She was disappointed that she didn't at least come in 3rd because then she would have gotten a plaque! I told her forget the plaque because there was about 75 runners and she came in 4th!! Mercy, I thought that was an amazing feat!!! I feel sorry for some of those little kids. We watched the boys and it was neck to neck as they came to the finish line. The one little boy that came in 2nd was crying. I felt so sorry for him! Then some of those little tiny kids out there running over a mile. I just want to scoop them up and carry them over the finish line! Some of those parents are so hard on their kids yelling at them, "Don't you stop running until you cross that finish line!" "Don't slow down!" "Keep going, you can do better!" One little girl sick and throwing up and her mother screaming at her to not stop and keep on running. Geesh, I wanted to hurt that woman. Badly.

This is my great niece heading towards the finish line.


Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Rachel- a very cute kitty- that 'Gooseberry' guy! Those others will probably get used to him- I sure hope so anyway. If not he can just continue to hang out with the dog!

I always hated to see parents push little kids so hard in sports- etc! So I know how you felt watching that! But congrats to yer great niece! She does very well !!

I have never seen a plant like you showed here! Very cool!


5:26 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Gooseberry is ADORABLE....! I'm glad you brought him home...what a darling addition to your household...! And I love that little plant....!
I think people are crazy when it comes to WINNNING...! I mean coming in 2nd is not loosing nor is coming in 4th.

Take a picture of that little cactus and email it to me....I'd love to see it!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

yep, wouldn't you just love to thump some parents.. Like it matters. Congrats to your niece. That is great.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Parents who push their kids until they are throwing up are committing child abuse. That should be reported.
Your love for kitties is like mine for puppies. I would adopt them all if I had a place for them and could afford the vet bills.

I think Gooseberry is just darling and I love his name.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous eries argonaut said...

Gooseberry is a very cute and lucky kitty. 4th place is excellent! I agree that some parents go overboard. I guess they think it is a reflection on them if the kids doesn't finish.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Stray cats and dogs make the most loyal pets. Basically our dog Slim adopted us. She moved in and was all ribs and ticks. She appreciates a home to call her own. Our cat Soccerball was here when we moved in. Five other cats were with her. They all left but Soccerball chose to stay. I'm sure she believes she is letting us live at her home. I guess we were the strays to her.

I'm going to have to find one of those pincushion plants.

4:44 AM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

What a beautiful kitty. I feel like adopting another one after seeing that pic, but I have my hands full with Brady (our lab pup).

The flower is beautiful, perfect for the season. I can't believe you found it in your grocery store!

Great photo of your niece!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Gooseberry looks so sweet and a dead ringer for Jybow, Jimmy's cat. I'm glad she likes PUP too.

It's hard to imagine such a tiny flower as your little pincushion flower. It's a pretty little thing and looks quite festive for fall.

Congrats to your g-niece. I think she ran a great race considering how many there were running with her.
And those parents who yell at their kids at sporting events are sometimes hard to tolerate. The things they yell are sometimes so hurtful and do they consider that these kids will remember these times always. I know that you are supposed to push your kids to do their best, but not by belittling them and calling them names.

7:08 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

An adorable name for an adorable kitty!! That pincushion flower is just too cute...I've never seen that before, how cool!! Congratulations to your great niece, she certainly did VERY well coming in 4th out of 75 entries!! Oh I know what you mean about how awful some parents can be with their kids when it comes to sports...I would have smacked that woman whose daughter was throwing up!! lol You take care my friend! xox

7:12 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Gooseberry is adorable. I love the name you've chosen!
I saw those pincushion plants at the 99ยข store. I thought they looked very fall-like!
I agree with Mtn. Mama that pushing a child to the point of throwing up is a form of child abuse.
Very sad...

9:53 AM  
Blogger Tammy J said...

What a cute little kitty! All kitties look so small to me any more...I'm beginning to think I feed Clarence too much as he is beginning to resemble!

I've never seen a pin cushion is a whimsical novelty and I would have had to get one myself! ;)

PS...I'm private now...let me know if you want an invitation...

11:48 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Has the great neice inspired the great aunt to take up running yet?

Your new kitten certainly figured you out and worked it to his advantage.

Hockey parents are the worst. They have to ban some of them fron the arenas here. Makes you wonder how they ever missed the meaning of sport for children: participation and sportsmanship.

The proudest moment I ever had with my son in hockey was what his team of 10 year olds won the championship he immediately skated over and shock his coaches hand and thanked him, then he joined his team mates in celebration.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Flip Flop Goddess said...

aww, what a sweet kitty..and holy crap, I have never seen a plant like tha be*ore..looks kinda scary;)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I love your new kittie, she's adorable...The other kitties will come around, it will just take some time.

Congradulations on your G-niece coming in 4th place...It is a real shame the way some parents act with their children over sports.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

You new cat knew she wasn't cut out to be a barn cat. Some are just born that way.

All runners need encouragement. Even the causual jogger/runner because it is soooooo easy to just stop and walk.

Karen ran the NYC Marathon (2003). She walked quite a bit the last couple of miles, it is sooooo hard to get started running again.

I walked in with her the last few miles of the Houston M, I was going to run on in with her but we walked instead.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Hooray for your niece!!!
She's definitely a winner!!!

I'm infuriated with parents who yell and push their kids so hard. It's as if the parents don't feel accomplished unless their kid is a big success. I see benefit in encouraging kids and making them finish what they started, but many parents today go way overboard. I'd like to see that mean mother run until SHE throws up and have someone yelling at her, making her keep going to the finish line!! :-(

Your new kitty is adorable.
I LOVE the name!!!!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Just dropping by to say hello and wishing a good weekend!

Gooseberry is just cute!

1:28 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Just had to come bsck and see dear sweet Gooseberry once again....He sure is aq keeper, Rachel....Darling little person!

5:01 PM  
Blogger TLP said...

Love the kitty.

How sad that a parent could yell anything but, " good job!" at a kid who was in any sporting event!

6:49 PM  
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6:45 AM  

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