Kitten Adoption Bleg — Minneapolis / St. Paul Area

From commentor Newdealfarmgrrrll:

Last week my nephew found a kitten outside their detached garage, and by the end of my brother’s frantic phone call, four more appeared. And the next day, the mom, which my brother lured into the garage with the kittens.

I think the poor sweeties were dumped, as the mom doesn’t seem feral, and is desperately affectionate. All the no-kill animal shelters in the Minneapolis/StPaul metro are full and not accepting animals.

My brother and I are both maxed with pets and can’t take them on. My brother lives in the boonies, and they will be lunch for coyotes if they stay outside :(

The little gray cutie (top pic) is the bravest of the bunch, and was instantly out of the box to meet us. And, IIRC, was the first one to be discovered, hungrily mewing near the garage.

Mom is TINY. As you can see, she is a tabby, and has a lovely large orange splash on top of her head which doesn’t show all that well in the pic. She was desperately affectionate, and has been using the litter box, except for occasionally piddling in the middle of the floor. This adds to my suspicion that she is a frightened and distressed cat who was dumped by her dipshit humans.

The other kittens were very shy and huddled inside the enclosed box my nephew and brother cobbled together. Isn’t “Patchie” adorable? *muffles a SQEEE* There are two more gray kittens as well as the ginger. I didn’t want to stress them further by dragging them out of their box for pics.

Little ginger decided to come out and explore! Well, hearing the rattle of the kibble jar was what lured him out at first.

I’m in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul MN) outer metro area. I have several extra cat carriers so I could ferry cats to my place for pick up as I’m right on the freeway system on the western side of Minneapolis. My brother is in the boonies on the east side of the Cities.

Three years ago Easter, we acquire a Balloon Juice rescue kitten who looked a lot like that little gray muffin, after he walked up to Hillary R’s little dog and introduced himself. Piper is now a magnificent 15lb gentleman of great dignity, with the softest plush fur…

If you are interested in adding one of these sweeties to your household, know someone who might be interested, or have other suggestions, please leave a comment. Or contact me at annelaurie.bj@gmail.com, and I’ll forward your message to NDFG.



Good News – EF Goldman

And it’s good.

Just want to mention to the Balloon-Juicers here, a cross-note from the TNC Horde to y’all:

“My dad’s having some major health issues — TL;DR after falling a lot at home he’s been doing a hospital tour and is now in a rehab place. It’s kept him offline for more than a week and he’d like someone to let them know he’s still alive and doing fine and will be back eventually.

I talked to him on the phone just now and mentioned the Horde in passing when he asked about the layoff, and he asked if I could have someone in the Horde who still overlaps in both places basically post an “EFGoldman is ok” message so, here I am, checking in.”

So, to note: EFGOLDMAN IS OKAY!

Thanks to Paul Wartenberg for the news!



Thursday Morning Open Thread: Hey, Remember That Guy?…

PSA:


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Readership capture:

Former President Barack Obama kicked off the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation here Tuesday, calling it “an experiment in us trying to have a collective conversation.”

Set to be the central focus of his post-presidency, and seeded with Obama’s own ambition to have the rest of his life exceed the impact of his eight years in White House, the foundation launched with programs and goals still taking shape. There have been training sessions for young activists, with plans for more; 20 Obama Foundation fellows will be announced next year out of a 19,000-person applicant pool; and this meeting is meant to be the beginning of creating a hub and network of innovative up-and-coming leaders…

Organizers stressed that the key is to continue sorting out what exactly they will be doing in the decades to come.

“This is the literally the beginning,” said foundation CEO David Simas, who was previously the White House political director. “We are being deliberate over the course of the rest of this year and into next year about testing different approaches and getting it right before we take it to scale.”



On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

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For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

Sorry I’ve not been more involved recently, but the chemo, state-of-the-art that it is, is kicking my mom’s ass hard, and I’m the primary caregiver. Thankfully she asked to be hospitalized when my visiting aunt and I agreed contemporaneously (spelled correctly WITHOUT spellcheck, FYI).

I am so drained that I’m doing nothing for Halloween, my and my wife’s favorite holiday – I’m not even going to be with her, so we’re going to speakerphone-watch Stranger Things S2 for an episode or two. I call it a date! For the first time I can remember, neither of us will hand out candy; we’re hiding in our respective houses to spend some (virtual?cerebral?) time together!

I’m prepping my mom’s house (family home) for her incoming hospital bed and stuff on the middle floor so she’s not stuck on the top floor. That way she can be in kitchen and not just her bedroom. It’s truly shocking how she’s degraded the past few weeks, from needing some assistance to full-time care. She can’t walk without a rolling walker, and just a few feet at that!

She’s getting a lot of good treatment, and her oncologist and primary care docs, as well as patient and family, have pointed out that she’s on meds that were in trial just a few months ago, so we tell all hospital folk that this is NOT hospice, the regimen is working, kicking  cancer’s ass something fierce. They are checking her blood weekly for unique markers of that tumor, and they’re down more than 50%.

But she was massively dehydrated and as it turns out, way, way, way low on Potassium. Now she’s in hospital, she’s being stabilized, strengthened, and plans for home health care and bed, potty, rolling walker, etc. are being drawn up. She will come home when stronger, get a bit stronger more, then the regimen will recommence, with a lower concentration so it doesn’t hit her so bad, and with a lot more hydration and attention to nutritional balance.

Should you know someone who’s undergoing treatment with these wonder drugs and the oncologist is given primary health care responsibility, try to see the primary care physician/family doctor to ensure that all is OK every month or so during chemo protocols. Oncologists are so busy and specialized that they may miss subtle infections or imbalances that your normal doctor may see.  More eyes, the power of local expertise, and all. My mom’s blessed to live in DC and have access to great care, but we didn’t do that and it took a great ER doctor and then admitting doctor to help get her on a better path.

Today we have some amazing pictures from Alaska, then onto New Jersey. God I love this country!

As an aside, rewrite your understanding of totem poles. Many years ago I learned that, for many native people, the BOTTOM of the totem pole is the supreme position. Turns out it’s more complicated:

Those from cultures that do not carve totem poles often assume that the linear representation of the figures places the most importance on the highest figure, an idea that became pervasive in the dominant culture after it entered into mainstream parlance by the 1930s with the phrase “low man on the totem pole”[24] (and as the title of a bestselling 1941 humor book by H. Allen Smith). However, Native sources either reject the linear component altogether, or reverse the hierarchy, with the most important representations on the bottom, bearing the weight of all the other figures, or at eye level with the viewer to heighten their significance.[25] Many poles have no vertical arrangement at all, consisting of a lone figure atop an undecorated column.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totem_pole

Thus endeth the lesson.

(I could go on about Orthodox Churches and Cathedrals in the US, eagles, etc., but I’ll shuddup right now)

Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

Enjoy, if you’re not bleary-eyed from binging on one too many new episodes of Stranger Things.

And a week from now, the WWII-themed Call of Duty comes out.

There’s fun about for us adults these days, though these examples may not be your ken,

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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