Friday, April 30, 2010

Kitten's First Bath

Since the kittens have been sick with giardia, haven't been good at cleaning themselves or each other, and were just dirty in general from the house and being outside, we decided it would be best to give them a bath.  If you have a cat, you know how dangerous that may be since cats HATE water, but it was a risk we were willing to take for the greater good.  Now the kittens have a sparkling clean room and good-smelling, clean bodies.  They couldn't be more miserable.  Because I know how much you want to see what kittens look like when they aren't literal fuzz balls, here are some pictures...

Galena after her bath.

Gena after her bath.

Gena being dried off.

Gena & Galena

George during his bath.



Garrett during his bath.


George, Gena, & Galena

The bunch and the aftermath.

They actually did better than I thought they would.  It might become a regular thing to get them used to water.  Although they did get very cold afterward.  It's crazy how warm that fuzzy little coat keeps them!  Best of luck if you ever try to bath a cat...

This morning, I also accomplished #60 on my Goal List.  I called into Alice when they were talking about Facebook selling your information to make millions.  I got through to the producer or screener or whoever, talked to him, then listened to the show through my phone, but they ran out of time before my call.  It was the first time I've ever gotten through though!  YAY!  I'll keep trying for hopefully a better story.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Kitten season is back! I'm volunteering at the Humane Society again. (A lot more in order to pay off my debt to society because of my last car accident.) I also brought home four kittens last night to foster. The mother, Genevieve is an all black domestic medium hair cat who has a long bushy tail. She had eight...yes, EIGHT, all black, kittens around the 12th of March. Well, actually some of them have grey-ish bellies. There are four boys (George, Giorgio, Garrett, Gemini) and four girls (Gena, Galena, Geneva, and Gabriella). I'm currently fostering George, Garrett, Gena, and Galena. Gemini and Geneva are still with Genevieve because they've lost a couple ounces since they came into the Humane Society last week. The foster care department is hoping that with the bigger four gone, those two will get more attention from Genevieve as well as more food, etc. Giorgio and Gabriella are separate from them, but still at the Humane Society. They were the least healthy coming in, so they're in their own space in order to get extra attention from the staff and volunteers, and because they need a special diet, like some other kittens that are probably two weeks old, brought in yesterday. (There are two pairs of kittens who are just a couple weeks old, and have obviously just opened their eyes.) There are a handful of adult cats in the foster care department right now, but the kittens are starting to trickle in. When I left today, they were waiting for a woman to bring in a litter of six month-old kittens.




Galena, Garrett, Gena, & George





Giorgio & Gabriella

More stories of their adventures to come! (Sorry I couldn't get a better shot of Giorgio and Gabriella. I didn't work with them, so it was just a quick photo shoot. Plus, I didn't even know they were related until later!!)

This also accomplishes #76 and #91 of my 101 goals!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well, it's been a few days since I posted anything. I'm still alive!! I've just had nothing of interest to say. And I guess I still don't. But I did make my semi-famous chocolate chip cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you've had the opportunity to taste them, apparently you're lucky. I'm not the biggest fan, which is good because then I don't down the whole batch myself and can share them with the world. Then again, I'm picky about cookies. But if it keeps the regulars coming back for more, why not?

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, mix together the sugar, brown, sugar and butter. Blend until creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs, one egg at a time. Blend until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients gradually. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoon onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then move to cooling rack to completely cool. 

Of course, I have some secret tricks up my sleeve, which make them better than your run of the mill chocolate chip cookies. But those secrets shall die with me! Let me know if you ever want to have some. 90% of the time, I would love nothing more than to make them for others!