Thursday, January 24, 2008

Strange things happen at my sister’s house!

Last week Candy and Wayne were checking on the neighbor’s farm while the neighbor and wife were gone for a few days. They discovered a tiny cat, freezing to death. They took him home, took him to the vet and found that he was about three months old, but only weighed two pounds!! He had an abscess on his side, his ears were frozen and he was dehydrated as well as starving. They named him “Dropoff,” but now have changed his name to “Bailey.” He seems to be doing well – he’s a very sweet little cat and lets anyone do anything to him.

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Tuesday, while we were at Candy’s for supper and the boys’ weekly cribbage game, we had another visitor! All of a sudden, Wayne said “There’s a bird in the house!!”

Turned out to be a bat! Where did it come from? What do we do with it? Wayne got a small fish net and Norm caught it. They put it outside, as we couldn’t figure out where to put it. In our barn, it would freeze; in Candy’s garage, it would freeze. We had no heated place to put it, so we felt we should just let it out in Wayne’s garage to slowly freeze to death (sigh – not what we girls wanted to do, but what can you do?)

We figured it must have gotten into the attic this summer / fall and then found a crack into Candy’s work room closet; she must have disturbed it when she was cleaning the closet out and re-organizing things.

However, by this morning it had crawled into a bucket and was still alive, so Candy got an old aquarium and set it up for “Shrek;” I will try to get some meal worms this weekend and she’ll keep it until spring /summer and let it out.

And where do we get mealworms in this part of the country? Fortunately, Norm and I are going to Brookings for a weekend at a Living History Fair; I called and found a fish / aquarium store that carries mealworms. If Shrek doesn’t go back into hibernation, he will have something to eat until spring.

And speaking of Brookings, we are almost packed. The spinning wheel, my rocking chair, Norm’s shave horse and a lot of supplies are already in the van. I will get my dresses down from storage as soon as I am done here, pack lunch and snack thingies in the cooler and we will leave here about noon.


It is minus fourteen degrees at eight this morning and it will remain cold today , but it is supposed to warm up by Friday, even in Brookings! It was a beautifully cold day yesterday; you have a beautiful day!

3 comments:

Manerva said...

Oh, I am so happy you saved the dropoff (I really do like that name) and shrek the bat! I give you girls credit for finding a way to keep h/she...and wish more people had kind souls like you. We need more of them in the world!

Have a good weekend. I'm heading up north on Saturday to visit my family for a few days.

Kati said...

Ooooh, that poor cat!!!! I hope he thrives under your care!!!

As for the bat, y'all are braver than I am!!! (Not that I'm terribly terrified of bats, but I have heard they are frequently rabid.) Best of luck on both counts!

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

Porr cat. At least he has his new family to share love with.
How cool- a bat! We pick up meal worms at the bait shop for our "pet" blue gill. They will not eat anything else. The prices are cheaper at the bait shop then the pet store- at least around here. So you may want to look into that.
Will we get to see a picture of "Shrek"?