Hello and welcome to the blog! It’s Sunday night around midnight and I have to get up at 5AM to get ready for work. It’s been a very busy weekend… but a fun one. First, the good news…
The last week with the little kitty was a joy. Oreo, Romeo, whatever you want to call it, the kitty strutted its way right into my heart. I put up a posting on Facebook trying to locate the owners. The post went around the Anamosa Lost and Found Pets page, getting shared 24 times… and no response.
Based on the description of the kitty, my friend Jamie was interested. Jamie is a fast food manager with a good history around animals. He fell in love with the tuxedo cat. I held it while he examined the feline. When cats are that small, it’s difficult to tell a neutered male from a female. But we are certain that it’s a girl. There goes the name Romeo. I suggested the name Roma from the TV show “Touched by an Angel”. (I love that program!) In any case, the kitty loves her new home and I’ll be visiting her now and then. Jamie just had a beloved tortie cat put to sleep a few weeks ago and was heartbroken. He sure likes this little girl! They both needed each other.
I had a difficult end to the week. Jenny likes to go walking on the leash at night. About 150 feet from home there is a stack of mobile home frames she uses for a jungle gym. It was dark and I ran into the triangle-shaped front of one of the frames. The impact caused me to pitch forward and smash the left femur against the steel with my weight, and then fall to the ground. There is a very deep bruise but it doesn’t look like anything is broken. It’s still painful if Jenny even walks on me in bed. Stuff happens!
So the latest project came into existence yesterday. I bought two axe handles at the farm store and made them into a cooking accessory. It will be tried tomorrow on Christmas eve. There will be pictures. But in the meantime buddy Steve and I were hanging out at Tapken’s Convenience Store and discussing where I could cut down some oak branches for this cooking device. Today we did a little exploring.
Steve’s daughter owns some land in the hills along Buffalo Creek, north and west of Anamosa. We did some hiking (yep, even with a sore leg) and I cut down a few small branches. The wood was very green. One was oak, the other two were some kind of a very hard wood. More about the cooking experiment on the next post.
After a grueling hike for most of an hour, we headed back to town. I had one more errand to run before Christmas. I had to deliver a present for buddy Jim, the former co-worker who let me fish and camp this last summer. For Christmas I got him something he could use… a 50 pound bag of floating catfish food for his pond. He was pretty happy with the gift. We sat and talked for quite a while.
Nothing really got done around home this weekend until this evening. Tonight food was prepped and packed and such for the Christmas eve dinner. Tomorrow night will be spent in a quiet place enjoying good food and some radio and TV Christmas specials.
For now it’s time to get some shut eye and put in a short shift tomorrow at work. There will be another post after Christmas day and, of course, some pictures.
Take care and happy holidays. To those of us who do celebrate the birth of Jesus, a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Stay safe!
Brad, Jenny, and Duke
Jones County, Iowa
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