The pic above is my little Madeline's "baby picture." The person holding her is the Animal Control Officer. Madeline was one of a litter of 5 taken to the Animal Shelter around October. I had lost my cat to the contaminated pet food about 3 months earlier. I was looking on the internet and realized my local pound now had pics on the web. I actually went to see another cat, not Madeline.
When I got to the pound and was taken back to the cat area, there were 4 little kitties all in one cage, screaming, climbing on each other, jumping up and down. They looked as wild as could be. I looked for a long time into the face of the one I had picked out on the internet and there just wasn't any connection. Then I looked into a cage on my left and there was little Madeline sitting there all alone, all curled up in a little ball just looking at me. And I told the Officer I wanted to hold her. And she was so sweet and cuddly. And then I brought her home and all my illusions were shattered (LOL).
She's a wild baby but we've had a lot of fun and I sometimes think about what would have happened if I'd left her there. Her sisters didn't make it. They were put to sleep. What if this sweet little kitty of mine had been put to sleep? I'd never know that a cat could fly through the air, jump from the floor to the ceiling, hang off the rungs of a ladder and twist swing herself around like a gymnist, love to eat walnuts. So if you want a pet, please go to a shelter. The price includes a certificate for a free spay/neuter. There are as many purebreeds in a shelter as a pet store that could be selling animals from breeding farms. And besides all that, you're just doing the right thing.
If you're still with me -- I want to thank everyone for their comments on Come into the Garden Maud and the Favorite Song block. If I don't reply to you it's because your comment/blogger setting is set to "no reply." Please change that on your blog (it's in the settings) as I'd love to reply back to everyone because I love getting comments. The title is from a Tennyson poem (one of the comments is from a poet and I'm sure the title is what captured their attention to this blog).
To answer some questions -- the flowers on Maud are fussy cut from fabric. I will add lots of dimensional embroidery, etc. onto them. In fact, everything on Maud is fussy cut from fabric or it's stamped and/or painted. I hope to get back to it real, real soon. We're going to have a couple of days of spring here (we only get 1 or 2 days every couple of weeks) so I have to take advantage of it. Last night was a hard freeze -- today it's going to be 70 degrees. Time to play outside! I have lots of gardening to take care of and I'm already a month behind.