Friday, May 23, 2014

Poetry, Stow-Away Kitten, Afternoon Rain and Cake Pie - A Memorable Birthday Indeed

You just have to keep a husband who writes you poetry for your birthday - a delightful 4-page telling of "our story". What a perfect way to start my day. I'm blessed to have the love of this man whom I love so very much :-).

Well wishes from family and friends, including a fun "Happy Camper" hat from the BFF, came throughout the day. Enjoyed a couple leisurely cups of coffee. Tessa and I got our walk. Laundry was done. Blogs were read. A lovely day.

Bill came home from work early and had a "surprise". When he left the office his coworkers were searching the parking area looking for a stray kitten that had hitched a ride in one of their cars. Bill joked with them, "Let me know if you hear a yowl when I start the engine..." No yowl. 

He drove the 20 miles home. 70+ mph on Interstate 5. Parked the Jeep in the garage and got out. No yowl, but a meow! Under the hood. Surprise!

When he opened the hood he was able to see the tiny kitten jump down from the back of the engine compartment before he came to get me. We spent about 20 minutes trying to find it in the under carriage. Tessa gave a cursory sniff, but lacked commitment to the task. I looked in a lower shelf where Bill originally started to look (I deterred him to the car) and saw the little ear behind the paint cans. Freaked out, hungry, feral, not wanting anything to do with humans - the fluffy baby was all claws and hissing. With heavy work gloves I was able to get it in a small box without injury to either of us.

When we got home from a quick trip to the no-kill shelter we put our feet up to kick back for awhile. I thought the neighbor's sprinklers were louder than normal, and then they smelled like rain. Weird. The sun was shining.

It was raining! A pretty good cloud burst at that. It rained for about 20 minutes with the sun shining on both sides of the house. Hard enough to give the roof a good washing :-). The switch flipped off and it was gone. A nice quick gift of freshness - thanks Mother Nature!

Brian met us for dinner at Marie Callendar's. I wanted wine and pie with something in between. The service at our MC's is always slow but we weren't in any rush. The food was good, the company even better. Their special was lemon cake pie - it looked heavenly in the picture. I had to try it. We brought our dessert home for later (the guys opted for more traditional choices). The cake pie did not disappoint. 

It was literally the icing on the pie of a wonderful birthday.

 

10 comments:

  1. Oh no! A kitten in the engine. The kitten was so lucky it picked your vehicle and not someone else's. Happy Birthday.

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    1. I was so glad we found it - I was scared to move the Jeep!

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  2. Happy Birthday Jodee! Too bad the kitten wasn't buddy material for Tessa!

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    1. She actually does pretty well with cats - but that little one was so wild I think Tessa would have disowned us at the suggestion :-).

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  3. Here I thought you were going to have a birthday kitten to join your travels. Anyway, happy birthday, Jodee a bit late.

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  4. Happy Birthday Jodee. Sounds like a great day for you. Sorry I didn't know so I wouldn't be "belated". A husband who writes you poetry is definitely a keeper. Lucky you!

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    1. Yep. Great day, great man, great life :-).

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  5. Glad you had a very wonderful birthday! What a special birthday present and hubby! Happy the kitty made it out ok!

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    1. It certainly reminded me that animals are very hardy! I probably don't have to leave the tv on for Tessa when we're gone........

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