Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Salon: The Accidental Readathon

Happy Sunday everyone!  Busy times at the Nawrot house this week.  I had more than my normal share of animal angst this week it seems.  My wine store friend called me last Sunday and told me there were three kittens living under his bushes, and the mother had abandoned them.  I shut my eyes, steeled myself, and said that we needed to take them to the shelter.  Kittens adopt out quickly there.  I offered to take care of them until that could be arranged.  But when I saw this...
   

I knew they wouldn't be going to the shelter.  I work there, but I KNOW how things go in that place.  They were just too little and needed too much TLC.  I was able to find a lady in my community that owns a pet store, but also does rescues from her shop.  She agreed to foster them and get them adopted.  There is a special place in heaven for her.  I won't tell you it was easy to turn them over though.  If I didn't already have six bitchy cats, they would have stayed.

Right after that, this same woman told me she had sold a dog to a couple 2 years ago, but they have since had to move into a one bedroom apartment and couldn't keep the dog.  Did I want to give this good boy a forever home?  His name is Sgt. Pepper.

  

I tell you, I worked and worked on my husband to convince him that we needed this dog.  We had a Lab at one time, but we never replaced her when she died.  All this animal drama was just a little different than what we go through at the shelter each week.  I felt like God was putting them in front of us for a reason.







Instead, we have the aforementioned six bitchy cats including this guy, who is 21 pounds, thinks he is a dog and in full charge of us.  We couldn't resist putting him in this dog shirt (size LARGE)...  














Anyway I digress.  My daughter also had a cross country event in Tallahassee on Saturday morning, so I followed her bus up there (four plus hours one way) Friday and came back late Saturday.  It was nice and crisp up there, the kids ran well, but I got home too late to see my son's football game.  This was a highly-anticipated game as it would be the best team they have come across yet (they were undefeated), and would determine their chances for playoff action.  They played their hearts out and WON 13-7.  I'm so freaking proud.

Anyway, there was a readathon going on this weekend.  It almost never works out for me in the fall because of the kids' activities.  But lo and behold!  I had 8-ish hours in the car between Friday and Saturday, so I made a significant dent in the 21-disc "Insomnia" by Stephen King, which I had started earlier in the week.  I'm having fun re-reading this favorite of mine.  The critics never thought much of it, but I just recall really liking it back when I read it in the mid-90's.  And it is narrated by Eli Wallach (known for his role as Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as well as his role in The Godfather series).  He is amazing!

I also had some time to myself in the hotel in Tallahassee, and made a serious dent in Mo Hayder's "Skin", the 4th installment of the Jack Caffrey series.  I'm within 30 pages of finishing it, so I might even wrap it up after I write this post.  Look for a Goodreads update on that one.  I've decided this is my favorite mystery thriller ever.

So I guess I had my own readathon without even meaning to.  I love it when it works out that way!  Today my daughter has a six hour community service fundraiser for cross country, so I've got to get her there this morning, then I'm not sure what is on the agenda.  I'd love to see Gravity.  Hope you all have a great Sunday!  




13 comments:

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

So you guys didn't keep the dog? What happened to him?

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I sort of had a readathon too, because I am rushing to finish some things before we go on our trip. I hate to take along half-finished books, and then have to carry them the whole time!

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you found a forever home for those kittens even if Sgt. Pepper didn't get one with you.

A neighbor asked me to let their new adorable puppy out at lunch last week. I knew they had pet rats but figured they'd be in a cage. I about freaked out when they popped out from under the deck!!

Beth Hoffman said...

Bless your heart for rescuing those tiny kittens, Sandy! Sgt Pepper is beautiful and looks like such a happy boy. I'll say a prayer that someone can give him a forever home soon.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Sgt.Pepper has a face that is very hard to resist. Labs have the best personality! Bless you for taking care of those kittens. I raised a week old kitten and it is just like taking care of a newborn baby. I'm glad you could find someone to care for them. Have a great Sunday, Sandy!

James Chester said...

I fostered kittens once, as you may remember, and all I can say is never again. That little kitten was a nightmare!

But I'm very glad there are people out there who do foster them since all of my pets are rescue animals. Both dogs, the rabbit and the parrot.

And one day, there will even be a cat.

Iliana said...

Hope the kittens and doggy find a home! Congrats to your son on his great game!

And, you are making me want to pick the Mo Hayder book I've had on my shelf forever!

Beth F said...

I think you *need* that doggie!

Jackie Bailey said...

Cute kittens! I'm so glad you were able to find someone to look after them.

That dog is so handsome! I love labs too. I hope that you're able to persuade your husband :-)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

That cat is huge! That dog is just beautiful. I think she needs to go home with you.

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

Kitties! I'm so glad to hear that lady was able to help. Fingers crossed that Sgt Pepper finds a home too.

Literary Feline said...

Sgt Pepper is adorable! I hope he finds his forever home soon, and I'm glad that nice woman was able to take the kittens in. Hopefully they will find a nice home too.

I think it will be a long while before we take in another dog, sad to say. I miss having one around. Although right now the new kitten is enough to keep us busy. She's definitely keeping my older cat busy. LOL

stacybuckeye said...

I'm sorry you didn't get to bring Sgt. Pepper home - he is so handsome!