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  1. Tina Marie
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    OH MAN….that spool cabinet for what????????????? Drool, yes Drool and spontaneous bouts of jealously. So , I congratulate your good fortune. Really, its not half heart’d at this moment. Enjoy.

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  2. LK Fletcher
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you for the dose of fabulous- -and all the kitty love. You are extra special!!

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  3. Di
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    Please forgive me if this is a silly question, but why did you not adopt one? It seems there is a hole to fill and something fuzzy and warm and needy sounds perfect! Your heart is too large to stay empty. You will never replace Elvis but you will start a new love-pet journey I hope.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 16, 2016 @ 11:25 am

      not at all a silly question… I’ve been asking myself it on repeat.

      I feel like when we adopt a new cat it needs to be an adult… Kittens get adopted SO FAST! And we can give a home to an older unwanted cat… and I just haven’t felt like I was “ready” to find that cat yet, so fostering seemed like a good fit… although, Paul pointed out that there was no scenario in which I was not devastated to give up baby furballs.

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      • Di
        November 16, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

        Thank you-I understand. My sister adopted a momma cat- all her kittens got picked but she was left. You’ll know when you know!😻😻

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      • Julie Audi
        November 16, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

        I have always adopted older cats and absolutely love them!!! You are right that they often are overlooked. I have a 12 year old cat ( adopted when she was 4 yrsold) and a 2 year old cat that we rescued as a kitten from the side of the road. Having 2 cats is delightful! Whatever you decide you did a wonderful thing fostering those kittens ❤️

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      • Kay
        November 16, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

        We also adopt adults–fairly young ones that we should have for a long time. But kitten siblings are wonderful. They are so happy together.

        Love, love, love the video!

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      • Meredith Matteck
        November 16, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

        Could you not adopt an adult AND a kitten? We adopted an adult male tabby, Pablo, who has been the light of our lives and recently added a little black female, Paloma. It has worked out beautifully. Observe:
        https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN_u0EywbOlYRZijHGes0mcaIx85mS1EA34Tm-e0foXTiSXmIFfRqZJj36-pjlKCA/photo/AF1QipPmk8ROd4OYaUGV-t8QYoxq95ZsVgIaZkf4_97l?key=Zmd5YU9NTWtUUHFzYTlneGh6YWtWWmtCcTh2c1RR
        I like the idea also of fostering a Mama with kittens and maybe keeping her and the littlest kitten. I love your heart for fostering, though. Keep up the good work!

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      • Gail Dorman
        November 16, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

        The answer is a water dish and some food on the front porch, the kitty that needs you most will find you. (Also a few bunnies and a racoon ir two – do not be deterred by this!) Toss away cats haunt our Virginia neighborhood, I am feeding several who have gone from starved to sleek, thank you IAMS, and sassy.

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  4. Jackie Beardsley
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:19 am

    Hurry and go get left-behind-cat or a new foster cat/s fast. Your heart needs it. They need you. It’s a win, win.
    Cool spool cabinet, Paul was right, I said the same thing too, “that’s a good price”. What a sweet husband you have there. He’s a keeper!

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  5. Sherry Stuifbergen
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:20 am

    Love your blog. I don’t get it very often though…just once in awhile. Wow, $40 for a spool cabinet?…with all the thread! Unbelievable cheap find! I feel for you, wondering if you did the right thing about the cats. My heart goes out to all strays and unwanted’s. You and I love beautiful things…saw your bathroom…wonderful! Paul is a “wonder man.”

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  6. Sherry Stuifbergen
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    I just read the other comments…yes, I think you should adopt the last kitty. I loved Elvis, but you can “fill that void” with some other kitty. (I know, there will never be another Elvis!) I believe in cat heaven, don’t you? Also, “dog heaven.” Can’t imagine a “heaven” without my animals.

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  7. Cat Ohala
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    Sweetie, I agree with all the others who commented. Go find yourself a new kitty. Get the one who wasn’t adopted. Elvis doesn’t want you to feel lonely. He wants you to be loved and to give love.

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  8. Darling Lily
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:36 am

    If it’s any comfort, remember that their biological mothers run/cut them off, too, and that leaving the nest is a part of growing up for animals and humans alike.

    That being said, I don’t know how you did it! But may blessings rain down upon you for what you do.

    I am so jealous of your spool cabinets. I have a Giant Fancy Jewelry habit, and love your GFJs look in the cabinet! You should make more glorious necklaces to hang from your towel racks. You could sell them (to me) to fund your GFT habit.

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  9. Tammy
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    I love, love, love your blog. I also have a love of GFT, but hubby doesn’t get it. God bless Paul. Get a kitty when you’re ready (it kind of sounds like you are). I have 6 fur babies, 3 of each and they range in age from 5 to 17, the oldest being Checkers the calico who us queen of the brood and the rest of them know it. Think of a new fur baby as an early Christmas gift!

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  10. Laura
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    I look forward to discovering how you will incorporate the spool cabinets into your Christmas decorations!

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  11. Betsy
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    My theory: If one of something is great, then two of the same thing are even better! Someday all these treasures will cause you to buy a larger home, and I look forward to that remodeling journey! My husband and I look forward to our retirement; we plan to find an older home and restore it. Honestly, it’s either in your DNA or it isn’t. It’s a dominant gene with my husband and I.

    Beloved furry family members…you always know when the right ones touch your heart. Give yourself the needed time after Elvis, and when you’re ready, you’ll know. I’m with you, people always take the kittens and puppies, give me the older one that everyone else passes over. It’s like winning the lottery when you find that special new family member!

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  12. Nicki
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    Spool cabinet~wowzers and awesomeness!!! I covet such a wonderful, truly useful thing(and appreciate it for its usefulness, being a seamstress and all), but, but, the Scepter!!! Ermigard!!! I would be knighting any exceptionally good man(my hubs being first and foremost), and then proceeding to flit about with said Scepter and possibly fairy dust-truly, it is faery tale worthy!!
    So, speaking from a cat perspective(whilst my three furballs attempt to all sit in my lap at the same time, because that’s what they do when mom is on the computer), adopting an older cat is a GENIUS idea!! I, too, have a very soooooft spot for the down and out, or older kitty. I also believe ppl who love cats as much as we do, need to have a cat to shower with the cat love we are so totally capable of. Our oldest, Tequila, was from the shelter, and when we saw her, knew she was ours~she had come from a home with two little boys, who had given her the worst haircut(including whiskers :O )and seemed so pathetic-to this day, she has been my ultimate favorite kitty with all her ornery-ness and ppl-like qualities. Our second kitty, Kahlua, was also a shelter kitty, and I do believe she is part feral-she was the only kitten in the shelter not trying to get out, but rather far off in a corner and shaking wishing the whole world would just swallow her up. She will stay in my lap the longest, will chat the longest, but has days where we don’t see her at all as she huddles under beds. Lastly, our Sambuca, is a tuxedo kitty like Elvis. He is very aware he is the low man on the cat totem pole in this household, but he is just so darn cute. He was not a kitten, but a young adult when we got him, so very well behaved when he came home-to this day, he still only scratches on the scratch post and cat tower. So, more is better in our household, and I have totally rambled…..but, I tell you, cat ppl NEED to love cats…so, go bless some older cat with your wonderful, big hearts….

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  13. Colleen
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:58 am

    That spool cabinet (and all the thread!) is so amazing! Too good of a deal to pass up. I’m glad Paul helped you out when Self didn’t have strong enough arguments to immediately sway you. And that brass towel bar you linked to! We’re renting an old Craftsman, and all of our doorknobs are that cut glass–they’re so magnificent! It would be fun to have a towel bar to match, but somehow I don’t think our landlord would spring for it.

    I worked as a vet tech at a shelter for several years (before staying home with kids full time), and worked with foster moms A LOT. I gotta say, the fact that you loved those little kittens so much and literally saved their lives is so important! I’m sure your rescue group will do a great job preparing their new families for success.

    Also, I’ve seen that prancy cat video before–I always wonder if he has cerebellar hyperplasia, but he is so cute regardless!

    And lastly in this giant comment, thank you for protesting the circus! You’re doing incredibly important work there!

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  14. Janice
    November 16, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    Cat raised in a horse barn is adorable. LOL
    not sure I could have taken the kittens back to be adopted
    I have one adopted cat and he is adorable

    Jealous of your spool cabinet find (really)

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  15. Pamela Reid
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    Hello Victoria. This is the first official posting I have received since signing up to follow your blog. I just want to say thank you to you for opening up your heart and thoughts to all your readers, and respectfully letting us express comments and opinions on which direction you should follow with your kitty decision. Here is my two cents:
    I had my cat until she was 22 and started to have a hard time towards the end. I made the choice to have her put down with the veterinarian at our house, with my grown children and even my ex there. Cleo had some crushed up bacon as a treat, and then we all gathered for the time she had left. It was very special, and quiet and with love that we sent her off…. I wanted to give you an abbreviated version of that day, so you have a better understanding of what I am about to say. I too, had a huge void once Cleo died, and I chose to adopt 2 adult cats shortly afterward to fill the void. I chose the 2 cats I did, because I saw them online and recognized them as cats a former co-worked had had for years, and she gave them up to get a dog instead! I couldn’t believe it! So I automatically went down to the SPCA here and adopted them. Later the former co-worker found out I had adopted them, and I think she was ashamed of her choice, but I really didn’t care what she thought, because I couldn’t imagine what those poor cats went through after living with their family for 9 years, and then being shipped off to the SPCA because the family was tired of having them! Sigh! Now here’s the thing…. I am happy that I was able to rescue those poor shell shocked cats, but I really hadn’t given myself time to grieve and recover over Cleo before I adopted the other two, and I think because of that, I am not able to fully give my heart to those two. So if you feel you are unable to give your heart 100% to a new kitty, then don’t do it until you are able. It takes time to grieve, mourn and recover over the death of a loved one, whether they have fur or not. Give yourself time…. Let your heart tell you when you are ready again.
    Okay! So that’s that , and that’s the end of my opinion! I just felt super strong in this opinion, and since you open yourself up to us, your readers, I wanted to open up to you as well.
    Pamela

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 16, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

      Thank you for this… it’s precisely why I haven’t adopted a new one permanently. I WANT to fill the void, but I’m afraid it’s too soon.
      xoxo

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      • Kay
        November 16, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

        I agree. I lost two cats within a month of each other (I think the second one died of grief–even though she was my best beloved, the other cat was first in her heart). A few months later my nephew asked me to take his cat because he was moving and couldn’t keep it. We didn’t feel ready but really couldn’t say no. I love cats so of course was very fond of him, as well as of the other cat we got to keep him company, but we have never been as attached to these cats as we were to those we lost. Take all the time you need.

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    • Lalagigi
      November 16, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

      Your story make me cry.

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  16. Carri
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    Do the balls unscrew from the rods on your towel bars? The ones on ebay are great but yours might require a different bracket. I live in California and have never seen such antique coolness!

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  17. Carri
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    PS, get a kitty

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  18. Julia Gordon-Bramer
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    Love your big heart and your fun sense of decor.

    I think you should ask the Universe for a sign as to whether that kitten left behind should be your Elvis replacement.

    It has always been my belief that cats pick their owners. <3

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  19. Sandra
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    I really LOVE your comments but they are almost impossible to read with an ad popping up every three sentences or so. Cant they be in one place? I literally could not read this blog. Sorry. You are very funny. I think….

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 16, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

      Urrrgh! That should NOT happen. There should never be anything that pops up (or plays audio) but some ads get around the restrictions. If you have the time/inclination to tell me what ad, if I have the link or a screenshot, I can report it to the company who manages the ads.

      I REALLY appreciate when people let me know they have issues! (I know it’s easier to just close the window and move on!!)

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      • Candler
        November 18, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

        I agree with Sandra about the ads. The JCPenney one with the shoe will not leave me alone!!! Makes me want to boycott them!! Love the blog and take your time on a new fur baby!!

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  20. Debrashoppeno5
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

    The spool cabinet is fabulous. You do need a kitty. The house must seem so empty and they need you. And I agree with Julia, cats do pick their owners. So go get picked out.

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  21. Jayne
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    Now I WANT a spool cabinet collection. I really want to show you the one I had restored with the base made for it. WOuld you like me to send you a photo?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 16, 2016 @ 12:55 pm

      for sure! (if you have an instagram or facebook picture/link, pasting the embed code here should make it show up!)

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  22. Jane O'Connor
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

    Hello from South Africa. I cant remember how I happened upon your blog but my daughter and I have read every one in the archive. You are a delight and so lucky to have all these GFTs on Craigslist. Alas we don’t have CL. Or that many GFTs looking for homes (alas). We do however have BIG cats. In abundance. And yes, shared on FB. Always. Immediately.

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  23. Ginny D.
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

    I understand where your heart is in kittyland. The babies are hard to let go… but they will go first in the adoption center. When the stars align, and you come upon just the right kitty to join your family, s/he will be there, and your heart will go ZING! In the meantime, keep giving those little kitty’s a chance by offering them the best and most loving base you have. In Elvis’ name…

    Wowzer, Cool Spool Chest!! Such awesomeness in a couple drawers!!

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  24. judy
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    I am 76 so I have my page enlarged and a larger font and the ads stay to the side and are generally well behaved..I wonder..could that make a difference? I wonder if -when you are ready-you might consider a cuddle companion that bears NO resemblance to Dear Elvis…Snow White and female-or just really really different. I can’t help wondering if choosing so like Elvis is like rubbing Salt in a very raw wound? Any Hoo Post is side splitting as usual and since I have been in a deep blue funk with the recent developments in our election results-I thank you for the smiles and guffaws. From an absolute stranger and destined to remain so…I really positively love you and Sir Paul.

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  25. devon
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

    i think you should go get the little kitty girl who didn’t get adopted………..you can still continue to foster……plus kitties like having companions to play with. You are stronger than i am, i wouldn’t have been able to let any of them go im afraid, i get too attached! (but hats off to you for being one of the many who foster any animal, either an individual or a bunch……….you are an angel for the voiceless who can’t help themselves)
    And the spool cabinet? total score, i am always amazed at the incredible finds that are out there for those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time! Great piece!!

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  26. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    You can’t keep moving the goal like this. First, I discovered that I needed a card catalogue, then a campaign bed, now I need a spool cabinet collection (and I was having enough trouble finding just one, thankyouverymuch) and I’m still looking for a square piano that isn’t a jillion dollars and hidious and missing three legs.

    And now? Now I need glass towel rods/scepters of magnificence.

    You’re literally killing me.

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    • Jenny Snyder
      November 19, 2016 @ 6:19 am

      That is awesome.

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  27. Elaine Cascio
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

    You are wonderful for going through the joy and heartache of fostering. I got water running down my face (as my young nieces would say) just reading your post. Bless you and bless you for working on behalf of circus creatures.

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  28. Lisa A.
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

    Omg…your post made me cry. I can’t bring myself to foster or volunteer because I cannot handle going into a shelter. My first experience with bringing home needy animals was in high school when I found four abandon kittens that were only days old in an alley. I stayed up all night feeding them with eyedroppers and they followed me around like I was their momma. I was only 18 and fostered them until a local rescue group found homes for them when they were old enough. I refused to be home when they got picked up because I could not handle it and my mom took take of the pick up for me. I have rescued baby geese in the middle of a busy highway with no momma in site (thought they were ducks). They were dropped off at a wild animal sanctuary, oh and there was the robin that flew into my picture window and did not move for hours and just looked at me no matter how close I got to it. I could not leave it there to die so I took it to the animal sanctuary and they confirmed he broke a bone that did not allow for flight but he healed and was released. These stories could go on and on ….oh and so could my husband with the many animal “adventures” I have taken him on in 25 years of marriage. I want to save them all but I am a big baby and I am not strong enough to handle letting them go. I admire you and I so enjoy your posts about animal awareness and fostering and adoption. So glad the video made me laugh out loud!!! I think I will watch it again.
    OH AND DESPISE THE CIRCUS!!!! How could anyone enjoy the circus?

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  29. Sascha Gilpin
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    Well, this is just great. Now I need an antique spool cabinet AND a kitten. All joking aside (okay I wasn’t really joking, especially about the kitten), I adore your blog and I’m a Craigslist fanatic and I want to go GFT-hunting with you!

    Your husband (like mine) is a saint, and I think you should reward him by getting him a rescued circus tiger. That would be the GFT to end all GFT’s, plus you fulfill your wish to adopt an older kitty that needs a good home. Everybody wins!

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    • Jenny Snyder
      November 19, 2016 @ 6:20 am

      Adopt an older “kitty” — that’s hilarious!!

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  30. Jan S.
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:07 pm

    A thought about the towel rod….that I do not believe is ACTUALLY a towel rod…..I think it is a CURTAIN rod. Why? Towel rods have the bracket with a hole for a rod and/or finial….the rod you show has a metal fitting that holds the finial, but if you look at all of the towel brackets for those sorts of rods, you will see they are a one-piece deal-io. Thus, I believe you have a spectacular curtain rod for one of your spectacular bathrooms. Curtain rod brackets should be a bit easier to locate.

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  31. Heidi
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

    I thought this was about spool cabinets (and now I want a few). If that baby is still there by itself, you should go get it, just saying. You can get an older one too.

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  32. Tamara
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

    Hahahaha, oh my god, I totally laughed all the way through that cat video! Thanks for that!

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  33. Michele
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    I was loving the spool cabinet story, and the towel rail, and even had a suggestion. And then I got to the kittens and now feel sad. But I totally agree with you, and you did the right thing. You have now sent those little loves out into the world and allowed some other wonderful person(s) to be the recipient of their kitty love. But what of the left behind baby? Of course she will find a new home, but you feel like a traitor. I certainly understand that. Our wonderful indoor fellow had a brother and despite the deep pleadings of my 7 year old daughter and the adoption lady I didn’t take him. I couldn’t. Taking this one would be pushing it. And now, 11 years later I still feel like a chump. But we really couldn’t take another cat and even now looking back I know that but it still bothers me from time to time.
    Spool cabinet is gorgeous!!! I never find anything good on Craigslist unless there is a huge price tag next to it. Well done!!

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  34. Linda D.
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

    I smile every time I see there’s a new blog post from you in my mailbox. I thrill vicariously at your treasure hunts, laugh at your humor and bleed with your concerns.
    Just so you know there’s a yin to the yang of your hurt at the third, as yet unadopted kitten — I was present at my own local shelter when two of three kittens got adopted. (Our shelter has a rule that kittens must be adopted in pairs, while older cats can have a forever home on their own as singletons. My daughter and I were there as volunteers.) Anyway, my fourteen year old daughter looked at me with what we call her moo moo eyes as the third kitten mewled after her disappearing siblings. That was it. We brought her home to join the family. She’s fit right in with our older two cats.
    I thank you as a fellow animal lover that you open your heart and home to foster sick cats. Even if you’re not ready to adopt, you are doing a wonderful thing for these helpless creatures. Thanks for doing what you can. <3

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  35. Sheila
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    I love your big heart and I am totally jealous of the deals you find on craigslist! Why can’t I find those people who are willing to sell those wonderful treasures for pocket change? I have found a lot of crazy beautiful GFTs, but I usually have to pay through the nose to obtain them…like the giant 19c gilt wood and gesso framed mirror from a Butte “house of ill repute” that I had to have. I love it though and look at it every day. Keep telling your stories and I’ll keep reading and laughing, along with all your other fans!

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  36. Tina
    November 16, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

    I had a hole after our Floyd, kitty-of-18 years, died. I, too, wanted to wait, because I had to go though that mourning process properly. We got a black kitten (apparently for some weird reason they are harder to get adopted?) which I sort of regret because our kitty was all black and I kept seeing Floyd instead of Stitch. A year later, though, thankfully, all I see is Stitch. (we adopted a kitten so it would get along with our dogs–Floyd hated them).

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  37. Patricia
    November 16, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

    We’re cat people … obviously my husband is descended from a long line of cat attendants because sorting thru old boxes, we came across a vintage 1930s photo album of cat photos, including studio shots of their cats.
    We’re currently cat-less in Seattle. Our last cat was inherited from my mother in law. After eight years of kitty’s bad attitude and claws (renamed her “Shredder” for very good reasons), she became very ill and was put to sleep. Later that evening, she showed up again for her evening treat. My first and so far only ghost sighting was a cat! Since then we’ve had a visiting (living) cat who came every day for treats and snuggies and a four or five hour nap.
    We’re moving soon to a retirement apt and hope to find more visiting cats willing to drop by for treats and snuggies. Maybe fostering would be a solution for us?

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  38. patricia
    November 16, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

    Saying goodbye is brutal. But that prancing kitty was a delight to watch! Keep up the good work,
    Victoria. I admire your determination to help those in need.

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  39. Bernie
    November 16, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

    love Spool chests….I have 2 and have no problem passing up a “new” old one, because I am on the brink of being a hoarder, and recognizing it’s a problem is the first step to recovery. Unless I find something absolutely fabulous, then all bets are off. Can I ask a silly question? Why dont you date your posts?? I get confused about the “time line” of things.

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  40. Maggie
    November 16, 2016 @ 5:54 pm

    You could go and get that little lonely kitty and teach him/her to be the best role model for the rest of the fosterlings you bring home. It will be a perfect nanny. Baby kittens need to learn a lot of things a human mom can’t possibly teach them.

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