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  1. Chl
    October 5, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

    I love your blog.

    I don’t have cats. I don’t like Victorian furniture or big fancy things. So I can’t explain we I so look forward to your next post so much. Other than you’re awesome. Please keep it up!

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    • Jen
      October 5, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

      I NEED TO KNOW… how do you have beautiful fancy furniture AND kittens??? How do you make this work?

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  2. Lauren W.
    October 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

    You have a beautiful heart. Thank you for sharing it with us. And thank you for the balloon information! I had no idea although upon reflection it is obviously a terrible idea!

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  3. Trisa Johnsen
    October 5, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m literally laughing out loud and crying😂 We are also old house rehabbers in the middle of a remodel of an 1890 house. We already had a senior citizen dog and a big fat tabby and just adopted a TUXEDO KITTEN😀 to add to the crazies. I love your blog!
    @crazyhousechic

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  4. Stephanie Hobson
    October 5, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

    We have a black and white girl with beautiful green eyes who is sooo soft, she feels like a plush toy. Her name is Sophie, because obviously she is Greek.

    If you come across a kitten who is super sweet and loving to her siblings you might could keep her to be a big sister to the fosters.

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  5. Jenfleur
    October 5, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

    Viictoria, love those kitties! Went on a 7 day cruise (with my mother, God help us) and my favorite book (I read 4!) was “The Jane Austen Project.” Time Travel! Jane Austen! Smart and plucky heroine! No gaping plot holes! All the good things in one book. Loved it so much. (That butlers pantry was almost overwhelming in its loveliness.)

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  6. Tina C.
    October 5, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

    Thanks for saying that about balloons. Don’t get me started on Mylar balloons. And how we are running out of helium.

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  7. Marianne in Mo.
    October 5, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    I posted about the balloons blow on my facebook page! Thanks for the link! Every time I see one, I cry a little inside. I will be looking in to the book mentions, thanks for that! I am DYING to foster kittens, but husband says no. But if I should outlive him (doubtful!) I will then foster! LOL! Meanwhile, I support a couple of rescue orgs. here. We recently adopted a dog from our local welfare assn. (hence the no kitten rule) and every time I gaze upon her cutie pie face, I feel so good inside for giving her a loving home for life. We have always adopted, but usually from friends we knew. This was our first from a shelter, and they were awesome to work with!
    That butlers pantry is cool, but yes, you would need to build it in to a room for it to work! Hoping it finds a new loving home too!

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  8. Katie Titus
    October 5, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    I am totally with you regarding balloons, and have always thought it was a dumb idea. I don’t know if the University of Nebraska still releases balloons after their first touchdown, but I can recall sending one of thousands of red balloons skyward week after week when I was in college. Ugh – it makes me sick to think of it. Latex balloons are also very dangerous for young children as well. Toddlers naturally put things in their mouths, and if the balloon pops and breaks apart, pieces can get caught in their airways. It happened to a child when my own children were very young, and the toddler died. Latex balloons were banned from our home until the kids were around 5 years old as a result.

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  9. Kate Brinkley
    October 5, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

    YES! The $*&^*%%% BALLOONS! Just the worst. I hate to take away something meaningful from someone else’s grief process, but it is so thoughtless.

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  10. Melanie Plum
    October 5, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    Loved this post, in particular! So timely as we just adopted out our little foster kitten. This little one came to us from a good Samaritan that picked her up in a local Fred’s parking lot, about a week old, eyes barely open. Another mom and I co-parented, swapping out days and nights, bottle feeding and babying 24/7. She is a cuddly, sweet little doll baby. Between the two of us, we didn’t know if we could give her up as GOOD homes are so scarce in our spay/neuter uneducated part of the world, but we also knew if we kept her we couldn’t help the next one…and there is ALWAYS a next one. Thankfully, she just went to her new home two days ago and it appears to be the rare, great one. So thankful and relieved.

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  11. Suzanne Forbes
    October 5, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    That was really important info about the balloons. I have always just thought, why would you release a balloon if you wouldn’t throw a piece of garbage randomly onto the street or park or… because obviously, sooner or later that balloon comes down as garbage. I did not know they were attracted to waterways by air currents!

    So thank for that info which I can share if I encounter someone who thinks airborne garbage is a good idea.

    Also, the kittennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnssssss aaaaaahhhhhh

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  12. Cenepk10
    October 5, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Oh my ! I can’t unsee the animals caught in the balloons. Swear I never heard/thought about that. Thanks for bringing it to my attn. I can’t stand kitten stage. No sleep is an understatement…. x 4 ????? Yikes ! Yes yes Yes !!!! Spay & Neuter !!!! It’s inexpensive, it helps the animals & keeps them safer & solves the unwanted offspring problem.

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  13. Christine
    October 5, 2017 @ 5:53 pm

    Balloons also kill desert tortoises – they think the balloon is a flower and they eat it 🙁

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  14. Mary Pfaff
    October 5, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

    You are such a great person to take care of all those kitties! Love reading your posts about them.

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  15. els manning
    October 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

    We are fostering a little , super little tux. My neighbor took the rest. This one was on his way out. Super tiny and shivering. However the little pill has made a great come back. Is eating well, but still super small. Would be cook if it stayed small. Like a pocket pet.
    You are so funny. Talk about things… the reason i subscribed was when you described your zinnia love. And girl.. now kitties… And your balloon rant. Just can’t believe there is a person as cool as me out there 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  16. Seabird
    October 5, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

    Ahh, love your posts VEB! Kittens, environmental awareness, interesting books (I have read some previous suggestions) and of course…Victorian fanciness! Thanks for a moment of joy!

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  17. commonsenseisntcommon
    October 5, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

    Gaaaah, beach plastic. We have 50′ of shore line and I pick up a trash bag full of plastic from our [and our neighbors] shoreline every week. One of our local beaches doesn’t allow balloons, but we pick up tons of teensy tinesy pieces at every single beach cleanup. And don’t get me started on people who don’t fill in their moats. Nesting turtles here people. They should bring back stocks.

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  18. Peggy James
    October 5, 2017 @ 11:49 pm

    I agree that balloons seem festive and delightful, but they are not a great plan for our earth. How about we plant trees and flowers in honor of our loved ones! We could stand more of that! When it blooms or grows we will think of the one we love.

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  19. Yvonne Angus
    October 6, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    “a person consciously working through grief with a PLAN is a level of organization I will never reach”
    I disagree. You turned your grief from losing Elvis, and PLANNED to foster kittens. You may not realize how noble of a PLAN this really is. Plus, you break your heart every time you give up the fosters, thus triggering new grief. It takes a special person to make these sacrifices. (I apologize for the lack of witty repartee.) 😊

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  20. Kathleen
    October 8, 2017 @ 10:44 am

    Always love reading your posts, this one especially. Balloon releases drive me crazy. Crazy.

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  21. judy
    October 8, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Debbie Downer- here but as an old old person I gotta say when we human beings abandoned our world of Sun, rain,fresh breezes and sky and Sea to the far Horizon, and gave our lives to making money for the Corporation’s a death knell was sounded for human contentment and true happiness.
    We were proud,resilient and self sufficient and now we have slave labour around the World churning out our stuff while we buy buy buy on line and mingle at the malls texting-not talking,conversing or knowing one another in more than a superficial,competitive level.
    The biggest industry of human achievement is conflict-guns for everybody and bigger and better War Machines. When I read VEB and her commenters I am totally reassured that We The People have not lost our souls or our humanity and our compassion,but how to backup- change course-turn off capitalism for a few hours a day and walk out into our beautiful world,take a deep deep breath,love yourself and just be-whole and real and Alive. I’m sure all of you already know how important this is- it’s finding the time to make it happen. Take away the violent games,the TV,cell phones etc. and get your kids connected to their planet-if they love it they are more likely to save it.
    not well written but totally sincere.

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  22. Niki LaRock
    October 17, 2017 @ 10:58 am

    Yes to the No Balloons Brigade! Also YES to fostering kitties. On a completely different non-animal related note I am always blown away by your ability to find these amazing things on Craigslist. I don’t know if I’m in the wrong state (CT) or I just have no idea what I’m looking for. I’m considering hiring you to search Craigslist in CT and send me your weekly finds. Thanks for the laughs!

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