Friday, March 27, 2009


Black cats not the cat's meow for adoption


Black cats in Calgary seem to be particularly unlucky these days.

The Calgary Humane Society has seen a spike in the number of black cats -- as well as black and white felines -- at the shelter and is concerned about their future.

"It's unusual to see so many black cats, but the prevalence of them is quite high at the moment," said Lindsay Jones, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society.

"We're concerned they might not get adopted."

The society has about 26 black cats, which Jones said is the highest number of that colour it has ever had.

"Black cats and black and white cats are the least likely to get adopted," she said.

"We're not sure why exactly because black cats are just as loveable as any other cat."

Dark cats still seem to be a last resort for most Calgarians looking for new pets, with light and multi-coloured ones being much higher in demand. "We'll have a roomful of kittens -- one will be black and he'll be the last to go," said Jones. "It may be due to superstition or just that (black cats) don't look as nice as the calico next door."

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Fever

A few days ago I was walking home from work, and the sun was shining and the snow was melting and I could hear water running, and it took me right back to spring in NS when I was a kid. Making maple syrup, playing in the creek, hunting for mayflowers, getting cold, wet and muddy and loving it. When spring comes, I always feel like going and splashing in the creek. Sadly, spring comes so fast in Calgary it happens overnight, and there are no creeks in our condo development!

I follow a few blogs about life in the country, and they definitely don't help with the spring fever thing...I'm not a city girl, and reading blogs sure doesn't help. Maybe I should have given up blogs for Lent. :P

I re-read one of my favourite books last month - one that I now realize shaped my childhood opinion of what the season of spring should look like, an opinion that clearly lingers. It's a story of a poor little rich girl from London, and her mother sends her to live with family friends in the English countryside while she goes abroad, and the bulk of the story is set in the spring. It's beautifully described, and I can picture it so vividly it's almost like being there. I'd give just about anything to experience a 'proper' spring for real though! Maybe one of these years...

Friday, March 06, 2009

Enid Blyton

When I was about 10, I discovered the Famous Five - four cousins and their dog who adventured all over Great Britain, solving mysteries and eating lots. I'm collecting vintage editions of her books written for the 12-ish age group - the Famous Five, Mallory Towers and St. Claire's (British boarding schools) and the Mistletoe Farm series (six cousins in that one!). They're just light, fun, happy stories that make you feel better when you're done reading them. If you're looking to buy books for a child you know, I highly recommend them.

Recent story in a news magazine about Enid Blyton...
Good golly, Noddy’s back!

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