Friday, November 21, 2014


I left the house at 4:30 this morning, knowing it would take a bit of extra time to place two of the four pallets donated yesterday.  I didn't get home til after 6.  It was also 18 degrees out.  Very cold.  And snowing.  When I got to the location of Pennsylvania and 4th, Tuffy was there waiting.  As I began to tear down the shelters I have set up there, so that I could rebuild with the pallets (they are purposeful to get the board off the ground when the snow builds - the board is to place the food on).  I began to inspect some of the Styrofoam shelters built for me, and there was ice and water inside them with the straw.  I couldn't figure it out.  One theory is that warm air can't get out and condenses into water.  The shelters are so well insulated and we need to find a way to let that warm air out.  Any ideas?  Any brains out there?

I was extremely frustrated after leaving here, because there are 8-10 cats that wait for me each day, and I had thought they were using the shelters in the back all this time, and obviously they couldn't because the straw was soaked and frozen inside.  Secondly, its hard for me to design just the right set up of shelters.  I am just not brilliant enough to do it myself.  I do the best I can, but there must be a better way.  Needless to say, I was frustrated and heartbroken when I left there.  I still need to place the other two pallets down at Central and Fifth.  There is a lot of growling going on there, because these cats are territorial and don't want to be together.  So some freeze their tails off, others have shelter to go into.  I then need to place more shelters at these locations, but I only have room in my vehicle for either two pallets, or two shelters.  So it takes me days to build up at these locations.  Again, extremely frustrating for me.  OK, I think you get the picture.  I was frustrated!  :)

On a happier note, if you will recall Colton, the little boy who was mocked and bullied for trying to save an injured squirrell (see several past posts - remember you can use the search bar above to find anything related to what you type in - and remember you can click on pictures and they get larger)... below is a picture of what the cafeteria lady gave to him this week.

Such a great story, and such a great way to end this post today.

Have a GREAT day!

Welcoming The New Day
While spotting the morning star
welcome dawn with a smile
let your gaze roam along
the pink tinted horizon
embrace the sky and the earth
and whisper softly "I love you".
Then watch the glowing light
of the new day expanding
and hear the answer vibrating
deep within your heart:
"I love you too!"
and one more:
"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good." 


  1. I cant imagine how the straw could get so wet inside a plastic bin. Unless it blew in or the container is cracked. I have never had one get wet from condensation. The door hole seems like it is more than enough to vent condensation from breathing inside. Straw is supposed to be used because it wiuld be insulating even if wet. At least damp. Is it possible that some nasty neighbor poured water into them? Did this happen in all locations or just in one?

  2. Carole, I kept thinking the same thing, too--somebody poured water in them. Well let's hope not.