Did anyone see this moon? I did yesterday morning. You were all probably sleeping away while I was out digging snow and going behind abandoned houses in the dark! It was a beautiful sight. They call it a snow moon. A full moon in February is called a snow moon because that's often when we see some of the heaviest snowfall.
It was a balmy 23 degrees out this morning. I was so bundled up, prepared for zero temps, that I wound up removing half my stuff before I got home. It still took me nearly two hours to do my thing, in comparison to just over an hour on good days. It so hard to trudge through the snow at some locations, where I am going to the back of empty fields. Even though I’ve created a path by foot the past two days that we had all that snow dumped on us, its still hard to maneuver. Nancy came with me this morning - Nancy Nancy Nancy, what can I say? She has good intentions. But she is clumsy. At one spot, as I was doing my thing at the shelter there, I heard her say 'can you help me Janine', and I turned around and she had fallen in a big pile of snow. I pulled her up and said 'I warned you that you would be covered in snow if you came with me today!' and sure enough, that was true. She told me about some cats in an area not far from where I feed that had no shelter, but she said someone was feeding them. She borrowed a shelter from me, and made another, and in her shopping basket, carted them down to this location (she doesn't drive and she lives near the public market) and asked the homeowner if she could put the shelters behind his house for the cats, and he refused, saying he would throw them out if she left them there. I asked her to show me the place, so we drove there, and sure enough, there were cats. I went to a little church next door, where there was a heat vent that left a space where no snow was, and I placed food and water down, and made cat calls hoping they would come find it after I left. I hate this stuff. Its too sad.
The ideal situation for me would be if every homeowner, or at least every other, or at least every other four homeowners would take responsiblity for just one cat in their community. If they won't allow it in, then at least give it shelter, and feed it. And call me for God's sake, if they don't know what to do, to get it fixed! This would solve a lot of problems in these communities with over population. In fact, the city should have a program for people to do this, and pay for the cat food for these people that are willing. We need to have more marketing for this problem, commercials on television. There are so many ideas I can't put them all down! But it up to each of us to help! uggh... get me off this soapbox, I need to get to work.
I did not see Chico again this morning, nor Fluffypants. Lets not forget our Elvis, Jelly Bean, and Sawyer now! They need homes!!!
So all in all, its another fine day.
Make it a great one!
"Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress."