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Put the Kettle on....

"You may be right... I may be crazy"..... 
Jun. 10, 2012 5:59 am 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2012 4:39 am
Friday night we finally got to go out with our best friends and spend some time with them in a relaxing, fun setting.  Akron has this great outdoor venue for free concerts - Lock 3.  Friday there were a couple tribute bands playing - One was a Billy Joel and one was an Elton John; both very good - and we all suspect the same band...    Anyways - we met our friends and first had dinner at House of Hunan.  I had a great Peach Schnapps/sesame chicken dish with a Japanese beer.  I was pleasantly stuffed and ready to walk the two blocks down to Lock 3. 

We barely were settled into our lawnchairs when our daughter comes running up to us.  She was also there with friends!  It was a beautiful night to be outside and the place was packed.

To have the chance to go out with friends is becoming a rare treat in our lives right now.  The restaurant is keeping us busy.  That venture came at a good time, though, we are new empty-nesters and needed something to keep us busy.  I do still have time to meet up with friends, though, and one of my best girlfriends and I usually have a gab session every couple of weeks after work.  Those sessions involve a cup of tea (either iced or hot depending on the weather) and some sort of treat - usually something chocolate.  This past week, however, we had two visits and they involved more than tea and goodies!  Monday afternoon Tawnia sent me a text: "Tell Kristal I have 2 of these".  There was a picture attached - of a fuzzy little gray kitten.  My daughter has always wanted an all gray kitten, so of course I forwarded the text on to her.  About a half hour later we were on our way to Tawnia's house to see those little fuzzballs.  If you've ever seen a kitten, and you're an animal lover - that is about the hardest thing to resist!  But we did - we held them and then we left.

But all that night Kristal could not stop talking about how cute he was and it was just the color she wanted.  She and her husband already have a cocker spaniel and a huge gray and white cat (who they got from Tawnia about 4 years ago), but she just knew they needed a new friend!  Tuesday she called me and said she wanted to go get one of those cute little kittens, so after work we went back to Tawnia's.  Tawnia was quite happy that one of her kittens was going to a good home.  Kristal picked up her new kitten and I picked up the other and my will-power just disappeared.  I brought the other little guy home with me!  My husband's comment to me when he heard the news, "You need your head examined!"  I already had my "logical" explanation for my temporary lapse of sanity (though many would say it isn't a temporary lapse at all!):  "The kids need a kitten and they're going to name it and get to consider it their kitty at "Grandma's house".   It worked!  How could he deny our adopted grandkids the joy of a kitten?!

Wednesday afternoon I picked up the kids from the restaurant with only the promise of a surprise.  They guessed it was everything from a real baby to a hippopotamus but did not guess a kitten.  The look on their faces when they saw our tiny new kitten was priceless!  We spent about two hours just taking turns holding the kitten and thinking up a name.  At first they were suggesting names of classmates from school, then we moved on to names like "Margarita" and "Tequila".  Then - they came up with Amigo.  We all agreed that was a good name for him.  Amigo has fit right in to my "zoo" - it took our old cat about 24 hours to accept him, but now he lines up for treats along with both cats and Suzy the dog. 

So...  as Billy Joel says in one of his songs, I say to my husband: "you may be right, I may be crazy.... But I just may be the lunatic you're looking for..."  and I know I'm right - after over 30 years, he knows just how crazy I am and it's not going to change!! 
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Jun. 10, 2012 7:52 am
O how I love kittens. Great blog!
Jun. 10, 2012 8:02 am
Mother Ann, If I had the opportunity to hold this kitty-it would go home with me. What a cutie.
Jun. 10, 2012 8:10 am
Very cute kitten Mother Ann, and I like the name! I read part of your blog to my husband- he used to work at Firestone in Akron and loves the wonton soup at House of Hunan. He wants me to try it sometime so I can find a similar recipe and make it at home.
Jun. 10, 2012 9:19 am
Mi Amigo! I love the blog and I love that kitten!!!!
Jun. 10, 2012 11:41 am
You have more willpower than I would have exhibited. One look at that cutie and I'd have been adopted! Never mind a second trip. That is such a fun age too.
Jun. 10, 2012 12:14 pm
Thanks everyone! He is a cutie and he's fast becoming a major part of our family.
Jun. 11, 2012 5:46 am
He's a cutie!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:20 am
Amigo is adorable. I have played a similar hand to you when I needed a new dog. One year i brought home this little pup from the pound for my hubby's birthday. He was not to happy to have any dog let alone a little lap dog. I named the little guy Cujo to make him seem bigger and my husband took to him very quickly. After our last very large dog passed, my husband said no more......but when my dog loving father passed away, I played the "DAD" card and Sparky succumbed again. My new little avatar quickly became his little girl.....go figure:)
Jun. 11, 2012 7:32 am
I am surprised too! Little Amigo would have gone home with me in a heart beat. Such a cutie!
Jun. 11, 2012 12:06 pm
Loved the blog and the pic of tiny Amigo. Now I have that song stuck in my head...lol.
Jun. 11, 2012 2:19 pm
Wahhhhhh how cute! I am coming out of my sleep deprived coma slowly. I so understand, I do. Last night after my last lovely guest had left, a storm came up. We did need the rain but it left behind a lost little furball. Like I need another furbaby. :) I saw the photos of you at the Buckeye Bash. How fun are these roundups? Especially in my case when I had a high energy imp show up on my door step with flowers after fibbing to me for 2 weeks. I know I should have figured it out when everyone was hovering around the door with their cameras out. LOLOL At least MB got a priceless kodak moment! So glad things are going well at the restaurant!
Jun. 11, 2012 4:03 pm
Akron, Is also the home of Dr. Bob Smith, A Co founder (Along with Bill Wilson) of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous).
Jun. 11, 2012 5:47 pm
Thanks Magnolia Blossom! He has stolen our hearts!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:49 pm
mauigirl - I love how you say you "needed" a new dog! :) I do have to say I'm more a dog lover than a cat lover - but I do love my kitties!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:51 pm
KingSparta - Friday night happened to be the start of "founder's weekend" for AA. The town was packed!
Jun. 12, 2012 6:58 am
Just precious!
Jun. 15, 2012 3:13 pm
Ooooh, I try never to touch baby animals, they're too darn cute. And cuddly, and fuzzy, and adorable. I wish I had four kittens on my lap right now. Darn it. ;o)
Jun. 17, 2012 4:39 am
cheepchick - I'm a sucker for baby animals. I always say if I weren't married I'd be one of those ladies with a houseful of dogs and cats and a few dozen other various assorted animals. LOL
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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