Wednesday, December 29, 2010


My sister came down for a quick visit yesterday. Our grandma McCandless is in the ICU. So far she is recovering from a pretty bad bought of pneumonia, but since she's 89 years old (albiet a very healthy 89 years old), it's touch and go so sis wanted to make the trip down to lend her support.

While she was here, sis had to come out to the farm to visit my menagerie. For "Aunt Toes," visiting Sophie is obligatory. There's no visit that Sophie looks forward to more, than a visit from Aunt Toes.

Of course my sister's name isn't "Toes," but that's how Sophie knows her. When I first got Sophie, she was a teeny tiny puppy and my sister and I lived in the same apartment complex in Kansas City. Sis was across the way, so on our daily walks Sophie and I would stop by. It was summer and my sister would answer the door with her sandals on. Sophie was so little, all she could see were my sister's toes in those sandals, so soon we'd yell "TOES!" and Sophie would go nuts.

Thus, "Aunt Toes" was born.

Sophie loves her "babies," which are various stuffed animals she likes to carry around, sleep with, shake, throw in the air, lay in front of the heater with her, and play keep-away with. She has a lion baby, a tiger baby, and a bear baby (oh my!).

Aunt Toes decided it would be only proper for Sophie to have a baby-baby, and Sophie loves it!!

Not sure this last shot is very appropriate....

Aunt Toes also got to see Milton for the first time. He's grown since I last posted pictures of my "barn" kitty (who no longer lives in the barn, lucky him).

I was out getting registration photos of Betty today and had to tack on this last picture of her back end--the reason being to show off all that white hair at the top of her tail. Think she's a bit rabicano?

That's it for now, folks. The blog might be sporadic for a bit, considering the circumstances, so please bear with me for a while and we'll get back on track hopefully in the near future once everyone is healthy again (God willing). Goodnight,



Alan T Hainkel said...

Take care of family... we can take care of ourselves while you do that...

I'll be keeping you and your grandmother in my thoughts/prayers.


Jessie McCandless said...

Thank you Alan. I very much appreciate your kind words.

smazourek said...

I'm sorry to read about your grandmother's illness. My grandparents are about that age too. Spend the time while you've got it.

Nicole said...

I hope that your grandma gets much better! and your kitty is beautiful! I wanted a kitty so I got some from my grandma and I dunno what happened to one and I think my husbands dog ran the other into the pool and he drowned :( So I'm kinda jealous of your kitty :)

Annette said...

Best wishes for your grandmother's recovery. Keep us posted when you have time. Those critters are beyond cute. Love the (inappropriate) doll pics.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Great story and photos - looks like Sophie loves her new baby :)

Sending healing thoughts to your Gram :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Sorry to hear about your grandma, hope she recovers quickly and you can all celebrate a Happy New Year.

Jessie McCandless said...

Thanks so much, Shannon. We never really do know how much time we have, do we? I'm glad I got to spend time with her while I could. She probably won't be the same after this.

Thank you also, Nicole! Milton is actually a very, very good kitty. He's earned his spot in the house so there he'll stay. He actually loves the dogs, too--he's kind of a freak like that :)

Jessie McCandless said...

Hi Annette! Thank you for your kind words!

Thank you, Calm--Sophie really does love her babies--she can be a bit obsessive (not like her owner at all! LOL!!)

Thank you, too, Grey. It will be slow going but seeing her better on New Year's was the good news we had hoped for!