June 10th 2011 7:21 pm
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OK HERE IS PART ONE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
Shore is cold today:
I drove a company Peterbilt for Francis Gold for a lotta years. Francis was ornery, but she was fair and paid good. She and her husband Ernie had co-drove for about thirty years. She was in a wheel chair from a wreck she and Ernie had many years ago. Ernie came out of it O.K. but Francis never walked again. After Francis got as good as she was gonna get, they got ‘em a new truck and went to drivin’again. Ernie’d winch Francis up into the cab and off they’d go. They’d spent the best years of their lives in the cab of a truck and they loved it. They decided to start their own truckin’ company a few years back and had done real good.
One day Francis got a phone call and Ernie had died of a heart attack. He was drivin’ a new truck back to the yard from Lufkin and had pulled off the highway at the Seven Oaks road side park on highway 59. An old friend walked over to say howdy and found him still behind the wheel. The coroner said Ernie probably knew he was dyin’and pulled off the road to keep from hurtin’ somebody. Francis never quite got over it. I had lost my Cathy the year before and I knew that kind of pain. I don’t reckon you ever get over it.
I was haulin’ a load of recovered pipe east on I-10 from a rig location a little north of El Paso back to the yard in Jacksonville in the middle of January. I had driven through some rough weather from ‘bout Van Horn all the way to Boerne. Lotsa sleet, snow and wind. Took the 1604 loop on over to I-35 north at San Antonio and pulled off the road a little bit north of New Braunfels at a “TA” to fuel up. I went inside and hooked up with a “Subway” sandwich. While I was eatin’, I watched through the window as an attendant fueled up the rig. It was a lot warmer in here than out there. I finished my sandwich and headed for the truck, tipped the fueler, went to step up into the cab and almost fell down!! There on the bottom tank step was a tiny orange ball of fur with these big black eyes starin’ back at me.
“What the heck is that thing” says the attendant.
“I ain’t real sure, but I think it’s a kitten.” Says I.
Real easy-like, I reached down to the little feller and he never moved. He just looked up at me with those big ol’ eyes. I laid my hand on his little back and he was almost froze. He either didn’t know any better or he was so miserable that he really didn’t care, but he never moved when I picked him up. I was wearin’ a parka and slid him into one of the pockets and climbed into the cab. I had a new pair of work boots still in the box back in the sleeper. I took the boots out of the box and threw them in the sleeper, tore up the packin’ to make a bed and put the little feller in it. I cut the bottom out of a styrofoam coffee cup to make him a little bowl and put some water in it for him. He just looked at it, then he just looked up at me with them big eyes and I think we both kinda knew the little feller wasn’t gonna make it. It made my heart hurt.
I finally got that big ol’ “Pete” into high gear headin’ north on I-35. Between watchin’ for black ice and idiot drivers and fightin’ that cold North wind, I managed to find time to lay my hand on the little feller just to let him know he wasn’t alone. Somewhere around Kyle he seemed to drop off between this world and the next. I picked him up and put him in my shirt pocket so’s he could feel my heart beatin’.
“You’re not alone little feller I’m right here with you." I think it was important t otell the little fellar that.
I took state highway 130 at Buda and looped around Austin to I-79 EAST a little west of Hutto. I used to have an uncle who loved to sail. Anytime we took a trip somewhere he would always say the same thing:
“All sheets in the wind;
Sails full and riggin’s pulled tight;
North by north east;
That pretty much summed up where we were at this time. I-79 was the last leg of this trip and other than takin’ the loop around Palestine it was a “straight shot”. Me and that little feller were homeward bound.........farewell.
To say that this last piece of road was rough is an understatement. Hard to believe but I really think the weather was gettin’ worse. It seemed to be gettin’ colder; it was snowin’ and sleetin’ again; the wind picked up; every bridge I crossed was iced up. Gettin’ dark too. It was tough. And I felt in my heart that Little Feller was losin’ his battle. I wanted to pick up the pace but just couldn’t. I said a little prayer for him and that big Cummins engine “growled up” as I spun my tires across another frozen bridge.
I could see the lights of Palestine across my hood in the distance. Gettin’ closer. If we can just make it around the loop without losin’ it, we’re home free.
I made the loop and me and eighty thousand pounds of steel and Peterbilt fought that last 27 miles to the yard. I started thinkin’ on what to do with Little Feller. If he could just make it through the night I’ll take him to my veterinarian Alicia in the mornin’ but it didn’t look good.
I pulled into the “Gold Trucking” yard, parked the rig, wrapped that little kitten in a brand new sweater of mine, climbed down outta’ that rig into that frozen “red dirt” parkin’ lot and hurried into the dispatch office. There in all her glory sat her “highness”, Francis.
“You’re late. Where you been?”she asked. She knew durn well what I’d been through and and durn well why I was runnin’ late.
“Got drunk in Sonora and bet your truck on a “tumble bug” race. Spent the night in the Boerne jail.”
“That figures!” Says she. She knew durn well I didn’t drink.
“What you got in that “Red Wing”box?”
I opened the box and showed her a really sick little kitty and told her the tale. I could tell the sight of that sad little feller touched her heart and she fell in love with him on the spot.
June 10th 2011 6:43 pm
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I got a story to tell, and it is kinda really long, but I think some kitty lovers might like it so I am going to put it in my Diary little by little for a few days. My daddy wrote the story he and my mom like to write short stories like a hobby. Daddy wanted to see what other people think about one of his stories. Well mom picked this one and figured with it's content this was a good place to see what humans and kitties think. So it will be in my diary for a few day titled "trucker kitty" part by part. Let me know what you think and I will tell mom and dad. We love comments! So if we don't see some comments we will not take up diary space with the rest of the story. Hoping you like it.
May 18th 2011 11:54 pm
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So the other night mom was laying on the bed with the laptop on her lap, so I went upstairs to the bed room and hopped on the bed with her, I needed to talk to her, she said "hey moe" but she kept on looking at the computer. I walked up to her and stood on my two back legs like a little human, then I placed my paw on her shoulder and told her very loudly what was on my mind. She said said "love you moemoe" so I touched her shoulder and said it again really loud "mewoweeeow meoweeewow" then she got it, she said "ok moemoe you wanna have play time?" Yes! i took the lead and ran downstairs to the kitty room and she followed! Moma says catster is for us but I am not so sure MOL I don't get her attention until she gets off there.
Tiny mighty moe siging off.
May 11th 2011 10:56 am
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Oh my friend smokey is really fun he writes cool diaries about outdoor adventures and he has some really cool pics up of him and his dog family. Some of them kinda scare me and the gang here at my house well cept for boo she aint scared of nothing. MOL yea she was a street kitty so she feel tough. Anyway if anyone reading my diary hasn't met smokey you might want to be friend him and let him know you read his diary. It makes me wanna go outside....not I am kinda scared of that too. Hey am I a scardy cat or what?
May 6th 2011 10:01 am
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heeeloooo! where is everfuryone? It seems really quite here on catsters today to me. Are we just not hearing you? We didn't get any emails from here alerting us to any activity from our friends.......that cannot be right. Gotta go check the phone link to email. I know yall are here somewhere.
check ya later.
April 29th 2011 9:21 pm
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I just was jsut talking with Lacey and them about comments on Pics. sometimes the comments are made and your mom or dad are not notifed so check out your photo comments somecats might be talking about how cute you are. We checked mine and did not find any comments....did everfurone see my new tunnel? When you have time go to my page and see the new pics of me in the tunel. We are got our picture taken in the new tunnel and tent.
Don't forget to tell HQ if you were not notified of your comments.
April 26th 2011 11:10 pm
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Look oh wow dear diary I got it last night and tonight Mom put up our pictures. It's my DOTD prize from last week end when she was gone. She really made it up to me in a big way! I love love love it. Yea I gotta share it (big sigh) ok just kidding I kinda like playing in it with the others (MOL there r 5 of us!). Mom shoud have made a video of me, I ran from tent through the tunnel so many times.. I was really tired before the offical play time even started last night. Callie took it over to sleep in last night. That's ok too cause I like my little kitty bed for sleeping, it's the one alley and calie used to share. Hey I haven't forgoten there are so many kitties that made my DOTD and birthday special I am really gonna send out all my thanks, my secretary.. I mean mom (MOL) was really tied up with the walk and easter and stuff then our computer crashed. She promised to help me properly thank everfurone.
Gooodnight I just love catster and all my furiends!
April 25th 2011 11:35 pm
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oh wow Moma said I cannt talk about it till she puts up the pictures. We got it tonight my prize for DOTD last week (I know I know but better late than never) I always gotta share......my prize from RIver and Simone, now this too. Oh well, everfurone here likes it.
You wanna guess what it is? Oh you will never guess even with a million guesses. If you guess and get lucky enough to get it right....then we will leave a prizzie on your page. Oh you will NEVER guess it. Mom is gonna post pics. Tomorrow woo hoo got get back to it. If you read Callies diary you will see this is NOT what it is.... hehe haha mrruuump this is tooo fun.
good night catster kitties!
April 24th 2011 11:19 pm
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Kitty brush on my face feels so right. Moma likes to brush me but I just like the brush on my checks, head, neck and ears. If moma stands near the cat tree shelf that has the kitty brush laying on it, I jump up there real quick before she leaves and stick my head out over the shelf so she can reach me then oh the fun begins, and I get lost in the luvin. Somtimes she uses her hands to rub all those areas, and if she stops or tries to walk away before I am ready to stop (and I never am ready to stop) I cry out and touch her with my paw no claws or I nip her real easy with my teeth (no pain) just to let her know I am not ready to stop MOL I do that to dad too he said "Moemoe I cannot stay here all night" but why I don't get that is n't that what they are here for is to please us? Any other fur like kitty luvin and brushin like that? Do you call your mom and dad back if they stop luvin on you before you are ready for them to?
Gotta go I got lots of luvin to catch up on cause mom and dad been gone for a couple of days.
April 21st 2011 10:58 am
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Timing is everything! I got DOTD on Saturday April 16th. Mom was not home all week-end and then our computer went down the night before she left. We been jumping up on catster from work and a few times from mom's phone at night time but it's not the same. We kinda like to just camp out and catch up and it's hard to do that on the phone (sad sigh) Thanks so furry much to everyfurr that helped celebrate my day mom is gonna help me send out personalized thanks when we get our computer back.
If you look at my diary history you will see I wrote a lot before anyone even read them (don't try to read them now it was a lot about nothing) but then finally I got DOTD and had to stop writting diaries cause the computer would not let me on.
I just wanna try and stay in touch we have made a lot of friends and are kinda worried we will loose touch without out computer.
have a great day!