500 miles, 4 Uppityites, 3 states, 1 little kitty. And 1 pie.

500 miles. 4 wonderful Uppityites. 3 states. 1 kitty. 1 pie. And one rescued kitty safe forever.

We are live-blogging the joyous  transport of  one of PM Mom’s rescue  kitties  from PA to CT  today! Story below.

Play this and read on while it plays.

Note: See updates  below and additional fun information and photos in Comments – as our troopers check in. Lurkers! Come talk to us during this most auspicious relay to save a kitten. See pics along the way in the comment section! And remember to do something nice for a lonely animal. They have no voice, they have no choice. Karma will reward you!

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Well here we are, with another Live Blogging first, right here at Uppity’s Place.

Today, a little kitteh tentatively named Tiger Lily is about to travel 500 miles from PA to CT.  For a little kitteh, that’s like being a World Traveler.

As you all know. our own PMMom took in a pregnant abandoned cat and has seen Smokey through the birth and weaning of her six kittens. This all couldn’t have come at a better time for Mom, as she really took the death of her cat Kozmoe hard. She saved the life of another cat named Jack– and then she was called upon to help Smokey.

Smokey was close to emaciated when Mom took her in. She fed her and nurtured her and Smokey was able to have her kittens in a safe and loving environment. These kittens have never known pain, starvation, parasites, predators or the elements, thanks to Mom. Kudos to Mom!

Enter, our own SophieCT. Sophie zeroed in on Tiger Lily from the photos Mom posted– and today, the rest will be history as a little grey kitteh crosses state lines twice to go to her new home.

Enter our own Karen for Clinton, who agreed to transport and nurture little Tiger Lily through the second leg of her trip to her Forever Home.

Enter, our own Pamela Of The Poconos, who will oversee the third leg of Tiger Lily’s trip to her forever home. By then, little Tiger Lily will become either a great little traveler or the kitten from hell. Just kidding. Haha.

How will Mom, Karen, Pam and Sophie recognize one another during this relay, you ask? You are asking that, right? Well the answer is very simple:

They will all be wearing Hillary T-Shirts, of course.

Uppityites are truly the very best of the very best, are they not??

Tiger Lily, waiting for Karen to pick her up.

Here’s today’s planned Itinerary. I say “Planned” because you never know what antics these four lovable goofballs and their cargo might come up with along the way. I have not disclosed the names of the meeting places for security reasons, of course. We met enough nutbags and psychos in 2008 to know better. Here goes:

6 AM – Mom and Tiger Lily leave the temporary cat farm and begin the first leg of the trip. ETA 2.5 hours–8:30 AM. Karen will have left her home @5:30 AM to reach the meeting spot with Mom.

8:30 AM – Mom relays Tiger Lily to Karen. Hopefully Mom will  also give Karen a pie. You know how Karen will do anything for food. The pie is to be shared by Karen, Pam and Sophie, each having their share when they take possession of Tiger Lily. But don’t count on it happening that way, because Karen….well, you know..

Location of the Relay Meetup: A restaurant, of course. Let’s hope she doesn’t get arrested for stealing food. Karen will begin her next leg of the trip to hand off Tiger Lily to Pam. Estimated time 3.5 hours — ETA 12 PM. This means Karen will have spent a total of at least 7.5 hours on the road.

9:10 AM: Mom reports:

“The hand off has been completed. Let it be known that there was only one piece of pie missing when I handed it over.
Tiger Lily did fine- she cried for the first ten minutes or so- but then went to sleep and stayed that way til just about the exit I pulled off at- she got to play in my car for a bit and had a bite to eat.
karen was right on time and just as wonderful in person as she is online! Tiger Lily went right to her no problem.
Stage one of the Great Tiger Lily Relay is complete!”

Woot! Nice job Mom and Karen. And only 1 piece of pie missing! I am sure that story will get worse now that Karen has possession of the pie.

And of COURSE the kitty took to her right away. Just like we here at Uppityville did!

12 PM – High Noon (more or less) Karen will introduce Tiger Lily to Pam and will begin the final leg of the trip Connecticut.  There may or may not be pie. Meeting place will be a restaurant, of course. Gotta keep Karen fueled. Pam’s ETA to give Sophie to her new and forever Mom: (2 hours) 2:00 PM.

Update: 11:41, Karen has arrived ahead of schedule and passed Tiger Lily to her Aunt Pamela! Kitty doing great! No mention of pie!

Karen’s Words now that she’s back home:

“Tiger didn’t want to stay in her carrier. She carried on. I let her out and she was as calm and sweet as could be. She curled up on my lap and napped during most of the ride, cept of course when we stopped for the pie break. The pie was a mess but it tasted like chocolate covered strawberries so it was a beautiful mess.

The kitten got antsy and I realized she might want her litter. She quickly took a big stinky dump in her litter pan and I scooped it right out. She played with her balls and her mouse and was having a good old time. She didn’t eat or drink while she was with me. She was happy though, the whole time. I changed her water and she put her paws in it and then swatted me through the bars to let her the hell out.

I did. She was no bother at all out of the cage. At the rest stop while I ate pie, she explored my car and went straight back to the back seat rest area and onto the rear window flat area. She curled right up in the sun and was quite cute as I watched her from my rear view mirror.

She loves to snuggle. What a mush! I miss her. AWWWWWWWWW.

Sophie got a keeper.”

2 PM – Sophie and Tiger Lily, together at last. Meeting place with Pam: a donut shop. Karen will be so J that she missed the donuts.

2:50 PM, Pam ran late because she stopped to hug and feed the fidgeting kitteh! And now, Lily is with her forever person and on her way to her forever home!

And Karen left some pie for Sophie!

Pam’s words on her leg of the trip:

“Tiger Lily had a serious lunch, vigorously downing about a tablespoon of meat. At that point I was still determined that she ride in the kennel; thought if I opened the door, she’d get out. So I shoved the food to her through the door & it dropped into her food dish lol. Added a second helping because it seemed necessary. But it was not enough to convince her to lie down and sleep. The two of us were hardly underway. So I did what I knew I must – stopped and put her on my lap. She curled up in a ball there, with nose tucked under a bit. I turned down the AC. She continued sleeping but after awhile turned on her side and stretched out long. Head on my thigh, body surrounded by my legs, her hind legs “flying in the breeze” so-to-speak. She spent a lot of the trip like that. I kept my hand on her and sometimes boosted her up a bit when her bum came close to the edge of the seat.

We spent our first half hour or so on a curvy, bumpy narrow road. But that gal held her lunch. I told her about the doe and fawns that crossed the road just ahead of us and I mentioned the passing freight train as we waited for it to go by.

As we approached the state line, I decided to stop. There was a welcome center, and I planned to stop at it. However it was further in than I’d hoped, so kept on going until I saw a shoulder which would serve. Since it was I84, this was not my best move and I would probably not mention it at all except I wanted to tell you how a big truck whooshed by making quite a noise & rocking the car. Scared the bejezus out of our little girl – 4 legs extended out in 4 directions. Felt so bad. But she recovered composure quickly and that is what I wanted you to know. I think given her makeup, she will make the transition very well. Of course, Sophie has given you even stronger reason to believe this. Tiger Lily simply does not know how little she is!!!!!”

Sophie’s words from home:

“She is such a tiny bit of a thing!

Anyway, to fill you in… Pamela and I made the hand-off. We put Lily in the carrier with some of the wet food. She ate it and then complained about being in the carrier. We put the carrier in the shade and sat under a tree and conversed for awhile. Lily stretched out in the carrier and promptly fell asleep and slept while we talked.

On the road, she complained bitterly about “the cage” for the first 15 minutes. Apparently, her two aunts let her ride on their laps while they drove. I’m way too neurotic for that, so I got cussed out for 15 minutes. After she was bored mewing, she slept for the rest of the ride.

She is climbing up the back of the sofa. She is really doing her best to make friends with the big cats–brave little thing. Now she’s on my lap.”

Mission Accomplished!

Bless the beasts and the children! And PM Mom, Karen, Pam and Sophie!

Note: See more updates, antics and photos of the trip here and in the comment section. All have promised to post comments if they can, and of course, Aunt Uppity has commissioned a spy to watch the whole show. This means you will be getting all the information our four Uppityites may have left out, due to embarrassment.

If you would like to donate to the rescue Mom is helping out, here is the address:

Kitten Care and Rescue
PO Box 804
Andover Ohio, 44003.

393 Responses

  1. Whoa! I’m so J.
    Take photos y’all. I want to see if you all look like your gravatars.

  2. Do you deliver to California?

  3. LOL Myiq- perhaps NES could be induced to become part of the western relay?
    Coffee in hand, kittehs all doing their morning calisthenics. Departing here in approx 45 minutes. Looks like husband only stole one piece of the pie.

  4. I look exactly like my gravatar!

    I was packing my cooler, for emergencies between exits, and it occured to me that I would have been paranoid in 2008 – for good reason. The obots would have done something, surely. They would have accused us of smuggling an animal across state borders or something. They would have of course agreed Holder could allow guns and ammo to be smuggled freely to criminals without tracing. But those damn Hillary Hags are up to no good with that kitten stuff.

    I digress.

    I am hitting the road after the last slugs of coffee.

    It is a beautiful morning. I have my binoculars on the passenger seat for the eagles and hawks I will spot on the way. Birding on highways is an old habit. They love the opportunities of tossed trash bags bringing out rodents and other birds. The margins are filled with life. We have bears on our stretch of 80 near our state parks sometimes.

    Happy Trails to all.

    And did we mention strawberry chocolate pie?

    See ya later Mom and Pam. Will call with ETA when I get close.

    Adios.

  5. See you soon Karen! On your mark, get set, GO!

  6. Yes.I look exactly like my avatar.

  7. Wow! So cool! Mom will be starting off in about 15 min and Karen (my God, what a trooper) has already left. If I hit the sack now, I will be up again before Pam connects with Sophie!

    Ladies, drive safely! And have fun!

  8. NES, ROFL! about the gravatars.

    This sounds like fun. Man, now I’m J about the donuts.

  9. Hmmm. Both Karen and I use self-portraits as avatars.

    Guess I’m too late to catch her and PMM here lol. I revisited my part of the schedule, and have adjusted it to leave at 10:30 if the original timing holds. A beautiful effort. Told friend Shirley about it; she thinks it should go into Reader’s digest. Is Reader’s Digest still published?

    I heard that “Tiger Lily” was posted a partial comment on yesterday’s thread.

    If you hear from Karen, tell her that I’ve changed my mind about the pie, now want my piece lol.

  10. I need some Uppity advice. I’d planned to link this post to my family FB page early today. Is that a good idea or bad?

  11. Pamela, I’d be careful not to let readers know exactly where you or the others are when you stop. It’s not just your family seeing it. You never know. SO if you have things locked up on fb, it’s okay. As for linking here, of course you can. Important thing is your and the others’ security.

  12. Or Cat Fancy magazine. Forget the pie. Karen will devour it.

  13. Be careful! Be safe!

  14. SophieCT emailed her music list for the trip during our group exhchanges…

    I’m putting together my soundtrack for the ride:

    Honky Cat, by Elton John

    Cats in the Cradle, Harry Chapin

    Year of the Cat, Al Stewart

    Cool for Cats, Squeeze

    Everybody Wants to be a Cat, from The Aristocats

    What’s Up, Pussycat, by Tom Jones

    Eye of the Tiger, Survivor

    Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats

    anything by Cat Stevens

    and of course, the soundtrack to Cats

    and if I run out of material, I’ll recite The Owl and the Pussycat

    I’m leaving out Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent because he’s a schmuck.

    She also said she was bringing Peter, Paul and Mary in case the kitty misses Mom.

  15. roger. thanks.

  16. Pamela, your avatar is very cute! You have inspired lakerwade to change his. About fb, I don’t know…maybe better to tell them via texting, etc, than posting on fb. I had some weirdo get into my fb page and I had to close it down. I know there are weirdos everywhere, but still…

  17. I know the kitten will be fine.

    I’m worried about the pie!

  18. Somebody ship donuts to lakerdude..

  19. Anybody making book on which one of them gets lost?

  20. Sophie shows her good taste leaving off Cat Scratch Fever. He’s gross. I saw him at a big concert once and pulled out his youknow and was saying “can you see what i’m holding in my hand?” I was up front with some girlfriends and we all went ‘ewww!” and went back to where all our friends were a little way back.

  21. Jaysus, socal. What an Effing Pig.

  22. Must hit the sack. Hope all goes well for the Uppityites and kittehs.

  23. Hey NES! I look like my gravatar!

  24. Gasp. I need to find something to replace Handel Messiah . It’s been playing since December 1. Takes me a long time to get tired of certain things.

    Socalannie – I took your advice.

  25. good morning (((UPPITY’S)))))))))

    I will be watching–BE SAFE LADIES

  26. Attention everyone. Lorac is FINE.

  27. I definitely look like my gravatar———–she’s my baby michelina—–you know what they say about owners and dogs

  28. Cats love Mozart, Pam.

  29. UW: good news—-computer problems I’ll bet

  30. No, M, she had a bug.

  31. Hope she is feeling better–getting ready for work, will be back

  32. lorac’s OK – good
    Uppity re cat music – are you talking the loud stuff? I have all of Mozart’s works. 170 CD’s lol

  33. More like Eine Kleine. Got any chopin?

  34. Okay you four clowns. Here’s your eharmony bio

  35. Vivaldi? Bach?

  36. Any mozart piano, and this, my cats love it

  37. IMO, there is something about cats and pianos. The sound pleases them. Violins too.

  38. Finally, the late shift is awake…

    NES, I wish I looked like my gravatar!

  39. Passed Jersey Shore Pa but didn’t see SNooki. Just passed Bellefont and spit in the wind to Sandusky. At a free wifi hotspot.

    moving on. 117.8 miles down.

    see mom soon…

    will TRY to save pie forPam and Sophie…

  40. YAY KAREN!!!! The PIE keeps you going!

  41. I like the Sandusky spit. Hope you hit the pervert.

  42. Sophie are you all excited????

  43. I dated that girl.

  44. ROFL Oswald.

  45. Whooo Hoo Karen!

    UW: I am VERY excited (despite the eHarmony video).

  46. The worst part is I went out with her AFTER watching the video

  47. Love the early morning music.Think I’d better quite lolling.

  48. Oswald, what girl?

    I am so excited can’t sleep. Took a sleeping pill. Am glad lorac is ok, I thought she was probably a little sick. Laker & I have been for the past several days.

    So Karen will get to meet Mom & Pam, and Pam will get to meet Karen & Sophie. The California cousins will have to do one of these some day.

  49. Oswald, I thought maybe you had a bro-mance going on with that Aflac duck. He probably makes bank doing those commercials.

  50. Eh Sophie. One cat leads to another.

  51. I hope this cat knows she’s a celebrity. She’s getting a spot on the sidebar. We will update the photo as she grows. Bill says it’s okay so long as he gets nibs on her and she understands who is boss.

  52. Bill says it’s okay so long as he gets nibs on her and she understands who is boss.

    According to all of PMM’s descriptions, she understands who’s boss and it isn’t Bill. (Sorry.)

    Pamela: I’m looking forward to meeting you–I’ll be the one in the Hillary T-Shirt.

  53. Won’t be long before Karen, Mom and Kitteh meet up. I am REALLY excited. HOpe they report in together.

  54. Is Sophie keeping the name Tiger Lily? Its cute.

  55. The worst part is I went out with her AFTER watching the video

    What attracted you? The irritating squeeky voice or the hairball? Both?

  56. hmmmmmmmm. We may have a kitteh power struggle on the blog. That won’t be fun. Heh.

  57. What if Tiger Lily showed up in the header? That would be War.

  58. Sophie, when I think of your two cats,I think of this.

  59. What was that movie where they were in the car and the cat was in the back, and the cat projectile vomited all over the windhshield?

  60. Wow, Karen left 3 hours ago? Will they be meeting up soon?

  61. Karen’s ETA is 8:30. The schedule is in the post.

  62. So Sophie already has a cat? I thought at first that they were all taking a cat.

  63. Upps I have vague memories of a movie like that, but can’t remember a name.

  64. Making some breakfast here.

  65. Karen is running late. There shall have to be Punishments.

  66. Socal: Sophie already has two cats. One is 15 years old and the other is 5. Tiger Lily will be the third.

    UW: No punishments for Karen. The woman was awake enough at 5:30 AM to check in here–and she isn’t even getting a kitty!

  67. Yeah Karen is a trooper. TWO legs of the relay. Here’s your house in a couple of days.

  68. She actually may be on time, but they haven’t gotten a chance to check in. Kitty first!

  69. This is AWESOME!

    What’s next? Maybe an Uppity sponsored “Pies Across America” relay? I could make a Chocolate Chess pie here in New York and try to get it to NES in one piece (or at least with one piece left) via Uppityites.

    Such a great post to distract me from the lies on cable news

  70. Hey Anthony, I bet we could pull it off. Or get a cat to Myiq.

    I’m glad we are giving you a badly needed diversion. We all need some GOOD news so we have to make our own.

  71. Hey gang, do you not love Anthony’s pie iidea?

  72. The hand off has been completed. Let it be known that there was only one piece of pie missing when I handed it over.
    Tiger Lily did fine- she cried for the first ten minutes or so- but then went to sleep and stayed that way til just about the exit I pulled off at- she got to play in my car for a bit and had a bite to eat.
    karen was right on time and just as wonderful in person as she is online! Tiger Lily went right to her no problem.
    Stage one of the Great Tiger Lily Relay is complete!

  73. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT@!!!!!! NICE JOB!

  74. We all need some GOOD news so we have to make our own.

    True. About that “making our own” thing – I’m pre-heating the oven as I write. Chocolate Chess pie by noon. Its not going out of the house.

  75. MOM, be sure to check in when you arrive back home safely ok?

  76. YAY!!!! You guys are awesome.

  77. Did they have brekkers together?

  78. Will do Upps- and I want some of Anthony’s pie!Signing off now- will let you know when I arrive back at the cat haven!

  79. YAHOOO PMM————–

    UW: where has Hillbilly been

  80. Been thinking about him too michelina. And SHV and RevVet. I miss them.

  81. Ok, need to get a little shuteye. Will try to get up in 3 hours for the next handoff.

  82. Stellar! My turn is next and I’m ready to roll! For kitteh music I found an instrumental – guitar and piano – with a comforting theme.

  83. Somebody please stop over to hillbilly’s place and tell him to come see our relay.
    http://theconservativehillbilly.wordpress.com/

  84. Socal looks like pie was brekkers.

  85. Mom isn’t telling the whole truth. This is what really happened so far this morning:

  86. Wow. socalannie basing her rest schedule on relay.

  87. This is just sooooooooooo much fun!

    In these horrid times for America, who says we don’t rally and we will find fun even though our government works hard to prohit fun daily. This is so much more fun that watching Barack Obama drone on, insult everybody, or listening to Darryl Issa try to pretend nobody remembers his All Male Panel On What To Do About Them Bitches.

  88. I’m excited! Want pics of kitteh, pie, etc.

  89. Hopefully we will get pics, Beata. Forget the pie. Karen has it. It’s over.

  90. Got Mozart piano all lined up Pam?

  91. Aw shit, my plans for humor just got ruined.

  92. Mayday!!! Aunt Uppity’s spy says things have taken an odd turn! I knew giving Karen a pie could be trouble! Karen has buried her face in the pie but the car keeps on going! Frontal shot yielded this!

  93. OMY it’s worse than we thought.

  94. Hey Beata, looks like that pie is definitely occupied what with the cat being a better driver than Karen is.

  95. Whooo Hoo on the fist hand off!

    Looks like Karen stayed at the drop off point with the pie and the kitty is driving her own self here!

  96. “I’m hot his real father”> ROFL.

  97. Super moosic for the kitteh Pam!

  98. Yes Sophie, but considering Karen’s driving record, it’s probably a good thing.

  99. I’m lovin Simon’s cats.

  100. quick stop at wifi. i have not touched the pie – it’s in the cooler.

    tiger is a lovey dove.

    so is mom.

    hugs to all.

    see pam around 12.

  101. It’s quite a hunt thru those CD’s Uppity. PDF Index on CD and all. Per your tips as to what kitteh’s like, plus some outstanding luck ,I found a guitar/piano instrumental of calming music.

    I’m planning to head out the door at 10:20. Hopefully when I see Karen’s car, Tiger LIly will NOT be at the wheel.

  102. Then why do you have strawberries all over your face, Karen????

  103. Hey Karen, put the pie down, you aren’t kidding us!

    By the way, NICE JOB GIRL! AND RIGHT ON SCHEDULE TOO! YOU DA BOMB!

  104. WE WANT PICS!

  105. Pam looks like our star kitty is a very good rider, so you will make quick work of your leg of the drive.

  106. hey guys, could you retweet my tweet with the title of this post. Maybe more people are

    My tweet is here

  107. Hey, three ISLANDERS plus One! Stop by!

  108. What was that movie where they were in the car and the cat was in the back, and the cat projectile vomited all over the windhshield?

    That was my last vacation trip.

  109. You know………anthony had an intriguing idea. I wonder if Uppityville has the stuff to relay a pie cross country from NY to California….

  110. Everything from weather to kitteh to Obama’s bus trip being next week is going swimmingly.

  111. NYC, NJ, PA, OH,IN, IL, NE, WY, UT, NV, CA.

  112. Pam should be on her way to her rendezvous spot soon.

  113. NYC, NJ, PA, OH,IN, IL, NE, WY, UT, NV, CA.

    Be it a kitteh or a pie, I can handle the first two stops. I opened an office in NJ a couple of years ago to accommodate new clients, so if anyone is in the Montclair area, there can be a handoff.

    Pie is almost ready to come out of the oven. The house smells great…

  114. Oswald…

    Women were crying and telling me “this is not Egypt! This is not Islam! Please, please do not think this is what Egypt is!”

    Au contraire. That’s exactly what it is.

  115. I’m lovin’ the relay live blog!!

    The Great State of California declares “We’re In” for the national pie relay!

  116. Does Pam stop for salamanders? That could cause a delay.

  117. I just got home- and Pam messaged me- she has arrived at the meeting spot! So far so good!
    All the kittehs and mama came running when I walked in the door- looking for Tiger Lily I imagine.

  118. WOW, this is so cool! Glad you are safe and she is safe Mom. Yeah Mom is looking for her. She’ll get over it. How bout they are just glad to see you?

  119. cross post it if you want dwp!

  120. lol salamanders.

    Hey is there any pie left?

  121. Calforinia shout out for the future relay! YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  122. Bull. It IS Islam and it IS Egypt. In the near future, I hope they all escape what’s coming to them.

  123. Uppity you’ve got mail

  124. Wow this is great and everyone is awesome.thanks to Mom
    and all.Group Hug. 🙂

  125. 2 house democrats are backing the effort to hold Holder in contempt.
    Utah Jim Matheson
    Georgia John Barrow.

  126. Woot! We got pics! Please stand by…

  127. Great that you’re home, PMM. I’m out the door in five.

  128. Her obviously Catholic mother not having used her birth control as instructed by the Pope, Little Lilly prays the rosary for a safe trip early this morning.

  129. Oh Mom your pictures are a like 3ooo pixels too large. Gotta fix this.

  130. Please hold I will fix the pictures.

  131. ROFL with the rosaries!! My mother will love that! (I copied the image link and opened it in a separate browser window and it was viewable.)

    And I’m off to fetch my CATolic kitty. (hope you know we’re going to convert her to Episcopalian once she comes of age…)

  132. GOOD LUCK SOPHIE————she’s like an angel

  133. I haz Jezus!

  134. Lily stands watch, waiting for Karen to arrive.

  135. You have to change the pic sizes on the camera, Mom. They are like 3000×4000. Should be a third of that.

  136. Drive Carefully Sophie!

  137. ROFL Uppity- change the pic size? Are you kidding me? I can just about find the on off button and the one to push to take the pic. Changing the size is way above my pay grade.

  138. ROFL Mom. Billboard size. hahahaha.

  139. LOL PMM————-I totally understand your pain, PICS are great though

  140. Go Pam and Sophie, Go!

  141. She’s really cute! See that friendlly tail language???

  142. Wow!! Words fail! What a great post! Love, love, love the Tiger Lily photos with the rosary! Now about that pie……..

  143. Eh, forget the pie, Imust. One word: Karen.

  144. The Great Kitteh Relay of 2012 will make me smile all day! Tiger Lily is too cute for words.

  145. Brilliant, just Brilliant. Karen, Sophie, Pam and especially Mom – you are SHEROs

  146. I used that book when I taught English.

  147. HI HT: hope all is well—————

    Personally I think LiLY looks PO’d in that 2nd picture-she’s beautiful even when she’s pissed

  148. Just got a text from Pam- she lost a half hour- seems Tiger Lily was sad and hungry. Sophie? I will email you to be sure you see this-
    Ok Sophie got the message

  149. Tiger Lily is a tiny girl! Just adorable. Sophie is going to be so in love.

  150. Home. It all went very well. The pics are adorable. What a precious little thing she is. I have more pics, I think, I have to figure out this new cell phone. It has a teeny screen.

    Got to the Pam meeting place just before noon. Pam headed out around 12:15 or so for the trip to the Sophie meeting spot. Then Sophie has to make it home with the pie and the kitteh.

    Yes, there is pie left. I did pull over around 10:00am at a rest area to let the kitteh have a chance to watch me eat the pie, I am selfless like that. I wanted to grant Tiger her wish – to watch me eat.

  151. Oh GOOD! Karen made it home safe and sound! Thank you so much for taking the biggest part of the trip Karen- goddess walks among us!

  152. Tiger didn’t want to stay in her carrier. She carried on. I let her out and she was as calm and sweet as could be. She curled up on my lap and napped during most of the ride, cept of course when we stopped for the pie break. The pie was a mess but it tasted like chocolate covered strawberries so it was a beautiful mess.

    The kitten got antsy and I realized she might want her litter. She quickly took a big stinky dump in her litter pan and I scooped it right out. She played with her balls and her mouse and was having a good old time. She didn’t eat or drink while she was with me. She was happy though, the whole time. I changed her water and she put her paws in it and then swatted me through the bars to let her the hell out.

    I did. She was no bother at all out of the cage. At the rest stop while I ate pie, she explored my car and went straight back to the back seat rest area and onto the rear window flat area. She curled right up in the sun and was quite cute as I watched her from my rear view mirror.

    She loves to snuggle. What a mush! I miss her. AWWWWWWWWW.

    Sophie got a keeper.

  153. Heartwarming

    Tiger didn’t want to stay in her carrier. She carried on. I let her out and she was as calm and sweet as could be. She curled up on my lap and napped during most of the ride,

    Hilarious

    The kitten got antsy and I realized she might want her litter. She quickly took a big stinky dump in

    Back to heartwarming

    She played with her balls and her mouse and was having a good old time. She didn’t eat or drink while she was with me. She was happy though, the whole time. I changed her water and she put her paws in it and then swatted me through the bars to let her the hell out.

  154. Glad it all went well and you are home safe Karen. You really did some driving today!

  155. Yes, there is pie left. I did pull over around 10:00am at a rest area to let the kitteh have a chance to watch me eat the pie, I am selfless like that. I wanted to grant Tiger her wish – to watch me eat.

    ROFL!

  156. I am sure Pam is having the same feeling I did. The little rugrat wants to be held and loved up. She was very vocal about that carrier. And very, very happy on my lap and getting loved up.

    Pam was not sure if she would be comfortable holding Lily, she said she’d see how it goes. It is probably best she pulled over to feed her. She only at a little kibble for mom and nothing when she was with me. She did sleep a few hours while she was with me though. And so freaking cute. Little stretches then she’d put her paws up over her eyes and scrunch up her little face. The second I touched her she was at peace and back to sleep.

    376.9 miles for my leg. But it was very smooth with no traffic at all.

    She has had a long day since Mom took her out of her house. 7 1/2 hours so far in a car/carrier. That’s a long one for the little furball.

    It will all be over soon.

  157. Well it stands to reason Tiger Lily is getting kind of confoozled. Her third car and person today. Pam can handle it. It’s okay if she lost time for the cat. She’s prolly a little scared at this point, figuring WTF? Three mommies in one day? Think like a cat. She probably is missing her cat mom too. She’ll be fine once she gets stable at home. Also being hungry didn’t help. So Pamela fed her, I assume.

  158. Hi HT!!!

  159. Maybe we should change her name to Amelia, since she’s a traveler.

  160. Oh I forgot to mention that I brushed Smokey Bones and put the fur from the brush in the cat carrier. Hope Sophie doesn’t think the poor thing is losing her fur.
    Indeed- they are all a bunch of love muffins. – currently I am on the sofa- one on lap, the rest as close as they can get.
    Well socialized kittens if I do say so myself!

  161. Yeah, she needed to eat. She did have a lot of energy though, so she wasn’t famished. She was playing with her toys and romping around like queen of her carrier when she was in there peacefully – before she got bored and demanded attention.

    I am just the kitteh’s Aunt. I can spoil her. It is up to her new Mom to teach her patience.

    Pam texted me. I have to figure out how to get msgs off this new phone. And how to look at the pics and save them/email them etc.

    I might have taken pics of my stomach and the car seat for all I know.

  162. I might have taken pics of my stomach and the car seat for all I know

    I’m dying here!

  163. Adorable, absolutely adorable. Ya’ll are wonderful. Jeez, that kitteh is so going to be loved.

  164. She’s beautiful, especially when she’s swatting Plastic Jesus.

    Down to half a pie here…. MMMMMMMM!!!!!

    Someday my metabolism will slow down and I’ll wake up the size of Shelley Winters, but until that happens, there will be pie

  165. You tell em, Anthony! Besides, there always liposuction dammit.

  166. McNorman where the H you been? Are you doing something stupid like working?

  167. SCROTUM will be ruling on the health care law tomorrow. We’ll have an open thread up for the fireworks.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/25/us-usa-court-healthcare-idUSBRE85O0QL20120625

    Lorac will have a post for Friday.

  168. Trips to the vet should be a snap for that kitty. Unless of course she thinks the car means another 10 hours on the road. lol.

  169. SCOTUM will be ruling on the health care law

    ROFLMAO! I read that as SCROTUM at first.
    Damn it- I have to sing a funeral tomorrow morning- I am going to miss all the fun

  170. So glad lorac is fine. What a relief to read that this morning at one of the wifi stops.

    Anthony had more pie today than I did. Go figure.

  171. Mom, you will be singing at one funeral and we will all be here perhaps singing at the funeral of obamacare. Or at least part of it, perchance.

  172. Kittehs, Hillary t-shirts, pie…..the only thing missing is a pengy!
    Maybe we can save that for the Great Pie Relay! Pies and Penguins!

  173. I am going to take the phone in my room and take the books it came with with me until I figure out what is what.

    I hate cell phones. And I am not fond of cameras either. Sigh.

  174. Imust, i am pretty sure I passed plenty of pengys on the highway. They were disguised as groundhog roadkill, but I swear I saw flippers.

  175. Karen, surprised you didn’t pick them up for roasting.

  176. ACTUALLY Mom, I MEANT To put an R in there. I will fix it.

    Ruling could come later in the day Mom.

  177. Arrived at the meeting place. PMM called to say Pamela & kitty are running late. No problem–found a nearby farm to visit. Haven’t read the comments yet.

  178. PMM: it does say SCROTUM————unless UW fixed it that quick

  179. Yeah sophie, Lily got a bit flustered, so Pam stopped for feeding and loving. There’s a relay post up there somewhere.

  180. UW, I’m in computer hard drive Hell. Another hard drive fail. I’m rebuilding my system which is a huge project. Lots of software conflicts thanks to gov guidelines on electronic info. I love the pics. It’s nice to take a break while re installing the os.

  181. Read the comments–what a trip! God those pics are so cute. Long threads suck on an iPhone–shoulda packed the laptop.

    Patiently waiting my turn with the kitty. Tap, tap, tap…

  182. sophie, your adorable and so is your new kitteh

  183. Mcnorman, sounds like a fun experience. Not. Wish I could help you out and take care of it for you.

  184. Sophie is nervous!
    Sophie is nerrrrrrrvous!!!

  185. Not fun, but doable. Well, I don’t really have a choice. Dell’s been great.

  186. I’m so J Sophie. That is one sweet baby.

  187. I got a feeling Pam and Sophie are together right now.

  188. This is the best news thing I have read in a long time. Tiger Lilly is very lucky to have you all in her life. Wishing Sophie much love with her new girl. The Hillary T shirts were a great idea and the news updates from Karen had me LMAO.
    Bless you All.

  189. We made the hand-off. Pamela is a sweetheart. Kitty is too cute. I got pie too.

  190. I knew it.I knew you were together!

    Glad you got some pie!

    Kitty goes home!!!! Score!!! Nice job everybody!

  191. So, how doe sthe Pie relay work? Someone in an Eastern state drives west and hands off a pie to someone else, that person keeps the pie and hands off another to the next person, and so on until every participant ends up with a pie?

    Must be lunch time. I’m obsessing pie now.

  192. YAY! Sophie has Tiger LIIIILEEEE. See- that’s how I call her- long drawn out Tiger Liiiiiillllllleeeee.
    Now we shall await Sophie’s falling in love with her- and I want to know the minute she turns on her purr mechanism!

  193. Congratulations on a job well done (and well worth the effort!)!!!

  194. So now I am crying. Happy/sad all at the same time.
    sigh

  195. That little girl is going to sleep like a log. Then she is going to jump and pounce like an angel. She kept licking my fingers then she’d mouth it so gentle, then she’d fall asleep mid lick. She didn’t purr for me but I sure did feel a few rumbles like she was warming up to do so.

    She’s a doll baby. Mom did an amazing job raising her right and making her a secure and happy little girl. She is going to be a great pawed child for Sophie.

    I have three pics out of EIGHT that came out somewhat good but I cannot figure out how to send them from my phone. I can view them but when I tried to get them to my computer it didn’t work.

    Waiting on a call back from my tech expert, ahem, daughter.

  196. dwp, We could do a pie transfer, but how about a pie mailing instead.

    bake a pie, freeze it, mail it to me, i will distribute it when it thaws…

  197. Nice try karen!

  198. This is an amazing event! Only in Hillaryland! Can you imagine Obots doing something like this??? They’d be like……”What’s in it for me?”

  199. PMM you are something else. High five!

  200. OT but too crazy not to post. The Bots are reeeallllyy reaching now! There’s a poll on who would you trust to handle an alien invasion (as in martians not illegal border crossers) best….Obama or Romney. Well…doncha know….Obama won the poll!!!
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/sixty-five-percent-americans-obama-better-suited-handle-171143465.html

  201. This is just so glorious! I feel so good! Like we’ve done something special for a little kitty. That four upptyites would sacrifice their time and patience to achieve this is NOT a surprise to me at all! You people are the best, all of you.

  202. AHEM! Ms Uppity- you must be included in the gang as the whole relay thing was YOUR IDEA!
    (You won’t pat your own back- so I will dammit!)

  203. Nope dwp. One gourmet pie made by Anthony. One recipient. A bunch of J people in between.

  204. Hey Mom, it doesn’t count. I was just the manipulative supervisor!

  205. ROFL on the alien invasion! They ARE aliens as far as I’m concerned. They live with Barack in a paralle universe. Only he’s got all the gold and they’ve got shit. The joke’s on them!

  206. imust- so people recognize he could relate to one of his own?
    Personally, I wish the aliens would come. That jackass would go right off with them and become ruler of some other planet and leave us the hell alone!

  207. I will admit this brought me to tears. Don’t let it go to your heads!

    We must have a place for Lily on our sidebar with a link to her story. Hopefully FF will have time for a sidebar pic once we get a pic of her all snug and warm and contented at home.

  208. I told Mom and Pam that the next time I see them will be when we are campaigning for Hillary. If she throws her hat in the ring I know we will all go all the way with volunteering. We are ready and she is a shoe in due to her walking through fire and all but walking on water. I don’t see it happening, but if it does – we still have her back.

  209. Uppity Woman, on June 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM said:
    Nope dwp. One gourmet pie made by Anthony. One recipient. A bunch of J people in between.

    Cool! I live on a house boat .5 mi from the CA shore. That puts me the furthest West, which makes me the default recipient! Yay!
    Skip the middle parts and just fed-ex, pleasethankyou.😉

  210. CONGRATULATIONS to our UPPITY’S-such a wonderful fun filled experience-of course we have the aftermath-the pictures and Pam and sophie telling us their tales if the “travelling” LILLY !!

    You go Little KITTEH !!

  211. Iran kills thousands of protesters wanting freedom. Obama says nothing and lets them die. They do a poll on alien invasions and Obama is right on it.

    “OK, I can neither confirm or deny the existence of extraterrestrials,” Obama reportedly said from the White House Situation Room. “But I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting, and if there would have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room.”

    ..

  212. Sorry dwp. Anthony has gifted the pie to NES.

  213. BUMMER DWP: How far from NES——-maybe you can hook up and share a piece

  214. I remember taking some advanced management course. I think it was a blanchard seminar. The only thing that stuck with me was, “Catch somebody doing something right”.

    You did it right! Of COURSE you did!

  215. PMM: I feel your happy/sad tears——-You are so lucky to have the love and friends you have– & you are such a gift

  216. Cat-illac Kitty!

  217. dwp, We could do a pie transfer, but how about a pie mailing instead.

    bake a pie, freeze it, mail it to me, i will distribute it when it thaws…

    So thoughtful of you!

  218. WE are all waiting anxiously to know the minute she turns on her purr mechanism! 🙂

  219. Brava! Really well done! That was just amazing!

  220. Leaving for home to throw ball for Davey (about 100 x’s)-
    Looking for ward to sophie, Pam & PICTURES

  221. Just got a begging letter from Brazilenut- I read this much and no more-

    You know why I like the Democratic Party? I’ll tell you: It’s a big tent, and it always has been.

    It’s a place for working people and the middle class. For women, veterans, and small business owners. And new Americans, too. Everyone belongs here.

    My response?

    Donna Donna Donna.You do remember 2008? When you told the “old coalition” you did not need us anymore?
    Because I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN!
    By the way, I distinctly recall you saying in 2008 you would quit the party if the super delegates decided the nomination?
    I’m still waiting.

  222. Hi back at you michelina and Karen. I miss you guys. Hope all is well.

  223. So, apparently The Eagle Has Landed (or at least, the Tiger Lily)
    Gives me great hope for an alternative to the USPS or email…..

    Pie is gone. I’m still skinny. Fuck everyone.

    TIGER LILY HAS LANDED IN HER NEW HOME!!!!

  224. Anthony, she should be home by now but we haven’t heard from Sophie yet. Just that they passed the baby over some time around two hours ago. Pam should be home and posting soon too.

    also:
    I still cannot email the pics to myself from my damn new phone. Now I have a call into customer service…. arrrrrgggghhhh. They tried something and will call me back. I sent pam a reply to her msg and that worked. I can perhaps send Pam the pictures when she is home and maybe she can post them?

    Three pics. Lily sleeping on my lap. Lily in the cage playing with her ball in her litter pan. Lily swatting through the grate of the cage. So far I can only see them on the teeny phone screen.

  225. Karen- try sending the pics to me

  226. The only responses we ever received back from Donnut was: “HATERS.”
    What a piece of work she is.

  227. YIKES! 228 comments on this thread- and we still have not heard that Sophie and Tiger Lily have arrived home.

  228. The eagle has landed. Kitty is getting acquainted tith the new digs. Moving way to fast to snap in photos. Met the two big cats. Said big cats are now both under the bed. Lily is ruling the roost. She is climbing up my leg…

  229. Maybe Sophie trying to get Tiger Lily settled in before posting?

  230. Last comment from Sophie was about 3pm EST. How long was her leg of the drive?

  231. HOORAY! Sophie and the kitteh made it home! Hip hip HOORAY!
    Not surprised the big cats are under the bed- I really was not exaggerating when I said she moves FAST!

  232. Wow! Comments must have passed in cyberspace! Sophie is home with TL!!!

  233. We need more photos!!!

  234. Lily had a long day and she is still spunky. That girl is a diva.

    Mom, you acted just like a grandmother with her. Little cat, big ego.

    Diva Lily is a wiry little thing. And she has a load of personality.

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. will try to send you pics mom.

    So we are still waiting on Pam. She said she’d be on here tonight when I saw her at noon. PAM check in if you are out there!

  235. I got a message from Pam at 3:46 saying she had just left Sophie and TL.

  236. Home from a wonderful wonderful day. TL was fine once I realized that she WAS going to be riding on my lap. I’m going to eat a bit, then return to savor this post. And probably comment some more.

  237. karen, I hope you have a lovely dinner tonite. You earned it!

  238. Pam home safe yet?

  239. Pamela also! Glad to hear you’re home. You guys are awesome, driving that many hours to help out the Uppityites!

  240. Hahaha the cats are under the bed. HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

  241. Yeah dwp, because Donna was all Love.

  242. She is such a tiny bit of a thing!

    Anyway, to fill you in… Pamela and I made the hand-off. We put Lily in the carrier with some of the wet food. She ate it and then complained about being in the carrier. We put the carrier in the shade and sat under a tree and conversed for awhile. Lily stretched out in the carrier and promptly fell asleep and slept while we talked.

    On the road, she complained bitterly about “the cage” for the first 15 minutes. Apparently, her two aunts let her ride on their laps while they drove. I’m way too neurotic for that, so I got cussed out for 15 minutes. After she was bored mewing, she slept for the rest of the ride.

    She is climbing up the back of the sofa. She is really doing her best to make friends with the big cats–brave little thing. Now she’s on my lap.

  243. Anthony…….you ate the whole thing?

  244. What’s donna bragging on working people and middle class for? She’s not middle class, thanks to the CLINTONS. Does she really think she would have been able to get too big for her britches if it weren’t for them? Traitor! As for the Big Tent, she slammed it shut for the real democrats. Now her tent has a bit of an echo. Too bad, that. la la la.

    Apparently these people didn’t think four years would go by when they would need us again. Lack of planning on your part does NOT constitute an emergency for me!

  245. LOL Sophie- yes indeed, she is brave- the first lady of the kitteh crowd. She was the first in just about everything- getting out of the nest box, eating big cat food, using the litter box, stealing Jack’s toys. She snuggled right up to Jack from the very first day I introduced them.
    The only thing she was not first in was purring. Hope she turns it on soon for you.

  246. Hahaha what a kick Sophie. And looks like you won’t have to worry about the big cats hurting her. lol. A word of caution. Give the big ones LOTS more attention or you might have problems such as marking and other bad…um shit. So let Lily lie and go for your other two cats. Stat.

  247. Not to worry, UW–I’ve been here before. They have special treats, they have special wet food, and I got down under the bed with them (well, close, for a bit).

  248. Okay Soph, I won’t worry about you. I forget you know the drill.🙂

  249. Oh Good, I see Pam IS back home. I’m all happy now. Everybody is safe, all the fingers and toes are there. All 50 of them.

  250. Hey Anthony, your blog is closed?

  251. I can’t believe he ate a whole pie! Are he and Karen related?

  252. Brace yourselves.

    Through the stimulus program, the Federal Housing Authority backed $20 billion in home mortgages for approximately 87,000 homeowners in the U.S., but 6,327 of those were mortgages held by delinquent taxpayers. This means the FHA insured about $1.4 billion in mortgages for 6,327 individuals who owed $77.6 million, around $12,000 apiece, in unpaid taxes, according to a new report released today.

    http://www.bankruptingamerica.org/wednesday-waste-mortgages-and-unpaid-taxes/

  253. Upps, was so tired earlier I forgot to say I loved your funny vids of the cats driiving! It was the perfect finishing touch.

  254. This must be the “moderate” Taliban a certain person always talks about. 17 Pakistanis were beheaded on video.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/235145-taliban-releases-video-showing-17-beheaded-pakistani-soldiers

  255. Just saw Sotomayer’s disclosure correction. She sure likes those banks.

  256. Thats terrible. All of it, the FHA, the taliban.

  257. LOCHEED MARTIN BLACKMAILING CONGRESS ON DEFENSE BUDGET BY DECLARING THEY WILL LAY OFF 123,000 EMPLOYEES IF THE BUDGET ISN’T DONE.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/27/lockheed-martin-s-layoff-notices-an-empty-threat.html

  258. I worked for them for awhile. Sucky place to work. Constipated bunch of backwards old farts at the top, and a REALLY horrible place for women who aren’t Rosie the Riveter.

  259. STAND BY FOR LILY PICTURES, CAT-SLAVES!

  260. you go sophie and Pam

    ———-while were waiting I was outside with Davey and she kept fussing in my baby “feral” place I think she is——she comes and eats the food every day———I beleive she is hiding in a very large gated grass area behind my house———davey does not bark (good girl)-she meowed for me today

    , I thought she has in the past but I’m sure of it now————-I don;t have a barn or enclosed area for her-I’m waiting till she’s ready, but I don’t know what to do when that time comes—-I’m going to assume the bad weather is going to bring her out

  261. So Tiger Lily is already the alpha kitteh! What a tiny trooper.

    Have fun, Sophie. Give the little girl a cuddle for us.

    Kudos to everyone involved in the relay. Well done, ladies.

  262. This BRAND NEW phone is broken. I just got off the home phone with customer service again. They had me go through all the settings, reset things, tried other things etc. for a long time then they sent me pics and they too would not open on the NEW phone. They told me to bring it back to the store for a replacement. They said the store might be able to save the data of the kitteh pics.

    They better! It is always something. Will do that in the next few days.

    Damn cell phone had me going nuts trying to send pics. I thought it was me but it was the machine.

    Glad all are home. Sophie, we’ll need a daily Lily Update now. 🙂

  263. We want pics! We live for kitteh pics!

  264. Karen: it all went so well, I guess something had to go wrong, unfortunately–we’re not going anywhere———-we’ll be waiting——–this new technology that is so
    G**dmaned expensive is CRAP

  265. give me the good old days when you bought something it lasted FOREVER

  266. ONE MORE THING: When it was broken———-THEY CAME TO YOU
    IMMEDIATELY!!

  267. Uppity Kitty on Aunt Pam’s lap, at the end of her ride with her.

  268. she is so BOOOTIFUL !!

  269. Home at last!
    Meeting up with one of the big girls, before scaring the crap out of her.

  270. Ten hours on the road, wore out four women, and still enough energy to play.

  271. UW–didn;t you write UPPITY KITTY LILY IN YOUR LAST COMMENT———-it just says ” UPPITY”

  272. So if I lick this, it’s mine, right?
    Hai! I fixd UR Cup for U.

  273. she’s lovely sophie———-is anyone else Here or is it my suckie $800 computer that isn’t 1year old

  274. Geeze, I’m getting sleepy.

    I mean, like REAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLY sleepy. You all may be excused now. Mom’s busy. With me. Of course.

  275. She’s so pink! The pink in her ears is soooooooooooo cute!

    And she has Airplane Ears! I love Airplane Ears!

  276. Awwwwwwwwww. Too sweet.

    Sleep well, Tiger Lily. You’re home now.

  277. The few pix you do have so far are excellent. Sophie mentioned the rosary/dashboard pic when we talked. I thought she meant blog dashboard … so I had to laugh when I saw the dashboard was in PMM’s car. So sorry I have no pictures to add. As is my tendency, I was feeling a general anxiety. Lacked the cool to take the extra time.Hopefully Sophie’s are OK and the phone store can grab Karen’s.

    As already mentioned, Tiger Lily had a serious lunch, vigorously downing about a tablespoon of meat. At that point I was still determined that she ride in the kennel; thought if I opened the door, she’d get out. So I shoved the food to her through the door & it dropped into her food dish lol. Added a second helping because it seemed necessary. But it was not enough to convince her to lie down and sleep. The two of us were hardly underway. So I did what I knew I must – stopped and put her on my lap. She curled up in a ball there, with nose tucked under a bit. I turned down the AC. She continued sleeping but after awhile turned on her side and stretched out long. Head on my thigh, body surrounded by my legs, her hind legs “flying in the breeze” so-to-speak. She spent a lot of the trip like that. I kept my hand on her and sometimes boosted her up a bit when her bum came close to the edge of the seat.

    We spent our first half hour or so on a curvy, bumpy narrow road. But that gal held her lunch. I told her about the doe and fawns that crossed the road just ahead of us and I mentioned the passing freight train as we waited for it to go by.

    As we approached the state line, I decided to stop. There was a welcome center, and I planned to stop at it. However it was further in than I’d hoped, so kept on going until I saw a shoulder which would serve. Since it was I84, this was not my best move and I would probably not mention it at all except I wanted to tell you how a big truck whooshed by making quite a noise & rocking the car. Scared the bejezus out of our little girl – 4 legs extended out in 4 directions. Felt so bad. But she recovered composure quickly and that is what I wanted you to know. I think given her makeup, she will make the transition very well. Of course, Sophie has given you even stronger reason to believe this. Tiger Lily simply does not know how little she is!!!!!

    Beata – you’re right. no salamanders.

    PMM – you invested the most in this, but we surely needed Uppity too. Here’s to you both!

  278. My tortie has Airplane Ears. I’ve got a great pic of them on my cell phone. Too bad it stopped working about a year ago.

  279. Just want you all to know – that’s seatbelt and not skin in my picture. Seriously, I’m glad to see it.

  280. This is the BEST BLOG EVER!

    AS for this; “Hopefully FF will have time for a sidebar pic once we get a pic of her all snug and warm and contented at home.”

    YOU BET!

    You women are the greatest ever, ever, ever~!!!

    I PROMISE I will be back soon – and although I SHOULD OFFER A MEA CULPA and tell everyone why I have not been around – leave it to say – Uppity Knows. And I love everyone here.

    BBS

    And that is a promise, Uppity – or anyone – send me the pic of UTL (HAHAHAHAHA!) you want to use and a side bar pic will be done!

    HUGS to ALL. You guys are amazing. I have read every single comment – and I read the post at 6am.

    XOXO

    FF

  281. Sophie – wonderful pix. Thank you-u-u-u.

  282. PAM : LOL–I thought you gave her your belly for comfort-it is the seatbelt

  283. PMM – a couple of those text messages were not fit to send. I thought I was deleting them. Mortified when the screen announced “Sent”

  284. The one of her with the ball and the one on Pam’s lap are very similar to two of the pics stuck on my phone. She has such intelligence in her eyes and in her attitude. Uppity Kitteh, lol. I think she’ll remain dainty.

    I had a calico cat who remained kitten like her whole life.

    TL bends her ears often too. They are full up, full down, half bent and pointed sideways. A video would do her justice! youtube that cat!

    She now has a dozen aunts and uncles on this site. See what you started, mom! All hail Bill, he is getting no attention!

    Great to see you FF.

  285. Aw thank you FF. I know you are out there busting your ass and even though we miss you, we know you love us and you know we love you. And that’s that!

  286. Beata my soulcat, died at age 21, had humungous airplane ears.

  287. Pamela that was a very touching and loving account.

  288. Thanks be to God- she has a Mom who can operate a camera!
    Now isn’t she just as cute as I told you???? Hmmmm?
    A couple of them have ears like that- but hers are the most pronounced. Very expressive those ears. I am getting a big chuckle out of her being top kitteh already. I’m telling you- she has no fear at all. Bold as brass!

  289. I LOVE how her tail is all puffed out and she is doing her Halloween cat pose for meeting the big cat! ROFL! Is that an “Iz HUGE! Iz Bigger dan U!”

  290. 300 miles. 3 states. 4 Uppityites. 1 pie. And nearly 300 blog comments.

  291. That’s I Haz Big!

  292. Darn it, stop making me cry!! This is fabulous! What a wonderful adventure for Tiger Lily. Great job Spohpe, Karen, Pam and PMM. One of our dear cats just passed so this is very moving indeed. What a gorgeous kitty!

    Hope you two have a joyful and very long union! 🙂

    Big hugs to all!

  293. Yeah it does bring a tear to your eyes. Make it Well Up.

  294. This really is the BEST BLOG EVER!!!!

  295. Sophie — so sorry for mangling your name!!!

  296. g’nite uppity’s thank you for a wonderful day————gotta eat and sleep–see yoy in the a.m.———-can’t bring myself to use the texting shortcuts

  297. Sleep well Michelina!

  298. This really is the BEST BLOG EVER!!!!

    Ahhhhhhhhh go on!

    DO go on………..

  299. Interesting question we should tackle. What makes a good blog?

  300. Just a thought at the end of the day. Sophie said in an email

    It’s still
    unreal that a bunch of people who don’t even know each other would help each
    other out in this manner.

    Well it sort of is- but then, in a huge way- it isn’t. We HELP one another. And I can not help but think that had we elected the proper nominee last time around- this kind of behavior would have spread far and wide as we would have had a leader modeling caring. It was the norm in the not too distant past for people to help one another, to chip in to get things done.
    We recognized something inherently good and right in Hillary Clinton’s life and career, in the causes she champions. We recognize it because we have the same inner moral core. Help your neighbor, love your country, be strong and compassionate at the same time.
    So long as there are those of us still carrying on with what we know to be right and good- well then there is true hope.

  301. Check your email plz UW.

  302. That sums it up so well, Mom! I think there is a certain set of qualities everyone on this blog shares. We don’t all have ALL the same qualities, but there is this subset we share.

    Many of us are rough, tough creampuffs. lolol

    But I don’t know that we can say we really don’t know each other. Most of us have been here regularly for four years. Even at a distance, you can gleen things about a person once they get comfortable and their guard is down. Do you know what I mean? In many senses, we do know each other. We just maybe haven’t SEEN each other. Yet.

    It’s all kind of hard to explain but the truth is, we would go to the mats for each other. Period.

  303. Anthony…….you ate the whole thing?

    Yup (burp)

  304. Sweet Jebus Anthony. It’s going to move down, you know…

  305. PMM — you are absolutely right, on all counts. Just reading this story is amazing and touching on so many levels. But then again, it should not come as a surprise — look at the kindness you have shown me as well. None of us have ever met, and so many of you have gone out of your way to help. The word magnficent comes to mind.

    I think that we were bonded in the trenches and share an experience and like-mindedness that transcends typical friendships. We get it. Others who were not involved may not. It is what makes all the name calling we endured alternately upsetting and ridiculous when every single person I “met” and befriended on the blogs these past four years has been such a mensch (so solid and generous).

    I agree that Hillary would have modeled good behavior and encouraged modeling of the same. My dad had a saying — it may not translate very well. But he used to say “It stinks from the head.” Meaning, if your leadership is lacking, that all bleeds over on to everyone else in many untold ways.

  306. What makes a good blog?

    Clowns

  307. It is a pie day, isn’t it Anthony? lol

  308. Anita in Italian, translates into a Fish Stinks From The Head.

  309. Yes Uppity- that is exactly it!
    And not so many years ago, it was like that everywhere. Your kid was stuck in some town in some state miles and miles away? Well someone YOU know either knew someone, or had relatives in the area that could be called upon to help out. Sight unseen, on the word of a friend. Because back then, and to those of us here,now, your word is your bond.
    We have some differing viewpoints for sure- which can make for some lively blog conversation; but we all hold some inner things in common. And that makes for good friends, good conversation and a great blog!
    And it is why we can get things done when they need doing!

  310. What makes a good blog?

    Clowns

    And Penguins.

  311. What makes a good blog: variety. Not talking about the same thing everyday. This blog has massive variety.

  312. Funny, at first, I thought people wouldn’t like variety. I stuck it in now and then and now I find it keeps us sane.

  313. I think a participating blog owner makes a good blog. I mean right at the street level. At the Human level. That was my experiment and now I am convinced that people really appreciate that as much as the posts. Sometimes more.

  314. Sometimes I think a blogger could put up a photo of a dirty sock and get comments if the blogger particpates as part of the group.

  315. I am VERY interested in what makes people keep going back to a blog. It’s really important information.

  316. Well, since I am a new blog owner myself, I will put up a photo of a dirty sock and expect you all to come over and put in your two cents — or pictures of your dirty socks! …ducking here…:)

  317. Upps, variety is great. I learn so much from you…basically, we just like hanging out in your den…so whatever you bring in is going to be appealing.

  318. See that’s just it. You can’t expect anything. You gotta make them Want to come back. There are some keys here. I am just trying to hear and collect them.

  319. Here Here Ani!

    A little funny….my sister brought my niece & nephew over to see the kitty and I was showing her the map of all the relay points. She couldn’t get over that we only knew each other from a blog. She asked how we’d recognize each other. I told her we were all wearing the same T-shirt. She asked, You all have the same T-Shirt?” I said Yes, this one, pointing to the one I was wearing. She said, That’s not a very common shirt. I said, We’re rather uncommon people.

  320. It’s like 1. How do I get them here. What is the best way?
    2. How do I keep them here.
    3. How do I make it so I’m the One they read first or near-first over their coffee in the AM.

  321. What makes me go back to a blog is the intelligent commentary — also civility. Humor/wit, even snark helps a lot, too. Knowing that someone is not always going to beat the same old drum. I want to be somewhere I feel warm and safe. If people are thrashing each other about the head and nexk all the time, I don’t enjoy it.

    Some places are also hypersensitive — make one comment someone takes the wrong way and they jump down your throat. Not desirable.

  322. This is a whole new thread all by itself. I may try it.

  323. Amen, Sophie!

  324. Safe.
    Interesting. Blogger keeps the A holes away? What makes a person feel safe?

    LOL Sophie. What a kick.

  325. Sophie, we’re gonna need a really good head shot of UTL. For the sidebar. Something FF can work with.

  326. Absolutely on the blog owner being present! There are/were blogs back in 08 that I really enjoyed- but comments I left were rarely, if ever, noticed or got a reply. Some I later found out, were little closed community echo chambers. Some of the posts were wonderful- but no dissenting views or questions allowed. Here in Uppity’s Great Room we all bring something to the table- even if it is only questions and curiosity about a topic. Nobody ever makes fun of me or treats me like an imbecile here for asking questions. And sometimes people ask a question I can answer.
    Give and take right? Learning, exploring, discussing, improving my mind, keeping up with current events.
    The Hostess with the Mostest here!
    (And trolls and abusers get kicked to the curb quickly! BONUS!)

  327. What makes a person feel safe? See my comment above for what makes me comfortable. We can rant here without insulting one another, the cavemen and obots are never a problem here- as I well remember the many attacks of 08 all over the blogs- the name calling, the threatening language, etc etc etc.
    Not once in all these years have I ever had anyone here threaten or degrade me in any way that was not met with instantaneous outrage by the community. It is nice to know you’ve got my back so to speak.

  328. Mom, there are those who say we are an echo chamber. I disagree. I have seen us argue points, we just don’t like being told what to do or being In Your Faced. And that has happened. We don’t like people swooping down like a stranger at the door and trying to monkey wrench us on purpose. You can almost smell them. And we don’t like people who deliberately pull the passive aggressive gig. They are so easy to spot. And most of all, we don’t attack each other personally. That’s something I just can’t tolerate on my blog. Yes, of course, we share certain beliefs. Your blog would be chaos if you all had NOTHING in common. I believe that. That’s my way. i am happy with it. I could be bigger. I don’t want to be. I don’t care. I would rather be happy and have a blog where snipers aren’t waiting to shoot at someone. I don’t think people feel safe that way and I don’t think it makes them want to come back a lot. People don’t want to work all day and then go to a blog to get bashed and name called. That’s just my opinion. I think that makes a blog a lot of stress and a lot of work. It wouldn’t work for me. I think a blog should have certain core expecations associated with it. And they have to be believed by the owner and the members collectively.

    I personally don’t give a crap what fly by nights to the blog think either.

  329. I am done for the day- but have a question about Tiger Lily- I think her paws are quite large for her tiny size- does it work like it does with puppies? Big puppy paws, big dog? Just wondering, as I was so worried about them with the Mom not being in the best shape for gestation and delivery. Will it impact her full grown size?
    I will catch you all up tomorrow- thanks to all my relay partners and especially to Uppity- who came up with the idea in the first place!

  330. For example, we are Hillary people.Period. If you come here to bash her, you will see the door. We are feminists, if you don’t like it, move on. We support gays and lesbians. Stuff like that.

    I have a huge rant in the queue to those who think they can derail us. Like in 2008 and then some.

  331. Mom, she’s too young to really determine how big she will get. Sometimes you can tell a cat will be small but not always accurately.

  332. I love Hillbilly because I know he doesn’t agree with me on a lot of things, but he’s open. And if he doesn’t agree he’s never rude about it or looking to derail things. He’s a great guy. I should delete this before he sees it.

  333. Mom, I adopted three boys from the same litter. Lil Guy was the runt, but his forehead was big. He became the largest one of the boys. His head is round; his nose is the width of my thumb. He is a little over 16 pounds. Fozzie Bear was the largest kitten; he turned out to be the smallest one.

  334. My grey ghost looked like this sweet delicately sleek put togehter kitten. He’s 19 pounds and feels like a concrete block when you pick him up. And he LIKES you to pick him up.

  335. My other cat, who pulled a Are You My Mommy at my door one day, I thought she was maybe 10 weeks old. But awfully smart. You can see where this is headed. Vet took a look at her and scheduled a spay and I said, I want to wait she’s too young. He says, I got news for you, she’s at least 4 months old, she’s going to be small. He was right. No wonder she was so smart lol.

  336. ProudMilitaryMom, on June 27, 2012 at 9:54 PM said: Edit Comment

    I think you put it very well in terms of the “Safety” issue, PMM. Disagreements are fine. Respect is what is important and that one does not feel shamed for asking a question or having a different viewpoint. I guess what I was trying to say is that a good blog is a place where you feel you can take your shoes off and put your feet up. I like to learn, to be enlightened and to share. The agenda is always positive.

    That’s why I am still confused by trolls to this day. Imagine having your sole purpose be to disrupt and insult.

  337. I’m working on a headshot–trust me. The problem is the red-eye reduction light…it causes her to tun away. I’m not giving up. PMM should have named her Tigger Lily–this kitty can bounce!

    On what makes a good blog–I agree with pretty much all that’s been said. I like an engaged blog owner. Isn’t that the first rule of writing: know your audience?

    And while you deserve bazillions of hits and followers, I think a small blog encourages a “knowable” and truly interactive community.

    I like that nothing is ever really OT or more accurately, that OT comments are encouraged rather than frowned upon. I think that’s how you get the variety of topics and readers. It’s how you learn what else you have in common with people, or don’t.

  338. Coming out of the back room to say how much I loved the journey of
    Tiger Lily and her 4 moms today. It made me smile and become even a little teary. And it is the bonds that form from feeling safe and valued that enabled that journey and this blog to be so successful.
    i’m going to bed now. I have lots to think about if I can’t get to sleep tonight. UTL, PMM, Karen, Pam and Sophie- sleep tight. And goodnight to everyone in Uppity-ville.

  339. Good job Uppityites!! What a wonderful story! I read the post and a few comments early this morning, but have been out all day so I just caught up.

    I can’t believe some of the pie made it all the way to Sophie, LOL!!

  340. Did someone mention PIE?🙂

  341. Where’s mine??!!

  342. I’m sick as a dog, but happy as a little girl. Something about Chocolate Chess Pie – its a heart attack on a plate, but you can’t stop eating it…..

    Now, about this pie relay-

    How about this: I make the first pie, hand it off with the recipe and a bag of the mixed dry ingredients to the next person. They give one piece of their pie (for tasting) to the next person with recipe/dry ingredients, and so on until it reaches California?

    It could be an alternative to the USPS – kinda like the Pony Express – in the event The Dog Eater and his minions get a little crazy later this year

  343. Funny Ant, I was just thinking about that idea. But I think we should stick to one pie packed in dry ice. I know not everybody can bake a great pie. I can’t and I am a stellar cook. I just am not a baker. But EVERYBODY can drive. See? So what if we mapped it out and got enough people so that the distance isn’t major for their leg. Like maybe a couple of hours. Except for maniacs like Karen. lol. You know if we did this carefully, we might just pull it off. Or maybe I just had too much scotch.

  344. (bell goes off in head) Can. Not. Let. Imust Drive. Pie.

  345. I know about the cat eye thang, sophie. I have some shots that make you think my cat is going to burn your brains.

  346. Let’s think miles and convert to estimated hours.

  347. I feel like you do about caramel apple walnut pie. But yeesh, at least there’s some fruit in it!

  348. Anthony check mail

  349. I think if I ate a whole chocolate pie my face would break out. lol.

  350. Hey! I can be trusted with a pie! But who DOES get to eat it???

  351. I covered the top of it with crushed hazelnuts, just to make it healthier…. (do you see how f*cked up I am???)

    I was on the phone with McNorman earlier, and when I walked in the house, Safi (my 5 lb female that rules my life) was curled up in the empty pie dish…..

    Only problem with the dry ice thing is that nobody gets to taste it but NES. Maybe I can make a few, and they can be noshed on the road?

    I had to go through a lot of trouble for this recipe – dated a pastry chef for about 2 months longer than I wanted to (until I finally found his recipes while he was in the shower) Its pretty amazing.

  352. NES.

  353. Hahaha cat in pie dish.

    Double ha ha you stole the recipe.

  354. I would date a pastry chef just to learn.

    I thought you just wanted to send a pie to Queen NES.

    This is intricate. Worthy of the press if it were ever to come to fruition.

  355. Beautiful! Check your mail – sent something back to you

  356. Gosh Anthony, I might just have to make a “healthy” pie this weekend. haha

  357. Believe me, I PAID for that recipe with my nerves! He was the most arrogant son of a bitch I ever met, and I only went out with him because I ate that pie the first night I met him and had to know how to make it myself. I think he knew……

  358. Anthony has a cat the size of Brooklyn.

    Yeah I remember dating a carpenter once just to get a fence put up. They’re expensive, you know?

    He must have known you found the recipe when you dumped him.

  359. Right now, I’m looking for an electrician. Want to change my lighting….

  360. Oh yeah lighting is pricey. Worth dating one for sure. You can bake a pie for him. Hahahaha.

  361. I told him on the way out. He was crushed…

    ….

    …..

    ….

    RRRRROOOOOFFFFFLLLLLLL!!!!!

  362. Brutal!

  363. A, can I post your cat I mean he’s adorable and the size of a buick.

  364. Yes, of course you can. He’s trying to fit on my lap right now – after all these years, he can’t figure out why he can’t do it any more. He’s really big, and when I got him, he fit in the palm of my hand.

    McNorman – I’ll email you the recipe

  365. I’m in for the pie relay! But I’m all the way out on the left coast — by the time it gets to me…

  366. Ani, do you think the dry ice thing would work? I confess, I like the passing ingredients thing a little better

  367. Does anyone else find it humorous that in the “Age of Obama”, Michelle Obama that is, with her “Garden”, “Healthy Eating” and “Let’s Get Moving” campaigns that we’re planning a cross country PIE relay….not a running relay?!! LOL! We need the comfort food I guess!

  368. Anthony’s cat.

  369. Son thinks he’s a movie star now that he sees his pic….

  370. I KNOW dry ice would work. When that stuff melts after a couple of days, the object stays frozen like a board for another full day.

  371. imust, I think its perfect that we’re doing that. Of course, someone will think we’re racist for doing it…

  372. Ani, the pie is GOING to the west coast.

  373. maybe wrap/pack it in pieces so everyone can get a taste?

  374. lol. cute.

    I gotta hit the sack. Nite.

  375. Yeah, I got that Uppity. But I know you will all nibble at it!! Frozen or not!

    And Anthony’s cat IS the size of Brooklyn!! 🙂

  376. I think you’ll need multiple pies. Or maybe a pie swap.

  377. So sorry I missed the Great Kitteh Relay of 2012!!

    But it’s been exciting and heartwarming to read it all here.

    Brought back memories of a cross-state trip I made some years ago with my beloved kitteh at the time. She was my best pal for 15 years, through many ups and downs. I still miss her. She rode along in the front seat of a 28-foot U-Haul truck, as I drove for 3 hours. It was just the two of us – moving on to a new chapter in life. A great memory.

    Congrats to the Uppity Women and little Tiger Lily for a successful journey! You’ve all shared a beautiful experience with each other.

    And with us.🙂

  378. Rev Vet!!!! Rev Vet!!! Rev Vet!!!!

  379. Tiger Lily made it through her first night without incident. She slept curled up on me the whole night. She had her breakfast and is now running through the house like a wild woman.

    PMM: Her motor is on–big time!

  380. Running off to work, but want to say, I think this will be my favorite post ever!

  381. wow, did I need something that made me smile and this sure did it! I rescued my little Dinah from a tree and a wet nasty night in January. She’s my little work companion now. She sprawls all over my desk while I do work and just beams with pride about no longer having to go outdoors. She’s totally taken over the place now and loves on Miles continually! It’s always fun to see how a new family member will fit in with the rest. This is one of those stories that should be on the news so more people could hear about kind and loving folks!!

  382. Sophie! I just KNEW she was holding that purr for you! xoxoxoxo

  383. Glad you like it Daki. It REALLY felt good to see this unfold. Everything around us is always so awful and this was just what our doctor ordered. The kitty was a trooper too!

  384. Awwww! Warms my heart. Talk about grassroots action. My rescued kitteh family sends purrs and snuggles to all the wonderful Uppity kitteh community. Can’t wait to see pics of Tiger Lily as she grows!

  385. Dakinikat!! How wonderful to “see” you!!

  386. Whoops-

    I altered the original but forgot to make that alteration

    Your mixture will thicken almost instantly, then you can add the hazelnuts and pour the mixture into the pie shell.

    Original recipe called for pecans, but I made that substitution after trying all kinds of other choices. Pecans work quite nicely, but I prefer hazelnuts

  387. Anthony, they do close on me. I have to reopen them now and then. The spammers latch onto the tabs and drive me crazy. Closed, they can’t touch them. I’ll reset it. If you can, please post it there after I fix it. If not, the recipe disappears into oblivion. I’ll fix it right now. xo.

  388. Yay lorac’s baaaack. Had she run away with FF?

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