Sunday, March 11


My current cats...I think it's important to have cats and corgis at the same time. So I went to get another little female calico and ended up bringing home 2 kittens the day before Thanksgiving. They were born on Sept 11 so today is their 6-month birthday.

Ok, this is Spicy Tuna. She loves me. She loves her friend Wally too. Everyone else can go to hell. Hey, she's a CAT. For all her standoff freakiness I do enjoy her - she snuggles under the covers and sits on my computer if I am on it (playing WoW). She also watched Westminster this year and kept batting at the dog faces in the close ups.

And this is her brother Sushi. He's a manx and as outgoing and loving as Spicy is reserved. He was a bottle baby and when we got her I couldn't resist taking him as he was right "in your face" pushy. When we get home Sushi is going to loose a small portion of his anatomy. This is a cat who thinks and acts like a dog...

Wally dog

Wally needed some pictures too! He is just over 2 1/2 now and while there is still more maturity to come I am very pleased with how he's looking.

Stupid Pet Trick

Intensity (aka Henry standing behind camera)

What I love is that this didn't take a million pictures to find decent ones. And he has NO product in his coat. This is just is how Wally looks. I didn't even realize it until we shot these - he's a big boy now (well big is relative - he's actually only 34 lbs).

On the brighter side....

Tomorrow I get to see the BABY!!! I'm very excited, being as I'm skipping the Albany show (couldn't afford this trip, much less another 8+ hour trip next week).

For the fun part of the trip Spicy Tuna (aka Spicy the crazy calico kitten) has decided to come into heat. She is 6 months old TODAY. We had planned on taking her brother in to have him neutered the week we ended up coming down here. So I have Sushi and Spicy (and the black kitten I'm trying to give someone as she hates the other two) and have only one crate for them and am keeping 2 seperate...looks like the Spicy cat will ride in that crate (300) with Wally dog home, and Sushi will be put in with the screaming devil black kitten (who is VERY sweet to people, just not blending with my two). This should be a fun ride home.

Much to do today, with less time to do it. Have to go visit cousin at the bar she tends (I didn't even know bars were open Sundays...), go see grandparents again...pack...uselessly watch hubby finish fence...wash dogs...

Tuesday, March 6


A few short paragraphs to sum up someone's life. It doesn't even begin to capture the essence or reality of the person we all knew.

And then it's all over. We go back to our own worries and lives.

Every now and then we might remember grandma Ginny fondly...the most grandmotherly-grandmother I have (if that makes sense!). Kisses on the cheek will fade to a mere memory.

The best and worst memory for me will always be that last time I saw her and she called me her "Golden Girl". Now I haven't been a blonde since about 5 years old...but grandma still always called me that. We had a special bond.

I don't know how to feel. Even though I knew last time I saw her it was probably goodbye, I wasn't ready for it to be goodbye...

I'm still in Oregon - got here last Monday and am staying until Sunday or Monday so that Henry and dad can build fence. I went to the viewing and family service and plan to go to the church memorial in a couple of days. Today I'm supposed to go to her house and get some tools for Henry. :( Anyway it's a sad reason to have a visit.

Virginia McIlroy

Virginia McIlroy departed this life Sunday morning, February 25, 2007 while in Hospice care at Three Fountains. Virginia was born August 14, 1914 in Bumpus Mills, Tenn. the daughter of Robert and Rose Elizabeth Jeffress. Virginia, known to her friends as Ginny, attended schools in both Tennessee and Kentucky until they family moved to southern California in 1928. In 1930 she met and married Harold McIlroy. They stayed in the Anaheim area until after the birth of their daughter, Patricia Rose in May of 1933. Harold was an engineer in the fledgling aircraft industry. In the mid-30's they moved to Glendale, and in 1939 built a home in Burbank where they remained until 1956. During the second World War, Harold was an engineer for Hughes Aircraft, and afterward formed Roylyn Inc. to manufacture and market the Roylyn Quick coupling used in air to air refueling. After the sale of the company and early retirement in the late 50's, Ginny and Harold, always known as Mack, moved to Lakeport on Clear Lake in Northern California to be close to their daughter and two granddaughters, Carolyn and Tammy.

Ginny was an accomplished seamstress, and also studied design and pattern drafting. She made literally hundreds of garments for her family, all with an artist's eye for detail. They remained in Lakeport for 20 years and then moved to Palm Desert so Ginny could study and pursue her interest in art. She was a member of the Shadow Mountain Palette Club while there, and after moving to Medford in 1985 continued to study with Carl Seyboldt for several years. Harold passed away in May of 1988 at the age of 77.

Mack and Ginny loved to travel; they made two trips to Alaska and toured the United States from coast to coast in the VW camper bus. Mack and Ginny had over 30 years of retirement to enjoy together.

Virginia is survived by daughter, Patricia Harris and her husband, Cal of Medford; granddaughters, Carolyn Cannon of Gold Hill and Tammy Kirkpatrick of White City; five great-grandchildren (Mandy Katasse, Jamie Cannon, Mari Jeffries, Carl Kirkpatrick, Jr. & Kari Kirkpatrick) and seven great-great-grandchildren (Emily, Steven and Ashley Jeffries, Tyler, Kimberly & Samantha Kirkpatrick and Kai Kirkpatrick). Her sister, Gay Cawthorne of Medford also survives. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.