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Sunday, February 27, 2011

OOps, she did it again.

 Have you ever had one of those friends that out-nices and out-thoughtfulnesses you all the time? Don't judge my vocabulary, those are real(ish) words. I have several of those kind-hearted, thoughtful friends who, when you think you have done something nice for them, they turn around and do something even nicer for you. One such person is my dear friend, Miss Effie. A couple of months ago she asked me to do a favor for her, I was more than happy to oblige. She never asks for anything and I never feel like I can catch up with the aforementioned surplus of niceties that she has bestowed upon me.
It was a horrible task that she asked of me. She and her husband would be going away for a few days and one of her outdoor cats had given birth to two kittens, Miss Effie was worried that while she was away,  the mama cat might not get enough to eat to keep her babies warm, and well-fed in the cooler temperatures. Even though they had plenty of dry food in their feeder, she asked that I stop by and give the new little family some canned food every day.
So every day for THREE whole days, I had to drive THREE whole miles to Effie's farm, open a can of cat food (exhausting), and feed these horrible, awful, hideous creatures...where is the sarcasm font when I need it???


 It was a tough job....I almost took them home with me.
I was happy to finally have helped Miss Effie with something, even though it wasn't very significant.

Last week, Miss Effie called me, "Are you going to be home for a bit?" I told her that I would be home and to come on over.
When she and her husband came in, Miss Effie was holding something......oh no, she is going to out-nice me again, I thought. Sure enough they handed me a beautiful sign with my farm name on it, hand painted by the very talented Jen VanOort, a local artist. "What is this for?" I asked. "Remember when you watched the cats?" OMG, seriously?

Of course I am joking about out-niceing each other, I know that nobody keeps track of these things among friends; we do things for each other because it makes us feel good to see our friends smile, and this certainly did make me smile. Thank-you so much Effie, and Thank-you Jen for creating this for me.....darn it, now I have to think of something nice to do for BOTH of them........out-niced X two (sigh).

17 comments:

Teresa said...

Those kittens do look like an awful rowdy pair to keep up with! Very nice plaque. Good to know you've got friends, isn't it?

Christine said...

Gosh, taking care of those hideous creatures must have been tough. As in tough not to slip one under your coat and take them home.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sign.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love the plaque--What a thoughtful gift! The kittens really do look just a little bit evil--They'll steal your heart if you aren't careful!

fullfreezer said...

Oh, yes, definitely troublesome kittens if ever I've seen any... very dangerous! Obviously a hazardous job you had there.
The sign is quite lovely.
Judy

knancy said...

I think Miss Effie would love a tea cup light or even some wool. Then again, just a visit and a helping hand would be greatly appreciated. However, you know if you respond in this fashion you are upping the score for more overly niceness. Heh! Friendship -what a great circle of giving (and receiving)!

Nancy K. said...

How is it that all baby kittens are so darned adorable? Are you really not going to bring one home?

Nice sign!

Miss Effie said...

I was in a nut-roll-induced moment of nice! Happens when you eat that gooey caramel, the crunchy peanuts and that glorious nougat..........

And I wonder why I put on 15 lbs???

Kelly Bartels said...

Had a similar nice fight this weekend. I left a knitted dish cloth and Juliann left some gourmet goodies for a friend's sister that opened her home to us this weekend, and on our way out she had little treat bags for "the travelers". Little Easter bags with assorted goodies for our trip. I just love how great people can be.
BTW-simply adore the sign, I'm a bit jealous too.

Angie said...

Beautiful sign! I love it!

tbsomeday said...

those kittens are adorable!
i thought you totally were going to say you took one :)

the sign is BEAUTIFUL
what a thoughtful and awesome gift!!

Kathy ~ Cackles and Berries said...

Such a blessing to have friends like that. I love the sign! and those kittens are adorable.

Garrett808 said...

i love that the salted nut rolls made the sign! too funny. (and too true!)

aren't friends the bestest?!

Farm Genevieve said...

You two ladies are beautiful inside and out, but not as beautiful as them there kitties.

Chanin said...

Cool sign! Hehe. I knew about he sign last week. Miss Effie has a heart of gold. Those kittens are so adorable! I'm impressed one didn't make it home with you.

Kristin said...

Omigod, mail me one of those kitties. Soooooo cute. The boyfriend would have to let me keep it.

Angie said...

For the love of God woman, would you please post something new? If I get on here and see those kittens one more time, I'm going to end up with another animal I don't need.

Brazy Creek Farm (Brad and Susy) said...

That sign is amazing and I love it!

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