Friday, October 21, 2011


After a full week of missing, Miley is back at home safe and sound.  At 8 this morning a neighbor come by and said she saw her, and we searched for over an hour.  Then around 11 am, another neighbor called.  He almost had Miley coming to her but another neighbor's law service just turned on their mowers and scared her into the 12" drain pipe that runs under the driveway.  So he stayed on one side and I built a rock gate to block the other side and ran to get the small animal trap that I borrowed from a friend.  I set up the trap with food in front of the pipe and eventually after a few minutes after the mowers left, she walked into the trap.  Then I just carried her home in the trap.  Good thing for the trap and the pipe because it would have been very hard to catch her by hand because she was so afraid and would not come to me while in the pipe.

Now she is home and seems just fine and healthy.  She lost a few ounces but that is all.  Billy did not recognize her at first but is fine with her now.  After some food and water, she is back in her favorite place sleeping like nothing ever happened.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Miley has been missing for 4 days now.  It is really getting me down.  We have gone from looking in our little sub-division, to the whole neighborhood.  Under decks, up in trees.  Lots of flyers.  Yesterday we got one call from a resident in an adjoining neighborhood, which is not all that far if you cut through the woods.  Luckily the weather is good for kitty-hunting.  I am a bit shy, so it has been hard for me to just walk up to strangers, hand them my flyer, and tell them my predicament.  The kids in the neighborhood have been heartwarming, searching all around, and through them the word has been spreading faster than we can pass out flyers. 

My biggest fear is that we never get her back.  My next biggest fear is that we get her back and she is injured or has contracted a disease.  She is really shy so she must be terrified.  I feel terrible because her escape was my fault.

From Kittens: Growing Up Schultz

Sunday, October 9, 2011

6 months!

Happy half-year birthday, Tyler!  You have brought so much joy into our lives.  I feel like we have gotten well past the difficult stage and the fun is just beginning.

Tyler as almost always happy, especially in the mornings.  When we makes noises for him he breaks out into a big laugh.  If he misses a nap he gets a little crabby, but it's not too bad. He sleeps 10-12 hours at night, and well, I can't ask for anything better than that.

Tummy time is getting better too.  He used to get upset after just a few seconds on his stomach but now he will spend 5-10 minutes playing this way.  He practices pushing up and sometimes he flips his legs under himself like he wants to crawl.  He does not roll over often but he can in both directions.   He can also sit up by himself if you prop him up on his arms like a tripod.

Tyler's handy work has really advanced.  He can transfer a toy from one hand to the other and will shake a rattle.