Monday, March 5, 2012

Marching On

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Mondays here on Secondary Roads are frequently devoted to tales of our cat, Midnight.  He was a feral kitten that lived in our barn with his mother and three litter mates.  And then he lived alone in our barn.  It was early December and bad weather was coming.  That cute little kitten would not survive the winter living alone in an unheated barn.  We brought him into our house and did the things you need to do to make him fit to live with us and to make our house a suitable home for that cute little guy.

He was lonely.  His mom had been driven off in a very nasty cat fight.  His litter mates had been killed.  Midnight survived, but his tail was badly broken in four places.  It did not heal straight, and so his tail resembles a bent and busted corkscrew.  I sometimes refer to him as Mr. Funky Tail.  He doesn't seem to mind at all.

Midnight was about 8-months old when we brought him in the house.  He was a bit wild at first.  Over time he has calmed down and grown increasingly attached to Sylvia and to me.


This morning, we are meeting with our tax man.  I'm hoping we walk away after hearing good news.  The bank balance isn't up to taking a big hit--and it shouldn't.  This man and our financial adviser have saved us a lot of money.

Speaking of the financial adviser, we meet with him on Wednesday morning.  With the markets being up (almost back from the most recent long slide), we should receive good news then.

My happiness does not depend on taxes and finances.  They will be what they will be.  What more wealth does a body need than a loving family and a peaceful and happy home?  Thank God I have both.


Lin said...

Happiness doesn't depend on the finances, but survival does! These days, you have to be really savvy to survive--especially if you are on a limited income.

We are currently refinancing the house--dropping 2.5 percent and cutting off 7 years off the balance. It's a pain to do, but we have to constantly stay on top of the finances too. Especially with another kid going to college in a year. EEK!

vanilla said...

As Lin indicates, though money cannot buy happiness, it can keep the wolf away from the door. Good luck with your meetings!

Pricilla said...

Ah-hem and the love of a good pet.

Rebecca Mecomber said...

A little kiss for a little prince. :)

(Cats are way better than frogs, IMHO).

Very true-- money does not buy happiness. But it sure helps. LOL

Secondary Roads said...

Lin - I'm surprised you did say, "Money doesn't buy happiness, but it will rent it for awhile. ;)

Vanilla - See above. This morning's meeting went very well and that will help our finances.

Pricilla - Once again, you are absolutely correct. I thought that went without saying.

Rebecca - I like that caption. Thanks! When it comes to money, we only need enough. And "enough" doesn't include a lavish lifestyle--at least it doesn't for me.

Lin said...

I forgot to tell you how much I LOVE that photo!! It is absolutely adorable. :)

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

I did not know what had happened to Midnight's family, or his tail. Poor little guy.

My tax appt is next week.