Your Town Column May 17, 2009

Saturday was Annie and Ollie’s second birthday.

Our cats have split personalities. Sometimes they think they are elephants as they chase each other, stampeding through house. Annie insists she’s an outdoor cat and tries every opportunity to sneak out the door the split second it’s opened. Every morning Ollie sits on the perch in the window, watching a large robin that comes looking for worms in the garden.

They’re mischievous too, if the temptation is there. And then adorable as they cuddle next to you after a “time out,”  look deep into your eyes and purr “I’m sorry.”

Apology accepted.

They’re sweet when they curl up together on the glider to sleep the afternoon away. Not so sweet at night when curled up against you tightly in bed and you can’t move a muscle.

I found Annie and Ollie abandoned in an alley one day in June two years ago and took them home to live with us. We figured they were about five weeks old, so we counted back five weeks and came up with May 16 as their birthday. It’s also the birthday of my younger sister, who treasured everything cats.

Sheri loved a number of cats through the years and owned a vast collection of kitten jewelry and accessories.

She would have celebrated her 45th birthday Saturday. We lost her suddenly in November, 2005.

Happy birthday to Annie and Ollie — you brighten our day. 

And happy birthday Sheri — remembering your love, also brightens our day.

Your family misses you.

• The Compassionate Friends Mesa County Chapter is a grief support group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child, sibling or grandchild.
The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Unity Church, in the back parking entrance to the basement, 3205 N. 12th St.
The monthly meeting offers a safe place to mourn and talk through grief.
To learn more, call 242-2319 or 434-3822 for information.

• Thunder Mountain Camera Club will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 26 at River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.
Longtime National Park Service ranger Griff Greffenius will present “The Texas Coastal Curve,” also known as the Texas Gulf Coast.
Member Roger Speyer will show images of the Northwest.
Call Kathleen at 242-8863, ext. 363 for information.

• Circle you calendar, clear up you schedule and pick up your phone to get some answers.
The Mesa County Bar Association will host its Call-A-Lawyer Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
If you have a legal question, you can call 256-4001 between those hours and talk to a lawyer at no charge.
Call-A-Lawyer Night is a public service of the Mesa County Bar Association offered on the third Thursday of every other month. Additional dates through the rest of 2009 are July 16, Sept. 17 and Nov. 19.
Hint: it’s suggested that you call at 8 p.m. to get through quicker.

Submit your Planner and community news items by e-mail to communitynews@, by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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