Sarah + Tim

a canadian, american and calico living in perfect harmony

Quick Ginger Update August 2, 2009

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So Friday morning was a little traumatic.  As I put Ginger in the car to take her to the vet to be fixed, I accidentally locked her and my keys and purse in the car!  ACK!  Talk about freak out!  Thankfully the firemen up the street came to the rescue and unlocked the car in a jiffy.  I always knew living next door to the fire department would come in handy!

As I left her at the vet, I have to admit that I was an emotional basket case and felt on the verge of tears.  My dear life coach, Lisa, says, “See?  You’re already a mother.”

Thankfully, everything went super smoothly.  When Tim picked up Ginger at five, the “nurses” told him some stories about the day.  They said that Ginger did NOT want to be there, did NOT want to be touched and did NOT want to go under.  The gals there are wonderful and love animals and said, “All we wanted to do was to hold and snuggle with her but she did not want that!”  That’s Ginger for ya.  Fiercely independent through and through.

Tim picked up the kitty carrier to say hello and said that she recognized him immediately — “it’s you!” — and was so happy to see him!

When I got home, Ginger was walking around, albeit gingerly (no pun intended).  She’s been laying low the last couple of days but is still doing the silly things Ginger always does, like sweeping around her kitty litter.

Tim and I both thought that she would be more out of it — hiding, walking funny from the drugs — but we saw none of that.  The incision was also very small, so they took excellent care of her at the Saratoga Springs Animal Hospital.  I highly recommend them.


Ginger’s Going to be Fixed – Sob! July 30, 2009

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Ginger nuzzling with Tim

Ginger nuzzling with Tim

Tomorrow we’re taking kitten Ginger to be fixed — sad!  The one we call Ginger is actually 2 years old and we have gone through many a heat with the hope that Ginger would have her own kittens someday.  Yes, I know that Bob Barker tells everyone to have their animals spayed and neutered.  Yes, I know that there is animal overpopulation.  But Ginger.

Ginger has the most incredible personality in a cat.

  • While she isn’t a snuggler, everytime we come home, she headbutts us and nuzzles our faces and that’s how she lets us know how glad she is we’re home.
  • If our voices are raised, she’ll come running and come right up to your face to make sure everything is okay.
  • Wherever we are in the house, she’ll be within a close proximity of us for the company.
  • As a calico, she coons!  You’ve got to hear it, she’s very vocal.

And the whole idea with breeding Ginger was so that there would be more little Gingers in the world!  I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of this pleasant thought. 😦

I feel like she doesn’t know what’s coming and is going to hate us, that I am deserting her.  Ah!

Will she forgive me?  Am I doing the right thing?  This is pretty permanent… It’s not too late to back out…

Although to have not-in-heat-Ginger would be really nice…

Have you had similar experiences spaying or neutering your animals?  Do they change?  Do they stay the same?


Look What The Cat Dragged In! April 3, 2009

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joe-landing505024924_1447402_2125244Look what the cat dragged in!

My little bro Joe arrived early this morning from Vancouver for General Conference this weekend.  We got a cool text from him Monday saying, “hypothetically, if I were to come to visit for conference, would I have a place to stay…?”  Always!

When Joe walked through the door at 4:30 this morning, Ginger looked bewildered to see him, then turned and looked me in the eye as if to say, “Who’s this?”  It didn’t take them long to get reacquainted.  Joe and Ginger go way back.



Ginger’s Anniversary March 15, 2009

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Today is our second year anniversary with our feisty and fabulous calico Ginger!  When we announced the newest addition to our family, here’s how we did it:

Hello Loved Ones!
> We are well and enjoying ourselves in Utah. Being here in Utah,
> we got to thinking and we have decided to grow our family in a
> less traditional way — we are adopting! Isn’t it great?!
> Before you freak out, please know that we are adopting a kitten.
> We have been looking for sometime now and having exhausted other
> resources, google’d ‘Provo kitten’ on Saturday and came up with a
> craigslist link which led us to our lovely new kitten which we
> will pick up on Friday once she’s 6 weeks. The lady who is
> entrusting the kitten with us is also named Sarah, from Canada
> (Calgary) and her husband is working across the parking lot from
> Tim. Small world, isn’t it??
> Check out the photos!

ginger-little2the first day we met Ginger.
she had blue eyes.

little-gingershe was the runt of the litter.
look at that little tail!

ginger-march-15Ginger rode on my shoulder the whole way home

climbing-gingersince she was too small to jump, Ginger found a creative way to climb.
she learned Spiderman skills

ginger-guitar-2mesmerized by the guitar

ginger-computercatnapping on the warm computer 🙂

ginger-timshe used to spend lots of time perched like a parrot on our shoulders…
once I even cooked a whole meal with her looking on

and we have to save the best for last…


she used to play leap frog and get a running start from down the hall.

Do you have any fun pet stories you’d care to share?


Ginger October 12, 2008

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Yep. That’s Ginger on top of our shower curtain. And no, we didn’t put her up there. On any given morning, Ginger may jump up while we’re in the shower, presumably to drink straight from the shower head (which never happens). While she won’t drink water from her bowl, she will do this…

Ginger also enjoys perching on the mantle above the fireplace where she’ll sit like a taxidermied animal.

And my new favorite of the coolest Calico – FIERCE:


Easy Dinner Recipes March 24, 2008

One of my favorite easy dinner recipes is this Chicken Moroccan Soup by chef Sam Gugino from his book, Cooking to Beat the Clock.


This soup is quick and easy, and is a great ethnic dish and is a favorite of ours and guests.

2 tbsp olive oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, about 8 oz.
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp hot paprika or 3/4 tsp sweet paprika and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
5 C chicken stock
2 medium zucchini
1/2 cup instant couscous
1 16-oz can chickpeas
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 sprigs cilantro (optional)

  1. Put the oil in a deep, pan over medium-high heat. Cut the chicken into 1/2″ cubes. Add to the pan, raise heat to high, stir.
  2. While the chicken browns, peel and quarter the onion & put in a food processor. Pulse until just chopped. Add the onion, cumin, ginger and paprika to the pan. Stir and cook for 1 min. Add the stock to the pan and stir with a wide wooden spoon, scraping any bits from the bottom. Cover and bring to a boil, about 2 min.
  3. Meanwhile, trim the zucchini and slice in half lengthwise. Then cut crosswise into 1/4″ half moons. When the soup comes to a boil, add the zucchini and the couscous to the pan, stir and cover.
  4. Open the can of chickpeas into a small colander, rinse and drain briefly. Add to the pan. Cover and let the soup return to a boil, then lower the heat slightly so the soup simmers briskly for 4 min. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chop the leaves from the cilantro sprigs. Stir into the soup, cook for 1 min, and serve in soup plates.

Feel free to share some of your favorite easy dinner recipes! I’m always on the look out 🙂


Ginger Loves White Rabbit Candy March 8, 2008

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white-rabbit-candy.jpgAs kids, my mum used to get us these awesome White Rabbit Candies from the Fraser Street Chinatown district in Vancouver. If you’ve never had the pleasure, White Rabbit Candies are a “creamy, chewy, milk candy” according to (who actually SELLS them online!), and can still be found in Asian markets everywhere.
When our friend Diana came to visit us in Utah last spring, she brought a bag of these delectable treats for us from Vancouver. Tim and I both loved them, but someone we weren’t expecting to be a huge fan of them was kitten Ginger.

Months ago, I happened to find a rabbit candy left over somehow and began to eat it. Ginger comes over and starts sniffing around and starts to lick the candy sitting on my tongue! The picture is rather disturbing, so I won’t post it.
Tim just found another stray rabbit candy this morning. Of course, I opened it up and shared it with Ginger who eagerly began licking away at the milky candy. We wanted to share it with you… but the picture we took on Tim’s new Mac won’t load.  😦  Maybe next time.