Good morning, South Windsor! Today is Monday, Aug. 13, 2012; there are 140 days left in the year.
So the Yogurt Siren has two cats: Fritz (aka Kitten, aka Monster), who is a young, slightly feral gray shorthair female that, I’m convinced, is the Anti-Christ. She commits unspeakable acts of evil (read: she scratches everyone, then runs away), looking all cute and fluffy while she does them. Nobody, outside of the Yogurt Siren, likes Fritz. Problem is the Yogurt Siren calls the shots, so Fritz has chosen her allies well.
The second cat is Zeke. Actually, you’d think his name is "Poor Zeke," because he looks so sad. With two young kids and one evil kitten constantly harassing him into his old age, it's safe to say that Poor Zeke got a raw deal. So much so that he looks about five years older than his listed age of 10.
Anyway, Poor Zeke is also a bit challenged. We think he was separated from his mother too early when he was a kitten, because Poor Zeke lacks certain fundamental skills that all carbon-based life forms should have.
For example, Poor Zeke, like many cats, has a hard time drinking water. He just can’t see it. Normally, cats will stick their paws in the dish, sense that it’s wet, and go for it. Not our Poor Zeke. First, we have to pour the water into the dish in his presence to let him know that liquid is indeed in the container. Then we have to set the dish down directly in front of him. He then looks at us quizzically/cluelessly until we give him affirmation that it’s OK to drink.
Then comes The Dance. He circles the dish with his head down, as though he’s chasing the water around and around. As he circles the bowl, he scratches at the floor. He’ll do this for 30 seconds or so until he finds the perfect uncomfortable position in which his entire body encircles the water dish and he starts drinking. Check out the video.
Before you say anything, the Yogurt Siren has tried everything, including a kitty fountain, to help Poor Zeke. But you know the old saying, you can lead a kitty to water...
Here’s your Daily 5:
1. Drop in any Monday or Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon to join the quilters upstairs at the library.
2. Sign your 3- to 5-year-old child up for Little Explorers Summer Camp at the Community Center. Cheryl Gerber and her staff of trained counselors will guide your child(ren) through action-packed days of songs, stories, games, snacks, arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor activities. The weekly routine at the Community Center is set up to meet our youngest campers' needs. Weekly themes, daily outside play, and special theme days add to the fun.
Parents can also sign up their children ages 5-12 and 12-15 for camp sessions as well.
3. There’s a swim camp available by the South Windsor Park & Recreation department for competitive swimmers who would like a chance to work on stroke technique and building competitive endurance.
4. Mother Goose Children's Center offers LEGO Pre-Engineering Camps today.
5. The Kitwa Academy Childhood Development Center in East Windsor has an open house.