Saturday, April 3, 2010

We Do What We Can

We have no shortage of hair in my household.  I know this for a physical fact because fuzzy tumbleweeds roll the edges of our rooms, escaping to congregate and reproduce under the furniture.  

Maybe it's because I don't brush my hair.  I can't.  If I did, every single hair would vibrate electric independence, reaching for the wide world beyond my head.  The halo would whack the sides of the doorways when I walk through.

And, of course, we have three cats.  

We brush them whenever we think about it.  Each brushing yields wads of soft kitty-fur clogging the brush and comb.  Even so, we don't brush enough because it's impossible to brush enough; a full-time brusher working 16 hour days, no break for Sundays, couldn't brush them enough.



But I quit feeling bad about the excess house-hair last month when I realized we could donate it.  So now I snatch up our sheddings and trot outside to add it to the latest handful of dried wiregrass stems, then tuck the bunch into a crotch of a tree.  


The neighbors drop by before the day is out and collect it for their new homes.

And everyone is happy. 
 
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10 comments:

  1. BRILLIANT! I always have said there was something that can be done with our little fuzz puppies! Now what can we do to recycle dryer lint??!

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  2. Very clever. I bet the birds in your neighborhood are busy bragging about their fur lined nests.

    However - cats and birds being natural enemies - do you think it gives them pause to have their nests smelling so, well, CAT like?

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  3. you're smart and giving....


    and wear a tiara beautifully.
    Happy Easter weekend, friend
    love to you

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  4. And beautiful curly hair it is too! especially with that tiara on top. You take such good care of your cats and birds. x0 N2

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  5. We have seven cats, so I'll all for finding things to do with the hair, which washes through the house like a tide on the slightest breeze. But alas, my donations to the birds were ignored last year. I assumed it was because, even though my pampered indoor cats wouldn't know what to do with a bird if it jumped in their food dish, perhaps the birds have some inbred dislike of anything catty.

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  6. I've done that with hair, as well as dryer lint. It's wonderful to happen upon one of these little nests later on and find it lined with one's gifts.

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  7. adorable -- you and the post itself --

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  8. My friend Lynn who died a few years ago always told me to take my brush-hairs outside to give to the birds and I do. It is a holy, sacred thing. And fun, as well!

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  9. That is a great recycling idea, I love the photo of your cats, they all look so cute and like mine find the most comfortable and unusual ways to sleep.
    I have three cats as well so there is plenty of soft kitty fur after brushing.
    Love the photo of the red cardinal, what beautiful coloured feathers.
    xoxo ♡

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  10. Every time I brush Maggie, I say I make 3 or 4 new dogs. We send them off into the wind, too, lovely soft bronze Labrador retriever hair. My own hair is growing longer, now, and I have to fetch it from the shower drain regularly. Maybe that's why a persistent bluebird has been trying to get into the bedroom!

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