Charming Billy and a contestThursday, June 4, 2009
Do you remember the song...."Billy Boy"? You can hear a lovely, very cleaned up version here. Wait though....a quick warning! If you listen you will be singing and humming it all day. Better to listen at night and then quickly go to bed. Hopefully you won't remember a thing in the morning.
A much more fun version is here.
Why all hoopla about a song?
Below is the answer.
Out in the country, we get "cast off" pets. The ones that don't work out well for other people. They drive their pets out to the country and drop their dog or cat to "live off the land" so to speak. We have 4 cats...one male who was dropped off in the dead of winter about 7 years ago, two feral male kittens found in our hedge row during a 4th of July party 10 years ago and this one pictured above who showed up last winter starving. Dave (my husband) named this one Henrietta. He worked hard getting her to tolerate him sitting near while she ate. Then one morning he came in and told me she was really a he and changed his name to Henry. So we have 4 male cats....it can get pretty hostile around here.
Every now and again Henry doesn't show up for dinner or breakfast. I wonder if he is ok....or has been hit by a car. But then in a day or two, he's back meowing for food. As I took out his food this song came to mind....
Oh, where have you been,
Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Oh, where have you been,
I have been to seek a wife,
She's the idol of my life.
She's a young thing,
And cannot leave her mother.
I went back inside and told Dave, "I'm afraid Henry needs to be called Charming Billy and we better take him to the vet and get him fixed!" (And by "we" I really mean Dave.) Henry's still pretty skittish though....My husband doesn't think he could pick him up for long. But Henry better go before there are more cats to feed.
Barb and I are taking a "working" vacation this next week. We are going to Gulf Shores, Alabama. We will get up early look at the beach and quilt or stitch the morning away. In the afternoon we are out in the sun....and then back to work in the evening. My skin will look like a leather suitcase when I return home! (I can hardly wait!!!) We will report this next week from the beach. Pictures and fun info. from Barb to follow soon.
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