Thursday, June 15, 2006

Farm Cat

*For those that don't know, this was taken during Donna's trip to Iceland & Sweden-where she competed in a marathon... ~GS*
This black and white kitty lived on the Laxnes Horse Farm where we took our horseback ride. I never did learn its name. He/she was friendly and liked to be petted. It roamed the barn and around the horses and wasn't remotely afraid of them. I asked about its tail and found out that before it came to live with them, it had gotten hit by a car and lost half of its tail. But its doing just fine. ~Donna


Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

Posted early since I have lots to do today...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Donna! (How did you manage to not bring them all home?!)

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Deb said...

Love the picture. I do the same thing while on vacation, if there is a kitty in the out cause I'm going to pet it! How was the marathon?

11:56 AM  
Blogger danielle said...

This kitty is so cute. I lovce the tail even though it was hit by a car. I know of another kitty that is around horses and loves them and people.

Yes Donna,
Ditto. How was the marathon?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Hi Farm kitty! He/she was a sweetie. Acted as if he (I'll just pick a pronoun) "owned the place". LOL, but of course all kitties do. Thanks for posting him...her...whatever :-)

The marathon went better than I could have hoped. It's 2-loops through Stockholm's city streets and huge parks and it's a beautiful course. I felt so-so for the first 13 miles then realized that I was feeling better as the race went on. I ran the 2nd half (13.1 miles) faster than the first half. That's always a good thing in a marathon, and I finished in 3:50:47 (that's 3 hours, 50 minutes, 47 seconds). Anytime I finish under 4 hours, I'm a happy camper.

From the results, I found out that after the first 5k (3.1 miles) I was in 624th place out of all women running (they keep the men's and women's standings separate). But I kept moving up in the standings throughout the entire run to finish 313th woman out of ~2800 women.

We also had very nice weather of ~70F, blue skies with puffy white clouds. That's actually warm for me since I'm used to 40-50F for running! But they had troughs of water along the course that I used to keep my cap wet and that helped.

There was one other kitty in Reykjavik who was sweet and lovey but I didn't get a picture of that one. I don't remember seeing any kitties in Stockholm but the two cities are quite different. In Stockholm we weren't really in a residential area.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Donna, Congrats on your marathon. That sounds like a wonderful experience. Barn kitty is very sweet and I've heard the same thing, the horses like having them around although I would be a bit concerned about being stepped on by accident if I were a cat. Thanks for sharing this kitty with us.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...

I love the white whiskers and little white tipped paws. I bet the horses love having the kitty around to keep the mice out of the barn. Your trip sounds great Donna!

12:54 PM  
Anonymous casper's mom (Monica) said...

What a cute kittie. Love the white paws.

Hey, Donna you did all right in that marathon. Thanks for letting us know more about it. How neat to do what you love and get to see new sights while at it.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Monica, I tend to use trips to marathons as excuses to go to new places. Although Stockholm was pretty "exotic" for us since we usually pick US cities--domestic travel is much cheaper!

Many people laugh when I say this but I use marathons as a way to "tour" a new place. I'm just not fast enough or competitive enough to have a "game-face" so I enjoy the location and the scenary instead.

When I ran Chicago last October I almost paid for one of those tourist bus things but looking at the map of where it went I realized it was very similar to the marathon course. I saved my money :-)

For my age and gender, my Stockholm time has qualified me to run the Boston Marathon, which is way cool. But I've run Boston twice now (1995, 2000) and I'd much rather go someplace new.

Sorry about the non-kitty rambling. My recreational running habit is second only to my kitty habit.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Deb said...

WOW - I am impressed. I would love to be able to run a marathon. How did you get started. I think I'm a little too old to start -- 46 -- congratulations! Sassy just walked in,jumped in my lap and said "Meowrr" (message to you!).

3:24 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Hi Sassy (Hi again farm kitty)

You're never too old :-). I know stories of people who take up running and build up to marathons who started in their 50s and 60s. Very inspirational.

I didn't start running until I was 30 and I've been running at least one marathon a year (except for 2004 when I ran 8) since I was 33, I'm now 46. I'm firmly in the "middle-of-the-pack" finishing-wise but I just so enjoy the feeling of crossing the line and the accomplishment.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Hi Farm kitty! You look like my Emma Lu. And you look like a girl to me. They little feet, wide...uh, I mean, curvy hips and all. Glad she's found her forever home at the Laxnes Horse farm. Great place for kitties as long as they watch out for the giant dogs. lol J/K! They know they're horses! Kitties are smart! Donna, would like to hear more of your adventures. I am going to check out your site now to see if you have your pix posted yet! And congrats on finishing 313th out of 2800 woman!! Wow! Well done!! Woo woo! I always think of Pretty Woman & Julia Roberts when I say that! lol

4:11 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Sorry Kat, nothing on ironcats yet. That's this weekend's project! :-)

Actually, I wished I'd ask the kitty's name but if it were in Icelandic I might not be able to pronounce it. Right loa? (wherever you are). It's a beautiful but difficult language with 6 extra letters/sounds that this American English mouth never learned to create.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Hi Donna! Farm Cat is so cute! What a great story too.

Congrats! You did a GREAT job! I'm not a runner, my husband is though. He said your time and standing was more than respectable, it was great! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can't wait to see pictures!

10:17 PM  

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