We are about 1 hour Northwest of Chicago, almost to the Wisconsin border (15 min); 1 hour away from Rockford, IL or Janesville, WI; 1 hour from Milwaukee-WI to the North, 2 hours from Madison-WI to the West, and we're about 45 min. from O'Hare International Airport, to the South.
Mitch & Carla
Yes, Nina De Drap (pronounced nina-dae-draap) literally means rag doll in Catalan - my native language. Nina means doll, and to refer to a rag, we say drap.
Catalonia borders with France in the North, Spain in the Southwest and all of its East shore with the Mediterranean sea. Barcelona is the port from which Christopher Columbus sailed off to eventually discover America - one would say that from its shores, Barcelona "faces" Italy.
I was born in the city of Lleida, about 1 hour West of Barcelona (the castle shown is a XII century cathedral where Mitch and I got married.) Catalonia is a region within Spain where the natives speak a different language from Spanish, where rag doll is said "muneca de trapo" while in Catalan we say "nina de drap."
Ragdoll cats get their name because when you pick them up, they go limp and "flop down" in your arms, like a rag doll would. In addition, the Ragdoll cat's docile demeanor, gentle personality and fur's softness are reminders of a rag dolls' cuddly attributes.