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Miserable Little Thief

Soooooooo, I had the munchies.  A batch of Anadama muffins got thrown into the oven.  They’re faster than cookies.

Boy, did these smell good while they were cooking!

Boy, did these smell good while they were cooking!

Unfortunately, someone else thought they smelled good, too.  And she decided to help herself right off the kitchen counter.

Yep, that's Annie with one of my muffins.  Espe's going to see if she wants some, too.

Yep, that’s Annie with one of my muffins. Espe’s going to see if she wants some, too.

Annie starts chowing down.  Notice Jake in the crate waiting for his nightly bone.  I'm a mean mommy so they did not get to finish that entire muffin!

Annie starts chowing down. Notice Jake in the crate waiting for his nightly bone. I’m a mean mommy so they did not get to finish that entire muffin!

Little Brat.

Little Brat.

Life At Our House

I have managed to get one thing done for Christmas.  I got my holiday towels out!

Holiday Pot Holders!

Holiday Pot Holders!

And the first of about 12ish? Holiday Towels!

And the first of about 12ish? Holiday Towels!

Yes, I know I’m running out of time till Christmas.  I’m running late as usual anymore.  Is this really a surprise?  But I do swear that Once-Upon-A-Time I actually did get started at Thanksgiving.  And the tree would go up BEFORE Christmas Eve.  Maybe, again, someday….

Hmmmmm, Lazy Day (And I’m Sleep Deprived Again)

Random Thoughts

So I was working on putting things back together when life went sideways again.  One I can talk about the other I can’t.  The one I can talk about is the cat situation.  My son left for college (I have to figure out how to blur faces in the photos before I post on that).  But the cat that normally sleeps with the kids now has no one to sleep with.  So Annie now wants to sleep with me.  However, Raven is the cat that has always slept with me.  And for whatever reason, maybe Raven accidentally jumped on Annie or Annie accidentally jumped on Raven, they will no longer share the bed.  As in, they are now fighting viciously.  And the worst fights are at night.  Some of them on top of me in bed.  It’s been getting ugly and I am sooooo sleep deprived.

The usual yelling at them to knock it off and separating them hasn’t been working at all.  In fact, it seemed to make things worse.  While Raven is twice the size of Annie, he is a major weenie.  He began hissing and yowling every time he saw her and then he would run and, of course, instinct being what it is, she would go after him.  AAARRGGHH!!!

This has led to some bathroom accidents and Annie not getting enough food because Raven was hiding in the bathroom where the dry food is.  I went surfing on the net and found others who have had a radical change in old cat behavior.  Unfortunately, the way that has worked the best, treating the cats like they have never met before; won’t work here because Raven can’t stand closed doors.  So separating them with a door between them isn’t possible.

So, I’ve been turfing Raven out of the bathroom (he then hid in the kitchen), taking them both into the livingroom and sitting between them playing referee, gently bopping any bad actors on the nose, petting and praising, handing treats out in a group setting for no reason other than to get them in the same place behaving themselves  (I have as third cat, Espe, who is not happy with all the violence), and being obvious in petting and playing with everyone.

Things are better, but not good.  Annie seems to have won bed rights for now.  Raven is moving around more comfortably without constantly throwing a fit and slinking from room to room.  We still have a long ways to go, but the nights are settling down.  Good heavens I need sleep.  I keep waking up and listening for trouble.  *Sheesh*  It’s really screwing with my days.  I don’t function well without sleep.  So wish me luck on the cat and sleep front.

Life At Our House

Now add bills, paperwork, critter care, yard care, and home caring to the above.  Did I mention how well I don’t function in a sleep deprived state?  So I need to sit down and come up with a schedule.  Again.  With sleep as the headliner.  Onward, ho!

I have been trying to enjoy the last of this year’s tomatoes and basil.  Bruschetta!

On homemade sourdough!

On homemade sourdough!

And I decided that we needed junk food, so I tried a new recipe for Apple Coffee Cake.  It was only ‘okay’.  It needed less brown sugar on top and more apples in the middle.  But it only lasted two days between the two of us! 🙂

More apples!

More apples!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

A lazy day at our house.

Espe.  Who kept batting the camera every time I got close.

Espe. Who kept batting the camera every time I got close.

Raven trying out my son's bed.  Where he has never ever slept.

Raven trying out my son’s bed. Where he has never ever slept.

Annie.  Who was unimpressed with getting her picture taken.

Annie. Who was unimpressed with getting her picture taken.

Jake.  Still alive, amazingly, and hanging around on the couch.

Jake. Still alive, amazingly, and hanging around on the couch.  Notice my toes and the toes of my ‘shadow’ who was supervising.

And even though it rained all day yesterday, Mr. Toad spent nearly 2 hours just soaking in the water dish.  Go figure.

And even though it rained all day yesterday, Mr. Toad spent nearly 2 hours just soaking in the water dish. Go figure.

Out In The Yard

My son made a bird house many years ago when he was little.  We hung it on the porch and every year since, we have had House Wrens raise a brood, sometimes two.

We had our usual nesting pair this year, but they only raised one brood, so we thought we were done.  However, about 3 weeks ago, we got a surprise one morning.  A pair of Carolina Wrens had raised a brood in our porch bird house, quietly, without us noticing.  Now if you know anything about wrens, you know that quiet isn’t a word you would normally apply to them.  But they managed it!  I tried to get pictures of the 4 babies as they fledged and explored the porch.  But they wouldn’t sit still long enough AND I was trying to shoot through the screen door.  So this was the best I could do.

Sit still, dammit!

Sit still, dammit!

They had an audience.

They had an audience.

Mug of the Day

An oldie but goodie.

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Tonight’s goal is to be in bed by 1:30.  Wish me luck!

Happy Birthday, Saver of Bugs!

I really have been blogging for a whole year!  It’s my darling daughter’s birthday again!  Wow!

You can view last year’s post here and see what an awesome smile she has! https://crittersandchaos.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/once-upon-a-time-i-was-immortal-or-happy-birthday-to-saver-of-bugs/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAUGHTER!

This year I’m sending you pictures of fuzzies and fish from home.

Your new oto is getting along fine with the old guy.  They've adopted this plant as their hangout.

Your new oto is getting along fine with the old guy. They’ve adopted this plant as their hangout.

Blurry, blurry.  But these guys just won't sit still.  There is your first new guy.  He wants to be friends but the old guy doesn't know what to do with him.  :)

Blurry, blurry. But these guys just won’t sit still. There is your first new guy. He wants to be friends but the old guy doesn’t know what to do with him. 🙂

And your other new guy.  He is actually much smaller than he looks here.  He was just closer to the glass.  He is a little bigger than the Cardinal baby.  It's the same one you looked at when you were here.  He survived that whole week in with the big guys, so I got him even though he was a bit skinny.  He's very bold and roams the tank and goes right to the surface to eat.

And your other new guy. He is actually much smaller than he looks here. He was just closer to the glass. He is a little bigger than the Cardinal baby. It’s the same one you looked at when you were here. He survived that whole week in with the big guys, so I got him even though he was a bit skinny. He’s very bold and roams the tank and goes right to the surface to eat.

This is MY couch!

This is MY couch!  A picture that is almost a year old.  And nothing has changed!

Back scratch!

Back scratch!

I'm helping mom.

I’m helping mom.

Mom says I need exercise but chasing the rat is hard work!

Mom says I need exercise but chasing the rat is hard work!

I'm busy here!

Whaaaaat!?

I haz beeeg feets!

I haz beeeg feets!

Remember this?

Remember this?

I miss you!  Happy Birthday!

I miss you! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday from all your humans, too! 

Hugs n smooches, sweetie!

Just Touching Base

Random Thoughts

So life has been making me crazy.  It’s taxes, which my husband’s work screwed up and we’re probably going to get stuck paying the penalties.  It’s financial time for my daughter’s school and I’m late – again.  It’s getting my son’s admissions and financial shit done so he can start college in the fall.  And I need to get him a passport for the school trip in June.  Oh, and did I mention the sleep deprivation that’s helping me function so well? (heavy sarcasm)  And, of course, Boston.  So I’m a little bonkers right now.

However, I did want to try to get at least 100 posts up this year.  Hopefully, I’ll do more than that, but that’s at least 2 a week and I’m behind already! 🙂  I need to start making notes.  I think to myself, “Oh, I should put this on the blog.” and then it scoots right out of my brain.  Notes, I need to make notes.

I have nothing profound to say today.  Just touching base.  Hopefully, I’ll get all the financial crap out of the way by Wednesday and have myself a sleep in day.  And then it’ll be onward and forward.  Spring is here and there is sooo much to do!

“There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen

Life At Our House

Saver came home for the weekend.  It is always nice to get some daughter time.  Saver came home because Spider Bait was given his Eagle Scout award.  I cried.  Saver cried.  We were so thrilled.  He doesn’t like his picture on the blog or I would show you how handsome he looked all dressed up.  You’ll have to make do with a picture of the pin I got ’cause he’s an Eagle Scout.

Dad got one, too.  Only it says 'Dad' on it!  :)

Dad got one, too. Only it says ‘Dad’ on it! 🙂

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I caved and bought a rosemary plant and a basil plant (I have seeds).  Even though the basil is still a baby I pinched some leaves and made a tomato sandwich.  *sigh*  I wish it was summer all year.

Yum!

Yum!

Fur Babies And Other Critters

I'm going to climb wherever I want to!

I’m going to climb wherever I want to!

Mmmmmm, Saver's home.

Mmmmmm, Saver’s home.

Out In The Yard

I took these pictures about 2 weeks ago.  My crocuses’ last hurrah.

Little irises and crocus

Little irises and crocus

Lotsa purple

Lotsa purple

Stripes!

Stripes!

Mug of the Day

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I cannot remember how I got this mug.  There’s a story.  I just cannot remember it right now.  *sigh*  Saver, how ’bout you?

Our Loss of Wonder

Random Thoughts

Apparently Saver has the flu.  Any good thoughts or well wishes  you could send her way will be greatly appreciated.

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I’m happy to report my back is almost better.  I’m starting to get some sleep at night.  More would be better, but I’m at least semi-conscious during the day now.  I wound up spending too much time considering life and getting into a funk.  These two sayings popped for me:

“The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death, but in what dies inside of you while you live.”  — Norman Cousins

From ‘Romancing the Ordinary’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach:  Toward  the end of her life, the great environmentalist Rachel Carson confessed that if she could bestow a birth gift on every child, it would be “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years” and the inevitable “alienation from the sources of our strength.”

Do you remember when you were a child and anything was possible?  The world was yours for the taking.  You could be anything you wanted, go anywhere in the world, discover hidden treasures, live happily ever after.  And then you begin to grow up and ‘Real Life’ happens and the exuberance and wonder you had as a child is slowly eroded away.  How many of us manage to hang on to that rush?  To the feeling that every new day is an adventure waiting to happen?  Not anyone I know, me included.

So this is where I acknowledge I’ve written myself into a corner.  ‘Cause I really have not reached a conclusion and have had no flash of insight.  I still need to find a way back, a path to follow.  Maybe I should just start with ‘mornings’.

This is funny – “Start each day with a smile and get it over with.” — W.C. Fields

And I love many of this woman’s sayings – “What happiness there is when I awake to find near me the gift of a Morning!” — Abbie Graham

And we really should be grateful every time we do get another one of those.  (I’m done throwing quotes around now.)

Life At Our House

Not much to report.  The Christmas Tree’s bone structure was removed from the house and its remains were literally raked up off the floor and thrown into the burn pile with the carcass.  Finally.

We also have been having -more- snow.  And now the weather is warming up and I was greeted with this view from my kitchen window.

I think there is a lot of snow melting off my roof.

I think there is a lot of snow melting off my roof.

So where did the drip, drip come from that formed this random icicle hanging off the tree branch?

So where did the drip, drip come from that formed this random icicle hanging off the tree branch?

Fur Babies and Other Friends

So now that I have been on regular spider patrol, I have baby crickets.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

Which is a good thing because Cooper just keeps on growing.  Check it out.

When Cooper came here he was thiiiis big...

When Cooper came here he was thiiiis big…

And now he's THIS big!

And now he’s THIS big!

Out In The Yard (or Plants n stuff)

I went a little crazy right after Christmas.  I HAVE to get back to the stuff that makes me happy.  The things that I do well.  And plants are in that catagory.  It’s a long story, but I’m mostly plantless these days.  And the house used to have plants all over.  I really, really miss and need greenery in my life.

Because I needed to buy Cooper a bigger house (he grew waaaay faster than anticipated) and I’m greedy and want as much as I can get for the least amount of money;  I hit sales and clearance racks for greenery.  On sale for $2-$3 a bulb were Amaryllis.  I love growing them and bringing them into bloom.  Somewhere I have a picture of Saver when she was little in her Christmas outfit sitting next to one of my Amaryllis in bloom.  *sigh*

I bought 3 and planted them in my Christmas planter.  I will get blooms off 2 of them this year.  In fact, one of them is open and a surprise.  The box said I was getting a single white.  But this is what I really got.  Surprise!

Does that look like pure white to you?

Does that look like pure white to you?

And that's definitely a second row of petals, so not a single either.

And that’s definitely a second row of petals, so not a single either.

This was a special treat of a surprise.

Mug of the Day

Saver is on her way back to bed with her flu bug and it’s 12:30 a.m. so I leave you here.  Night all!

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A Little Catch-Up

Random Thoughts

The past week and a half has been one of sleep deprivation.  Life has not been cooperating.  It has felt as though the sleep gremlins have been conspiring against me.  I do not function well without sleep.  I can lose whole days to the haze.  I won’t bore you with a litany of all the fun I’ve had.  I’ll just give you the top three: 1)  Weird dream.  I spent an entire night in a kayak on a creek that wound through houses and trees and restaurants.  The really weird part was a strange guy who appeared on the back of the kayak and kept falling asleep and falling forward to lean on me.  I was exhausted by the time I woke up.  2)  Frustration.  Going to the bathroom at ten till four am and seeing my cat shooting out of my room away from me.  I turned my flashlight on to see what was going on and found that the cat had puked all over the bed.  Lights! Action! My rushing to strip the heavily winter dressed bed before the puke made it to the mattress didn’t do much for the rest of the sleeping household.  Later that morning after washing the sheets and pad I went in to make the bed back up and found someone had puked on the blankets while I ate breakfast.  And 3)  Anger.  Somehow, without heavy lifting or slipping or falling I have managed to hurt my back.  I’m sucking on the Motrin bottle, popping muscle relaxants, and walking around with my Tens unit stuck to my back.  If there is no improvement by Monday I’ll be heading back to the doctor’s office.  ARGH!

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As I was sorting through a pile of papers I found this quote from my calendar and it just struck a note.  “Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.” — Henry Miller  It  has just seemed totally topsy-turvy around here.

I decided to take a look at Henry Miller as I’m not very familiar with his work.  I found many useful quotes but this one just fit in with what I’m trying to do this year (attitude adjustment).  And after basically losing a week and a half doing nothing more than just barely what needed done I needed the reminder.

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes.  Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.  Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.  What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, strength, if faced with an open mind.  Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” — Henry Miller

Now if I could just get some sleep!

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My son has set up a folder of beautiful pictures he thinks I will like and has set them up to rotate every so many hours as my background on the computer.  When I finished reading my blogs this morning and shut down the internet, this bright and beautiful flower plus bees popped up.  It made me smile and feel good for the first time in days.   I live for summer.  And I haven’t planted sunflowers in years.  I think they need to go on my ‘to do’ list for the garden.

wwww

Life At Our House

I had to take Saver back to school back on the 13th.  You’ll just have to take my word for it when I say her room was a mess and that we did eventually find her floor.  (shaking head)  She wouldn’t let me take pictures of her room so I’ll give you pictures of our trip out instead.  It got interesting for a little while.

Note:  Saver took these pictures.  I was driving.  Actually she took about 76 of them which I weeded down to about 20ish.  I’m giving you 8.

It was overcast but clear.  I love looking at cuttings.

It was overcast but clear. I love looking at cuttings.

Then we came up over the hill and saw this.

Then we came up over the hill and saw this.

And then it got like this.

And then it got like this.

And this!

And this!

Then it started to clear.

Then it started to clear.

I really liked the shot of this tree.

I really liked this gnarly shrub.

And then we could see again.  Sort of.

And then we could see again. Sort of.

My daughter said this picture HAD to be put up.

My daughter said this picture HAD to be put up.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

My son took this picture around Thanksgiving I think.  This is my little food thief.

Me too!

I want some too!

I managed to get a picture or two of my Hermies hanging together.  An almost large Hermie with a smalll Hermie.  Ignore the reflections of Christmas tree lights.

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All together now...

All together now…

Out in the Yard

In keeping with the sunflower, I went in and found some summer pics I hadn’t used.

That's a butterfly bush with a Hummingbird Moth coming in.  I just could not get a good picture of them.

That’s a butterfly bush with a Hummingbird Moth coming in. I just could not get a good picture of that moth.

And one of our summer denizens.

And one of our summer denizens.

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I’m going to leave you with the…

Mug of the Day

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Note:  In keeping with this screwed up week and a half, I have had to edit this post I think 4 times now.  Pictures were added from my media file (WTF?) that I didn’t choose and words/sentences/paragraphs/titles/pictures were randomly being eaten (how many times do I have to put this mug back in?).  Sooooo, let’s try this again.  (Dammit I have to be up at 6 am!!!)

Life Is Just So DAILY (–Dick Sattler)

Random Thoughts

This is from my “The Best Things in Life…Aren’t Things” calendar by Mary Engelbreit.

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It’d be nice if life would just back off and give us a break.  I’m feeling run over at the moment.

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Saver found this and put it in the last post’s comments:

“Finally in regards to simple pleasures being missed, I will share this:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=522036821151834&set=a.492964807392369.112207.307551552600363&type=1&theater
In order to understand you must read the whole caption.  It is sad what we miss because we don’t stop to look.”

Amazing?  Appalling?  We must learn to see and appreciate the life that surrounds us in our daily rounds instead of rushing from place to place with nothing but ‘must do’s’ in our head.  When was the last time you actually looked at the people you passed by while running through your day?  When was the last time you actually smiled at a complete stranger?

Try it.  Instead of keeping your head down and trudging along, stand tall with your head up and look.  Really see what’s around you.  Meet someone’s eyes.  Smile.  With your whole face.  See what happens.  Feel the change in your day.

Life At Our House

*****  -TMI-  ALERT *****

Aunt Flo came early this month.  With a vengeance.  Up every 3 hours all night.  Two pairs of pj’s.  Heading to the bathroom every 1 1/2 to 2 hours all day for 2 days so far.  I should be exsanguinated by now.  So I’ve got a nice case of the shakes and ‘tireds’.  Blerg.

***** YOU’RE SAFE *****

Due to events beyond my control (TMI Alert) plus the resulting sleep deprivation, I have been moving at the speed of a cold snail.  No monthly boxes inventoried, no plant stands up and running.  Sigh.  We did, however, finish all the beginning of the month shopping and the shopping necessary to send Saver back to school.

Tomorrow will be wrap up, car prep, my critters fed to hold them till I return, Potato Soup making to take with us since the cafeteria doesn’t open till Tues. (with as much as we pay for this school, you would think the damn cafeteria would open when the dorms do), and, of course, the final laundry round.  We may even go to a new store Spider Bait found in another town that he has been dying to show us.

We’ll leave Sunday morning, work at returning her room to something resembling normal (it looks like a tornado hit, I kid you not), and I’ll come home on Monday.

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Saver decided to try some dye on her hair for one of her LARPing characters.

In real life it is much greener than this.

In real life it is much greener than this.

Hi, Saver!

Hi, Saver!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

If I but look out my kitchen window, there is plenty to see.

Nuthatch.

Nuthatch.

Cardinal

Cardinal

And in front of the window as well.

Espe and Annie

Espe and Annie

 Some people just snooze on the couch.

Jake

Jake

Out in the Yard

More pretty!

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And it is 1:30 am at this point.  I’m using a certain excuse to get away with being up so late.  But I really should go, so…

Mug of the Day

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Store-room Done (ish)

Random Thoughts

More quotes!

“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.”  — Marcus Aurelius

Boy, do I have days like that!  But I am back to doing my Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  “All you have is all you need.”  And she reminds us:

“We must learn to savor small, authentic moments that bring us contentment.  Experiment with a new cookie recipe.  Take the time to slowly arrange a bouquet of flowers in order to appreciate their colors, fragrance, and beauty.  Sip a cup of tea on the front stoop in the sunshine.  Pause for five minutes to pet a purring cat.  Simple pleasures waiting to be enjoyed.  Simple pleasures often overlooked.”

Today I took the time to admire my baby SeaMonkeys.  They hatched out of dried up eggs in a packet.  That always amazes me.  I gave kisses to my kitties and watched my puppy enjoy a peanut butter score.  And I looked at my Staghorn Fern and realized that it is sprouting new leaves.  Yay!

Life At Our House

The store-room is finally done!  Well, mostly.  There are things that have to be repacked because they’re a mess.  There are things I am probably going to either take to Goodwill or put in the yard sale pile out in the Pit (garage).  I have way too much kid paint and glitter glue, so I’ll see about donating to a teacher or two.  I have to make room to put my potatoes down in the store-room somewhere.  I couldn’t finish all the sorting and decision-making because we were on a deadline.  Spider Bait needs to get his Eagle stuff turned in.  We pitched 2 large garbage bags full of trash and put a bunch of stuff in the recycle bins (how many empty jars and bottles does one family need?).  But it’s 90% finished after roughly 17-20 hours worth of work over 2 weekends by 4 people.  And it is so amazingly wonderful to be able to walk in straight forward instead of crab-walking in sideways.  And I don’t have to worry about knocking anything over.  AND I know where everything IS!

Left side facing in from door.  The left side was bad, but not horrible.  Almost all the food is on that side and keeps being rotated out.  So it's semi-organized and clean.

Left side facing in from door. The left side was bad, but not horrible. Almost all the food is on that side and keeps being rotated out. So it’s semi-organized and cleanish.

Same side, lower view.  Once we hit the left side, it took about half the time to remove, clean, and replace.

Same side, lower view. Once we hit the left side, it took about half the time to remove, clean, and replace.

The right side facing in from the door.  See all the crap on the floor?  Goal - get it all on the shelves.  This half of the room was uber cluttered, dusty, dirty, moldy and just plain yuk.

The right side facing in from the door. See all the crap on the floor? Goal – get it all on the shelves. This half of the room was über cluttered, dusty, dirty, moldy and just plain yuk.

A reverse view.

A reverse view.

The right side empty and waiting to be scrubbed.

The right side empty and waiting to be scrubbed.

Now Once Upon A Time they had an uber sale on shelves.  I’m thinking it’s been 10 years, not sure.  We bought a bunch of them and got part of this room done but didn’t finish it.  I probably got sick again and didn’t pitch-a-bitch to get it done and it just got left and forgotten.  So we had shelf bits to make one unit higher.  And another still in its box.  And a metal shelf half buried in another part of the basement that we dug out, unloaded, cleaned, and brought in along with about half of what was on it.  Ta-Da!

Left side.

Left side.

Middle.  Look at all that walking room!

Middle. Look at all that walking room!

Right side.

Right side.

HIP, HIP HOORAY!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

I don't care if Mom's trying to work.  I need my snuggles!

I don’t care if Mom’s trying to work. I need my snuggles!

Me trying to work on the computer one-handed in my Eeyore pj's.

Me trying to work on the computer one-handed in my Eeyore pj’s.

Out In The Yard

Naw.  Too much snow.  But here’s a picture of one of the orchids Ikea had on sale for $5.

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Mug of the Day

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Woot!  And it’s not even midnight!

The Gift of Grace (I Need It) Part 2

Random Thoughts

Some of us are slow and have to do things over and over before they sink in.  I’ve edited part of the April 24th post (Random Thoughts section) to fit now.  But I really didn’t have to do that much to it, which is rather sad.  Try, try again.

I am sick to death of sleep being such a damn battle.  I have sleep issues related to my childhood and  I am also a light sleeper and if I wake up I have trouble getting back to sleep.  Because I am a light sleeper I have a very low threshold for sleep deprivation (didn’t find this out till I was in my 30′s).  I have a funky metabolic rate which might get me up in the a.m. to eat.  Now add a brain that just will not shut up and I’m screwed.  Routines help to a certain degree,  exhaustion sometimes helps, exercise helps to a certain degree, I’ve taken meds (but because of my metabolism they only last half the time listed so I may just pop awake in the middle of the night).  I can’t just set a schedule and keep it hell or high water because lack of sleep shoots my immune system down and I get sick.  So I have to make time to sleep even if it means sleeping into the afternoon.  Which, of course, just screws with my whole day.  I would love to find just one thing that would shut my brain down and always put me to sleep.  (Aside from a 2 x 4 upside the head.)

I really wanted to start and finish Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach this year.  It has helped in the past and the past couple of years have had a whole lot of not fun in them.  I’m now about three months behind (tomorrow, tomorrow) and am also not writing in my Gratitude Journal.  I need to do this.

I haven’t been getting out in the yard and into the dirt on a regular basis.  Which I know helps tremendously with my mental health.  I need to do this, too.

I got behind on the mail and bills.  Again.  I have got to stop doing this.

I’m fairly new to Tarot, but I have found it helpful and centering.  Now I’m not even doing a card a day draw.  Need to get back to this.

And somewhere in here I need to start exercising (walking) – again.  (Is there an award for # of starts?)

That’s enough whining for today.  I’m going to reach for a favorite little prayer of mine.  I need to get my calligraphy marker out and put this on one of my flowered papers and keep it visible.  For those of you who wish to, substitute your belief system where you will.

Just for Today

Oh, God, give me grace for this day.  Not for a lifetime, nor for next week, nor for tomorrow, just for this day.  Direct my thoughts and bless them.  Direct my work and bless it.  Direct the things I say and give them blessing too.  Direct and bless everything that I think and speak and do.  So that for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of grace that comes from your presence. — Marjorie Holmes

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I am now up to 10,411 pieces of email deleted.  WOO HOO!  Which means I am now down to the point  where I can find things when they’re sent to me.  I still have a way to go because a lot of what is left has to be read.  But I’m getting there!

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Did you ever buy anything and after you got it home found out it wasn’t quite what you thought it was?  I was digging around in boxes and found a journal I had purchased several years ago, still in its wrapper.  It was on a clearance shelf and cheap and I had gift certificates to burn.  I thought it was lovely/interesting and it even had a key and lock!  So I grabbed it.

Well I started to unwrap it and found the spine had something written on it, um.. “Desire – A Private Journal”  This is the first page:

Well, some of the pages have illustrations on them and there are quotes dealing with “Desire” throughout the journal.  Here is one of the pictures I can show you:

So I’m thinking I’m going to put this back in the box for now, ’cause I’m not really sure exactly what I want to do with it!

Life at Our House

So this weekend Spider Bait is off on a Boy Scout adventure in the rough.  A requirement that needs gotten out-of-the-way before the weather gets nasty.  I growled at him for only taking 1 pair of shoes with him.  I hope his feet haven’t rotted off.  He should be home tomorrow after lunch.

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I was finally able to email my phone pictures to myself from the County Fair.  Yep, with just a little help.  Of course, because they were crappy, cheapo, phone pics, only a couple of them were even usable.  So here’s what I got:

Alpaca baby

Llama baby

Dwarf goat

Baby camel and baby zebra

Baby dwarf goat

Feed Me!  That’s a regular goat of some kind I have never seen before!

Bunny Wabbit!

Another Bunny Wabbit!

And, yep, I’m a Bunny Wabbit too!

This little guy would not sit still for a picture and his girl came up and kept trying to get a pose for me.  But he just wanted out.  This was the best I could do without driving the poor thing nuts.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Still trying to figure out a name for my lizard.  Uther?  Tiberius?  Sam?  Gryphon?

In the meantime, here’s a lazy day group of critters.

Asleep in my paper mess

The Princess on her pillow

Lazy day bird watching

Streeetch. Ah, yes, this couch is mine!

Out In The Yard

Our header today is the rose Graham Thomas.  It is one of my favorites.

I haven’t been out in the yard much except to water.  But I did find this guy hunting in my windows.

It’s now 10:04 pm and it says I’m over 1,ooo words, so I’m going to call it quits on this one tonight.  (It’ll be another 15-30 minutes for me to proof this and move the photos into the used files.)  Tomorrow is another day.

Add on:  Why in the hell does WordPress eat pieces here and there randomly out of the post???  I find this extremely annoying to have to go back and fill in the blanks.

New Critter and New Plants

Random Thoughts

For those of you who read my post ‘Sorrow’,  ‘M’s’ parents were laid to rest today.  Saver of Bugs posted a beautiful poem in the comments.  You should take a moment to go over there and read it.  It made me cry it’s so beautiful.

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EEEWW!!!  Talk about a mood changer.   I’m junk fooding tonight and I just scooped up a spoonful of Chex Mix to eat.  When I put it in my mouth something wiggled and as I opened my mouth to spit it out a moth flew out of my mouth.  And it wasn’t a small one.  Gah, gick, blerg, bleahhhhh…..

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Okay.  For those of you who don’t know, I don’t tell a short story.  You’ve been warned.

I lost my Leopard Gecko ‘Jubel’ a few months ago.  It wasn’t an easy death and I was quite upset.  I love my critters and hate seeing them suffer.  He is buried under one of my Butterfly Bushes in the garden.  I never realized how often I looked at him till he was gone.  Everytime I went in the bedroom I automatically looked over to see what he was doing and no one was there.  And not having the light on for the cage was distracting as well.  But eventually it quit hurting so much and I started thinking about another lizard since I missed having one.

I started thinking about what I wanted in the next lizard.  Ease of care, NOT a lizard prone to intestinal blockages, sturdy,  calm (for a lizard) attitude, a daytime lizard,  not too big, and not hugely expensive.  This kept bringing me back to Bearded Dragons, or Beardies, as they’re called.  But the baby Beardies need fed a couple of times a day and they still cost money and I couldn’t justify using house money to buy another pet and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do infant upkeep.  But then I scored serious cash for my birthday.  Hmmmm.

I didn’t go out looking for a lizard.  I still wasn’t sure I wanted to go back into ‘feeding another critter’ mode.  But I was out looking for another goldfish.  Pip died last fall and Merry was doing okay by herself.  But here recently she has taken to just hanging in the corner and looking sad.  This was how I wound up with Pip and Merry.  My son’s goldfish, Steven, lost his buddy and wound up morose and doing nothing.  Steven has since passed leaving Pip and Merry.  But Pip was never a strong healthy fish.  She constantly had intestinal issues and she lived years longer than I expected.  And then one morning I got up and she had died with no warning whatsoever.  I was stunned.  She had looked perfectly fine when I turned the light out before bed.  Go figure.

Anyway, I hit the first pet store and came up zip on goldfish (I’m picky).  But I can’t go into a pet store without checking out all the critters.  I shop pet stores the way some women shop for shoes.  So, of course, that meant looking at the lizards.  I found a Beardie that was already about 8 inches long, solid, healthy, and even had some orange on him.  He would come right to the glass and check me out whenever I stopped by.  They wanted $63 for him.  But did I want to bring a lizard home right now?  I kept looking at him, but finally left, deciding that I’d see how I felt when I had done all the running around I had planned.

My last stop was yet another pet store where I shop on a regular basis.  I’ve always had good luck with whatever I buy there, critter wise.  And my first stop was the reptile enclosures.  There was a small, young Beardie that came running right up to me and checked me out; well-formed, well fed, and all the poop in the cage looked good.  Sigh.  I walked away, checked out the rest of the critters, and then got the stuff on my list.  But, yeah, I went back to check the lizards again. And again, the same little guy came right up to the glass.  I glanced at the price tag and my mouth popped open.  He was on sale for $42.00!  I haven’t ever seen Beardies priced that low.  Ugh.  Grooooan.  Oooh, hell.  I had them come over and open up the enclosure and he was sweet and adorable and stayed put to be picked up while all the other ones ran away and I bought him.  He (or she) doesn’t have a name yet, but here he is:  (Oh, and check out the rock in his enclosure.  We don’t remember exactly where I got it, but we figure I’ve had it about 25 years now.)

Out in the Yard

Our header today is a combination of my baby Serviceberry with bunches of yummy berries on it and a geranium from a friend.  Check out the visitor, too.

I also treated myself to some plants with my birthday money.

Those butt ugly glued on straw flowers that you pay extra for got taken right off.  The flowers fall apart the first time they get wet and depending how the glue is applied, it may kill or damage part of the cactus.  I only paid extra for those two cacti because they are already blooming for real.  Once they open up, I’ll post pictures.

Extra Critter Pictures for Saver of Bugs

Saver of Bugs asked for more critter pictures since she is missing her fuzzies.

I’m fuzzy because mom has the shakes.

This nice warm laundry pile is Mine!

 

Loves me a warm rolling doggy out in the sun!