Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Cat Blogging


Should all states with Republican Governors be worried about their water quality? Is poisoning the water a trend?

What I did today instead of writing an entry:

1. Let the dog talk me into a nap after work instead of going for a healthy, bracing walk in the cold and rain.

2. Went to Target to buy food for the poor, half starved dog.

3. Also picked up more food for Little Kitty. He already has  nice food but he needs Kitten Food  to help bulk him up! He still weighs next to nothing and I think he needs a little padding to help him grow and get passed his GI problems. Kittens are cute, kitten bones are just sad,

4. Went to KFC because I was craving fried chicken, couldn't be helped.

5. Watched my DVR.

5.5. Had a fashion crises over the appropriateness taking the trash out in leggings and a sweater while neighbor is having a bible study.

5.9.  Decided that I should wear sweat pants.

6. Took the trash out.

7. Prayed for snow because picking out clothes to wear to work on Friday made me tired.

7.5. Wondered about the led content in my water supply due to Republican in the Governor's mansion.

8. The water on Dix campus is an odd color. Should I panic?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Little things.

I am falling for my new cat box. Its wrong, I know its not right, I shouldn't clean out the box because I want to see the thing do its "trick". Its very good at what it does. Very slick, for a cat box.

You just tip it back and forth and it cleans itself and I don't have to touch it at all! I just throw away what I find conveniently in the little tray and I dump it in the trash and then its all taken care of until the next time I want to run it through its paces.

I'm getting better at it, I wasn't very good at the first couple of times, a little sloppy, I had to go back and re-do it to get all of whatever caught in the trap, it took some practice but it was worth it to get good at it. I have two cats now, I have plenty of opportunities to practice my mad bin dumping skilz.

I've learned that size does matter, little kitty makes little things, big kitty makes big things. I know you care about this, I know I care about this more than you do, LT has a tummy condition and I do have to keep an eye on his things. I do have some concerns in that way, but I think we do have progress. I hope. I have given him his pills twice a day and sprinkling his probiotic powder on his special tummy food. Have you ever  tried to pill a tiny cat? Its not as bad as they say, but its not as easy as pilling an elderly cat like Tex - who was the last cat I pilled, he was really good at being pilled, almost eight years ago -  he never fought me much after a while, he was really kind of okay with it after a a year or so, as I remember, but a year is  long time to get used to it. I'm sure it wasn't fun in the beginning. I hope that we don't get really good at it.

If you haven't pilled a cat that is not okay with it, let me share with you : Its not fun, that might come as a shock to you. Kitties are so much fun and so furry and fluffy! In real life? They are sharp and pointy and they bite and  they have very sharp claws and they have no bones at all! Nothing to grip! Nothing to grip at all! And  not in a not cute way either! In a Let me go! I will get away! I will escape at all costs! way - I even clip his claws on the regular because I don't want to get punctured twice a day and to get him used to being held and worked on. I need him to be okay with his claws being clipped. He is easier to clip than to pill. He is really, really fortunate to be so cute and floofy and small.

So small that he just got lost under the bed and cried to be rescued. Two whole inches from freedom.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


What I did instead of write an entry

I went out and picked up my newly framed art!!! I did not notice when I was picked out the mats that they were so close in color - they arenot the same color, by-the-way. The puffer fish is a deep teal green  and the fox is kind of a dark teal blue. Trust me. It is not lost on me that I expended much energy and time and money to rid the space of green and then I bring it back in.  Sigh,

The smaller piece in the front is a vintage bark painting from Mexico, I got it for $6 because the frame was for shite and it was sun damaged, but still, it looks nice,

The fox print is going in the dinning room and the puffer is going to stay in he living room over the mantel, The smaller one is going to go on the floating shelves that will get put up in the livingroom. I have a lot of smallish prints that I want to display but there are too many to hang on the walls without it looking messy. With the floating shelves I can easily take art in and out of rotation and keep things moving and fresh.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cat Box

This weekend I officially unveiled the cats new joint cat box, the very fancy Omega Paw Roll n' Clean Self Cleaning Litter Box!

I thought that it would be nice for the cats to have something that was theirs, instead of something that was clearly and solely Aces'. So I did a lot of online shopping for cat boxes. It was very exciting and you would be shocked and possibly horrified by the sheer number and breadth of feild of cat boxes out there. So many.

I settled on one style that I thought would be both large enough for two animals and have a lid - lids are important for both cats, they are kickers.

It comes in two sizes and I got the larger one, it is quite large - not as large as some I found though, some are the size of a small one bedroom apartment and would be really in the way and use a lot of dust. I guess they are for people with herds of cats. I think the one I got to take care of a gang of cats.

This box does tricks! It can clean itself out! Its a non-cat scaring semi-automatic cleaning cat box!

I discovered that it is a little heavy and not as weldy as I might have thought it was. I had to do the whole thing twice before it was fully cleaned out, but once it was cleaned out, it did exactly as it was supposed to do. It is large and heavy and you need a bit of space to full turn the thing over and you really have to have the thing snapped together fully to keep it from leaking, that can be hard because its just cheap plastic and you have to force the bits together pretty forcefully to make them lock into place the way they are supposed to.

However, it did work as advertised, so score.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Jonas 2016

Well, survived Jonas. I didn't even miss work. I am Super State Employee. I certainly get my tax dollars worth on me. Saturday the dog and I took a walk and we both decided that snow is cold and ice is slippery. Rocket doesn't seem to love ice, but he loves the sound it makes when he walks in the snow.

Friday, January 22, 2016


Friday Cat Blogging

I am still cute.


I had to wait for the girl from the cat rescue to bring LTs meds and she was delayed at work and that delayed me going to Target to get Rockets meds and so everything got delayed and its also going to snow and so my reason for not having a post is that it is going to snow and that means I don't have to do anything. The kids are all out of school,  - If you ever wondered why test scores are so low here:  there is a threat of snow and all the kids are out of school.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Toy for New Cat

LT had a little bit of a stomach bug before I got him and they treated it and set him loose. The bug wasn't quite finished with him yet.

The  rescue group is taking care of the meds he needs to beat the critter back but I needed to get him some very gentle, very mellow food to help him on his way, so I did that, mission accomplished.

Petsmart is a very dangerous place to go! I had no idea!

Its been a very long time since I spent any time in the cat section of the pet store. I couldn't have told you that there was a cat section of the store! I found some really good cat toys that were supposed to be Christmas gifts, very expensive Christmas gifts that I got for 75% off.

Best . Cat. Toy. Ever.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The New Normal 2

Well, we made it through another day. It helped that the dog spent the day at daycare and I was at work all day. I think we all needed some time apart.

I also remembered that Rocket did learn commands at school and I do need to use them. I have just been screaming and flailing like a broken windmill all weekend and  I do not think that this has burnished to my carefully curated image of authority that I had going for me prior to adding to the household.

While I was at work, resting, I remembered a Christmas gift  that might be helpful. Its a gizmo that you fill with dog treats and you pull a trigger and it spits a treat a few feet. I tried it initially outside and it wasn't that much fun, it only spits about three feet, However if you are inside, how far does it have to go? A good three feet is perfect for doggy redirection!

He messes with the cat, I tell him to LEAVE IT, he LEAVES IT, because he was good at dog school, and I shoot off a treat. Rocket runs toward the treat and away from the cat.

Now Rocket is obsessed with the shooter and not the cat. Winning!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The new normal.

After a better part of two years of talking myself in and out of getting a second cat, I got a second cat.

The dog thinks that LT, that's his current name, he came with the name Pisa, because of a vision problem he has to tilt his head to focus sometimes. I changed it to LT for leaning tower but adfter spending some time with him. I might call him R2 because he makes a wide assortment of whirring and chirping noises. Cats have their own secret animal names, they don't really care what we call them. I will have to settle on something to tell the vet for when I hand over the paperwork I got from the rescue group.

I got the little kitty because I thought Ace was lonely and needed a friend, so far, I'm not sure they have actually introduced themselves - Ace did hiss at LT once over  his food dish, but that was the first and only time to my knowledge that they ran into each other. There is time for that.

The dog thinks R2 is fascinating  and has spent a lot of time getting to know him better. He knows in detail what he smells like and the texture of his fur. Rocket licks him every chance he gets, R2 had a bath right before I picked him up and he doesn't really think he needs any help from Rocket in that regard.. He did smell like Dove, thanks to Rockets ministrations, he now smells like dog spit.

So far, LT has not fought back againts these violations of his personal space. He should and I hope he does give Rocket a good swatting for getting so fresh with him. It would go a long way to establishing himself as an actual real creature and not so much like a dog toy. I did not think I would be this grateful Rocket has fewer teeth than when he started and I pray I don't have to ever find out how well his other teeth work.

Thus far, he's kept it friendly-ish, but I'm hoping LT loses his cool and goes after him like he surely can. Cats can be vicious and cause damage when they get cornered - while I don't want any of my animals to damage any of my other animals, I would not disapprove of a little object lesson handed out to level the playing field and I think it would go a long way to settling the relationship and let us go on with life.

Right now its a little chaotic but I'm hoping that as time passes we all learn to get along, and that Rocket grows to ignore R2 with the same vigor he ignores Ace with.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Cat Blogging

Ace thinks positive thoughts.

Oscar Nominations 2016

Performance by an actor in a leading role - Matt Damon, he seems nice and he hasn't won lately. Cranston got covered in glory on the TV show, I don't like DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne just won last year and I couldn't pick Fassbender out of a line up.
• Bryan Cranston in "Trumbo"
    • Matt Damon in "The Martian"
    • Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"
    • Michael Fassbender in "Steve Jobs"
    • Eddie Redmayne in "The Danish Girl"
    Performance by an actor in a supporting role, I like Sly, he should win.
    • Christian Bale in "The Big Short"
    • Tom Hardy in "The Revenant"
    • Mark Ruffalo in "Spotlight"
    • Mark Rylance in "Bridge of Spies"
    • Sylvester Stallone in "Creed"
    Performance by an actress in a leading role.Ronan is like 12, so no. I like Jennifer lawrence but really? again? Lets go with Rampling.
    • Cate Blanchett in "Carol"
    • Brie Larson in "Room"
    • Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy"
    • Charlotte Rampling in "45 Years"
    • Saoirse Ronan in "Brooklyn"
    Performance by an actress in a supporting role. I wanted Mara Roony to win for The Girl With..., so now she's back and I want her to win.
    • Jennifer Jason Leigh in "The Hateful Eight"
    • Rooney Mara in "Carol"
    • Rachel McAdams in "Spotlight"
    • Alicia Vikander in "The Danish Girl"
    • Kate Winslet in "Steve Jobs"
    Best animated feature film of the year. Inside Out?
    • "Anomalisa," Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
    • "Boy and the World," Alê Abreu
    • "Inside Out," Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
    • "Shaun the Sheep Movie," Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
    • "When Marnie Was There," Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
    Achievement in cinematography. Its not about making the wildness look good, its about how you make a living room look good.
    • "Carol," Ed Lachman
    • "The Hateful Eight," Robert Richardson
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," John Seale
    • "The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki
    • "Sicario," Roger Deakins
    Achievement in costume design. The Danish Girl, making a boy in a dress look good.
    • "Carol," Sandy Powell
    • "Cinderella," Sandy Powell
    • "The Danish Girl," Paco Delgado
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Jenny Beavan
    • "The Revenant," Jacqueline West
    Achievement in directing. I want Adam McKay to win.
    • "The Big Short," Adam McKay
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller
    • "The Revenant," Alejandro G. Iñárritu
    • "Room," Lenny Abrahamson
    • "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy
    Best documentary feature, Whichever one is about the Holocaust .
    • "Amy," Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
    • "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
    • "The Look of Silence," Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
    • "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
    • "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom," Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor
    Best documentary short subject. Again, Holocaust.
    • "Body Team 12," David Darg and Bryn Mooser
    • "Chau, beyond the Lines," Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
    • "Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah," Adam Benzine
    • "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    • "Last Day of Freedom," Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
    Achievement in film editing. The bear didn't really try to eat him. Thank you Editor!
    • "The Big Short," Hank Corwin
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel
    • "The Revenant," Stephen Mirrione
    • "Spotlight," Tom McArdle
    • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
    Best foreign-language film of the year, You pick.
    • "Embrace of the Serpent," Colombia
    • "Mustang," France
    • "Son of Saul," Hungary
    • "Theeb," Jordan
    • "A War," Denmark
    Achievement in makeup and hairstyling. Mad Max.
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
    • "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared," Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
    • "The Revenant," Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
    Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) IDK
    • "Bridge of Spies," Thomas Newman
    • "Carol," Carter Burwell
    • "The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone
    • "Sicario," Jóhann Jóhannsson
    • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," John Williams
    Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) IDK
    • "Earned It" from "Fifty Shades of Grey"
    Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
    • "Manta Ray" from "Racing Extinction"
    Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
    • "Simple Song #3" from "Youth"
    Music and Lyric by David Lang
    • "Til It Happens To You" from "The Hunting Ground"
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
    • "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre"
    Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
    Best motion picture of the year . The Spot Light. 
    • "The Big Short," Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, producers
    • "Bridge of Spies," Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers
    • "Brooklyn," Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, producers
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Doug Mitchell and George Miller, producers
    • "The Martian," Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, producers
    • "The Revenant," Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, producers
    • "Room," Ed Guiney, producer
    • "Spotlight," Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, producers
    Achievement in production design IDK
    • "Bridge of Spies," production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
    • "The Danish Girl," production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Michael Standish
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," production design: Colin Gibson; set decoration: Lisa Thompson
    • "The Martian," production design: Arthur Max; set decoration: Celia Bobak
    • "The Revenant," production design: Jack Fisk; set decoration: Hamish Purdy
    Best animated short film IDK
    • "Bear Story," Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
    • "Prologue," Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
    • "Sanjay's Super Team," Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
    • "We Can't Live without Cosmos," Konstantin Bronzit
    • "World of Tomorrow," Don Hertzfeldt
    Best live-action short film IDK
    • "Ave Maria," Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
    • "Day One," Henry Hughes
    • "Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)," Patrick Vollrath
    • "Shok," Jamie Donoughue
    • "Stutterer," Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
    Achievement in sound editing IDK
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White
    • "The Martian," Oliver Tarney
    • "The Revenant," Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
    • "Sicario," Alan Robert Murray
    • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Matthew Wood and David Acord
    Achievement in sound mixing IDK
    • "Bridge of Spies," Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
    • "The Martian," Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
    • "The Revenant," Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
    • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
    Achievement in visual effects  IDK
    • "Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
    • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
    • "The Martian," Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
    • "The Revenant," Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
    • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
    Adapted screenplay . Room
    • "The Big Short," screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
    • "Brooklyn," screenplay by Nick Hornby
    • "Carol," screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
    • "The Martian," screenplay by Drew Goddard
    • "Room," screenplay by Emma Donoghue
    Original screenplay Spot Light
    • "Bridge of Spies," written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
    • "Ex Machina," written by Alex Garland
    • "Inside Out," screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
    • "Spotlight," written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
    • "Straight Outta Compton," screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

    Thursday, January 14, 2016


    In the hopes that little kitty will be ready to come home soon, I started getting his room ready for him. Having never had more than one cat at a time, I did some research as to how you go about introducing cat 1 to cat 2.

    Its a process . The Cat Guy, Jackson Galaxy went into great detail about how to successfully introduce two cats. Its incredibly time consuming and  yet did not include how to do this intricate dance of cat psychology while also sharing the space with a dog.

    I did get the downstairs bedroom cleaned up and I brought some disused cat toys from upstairs down to the room for New Kitty to play with when he gets here. When he gets here. Lets all think healing thoughts about young kitty's and  adoptakitty center induced stomach troubles and the timely healing up of same. Amen.

    I think kitty would recover much faster if he could be in his forever home with his new people and animal friends. Just saying,

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Victims of Circumstance

    The strain is starting to show. Its day six of ten of No Chewing/No Chew Toys and its  been a very long slog for poor dog.

    He spent one night pining outside the bedroom door where his toys are being held. He would stand there and come back into the room and gaze at me balefully. He's really good at baleful. He's moved on from there and he is moving though the doggy stages of grief .

    Tonight he's getting his anger one. He keeps making me go outside with him so he can stalk around the yard and mutter under his breath. Over and over! Its cold outside!

    Speaking of it being cold outside. We took our walk and we were well on our way back and I noticed that I was missing one of my gloves, under normal glovcumstance, I would just chalk it up as a loss and go home and dig through my vault of single black gloves.

    However. These are gray, they match my coat! How often do you see gray expando gloves? You don't! You see many other less tasteful colors but you almost never see gray. I had to go on a recovery mission. So I had to retrace about half my steps and own that I really couldn't remember exactly how I had gotten from point A to point B. I also learned there is a lot of trash in the streets and most of it looks like a single orphan glove. Fun!

    In the cold, while carting around the cats new and improved for 2016 cat food. I decided that I feed the dog some very high quality dog food and at the same time I feed the cat actual crap. It wasn't fair and I decided that the new year would be a good time to make the change. My poor little kitty cat! I have neglected his diet and his health and that is wrong, he's seven now and he's into middle age and its time to tighten up and get healthy and start being serious. I might even find some sort of cat fitbit and an exercise program.

    New Kitty is going to start right and stay right. Quote me.

    PS. I found my glove.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Done and done and starting

    Well. Christmas is over. The tree is stripped and bagged. The ornaments are all boxed up and in the attic. The outdoor stuff has been addressed and the damn fire ants have been poisoned. I went up and down the stairs about a dozen times and got the lot as organized as possible.

    My Santas are all back in the little houses and the dining room is back to old self. The yard is back to normal and normal is very dark. It looks sad to me. I also learned one of my porch lights is burned out and for some reason my entry way light doesn't' work any more. I checked the fuse box and everything,  no sign of issues at all. I don't know. It just makes everything seem darker and less warm.

    It turns out to be a lot more stuff than I had imagined. I thought I had downsized dramatically and the whole thing would be fast and tidy. It wasn't! It was many boxes and they were heavy boxes! It was not nearly what I thought I was working with when it was all over the house, it seemed very not what it ended up being. I have zero self control.

    The whole place is kind of sad now. I am focusing on how nice it is to be able to open and close my curtains! Wow! Its been so hard with the tree in the way! And so much floor space! I can't get over how big my living room is now! I mean wow! Its like living in a different house, a much less blingy house, with fewer Santas.

    Another positive?

    Mine . In a couple of weeks when he gets over a touch of kitty stomach flu. He's still going to lean, so I'm good. He might be named LT, for "leaning tower", right now he's called "Pisa".

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

    Golden Globe Results 2016

    Golden Globes Results

    Best Supporting Actress in a   Motion Picture - Kate Winslate, Steve Jobs
    Best Supporting Actress TV Mini-Series whatever - Maurna Teirney, The Affair
    Best Actress in a TV Series Comedy - Rachel Blume, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
    Best TV Series Comedy - Mozart in The Jungle
    Best Limited Series or TV Movie whatever - Wolf Hall
    Best Actor in a limited series or TV Movie whatever -  Oscar Issac, Show me a Hero
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a limited Series or TV Movie - Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
    Best Score Movie - The Hateful Eight
    Best Actor in a TV Series Drama - Jon Hamm, Mad Men
    Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy - Matt Damon, The Martian
    Best Animated Feature Film - Inside Out
    Best Supporting Actor in Movie -Sylvester Stallone, Creed
    Best Screenplay Film - Arron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
    Best Actor Comedy TV -  Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in The Jungle
    Best Best Foreign Language Film - Son of Saul, Hungary .
    Best Actress in a Limited TV Series or Movie whatever - Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
    Best Original Song Film - "Writings on the Wall" , Spector
    Best TV Series Drama - Mr. Robot

    Cecil B. Demille Award - Denzel Washington

    Best Director Film - Alejandro G. Inarritu, Revenant
    Best Actress in a TV Series Drama - Tarja P. Henson, Empire
    Best Actress in a Movie Comedy - Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

    Rocket is so mad that we are still up. Its bedtime and he wants to go to bed. This is stupid.

    Best Picture Comedy - The Martian

    Best Actress in a Movie Drama - Bree Lawson, The Room
    Best Actor in a Movie Drama - Leonardo Dicaprio Revenant

    Best Movie Drama - The Revenant

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    Post Op Dog

    Rocket came through his procedure very well and he is home now recovering. He was very drowsy from the anesthetic and the pain meds and he spent the evening either sleeping, wanting to be asleep or forgetting how to lay down and sleep. He was and is very high. He is going to be just fine.

    Friday Cat Blogging

    Thursday, January 7, 2016


    Today I did two things.

    1. I was reunited with my phone.
    2. I applied for a cat.

    That's a lot for a single day! My phone is still getting loaded with all my apps and pictures and assorted stuff. It's going to take days.

    The kitty I applied for is currently named Pisa, because he leans ( I looked at him and saw C3PO) He has a list. He's a little bit of a special needs cat, in that he has problems with his vision a little, so we can bond about that. He leans to make up for his vision issue.

    This is his blurb

    I am a DSH silver and black male tabby with spots and stripes! I am a very loving and sweet boy and have a little croak for a meow so I’m pretty quiet. I’m pretty small for my age and I have a slight head tilt and a depth perception problem. However, this does not slow me down! 

    I love the wand and my new parents will need to be a bit slower when moving it so I can keep up. I also tilt my head sideways when I want to focus on something like food. I do love my food. I love to play with crinkle balls and just discovered I love to play with Christmas bows! I love to sleep with my foster mommy and lay next to her when she’s on the computer. My favorite things is to lay in your lap while we watch TV. In my foster home, I get along with all the other kitties but I am a bit timid and will stay close to my foster mom. I am a loving boy and love to be around people. 

    Fully vetted: tested for FeLV/FIV (negative unless otherwise noted); treated for intestinal parasites, fleas, and ear mites; FVRCP+FeLV vaccinated (initial vaccination and booster); and rabies vaccinated; spayed/neutered; microchipped with Home Again microchips with rescue paid registration.

    This is his picture, he's a leetle bigger now.

    There might be a lot of applications for him all ready, and he might be already promised to someone else, they can decide I'm not the right person for him. They can say that its a problem that I have a full time job, or that I have a big dog, or that I have another cat they could also turn me down because on the application I said that I wanted the cats to meet and if they hated each other it would be a no-go, they could not be into that. There are a lot of reasons why this won't happen. He is younger than I envisioned as a playmate for Ace, but a younger guy might be a better idea, someone who still plays with toys and wants to fool around. Ace could play with toys more often, he could do with some fooling around.

    Today, Thursday, Rocket is going to have his oral surgery and I'm a little worried about it because its surgery and the doctor is going to be cutting on him and anything could happen! Worried, worried, worried.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Garden 2016

    Rocket went back to doggie daycare today for the first time since the middle of September. It's a lot further away from work than it used to be, I wish it was closer because I really like the people and Rocket always has a great time when he's there and he has nothing but energy to burn and they let him burn like a fire cracker. They had to move and we can't always get what we want.

    The owner told me that he had to court with the owner because he was being forced out. The owner wants to put a  bar/restaurant there and is going to tear down the storefront Church next door to make a parking lot. It's not a street that gets a lot of foot traffic and Raleigh doesn't really need another bar/restaurant. It's a shame. I wish the daycare guy had a better lawyer.

    The new location is just too far away from work for regular use. I did discover a good route there this morning, so that's good, and on the way back, its only eleven minutes back to my house. I thinks its more like fifteen to get there and its ten minutes from work.  It's the round trip that's a stumbling block, it would be ten out there and ten there and then ten back, that's a half hour invested in what used to be tops, fifteen minutes, and that's with visiting with the staff.

    SO now its going to be a twice a month treat for the dog and for me because I really like not having to go home and eat yogurt and protein bars every day.

    Today at lunch instead of just playing with my phone at Burger King, I read seed catalogs. I am going to need a bigger garden. I want to grow so many things!  I want to plant cauliflower because I discovered I like it, even though it doesn't really taste like anything . I'm going to plant tomatoes like every year but this year I want to try a new one called Madame Marmande, because it looks pretty, and I really want to grow green beans again, even though I have not so much luck with them - maybe I'll buy the "bean stimulant" I see in the catalogues. I want to grow leeks! and  a variety of spaghetti squash  called "vegetable spaghetti" and I think it would be neat to grow celery root! The catalogues were full of wonderful ideas! I looked through three today and I know there are more on the way.

    And of course, peppers. Lots of peppers. I'm still pulling them off my plants from last summer. although I think the insta-winter we are experiencing now is going to kill the plants for the season. Its fine though, they have really done their job and its getting to be time to get them out of the ground and let the soil rest and rebuild.

    Oh. I might be getting another cat.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Post New Years Ideas

    Have you ever thought that fewer women and girls are diagnosed with ADHD because as a gender, a certain amount of mania is lauded behavior? What woman or girl have you ever known that is not constantly busy working on something or multiple somethings? Working on  two projects and reading an article and  a third of a the way through two books and doing a craft project and checking her email and making dinner and carrying on at least two conversations, simultaneously? And if she isn't super active and doing everything all at once she must be depressed?

    We're not hyperactive, we're just have a lot we need to get done.

    When men or boys are that busy and that active and that scattered, there is clearly something going on and they should talk to someone about it.

    Just a thought I had.

    Today I also learned that the dog is not as keenly interested maintaining warm ears as I am in him having warm ears. He's somewhat interested but not hugely so. He did wear that hat on our shortened walk though.

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    News Years 2016

    Rocket was a rock star when we went downtown for Raleigh First Night, it was as if no one had ever seen a dog wearing a Viking helmet before, Imagine. A good time was had by all.

    Then we went to the beach. Rocket loves the beach,

    Then we went on a boat ride and he was equally thrilled.

    Friday, January 1, 2016


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