Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Mr. Harry Kitty, aka Jungle Kitty, who has passed on and can be seen on my photo page, was a very handsome fellow, always ready for a special occasion in his black and white tux. A police officer friend rescued him from a very busy highway! I guess the first 4 weeks of his life were very traumatic. Who knows what happened to his mommie?
This explains, maybe, his habit of sucking his tail, lol. He'd get on my lap, start that circling pattern, going round and round until it felt just right and his long tail was trailing behind him enough so he could get it in his mouth! Down he'd plop and suck happily, like a contented baby with his pacifier! He'd also get under the covers with me and do the same thing.
If you petted Mr. Harry, you had to watch out for his soppy wet tail!
Rosie, my current kitty, gets on my lap, stretches out on her belly, and scoots up towards my face a closely as she can. Then she settles down and looks me right in the eye with a look of utmost adoration, lol. Makes me feel like I'm the most important person in the world.
She's also a licker! Licks my hands, my arms, my feet, my face... Will NOT lick anyone else, thank you very much, so there!
Care to share any cat cuties of your own?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009
My orthopedic appointment is Thursday afternoon. Joe is taking me in case the parking lot and hospital hallways are too much for me. I have a list of questions, including some about physical therapy, so I can learn when the pain should stop me and when I should work through it. He's going to look at my MRI also, concerning my hip and leg pain.
Hoever, I received a letter from my personal Dr. on Saturday, regarding my MRI. It shows I have a "small cyst on my right kidney" and should call for an appointment for a renal ultrasound. I'm going to do that ASAP. I have no symptoms that could be related to that at all. I'll call today and make that appointment. Don't you just love surprises? The MRI was for my back and hip. I guess my kidney felt slighted, lol.
I've been on an aggressive stretching and strength training program - aggressive for ME, wimpy for normal folks. But it does feel good even though it hurts, too.
I've decided that no matter what, I'm going to move. The workout I've selected from Sparks is 55 min. long, but it takes me most of the day to get it in. No matter, at least I'm moving.
I went to Joe's house yesterday and got on his treadmill. Solid even ground, and I don't have to worry about getting home once I wear out or the pain becomes too bad. I also have a lot of muscle fatigue in my right leg and hip, which is a very uncomfortable feeling.
So, I walked, slowly, for 4.5 minutes. Got off and stretched my leg and hip as best I could and got back on. Then I walked another 2 minutes and knew that was enough.
You can see how bad off I am, even though I look fine and healthy! To think I used to do an hour long step aerobics class twice a week and walk 4 miles a day up and down some pretty steep hills.
And yet, I'm feeling better. More hopeful and optimistic. Life is good and I'm always thankful for that.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
A few years ago I belonged to another on-line community and now and then I would write a blog about safety for women. Just little things women should do to stay safe in the world. It was before I retired and I got most of my safety tips from inmates I interviewed in the county jail, which was part of my job at the time. I just took their tale of the crime and worked it backwards to see how the victim could have prevented it.
This comes to mind now because a friend of mine called me yesterday and told me her wallet had been stolen at the grocery store. Of course it contained her Drivers’ License, her Social Security card, credit cards, $150 in cash and her checkbook! We women keep our lives in our handbags.
You can only feel sorrow for someone in her situation, knowing the worry she’ll have while she sorts out all she must do to protect herself, now that someone has all her pertinent information.
At the same time, I also feel such frustration at her carelessness! She had decided not to carry her rather large handbag to the store, so she only took her wallet. Do women ever have a pocket in which they can place a wallet that holds all those things? Nope. So what did she do with it while she was in the store? She left it in her cart!!
A year ago we were shopping together in a nice department store and she was at the counter writing a check for her purchase, when something about four feet away on the long counter caught her eye. She left her purse, her checkbook open, and walked down the counter to look at the object. I told her then that anyone could grab her belongings in half a second and that she should never, NEVER, let go of her purse or anything else that belonged to her in a public place! You can only wonder how many times she did that with no ill results. Not yesterday. Yesterday all the ill results caught up with her.
To make matters worse, the thief had Sunday and Labor Day, when the banks were closed, to have fun with her checkbook. She’s going to the bank today to close that account. Of course, she’ll have to change the 3 monthly direct deposits that go into that account, as well as all the automatic debits coming out of that account that pay her bills each month.
How many times have you noticed women doing just what she did? I saw a woman lay a hundred dollar bill on top of her handbag when she was at the counter waiting for the clerk to ring up her bill. She left the counter to look a something else with a dozen people milling around a very busy store. Anyone of them could have pocketed her money in a flash.
And don’t you see women at the store all the time, with their handbags in the grocery cart which they leave parked in the middle of the aisle while they walk up and down picking up items?
You need a purse with a handle and that handle needs to be in your hand, over your arm or over your shoulder. Your purse always needs to be closed - not gaping open where it’s too easy for someone to remove an item without you even noticing. Wearing a fanny pack with your valuables in it is also a good idea and probably the safest.
When you are in a restaurant, don’t leave your purse sitting on the chair or bench while you go to the ladies room. Hand it to someone who is with you and ask them to HOLD it, or take it with you and keep your hands on it the entire time.
Another mistake women often make is in getting in the car, leaving their purse in their cart or sitting on top of the car while they put their purchases in the car. Also, LOCK YOUR CAR DOOR before you even get in the car! How often do you hear that someone was abducted and raped when someone got in the car with them in a parking lot. Why wasn’t their door locked as they were getting in the car? Keep your car doors locked ALL THE TIME!
The sad truth is we have to be AWARE all the time, take precautions all the time, and assume all the time that someone is lurking who can do us harm. Use your head and stay focused when you are out in public! Thieves certainly do.
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