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Cats in the Winter

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter is closing in even though it's only November. I feel concerned for my outdoor cat, Pumpkin, who sleeps in an outdoor shed at night that is mildly heated with one of those portable heaters. She seems fine, though, when I go to her in the morning, all curled up in her little bed. So I guess she is adjusting.

Last winter I brought her in the house when the weather turned brutally cold, and she did ok as long as the dogs were not in striking distance. Strangely, they accept Callie (the other cat) in the house but not Pumpkin. Callie spends about half the day outside--we have a large property in the woods so she knows her boundaries--but sleeps in the house at night.

Today it's shopping and later a hair appointment, desperately needed!
My cold is finally winding down, thank heaven.

Next week it's Thanksgiving prep time. Oh joy!

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TERRI289 11/20/2014 1:30PM

    If I knew you were going to kabuki, I would have left your birthday present there!!

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JAROL7 11/20/2014 10:01AM

    Winter is fully in place in Iowa.

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End of Summer Blues and an Update

Friday, September 12, 2014

Today summer officially ends for me as this is the day the pool closes. Always a sad occasion. Molly the lab will be sorry to see it close too, as she loves tearing across the water in pursuit of some floating toy--the closest she'll get to being a retriever!

However, it is a beautiful day with a touch of fall in the air, so time to forget summer's departure and look forward to the chillier future. (Maybe I should move to some perpetually warm climate; then I wouldn't have to worry about unbearable winters.) Who am I kidding? That's not likely to happen.

A routine blood test/urine sample recently revealed a touch of blood in the urine, so I had to have a "culture" done. Am awaiting the results, which should be in a few days.

I finally finished watching all the previous seasons of "24" and purchased the current one, which aired this season. Dynamic show but with lots of violence. The dramatically drawn characters are what holds it together and makes it compelling.

Daughter had her surgery Monday to remove an overactive hyperthyroid gland, a genetic gift from her father that was discovered in some blood work. She was unable to talk without pain as of yesterday; perhaps today will be better.

Now that the pool is closing, I'm thinking about re-joining a health club to take some fitness classes such as zumba and yoga. They even have introduced a step class, which I always liked. We'll see.

Enjoy the invigorating fall!


That Was the Week that Was

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Have been bothered lately by some minor back pain...hope it's not a result of diving off the board. I'd hate to have to give that up.

Mickey (the older dog) is doing fine after having an emergency tooth extraction last week. He was pitifully working his mouth, apparently trying to get rid of the offending tooth, which was already about half dislodged, according to the vet. After the extraction, he was back to normal.

But this morning he did something practically unbelievable--lifted his leg on the cat scratching post! Is he trying to tell me something about having the cat in the house (part of the time)? It's true that Callie (calico cat) sometimes pushes him around. Guess he's getting his revenge, but I sure can't tolerate that!

Looks like a hot humid day upcoming, so I will try to get out to the pool and veg out today.

Yesterday I started watching "24" via Amazon Instant Video. I watched a current episode on TV last week and decided to try to catch up on previous seasons. What a show! I wish now I had been a viewer from the start.

Hope everyone stays protected from those summer thunderstorms. Have a good week.

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Oh, What a Night!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kids arrived last night for an early celebration of the grandson's birthday. After dinner (prepared laboriously by me), daughter, son-in-law and of-age granddaughter decided to catch the late night showing of "Jersey Boys" at the nearby mall.

I have always been a fan of the Four Seasons so the music was the highlight for me. Great songs! It also reminded me of when we went to California in the seventies and while waiting to see a taping of the "Midnight Special" TV show, met Frankie Valli and chatted casually with him. He was so natural and so not full of himself. Nice memory and experience for me and the kids.

Today it's some pool time and then we say goodbye to the visitors until next time.

Beautiful day on tap...enjoy!

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TERRI289 6/22/2014 10:15PM

    Sounded wonderful!

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EVIE4NOW 6/22/2014 9:40AM

  I loved the four seasons. They had some great hits back in the day. Enjoy your time with your family.

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A Freak Incident

Friday, June 20, 2014

Yesterday I awoke to DH's informing me something about broken glass--in my half-asleep state what he was trying to say didn't register; I thought something had happened in the pool area--but he said no, the deck! But when he said "the dogs will bleed" if we don't get it cleaned up, I immediately woke up.

Turns out a storm-related wind had apparently caught the umbrella on our glass-topped patio table and pitched it to the floor of the deck, causing the glass to shatter in about a million pieces.

What a mess! After cleaning up the bulk of the pieces, we were still faced with many that had wedged themselves in between the planks of the wooden floor. Later in the day son and I laboriously picked each fragment out, using tweezers and a screwdriver. Fortunately with two working the job was accomplished in a few hours.

Moral of the story: never get another glass-topped table! I'm planning to resurrect the old wooden picnic table that DH made a few years ago for the old house. I'll clean it up and paint it and not have to worry about glass again!

Beautiful day today--after shopping will try to get some biking and pool time in. Kids coming tomorrow, for grandson's birthday, so will be busy after today.

Oh, and Callie the outside/inside cat was temporarily lost last night--didn't appear at dinner time as usual--until I found her this morning locked in the room above the garage.

At least she was safe!

Happy weekend, all.

P.S. Lost another pound!

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4ANEWME2DAY 6/20/2014 10:19AM

    Thank goodness no one and furbabies were cut by glass.
I'm glad you found Callie. I have outside cats and when one of them doesn't show up for breakfast/supper I get concerned of their whereabouts. They do eventually show up.
Have a great time at your grandson's birthday.
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