Saturday, November 27, 2010
I don't talk about Abbie and Ittel much. That doesn't mean I don't love them, it's just that they are older and don't do a whole lot.
I have had Abbie since I could hold her in the palm of one hand. When I first got her, I had a chihuahua who was chewing up everything. From the time I brought her home, Peaches never chewed up anything again. I would find them on the bed with Peaches (the dog) nursing Abbie (the cat). They played together and kept each other company. Abbie now spends most of her time laying on the kitchen range by the pilot light or sitting beside me when I use the computer or laying on the back of the couch looking out the window. She has a tendency to have a great deal of catitude when she wants her breakfast, she becomes very vocal with strident "Meeeeooooowwws". I have always felt she has 3 words she uses. "Me out" when she thought it was time to go out and torture baby sparrows. "Owwwwww" when the vet does unspeakable things to her and, of course, her all encompassing "Meow".
Ittel is very laid back. "Friends" of mine found her when she was young and decided I was the perfect person to adopt her. She has never learned how to play, but is loving. Since Abbie thinks she is a dog, she and Ittel have never gotten along well which has made for some tense moments. But, for the most part, they tolerate each other. Ittel has one habit that does not endear me to her. She sleeps on the bed with me and when she decides it's time for me to get up and feed her, she gets on my shoulder and purrs loudly in my ear. I never hear her purr any other time of the day! Then she hunts for a hand out from under the covers and licks it avidly or butts her head against it until I get up. I really would like to sleep in sometimes, but Ittel and Daisy dog conspire to make sure I get up and STAY up!
Oh, did I mention I have an allergy to cat and dog dander?
Enjoy your families, human, canine or feline, Sparkies!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
If you’re tired of hearing about people’s vacations, you may want to skip this one!
I had a late evening flight out on a cut rate airline on Wednesday night. I dropped Daisy dog off at the kennel on the way to the airport. My flight went well and landed in Mesa at 10:00 pm. My wonderful brother and sister in law picked me up and took me to their house, 2 hours away.
Thursday we went to Old Scottsdale and I helped them spend money for home décor. Had a marvelous dinner at an Italian restaurant with lots of ambience. Did lots of walking.
Friday was up and off to Tucson to visit with my parents and my brother returned to his home. We went out to dinner at an American restaurant. I won’t bore you with the details of the menu but sweet potato fries are AWESOME! Saturday we went to the gym and I got in my cardio and strength. My 94 year old Dad does light weights, exercycle and 400 leg presses. I tried the leg presses and had to reduce the weight from what he was using!
My “little” sister flew in from Chicago on Saturday evening and we spent a lot of time giggling! Over the years, we have had a few serious disagreements, but the minute we get together everything is wonderful. My Dad put several more bottles of wine in the fridge.
I called to make a reservation on the shuttle to take me to Mesa to fly out on Monday. Because I tend to be a little paranoid about things like this, I repeated where I was to meet the shuttle, the date and the time several times. The reservation clerk repeated the information back to me. And, although the price was higher than I would have liked, I had no choice. Wasn’t going to make Dad drive me to Mesa.
My cell phone rang twice during the night and each time I was not able to get to it in time.
On Sunday, when I turned on my cell phone, there was a strange message from the shuttle company. I called them to find out and it turns out the driver had expected me at 11:40 at night on Saturday instead of 11:40 am on Monday. We got that settled after a few testy remarks on both ends.
My sister forced me to go shopping with her and then she forced me to spend money! It is nice to have a couple of pairs of slacks and a top that actually fit! (Stacy and Clinton would be proud of me!) Pre Thanksgiving sale made them very affordable. If I lose more weight (do you see my fingers crossed), it won’t be a huge monetary loss.
Sunday afternoon, I went to lunch (Mexican, this time) with an old boy friend and his wife. I had not seen him for 52 years, so there was a lot of catching up to do. He found me on Classmates.com and I sent him an e-mail when I found I was going to Tucson where he is living!
Sunday evening sis and I started painting fingernails and toenails. My dad escaped to the bedroom, or he might have had pink toenails! I now have dark purple toenails and glittery pink fingernails, sis had the reverse and stepmom has pretty pink toenails. The wine supply has greatly diminished. And yes, I did track it in my nutrition tracker. I only went over on calories twice and did not gain any weight! Yay, me!
Monday, it was off to meet the shuttle. The driver picked me up and then informed me there would be a $35 surcharge since I was the only passenger. I said, it would have been nice to know that ahead of time. He said the reservation clerk told me (did not!) and that the confirmation e-mail clearly stated that (did not!) . I told him about the mess up on Saturday night, but, either I didn’t explain myself well or he was in denial! Turns out the reservation person was his son and he is the owner of the company. I checked my junk e-mail when I got home and there was no e-mail that said that! He was actually very entertaining on the ride to Mesa and I enjoyed his company, even though it was more expensive than one way of the plane trip. I will rent a car next time and avoid all the confusion of getting me from place to place.
Plane trip home was uneventful, but about an hour late. My pickup was covered with ice, but the roads were clear, so made it home safely.
Both the airports I went through were small (about 6 gates), so there were no x-ray scanners and I was careful to not have anything that would set off a pat down. Just for the record, I have no problem with the scanners, if the make my flight safer, but would not like a pat down.
My Nook worked well for the trip and took up much less room that my usual 3 books.
Next morning, I picked Daisy up at the kennel and that was one happy doggie! As usual, she has laryngitis and obviously has a sore throat! She must bark a lot while she is there, but they take good care of her. Now she has about a month before she goes back.
So Sparkies, it’s what Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home” and Toto and Daisy agree with her!
Have a wonderful weekend and may your travels be as much fun as mine were!
The one sad thing is that a dear Spark friend who left a note on my page before I left can't be found now. Her Spark page is gone. Daisy dog and I miss her and hope she is well and happy!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
"You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
This is the reason for the season! Happy Thanksgiving, Sparkies!
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