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It's only 8:00 p.m. and I'm Dead Tired!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Wow! What a day! Yesterday I get a call from the Rental Management company and they tell me they have a tenant for my rental. Only problem is, they don't like the wallpaper on one wall of the kitchen, and carried over on one wall in the Office. Hmmmmm! It was expensive, and took "hours" to put up, however the color is a mixture of deep red shades -- while I like it, not everyone shares my taste, and some would rather have the boring TAN shades that go with anything and everything. Of course I'll probably never live there again myself, and I can't pass up a tenant -- after all, an empty rental costs you money!

So I agree to go over and do what I can. Well, I have never tried to remove the "illusions" wallpaper they were referring to -- I know it's a pain to put up, but let me tell you -- it's a bigger pain to REMOVE! I was over there for 7 hours and have not quite finished one wall. So back again tomorrow to finish it up and tackle the other wall. They want to move in Monday, so I don't have time to mess around. They even wanted the border removed from the bathroom. It is "tan" so I suppose they love the color -- but......I have a border about half way up of and very light pink roses. I thought it looked beautiful. Oh well, they are the ones paying the rent -- and the customer is always right.

I'm the lucky one though as I called DH about 6:15 and asked how he and Luci (the new cat) was doing. He said they were preparing dinner and as soon as they knew what time it would be all ready for me. So I told them I'd leave at 6:45 and would arrive home about 7:15 -- I was sooooo glad that dinner was all ready! Steak, baked potato, and sliced tomatoes -- and due to a very tired back, I poured myself a glass of wine too! Ahh!

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LISAN0415 12/2/2012 12:45PM

    It's only noon here, and I want a nap!

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-VIXEN- 12/2/2012 12:32PM

    I have tackled wallpaper removal and feel for ya. Glad you got to end the day in such a lovely fashion. :)

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/2/2012 7:57AM

    Sorry I couldn't come help but glad you got it rented hope they are nice people and stay awhile - enjoy your glad of wine emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 12/2/2012 6:15AM

    Oh my ... what a major project and so little time. I wish I could help you! Hope all goes well.


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UNICORN212 12/2/2012 12:57AM

    I think I would have told them it was OK for them to remove it. :) Do you think that it would have been a deal breaker?

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ARTJAC 12/1/2012 11:13PM


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DALID414 12/1/2012 10:48PM

    Yes, wall paper is tough work! Hope you finish up tomorrow.

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INNER_PEACE 12/1/2012 10:21PM

    I know you're all busy, but I really envy the bustle! :) Hope you give yourself enough sleep and enough relaxation for tomorrow. :)

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One Day Left of November

Thursday, November 29, 2012

emoticon Soon we will start another month. Where did this one go? But I have those same thoughts at the end of each month, the older you get the faster time moves. In retrospect it makes you wonder how much exercise did you do, what did you eat, have you made the right choices, or did you turn a blind eye and gulp down food you knew was unhealthy. The scale usually determines how your month went. It's like Santa Claus knowing if you were a "good" girl or a "bad" girl.

Let's see, I started off the month fairly well, although Nov. 1st is DH's birthday. That always means eating out or eating something we don't normally allow ourselves. Then just three days after clearing that obstacle, we left for a 2 week vacation in parts of Mexico. Everyone knows how delicious and fattening those tortilla's are. But at the same time eating the American burger isn't exactly at the top of my healthy food list either. On the plus side, we were walking each and every day. On the down side we also seemed to spend hours on a bus every day.

The results of the vacation, regardless of walking, gave me a 2.6 pound gain. Some of it came off rather quickly, but still didn't put me as low as Nov. 1st. And wham -- Thanksgiving was upon us. Luckily my daughter is on a big health kick since she started dating a doctor (whew) so Thanksgiving didn't cause a weight gain -- in fact, when I weighed in after getting back to our own home I was down about a half pound.

And the most exciting thing that's happened in November (for us) was adopting a female cat. She is taking up a lot of my attention, we're trying to give her all the love and attention she deserves, all the while making sure that Amber (my dog) doesn't feel left out. In fact, talking about Amber reminds me -- it's time to go for a nice long walk with her.

Have a good end of the month -- and rush right into December. We've nothing to be afraid of except ourselves!

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LYNETTEMOM 12/1/2012 5:54PM

    every day is a new beginning!

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DALID414 11/30/2012 11:56PM

    I'm ready for December, goal weight month emoticon

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CATLADY52 11/30/2012 2:57PM

    You'll be fine for December. Between Amber and Luci there will be many walks and ply. Have you thought about training Luci to wear a harness and then walking the two? I had never thought about walking a cat until about ten years ago when I cae across a woman walking her cat. emoticon emoticon

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1MANKNEY 11/30/2012 11:47AM

    If you can lose weight with the vacation and Thanksgiving challenge, you can do it anytime! Good for you! Good luck with the Christmas /New Years weight gaining season. I'm sure you are up for it! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/30/2012 8:03AM

    will be up a little end of Nov I think but going to keep trying
hope Dec I can just stay the same

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ARTJAC 11/30/2012 3:22AM

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TAZINITE 11/29/2012 9:03PM

    Life is good.

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KIMPY225 11/29/2012 1:04PM

    awww I am glad you got a kitty.
I hope you have a great rest of the month!!

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LUCI is the winner!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So far I haven't gotten DH to take pictures of Luci, our new "adult" female cat. I know, we said we wanted a "kitten" -- we said....., but what difference does it make what "we said," because the bottom line is: "this is what we got."

I found all of these different cats on the Internet to show you what LUCI looks like. None of them is actually her. Here's her story:
Husband says: "do you want to go for a ride?"
Me: "Where are you going?"
DH: "To buy stuff for a kitty - some of the stuff she'll need."
Me: "OK, I'll go along."
We arrive at Petco. We go straight to the cats up for adoption. One is white - no! One is black, cute, but he's a male. One is gray, but long hair, again no. But up in the right hand corner is an adult female, with just the coloring DH wants. She comes over to us and rubs against us. She is 3 years old -- DH says that OK with him (what?) and I agreed she is nice. I get to hold her. She is a bit wary of coming out of the cage, but softens up a bit as I talk to her. Perhaps she has not had a very trusting life. Bottom line -- she goes home with us, and although I read the warning of keeping her away from other pets for 10 days (!! how could I do that?) she meets Amber within the first 10 minutes. She gets on the first story above where she will sleep, and eventually I scoot her into the office, where we set up all her "stuff." She didn't mind the ride, and I thought it would be good to confine her to one room for awhile, she can explore during the day.

So far she is content to wrap herself around our legs, stare at Amber and let her know that SHE is the Boss. Amber accepts that. lol

More pictures will follow of the "real" Luci. She is sweet and will turn into a loving cat. If Amber gets too close, she puts her paw on top of Amber's head.

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DALID414 12/1/2012 7:20PM


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HEYITSJUDED 11/30/2012 10:37PM

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family! I hope she adjusts well and knows how safe and loved she is! Our cat {Binky} is 13 years old and still puts our dog {Zeus} who is only 5 years old in his place! Zeus tries but Binky is still faster and bigger, lol! It does provide us with hours of entertainment!

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LIS193 11/29/2012 3:07PM

    Happy new kitty. She sounds adorable and will run rings around Amber :) Dogs know their place with cats. We used to have a cat named Lucy when the kids were little, same coloring too.

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STARLIGHT615 11/29/2012 8:45AM

    AWEEEE I am so happy for you and Luci! I want to get another kitty but hubby has allergies so one is good for now ;)

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/29/2012 7:43AM

    emoticon love the name Luci and can't wait to see the real picture of her soon but the ones you have here look just like my daughter Leah's cat and they call here Lily real name is Tiger Lily
so have fun with her

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ROEANDGO 11/29/2012 1:21AM

    Congratulations!! Awww...I love stories like this!! So many of the "older" pets get passed over and I'm glad Luci found a forever home!!

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CATLADY52 11/28/2012 7:05PM

    She must be a good cat if she's already telling Amber who's boss. Pictures will be greatly appreciated. That's assuming she not camera-shy, or in Witness Protection.
emoticon. I had a cat who was camera shy once. Could only get pictures of his tail disappearing around a corner. emoticon

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ARTJAC 11/28/2012 7:02PM


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ALICIA214 11/28/2012 6:21PM

When I was looking for another dog I wanted a puppy... then I saw Chica on site and I
really loved her on sight [ her pic is on my page} she was 11 months old, and looking
back I thought...... I did not have to potty train her..... and she is a treasure When we went to pick her up we were told she was 2 hours away from being put down...I was
horrified it seems she was in some small shelter and the owner did not observe the No Kill policy that the SPCA does .. good thing one of the employees decided to get the
pup out of there, she had been in the pound for a week when I saw her... and the rest as they say is history. Looking forward to seeing pics of your fur baby. emoticon

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1MANKNEY 11/28/2012 2:14PM

    looking forward to seeing the real cat! I hope she is a talker. I like the noises that seem like they are talking back to you. Also like the purr!


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AMALIA8 11/28/2012 1:29PM

    YAY! So glad to hear you got your cat! I don't think it matters at all if it's a kitten or not! Enjoy Luci! Keep up the great work as well!

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The Glories & Glooms of Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Who doesn't enjoy the glamour and excitement associated with "Holidays." Doesn't matter if your favorite if the picnics/BBQ for the 4th of July, Trick or Treating with the kids on Spook Night (Halloween), the gathering of friends/family for Thanksgiving or the very real hustle and bustle of Christmas.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So regardless of what season your favorite "holiday" falls in, you've got to admit you have a love/hate relationship with it.

Why do I say a love/hate relationship? Let's look at the facts:
1. You tend to over-eat, especially on foods ranging in the rich category, like fat/sugar!
2. You tend to skip the usual exercise routine (cuz you are "too full.")
3. On the love side -- if it's birthday or Christmas you receive gifts, who doesn't love that?
4. Also on the love side -- it's a chance to visit with friends/family.
5. Of course the above could also fall on the hate side -- you have to invite Aunt Jenny even though she bores everyone to tears with her stories of "when she was young." And don't forget the younger brother who always embarrasses everyone by drinking too much.

You see how the scenario goes. But the other day I was reading a blog by my friend, Lis and it really made sense to me. When you're invited to a party, or pot luck, or just a big dinner, these tactics can apply. First size up all the goodies you see on the table. If there is an endless variety just choose 5 or 6 things you "must" try -- and take a very, very small portion of each. If you do really good with this, you can reward yourself by having a bite or two of dessert. If you don't follow your own choices, you'd better skip the dessert. (I know from experience)

But when all is said and done, even the most health-conscious usually find that we have gained a pound or two, or perhaps only maintained. It's certainly not the end of the world, and think of how bad it could have been if you'd gone wild! A 10 or 15 pound gain could happen easily. So know in your heart you'll do the best you possibly can. Perhaps the old, proven advice of having a bowl of low-cal soup or something "before" the party would help you out. If you are half-full before you start, your brain my signal you that "I'm full." Don't ignore that.

I know we will hear of the groans come January -- and those few lucky ones who will brag that they actually LOST a pound through it all. After all, what's to keep you from going out for a nice refreshing WALK after breakfast on Christmas. Or for sure do that instead of slumping down on the sofa and soaking up TV, with an eggnog in your hand (very high-cal).

Which will you be? emoticon or emoticon emoticon

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JACK714 12/2/2012 7:22AM

    Well written. I'm hoping for that category of weight loss this year. I'm heading for California in late January and want to have lost as much as possible.

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LYNETTEMOM 12/1/2012 5:52PM

    my biggest downfall is holidays in the sense of vacations. When I got on the scale and found out I was up about seven pounds since I went away, I was unhappy. Down a pound and a half this morning, working hard at being good so I hope to be down to where I was by the new year!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/29/2012 7:40AM

    Holidays are hard but going to try to stay the same during them good luck to you during this time of year

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TAZINITE 11/28/2012 8:11PM

    Christmas is not a big issue for me. As in I don't think I will even put up a tree. Just what I am going through hearing all the people talking about their families. For a short time I am balancing what I really want going into my body. Like I had a carb out day with sweets. However I truely ask myself if I want to beat this or just be at the same place with my body next year.

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1MANKNEY 11/28/2012 2:21PM

    Oh, no, you mentioned the eggnog! I love it, but do you know the number of calories? It is insane! I have had only the samples that are given out at Costco-- about 2 tablespoons each emoticon . I bet even then I have had more calories than I can afford.
I used to have a great recipe for fake eggnog (fairly low in calories) that used a pudding mix to make it thick. Wish I hadn't lost it along with the rest of my cookbooks. At least I still have my mother's recipes, but no fake eggnog.

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DABLUECAT 11/28/2012 1:28PM

    emoticon resisting temptations

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SDLEE514 11/28/2012 1:21PM

    great blog...I i hope to be emoticon but I'll probably end up having a little mix emoticon

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DALID414 11/28/2012 12:29PM

    I'll be emoticon
Great info Eve

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AMALIA8 11/28/2012 11:52AM

    Love it! I hope to be one of those who has lost weight but even maintaining would be good. I don't normally go to parties but I do normally spend time at Mervin's parents place and i never eat right there as I don't like eating their food so I eat out a lot more. However, I don't even know if I can go this year as I may be working. We'll see. Keep up the great work!

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So Many Choices -- and I only want ONE!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

As I've been telling you the last couple of days -- I'm going to adopt a kitty! My husband has had cats all his life, but this will be my first. So I've been spending "hours" cruising through the kittens/cats on Petfinder. Here are some of the ones I've been interested in:

This lovely little girl is named DARO -- but she probably would mind if I renamed her.

HAZEL is full of adventure and the first to try something new. She sounds like a fun girl.

JENELL looks like a Princess -- very regal and aloof. But she's charming.

JESSIE is right at the top of my list right now!

This one is RIPLEY! Look at those gorgeous eyes!

STOMPIE is showing off how cute she is.

Last but not least is TABITHA -- you see my predicament.

Oh! Decisions, decisions -- I wish they were all in one spot, but they aren't. Can't go to meet any of them until Tuesday, and I'm not a patient person!!!!!

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UNICORN212 11/27/2012 11:50PM

    So, did any of them choose you? Keep us posted!

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ROEANDGO 11/27/2012 10:30PM

    What a hard choice!! They are all so adorable!! I say go with your gut....

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/27/2012 5:48AM

    emoticon Happy Cat hunting - love cats but don't want the mess to take care of them if they were out door cats fine but you have fun shopping hope you find the right one and love it all up

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PROT358 11/26/2012 11:33PM

    I have always had cats, and right now I have four (all strays we acquired). I suggest you keep an open mind until you meet them in person. I think the best trait in a cat is an affectionate, loving cat. And if you don't see that in the first meeting, I can tell you from experience that that won't likely change. But how exciting! Too bad you can't keep more than one ;)

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HEYITSJUDED 11/26/2012 9:12PM

    They are adorable! I really like Hazel, Tabitha, and Ripley! They look mischievous! I always tend to pick the feistiest cats though! Good luck and I know which ever one you pick will be well taken care of and loved!

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TAZINITE 11/26/2012 6:04PM

    I just can't help you. Just a note my Tigeer cat who adopted my neighbor now goes by Kit Cat. Kinda close to Ms. Kitty.

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LIS193 11/26/2012 2:01PM

    They all look adorable. Can you get 2 so they have company apart from Amber?
Have you met the kttites in person? A picture is cute but every cat has its own personality and some do better with dogs than others.
Good luck with this hard decision!

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1MANKNEY 11/26/2012 11:24AM

    I prefer the cats that are more vocal and seem to talk to you. I think you will know when you see them which one is the one for you. It will just feel right! Good luck on finding the perfect fit for you. emoticon

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TAZINITE 11/26/2012 9:16AM

    I went to the shelter to look for our missing cats and ended with a little black kitten who had spend most of her childhood there. Her name is Reba. I thought I would change it. However the shelter mom told me why she name her that. She reminded her of the singer. And before I left her shelter mom had to hold her a long time. Well I kept the name. She is 7 months old. My husband who first said no is so happy. And we started keeping our kitties inside now. No losses and more. I am still missing our others. Although I could really adopt a grey and a siamese. Dh says no.

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UNICORN212 11/25/2012 11:48PM

    When you meet them, one will choose you. Have fun, and if you can, get two - they entertain each other (and you) and are not much more work than one!

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MEEZERMOM2 11/25/2012 11:01PM

    From the "crazy cat lady" exciting & one is never enough! No Siamese in your choices? They are the most "dog" like...I haven't been without one for the past 30 years, as that first one captjured my heart...which ever one you choose, enjoy!


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DALID414 11/25/2012 10:48PM

    Pick the youngest of the bunch!! I don't know how else to pick. Put their names on paper and mix them up, then pick one?
Good luck, Eve.

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AMALIA8 11/25/2012 10:19PM

    They are all very cute. I'm not sure how you'll ever choose. You could become a cat lady LOL. Enjoy the decision making and getting to play with them before you decide. Keep up the awesome work!

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DIANER2014 11/25/2012 9:33PM

    They're all adorable! I can imagine it's going to be a hard decision. I know it would be for me.

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/25/2012 8:30PM

    Wow, Eve, you've got your work cut out for you! They all look sweet and beautiful and loving! it's sooo hard. Jessie is adorable and she might be the one for you... but Stompie and Tabitha also look perky and interactive. Then there's Ripley with those eyes! Gosh, I love 'em all! (Sorry, so not helping here!) I think the key for you will be when you go to meet them... that's when you'll see in person which one you really connect with. Also, if Amber is able to go with you, that would be helpful so you can see how they interact. I'm very fortunate with my dog Missy that she loves kitties so when we go to visit my sister, the dog and the cat get along great. Hopefully you can find a cat like that with Amber. Do you have names in mind for the cat you adopt?

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SHERRYGAYL 11/25/2012 7:40PM

    So I see you prefer the grey and white stripe-y kitties emoticon

It is so hard to choose just one little furbaby. Definitely a predicament! They all look so adorable! I'm going to have to go snuggle my kitty now!

Just don't underestimate the power of the bright green eyes!

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-VIXEN- 11/25/2012 7:39PM

    How exciting for you! I have found when it comes to cats, ya just know, and I am sure you will fall in love with the one that is meant for you in an instant. :)

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