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With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
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Good morning, yesterday by this time I had gotten a lot done. This morning my head is killing me and aside from walking Mutt and putting another load of was in the washer, I haven't done a thing except watch the drama on the porch. There are a couple small birds sitting on the porch banister just chirping away. Lola is on the porch looking like she is going to pounce. The birds look like they know Lola doesn't like to jump and doesn't get on the banister. Every once in awhile one of them will fly down and tease her.


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This version of "We Will Rock You" was just the band (trumpets, clarinets, saxophones and a couple of drums). They had a lot of fun -- that's all that counts.

Heading to the big city today -- Costco shopping. I am about the only woman on the face of the earth that doesn't like shopping. At least I'm hoping there are other women out there with the same disdain. The only plus part is that since I do the shopping, hubby does the putting away. That's fair.

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Oh, plants. Orzo thinks the strawberry plants are good and the African violet he used to eat. Now he eats a grass that is downstairs. He sits in the planter next to it (not certain what was in there; I think it was the begonia) and eats the grass. I brought them in to keep them alive over winter, but they died anyway.

We had our last rehearsal last night, so I hope everyone got things going right for the start of the play tomorrow. There was a new person playing Salome so that was rather interesting. She hadn't been to any rehearsals and I think the other person talked her into it yesterday. I keep wandering around all over saying my lines. Drives the furbabies nuts.

We had a nice day today, in the 70s. Hope it will be warm all week. I should have spent more time in the outdoors, but fell asleep this afternoon.

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3/28/15 10:55 A

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"Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning, Grocery shopping Check, mowed the front yard check, sheets in the washer check, time to rest till the sheets need hung out.

Question are you throwing the ball while you mow or are you mowing while you throw the ball. Duke and I have a disagreement about that.

Lola has a very quite purr and I don't think she purrs that often, but then it is hard to tell. Last night she was curled up, pressed up against me and I woke up to something vibrating. When I was fully awake I realized it was Lola. She was purring away, that soft purr you have to really listen to hear, but her whole body was vibrating against my chest.

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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
– Virginia Satir

My cats normally live 18 to 20 years. I found the cutest 3 month old kitten that was living under a neighbors house with her feral mother. When she was 5, she was fine when I left for work and dead when I got home. The vet says that isn't uncommon with ferals. They just don't live as long. She said at least I gave her a few years more then she would have had and they were much better years then she would have had under that house.

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Catnurse, the song We Will Rock you was meant to be fun. Don't think I've ever heard it sung "straight" except for Queen. (I realize that sounds strange) It is meant to be a free wheeling fun fest.
Remember everyone with new cats. They cannot go outside for first 3 weeks anyway because their GPS is not sinc ed yet. They run away and get lost. When we rehome ferals to a farm, they must be kept crated for 3 wks so that they know they will be fed and cared for at that place. Outside cats live an average of 2 yrs whereas an indoor cat it's 15 -20 yrs.
My Chrisy has never chewed on strange things, though I do keep plants away from her. Garfy is another story unto his self. emoticon

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Lucy is okay. She had blood work done Tuesday prior to taking her chemo pills Wednesday. One of her kidney values was just over the high side of normal, so I took her in yesterday for a urinalysis to check for a UTI (she's had them before while going through chemo). She doesn't have an infection, so we now have to monitor her kidneys monthly to make sure they aren't starting to fail. I don't think so, but we'll keep checking.

Went to my youngest daughter's concert and it went very well. The last song the band played (We Will Rock You by Queen) got a little off-key, but hey, they're first-year musicians and they were having fun. That's what it's all about. They also played the banana boat song and three others. The choir (which she is also in) sang Fireflies, Blackbird, and I Want You Back/ABC. When their director told them they were singing Fireflies and started explaining the song, the whole choir (about fifty kids) belted out the song. They knew every word, so it made for easy learning. He was impressed. Now they have a break for a few weeks (no band or choir during state-mandated test weeks). My DD asked if she had to practice the trumpet. It was so tempting to say no, but of course I said yes. I apologized to the cats.

And speaking of cats, there is a ruckus starting. Better stop it as I go off to check the other pooches. Happy Friday, everyone! Stay warm (ha, ha!).

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I have my fresh washed clothes that I am wearing for the play in a bag that pulls closed with cords and I don't think any of Orzo's hair and (that other stuff - forgot word just now) can get in it. I also washed off the outside of the bag. The lady that is allergic is also changing somewhere else from where the rest of the women are changing.

Orzo is also an inside cat, for the same reasons, mainly. We have foxes, coyotes, and 'coons here in the city (fox den is under my patio) and they like cat. We also have a lot of rabbits to keep the other wild animals around. I don't know where they came from. We hadn't had them for a long time, then the foxes moved in at the water treatment plant, then maybe the 'coon, then the coyotes. I haven't seen the 'coons for a while, but had one on my driveway one time. It is illegal to move any of these animals, so if one builds a den in your yard they either stay there or they are killed. So I have left the foxes alone other than put a fence most of the way around the den opening to keep Cassie out of there. I think they abandoned the den when I did that.

We had our first dress rehearsal tonight and I got through it with no problem. Just hope I can keep that up. The guy from South Africa was there, but didn't practice tonight. There was also one other guy who is from South America, I think, who will play Jesus for part of the night the first two nights. There is a guy from the Spanish cast who is playing one of the Romans. Anyway, I am pretty happy with how things went.

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3/26/15 7:52 P

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"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hair is just a way of life here. We don't even own a dryer. Lola sheds like crazy, I don't think there is any way I'll get the blanket on the guest bed.

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Fancy, thanks for sharing the tip about how to remove the most hair from things. I find that dryer sheets help to remove the static and helps hair release, but I never heard about the dryer twice technique.

If you are worried about allergy, it's not the hair that triggers it, it's the dander. Every time your cats lick themselves they are putting allergens into their fur, and eventually that flakes off like dust. People who have allergies are often encouraged to wash their cats once a week, and get rid of carpets. I used to clean houses, and one of my clients was very allergic but refused to get rid of her 3 cats.

I'd suggest wrapping your freshly washed clothes in plastic until you're ready to wear them. That will keep the allergens to a minimum.

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Today is a better day. Still not quite well though, and I'm off my workout routine. But keeping calories down to my limit and trying not to go over. It's hard if you're home all day not to snack, but at least it's been healthy grazing.

My main worry is not that the new princess will chew things (I am pretty sure she will), but that she will chew things that harm or kill her. The paints I use contain cadmium and cobalt. Electricity in the cords, of course.

But I would not like to lose the computer cords. I looked online for cord covers, and the ones that look easy to install and are pleasing in appearance are very expensive. Was glad to find corrugated industrial tubes that are split for that purpose and are very cheap. I am not sure how easy it will be to muscle the cords into the smaller ones for lamps and such, but the larger ones look fairly easy. I might invest in a large wooden box to keep my brushes in. Or maybe a tall terrarium. I like to see them. They stand up in a nice earthenware container right now, but that might prove too tempting if she gets up on there. Most things could be replaced easily, but I just bought some new sable brushes that were quite pricey, and I might even cry if I found them chewed to bits. I love using them so much.

I think I don't have any problem with feral cats, because I'm used to being outdoors and in the woods. Feral doesn't have that much meaning to me. I don't think that animals have to be my friend or cuddle with me. I love watching them, and really enjoy it when they are curious about me. I can help socialize cats, but that's for a purpose - their freedom in their own home rather than staying in a shelter.

We will be keeping the new cat indoors, or a screened in porch built for them and us (this I will have to do in the next month), but that's because this area is getting more wild animals. We love the chipmunks and birds that visit us and live in the garden, and she would of course want to bite them. And the bigger ones might like to bite her. This is a densely populated suburban area, so there's not a lot of room for them. Our yard has a lot of trees, bushes and plants designed to feed them, so I didn't realize it when I thought about what to plant, but I may have made the problem worse. The animals like to come in for a nosh. So I guess we'll keep them separate.

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Fancy, Orzo sounds like my rascal Garfy. He won't make the noise in the am, he torments Chrisy until she yells for help. He also attacks her (not injuring) when I take a shower. If I don't feed him on "time" am or pm he gets into some kind of mischief that he knows will worry me. Biting a cardboard box. (afraid he will loose a tooth) jump on a kitchen counter or the stove. He seems to think up new things daily.
People do not know ferals very well. Chrisy is the sweetest cat I have ever owned (who owned me). She still won't let you pick her up without howling, but she is a lap cat and a snuggle bug. Right now she is again in front of my computer screen waiting for her love-loves. emoticon PS he also eats up my beloved crossword puzzle books.

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Gee, you get rid of snow storms early. Ours go into mid-May most of the time. They say not to plant before May 15. The year we went to Hawaii we came home on June 2 and were told there were 2 inches of snow in Denver that morning. It was gone by the time we got home. It makes it sound like we have terrible winters here, which we don't. We usually get more of the snow during March and April. Some years it gets snowy all winter, but that isn't often.

Orzo got mad at me again this morning. Had my Bible in the room because I looked something up, so when he couldn't get me up and I got after him for clawing the drapes he started to chew on that, then on my shoes. Then he got up on the bed and started to chew on the other drapery. That was going on before 8.

I have been washing clothes all day. With the lady who is closest to me in the play allergic to cats I am trying to get all Orzo's hair out of the clothes I will wear when in costume. They will be covered, but I don't know how much that will help. I found a site that told to get the hair out of things run them through the dryer first, then wash, then dry. It seems to have helped quite a bit. The shorts and capris have been in drawers and hanging in the closet, so I think they are okay.

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(Posting a generic note until I have more time – it’s 1am and the alarm goes off in six hours and I’m still about an hour away from bedtime)

Not really a lazy day, but compared to yesterday, it was pretty tame. I took youngest DD to school and fed the dogs. There were a lot of sunflower seeds left, so I'm assuming that the pine grosbeaks are heading north now. We're hoping they will find us when we move to the house. I told hubby that it's a good thing for the birds' sakes that we didn't move in earlier so they wouldn't lose their winter feed. We do have quite a few birds up at the house. Probably because we're about the only lot left with trees.

Hubby worked on taxes as much as he could -- he's waiting for me to go to the library and pick up an instruction book that he didn't think he would need. I made cookies for DD's concert tomorrow -- sugar cookies with purple white chocolate drizzle (their school colors are purple and white). And I cooked turkey chubs for the dogs. Hubby watched King of California with Michael Douglas. It's a very good movie. I also walked up to the house and took pictures of the new TV and sound equipment. It's huge in my opinion. Yesterday hubby said when the installer was doing a sound check, it was really loud and echoed a little. But that's also because there is no furniture to help absorb the sound. Hopefully it will change when we move in. I did turn the TV on and off, but was too chicken to try anything else.

Tomorrow will be a little busier. I take DD early for choir, feed the dogs, and go run errands while DS's tutor is here. We have to take Lucy to the vet for a urine check (one of her kidney levels is elevated and they want to check for an infection), go to the court house and turn in oldest DD's guardianship papers, go to the post office, library, and Fred Meyer. I think there were six places, but I can't remember the last one. Oh, Animal Supply Warehouse -- how could I forget that one? Then we come home so hubby can take DS out before I pick up DD, and we have to eat dinner early as DD has her spring choir and band concert (she plays the trumpet, much to the cats’ dismay.

When I was checking the weather here, it was 48 degrees. We're still warmer than parts of the lower 48 which is crazy. We're seeing more and more motorcycles and "summer cars" (convertibles and sports cars) now. For their sakes, I hope we are done with winter and don't get a late snow. One year we got snow on oldest DS's birthday (April 25th). I think that was the latest date since we've been here.

Off to the dogs. Have to take a shower so I don't offend anyone at the concert. Happy Thursday, everyone!


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I actually got a pair of the sandals I was looking at today. Last night I noticed that Penney's had a coupon on their website that hadn't been there before, so it was a good thing that I didn't feel like going after them yesterday. The ticket was for $10 off of anything over $25, so I got over 50% off, I think, with the sale and the coupon. Great deal, I think.

Looking at what you are kitten proofing reminds me of what Orzo gets into. He chews all boxes and paper bags he can, purses and shoes. Then he will use the box my canvases are in as a scratching post. The electric cords he leaves pretty much alone except for when I'm on the computer. Then he will start to chew on the cords to the computer. I don't think I can stop him from doing those things. He is a 7-year-old.

While Orzo is a really sweet boy, he does get vindictive if I don't do what he wants, when he wants. Or if he gets told he can't eat off my plate, when he will promptly go chew on my purse. This morning I didn't get up as early as he wanted me to so he started clawing on the drapery. When I got him off of that he went after something in the corner of the room. After that he ran up and down the hall yowling. Now how is someone suppose to get a good night's sleep when that is going on?

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It's been frantically busy lately. I agree, feral cats will respond well to people who respect them and their individual ways. The people saying it's impossible are probably also the people who think cats can't love. All nonsense, and says a lot more about them than cats' abilities. I also agree about Trader Joe's foods. Circe was very renally compromised, and she did quite well on that for awhile. A good quality of food for a decent price. Fancy, have you considered gluing fabric over your sandals, or tried an indelible pen? The sandals don't have to be perfect if you're on stage since you're probably a distance from even the front row. If you go the glue route, rough the surface up a little to help it stick and make sure you get a slightly flexible glue. You could even glue the fabric to itself to avoid ruining the sandals. Oh, or you could use duct tape to cover the white! That sticks to everything! Hope you see this soon.

Not losing weight lately, but I'm in better shape and eating better. That's got to count for something. Maybe the weight will come off if I just stick to it. I just keep hoping, but it can be hard sometimes. I'm a little down right now, I guess.

Kitten arrival date is around April 25... Can't wait, but also a little nervous. Not used to kittens right now. Everything will have to be kitten proofed. I don't know what she will take a liking to chewing on! Paper? My favorite brushes? Electrical cords? I suppose it will be easier since I paint with acrylics, as I also use palette paper that can just be thrown into the trash when I'm finished. So there's nothing sitting out for her to get into. But everything that could be damaged by little sharp kitty teeth will probably need to come off the floor or be in a protective cover until I know better about what she is drawn to. Got cord covers and power strip boxes. I feel like we are getting an infant. Thank god they grow up a little faster than humans.




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I read something yesterday about Feral cats versus stray cats. According to that article the strays will come to people eventually and feral cats won't. Well, I got news for them, even if I haven't had any of them. My friend had 7 or 9 for a while and only one may have been other than feral. That was Baby, who one of his cats brought home as a kitten. All the others were born and grew up near where he worked. He fed them there until they got use to him enough to catch and take home. Most of them became really tame.

Orzo is one of those that will follow a person around all over the place. If I am gone for several hours he won't leave me alone and has to be in my lap, too. I can go somewhere in the house if he is asleep somewhere other than my lap, but otherwise he is right there with me.

Catnurse, your days really sound busy. I've had a lazy day today after running around trying to find sandals yesterday. I think I have actually found a couple pairs that are okay for the play and will get one of them tomorrow. Just don't feel like going back today.

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Catnurse, the kitties come to you because they sense you are where the love is. Give her a little time she will come to you. Her love of your other kitty will help. I think Garfy was mistreated while outside or maybe with his other people. He is skittish around people. When living with my son, he never came to him or others in all those months.. . My once feral Chrisy is now sitting on my desk expecting her "love-love" so they do change. emoticon

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Lola must have been in h____ at the pound. She has turned into a diva. She only cleans herself in the back bedroom, in the corner where no one can see her. My computer is in that room and If I'm in the room, she will only do things like wash her face. She can run, I've seen her, but for the most part she walks very daintily around. When she is eating, again she wants her privacy, only behind the doggy gate and only if no one, but me, is watching. She has 2 litter boxes. She uses the one that is the most private at that time. If you scratch her behind the eats you can pet her, but other then that, she likes to sit near people, but not in the same chair and doesn't want touched.

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Sam, the stray calico we brought in, is hanging around the humans and talking a lot more. I came home from errands and she followed me meowing until I picked her up. I tried to put her down and she digs her claws in and growls. From experience I learned that if I put her down, she'll smack me. So I have to wait until she gives me permission. Good thing she's cute.

We have another new stray hanging around. Still very skittish and runs away if you look at her. I say her because this one is a short-haired calico (Sam is long-haired and I suspect some Maine Coon in her). She sits on the bench under the picture window and swats at Linus who is madly in love with her. The one thing we are hoping for is that she is spayed because there are a couple unneutered males around. Something we really don't need is a litter of kittens from a cat that won't come near us.

And speaking of cats, time to go check the dogs. Tomorrow is a busy day with taking one child to school, another to training, having the sound guys come finish working at the house, picking up from training, taking Lucy to the vet for a blood draw, running some errands, picking up from school, cooking dinner, cleaning up, and done! Now I'm tired.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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Sounds like a good day Fancy.....
I am at my sisters house in Missouri this week and having a fun time.
We do lots of walking and taking pictures.

My wonderful neighbors across the street will take care of KoKo and CeCe. She was their first "mommie" because her cat is their mommy.
She comes over each evening I am gone and spends some time with them and takes care of their needs.
They really like her so I don't worry to much about being gone from them. But it does make me feel good when I get home because for a couple of days they don't let me out of their site!!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I got out to see Fancy yesterday after church. Was so happy about that. I hadn't been able to get out there since October or so because no money for gas. She looks a mess and I didn't help matters much trying to get the mats off her. Instead of fur around 1 inch long her cushings causes fur about 3 inches long, so it mats terribly when it is shedding season. I was cutting them off with scissors. I did get some worked out with my fingers, but will have to bathe her and then use clippers to get her halfway smoothed.

We got home pretty late (Cassie was with me) and Orzo was not too happy about that. He just kept following me around meowing for more than a half hour after I got home. And some researcher said cats don't have any feelings for their owners. Hah!

I am trying to find sandals for the play and have to have them by Thursday. Couldn't get the white ones to dye with either my leather dye or shoe polish. And I can't find anything that will work around here. They have all the flip-flops, roman style (new styles), two tone and athletic style and heals or wedges. Nothing suitable for the play.


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I like George Eliot. I got a copy of "Silas Marner" for hubby's birthday. It's one of my favorite classic books.

Spent the day being lazy for the most part. Hubby had to work on one of our rental units which left me to man the fort. I was lazy and watched two episodes of "Blue Bloods" and Big Hero Six. The kids love that movie.

Heading for the dogs. This week we'll supposedly have a couple of days in the 50's. Guess winter is over. Let's hope there aren't any surprise visits in the form of snow.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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Thank you. Much appreciated.

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I am putting your prayer request about your part at the Passion play on my prayer list.

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The only time I've had a cat with other cats (other cats belonged to others) was my first cat at the barn. Friends at the barn and I each got a cat, if I remember correctly. That meant 3 cats. I think Tipsy was there longest. They all got along. It was my dogs that I had problems with. They were littermates and always fighting and Blue would draw blood. But if Venture was sick or hurt in his crate (only if he was sick or hurt) Blue would go over to check on him all the time. I wish I could have convinced them to get along.

We are at our last two practices for the Passion Play this week. Finally got a 2nd time practicing our parts last night after I talked to the director the night before and then Danny came down to talk to him about it and then talked to me about things. I think Danny could tell I was nervous (he is a friend from church and my mechanic). I have problems saying my part after the others who have parts there. So we are working on parts between scenes and I am trying to find some help outside of our practices. I just need as many prayers as I can get for this. The play starts next Sunday.

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We have squabbles, but we've never had any blood shed with the cats (the dogs are another story). They like to sleep together as well, but at the same time the seem to like to stretch out alone. Definitely in the winter there is more "clumping".

Here's Jake and Trudy when Trudy was a kitten almost four years ago:




And here they are, just last month:



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My two cats, KoKo and CeCe are brother and sister.
They have never been away from each other. They are now three and half years old.
They fight sometimes like brother and sisters do and get pretty disgusted, but never really mean fights.
The next thing I know they are laying together!!

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"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
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It is raining and has been all day. Mutt thinks this mean you sleep in the middle of the living room floor with your head on the dog bed. Duke thinks this means you run though puddles chasing raindrops that suddenly disappear when he grabs them. Then there is Lola, she is telling me in no uncertain terms that I need to make the rain go away.

Unless I have gotten 2 cats that were housed in the same cage at the pound, I have never had them get along. I have gotten to the point where if a cat finds me and there is no room mate. I only get that cat. If there is a room mate I get both.

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Neeloj, wish my kitties were as sweet with each other as yours. How adorable!! emoticon

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We had cooler weather yesterday, but it wasn't bad. I still did a little bit of cleaning out flower beds. Today was warmer, but tomorrow is supposed to bring rain. Might be headed your way, Jo.

Last night Orzo was so cute. He was laying on my arm and reached down and wrapped his paw over my thumb and pulled it closer to him. Not using claws; he had my thumb stuck in the middle of his pad. Now he is giving me kisses on my cheek.

Got my glasses today so I was able to get out and get some things. Got the tea I can't ever find close to home -- 3 boxes so it will last a little while. Got Orzo a can of food from Trader Joe's that didn't cost any more than some at the regular grocery and the same with a can for Cassie and got Cassie some treats. It was nice to get out a little.

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Oh my! It is so cool today!! It has been such wonderful weather the last couple of weeks!
So KoKo, CeCe and I are inside cuddling up!!!


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Good morning, a warm one, makes me wonder what summer is going to be like. It can't last long. Normally we have one last cold blast the week after Easter, well sometimes the week before Easter.

I read because I enjoy it. Since 99% of my books are free, I get the books from new authors trying to get known, books that are on the downslide or books where the author wants there to be reviews already up when the book is released. So I'm either reading books the general public never heard of or before they hear of them. No boasting here

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Rise is actually a boy (very much so). And yes, Alaska is confused in the weather department. Yesterday it got up to 48 degrees on our back deck. And right now it's still 31 degrees. I'm still bundled up like a lost hiker in Antarctica, and the rest of the city is half naked. My daughter has been complaining that their school is way too hot. They have the thermostats set in the classrooms at 76 degrees. And they're locked so the teachers can't change it. So my daughter's teacher opened the windows. That's effecient.

I'm gonna try to add another picture tomorrow, but as for now it's to check on the dogs. I hope to get a couple hours of sleep.

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Catnurse, love the pics. Brother and sis looking at each other is adorable.

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Nice pictures.

It sounds like Alaska weather gets confused like here in CO. It starts to warm up back in the east and then starts snowing here. Lots of times we have colder weather here than you have in Alaska, but we have warmer than you now. In fact I just got back inside because it was actually nice enough to sit outside today.

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We are actually getting snow! Darn weather people said Monday, and I walk outside to feed the dogs and there's white stuff falling from the sky. Just a dusting, but enough to cover the frozen dog piles that I can't pick up. Supposed to get up to 28 degrees today, but it's not moving very fast (it's only 8 degrees right now). The rest of the week is supposed to be a heat wave -- over 40 degrees -- but I'm not holding my breath.

When I went to feed the dogs, I also put out seed for the birds and food and water for the stray cats. This morning I go on the back deck and I hear a meow. I look at the windows, but there's no cat there. Then I notice that Rise (short for Sunrise), the orange and white kitty, is sitting next to the sliding glass door. We suspect he is Linus' brother, but we haven't been able to catch him yet. I gave him the food, and he ended up eating both cats I usually put out, plus a third, some cat treats and dry food. He has those great "manly" jowls, and plenty of war wounds. I've seen him catch mice as well, so he's definitely not starving. I wish he'd show up during the week so we can get him to the vet and get him neutered. The other night we saw him following a short-haired calico, and the first thing hubby said was, "No kittens!" He said that about the puppies, too.

Off to start Sunday supper. The one indulgent meal that I don't count calories on. But tonight I'm gonna make a chicken salad, I think. I've got some lemon shallot dressing I need to use up. I don't think the kids will eat a shrimp salad, but maybe if the shrimp is separate they will. Youngest daughter is at the stage where her different foods can't be toughing each other on the place. Very frustrating.

Back to school tomorrow. YEA! Have a science project to haul in. Daughter didn't do it exactly as the outline stated, but she did it on her own, so more power to her. This is a fifth grade project, and she said she didn't want it picked to go to the state science fair because that would mean missing school and such. She just wanted to get it done and she doesn't care about the grade at this point. Sounds a lot like her mother.....

Here's a picture of Rise being watched by brother Linus and another of a male pine grosbeak (there were 23 grosbeaks that showed up for breakfast this morning).




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Adrienne, that trip to Hawaii sounds wonderful. I went there once with my folks -- a tour they were on with a group they were in. Really enjoyed it. Have a lot of fun there.

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Guess I'm a lot different on FB than you all are. I didn't get on there for a long time, but was losing contact with people because they didn't go into their email anymore, just FB. So I joined and now can find out what is going on with my extended family and friends. Also have some friends I don't really know personally, but we have common interests (mostly those are Cattle Dog owners). I have had a few friend requests where I have no idea who the people are. I just don't accept those. One is someone from my high school who I have no idea who she is and didn't have friends there anyway.

I got that Ark Naturals Plaque Buster for the dog and cat. Just put some in the water and though it says no taste, no odor, Cassie won't touch the water and she is a big drinker. Actually, neither Cassie or Orzo are drinking much the last couple days which I don't understand. They both usually drink a lot.

My friend gave me something called Orapup that the dog licks the enzymatic cleaner off of to clean tongue and teeth. That is so much easier than trying to brush Cassie's teeth. She will let me, but it is hard to get the brush to do much with her teeth. She loves the Orapup Lickies. I was wondering a bit ago if they make one for cats. That would be great, especially since Orzo likes to give kisses and has the strong cat food smell all the time. And I don't want his remaining teeth to get bad.

Cassie finally got her bath yesterday. She has been itching so much and I found I had some anti flea, tick and something else shampoo for her. Of course, she acts like I am killing her. I really get stink eye from her. Now I need to wash the blankets and comforter that I have that she lies on in the living room. Hope I can get them to fit in the washer.

MaryAlice, I really like the quotes you share each day. Today's I had to copy because I am always running into people who belittle me. I'd rather be surrounded by more positive people. I have problems being positive since I've been put down so much and I think being with those more positive will help me.

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Also another tip for keeping the facebook people away from your personal life is to set up your browser not to remember your browsing history. They can dip in to your cookies and know what we bought for shoes last week - or even that we just looked at them. Just set your browser to forget when you shut down your computer. You have to do a little extra clicking, but I'd rather do that than feeling FB (and almost every other site that has this capability) can see everything.

I also have all my FB settings set for the highest privacy. If you don't know how to do that, just google for directions.

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So many great things are happening. I'm nearing completion of the monster painting. Have made some new friends, and that's saying something for me. I'm often shy and keep to myself. Have set up Netflix on my computer in my studio and moved the elliptical trainer in there, so I won't disturb my hubby (Dr. Who can be loud). If I can't watch my favorite show without getting on, I'm not as likely to miss a workout.

Then a friend is giving a workshop in Hawaii. I really wanted to go, but couldn't figure out how I would afford the flying part. But then I remembered that I have all these skymiles that I've never been able to use because no seats are ever available when I want them unless there are a billion stopovers. For several years, I put everything on that card in the hopes of getting free seats, and it really ticked me off. So this time, I decided to muscle my way through. Turns out it wasn't necessary. It used to be that you'd have to talk to someone on the phone, but now they have a feature that allows you to search flights like those travel web sites, and there are many more seats available. In 20 minutes I was able to get business class seats to Hawaii for $72 in taxes and fees - for both of us. It's a little weird, but I now am happy I wasn't able to use up those miles, because it's painful in my legs sitting for long periods of time. This would be 13 hours travel. Half of the trip, the seats convert into beds. OMG! So happy.

Well, Facebook is certainly a mixed bag. I use it because it makes me feel happy to connect with friends and family who I don't see often. I haven't had much problem with ads, and never say yes to those things that demand your friend list. I "unfollow" friends who insist on posting disturbing or exploitative things. I used to love Jaxon Galaxy's posts about rescued cats, but lately he insists on making posts about his t-shirts and mugs. My feed isn't for that. Usually if you ask politely people will respond. We have a reunion site that someone was over-using to market her recipes. I finally asked her to stop. She did, no problem. And yeah, people ask to friend you when they barely know you, or are a friend of a friend. I figure if they aren't polite enough to introduce themselves, there's no reason to allow it.

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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
– Mark Twain

Good morning. A beautiful day. Both dogs need a bath bad. I had said the first nice day I could I would bath them. I started to yesterday and weather wise I could today. Then I look at the 3 inches of water covering most of the back yard and by the back step it is nothing but mud and say WHY.

Speaking of dogs. my neighbors have been telling me that they can't tell Mutt from Duke. Mutt is a 50 pound 8 year old lab/hound mix, dark tan with dark brown mussel and ears and black eyes. Duke is a 2 year old 70 pound light colored yellow lab with gold eyes. Ok quite a few people look at Mutt and know he is a lab mix and try to figure out what the rest is, but just as many know he is a hound mix and try to figure out which type of hound. Now if I had 2 yellow labs I could see having trouble telling them apart.

Yesterday I was walking Duke when we came up to a grandma out walking with her grandchildren. The 2 year old jumped off her trike and ran to Duke, before I could tell the grandma that Duke wouldn't internally hurt the girl, but he was so big and she was so small, the girl had both arms wrapped around Duke's neck laughing at his doggy kisses. Duke must have realized how big he was to the child because he was sitting on the ground. I was glad to see him sitting in front of the child. Duke is only 2, still plays like a puppy and I isn't sure he wouldn't knock the little one down in his excitement.

I seldom say anything except about the books to the authors on line. I have heard way to much about employers reading what their employees write or people with no good intentions, looking to see who's away from their house at certain times or going on a vacation. Momma sends out Alice thinks everyday to us kids so we all know she is ok. The last time I had anything to say on line was when I didn't get an Alice thinks and was checking with other members of the family to see if they had heard from her. Turns out one sister had. Mom had internet problems.

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MaryAlice, I trade cat stories that people put on line and adoption notices for animals on facebook.No info. My ex boss's wife tried to friend me and I turned it down. Do they want to keep track of what I'm saying?? Not saying anything on there but don't want them in my life. emoticon

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MaryAlice, that's disgusting. The weather, that is. Right now it's 2 degrees outside. I am sitting inside with two pairs of socks, sweatpants, tank top, turlteneck, sweater, and I'm still cold! And I have to go outside still. Nights like this call for a really hot bath.

Hubby met the septic sucker at the house, and he was a really nice guy. He emptied the tank and we put a drop light in there to keep it warm. There is still a blockage to the leach trench, but once we get over this cold spell (should start warming up today), we're hoping it will thaw a bit. The guy only charged regular prices (even though it was overtime hours), charged for two hours when he was there almost three, and gave a military discount. Looks like we might be changing septic companies. Our regular one didn't answer the phone, and there were two cell phone numbers left, so hubby called them and got voice mail. They called us at 10:30 last night and left a message (we don't answer the phone after 8pm unless it's an emergency), and called again this morning. Hubby said we got it covered. They wondered how we got their cell phones, and apologized for not calling sooner as they were on a flight back from the lower 48 after attending a friend's husband's funeral. We didn't need to know that, really. But I think their office manager is going to get in trouble for not answering the phone during business hours.

Off to freeze. Good thing those dogs are cute.

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The temp is in the 70's and I walked the dogs in a teeshirt. The yard is still under water so the thistles won't be mowed this weekend.

I tak to my sisters on Facebook and follow several authors that tell me when new books are coming out or when their books are on sale. If I click on something that says it wants to access my account, I'm out of there. Looks like I'm out all together now.

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I tried Facebook and Twitter once and got off just as quick. Just don't care about leaving myself out there for any nut to get at. I love to pen pal and have a bunch of friends I met on line. Guess that works for me. I e-mail my sister and my friend back in Maine when I want to chat with them.

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I stay off Facebook as my boys' biological mother is on there and found my page and started leaving some pretty nasty comments. Same with another page, so other than Spark, I stay off social media.

Still mighty cold today. Hubby went up to the new house as he had a couple bids for fence and electric work. While there he checked the plumbing (running the water just to keep it going) and it backed up into the garage bay drains. So he's back up there with the septic people as it looks like a frozen pipe. Lovely. At least it happened before 5pm. Not to mention it happened before we moved in as the garage is virtually empty.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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On Facebook, if you log into certain posts they say you must give them your friends names and email addresses. At that point I always cancel out! But some people say yes I guess, and that's when you get messages from these people and companies.

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I don't end up with things like that on my Facebook, but someone has gotten my friend's name and the addresses from her address book and keeps emailing me junk with this is recommended by Dr. Oz and that needs bought, etc. I finally actually looked at the return address on it and found that it had my friend's name, but the email address isn't anywhere near what her address is.

I managed to get over to the food pantry where they have the pet food pantry this morning. Pet food pantry comes one day a month and you can get something every other month. Well, I wanted to make sure I got there when they were there and didn't miss, so I figured out the lower traffic ways and got there. Got my number and then checked their calendar to make sure the pet food pantry was coming the normal week. That is when I found out that their normal week is NEXT week, not this week. Oh brother. Well, stopped at a couple stores and got them each one can of food. I have a couple other cans for them, though several of Orzo's are fish and he wont' eat that, so there is enough to last them for a while.

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I'm heading out to my dogs and hope to play catch up tomorrow. It's been so cold that all I want to do is curl up with hot tea and a book. Right now I have on two layers of most everything, and I'm still shivering. And that's with the thermostat set at 70 degrees. I'm ready for spring, though we really need a bit more snow before the season is over to ward of a bad fire season. Don't need that.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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On the news, Facebook announced that they are selling our facebook postings to advertisers. This was on news a few days ago.

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Oh, sorry. I'm a little off today, I guess.

Mary Alice, I hope you get your Facebook stuff worked out. You might want to change your password.

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I'm talking to Mary Alice who made a comment about her FaceBook use.

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Who are you talking to? And what would facebook have to do with this site? I'm confused.


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I wonder if someone has copied your FaceBook profile and is sending messages in your name.

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3/12/15 7:54 A

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America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
Arnold Toynbee
English historian & historical philosopher (1889 - 1975)

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Good Morning, I didn't fall off the face of the earth. Work keeps me busy and when I get home I don't want to see a computer, and my body gave up this last weekend.

I haven't been on Facebook for over a month. I was talking to my daughter, she told me that everyday I recommend several books to my friends. I read quite a bit, but have never post a recommendation.

Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear

MaryAlice from Alvin TX



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3/11/15 9:17 P

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I got some homeopathic tablets for cramps today while we were out, so will try them when I do a couple runs again. Yesterday I took Cassie on a walk and it wasn't safe to run with her (she kept getting in front of me). I also did a bit of walking when I went shopping because with not being able to see very well I park waaaay out from the store so I can drive straight out. After shopping I took the cart back into the store, then walked back to the truck, then remembered I wanted something else so back to the store and then back again. I also heard from my doctor's office and don't have any restrictions on my exercise, so running part of the time shouldn't be a problem.

Today I got my eye checked again and got the prescription for new glasses, so we went and ordered them, then went looking for sandals for the play. Didn't have any luck with the sandals, so my friend took my old white ones home with her to see if she could get some brown to stay on them. I couldn't get the brown dye to work.

Those pancakes sound pretty good. I need to try to find something like that, but am not supposed to have grain (haven't been too good at sticking with that).

Orzo was bossing Cassie again this morning. She was standing in front of the heater vent and you could tell he was telling her to move, that it was where he was supposed to be (he likes to be in front of the heaters).

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3/11/15 5:31 P

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I would take the brother in a heartbeat, and my friend knows it. I told her she could tell him if he doesn't take care of him like she says (she's strict), she has an adopter waiting for that little boy. I love her kitties, and would take him even if he had behavioral issues. Mostly cat issues have to do with the people's behavior anyway.

I made pancakes with 2 eggs, a mashed banana and half a cup of cooked oatmeal when I'm craving bad things. It's so sweet you don't need syrup. I usually put some blueberries or raspberries either in the batter or over the cakes. My husband often turns his nose up at "healthy" breakfasts, but he likes those.

Got rid of what I hope are our last ice dams. Have a cold and am under the weather, not wanting to do my 30 minutes even just at marching speed. But I have to, as I didn't do it the last two days for the same reason, and my calories were up over the weekend. Can't lose any weight that way! I don't have to do a lot to take it off, but I have to do something consistently.

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3/10/15 11:45 A

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Anrienne, I love the name Katya for girl kitty.So glad to know you were thinking of adopting brother too. So many people don't do that, they think nothing of breaking up a bond that the pet already has. You might tell owner that if kitten comes back (as they unfortunately do, especially if they show depression from the separation) you would like him.
Darlene, don't know if I told you that I found the trick of adding a pack of sugar in water for outdoor cat stopped it from freezing by about 2/3.
Magnesium is good idea for leg cramps, I use it too. Not daily, but for sure when the cramps come back. Also, health food stores have a leg cramp remedy that may not interfere with meds. I take it when a cramp hits. Like I said I don't take the mag. all the time and sometimes I get hit with a leg cramp in middle of night. No fun at all!!

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No, Linus is not the snowball catching cat. He is too excited about rolling around and digging tunnels to catch snowballs. However, in the house, he does play soccer and will catch crumpled paper. Hubby has a page-a day, and no matter what state he's in (like comatose), he will be on the counter if he hears that tearing sound. And if he doesn't hear it by about 7pm, he shows up and starts rubbing up against hubby as in "Get the hint, dad -- where's my paper?"

Going out to the dogs -- it's 12 degrees out there. Not looking forward to it, but do love my dogs and need to make sure they're water isn't frozen.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

P.S. My dormmate from college had a professional painting done of one of her horses. It was gorgeous. I'll see if I can find the site of her work. She does a lot of western stuff. And I like the name Katya -- I took Russian in 6th grade and that was my name.

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