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1/29/15 8:33 A

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It is bad luck to be superstitious.

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good morning. It is very foggy here, but we will have another nice day. Tomorrow another cold front moves in, well not so much cold, just taking us back to normal this time of the year.

Yesterday I went on a job interview. I was worried about it. Not so much about the requirements, but the dress code. Full suit, heels, stockings only jewelry, pearls and stud earrings. Light makeup, no perfume. Well, I wore a full suit, I have never worn heels, makeup or perfume. It turned out they had asked for very professional dress. Their idea of very professional dress and the temp co's idea of very professional dress for a bookkeeping office are too different ideas. They wanted business caesural, more towards the business end. In other words they wanted me to look like I would normally dress to work in an office. Anyway I got the job, I start Monday. It is further out then I wanted, but I wasn't finding anything close.

I looked up 3 more groups that made wigs for cancer patients, non of them wanted white hair Even the one that made wigs for people over 40 didn't want white hair, but they said they would take hair with less then 50% gray. And here I thought they just wanted hair, but they all say they don't die the hair and there is no call for white hair.

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1/28/15 12:48 P

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"The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter."
– Norman Cousins

Good morning, Mutt and I got an early walk then i went and had 14 inches of my hair cut.

I had planned on sending it to lucks of love and discovered they didn't want white hair, they only made wigs for children and they didn't color the hair. Someone told me there was a group that was like Locks for Love but made wigs of people over 40. I'll Have to find out about them.

My hair isn't cut quite like I wanted, but then the lady cutting it couldn't cut it like I wanted. When I was little I had a head of curls, Then the curls fell out till beauticians said it was hard to believe I ever had curls, my hair was so straight. When this lady too the first cut, she said I didn't tell her my hair was so wavy, it bounced up shorter then she expected. Well now it is the length I asked for, except it is wavy, so if you pull it out it is about 2 inches longer then I wanted. Oh well looks like my curls want to make a comeback and it is growing on me.


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1/27/15 5:59 P

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Catnurse, If you put sugar in the water bowl it will take about 3-4 x s as long for it to freeze, and it will keep the cats warmer. I learned that trick from Allie Cat Allies. Good luck emoticon


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1/27/15 9:45 A

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"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."
– Plutarch

Good morning, DH is walking around singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood". Mutt and I are getting ready for our walk and enjoy the sun.

On the Todays show they asked that we send in pictures of the weather in our neck of the woods. I would tweet them a picture of me wearing a tee shirt walking the dog, but this grandma doesn't know how to tweet. DGS got me on FB, I almost learned it and decided it was a waist of time. I guess they serve a purpose but I don't know what it is.

Mom use to deliver mail. but her route was different. She went to 4 post offices, drove 500 miles and forded 7 streams to deliver to 500 homes. The rules were different too

During the winter, 1/4 a mile after fording a stream, you too the crowbar out and knotted the icicles off the truck so they would mess with the tires.

If the bears were in the garbage y the mailbox you didn't have to stop.

If the bull was sharping his horns on the mail box you didn't have to stop

If the emus where in the front yard you had to put mail in the box, but not go to the door. Mom didn't see the emu once and can tell you first hand why not.

Once Mom was an hour late getting back to the first postoffice, it took 3 men to deice her door so she could get out of the truck. Her super looked at her and said well that means all the woman are back. 1/2 the men aren't and 1/2 of them called that they gave up and went home. No snow. freezing rain.

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We made it to -3 degrees today. I won't complain as I have my uncles in Connecticut and Massachusetts that are getting blow around right now. Let's see if my MA uncle makes it to work (post office supervisor). He's been with the PO over 40 years, and the mail still have to be delivered somehow.

I'm heading back outside to check on the pups. There is one water bowl for the stray cats that doesn't get changed very often. I put pure hot water in the 3-quart bowl at 10am, and by the time I got out again, there was about two inches of ice in the bowl. I'm getting cold just typing about it.

Better go. Hope everyone is staying warm. Happy Tuesday!

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1/26/15 5:10 P

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Exercise relieves stress. Nothing relieves exercise.

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good afternoon. Another beautiful day. I called my temp agencies today. One I got the normal we will call you if we gat anything, the other had some jobs in a hospital I would love to work in a hospital, just not one making $10 an hour 75 miles away.

Lola has gone out to enjoy the great weather in the great outdoors

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1/25/15 4:27 P

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There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy. - Rod Serling, Unitarian Universalist

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good afternoon, I had big plans for today since the weather is so nice. I got up early, washed cloths and hung the laundry on the line, then life got in the way. Mutt didn't want his carrot last night. I had left it in his crate. When I let him out of his crate, he emptied his water bowl and when I let him outside, instead of going and doing his doggy thing, he tried to empty the galvanized tub the boys use outside. He eat breakfast but slowly, then nibbled on his carrot from last night. The stupid dog has garbage gut again. Then I started a book, I told myself i would read one chapter, They must have skipped chapter heading because when i got to the end on the chapter, I was on chapter 13 and it was time to fix lunch. I read during lunch and figured then I would take Mutt for his walk. When DH came home and asked about Mutt and if I had a good book I looked down and realized i was 98% through the book and it was 2P. I finished the book and Mutt got a 3 mile walk.

Hope you an find a treat you cats will eat and help their teeth. Freyja would take her treats and give them to Mutt. Lola just walks away from them

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1/24/15 12:29 A

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Oh, around the Denver area the coyotes are very bold and they don't have to be hungry to attack people or dogs. They have even gone after dogs that are on leash with their owners and several have gone after kids playing on playgrounds.

Yesterday I went to another library class and we got talking about our cats for some reason. I mentioned that Orzo had bad breath and one lady told me to get him Greenies treats (since trying to brush his teeth would get me clawed to death -- I can't even look at them). Well, on the way home from early dinner today we stopped at Petco and I got him some. He refuses most of the treats I get him, but the Greenies he loves. After the several I gave him he attacked the package and tore it open. Had to put them in a Tupperware container and then he went after the container so it had to be put in the linen closet. I also got some more of the breath freshener/tarter control for in the water today so that both dog and cat get something. Cassie also got some more chews for her teeth, though not very much. I couldn't find what I wanted there.

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First off, welcome LASSY319! I love hearing pet stories of all kinds. I have quite a few stories myself, seeing how I've have cats for over 40 years, and dogs for about eight years. I love rescue pets -- in fact, all mine have been rescues -- and it's a never ending cycle. I'm the one that keeps saying "no more", but something shows up, and hubby says "We gotta save him/her". Of course, being the retired veterinary assistant, who do you think takes care of these recuses? I do admit he's very good at feeding them breakfast and cleaning litter boxes, but the rest is on me. "Oh, no. I can't do that" is his standard answer.

Been out and about, trying to play catch up and get thank you's from Christmas out of the way before the next batch starts (birthdays, anniversary, the "dreaded" Valentine's day). But I'll be back in full force soon. I think. Maybe.

You'll be happy to hear that Alaska is back into winter, with an inch of snow and single-digit temperatures. We are disgusted with the weatherpeople who were "confident" -- their word, not mine -- that we'd get five inches of snow yesterday. We got one. And another 3 to 5 today -- the sun is coming out. And we must not forget tomorrow and another 1 to 3 inches. I predict everyone putting on their skivvies and going to the lake.

Time for lunch. Hope everyone is doing well. Happy weekend!

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1/23/15 1:17 P

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He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), The Fad of the Fisherman (1922)

So I don't have any worries. Nobody ever accused me of being methodical!
Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Morning 40 and rainy today. There was a break in the rain and Mutt and I got a 30 min walk. My shoulder is doing much better and I'm using it quite a bit just not to it's full extent. I have just enough discomfort that I remember no to over do it.


I started using a walking stick on the farm and used it off and on after we moved to town after that. Then I broke my ankle. The DR said it had healed and I couldn't do anything to hurt it that wouldn't brake someone else's ankle. I just would be in pain the rest of my live, and what I could do all depended on how much pain I could stand. If I wasn't afraid to take my staff in public I wouldn't have as much pain. I soon learned that a 1 mile walk would have me sitting in a chair the rest of the day, but if I used my staff, Mutt and I could easy do 3 miles several times a day. I've never used my staff against a coyote. One coyotes don't see people or large dogs as pray and unless starving, will avoid them as much as posable. Two I avoid coyotes as much as posable since I don't want to test number one. I've read that even cities like Chicago, where the coyotes are moving into the city, they try to avoid people and move around at night in areas where people don't go at night.

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Where I used to have Fancy I would take my dogs for a walk out in the park where there are coyotes, bears (since one of the big fires), and mountain lions. I would take a long walking stick out with me. I don't know how well that would work against the bears and mountain lions, though, or coyotes nowadays. They are coming into town and attack people as well as pets. The only time I needed the walking stick was to break up my boys when they were fighting (those two never stopped fighting with each other). At my house I don't have so much trouble, but I guess besides the foxes there have been coyotes and my neighbors lost a cat to them. The foxes have been back here and moved my blockage of their old den so I guess will be living under my patio again. They run when we go outside, so the only thing I really have to worry about is getting Cassie a lepto vaccine and blocking the den from her. When they were here before Venture went down in the den when they were out one day and I don't want that going on again.

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1/22/15 10:07 A

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Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
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Canadian economist & humorist (1869 - 1944)

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good morning, today it is windy and drizzly. I took Mutt for his walk, but my solder isn't up to Duke. Weather periling I'll go out back and play fetch with him.

DH said he was afraid of hurting my shoulder and slept in the guest room last night. I guess it was a good thing. I put the heating pad on one side of the bed and spent all night with my shoulder on the heating pad, then when I got too hot moving to the other side and back and forth. I can now tell you Duke doesn't sleep at night. He bounces that stupid ball off the wall.

I find my big stick is a pretty good deterrent. A few dumped dogs have had to run into it to figure out that when I tell them back I mean don't get in range of my stick

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1/21/15 3:47 P

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"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good Afternoon. The sun we were promised never showed up. Since this afternoon is suppose to be nasty, we went to the park to walk this morning. I don't mind walking around here everyday, but DH has been told to go for a walk everyday and he wants to walk some place different everyday.

I was doing some chair exercises, they had a mobility exercise for the arms. I did it and felt fine, but something told me no more. I woke up and can hardly move my right arm. I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder. I'm right handed, I think That's what they tell me anyway, but I do quite a bit left handed. The problem is what I do right handed I can hardly do left handed. I write right handed, if I try left handed you can't read it, I use the mouse and a styles left handed. I can do it right handed but I'm slow. My problem more then not being able to do some things is that my brain has decided that cookies are a great pain deliver.

Last night I decided it was too dangerous to go for a walk, but Mutt couldn't understand. For some reason that I don't understand, a couple guys decided to drag race 4 wheelers down our road after dark without their headlights on. I wear a reflexive vest, but if they don't have their headlights on it won't reflect.

I use to carry mace, but the only legal mace has such a fine spray that any wind bowls it away. i was afraid if it blowing back at me.

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MaryAlice, please take a can of mace with you in case of wild animal or bad person if you are going for a walk in the woods.
Know what you mean about cousins not having contact. My aunt (who I did love dearly) felt the same about my mom and her sister,she kept family members separate. The other sister had 9 kids and I know very little about them. Although out of the blue, she told us that one of her other sister's sons worked for Billy Graham. I've tried to find cousins with out luck. I did get to meet her son's but she still frowned on it. My mom was like your dad, she had no money but knew how to make fun. I visited the museums in Washington (was just one bus ride down the street) and the Nat. Zoo so many times. I have a unique love of the arts, animals and history for a "poor" girl. emoticon

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You were the ones better off because your Daddy cared more about you and loving with you and being giving you time with him than having a lot of money. Many of my relatives figured I was the black sheep of the family. I don't know why they would figure that. I didn't take drugs or anything like that. Wasn't doing illegal things. But I was thought of as bad.

I spent almost all day at the Stock Show and did enjoy it quite a bit. I am sure tired and sore now, though. When I got home I found Orzo in one of my chairs and Cassie in the other one. They looked very comfy. Guess they were because it took until I got into the living room before they even acknowledged I was home.

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1/20/15 10:10 A

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"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."
– Dr. Joyce Brothers

Good morning, it is foggy this morning but the fog should burn off soon and it will be a pretty day with the temps in the low 70's. Today and tomorrow then the rain and cold will be back. I'm thinking about taking Mutt down to the county park. They have a 1 mile trail though the woods. We will do the walk several times. Mutt loves it. OK Mutt loves walks, Mutt loves car rides if they are short, the hound in Mutt loves the woods.

Sometimes I wish I could have a chat with a cousin. I have 17 of them and couldn't tell you a thing about any of them. Both sides of the family disowned us because we didn't have enough money to fit in their circle. Could be that Daddy made good money, but there were 6 of us kids and he did things like took time off to take us camping instead of sending us to camp.

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Decided to do the Botanic Gardens next month since today would be so crowded because of the holiday and free day. Next month will be the day before my eye surgery and will be a chance to do something before a month when I won't be able to go anywhere without a friend taking me.

It has also been nice here today, but I fell asleep for the last two hours so it is too late to do anything outside. I am so tired of being tired like this.

Had a good chat with a cousin I haven't talked to for a couple of years last night. It was so great to hear from her.

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

The weather has been nice so have been exercising outside, walking and biking.


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Orzo likes the other things, too -- bags, boxes, yarn, my shoes. I have told him he can't have the yarn since I am trying to work with it and he has been good and quit trying to get it.

I am tired after my trip downtown yesterday. Poor Cassie and Orzo were pretty upset with me for not getting up early enough to suit them. They did let me go back to sleep, though. I hope that I can make it through the next couple of days. Planning to go to the Botanic Gardens and Stock Show. Then will have a few days off from being on my feet for long hours.

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1/18/15 4:26 P

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"It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear."
– Edward Henry Harriman

They said that the so many strains of the flu have mutated that it is only 50% effective this year.
I can't ever remember a cat that played with cat toys or liked cat nip, and I've had cats, up to 26 , most of my 61 years. I've had cats that liked paper bags, leaves, shoelaces, my yarn, well everything but cat toys.

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Good luck with collage and welcome to the team.

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Long Message ~Hi All ~ I introduced myself on another thread in this team, but I will re-introduce myself anyway. My name is Lynda and I have 2 cats. Milo is 9, and he was stray. He kept coming to our yard to play with my boys. He was a kitten at the time (about 9 months), and winter was coming. We had to take him in. He is a great kitty, very mellow. He goes outdoors on a harness and leash as we live on a very busy road. Milo has had several companions - Kira - who was also stray and was hanging out under our dryer vent to keep warm. Of course we had to take her in. She was my lovely kitty ~ sitting right by me at every opportunity. We had her about 6 years, then she died. We don't know how old she was when she came to us, but she was an adult. The vet thinks she was older than she appeared. When we took her in to have her spayed, we found out the operation had already been done! The poor kitty ~ who knows why she was outside? Lost or abandoned ~ we were so glad she found us. She had a good kitty life with us. Milo was sad without her, but hubby said no more cats - just Milo.
About 9 months later I was driving down the street and swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel, or what looked like a squirrel. I knew that walk - it was a kitten! Of course I pulled over to check if he was ok. He went into the crook of a large Maple tree, and I couldn't reach him but he appeared to be ok aside from a scratch on his nose. I went back later to check on him and he was still there. The neighbour got him down for me and of course, I took him home. Good thing I did too, because starting that night there were severe Thunderstorms, and bad weather. He was very small, he fit in the palm of my hand. He ate ravenously, and we made a soft bed for him in one of our tall blue boxes. He slept through the night. He was so underweight and so small. He weighed 13 ounces on my kitchen scale. Of course this was on a Labor day weekend, so everything was closed. I researched what to feed him, and was dropper feeding him - the poor kitty was starving. He started to pick up weight, but he had fleas - and not just a few! Google is my friend and told me how to handle this so after 3 baths, (which he didn't have the strength to fight), he was flea free. On the Tuesday I took him to the vet. He had gained some weight -1 lb 2 oz. now and was a boy. The vet said he was a "catch-up cat" and was not 4 weeks old but 4 months old! He was so sweet in temperament. One problem - he had a heart murmur. We decided to keep him anyway and give him the best life we could. He was neutered and we named him Jasper. He was jet black with chocolate undertones, medium length fur. He was my baby. He would sleep on my chest, and was very loving and social. He was also extremely cute and he followed Milo around like he was a God. Milo was very good with him and protected him. Cute story, one morning Jasper looked out our bedroom window (sliding glass door), and Holy Carp! saw another cat out there. He ran to the living room to tell Milo. Milo sauntered to our bedroom, while Jasper stayed behind our bed, peeking over the top to watch. (I wished I had my camera!) Milo went to the window and promptly scared that invader away. Then he went to look at Jasper, licked his head and ears and went back to lie down. You can make this stuff up, even if you wanted to. That's how close they were. Jasper was with us until Sept 5th 2013. (2 years) He had a major stroke and we rushed him to the emergency vet, but there was no saving him. We were all devastated, but none more than Milo. He was forlorn - he looked everywhere for Jasper - all over the house, and outside too. He was downright depressed. That's when we decided we had to get another companion for him. I went to the Humane Society and that's where we found Ronan. emoticon (The kitty in my profile pic). He was an adult male, neutered and 4 claw declaw. (How can anyone do that to a cat?!) So we adopted him. He is very social, loves to "talk" and loves Milo. emoticon They are like two brothers from another mother. They groom, sleep and play together. They are good friends. I'm sure Milo still misses Jasper, but Ronan is a great companion.
Sorry for the long dribble, but this is my story. We have had other cats too, but that is for another time.
About me ~ I am finishing up my second career courses at college and will graduate this spring. Then I will find a job. emoticon

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Garfy has a ball playing with his Mousies (little colorful mice toys) in the late pm early am. He makes really interesting noises while doing so. Somewhere between a hurt mountain lion and a dog in heat. At least that's what I think it sounds like when I'm trying to sleep. I've been around, just very sick again. Must be the flu even though I've had the flu shot. The cough has gone on for days. I have not really slept. I do read posts . I try to log in daily just so I won't drop out.

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"Action is the antidote to despair."
– Joan Baez

Good morning, well it is still morning here. i took advantage of the water and walked both dogs and hung out a load of laundry. Such a pretty day the heater is off and the windows open. The sun is out and we are going for a high in the upper 60's

The thing I don't like about the SPAT is that it doesn't have a screen. I had thought about wearing my pedometer so I could see my steps then remembered the phone DH gave me for Christmas has a fitness tracker on it. It says the tracker works best if you buy the fitness watch that goes with it, mo thanks I'm not spending more money for another gadget I don't need or want. Without the watch it says everything is an estaminet. Well I walked 30 min. My tracker said I took 3150 steps and the phone said I took 3056 steps. They are close. I checked it several more times and the 5 stayed the same. It will be an estaminet though because I noticed every time you picked the phone up or moved it around while talking on it, it recorded a step. When I set it up I set my goal at 1/2 what I have on SP. I'm not one of those people that is more likely to forget their undies then forget to put their phone in their pocket. I have a good old fashion phone shelf by the door. Thats where the phone is except when i leave the house.

Lola and Duke are enjoying the weather. Mutt is curled up in the back of his crate like normal

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My Maine Coon Bart used to play with rubber golf balls. He would bring them on the bed and drop them on your face. If you didn't respond, he picked it up and did it again. And continued until you played with him. His companion, Gunny, would play with crumpled paper. I had a big wicker basket and she'd jump in it to retrieve the papers that were thrown in there. I had these scraps of neon paper, and I kid you not, whatever color I threw in was the color she took out. My cats also used to play with shoe strings until I woke up one morning and Gunny was regurgiating one. Thank goodness it came back out. Now I have Linus who plays soccer and Bart who brings me his mouse every night and Tiger who brings all the cat toys upstairs every night. It's quite an adventure. And our house dog Lucy who watches the parade as she's trying to sleep.

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Before Venture started liking the stuffed animals he used to go steal anything that Annie was playing fetch with and go hide it. I also got a big beach ball one time and he stole it and hid it behind some trees after he popped it. He was fear aggressive so it was really funny to see how gentle he was with the stuffed animals. I think a lot of his fear aggression could have been overcome more if Blue hadn't somehow broken his leg when he was a puppy. I think Blue landed on him wrong when they were in the garage because I was told that kind of break was only caused by something heavy falling on his leg. I couldn't find anything else that would have fallen.

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Lola won't play, unless it is a live frog or lizard that is just out of her reach on the outside of the window. Mutt won't play and doesn't think Duke should. Mutt tears up anything Duke plays with, not because he wants it because Duke plays with it. If I play fetch with Duke Mutt will run and head butt Duke when he jumps for the ball.

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I like that quote you put on there, MaryAlice. He was a little bit off, wasn't he?.

At least you guys have dogs that play. Cassie will not chase anything. Maybe one of those places she lived got after her for playing and she was taught not to. I have gotten her to play a little with the one rubber ball that I can put food in by putting the food in there. Bridgitte and Annie were fetching fools and my first dog, Doxie, used to play with the big balls that she could barely get her chin over. Annie's pups didn't really play with anything either, though Venture decided he liked stuffed toys and was so gentle with them. He never tore one up, but he stole every one he could.

Orzo is my player now. He will play with the ball in a ring, the fleece strip on a stick, any catnip toys, and tennis balls. I was reading recently that the cats will quit playing with things after they are a couple years old (and April did unless it was one of the dogs that she liked), but Orzo doesn't seem to care if he is supposed to be too old to play with things.

Orzo usually will only eat a heaping teaspoon of canned food in the morning, but this morning he ate that and then went and started eating out of the can (I had to put the can down to do something). When I looked in his bowl, though, he had some of what I had given him left.

Have a few free things I can do this week, so I am planning a busy week. Classes, Botanical Gardens, Stock Show, Museum. Also teaching my friend crochet again - see if she is ready for the next stitch -- and the start of getting ready for the Passion Play. All go on in one week and one day. Can't afford those entry fees, so I am going to try to go to all the free days I can.

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Mutt tears up Dukes tennis balls as fast as I get them, so I get the rubber ones. One time I got the hollow ones. Duke likes them better because he can chew on them. I like them because about once a day Duke throws them all in his water bowl. Ok his water bowl is a 3 gallon stainless steel tub and outside. Duke drinks by standing with his front feet in the tub and shaking his head side to side.

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We are still waiting for sun. Then again we are still waiting for snow. This is the oddest winter we've had since we moved here 8 years ago. Right now it's 40 degrees, overcast and breezy. All the ground has either ice patches or mud. The poor vegetation is confused. And my dogs aren't happy. They keep looking for patches of cold to lie on. My big worry is that it's going to snow on top of all this slick ice and make it worse. I'd like it to completely disappear and start over. But I doubt I'll get my wish.

My dogs are funny with their stuff as well. Yesterday, I threw two new tennis balls out into the dog run to replace two that had been mutilated. The boys (Smiley and Tim) who are ball hounds, watched them bounce and looked at me like "What the heck is this?" This morning the two new balls were in the straw and they had found two grungy goodness-knows-what-is-on-them balls. The type they drop at your feet and you have to kick because there's no way you're picking them up.

Off to play catch up with e-mail and snail mail and get the meat trimmed for the buffalo barley soup. Happy Thursday, everyone!

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Good morning, Another blah day. I took Duke for his morning walk. walk for 5 min, 5 sec of rain repeat. But it is one of those days. I'm doing a reading challenge. 40 books in 6 months. No problem with that. The books need to be at least one from 13 different genres. 4 of the genres are genres I tend to stay away from, so I've set up my day read one chapter, crochet a row and clean for 5 min. Figure this way I'll either get the books from the genres I don't like normally read read or one of the temp co will call and mess everything up. Lets hope I the temp co messes everything up.

The school doesn't seam to be helping Tony. DD decided she would watch Tony. I mean really watched him. She discovered he had little or no self esteem. She thought martial arts might help. She took him to several schools. One was little more then a day care, one taught the children, but didn't seam to understand children, now the third, invited Tony to join the 4 to 6 year old class the day of the visit. He did warm up exercises that were geared for children, then showed the children a simple block punch. Then some older students came in dressed as zombies and the children had to fight the zombie invasion. Tony loved it and on the way home told DD that the teacher understood. DD isn't sure what he understood, but he made a connection to Tony in one class. Maybe this is what Tony needs, someone that understands.

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Oh, these animals. They can really be picky.

I went and taught my friend some crochet today. She has always said that she couldn't get it past the chain and last time she didn't get the chain right. She is doing a single crochet now and said she is going to try to make a hot pad with it. We weren't using any pattern since she needed to learn how to get a stitch done first and she had a long chain. she will just fold it over and sew the sides together when she gets done. I left one of my "Learn To" booklets with her so she can look at the pictures and remember which way to pick up the yarn. If she wants to go farther she will call me for more classes.

We have had cold weather all day. I thought we were supposed to be snow early and then it would clear up, but it didn't start snowing until about 5. They say it will still warm up some tomorrow. Next Tuesday I want to try going to the Stock Show again (free general admission) and that is when they predict the snow to come again. Nuts.

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Good morning, It's raining so haven't walked the dogs yet. It should clear up in a hour or so and will walk they then. At least it isn't too hot to walk them that late in the day, but then when it is that hot I don't mind walking in the drizzle we have now.

Mutt is mad at me and in his crate giving me the eval eye. Quite some time ago, Mutt took the pillows off the spare bed and made himself a bed. It looked strange in the living room, but the house is about the pets right? Well the pillows have gotten dirty and nasty. I guess they have gotten flat too, Mutt has started digging at them like he wants to fluff them. Well last night he got his claw caught in one and tore it. I told DH I was afraid he was going to get stuffing all over the place. One go the stores had the large dog beds on sale so I went and got one. I picked up the old pillows and put the nice new bed in their place. Mutt dragged the old pillows back to the living room. I put them outside in the trash. Mutt gave me the eval eye and went and curled up in his crate. He hasn't even gotten close to the dog bed yet.

I have the boys tonight, but thats ok, I have trains.

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"Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality."
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Good morning another dreary day with no sun. The temp co with the job I was hoping for says they still haven't heard back, might be just as well. One of the other temp co called they have a job 11 miles from me and they are looking for someone that can do accounts payable well enough that they can hit the ground running. Now I'm waiting on that one, but it is day one. Not week one.

I just spoke to Mom. She said that she called off church yesterday. Several people complained saying she lived 35 miles out and how did she know what the roads were like. She said if the big Baptist Church across the street from the church called off service and the guest minister slid off the road trying to get there, she was calling off service.


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MaryAlice, the big orange ball does still exist -- it's up here with me. I'll give it back to you on Thursday when it's supposed to snow.

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"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."
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Good afternoon, After almost a week of wet cold dreary weather I'm ready for some sun. Cold and sun will do, I just want to know that big orange ball is still there. Weather report says we might see the sun by Thursday. It stopped rain this afternoon enough so both dogs got their walks. I spent the morning doing the only thing this weather is good for, reading a good book while drinking hot tee and crocheting an afghan.

One dog was curled in a corner sleeping and the other was chewing on a rubber ball. There where 4 more rubber balls beside the dog. DH came in and asked how many balls the dog needed. I said 5. He said he didn't think so. The dog stopped chewing the ball and went to greet my DH. With that the ball rolled where he couldn't get it and the dog stood there staring at the ball whining. I went and got the ball. DH asked why, the dog has 4 more balls. Yes but he needs 5. DH left shaking his head.

I haven't been to the state fair here either for the same reason. 500 miles is too far. When I use to live in FL, I went most years, My sisters and I entered sewing, cooking, horticulture, and animals in the county fair. At least one of us made it to state most years.

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I used to go to the State Fair all the time, too, but can't afford to go the 90+ miles to get there now. I don't think they have anything at all that would be close to what I would be allowed now. The closest would be KFC that they always had there. They have really good cinnamon rolls there, good lemonade, too (well, Stock Show has that from scratch, real lemons lemonade, too). I had Fancy entered in the State Fair one year. That was the best I had ever made it with her in reining (I always had problems sitting the stop right), but she spooked at the cattle at one end of the arena and that blew it for her score. My trainer begged to enter her, too, and she did her usual running off with him after the lead change. I don't know why she always did that to him.

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Catnurse, I've been married 2 1/2 X's don't want to try it again to feed the kitties. Will continue to get up at a God forbidden hour til I die I guess. emoticon

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I love real tuna, but it has to be cooked, and there are some things I'm always afraid of messing up. I have a steamer that I sometimes cook fish in, and it seems to do okay. All fresh fish is good up here. I really like Tuna Creations hickory smoked tuna. And the neat think about that is the cats won't eat it.

FANCYQTR, I'm glad you made it through the day and had a good time, despite the food and the back. Every summer we go to the State Fair, and last summer I had the world's worst canker sore, but went anyway. Luckily, the sun wasn't out or it would have been worse. I made the girls order food and buy the trinkets because it hurt too much to talk. I'm sure some of the patrons thought I was beaten, but I was in too much pain to care. And I'd be in the bathroom gargling salt water and getting funny looks. I hope I don't see any of those people next summer. The absolute worst part was I could eat my usual -- cotton candy and salmon quesadilla. I was very sad.

The trick to sleeping in is being a night owl and marry a morning bird. Hubby gets up at 5am at the latest (usually closer to 4am) and they all follow him downstairs. They get fat and happy on Fancy Feast and are ready for a nap until I get up. Then they demand treats or want some of the dog food I prepare for the outside dogs. Before I was married, I had a cat named Big Guy who lived up to his name. At his peak, he was 22 pounds. He was a stray, and he actually did very well with the other cats when I took him in. The first night he was there, about midnight I woke up with the really bad chest pain, and before I could register what was causing it, there was a death howl (sounded like a panther on a megaphone) in my face. I was on my back and Big Guy was on my chest. I looked at the clock and saw the time and it registered that I always put food outside before I went to bed. So this was his way of saying "Where's my food?". I got up and sure enough the dry food bowl was empty. My daughter somehow slept through it (she was 3 and we were living in a one-bedroom apartment at the time).

The next night, I was climbing in to bed and my daughter asked me if there was food for the cats (bless her heart). She offered to get up and check and I heard her putting food in the bowl. It warmed my heart until I hear food going all over the floor. She had filled the bowl to the rim and beyond. So, you can imagine that when it came time to remarry, I was so happy that my hubby was a morning person (one of the criteria for "How to be the perfect second husband).

And now it's time to check the dogs. Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Thanks Catnurse. I ended up taking some string cheese and water bottles, but my friend decided we would eat there. Was rather surprised that a place outside the cafeteria was reasonable for a meal -- $10 for a barbecue plate. I had a little trouble eating my salad, but also had 3 pieces of BBQ chicken, potato salad, cornbread. Of course, I blew my challenge because the drink was Pepsi -- well, that and the cornbread. Then I blew it more with another Pepsi later and a small pack of rolls. So will start my challenge again tomorrow. I was getting rather weak still because I've had too little calories because I don't get hungry with that challenge or low carb eating.

Had a nice time other than my back (and my friend's) hurting pretty bad after a while. She is definitely not used to all that walking and I am sure her fibro is going to be hurting her pretty bad. We stopped at a booth with Emu Oil and every time I turned to try to see something I'd give my back a problem. The lady there said I needed to go see a massage therapist so I told my friend to let her son know I was told I needed a massage therapist so he needs to get his table ready.

I've left Cassie out for a couple days now, yesterday for just a few hours to see how things went and today the entire day. Orzo stayed in my chair and Cassie must have been next to it (because the only thing she got into was the trash bag I was working with that I put a couple cheese wrappers in without thinking). Anyway, things went great that way.

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Cat nurse, your cats let you sleep in? please tell me how to train mine. I have to get up at 4am and feed them and turn on their kitty film before returning to bed (if necessary). I usually just stay up.
Mary Alice, love the (lexophiles?) emoticon

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Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" (one of my favorites), or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
.. Police were called to a day care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

And the cream of the wretched crop: .. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.

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My sister that lives in Alaska says once you have had the real, fresh tuna they have in Alaska, you will never want the canned tunafish again.

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When I had my oral surgery, I had to be on no-chewing foods for a week, then soft foods for another week. I was a big snacker then as I had massive heartburn, and I had to find things I could eat. The only meat I ate was fish and canned chicken. I also tried canned tuna, but it just didn't taste right for some reason (probably because I always smothered it with onions). I would also buy cooked veggies -- three bean salad, carrots, green beans, asparagus, in no sodium varieties if I could find them. And mix them up and use them as my snack. I'd also take other veggies that I love to eat -- celery and cauliflower and broccoli, and steam them until they were soft. If you can take a cold pack, these work great. I'm also one of the few people in the world that love beets, so I had them as well (but almost always got something stained with the dang juice).

For fruit, I'd get the "packed in juice" kind, drain the juice and put the fruit in mini containers. Peaches were my favorite -- leftover from living in the south and gorging on them all summer. I also like tropical fruit mix, though a lot of times I couldn't find packed in juice and the pineapple was a little hard.

Hope you have a good time. Tomorrow is my sleep in day (until 9am -- wow!) -- yea! Happy weekend, everyone!

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Orzo likes to drink the water when I am in the tub. One day he wanted a drink after I had gotten out and the water hadn't drained all the way (he jumps in and licks it off the bottom of the tub). So he jumped in with about 5 inches of water in it. Surprised him so much that he just stood there and looked around for a little bit before he jumped out.

My friend is taking me to the Stock Show tomorrow and I am trying to figure out what I can take for lunch/snacks. I don't know if I can handle the steak I have, even if I cut it really tiny (Christmas gift) and I cannot chew hard things like carrots and even salads are hard. Doing the No Junk Food Challenge I am not sure of ideas for this. Maybe I can find a piece of chicken and afford it and some canned snack size fruit. Can anyone help with ideas? The challenge is no breads, no sugar or substitutes, no fast food.

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Catnurse, love that story. Glad she was not scratched up in the process. emoticon

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All my cats need to investigate the tubs when they are filled with water. My youngest daughter was taking a bath and blowing bubbles, and one of the cats tried to get this huge bubble and fell in the water. Daughter didn't get hurt but she was shocked. He sat on the floor grooming himself and growling until he was dry.

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Bossy, aren't they.

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Darlene, if I take a shower, get on the internet or oversleep, Garfy gets me up by jumping at
Chrisy. No real damage but it unnerves her and she yells bloody murder.

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We are having a warm day, in the upper 50s today. Currently 58. Tomorrow is supposed to be low 30s, low 50s Thur and low 30s Friday. This weather is crazy. It also seems like the sunrise is later now, instead of earlier. I wish it was light a little earlier, especially since Orzo keeps trying to get me up at 5:00. Keeps clawing that drape, too. I think if he doesn't get me up exactly when he wants me to get up he gets mad and starts clawing the drape.

I am trying to make it with two challenges right now. I am doing a 21 Day No Junk Food Challenge and a 31 day Declutter challenge. I haven't gotten to an exercise challenge of any kind at this point, but that declutter challenge is doing me in some as well as I had started decluttering on my own without that one. The 31 day is 10 minutes a day and the other declutter I have been doing was going to be 10 minutes a day, but has been at least an hour a day so far. The 10 minute one is going longer, too. I just want to get a lot done before I have eye surgery next month. After that one I can't go anywhere for a month and a half unless I beg someone to come give me a ride. So I guess the declutter will give me some exercise for a while.

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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

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Good morning. I woke to a light frost, I know this is nothing compared to wheat my northern spark friends have but it is different for us and looked pretty.

It is cold. Lola prefers to use the outside litter box. I clean it every day, the inside one seldom has anything in it. Well I'm cleaning the inside litter box everyday and just checking the outside one now.

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I'm glad that you were able to get Lola held for you. So wonderful for both Lola and you.

I am working on a baby blanket in crochet. I had started a headband that can be worn over the ears, but I am so slow that the blanket will take until the baby is due. I have been learning a new way to start the crochet things so I get the first row done without the chain. I just found out about it when trying to follow a hot pad pattern that I couldn't follow. I saw another one and that one started with this foundation row. I'm having problems following my pattern, though. I think that I start reading a row and then read a previous row in the middle of it. So I have the wrong number of stitches.

Orzo is very mad at me. I was trying to eat some lunch and he kept getting on my lap when I told him not to. I had to push him away at least 10 times. He has finally gone over on another chair. I figured out this morning that he gets mad if I don't get up when he tells me to and that is when he starts climbing or clawing the drapery in the bedroom. This morning it was around 4:30 or slightly later. Other times it has been 3:00. I wish he would let me sleep until it is time for me to wake up.

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Good morning. I have walked Duke. I'm trying to get outside things done. It is in the mid 40's now going to 30. No word on the job. That could mean they didn't pick me to interview, that could also mean that they were so busy because of the holidays they didn't make a decision.

I crocheted one of those headband/ear warmers that are popular right now. DD kept pushing her hair out of her face so I gave it to her, She just said thanks and put it on like a headband, well it has turned colder. She sent me a picture of her wearing it like a ear warmer and I need more of these. A friend called and asked what I was doing, I told her what I was making and she said she needed one too. DH asked if I could make hats too. he needs one. I guess he is feeling the cold this year. I've been making hats and he always said he didn't wear hats. Well now you know what I've been doing with my free time.

Whenever a cat passes, DH says no more, he can't stand losing one, I give him a week and he is asking if I need to go to the pet store to check on the cats. The pond puts cats in the pet stores. That is where we got Lola. This wine was a little different. When Freyja passed, I knew I would be having my operation in a couple weeks and DH said I should wait till after the operation. I felt up to a new kitty before he thought I was ready, I kept telling him I just wanted to see what was out there, and I saw Lola.

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Our cats have all been rescues, and back in 2011, we were down to two cats, the least amount we've had since hubby and I got together in 1999 (at the time we met, he had two and I had four). Just the two seemed too quiet, so we decided during school's spring break, we would get two more kitties. Well, in February 2011, hubby was looking at Craig's list (very dangerous) and he saw a litter of three kitties needing a home. Mom was a Maine Coon, dad was "just passing through". Even though we said two, hubby said we couldn't leave one behind, so he went and got all three. We didn't tell our daughters. After we got home from school pick up, hubby went out and I told the girls he had some errands to do. Then he came back with three eight-week-old kitties. It was a long first year, but they've turned out pretty well.

We'll always have pets, even when hubby gets frustrated over something they do and he yells, "This is it! No more when they're all gone". I always say "Yes, dear" with a smile because when we lost a pet, another soon comes to live with us.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I managed to stay up till after midnight last night. Didn't do anything, though.

I know that I cannot live without some furbaby in my life. When I lost Venture I decided on getting a cat for a while. He has been so sweet and loving. A new dog would have to wait, but I was asking a breeder friend about things and she gave me one of her dogs so I now have both.

Hope everyone is having a good New Years Day.

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Good morning. Yesterday I told DH I would walk the dogs as early as I thought could get away with and they still could do their thing for the night. Well the best laid plans. They started with the firecrackers at 4P. At 7P there was a brake and I took Mutt out, he is the easiest to control, it wasn't a 10th of a mile before they started up again and Mutt said we were going home, so our 2 mile walk was an about 500 steps. Duke just got a quick trip to the backyard. The rain chased everyone inside about 1A. Mutt got a 3 mile walk this morning and I'm getting ready to that Duke out.

Teejay, after every cat I've lost, I say I'll wait, maybe I'll get another in a couple months. I think I managed a month after Freyja before I was looking for another. DH said no till after my operation, a week after my operation I brought Lola home.

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Thank you CatNurse. We are doing okay but it's still sad that he is not around. i keep saying to myself I can't do this again & next thing I know, I have another four-legged child. Max misses his brother and we lucky to have him. Happy New Year and be healthy!

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TEEJAY51, I am so sorry about your Tigger. I have three Maine Coons and a Maine Coon/Siamese cross, and they are all unique. I got my first one 25 years ago, and I haven't been without one since. My dog has cancer and is being treated, but I know I will be grieving like you are sometime soon. No matter how many pets we have over the years, each and every one has a special story and a special place in our heart.

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MaryAlice, same thing happened to me yesterday. An agency called and asked if I was still wanting a job they told me about over a week ago. Said employer is away for holidays. My agencies work the same way as yours.
Glad to hear about Lola. I've had Garfy 2 yrs and he is wrapping his "little" self around my neck every morning. My coffee is iced cold when I finally can pick it up. Oh well, I need hugs more than coffee anyway. I will try to put pic on my SP page now. You can understand that I look like hell. No coffee yet!!
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Two of the temp agencies just send you out, but this one is a specialty agency that just does accounting. Sometimes on the lower levels they just send someone, but more and more they are setting up interviews even at the clerk level. I think people are really getting worried about who is in the accounting office.

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Sounds like Lola really knows she is at her furever home now. I guess because of her being at the shelter for so long it took longer than it did Orzo. Cassie was returned to her breeder several times and took longer to realize this was her home now. It took over a year before she came up on the bed to snuggle with me.

Your temp agencies are different from the ones I have worked with. They just send you to the place to work through them, paid from the temp agency. Then, if things work out at the company and they need someone permanent they will offer you a job through the temp agency. I almost had that happen once, then the company I was working at ended up getting shut down (at least the office here) because of a stupid move by the vice president.

It is great that they are interested in hiring you at the place.

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Good afternoon, Santa didn't forget. I asked Santa for a job, I know your real surprised, well one of the temp agencies called this morning. There is a company that needs a payroll clerk. If you don't know when you work with a temp agency it is a three step process and this is step one. Step two is that the temp agency presents me and faxes my resume over. The company wants to start interviews on Monday. They must be in a hurry to want it that soon with tomorrow being a holiday.

My aloof kitty is changing. Lola slept with me again last night. She didn't move when I got up in the right, she was right where I left her when i came back to bed. I woke up this morning and not only was Lola snuggled up with me, but her head was on my chest.

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Teejay, sorry to hear about your little fur baby. I still ache for the ones I have lost. The last 3 losses were to cancer. My sweet little ole lady Chrisy Miss still perks up her ears when I say Mickey Mouse. He was her friend for a very long time. When she finds an old toy of his, she tells me "things". They grieve as much as we do, maybe more. emoticon

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Catnurse, Thank you for the information on making the chowder. I'm not a big fish eater, but I do like some. I think maybe I will try that sometime with some kind that I like. Kent also says that the clam chowder he makes is better and thicker after it has completely cooled down and then is reheated.

Teejay, I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard when you lose one you love so much. It is good that you have the pictures and good memories.


Hope that everyone has a Happy New Year. I was going to go to the church tonight for game night and chili, but it is only suppose to get to around 20 today, so I don't think I will be getting out in that cold. I'm still making the green chili, though.

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I was hoping he would make it through the holidays but he didn't. Our beloved Tigger, Maine Coon, passed away last night. As I was going thru his "baby" pictures, he had brought us 16 years of happiness, love, and laughter. He had a mass (cancer) growing and by Christmas, he wasn't himself. It was so hard to say good-bye to my boy, and it still is. Max, our other cat, is grieving for his brother. He would walk around and meow, and then follows me around. So sad...

Happy New Year and have a safe & healthy New Year!

Sorry, I found the proper topic for this...I'm just not myself today...I hope you all understand.

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When I made this fish chowder, I cheated. I used Campbell's cream of potato soup, plus extra canned sliced potatoes. Usually I use a roux with unsalted butter and white flower and fat free milk, adding some fat free half and half to give it some creaminess (I don't use corn starch as it tends to give it a bit of a sweet taste). I also poach frozen chunks of fish for about five minutes in plain water, then put it on a plate to dry out a bit, coating with coarse salt and pepper. I add at the end of the roux simmering and it seems to help keep the fish intact. Sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't. One other thing I used to helo thicken the chowder is potato flakes. Since there's already potatoes in it, it doesn't "mess up" the taste. My ten year old loves it, not to mention my cats.....

Off to check my dogs. We've been having fireworks every night. Unfortunately the winds have stopped so all the shows will go on. I was hoping for high gusts so they get postponed at least. But no, Mother Nature is too kind.

Oh, I also make the chowder a day in advance. Always taste better the second day (along with my other soups and chili and chowders).

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Good morning, a chilly one and no sun to be seen, but Mutt and i had a nice walk. Yesterday we had Christmas and New years dinner at DD, since she has to work Christmas and has to work New years. I had made each of the boys afghans and gotten them fleece blankets, Tony's had Thomas on it and Alex's was from Cars. The boys were all excited about the fleece blankets and not paying much attention to the afghans. Their mother told them to put the blankets on their beds. I was helping in the kitchen when Alex started clapping and laughing, very proud of himself. He had spread his afghan over one of the chairs and was sitting in the chair just as proud as he could be. His father straighten the afghan out and it looked like it belonged on the chair.

DD had gotten a stationary bike for Christmas. They had picked it up about a week ago. I asked her how she liked it, she said she hadn't had a chance to try it out. So I tried it out. The tension was a lot looser then mine, but I didn't want to change it on their bike. I road for 15 min before the timer said I had to get something out of the oven. Both DD and her husband stood there staring at the bike I had gone 4.5 miles. They asked if that could be right. I told them the tension hadn't been set so I could easy go 18-20 miles an hour, so yes it was right. I couldn't have done it on my bike, at it's lowest setting the tension is quite a bit harder and I ride it for 20-30 mins a day.

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Good morning Dh is waiting for the big brown truck. The Christmas present that we ordered back in Nov that they told us would be here for Christmas then said they would mail between Jan 9th and 23rd, we received an e mail that is out for delivery via UPS and we will get it between 9A and 7P today. Actually we are celebrating Christmas today. Christmas and New years. DD worded Christmas and has to work New Years. we are just not going to n=be home this afternoon.

It has stopped raining, the sun isn't shining, but it isn't raining. The rain we got yesterday, while it wasn't pleasant, was what we needed. A nice steady light rain that soaked in. It also put a bumper on the fire crackers. Not going to complain about that.

Lola has always slept at the foot of my bed, not really beside me just close, well last night she slept in the crock of my arm. Snuggled up nice and close. She isn't a smuggler and has never even jumped in my lap. Makes me wonder if thats all about to change. She is starting to really believe this is her home. Beka says she knew she was excepted at her dads when her step mothers cat started sleeping at the head of her bed and when it as time for her to get up siting on her head. The cat just doesn't understand the holidays.

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It sounds like you had a fun time with cleaning out the closets and drawers. At least that way it isn't boring. I had a similar thing with my Dachshund I had when she was visiting me at college one time. I was trying to go through my clothes and find something to wear and she decided she needed a bed and pulled them all together to fix for a bed and laid down (I have to admit I was in a hurry, so was just pulling them out of a basket after washing and drying, so she had an easy time of making her bed with my clothes).

I guess we are paying for the warm weather we were having. Of course, we get the reputation here of always having the really cold weather right after Christmas and throughout January (they call it "Stock Show weather"). They don't go back through history and find out that January isn't usually all that bad, but usually there are a couple days during Stock Show that are cold and snowy.

How do you make the fish chowder? Is it with a roux (sp?) and cream and potatoes? That is what Kent does for the clam chowder for Christmas Eve. I just couldn't wait for that when Anne told me we were having Christmas Eve at Kent and Alice's.

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It's warming up here. Right now it's 27 degrees, and it will get up in the mid 30's today. Tuesday is supposed to be pushing 40 degrees. Can you believe that? Forty? In December? In Alaska?!? And three days later, it will be in the teens for the high. So not normal. Oh, and we can't forget the freezing rain on New Year's Eve. You can guarantee that after dark, I'm not leaving my house. I refuse to go anywhere near the roads.

Spent the day making fish chowder. And I went through my dresser and got out a boatload of clothes to donate. Some of them went to my ten-year-old to grow in to (she's only five inches shorter than me). A couple of shirts I refuse to get rid of. Along with the slipper socks I wore when I gave birth to my youngest (green with martini glasses and olives on them). I won't bore you with the details of how many underthings I have.

My cats of course, had to help. I was putting the donations in a paper bag and Tank knocked it over and wanted in the bag which meant getting the clothes out of the bag. Little turd. Then he went in the drawer and all the neat little piles of workout clothes and socks and such were rearranged. He then went into the sorting piles on the bed and decided he didn't like the way they were sorted. When he was done, his brother Tiger took over. He got into the bottom drawer and tried to go through the back of it and almost got his head stuck. When I took him out (that was after rearranging my jeans and pajamas), he looked at me like I was irritating him. Poor boy.

Off to check my dogs. Happy Monday, everyone!

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We had a nice day today, though still pretty cold (maybe 35). It was sunny, though. I had to go do a little shopping before the cold coming in tomorrow. They changed the forecast. As far as I know they are still saying no higher than 10 tomorrow and 0 on Tuesday. Can't stand the idea of going out in the weather tomorrow but will have to.

I find that Orzo only tries to climb the drapery if I am sleeping in the bed in there. Otherwise he just hops up in the window. And he continually comes back and does it even when I push him away from there or squirt him or anything to get him off the drapery. Then he jumps across me when I am trying to do anything.

I started a baby blanket this morning and hoping I can get it done by mid February. I'm slow at that. I used a double crochet foundation to start it, so I am hoping that it will work out. When I went looking for the yarn to make this with I found the towels that I only needed to put buttons on. Finally. I was going to use that to give for the Christmas presents, but guess that wasn't what I was supposed to do. So I am going to finish them and see what I can do with them when they are done. I will also try to make the hot pads to go with them.

Yes, I have a wonderful neighbor. I am so glad that they moved in there.

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"Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating."
– Honoré de Balzac

Good Afternoon, I woke up to a cold dreary day. It is 40 and a constant drizzle. I can't get warm.I took Mutt out for a walk 3 times,, only to turn around after a couple min because of the rain. We final managed a 20 min walk.

I finished the boys afghans and have started the girls. Their parents are big on board games. Beka asked how cool would it be to have an afghan the was a checker board. Well that is easy enough to make. I looked for game afghan suitable for a 5 year old. I found a round one that is a dart board. Well really you throw plastic balls with strips of velcro glued to them. Somehow i can see her putting it on the bed and throwing all kinds of things at it.

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That's funny because I graduated from U of NFL and went St Louis for Christmas. Thats when I had the only white Christmas i remember

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We have rental duplexes, and in the lease it says that snow removal is the responsibility of the landlord. When it's over three inches, hubby will plow. Two of the tenants say it's not necessary because the kids will take care of it. Why should the kids go out and shovel the driveways when hubby can get in his truck and plow it in a fraction of the time? Once the tenant's kids were out at 11pm shoveling the driveway (we know this because they're across the street from us). And they're about middle school age. Sometimes I don't understand these people. And another tenant (he's a house builder and lives next door to us) came home about 1am and I was out with the dogs and heard him shoveling which was followed by a snow blower. He does not like snow on his truck, so he blows it off. Insane.

We're all slowly getting better. Hubby had to do some errands early this morning and I talked him into buying the weekly batch of eggs. It was within his grocery shopping capabilities because it was three items or less. Every Sunday he hard boils 28 eggs -- the kids eat them every morning for breakfast (just the whites -- the yolks go to the ravens).

Time for a dog check. Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Darlene, you have a great neighbor!

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'82 must have been a white Christmas a lot of places. That is the year we had 2 feet of snow come down on Christmas Eve. I was supposed to fly to St. Louis that afternoon, but the airport was pretty much shut down. My friend who was going to take me in his 4 wheel drive got stuck at the end of my street and had to spend the night. The neighbor's son walked about 15 miles or so to get to his folks house. Christmas morning we were all outside in just sweaters or shirt sleeves (and our pants/jeans) shoveling snow. I didn't get to St. Louis until 2 days and 2 hours after I was supposed to get there.

Yesterday I got the back porch and walk, side walk and about 1/3 the driveway shoveled before my fingers got too cold and my back needed a break. When I got inside and was resting my back I heard the shovel on my front porch. My neighbor had come over and finished all my shoveling. At least this time I got something done myself which is better than I have for several years.

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Good afternoon, I've been working on the boys afghans and not getting a whole lot else done. Last night I checked and walking Mutt a mile and half I could just get my steps in. They where shooting off fireworks, not the pretty kind the ones you can't see, but make a terrible noise. We hadn't gone 1/4 mile when Mutt said enough of this and we headed for home. I hd left Duke outside not realizing how bad the fireworks were. He hit the door so hard DH thought the internet satellite had fallen off the roof. Looks like it is going to be a long noisy week. I waked around the house and just made my steps with 25 to spare.

Mom says I had white Christmases till I was 5, but I don't remember that far back. I do remember we had a white Christmas at a relatives in 82. I saw a picture of Beka in LA, her dad was taking her and the rest of the family to Tahoe for Christmas, so the next picture I couldn't recognize her for the cloths.

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It sounds like Christmas was hard on people here. MaryAlice, I'm sorry about your aunt. It makes things really sad when family just cuts themselves off from the rest of the family, too. I have a couple cousins like that. No one knows where one of them is at all and haven't since she got married. The other I know is in Texas, but she won't have anything to do with anyone. I've tried calling her to see how she has been doing, but nothing.

I had a nice Christmas. Christmas eve I went to one friend's where we had dinner, then all went to church service. Yesterday was at my friend Anne's (the friends are sisters) for dinner and we watched movies. Things go on tomorrow with a baby shower (S-mother has to go back to FL on Sunday). When I got home yesterday Orzo met me at the door and was so excited I was back home he was following me everywhere and noisily asking for attention the whole time. Cassie was also excited when I got home. She gets excited every time I move, though. Just one little excited and happy girl.

We didn't start the day with a white Christmas, but ended it with a white Christmas. It started snowing about 4:00. Only a couple inches, but I think there is enough for snow men building.

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MaryAlice, Lola definitely sounds like a girl. My first cat was a boy, and he was a lap cat and once he was neutered, a definite couch potato (before the "snip" he fathered every queen in the neighborhood -- hence, the name King Cat). My second cat was a girl, but she didn't stick around very long -- we went on vacation and she stayed with my dad's coworker, and they were so in love with each other that we couldn't bear to separate them. After that I was on my own and it was more male than female cats. Right now I have four boys and two girls. The girls are SO snobbish, but still lap cats.

We survived Christmas, barely. Everyone is still in some stage of being sick and it put a damper on the whole day. It got to the point where we were all relieved when it was over. On the plus side, we did get about two inches of snow. It's the first time in a long time that the weather people have been right. How nice it looked to wake up on Christmas day to see it snowing. It went downhill from there.

But there's always tomorrow as the saying goes. Until then, it's time for a dog check.

Never give up, never quit.


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