Another round of odds and ends

Nada! I don’t have much today! After a round of not feeling well followed by a cat not feeling well, creative inspiration has taken a holiday!

My cat Mollie is doing much better but not yet 100%. (Thanks for all your kind words sent her way.) It’s not so much the procedure she had done which is common but her sensitivity to almost everything. I’ve spent several hours over the last two days rubbing her jaw which is what seems to make her happy.

When you’re not at your best and have things on your mind, everything seems to go wrong. I went grocery shopping with a list yesterday only to find that they didn’t have half the items on my list. More than half. The place was full of old people because it was senior day with a discount. (Yes, I know I’m one of them but I am not nearly as annoying! Trust me I’m not!) I hate shopping with old people! (If you are old, I don’t mean you. You are a delight to shop with!) Those doggone electric carts near ran me over. I did get the senior discount on my five items.

The beloved husband plucking leaves!

The beloved husband plucking leaves!

The beloved husband has continued to pick up the leaves. Most of our trees have dropped them except for our Japanese maple. His patience was gone so he went out and plucked the rest of them! All done now!

We put our Christmas tree up over the weekend. As always there were cats, some watching and some helping. Here is a picture of Morgan being very helpful (?) and doing a quality inspection!

Morgan with head in the tree!

Morgan with head in the tree!

Have a great day!

65 thoughts on “Another round of odds and ends

  1. Kate your intolerance to shopping with the elderly set reminded me of a quote my dad use to say. “Don’t park here because some old bird will crash into your car when she is parking. This is where THEY all park.” I use to tell him to stop being so horrible and then it did happen. Hope your kitty is on the mend.

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  2. I’m sorry you are not feeling well but at least you are not one of those annoying old people on senior discount day. And you have the cutest cats. Love Morgan inspecting the tree and I can just see Mollie getting her jaw rubbed.

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  3. Great that you and Mollie are recovering and feeling better. Senior day at the grocery is great for the discount but some seniors are really old and mean. Not me…I am always a joy to be around.?!

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  4. A round of not feeling well and an oversensitive cat can dampen the spark of creativity a bit. There always seems to be something going on at your house, though.

    I’m not doing a Christmas tree this year since I’ll be spending Christmas and New Year with my daughter in Maryland. I just looked at the weather report–a high of 69 degrees on Christmas Eve for Rockville, MD. I guess I won’t need my down coat.

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  5. I’m sorry Mollie is taking so long to recover. That must be so stressful. Last night at the shelter one of the new cats was recovering from neutering surgery. He was having neurological symptoms, I guess, and it was distressing. My daughter was with us, and it really bothered her to watch him. I guess it’s normal because the vet came in and checked on him, but I felt so sorry for him.

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    • It is so hard because you can’t explain to them what’s happening. Mollie is still hanging around in her bed on the floor. She’s not a “floor cat” preferring to sit on a bed or other piece of furniture. I would have been upset at seeing that poor cat too. It’s usually a simple surgery. Then again so is an extraction for a tooth that’s already loose.

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  6. That picture of Morgan is priceless. I’m glad Mollie is on the mend, and I can relate to jaw issues. I was just told I’m clenching mine hence, my chronic headaches. She’s lucky she has a live-in masseuse like you to make her feel better.
    Holidays are tricky. They can be so joyful or not. I go in and out. Happy you feel better and your hubs by the way, is real cute 🙂

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  7. Hope you and Mollie continue to feel better. With our two tree-climbing cats, we no longer put up a tree. I miss the tree but not all the work. Wow, if the beloved husband ever runs out of leaves to pick, send him my way …

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  8. We don’t have a senior discount day at our local grocery store, but there are always plenty of us seniors shopping. I try to be a considerate shopper but I hate those electric carts that whiz around taking up two lanes of traffic! Good luck on the Christmas tree with cats – they are always a temptation for them. We have live oaks in our yard and they shed in the spring.

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    • At our grocery store, there is a bus that brings a large number at once from a retirement community. That is the really bad time to shop. I hate grocery shopping at the best of times but maneuvering around people who are not sure what they want or are slower makes me less patient than I would like to be. I try to avoid those times and it works for all of us!

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  9. The picture of your husband picking off the last of the leaves is priceless! We don’t have trees that lose their leaves in our yard, but we get plenty of leaves blown into our yard from our neighbors’ trees. Perhaps I should suggest they, too, pick the leaves off before they hit the ground.

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  10. Glad you and Mollie are feeling better. A tree in our neighbor’s yard, which reaches into my yard, was the last holdout with the leaves. Geez! I kept looking to see if they had fallen so I could complete my leaf raking duties.

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  11. So happy Mollie is almost 100%… glad when she is fully 100%! Your husband plucking the leaves off the tree is too too funny! Our Bradford Pears didn’t want to let go and CH would have done what your husband did if the trees weren’t so tall. Glad you survived the electric cart brigade… beep beep beep. I’m old but not annoying… 😀 I hope. Morgan had to be helpful!

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    • We have a Cleveland Pear tree and it holds it’s leave for a long time. However, they are down, it was just that one maple that was keeping the lawn vac in the garage. I’m pretty sure it has been transferred to the “facility maintenance” shed for the winter.

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  12. The Furry Trio and I are so glad Mollie is feeling better and hope it won’t be long before she is completely well again. Poor baby. Nobody likes going to the dentist, after all.
    Trixie, Caspurr and Shimshi send her headbonks and kitty kisses.
    And we hope you, too, are feeling better.
    Happy Holidays from us all.

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  13. Our little tree is up, and we have decorated the kitchen window with snowmen, trees and snowflakes surrounded by our set of lights we had when we had a big tree. We’ve sent pictures to our host apologising in case we’ve blown her street cred, and she thinks it’s terrific!

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  14. Cats and Christmas Trees. They love them. I don’t think anyone in our home enjoyed the Christmas Season nearly as much as our cats.

    I finally ended up having a set of cheap plastic ornaments for hanging on low branches that wouldn’t make me scream if I found them in the dining room instead of hanging on the tree. I’ve only had one that climbed it, which may be the thing I’m most grateful for at Christmas.

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    • My favorite cat story is from when I was a kid. We had a cat that climbed the tree and slept near the top. Made my mother crazy because she was afraid it would tumble over. (the tree with the cat) As if that wasn’t bad enough, we had a whole platform with trains, houses, etc. underneath. The mountains were crumpled paper and one day the cat pooped in the mountains. She never had accidents in the house so I (at age 13 or so) assumed that she thought the mountains were real and appropriate. Our cats are older now. The older two will sleep under it on the skirting. Only Morgan will bat a low hanging ornament which is unbreakable.

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  15. Good to hear both you and Mollie are feeling better. It is particularly hard when one of our non-English speaking critters are not up to par. The picture of Dan was enhanced by the falling snow. Perfect!

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  16. Ugh, feel better soon. To you, and miss Mollie. I cracked up over the leaf picking picture. Hilarious. Every day, my husband and I look at this massive tree in the front yard, hopeful the leaves are FINALLY all off the tree. We are tired of leaf blowing. Raking. The leaves all over our cars. The neighbor kids running through our leaf piles and sending them flying. It’s slow torture. If the tree wasn’t so big, I’d steal your husband’s idea and pluck them myself haha. Smart thinking.

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    • It’s all done now. Hazel has pulled some of the gauzy fabric down to sleep on but no ornaments rearranged yet. I had a friend with a very young kitten and every day she posts pictures on Facebook with her cat somewhere in the tree peering out. It’s an adorable age (except for fragile ornaments).

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  17. Plucking the leaves off the tree?!! That’s a new one. I think we’re way too mellow to even think to do something like that. Of course, my decorating style leans toward eclectic, so a few errant leaves here and there in the yard just adds to look. Hope you feel better soon– and that you’re cats don’t pull your tree down.

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