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A Simply Truth About Me

If I wake up and do not have coffee in the house, I will go without until I get to work.

If I wake up and do not have creamer, I will take that coffee black thank you.

If I run out of toilet paper, I will use napkins in the meantime.

If I do not have margarita mix in the evening, I will forgo my nightly margarita.

If I only have very small pieces of my soap bar left, although I will seriously consider using my hand soap dispenser, I will eventually make do with my very small pieces of the soap bar.

If there is only a spit of shampoo or conditioner left, I will add water and shake vigorously to get on with my shower.

If I come home and have nothing to make for dinner, I will turn my back up can of black beans on top of rice with cheddar cheese and consider it a feast.

BUT.

If I wake up and do not have the morning can of fancy feast wet cat food for my cats to split, you will find me at the grocery store as early as 5:00 am buying said wet cat food.

True story.

Happens all the time.

Most recently, this morning.

But hey, they are happy and I feel accomplished! hahaha

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For The Love of God, Every Breath You Take!!

Although I love the song Every Breath You Take by The Police, mama is getting ready to call the real police.

I finally solved a mystery that has been puzzling me for some time now.

I was woken up by my cats this morning at 2:30 am.

That is not unusual.  That is par for the course.

I normally get to go back to sleep within 15 minutes of petting.

And then I heard it.

The dude upstairs was on the move.

Either he is a really large guy or he is very heavy footed.

On a positive note, I take great care in being oh so quiet when the building is asleep as to not disturb my downstairs neighbors.  See.  I can take lemons and make lemonade!

Anyway, I hear him on the move, roll my eyes and begin breathing deeply and slowing thinking I can calm my way back to sleep.

After about 15 minutes I hear it.

Unbelievable, the dude either turned on his TV or music because I hear a rhythmic bass or treble or something on a continuous loop!

How effing rude can you be?

This has happened before too, always in the late, late hours of the night or if you prefer, the early earliest of hours in the morning.

He must travel, because it only happens in stints, brief periods of time and not 24/7.

I cannot tell you how many times I have had to stop myself from marching upstairs and banging on his door and giving him a piece of my mind for being so rude and thoughtless.

Well guess what mama figured out as she was breathing deeply and slowing thinking I could calm my way back to sleep?

That is not music or the TV, he is freaking SNORING!

Holy crap! What in the hell am I supposed to do with that?

I was sleeping on my couch because you can do that when you are an adult and single.

Well home boy, and yes he must be a HE with that kind of snoring, must not have been able to sleep and moved to his couch because he is an adult too, and now he is obviously sleeping soundly when I AM NOT.

Every breath he takes makes me want to walk up there and punch him.

I am not in a relationship.  I shouldn’t have to deal with this!

And if I was in a relationship with someone who snored, the first snore and it would have been over.  I like my sleep.

I know people who are married to snorers.  And I think and have said, for the love of God, didn’t you know about this early on and how on earth could you have signed up for this life sentence on purpose? hahaha

Hold up, dude must be awake because the snoring stopped.

Oh never mind.  False alarm.

How on earth I can hear him snoring I do not know.  I have occasionally been woken up by an iPhone alarm thinking, that is strange, I don’t remember setting my alarm.

I didn’t.  It was his alarm.

Outside of these two things in the dead of night or early, early morning, I hear absolutely nothing.

No convos, no showers, no nothing.

Well I do hear him walking, but outside of THOSE three things, I hear nothing.

Now that I know what is going on, I will not call the police.

I am seriously thinking about moving though. hahaha

So I am up.  Now what?

I could exercise.  I could ride my Harley.  I could go grocery shopping.

I could…I really think it would be best if I leave my house for a little while before the police come to pick me up for smothering someone!!! hahaha

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Happy Halloween People!

I certainly hope this was my trick for the day.


They Have An App For That!

Yesterday was a very sad, sad day for me.

I was FitBitless.

I had officially finally lost my FitBit.

And I was on a roll too in my FitBit group weekly challenge!

I was in the lead and had been pretty active since Sunday – 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles, 5 miles and then Thursday – zip, zilch, nada, and so sad lady go home.

Losing a FitBit is like losing a helpful and challenging friend, so, so disappointing.

It happened to two friends of mine this past year, but it could never happen to me.

Or so I thought.

Yesterday I felt naked. No FitBit to wear, my first day since June 22, 2015 going commando.

I was going to share that statement with someone yesterday and then thought better of it, saying naked in front of someone you don’t know all that well is, um, awkward.

But we are all friends here so – naked, naked, and NAKED! hahaha

I am only in a good mood because I found my FitBit safe and sound this morning.

And I only found it safe and sound and sooner because one of my FitBit group friends said – Hey, they have an app for that.

I learned something extremely important from this experience.

It is such a GREAT idea to have younger friends.

I was all prepared to buy a new FitBit.

So guess what I found out?

There really is an app out there to find lost FitBits!

In fact, there are several.

I googled (because Google is my very bested friend in the whole wide world, after my FitBit and iPods) – What app will help me find my lost FitBit?

I found two, both of which had 5 star ratings.

Really first I found one, paid $4.99 for it and began combing my house following a beep beep beeping signal on my phone.

It was a lot like a game of Hot or Cold.

You are hot (getting closer), hot, HOOOOT – totally cold and way off base lady.

My cats were following me around as I was following around my phone with its beep, beep, beeping.

After about 30 minutes and tearing up my house at the slightest of beeps I was getting frustrated (understatement).

Now I knew the FitBit was in my house from the get go, so that made it even more frustrating (again, very understated).

When I am in bed and falling asleep and realize that I still have it on and am too lazy to get up and put it in my purse (so my cat Mozzie doesn’t eat it), I take it off and tuck it under my pillow.

I turned over couches, shook the tar out of every blanket I could find, looked under every piece of furniture in case Mozzie had indeed found it and dragged it off somewhere and I still came up empty.

I became angry and found myself thinking – Those 5 star raters are LIARS!!!

I sat back down at my computer and hit up my pal Google again to help me find another app.

This was the apps last chance. If this didn’t work I was going to buy a new FitBit!

The second app again had 5 star ratings, and even better, it was free.

I was going to be so pissed off if this free app found my FitBit and the one I paid cold hard cash for didn’t.

The first app had me focused on my living room, that’s where I feel asleep when I lost it.

But the second app was fonder of my bedroom.

The second app didn’t beep; it had a signal bar to indicate when you were close. The more bars you saw the closer you were.

Another round of Hot or Cold ensued.

This time I tore my bed apart, shaking out blankets, tossing pillows everywhere and nothing. Rats (understatement). Empty handed again!

But then I got a brilliant idea to toggle between the two apps, using them both and TAA DAA – I found my FitBit!!

I had tucked my FitBit INTO my pillow case.

I don’t remember doing that. I usually tuck it UNDER my pillow.

I would have found my FitBit this weekend when I did the laundry, but $5 and one less day FitBitless was worth it.

So long story short, it took me an hour and it was quite frustrating (by this point, so understated that it is mind-boggling) BUT I did not waste the $5 I spent on the first app and my friend saved me from spending $100!

All in all, it has been a pretty good morning.

Oh, and I am in second place FitBit group weekly challenge wise so I still have a chance to win by the end of today even with having logged zip, zilch, nada, and so sad lady go home steps yesterday!

Who’s your mama?

Me.

And they have an app for that!

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Tuesday, February 24th

Tuesday, February 24th, 2014, my little man Caesar unexpectedly passed away.

I came home from work, noticed that he was having trouble breathing and rushed him to the vet.

They took x-rays and the experience scared him so badly that they had to put him on oxygen to keep him breathing.

I rushed him across town to an emergency vet hospital and four hours after arriving home from work, what I thought was a normal day, my little man was gone.

That was one of the worse days of my life.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, my guardian who cared for me during my high school and college years will be laid to rest.

She was a wonderful and giving woman, and she was strong, both physically and mentally.

She had a garden that she loved so much, flowers and vegetables galore.

And when I say garden, I really mean a small farm out back that she took care of all by herself, by choice.

She was 50 years older than me, and even back in high school, she could out last me physically and stamina wise.

I remember thinking ~ I want to be like her when I get older ~ full of life, strong, capable with an ‘I do it myself and not going to have it any other way’ mentality.

She lived in her own home with her niece until about a year or so ago, and then she moved in with her daughter.

She outlived her brother and sister by many years, both of which lived on the same street as her, they were two of her three neighbors.

She was a very resilient woman.

I was there for her when her husband passed away. She had cared for him many years after he had a stroke, so when he passed away it was very life changing for her.

And she was there for me when my step-mother passed away, a very life changing event for me too.

I think that is when we bonded most, because both deaths happened around the same time.

She lived to be 94, which is pretty awesome in my book.

I am very sad that she is gone, and I am very disappointed that I didn’t make it down one last time to see her.

Over the last couple of years I have had a couple of challenging changes going on in my life as well, and the opportunity to see her again unknowingly slipped by.

She gave me one of the best compliments ever, her gift to me.

She told my grandmother, and both she and my mom remind me of it often, especially when I need a lift.

She said ~ If someone cannot get along with Lisa, well then, there is something wrong with them.

I have only been to a few funerals. I can count them on half of one hand.

It is going to be very hard to see this strong woman lying there lifeless, and me not being able to talk with her one last time.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 is going to be an emotional day.

I hope Tuesday, February 24th, 2016 will bring a different kind of life affirming gift.

Please don’t take today or tomorrow for granted.

I know I won’t.

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Getting a Cat to Be More Affectionate

Why yes, that is what I have spent my morning doing…researching how to help my cat Kennedy enjoy being cuddled and loved on, and how to build a stronger bond with her.

This is new territory for me.

My cat Caesar who passed away last February was all about the tight bond, he even slept right next to me each night all stretched out like a little person.

I still miss him very much.

However, there is hope for Kennedy.

She is semi-affectionate, that is when she wants to be.

She does at least sleep in the same room with me, although we can’t be touching or else she feels the need to leave.

Usually she sleeps somewhere above me, so she can be the queen on the scene.

She has more toys than any cat should, but we get our money’s worth because she does play with them to the point of them becoming all ratty.

Now one article suggested that I scoop her up in a blanket, head covered and all, so she can experience feeling warm and safe and associate good things with being held while I talk to her softly.

Hold on a sec.  I am going to go try that.

Ok, one blanket has been shredded and I do believe I will have a scar over my right eye once this huge gash heals.

Just kidding.  I haven’t tried that technique.  Yet.

There is also the getting her to like me by feeding her small bits of raw 100% organic pasture raised beef.  I found this technique on youtube and saw with my own two eyes the results.

However if I go that route, number one, she’ll be eating better than me and number two, I need to check with my vet on that one first.  I don’t want to accidentally poison her just trying to get her to like me more.  That seems counterproductive.

Now I am going to go out today and buy her a few treats and use those to entice her to come hang a little closer for a little longer.  I see potential in this technique.

I’ll play with her more, and sit down in the floor more often and let her come to me for petting when and if she wants.  I’ve been practicing this morning and it is working. 

And who knows, maybe I’ll master the art of getting a cat, in specific Kennedy, to be more affectionate.

Like I said, she has potential….

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Kennedy Chillin

 

Miss Kennedy

Miss Kennedy


DREAM UNTIL…your dream comes true

I was able to work on my bedroom yesterday.

The duvet cover that my sister bought for me arrived and there was no holding me back!

I traded in my yellow Keurig, it just wasn’t working out between us, and was able to create what follows instead with my refund.

My inspiration….a pin a friend shared on Pinterest:

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My results (not yet completed, but I work too darn hard not to share something):

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I have this Wall Quote Application to add:

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It is 3 feet wide and 7 inched tall.

It will either go in the center where the curtains part, or I will close the curtains and run lights cascading down like in the inspiration photo.

In that case, I will add the quote to the column above the curtains.

Regardless, Miss Kennedy thinks I have built her a play area.

You’ll notice her in each picture, to include the blur of her racing back and forth!

So this might be as good as it gets before it all gets torn down. hahaha

Either way, it takes my breath away when I go in and only turn on the string of star lights.

It is so beautiful and peaceful.

By the way, my bed’s backboard, that’s my twin mattress from the guest room I had in my last place.

When I have company, taa daa, I have a bed for them.

It gets better, I saved my old duvet which is identical to the new one I have, so we will match!

Sleep over party up in my house!

I have to keep things matching and balanced, or else I go bonkers. hahaha

Disclaimer: My pictures are a bit blurred, the string of star lights are a little off, and the curtains were a bit skewed all due to Kennedy’s supervision.  Without her help, it would have been picture perfect.  But then again, it wouldn’t have been real life (quick take a photo while it is still standing!! Aw crap, here she comes again!!).


Must Love Cats, Riding Motorcycles, Dancing and Wanna Race Porsches!

Bonus Points for being open to trying…Surfing. Rock Climbing. Mountain Hiking. Aerial and/or Acrobatics Yoga.

I joined an online dating site!

Just kidding.

I have known several people who have tried it.

I have known several people who have tried to convince me to do it.

But I have known NONE that it has ever worked out for.

The people I know have found someone by going about their daily lives and taa daa, which is so more my speed.

But I did decide to step outside of my comfort zone a little, I placed a newspaper classified ad (please see above).

Again, just kidding.

But I figured it couldn’t hurt to throw it out there to life what it is I am looking for, as I go about my daily life, which will one day surprise me with a Taa Daa!

And people wonder why I am still single.

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