Thursday, November 29, 2007

If Only Humans Could - - -

Buddy and I were watching the birds feed outside "his" window today. We have ducks, quail, chickadees, blue jays, etc. The size difference is enormous.

There is only harmony, no competition or larger ones bullying the smaller ones. If only humans could live in such harmony and peace.

Monday, November 26, 2007

So we were choosing cards for our sons yesterday - headed for the "SON" dept. Ooops, we have one which will now be Son and Daughter-in Law. Happy, happy.

A month today is Boxing Day - in other words, I'm freaking out as time got away from me.

Who is ready and Who is not?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Friends!

I love Thanksgiving - I think next year we'll celebrate ours in October, as usual, then join you folks in November. Why didn't I think of that earlier?

Hope everyone has great food, family visits and a bit of rest.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Buddy's Vet Visit

So Buddy, the cat, is a macho sort of character - imagine his humiliation when the vet applied "Soft Paws" to his nails! The caps are clear and softly rounded on the ends. It's that or declawing, Buddy.
Check out SoftPaws.

He doesn't scratch furniture but will sit by his scratch pole, look at me and proceed to scratch the carpet. The vet said it's for attention - yes, well, he gets attention all right. She frowned at that comment.

Anyway, Buddy's vet is the sweetest little tiny Scottish gal - she looks about 15 years old. After he was weighed (13.5lbs.) she pronounced he had a surplus of fat on his tummy. No kidding. Anyway, life changes tomorrow - only a "slight teaspoon" of Fancy Feast in the morn and the rest will be his "teeth cleaning marbles" dry food Rx by the vet a year ago.

I have never had a manicure in my life so quit complaining, Buddy!

Friday, November 16, 2007

So Buddy, the cat, is miffed that his food is no longer front row centre in the kitchen. He's been demoted to the laundry room since laminate was laid.

Because he is a messy eater, can't have him broadcasting his fare on the new floor. Cats don't like change but I had no choice. He sulks til I'm out of sight and then the food mysteriously disappears.

Friday, November 9, 2007

So What is November - Finter?

Seems November is neither fall or winter - finter? We are fortunate enough to have quite mild temps yet ( plus 5-11) daytime. Sun shines a bit and the rains come.

Technically the first day of winter is Dec 21st - whoa, that's a late date. I'd say Dec. 1st is more like it.

Anyway, today I walked 30 minutes - very cold wind blowing off the lake. Mittens required:)

I pulled up all the annuals on the front step and generally tidied the yard. Put seed out for the birds and stirred my compost.

Bring on winter!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

After the laminate was laid, I feared to "use" it. Considered surgical booties and bib trays while we ate. Now, time has passed and I realize it's not made of salt - the occasional drops can be wiped up with no permanent damage.

We both sit here at night admiring the color and also how it feels to walk on.

Next week the rest of house will be done. I'm finding it a bit difficult to find 8 x 10 area rugs (that I like). Lots of 5 x 7's. Won't rush, just wait til I see one that's right.

Chef arrives on Nov. 11 so maybe that will be helpful for me. He can go have lunch with Dad and I will hang around while the guys work.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Kelly, Our Shepherd Story #1

We got Kelly, a female shep, when she was about 8 weeks of age. A lovable dog, she couldn't resist visiting (old) Midnight, the cat. Now Midnight napped in the center of a queen size bed, in a patch of sunlight, undisturbed for several years - enter Kelly.

Kelly would put her chin on the bed and gaze lovingly at Midnight. "Tick, tick, tick!"
"Ow, yap, yap, yap." We could hear Midnight's claws smacking Kelly's nose and the reaction.

Being a pup, Kelly never ever gave up trying to make friends. I think eventually Kelly had more important things to do than get her nose clawed - like guard the house.