Is it a Toy?

Is your human a toy gadget freak? My mom is. She loves office stuff and kitchen gadgets. She says they are things to help her be more productive but I think they are toys.

Before she retired, she got lots more office stuff than kitchen gadgets. Colored pens and paper, various kinds of organizers, fasteners, labels and label makers, you name it, she had it.

I say ha! If they make her so productive, why can’t she keep up with my blog and social media schedule?

When she retired and we moved up here, she didn’t need a lot of new office stuff, and since she cooks a lot more now, kitchen gadgets have come to the forefront again. They help her do things quicker and easier, she says. Now, since I don’t do the cooking, I’m not sure about that, but once again, I say a lot of them look like toys to … Continue reading

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Here Birdie, Birdie

Back at the end of November, mom got us a couple of bird feeders on one of her many shopping trips. She had gotten rid of a lot of stuff before the move and some of it needed replacing. When she went to hang the feeders, she realized her little kitchen step ladder wasn’t tall enough to reach and she needed a ladder. Even once she got the ladder, there were more delays in hanging the feeders. Sheesh!New bird feeders

A couple of weeks ago, she got two more feeders and bird seed. She got a really pretty feeder with fake birdies on it and a purple one just for me! She said she had to do it but it is a little tacky so … Continue reading

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One Burning Question

Today is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day and I have just one burning question for mom. Why do you insist on continuing to torture me with the harness?

One Burning Question - Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

Mom replies: Oh, Christy, you are doing so much better with the harness, how can it still be torture? To answer your question, I really, really want you to be able to go for walks outside. I think once you are used to it, you will enjoy it One Burning Question - Answer Your Cat's Questions Dayso much you will be sorry you fought it so hard. You love it when the … Continue reading

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Feeling Lucky

Uh oh. It’s one of those days that mom is in a cooking mood. We spent several hours this morning catching up on our blogs and still are working on Sunday! Don’t know why she thinks she can take time to cook. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she is hungry and if she doesn’t cook, she doesn’t eat. No fast food places around here!

She is making bread from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (she discovered that a few weeks ago and now always has dough in the fridge), soup that she saw on The Pioneer Woman (we watch that together all the time), and she’s also talking about baking cookies. Where in there did she mention something for us? Maybe we will at least get some of the special treats she makes us.

The … Continue reading

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Waste Not, Want Not

C&O with chicken treatsWhen mom first started making us raw food*, she left all the skin on the chicken. After a few months of eating this delicious concoction, we all started getting a little fluffy, as mom called it. A review of the website that the recipe came from said to remove some of the skin from the chicken if that happened.

Back then, mom was making 30+ pounds of food at a time. So by the time she removed about a third of the skin, that was a lot of skin. She hated to … Continue reading

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Compost for Catnip

As I mentioned in my post on litter, one of the first things mom ordered when we moved here was a big composter. It was raining when it arrived so it never even made it to the garage. Mom drug it into the family room (the box was really big and kind of heavy) where it stayed for some time. Mom’s friend, Kelly, said it made a good coffee table.

Seems like every time it stopped raining, the composter took a backseat to another outdoor project that needed to be done — usually involving the horses. Mom would’ve put it together inside but it was too big and wouldn’t fit through any of the doors once it was finished.

Finally, a few days before Christmas, mom and Kelly’s mom started working on it. We watched them through the window for a while but it went … Continue reading

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No White Christmas

No white Christmas - it's only frost!When we woke up this morning, there was white stuff all over our lawn. Mom says it is not snow, just frost. It may not be a white Christmas but it is the closest we are going to get — at least for this year. It has been raining off and on for weeks but never when it is cold enough to snow. Mom says it has to be colder for the rain to turn to snow. Wow, weird. It rained yesterday afternoon but it was in the 40s. Last night, it got down to 29 but no rain. Mouses, as Nissy would say.

 

 

We don’t really know what snow is. Mom has had white Christmases when she … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Litter?

Mom wants me to write a post about cat litter. Cat litter? Really? It seems to be important to her so I agreed.

This all came about because mom loves to garden. The condo we lived in had no room for a garden but mom still always had a few herbs on the kitchen counter. Occasionally, there was even some fresh catnip or grass for us.

Other places she lived before the condo all had small areas where she could have a garden and she did what she could there. She even tried to have a garden in the ghost town in the high desert in Nevada where she lived for five years. She had lots of space but no real soil. She composted and composted and composted until after about three years she had a decent little patch of dirt. Finally, that year she had some tomatoes and squash … Continue reading

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