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My husband and I , with our dog, Tate, moved to Buenos Aires.. Life has never been the same since ~ Back in the USA ... life is still not the same !
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday ..... Catday ....

I have come to the conclusion that I am indeed, a Cat Lady.
Hopefully not a Crazy Cat Lady but I will admit that I am more fond of my cats than I am of most humans  and they bring me more enjoyment than most humans.

They are also loyal and are not known to be back stabbers or liars.
And they never use excuses for not visiting, writing or calling.
They never need them, they are there, 24/7 .. and usually purring.
And they are honest.
Although I have seen the little drama kitten Minette go into the Starving Kitty routine enough to know that while she is honest, she is not above a good exaggeration when she smells Fishy Cat Food cans being opened.

Moving them to Florida was a good thing. Forget about what it means for me, the cats are in Kitty Nirvana .. imagine if your main goals in life were Warm Spots for Naps ... lots of Naps ... food at regular times and if it stinks to high heaven of canned fish, Even Better.

Then there is the  Human to pet you, brush you, cut the tangles out and to trim your nails so you don't get hung up on those gorgeous linen drapes .... someone who never complains to you about your joy in flinging litter as far as possible ... just for the hell of it.
A human that whispers loving things to you, using    words that you don't know  but you definitely know the touch and sound .. a sound that can only be replied to with the sound of purring.

So yes, I am the Cat Lady ... and glad of it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What It Could Have Been

It had all the makings of a bad day.
People had to come here to do things, be on time, hopefully, no mess etc.
I lost my car keys. With the house keys.
I could not leave the house .. even on foot.
It was a bright and sunny day, no clouds, hot.
The iPhone went missing. ( I do not have a house phone )

The man that owns the apartment came by  he wanted to   fix something and see about the a/c.
My daughter emailed  and wanted to know if I wanted to go out to dinner ..

The man arrived, with assurances that all would be well.
My daughter arrived and whisked me away for a fish camp dinner .. all the hushpuppies you can eat with fresh fried flounder ... I felt so Back Home !

My daughter and I talked and giggled and enjoyed being out together ..
The conversation was mostly about real estate .. we are both looking ..

She brought me home, with the headlights on she gave me an idea of where to look for the iPhone ..
There it was.
I found the house keys right before we left ... I was able to get back in the house, with the phone..
All is well.
Cats are slightly annoyed, apparently I didn't mention to them that I would be out for a while.
Miffed kitties  ...

I will now go watch something they like on TV and grovel a little and kiss and snuggle a lot and have a good night .. with everything back where it belongs and fixed and working and locked.

In case someone dear to me sees this ... when out celebrating her anniversary .. on a ship  ... in Europe !!
Happy Anniversary !!! These flowers are for you !!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Little Black Snake

I walk to the mailboxes each day and back, with the heat and humidity today I was glad it was not a long walk.
The gardeners are here today .. mowing, trimming, sculpting .. very nice and very polite and cheerful all the time.

I always say hello to them , instead of pretending they are not there like I have seen some people do .. so now they say hello Signora when they see me.
Today they were standing by some shrubs that were being trimmed and just staring at the shrub.
I had to walk past them anyway, so I said What ? is something wrong ?
And one of the men just pointed at the shrub .... and there it was .. it's little "neck" sticking out, its little bitty head looking .. staring .. is it safe to come out ? What are these humans doing to my hiding place ?? My Gosh they are ugly, those humans !

He was quite small and not scary looking , kind of cute if you really want to know.

A little Black Snake.

So that is one black snake, one armadillo , one long garden snake and a lot of fireflies that I have seen so far, living here.
Thankfully, no alligators. oy.

Now I am safe inside .. with the craziest of creatures ...  cats...2 young,  1 old .. watch out for them !

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Florida Cats

Minette likes Florida so far ... Merlin likes the nap weather , although he is conked out on my bed with the a/c making him comfy right now.
Minette is a sweet little girl who likes to hang out on the lanai with Honey and they watch birds and chat about little girl cat things and nap ... they all nap a lot.
I have to be careful, I was lying on the sofa watching the Olympics with Honey nearby , napping and next thing I knew, my eyelids were getting heavy .. cat hypnosis.

We have had a boring day but that is ok .. boring is better than some dramas I have experienced so I will read and talk to cats and think of the easiest dinner possible .. last night was too easy ..
Warmed up old pasta ... put it on your list of foods you won't want to eat , good for diet meals.

My daughter is in the midst of exciting happy things and she is busy and I find myself feeling a bit lonesome but thank goodness for Kindle and cats.
They go together quite well.
The    sky got pitch black, the air was very still and I thought, tornadoes are not what I need at this time ... ever .... then we had a brief squall go by and now the sky is baby blue with no clouds.
How bout dat ?!

So I am off to loll around with cats on the lanai and figure out what will I do on Sunday.
Hope your weekend is going along well ....

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