Randomly on a Thursday

1. The outdoor cat (Nanook) got herself stuck in a neighbors yard this morning. I could hear her meowing, but couldn’t see her. I was watching my friend’s little guy, so I had to wait until she got back. Then we loaded the kids into the wagon and trekked around the block.  Thankfully, the third neighbor we stopped at was very nice (they were all nice, but older and not really wanting to be troubled).  She opened her yard and let me go have a look.  Nan had somehow gotten into the next yard over, but couldn’t get out. They have a large shed, but around the shed is a deep trench with two by fours laid narrow side up against the fence.  She couldn’t get any purchase to jump out and was pacing back and forth frantically, trying to find a way out. She couldn’t leave the safety of behind the shed, because that particular yard has at least two very large and aggressive Akitas. She has been rescued and has lost outdoor privileges until after the 4th.

2. The marine layer has not yet moved and I’m not digging the gloom.  While I’m glad it’s not 90º out there, I’d like it to be at least in the 70s. (I know, people who live in places like Nevada and Arizona want to slap me right now, but it’s July and I want summer weather!)

3. It’s totally worth it to prep fruit ahead to avoid waste. I’ve been washing my fruit as soon as I get it home from the store, loosely following these instructions from Momables. I don’t use nearly as much vinegar and I totally don’t measure anything, but it still seems to work pretty well. When they’re done soaking, I rinse them and throw them through my salad spinner before drying them on a towel.  I’m not sure how well it prevents mold, because having them pre-washed means we eat through them much faster.  I also have started taking grapes off of the vine so that we can just grab and go. Just one word of advice… Raspberries and salad spinners do not mix. Trust me.

4. I’m extra hormonal lately which means I’m not sleeping much and I’m eating all of the things.  Someone please save me from the pan of brownies in the fridge!

5. I’m watching Star Trek: TNG from the beginning on Amazon Prime.  So 90s… So very, very 90s. And I love the crap out of it.

Crocodiles & Fruit

I am obeying the inscrutable exhortations of my inner-most soul, and my mandate also includes crocodiles.

– Dr. Bryan Grieg Fry

I’ve been subscribing to the In Search of Finer Fruits blog lately and really loving the stuff she’s putting up.  The quote I found while locating the mailing address of the Venom Doc for my nephew to write a letter (because he can’t hop a plane and go visit him in person).  The two seem to really go together.  If you go read the blog, you’ll understand why.

P.S. I kind of want my mandate to include crocodiles, too.

Morning Naps

Every morning around these parts, the animals follow a routine.  They drag me from my comfortable bed (usually around 8ish) with whining and pawing and walking over the top of me. Chloe goes outside while their loyal servant (me) fills the food bowls.  Once breakfast has been consumed, Chloe makes her second trip outside (or bad things happen to the carpet).  They romp about the house until around 9am.  And then it’s time for the first nap of the day.  Glorious silence fills the house as they all begin their first 1-2 hour snooze.  Lately, Chloe has been napping on the couch next to me so I can pet her.  It makes for cozy mornings while the wind blows and the rain falls outside my windows.  It really is the little things that make life grand.

Dear Younger Self

Or things I’ve learned as an (almost)adult.

  • It takes longer to avoid loading and unloading the dishwasher than to just do it.  And a clean sink makes a huge difference in how easy it is to cook and maintain the kitchen.  Just suck it up and deal with it.
  • The less clothes you possess, the less often you have to do laundry.  Remember this when you’re out shopping.  And if you haven’t worn something in a year, get rid of it.  (Then you can go buy something better!)
  • Yes the cat boxes are gross and a pain.  But if you clean them daily, they don’t get smelly and it’s much easier.  Try not to avoid them, it’s just disgusting.
  • Breakfast is essential.  But not that cereal crap that the tv always talked about.  Start the day off with something good for you and it will make all the difference.
  • Don’t over commit.  If you don’t want to do it (and have the option not to), just say no.  You’ll thank yourself in the end.
  • Exercise, while unpleasant, is a necessary evil.  So just break a sweat in the privacy of your own home and repress the flashbacks to high school aerobics class.  Unlike Ms. Walters, you are not a crazy exercise junky.  If you’re too tired to continue, then stop.  There’s no point in overdoing it.  You don’t have to pass any stupid PE classes now.
  • Make your bed in the morning.  Then, at night, when you’ve stayed up too late, there’s a nice clean bed waiting for you.  Your future self will thank your past self for being so courteous.

Sorting It Out

Because the world has decided to explode around me while we were on vacation, the pictures are delayed until I can deal with my destroyed garden bed, the sudden appearance of fleas, and overwhelming depression.  In the meantime, I am trying to find some order in the chaos.  More upbeat posts to come in the future…

P.S.
Can anyone tell me why I have a dozen size I hooks?  Methinks it is time to cull the herd…

P.P.S.
The side/abdomen pain is back with a vengeance.  Not sure if I want to go in for more scans that will have them telling me nothing is wrong with me.