Last night, being very tired, I put down the book I was reading, turned out my bedside lamp, snuggled under the covers beside my already fast-asleep husband, and closed my eyes, hoping for a blissful nights sleep.
No such luck!
Thoughts of the rather traumatic afternoon replayed in my mind, one after another, almost as if someone had put in a DVD, then sped it up. Images flew through my head, ones of past, present, and future. My mind would travel down one path only to take off on another. It was never ending, not to mention unsettling. I tried to divert my brain with deep and steady breathing, readjusting my pillow, turning on my side, and looking across the room at the clock which I’d already turned toward the wall (I’m a terrible clock watcher.) Nothing helped to stem the flow,… Continue reading
I love all kinds of animals, including the stuffed ones you find on the shelves of your favorite stores. Always have. When we left our ranch for city life several years ago, we could no longer have many of the animals we once had living out in the country. Though the real dog, cats, and fish would continue on with us, the population of stuffed animals increased in our home. I like to have them residing in my bedroom and around my home office. It makes me smile and feel good to see them there each day as I go about my chores, writing, etc.
But almost since the day this cat came into our lives as a small kitten, some four years ago now, things changed. We quickly became aware of her infatuation with… Continue reading
I climbed the basement stairs to join my daughter and her family for breakfast the morning following our arrival here in the Rocky Mountains. The previous day, my husband and I’d stepped out of the airport to a cooler-than-Texas day, but still one where no coat was necessary. As I approached the top of the stairs, I stepped across the small landing to pull back the curtains and peek out at the morning landscape before moving on to the kitchen. The view beyond the window made me pause in my step as I took in the winter wonderland spread out before me. A two-inch blanket of sparkling white snow had quietly fallen over the yard and trees during the cover of night.
After calling unnecessarily to the others in the house (I get rather excited about snow), we hurried to eat breakfast, then donned our winter gear and headed out… Continue reading
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Meet Calypso, the other cat in our amusing duo. She sports a sleek, solid dark-grey fur across her entire body with the exception of her tail, which is covered with slightly darker rings running its entire length. She is every bit the female, from the quiet way she pads around the house to the way she sits and daintily preens herself. One might look at her and think “what a sweet little thing,” and they would be right, but that is only one side of her. Hang around long enough and you’ll soon discover her secret life: that of a thief!
You probably think that people “our age” are some what odd to keep stuffed animals around, but we do. There, our secret’s out. Our office is sprinkled with the fuzzy little critters adorning our… Continue reading
I’ve lived with many different cats throughout my life, and they’ve done some strange and amazing things, but the two we have now are quite a pair, both together and individually.
Meet Hunter, our large grey and black striped male. He’s lovable, curious, full of energy, and romps heavy-footed throughout the house like an elephant. Recently, he’s decided that it’s his job to let us know when the phone rings, as if we’re not aware of the noise it makes. When someone calls, Hunter jumps up onto the old desk next to where I write. He then continues to circle the phone, meowing until I answer it. Once the job is done, he jumps down and goes about his business.
Recently, when I was out of the office, I heard the phone continue to ring and ring and then it stopped. When I came back, I found that Hunter had… Continue reading