Our next cat’s name

We’re not getting a new cat for the family. Or a new kitten, even. But you know how you’ll think of that perfect name – for a human, or a companion animal – and want so badly to share it with your friends but you’re afraid they’ll have a baby/get a pet and steal your…

Slowly but surely, the fog is lifting.

As in, “that nasty confluence of congestion, phlegm, coughing, and occasional fever that’s been tormenting me off and on for two weeks now” fog. Which is good, because I’ve been seriously debating which body parts I might lob off to encourage whatever-this-is to leave my body once and for all. Now I don’t have to….

Twas the night before Christmas…

…and we’re buzzing around making delicious foods, double-checking the gifts to give, and making sure we have enough liquor on hand for the traditional end-of-Christmas-Eve martinis we like to mix up. But, if you’re taking a break from all of your holiday preparations and pausing to visit here today, give yourself the gift of this…

Celebrating Festivus: The Airing of Grievances

Happy Festivus, everyone! (Don’t know what Festivus is? Pause for a moment to look this up in Wikipedia, then come on back. We’ll wait.) One of the time-honored traditions of Festivus is, of course, the airing of grievances. I cringe at the thought of being a whiny blogger here, but a recent event coupled with…

What would you do with three days?

You see, we have a bit of a break in the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Both my husband and I. It feels like a blank canvas staring at me, daring me to turn a few days into some masterpiece of an experience that I can look back on with fondness. But I’m torn…

The cat doesn’t like to share my lap.

I’m reminded of this as I try and write this tonight. But she’s warm and cuddly, to her advantage this evening, as I’m fighting one of those “cold, tired, and curling up in bed right now seems like the best thing I could do” impulses. But we’re so close to the end of November, and…

Letting my mind empty.

I did quite a bit today. I would have liked to do more. But I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at right now. Which involves a cup of warm milk, a couple of cookies, and the following recipes for tomorrow completed or underway: Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Pie Stuffing Turkey – had a nice soak…

Stirring up a batch of frustration

I woke up this morning feeling relatively rested. I padded down to the kitchen, set out food for the cats, started a pot of coffee and sat down in front of my little mobile computing device to catch up on the social media world’s ruminations from overnight. And that’s when I started feeling angry, upset,…

It won’t last.

Temperatures are expected to gradually warm over the next few days, so we know it won’t last. The snow will melt and drip away before the “permanent stuff” falls. But we’re ready for our winter visitors. Entertaining at the smorgasboard… Or finding a light plate elsewhere in the yard. This snowfall isn’t a keeper…on the…