Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Cat Rug

Our Manx cat Hobbes, is a character. He is now over 13 years old and a very senior citizen for a Manx. The average life span for the breed is 10 - 11 years so we are very glad he is still in such good health. When the weather turns cooler he starts sleeping on our bed at night and wanting to snuggle much more.

Since he was a little kitten he has done what we call "cat rug." He lays with his hind legs stretched out behind him and sometimes his front legs stretched out too. He looks like a small version of a classic bear skin rug.

He still does this but less frequently as he has grown old. I caught him doing this the other day but he had his front legs tucked up under him so he looked very odd. I happened to have my camera handy and grabbed some shots.

I find him greatly humorous.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

We received several pieces of bad news in the last week. My manager at work had a second cancer surgery this past Tuesday. Another co-worker had to be rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and is scheduled for surgery in the next day or so. But the most amazing, unexpected and frightening news was that my sister-in-law had a heart attack. Of all my family, she was the last person I would have expected to have this type of health problem. She has always been the one that always ate healthy. That exercised on a regular basis. Life truly has no guarantee.

The good news is she is going to be fine and surgery is not necessary. She has always been active and having to stay home, "take it easy" and no driving yet, is hard on her.

All three of these health issues are expected to have a good outcome. Yet the news could easily have been very different.

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, my thoughts turn to how truly blessed we are. I can truly say I am very thankful that God has once again shown mercy and grace for us. That we have the hope of all three of these lives be back to normal again.

Life can change in a blink of the eye. Tell those close to you that you love them for we are not promised tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

In the dirt

Originally uploaded by bgclicker
I love watching Trixie when she is running free around our back yard. Frequently she will decide there is something that needs to be uncovered and will dig and become covered with dirt. Here is a shot of her during one of her recent adventures.

I love how watching her play.


Monday, November 17, 2008

The Kitchen Project is Finished

Well the kitchen project is done. I am very pleased with the finished product. The kitchen is much brighter and it is much easier to see.

As we started the cabinets were a natural wood and I do like natural wood. But the cabinets were old and scared after many years of used and abuse.

We moved on to painting the doors and had some help from our dog Trixie.

But John kept painting and working. Slowly, steadily everything came together.

I am very pleased with the finished product.

What do you think?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Neighbors

We knew there was a hawk in the neighborhood for a while, but what we didn't know was he had brought his family along. Today we saw Dad, who has gotten rather large. We also saw the rest of the family and now know we have five hawks as neighbors. I was fortunate enough to have my camera at hand and I captured one of the hawks circling over head.

They did some very inspiring floating on the wind currents today. I hope to catch more pictures of them. If I do, I'll be sure to post them.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Rainy Night In Georgia

Well it was a rainy night in Georgia last night but this morning it sure was foggy.

This tree is right across the street from our parking lot. I found it interesting through the early morning fog.

Walking from my car I looked up to see the lights glowing through the mist and they brought me comfort as they provided light for my walk into the building.

How different things look in the fog.

It's still overcast this afternoon, but at least the fog has cleared.

We need the rain and I don't really mind the fog.


Friday, November 7, 2008

More Great Savings from Kroger

As I have stated before I love my Kroger Plus Card and the wonderful savings that comes along with it. Recently Kroger sent me a magazine called "Holidays from the Heart" which included recipes and some great coupons. I also received a Plus Card packet of coupons based on my purchase history.

In preparation for grocery shopping I checked Kroger's on-line ad and made up my list. Then I headed out shopping armed with my list and some great coupons. When the dust settled and my purchases had been rung up, my total savings was $43.19. I had around $20 in direct savings from the coupons and the rest in price reductions for using my Kroger Plus Card.

20% off Kroger brand frozen chicken breast
1 Free 12 pack of Coca-Cola
1 Free pack of Oscar Meyer hot dogs
1 Free pack of Oscar Meyer lunch meat
1 Free 24 pack case of Kroger bottled water
$2 off Kroger Private Selection brand Parmesan cheese
These are part of the savings on this shopping trip.

Yeah, I'm loving Kroger.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I don't think I should feel this way, but I can't seem to help it. I do know the election is very important. We are electing a president, senators and representatives across this great nation of ours. These people will guide our government for their elected term and the decisions they make will impact our lives for years to come.

So why am I so numb today? I think it is political news and political ad overload. I hear the candidates accuse each other with out end. Ads run back to back accusing and refuting claims 24/7. I have the same feeling I get when kids fight and ya ya back and forth.

I have a suggestion. In the future when there are debates, have each candidate hooked up to a lie detector with the Truth or Lie meter over their head so we can plainly see whether they telling the truth or not.

Or we could use a gadget called the "Shocking Lie Detector", that I found on the Internet. The subject's hand is strapped into the device and when a lie is detected a "shock" is administered. At least it would add a little fun to the debates of the future.

Of course that's assuming they can tell the difference between truth and a lie. Oh my, I am sounding cynical tonight....