It’s a Girl!

No, we didn’t have a baby. At least not a human one. We did add to our family though. Meet Miss Oswin!

Oswin at 8 weeks

Oswin at 8 weeks

Two weeks ago, our Monday started off like any other day. Then, I had an errand to the grocery store. And when I arrived, there was a mother and daughter giving away the last kitten from a litter of five. And, she looked so cute. And I texted my husband and daughter (the real cat lovers) about her. And I went into the store and debated the pros and cons of bringing her home. And then decided that if she was still out front when I left the store, I’d bring her home. Well, she had already been given away when I left the store. So I figured that it was meant to be, and I would go about the rest of my day, getting that little kitten out of my thoughts.
Then, my husband went to our friend’s house. This friend tends to have a lot of cats and kittens on his property. Kevin sent me a text about this cute little Tortie kitten. So Heather and I assumed that he would be bringing her home and we’d have a new kitten after all. He didn’t. However, he did go back to our friend’s house later in the evening, and this time, he did come home with her.
Her name is “Oswin”, after the latest companion in the “Dr. Who” show. I thought that it was a cool name, for a cat. She seems to have adapted to our house and family really well. She’s a pro at using the litter box and has become quite the hovering mooch when we sit down to eat. The other cats are getting used to having her around. They’re 9 years old and aren’t as active as this new little gal is. Oscar seems to be the one who is most accepting of her. He sort of watches out for her, but also lets her know when she’s overstepping her boundaries without hissing or smacking her. IMG_6248 Welcome to the family Oswin!

Elizabeth

The End of Summer Vacation

Actually, we really didn’t have a vacation this summer. We stayed home and did our usual daily routine all summer. We didn’t have the funds to go on any vacations or “daycations” so our fun times happened in our own town and the one on the other side of the freeway. For Labor Day, I had hoped to sleep in, however my internal clock wouldn’t let me. Normally, during the week, I wake up at 5:30 AM. This morning, I was able to sleep in one hour past that. After a morning of relaxing and then tidying up, we thought we’d go to Springfield. A mural of “The Simpsons” had recently been painted and the anniversary of the show had been celebrated at the mural last week.

The Simpsons are officially in Springfield, OR now!

The Simpsons are officially in Springfield, OR now!

Just down the street from the mural, is Sweety’s Yogurt Shop which also celebrates Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa & Maggie.
The Simpsons in the yogurt shop look kind of creepy if you aren't prepared to see them staring out of the window.

The Simpsons in the yogurt shop look kind of creepy if you aren’t prepared to see them staring out of the window.

We had hoped to buy some yogurt, however they were closed. A lot of businesses were closed in Springfield. If we had been in our town, yogurt shops would have been open. I’m not complaining though. Kudos to local businesses that let their employees enjoy the holiday. Our outing ended with driving to the top of Kelly Butte, from where you can see all of Springfield.
The view from Kelly Butte

The view from Kelly Butte

. Our outing ended with a stop for a Slurpee because it was so hot, and our car currently has the 2/55 air conditioning (2 open windows/55 mph). Now we’re tucked back into our cooler home, getting ready to eat dinner (and pack the leftovers for Kevin’s lunches), and thinking about the beginning of the new school year.

Elizabeth :)

Happy Labor Day!!

Hello September!
The month that marks the end of summer fun and the beginning of school. Thoughts start turning toward holidays and preparing for them. There’s already a nip in the morning air, but it doesn’t stay long enough to start wearing the warmer clothes. That will start in a month or two. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes for soups, stews and excuses to make hot cocoa! Last night, I was so tired when I went to bed, that I was sure that I would sleep in until 8 this morning. Nope. I woke up at 6:30. When my kids were small, I didn’t mind waking up so early on a holiday because I was going to a local thrift store for their “everything is half off” sale and if I wanted a shopping cart, I needed to be in line well before the store opened. Maybe my early rising is because I normally wake up at 5:30 AM, that my internal clock only gives me an extra hour of rest on my day off. So, since I’m awake, I’m enjoying the quiet, with my coffee, and getting some reading and planning done before anyone else wakes up and starts asking me questions. The plan for today is to stay home and tidy up. We may drive around town later on and check out some of the murals. For those of you who are traveling today, stay safe :) For those of you who are staying close to home, like we are, enjoy your day!

Elizabeth

I’ve Been “Booted”

IMG_6147 I have a new shoe! It’s the latest in a line of one-sided footwear. I’ve had it for almost 2 weeks. I have what is called Plantar Fasciitis, which means that I have an inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. That means that it’s very painful to walk on my heel and under the arch. I’ve been dealing with this for over a year now, since I sprained my ankle. I finally went to a doctor two weeks ago (yeah, I know I should have gone in a lot sooner). So now I have this lovely, open toed boot, keeping my foot and ankle in a 90 degree angle.
This thing has several Velcro straps on it, meaning that it’s noisy when I walk. I can’t sneak up on anyone, and my husband likens my walking sound to that of “RoboCop”!
If you see me out and about, and I’m not wearing it, it’s because I’m probably driving and I’ve been told that I can’t drive with the boot on. If I do, and get into a car accident, then insurance won’t cover it because I should not have been wearing it.
I also have a splint to wear at night. I don’t think that I like it though because more often than not, I’ve woken up in the morning to find it has been removed. This morning, I found it in the trash!
I go back to the doctor in 4 weeks. Hopefully, my foot will be better.
I would like to be able to wear sandals before the nice weather is over!

Elizabeth

How Was My Weekend?

The answer to that question is probably a lot like everyone else’s. It was busy.
Even in all of the busyness, I still haven’t had a chance to finish my grocery shopping.
The one piece of excitement over the past 2 days was that I nearly swallowed a fly.
And yes, I know what song comes to mind. Two people have already sung or quoted that song to me. On Saturday morning, I was catching up on my Facebook, and didn’t notice that a fly had landed in my coffee. So, in my ignorance. I took a drink, and immediately felt something weird in my mouth. So I spit it back into my cup. Even then, I still couldn’t tell what it was. So, I poured it through a sieve, and that is when Kevin and I both saw what it was. A poor fly struggling to live. We were both rather grossed out, and Kevin wasted no time in directing me to the Listerine. :)

I guess that I’ll either need to put a screen over my coffee cup or just watch my coffee at all times from now on.

Enjoy your week!

Elizabeth

Are We Being Watched?

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This morning, while I was in the kitchen making coffee, I saw this contraption on the counter. Kylin is really into things related to security. Not the personal security of his place in life, but security cameras, security guards, security alarms, and so on. Recently, he found a black & white disposable camera from probably 8 years ago (it had pictures from a coast trip that I hadn’t developed) and he taped it to the wall above the window over our kitchen sink. It stayed there for about 2 weeks, until I came downstairs one morning, and I noticed that it was gone. I looked all over for it and couldn’t find it. So I thought that perhaps, he had finally taken it down. I found it, about a half an hour later, in the sink, in a container full of water. I guess I won’t be developing those pictures.
So this morning, I noticed a replacement camera, with a paperclip hanger, secured with my freezer tape. I guess he felt that the last camera was a fail as it didn’t stay up. So now, we may be seeing this camera staring us down when we walk through the kitchen. If this one doesn’t work, maybe we should hide the video camera and whatever he thinks he needs to hang it up! :)

Elizabeth

The Cooler

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For the most part, we use our cooler once per year, for the July 4th festivities. Every year, when those festivities are over, we bring this cooler into the house, into the livingroom, with the intention of taking out the remaining sodas and emptying out the ice and water. However, it tends to stay in the livingroom and serves as sort of a mini fridge. Then I start thinking about how cool(no pun intended) it would be to actually have a mini fridge there. Then I remind myself, that this isn’t a bachelor pad or a man-cave (not picking on men here, but I’ve never seen a mini fridge in a single woman’s livingroom), and we can walk 10 feet to the full sized one in the kitchen. And we could use the little bit of exercise to work off whatever caloric item we’re planning to get from that fridge.
Sometimes though, a mini fridge does sound like a nice idea.

Elizabeth