Friday, July 11, 2014

Trouble in Kitty Land

This is Munchkin.  She is a former feral we adopted about five years ago, and she has always been our sweetest cat, affectionate and cooperative, never causing any trouble at all.

This is Buddy, one of four feral kittens that came to us last December.  We fostered them until they could all find other homes… except Buddy.  Buddy was very shy and ran from people.  He would hide under furniture and refuse to come out.

Now that he is older his personality has changed 100%.

Now he is very affectionate with us.  When one of us walks into a room he runs to us to be petted or picked up.  When we walk around he follows us, so close that it's hard not to trip over him.  He has become a kitty that's easy to love, and we would keep him except for one thing:  Munchkin.

Munchkin turns into a monster when Buddy is near.  She hisses and growls and chases him.  In order to keep the peace we keep them apart part of the time, Munchkin upstairs and Buddy downstairs.  Even then, she skulks around, looking for him around every corner and acting skittish.  This has been going on for a couple of months now.  Our other two cats have finally accepted Buddy but I don't think Munchkin ever will.  We are now trying to find another home for him.  We will be sad to let him go but it seems the only answer to the present situation.  I want to make sure he finds a good home, someone who cares for him as much as we do.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cats Pose for Me

These are all feral kitties that live outside.  No one can convince me that they don't like to have their picture taken.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm Still Here!

I haven't been posting anything recently.  This is just a temporary lull, I promise.  We have been busy, busy, busy, cleaning out our house.  We finally got serious about it.  Nine years ago we moved from a large house to a small house.  As a result we have been living with way too much "stuff".  It has finally struck me how much nicer life would be without "things" everywhere I look.  I've been sorting and packing up things to give away or sell.

You know how you keep things around, thinking some day you will use them?  Or just because they might be a "collectible" one day in the future?  I have way too much of those kinds of things.  Out they go!  Deciding is the first step.  Then comes the hard work of actually packing it up and getting it to another place.  I have been filling boxes and bags.  I want to see more empty spaces, more clean surfaces.  My "hoarding: days are over.  (I'm not as bad as some of those hoarder shows, but most of mine is hidden away in drawers and closets.)  I've been pulling out things that I haven't seen for years.  I have finally embraced the concept of living simply.

This photo I took in Hawaii inspires me.  The sky with nothing but palm trees and the moon.  I remember how content I felt without all these "things" around me!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Back at Home

We had a ten hour drive yesterday, to come home from Philadelphia.  Pennsylvania is a wide state!  Then a short time in West Virginia.  Finally, driving south across Ohio (it's very flat) then across the Ohio River and into Kentucky.

We were visiting our good friends.  I ate too much, drank too much wine and gained a couple of pounds.  Now I have to be good.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Driving Vacation

We have come to visit our friends in the Philadelphia area, where we lived for sixteen years.  It took almost ten hours to drive from Kentucky to Bucks County, where our friends live.

We arrived just in time to attend a graduation party.  Sophie has graduated from high school and is now going to study at Michigan.

Sophie is in the middle here, with her dad and her sister Molly.  Ed and Gayle adopted the girls from China when they were just babies.

There were about one hundred guests at the party.  There was enough food for about three hundred.

A group of friends by the pool…

Someone opened the gate and Harry (the dog) jumped into the pool.

Harry dog paddled around the pool, swimming many laps before we managed to get him out.  Several people tried but he resisted every attempt until Matt, (who also happens to be a Doylestown police officer) got him in a bear hug and carried him back over the fence.

There were Michigan colors (maize and blue my husband reminded me; he's from Michigan, "Go Blue"!)  There were maize and blue M & Ms in bowls and maize and blue balloons in every room.

We visited with our friends' grandchildren, too.  They are a lot of fun to be with.  These are Logan, who just had a birthday yesterday:

These are Sean, who likes to wear his hair like a Beatle:

and their sister, Caitlin:

It was a very nice day, spent with good friends.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fathers' Day Cakes and Birthday Cakes

This is my niece Molly, age 12.  She loves to bake and wants to own her own shop one day.  Here she is making a cake for Fathers' Day.

This is her sister Sarah, who celebrated her 17th birthday on Fathers' Day.  She is holding an almond cake that she requested for her birthday.

Here is Molly with her Fathers' Day cake…

It was filled with strawberries and creme fraiche.  It was a hit!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fathers' Day Wishes

This is my dad holding me, when we were both very young.  I was born on his 22nd birthday.  He was a chemist and a math teacher and a computer programmer when computers were brand new.  He was very smart and very well read and no one could beat him at Trivial Pursuit.  He taught my sister and me to play Black Jack and chess, and read to us every night.

Happy Fathers' Day to all.