Monday Morning Catch-Up

No, I am not back in Colorado.

The week I returned from the mountains, we did get early snow (which didn’t stick), but my brother wasn’t quite as lucky. While our weather improved, his deteriorated for a bit. Thankfully, we are both back to nicer weather, although the photo above would make a nice Christmas postcard.

The last two weeks have flown by with a mountain of busy-ness. Personal/doctor appointments, cat sitting for a friend, churchy stuff, getting together with friends, cooking food for the freezer, taking advantage of beautiful fall days, etc. The book I avidly started reading in Colorado has fallen by the wayside, as has my attendance and visitation here.

Sooooo…catch-up is in order and I’ll try to make it brief (ha!) and with a few photos.

If you’re wondering about the pooch, I am Auntie Mary to Lita, the Chihuahua/Beagle mix. Full of energy that needs to be bottled and sold, she’s also stinkin’ adorable. Much like kitten Hoshi, though, she doesn’t always obey the rules because what fun is that?

Hoshi is giving me a run for the money. I am Borg, trying to assimilate her into the collective, but there is resistance at every turn when it comes to staying out of the kitchen, and off the table and kitchen counters. I have a new tactic for the table and counters, but although a spray bottle has immediate consequence in the kitchen, that consequence doesn’t last long. She gets a bath almost every day.

Meanwhile, Gibbs is wondering why all of the flowers on the patio left as that was his camouflage for watching the birds. He’s slowly realizing that many of the birds have left for warmer weather and all that’s left are the dead leaves being whisked across the parking lot by the wind. Gibbs handles his patio sadness with naps. Lots of naps.

As I said earlier, the weather has been better and the autumn colors have not disappointed. They were a little late this year, which I greatly appreciated as I got in a bike ride and a few walks among the yellows, reds and oranges of the season. I love being outside this time of year…the colors, smells, and crunch of fallen leaves are comfort for the soul…the peace we have here before the cold and snow hit.

I know, these images look like fun…or not.

Things aren’t always perfect in a new home. Case in point occurred the second day I was in Colorado. Brother took the dog for a walk and I took a shower. When I went to squeegee the shower doors, the tempered glass fell out of one of the doors and shattered all around me. In a million pieces. I cannot tell you how freaked out I was – surrounded by many bits of shattered glass, my big toes bleeding and wondering what the hell happened. I was able to escape the tub and glass on the floor by walking across a towel and thankfully, did not need a trip to the ER. I actually went hiking the next day and was fine.

The glass door was not installed properly to begin with, so not my fault…but, geez, I never want to experience that again.

For the last two years, I’ve contemplated going gray and always chicken out – until two weeks ago, when I finally found the courage to proceed with phase one via my stylist: stripping much of the dark brown color and replacing it with a combination of blonde, brown and the first outgrowth of gray. I actually love this, but not sure what total gray is going to look like. Phase two will occur in December and once all the fake color is out, I will decide to leave it completely gray or add a few purple highlights. I’m leaning toward the latter regardless because, honestly, life is too short to be conservative in all things.

That’s it for now. Caught up. I hope to have a little more time to blog in November, but I can’t promise because stuff just comes up out of the blue (like helping a friend rake leaves this past weekend) and this is the month when we enter the holiday season – preparing for Thanksgiving and cookie baking and enjoying what’s left of the fall weather.

Enjoy your Monday and Happy Halloween!

36 responses to Monday Morning Catch-Up

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow, that run in with the shower door had to be scary. I hope you have more days that are nice enough for a hike/walk. The photos are very pretty. It sounds like Hoshi is trying to keep you getting in some exercise. I’ll bet your aim is getting good with that bottle. I like the hair color. I hope you have a good week.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The shower door incident had me shaken for awhile and I imagine when I go back for the next visit, I’ll experience a little PTSD testing out the doors again.
      It’s going be a lovely week here and I have to enjoy as I see our temps will be down into the 40’s next week. Yuck.
      The water bottle aim is good, but Hoshi’s resistance is never fading. Still not sure if it’s kittenhood or this will be the norm for as long as she lives. We shall see…

  2. murisopsis says:

    Yikes! I was resistant to having glass shower doors with the bathroom remodel so went with shower curtains. I’m not at all sorry! It was always a fear in the back of my mind… sorry you experienced it – I am vindicated. Sounds like an otherwise great vacation and a happy/busy October. As for Hoshi, she is a calico and that means she will be “trouble” forever… They are noted for being difficult and cute. It is a trade-off. Good luck!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      My brother’s upstairs guest bathroom has a curtain, so not sure why they went with glass doors downstairs. I had shower doors years ago in an apartment and for me, it was the cleaning of them that I disliked. I supposed the new-fangled ones are easier to clean, but now they scare me too.
      Getting Hoshi to stay out of the kitchen is going to be a challenge, but I’m up for it…at least for now!

  3. Maggie says:

    Thank goodness for tempered glass. I think a call to the installer would be 8n 9rder. As far as cleaning glass doors, an installer shared his cleaning tip with me. Treat the inside of the door with Rain-X. The water runs right off.

    I wore blue and purple streaks (Aveda vibrants ) for a long time when I went gray as a reminder of my sisters. I loved it and received a lot of compliments on the color. Since Covid, I am back to all gray now.

    Enjoy all the holiday festivity preparations!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Maggie. The shower door was fixed under warranty, thank goodness. I’ll pass along the tidbit about Rain-X.
      I wanted to get purple highlights before going gray, so I suspect I will do that regardless of how the gray looks.

  4. lois says:

    Yikes, Mary! I heard the ‘Psycho’ theme in my head looking at that shattered glass. Glad you made it out OK.
    Yeah, cats and countertops…not working down here either. Good luck with adorable little Hoshi.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Well, I came out better than Janet Leigh did in the shower, so I’m grateful for that, Lois. And thanks, I need lots of luck and patience with Miss Klingon kitten.

  5. henhouselady says:

    I am glad you didn’t suffer more cuts escaping from the shattered door. I stopped coloring my hair twenty years ago, and I am almost totally white now. It was a good decision.

  6. Herman says:

    I’m always very scared of breaking any kind of glass objects… And cleaning up the broken glass is just a nightmare.
    And just for a moment I thought I was looking at Jimi at the couch but it’s Mr. Gibbs! They must be family…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Jimi and Gibbs…brothers from another mother…Lol.
      Back in August, Hoshi managed to topple a large framed print and when the glass broke, it went everywhere. It was quite the clean-up job making sure I got every sliver of glass off the floor. No injuries from that, but it also scared me half to death.
      Give Jimi a belly rub from me and my two furry nitwits!

      • Herman says:

        Jimi says ‘Thank you so much!’ for the belly rub.

  7. Happy November, Mary. Thanks for sharing a catch-up with us. I love seeing the photos of your furry friends on Instagram when I can’t make it here to visit your blog. Now that some bizarre algorithm or hacker attacked my IG account, I’m locked out of it due to not following community standards. I can’t wait to be restored to see what cloud photo or food photo put me over the edge of their restrictions?! I digress…sorry!

    Your cats are so fun to see interacting and acting up. LOL. Eventually, Hoshi will grow out of the naughty stage.

    Glad your feet weren’t hurt more and that you were able to enjoy the hikes to follow.

    Finally…I remember you saying on my blog when you were working that you could never go gray. Welcome to the gray side. I hope your hair survives the stripping and purple coloring. I wasn’t brave enough to do that kind of treatment. Your hair looks great with the highlights blending the colors together. Your gray looks pretty uniform front and back. It’ll be fun to see how it turns out. You’ll love the freedom from spending all that extra time and money.

    Enjoy this last week of nice weather!!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Shelley, you are so naughty! Was that food photo too spicy or the cloud too sexy? Lol…stupid algorithms!

      I am enjoying this first phase of going gray, so I hope that bodes well for the rest of the process. I trust my stylist, so that helps.

      I have Hoshi purrbot on my lap as I type this. Being good. For now. 😉

      • LOL – I guess I wasn’t naughty enough, Meta restored me to my previous status without any further assistance from myself. It was definitely a glitch in the IG matrix.

        Yay – enjoy the journey. It’s nice you have a stylist you trust.

        Aw…I can almost hear Hoshi purring from here. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Don’t get freaked out by the shower doors, Judy. I think yours are probably just fine. I happened to be the “lucky customer” with the brother’s doors because others had used them before me and nothing happened. It was like winning the prize, but not.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs’ started with two green eyes and then the one started to turn brown. The vet said it was a melatonin change, but he keeps an eye on it.

  8. I didn’t think I’d like going natural gray a few years ago but I got a little psoriasis and didn’t want to chance irritation. I’m not the white white headed granny, but a salt and pepper mix. And glad I went gray!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. I am seeing more and more women unafraid to go gray, and that is a good thing.

  9. Ally Bean says:

    Yay for gray! Once you get used to seeing your face surrounded by gray, it’s the best thing ever. No maintenance, no expense, just ezpz. As for you being the Borg, trying to assimilate a kitten into the collective, I’m laughing here. 😊

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think the hair around my face is going to be white or very light gray. It seems that way when it grows out under darker brown. Regardless, I’m actually more excited about the change than I thought I would be.
      Yeah, Hoshi the Klingon kitten, is not an easy assimilation.

  10. dweezer19 says:

    Your hair is lovely, Mary. Oh my how horrific to be in that shower situation. I’m so glad you came through unscathed. Cute fur buddies but the gray kitty is absolutely exquisite. Those eyes…

      • bikerchick57 says:

        They used to both be green and then the one started to turn brown. The vet said it was a melatonin change, but I have it checked every time I take him in.

  11. marianallen says:

    LOVE your hair! I want to witness the progression; I think it’s brilliant. Using the towel was good thinking.

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