Being Remembered

I remember long ago getting that, “You’re so weird,” look from the father-in law due to something I said. Trying to be funny. He smirked a sly smile at me, but I knew what he was thinking. His daughter-in-law could be so strange. Yes, I am weird and unashamedly so. Got a problem with that? This post has been brought to you by weird strangers and Linda Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday. If you are wondering what One-Liner Wednesday is all about, CLICK HERE. LindaRead more

Prising Gibbs

“Try to prise a limpet away from its rock and it will cling all the harder.” ― Jeremy Holme A limpet is a marine mollusk. I have a cat who will serve as its stand-in. Some days, prising Gibbs away from my side requires a chisel and pry bar. I am his rock with a thin coating of super glue. Where I go, he goes. When I sit, there he is – gray paws kneading rhythmically on a pair of LeeRead more

Visible in Love

“What if the only example of God’s love your neighbor will ever see is you?” ~Pastor Shawn Whitworth~ For Christians and non-Christians alike, loving a neighbor or another human being can be difficult at times. We are humans, after all, with egos, steadfast opinions, self-righteousness, fearfulness and unwarranted condemnation that allow us to flow along with inappropriate behavior toward others rather than love unconditionally. During Easter week, I am reminded that Christ died for our sins and gave us eternalRead more

Read, watch TV, nap.

“Sleep did not honor me with it’s presence.” ~Alysha Speer~ MJM’s Diary of the Tired: Monday, March 15, 2021, 3:30 am – Gibbs the cat wakes me. The change in time may be at fault here, or he may be his usual self who believes he deserves kibble upon vocal and mischievous demands. Monday, 3:35 am – I used the water spray bottle. Gibbs settled down. Monday, 4:00 am – I am awake again, but not by the paws ofRead more

What Lingers Forever

When in grade and high school, I earned “nicknames” from a certain few. Twiggy, Jolly Green Giant, and variations of my last name. At the time, I was thin and tall for my age (5’9″ by 9th grade) and my last name was not a simple “Smith” that everyone knew. I also was picked on for wearing glasses and an overbite, neither of which helped with personal esteem or confidence in self. I was never self-assured in school, never partRead more

#SoCS: Cleaning the Sty

Recently, Gibbs had few “sneezy” days and he lost his lunch a couple of times. Perhaps that’s normal, once-in-awhile cat behavior or perhaps it’s a sign of illness. In this case, my current supposition is that Gibbs was surrounded by too much dust and cat hair. It was evident when I started deep cleaning the bedroom and bathroom sty last weekend. Most often, I try to clean these spaces every two weeks, but this time it was three. I hadRead more

Angry Birds and Coffee

Last week, roommate Natasha asked why I don’t drink coffee a bit more often. In 2019, I had to give up the daily 2-3 cup habit that was partly responsible for a bad case of GERD – the kind of in-your-face indigestion that I was willling to ignore for months because of addictive desires for a hot morning beverage. After several weeks of not drinking coffee at all and switching to tea, I returned to coffee in a limited fashion.Read more

Kittygate: Finding a Way Out

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela Dear Mr. Gibbs, Did you ever think this was not going to happen? I love you to pieces, but there are days and times when deviousness and the desire for food outweigh your common sense. The area past the carpet is forbidden and that does not change when my back is turned or I am otherwise occupied with straightening the rogue hairs that occupy the left side of my head. It’sRead more

SoCS: Prose from the Pod

Brush me right there On the belly square Along the soft, creamy hair If you naively dare I’m going to stay right here Not to be cavalier, but… Don’t go near Queenie dear She’s up to something, I fear I command the brush, I say It is the pampering day Hold the hairspray Human, do not walk away In the shadows I shall hide With knowledge, abide In safety simplified From Ziva’s brand of homicide Brush me, brush me now!Read more

Public Service Announcement

To those individuals who continue to defy the practice of social distancing by having house parties, congregating on beaches and in parks, walking en masse down the street, escaping a quarantined state by traveling to a non-quarantined state, and other similar behavior, I bring you this public service announcement: “COVID-19 kills, being bored at home does not.” There is also some thought that stupidity kills. If true, there is not a vaccine for this, so please wash your hands, STAYRead more

Ain’t Misbehavin’

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.” ~Orson Wells~ Gibbs and Ziva were recently introduced to Cat Television on YouTube via the bedroom TV. I believe they had serious thoughts of misbehaving – jumping at the birds on the TV screen – so I kept a close watch on the tail twitching and hungry stares. It lasted about ten minutes, their thoughts of primal capture, and then both seemed toRead more

Waiting in Line

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” ~Joyce Meyer~ Do you have patience while waiting in line? At the grocery store? Buying a concert or theater ticket? Stuck in rush-hour traffic or at the DMV? Ladies…the overly busy restroom? It’s okay if your answer is no, I don’t always have patience either. There are days when I don’t behave well while waiting – participating in the sucking-of-teeth thing, followed by aRead more