Work, Home and Out There

Welcome to my new temporary normal! For the time being. Parts of it may look like your new temporary normal. With the current state of pandemic affairs, here’s what the past week has been like for this blogger. WORK Oh my word, it has been crazy busy. I have been going to work, but only because ours is a small office (less than 10 people) and I’d rather spreadsheet with two large monitors than squint at a laptop while listeningRead more

Don’t Sit on Cliffs

“Laughter is the best medicine.” It is said Proverbs 17:22 is the earliest example of this adage: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” People have also attributed the origin of this phrase to the American publisher and humor writer Bennett Cerf. No matter, though. It is absolute truth – there is nothing better for the body and soul than a good belly laugh, a guffaw, a chuckle, or a sniggering. CombinedRead more

SoCS from the Pod: The Word

Hey Gibbs? Hang on a minute. Finishing up some business in the sandbox. I hope you’re not leaving a stinker again. Maybe. Make sure you cover. Why? I like the smell of me. Yeah, but mom doesn’t. Be considerate for a change. Whatever. Okay, I’m done. What do you want? What are we supposed to be writing for mom today? I think it has to do with a stream of something and a word. I did that in the box.Read more

Three Times

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ― Marthe Troly-Curtin It’s Sunday as I type, and eight inches of expected snow is falling to the ground. White and fluffy and accumulative. Meanwhile, a marathon of NCIS Los Angeles is playing on the TV and Gibbs the cat can’t make up his mind if he’s needy, hungry or needy. It is all I can do to not “waste time” on the couch. Lay sideways. Nap. Watch TV. It’s that kind ofRead more

One-Liner Catter-Hooey

“I’m a cat. We aren’t required to make sense.” ~Seanan McGuire, A Local Habitation~ These two furry kids. Full of scratch-your-head behavior when they’re not sleeping, eating or visiting the litter box. On this particular day, I envisioned a game of Queen of the Mountain, but who knows exactly what they were up to. Click on the first photo to begin the made-up story line of cat nonsense. This post has been brought to you by cat hooey and LindaRead more

A Generous Christmas from the Pod

“Jingle! Jingle! Jingle” *snooork* “Wha? What’s happening?” “Wake up Ziva, it’s almost Christmas!” “You woke me up for that?” “Yeah, aren’t you excited?” “We still have two days and a sleep to go before Christmas.” “I know, I can barely wait!” “Wait for what?” “For Santa to bring me…I mean us…toys.” “Like all the toys you hide under the bed and dresser and couch?” “Some are irretrievable. I…we…need new ones.” “Mom just rescued a bunch with her long arms andRead 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

Clean Laundry

“It’s the little things, sometimes.” A friend of mine spoke these words recently and I agree with the sentiment. Sometimes it doesn’t take much… A small gesture of kindness A knowing smile Chai tea latte When a new recipe is a winner Laughing with friends Game night A glass of wine or a pint of beer Shared food Never being without dark chocolate A winning raffle ticket Clean laundry Purring cats Another football win Snow that clings to the treesRead more

SoCS: If He Could Talk

“Oh boy…” “What is it Gibbs?” “Why don’t you ever stay home?” “I am home, sitting here in my pajamas.” “I mean all day.” “Oh…” “It’s one of those two days when you don’t have to earn money for kibble.” “Yes it is.” “Then why don’t you stay home?” “Because I have other things to do.” “Like what?” “Like shopping for food, my own kibble if you will. Or shopping for clothes, having lunch with friends, going to church, ridingRead more

Most, Ever

Why is it when I saw this cat and quote on one of my cat calendars, I immediately thought of Mr. Gibbs. This guy. I thought, “I don’t need an annoying ghost, I already have an annoying cat.” A cat that yowls for food and attention and nothing. A cat that refuses to let me sleep in. Ever. A cat that doesn’t want to follow the rule of no visits to the kitchen. A cat who believes his needs areRead more

Two Days or Two Minutes?

  “I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not.” “Mine had me trained in two days.” ~Bill Dana~ All cat people know of this training. For some it takes two days. For others, perhaps two weeks or a mere two minutes. It is not difficult training, but it is subtle and extremely effective. Some may call it merciless. These creatures are not stupid. They can tell time, order the filling of the food dishes,Read more

SoCS: Musings from the Where Pod

“Where did she go Ziva?” “Why do you always ask me that?” “Because I think you know.” “I know nothing, Gibbs. Absolutely nothing.” “Are you sure? Positive?” “Yes, I’m positive. The one thing I do know is that she always comes home to feed and pet us.” “That’s true, but I can never tell when. Why doesn’t she come home at the same time every day?” “Because she wants to drive you crazy.” “Funny.” “It’s a short trip.” “Not funny.”Read more