One-Liner Felines

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.” ~Joseph Wood Krutch~ “Hey Ziva, wanna help me?” “Help? What are you asking me to do? Get you into trouble again?” “Very funny, but no. Mom asked me to help with One-Liner Wednesday this week and I’m coming up empty.” “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” “Who said that?” “Shakespeare wrote it just for you, when you cry for foodRead more

Another Year of Living

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” ~Voltaire~ Today I am grateful to my parents and God for giving me life. It’s my birthday! Presents and niceties are not required, but deeply appreciated. I’m not celebrating too much today as I’ll be at work and have nothing planned for the evening hours. My birthday celebration occurred this past weekend.  Although Saturday was fall-ish cool, it was beautifullyRead more

SoCS: The Cheers Poem

Cheers to air conditioning and the space that’s not too hot Cheers to capris and flip flops the short shorts…I cannot Cheers to coconut ice cream and lemonade in a glass Cheers to a swimmable lake and flopping down in tall grass Cheers to riding an orange bike and walking wooded trail Cheers to a frosty mug and its contents to inhale Cheers to blue sky and sun and the birds that chirp their song Cheers to childrens’ laughter and theRead more

Directly From the Heart

The presents have been unwrapped. The non-stop Christmas music has stopped. Mom has gone to Christmas mass and out for dinner. The brother and his significant other have come and gone. The amount of pasta and cookies eaten this past week has exceeded expectations. I’ve determined that I love Kentucky bourbon barrel beer. And both Gibbs and Ziva have been immortalized. This was an unexpected gift. From a young woman who cunningly asked me for photos of Gibbs and ZivaRead more

The Gift of Friendship

I was thoroughly surprised on Sunday by an early Christmas present from Red. So were Gibbs and Ziva, much to their delight. These two have only left their places on high for food, a drink, a poop or an occasional go at the small red dot. Thank you, Red, for your gift of friendship. That hug? It wasn’t long enough. You rock.Read more

It’s Cookie Baking Time!

Originally posted on Mary J Melange:
Today begins Cookie Baking Extravaganza week! WooHoo! I have started baking Christmas cookies for my friends and family (and a few for myself). Today’s blog post is merely a break in the action (my back needs a rest). It’s an annual event that I start in early December so that I have time to get the cookie varieties packaged in tins and a couple of boxes sent to my brother and his girlfriend. Today,…

Winter’s Gift

The last breath of a red sky from Saturday night. Sailor’s delight? Nope, no sailing on Sunday. The sun has been bright, but the temps are very cold (again) as shoppers run home with their presents dressed in four layers. Which leads me to the title of this post. Winter weather in the northern hemisphere can be a gift of breathtaking beauty, suitable for a postcard or two. Winter gets everyone in the holiday mood and encourages us to singRead more