Sleepfull/less – ness

I mentioned last week we caught colds on Thanksgiving. Thank goodness me and colds are that 7-10 day span that Dr. Google say they last. I was done feeling puny at day 8, so Friday.

When I am sick and especially with this cold my system just wants to sleep. Couple that with a week that Lori was up and gone five out of six days early (as in before 7am) I slept in almost every day. Getting easily 9 if not 10 hours of sleep almost every day this week.

That is the SleepFULL part of this. That is until last night, Saturday night. I had slept in again Saturday morning as Lori was off to class about 7 and I managed to sleep until 9 or so. Feeling better then I had all week I did things like the laundry and went to three grocery stores.

But we still went to bed early, 9ish I think although I read for awhile I was probably asleep about 10. Getting three and a half hours of sleep before the time-share kitty wanted in.

Now usually I can hear her, wake up, go let her in and get right back to sleep. But this time as she came running from the window where she wakes me to the back door I could see she has a recently killed baby rat in her mouth. Recently killed because it was not stiff at all. I had to stop her from bringing the dead thing into my house.

She came in and realized she didn’t have it and wanted back out. I tried to pet her and get her to lie down but she kept pawing at the window and making so much noise after 15 minutes of this I got up and put her out.

But one of the ferals had taken her kill and she was pacing and meowing and by now I have been awake for 30 minutes. Have had just enough sleep that I’m not sleepy and having had so much sleep all week my brain/body/combo decides sleep is not necessary.

I tried to get to sleep until about 2;45 so just under an hour and then pulled out my i-pad and read some news. That was not at all calming and guiding me toward sleep so I launched the Ted app and watched Ted Talks. One of them I watched three times. I was thinking hey maybe this will put me to sleep since I just watched it, and then since I just watched it twice. But it did not.

I moved on to others and then to solitaire and around 6am tried to sleep and maybe dozed off briefly. But Lori got up to study and I was awake so heck we went to breakfast and were done and back home even before 8:00 a.m.

I thought for sure I would nap today. But that didn’t happen either. I have technically been up for 20 hours and am just glad I had so much sleep all week, although whatever advantage or extra sleep I had banked this week I can say is gone,

This can’t happen again tonight, I have a week long training at work and I cant do that on 3.5 hours of sleep, those days are long gone.

Rain and Kittens

It rained most of the night.  POURED in fact.  We were awoken to Tuggy meowing for food this morning.  Something about having this cold and it being rainy and dark lent itself to sleeping in.

There were wet miserable cats outside today and we kept the food bowls on the porch to try and keep the rain out.  Winnie and Jellybean (For those of you seeing this on the website and not in a subscription email, there is now a page at the top titled “Guide to the Cats” to help keep all of these ridiculous cat stories straight.  Oh and I added pics) were sopping wet so I rearranged and hung a garbage bag over some cat beds so they could try and stay dry.

I did see them through the window, under the plastic and huddled together in one of the beds but I did not go out for a picture because they would have ran back into the shrubbery and rain.


We need the rain, and I personally am used to driving in it having been in Seattle most of my life.  But folks in LA can not seem to drive in the rain.  Everyone is afraid to get wet, so if your willing to go in it the grocery store and gym are pretty empty.  Also most houses here do not have gutters, so its like walking under a shower getting in and out of the house.


Yes I have this stupid cold that is zapping all of my energy.  But tis the season you know.

So Saturday I put up the tree.  Sounds daunting maybe, but it involved walking into the bedroom, digging it out from behind my boots and putting it on the cabinet by the front door.



Then more resting.

Today I decorated it before work.  That involved wrapping one strand of led, battery operated lights around it.



We have a small house and this is the perfect tree for us.  Lets hope when it comes time to take it down I have more energy then right now.   ha ha ha.

Starve a cold ???

I know its supposed to be feed a cold, starve a fever.  But I have ZERO appetite.

Friday I woke up with a horrid headache.  It lasted all day and I barely moved from the bed to the couch.  Not doing much and barely even cooking anything for Lori, she did a good job at foraging.

I actually thought it was from eating too much dairy and sugar on Thursday.  I mean I didn’t eat a lot of dairy but it was WAY more then I have had this year combined.  But by Saturday when the throat was sore, the headache had gone nowhere and Lori too was feeling the same we realized we caught a cold.

This morning I started singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” because my voice has never been this bass.  All that did was put it in my head as an ear worm all day.

My symptoms are mostly this headache and a sore throat in the morning.  No coughing, no sneezing, okay maybe a little sneezing, but no stuffiness.  Exhaustion and headache.  Good times.  Unfortunately for Lori it has already hit her lungs after the plague cough from this Summer, and she has a cough again.

I am floating in tea, tons of tea, but the idea of actual food is not appealing.




Full Pride

I might as well wrap up this month of blogging with another cat post.

If you read the Kitty Not post a few weeks ago, I spelled out all of the feral cats in our yard.  Those we have fixed, those we indent to and the one who keeps getting knocked up.

Since then I thought we had lost Lionel.  He hadn’t shown up in over a week, almost two and there were “reports” on the Ring doorbell app that a cat had been killed by a coyote.  Several Coyote sightings and the description matched Lionel.

But in fact he showed back up yesterday.  I’m not sure were he’s been.  He is not thrilled with the back yard now that the two kittens are back there.  But it was great to see him and know it wasn’t him that the coyote got.

The other cat that showed back up is Tiki.  Now Tiki wasn’t even on that list because although she is what we consider a time share kitty, she had not been here since we got back from our vacation in June.

She is the only cat that comes in the house.  She shows up late in the evening, comes in, eats and sleeps with us and leaves in the morning.  We have no idea where she goes during the day, or where she was for 5 full months.

But the rain has returned and so has our time share kitty.  Her behavior and OUR behavior of letting her in and out in the middle of the night and back in when she climbs on the cat condo is really remarkable.  She has trained us well.


Well I can say NaBloPoMo is a bust.  I did not blog yesterday.  Granted I have enough musings to fill a couple of blogs but will try and keep this relatively short.

I was up early and got the turkey out to sit for an hour.  It just cooks better if its not icebox cold.  In the meantime I started some bacon for my deviled eggs.  I made several kind of eggs but the bacon and jalapeno are the favorites and were all eaten.

I made the deviled egg filling and assembled the eggs.  Put the turkey in the pre-heated oven about 8:00 a.m. and then started to assemble my massive Charcuterie board.  The board only held a portion of my ingredients and I actually left off several things because there was just too much.  I left off smoked salmon, and all of the fresh veggies like carrots and cucumbers.  Oh well, it was still amazing and WELL received.



My turkey was out of the oven by 11:00 and I made gravy.  I had enough drippings and bone broth I had on the stove to make two batches.  This was my only catastrophe of the day.  I made the first batch and while it was still basically bubbling hot in the skillet I tried to pour it into the container I was taking it in.  (At least I tried this over the sink.)  It of course spilled over the side and onto my hand which let go of the container as my other hand continued to pour my hot gravy down the sink.


I made the next batch and poured it into the pan my bone broth had been in and then poured that into the container for travel.  Needless to say it was Such Good Gravy and we will had enough.  Maybe because of all the meet and cheese we ate before dinner.

Besides the turkey, the gravy, the charcuterie board two pies and the deviled eggs I loaded up all of the gingerbread houses and decorating gear into my car for the drive down to family in Irvine.

We spent a lovely day with family.  Eating WAY TOO MUCH and enjoying all of it.  We played a very aggressive game of pictionary of which my team lost, badly.  Ate dinner and then broke out the gingerbread houses.

A lot of lessons were learned from these houses.  Next year, cause this IS gonna happen again, maybe we get houses that are already put together.  Or since the putting together and failing at that was such a source of fun we will put them together at the beginning of the day and decorate them after dinner.

Emily won, she worked right through dessert and put the most love into her house.  There were lots of other great houses but most importantly the event was a hit.  We had dessert (more food) once most of us were done with the houses.  Cleaned up the mess and moved them all for a group photo.


So by the time I got all of that re-loaded and home, only taking the food out of the car last night, I knew as I couldn’t even stay awake for  15 minutes that the blog of the day for November was a lost cause.  At least I got through most of the month and will finish strong.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Prep, and more prep

This morning I made an apple pie, steamed my eggs for deviled eggs and prepped my turkey for tomorrow morning.  Then I got ready for a long commute to work.  Not only is it one of the busiest days on the roads here, but it also rained today.  Unless you live in Los Angeles, you may not understand this horrible combo.

I left for work before 1pm, giving myself over an hour and a half to get the 25 miles.  I made it in plenty of time, it did take just over an hour and it is so much easier if there is no rush or stress.  The average speed was about 35 MPH.  Actually not bad and I was thrilled.

After todays prep, tomorrow morning what I have left is to roast the turkey, make gravy, assemble the deviled eggs and put together my kick butt Charcuterie board.  Then pack it all up along with the gingerbread kits and drive to meet family for the day.

I do think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  Not just the day, but the lead up and prep as well.


Tomorrow we will be loading up the turkey, two kinds of gravy, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, charcuterie board, two pies, eleven gingerbread house kits, decorating items for those, games and my camera.   I am so glad I took Friday off of work.