Kitty has new”ish” digs



It is actually not new at all.  It’s the same kennel, its in the same place, it has the same cat condo in it.

What is new is the cat escape pool noodles affixed to it to keep her in are now actually to keep other cats out as she is too big to escape.  Also we put down pavers in the bottom for her to lie on and replaced the live palm to a plastic one that she can still hide under but does not need water.

Although she wanted out all weekend and kept banging at the window, it is different enough from the “old” version that she has only looked out for now.  We have a very strange kitty.

Road-Trip Recap

The weekend had a lot of driving and a lot of visiting.

After I flew up on Wednesday we visited with my aunt and cousins for a couple of hours then checked into a best western for the night.  In the morning we met Lori’s life long friend and her son for breakfast and then headed toward Nappa. We walked around Nappa (not big drinkers) we wandered through the shops and sat and sketched a while.

We then headed back toward Vallejo.   We checked into the travel lodge for the night and then went and met my friend Mike from 20 years ago.   We spent a couple of hours touring his lovely garden and house before walking to dinner.   It was so fun to catch up with him and there seemed to be no time that had passed since the last time I saw him.

The next morning we drove to Rocklin and see Lori’s friend Alice from grad school and see the baby and their new house.  We stopped in Sacramento on our way for breakfast and went to my favorite spot there the Fox and Goose.  Staying on Whole30 the whole trip while eating all meals out wasn’t too challenging but breakfast at the Fox and Goose was a breeze and so good.

We got to Rocklin early and went to a movie!!!  In the middle of the day!!!  It has been so long since we went to a movie, it was a ton of fun.  We saw Oceans 8 and enjoyed the downtime along with the cool theatre since it was 110 outside.

We stayed at their place, we would both rather stay in a hotel but they were expecting us to stay and the guest room was all set up.  The baby slept through the night and didn’t wake us and luckily we didn’t wake her either.

Our plan was to head to Tahoe that morning, but we were getting a much later start and decided to just head home.  A few stops along the way as it is a very long drive.  When we got back my brother was still there and two of the cats were no shows for the time we were gone.

The cat who usually comes in and sleeps in the house showed back up but is very apprehensive about coming in.  She wanted in about 2:00 a.m. this morning and slept for a couple of hours before wanting back out about 5:00 a.m.   The pregnant cat came around for dinner last night and is skinny again, so somewhere in our neighborhood there are kittens.

prep for a weekend away

Here I am blogging on the airport WIFi, heading to the Bay Area to meet up with Lori. This bag doesn’t look like much but the prep to get ready for the weekend takes some effort.

A weekend away means a lot of prep work prior to ever leaving.

I worked Monday and Tuesday but before work each day there was a litany of things I needed to get done at home.

First I am still eating Whole30, but I didn’t really want to defrost any protein nor go shopping.  So there was a lot of leftovers and random meals like this.

IMG_6047The end of the peas, carrots and grapes along with compliant lunch meat.

There was laundry and packing (although its only 5 days so a small backpack is all I am bringing).

Since my darling brother will be coming by for all the CATS, and I now have no food there for him, I went to our favorite Thai restaurant and picked him up some Tofu Phad Thai and Veggie Fried Rice.

I knew I was missing Thai food being on Whole30 since January, but driving this stuff home my mouth was watering.  All is good, I put it in the fridge for my brother to re-heat while he is around this weekend.

IMG_6043What I forgot was the CSA box that would deliver Tuesday night/Wednesday morning so now my brother can eat off of those veggies as well. I got to put all that away this morning as well, time I hadn’t factored in. The bird feathers and skull on the back mat when I went out for the laundry this morning wasn’t factored into the timing either.

There was weeding to do this week. I wanted to finish filling the yard waste bin.  Taking all of the bins to the street for pick up this morning.  I also changed the litter box.  Lori clears it twice a day and I have only managed once each day since Saturday.  Usually in the middle of the day when I realize I forgot to do it.

I made new hummingbird food and cleaned out the feeders.  This has to be done every week because they start to mold hanging out there in the sun.  Since we are not back until Sunday and leave again next Friday I will have to change it again once I get home again.

This morning after the cats were fed, I packed my backpack I ran by the post office to mail a baby blanket for my niece who is due in a few weeks (oh yea, I finished the blanket yesterday as well.)  Now I am just waiting to board. And we are boarding so I will publish this and try to post as some point this weekend.


Lets get back to something more sane than healthcare.  Like the fact that we have MORE cats hanging around.  In actuality, the FOUR cats, only one of whom lives inside feels more sane then healthcare.

Seriously!  This newest cat has been around for days.  Will not leave the yard and MEOWS all the time.  I have no idea if it is male or female.  Based on size I think it is a few years old.



In other Cat news, the knocked up Lolli (or as Lori has started calling her Lolita) is back and about to pop out kittens any day.   She was there everyday while in heat and making a ruckus.  Then she was gone for a few weeks and by the time she was back was clearly pregnant.  She looks like she has in inner tube under her fur when she is walking.

Today I sat there while her starved self ate breakfast, I think this new cat lets call it loud mouth has been eating her food.  We don’t put it down unless she is there, but I think the last few days loud mouth is running her off.

So I sat there while she ate, then left the rest for what seems to be the starving loudmouth in the yard.  I am still afraid of cats and although the cat and a half that live in the house I am ok with.  I have still never even petted Lolli or gone near this new one.

Lori has been out-of-town since the middle of the night Friday and tomorrow I am flying up to the bay area to meet her and have a long weekend and drive back.  My brother will be coming by to care for the cat(s)(s)(?).    The cat feeding instructions just got a lot more complicated.

Feed the indoor cat and the grey indoor/outdoor cat (good luck timing her arrival with yours) and Lolli only comes by in the morning but she is about to have kittens so who knows (she was sleeping in the plants out front but I am no longer sure,) if you don’t see her don’t worry about it and now this new cat who will let you know it is here.  shew.


Work nights around here

Not so bad.

Today I chose to sleep in the morning.  I got 3 hours of sleep and it made a big difference in my day.  I made breakfast for Lori and I before she went off to class.  We ate on the patio, I then had another cup of coffee out there and read Sunday’s paper that had been sitting around.


I then went out (shocker), leaving not just the house but the property.  First time my car had even been started since we went to the symphony on Saturday night.  I went and washed the car then went to Trader Joes.  Came home and put stuff away and got some food prep done.

I laid down around 3:00 to try to get some sleep.  I couldn’t get to sleep however so I moved to the couch to see if TV could put me to sleep (because it can on most days.)  I took a couple small naps and got another two hours of sleep but in pieces.

Tonight work is super slow.  But I’m actually finding it easier to stay awake than the last couple of days.  I’m listening to the radio and clearly blogging to stay awake between the fits and starts of work I am getting.

Open Ended

That will show me to leave such an open-ended blog.  Several emails and comments, thought I would give you the non-update that I have.

We still have no idea what animal bled all over our yard.  Whatever it was has not been back.  We do know it wasn’t one of our cat and a half that live in the yard.   Probably a passing cat, whatever it was had to jump the fence.

The third kitty is pretty scarce.  I have seen her twice over the weekend but she wont let me near her.  I am not sure who is more afraid of whom.

She still taunts the indoor cat and comes for kibble in the back yard.


Weekend Company

In the “it takes a village” category, my good friend Katherine came to visit for the weekend.

Last week was a bit crazy and several late nights at work in a row, not getting home or off work until after midnight. With two tax appointments, an emergency dental appointment for Lori, a massage appointment and my weekly meeting with Maria the health coach in training all of my prep was relegated to Friday.

Friday Lori had an early morning meeting that I was not aware of so she was up and gone early which at least got me out of bed after almost fiver hours of sleep. After running to the store for eggs, avocado and limes I was able to clean the bathroom, straighten up the living room and make up a bed for Katherine on the couch before heading to work.

My dear brother picked up Katherine for me on Friday night and brought her to the house and let her in. She was already settled in by the time I got home from work.

Saturday was a blast, we went for a nice walk at Eldorado. Then we found a place and got manicures and pedicures. Pedicures I’m used to but having these painted nails as I type is a bit distracting. I like it, but I don’t see them lasting long as I already have a few dings. I am gong to see if I can get a full week out of them.

We also went to a movie Saturday night. We saw Three Billboards. It was a great movie, sad, desperate, encouraging and very raw. There was some hilarity but it had more to do with the audience and theatre we were in as opposed to the actual movie. In the cheapy 3$ theatre by my house we were surrounded by popcorn munching, comment making, blue color folks in my neighborhood that the majority are brown. The “Fat little Mexican on a bicycle” line brought a cacophony of laughter. As did the “Nooooo” at the end when there was no resolution.

Sunday Lori took us to Balboa Island. We walked around mostly admiring the beach houses and small yard configurations. We took at little time “ferry” that holds about 20 people and three cars across to the peninsula and sat in the sand. Katherine braved the cold water to put her feet in. Lunch in a very noisy Mexican restaurant and back on the ferry and then home.

The work week is starting again and Katherine is on her way home. All was great except for our crazy cats that wanted in and out and ran around chasing each other last night, all over and around Katherine as she slept on the couch. Dang cats had me up a couple times and I had to wake Lori for her help in closing the window after I went outside to heard them back in. Of course she didn’t get back to sleep for three hours.