It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Those Were The Days

For some reason , I forget the reason , I don't live here, this is not my view. I need to speak to whoever is in charge !!
Can you imagine, waking up and opening the curtains and there it is ? And at night !! those twinkling lights !
We rented an apt in Paris that was 2 blocks from the Eiffel Tower .. in the evening after dinner we would walk over and just look at it , soak it in .. for times like now ... when it all seems like it was a dream.
A very happy and content dream.
If you want to rent that apt, the company was  Paris Perfect 
It was a one bedroom, perfectly furnished, with walls of windows, good furniture , a great big comfy bed with a view of ...yes .. the lights from the Eiffel Tower ..
This was the last time I saw Paris. Our last trip to Europe ..We didn't realize it then but I am so glad we did that trip ... that way .. not another posh hotel with room service but a very charming apartment with windows that wrapped around and had views of Everything .. with a cafe on the corner of course.
This is why there are times when people say Those Were The Days ~

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Quickie

Just a quickie to say that all is fairly well and Merlin might need to see a vet about his ears but I am doing my best to avoid that. I have no faith in the vets here and don't feel like wasting so much money on losers.
So I am waiting to see a day or so then I will take him to an animal hospital instead of a place that only has one vet ..

I have gotten depressed so I have nothing nice to say about anyone and nothing interesting to talk about .. especially since I go nowhere and do nothing ..  Nowhere Man ... I have to see what the words are to that song .. it might apply to me these days :)

The weather has been gorgeous .. warm and humid now but it has been California weather to me.
Storms will probably rumble through soon but eventually, it will be beautiful again.
One thing you can pretty much depend on .. Jacksonville having pretty nice weather.

There is a possibility that I am going to take a blogging break.
I can't continue to bore you and depress you and I feel awful when I do bother to post and not one single person acknowledges  it with a comment or anything so it might be time for a break.

In fact, it is time for a break.

If anything comes along that I need to share I will but for now-
take care,  enjoy your Autumn and I'll see you .. sooner or later ..

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Merlin Admiration Society

It's Monday.
I slept fairly well.
No one decided to groom me in the middle of the night, no one jumped off the bed and back on at 5 am .... but I still woke earlier than I had to.
I used to be a champ at "sleeping in" ... My parents were amazed at how much I could sleep.
My husband wished he could sleep in like I did.

Now .. there is no one to notice if I sleep in or not, and I wake up early every morning.

Merlin is not his old self.
I always worry .. will this be it ? is this him finally winding down ?
What will I do ?
Minette and Honey have each other but they both adore Merlin.
My house is just a big Merlin Admiration Society.
first of all, he is a Himalayan .. he is gorgeous .. how can you not love a cat with blue eyes and a tail like a feather boa ?
which by the way, he uses that tail like a boa , when he naps, the tail is sort of wrapped around him.

I knew when I got him, he was already old. But I also knew that cats can live into their 20s and he has been treated very well and has been very healthy .. but all those years before he came to live with me .. that is one of the unknowns.

So Minette and Honey hang out on the lanai, generally near Merlin.
If he comes into the house, sooner or later, they will straggle in .. going to lie down near Merlin.
I admit to often choosing the seat or sofa closest to where Merlin is napping ..

Last night he was sleeping on the floor .. by my bed.
I got up and put him in bed with me .. he snores.
I don't care.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

a good thing

Goddard’s Law,  which was sent into effect in 2016, makes the crime of abuse towards a companion animal a felony. 

It's Been Nice

I have cats as everyone knows and probably groans when I mention them.
I started out like a normal person .. perhaps in not so normal circumstances.
My husband and I had always had cats and a couple of amazing dogs.
While in Argentina, the most amazing dog died .. he was old but had cancer and died.. the way we would all probably like to go .. at home with your loved ones holding you and telling you how much they love you.
When we got back to the US .. we talked about getting a cat and another dog.
But as fate has it ... all the talking and planning and dreaming .. the worst and most unexpected unplanned event happened.
And then I was alone.

One day, thinking that I could not bear the emptiness in that house that I was still adjusting to living in .. I went to Animalkind in Hudson NY to look for a cat.
When I walked in, there were no cats. I was saddened, I had expected to have to choose from an array of needy kitties.
Then the owner pointed past me and I turned around and this tiny blue kitten was stalking me.
She chose me.
So I named her Minette and we did and have loved and enjoyed each other .. she is smart and beautiful and a perfect broken heart mender.

Then one day I was thinking, would she like a companion.
So I looked at Animalkind but there were no cats that day.
Then I wandered around online and there he was ... my grumpy faced beautiful Merlin.
His name was Cubby at the shelter ... the most unattractive name for a gorgeous Himalayan cat.
He was immediately renamed Merlin because he is so magical .. he , with Minette, helped heal my broken heart and kept me from going mad with grief.
Who can lie in bed all day crying when you have hungry cats walking all over you and meowing in your ear ??
And so I began to return to "normal" life but different.

Time passed, I sold the house, moved to be away from a needy old house and snow and isolation and here we are, Florida. Where they have hurricanes and the neighbors stay inside  ... doing whatever it is they do .. except for meeting their new neighbor.
I do have lovely people on either side who say hello. Nothing else but Hello is nice.
But then my Mom died .. after I arrived .. and I inherited Honey.

The cats and I are ok .. but the weather which people love is not ok with me.
I like NY weather.
I like Summer , I love Autumn and Winter is winter, it gets cold, sometimes it snows and then one day it gets warm  again.
But best of all, they don't get Hurricanes. Every year.
And I have friends there and family.  I have a family member who is getting older, just like we all are but I think she has a head start on most of us. And I miss her. She , aside from my children, is the closest relative I have .. and her daughter. I need to see them and talk to them, not just email them.

Today is a gorgeous day.
Anyone visiting Florida, where I am , would want to live here.
I would too ... if there were no hurricane warnings, no flooding, no fear of trees falling on my home, no bugs and illnesses that I never met up North ..

It has been nice .. but it is time to move on ..

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