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.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Remember to Laugh

                                              I know who I can count on to make me laugh.

After receiving more bad news last night , I am just going to stay off the computer for a little while and get my thoughts together .. as well as not drive away anyone who reads my blog and has no interest in reading sad things.

We have roofers doing things .. on the roof .. imagine that !
And they are very skilled at making maximum amounts of noise.

I have books to read and perhaps a headset and some classical music will get me through the day.
With 3 little clowns of varying sizes and talents, the day should be fine.
Happy Weekend !!  Remember to laugh .. it is good for you.

Friday, March 16, 2018


This young beauty comes to my house for dinner each night.
I have no idea if she belongs to someone here or is a lost kitty or what .
But she will not starve. If she wants to come in to the lanai, she is welcome.
If I don't see her, I worry. 

A family member died .. an in-law. It is very sad and for me , very sudden  but she knew it was coming. Our family just keeps getting smaller and smaller ..
I want to grab them and yell at them to " stop it ! Stay ! We need you here !!

So I will continue to feed stray cats and wish I was back home in NY .

Thursday, March 15, 2018



Tell me how hard you laughed.

Look Into My Eyes

I have nothing to say really. Just look at that face, those eyes .. hope they don't become extinct.
Wish I could pet one or hold one in my lap and have it look at me like that :)

I am surrounded by sound, most of it loud and unpleasant.
Hammering,  sawing, large things falling , men yelling, trucks moving slowly with little beeping sounds and big motor sounds.
3 cats who are disgruntled by the whole thing, especially the part with men on ladders draping the lanai in blue plastic .. that really freaked out Honey !
She came upstairs and twitched for at least half an hour !
Minette is watching .. keeping an eye on the intruders.
Merlin went to my room and is asleep on the bed ... he is benefitting from being hard of hearing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


from LSK

This room just makes me swoon. I want it. 
My sofas and chairs and coffee table will look perfect in it.
I think my Persian rug will go well too.

I need to move again .. new rooms to decorate .. The roofers are here, I think I am in for not so much peace and quiet for a week or so ... ugh !

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I miss him still.
We moved from that house to a house in Florida.
From the house in Florida to Portland Oregon.
From Oregon to Buenos Aires ... Tate ( Pup) was with us every step of the way ..
He died in Buenos Aires .. not too old yet but he had cancer .. we did everything we could think of but nothing made him well. He died at home with my husband and I and the vet .. he was not euthanized .. only drugged well enough to not suffer while he struggled to stay with us just a little longer. They don't live long enough, these beloved creatures we call Pets ... he was so much more than a "Pet" ..
He was Family.   I miss him.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cats Stairs Buddha

                               You can make up your own story to go with this photo.
                                             Send it to me and I will publish it .

Black Cat treks up the temple steps to seek enlightenment from Buddhist Monk Cat at the summit. His advice ?
Always wear a flea collar.


The Weekend

I hope your weekend was good ..
It was very quiet here and the cats and I enjoyed cat naps and good food and peacefulness broken up with an hour here and there of playing and listening to good music .. Tango anyone ?
And I admit there was a bit of napping done by all.
Wishing you a good week ahead .. tell me about your weekend .. got plans for the future ?
I am making a few myself ... 

Friday, March 9, 2018

This Is Glamorous

This Is Glamorous is one of my favorite blogs. I am on the computer in the morning with my first cup of coffee for the day, cats napping here and there and I lose myself for a while in beautiful images.
What I found delightful today was in this photo ..

Years ... many years ago, my husband and I ,  were browsing through antique shops in NYC , not in any posh area ... and we found this mirror.
It was propped against a pile of rugs, dirty and dull wood .. the glass was in bad shape, black showing through in streaks where age and not being cared for, had done their job in the mirror ..

We bought it immediately. I have a "Thing" for mirrors .. 

We brought it home and cleaned it up and kept it for about a week .. seeing it in our home every day .. My husband said one day, we have to paint that thing.

So his idea ( not mine at all!) was to paint it Chinese Red.
He painted it. I disapproved.

It stayed red for about a year .. then we moved house and when we were all settled in to that house, the mirror was painted white. By yours truly. He saw what good ideas I had and that mirror hangs at the top of the stairs, here in my home .. about 20 years older than it was when it came to be with us.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

So Many Things

There are so many things I love about this photograph.
Tenderness .. sweetness .. a horse, any size, age or color ..or lack of color .. all will work for me.
I am sending you out into the day with this image to bring to mind when something bothers you ..
If it is something not sweet or doesn't bring a smile  ... remember this .

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Looking Back - Buenos Aires

Photo: This Is Glamorous
I am reminded of the home we had in Buenos Aires. Every door in the flat was a French door .. the ceilings were ridiculously high and it was a dream come true to move into that home that we had dreamt of, that we designed to look like the above photo rather than the drab sad place that the realtor showed us that day.
As they say .. It had bones.
And they were beautiful.

I remember the fun we had shopping for and buying furniture and lighting and all the appliances.
We went to antique shops and bought the chandeliers, we bought soft bedding and a posh sofa in a more modern sort of "mall" and we excitedly hung the paintings and prints we had collected over the years.
This entire period of time, the house hunt, the planning and rehab and finished product were the happiest days .. not the happiest ever but on that list of Happiest Times.

There are many days that I wish we were still there .. but the way things turned out, I guess it was fate that made sure I was here in the US when suddenly made a widow.
I can't quite imagine how I would have managed alone in Buenos Aires .. but sometimes I really would like to find out .

Friday, March 2, 2018

Blogger and I

Blogger or whatever has become a problem for me.
I was in the middle of posting a comment to someone else on their blog and halfway through it just deleted itself ..Blogger has been doing this for a couple of weeks and I was blaming it on the computer but it only happens here.

So I want my Fellow Bloggers to know I am not ignoring you .. Ken @ Living the Life in St Aignan
I want you to know that I comment every day but Blogger hides them all or swallows them whole.

So I will keep trying .. I will see if Safari works better than Chrome .. I will see if I stay sane.

TGIF Everybody !!! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Shelter ... what does the word mean ?

This is a shelter dog who sat and waited and waited and then finally a kind human came along and adopted him.
As you can see, he is afraid but hopeful then joyous..They are not stupid .. he was in a Kill Shelter ..
What a Wonderful World it would truly be if there were no such thing as a "Kill Shelter" .. the two words don't even go together ...Shelter ... Kill ?
Shelter gives you the idea that you are safe, sheltered from harm ... quite the opposite actually.
At least this one little guy got to go Home ... How many don't ?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Three Things

" They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world :
someone to love, something to do and something to hope for "


Boy did this ring true for me this morning ! I love this blog and it was there when I needed it today.

Having been thrown into a totally different kind of life in every imaginable way, I am still blundering and fumbling around, trying to find the right place and the right life for me now .. with mistakes that will be costly to correct, I am hoping that the next choice I make is the Right one and Works Out.

I have nothing to blog about.
There is a huge forest behind me, I can see it well right now, I sit by a window looking out over green lawns and pine trees ... at night I sometimes see the inhabitants ... possums, raccoons, baby deer at sunset .. and one green snake that came onto the lanai but left in a hurry.
Minette will never get over it .
Merlin keeps shaking his head and muttering about not seeing it ..
Honey says,What's a snake?

It is Sunday.
I have to remind myself of the day of the week but checking the computer clock .. one day here is exactly like all the others.

So I hope your day is full of at least one of these things on the list ..
Happy Sunday, in February ...  tell me how cold it is where you live ... what are you doing on a Sunday ?

Talk to you later ~

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Time Machine

I have spent too many hours, actually days and nights, with the little bit that I know from experience and a lot that I learned while fumbling around, working on the blog to make it less cumbersome and getting rid of blogs on my lists that have not been blogging in Years !!

I still liked to look at them but there was no point in keeping them on a list ..

So here we are, there will be more photos coming as I manage things without the person who always knew how to do things with the photos online but I must say, I have done a pretty good job so far.
Of course, my head would explode if I deleted the blog or something like that so it is tense and a bit stressful for me to do this at all.

Now I am going to stop and rest and cuddle an old soft purring cat.
I will tell him about the alligator who will not be bothered because it is a wild creature and belongs here ... as long as he stays in the water ... anyone who lives here, knows to not let the children or pets out loose and alone or near the lake.
Which happens to be right in the middle of the place.
An alligator wrangler might come get it ..

So I am going to feed the cats and figure out what I will feed me ... I have a feeling it will be something that involves bread, mayo and some fresh roast chicken .. or maybe just a bowl of soup.

When there is no one to cook for .. it hardly seems worth the bother .. cats and I are fine .

So I am going to go watch the news and see what new storms are brewing and wait for a return email from my friend in New York with 2 babies, 2 massive dogs and 1 husband.
I love them all.  I have the slightest tiniest feelings of envy once in a while :)
Not really envy so much as Remembering when it was me and wishing I could go back in time.

Do you ever wish you could go back in time ?
Like .... my first trip to London with a weekend in Paris ... with my husband.
Or the first summer that we rented a house on Fire Island NY and my babies and I stayed there the entire summer while my husband commuted .. when we visited Buenos Aires and by the end of the week, my husband and I were having coffee and talking about the idea of moving there to live.
It would be close to impossible to pick a time, if there were ever such a thing as a Time Machine .

Por Favor

Send me your blog link so I can rebuild The Blogs I Follow that got deleted when I did something wrong when cleaning up my blog ... I should know better, Leave Well Enough Alone.

Just send me the link and I can build my Blogs That I Follow List again.
Thank you so very much
besitos .. C

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Alligators In My Yard ??

Many years ago, my husband and I sold our home in NY and moved to Florida.
Where we lived in a lovely Long Spanish style house on a beautiful property with tall pine trees in back and green grass lawns in front.
In those days, Pup was there with us too.
It was with delight and no little amount of photo taking, that we discovered that Egrets like our yard.
With a room at the back of the house that was all windows, we had a daily show of bird visits  .. all sorts of birds.
It made that house special .. although even that wore off for the my husband  and he wanted to move.

Now all these years later, I look out at the "backyard"... between my home and the forest and I see deer visiting, little racoons who surprisingly like cat kibble and the cats, the ones that have no home or an owner who does not take care of their cat.

There is a pretty lake on the property here.
It has a sidewalk on one side and just grass all around, the water comes through a series of springs and creeks etc.
So today the neighbor lady and I were walking and talking and lo and behold, I can add
Alligators to the List of Things Seen In My Yard, even though technically it is not my yard.
But close enough !
The first thing I thought of was the cats, whose owners allow them to wander loose, be possible Alligator hors d'oeuvres ...
The Thing is Big ! At least 5 feet ...nothing I would want to stumb le over in the dark.

So the People who Take Care of these Things are being called, the Neighbor Who Knows Everything is taking care of ... well, Everything.
I will go back to looking at maps and planning my next trio .. or whatever you want to call it .... Swim At Your Own Risk Mr Goose

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Wow ... I have been blogging since 2010 ... I am amazed :)
It must be fun because Time flew by ..

Saturday Notes

There is nothing much to write about when you are alone in a nice big home with 3 cats and woods behind your home and no people in sight.

But somehow I manage :)

A US Navy Jet just took off from the Naval Air Base.
With all the accompanying sounds ... the kind that send me dashing to the window with the best sky view ... I am such a sucker for Air Force/Navy Jet Planes ...

* My father was AF .. I was born on an AF Base ... that is my excuse *

I tried to hold Honey in my lap while sitting on the floor in front of a big mirror to get her photo and show everyone how huge she is.
Well, she is big enough that she wrestled me to the floor and got away ... well, sort of.


OK Kids, I think I have it back to normal as much as possible.
Between Chrome and Blogger, it has not been easy but  here you have it .. The Blog.
I am sure things will continue to pop up to be dealt with but I am sick of it already !

Later today I will hopefully have something else to talk about .. or there will be not blog entry because I don't want to bore the remaining people who actually do visit me.

And to those people .. I Thank You So Much !!

Friday, February 16, 2018


I did a little tweaking to the blog. It needed a few things , I wasn't trying to be fancy.
But that little tweak .. removed, changed and screwed up the layout of the blog so much that I have been working on it for hours, for days and nights and it is barely up and running.

The list of blogs that I follow ... I have it, it just won't show it.
It is a mess and I end up spending way too much time sitting here and trying to get back to normal.
Perhaps that is never possible, in any way, in life. Certainly not seeming possible on Blogger.

So... I am too irritated with it now and I want to go be lazy with the cats.
They are teaching me some new lazy tricks. . . I will tell you about them later.

so that is that . I am reading a very creepy atmospheric British Murder Mystery on my Kindle ..
I am breaking all the rules and petting feeding and watering the cat that comes to my door.
The first time was because it is not up to me to not feed a cat or watch it starve because of some rule that someone made .. and I found out it lives a few doors away .. so all is fine with the cat story.

Mine are lazy and sweet and affectionate and Honey is in here with me because Honey is part dog, she goes where mama goes.
She is also the size of a dog .. even bigger than some.
But she is still sweet and has the voice / meow of a tiny little cat ...

I tried to weigh her but she was sliding out of my arms and crying and breaking my back.
We will try again another day .. over at the truck place where they weigh cargo .

Minette, a normal sized young cat ... Honey , an extra large sized young cat ..

Ta ta for now ~

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mmmmm I Smell Good !

Objects With Purpose

I was given some small bottles of perfume, pretty labels, small bottles with roll on tops instead of spray .
The label is pretty .. the scent is wonderful...this one is Jasmine and Vanilla .. lovely.

Today I just ordered more. The bottle on my desk is titled Fight or Flight lol
Anyone that can smell this perfume on me, is not going to want to fight .. that I am sure of.

Keep an eye out for it if you are in a perfume department .. you will have to let me know if you get to test it and how you like it ...

Back in the Blog Again

So whatever was wrong with the computer, is now fixed.
I would like to say I fixed it but all I did was unplug it then ignore it.
Remember to try that if you ever have computer issues.
also my keyboard was fussy anyway, I unplugged that too.

Whatever worked , it is back to normal ... so you can comment and I can blog.
How about that !?

Enjoy your day ..

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


It is chilly, grey , damp and I need a fireplace and someone needs to  make some hot soup !
Oh ... that will have to be me, I guess.
I can be sure the cats will keep my spot warm .. on the soft sofa with the soft blankets while I try to hurry a pot of soup into being hot and tasty.

Or ..... I can bring my cup of tea upstairs, sit in a comfy chair with a soft throw and read a good book..while a couple of cats argue over who sits on mama's lap and mama makes sure sleepy Merlin is warm and not disturbed during his nap.
Merlin is no longer a fan of cold weather and has been moving more slowly lately ... so his Mama is spoiling him outrageously ... He deserves it all.

OK ... have a good day, stay warm and dry and cozy wherever you are ... talk to you later !!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2:11 on 2/11

I think this must mean something ... although now it is 2:12.
which does mean something ... it means Time is advancing .. Marching On ... Time Stops For No One .. or something like that.

I am sitting upstairs in my condo ( home) looking out the window at the forest behind me, at the pine trees and the dark grey sky.. there is an Air Show ... why clouds on a day with an Air Show .. when yesterday they were clear ... really not fair at all, if anyone asks me.

The cats are all sleeping .. I refused to take a nap ..I will never fall asleep tonight ..
How they do it I don't know .. it isn't like they are so busy when they are awake !
I mean really, do you see your cat busy during the day ? hurrying along getting its chores done ? making sure there is food for everyone ? litter is neat and tidy ?  claws sharpened on something that is not supposed to be scratched ? No, they meander around the house, they drink a little water .. cats are not big drinkers ... nibble a little kibble .. hmmm I should write for the cat food companies...
They just eat drink pee and sleep.
I could have had a baby if that's all they do ! A baby that would grow up and out of cute kittenhood and would be just another kid annoying somebody.

No ... cats are my life now. I am the Cat Lady. My grandmother was one, I should have known it would happen to me. She raised purebred / show cats .. Siamese.
I love the way they look but her cats hated me.
If she talked to me, while holding the cat, the cat would smack her face , hit her on the mouth, shutting her up ... don't talk to that kid ! pay attention to ME !!
And one wonders why I like cats .. 

I feel like I live in a vacuum today. No phone calls, no emails, no sound outside but the occasional sound of a Navy Jet flying upside down or something ... there is an air show .
I can't hear much but it is definitely exciting to see them go low, over the forest , over my home, close together in formation ... It is so thrilling ... I am such a jerk .

How is your day ? 2:22

Cats etc

You think I am just posting a photo of my cat because she is so comical .. but not really .. yes,
she makes me laugh almost every time I look at her. She is a Little Girl cat in a very Fat Cat suit.
Here you see her looking into the woods .. where the deer are coming out at night and some innocent baby fawns will come out , curious about the world .. and the humans and their cats get to see them .. before their mamas come hurry them back into the woods. which are part of a State Park and the deer are safe from knucklehead hunters.

Last night we had Raccoons coming to the door and eating the cat food that had been left out for a little lost cat.

So cats, raccoons and deer ... I see no people but who needs people with cats raccoons and deer???

Keep An Eye On The Sky

Blogger continues to be F*ed  up and I have no patience left.
I am sitting here in a too warm room with a window view of a pine forest and dark grey skies and the sound of US Navy Jets flying overhead.
It is a thrilling sight and sound to me .. I am a sucker for this sort of thing.

There will be an Airshow today .. anyone in the Jacksonville Florida area should try to see it .. I have the best seats , they go right over our homes ..

You should have seen me yesterday , I would be in the house, busy work, hear them coming, drop everything and dash like a lunatic out to the lanai .. or out the front door and stand there looking up like a simpleton ... it was thrilling and I only saw a couple.

Those jets look small when you look up at them in the sky but they flew so low yesterday overhead, they are massive ! and those pilots are Fabulous !!! just amazing.

So keep an eye on the sky !!!

ps and Auto Correct has gone haywire and keeps slipping in odd words that I have to go back and remove .... why ? why ?????

Saturday, February 10, 2018


I remember when Saturday used to mean so many things.
Sleeping late. Planning the day over coffee .. getting things done that could only be done on the weekend .. going out to dinner sometimes or just ordering in .. not a lot of cooking was done on my weekends, back then.

Nowadays ... not a lot of cooking is done any time .. week days or weekends.
The cats get fed and I have coffee and milk in the fridge .. oh yeah, and cinnamon rolls in the pantry.
I am set.

Today I was up early ( as usual, I live on Cat time ) and the plumber came by to fix my sink .
I was mortified to see that the pipe was clogged up. .. with cooked plain spaghetti .. no sauce .. at least that made it a little less disgusting when he pulled out handfuls of pasta from the pipes.. which lead to the garbage disposal but apparently it never made it that far.

I know he will be laughing at me with his wife tonight at dinner .. that lame brained woman with the cats.
Speaking of the cats , one little Blue girl thought he was lying on the floor with his head under the sink so she could climb up on him and take a nap. And that darling man just lay there for a few minutes doing what he had to do .. slowly ... then chatted with me, which was laughable since I was trying to speak Spanish .. but you know what ? I did fine. He understood everything I said and complimented me ... I know I was just beaming when he said that ... I never get to use my Castellano anymore ... Another reason  to go back to BA !!

So it is only 11:30 am on a Saturday and I am dressed and ready for ... something ..
It will probably be me , cats, good book ... tea or coffee .. lanai. And that is just fine.
I am being a cat today .. low energy, lying in the sun ( well sort of ) and in response  to someone who insists that I eat more .. I will eat something .. I have those cinnamon rolls and Nutella...what else does a person need ?

Have a Fun Saturday ! Tomorrow you can tell me about it.

It's Caturday !!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Fingers Crossed

We might be back in business ... blog working and posting etc.

Hopefully you can comment ... let me know .. phew .. hours have been spent here at this computer :(

I am going out into the sunshine now .. ttfn

OK Here's The Story

I can see my blog.
I can post , I think. We will see.
My blog list is gone.
I can read other blogs, when  I find them and put them  back on my blog list .. but ...
I cannot comment on other  blogs.
I have to switch to Safari to post on my own blog, and sometimes it allows me to comment on others.
I use Chrome.
I cleaned out cookies the other day ... that did it.

I am not sure where and how to fix things for fear of making it a total mess forever.

So that is the story .. sad  but true.


Lost everything ... Got everything back ... not sure it it is permanent.
please do comment and let me know if you can read anything or didn't bother because you just don't care anymore lol

Try commenting now !

A View

Just photos .. I can't think of a single thing to talk about but I am homesick for Buenos Aires, missing my husband, my home there, the weather and the music and people ... so what do I do ? I go through the gazillion photos that we took over 7 years of living there .. happy and contented .. muy contenta.

So here are a couple .. I have so many more .. I will try not to drive you away with the boredom of looking at my photos .. and thank you :)

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Good Day

About a million starlings just came in for a landing.
My pine forest in back of my home is full of birds and bird song.
Blue skies, no clouds, sunshine and birds ...

A Murmuration / Starlings

Right after my husband died and I was alone all the time in that house in the country .. with tall pine trees lined up around the property and a huge farm (corn) field behind the property ... I would walk outside to just get some fresh air, wander around the yard and sometimes look out over the field.
They were corn fields for the dairy nearby and there was a forest across the fields.
Deer would cross the fields once the corn  had been cut and bits of corn were still on the ground, and also to get to the forest and ponds on the other side of my street, behind those houses.
It was a natural wonderful haven for forest creatures right in the middle of some very busy and wealthy homes and neighborhoods.

Walking to the end of the property, looking across the fields, looking for a deer sighting possibly, I saw / heard the noise of a lot of birds in the tall pines ... when I kept watching I realized that I had never seen so many birds in my trees before ... then the sound got closer and louder and I saw more birds.

I walked over   where the tree line met the fields and looked up the hill and there it came ...
a very very large cloud .. of birds... starlings .. it was amazing to see and mind boggling to hear ..
thousands of birds flying and swooping down and swirling .. I felt like someone had definitely given me a gift, something to lighten my heart .. something I would never forget .

I want to see it again ...

What day is it ?

Monday Monday

Happy Monday
No plans here, what about you ?

Tell us about it
click on Monday Monday

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Making Plans

  Rainy Days

Rainy Days and Mondays ... in this case Sunday ..

I have come to not mind rainy days on any day.  I generally have no plans for any particular days so if it rains, it is a change from a sunny day .. that's about it.

Of course, today's rain is one of those Don't Go Out in the rain days, but a Stay Home and Be Lazy day .
It is pouring.
The cats didn't even like sitting out on the lanai ..

So we are all snug and warm and dry inside in our spots.
Mine was in the kitchen .. I am roasting salmon. I made soup. Never think I will starve if it rains a long time lol

I have been reading blogs and tidying up my Inbox for my emails.

Sort of Getting Rid of Bad Rubbish if you know what I mean.
People who used to email me all the time about their problems, their losses, their late night full of wine emails .. I had the bad idea to be honest to one of them .. and was called a liar.
Poor thing, wine addled that old brain .. but it helped me make that decision, take out the trash.
So I have been going through my email boxes .. yes, there are more than one ..sigh .. and I have been deleting the really old stuff and only saving the special ones .. from people I loved or lost ..
I have a lot of mail and notes from Blogger people , who happen to be a breed apart .. really.
There is a human kindness sort of thing about all of the bloggers who have emailed me .. a niceness that I cherish .. that I appreciate for its being kind of rare in this Internet world we live in.
So if you remember sending me a sweet email .. I saved it. Thank you again.

I have cats in the house napping. I have a little cat that came by earlier and now I don't know where it is but it is pouring rain and I want it to come into my lanai where it will at least be able to be dry .. fed and dry .. so little to ask for ..

I have been figuring out logistics of changing things again and that is sort of fun.
Like planning a vacation or a trip .. you know what you want , you just have to make the plan so you can not only do it but do it successfully .. and be happy at the end.

We all want a Happy Ending , don't we ? :)

What are you doing today ?
Are you making Sunday dinner ?
How's the weather ?
Making plans  ?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Honey Takes A Nap

You know how you feel after an especially tasty dinner ? When you were full but still had second helpings ?  Then you got up from the table and minutes later had to go lie down and take a nap ?

Meet Honey.

When I Need a Smile

                                         Honey is sure to give me one.

By the way

I cannot comment on anyones blogs.
I switched from Google Chrome back to Safari and back again and I can post my own blog, but I cannot comment on another blog.

So John /  Going Gently .. I tried but can't manage to leave a comment.

This is all Bloggers fault and sooner or later I will figure out how to get back to normal.

So don't anyone think I am gone or not paying attention... I just can't comment.


Friday, February 2, 2018

French Movies

French movies ... do you like to watch them ? Do you have favorites ?
French actors / actresses .... favorites ?
Paris or the countryside ? which do like to see more and would you live in France if you could.

I love to watch French films. My husband and I would always see one if we could .. whether online , video or in the cinema.

We had our favorite actors, some still alive but there were so many good old ones ..

I liked films like Amalie that were cute, romantic and in Paris .. but then I love films with good moody nice looking actors that take place in the city , Paris or elsewhere in France .. detective stories or  crime stories or mysteries .. as long as it is subtitled, I will watch it.

We couldn't see French films in Buenos Aires .. they had them, every week when new films came to the cinema, it seemed like there was at least one good French one .. but our luck , it was subtitled into Spanish, not English .. well, duh .. so we had to find them subtitled into English in video.

Eventually, we gave up. We would sometimes find something in the video store that had English subtitles, but mostly, we missed about 7 years worth of good "foreign" movies.

I am going to get back into watching them again, I will watch here, on my computer.
One of the reasons my husband bought this particular computer is the screen is so big ..we used to have a television smaller than this computer screen !

Tell me, what are your favorite French movies ? and why ?
Not counting Amalie .. I think everyone loved Amalie .. right ?
I still listen to the soundtrack , lol.

So  ... give it some thought, talk to me ... send me titles and I will try to watch the movies and will review them lol. We will have a weekly movie discussion !
Or I will just have some nice films to watch with the cats.

Merci .. Gracias ... Thank you very much.

So Here's The Story

I can post on my blog using Safari.
I can see my blogs and others on Chrome but I cannot post on/to them.

My blog lists disappeared, I was able to make a new one, with some missing so more work on that today. Don't send emails asking me why I dropped you lol

I am not sure why this happened  .. it has to do with Safari vs Chrome.
I can post on one but I have no blog list on the other .. so another day will be sort of wasted, trying to get this right .. after all these years ? something this stupid goes wrong with Blogger.

It is Friday - Congratulations to all those who celebrate TGIF

To me it means a variety in television programming.

For a nice change, it is cold here. Yes, cold .. like the Heat went on automatically and the cats all slept on my bed ... no we won't speak of the need for a King Size Bed.
Merlin is getting more vocal and I think it is because he feels outnumbered and has to make himself heard.
Little does he know, Minette speaks for him ... what he wants, she wants etc.

Honey rarely meows but it is a little girl meow ... incongruous coming out of a huge cat ..

Their leftovers went to the little homeless cat outside this morning. She is looking good, last night I was allowed to pet her.
She must be starved for the loving touch of her family .. I wish I knew where to return her .

I think after getting my bank statement yesterday, that I will spend a little time today on
Sephora :)
Things that smell good..lotions and potions  (what do you like ?)  .. new makeup ..( what is your favorite?) and some shampoo if they sell it on Sephora .. they certainly haven't got it in my neighborhood ...

Happy Friday Everyone ... 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Under Construction

Due to this , that and me , the blog has changed  a little.
I was just trying to spruce things up, get rid of old defunct blogs and maybe make the look more interesting .. catch your attention in a subtle way  or something ..

So I ended up getting a stiff neck and losing some blogs that were on my list.

So if you notice you are not there, please just send me a note with your blog link and I will stick you back on the list where you belong.

I do apologize, just when I think I know what I am doing, I do something like this ... sigh ...

Thank you everyone who reads my blog and comments and have you noticed how long I have had this blog ?? I am shocked.

So thank you ... besitos ! Candice/ Notes From ABroad

This That and Barking

Today I read about someone who was abusive to animals and about children being locked up in a room full of filth and waste like little animals .. There seems to be a common thread here, humans are evolving into something less than human and less than animal ... a Sad State of Affairs if you ask me.

Today I also went to a store to buy mascara and ended up browsing in the make up department with a chatty lady who made me laugh. That is my Number 1 Good Thing About You .. for anyone who is interested .. We all need to laugh more, so what better than having friends and people around you who make you laugh ?

I was the object of a fight this morning . . I was being fought over ... any pretty girl will know what I mean .. I was not the pretty girl, I was Mama  ... everyone wants to sleep with mama , everyone wants mama to feed them first ... no one wants Honey that Giant Kitty to get to the dish first ...
So there I am , barefooted, cold and half asleep, with 3 fussy kitties, arguing over who goes first and where and watch out.

Then I got my coffee and sat out on the lanai where I was alone with the sound of wind in the pine trees, an occasional bird calling and one or two Navy Jets flying straight up like rockets overhead.

Then there came the sound of barking .. the poor insane "toy"? collie that the man walks up the street and back ... it barks every step it takes. There is nothing there, no one but the man but the poor insane dog barks with every step.
And the man ( possibly deaf ??) just trudges along with the dog ...trotting along barking .

When they were gone .. everything changed back to Normal ... the only sounds of wind and far away jets ..

I am ready to be somewhere that there are no people walking dogs, mostly no jets or planes overhead and possibly , not a neighbor that close by ..  we will see.

I am also ready to run away to Buenos Aires and hear music and cars honking and all kinds of noise day and night but who cares, it is Buenos Aires !!

Right now though, I will appreciate the sound of silence .. which also sounds like wind, jets and cats meowing in the distance.

What are your sounds ? Do you love them ? hate them ? want to move ?  Talk to me.

Monday, January 29, 2018

We Will See

You know that saying ... "With friends like these, who needs enemies ?"

I was thinking about that yesterday when I was cleaning out the computer ... spam and its like .. like old emails from people who were once on a friendly basis .. who called themselves my friends .. until they weren't.

One had a nice life, husband , house proud as all get out and 2 kids. One good and one a troublesome type.
Over the years I heard the stories of how one made something of her life, left home and went as far as she could from the parents and brother ..
I have not looked in a long time but I am sure she made something of herself ..
The boy .. a problem .. spoiled .. troubles with drugs and the law and parents who spoiled him then couldn't understand why he was such a problem.

Of course, one day I suggested something in response to yet another sad email .. the something I suggested was Common Sense, not personal or insensitive .. it was sent with affection and hope to make her feel better.
Her response was bitter, hateful and obviously, she was not the friend I thought she was ...
That was the end of her.

Then there were the two people who were all over me for years, how exciting to live in Argentina ! People want to know you !
Then we came back from Buenos Aires, my husband died suddenly, "friends" were all over me/emails daily with advice ( much of it very much appreciated ) and much of it just a pat on the back or a virtual hand to hold .. considering I lived all alone in a country setting with only a couple of neighbors to know if I was still alive ! Emails and online pals were a good thing.

But like all people ( I guess, although I have friends still from high school) these "friends" would still write but not as often, which was fine .. but then they just stopped.
I would send a note, checking to see if all was well.
Sometimes an answer, then silence.

Imagine when the one who had spent years crying about her drug addict child .. said she didn't want to hear from me anymore .. I was  too sad.

Imagine the surprise when the 2 people who had been there for me all the time, sent me real gifts in the real mail and suddenly .. the she of the two .. sent a really cold email that "they" didn't want to email with me anymore .. apparently .. I was too sad for them, I don't really know, they never even gave me the courtesy of having been friends for years, at least telling me why they were *together* in telling me they no longer wanted to email.

And then there is the girl from New York.
A smart, kind, funny girl .. who just came to my house one day and asked me if she could walk with me when I take my afternoon walk. ( I made a point of taking a long walk up the hill to the farm and petting the horse and talking to the sheep ...I was so very alone ) and now out of nowhere, this young woman asks if she can take a walk with me.
And that is how it started ... we became friends .. She married the son of the man who owns the farm.
She now has babies ..beautiful blue eyed boys ..

 I thanked her in the past for this and that .. acknowledged how much her kindness meant to me.
But I need to say it again, whether she reads this or not, let someone else know and hopefully remember how much your small acts of kindness mean.

I will tell you this also ... when I asked about the silence from the two people who I thought were friends, I was told in a snarky, b*tchy way that they just didn't want to hear from me.
No real reason, no real excuse ... just ending years of emails and laughter with a stab in the heart.

I am living in a private community, it is hard to make friends with people here because they go from home to car in garage and out ..the gates close behind us .. no one walks ..
so while I am safe and protected , I am isolated and alone.
My daughter has been a dream daughter, I wish everyone with a daughter that you have one like mine.

So of course, thoughts of returning to where I was happy, where I have friends and family are in my mind all the time now.
We will see what happens .. where Time and Fate lead me ...

Monday morning

It is grey and gloomy out and I really would have liked to sleep later ... but there is the matter of ... cats.
They wake up and expect breakfast ... yeah, well, I wake up and expect coffee but I have to get it myself.

Now everyone has been fed and morning naps are in progress, except for Honey who is having a very thorough bath, on her perch beside my chair.
And old toy box with a little rug on top , under the window, perfect for napping kitties ..or bathing kitties as the case may be.

Being so gloomy out and nothing I have to do, there will be closets ransacked and maybe something complicated baked or cooked .. we will see.
It would have been nice to sleep a bit later .. maybe a nap will happen this afternoon.

The Little Lost Cat is out there , first thing this morning .. crying crying ..I fed it the kibble my cats left after they had their breakfast .. this is a good way to Not throw out good food and to help a starving young cat.
It is cold and raining out , I am not going to think about that little cat , wet cold and at least not hungry right now.

I am going to attack the closets .. throw out things I have not worn in a year .
Make bags of clothes to donate.

I might bake something sweet .. we will see how much energy I have .. but a day like today, requires the smell of baking in the house ..

Happy Monday to All ... what are you doing ? Are you glad it is Monday or were you having way too much fun this weekend to wake up to a Monday ?
Tell us about it ....

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday Night

So my Saturday night will not be spent entirely on this blog that has changed, partly due to me doing a few updates and partly to Blogger being a PITA.

I don't know what else to do but hope that it will settle down or I will with no clue, fix things while I keep clicking on this and deleting that .

This is the last thing I feel like doing .. in the same world as having to give my own car an oil change or something .. I am good at somethings and other things I just don't want to know about .. know what I mean ?

So today I ran through a store to find one thing, they didn't have it , but they had a bunch of things I might have to go back there for .. like as soon as possible.

Other than that , I have no plans cooking at the moment but there are quite a few ideas ...

Have a Fabulous weekend and enjoy your friends, family or just being home with some music , peace and quiet.

Until Monday  ....

Cheer Up

You have to go and read this blog ... he never fails to make me laugh. some days a good laugh is just priceless.
Here is a  taste ....

" Staying married "in sickness and in health" sounds good in theory but my wife just threw up so now obviously the kids and I have to move out, start over and try to put back together the pieces of our shattered lives ... "

 The blog - Reasons  My Son Is Crying 

My Blog

What started out as me "cleaning" up the blog and getting rid of old things on lists that are no longer of interest etc ... I did something wrong.
I clicked yes instead of no or the equivalent of ....

And so after spending hours yesterday on this .. this new aspect of my blog seems to be all I can manage.

My fear was that I would lose all the history, blogs and comments and photos but hopefully everything remains.

I put my lists back on and overnight they left but I think everything is back on again.

It breaks my heart because I put so much into this blog and Blogger seemed to be easy to use .. but there is a No Going Back aspect to it and I think I sort of went past that point.

So you will notice, I think, slight differences .. but I am pretty sure comments will still go through and be published. If anything doesn't work for you, please email me and let me know .. I will fumble around some more and see if I can get things closer to Back To Normal as possible..

Things like my lists is driving me crazy .. I have kept those lists for the entire time I have blogged ..
and they make things so easy, If I want to read Going Gently in the morning, one click and I am there.
Now I have to find Going Gently !!

So that is the news today ... not great but not too terrible ... so far.

Enjoy your weekend ... ours is cloudy and cool .. which for a Florida day in January, is not bad at all.

Friday, January 26, 2018


In Colonia , Uruguay
We never , in all our years living in Buenos Aires, got on a ferry and visited Colonia.
It is a World Heritage site, so the whole town is basically , a museum. Founded by the Portuguese  in 1680, it is a wonderful day trip from Buenos Aires on a ferry across the river .. and if you are a photographer .. you will be very happy.

Why ?

Why can't I comment on blogs   ?
What did I do now ?
I do one tiny thing and the whole blog rebels ...
well, it isn't just the blog that is rebelling .. I quit.

for now....

I have been sitting here for over an hour trying to get the stupid thing back to normal.

It is too early to be this aggravated.

Have a good weekend .. tell me what you did or where you did it or whatever.

I will be here. Plotting and planning ... I wish packing was the next step .. we will see.

besitos y gracias y chau !!


No Comment

Having read the comments left here and having spent at least an hour already on this thing .. I am still unable to get my comments on the blog and working ...

I have no idea why everything has gotten so difficult unless I fell and hit my head and have no memory of it ... or anything else ... at least to do with Blogging.

So please be patient and leave a comment ! That way at least I will know if the work I am doing is even working.

Happy Friday !

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Just a Note

Well, here I am, sitting here covered in cat hair , trying to get the blog back in action.
I changed one tiny issue yesterday and that led  to a major overhaul of the entire blog.. especially the Look of it.
I am sick of it and will happily walk away from this computer that is a pain in my a$$ and go find something fun to do .. which might be just read a book out on the lanai and listen to the crows go crazy out there .
There must be a hawk in the area, that gets them fussy every time.
I spent a long time yesterday with the Bank Lady , walking out as I always do , relieved and happy.
I then should have known better than to decide to tweak the look of the blog.

Now it will just have to do ..

Wishing everyone a good day, your weekend is almost here ... what will you do ? where will you go ?

besitos, C

I am aware of the comment issue and have been working on fixing that ... thank you !

Memories - Sebastian the cat

One day my husband was reading the Sunday Times and he put the paper down and said, 'How would you like to have an Abyssinian kitten  ?'
I had to look them up .. I thought I knew what they looked like but had never seen one in person.
They are gorgeous. They are slinky, long and elegant and gorgeous ..

  I was not that excited about going to see the kitten, I had no hope of it happening .. so I stayed home and he went to see the kitten.

I was busy doing something when he came home, something around the house .. and I heard him walk  down the hall ..... then I heard this sound ... a small bell sound .. he was carrying a little toy with a bell in it ... and behind him came this tiny Ruddy Abyssinian  kitten ... big ears, big eyes, and gorgeous.

We named him Sebastian.
He lived for a long time ... not long enough, they never live long enough .. but he was about 12-13 when he died .. I still miss him sometimes ..

Funny .. the older you get, you go back through memories of other times, happy times, exciting times, love and loss and it is all mixed up in a blend of smiles and tears and wishing you were there again, or that they were here again or that you could do it all over again ..

Minette would have been crazy in love with Sebastian :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Everytime I look at this, I think of my Mother in Law who was born in Russia .. a very long time ago.
She had a painting that I am reminded of , much like this.
She was living in the times when there were Cossacks and  a new war every month .. raping and pillaging. She was the only daughter with 2 brothers . Her mother died when they were children, when they were old enough, their father put them on a ship - out of Russia.
One brother went to Israel.
One brother to Argentina and she was sent to cousins in the US .. NYC .
She never talked about any of it and at the time I wondered why ... but then one day I realized, as good as life turned out to be for her, the amount of loss and heartache she lived through was mind boggling.
She never saw her family again ... one brother she visited , one came to the US to see her .. we met his children when we were living in Argentina.
All these countries , through all those crazy times, this little group of people met and got to see each other in the flesh, not just a photo .. to hear each other speak, to laugh at someone's attempts at speaking English , or Yiddish .. or Spanish !
It's funny how much you can say, without being able to speak that language or understand ...
I wish I had taken photos .. I felt they would be intrusive .. they would have been .. but to see these 3 siblings, old and wrinkled and reunited after over 50 years ... I weep at the memory.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

So far so good

YAY !   So far so good .. everything looks normal and is working .. I might still be a Blogger !

It is a dark grey gloomy and chilly day in Florida ... don't visit .. it will be such a disappointment for you.
This is when I wish I had an apt in Buenos Aires that I can go to in winter .. or just go to and live :)

For now, though .. I am in Florida and making plans .
I am talking to the cats ... I have to talk to them or I will corner some poor person in the supermarket and jabber at them ..

I no doubt have caught up on all replies to every email that I have ever gotten, even the Department of Motor Vehicles .

It is grey and chilly and a good day to be in the house, I need to get some things at the store but I might suffer and just stay in.
I have less and less energy and interest in leaving the house .. on a grey and chilly damp day.

I have nothing to blog about.

more later ...


Sunday, January 21, 2018

This is a Quickie

 I have spent hours, I lost track of how many, over a  couple of days and nights, trying to get my blog back to the way it was ... thanks to Blogger making changes ..

Everything is finally almost completely back to normal.

I hope I don't wake up tomorrow to a new glitch but so far , it seems normal again.

I need normal again.

I hope your weekend was good, that your team won, that the weather is good and that you have a great week ahead.

Just So You Know

Blogger or Chrome or Satan, lol , did something to my computer and I can now only blog and use Safari for some things and Chrome for others ..
I am writing this on Chrome ... I wasn't able to comment on Going Gently, I had to switch over to Safari.

If anyone has any ideas, do let me know.
The only one I have had so far, after the perfectly sensible idea of looking at everything and making sure it was the same as before ...  is   the idea   to chuck the thing out the window now.

So that's the story- I am trying to go on as usual when nothing is working as usual.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

That Cat

It is going to be down to freezing tonight. I know some people don't understand that animals do feel the cold .. they can be miserable and in pain from being outside in the night with no shelter ... especially small animals who are used to living inside a home or shelter of some sort.

I would love to meet the moron who lets the cat out and or doesn't keep it inside , we are not out in the country .. there are foxes and wolves in the woods behind my house and there are cars everywhere, and they don't as a habit, drive slowly or carefully on the lookout for a cat ..
The other day there was a body of a poor cat that had sheltered under a car in the public parking lot .. apparently the driver got into the car, started it and backed it up .. over the poor cat trying to be warm and safe under a car.

I have a large forest behind my house. The kind that has foxes and some say wolves. I can't help but think that those wolves might be dogs that have been lost/neglected and live in the woods in a pack, trying to find food and warmth .. this sort of thing makes me hate humans.

So tonight, for the second time, a beautiful, fairly large, grey tiger  cat has come to the door crying.
to be let in .. to be fed ... to be warm..
So tonight, for the second time, I brought in a starving sweet, huge cat and fed it and tucked it into blankets in the big dog crate and it is sleeping .. on a full belly , warm and safe .
Oh and when I heard/saw the cat at the door, trying to get it to open, I walked over to the door , the cat stopped and looked at me. I spoke to it and it purred. Yes... it purred .

Tomorrow I will give it breakfast and let it out to find its way (safely I hope) home ..wherever that is .. I considered putting a ribbon around the cats neck with a note ... a good snarky note telling them how I fed their cat and gave it shelter and now they had better take better care. . because if the cat shows up at my house hungry .. I am not letting it go after I feed it . I will keep it.
(not really but it is the only threat I could think of lol)

So much for my quiet night with my tv shows... anyone watch the Acorn channel online ?
I am watching this series, Australian .. A Place To Call Home .. it's good ,  imo.

So that is the story today.
It is cold , I am wearing NY Winter pjs and fuzzy slippers. Just like home :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Or Is It Just Me ?

I am having all sorts of problems posting and reading and publishing posts on my blog.
I can't quite figure out what is wrong but it seems to be part of the Blogger revamp ..

Has anyone else ( blogging here ) had any problems ?

Thank you ! C

The Cat Chronicles

Cat Chronicles ... Part One

Honey takes a Nap.
Never mind the  nap is taken at the top of the stairs where it is almost impossible to step over her and not fall down a flight of stairs ..
It is possible she has ulterior motives .. a master plan..

Monday, January 15, 2018

Blogger Problems

So all the time I have had these blogs, it has been ridiculously easy to manage them .. write and publish, post photos, read comments, easy peasy.

Suddenly, thanks to whatever ... I lost the blog . I found the blog. It had no content. I managed to find bits and pieces and sat here way too long and obsessed over how to make it all The Way It Was.

After hours of obsessing over it and hoping I did not ruin everything else on my computer, I got my Blogger back.
Then there were the hours of getting some things back where they belonged and or removing things that were lost but left a big blank spot ..don't ask.

By the end of the day, yesterday, I had my blogs although my favorites list is a whole other ordeal.

This morning I read the Times then clicked on my Blog and it was gone again.

So I am here right now. With limitations ... I still can't do the easy things I was able to do , just days ago !

So let's hope Blogger gets its act together and I can have my Blog back the way it was.
I need stability in my life lol ....same ole blog, same ole blogger, happy cats ... you know what I mean?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Something Nobody Knows About Me

When I was around 20 years of age, I lived in Hollywood California.
I lived in a wonderful 1930s stucco house in the Hollywood Hills, and worked for a movie director.
It was a wonderful time ... still a lot of Peace & Love going on, pot being smoked, girls wearing flowers in their hair  ...

One day at work, my boss asked me if I could take his car and go out to the airport to pick up someone who was coming to see him.
The person would be expecting me, just pick him up, bring him back to the office/which was located in part of the directors house ..

So , I , the innocent twit from North Carolina, hopped into the turquoise blue  Cadillac convertible and drove out to LAX and waited for Mr Barger to come out ... he did, he was very clean, neat and polite and appreciated the ride.

While we were driving back to the house/office, I asked why wasn't he driving and he said he could not drive in the state of California for a while .. hmmm ... I thought better of asking why.
He was as polite and nice as he could be.

When we got back to the house, my boss was happy to see him, everyone thanked me and they went to talk business and I got ready to go home.
My best friend, that I worked with, came back from errands she had been running and asked who was in the house.. I said some man called Sonny Barger and then I told her I picked him up at the airport.
She almost choked .. laughing but amazed at the same time.
How was I to know he was the head of the California Hells Angels ??
And they made a movie about the Hells Angels can see it on video probably .. I bet it is awful .

He is old , scarred and has throat cancer but I will remember that long haired man who was so very different from everything I would have ever expected and I laugh to think how innocent I was back then.

The Weekend pt 1

There was a bump in the night, a goblin got inside, the computer woke up this morning confused and not knowing what to do.
I have spent hours getting it semi normal.

The weather is chilly and sunny and beautiful.
I will have company later, a little bitty puppy and her mama.
The cats will be disturbed but they all have their hiding places ..

It will be nice to talk to a human ... I hope I don't start stroking her head and scratching her chin.

I feel like eating junk food.

Have a fabulous weekend !

Friday, January 12, 2018


Christmas was exhausting ... for the cats. All those fun things to play with, chase and catch and kill.
Next year hopefully there will be a new location for the celebrations ..

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cat Talk

It is wet and rainy and chilly out now, which makes me worry for the homeless cats and hope they are staying home or wherever they have shelter.
I do not need a couple of cats to worry about, I do just fine with the 3 I have.

Merlin has a new thing ... he speaks.

He does this thing, this mix of chirping and cat talk .. I don't even know how to describe it , but it is adorable ... and always ends with a question sound ..
 It means .. "Food" ? or "Water" ? or "Hold me " or "Hungry "? or "Give me a scratch" ? ... it can mean "'what's that noise" ? or "Who is that " or my favorite " Pick me up Mama "?

He is very vocal and reminds me of my grandmothers Siamese cat .. she bred Siamese cats.
The Queen of them all was Suzie .. or Su  Ling .. she was gorgeous, possessive and hated me.
So if my grandmother was talking to me, the cat would put her paw on my grandmothers mouth, to shut her up.
It worked ... every time. That cat controlled her human !

I noticed Merlin speaking when it was bedtime and I was turning down the blankets ..he stood on the other side of the bed ,on the floor and made a clear cat sound but ended it on a higher note, a Question.
I picked him up and put him on the bed and all was well.

Every night, Merlin goes around the bed and makes his chirrup sound and I put him on the bed.
He has me very well trained.

Now the little outdoor cat ..
She shows up in the evening, she meows sadly and rubs her little head and face against the screen.
I take the cats bowls with food left uneaten and put it all in a plastic container and put it out with fresh water and the little homeless cat has dinner.
Now for all I know, it sleeps in a nice bed in a nice house a couple of doors down, but I won't risk that not being so and that little one really is homeless.
The other day she was full and happy after dinner and watching from inside the house, I saw her chasing a leaf .. a playful full and happy kitten/cat.
No amount of anyone telling me this is not a good idea, will make any difference to me at all.

I was thinking tonight, last time I saw my daughters puppy, it was so small ... all of my cats plus the outdoor ones, are larger than that puppy.
So if I ever got a puppy of that breed, it would probably end up thinking it was a cat .

Aside from cat talk , nothing is going on here for now - it is rainy and cool and I am taking my time in making decisions and being sure I can manage whatever I decide to do .. in all ways.
I just know one thing ...I am alone day in and day out and if I fell and broke my back, I would still be laying there because days go by before that phone rings ..

Now that you know this, be sure to call me once in a while and be sure I am not lying at the bottom of the stairs, phone in my pocket , cats sitting around me staring at me, willing me to get up and feed them ...
You don't want that on your conscience ...
The cat is in the dog crate with blankets in my garage where it is quiet, warmish and no other pets or people. Tomorrow I will see that it eats a good breakfast and then I will send it out must have a family, a home, but as it was getting dark tonight, it was outside crying. So at least tonight it is warm and fed ...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sign Here

                                         Some members of my family, at a meeting ...

                      Signing papers ... something about a Mayflower and Colonies etc ....

credit :
my daughter who is the best detective/genealogist in the world !!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Computer High Jinx

I cannot leave comments ... anywhere , although I just did a test and I did leave a comment on my own blog. But otherwise, I think if I use Safari I will be ok but in the meantime, I use Chrome and it is all very annoying. From one day to the next !!

Thus I spend way more time that I want to on the computer with a very bored sweet cat lying on the floor staring at me ... sighing now and then ... maaaa maaa come play, maaaamaaa dinner pleeeease.

So I had all kinds of computer difficulties today and spent a while with a super nice , sweet man who had to give me my new code etc for xfinity ..

I wrote down passwords, and numbers and hope never to have to think of it all again.

So Annoying.

Now I am off the computer for a while because I am sick of sitting here so long for no good reason.

Have a good day, tell me if it snowed ? or are you in a sunny spot ? tell me about it.

Monday ......January ..... Florida

Monday in January in Florida ..... it is gloomy and cool and cloudy and I had to wear a sweater and I LOVE IT !!

The cats are not so happy .. there is no sun to bake in while they nap on the lanai.
Merlin's old bones are missing the warm sun.
Honey is lying here by my chair, she doesn't have an opinion on the weather, she just wants to make sure I am here ...

I am making soup. What else do you do on a day like this ??
Chicken noodle with spinach. It looks good.

I have nothing else to say.
So tell me what your Monday is like ... Where, What are you doing ? How is the weather ? Are you enjoying the day or rather be in bed ? 
What are your plans for the week ahead ... do tell.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Poor Pussy Cat

There is an unhappy but warmer than it was, cat , in a nest of blankets in a dog crate, covered with a blanket to keep out the chill my garage, by the kitchen door ( warm)...
It is the same beautiful grey tiger cat that is outside every night .. a beauty ... large and vocal .. and freezing with apparently no one to care.

I cannot sleep/ rest if I left it out in the cold dark night crying at the door .. so it will sleep in my garage by the kitchen door, warm and quiet and tomorrow I will release it ..

I hope the owners are worried and concerned and after that cat returns home tomorrow, maybe they will take better care of it.
It / they are just lucky it came to my door.

My cats are not impressed.

I am not thrilled, I am trying to find a peaceful life with  no stress and worries and so a young pretty cat shivers outside my door crying for food, warmth, something.

I will try to get a photo tomorrow ..

Friday, January 5, 2018

There Should Be A Law ..

OK, now I have shopped in some mighty fine jewelry stores and I have shopped with my children and babies before .. but I can truthfully say, my infants never crawled out of the store and out to the car on their own.


The cats and I are homesick and missing family and friends so we are considering taking a drive.

Thursday, January 4, 2018


I have nothing to say ... neither does Honey. But she is keeping an eye on me.
It is cold in Florida. We are warm and toasty in our home...which is where we will stay until the weather warms up. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Rain, Snow and sleet.
In  the 30's ...
I am in Florida !!!!

I am surrounded by napping cats ... smart babies.

I am on the lookout for the little homeless cat that I let out last night while it was frantic to be let out ..  I will let it back in and feed it and give it a warm bed again .. even if it thinks it is trapped, better to be comfortable, fed ,warm and trapped,  than out in those freezing cold wet woods.

Little cats like that ... make me hate humans. You know what I mean.

So I will tell you a story on a rainy wet day ..

We had just moved in to our new home in Buenos Aires and they had a sudden big storm.
Argentine storms are not like NY storms .. or even Florida storms.
There is much thunder, lightening that is fabulous to see and torrential rains where the streets look like rushing rivers and everyone huddles in a doorway or says To Hell With It and tries to jump the raging torrent of a curb and lands up to their ankles in rushing water ... slopping along down the sidewalk with an umbrella that has blown inside out ... water pouring out of drains and off of the awnings over your head.
We got home from that walk, soaked, chilled and with a dog that needed an hour long  blowout with towels and hair dryer.

The lesson we learned ....... Stay Inside until it stops raining if at all possible.
Those sorts of rains are usually not long lived and there is no shortage of lovely cafes and little places to have tea/coffee/sandwich/medialunas and chat ...
There is no one to hurry you along, chat for hours if you wish, just keep ordering that food and/or drink.

Nice memories on a wet, windy and cold Winter Day in Jacksonville Florida, USA.

While We Are Talking About Cats

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