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My husband and I , with our dog, Tate, moved to Buenos Aires.. Life has never been the same since ~ Back in the USA ... life is still not the same !
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.

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 ..you 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

Exhausted

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 ...
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UPDATE
***
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 ..it 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 ...
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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 ...in 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.


Homesick

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Honey

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

Weather

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

                                            LOL ... how adorable is that ? !

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hope

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering "it will be happier " ...

 Alfred Lord Tennyson 





  

Cats, Cloudy & Cold


They say that Santa said ... This is Florida !?? Bah humbug !! and he left as quickly as he could.

I might have totally freaked out the little "lost/homeless" kitten last night but I put old towels into the dog crate that stays out on the lanai ... it is huge, has towels and blankets for the pleasure of a cat nap and carries 3 cats or a full grown Standard Poodle comfortably on a long distance drive.
The little cat went inside and had a Christmas Eve dinner that was eaten in record time then it banged on the crate door and said, OK, thank you, let me out now.
I waited , hoping the little thing would appreciate the warm towels and a full belly but no, it got agitated and banged harder on the crate so I let it out again.
If I could get my hands on the owners of this little cat, they would spend the rest of this winter, barely fed, sleeping in a crate with a towel for warmth .. 
If it weren't for my cats ... I would have brought the little thing inside,with the crate .. 
I am not quite that loony though so when it didn't work out on the lanai, I shed a few tears, apologized and let it go.
By the way , she is a little grey tiger and feels like silk when you touch her, she is spooky about everything (who wouldn't be ??) but purrs like crazy when you pet her. 
I think a soft loving touch is something she is not used to .. 
So she is out there in those woods or hopefully at her home down the street .. 
but that was our New Years Day ..
I didn't even see fireworks ! What the  **** ??























Monday, January 1, 2018

What Do You Do

On the rainy, cold, dreary First Day of the New Year ?

Of course ! You curl up on the sofa with a soft blanket, 2 cats and watch Harry Potter movies.

Happy New Year ... Let's make this one count in every good way !


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