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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Filtering by Category: CatBlogging

Crazy Cat

Lorax has decided that her favorite new spot is one of my dresser drawers. If I leave this drawer open too long in the morning, presto, it sprouts a cat.

Here’s a tail….

Lorax in my dresser drawer

And with a bit of trick photography, we find the rest of the beast!

Lorax in my dresser drawer

Love for Lorax

We had a kitty scare this weekend. Our feisty Lorax puked all day Sunday (not unusual now and then, but this was impressive in quantity and frequency) and wouldn't even eat a treat, much less real food. By the end of the day, she was only walking a few feet at a time, and then hunkering down on the floor for a while. She wouldn't jump up anywhere, and was obviously unhappy. This morning, she barely protested being put in the cat carrier (normally a huge battle) and the MO took her off to the vet. It took them all day to figure out that she has a urinary tract infection. They zapped her with an antibiotic, and we have pills to try to get down her throat for the next week. She's not back to normal by a long shot, but is definitely more mobile now than she was yesterday. Poooooor kitty, it's just so odd to see her so subdued.

So for those of you who love the kitties, please think some happy thoughts for the Lorax over the next few days as she recovers. She will reward you by returning to her perch on top of the MO's monitor for more glamour shots ;-)

we love lorax

Melvin's Theme Song

Almost forgot -- I heard Melvin's theme song on KTRU this morning:

08:17 AM- shonen knife / hot chocolate [happy hour] on the BIG DEAL label

When they sing, "Mel- mel- mel- mel-, mel- mel- mel- mel-, meltiiiiiing" I always hear (and sing) "Mel- mel- mel- mel-, mel- mel- mel- mel-, Melviiiiiiiin" so it's her theme song ;-)

Sadly, the excerpt at Amazon does not play that part....

Kitty Salon

Okay, so I'm a little slow catching on to this whole scrapbooking thing. I've been a member at scrapbook-bytes for two years now, and only just found out about "challenges" (apparently it pays to read the newsletter) and this is the result of a "sketch challenge" which was a lot of fun. The host provides a sort of generic layout (and an example), and then you fill it up with your stuff. It was actually pretty easy to convert the sketch into a template in FotoFusion, so now I can start with the same layout any time. I'm having so much fun putting together my "year in pictures" from 2005 that I figured maybe I'd get a head-start on 2006 (ha) so I found some good kitty pix and "rose to the challenge" (I think).

Kitty Salon

A Melvin Picture with a Melvin in It

Melvin hates the nail salon

Poor Melvin just curls up on herself when it's nail clipping time. She tucks her tail up and looks so pitiful. She also turns into a wiggly snake trying to get away. But she gets these dagger-sharp claws that make her nesting habit really painful, so she does get clipped. You'd think she'd have figured out by now that it doesn't actually hurt, but she doesn't have a very long memory.

It's a Cat Thing

A friend of mine had her oldest (first) kitty put to sleep yesterday (the kitty was 16 years old and was suffering renal failure). Afterwards, of course she was emotional and she spent a lot of time with her other kitties (she called it "forced love" ;-), including the outdoor cat, who normally doesn't go in for affection so much. This morning, the outdoor cat left a nice rat at the garage door. It kind of makes you sniffle, just thinking about it. Kitties are so sweet....

Yea Fall!

Cool weather = soup and cooking in the oven. This is a Really Good Thing. The MO made caldo gallego (bean soup) and a balsamic glazed chicken today. The whole house smells delicious and we had a fabulous dinner and I have scrumptious leftovers to take to work.... Yippee!

And, being Sunday, we've had a full day of football, with the Texans getting our hopes up in the first half (tied 14-14 at the half??? could it possibly be???) and then dashing us to the ground (total of 6 yards of offense or something ridiculous like that), and then a last-minute Dallas/Seattle reversal favorably affecting my fantasy football matchup (sorry, Andy, the Boys were a sacrifice on the altar of the Spoilers). And, being THE WORLD FRICKING SERIES, we now have the Astros playing well (!) in drizzly Chicago. Tonight is slightly calmer than last night, when we had a full cheering section in the house, but there is still whooping and clapping and improvisational dancing when required. (The MO provides any necessary cussing. I am strictly a positive reinforcement sports fan.)

We also finally bottled the Oktoberfest, so I guess that means it's technically a Novemberfest, but it's going to be yummy.

And now, just because it has been a while, here's a happy kitty.
Lorax napping
Doesn't that just warm your heart?

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