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Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:11 PST

Fun days in the neighborhood.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:00:17 PST

Did you know that if you get shot in Raleigh and the police can't find who did it, they sit vigil in front of your house? Two cars with lights on 24-7? Yeah, I didn't know either until a guy a block over got shot.  From WRALJames Rowland, 48, was rushed for medical treatment to WakeMed after he was shot in the 200 block of South Tarboro Street just after 7 p.m. A motive in the shooting was not immediately disclosed. And police have not said if anyone has been arrested in connection with the case.Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 919-843-4357. I don't know what they will do if he dies, possibly sit shiva for him, I don't know...  From WRALA man wounded in a Tuesday night shooting in Raleigh has died, police said Thursday.James Dermont Rowland, 48, was shot in the 200 block of South Tarboro Street. He was taken to WakeMed, where he died.No other information has been released.Anybody with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-843-4357  And shiva it is. He hadn't lived there long, there was a woman in that house but she left and he moved in, but I don't know when, it could have been this weekend, either he or one of his neighbors just moved in, I saw the truck this weekend. I wasn't home when it happened. I think if he got shot in his yard I would have heard the gunshots. I know I would have heard the sirens. I was at Wally, No, I wasn't. I was leaving for Wally at that time and I didn't hear gunshots or the sirens because they hadn't happened yet. I saw the after effects,I only saw the lights from the cops, the ambulance would have already left. I thought it was an accident, a big accident, maybe one that had just happened. Something had just happened but it wasn't an accident. And I absolutely garundamntee you that someone knows who shot that man. Someone knows. A lot of someones knows.People do not get shot on accident in this neighborhood. There hasn't been a murder in years and that was sad too, some poor man was murdered ( hit over the head with a large bottle, blunt force trauma.) because the neighborhood thugs thought he looked "rich", he just looked "dapper", so they killed him. And then left the body in front of a house that had just sold for 400k.  All that money and police tap around your yard and the police at your door! Wheeee! Of course, those people the thugs didn't bother. The actual rich people.[...]

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:00:34 PST

I  was sitting on the chair watching nothing on TV and I saw the dog curled up on the couch like he is in the morning when  I don't dare go near him, but this time? It was not in the morning and I was like "Hmm. I see no good reason why I can't go curl up with him now.

And so I did. I muted the TV and went to the couch and curled up  around him and it as exactly like I thought it would be. It was so perfect and warm and soft and puppy lovey that I fell a little asleep and then I woke up and I was a little, okay , a lot concerned that it had  gone from the night before to the day of and I came up with a lot of reasons why I should not be curled up with the dog right now.

Fortunately, it was still the night before.

I was now very awake, he needed to pee and since it was not hours later than I had thought it was, I needed to do all the little jobs I didn't do because I fell asleep when I was curled up with him and so I took him out and did my boring little jobs and got ready for tomorrow and he went back to sleep.

Pillow Pet

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:00:21 PST

Today as I was napping on the dog - the best pillow ever. Soft and warm and supportive, a pillow that excels in all ways a pillow can excel in - with the added benefit that it actually loves you. Rocket is the best pillow ever.

I have tried to get my family to try out the best pillow ever. - because I don't have much, but I do want to share what I have and what I have is TBPE, however,  I don't know if TBPE wants to be shared, I don't know if he will be TBPE for people who are not me. I'm not positive that he will do this trick for other people. Or if other people really want to use him as a pillow, I mean he is, technically, a "dog" and he is covered with "dog fur" . I don't see this a problem because I am also covered with dog fur and so is everything I own including the cats, but others may not be so sanguine. They might demand a pillow case. I don't think he would go for that.

"Oh, are you going to lie down? Okay, I'll send the dog in. No, he's going to be your pillow! No, he's great at it! But you are going to have to nap on the chaise, because that's the best place for him to be a pillow, everywhere else he doesn't do it as well. No?  But the chaise is very comfortable! Just lay down with him for a second... He is mostly clean!" He is the softest, warmest, best pillow I have in the house! I promise you will sleep better with him that with a regular pillow! What if I try to put a pillow case on him?".

How about the Pillow as a trick? He likes performing. I don't think he would sleep on command but maybe?

But let's say he would.

I can't imagine getting to him to do it on command, however, he is very, very food motivated, He will do anything for food. He might even sleep for food: "Okay, boy, Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Curl up!, Good Boy! Now I'm going to curl up with him, and try to drift off. I need silence and total darkness for this. Okay? Thanks!"

 It's not a good bar trick. I don't travel with a couch, and I don't think watching us sleep would be very compelling under the best of circumstances. And we would still lose to a one eyed  rescued terrier cross that  yipped whenever it heard sound.

But, damn, he makes a good pillow! I wish others could experience the wonder of the Rocketillow. He's warm and soft but still firm and supportive. He almost forces you to go to sleep! Every single time I say "Oh, look at him being all pillowish, I think I'll just  see how long he'll tolerate me taking advantage of this", the next thing I know the evening is suddenly over, I have gotten nothing done and suddenly it is very late. Maybe this is calling. He was born to be a pillow pet.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:00:28 PST

And I'm back!

Blogger was very blogged up and I tried to post Thursday and it didn't let me at all, and I tried really hard, and Friday was a holiday and so I took it off and now I'm back!

I celebrated by starting my Christmas shopping! I got an early start and have a grand total of two gifts! Whooooo! Out of  a whole bunch!  So really, not much progress there at all! I do however have my Christmas cards done and that does make me feel good about myself.

I do not have any dog cookies baked nor do I have my official dog cookie list made up yet. I told myself a fairy tale once upon a time that now that I had a freezer that I would dutifully make one  batch of cookies per month year round so I would not have to make multiple batches all at one time ever again. Yeah, about that.  I'm going to make multiple batches all at one time, probably at a few times. Super awesome, Merry Christmas to me!

But it isn't even Christmas yet. It is Thanksgiving!  And it it isn't even Thanksgiving yet at that. I won't mention that I bought a really neat new house lighter upper at Sams' today that is even more neat than my last years neat-o house lighter upper because this years version the colors are much better and brighter. I'm going to use last years version on the part of the house blocked by the tree. Wheeeeee!


Thu, 09 Nov 2017 04:00:16 PST

Why did the dog need to eat the Kleenex box that was sitting on the table next to the chair? Its been sitting there, the Kleenex box, that is, not the  table, for a good year - since I was sick and I needed a Kleenex box at hand at all times. It did its job and has been resting comfortably since then.

No one, including me, has been near it since then.. Today, I went upstairs to change clothes and the dog went with me because he always comes with me, and after I shouted at him a couple of times, he realized that I was not going to let him eat out of the cat's litter box or their dishes, Gawd I am the biggest bitch ever! And that he was going to have to spend the whole nest five minutes sleeping on his bed or my bed or really doing anything that was not eating out of the forbidden cat box or cat bowls -, got annoyed and went downstairs in a doggy huff,  where he took out his frustration by eating the box but not the kleenex because why would he eat the kleenex? He had just had a very good meal and a breath freshener for dessert.

I think he may be annoyed that I bought him a new Santa suit today that may inadvertently look like a bit like a NSFW Santa suit as it looks a bit like he's wearing assless chaps! Its the New Santa for 2017, This year he wears pants!


Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:00:09 PST

I took Rocket in for his yearly teeth cleaning and physical. It cost me $500. My yearly teeth cleaning and physicall, did not cost me that much.

I also did not need to be put under general anesthetic .That was a big part of it. That's spendy. He also got a needed vaccine and a pedicure and  his yearly blood work with is also spendy. His insurance should cover the dentistry and the bloodwork and hopefully some of the incidentals... He was according the staff, a very good boy.

We did not go for a walk when we came home because it was misting and he was still trying to sleep off the last bits of the procedure.

I understand his teeth were in fairly good shape, even the broken one in front I thought they were going to have to pull - they didn't! Wheee! Although they did find random bits of fabric and non-specified jelly like "goop" between his teeth. Goop. I just don't even want to know. I do know that the goop and fabric smelled like the worst odor you can imagine. I could have used it to peel wall paper. It almost made me gag.

I have been assured that his breath is much improved and to keep it that way, they sold me some borderline prescription doggy breath mints.


Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:00:14 PST

I was very good I came home, changed shoes and took the dog for a walk. It wasn't even twenty after four yet.  I came home,  five-thirty, and made dinner for myself and dog and then just kind of sat there.

There was a whole lot more time left then there usually is. I watched my NYPD -Blue rerun. I started watching again, it the first season and I really like that one. I like the Simone years but I detest the whiney woman he hooked up with and she was such a PITA. He could have done so much better! The last seven or eight seasons were good but they played musical second bananas and that got old. Ricky Schroeder was a walking set of ticks looking for a character, and then there was a bunch of  cop chicks filing through and they kept changing they Leutnant  .  It was kind of a mess.

Thank Gawd for the fast forward feature and Dennis Franz.

Because I suddenly have all this time, I started work on my Christmas cards. Normally, I may have started on these, say, last September but I didn't. I started on them in November. I have a few contender pictures. All almost identical, but very slightly different. I still have to decide if I want to try out Wally or if I want to invest in the cards, its going to depend on if I can find a good deal. I would much rather invest than go Wally. I've gone Wally on things I should have invested in and the outcome was not the best. However, Christmas cards aren't a long term investment, I don't know....

I now have to start on the cookies. But first I have to clean the kitchen.


Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:00:07 PST

Saturday. Saturday I did no-thing Less than nothing. I got up very late, I got dressed, I did walk the dog so that my fitbit wouldn't completely hate me and then after that, I sat on the chair with a sleeping dog and watched a Cabin Masters Marathon and that was pretty much it until it was time for bed. I also ate cold leftover pizza when I got hungry. All and all I think a very good Saturday. I also threw my alarm clock againsts the wall. Twice. It felt good.

Sunday, I felt well rested and ready to go. I went to Church, went to Target to pick up the dogs meds and a new user friendly alarm clock, did my weekly shopping at Wally, Went to Sam's to do some shopping and to gas up the car, did the laundry, picked up some lunch. Then I came home and stripped the bed, made the bed and took the dog for a long walk.

All in all a great weekend.

Except for the poor people in Sutherland Springs, TX , who lost 4% of their population today. I spent my college years in central Texas but hadn't heard of the town, it is too small and too far from San Marcos. The shooter was from New Braunfels, where I have been. He was a terrorist and I won't print his name or his picture. If Raleigh lost 4% of their population today we would have lost 18,042.

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:00:02 PDT


Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:24 PDT

Christmas came early around the old home place. I finally was able to pick up my silent auction wins and bring them home -after much driving around and getting lost and cursing my GPS. It was not entirely its fault there has been a huge amount of construction in that neck of the woods and I can't blame it for getting confused. I was confused. Everything looked different and I was beginning o think they moved the whole damn SPCA building, because it was not where I left it. They built and entirely new street and kept the same name, the old street is now more of a service road, if we had service roads here, which we do not - however, you can only get to the SPCA on the service road because it leads to the road that leads to the SPCA, the new road with the same same does not.. It gave my GPS  and I  matching headaches.

It was very frustrating.

But I persevered and got my prizes . Or actually, the animals got their prizes.

Rocket models his sexy new collar, it needs adjustment because its  skosh too large, but its gorgous! I think its going to be his dress collar because there is no way he's wearing this is daycare or getting it wet or doing anything that might endanger it. I mean, its still going to be his every day collar, but he's going to have a "play collar" for rough housing.

This is the cats new litter box. Its supposed to control the spread of litter. We'll see. I still haven't seen a cat use it. I'm also hoping it till control the dog getting into the litter, he has developed a habit recently and I would like to break it.


Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:04 PDT

Do you know how you can tell you under invested in your alarm clock? You can tell you under invested in you alarm clock when you spend seventeen minutes resetting said alarm clock because it is so hard to reset. Better alarm clocks are easy to rest, you press here to set the time, you press here set the alarm. Easy. It takes a couple of seconds. Do you now how long seventeen minutes is when you are being thwarted by a piece of cheap plastic wrapped in cheaped technology? Endless. All damn evening.

 Spend too little and  there goes your evening. It is hard to reset. On purpose. Press here to reset or to turn on the radio, and here to rest or change the channel! Over and over again.  I turned it on and changed the station over and over again! I was about going out of my mind with this! And then, out of nowhere it allowed me to set the time and the alarm, after the same action was repeated over and over and over, it did what I asked. Also? I now hate Raleigh radio so much.

It all started because I looked at my alarm clock and saw it was blank. This is alarming from a digital alarm clock. Blankness is alarming. I need my alarm clock to be forever at attention, it is never allowed to go on break. I need it to be at work all the time. A  digital clock is a slave. It works 24-7-365. No days off,  no holidays no  vacation. I need it to be ready for me whenever I need it. 213AM? Right there with me, 5:02AM, right with me. I need to know what time it is when ever I need to know what time it is.

I looked at the clock and it did not know what time it was. I was flabbergasted. It wasn't blinking 12:00, it was BLANK. No clock ever just goes blank, what is blank? This is unheard of! What kind of cheap peice of shit did I buy here that goes blank when faced with a lack of power? BLANK? what kind of response to lack of stimuli is BLANK? The correct response is to blink 12:00! We all know this! This is how we know we have lost power, we have been trained. I don't understand this BLANK business? What if I hadn't noticed until I went to bed?! Gawd! I would have never gotten to sleep and now I worry about my alarm going off. Thanks POS alarm clock.

I finally got it set,  after mashing ever button on it, after hearing bits and pieces of every station in Raleigh, short answer - Thank Gawd for Sirius!  after doing the same thing over and over again: According to the directions! Suddenly it allowed me to set the time and alarm. Well,  I hope, Jesus I hope I was setting the time and the alarm! Stupid peice of shit would lie to me. The next time, probably, sooner rather than later, I buy my alarm clock from Target instead of Wally. Better quality, going to cost more but won't take seventeen minutes to re-set either.

Halloween 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:02 PDT

I had eight little kids who didn't even say "Trick of Treat", they just stood there and presented bags. I turned off the light at 8pm and took off to Oakwood to see the real action.Here is what it looked like in the daylightAnd this is the Big Show. The Oakwood Halloween HouseIt is amazing! Decorated top to bottom, side to side with everything halloween related and adjacent. If it can scare you? They have it. They have animatronics and real people, Everything is set to spring out and scare you. There is always a lot of screaming. It is awesome. And its just these peoples house.[...]

Happy Halloween

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:00:12 PDT

I would have a real entry today except for that Rocket has a second job. His first job is  fuzzy, wuzzy baby doggy woggy, best friend, guard dog - and on his off time, he is a Pillow .

It's what he is really the best at.

The perfect pillow. His little back end is just the right combination of firm and cushy. He is so perfect in this guise that I ended up spending entirely too much time taking advantage of his good offices. It doesn't hurt that he really doesn't mind being a pillow at all.

Its really a nice thing. He's very warm and soft and its like being enveloped by the world's most loving burglar alarm.


Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:01 PDT

Saturday I did what I had been hoping for all week: I slept in.I had been dreaming about sleeping in since I got off the plane Sunday afternoon. Monday hurt, Tuesday hurt, Wednesday- Friday just caused me pain. I had been planning on that sleep in all week and it did not disappoint.God, it felt good.Sometimes just not having to wake up is the best plan ever. I had kind of thought I might use the weekend to clean my house but then the weekend happened and I didn't clean the house at all. I did do some laundry and I ran the dishwasher. I needed to rest and I did. I also cleaned out my DVR.Sunday however I had plans. I had to be somewhere. It was raining and had been raining and I had kind of hoped that maybe they might reschedule . No, they didn't. They didn't reschedule or rent big tents so that they could keep the whole thing out of the wet.I arrived a little after it started and had to sit in my car until the rain went from deluge to just steady downfall. Rocket hates the rain and we were going to be out in the rain. In costumes.I was the only adult in a costume.  Just me, in full head-to-toe costume.You can either go hide, because, for real, this is very uncomfortable, which I entertained, or you can just go with it and wander around getting your picture taken - which is kind of fun. But still, it's a little weird, the things we do for our dogs.Finally, it was time for the 3:30 costume contest! And lo and behold, more  adult people in costumes came out of the woodwork - bastards! Where were they? Chicken shits.We all lined up and walked the red carpet.We did not win. We never win. There is a bias againts 1) pure bred dogs, 2) store bought costumes, 3) single people. Next year, we will not be entering. I did however, win two very nice things at the silent auction.I can't say that I totally disagree with the winners, I took their pictures too.Foreground, second place,  Flower dogs, background, honorable mention Flintstone Family I think he didn't place, but I liked him.3rd place, Bambi1st place, Bob the Builder.[...]

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:30:02 PDT


Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:07 PDT

Did my thing. Watched my TV.  Didn't run any errands, came right home after work, made my dinner, fed my dog, walked my dog.  Sat on my chair. Life is good.

Today someone called me to ask if we came to inspect pools. We do not. We do voluntary institutional residential settings - with kind of an asterisk-  If you want to complain about your no good boyfriend being mistreated in prison? I have a number for that, your low life son being bothered in  jail? I have a number for those too.  Those are about as far out of our lane as I go that I can immediately help with.

Someone else wanted to complain about something else that was way, way outside of our lane. And then they get annoyed, pretty uniformly they get annoyed because we don't have authority over everything in the entire world. I don't even remember what it was, it was too silly - oh, roofers! He wanted to complain about his roofer!. I want to know why if they can look us up on the computer, they now need me to look up their next stop. It doesn't make sense to me. SHort answer? Call the AG. Bother them.

Over. It.

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:27 PDT

You know what I really want to do? I want to come home. I want to walk the dog, change into my pajamas or equivalent, make dinner, eat dinner and then sit in front of the TV until I go to bed. Period. That would be my ideal evening.

I don't want to run errands, I don't want to go somewhere I don't want to do anything. I just want to sit on my chair and watch TV until it's time to go lie in my bed.

I would also like it if there was something on my TV to watch that I want to watch, preferably not visual pablum. But you know, that is why they invented Netflix.

Back To Life.

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:00:18 PDT

I'm back! I was back yesterday but I had to run right out and go see David Sedaris do a reading at the the concert hall downtown  and then I had to run to the store in a deluge to get food for a dopic birthday thing we do at work every quarter.

I also had a  dentist appointment in the morning that turned out as not an every six months appointment, it was a only-four-months-after-the-last-one-appointment so we decided to pretend it didn't happen and made a new one for March. I didn't get charged because it wasn't my fault. I don't make these appointments, they do. SO. Free cleaning for me! Wheee!!!

SO a really big day for me. I also picked up Rocket from boarding and he was oddly chill about the whole thing. I mean, like really chill. Like he could give a damn about seeing me again. He was like "whatever". He also  came home with diarrhea.

That was  all on  Monday.No rest for the wicked. I haven't unpacked yet or uploaded my too few pictures or anything! I have almost no pictures of my classmates but I took a hell of a lot of pictures of the damn marching band! WTF.

 Today was Tuesday and the dopic quarterly birthday thing. I got through the day, we also had  yet another staff meeting, the second in two weeks -  they are supposed to be scheduled for one meeting per month and we had two in two weeks! Not okay.

I came home after the stupid meeting, actually got it together and walked the dog in a timely manner and came back to the house. And watched TV. a lot of TV. I deserved it! And then I went and picked up some nice healing pumpkin for the dogs stomach and put gas in the car.

Wednesday at lunch I'll go to Wally and do my real shopping and then I'll get some lunch and then maybe after work I'll pick up some meds at Sams. Slowly get back into real life.

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:48:06 PDT

Reunion Bound

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:53:43 PDT

I leave in a couple of hours and I think I've had my last crises of fashion. Its now just a matter of getting everything wear it belongs when it belongs! Harder than it sounds.

The dog is going to boarding - this is a huge leap of faith, he's never been by himself over night and its killing me just thinking about it. I think its going to be really, really tough on him but I have no other choices. The days will be fine because its at day care and he really likes day car but the two nights are going to be tough. I haven't talked to him about it.I hope it is not too scared by the the experience and comes out Monday not too setback. I hope this doesn't make him hate me,

The cats are going to be on their own. I'm leaving them with clean boxes and lots of food and water, I hope they are okay with it.

I hope the house is okay with it.


Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:35 PDT

Again, not a "real" entry. I am in the middle of packing up my stuff and trying to remember all the things I want to bring with me - remember your camera! remember to charge that battery! remember to clear out that memory stick, or at the very least, put a new one in!, Do I need to bring the whole camera bag? Do I need to bring the bag? Its just another thing to carry around.

Also, so many fashion crisis. Times like this having a handy girl friend around would be so helpful! I need someone close by to bounce these things off. I have a friend but she is neither handy or close by, she is too far away and busy most of the time so she is of no help. I had to weather the crises by myself so I over packed. A lot. I am bringing two pairs of boots and two pairs of shoes and three pairs of pants and a skirt, just in case because you do not know! Its about the vibe! I was much better with tops, I did not over pack tops, much, but I'm pretty sure that I am going to add a sweater because I think it might be cooler at night.

I do not travel light. And I need a bigger suitcase.


Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:13 PDT

Okay, now I would have a real entry today except... We had a very bogas staff meeting after work today so I put Rocket in daycare for the daycare - first time since he got  attacked and he did really, really well and played all day.

And because of the meeting we got home late and while it was still light it was clearly not going to stay that way and so we opted out of our walk. And Rocket was very tired and didn't really need a walk.

Which leads me to why there isn't a real entry, he was curled up on the couch and he looked so soft, and did I mention I worked all day and then had this meeting? I had a really long day and there he was so soft and sleepy and pillow like and on the couch...

I  ended up waking up way too late for a real entry and then there were the Barney Miller episodes I felt duty bound to watch, and then it was time for Brooklyn 99 and I really like it so  there just wasn't time to do all the things I should have gotten done.

NC State Fair 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:00:08 PDT

Sunday I went to the State Fair with BroskyI am jot really thrilled with how they turned out, normally if I go to the fair, I go during the week,by myself and I have more time and space to get the pictures I want. It wasn't possible Sunday night. It was a good exercise though in just getting the shot and not screwing around.[...]

Friday Cats Blogging

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:00:27 PDT