Wednesday, June 08, 2016

M iss Moppet is a Pain, Part II

Note: this photo is not Moppet and not my house.  This morning I was awoken by a sound I could not interpret. I looked around the room and saw Moppet hanging from a cloth blind in my bedroom.  That is a definite no-no, of course. So I yelled at her to get down, and she did. But not 30 seconds later, she jumped up on another blind  (there are three, ) and I got up to get her off the blind, lest she rip it with her claws.  I suppose it is a good thing she only weighs 7 pounds; otherwise, she'd have ripped them to shreds.  The birds play every morning in the tree and shrubs outside my windows, and for Moppet, this is better than TV.

It makes me wonder how many other times she has done that and I wasn't aware of it.  I inspected the blinds and they look okay - but I don't hold out much hope for them in the future if I can't get her to understand not to do it. I can't put her in another room at night, because her litter pan is in my bathroom, and the only other place in the house I could put it is the kitchen - which is unacceptable. 

Today I wondered if I might have to kennel her at night. I will have to buy one and will, if I need to. She has had complete freedom since she came to live with us at age 8 weeks, so I don't know how she would deal with being caged. But I wonder if that might be the way to handle it. 

What do you think? 

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Miss Moppet is a Pain. Literally.

I don't know what we're going to do with this cat! She has become a pain to deal with  Last night I was sitting in my chair; she jumped up on my lap, bit the crap out of my arm and sped off as if I were going to chase her. She brought blood.

At 2:30 am, she jumped on my bed, bit my wrist and sped away as she had before. My arm looks like I was chasing bunnies through a blackberry patch!

My vet suggested that I pop her on the nose when she bites me, and I do. The result of that is that she bites me even harder. Believe me, a pop on the nose is no deterrent to her! She draws back and attacks even harder. 

Every time my husband gets up to walk into another room, she manages to get between his feet (no matter how far away she is when he gets up) and seemingly attempts to trip him. He walks with  cane and his balance is lacking. If she is not between his feet, she is lying across the area where he needs to walk, and he cannot move in that direction. We are afraid that he will fall and break a hip. 

To combat this, the vet said to give her a poke with the cane; a more than gentle poke, so that she understands she must move. Jim can't do that without losing his balance, so I must get up and come to his rescue. Needless to say - I am getting tired of it. 

She has nearly shredded parts of my leather recliner, and I blame myself for that. I should have taught her as a young kitten not to do that. I tried, but she seemed not to be getting the idea - even when I sprayed her with one of the three mist bottles I kept nearby. 

We love her, but we find ourselves losing patience with her and with each other because of her. Whenever we have company, Jim insists that I put her in the bedroom for the duration, even if the person(s) say they love cats. She seems to be able to choose the very one who does not like her, and proceed to walk all other them and the furniture they are seated on. She is lovable and sweet most of the time, but a devil all too often.  We thought that when she got to be one year old, she would calm down, but she has not.  I don't know what to do.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Another Busy Week + a book recommendation

Three lunches out, plus Thirsty Thursday, which didn't get interrupted by storms this week - just 90* temps.  Two more people showed up, for a total of 10. We are meeting our neighbors two by two. I made cucumber/cream cheese/lemon sandwiches for thirsty Thursday; no one was hungry (saying they had just eaten dinner). That didn't stop Jim, and he devoured the whole platter. Only one other man ate one. Maybe for the next one, I'll be a bit less ambitious. 

Today we decided to go see the Saturday movie at our clubhouse. I was late getting ready, and when we arrived, the movie had already started. We got off the elevator and saw 250 people staring at us....LOL.  There were no chairs; I had to borrow one from the pottery studio and Jim sat on his walker.  He couldn't see the screen and I couldn't hear the dialog - so it was a wash out for us. We have decided that the next time we want to see the movie (one is shown every Saturday) we will go at 1pm! And hopefully, I will not forget my hearing aids (again.) The movie was good; Blythe Danner, Mary Kay Place, Sam Elliott and a few others. The title was "I'll See You in My Dreams"

After the movie, we decided to eat an early dinner at the restaurant our granddaughter is working in this summer., called Hickory Tavern. We have been there three times so far, and the food is pretty good. She had just finished her shift, so she sat with us and had a salad. It is good to have grandchildren nearby!!

I had to choose and read quickly a new book for the book club, since the club meeting was cancelled this week, and won'r be held again until July. I ordered "A Man Called Ove" and I have read over half of it. It will make you laugh and cry, often at the same time. There are some very interesting phrases, and I was reminded of both my father and my husband in the character of Ove, the curmudgeon. I think most people will like this book. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Busy, Busy Week

and no let up in sight!  (which makes me happy)

Thirsty Thursdays (mentioned in my last post) had to be shortened due to intense storms arising. But it was nice while it lasted (an hour) and we met 4-5 people who we had not met before. There is a very nice group here and we are pleased to get to know some of them.

Friday night we invited our across-the-street neighbors over for dessert and coffee - a pay-back for their entertaining us in Feb. They were due to come here in March, but then I fell and broke my collarbone and it had to be postponed. It was nice to renew our acquaintance and I think they enjoyed it too. 

Today I did something that I have wanted to do for ten long years.  In 2006, I started reading a blog written by a woman who lived in Raleigh at the time, but she was from my home town (Charleston, WV). Seven years ago, she and her family moved back there - and although I visit Charleston from time to time - I despaired of ever meeting 
Jennifer. I had to make do with being Facebook friends.  Today, I did meet her!!  She is in Raleigh this weekend, visiting friends, and I made the cut!   LOL  We met at a gelato/coffee shop and had one of each. It was way too short (only one hour) but we both had dinner plans, and had to part. She is every bit as nice and sweet as I always imagined she would be; as well as very accomplished - even though we didn't talk about her work today - and I would love to know more about it. 

Dinner tonight was at a restaurant nearby where one of my grandchildren is a waitperson. We couldn't sit at her table, but we had a nice dinner and she came to see us as often as her tables allowed.  I had blackened tilapia and it was very tasty. 

I think that tomorrow (when we have nothing planned) I may sit in my chair and read all day long!  I need a rest after last week, and I need to finish the book for our book club, which meets here in ten days.  200 more pages will do it.  

Monday, May 09, 2016

If we don't quit eating out.....

I will weigh 500 pounds by June.  This is the remains of shrimp and rice with queso and a Mexican dessert - on Mother's Day. Below is my youngest granddaughter. None of them ever wants me to take a photo - or to post one. I think she's beautiful!!

Today we ate at The Weathervane in Chapel Hill with a new friend. Jim had quiche and I had an egg salad sandwich.

The restaurant has a terrace and we enjoyed eating outside in 75*, surrounded by flowers and foliages...

Tomorrow I am meeting the women from my old neighborhood at a kitchen store here in Cary, near our home. We will also eat out.

Wednesday finds us entertaining an old friend who has just celebrated her 91st birthday.

Thursday is the first of this season's "Thirsty Thursdays". It takes place on the cul-de-sac outside our home, and those who attend live on our street or the one we "T-bone". We will take chairs, drinks and munchies into the street and meet the neighbors.

Friday evening, we are entertaining the people across the street from us, with desserts and coffee.

We can't keep this up!!!  But there is no relief in sight, as our social life has ramped up considerably lately.  I am not sure if I am bragging or complaining.....LOL

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Doctor(s)

I saw the "shoulder" doctor yesterday and got a bit of good news. I can retire that damnable sling forever. I can drive short distances, if I am careful. I can do anything that doesn't make my shoulder hurt, including physical therapy for my hip  (which I have been doing, but modified since I broke my clavicle.) There is a bump on top of my shoulder, and when I asked what it is, the doc said it is part of your clavicle.  I guess it was out of place after the fracture and the only way to get it back is surgery, for which I will not opt. It isn't too prominent and it doesn't hurt  (mostly.)

The hip doctor appointment is on Friday; and I hope she will tell me I can stop physical therapy soon. It has helped my sciatica some, but it still hurts nearly everyday. I will still be going to the health club and using the pool, so I won't stop exercising even if I stop therapy.  I am hoping she can give me a shot to help the pain.

We are going out to dinner with six friends soon; Italian night at their club. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. Two of them are picking us up, since we didn't know if I could drive by now or not.  It is good to be chauffeured!  

What's new with you?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My New Neighborhood

is a Del Webb Community for people 55 and over. I never thought I'd be living in such a place and didn't expect to like it, but I do.  My daughter has been prompting me to join some groups or clubs - of which there are 200+ - but I wanted to wait until we got settled before I started anything new. 

Today I joined two groups; one for women named Judy, and there are 40 of us. In  elementary school, I always had 2-3 Judy's in every class, but as I got older, the number of women I knew named Judy got lower.  In our old neighborhood, there were three, but there were 72 households there, and over 1200 here. 

I got an email from a woman named Judy, inviting me to join their club, so I did. She said they had already gotten together several times and the next time, they will go out to lunch. I look forward to that, although it is hard to get to know that many people at once.  

I also joined the Scrabble Club. I have been playing Scrabble since the game came out and I never tire of it. I also play it on-line, along with Words with Friends, Lexulous and Wordscraper.  I don't know when I will get to play with this group, as apparently they are not active at the moment, but I look forward to it. 

I will miss the next luncheon meeting of the women who live on my street, as we will be at the beach. It's too bad, since it will be another month before they meet again.  

If I am not careful, I won't have any free time. I am still active in my old neighborhood group - for which I am very thankful - and grateful to be healthy enough to do it all. 

I drove for the first time today, since breaking my clavicle. It hurt a bit when I forgot and used my left hand on the wheel, so I made sure I drove with my right hand only. I had to take off the sling, of course. I see the doc next Monday, and I am hoping to get good news!