By Fauxpaws on Dec 12, 2013 at 4:32 AM
From an 8 to a 5 on the pain scale is a good start. I hope it continues to go down. He'll be able to enjoy the holidays and family get togethers a whole lot more if he's not in so much pain. So did you and Catherine get chummy? Best not to let her distract you too much. I'm sure she's a wily old gal! Sis and I have been talking and emailing a bunch. She's keeping herself busy and distracted and is doing better, but still those moments of sorrow keep creeping up on her. I'll have to walk a fine line while I'm there between being there when she needs me and leaving her alone when she needs her private moments. As close as we are tho, it won't be too hard to know what to do.
By catmom on Dec 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM
Yes, White Christmas is a great classic - love Bing in this one. The fridge is getting fixed on the 14th in the morning; so far three of the four parts needed have arrived here, I called the repair company this afternoon, and the customer service rep assured me the last part needed will arrive here before the 14th. I hope she is right. My other favorite movie that I have watched faithfully every Christmas season is either one of the black and white versions of A Christmas Carol. When I was young I would watch it during Christmas vacation and it would scare me. Eventually, it just became a tradition to watch it every year. Like to find both versions, but can't always catch them both. I have one set up to TiVo and I am looking for the other one. A cup of hot chocolate and A Christmas Carol on TV along with two kitties to snuggle with - a great Christmas Tradition :-)
By catmom on Dec 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Good morning, BD. How is the lovely Miss Becky doing today? The kittens that come into the adoption center come from a variety of places. Some have been abandoned, some are ferals that have been rescued, etc. All are neutered before they go up for adoption. The movie this week is White Christmas. Don't know where we'll go to lunch yet, tho. No one has made any suggestions.
By Fauxpaws on Dec 11, 2013 at 6:13 AM
Our news dorks do the same thing! They post the weather + or - changes for the entire state and then waste a good 5 minutes gushing about them. Drives me absolutely bonkers. Aw, your poor dad. It's just one thing after another. I hope the shots help too. Back pain sucks. I need to get some laundry done today. The washing machine fills up a lot faster in the winter with all the heavier clothes and we've got a good-sized pile of 'em after this past week. That will probably be the highlight of my day. *sigh*
By Fauxpaws on Dec 11, 2013 at 5:04 AM
27 yesterday and still wearing shorts! Wow! You weren't kidding about those legs of yours! It's just about 27 here right now and I'm layering up just to get the paper off of the porch. I hope you get to work with the Iranian boy again. It would be interesting to see if you could get a little rapport going with him. A city truck actually came by and sanded our street yesterday I guess they wanted to make sure we could drive over those last two or three small icy spots. Unbelievable. Both of my errands went smoothly and I actually did crank the window down a couple of inches for part of the ride. It was nice getting out in the sun.
By Sylviag on Dec 10, 2013 at 9:48 PM
Slip slidin' away - last 2 days just came and went :) How is Becky and the limping today?. Benigninity - that is a relief! Even though vet didn't think so beforehand, nice to have it nailed down. ED on Dad - how serious is that - can he safely let it slide for awhile? Got 9 pkges of cookies mailed out. Went a lot faster at UPS than it would have been at USPS. They even handled my overseas package. Then we just puttered around shopping the rest of the day. Got another large cat stand for the furballs so they have 4 perches. Put the old one by the back slider so they can watch the birdie feeder and make stoopy sounds and quiver their lips. It's been way too cold or them to go out into the cat enclosure. Bran was looking for a sweater and after going to 3 stores and not finding what he wanted, gave it up and will look online. Picked up 2 more bales of insulation (Bryan finished the garage today) . Decided we needed a date night so get a couple of small lobster tails and filet mignons. Roasted purple taters and a simple spinach salad. Couple of glasses of wine before dinner and watched the kittehs play with their stands. We put catnip over both of them so a high time was had LOL Today I finally filled the annoying paperwork to get the cars registered now that we have our OR DLs. Fixed up my 2014 calendar, transfering all important dates from 2013. On line banking, chat with financial adviser I mean the day just melted away. I did do my treadmill - have been very good in case Santa is watching :) Tomorrow we take the 2 elder kittehs to the vet then get the Tahoe registered first. We watche Amazing race for a couple of seasons and not sure why we stopped - our usual series burnout. That's a very nice compliment :) But physically I don't think I could do it. Some of the stuff is pretty tough and some definitely out of my league fear factor wise. Especialyl as they seemed to have a lot of "height" things which I am not at all fond of. They had one where they had strung a cable across a bay or something and one person had to pedal a bike attached to the cable to the other side. I was in a panic just watching :) Yep lots of brown paper and clear packing tape as I almost ran out of that too. I really had to scrounge for boxes fro the cookies as I did not have my usual supply of saved ones. Bryan's fire starters now in a bag, along with hand warmers so I could use the boxes:)
By catmom on Dec 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM
Good morning, BD. How is Miss Becky feeling today? You are right about Cassandra. She just needs a lot of TLC. A gal pal of mine does the Tuesday AM 'clean and play' shift and she called me this morning to let me know how her shift was. And, the good news is that Cassandra came out of her cubby and played this morning. She let my friend pet her and was a bit afraid, but better than she's been in the past. Unfortunately, the log book notes mention that we will have eight new kittens coming into the adoption center this afternoon. It is good because we give them the opportunity to find forever homes, but, I just wish more qualified owners would adopt..... How are your young students doing with math lately?
By Fauxpaws on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM
Yep, that news has got to be a huge relief. I was sure glad, too! Ah, the birds are much happier today - the sun is finally out and the temperature is already 40. Hooray! I have to pick up some groceries and mail a package and am looking forward to getting out. Are the kids back in school again?
By Fauxpaws on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:50 AM
Turns out we didn't need Dez Bryant. McCown and Forte both played great, especially McCown with 5 TDs. The Cowgirls were horrible. Broke my heart. =) So we won in both leagues - yay! Next week's matches will be a lot harder, but if we lose the Consolation Bowl in the one league it's no biggie and in the other league we'll end up in the money somewhere, regardless. That really was a nice tribute to Ditka. I still remember that famous pose with Ricky Williams when he dressed like a Rasta. Too bad he couldn't have foreseen how badly that was going to go for him. That's great news about Becky!! Good to have it confirmed benign and the whole thing over and done with. I would think that when Becky's hair does grow back, you won't even be able to tell anything ever happened unless you're really looking for it.
By catmom on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM
So glad Becky is moving around better. Cassandra is behaving well, but she is still a VERY shy kitten. She has the sweetest little face, just adorable. Wish she was not so shy. Year end rebalancing was not really painful because the market did well this year, as you said. As long as I earn more than I spend, I am a happy camper, and we decided I did not need to make any major changes in my investments. The weather here all day was just yucky - VERY cold and drizzle ALL day. A hard freeze is predicted for tonight, so could be really nasty tomorrow with black ice on the roads. I am not planning on going anywhere tomorrow; will do my online Christmas shopping :-) Will you be working with the students this week?
By Fauxpaws on Dec 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM
No no, don't throw up on my account, please! If you just want to root for McCown and Forte, that would be more than enough, thank you. I'm glad Becky's back to her old self. Did you mean she *now* full of piss and vinegar from not getting her walks today? Maybe a good wrestling match later will help. Boy, I can see where that would be cause for discussion and concern re your dad's aneurism. A tricky situation there. Actually, Elf didn't have to pose in that hat. My sis photoshopped it on there from an early picture I took of him. Not a great pic since he was more asleep than awake, but he's still a cutie to me. I do wish it hadn't gotten cropped at the top. We never got above the 32 mark today but the ice has gone down some and our street looks better. It's actually sleeting again right now but it's not expected to last long. Better not, dammit!
By catmom on Dec 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM
Good morning, BD. I am so sorry to hear that Becky is limping around, poor baby! Give her a gentle skritch from me. And maybe a piece of bacon, if you'll allow it :-) This morning was the BEST shift I've ever had at the adoption center! We adopted 10 last week! There were three EMPTY cubbies (the 'two' flats) and the 'mansion' only had two kittiens instead of the usual 5. In addition, two of the 'two flats' only had one kitten each. I know the vacancies will be filled quickly, but it is such a pleasure to see so many vacancies from the last week. Little Tiglet has found his forever home (he was one of my favorites); and Cassandra, the little girl who 'went postal' on me two weeks ago, is still there. She wouldn't come out of her cubby, so she is still very skittish. Party was fun, lots of 'back in the day' stories. The cocktail of the night was a Margarita, so I had one. Just one. Jose Cuervo is not a friend of mine..... This PM I have my least favorite appointment of the year with my financial advisor; need to do a year end 'readjustment' of the investments and take some money for property taxes, homeowner's insurance, etc. Unfortunately, all of those bills always come do in December *sigh* When does Becky go back to the vet to get her stitches removed?
By Fauxpaws on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM
I think that was a wise decision to skip the morning walk. The cold weather probably helped tip the scales, but no need to have Becky romping around if she's still a little gimpy. It's probably a good thing that she has to go back to the vet to get her stitches out. She'll need to be checked out anyway. The doctors today? Does your dad have an appointment? I hope it's a quicky visit. Oh for Pete's sake, those fans are ridiculous! Let's see. In the league that matters, we're behind 15 points but we have McCown and Dez Bryant going tonight while our opponent only has Whitten. Regardless, QB's score a bunch in that league, so we're a pretty safe bet to win. In the loser bowl of the other league, we've got McCown again plus Forte, while our opponent has Dez Bryant AND Whitten! Weird, eh? I'd rather see Bryant do well and have us lose in this one, so that we can win in the more important match up. We're 11 points behind in this one anyway, and points are a lot harder to come by, so I'm more than willing to sacrifice this one to get the win in the other
By Sylviag on Dec 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM
Morning - 27 degrees in San Jose? And you almost tried to wimp out of a walk with Becky - tch, tch. ED the stoopy fan comments. I am a die hard fan but really enjoyed yesterday's game for what it was. Oh well, at least we don't kill each other in riots like that soccer mess overseas.
By Fauxpaws on Dec 9, 2013 at 5:40 AM
Nope, definitely not a snooze fest. More like an epic battle for the ages! I really tried to stay neutral but ended up hoping the Niners would pull off a win, because they needed it more. to stay in the playoffs. That Gore run at the end was fantastic. And having Crabtree back is a big plus. An exciting game from start to finish! As for our FF, We've still got a good chance to win in the regular playoffs in one league and a slim chance in the "consolation" (aka Loser's) playoffs in the other, which isn't nearly as important. So tonight we'll be glued to the tv screen again. I EDd Becky overdid it yesterday and pulled another muscle. Poor girlie! I'm glad to see she's doing fine otherwise. When do you take her back to the vet? Will he have to pull the stitches or are they the dissolving kind? Oh, and your turkey isn't as dark this time - Success! We never did get above freezing yesterday, nor did the sun come out. Our front yard and driveway are solid ice - you could skate on them! The ice actually creaks when you walk on it. It's eerie. We'll have much better luck today. It's already 32 this morning and hopefully the sun will make an appearance.
By Sylviag on Dec 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM
That sounds like a good compromise so everyone can be with everyone at some point during Christmas. Bryan likes mashed potatoes with mass quantities of butter better than gravy. I haven't done it in awhile, but I have a recipe for making gnocchi out of leftover mashed potatoes that are really good.
By Sylviag on Dec 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I hope we do meet in playoffs. Unless we really fall apart the next 3 games I do expect us to be Div champs and have home field advantage. 49rs will be looking for a wild card right? How big a turkey are we talking about? I like abut the 12 pound size. What are you having with the turkey? That girl just doesn't hold back does she :) I know she's done this before and recuperated pretty quickly, My head decoration even has little batter operated lights :) Got cookies in tins and into boxes but can't find my rolling of brown wrapping paper. I likely used it when packing for the move. I mail to 9 friends and family so almost half the cookies are gone now. Since Cody and the gkids will be in Mexico for 2 weeks ove Christmas will be MIL, brother and nephew, Cody's gal pal and her 2 sons. We decided to have a nice ham - we debated between that and prime rib but Bran wants to have prime rib for New Years. Do you go to your parents for Christmas or does everyone go to oyur brother's?
By Sylviag on Dec 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM
Congrats on a hard fought and well earned win. They sure were evenly matched today. Like I told Paws, if we had to lose, glad it was to the 49rs cuz I know they really needed this win to stay in the running. Ur likely cross-eyed from watching footbalI all weekend. Back away from the TV BD before you do permanent damage LOL I trust Becky is all back to normal from EDing her antics in the back yard. The chicken was very good but a bit dry. I would make it again, but rather than dipping it in milk I would use light mayo and then roll it in the panko/parm/parsely coating. I use mayo and crushed unsweetened cornflakes to bake breasts and the mayo really keeps it moist and the crispy cornflakes are a decent substitute for crispy skin. The carbonera was yums. I had made a quickie Knorr hollandaise sauce for the asparagus and we used it for the chicken too. Still keystone kats with the feeding LOL Becky sure minds you well - you have a wonderful trust and love bond with here fore sure. Still brrrry old here. But sure a big mess back East. All those multiple car accidents - just terrible.
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