• The title of this book might lead one to think that it was a horror story about vampires, werewolves, or just beasties of some sort.ย  However, the word “family” really does denote that it is about a […]

  • Leo was quite a challenge when he joined our household. He and Pie didn’t get along as he would chase Pie. I think Pie just decided that while he was willing to share the house with 4 other cats, a 5th one was […]

    • Stupid Cat??? tsk tsk tsk
      Poor Leo.
      And yet he still loves you. Cats forget so easily and sometimes quickly.
      He is also beautiful.
      My big black cat Chubs is also so sweet….and gentle. And my sisters big black cat JJ also is sweet and gentle when he is calmed down.. Though I do believe her cat has some issues. Always bugged eyed seeming paranoid. He is also diabetic so she has to give him a shot daily. All of our cats could be brothers.

      Thank goodness you can keep them in their own parts of the house. If my Clove didn’t get over her issues with Chubs smell after his Drs appointment ….I was working out ideas of who I can give her too.

      I have a story about Clove I have been wanting to post. I hope to get to it soon.
      Love reading your cat family stories.

      • Hey, I was in pain, somebody had to be guilty besides me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But yes, he forgive me quickly. He was very sweet, except with the 5 cats in the front of the house, then he wasn’t so sweet.

        By the way, he was with us the shortest time of any of my cats at 5 years. Munchie might have tied that, but that story along with he and Leo’s interaction will be in the next story.

        Oh, the vet told us that he died of a heart attack so that is when I learned that cats can have heart attacks just like humans. When they do, they go quickly.

        • Heart Attack? ๐Ÿ™

          • yep, Leo just suddenly fell over, and we grabbed him and rushed him to the emergency vet’s and she told us that likely it was a heart attack, that cats often do have them. And that apparently once they do, they are gone pretty quickly and he certainly was.

  • Like I said, Misty had a mind of her own. In addition, the young gal that put her in my car either lied (very possible) or didn’t know and just assumed that she was fixed. Anyway, she gave birth.

    We didn’t […]

    • LOVE Big bit and Little Bit. They look so cute….and beautiful.
      Mind you…both would be Little Bits in my household. Chubs… a petite 18lbs. He lost 2 lbs a few years ago and plateaued. How he maintains this steady 18lbs is beyond me ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Clove to us is so fragile as she hovers around 10lbs. Ha!
      Your cats look so chubby but they are not. They must be short?
      Thanks for sharing the story of how your family came to be ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I don’t think Little and Big were ever really chubby although I guess Big was closer. Yes, they were both on the short side, and like I think I said, Little was NEVER over 5 lbs…while Big was about 11. I think that is as heavy as she ever got. I saw her as small compared to Pie and Misty.

        Pie was a chubby thing, he weighted at one point about 16 or 17 lbs…and misty was “fluffy” at least. I will let you check on the rest of them as I post them. But then I think I already did my current, ie Patches, who hqw been bigger. She is about 15 and beginning to scare me a bit as she seems to now be losing weight especially in back section. That scares me because it is often a sign of loss of muscle and a sign of old age. (that leaves Munchie and Leo)

        But back to Little, she was always small, and also a bit of the fragile side, but she had her opinion about things… ๐Ÿ™‚ And plenty of willingness to let you know what she thought.

  • The second cat that I got was Misty. The same person, a young person whose father’s was the custodian in the apartment complex I lived in, introduced me to this cat as well—by sneaking her into the car when I […]

    • Oh my gosh….she sounds like an older more ….um…bitchier version of my cat Clove.
      Your cats are a little on the chunky side but have beautiful fur.
      Clove tries to run the house….but for Chubs (the oder male cat) sake we put her in her place with a water bottle when needed. They told us at the Animal Shelter that she would be the dominant cat because she is a female. And when we started seeing her trying to boss Chubs around we put a stop to it because Chubs is our older more gentle cat and he deserves RESPECT damn it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • what was funny is that he should stood there and let her slap. He was my baby for sure. I think males, as long as they are neutered, almost always tend to be calmer. Leo might have been the one exception, but I will tell you about that in a later blog.

  • I grew up in a house with dogs…..big dogs outside and chihuahuas inside. Cats were part of the woodwork outside, never came in the house except one that we thought was a female till it got hit by a car and […]

    • What a Cutie Pie ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Got more to say….but I am tired. I took my older cat to the Vet Friday and when we brought him home my other cat CAN NOT STAND HIM. She can not stop hissing at him and does not want him in the same room. So I have had to play referee all weekend. I finally decided to take them to the groomer tomorrow so they both will smell the same. HOPEFULLY that will solve this problem. Fingers crossed.

      • I have seen that happen with cats of mine, when one went the vet and the other didn’t, the ones that didn’t go would react negatively and hiss and such. It took a little time but eventually they got over it, But if it has been several days, it might a good idea, if they need to go anyway, to equalize things. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Yeah, he was a Sweetie Pie, but definitely had a mind of his own.

    • Cats don’t have to demand attention or preferential treatment. . .they just get it.

      • That has always been the outcome with me and my cats for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ People sometimes say that their cat isn’t allowed to do this or that….and I always think…really and how do you really stop them.. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Of course, I will admit that I haven’t ever really tried very hard….they are just so sure of themselves and so sweet about it.

  • I wonder if anybody else has mental jumps like this. I bet they do. Anyway, I was thinking this morning that I hadn’t done a post here in several days, and thought surely there is something I could put up. Then […]

    • I know exactly what you mean about Burl Ives. I can remember way back seeing him in a film when my siblings and I were just kids – a musical I think it was. He sang a song called “Ugly Bug Ball.” That was my introduction to Burl Ives. Ever since that time, when ever I saw Mr Ives again, he always looked the same!

    • I have only thought of Holiday music when I think of him…but you are right…country music hits the spot for him.
      As for post….start a cat thread….its been awhile since we had one of those. I have a few “cat” stories I have been meaning to share but have been preoccupied lately.

      • I don’t know how to start a thread, other than to just post a blog. I might do that later today or tomorrow, and maybe feature all the cats I have had over the last 29 years with a bit of background on each.

  • Just some random pictures taken during a trip to see my best friend in Nashville who had recently moved to the mountains of East Tennessee. I never did get used to where she lived on the side of a hill, but […]

    • Very nice pictures of East Tennessee. Seeing pictures of places you’ve never been to always look different than how your imagination paints them.

      • True, everybody that takes pictures picks what jumps out at them…so you would never find exactly the same picture anywhere else.

    • I want to visit! LOVE your pictures. LOVE the way they use rocks as the foundations of these buildings. Funny you mention your friends home in the side of the mountain because we are discussing building a home in the side of a hill in South Dakota. I want it close or in the side because I am concerned of the high winds and tornado warnings.

      • I am terrified of heights, and what scared me the most was that the hill going up was winding and steep, and I was terrified i would back off the hill and wreck. So every time I visited, which was about 3 times including her memorial service after she died, I parked at lot at the strip mall about a mile away and had some of them come and pick me up and take me up the hill in their vehicle. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Smart to park at the mall and have someone take you. I guess that means no visiting my house….cause we are on a side of a steep hill. People are afraid to drive down our driveway because it feels like its straight down…so some delivery drivers will park on top and walk down. The top balcony is almost 4 stories up….maybe a little more. The one my cat fell off. Walking to the back of the house is almost impossible because it is so steep. Almost every house in our neighborhood is like this so the problems are all the same on our neighborhood site. How to get to the bushes on the back property because it can be so dangerous. Some really do tie a rope around their waist and tie themselves to a tree or fence post as they rappel down the hill to cut some weeds.

          • Yeah, I would have to ride in with someone else or meet you on the flat land at the bottom at a restaurant or something. LOL

            • Flat land? Ha! I’ll send a horse and buggy for you.
              I live in a hilly community that is called. Mt. …… Anyhow….on the top of the tallest Mt. there is a park that has an outdoor theater. So people come from all over the city for events. But being that it is in a residential hilly community there is almost no parking. So every time they have events they have old trollys picking up and dropping off guest from “flat land” at the bottom of the hill. My house is across on another mountain top so I can see all the activity when events are going on. And the last one was so beautiful…they had colorful lights all over the top of the mountain. I took pictures….but I need to take them from the disk from my camera and load them here and you know how much work that is for a princess like me ๐Ÿ˜‰ So just imagine them….ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • A song with a unique sound song by a great song writer.

    I hope you enjoy it!!!

    • Hi Friend ๐Ÿ™‚
      LOVE Leonard. So Unique and so talented.
      Beautiful Sunday music.

      • Thanks, glad you like it. There is just something about his voice that is great. Here is an example of what I mean when I saw “the sound” pulls me.

        • For me….voices are so important. And I know it’s a shallow part of me….but I LOVE when a man has a deep unique voice. To me….that’s manly. I know…I know…I hate that I say that…but it is what attracts me. And when a man with a deep voice sings…I am drawn to them like a moth to the light. I have a story about some California Native Traditional singers that are AMAZING. I melt with one in particular. Oh…and my sons all have beautiful deep voices like their father. :::sigh:::

  • Ok, I am the person that once told my teacher that I had no real interest in art. The problem, as I saw it, was that I couldn’t draw worth a darn. Couldn’t even, as I put it, draw a straight line. Well, that […]

  • Yes, I am talking about Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. This is one of my favorite songs. Thought I would share it here. Freddy Mercury reminds me of a friend of mine that passed away about 30 years ago, and has a […]

    • This song brings back memories. I had to stop playing it because it made me cry. Not really sad tears…just made me think of my handicapped brother.
      When we were young…we would travel to South Dakota in the summer for family reunions and other things. And we had 2 station wagons and all 9 of us would pack up and drive. And in the Station wagon my brother drove….he would play this tape. I think I knew all the lyrics to their songs because he would rewind and play them again and again.

      • I had a friend who, in my mind, looked like Freddy that died of AIDS back then and every time I look at Freddy, i remember him, I will confess that I found both men very very attractive. But in addition, I love this song because of the sounds more even than the words.

    • This was the moment when Queen showed to the world that there was something more to popular music than the bog-standard rubbish we had all got used to hearing. The song and methodology in creating it was a seminal wake up call for listeners and musicians alike. The song never shows its age and has a timeless quality that all the classics possess.

      I love the moment in “Wayne’s World” when they’re driving in the car listening to this song and start freaking out during the rock opera sequence.

  • Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

    A backward poet writes inverse.ย 

    A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.ย 

    Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.ย 

    Practice safe eating – […]

  • About three years ago, I watched a very interesting series on Netflix called “Bloodline”. It was about a dysfunctional family. There was a policeman in the family as well as some other less upstanding siblings. […]

    • There have been many wonderful theme tunes/songs for TV Dramas, too many to recount until you hear them again. The one that has always stuck with me and became my all-time favourite is the theme from “Game of Thrones.”

      Simply wonderful composition!

    • Yes, there are some really talented people working in the entertainment industry making impressive stuff.

  • Good old Appalachian Mountain music. Kind of reminds me of my mother and the stories that she used to tell about her days “back home”. She wasn’t actually from the area known as Appalachia but close. Her […]

  • Today, in late afternoon, early evening, it decided to rain here in New Orleans.ย  I am sure what the wheather focus was, but I didn’t really expect it to rain.ย  But suddenly it started, and my thoughts were ” […]

    • Over here we call that a flash flood. There you are minding your own business when all of a sudden the expected rainfall turns into a biblical deluge and you look around for the nearest canoe!

      I’ve seen a few in my time and unfortunately, I happened to be outside for most of them.

      We’re not supposed to get tropical style weather in the UK. . .but we do.

      • Well, actually I live in what amounts to semi-tropics so it is pretty much life as usual here. We have to be careful driving though it, and some are in areas where they find it necessary to alter from their normal parking arrangements by taking their car to higher ground but otherwise, it usually is ok.

        In fact, there are times when the water disappears almost as fast as it comes. Bear in mind though, that part of New Orleans, where i live, is actually below sea level so some interesting things do happen from time to time.

  • I don’t know if Peggy Lee was considered country or maybe pop…or verging into a sort of swing/band style. However, this song is a haunting one which explains why I am featuring it here.

    • YOU have got to be kidding me???? I put this song in my queue maybe a year ago? I have the “Frank Sinatra” channel on my favorites and this song was played and for some reason it moved me. It seemed to teeter between tragic and joy. And when something seems so different to me I have to figure it out. Which is why I wrote the song down to listen to later when I could figure it out.

      Here is another one that seemed beautiful to me….but he actually uses the word demon in here a few times which seemed odd to me.

    • My take on it is that he is telling his beloved that while demons may smile for a while and give her the idea that they are her friends, he will be around to protect her from being damaged by them. A vow to take care of her for ever, as long as he is allowed to be around. (Shrug)

      It is an interesting take and not what most love songs refer to usually. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • MISTER….it just can’t be that easy. I’m always looking for hidden meanings and secret messages you see. But with the way I am feeling at the moment I will take your interpretation. Thanks for saving me some time I was going to give it sometime down the road ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Just sharing a catchy little song that I like now re-listening from a few years ago shared on another blog site. Kind of like a lot of my music choices, the sound more than the […]

    • Wasn’t much of a Vanilla Ice fan but I could always appreciate a good dance tune. And this falls into that category.
      Did you where the neon? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I am not sure I understand the question about Neon?? It is just a video I found several years ago on youtube and liked the sound of. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Of course you didn’t understand…I misspelled “Wear” with “Where”. See what happens when I am tired and make no sense? It was just in reference to wearing Neon Clothes being the big deal back in the “ice Ice baby” days.

          I seem to make a lot of spelling errors on this site.
          I think it may be that in the comments we can not adjust font size. But dodo bird me just expanded my page and now I can see giant font. I truly am clueless in these odd areas of being online.

    • There are times – especially at the beginning – when this song sounds too much like “Under Pressure” by Queen. Maybe they did a deal with the copyright holder to use the material?

      • I don’t remember “Under Pressure” although I love Queen. I will have to look for it. I obviously don’t know about who was first or who owns copyrights etc…:)

      • Oh, and I did take the time to look up and listen to Under Pressure and you are right, it is almost exactly the same at the start.

        • “The biggest controversy of โ€œIce Ice Baby,โ€ was the fact that it lifted the bass line from Queen and David Bowieโ€™s 1981 song โ€œUnder Pressure .โ€ Queen and David Bowieโ€™s camps both filed lawsuits against Vanilla Ice, seeing that the rapper did not pay any royalties to Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May.”

          I copied & pasted this over here. Apparently there was a copyright issue with this song and, I don’t know all the details but Vanilla Ice managed to worm his way out of it. It might make for some interesting research to delve deeper into the lawsuit and find out what happened in the end.

          • i seem to remember now that I have had some time for the old cogs in my brain to start working that Vanilla Ice was in trouble for something else also one time. Whatever happened, the song is still on youtube which is where i stumbled onto it.

            The interesting thing was that I don’t remember ever hearing “Under Pressure” till you mentioned it above in response to my post. I love Queen, especially Bohemian Rhapsody. Whatever happened didn’t include having the song yanked from youtube obviously.

            I might do some online research. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I know a lady that knows that song by heart
      Itโ€™s on her like a tattoo.

  • Here are some words used in New Orleans, or Southern Louisiana anyway, that are not used the same way in any other city or state in the nation. If ever you visit, you might have to get used to hearing these […]

    • Diagon Alley? ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Diagon Alley? In answer to your comment below, no, Have no idea where or what Diagon Alley is, but i am going too google it.

      • Monica, I finally remembered to look up Diagon Valley. The shopping areas close to Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Not quite but almost. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • YES….for some reason that is what I saw when I read your post.
          And that is what I think of when I think of New Orleans….with all the VooDoo shops and Botanicals.

          • Now, it makes perfect sense that you would think that. Yes, we do, in fact, have VooDoo shops, and VooDoo practitioners in New Orleans. But guess what, apparently there is a tie in with Chicago on some of that, believe it or not.

            VooDoo is really African/West Indian (as in the West Indes) healing and spiritual practices like the religion of Santera. One of the VooDoo High Priestesses active right now in the city was trained in Chicago.

            • Oh I believe that. My friend is a Santeria Priestess who moved to Jamaica for years where she learned so much. She bought a little house over there that she goes for vacation from time to time.
              She told us one time that there are groups around San Diego that you have to be weary of. Kind of like….they break off and get a little wild and out of hand. And Santeria seems to be everywhere. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

              Her shop is a Botanical and she supplies almost everything any belief system would need. And ingredients for spells ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

              • wow, corresponding with you is educational. ๐Ÿ™‚ When i was still living in Nashville, I did research on the city of New Orleans, even read a book that was a read look at the actual Maria Laveav. She was the owner of slave herself and was something like 1/8 African-American. She was also an active Catholic along with being a user of Voodoo type practices and magicks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I considered it fasinating.

                • SO many of these new religions are mixtures of a few. It’s the way the world is turning. People are learning about other cultures belief systems and feel a pull this way or that way when they themselves have lost their own.
                  I had to make a brew today I got from my friend.
                  It’s a powerful potion so I did it outside…and I have to keep it out there she told me. Tomorrow I strain it and bottle it up and send it off to someone. They were little packages of herbs that I soak in water. And inside one of the packages a little fortune fell out. It said….”You will meet someone who will change your future” How strange is that?

                  I feel all Earth Based spiritual beliefs are the same. My little Santeria Priestess friend and I share so many stories about the similarities our practices have. I love this little lady.
                  She is German….born and raised here. She is so white….her skin is like porcelain. Blue eyes….and she does her blond hair in WILD styles all of the time. She is in her late 60’s early 70’s I think…..but looks so young.
                  She was married to a African American and her children are BEAUTIFUL.
                  Long curly blond hair…..dark skin and different color eyes. Her grandkids could be models they are gorgeous. These beautiful little dark skinned boys with long wild blond hair.
                  She knows my whole family. She is really good friends with my older sister. My older sister is gifted and if she wants she can be a “healer” but the road is a challenging one. Which is why these 2 get along so well.
                  Oh what we were talking about?
                  I get off track easily.

                  • Well, lets see we were talking about New Orleans, which led to Voodoo, which lead to religions. ๐Ÿ™‚

                    Of course Santera and Voodoo are not part of the “new religions” concept, they are quite old I believe. But there is a tendency to bring things together now. Even my pastor in the Presbyterian Church in Nashville, while advocating for Christianity as the core belief, was open to it “being informed by information from other faiths”. His take was that no one school of thought has all the Truth.

                    I am not actually going to any religious practice right now and haven’t for some years. I would be interesting in learning about what your rituals and beliefs consist of if you were to write about them at any point. I have always been interesting in philosophy and religions, once, when a teenage, checking a book out called something like “The 300 Christian Denominations in America” and while I don’t think i read them all, I dug though and found the most unusual, at least to me, ones and focused on reading about them.

                    i did tell you i was weird at one point or another didn’t I? ๐Ÿ˜›

                    • Oh….I always seem to get along with the weirdos ๐Ÿ˜‰ If we don’t live or follow the so called “norms” of society they see us as “weird” ….and I think us weird/odd ones are so much more interesting.

    • Of course I was teasing with my first comment. I don’t know even know if you know where Diagon Alley is or what it is.
      Anyhow……. my little mind was blown reading about your town. I get it…..but I know myself….I EASILY get lost. And you are right…GPS IS OUR SALVATION.
      Getting lost years ago was pretty normal for me. One of the reasons I was always late to functions. But I learned not to panic because eventually I find a main road which will always lead me to any freeway. But in your town….I don’t think I would find my way out ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
      I would love to visit your town and put aside a whole day just to explore these roadways.
      I was talking to my hairdresser about what you posted here and he gasped loudly and said he LOVES New Orleans.

      • It is a really unique city. It is not a typical American city and so say a lot of people. It is much more cosmopolitan and some say European. It is also know as a party city. Although right now, it is not quite as active with Covid-19 being on the rise.

        • To me it sounds like AMERICA. Where cultures come from everywhere and form a mixture of this and that.
          There is a show that is on Netflix I think you would like….Ill post it in a bit.

          • Well, but a lot of the United States, especially the south where I come from is NOT like that. Very white, very “everybody is the same” ish. Sure Nashville has minorities but not as pronounced and my hometown was even less so.

            But in addition, New Orleans is still ruled by a lot of Napeleonic law that makes it unique. And certainly walking the streets with a cocktail in your hands in NOT something I have even seen done legally anywhere else.

            • But “white” America is a part of our make up too. The thing is…all of those white people all come from somewhere and all of their culture seemed foreign to people here when they first arrived. It’s German baked goods….French cheese….Norwegian Glogg….Irish butter….Scottish Scotch….you name it, it originated in another country with rich culture. The sad thing is that many of those people don’t know their family history or their roots that make them who they are. And if they want to claim 100% American that means they have to claim all other immigrant cultures from all other countries that make up America. Because this country truly is a melting pot of everything.
              And if they don’t know that or see it….that is ignorance in one of its many purest forms. And we need to send them packing. Ha!
              And being American means our food and celebrations will always be changing because we welcome everyone. AND…..I appreciate all these foreign foods that are here because most of our Native American food can be bland ๐Ÿ˜‰

              • Good point. May I just say that my favorite kind of food is Chinese, and we certainly didn’t have a lot of that,….not the good stuff anyway, where I was raised around all those Scotch-Irish folk. But then I don’t remember any food that I would call Scottish either.

                I great up on “country cooking” and that was southern which means most fried or with my mother in charge boiled all the life out of it. Maybe part of my preference for more exotic type food is that I hated my mothers “down home” cooking.

                This comment is long enough or I would tell you a story bout some of her cooking. Maybe I will write a blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

                • YES….write a blog. Oh geez…I just remembered I was going to do a post for you about a show I was watching on Netflix. It isn’t the one I just posted….but I will get to it.
                  I love Chinese food …REAL Chinese food and not Panda Express. Not saying Panda Express is fake. We have a family friend who has a Chinese Restaurant that came in 2cnd place for best Chinese food in San Diego on our city polls for years. They make this garlic chili chicken that will have you smelling like garlic for a few days once you eat it. But…its so good you really don’t care and are willing to avoid people for those few days. But the owner who we know tried to retire and closed down for a few years. He opened up again and being honest…the food isn’t as good this time around. I know he trains the chefs himself and it takes time to get it right…..but it’s been awhile.
                  We had a local Scottish restaurant that had the best fish n chips. They made their own bread and you could go in for tea and a bread tray. They toasted the bread and served it with homemade butter and homemade jams. And they made the BEST shortbread cookies. They had lamb….salmon….shepherds pie…scotch egg….and of course whiskey was included in many of their sauces. It was the cutest place. The owner who was a handsome man was getting a divorce and because of that…he had to close his business for financial reasons. He even had his own beer made for the restaurant which other pubs sold. A sad story.

                  • I need to have some Scottish food sometime. That is likely the one thing that we don’t have much of here in New Orleans. There are some Irish Pubs…at least one. but that is different. I think there is a place that serves high tea, which is English or more generally British, but it is wildly expensive or seemed so the last time I checked.

                    When I say Chinese, I have no idea if it is “authetic”, but I like what I get. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow its amazing, love it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks.

  • I have another blog that I am going through and reading and checking out some things that have sat there in the background for literally years. Some as old as 2014 or 2013 even. Some of it is music that I […]

    • LOVE LOVE LOVE Pink…..and LOVE Nate Ruess and love this song. Great taste. And of course…..Meghan Trainor rocks.

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