Friday, January 6, 2017

A Trip to the Vet Clinic


Today's the day: Tommy gets tutored. Collage above, in order of his age, starting at the lower right and going clockwise:

Shortly after the three kittens appeared on our deck.

Tommy balancing on the stack of baskets.

Tommy taking a snooze.

Tommy when I announced yesterday that he had an appointment with the vet.

Resignation: I found Tommy in the laundry basket, practicing for the time spent in the kitty carrier to and from the vet. 


Don't look too smug, Smokey. You're next. (although we're still waiting for her to reach three pounds.)

 (Gary Larson)

I set it in the sunshine, put a snuggly bed in it,
and ignored it. Good boy, Tommy!
And off we go!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hodgepodging a New Year

Sunrise, December 30, 2016
View from the front porch

Join Joyce and the Gang

 She writes the questions;
we write the answers.
Plug them into your own blog post
and join in!

1. Share one favorite moment/memory from your Christmas holiday.

My very favorite moment from Christmas and New Year's is when everyone has finally arrived and the family is all together. My next favorite moment is watching the last person drive down the driveway as they leave. I don't really mean that, well, maybe kinda.  It's the curse of the introvert. :-)

Three - Two - One - GO!!
Grandkids sledding down our hill
Neighbor Bill's farm (the subject of many IG pics)
in the background

He made it to the bottom without falling off!

2. What was the best thing you ate over the holidays? Was it homemade or store bought? If it was homemade did you make it?

Probably the best thing I ate was one of those Andes Mints cake balls I talked about in my last post. Definitely homemade and definitely won't make them again for a long time. They were delicious, but I don't dare keep stuff like that in the house. Mr. C. doesn't have a sweet tooth, so you-know-who feels the responsibility to eat it. You know, to get it out of the house.

Itty Bitty Pastries
made with butter, cream cheese, flour, powdered sugar
and jam. Two inch squares, pinched together at the corners
so they can all come apart in the oven and be a real mess.
But they tasted good.
3. What was one of the most beautiful things you saw over the holidays?

The most beautiful thing for me always is seeing the grandchildren playing together. The least beautiful thing was Irvine Park Christmas Village with 60,000 lights and displays when you arrive before dark. Definitely diminishes some of its charm.  So we went and hung out at Leinie's Lodge in Chippewa Falls until it got dark and then tried again. MUCH better. Next year we will arrive at 6:30 PM rather than 5:00 PM. And we will walk through, rather than drive through.

On the way to Chippewa Falls
Car rides affect me the same way.

Killing time until it got DARK 
Leinie's Lodge: The place to loiter if you want to stand next to a beautiful fireplace while you're waiting for it to get dark outside, or if you want to purchase one of a zillion items that have the name 'Leinenkugel's' engraved or printed on it. Why?

4. What does fresh start mean to you?

Mostly, a fresh start reminds me of God's mercies, new every morning, which is a wonderful, reassuring thought. God holds no grudges. Lamentations 3:22-23:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end; 
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

 I have no idea what our son is doing to our grandson in this photo, 
but you've seen monkeys grooming one another, right? LOL

5. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very positive and 1 being not so great) how would you rate 2016 in terms of personal achievement and well being? Explain.

A seven. I was hoping to be snowshoeing this winter. Maybe after my checkup in late February.

The bulldozer. Still in our field.
The snow has an icy crust.

6. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse, or just general uselessness. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen or, if you're like me, to find out what in the world the word or phrase even means or the context in which it's used. There were quite a few on this year's list I'd never heard before.

Here's the 2017 list of banished words-

You, Sir-focus-Bete Noire-Town Hall Meeting-Post Truth-guesstimate-831-historic-manicured-echo chamber-on fleek-bigly-ghost-Dadbod-listicle-get your dander up-selfie drone-frankenfruit-disruption

Which word on the list would you most like to see banished in 2017? What word or phrase would you add to the list?

'You' is a banished word?? And many of the others I'd never heard. I guess they haven't made their way to deepest, darkest, coldest northern Wisconsin. Usually I could name a few words or phrases that annoy me, mostly because people overuse them. This year I can't think of any. 

 Stop me if I've already shown you this photo.

7. Large or small, light or deep, share with us one goal you have for the new year.

Kayaking. Sometime after the ice melts.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

 Tuppence, lounging on the sofa during 'Poirot.'
A photo, lest you think I've abandoned all affection for her.
It's hard to tell where cat ends and blanket begins, 
but it's mostly sweet old cat.

Thank you, Joyce, for always putting together this Hodgepodge of questions for us.


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