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cactus….i love you.
December 30, 2009, 4:25 pm
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it’s the little things really, the surprises, the small flashes of color, that make life enjoyable.

so, about 6 years ago my neighbor gave me a bunch of cuttings from succulents where she had been house sitting.  one was a 6 inch long sprig of christmas cactus.  i stuck it in a pot, way too large for the wimpy thing, and put it inside on a book shelf at the window overlooking the front step.  the other plants, stayed outside where they are flourishing to this day.

on the phone with my mom that week i was telling her about my new plants.  when i mentioned the christmas cactus she made a point of letting me know that ….it was going to die.  they never live, according to her.

it has filled the pot.  it has flourished, but nary a blossom. 

i mentioned the little things.  how they are so important for happiness.  when you’re hurried and stressed, that is when you notice the little things the least.  but that is when you need to notice them the most.

christmas eve i was rushing to pack the car to get out of town.  home from work, wrap the gifts, make sure all the dog’s meds are packed, will the car make the drive, yadda yadda. 

a flash of pink out of the corner of my eye as i walk out the door.  “what the?”

2 blossoms and 3 buds.  i called my mother, elated, of course!

by the time i got back many blossoms had appeared. 

isn’t it beautiful?  the pads were covered in dust.  i took it outside and dusted it with a soft paint brush, then put it on my honda for some photos.

i love it.

how christmas….rolls…
December 25, 2009, 6:32 pm
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and so it was christmas day.  a brisk morning.    the dogs were really, really rough housing in the back yard at gramma’s house.  and hunting for cats.

every christmas my parents put the satellite tv to this channel:

the fire with the christmas music.

and the dogs open their presents…

and get their picture taken…

and get their pictures taken some more…

but first…..

we eat home made cinnamon buns!

next comes the turkey…which i don’t eat.

happy day all!

this christmas list makes me sound like a grinch….
December 22, 2009, 5:10 pm
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i got this list from s. le.  it makes me sound grouchy…but really…i just like to keep things simple.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

2. Real tree or Artificial?
             no decorations at all

3. When do you put up the tree?

4. When do you take the tree down?
              don’t have to

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite (or most memorable) gift received as a child?
              i don’t know!  But as an adult i really loved my laptop.

7. Hardest person to buy for?

8. Easiest person/s to buy for?

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
              sewing machine

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
             love actually

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
             last night.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

16. What do you want for Christmas?
            camera stuff, fuzzy socks and wine glasses

17. Favorite Christmas song?
            christmas in hollis by run d.m.c.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
           next year i am DEFINITELY travelling

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s?
           Of course.  Who can’t?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
          no tree. no angel. no star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color?

24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner?
         anything at a restaurant.

25. What do you want to do for Christmas this year?
        i would love to catch up on sleep and play with the dogs, drink wine with my sister, go for some walks.

bright, cheery…limonishish!
December 21, 2009, 6:51 am
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there’s a holiday buzz in the air….and it wasn’t irritating tonight because my visiting sister plied me with margaritas!

we hit the xmas neighborhood…after one hell of a day.  i have to say, “I LOVE THIS VACATION BUSINESS!”

we took cody bear to the bookstore, then we took pickles to the restuarant for lunch.  when they brought us our meal….they brought her a bowl of tri-tip. wtf????

then we relaxed, then we shopped, then we had some yummy chow and hit the holiday lights.

then i came home and found out that snotty russel didn’t win survivor!

the giant dradel?    it spins!

fa la la la laaaa, la…laaaaaa.

some images to distract me…
December 29, 2008, 3:59 am
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disclaimer: before you read this post, please consider refraining from offering veterinary advice.

sunday night and i’m feeling pretty blue.  cody bear’s condition has taken another serious down turn.  it started tuesday and has gotten worse.  we go to the vet tomorrow.  i spent today at urgent care and am now suckin’ down antibiotics.  i thought i would cheer myself up with a few images from christmas. i know, i know.  that was days ago.  but humor me, ok?  you may see something cute…

ok, first of all, my favorite harbinger of the holidays, the cardinal…


and now, “faux faux faux, merrrry christmas!’….


my mom decorated her christmas tree, which was actually a 7 ft high aloe plant, with fake birds and fake votive candles.

next we have the “successory” shot.


it would probably says “serenity” beneath it.  but my version would say “expletive expletive cold!”

oh, and the christmas merriment with symbolism:


romping under santa’s scrutiny. and…


frolic on a poinsettia rug.  how festive.

of course, we have christmas tchotchkies…


i’ll update y’all on cody bear tomorrow night.

simply to make my sister a tiny bit jealous.
December 27, 2008, 6:27 am
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hello dear.

you missed mom’s traditional christmas salsa.


and i made the traditional christmas guacamole.


both were delicious.

and you missed the annual christmas cuteness. even cuter this year with the additon of a border collie puppy.


aw!  look at the happiness after a round of dog play.

you also missed cozying up around the high tech yule log. bummer!


love you big sis and big brother in law!

you found the christmas potato, or…a wet cat gains altitude…
December 26, 2008, 5:55 am
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we left this morning and rolled into christmas town around 2 ish. here’s how the arrival went:


exit car.

enter back gate of parents’ house.

cody bear instantly spots cat.

cat stuck up tree.


2 hours later…cat still stuck up tree.

and it was pooring down rain.

that was so exciting.

next, pickles obsconds with a potato from my mom’s stash of root veg. nice move, picky punk!


naturally we were cracking up.

then….the presents.

yes, there are typically more prezzies for the pets than anyone else under the trees in our family.

the remainder of the afternoon cody bear waited at the window for more cats.


and still…it rained.

the dogs are exhausted from the drive.  especially cody bear.  his gastroparesis makes travel uncomfortable for him. but….he forgets all that once he sees his grandparents.

plus….he treed a cat today, so he’s feelin’ good!

more tomorrow. night dearies!


our biological clocks up and left the building! hurray!
December 25, 2008, 4:37 pm
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and so it came to pass that i had to buy a gift for my boss.  ’twas christmas time and that is what one does.  but he doesn’t like gifts.

so, my coworker and i decide we will buy something special for his 8 month old daughter. (his daughter is the same age as pickles!)

but the coworker was sick, so buzzy came along to help me pick something out.


an hour, people.  an hour in the children’s over price specialty toy shop.  we actually had to leave for ice cream to ponder.  none of the dollies were the right color.  the puppets were too big and may have scared the dear lamb.  ultimately we selected what the sales youth described as an “imagination toy.”

oh dear god.

while we waited for the terrible free gift wrap job to be completed we tried things on, squeazed things, mocked things.

i think buzzy’s glasses sum it up regarding the childrens’ store.  “HELL NO!  WHEN PIGS FLY!!!”

SO glad i don’t have kids, and so is miss buzz.  her description of the entire shopping adventure:  “good form of birth control!”

in the long run we’ll save lots of money….plus….we want to keep all the fun and silly stuff for ourselves!

change-o-plans mr. queazy pants…
December 24, 2008, 4:52 pm
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if jack frost even tries to nip at my toes…i’m punting him.  i’m punting him far.


was supposed to get out of dodge right after work tonight, pack up the muttskies and head home to visit my parents.

cody bear’s nervous system has decided that those plans aren’t going to work for him.  i had to call mom and tell her i would need to post pone our merriment.

poor kid.  couldn’t get him out of bed this morning.  cute and pathetic and worrisome, all at the same time.  he’s a bit green about the gills.  wouldn’t eat.  wouldn’t go outside.

sucks.  i love my bear.

i actually had all my gifts wrapped, too.  i usually am in such a rush that i just wrap them when i get home.  cat probably drugged him so we wouldn’t leave her home alone.  sneaky cat…

so, now i have to come up with something to cheer me and the bear up.  i invited friends over (buzzybeegirl and her man and another pal.)  but…i need more…i need a christmas miracle!

yes cody bear, there isss a santa claus.
December 23, 2008, 5:32 am
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ooooh.  a christmas spirit award from dennis.

the christmas spirit awards list of demands includes me mentioning some of the things i love about christmas. here goes:

1. day off of work!

2. cody bear’s face when he tries to open a present. so excited.

3. the color red.

4. strings of lights on my trees.

5. popcorn drizzled in dark chocolate.

6. friends and family

7. new president arriving soon.  (oh? that’s not this award?  oops. sorry. still glad)

now i shall give my kitty neice this award.  penny, you must follow dennis’ christmas spirit award rules….or not.