What I’m up to:
- After receiving encouragement from Lara I submitted the story of Squirrelly to Love Meow and they ran a feature on him.Thinking about all that’s happened in the three short weeks of Squirrelly’s life (happy birthday, Squirrelly, by the way!) has made me realize that he is really an extraordinarily lucky cat. First of all, he was abandoned in a tow yard at the right place and at the exact right time to be found. Secondly, it was my husband, a kind and goodhearted man, who found him. Perhaps the luckiest thing of all was that this tow yard was located in town in which we live. For work Anthony drives all over the area, and it is not uncommon for him to be over an hour away. This particular day he was not only in town but had enough extra time built into his schedule to drop him off right away so I could take care of him. Lastly, it was Squirrelly’s great fortune for him to wind up with a caretaker who was trained by the best, my Cat Whispering mother.
- Six years ago Anthony’s shoulder was violently ripped from its socket in what would become the first in a long line of shoulder injuries. It’s been pulled out of joint so many times I can’t even count the number of friends who have had to help him pop it back into place. I’ve even had to do it myself once when it popped out after Anthony rolled over in bed late at night. My husband is active and loves to sword fight and has been studying martial arts since before I knew him. Not having a fully functional shoulder was killing him, and we never knew when the next injury would occur. Each time his shoulder would pop out of joint it would take him weeks to recover. After several ineffective rounds of physical therapy and multiple doctors later he finally was able to get in to see a shoulder specialist who recommended surgery to hopefully fix the problem. He goes in next week and while I’m relieved we can attempt to fix things for him so he can have a normal life again, I have to admit I’m nervous. He’s going to be off work for at least a month and a half.
- Our wedding anniversary (the one we keep forgetting) is just a few days after his surgery, and this will be the first time in eight years I will not be in the midst of hell week–library and textbook collection–at the library. In fact this year we are guaranteed to have the time off together since he will be at home recovering from surgery. I hope nine years is the narcotics anniversary because he could totally share some Vicodin with me as a present. I kid! I prefer morphine.
- I have been feeling kind of overwhelmed lately, a sentiment I’m sure most parents have experienced from time to time. Since I’m home I expect too much of myself sometimes. Just because I’m at home does not mean I can do it all. I’m reworking my daily and weekly schedules in an attempt to get a better handle on things. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? And don’t say “freak out” because I totally already have that covered.
Little Big Links:
Axe Body Spray sets off fire alarm at Middletown High School. When I worked at the library, Axe was the bane of my life. The teenage boys would wear enough to burn my nostrils and fill the stacks with their stench even after they left the library. It got so bad I began to prefer the smell of body odor. I’m now surprised fire alarms aren’t going off constantly.
For a richer, fuller life, READ. “Lovely vintage PSA for National Library Week circa 1961, a fine complement to these vintage literacy posters from the WPA.” I bought a vintage literacy photo for my living room, and years later I still love it. Via brainpicker.
Mosquitoes don’t even need to bite us, study shows. Those bastards! Also, this reminds me to dump out that festering bucket of rainwater in the backyard. Excuse me. Via The Onion.
- Wait, are these my cats?!
- Yup, these are my cats.
- Poppies in my garden.
- Extra-cute Squirrelly photo.
- Isobel loves reading.
- The Quiet Book saved dinner.
- Fail’s is full of win.
- Squirrelly is getting playful.
- Murder Mystery Hair/Mother’s Day Hair.
- Back! By popular demand!
Who was the last person you hugged?
My Aunt Debbie, who was in town for a few days visiting my Grandma for Mother’s Day. She came by to visit and play with Isobel and Squirrelly and brought by some needlepoint pictures she made for my mother years and years ago. They were going to donate them, if you can believe that! My aunt was a home ec major and has made us all sorts of amazing presents over the years, including this amazing Quiet Book. My aunt still has the pattern (she made it for me in the 70s) and I’m going to eventually write a post about it. This time she brought several of her old magazines and macrame pattern books, but the best thing of all was the old text book she brought along called “Clothing for Moderns.” In addition to being really crafty she’s also really fun and organized and positive. It’s always a fun time when my mom and aunt get together.
Do you have a question for me? I’d love to answer it! You can leave your question in the comments, @-reply me on twitter, email it to me at email@example.com or send me a messenger pigeon. Don’t actually do the last one, though. My cat will eat it.