Bobbing for Apples in the Garage

Molly hangs out with me in the garage while I do my homework, school meetings and other Zoom meetings. She is generally quiet, but once in a while, she wants to play. She gets bored.

She got a new ball recently. It would light up with a bump, so when we threw it, it would flash when it bounced. This lasted about a minute. Molly chewed it until the light stopped lighting up. It still works as a fetching toy, though.

On one recent toss, Molly’s ball landed in her water bowl. She looked at me. I wasn’t getting it. It was wet. She wasn’t getting it. It was wet. She tried to get it, but she couldn’t get it without getting herself and the floor wet. It looked like the puppy version of bobbing for apples.

Finally, she got it! She was kind enough to bring it to me. I absentmindedly grabbed it from her. The ball released the rest of the water that was inside it. So, now I was wet, too. I threw it and the final bits of water flew out. So much for keeping the floor dry.

The Healing Power of Cats

I agree with all of these amazing healing powers that cats have. They don’t mention the others that come out much more often.

Cats have an amazing ability to sense if your bladder is full. They are great at telling you that it’s time for a meal. They are pointy and manage to find the most sensitive spots to step on. These aren’t healing abilities, just the natural abilities of the species.

Sleeping in with Pets

The pets are used to a regular schedule. Around 7am, the cats are kicked out of upstairs and take their positions in the kitchen, waiting to be fed. Around 7:30 am, the dogs are brought down, separately, to empty bladders and return to bed, or join the school session, depending on the day’s plan. On the weekends and holidays, the pets don’t seem to remember that they don’t need to make sure we are ready for work.

One weekend, I was attempting to sleep in. Between my bladder and the cats, I managed to get to 8 am. At least with my bladder, I can get to the bathroom and back half awake and can sometimes manage to get back to sleep.

I was sound asleep and I felt one of the cats climb onto my bed and onto my chest. I reached out to pet the cat and found out that it was Mini. She accepted the pets and ear scratches and went away. She came back several more times before she decided that I needed motivation. I got a nip on the elbow and I decided to get up.

Who needs alarm clocks when you have pets?

What’s Your Bookstore Cat Name?

Many bookstores have cats in them. If I owned a bookstore, I wouldn’t have a cat, though. Too many people are allergic to them. Plus, with the store door opening and closing all day, it might be difficult to keep a cat indoors.

If I had a cat in my bookstore, what would I name it? According to the chart below, it would be Almighty Catnip. I guess that’s a unisex name, so it would work in that sense, but can I see myself using two names to talk to my cat? Nope. It’s a cute little chart, but pretty useless for me.

Now, naming my bookstore is a different story. I’ll have to think about it. Any ideas?

They are multiplying

I took a nap. Inky joined me, as usual. One cat. I started my nap with just one cat. When I woke up, I had two cats napping with me. Mini decided it would be a good idea, too. They are multiplying. At least I didn’t have three cats napping with me, since we don’t have a third cat.

It’s breakfast time!

At 3:30 am, I got up to use the bathroom. As I returned to the bedroom, I saw that Inky was sitting politely by the food dishes. She decided to convince me that breakfast time was going to be early today. I decided that it would not. We comprised on going back into the bedroom and attempting more sleep. I still don’t quite understand how a cat that is smaller than a breadbox can take over the entire bed. We did manage a little more sleep, even though I was shoved to the edge of the bed. No breakfast yet.

Changing out of pajamas

I have multiple zoom meetings with the same group in a week. Some weeks there are none. Most there are one or two. One week, I think we had 4.

I had a few days off and had decided to stay in pjs while getting my tasks done. This worked great. I got stuff done and got onto a zoom meeting. The group doesn’t care if I’m wearing pajamas or clothes, or even if my hair is brushed. It’s a come as you are meeting. I went to bed right after my meeting. The next day, I had another meeting with the same group. 5 minutes before the meeting, I realized that I had a very memorable top on. I figured someone would remember what I wore. I changed just the top just before logging on.

A few days later, I had another meeting with them. This time, I’d showered before and was in pjs. At least they were clean pjs. My wet, messy hair was not a concern to anyone. They were more interested in seeing Inky. I have definitely found my group.

Pouring Rain

I got in my car after work today and it started pouring. Great. I had a todo list. But, then again, I always have a todo list.

My first stop was at UPS. It had stopped raining for a bit, so I think everyone decided to get errands done. I had to skip it because there was no parking. Tomorrow.

Next stop was the grocery store. I got in and out quickly. It started to rain again as my daughter and I unloaded the groceries. She brought them into the kitchen while I ran out to return library books.

I got home, put the groceries away after doing a quick fridge clean out. I got the dishwasher running, took the garbage, compost and recycling out to the bin and the bins to the curb. I swept the entry way to the house and got laundry moved along.

By the time I got to lunch, I was drenched and cold. I ate a little and then decided to do the best thing for a rainy day. I hopped into the shower and got into pjs. I got my Snuggie and Inky decided it looked comfy. She joined me for cuddles. I finished a book and relaxed while I warmed up. The perfect way to end a rainy day, I believe.

Changing of the guard

My pets love to help with homework. Molly helps keep me warm by squeezing in behind me and putting her head on the arm rest.

Inky helps by sitting on my lap, or my laptop, or watching from the side.

This particular day, I finished working on homework with Molly and I went inside to shower and change and then to continue. After I got settled, Inky settled in, waiting for second homework time to start.

They are very serious about their homework supervising jobs. They keep me warm and usually keep me company while being quiet-ish.