Conversations with Cats: Tantrum

Yes, I talk to my cats…

Bagheera: *sits down in front of back door*. “Mwoooooow?”
Me: “No, you are not going outside after dinner. The feral kitties will beat you up.”
Bagheera: *stares at me plaintively*. “MwwwoooOOOWWWowwww!”
Me: *ignores him*
Bagheera: “OWWW WOW WOW WOW!” *flops down on door mat and writhes*. “MmmWOooooooWWWW!!!”
Me: *ignores him*
Bagheera: *looks up from floor to see if theatrics are working*. “EeeeeeWOOOWWWWW!” *writhes a little more for good effect*
Me: “Kitty, you are not going to die over this. But nice try.”
Bagheera: *sits up hopefully*. “Owwwwwww???”



The Log Book: October 2015


So, I should probably post this…now that’s it’s almost THANKSGIVING……

Latest projects:
-At the beginning of the month I was still canning and cooking and eating apples.  It’s a good thing they are my favorite fruit (though my love is being severely tested).
-Operation Christmas Child.  I’ve packed two shoe boxes, one for an older girl and one for an older boy.  According to Samaritan’s Purse, the older boys get very few boxes, as do the 2-4 year old boys and the older girls.  I’ve decided to make those age groups my mission.  Packing for a 10-14 year old boy was out of my “comfort” zone, but it ended up being fun.
-Taming paperwork.  I bought a filing cabinet for the purpose.  It made me feel very grown-up, in a very boring way.  But we are DROWNING in paperwork.  I sometimes marvel that there are any trees at all left in the world.

What’s cooking?
-Apples.  Need I say more?
Applesauce “crepes.”  We were going to have pancakes smothered in hot applesauce, but I made the pancake batter too thin…so we added some cream cheese and rolled them up for crepes.  Delicious.
-It’s really soup weather now.  🙂

The Promise of Francis by David Willey
The Castle of Llyr and Taran the Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander

Watching and listening:
Iron Man (I had never seen this before.  Yes, I know.)
Ender’s Game

I’m looking forward to:
-Our fourth wedding anniversary is November 5.  Shaun might get some time off for it.
-Thanksgiving…sort of.  Shaun will have to work on Thanksgiving, and then I have to work Friday and Saturday.  I’m not sure when we’ll end up celebrating.

Other happenings:
-Shaun passed both the Soldier of the Month board and the promotion board!  He is now eligible for promotion to SGT!  Of course, now we just have to wait for promotion points to come down.  Because nothing in the Army can ever be simple….
-My friend Jori came for an overnight the last two days of October.  It was so good to see her and have talks and hugs.  We drove around to see the sights and explored a local museum.  And the chocolate shop.  Mmmmm!
-We ran out of candy AGAIN this year on Halloween.  Seriously, there are so many kids in this town. 🙂

Four Years

“…Mrs. Harmon Andrews told me when I came home that I wouldn’t likely find married life as much better as teaching than I expected.  Evidently Mrs. Harmon is of Hamlet’s opinion that it may be better to bear the ills that we have than fly to others that we know not of.”

…”You needn’t let what Mrs. Harmon says worry you,” said Diana, with the calm assurance of the four-years matron.  “Married life has its ups and downs, of course.  You mustn’t expect that everything will always go smoothly.  But I can assure you, Anne, that it’s a happy life, when you’re married to the right man.”

Anne smothered a smile.  Diana’s airs of vast experience always amused her a little.

“I daresay I’ll be putting them on, too, when I’ve been married four years,” she thought.  “Surely my sense of humor will preserve me from it, though.”

~Anne and Diana, Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Happy fourth anniversary to my “right man.”  It is indeed a happy life.

~November 5, 2011~

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


Just as sure as seasons are made for change, our lifetimes are made for these years
So I…I will be here.


But of all God’s miracles large and small, the most miraculous one of all
Is the one I thought could never be; God has given you to me!


Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset, swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, blossoming even as we gaze.


Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about your girl
We’ll look back someday, at this moment that we’re in, and I’ll look at you and say
“And I thought I loved you then.”

Photos by Jamie Lynn Photography