I’m starting to feel like a Debbie Downer. I usually don’t sound so negative, but I’ve been hit with a lot of unpleasant (to say the least) things in the last few weeks.
I don’t know how much of our living situation Jerry’s shared with you, but it is very cramped quarters, with me, my mom, Jerry, four cats and now just two dogs trying to survive in a space of less than 1,000 square feet. It makes for some interesting situations.
The blasted cats (that’s Shadow on the left and Gabby on the right in the picture directly above) will lie in wait and reach out to paw at the dogs as they pass by. Well, that is except for Stewie (while he was still with us, of course). He had made it quite well known that he didn’t like cats, and when they would paw at him, they all would learn that he wasn’t afraid to nip them. The other dogs rarely give the cats any satisfaction—let alone the attention they are wanting, as the picture of Grayson and Shadow directly below shows.
The dogs are the funniest after a bath. They just can’t wait to get down and rub all over the carpet. I can’t begin to give it the description it deserves, but it is a great night of laughter.
My Mom is the cat person. I like loving cats, but I’m really a dog person, and just recently, I found out that my Jerry is actually bi-petual! I have not been able to get a picture of the cats coming around for him to scratch their backs (I would rather not mention anything about him rubbing on their bellies, if that is okay with you) to serve as proof in court, but right up there directly above this paragraph is a picture of Miss Callie (a.k.a. Momma Kitty) sitting on the table next to Jerry’s chair in the living room. Logic dictates that she would not be taking the time to groom herself if she was in an unwelcome area—does it not? By the way, that’s Stewie lying on the back of Jerry’s chair, which explains why Momma Kitty is not looking out of the window from that vantage point.
Mom has been fighting allergies for several years, and we may have found the problem. She moved in over here with one cat (Miss Sassy, who is in the picture directly above) and she’s been an old cat for the last 10 years. Miss Sassy doesn’t have many of the problems that 20 year-old cats have, but she is determined to sleep on Mom’s chest, which may be a problem for my mom. I’ve got to make an appointment with her doctor to see if my suspicions about my mom possibly developing an allergy to cats may be true, and if there is something she can take to alleviate the symptoms. With four cats in this small house, there’s cat hair everywhere, and my mom would rather die than get rid of the cats. Of course, if she proves to be the death of me first, I suppose I wouldn’t have a problem anymore.
We went to my niece’s high school graduation Sunday evening (May 18). The senior class picked three from their number to give speeches that went from serious to hilarious and back to serious. The first to speak was a young lady, who had a more serious speech, while the next one was a young man with a message about Miley Cyrus being a good role model, who even went so far as to sing part of one of her more-subdued songs! The third and final speaker spoke about how they’ve been labeled as entitled, spoiled and so on. He had several examples of how those labels didn’t apply to the class of 2014. He ended his speech with four words he told us he would use at the end of the speech. Making the hand gesture, he said, “Live long and prosper,” to which the whole auditorium busted out loud in laughter. To hear the principle tell it, this class had won more contests, achieved higher test scores and really set the bar high for the rest of the classes to follow.
Michaela (my niece) is the last of my nieces and nephews to graduate, which really makes me realize how fast the time has flown by. I don’t know when I got old, LOL.
I promise to have more on Michaela in general and her high school graduation in particular when I can, but the sun is acting like it wants to peek over the horizon. So, if I want to get any sleep before my mom starts buzzing about, I need to shut this down now.
Thanks for all the comments. They have been very kind.