Friday, March 30, 2012

The mysterious world of cats...

...don't get me wrong, we really do love having her live with us, but will we ever know what goes on in her furry little brain?

We aren't "cat" people.  We have always been "dog" people.  We like to think that we understand the inner workings of the dog brain.  We are simpatico with the dog.  Cats on the other hand have always been mysterious to us, perplexing and downright scary at times.  So why then did we get a cat?  What possessed us to desert the realm of dogs for a cat.  Don't get me wrong, we love animals and getting our cat was a conscious decision based on research and the desire to have a sweet furry creature in the house again.  One who would require less attention and work than a dog.  We decided to get our cat with our furnishings in mind (well not really but it was handy that it worked out that way)...she sort of blends in with her surroundings which brings me to the next conundrum.  We can't always see her in a room because she is like one with the room.  For example, we walk into the kitchen, focusing on making breakfast, mostly looking down at the counters, stove etc., and then we hear it.  meow.  soflty spoken and tentative.  meow.  there it is again!  Where is she?  We look in the dining room, on the chairs, in her favorite chair...meow...a little louder this time.  Is she in the pantry with the door closed.  This has happened before.  meow!  We finally look up and this is what we see...

That's a long way up there kitty girl!  And furthermore how did she get up there.  And now she seems disinclined to want to come down...besides the fact that it looks as if she would be crippled for life if she even tried.  So, the Mr. fetches the ladder from the garage and makes a daring and successful rescue.  Bibi is unimpressed with it all and ungraciously gives a paw swipe and and angry meow as she is set gently and safely on the floor.  "What was that all about",  the Mr. and I exclaim to each other kind of hurt that there wasn't even a smidgen of gratitude in her attitude.  Clearly we do not understand cats.

She has her happy place...a little square of a blankie that sits on the floor in the family room like a little island, smack in the middle of things,  we call it her happy place because we sprinkle some cat nip on it and there she sits in a hazy cat nip fog occasionally swiping out at a random leg as it passes by because really, we are in her way.  She is in fact sitting there as I write this.

She runs madly around the house at midnight as if the demons are after her.  She steals things off my sewing table downstairs, especially anything with a wooden handle, and hides them.  I think she is trying to steal my breath early in the morning, I can't be sure but I wake up to a slight whiff of 'tuna and small white fish'  as her tail disappears over the side of the bed.

She likes to enact NCIS crime scenes.

It is disconcerting to both the Mr. and I to be in a room where we think she is not to find that she has been sitting statue still for like 10 minutes and observing us, unblinkingly (how do they do that) thinking her little cat thoughts.  Are we her test subjects?  Is she wondering what the heck we were thinking when we got her?  These people don't know a thing about me and yet they invite me into their home, mwahahah!  They are mine, all mine now!

It has been 2 months now and we are still baffled by she is of us.  We are learning to cohabit peacefully and with kindness and understanding.  Most of the time.  Just when I think she likes me I get swiped and gently nipped on the hand.  With feelings hurt I slink away muttering unkind words under my breath.  But like a dog I go back for more because I just know she is going to like me...mutter, mutter mutter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Where does the time go!

So I retire.  I'm supposed to have all of this extra time.  I was worried about that.  Too much time on my hands might cause me angst, regret and worry that I am frittering my precious time away with meaningless pursuits.  So far I would like a few more hours per day to accomplish all that I decide I must or would like to do.
Here is a list of what I consider non-meaningless things that I have been doing:
Fitness - Working on getting to the gym more, walking around my neighborhood and taking yoga classes at Twist Vinyasa.
Spinning - I haven't touched my wheel for about a year; now I'm creating some pretty yarn.
Knitting - I've been uninspired until now.  I'm finishing a pair of socks for the Mr., a pair of fingerless mitts for a friend and contemplating starting a sweater.
Cooking - I've been looking thru recipes online from some of my favorite sites and people and actually making them.  Making better dinners.  The Mr. diplomatically agrees and has also been cooking more.
Quilting - Just finished a quilt for the girl and am contemplating the next one.
Gardening - Contemplating what I want to do with things outside in the yard.  Got some winter clean up done over the weekend, made a list for the Mr. to accomplish.  Heavy duty man work.
Chairperson duties - I'm the Chair for our city owned cemetery.  There is a lot of busy work, emailing and report writing.  I'm actually caught up with it all and have a plan for keeping it under control and on time.
Photography - I'm trying to learn more about my cameras, f stop, shutter speed etc.  Utilizing my local library for easy to understand books on the subject although I refuse to get "Photography for Dummies".
Reading - allowing myself an hour here and there to relax and get into a good book.
Spontaneity - I want to be able to say 'yes' to something without having to worry about when I'll have time for all the rest.  I'm working on this.
Fun - see 'spontaneity' above.

Balance.  I will work on balance in my days and in Yoga.  I almost tipped over doing the 'tree pose'.  Maybe I'll work on focus too.  I think that will help with the balance.  See?  Everything is connected.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happiness is...

A wonderful weekend:
Having dinner with friends, baking Irish Soda Bread, finishing 2 ozs of lovely spinning, starting a new knitting project, making corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot, going to a quilt show, going to a hip-hop dance concert, listening to it thunder, hearing the sleet on the skylites, waking up to snow, being warm and cozy in my home.

Now on to Monday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness". Chuang Tzu

Week two of retirement.  I'm content, relaxed, sleeping well and exercising.  Carrying my camera with me and taking time to stop and shoot a few photo's, having a long afternoon tea with a friend.  Helping my niece get her condo ready to move into,  taking a warm invigorating yoga class, finishing a pair of socks to give to the Mr., frolicking around the house with the cat, taking my god-daughter to a hip hop dance concert...I think I am going to enjoy this retirement gig.