Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thoughts on Telvision

The other day, Gloria was telling me about a conversation she had with some friends during lunch. It seems that they were talking about their favorite t.v. shows. When Gloria was asked about what she likes to watch, her response drew teases and laughs from her friends and she was crushed. It sounds like they watch shows that are found on some child-oriented cable stations while Gloria watches shows on PBS if she watches any television at all. Well, that or her Little House DVDs.

I have made a choice to not have cable television (or any kind of paid television service). We get the major networks, a few local stations, and 2 different sets of PBS stations. That's plenty. I limit her t.v. time and don't watch that much myself. And many of the shows that are on those cable stations are not ones I would let her watch, even if we HAD cable. The content, to me, is questionable in terms of how appropriate it is for a child who is 6 or 7 years old. I'd rather her spend time doing the other things she loves to do...reading, writing, drawing, imaginative play...

Maybe I'm being too limiting. But I don't think we need to watch things on television just because "everyone else is doing it." Thoughts, anyone?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Life with Two Cats

There's never a dull moment, that's for sure!

Poor Screamer--he's going to think his name is "get down!" That seems to be all I ever say to him. He's always on the kitchen counter, the stove, the piano, the book shelf, the top of the television...you get the idea. I'm not sure he really knows how to get down, though. Maybe that's all an act...Although, he does fall off the back of the chair when he tries to get up there with Hannah. Screamer also enjoys perching on my chest and pulling my hair with his mouth at 2:30 in the morning. "Get down!" comes out of my mouth yet again. But he is persistent, so that gets followed up with "Go AWAY!" I mean, come on...it's the middle of the night...I am NOT getting up to feed a cat at that hour. At least, that's what I think he wants.

However, I have to forgive him all of that because he is so sweet and tolerant of Gloria's attention and affections. He lets her carry him around like a rag doll (sometimes) and puts up with being rocked in her arms while she sings "Rock-a-bye baby" to him. He likes to curl up on her feet at night. He does that to me, too. That little cat sure has some serious body heat!

Hannah Cat has been seeking more attention than ever. There have been nights where both cats are in my bed, one on either side with me sandwiched in between them. And I'm here to tell you that they do not move an inch when I try to move! HC lets me know when Screamer is misbehaving. She sits up with her ears perked and her eyes wide. Then she starts creeping into whatever room he is in while looking back at me as if to say "Well??? Aren't you coming? The baby is at it again! Come on!"

The two of them are going through more cat food than I ever thought possible for two small cats. HC is used to eating two times a day. Screamer is used to eating any time of day, on demand. I'd like to say that Screamer is becoming more like Hannah Cat. Sadly, the opposite is the reality. Part of the problem, I think, is that Screamer eats anything HC leaves in her bowl so there is nothing for her to go back to when she leaves some for later. And they wrestle and chase each other. It sounds like a herd of cows trampling up and down the stairs as they pursue one another. Then they tackle each other and roll around growling and carrying on before jumping up and running again. They act like they hate each other, but then we find them curled up together for a nap on Gloria's bed.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Where do fish grow?

We went to the grocery store this morning. One thing we got was some tilapia from the seafood counter. Now, I know Gloria reads everything she sees. EVERYthing. Today was no different.

When we got home, Gloria was helping me unload the groceries. As she put the tilapia in the refrigerator she asked me, "Momma, do fish grow in the ground?" What? I know she knows where fish live and reminded her of that. She said, "I know. I know. But the sign at the grocery store said farm fresh tilapia."

Um...yeah...then I got fussed at for laughing before I could explain. I mean, how could I help it? I thought it was funny!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lost and Found

This afternoon, Gloria climbed in the car after school. As usual, I asked her how her day had been. She looked sad and said, "Do you see what's missing?" I didn't but was she quickly told me that her new ear muffs were missing and was she upset about it! Evidently the last time she knew she had them was when her class came in from recess. She knew she had hung them on a hook by her coat, but couldn't find them when it was time for car pool. Poor thing...she was so sad...we both got ear muffs for Christmas and they have been the favorite present this week since it has been sooooo cold, especially in the mornings. I told her that I was sure they would turn up, but she was convinced that they were gone for ever.

As we were walking into the Y a little while later, here is what I saw:


Do you see what I saw??? Right there in her hood??? Yep...the ear muffs. Whew~

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Now Screamer Makes 4

At least for now...

Meet Screamer.




We didn't name him. My dad did. And it is fitting, I assure you. This little guy has some serious vocal cords on him, especially in the middle of the night when he thinks it is play time. And yes, he is cross-eyed.

Screamer appeared at my parents' house back in October. Mom was thrilled. Dad was not. Then we went to Memphis for Christmas. Screamer is a very laid back, easy going kind of cat. He actually likes to sit on you lap (or chest or shoulder or head) and will stay there as long as you allow him to do so. One day, he curled up on Gloria's lap and happily sat there while she was watching a video. When I walked by, my sweet daughter looks at me with her big brown eyes and says "Momma, this was the kind of cat I wanted when we got Hannah Cat. He's not wild and crazy." That was the beginning of the end...and Screamer came to live with us.

HC and Screamer got along ok while we were in Memphis and on his turf. But now that we are home on HC's territory...that's another story. They are doing better today, but Hannah is still clearly NOT happy with him or with us for allowing him into her house. Mom is coming to visit in February. She says that if he is causing havoc or Hannah Cat is still disgruntled that she will take him back to her house again. Of course, if he keeps trying to get me out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, I might be the disgruntled one. But Gloria is thrilled to have a cat that will let her pick him up and who will snuggle with her or just sit contentedly on her lap.