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When did we start this presidential political system?  It has been almost 2 years.  This is how the rich beat us down.  I simply cannot take the hate and rhetoric any longer and have closed or left much social media totally.  It’s scary, but I can honestly say that it doesn’t scare me as much as it hurts.  This is how they beat us down.

I am reading a book I have read at least three times and I have to say it explains a great deal to me.  My first thought comes from the author, Chaim Potok.  “Capitalism and Compassion are incompatible.”  My second thought is from me: How can so much HATE be Christian?  For me these are such sad thoughts that are playing themselves out in our country today.

God help us.

We’ve had a cool June and they say July will be hot, but at least for today I still have the windows open.  I’m sitting at the computer with all my windows open and the sound of the birds filtering through a beginning warmth of the day.  It’s funny because my Bella is sitting at the open window talking quietly to the crows and other feathered friends.

Bella is one of the most interesting I have ever known.   You might ask why since she does most of the ordinary cat thing like chasing balls and her laser light but she certainly has her little idiosyncrasies.  One of her little oddities is she never sleeps in the same spot more than 3 or 4 times. On top of the rocking chair which is not very stable unless someone is sitting in the chair has been her latest place, but she has decided she like to be in the bedroom with me at night after her hauBellanting through our apartment late every night.

Her favorite spot right now is my dirty clothes hamper.  She adjusts whatever is on the top to suit her sleeping position and settles in for the night.  She stays there all night usually too and I usually scratch her on my way to get my coffee in the morning.

Everyone I’ve talked to tells me that all cats have a strangeness about them.  But I just tell them my Bella is really extra different – and wonderfully special!

 

 

A year with a Crazy Cat

thumb_IMG_0283_1024It has been over a year with Bella my lovely white cat.  She had stomach issues when I got her and thankfully she is super healthy now and into everything!  I have discovered that she is a, “bushwacker!”  That simply is a cat that loves creeping through the low places of my apartment and catching me as I walk past.  I’ve made the apartment as a jungle gym for her.  In the heat of today she’s in her bed by the window looking at the green world outside her window.

We started the day with her waking me and meowing strongly for her pumpkin for breakfast.  THAT has made a huge difference in her stomach health!  Then it is time to chase the little red laser light which she loves!  She spends about an hour as my lap cat enjoying the knitting I do then.  I love that she talks with me much of the morning.

Life is cat-good!

I cannot get in very easily but I seem to be able to post at least!  I think I’m going to try DASH for remembering passwords and such.

I am changing my apartment colors for spring by changing my wall quilt.  As spring has arrived (though only by the calendar date, NOT by the weather.) I have changed to my spring/ summer quilt.  And I love it!

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Time For a Change

I have a bland apartment painted with the quietest most uninviting color.  So I find ways with pictures and anything that I can discover to make this place colorful and my own.  One of the newest way is in 3 quilt wallhangings that have crossed my path over the last few years.

The first is one my mother was almost finished with when she died.  It consisted of various shades of brown quilt fabrics in a beautiful form.  I did not finish it because it is beautiful in itself.  For me the colors stand for the earth before plants and green, and colorful flowers. It would be good for spring, but I find it the perfect symbol for fall.

Fall is not an ending but rather a pruning and a warm brown beginning no matter where it leads.

My other favorite one was quilted by a dear girlfriend.  It has the bright greens, reds, and brilliant whites of the Christmas and winter season.  It’s built from snowmen, snow, red and white candy canes, and a mountain of hope.

I am getting ready at this first day of March for the beginnings that come with this season, but I also hold on to those other colors, feelings and joys of that of the previous seasons of my life.  I am in my 66th season and I am hopeful for the future and so thankful for my past quilts of life.

 

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Cooking

Yesterday was a quite day and I really had a great day reading. But when it came for dinner I wanted something I haven’t tried before. I began with deciding on something new. I made something simple but so good.

I started with a tortilla with sausage eggs and green onions with cheese and salsa. I warmed the tortillas after making the eggs, sausage, and green onion then added the cheese! Yum! While I ate I baked broccoli with olive oil, salt and pepper. When I finished I put Parmesan and green onions on top and since I had baked it on parchment

Paper I rolled it up for 2 minutes and then ate the really great veggie dish!  There is something about waiting for the parmesan to become one with the veggies.

I really felt like I had fun in my kitchen and loved the food! Life is good, even in a small kitchen.

Stuck on my Cat…

Anyone who has a cat knows they play with things around your house in really “cat” creative ways.  No one is crazy like a cat!

Each night while I sleep my little ninja cat (no, he is not black) plays knock anything off from where it sits.  About two weeks ago after hearing these swishy, sliding, crash sounds I got up to find my VCR, DVD player and other sundry nicknacks all over the floor with the cat sitting by looking at me with that look of, “who me?”  I went back to bed after picking up and began thinking of ideas for how I might give him less breakable things to toss on the floor.

The next morning I headed to my big box hardware store for something to surgically attach everything where I have placed them.  With a little help from my helpful store person I left with a neat (gatgety), non-ruining sticky strips that have a great twist – Velcro.  For my pictures on the wall I put two strips at opposite bottom corners.  The pictures will no longer come crashing down to the floor, really!

My costly DVD player and modems deserve the same treatment but the only difference will be that I put the stickies on all four corners.  The last of my sticky helpers belong on my lovely vases and porcelain angels.  Yes he has broken three before I got so smart.

With the Velcro I can remove items to dust and clean but still confound his ninja fast paws.  These little goodies work for small shelf clocks as well.  It doesn’t stop my kitty from trying to knock things over, but I am slowly becoming the sticky run house.  Hey, my house has become almost a cat proof….almost.

Fall and Winter

It’s fall here in Michigan. The leaves are disappearing with each wind that passes, but thankfully there are a few survivors that are shimmering their orange/red leaves and defying the cold snap and winter winds. Those who are summer lovers are upset and unwilling to let the heat and sunshine of the three warm months of the year, but I am getting excited. You see fall and winter for me are the most beautiful times of the year.

Fall is when you see the bones of the trees that seem like lace against the dark skies, and it is those grey days that get me excited as the scents that are distinctive to fall spread just outside my window. It is not the dressed up days of summer, but rather the times I see the world as it really is and then as winter comes I can see them dressed up so beautifully in the elegance of the white ballgowns that drape gently on everything! Time can slow to a crawl and people must become slow and thoughtful in their driving and stepping out.

This is definitely my favorite time of year. For me, it is the time for meditating on the simple things of my life and enjoying the changes outside my window, and within myself.

Forgiving is the path toward God’s REAL love. 🙂

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