The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Kitchen kitty kingdom

Sophie in kitchen 1

Sophie in kitchen 2

Sophie in kitchen 3

Sophie in kitchen 4

Very thankful for moments like this, when I can look over and see my little Sophie surveying her linoleum kitchen kingdom. 🙂


In other news, and mostly for my own notes, I saw my doctor and surprise! My thyroid is off–by quite a bit. My guess is moving and having a crazy summer (and admittedly being a little less than compliant with taking the med) did it. I have follow-up labs in three months and I expect those to be a lot better. My goal is in to be back to my normal dose in six months or so. Here’s hoping!

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Oh, my silly G

It’s been a Monday, all right. But I am here, I have my health, I have a job (that I really enjoy), I have kitties…the list goes on.

Sometimes when I’m having a meh day, it’s nice–no, wonderful–to look back at those silly moments that make me smile. Like the other day, when I was cleaning up and I heard my fella whisper, “Hey, check this out.” I turned to look at him and he had this expression of confusion and laughter on his face. I then looked to where he was gesturing and saw Grizzy, peacefully sleeping, in a neat faceplant position.

Grizzy faceplanting in his sleep 1

Grizzy faceplanting in his sleep 2

It was so cute, both the G’s pose and my boyfriend’s confusion and amusement. Those are moments I absolutely treasure. 🙂

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Half marathon training woes

I’m training for my first half marathon. I’m loosely following a training schedule; this week I’m up to nine miles.

Last night I was not in the best mindset. It was hot and muggy outside and I’d had a bit too much coffee. Still, I decided to go out for a run. I didn’t feel super great at first, but I kept thinking about the endpoint–how good I’d feel when I was done. Envisioning that goal helped a lot! After a point, I thought the run felt pretty good. I was going at a slightly faster-than-usual pace but it felt comfortable.

Then I hit the last couple miles and everything hurt. I mean everything. Suddenly my back ached, which was just plain weird. I tried to drink some water but I wasn’t thirsty. I slowed down to a walk. It was really disheartening.

I think I walked about a half mile total, maybe a smidge more. It was getting late and I knew I had some energy left. And that’s really the thing–I felt like I had energy, and my mind was ready to go, but when my mind said “OK, body, let’s run!” my body did the equivalent of a dog who doesn’t want to walk anymore: It calmly shut down.

I was so frustrated. When I got home, I did see the humidity was 95%. I imagine that had something do with my body hitting a wall.

It’s still really weird and scary and kind of exciting to think I’ll be running a half marathon in basically a month and 10 days. My goal is to run the whole thing and slow down when I need to. (Keep in mind I am NOT a fast runner by any means.) Here’s to a decent run!


In other news, I’m still working on cleaning everything up (obviously). These two small fries like to watch. 🙂

Sophie and Grizzy on bed full of messy clothes

Don’t mind us, Momma…

I know I need and want to do a deep clean; literally, sort through everything. Viewed like that, it’s overwhelming. Even viewing it on a room-by-room basis is overwhelming. That’s why I’ve decided to break it down into parts within the room. Ergo, the spare bedroom will be:

  • bookshelf
  • filing cabinet
  • desk
  • closet
  • dresser top
  • dresser drawers

    Maybe I can knock out one in an evening, or a weekend (like the closet and dresser). We’ll see how that works out. Sometimes if I write this stuff out, it helps it become a true action item for me. Fingers crossed!

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    Word-full Wednesday

    I renewed the TRB domain so I may be moving things over there. I’m not sure if I should transfer everything over there (I’ve tried, never quite got the hang of it, and then let things sit). I could also start fresh over there; that would give me an opportunity to write more about other things: thrifting, crafts, and Sammi, as well as devoting plenty of posts to Grizzy and Sophie, of course. 🙂

    I’m thinking about it…

    But to change things up a little bit right now, a picture of Sammi that always makes me chuckle.

    Sammi puppy hiding behind the toilet

    Safe behind the toilet.

    Whenever it thunders, or people light fireworks (like when this picture was taken), or a car backfires, Sammi runs for the smallest space she can find to hide. One of her favorites is behind the toilet. Poor girl.

    Last year I got her a fleece jacket to wear during colder weather. Funny enough, her poppa got the idea to put it on her during a storm earlier this spring. In his words, “She stopped shaking and went to her bed and fell asleep.” Since then I wouldn’t say it’s calmed her 100% every time, but it has calmed her down significantly during storms. Sadly, we didn’t have it with us when we were camping, but luckily the toilet was there to provide comfort. 🙂

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    Two-fur Tuesday

    Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the desk chair

    Sophie looking thrilled.

    Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the desk chair 2

    No flash this time. 🙂

    Both of the cats LOVE the basement. Literally every time I go down there they will zoom after me and start chirping, Sophie especially. It’s like she’s trying to have an in-depth conversation with me. While I don’t quite understand it, it makes me smile. Who knew basements could be so exciting?

    The basement houses our washer and dryer, a little “man cave,” and an office area. Grizzy likes to perch on the office chair, but this time Sophie was there first. That meant Grizzy had to act like a typical big brother and wrestle her right on the chair. The nice thing is they have lots of room to run around, so when Sophie got tired of this she leapt off the chair, ran, and led G around the basement a few times.


    In other news, I’m tired. Who else is with me? haha

    Happy Tuesday!

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    August mind-dump

    Well here we are, another month has gone by and I haven’t really blogged. Lately I’ve felt more and more antsy, like, “Whoa, time is going by too quickly” combined with “Whoa, I am too busy!” And it’s not like I’m doing really exciting stuff, it’s just random things.

    What have I been doing?

    • Well, I moved for one. I need to blog about that in more depth. People nicely warned me that it could take a while to get settled and I shouldn’t beat myself up if I wasn’t able to get everything sorted and organized in a month or two. I brushed off their words. Hahaha. I’m entering month four and I am still finding stuff to sort. Mind you, a lot has been done but there’s still a ways to go.
    • I bought a car! I REALLY researched this, asked people’s opinions, researched some more, and then took the plunge. It’s not fun going from having zero car payment to having a car payment, but it was time. My car was 16 years old so with any luck this will last just as long. Thankfully I got a very fair deal, and while I had to adjust the budget a bit (which I had been planning for), it’s a comfortable adjustment. More than anything else, I feel safe in my car and that’s definitely worth it.
    • I’ve been working a lot, doing some freelance. (See “car payment,” above, haha.)
    • I’ve been training for a half marathon. I’m definitely in the “one and done” category. I like running, but I think after this I’ll stick to 5 and 10Ks.It’s been a little hard to get going a lot of days because I feel kind of tired and sluggish. Not depressed, not sad, just sluggish and foggy. I wonder if my thyroid is off, or if it’s just that I’ve had a lot of big things going on. I love where I live now, but the other day I missed my apartment for a minute. It was smaller, I had a lot of stores in walking distance (great for errands!), etc. Maybe I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed about stuff.

      On a happy note, I decided to treat myself to a knitting pattern and some yarn I’ve admired for *at least* a year, probably two. I can’t wait to start it! Knitting helps me focus, chill out, and sit still.

      Another happy thing? The other night I had the house to myself so I cleaned up a bit, did some laundry, organized some stuff, watched my beloved QVC (window shopping is fun!), and while on the couch Miss Sophie jumped up near my head. 🙂

      Sophiekitty by my head on the couch

      Sophie the Stealthy.

      Then Sammi, our puppy, started barking that she wanted to get up.

      Sammi puppy on the couch with Sophie kitty

      They are quite the pair.

      I really need to blog about them. They are getting along great. I was so worried about that when I moved in. It’s working out really well, though. Grizzy and Sophie still romp around and hang with each other, but Sophie seems to find some comfort with Sammi, too. That is, G can be very much the rowdy mancat, so it seems like when Sophie wants to have some quiet time, she hangs out with Sammi. They are the ones who let me know when it’s bedtime and they both sleep on the bed. G seems to enjoy his solitude in the basement (in the “man cave,” of all places) or on his living room chair where he can look out the window.

      Whew, if you made it all the way through that, congrats and thank you. Also, Do you have any tips for organizing your time or getting more organized overall? My issue is feeling overwhelmed and scattered. I’m doing small things, like cutting out caffeine, waking up 10 minutes ealier each week so I have more time, etc., but this is something that always seems to be my Achilles’ heel and I’d like to change it once and for all. Thank you!

      Have a lovely week!

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    Grizzy’s Gotcha Day #4

    It’s been four years since I adopted my little dude Grizzy! In some ways it feels like it’s been way longer because so much has changed. Not to mention, he feels like he’s been with me forever. 🙂

    He is always ready for a good rub and will cry for me to pick him up and pet him. His motor is usually going strong.

    He’s still a slim, trim G. Dude definitely likes to sleep but when he’s up, he’s got the energy of a kitten.

    He’s adapted well to our new abode. In fact, I was in the basement doing laundry and heard some noise and, well, if you squint you can see him playing up in the rafters. I promptly had a mini-heart attack and shooed him down. That rascal.

    Grizzy in the basement rafters 1

    Grizzy in the basement rafters 2

    Grizzy in the basement rafters 3

    I love you, sweet baby G! ❤

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    Wordless Wednesday

    Sleepy G on his cat tree

    Sleepy G.

    Sleepy G on his cat tree 2

    You rang?

    *Note: After taking these pictures I was all “Mister, we are taking you to the barber shop!” meaning we trim his nails. 🙂 I’m very fortunate in that I can do it right there and he doesn’t fuss a bit.

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    (Not quite) Wordless Wednesday

    I was on the couch the other day and looked over and promptly cracked up. Then I got my phone. 🙂

    Sophie's feet peeking from under the ottoman 2

    Can you see it?

    Sophie's feet peeking from under the ottoman

    Sophie feet!

    Oh, my little sweetheart. I assure you, she spends most of her waking (or snoozing-but-still-awake-enough) hours in plain sight.

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    Still here…

    ::waves::

    I actually thought it had been longer since I last posted. Since then, I’ve moved, traveled out of state, and have been up to my ears unpacking and organizing.

    One very sweet thing that is different at the new place is that Sophie sleeps with me just about every night! Usually it’s around 1 am or so–I must move and she mews and I call her and up she jumps. I lift up the covers, she burrows underneath and starts purring away. (This is generally the only times she purrs.)

    This morning she mewed around 5:30 so I slept in a little longer so be with her. I just love that little cookie.

    I hope to start updating here more regularly once more boxes are unpacked. My goal is to have things pretty darn set up by the end of the month. Knock on wood!

    Sophie under the blankets

    Snoozin’ Sophie

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