The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

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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Thoughts on moving – and kittehs!

Happy Monday, everyone! And happy April.

This month is the big moving month for me. Time to sort through and pack up eight years worth of stuff. This weekend I did a good amount of packing. The only room that isn’t more than 3/4 of the way done is my bedroom, but I’ll get to it this week.

While I am very excited to start this next chapter, I am a little sad about leaving my lovely abode. Lots of good memories were made here. I’ll miss some things a lot, like the patio, the neighborhood, some of the neighbors (haha), and the view out the patio onto the front yard. I’m excited to move, but it’s also been emotionally tiring, which is interesting.

Last Thursday I was totally exhausted from all those emotions so I came home and chilled out. It was really nice. I usually do some sort of chilling when I get home, but that night I got home, fed the kitties, then got a crossword puzzle and laid on the couch. The TV was on but it was muted so it was a very nice, peaceful quiet time. I think we all need quiet times like that and don’t get them often enough. I will really miss those quiet times with the perfect weather and the patio door open.

sophie, grizzykitty, and me on the couch with blankets

A very peaceful, wonderful Thursday afternoon.

What I won’t miss?

80-degree thermostat

Yep, that’s 80 degrees.

Do you see that? It was about 70 degrees this past weekend. Beautiful weather. But my landlords don’t turn off the heat until about May, so it was a balmy 80 degrees in my apartment. (I took that picture at or before 11 am, so I’m sure it got even hotter later in the day.) Even when they do turn off the heat, it’s pretty flippin’ hot; always has been. The poor kitties were flopped out this whole weekend. Didn’t want to to play or anything. 😦 I know they will enjoy having a cooler abode this summer.

(I laughed this morning because a local radio personality was complaining how “It was a beautiful weekend, about 70 degrees outside but because heat is included in my rent, it was 140 degrees in my apartment!” I can so relate.)

That’s about it for now. I’m very much looking forward to getting unpacked and settled in the new digs! I hope to go back to more regular posting then. 🙂

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Because some days, you just need some kitteh booties

Grizzy Sophie Kittehbooty

Grizzy Sophie Kittehbooty2

Now, don’t you feel better? LOL I love how their little booties are squished together like that. ❤

Well, Q1 2017 is drawing to a close. It's been good and busy.

I've earned two certifications.
I knit a hat.
I sewed a skirt.
I threw a baby shower.
I'm about to move (so I've been packing a lot).
I've been painting a lot of rooms in anticipation of the move.

I look back and I'm happy with what I accomplished. It was a productive time especially for work. But in Q2, I'd like to focus more on fun things. More knitting or other crafting. I've done two nights of yoga in a row and wow, what a difference that makes. The breathing and slowing down makes me feel so much better. So that's my goal for Q2: slow down, enjoy things, and do more fun things. 🙂

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Workout Wednesday – Kitteh edition

Every time I try to work out in my living room, I am accosted by kitties. Usually Sophie will camp out on my yoga mat, although sometimes she’ll watch me from the couch. Grizzy, however, always gets in on the action. Oh, my little lovebug. ❤

Grizzykitty stepping on my weights

Grizzykitty headbutting me on the yoga mat

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