The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

The G and his chair

I snapped these pics of Grizzy a few weeks ago. He was in his usual spot on the chair that looks out the window. He sits there so often the cushion has a permanent butt-groove! 😀

Grizzy sitting in his butt-groove chair

You can see the “V” indent he’s made.

The G definitely chills out a lot, but he has very concentrated bursts of fiestiness. Like, he will tear after Sophie for a good half hour! Sophie seems to have smaller, more frequent bursts of playfulness and energy, whereas G powers up for some super intense play sessions. It’s so interesting, how their personalities are different!

Grizzy with a big yawn showing teeth.

Look at those teeth! 😀

And on a different note…
In my last post I mentioned “project paralysis” and this weird low-grade anxiety. Well, guess what? It turns out I’ve been on the wrong dose of thyroid medication. The pharmacy filled the wrong dose (from a now-outdated prescription) and I didn’t check it (I only checked that I had the right kind of medication).

I’ve had a bunch of other symptoms that I’ve brushed off as stress-related, seasonal, etc., etc., but now it all makes sense. So here is my PSA: Check your medication! Not just that you have the correct type, but also the correct dosage.

Fingers crossed that I feel like my old self soon!

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Tidying up and mystery kitty

I think a theme for this month will be “Waaaait! Slooow dowwwwn!” Work is really busy right now and so are things at home. (Lots of birthdays and some upcoming travel.) Still, I’m trying to focus on my goal of getting organized. I haven’t make that my official goal this year, but now I have. 2018: The Year I Get Organized (hahaha).

Anyhow, I’ve mentioned before that the spare bedroom is the catch-all room. Countless times I’ve said “I’m going to clean it this weekend!” and I don’t. It struck me that instead of saying I’m going to clean it–the whole thing–I need to break it down into tasks: cleaning off the dresser, cleaning off the desk, cleaning off the bed. It seems when I tackle one thing, like the dresser, it stays clean.

Last night I cleaned off the bed, which has previously been home to a few piles of clothes, and you wouldn’t believe how much lighter and how accomplished I feel. It feels good to be more organized (although that room is definitely a work in progress).

And now for something totally different…

Last week my mom told me a new cat came up to her back patio. She said it was a sweet orange tabby with a partially black ear. She gave him some food and said if he came back she’d take him to the humane society. He was so friendly, he needed a home.

A few days later I scrolled through Facebook and saw him!

Orange tabby from my parents' house

The mystery kitty from my parents’ house.

The local humane society posted he was found on my parents’ street, was scared but very friendly, and “If you know me, call…”. I hope he get adopted soon. The funny part it, he looks so much like our now-passed cat Bob (or “Loo,” as I called him). Bob had frostbitten ears, too, so the resemblance is striking.

It makes me happy that my parents were able to get him and take him to the humane society, where he had a chance of finding a happy forever home. In fact, I wonder if my parents will adopt him…


January recap

Here we are, another month has gotten away from me. I’m trying to do a summary of “what I did this month” to keep me on track, so without further ado:

  • I didn’t spend a lot. My ultimate goal was to have a “no spend” month. I want to save some money, travel a bit, and be more conscious of what I purchase (and what I use). I’m tired of feeling like I have so much but yet I have nothing to wear. :p

    So…this month I bought a going-out/work top, a cardigan sweater, and a pair of boots. All were on sale or clearance and two were tried and tries–essentially pieces that I wear a LOT and love, just in different colors, so I know I’ll get a good amount of use out of them. It feels really good to step back and be more aware of what I’m purchasing. I think I enjoy the stuff more, too.

  • I also bought a yoga ball chair for home. Again, a tried and true because I’ve an identical one at work. I love them.

  • I got sick. The good news is, I was only sick for about two weeks, as opposed to last year when I was sick for about six weeks. I think my small changes are adding up!
  • I started limiting inflammatory foods. Ever since I was a kid I would have these patches of dermatitis. They would come and go seemingly at random and sometimes they would get pretty big and/bleed. It was gross. Well, now they are popping up in greater numbers. Normally this isn’t a big deal; it’s winter and I have dry skin so I expect it. But lately they’re beyond a little dry skin patch. They’re cracking and the cream I have isn’t working so well. I got a new prescription–$96 with insurance!–and was told my other option was steroid shots that stay in the body three months.

    Steroid shots!! For dry skin!!

    That’s when I decided a dietary change is in order. My derm said that like gluten and other inflammatory foods can trigger this, especially if people have autoimmune issues (like hypothyroid). So, I’m cutting out gluten and incorporating more greens, veggies, and things like coconut oil. We’ll see how things are at the end of this month.

  • I started knitting my first sweater! I am taking a sweater knitting class. It’s a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve been worried about the cats trying to play with the yarn but they’ve been really good, just sitting next to me or sleeping nearby while I knit.

  • Been picking up more freelance. I can’t wait to pay off my final student loan this year, yahoooo!

    In other news, last night I cleaned off my desk so once again I have a dedicated writing spot! ::throws confetti:: Meanwhile, here is a picture of Sophie chilling out as a knit:

    Sophie kitty relaxing on the back of couch with a Christmas blanket under her

    Sophie watching me as I knit. I haven’t wanted to put away the Christmas throw blankets yet. 🙂

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    How is it November already? (Mini-mind dump edition)

    Allllrightee, it’s now November 8 which means we are a full week into November already. Where is the time going?!

    I have started writing a blog post countless times and deleted it. I think my biggest issue is my computer (a laptop) isn’t set up on my desk because other stuff is there. If I’m at my home desk, I can type, complete, publish. If I’m at work or on the couch at home, I get distracted. That said, I am bound and determined to find a permanent home for my laptop this weekend, and for right now, well, this starting-and-stopping is ridiculous so here is a mini-mind dump! 😀

    The Homestead
    I’ve been cleaning up the house and slowly but surely getting things organized. When I get misty-eyed thinking of how my apartment was *just how* I wanted it, I remember I was there for several years and it went through several iterations of being.

    Our front door with harvest decor

    All decked out for fall!

    A perfect micro-example of this at the new house is the front door. First I put out two pumpkins. Then I found a cute little harvest-esque wreath. Then I remembered I had a Halloween slate tile, as well as fall door mat. Lastly my sweetie tied some corn husks* to the rails and voila! Granted, this all happened over the course of two weeks or so, and it all happened in pieces, but I’m so pleased with the results.

    This is another work-in-progress situation. I took a lace knitting class in late September, early October. The project was a scarf with various lace knitting stitches. Lots of new things to learn and master. Everything was moving along fairly well with minor hiccups until Chart 6. OMG, I think I ripped out that section at least 10 times. Last night I finally (finally!) completed it.

    My beginning lace knit scarf.

    It looks messy, but once it’s blocked you should be able to see the pattern nicely.

    The good thing about redoing it so many times is I feel like I’ve mastered nupps (kind of like a bobble–basically, they are a little nub and add some texture to knitting) and I have a much better handle on gauging where I’m at and troubleshooting by investigating specific rows and stitches instead of having to rip *everything* out because of one stitch I messed up. So, it was a very good learning process.

    Oh, Maine…I still get emotional when I look at the pictures of the ocean. It was breathtaking. Check it out:

    Maine shoreline...simply stunning.

    Maine shoreline…simply stunning.

    I have it on my list to upload those photos to Dropbox this weekend so I can sort them and put them in a book or on the blog. Suffice to say, New England was beautiful and I would totally go back. I’d even run another half marathon there. 🙂

    The Cats!
    I saved the best for last. Oh, my small fries. I can’t tell if they enjoy not being in a furnace (aka my old apartment) anymore? We do have the heat on so it’s warm but not not stifling like at my old place. They do seem to be sleeping on top of each other more often, which is sweet. A few times now I’ve looked over and see a black blob and I squint and realize they’re *both* there.

    Sophie and Grizzy snuggled up on their cushion.

    Snuggled up on their cushion.

    Sophie is having a hard time accepting that us silly humans must abide by the dreaded Daylight Saving Time. Sunday morning she woke me up at 5 am (which 24 hours prior had been 6 am). This whole week it’s been going on like that. I do appreciate the help, because I’m trying to get up by 5:30, but the transition is still a little rough.

    Grizzy is usually sleeping on his chair when I get up but as soon as I walk into the kitchen he’s there for his drive-by leg rubs. He’s such a mellow kitty.

    That’s about it for now. I’ll be working on organizing this weekend so I can actually get back to blogging!

    Have a wonderful rest o’ the week!

    *These started sprouting outside out kitchen window. The neighbors two houses down have some box gardens with corn, so I assume the birds carried the seeds over. It’s pretty neat!

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    Thankful Thursday

    I am so thankful today. I feel really good and I wish I could have this feeling every day.

    Sophiekitty in the window

    I want to be calm like this and remember there is a lot of good in my life.

    It’s funny, earlier this week there was a LOT of drama surrounding a family portrait. As one of seven kids, I come from a big immediate family. This picture was supposed to include grandkids and one great-grandkid, as well. I say “supposed to” because it’s now up in the air because of, how do I say this dellicately, “differing” priorities. Yay, family!

    Needless to say, it was a little stressful. But today I feel great. I think how I ran 10 miles the other night–and I was able to converse throughout the whole thing. I don’t think I’ve ever run 10 miles and I’ve certainly not been able to converse through the whole stretch.

    Next week I’ll be on my way to New Hampshire, to run my first ever half marathon. I’m excited, a little nervous, but mostly excited. I’ve wanted to go to New England for decades and I’ve wanted to run a half marathon for at least 10 years. Now I’m doing both, whee!

    The kitties are happy and Sammi has accepted them really well, too. Life is good. I want to remember this, when there is a lot of family drama, I want to be able to focus on the good things in my life.

    So that’s that. And OMG I ran 10 miles! I’m going to be running 13.1 miles in 10 days from now!! Ahh!

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    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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    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!


    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!


    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. 🙂


    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. 🙂