The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

A bonded pair

Isn’t this a sweet picture of the furkids?

Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the chair

One of my favorite pictures of the small fries.

Everyone once in a while I think of shelter kitties with the sign “bonded pair.” It broke my heart that they were in the shelter, but it also made me so happy that they had a true, close friend.

Lately I’ve seen these guys snuggled up together on their couch cushion (yes, “their” cushion. Up until a few months ago it was only Grizzy’s cushion). It makes my heart melt. My little bonded pair who will stay with me forever. ❤

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Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for so much, but I’m especially thankful for moments like this:

Sammipup, Sophie, Grizzykitty

I had been sitting with these three prior to taking the picture.

It was such a sweet moment. 🙂


In more thankful moments, I’m so happy I did a phone dump onto my computer last night! I’m now in the process – and not just thinking of it, haha – of sorting through images and then uploading them to Dropbox or the like. I hope to stay more organized going forward, deleting and/or transferring images weekly or month. It just helps me function better.

May you have a lovely Thursday!

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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.

Knitting
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.

Maine
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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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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    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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    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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    Two-fur Tuesday: The hallway

    A little two-fur Tuesday!

    griz and sophiekitty Chillin' in the hallway

    Chillin’ and surveying their kitty kingdom (aka, the outer hallway).

    griz and sophiekitty Chillin' in the hallway2

    View from my doorway.

    One of the tinies* favorite things to do is hang out in the hallway. I am lucky to live in a place where most people are OK with my cats getting a little exercise and fresh air, if you will, with me supervising them. They usually bolt inside when a door opens, but there is one door (not the one pictured) and family that they are used to. It’s the unit/family with Sophie’s favorite doormat. She always wants to get inside but suffice to say, that’s not gonna happen. 🙂

    I think it’s so funny how they’ll cry to go out there and then they just lay down and chill. I imagine they are surveying their extended kingdom? I seriously think of big cats in the African veldt. It makes me smile.

    Looking at these pictures also makes me feel a bit melancholy. I will be leaving this place in the near-ish future, probably by the end of summer. Maybe not that near, but considering tomorrow is March…

    Truthfully, I never expected to be here so long. I figured I’d buy a condo at some point, and while I did look into it, it never felt like the right time. Plus, up until last year my rent was very, very reasonable, especially considering the amenities and location. In a way, it breaks my heart to leave but I suppose that’s when I need to think of all the memories made here. I also suppose it will help if I think of the summer heat. My place is like an oven come June, July, and August. 🙂

    It’s time to move on. For what my rent has been increasing to, it makes more sense to buy. (I don’t plan on buying anything this year, but plans are in the works to do so in the next year or two.)

    I’m the tenant with the most seniority; I’ve seen some units have four–possibly more–tenants. The door Sophie and G are in front of? New folks are moving in next month–that will be *at least* the fourth time it’s been rented. People move in, people move on. And really, a home is where family is. So long as my small fries are with me, I think I can make most any place a home.

    Thank you for indulging me in my little spurts of introspection! It’s definitely a process, one I didn’t expect to go through. I guess once you live in a place a while, it grows on you.

    *I seem to have a few nicknames to describe the kitties: “tinies,” or “the tinies,” “small fries,” “babies,” “baby honeys,” etc.

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    Thankful Thursday: Ode to an apartment

    First off, I am thankful that I am finally starting to feel better! It’s taken two rounds of antibiotics (and I haven’t taken antibiotics in years) and countless decongestants but I finally feel like I’m over the hump. It’s nice.

    Second, and more importantly, I’m thankful for these two small fries.

    Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the couch

    Evening catnaps.

    Last night we had a quiet evening at home and I was so tickled that they both got up on the couch to be close to me. It was so relaxing.

    Times like these are especially precious to me because I know moving is in my fairly near future. I’m not sure if I’ll sign one more short-term lease or not, but I am 98% certain I won’t be there another full year. It’s tough, because I absolutely love where I live but for a few reasons, it’s time to move on. I never quite understood how people on HGTV got so attached to their homes. More than that, I’ve had friends sell their homes because they wanted/need more space, a better location, etc., etc. Point is, they wanted out of their homes and right away, yet when push came to shove they had such an attachment to it. Like, whaaa? I thought you couldn’t wait to get out of your house!

    I need to write a longer post on this (I’m still catching up on everything from being sick), but suffice to say, I will miss my place when I move. Sometimes I wish for a little more light, sometimes I wish for a little more kitchen storage space, sometimes I wish for a little less heat and a little more moisture. But overall, I’ve been so happy there and now I’m starting to tear up a bit thinking about what this space has meant to me, not so much materially, but personally and what having my own space has done for me. A space where I was able to grow and become independent and decide what I wanted – and want – out of my life. A space where I could have my own little family with my kitties…first Rosie, then Sophie and Grizzy. A space where so many days I’ve woken up and thought “I’m so happy to be here.”

    I’ve definitely been blessed.

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    Two-fur Tuesday: Kitties and oodles of zoodles

    Sophiekitty and Griz on the chair

    So happy together…

    The other day Sophie perched up on this spot and then the next thing I know, Griz is right on top of her! I love how they’ve been sitting there together lately, looking out the window. I just love those little sweethearts. ❤


    And on an unrelated note, zoodles! My sweetie got me a spiralizer for Christmas and I am so in love with this thing. Who knew eating spiralized food was so much fun?

    It’s also an easy way to incorporate more veggies into your diet. I used up some pasta sauce I had and subbed zucchini noodles instead of pasta; it tasted great. Plus, it’s so cool to spiralize food!

    Oodles of zoodles!

    Oodles of zoodles!

    Oodles of zoodles!

    Sauce for zoodles.

    Do you remember the Play-Doh barber shop, how strings of Play-Doh came out of the people’s heads? I get that same sense of satisfaction when I see my pile of veggie spirals coming out.

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    Hopefully the increased veggie intake will mean fewer colds. I have had this beast of a respiratory bug that’s been going around. I’m not kidding you, it is a beast. The doctor said it takes – on average – two to three weeks to go away. Fingers crossed that this will be wrapped up before week three. Being sick like this is no my idea of a good time. Thank goodness the kitties are here to take care of me. 🙂

    Happy Tuesday!

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