The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

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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Two-fur Tuesday

Last night I was SO tired. I ran a couple errands after work and tried to keep my eyes open until about 9 pm, when I could go to bed. (Of course, naturally then I thought “Ooh, I’ve not done a crossword puzzle in a while…)

As I struggled to stay away early in the evening, I looked over and my heart just melted. Both Grizzy and Sophie were on the easy chair!

Sophie and Griz on the easy chair 1

My heart, it melts…

Sophie and Griz on the easy chair 2

One more with the flash. 🙂

This is usually the G-man’s spot, but sometimes I’ll find Sophie there. Not in years had I seen them snuggled up together on that spot. ❤

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Thankful

I am so thankful for my two small fries, my friends, my family, the fact that I have a job (yay!), a moving vehicle, a roof over my head and food to eat. I’m also thankful for you, the people I’ve met through this site who also share a love for the kitties.

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year, but I can say, quite truthfully, that I am so blessed and I feel it most every day.

G and Sophie on the couch

Dreaming of turkey.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Wordless Wednesday

sophie and griz grooming each other

Dual licks!

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Sibling love and summer dresses

Sophie and Griz hug

Sophie and Griz hug

These two small fries sat on me bed as I pulled out some summer clothes. I love that they keep me company.

In other news, I had a summer first: poison ivy! Let me tell you, this is no fun. It’s been a full week and two days (this is a week and day three). Yesterday it seemed to be better, albeit looking gross from scabbing over, but this morning it’s much puffier. Maybe parts of it are blistering? I got it pretty good so I guess I’ll give it some more time. And wear long socks next time!

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My two cuddle bugs

grizzy and sophie curled up together

Cuddle bugs

I thought it was absolutely adorable how these two curled up together. They’ve been such a comfort to me, especially with all that’s gone on the past several months. Things are definitely picking up but I have to say, I’m not as young as I used to be! It takes a lot longer to “recover” from life happenings. These guys let me know it’s OK to chill out and take my time once in a while.

What’s been going on lately:
My Toastmasters year is winding down. Two more meetings and I’ll say good-bye to my presidency. It’s been a good year, full of lots of growth and thing I’m proud of. I’m very proud of my team.

Car repairs! Don’t you just love it, every time you think you’re getting ahead something like that happens. 🙂 BUT I have a job, which means regular income, and the repair is reasonable. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a new car.

Hopefully my rent won’t go up too much. The place where I live recently transferred hands, so here’s hoping that doesn’t mean a big rent increase.

I’ve made a goal to exercise at least 30 minutes a day this month and so far, so good.

I’m really tired. Honestly, I sit down to write a decent post about what’s been going on but like right now, I’m sitting and ready to crash. Maybe it’s all the fresh air and exercise I’ve been getting? But I’m happy I’m up to one post a week, woo!

Have a great week, everyone!

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Quick update

A lot has been going on at TRB HQ. I (Susan) lost my job a month ago and have been hustling like mad to find another. Forty-some resumes submitted, several recruiters contacted, a few promising interviews, a couple really dark days, a couple freelance jobs (talk about blessings), and lots of hustling in general. On one hand, I thought “Being jobless will suck because how will I fill my days?” but on the other hand, I’ve been keeping pretty busy with searching for jobs and now the freelance. It’s nice because keeping busy with that helps keep the panicked mind at bay.

I am really hoping one of these interviews leads to an offer because we gotta eat, haha. I’ve been asking a LOT of questions during the interviews and doing a lot of research on my own. I even have my little spreadsheet complete with notes and a ratings scale. I’m looking for the right fit…but, of course, I also need a job so I’m not dismissing anything outright.

In other crazy-but-good news, I had a friend from out of state stay with me last weekend. I let her have the bed, so I hunkered down on the couch. I was touched to wake up and see these two small fries planted on me. 🙂

Sophie and Griz during W's stay

My snuggle bugs.

That’s the status here. Fingers crossed that I’m gainfully employed soon. I hope to get back to posting regularly then. No doubt, I am looking for jobs and applying daily, but it’s hard to get energy for anything else. Trying to stay positive, though. 🙂

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They live!

Sophie and Grizzy on Christmas blanket

I meant to post this in 2015!

This is just a wee bit embarrassing. I’d meant to post the picture above back in December 2015. Considering we’re nearing the end of February, that was quite a while ago!

My goal this year was to find balance and I think I am, finally. I’m getting there, at least. I’m getting more settled in my job, which is nice. (Everyone tells me it’s a one-year learning curve at least.) My freelance contract is ending in April, which is good. I’ve enjoyed it but I’m ready to move on and have a more-free weekend. I turned another year older this week, which wasn’t too bad. I don’t hate my birthday, per se, but I always feel a little emotional around that time. Still, it was a really nice day.

And now the cats are literally climbing the screen door (it’s a beautiful spring-like day!) so I will sign off. More to come–and soon!

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