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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.

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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Happy Halloween!

I promise to get back to blogging next month…which is tomorrow, ahhh!

Have a lovely Halloween! 🙂

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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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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. 🙂


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!


    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!


    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!