Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Since this is the last Caturday for 2014, let’s do a pictorial year in review.







MeiMei (RIP)


Here’s hoping for a great 2015!!

Xmas morning was spent at my mom’s house for the traditional breakfast. To my delight, mom invited the Grinch to join us.
After a filling breakfast feast, we gathered for the gift card exchange. Everyone who plays purchases a $25 gift card. We then do a choose or steal method until everyone has one.

This year I wanted to do something a bit different, but retain the spirit of the exchange — which is that everyone gets $25 of something. So I made a tree from five $5 bills. Too cute, huh?
Later we exchanged other gifts and then headed home. Both Daughter and I were tired, so we napped the rest of the afternoon.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!!!

* Clement Clarke Moore is the author of A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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It was the day before Xmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Except cats chasing ChrisMouse.

The fruitcake is baked.
The Bailey’s been blended.
I check my wallet;
OMG – I have over-spended!

Prepping for tomorrow
I still have fruit salad to make.
But the gifts have been wrapped
And are ready to take.

A traditional brunch
With family is the plan.
So peace on earth
And goodwill to man.


I came across this video that is fairly clever and funny — but there are some naughty words; you have been warned.

Winter – hah!

It is the day after the winter solstice and it is 47F. So warm that when I opened the front door, the sun was warm hot through the window. Thus my decision to finish up a bit of yard work that did not get done earlier.

Here is the front flower bed. Day lilies and iris debris everywhere. Gross.
After wrangling dead stems and other detritus, I filled up the yard waste bin. Good thing too, because there are only two more pickups before I discontinue the service until next fall. Anyway, here is a cleaner flower bed.
Not all that tidy, but good enough to make me feel as if I accomplished something. It’s tough being on vacation and not succumbing to total laziness.

It seems odd to be doing yard work three days before Xmas. We have only had about 1 inch of snow this December. The norm is for about 15 inches. Not that I am complaining. Otherwise I could not have done yard work. Wait…maybe I should be complaining!

Oh Tannenbaum

I usually have a big xmas tree, covered in mice ornaments. Beautiful and full of memories because of the ornaments. Click here to see some pixs from the past.

This year, I was concerned about Miko’s michevious nature if a fully decorated tree was in the house. Thus a small 4 foot artificial tree. It was up for a few days with no ornaments and there did not seem to be a problem.

So I took a calculated risk and hung a few ornaments on the tree. Bad idea. The next morning several ornaments were on the floor and the tree was knocked over.

Thus, these are the trees in the house for this holiday season.

A mosaic tree with a battery-operated light. I would like to use a little votive light, but I fear for burnt whiskers.

And this little gem was given to me by my geeky brother. Isn’t it the cutest little tree?

But I still have the original four foot tree, with only a few ornaments. There must be something unattractive about the ornaments because although the cats investigate, they no longer attack.


Today is chilly and raining. But if you want to find the warmest spot in the house, just follow Ellie. Sometimes, you may have to sit on the heating vent though.


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