Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Saint Bill

Today I met a friend for a movie and lunch. We saw “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray, Melinda McCarthy, and Naomi Watts.

Superb movie! Bill Murray plays a Vincent, a grouchy old man. Melinda M. is Maggie, his new neighbor with a young son. Vincent ends up watching the kid after school because the mom works. And then there is Daka, a Russian (?) pregnant exotic dancer and prostitute, played by Naomi Watts.

Whereas the movie has comedic moments, this is not your typical Bill and Melinda silly comedy. You learn of Vincent’s devotion to his wife who resides in an Alzheimers facility. And Maggie’s struggle with divorce and raising a young boy. Quite an unusual relationship between Vincent and the boy.

Near the end, a tear or two was running down my face. I wasn’t the only one. And the best endorsement is that not a single person left when the credits were running. We all remained in our seats waiting, hoping, for more.

I will be buying this DVD when it is available!

A little trivia fact. My dad grew up on St. Vincent street in a small town in Arkansas. Thus that was part of the connection I needed to see this movie.

Last week I bought this cute cat bed made from an old barbeque lid. The cats really like it, so much that they even share.

Here’s petite Ellie and fluffy Miko catching some zzzzzs.

What? No room for the tail?

First Snow Woes

This morning I saw the first snow of the season. It just started coming down as I left for work. Taking it cautiously and carefully, all was fine until…
This is the view I had for about 15 minutes going down a curvy narrow hill that usually takes 2-3 minutes. Although I was only moving along at a snail’s pace (2 mph), I would slide if I fully applied the brakes.

Doesn’t look like much, does it? Very slick though. Yikes — but I made it. Took me about 20 minutes longer than normal to get to work (it’s 26 miles one way), but that may be the new normal for winter travel.

Who knew that Kevin Spacey did great impressions. Watch this segment of Kevin Spacey and Jimmy Fallon doing multiple impressions with a Halloween theme. I was laughing out loud; scared the cats.

Fall Cleanup – DONE

Last week I raked more leaves. And when done, there were still leaves clinging to the tree.
I was expecting to rake leaves again to finish up with the fall cleanup. But a little storm with some strong winds took care of that for me.
Where did they go? I bet someone has a yard full of leaves and wondering where they came from.

I Love Craft Fairs!

Yesterday I went to a craft fair at my daughter’s old high school. It cost $1 to get in and the money went to support the band. As an ex-high school band member, this was a laudable cause. Here are some of the treasures I found.

A cat bed made from an old barbeque lid. The feet are old door knobs. Miko has assumed ownership.
When Miko left for a short bio break, Sunni took over. I think she was just keeping it warm for Miko.
Then I found this unusual bracelet made with spoons (or maybe forks). Very cute; ignore my banged up hand.
I spotted a little table topper made of braided fabric. I wanted something to put on top of the little cabinet I had refinished.
And how about this little fabric bowl!
This beautiful seam ripper caught my eye.
And because winter is here and one can never have too many mittens, I found these mittens made from recycled sweaters. They are soft and thick, and extend past the wrist. My hands are already thanking me.
My hands get quite dry and chapped in the winter. And if you travel, you have to put any hand lotion in the plastic bag. Here’s a solution: use a solid hand lotion! Bonus: it smells good!
How about some flavored balsamic vinegrette ? The Meyer lemon mango was exquisite, and since I love blood orange, I had to get the strawberry blood orange. I am salivating as I write this.
A local independent bakery was at the craft fair. Since I am making potato soup today, a little multigrain bread is required.
And how cute is this?
I have many more treasures, but they are gifts, so I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I must brag that, with one exception, my xmas shopping is now complete. Don’t hate me, applaud my efforts. This could be the one thing I don’t procrastinate getting done.

Finally, some good news about Ellie, my Siamese. She has been having all sorts of health problems, which include vomiting several times a week, blood in her urine, losing weight, and possible kidney problems.

The past two months, her BUN (blood urea nitrogen) values kept going higher and higher — this is not good. For a month now she has been on prescription food to help with her kidney function. This food has reduced protein, phosphorus, and sodium. And here’s the good part: her BUN number went from 90 to 52 ! Do I hear a woot woot!. It is still too high, but it is falling so there is positive progress.

Her weight is still too low; a petite 5 lbs. 9 ozs. We are still working on that. She has not been vomiting since we started on this new canned kidney health food. I just need to get her to eat more.

Here’s a happier Ellie because she is feeling better. Isn’t she a cutie!!

Here’s hoping for continued progress!!


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