Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.


This is my 500th post.
Does that seem like a lot or not? This blog started at the end of May 2011, about 40 months ago. Roughly, that averages out to 12.5 posts a month.

I was thinking about what else is “500.”

  • $500 bill displays President William McKinley. This was last printed in 1945, so if you happen to come across one, don’t spend it; it is worth more than $500.

  • D is the Roman numeral for 500.
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers was on The Benny and Joon soundtrack. This Johnny Depp movie was filmed in Spokane, Washington in 1993. It’s fun to watch because I recognize most of the places in the movie.

  • Daytona 500. I went to the Daytona 500 in February 1985. Loud and interesting.

So here’s to another 500 posts.

Thank you to all that read my blog.

Never one to turn down a recycling opportunity, Miko, the Balinese, makes herself comfortable.

Today I had to finally turn the heat on. It was only 61 F. inside the house. That was warmer than the 57 F. that was today’s high.

I was working from home today and it was kind of hard to flex my little fingers when they were frozen. Good thing I have fingerless gloves that allow me to type, but also warm my digits. Miko likes that they are multi-colored.
Miko and Sunni stay warm, or find ways to keep warm. Ellie, on the other hand, does not have even a minuscule amount of fat to insulate her. So she has a pet snuggly that helps keep her toasty. I put it (the pet snuggly, not Ellie) in the microwave for a few minutes and it keeps warm most of the day. She sits on it like a throne.
And I had to add a little quilt to the bedding. Of course, the girls had to fully inspect it to be sure it would keep everyone warm. Hope it passes inspection because it’s going to be chilly this evening.

New Jewelry Box

Yup, I am at it again. Came across this wooden box and thought it would make a perfect addition to my bedroom.

I did not care for the green, so naturally I pulled out my handy-dandy chalk paint. The dark blue is the same blue as the little cabinet I recently finished. The drawers are the same pale blue as the drawer in that little white table thingy. Too much matchy-matchy?

Here is the before and after. I hope to change out the drawer knobs if I find something I like.

Which Knob?

I am in the middle of another project; more on that maybe tomorrow. But while taking a little break, I got to playing with knobs. Which knob should I use on my little drawer thingy?

Upper left – big glass knob
Upper right – white/blue ceramic knob
Lower left – little white ceramic knob
Lower right – little round glass knob

Miko, the Balinese, likes to be up high. She has discovered that she can jump from the top of a little cat tree to the top of the hutch. It’s a 4-5 foot leap of faith. And from there, she can rule the world.

Midweek Update

Here’s a quick update on all the goings on in my life.

My little shed in the backyard needed a paint job. And you all know that I have recently been into painting furniture. So I sanded the peeling paint. Primed the sanded areas. Two coats of paint. A new diagonal piece of wood to replace a rotted one. Voila!
I finished Fall of Giants, the first book in Ken Follett’s Century trilogy. It was exceptional! I am truly immersed in the lives of the characters. I’ve started the second book, Winter of the World.
Daughter found a job! She was unemployed for about two months, so she was definitely ready to get back into some sort of routine. Congrats to her!

Ellie, the sick Siamese, is hanging in there. She seems to be feeling a bit better, but it is hard to tell. One thing I am sure of is that she loves the new kidney diet food. I hear the Siamese yowl when she thinks she needs some.

I am amazed at all the things I am now able to hear. Especially at work. I can now hear conversations in cubes from the next row. And I am hearing everything in meetings! It was all I could do to not exclaim “I heard that” in a recent meeting. But now that I can hear, what can I use as my excuse?


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