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Bits and Pieces

Whew, I have been busy!

Dog

I have had Ziva about 3.5 months now, so here is an update. 

Ziva and I are still going to dog training classes. She is doing excellent!  She walks by my side with a loose leash, sits, lays down, comes when called, stays, jumps through hoops (literally), and mostly leaves everything alone, including other dogs and treats just around to tempt her. 

The two cats have accepted Ziva as a family member and everyone gets along now. The cats sleep on the couch and Ziva sits close by. If she starts bothering Sunni, the cat just swats at Ziva’s nose. 

Ziva loves playing outside – except when it is raining. So I got her a little raincoat. Now she will at least go out in the rain to take care of business. 

  

Retirement

Sleeping in is sooooo nice! I am reading a lot and even finding time to get some cooking/baking done. 

 
Above is some apple monkey bread I just made. Easy to make and tasty. 

I try to plan things for each day. Some days are really busy. For example, today I did some laundry, paid bills, got a flu shot, quick stop at drug store, put gas in the car, and grabbed a pizza.  

And because today was a nice day – meaning it was not raining – I worked outside, preparing for winter. I have a flowering thundercloud plum tree that was damaged in some strong winds last May. Last week another wind storm was predicted and I got worried. The tree was leaning towards the house. So a friend stopped by with a saw and we lopped off the branches. 

  
The branches will be cut into smaller sections and hauled off soon. But today, I cut off some of the smaller branches and put them in my yard waste bin. 

Yup, retirement is hard work!  

Caturday – Cave Snuggling 

Temperatures have finally dropped so Miko (the Balinese) is snuggling in her cat tree cave to stay warm. 

  

Caturday – Close Encounter

I recently adopted an older recurs dog, Ziva. Through time and training with the dog to leave it, Sunni and Ziva are starting to have close encounters. 

  
(Blurry dog tail due to excessive wagging.)

Caturday – TP Wrangler

Miko, my Balinese, has always been obsessed with paper products, especially TP (toilet paper) and Kleenex. 

During the night, she opened a cabinet in the bathroom and grabbed a partial roll of toilet paper. 

This is what I woke up to see. 

  
Heavy sigh. 

Caturday – the Hug

My sweet Sunni giving me a hug. 

  

Things to Celebrate Today

Wowsa – not even noon yet and a few good things have occurred already. Reason enough to celebrate this day. 

  • Today is National Ice Cream Day! In preparation, I went to the store yesterday to stock up. And I think the store was onboard because ice cream was on sale for $1.99! Such a deal! I bought a mint chocolate with Oreo cookie crumbles and a strawberry creamcheese ice cream with graham cracker crumbles. So I guess you know what I am eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today!! 
  • I was able to take a shower upstairs! Let me explain. Since my knee surgery I could not bend my knee enough to step over the bathtub edge and take a shower. Thank goodness I have a walk-in shower stall in the downstairs bathroom so I could hose off. But today I could step in to and out of the tub. A small, but important victory in knee recovery. 
  • Dog/cat peace accord reached.   Today while I was in the shower, Ziva (the dog) voluntarily waited in her crate. Not hearing any noise, Sunni (the cat) came upstairs and down the hallway to the bathroom. Ziva started walking down the hallway too. And just like that they slowly passed each other without sniffs, snorts, or any aggression.  It has been 18 days since Ziva joined the family and I think the cats are getting closer to accepting Ziva.  Who couldn’t love this face? 

Hope you also find a few things to celebrate the day!

Caturday – Kindlecat 

Sunni enjoys a good read too. 

 
But she reads faster than I do and is always swiping the screen to turn the page.