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Typos – Part 2

Typos, incorrect spelling, bad grammar – all pet peeves of mine when visible in anything published for the general public.

See Typos – Part 1.

Here are the latest examples.

Example 1. Interesting typo.

Example 2. This is from an online menu. Do you think they meant served? Sure hope they didn’t mean severed.

Example 3. Yup, there are a lot of typos too.

Example 4. This example is from a story about a Harry Potter-themed Halloween event. As a Potterhead, I think they mean quidditch. And it is Professor Trelawney.

Example 5. This one leaves me confused as to what is being conveyed. Any ideas?

Example 6. Well, something should be CHANDED!

Stay tuned for future typo examples. Unfortunately, I have many more.


The Cats Pulled Rank

I have three cats and one dog. Since today (October 29) is National Cat Day in the United States, the cats banded together and insisted that I post pictures of them and their deceased siblings. The dog objected, but lost the battle.

So here are pictures of my cats.

I call this the “Vampire Bite.”Miko is the cat giving the look and bite. She was just a kitten when the pix was taken; she is now 5 years old and a lot darker and fluffier. The cat getting the vampire nip is Ellie. She died a few years ago.

The above pix is of Peaches (18 years old) and Miko (5 years old). They think it is hilarious to hog my chair.

The above pix is MeiMei. She really liked the warmth of the computer equipment. She also died a few years ago.

The above pix is my Sunni. Possibly my favorite cat as she is a cuddle bug.

The above pix is of all three current cats snoozing on the couch. Peachie and Miko are on the top, and Sunni is on the bottom.

Miko can sleep anywhere.

The above pix is of Miko and Ellie. The size difference is incredible, but Ellie was the boss over Miko. When Ellie died, Miko had a difficult time missing her.

Sunni insisted I include the above pix of her and Ziva, the dog. These two are often plotting against the other two cats.

Miko is very photogenic, but sometimes just doesn’t want to be bothered. The above pix is one of those times.


Heavy sigh. The above short video is of Miko showing off her paper shredding skills. And darn Sunni walks by and just ignores her. Five years of Having to keep Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels away from Miko. It’s exhausting!

Happy Cat Day!! In my house, everyday is Caturday!

It’s National Chocolate Day!!

Today, October 28, is National Chocolate Day in the United States. I am a chocoholic, but only dark chocolate. And if I have a choice, it is dark chocolate with orange.

Nothing really fancy, but this chocolate (pictured above) is my current choice. I bought it when in Canada a few weeks ago. Simply marvelous!

Due to the increased health advantages of dark chocolate over milk chocolate, I rarely eat milk chocolate anymore. My thinking is why not stick with the best! Health benefits include:

  • Blood pressure. Flavanols in dark chocolate may improve blood pressure.
  • Heart disease. May reduce heart disease by lowering risk of plaque buildup in arteries.
  • Skin. Flavanols can protect skin from sun damage and improve hydration.

I usually have a small piece of dark chocolate every day. When I was working, I found that it provided a little bump in energy in the afternoon. My favorite little snack was dark chocolate covered orange rind. A local company made them and I was hooked. Much to my dismay, they closed their business.

I also love the dark chocolate orange sticks. Trader Joe’s used to carry some, but they stopped carrying them. Heavy sigh.

When I can’t make it to any of the local chocolate stores, the following is available in most stores. Delicious and fills the need.

But, my absolute favorite dark chocolate is from Seattle Chocolates. Their Orange Appeal Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar is lip-smacking, low moaning good. My preferred method of eating is to just place a small square in my mouth and simply let it melt on its own. Smooth and flavorful.

UPDATE – I am beyond sad; this has been discontinued (per the manufacturer). No wonder I have not been able to find it recently.

Sorry, I have to go enjoy some chocolate – dark chocolate.

Getting Ready for Winter

Mornings are getting chilly in the Pacific Northwest. I have not yet turned on the heat in my house. This was the temperature in the house last week.

I have a gas fireplace which I turn on to take the chill off. The cats and the dog appreciate the warmth.

One outside chore is to clean up the flower pots that reside on the deck railing. Look at all the colorful trees in the background.

The only large tree I have to clean up after is my maple tree in the front yard. So far, there are minimal leaves on the ground.

The sprinklers have been blown out, winter fertilizer put on the lawn, the snowblower is out for maintenance, and I am ready for Halloween!

Now to just store the patio furniture and wait for leaves to fall so I can rake them up. Oh joy!

Day Tripping

I recently renewed my passport. Although instructions say it would take 4-6 weeks to receive the new passport, it only took 2.5 weeks. Since I was armed with a new passport, I thought I should try it out.

A friend (referred to as L) wanted to head up to Canada to purchase an antibiotic cream that is expensive in the USA, but reasonably priced in Canada. So a day trip was planned.

I dropped the dog off at doggy day care in the morning. L and I left my house soon after to head north. It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country.

When we reached the Canadian border, the Canadian border guard was a little curt with his questions. For example, he asked if we were bringing $10,000 cash into Canada. Both L and I responded with “I wish.”

The guard glared at us and asked “Is that a yes or no?” Sheesh, no sense of humor. He then gave us back our passports and let us pass. L thought he was supposed to stamp our passports, but my thought was to just leave.

We arrived at our destination and wanted lunch. A local directed us to a restaurant two blocks away – up a steep hill. Nothing says out-of-shape like hoofing it up a steep hill.

We had a wonderful lunch, but noticed some differences. Iced tea was already sweetened. The amount of barbecue sauce on a burger was minimal. No straws came with a soft drink. And we were not asked if we wanted dessert. None of these were big deals, just differences.

Here is a picture of the descent down the steep hill. So much easier going down than up!

We then stopped at a store to grab a snack for the drive home. I grabbed a couple of chocolate bars. When I went to pay for them and opened my wallet, I was abruptly informed “we don’t take American.” Very hostile.

We went to a drug store to purchase the antibiotic cream, no problem. A friend wanted me to get some Tylenol with codeine for her migraines. When I asked about it, I was told that they don’t sell it to Americans to take across the border. Ok, no problem.

We left and headed home. The American border guard was in good humor and chatted with us while searching the car. He asked if we had purchased any Tylenol with codeine. Hmmm, is that a piece of the American opioid problem?

Anyway, after seven hours, a 225 mile round trip, we were back home. I ran out to pick up the dog at doggy day care. Ziva was so tired from playing all day, she has not moved for hours.

One of the cats had to express their opinion on being left alone all day by pooping on the rug in the foyer. I was only gone for 20 minutes and someone had to leave a calling card. Damn cats!!

Although Canada so close, it is a different country. I’ve never felt any animosity before from little day trips to Canada or from Canadians. Makes me wonder if this not-so subtle hostility we experienced is in anyway a result of “Make America Great Again,” I don’t want to have anything to do with it. 😩

However, the bottom line is that my passport works!

Feeding Time

With one dog and three cats – and each cat on a different food – feeding time is scheduled chaos. Or at least it was until everyone accepted the new regime.

Dog gets fed twice a day. It’s easy now because I feed her outside. It will definitely get challenging when I have to feed her inside. Here is Ziva patiently waiting for dinner.

Sunni is the only cat who is not on a special diet. She is thin and if she says she’s hungry, I give her a few bites. Sunni eats on the top of the cat tree. Here is Sunni glaring at me at dinner time.

Miko, the Balinese, is overweight and on a diet. She is the reason for this new feeding routine. She gets 1/3 cup twice a day. Totally not enough according to her. I split the last 1/3 cup into two feedings so she thinks she’s not starving to death. Here is piggy cat; hopefully she will be a bit thinner as the diet continues.

During the first week of her diet, she would counter surf to find something to eat. She discovered a basket where I keep kitty treats. Miko was so focused on food that she chewed through the bottom of the package and then ate all the treats. Here is the proof.

And then there is Peaches, my 18 year old cat. She is on prescription kidney food and a tiny cat. She likes to forage several times a day, which makes it interesting trying to keep the others from snitching her food. I decided to feed Peaches in the bathroom with the door closed. Trying to lure her there took two weeks of patience and stealth (since she’s deaf, I could sneak up on her if she wasn’t looking). Here is one attempt at getting Peaches (on the right) to at least get close to the bathroom.

Finally, Peaches now heads to the bathroom when she wants to eat. And she yowls when done so I can open the door to let her out.

And that is how three cats and one dog get fed at my house. I can never leave because it would take a day to explain their schedule, food, and eating stations.

And my daughter just had the audacity to ask me to adopt another cat!!

My New Motto

I share my house with one dog and three cats. No human except for me. Today, I was watching the DVD of “Book Club” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, etc.

The movie has some outrageously funny moments. You know, actual laugh out loud, maybe even a snort or two funny moments.

I had just taken a bite of a scrumptious lemon tart (my dinner, don’t judge) when one of those funny moments occurred. I inhaled some lemon tart and began choking on it. The dog is not yet CPR certified so she was no help. The cats couldn’t care less. (Ha – they sure as hell would care a bit more if I missed feeding them their dinner.)

After choking for a minute, I could finally catch my breath. And what do you think was the first thing I did? Yup, rewind the movie to find out what happened during that funny moment when I was choking. I do have my priorities, right?!?

Anyway, my new motto is don’t eat while watching comedies – at least until the dog gets her CPR certification or learns the Heimlich maneuver.

(Photo from Daily Mail, UK)