Saturday, November 29, 2008

All We Want To Do Is Sleep.

All We Want To Do Is Sleep

Billie is ready for a long nap with Princess Hunny Bunny Holiday. I wouldn't mind one either. It's nearly 6:00 pm and it's dark. We did our grocery shopping earlier today and that took far too long. Everyone has been grazing on leftovers, so I think I can get away without cooking dinner. :) Toeshee has been trying to eat his weight in turkey. I think that comes out to around 8lbs. *o*

My daughter is hinting that she would like to get out tonight to the bookstore. But, I'm so tired! We were out yesterday at the mall. It wasn't as fearfully busy as i thought it would be. Still, it wiped me out. Out among people again?
I think curling up with Billie would be nicer.
And, I'm so behind on visiting my bloggie friends! I think the holidays throw some people off when they are trying to find time for blogging. I will try to get caught up though.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It's almost December, so I can officially count down to 4 months until Spring. :) My achy joints are counting down too. I can't wait to sit out in the warm sunshine and see my cute little plants beginning to sprout!

Hugs from me and my kitties! (^;^)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

"A plate is distasteful to a cat, a newspaper still worse; they like to eat sticky pieces of meat sitting on a cushioned chair or a nice Persian rug." ~
~Margaret Benson~

Cody managed to maintain some manners while this picture was taken. All bets were off when the turkey was served today though! Oh the strongly suggesting for food!
(Cat's Do Not Beg, they strongly suggest that you give them what they want!)
Even prim little Billie crawled into my lap for something yummy. I fed her out of my hand, bless her heart. :)

I hope everyone had a Happy Day, no matter what they did.
Hugs from me and the Kitties!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cricket vs Toeshee

Cricket vs Toeshee

It started out innocently enough. Cricket plopped her curvy butt down on my daughter's artwork to look out the window. (ok, maybe her sitting on the artwork isn't exactly innocent) Toeshee has an incurable fascination with her. He's afraid, yet intrigued by her cool and tough attitude. He jumped up onto the end table to challenge her. Thank goodness he didn't send that lamp crashing to the floor!
Cricket does not like any cat in her space, especially Toeshee. She returned his stare with a "Do Not Mess With Me" glare. He made a little "eep!" sound, but didn't back down.
After that, I had to put the camera down as the wrestling match took off.
I think Cricket won because Toeshee crawled under the sofa and she took off in a huff upstairs. I try not to let these fights go too far, because Cricket has very sharp claws and she's has a bad temper to go with them.
Just another day at Lorianna's Crazy Cat House. :)

I managed to get my new wallpaper. The little cutest blog on the block sign covers my post titles though. I think I missed a step in the template changing process. I felt so silly asking Karla for help with something I should be able to figure out myself. Still, I did end up asking her why it still looked funny to me.
Sigh... She was very nice as always and encouraged me. At least I made an attempt to do it myself. It was a learning experience and trying it made me feel very brave. I was afraid I would blow my whole blog away! :)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. If I don't have the chance to stop by, I want you all to have a wonderful holiday. And, if you are in Canada or England, or Tawain have a wonderful day too! :) You can overeat with us! And of course give the kitties and woofies the leftovers.
Hugs! (^;^)

Monday, November 24, 2008

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

The snow is falling, but what do we care? We've got our love to keep us warm. :) That's paraphrasing a song that Billie Holiday sings. I have been hearing it a lot in bookstores and at the Starbucks where we get our groceries. I also have it on cd. I wanted to share it from you tube, but I couldn't upload it from them to my blog.
I knew we wouldn't stay snow free for much longer. Still, I had hope it would wait until after Thanksgiving. I guess I'll take a cue from the kitties and just snuggle up.
Well, after much debating I am going with #2 of the wallpapers. I like #1, but maybe it will be too dark. #3 is pretty dayglow. I like the color orange, so I think it will impart a nice sunny warmth. Thank you all for your input. That was nice! Now I have to tell Karla so she can help me. :)
I hope this week is nice for everyone and I will try to visit as much as I can.
Hugs from my kitties and me. (^;^)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

If I can't Decorate My House, I'll Do My Blog :)

Billie, Cricket and I would like some help choosing wallpaper for our blog. The two boys are not as interested, but the girls want something that will compliment their furs. :)

These wallpapers are free from the Cutest Blog on the Block. Miss Peach's Mommy Karla recommended them. I am not one to change things up very often as I am such a creature of habit. But, I think maybe I need something fun to cheer me up during these gray days.

So, starting from the one after Billie; 1, 2, or 3? If you totally hate all of them that's okay. I just kinda like shabby chic and nature inspired prints.

Well, today is grocery day, so I will try to get some blog visiting done after I get back. I hope it isn't too crazed there. It is the weekend before Thanksgiving. I will take some pain reliever before I go this time! Maybe a muscle relaxer too. :) Being a space case in the grocery store may be a good way to deal with all of those grumpy people. ;)
No kitties, Momma won't forget your food and treats.

Hugs everyone! (^;^)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I think I Need Some Asprin...

Toeshee; the picture of innocence. Mmm... See those delicious cream curls that would have been so yummy with coffee or tea? Did a pack of wolverines get into them? No, a naughty kitten with a sweet tooth did.

My poor angel lamp! It looked so pretty near the mantle casting a soothing glow in the living room. Toeshee saw it as an obstacle as he bounced off the walls one day. I may be able to glue the tip of the wing back on, but the cracked arm is another story. If the wiring isn't damaged maybe some polymer clay painted to match?

I told him he has until his one year birthday on March 18th to sow his wildness. After that he must calm down and be a respectable and gentlmanly mancat. I don't think he listened. I love him anyway.

My other kitties are not impressed with his behavior either. After the lamp fell, they gathered around and sniffed and looked at me, then Toeshee. "Oh no, you didn't!" One by one they slunk away, leaving him with me and the lamp. I glared at him. "Toeshee, why?!?"
He ran and hid in the cat carrier I keep around for his time outs. He knew he'd committed a major boo boo!

It's a good thing he's so darn cute!

I hope everyone has a happy, naughty free day! <3

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What Dreams May Come

Have you ever had a dream that stays with you long after you wake up? A dream that seems so real that you know as long as you live, even if you never have that dream again, you will never forget it?

A few months ago I had such a dream and I have debated sharing it. My dear friend Karla encouraged me to finally do so because really it is very hopeful.
(Oh no, Lorianna's flights of fancy again!)

I dreamed of a white Victorian gingerbread trimmed house. It was pristine and lovely and filled with an amazing warm pale light that streamed through all of the windows. Outside were gardens filled with flowers and ponds with gurgling fountains and the whole yard was enclosed with a brick wall covered in ivy. Cats of all sizes and colors and breeds lazed about perfectly content. I felt as if I knew all of them! And in the house there were fountains in a beautiful solarium filled with plants and even more kitties. They batted at the water, they napped and I could hear their purrs. They squeezed their eyes and meowed at me as I stopped to pet them and whisper to them. I noticed bookshelves overflowing with books and again, this amazing, comfortable warm light enveloped me.
Still, I had this sense of missing something and I began to move about with a sense of searching. I knew who I was looking for and amongst all of the sweet kitties that I was so happy to see I just HAD to see HER. Then, a soft woman's voice said. "You will see her again, soon. She's here."
Then, I woke up. Tears filled my eyes because I didn't want to leave that wonderful place. Try as I might, I could not fall back asleep and into that dream.
Since then, I have had other dreams that have stayed with me of course. I dreamed that I was petting Tookie and I could truly feel how soft her fur was and her whiskers tickled my hand.
But, that house filled with light and kitties and plants; that will always stick with me. I think, somewhere, it's real and someday I will go there when the time is right. I think and hope there is a place for all of us with special meaning, designed just for us. There, those who have gone before wait for us.
Oh, that picture of the white gingerbread Victorian is almost exactly like the house in my dream. I found it while doing an image search. It's called The Cheshire Cat Inn. I thought that was pretty cool... (^;^)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let's All Get Cozy On A Sunday Evening

It's Sunday evening here all ready! We woke up to the white stuff floating down this morning, but it did not stick. That may change soon, as it is very cold. Billie has a new napping spot in the recliner by the heat register. She's pretty smart huh? :)
I went to Art Magic for some pretty seasonal pictures. I like just browsing around; my own little art museum on my laptop. We have a brand new art museum right downtown, but I have not been there yet. There's some new exhibits there I would like to see, so maybe that would be a nice way to spend a cold day.
In other exciting news; ;) I bought a new tea kettle yesterday! (sigh, I know, I am so snoozy!) But, it whistles and everything! Yes, the kitties hate it. I must attend to it as soon as it goes off because the have such sensitive ears. Maybe in time they will get used to it.
So, now that it officially snowing and cold I am doing my count down to spring. Not counting this month, there are 4 more months until March. I refuse to contemplate the fact that we usually get snow in March. I have to do what works for me to get me through the winter. :)
So, don't worry, soon the Easter Bunny will be here and flowers will bloom!
I think I'll go start my kettle now...


Friday, November 14, 2008

Through A Kitty's Eyes Of Love

~ A cat's eyes are windows enabling us to see into another world.~
Irish Legend

There is always a cozy spot to be found in this house if you are a kitty. Snacks to munch on, cool water to sip. A loving hand to pet and scritch, a soft voice to speak words of endearment and flattery.

Cricket gazes out the bay window and I wonder what she thinks and what she really sees.
It comforts me to know that she and my other kitties do not have worries or cares because I am here for them. Do they know that I need them as much as they need me? (Well, would a cat ever admit they really need anyone?) ;)

Sometimes people in my family tease me about my love for cats and my lack of "a life". I try not to let it bother me though. When one spends every day at home, in a certain level of physical discomfort and a little melancholy sometimes, you appreciate those who are truly there for you.

Right now Billie is next to me. I have a slight fever and I'm due for some pain reliever and a nap after I get some chores done. Between typing I am petting her and asking her what she wants for a snack. She purrs every time I touch her. See, she appreciates me too.

I will try to visit all of my nice bloggie friends as much as I can. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!

Come on Billie, let's get some nom noms! (^;^)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rain is Better than the White Stuff, Cody!

It's a rainy November Day. Cody says, "Momma, let's go out and walk around the garden."

"No honey, it's too chilly and rainy."

Toeshee is enjoying watching the leaves flutter to the ground. Everything is a game for him. Ah, youth! :)

Billie has decided that the warm hoodie I put in the bathroom before my shower is an excellent cat bed. She often follows me into the bathroom and doesn't mind being shut in there while I clean up. You would think with all of that floof she wouldn't like the heat and humidity the shower causes. I think as she gets older and because she's not always feeling 100% she can't regulate her body temperature as well. I have the same problem. :) We are growing old together my floofy princess and I.

I read something interesting; Cats see other animals more clearly when they're in motion than when they are standing completely still. That's why they can catch fast moving mice. Toeshee can catch a fly when it's in mid flight!

I hope everyone has a happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Moody Monday

Cricket is sad. It has become very cold here and we are getting ss...snow. :(
She knows that the windows will not be open now until at least May.
As I'm typing this she has gone upstairs to bed. I don't blame her.

I got the new Mrs. Murphy mystery this weekend. It will be nice to curl up with. I also received the pin I bid on in Miss Peach's auction to help some kitties in need. I wish I could have taken a better picture. It is a momma cat and kitten hand made by Mommy Karla. She is so talented! I'm in awe of what she can create. I bet you can see a better picture of it on her blog.

My doctor has me on higher doses of Prednisone. My scalp tenderness is due to vascular inflamation. I forget RA can cause inflamation in areas besides the joints until I get something weird going on like this. I have had rib cage pain, skin rashes, ear joint pain, and eye infamation. Yeesh! I think I'm going to be on that darn Pred forever!
My fingers are pretty much stuck. I can go on another disease modifyer, but there's no undoing the damage all ready done. I just need to learn how to work with them the way they are. I do not want to give up crafting and gardening and typing. I will just need to take more breaks to rest them I guess.
I know there are people with worse problems than this. The Taylor Catsssss Mommy needs serious surgergy. She's bed ridden! I feel so badly for her...

So, that's what's going on. I look forward to visitning my blogging friends this week. Yes, I will try to rest my fingers. To be honest they are hurting a bit right now, but I'm so stubborn! :)

My kitties and I send you Love!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pretty Inside- Pretty Outside

Today was another warm and sunny day. The leaves were falling like big yellow-gold snowflakes in the breeze. The bright yellow tree is right in front of our house. It's so strikingly bright in the sunshine. My daughter even took a picture too!
In the house, Billie posed for a "Glamour Shot." She was busy washing up before a nap, so I put the fan next to her and took the picture. She was indifferent. :) I have been really busy making sure she is eating enough. I actually bring her food to her if I think she's gone too long without eating. I just hope she stays at stage 1 kidney disease and doesn't progress. People and animals can stay at stage 1 for a really long time without ever getting really sick.
I have to call my Rheumatalogist tomorrow. My scalp has been really sore and tender for nearly two weeks and my fingers are curling in toward my palms more. Stupid immune system! The sore scalp thing is kind of weird though...
Well, I am going to try to do some blog visiting. I keep getting behind!
Happy Almost Weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Crash

Isn't our Jack o lantern cute? We used a stencil, traced it and carved it. We put it between two lanterns that we keep on our front porch.

We didn't have a huge amount of trick or treaters, but the ones that came were cute little ones. Cody and Toeshee were a little scared. Billie bravely rested in the living room and did not hide once. Toeshee exhausted himself running in and out from under the sofa. Finally, while bathing his tummy he crashed. That's how he fell asleep; his upper body slumped over his big floofy tail.
Cricket who would have looked cool sitting in the front window, chose to stay up in my room.
The weekend here was very quiet. Chores and napping. It will be warm here for a few days so I'm going to check in on my garden and say goodnight to my plants until Spring.
I will try to check in with all of my blogging friends too. :)