Monday I went in to the dentist and got a temporary crown on my very back left molar. I know that it's better than not getting a temporary crown on my very back left molar, but it wasn't fun at all. Modestly expensive, too. Like more than a house payment expensive. Monday eve also saw the start of what was expected to be 3-5 inches of snow and freezing rain.
Tuesday showed less than an inch of ice-crusted snow. We got off light. Eastern counties were hammered with freezing rain. I know that an inch of snow makes our northern brethren laugh contemptuously, but a half-inch of ice is seriously bad business. Anyways, *here* we miss school for a day, which I never like 'cause we have to make it up at the end of the year.
Wednesday saw school called off again. We did have an optional teacher workday. I walked down to the street to scout our hilly, insufficiently plowed neighborhood to see if I could get out. Despite taking great care I did take a major fall, slamming the back of my head into the tarmac. My bro Rob, who delivers pizza and is a skilled and fearless driver, zipped over and took me to the local doc-in-the-box for a check. Nigh a hundred dollars for a visit to this place. Despite the blood I needed no stitches. Thank god I didn't have to get the tonsure. Insult on top of injury was avoided. Went home and was woozy and scattered all day.
Thursday: Once again, no school. I was very sore and generally useless. Also started to get a cold. 101.4 fever by the evening.
Friday saw me back at the doc-in-the-box. Got another hundred bucks sucked out, but got anti-biotics and cough syrup in what i think was an equitable swap.
Saturday: had to put off our planned Tax Day work with LadyRanger, along with our traditional Tax Pizza. Doing the taxes is never really fun, but the pizza is always a reward. Missed it.
Today I'm glad that nothing was worse or more annoying than it was, but I'm happy to see this week slide into the abyss of history. Many many many thanks to LadyRanger for being the greatest of Champs!
Well, the weather service has decided to schedule a snow delivery for Monday afternoon and night. On into Tuesday, if we're not lucky. I realize that the 2-8 inches we're supposed to get is a flat-out nothing to our northern countrymen, it will cause chaos and consternation here in the great American Southeast. Heck, the 13 degrees it is here ( -1 windchill) is bad enough.
Fortunately we at ChezRanger have a cat *and* fleece sheets *and* a fireplace (and the internet) so we're sitting about as pretty as we can be. It'll take a few days for the city to clear our back street in the event of 2 inches of snow, and longer if we get more. I think we'll be fine.
We will *not* be taking the Mine Coon out in any inclement weather. Did it once.
You people are dead to me.
You can see the snow almost comes up TO HER TOES!!! On noes! Our Princess is a creature of comfort. Like I mentioned earlier, fleece sheets.
Ivy handled going out in the snow differently. She didn't seem upset, just resigned that her humans were idiots for taking her out and she did the only sensible thing. She got under cover incase more of the frozen stuff came down.
You had to get up pretty early in the morning to find a situation that this little cat wasn't prepared for! No worries about Ivy though. She was bundled back inside and presented with warmth and treats. As was Maddie, though she was a mite less gracious about it.
We'll let you all know how the cat and her humans weather the...well....weather. Must go bring in firewood and coco.
It's LadyRanger's birthday weekend! Happy Birthday to Her!! We've done some fun stuff, given serious thought to getting some modest work done in our kitchen and had a wonderful dinner out. As a result of such a wonderful dinner out, I am a wee bit jaded this morning. Accept a vintage pic of the dear cat in lieu of new...
<sigh> Why aren't they celebrating *me* more! I had a birthday 4 months ago too y'know.
We answer this query with the only proper reply: but *every* day is Maddie day!
Maddie is now 14 yrs and 4 months old. That's about 14.33333333 yrs for you decimal mavens out there. While she takes a lively joy in all the aspects of daily life, she does get more joy from napping in the sun than just about anything else. Warms are important. If the sun is rude enough to be unavailable, she frequents warm places to sit. These tend to be on nicely upholstered furniture. These surfaces tend to be off the floor.
In the past, Maddie has had no compunction about jumping up to get where ever she wants to be. Since she is no longer a spring chicken this has become a bit more difficult for her. Her knee issues, coupled with arthritis (which is quite common in Maine Coons according to Dr G.) We decided to try and make it a bit easier for her to access her favorite spots and we've put out several scratching pad ramps for her. She has made a concession to advancing age and uses them frequently.
Up the ramp she goes, nap ensues, she awakes and descends the ramp, mission accomplished with little stress on the aging knees. Didn't take her long to figure them out, either. Nothing aging between the large, tufty, mobile ears, that's for sure.
Can't say the same for you, pal! Spring Chicken?!? I've NEVER been a chicken of any sort! Spring, summer, winter OR fall! Chicken indeed. And I could have jumped up here if I'd wanted to, y'know.
I'll post a pic of her on the ramp if I ever get one.
That's a pretty good goal, really. Even if it seems far out of reach for much of the world today. That was what we were aiming for when we adopted Ivy. We knew Maddie's attitude towards other cats was at least moderately hostile, but we hoped that time would ease initial tensions.
Neither girl was happy about the presence of the other, and Ivy did come across with some growls and swats just as forceful as those Maddie produced.
Maddie did have a habit of coming out of nowhere to give the wee tuxie a start.
But I think they did come to a grudging truce. Time came and went and brought familiarity and familiarity brought...well, I like to think it brough acceptance instead of contempt. Watchful acceptance perhaps.
There were plenty of times it worked out well.
Even surprisingly well!
Mad Ninja Skillz! I has them!
It's too nice a day to fuss. I'll let her have this....
The good days got us through the more....interesting times.
Hey! You're in my spot!! LaLaLa, I can't hear you!!!!!
Regular readers of this blog will remember that no harm was inflicted during the filming of this sequence. They actually decided, after a brief, vigorous exchange of opinions, to peacefully, respectfully coexist.
Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon? Really? That's what you come up with??
Perhaps we could all agree to enjoy dijon-style mustard? Would that bring world peace? No, huh?
I hope your corner of the world is peaceful, respectful and happy this holiday weekend.
I'm tired and I don't have much of a post in me right now. Here are a couple of pictures of Ivy in her passive-daredevil phase.
What? Not much deardevilry going on? Not so!
Right. On. The. Edge. That's a cat for you. So confident in their natural abilities that they can nap on the edge without fear. The wee tuxedo cat was a bold, bold old dame. Played by Maggie Smith in the bio-pic.
Happy New Year all! It's good to have a whole year of new possibilities, of new chances, of sunpuddles yet unconquered!
Wait....that's the cat's list. Strange to say, Maddie's list for this year is a lot like the list from last year. Let's face it, this cat craves constancy more than novelty. As an example here's one of the very last pics from 2014:
and here we have one of the very first of 2015:
Not dissimilar. We've come, over the past 13 years, to realize that Maddie is a creature of habit. New stuff, unless it 's new toys or treats, just don't work for her.
She is up to the occasional challenge of novelty, though. When the bird flew (flopped) down our chimney one day and appeared in our living room, she was a-rarin' to investigate this feathery intruder. Of course, when our roofer had to bring his toddler in one day, Maddie did "nope" on out of the room, pronto (as did Ivy)(one of the few actions those two ever agreed on).
I'm never sure how she'll deal with new stuff, but I hope that this New Year brings her, and all of you, many wonderful things!
Hey, as long as this sunpuddle stays like this forever, I'll be just fine!
Maddie has always been a great help around the house. This is the season of the year that she devotes her artistic gifts to helping us (or, rather, LadyRanger) wrap the Christmas presents.
Cats and paper. Makes me happy.
Been a completely topsy-turvey holiday. I've had head cold that turned into bronchitis and is only just clearing up. That and dealing with the last two weeks of school before the holiday break have hammered me hard. LadyRanger has been an absolute champ keeping the home fire burning. Maddie has been just as wonderful at restoring our spirits and making all the gifts look sharp! No wrapping is complete without a little cat hair!