This morning

(Morning snow.  Photo by Robin.  November 2007)

We woke up to a small accumulation of snow this morning.  It turned the outside world into a winter wonderland.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Turkey at the county fair. Photo by Robin. August 2007)

Man, turkeys sure are odd looking creatures. Makes you wonder why anyone would think to eat them.  I suppose people eat odder things than turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating it today. 🙂

M and I are having friends over for a non-traditional feast. Instead of turkey we’ve decided to make our famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza. We’re doing the traditional version with Italian sausage and pepperoni, and a vegetarian version loaded with veggies for our vegetarian guests.

Tomorrow will be our turkey day. It just seemed easier to do it this way. M and I can prepare the pizzas ahead of time, throw them in the oven when our friends arrive, and spend quality time with friends rather than cooking.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. I try to make a habit of listing the things I’m grateful for every day. It’s a good habit to have acquired because it makes me aware of and appreciative of all the gifts and blessings I’ve been given.

I’m not going to make a big list here at the blog. However, I do want to say thank you to all of my readers: family, old friends, new friends, future friends, and blog mates.

Thank you for reading, commenting, and enriching my life.

Izzy’s Paws

(The photos in this post are a repeat. I’ve been too busy to take new ones.)

There are tons of things I should be doing. I’ll get around to it eventually. Right now I want a little break from all the cleaning.

When I first adopted the kitties, I was determined not to play favorites. I should have known that wasn’t going to work out. Izzy, despite all attempts to resist, managed to wiggle her way into the #1 spot. Perhaps that’s not so surprising when you consider that she’s the Alpha Cat of the pair. Bella always defers to Izzy.

I read somewhere that the idea of not playing favorites isn’t a good idea when you have two female cats. One has to be the alpha cat or both will squabble, hiss, bitch, and fight with each other.

I think Izzy must have been the runt of the litter. While Bella has grown, Izzy still remains somewhat small in comparison. At first I thought it might be an illusion caused by the large spots of black fur on Izzy (the “black is slimming” phenomenon). But I can definitely tell the difference in size and weight when I pick them up.

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Place holder

(Photo by Robin. November 2007)

That’s all this is. A place holder. A post for today.

I’ve been busy putting my home in order, and getting ready for Thanksgiving. Hopefully I’ll have a little more time tomorrow to do a real post.

Laundry marathon

(Izzy & Bella helping with the washing up. Photo by Robin. November 2007)

Last week was one of those weeks where I just couldn’t seem to work up the energy to do all the things that needed to be done. I blame it on jet-lag.

Even when I did get around to doing chores, I felt as though I was spinning my wheels. I can’t blame that on jet-lag. It’s a common enough feeling when it comes to household chores and home care.

In an effort to pull myself out of the household doldrums, I made a grand declaration: I would catch up on the laundry, including the ironing, over the course of two days last week.

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Chopping wood

M and I worked outside today. I wasn’t looking forward to it because it’s cold out there. 38 degrees, but with the wind chill factored in it feels like 33 degrees. It’s also cloudy and a bit damp. We probably won’t see the sun again until St. Patrick’s Day.

Once out there I warmed up quickly. We were hauling, clearing, sawing, chopping, chipping and shredding wood. We’re going to invest in a wood stove insert for the basement fireplace sometime soon, and we’re going to need to lay in a good supply of wood before we do so. Having a wood stove should help with some of the heating costs. Being out in the country, we use propane for heating. Propane, like any other energy product these days, ain’t cheap.

We worked hard. I’m going to feel it in the morning, but for now I’m feeling good after all that exercise and fresh air. I’m sure it will help me sleep well tonight.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I’m tired. Not up to the usual babbling or posting of pics. Well, one pic:

Bella is ignoring me as usual. Izzy doesn’t look too happy about having her photo taken. That’s due to the fact that this was the third or fourth shot. She’s not happy with the flash.

A sunset and a walk

We didn’t get to see many sunsets while we were in Mission Beach. In fact, I think we only saw one full sunset where we could watch the sun disappear below the horizon. The other one or two, where the sun was visible to us, were partial sunsets for us, but beautiful nonetheless.

This was the sunset on day 3 of our trip:

(Photo by Robin. November 2007)

The break in the clouds and the appearance of the sun cast a lovely gold sheen on everything.

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