Warm up

(Quail Hollow State Park, OH. January 2008)

That’s what we’re experiencing here today: A warm up.

It’s cloudy, breezy, and expected to get up into the 50’s. Continuing with my weather prognosticating, that means June will be warm, breezy, and cloudy.

Typical, in other words.

The kitties are doing fine. They’re a little subdued. I expect they’re feeling pretty sore. I know I would be after a total hysterectomy.

Today is the first check-in day for Move 2008. As I noted yesterday, I’ve gotten off to a slow start this year. I have some good excuses, but they are just that: excuses. So, it’s time for me to stop making excuses and start making tracks.

Mileage this week: 14.55 miles

Yoga average for the week: 13 minutes per day

Given the way the week has gone, I’m not entirely unhappy with those results. I’ll make up some of the mileage with a long walk this week.

Altered kitties

(Yesterday’s view of the pond.)

Yesterday was clear and sunny. It was also fantastically cold. We woke up to a temperature of 8 degrees. I think it got as warm as 16 later in the day. In the spirit of following the weather prognostications, that means March will be clear and sunny. I’m not sure how the temperature fits in.

It warmed up overnight. It was 21 when I rolled out of bed this morning. It’s a balmy 24 right now. Today’s weather forecast: Partly cloudy. I suppose that makes April a partly cloudy and warm month.

Not that I believe any of this, but I am curious as to how it will turn out.

Izzy and Bella are at the vet’s today being altered, fixed, desexed, spayed, or having an ovariohysterectomy. Take your pick of terms. I’m a little worried about it. It is major surgery, after all. But I also know it needs to be done, it’s a routine procedure, and it’s for the best. I should hear something from the vet’s office soon.

When I dropped of the kitties I was told I can pick them up this evening. After doing a bit of reading, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t ask to leave them overnight. Apparently they heal better/quicker if allowed to stay overnight, mostly because they’re kept confined. Anyone have any opinions or suggestions on this?

A day of sloth

(Bella & Taylor. December 2007)

No, we haven’t adopted a dog. Taylor belongs to Emma and her parents. She visits when they visit. Bella, too curious for her own good sometimes, decided to check out Taylor. I think it’s possible, with time, that the two of them could get along (once Taylor gets over her fear of cats).

It’s snowing here in the Bogs. (How often do I start a paragraph with that sentence??) The winds have been gusting big time, blowing the snow all over the place and preventing it from accumulating except in corners and places where it’s trapped.

It’s been said by some very old time weather prognosticators that the weather of the first 12 days of the year represents the weather you’ll have throughout the 12 months, each day representing one month. If that’s the case, we’re in for a windy and snowy January.

M and I went to Akron’s First Night last night. It was fun. We listened to a lot of good music, ate a little too much German food, walked a lot, enjoyed a blacklight art exhibit, watched the midnight fireworks display with smiles, laughter, and looks of awe, and stayed sober.

It’s a good way to start the year.

Today we’re just hanging out by the fire. M is watching football. As soon as I finish here I’m going to grab my book and settle in for a long read.

We saw a mink this morning. It was walking across the top of the pond (which is partially frozen). I think it might have been in search of a drink of water as it stopped when it reached an area that wasn’t frozen. It eventually jumped into the water and swam over to land.

It’s good to have minks around. They eat muskrats. Muskrats damage the dam of the pond so having a predator around to take care of the muskrats is a great help to us.

I guess that’s about it from the Bogs for now.

Happy New Year to my friends and family! I hope 2008 is good to you.

Unofficial start

(The evil Izzy. December 2007. © Robin)

Izzy isn’t really evil. It’s just a bad case of golden-eye. Funny how the cats don’t get red-eye. Sometimes it’s a glowing blue color.

She doesn’t, however, belong up on that shelf. She was suitably reprimanded.

It’s day 2 of my unofficial start towards lifestyle change. I walked 2.29 miles yesterday and put in 4 miles today. I followed the walks up with some yoga and meditation. It’s a great way to start the day.

I’ve also been doing a fine job of eating lots of fruits and veggies. M and I went out to dinner last night. We went to a restaurant that serves Middle Eastern food and has plenty of vegetarian dishes on the menu. The food was delicious, and I’m pretty sure I got at least 5 servings of vegetables just in that one meal.

We woke up this morning to a rain/snow mix. Very slushy stuff. It turned to snow later in the morning. It didn’t amount to much. The temperature has warmed up to a balmy 36 degrees which has melted whatever snow was out there.

Our next good chance for snow will be New Year’s Eve. M and I have tickets to First Night in Akron. We’ve gone to First Night before and always had a good time. I’m especially looking forward to Colin Dussault’s Blues Project. You can check ’em out here, too.

We’re off the Sharon, PA tonight to have our annual wingfest at Quaker Steak & Lube with friends. It’s become a tradition at this point. I’ve kept the calories down and the foods healthy throughout the day so I won’t feel too terribly guilty when I dig into those hot wings and onion rings.

Even though it’s an unofficial start, it’s a decent start. I figure if I can keep up the healthy changes a minimum of 80 percent of the time, I should be able to lose weight, get into better shape, and not feel as though I’m depriving myself.

Truthfully, eating healthy foods never makes me feel deprived, and almost always makes me feel better on all levels. Makes me wonder why the junk food can be so attractive at times when it does the complete opposite.

Look for changes around the blog soon.  I don’t like what this theme does to some of my photos.  I’m on the hunt for something better.

New Windows

(Picture window, before)

(Picture window, after)

(Bella & Izzy in the upstairs window, watching the men installing the new windows)

Sunny Sunday

(Izzy & Bella, trying to nap. Photo by Robin. November 2007)

The sun is shining here in the Bogs today. The high temperature today is supposed to get up around 48 degrees. My plan is to get out there and soak up some of that sunlight.

I noticed yesterday that my calendar here at the blog was a mess. I’ve been posting religiously every day of this month, but my WordPress clock was way off, throwing off my dates. I’ve fixed the timestamp options at least three or four times. I hope it takes this time.

Not much else to babble on about this morning so I’m off to enjoy my Sunday.

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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