Better Day

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:28 am
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I had problems falling asleep because my knee was hurting. I stuck a pillow under it for a while, which helped at first, and then became uncomfortable. When I woke up this morning, the pillowcase was off of it, and I swear that it had one last night. I can't find the pillowcase. Do I remove pillowcases in my sleep? Did Zara grab it for her "lair"? Inquiring minds want to know.

Zara's lair is a box on its side. She pulled off the top sheet from my bed and made a nest for herself. She likes to sleep in there. You know that you're a cat person have an empty box prominently displayed in your bedroom.

Mimi cracked me up yesterday. I had finished my shower, and was grabbing my cell phone before I went to work. Mimi scrunched up her face like she was smelling something bad. Apparently she didn't like the fact that I smelled like scented body wash. Ewwww.

Anyway, my knee. At first, I was feeling cranky at work because I hurt my knee there, and it hurts. But then I got involved in some interesting things, so that helped. It's not all better though. I'm refusing to put stuff in boxes at work until it feels better.

I went to the store, and forgot two things. That'll teach me to go without a list. One was cookies, which I could live without, although cookies cure a lot of ills, but the other was acetaminophen, which I need for my knee. So I need to go back after I feed the hordes. At least the store is five minutes from here.
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I was up for a while earlier this afternoon, wrote a blog post, and then went back to sleep. I woke up hearing Mimi go, "Ack-ack," which is her way to tell Zara to go away, and Zara growling. I tried to go back to sleep, and heard a series of the same. I finally got up and convinced Mimi to move, and Zara ran into the bedroom. (I figured that's what she wanted.) Then I dozed off for a little while, but then Mimi digging in the litter box woke me up. So I'm up :)

I need to send a text to the staff member working tonight to cover some books anyway.
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I'm still feeling headachy and queasy, so I'm out sick again today. I probably could have dragged myself in, but I do have the sick time, and my boss said that he didn't want people to work when they're sick, so I decided to stay home.

I fed the girls. (I had a feline chorus going for a while: Harlee and Mimi. Zara is generally silent.) It was a little early to feed them, but they expect to be fed when I get up.

I checked the Hurricane Irma updates, and now I'm going back to sleep.

Mom Report

Sep. 9th, 2017 10:52 pm
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Now Mom's collapsing. She went to sleep after we talked last night, woke up, went back to sleep, woke up, went back to sleep, and took a nap in the afternoon. She said that she didn't even do laundry yet. I'm glad that she's getting some rest. She hopes to pick up her daily life again tomorrow.

Zara cracked me up earlier. I was eating a corn dog, and she came over and stood on her hind legs with her front paws on my lap. I thought, "How cute. She wants to be near mommy." Then I finished my corn dog, and she promptly went away. All right then :) I dont know why she likes corn dogs. She's usually into chicken, and less into other foods.

I can't stop yawning. I think that I'll go to bed early and get up early. I want to dye my hair before going to work. I also want to clean the bathroom.
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I did manage to wake up in time for my conference call in the morning. Mimi and Zara got into a noisy fight in the middle of it--the perils of working from home.

The front desk worker went home sick in the late afternoon, so I was alone at the front desk tonight. It went okay. Time seemed to be passing slowly, but then I discovered that I received the credit card bill for our library credit card, which I reconcile. This bill had most of the new books that we bought this summer, so it kept me occupied for quite some time. When I ran out of things to do, I did some research into cryptocurrency. I'm interested in a company called Ripple, which enables international money transfers between different currencies. It uses synchronized transaction logs on multiple servers as security rather than blockchains. (Yes, I'm aware that's probably Greek to most of the people reading this post.) I would gladly invest in the company, but it hasn't had an IPO yet. It has its own digital currency (like bitcoin), and I don't know if that's a good investment or not. Need to do some more research. It's cheap right now.

The cats have been full of havoc since I came home. I received the freeze-dried shrimp, and none of them were interested in it. I think that I have defective cats :)

I want to feed the girls and crash because 1) I'm really tired, and 2) if the front desk worker is out sick tomorrow, I'll need to relieve my boss for his lunch.
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I overslept this morning. Mimi was annoyed with me because she was HUNGRY! If only I could teach her to jump on me when my alarm goes off, that could be win-win for the both of us. Both Mimi and Zara are pleased that I got chicken cat food, and polished it off. Mimi jumped on Zara later though. Sigh.

I decided to stay home instead of going to Peoria because it got late, plus I have two blog posts to catch up on. It's better for me to stay home and get stuff done around here.
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I woke up around 1:30 and did the morning maintenance routines for the cats and me. Then I lay down for a short nap. Then my aunt called, wondering if I had heard from my mom this week. I haven't. We chatted for a while, and when we hung up, I decided that it was time to get up.

I just ate lunch. Mimi and Zara are both in the office with me, and I broke up a squabble. I wonder why, given that they don't like each other, they always have to be in the same place. They're probably trying to be close to me though.

I want to work on a blog post, and then clean the kitchen.
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Slept in. Fed the cats and me. Had a headache, so I lay down for a little while. Now I'm eating lunch.

I'm reading some books by James Altucher about making money. He did an interview with the CEO of, and the CEO recommended Web development and app development as good ways to freelance. So I'm on the right track. Altucher also recommended a book called Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson about starting a business, so I got that on Audible. I'm always looking for good audiobooks to which to listen while I'm driving around the area. I might listen to them while cleaning too.

My plan is to alternate working on homework and cleaning.

The cats are feeling laid-back. They like having me home. Zara is refusing to finish her food. Sigh. She flashed me her belly multiple times though, so she's relaxed.
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I'm taking tomorrow off to get myself back on my Sunday-Thursday schedule. My new boss gave me a look when I mentioned it, but I've mentioned my schedule before. I suppose that we could change it, but he'll need to tell the people in Normal that I won't be available for chat reference on Sunday. Anyway, I'm going to be off tomorrow.

I had planned to stay home tomorrow, but my instructor for my Introduction to Computers class said that there was a way to skip that class, and that I was a good candidate for skipping it. But I need to go up to Normal to talk to someone on campus. As long as I'm up there, I could return Harlee's expensive food that she can no longer eat, but I can't find the receipt. I suppose that I could exchange it for food that Mimi and Zara WILL eat.

I'm tired. I still haven't posted my flat bench/slant board on the local garage sale site, but I think that I'm going to bed and try to get up at a decent hour and post it.
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Mimi refused to eat the expensive food. Hell. I gave her some cheap food that Zara won't eat, and she did eat that at least. The cats are driving me crazy. Oh, and Harlee almost gave my hand a good bite when she was going after a Pill Pocket.

I managed to get my laundry between storms. I like listening to the sound of the rain.
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It was very cloudy today. I tried looking at the eclipse through my eclipse glasses, but the light was too diffuse to see anything. The best view that I had of the eclipse was through a reflection in a car window. However, I could tell that the eclipse was happening because my home got very, very dark. Overall, the eclipse was a bust, and I wasted money getting the eclipse glasses, but I would have hated to not have them if the view was clear. Oh well.

Classes have started at the college. The students are bringing a cool sort of energy that I've missed. Classes have started at Heartland too. I want to set up my due dates on my calendar, but my instructors aren't giving us the whole schedule, just a week at a time. Bah. I don't expect to learn much from these classes, but they are prerequisites to classes that I do want to take. Because the classes will be easy, I want to review some intros to psychology, statistics, and history, and sign up to be an online tutor to earn some money. I'm having a heck of a time finding a copy of a U.S. History textbook though. You'd think that there would be a bunch of them. Not.

Mimi is now refusing to eat the expensive food. I'm getting at my wit's end. Even if I could find the receipt, it would cost me gas money to go up to Bloomington to return the food. I think that she doesn't like the texture of one particular type of food (or so I hope), so I'll try a different kind. Zara is grudgingly eating the food that she normally likes. Harlee, who has the biggest reason to pick at her food because of her kidney problems, has been chowing down. Go Harlee.

I forgot to throw in my laundry when I got home, so I'm still doing it now. I have stuff to do, though, and I'll keep me awake until it's done. Harlee was complaining earlier, so I think that I'll grab one of my textbooks and read in her room. Multitasking and efficiency :)
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Harlee is now on prescription food. However, I bought her really expensive non-prescription food at the beginning of the month. I want Mimi and Zara to eat the expensive food. Mimi likes it. (Mimi has never found food that she doesn't like, except for turkey. She's kind of like a stomach with legs and fur.) Zara does not, and is refusing to eat it. I had a long talk with her about the importance of eating her food, and how there were starving cats out there who would love the food, but no. Zara wasn't going to eat the food, and I couldn't make her eat it. So she wins. I'm going to pick up food that she likes at WalMart later tonight, plus an extra cat food cap. I'll feed Harlee the prescription food, Mimi the expensive non-prescription food, and Zara her junk food (Fancy Feast). Sigh. Oy. Zara was nosing around Mimi's dish. Surprise, surprise, she's hungry. Did I say, "Sigh"?

After I picked up Zara's meds, I drove to Funks Grove. It's a very pretty grove of sugar maple and oak trees. I had planned on stopping by the Funks Grove pure maple sirup store, but blew past it on old Route 66. I also blew past the turnoff for the old historic church and cemetery. I did turn off for the Sugar Grove Nature Center. The Center was closed, but the trails are open until dusk. First, I walked over to the Imagination Grove, which had a ton of things that kids would enjoy: a playhouse, a sandbox, a way to get to the creek, steps up a tree, tires, a pipe to crawl though, and a low zip line. There also were picnic tables for us old folks.

Then I went looking for the trails. I finally found some off to the side of the main area. I started down the longest trail, which goes near the old church and cemetery, but stopped a little way before the cemetery because I was afraid that it was going to get dark, and the forest was pretty dark as it was. The trails were well-maintained, and there were lots of signs for the trails. I really liked it. I was alone again, though, and I was wondering if I should take pepper spray with me, just in case. They did find someone dead there a little while ago, but apparently the woman was killed by her daughter.

Then I drove over to the old church and cemetery. The church is small and pretty. The cemetery was quiet and peaceful; it's easy to imagine "resting in peace" there. I really liked it. There also is an auxiliary cemetery because the old one is full. It wasn't quite as pretty, but it was nice enough.

Then I went home. I want to come back and hike more trails sometime, and check out the "Chapel in the Woods".
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Fell asleep with the lights on again. I suck.

However, I got up early. Fed myself and the cats. Harlee still thinks that the new food is kitty crack. She's in fine fettle. It's probably too soon, though, to see if the food helps her.

Printed out directions to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield that I want to go to. I also found out where PetCo is in Springfield; I know where PetSmart is because I used to go there all the time when I lived in Springfield.

Called Zara's meds in, but the prescription has expired, and the vet needs to send a new one. So she'll be out for a day or two. I suck.

Going to eat some Ramen and jump in the shower.

Found Zara

Aug. 7th, 2017 09:11 pm
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I tore the place apart, looking for Zara. Didn't find her, so I was walking around outside with a lantern calling her. She wasn't by the sides of the building. Went back inside, and there she was on the back of my chair in the kitchen. BIG sigh of relief. Love my girl.
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I can't find Zara. That doesn't mean that she's not here because there are hiding spots in here, but usually, she'll come out when I call her. I hope that she didn't get outside. I'd think that I would have noticed, but anything's possible.

Sunday morning, I listened to a webinar about investing in Canadian marijuana stocks. (No, I'm not making that up.) I need to sell some stuff and scrape together some money to invest.

It got late, so I decided to go to a garden in Bloomington instead of going hiking (plus the weather was iffy). The garden was okay. It had a very small Japanese garden with an open teahouse. The teahouse had wind chimes in it. I sat there for a while and could feel the tension leaving my body.

I took a nap when I got home. And slept until this morning. At least I was well-rested to meet our new Library Director. I think that he'll work out just fine.
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I keep Harlee in the back bedroom by herself, for three reasons: 1) To keep her away from Mimi because Harlee is old and frail, and Mimi picks on other cats, 2) She has accidents sometimes, and I don't want them in the rest of the house, and 3) She sleeps a lot, and the back bedroom is the quietest room. But Harlee wants to be with me when Harlee wants to be with me. She can squeeze through the gate because she's so thin. (Mimi and Zara are actually a little intimidated by her when she gets out, but I don't know if that would last.) I put a box in front of her gate to keep her from getting out.

Well, tonight, she managed to squeeze through the gate and climb over the box. I was in the bedroom while Zara ate (Zara likes me to be there when she eats, presumably to protect her?) when I heard Harlee scratching, and then silence. I went out in the hall, and there was Harlee. She willingly came back in her room when I went in there. We shared some snuggles, then I sat in there playing with my phone, and then more snuggles. She had settled down, but meowed a bit after I left. She seems to have settled down again.

What Harlee wants, Harlee gets.
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I didn't set my alarm today because I'm staying home. I slept until 1 PM, which is later than I normally get up. Mimi was not happy with me. She was HUNGRY! And I should feed her RIGHT NOW! I've fed them all now, and they've settled down.

Speaking of cats and food, they've decided that if I leave and come back, that means that I'm going to feed them. I normally feed them when I get home from work. Last night, I got home from my travels around 7 PM, which is way earlier then I normally feed them. Mimi and Zara were circling around like a couple of sharks. Cats!

I think that I'm going to work on a blog post. Later, I need to clean and do laundry. Oh yeah, set up food in the crockpot. And clean out the refrigerator because stuff is falling out.

My stupid knee hurts.


Jul. 9th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Given that the road trip blog isn't completely set up, I decided to stay home and continue cleaning. I made progress yesterday, and want to keep going.

The cats are silly about their food. Mimi was making a big fuss until I fed her. Did she finish her food? No! Zara hasn't either, but at least she doesn't fuss. Harlee finishes her food if I give her the "good stuff". I think that she's gained some weight, which is great. She's way too thin.

I Give Up

Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:41 pm
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I finished making my macaroni and cheese in time to gulp some down before the fireworks in Lincoln. I had printed off directions to the Park District center earlier. I threw myself together to go.

The directions were nowhere to be found.

I booted up my computer, but it takes forever. I got the directions printed off about the time that I planned to be there.

So I give up. I'm now planning to go to Bloomington's fireworks show on the 4th. I'll be in the area anyway because I'm planning to go to Moraine View Recreation Area that day. Some days, you just gotta say, "Whatever".

Mimi jumped when they set off test fireworks, so it'll be good for her if I'm home while they're going off. Harlee and Zara seem pretty blasé.

Out Cold

Jul. 1st, 2017 10:58 am
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Apparently I was tired last night. Really tired, because I woke up from my "nap" at 6:30 AM. Decided that was too early to get up, and went back to sleep until 9:30. Then I got up.

I missed feeding the girls last night, so they were really hungry. (I also missed dinner, but they don't care about that.) Mimi blamed Zara for being hungry, and she kept being aggressive with her, and I kept on telling her, "No." I turned my back to feed them, and they got into a yowling fight. I broke it up, and Zara ran upstairs. I promptly fed them.

We're all fed now. Mimi has had some time on my lap to mellow the fuck out.

I changed into shorts. I need to figure out a game plan for the day. Later in the afternoon, I want to go out and take pictures of country roads for the blog. Otherwise, I'm staying home.


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