Cats like to nap. They like it so much, they do it for hours at a time. Like 18-20 hours. And yet when we say “cat nap,” we don’t mean a sleep-a-thon. So how did the phrase “cat nap” come to mean a brief refreshing nap?
It’s 7:30 at night and the FedEx guy with the Chewy.com shipment has not yet arrived. I fed the cats the last of the food at breakfast, I checked the message from Chewy saying “Your shipment is on the way” supposedly on the truck at 9:04 this morning. Should be here in time for afternoon tea (I hope) and dinner for sure. But no, it’s not. The cats are out of food and they are not happy! Well, okay, maybe not entirely out of food — there is the crunch (as we call the dry food around here), but that’s not really dinner, is it? About tea time they had started their usual litany of meows, chirps and gurgles — all to remind me that it was time for a snack. After all, they had missed their post-breakfast, pre-lunch treat (outta those, too!) and had no lunch to speak of… Read More »
I love greeting cards. When I see a cute card, I just have to buy it, knowing that one day I’ll find just the right occasion. (And to prove it, I have some cards going back 30 years– still waiting …) So last night, I needed a birthday card for a friend and unearthed one of those long-ago cards, a big glittery one with a bunny rabbit in a black formal coat playing the piano while all kinds of creatures watch. It’s a musical card — you open it and it plays a tune. It was in its original cellophane wrapper (slightly yellow from age) and I thought, “doggone, I wonder if this thing actually works.” I took off the wrapper and opened the card. Nothing. Not a peep. I closed it and opened it again. Still nothing. I turned it upside down and shook it. Nope. I tapped it gently… Read More »
Every time I see the word “snarky,” I want to tell my friend Sharon. This is her word. She made it up. snarky adjective \ˈsnär-kē\ Popularity: Top 20% of words – Definition of snarky 1: crotchety, snappish Sharon was so pleased with that word that she would introduce it to everyone she met and would tell me whenever she heard it used on a show, or seen it in print. Unfortunately, Sharon passed from this earth several years ago, so I can’t tell her I just saw it again. Also, unfortunately, according to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the word Snarky has been in use since 1908, many decades before either of us was born, so obviously, she did not make it up. But I am hearing and seeing it more often, so surely Sharon should at least get credit for popularizing it. But that got me thinking about other made-up, personal words. My dad used to use… Read More »
Yeah, I’ve tried yoga. Some of us are built for it — some are not. I’m not. However, I’m constantly reminded that I need to do some kind of exercise. And who reminds me (other than the mirror, I mean) — it’s my very own house-mates. Smokey has been doing it for so long that now she does yoga in her sleep. Even now that she is an “elderly” cat (according to her vet), she is still plenty limber. I am amazed at the agility with which she runs, leaps and even sleeps. Sleeping seems to be her favorite thing and she’s so cute that I have hundreds of pictures of her sleeping. Yoga obviously is second nature to her. Then there’s Paddy O’Cat. He tries — he really does — but on him it doesn’t look so natural and it’s pretty obvious that there’s something that prevents him from… Read More »