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Monday, May 27, 2013

Kittens!

My older daughter took in a cat from a friend who was moving and was no longer able to keep her. Little did she know, she was expecting. She has a litter of kittens. Six all told.
 
 
They are soon going to their new homes so we went over and played with them for several hours.
 
 
 I love, love, LOVE kittens. I love their excitement. The sideways run they have.
The wobbly way they try to pounce.

 
They crack me up when they attack each other. Until one mews for mercy.

 
How can you not love that adorable little face?


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Emergency plan fail

I really thought I was prepared for a weather emergency. Living in Oklahoma, this is just a fact of life. I have reviewed, tweaked and relayed the plans with my children so much they know it by heart. The one thing I did not take into consideration is what I would do when I was alone away from home. The May 20th tornado revealed this to me.

   I took shelter in the basement of the main building where I work. The public always seeks shelter there as well. There were so many people crowded down there. Everyone was huddled against the walls. You could just feel the fear coming radiating on waves off people. It smelled of sweat. I had my tablet with me so I turned it on to start streaming the local broadcast live. Thank goodness there was WiFi down there. You could not get a cell signal.
  When I turned it on the people around me a surged closer to get a look as well. The news broadcaster was saying that it was at SW 15th and Santa Fe. A women started to wail. Fear clutched me. That would place it close to us. I briefly had visions of the hallway collapsing with all these people around us. I could understand how little it would take to start a riot in a mob. I said a prayer right then and there. The broadcaster went onto say it was SW 15 in Moore and still headed east. That would place it away from us and meant we were safe. Let me tell you. I have never felt such relief. I don't know what I would have done if it had hit us. I realized then I need to have a better plan in place.

 
   You will not be able to talk on your cell phone. The lines get jammed with everyone else trying to call loved ones. Make sure family knows where you are seeking shelter before it strikes. THEN as soon as it's safe try to give everyone an update. You won't be able to call but most people have Facebook on their phones. Just a simple I'm safe post will help put everyone at ease. We did not know about a family friend until 2 days after the disaster. Thank god they were OK but their car was destroyed by the tornado.
   Have a secondary plan. If something had happened to me I don't have anything in place for my children that did not include me in it. It NEVER occurred to me that I might be the one in danger's path.
   I pray for all those who have lost loved ones, homes and their livelihoods in the tornado. It was an awful event but a learning experience for me.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kitties

I don't think I have ever seen anything do cute in my life. This is my daughter's hairless cat and the kittens.

birthdays


What's a birthday without pie?

Monday, May 13, 2013

chores

To me this is the dreaded of all household chores.
 
 
Give me a toilet any day. I have this thing about hair. Grosses me out. Which is weird since I have so much of it.
Thank goodness for those friendly scrubbing bubbles. They are like superman to me. They each deserve a little red cape.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's day

Here's my mother's day project for my self. Prettying up my front porch. Low maintenance and it looks good. Can't beat that.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pets are people too


You talkin' to me?


We have several four legged members in our family. I don't think our lives would be complete without them.

Do you think we own them or they own us?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Say cheese



When I was a child we had to help my step mom prepare dinner. We were always given tasks like tearing lettuce or peeling potatoes. Since there was 6 of us, all cooking was done on an industrial scale.

My husband and I went shopping this week. -Yes, we are one of those disgustingly cute couples that do this together.- As I reached out to grab a couple of bags of shredded cheese, he stopped me. "Why don't we buy the blocks and shred our own?" he asked.

I had never really thought about before. My whole adult life I just bought the shredded. I had done this task so many times growing up. I don't know if it was because they did not sell the prepackaged back then or if we only bought the blocks because they were more cost effective. I remembered then that I really hated to grate cheese.

I mean REALLY hated to do it.

Then the really trippy thought occurred to me. What other choices have I made without any consideration?
Is my favorite color really blue? Do I actually hate mandarin oranges? Does the smell of rain make me wasn't to bottle and sell it as perfume? I usually try to be open minded about things but were preconceived notions effecting my judgement?

On the opposite end of the spectrum you have people like the members of the Westboro church. These people actually seek out  issues and try to press their opinions on other people in hateful ways. They were here in Okc last night protesting at a Thunder game because an NBA player recently came out of the closet. My daughters boyfriend Andrew and roommate Aaron went down there to counter protest.

It is not for us to judge anyone no matter which side we pick to stand on that moral fence. I think this picture Aaron took says it all.


Photo by: Aaron Blundell

We had tacos last night and because my husband worked late I had to shred the cheese myself. It really wasn't that bad. We will be buying the blocks from now on. It doesn't matter how you use it, shredded, sliced, crumbled, cheese is still cheese.