Morning Chores & What I’m Reading

After my morning stretches and then cleaning out the litter box, I feed the pets and give Charlie his morning medications. Then I went to the kitchen to get my one cup of coffee I allow myself and saw Ivy begging at the bottom of the refrigerator.

This always means that she has knocked one of her swirly toys under there. I grab the yardstick that I keep nearby and try to retrieve it for her.

Sometimes I can get it, sometimes I can’t. This morning the toy got stuck on something underneath and I couldn’t get it for her.

She looks sad and disappointed for a bit and then gives up, heading for something else to do. I’ve already dragged that refrigerator out too many times and the cord barely fits into the outlet as it is.

I hate to see her look disappointed, but that thing is heavy and sometimes the cord gets caught and I can’t reach the plug in and have to jiggle everything around for a time.

What we do for our babies. I thought about putting something underneath to block her knocking a toy under there, but what if the refrigerator needs that space for air or something? I assume they left that area open at the bottom for a reason.

She decides to play up on the top of her cat tower for awhile. Right now she’s on the couch cleaning her face and then she will take her morning nap.

Here are the two of them, about as close together as they get before Charlie will snap at her.

Oftentimes when I go to let Charlie out the French doors she will be at the top of her tower and grab me with her claws as I walk past.

The cat tower is very sturdy. But there’s been a time or two when it rocks back and forth a bit when she jumps to the top. I hope she doesn’t pull it down on herself.

I ordered the sturdiest cat tower I could find after many weeks of looking online.

My daughter is doing fine after her surgery. I talked to her yesterday afternoon.

I had ordered a big fruit gift basket to be delivered to her house. Now she’ll have lots of good munchies. I think they added nuts and cheese and crackers as well as lots of fruit.

What I’m Currently Reading…

I’m reading “The Girl In The Rearview Mirror” right now. Have you noticed there are lots of books these days where the title begins with “The Girl…?” Seems to be a trend.

A brief synopsis of the book…

Finn Hunt is working a dull office job to pay off her college debt when she meets Philip and charms Amabel. She eagerly agrees to nanny, thinking she’s lucked into the job of a lifetime.

Though the glamour of the Martins’ lifestyle undeniably dazzles Finn, her real pleasure comes from being part of the family: sharing quick jokes with Philip in the kitchen before he leaves for work; staying late when Marina needs a last-minute sitter; and spending long days with Amabel, who is often treated more like a photo op than a child.

But behind every façade lurks a less attractive truth. When a young woman approaches Finn, claiming a connection with Philip and asking Finn to pass on a message, Finn becomes caught up in a web of deceit with the senate seat at its center.

And Finn isn’t exactly innocent herself: she too has a background she has kept hidden, and under the hot Phoenix sun, everything is about to be laid bare. . .


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    1. So glad to hear your daughter is doing well after her surgery.

      Monkey, who’s about the same size as Ivy, jumps straight to the top of the 3-tired cat tower and sometimes it wobbles as he does this, but it’s never fallen over. I think because the base of these trees are so strong and sturdy, there’s no need to worry.

    2. I have to tell you that looking at the picture of Charlie and Ivy made me think how sweet they look snoozing together – and then you tell me he would snap at her!

      Also wanted to draw your attention to all the books today that have a picture on the cover of someone from the back as they are walking away. Looks rather silly on the Target shelves as you scan over the books. That seems to be a silly trend too.

      Take care.

    3. Glad to hear your daughter is doing good. Sounds like it was a nasty break.

      We are looking for a cat tree also. BUT we have a 3/legged cat missing her L rear leg so need to find something that she can at least handle the lower part. Nora will have no trouble w the rest of it.

    4. I broke wrist 3 weeks exactly before your daughter.. my left and I’m left handed… titanium plate and screw are installed! Just got second cast… small and light weight! Tell her to ha g in there first 3 weeks are the worst!
      Belinda

    5. Brenda, I love your blog. I get busy and don’t keep up sometimes, but always go back to it. Where did you get your curtains? I love them.

      1. Good to hear you daughter is doing well, Brenda. What a nice treat for her to get your basket of fruit and goodies. You’re a good mama!