I’ve been out running errands all morning. Picked up a prescription at Walgreens. Drove down the road to Home Depot for pots and potting soil to plant these daffodils that Bulb.com sent me.
Then I went to get groceries. I had not been for two weeks. I got the makings for taco soup. I’ve been picking food up a lot and I need to fix something at home. Then I drove through McDonalds to get my beloved caramel iced coffee.
I picked up a birthday card for my youngest daughter, who turns 40 the middle of November. Boy, cards are expensive now! But I found a cheaper one.
She’s the same way; she refuses to buy the higher priced ones. We’re a lot alike in terms of being cheap and frugal.
A funny thing happened this morning. I was calling out to Ivy to look at me so I could get a photo of her. And Charlie got right between me and Ivy.
In the past, Charlie would have ducked his head and gone into another room because he didn’t like his photo being taken.
But things seem to have changed.
I kept trying to get around him, because I already had enough photos of him. But he was stubborn. Everywhere I pointed my camera, he moved to get in front of it.
I would move, then Charlie would move along with me.
This really shocks me. When Abi was alive, she was the photo diva. Charlie avoided it. Now with Ivy, he’s changed.
I just had to stop and let the maintenance men in to do a winter check of the heater and check the fire extinguisher.
I gave one big house plant to one of the maintenance men last week. Two others were with him today and I gave one of them three house plants. The other wants a couple possibly.
It’s so funny to see these big burly men stand there and ask me questions about plants.
The one who took three plants today, who I’d never met, asked me why his orchid has stopped blooming. He knew his house plants. He even showed me his house on his phone,which had big long windows and an abundance of light.
I don’t want the first frost to kill the house plants. And I can’t bring them in due to Ivy. That cat can find a way to get into anything. Yesterday she was on my blue hutch and I feared for my white dishes. I quickly shooed her off.
Does Ivy look like she has a worry in the world? No, she gets fed and taken care of and spoiled.
Yesterday I walked down to the office to pay my rent. When I was walking down the sidewalk back to my apartment, the guy who was originally planning to move into my unit and ended up changing his mind was outside with his dogs.
I’m glad he changed his mind, he said due to his work traveling schedule, because I sure like the privacy of my end unit with no one across from me.
He looks to be in his forties maybe. He told me he’s lived here 15 years. He is an interior designer.
He let me see his apartment. It was beautiful. Instead of using his dining room space for a table, he had a sitting area with two nice chairs and a big ottoman as a coffee table next to the patio doors.
He said he does not eat at home. He has a service do his laundry. A real bachelor type.
He told me that he’s done a lot while living there. He’s paid to have new wiring installed. He’s changed the blinds and I can’t recall what all else. But it was a lot. I think he said he bought his air conditioning unit.
He has invested a lot of money into his rented apartment. He said he’s fixing to redo the kitchen.
So I’m not the only one who invests in improvements that I wouldn’t be able to take with me. He’s done a lot more than I have!
He told me that he’s not pleased with a couple of residents that have moved near him, and is considering moving. I hope he doesn’t. I finally found someone who loves decorating and I’d hate to lose him.
Just a bit ago when I was sitting here drinking my caramel iced coffee, Ivy kept jumping up to try to grab the paper towel I had setting under my cup. She managed to get it when I lifted the cup to take a drink. I got up and got it back from her.
She wouldn’t leave me alone, so I tore half of the paper towel apart to let her have it. Off she went with it. This cat is relentless when she wants something.
Then a little bit later she came back for the other half. She was driving me crazy while I was trying to type this post, so I finally just gave her that half too. The paper towels are now torn up all over the floor.
Uh-oh, it appears that Ivy has spied a bug in the living room window. Charlie immediately got on his perch on the arm of the couch nearest the window. When he hears her jumping around in the window he perks right up.
I guess we’re about to witness another bug assassination. I found a dead bug this morning on the floor that looked like it had been smashed. Ivy has no mercy.
You can barely see Ivy dashing about in the window. As you can see, Charlie is getting excited.
Look at Charlie. She entertains both Charlie and me with her daily antics.
Such is life with Ivy.