The Alarm Clock Named Ivy

I did not realize when I brought Ivy home that I was also getting an alarm clock thrown in for free. I don’t recall any of my other cats waking me up in the morning.

But Ivy, of course, is her own unique little self. With her own individual foibles and idiosyncrasies.

ivy+spring toy

This morning I slept a bit late (I had such strange dreams) and woke to Ivy leaned over me meowing. I knew she would not likely let up so I got out of bed and went about my morning chores.

I fed her. But it seemed that is not what she wanted.

She didn’t go near her food bowl after I put food in it. Finally I figured out what she wanted. She had put her spring toy in the pet water bowl, and she will not play with it once it’s wet.

So I keep a few on the kitchen counter to dry out to give to her. Yep, that was it.

She took off with it racing about the apartment batting at it.

Why does she put her toys in the water bowl if she then won’t have a thing to do with them?

Oh, Ivy…you just keep me guessing and on my toes.

Cats are so perplexing. Dogs are pretty easy to figure out.

ivy + toy

Every evening when I’m in bed reading, Ivy gets on the bed and flops over. She wants me to rub her tummy.

But when I’m rubbing it, her tail thumps back and form like a metronome. And suddenly she might grab on to my arm and bite me. That little stinker.

This morning I saw her chewing on the edge of the bathroom door. Surely she’s through with teething. She’s seven months old.

Every morning she’s a burst of feline energy. When I see Ivy’s eyes widening and becoming fixated, I know she is about to pounce. On whatever imaginary thing she is seeing.

Charlie follows me everywhere. Ivy sits in the tub with her eyes widening and then will jump over him and take off running like the devil is chasing her.

I can hear her now playing with a toy over by her cat tree. Sometimes she will climb up it. But mostly she likes to play below. I will find her sleeping at the bottom on the carpet sometimes.

Within the next twenty minutes she will be meowing at me for her lunch.

charlie + couch

This morning Charlie is not feeling well. He had diarrhea last night, which always scares me as that can quickly lead to pancreatitis. So I’ve given him additional medication with his other morning meds and he is sitting next to me.

Ivy is wildly careening around corners with her spring toy. Before long it will end up in the water bowl. She is making this strange crying sound. Sounds like she’s in a well.

I’m so thankful for all your suggestions yesterday. For helping me to navigate these uncharted waters.

Thanks to a kind reader who had an Ancestry account, it was learned that we did indeed get married in Gainesville, Texas, but lived in Oklahoma. I do not remember why we did this.

This morning I called the courthouse there and they found the marriage license. I paid the required $12 over the phone and they are sending the document to me.

Now I guess the next thing to acquire is the death certificate. I wonder how long after someone dies that that gets done?

blue hutch with white dishes

It is a bit dreary outside. Overcast and in the twenties. I have no plans to go out. Last time I went out a few days ago I took Charlie with me. He has his own comfy dog bed in the passenger seat.

This past week I’ve been somewhat emotional and out of sorts. I’ve cried more for Abi.

The injection has not helped much with the pain, and that is a disappointment.

My mind is filled with all the things I need to get done, and then there’s my yearly taxes to pay. I usually pay them in January but I may have to wait a little bit longer to see how things go.

I’m so looking forward to spring. I will be able to get outside and be among my flower pots and trim back what needs to be trimmed. Watch the birds gather twigs for their nests.

Being outside with the sun shining on my head always helps my mood. Being in my garden space has always given me such pleasure.

Just a few more months, I keep telling myself.





  1. In Virginia, I always got the death certificate days after the death, literally before the funeral (mom, dad, uncle). The delay could be in your state mailing it – our coroner always went to Richmond and picked it up himself.

  2. I love reading your stories about Ivy. She would absolutely wear me out though…LOL Poor Charlie looks like he’s just worn out from it all! I hate hearing that the injection isn’t working for the neck pain. Maybe it just takes a bit longer. My mom gets back blocks and sometimes it takes up to 2 weeks to start working. We’ve got cold and rain here…ready for some sunshine! Love and hugs!

  3. Ivy Lou is something else; I just love hearing about all of her little antics. I’m so glad Charlie is feeling better; old age bites! It sounds bitter cold there; I’d almost take it to the rain we’ve had ongoing for weeks now. Stay warm with the babies today.

    Carol and Molly

  4. Oh, poor Charlie. He looks so sad in the photo above. He must be tired, too. Probably watching Miss Ivy careen around makes him tired! She’s a character, for sure.

    Like you, Brenda, I am so tired of grey skies, grey ground–not much snow at all so far this year–just grey everywhere you look. Have the lights on in the daytime it’s so dark. But, like you say, just a few more months and then we get to dig in the dirt and plant, plant, plant.

    I’m sorry your neck pain hasn’t been helped by the injection. Did the doctor say how long it would take if it was going to help?

    It looks like you are making some initial progress with all the details regarding your Social Security, etc. That’s good. One day at a time.

    Take care and keep on keeping on.

  5. Ivy and Charlie certainly keep you on your toes. They are so cute!

    When you order the death certificate make sure it’s one the SSA will accept. Explain why you need it and they will understand.

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  7. I actually had a precious black & white cat years ago whom I loved dearly…her name was Meneu. We called her our kitty alarm! She
    never failed to wake us just before the alarm went off every morning. Even on the weekend!!

  8. Have you considered CBD oil? Everyone I know with pain is taking the drops and they are very effective. Most cities have stores now where you can buy them or you can order them online. If you need the name of the company we use let me know.

  9. From the internet: Though the rules vary from state to state, in many states funeral directors must file the death certificate with the county health department within 72 hours of the death. Upon filling of the death certificate, a burial permit will be issued. A body cannot be buried in the United States without a burial permit.

  10. I got scammed a couple of days ago…my insomnia was really bad,was about 4a.m.ish and I got up for a bathroom call,my 2 little furry roomates thought it was breakfast time and I thought why not,if I get to sleep maybe they won’t wake me,I did until about 7:30 or so,well when I got up there was the two,expecting another breakfast!
    I ignored them and got some dirty looks to finish up 2018.
    All was forgiven when I plugged in the electric blanket and we had a nap,lol
    I am a very well trained servant and I even get an occasional head bump and purring:)

  11. Brenda, When my Mother died, the funeral home sent for the death certificates (2) I needed, and it only took a week. So you probably won’t have to wait too long. So sorry to hear about Charlie not feeling up to par. I know how worrisome and hard that is for you, with everything else you have to deal with now. Thank goodness he has you to Love him and give him hugs. Oh, my cat, makes a different kind of noise in the morning too, when the Grandfather clock chimes at 6:00 am. I swear that Cat knows how to count the chimes..whatever…(I really don’t think she is that smart) it’s just her goofy habit..(grin) Hugs from Me in WI.

  12. I have noticed that in my case, after steroid shots in my knees, or steroid trigger point injections for my neck/upper spine that sometimes for two or three days afterwards I have some insomnia and/or feel extra emotional. Steroids just seem to do that to me. I don’t know if other people have that side effect.

    Sorry that your Charlie boy is having tummy problems today. Your little Ivy is just a little firecracker, isn’t she.

  13. Sorry Charlie is not feeling well .Little Ivy Lou wants lots of attention my Kramer kitty bites me sometimes during play that is sometimes their way of saying they love you.
    Winter is a depressing time for me as well.
    The steroid shot takes awhile sometimes maybe it will kick in soon .
    Best of luck to you on getting the paperwork you need
    .Take care !
    I hope you have better days soon.

    1. I just don’t like the days being dreary and nothing to do outside. Well, I could clean things up out there. But I’m not ready to do that yet.

  14. Brenda when my husband died it took about 10 days for the death certificate to be published and sent to me.

  15. I am glad Ivy is so full of life. That will keep your life interesting. Hope Charlie is not getting sick. Keeping good thoughts for him.
    Have a great day.

  16. Awww poor Charlie, I hope he’s ok!!

    I love the pics of Ivy, she’s such a funny cat, I often share your posts with my sweetie. His cat is older now (she’s 9) so she doesn’t play as much as she used to, but I did get her a bag of catnip pom pom balls and she’s loving those! She likes to play ‘volleyball’ with him – he tosses them at her and she bats them away!

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