Hi Smiley, Thanks for the encouragement. I have a cat that let's me live in her home, other wise it is just me. I have a son and two grandson's.
Crafts seem to be my pass time or reading, of course there is house work and yard work that tries to interfere.
I check my computer often and enjoy reading the Threads.
I hope your move goes well for all four of you. March 1 is surprisingly close.
When we moved with our previous cats, they howled and complained almost the whole time, until we were almost in sight of our new town. The cat who has us now was calm the whole way, just with an occassional little meow to check up on how we were doing.
Jitter, you'll have to share some of your book recommendations with us, and pop down to the Book Club thread to see ours. I've been reading a lot more this winter.
We have two outside cats, that get to come in sometimes and cuddle and watch TV. Our granddaughters were up this past weekend, and the 3 year old was carrying our big cat; he's like a sack of potatoes and goes totally limp when you hold him. I took a picture and it's hilarious, her holding this limp cat hanging down to her feet. I'll have to download and post the pic.
Hey Jitter, I live in Georgia too on the side of a mountain in Cherry Log. We also share our 15 year old cat's home. Her name is Peek-a-Boo or just plain Peeky. I also enjoy crafts like pine needle basketry, wood working and wood turning. What crafts do you pursue?
Jidge, Hi I live in Augusta. I like about all crafts, have taught painting for several years, oils and acrylics and some water colors, oils are my favorite. I like painting portraits, not that I am that good but have won a couple ribbons.
My son bought me a Nookcolor e-book last Christmas and I really like it, only thing is when Puff my cat is on my lap and I am not paying her enough attention she will stick out that little paw and some times turns 2 or 3 pages.
When she hears the paper man in the morning at 5 she is ready for me to get up.
I worked in a jewelry store for years and learned how to make jewelry but due to prices, gold and silver work had to go now copper seems to be even more enjoyable to work with.
Hi Jitter, I live in North Florida, near Jacksonville. Before that I lived in South Florida in a nice little city called Plantation near Fort Lauderdale and before that Michigan. I haven't lived all that many places.
I have two cats, one (the old one) an outdoor cat, and the younger is strictly indoors. We also have two dogs, an English Cocker and a Golden Retriever. We keep telling ourselves that we could travel a lot more if we weren't tied down with so many animals but we never seem to learn our lesson. We get a lot of enjoyment from our animals.
I love to read (also have a Nook) sew a little bit, but particularly like to Knit and crochet. I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch but since I took up knitting again I can't seem to find time for cross stitch.
I live in Eugene, OR("We're all here 'cause we're not all there") and am allergic to cats. I love crafts and reading (I have a Kindle Keyboard). I'm certain that my "crafts" will never win any ribbons but they entertain me when I get the time and energy to work on them.
I enjoy my Kindle keyboard very much too. I very much like to read mysteries, science fiction and I keep trying to understand quantum mechanics with very little luck. I have read one chapter that defines a particle three times now and still understand very little! I think I'll stick to mysteries.
I'm from Wisconsin originally but my job took me away from there and I eventually ended up in Temple Terrace, FL (suburb of Tampa) for 24 years. Now my wife and I are retired and live in North Georgia which is as far north as I ever intend to go. No more frozen tundra for me. However, once a cheese head, always a cheese head! Go Pack!
Welcome, Jidge. I am originally from Michigan (how about those Lions this year) and Go Green!. We lived in South Florida for 20 years and have been here near Jacksonville for the last 10. This is likely where we'll stay as our grandchildren are close by but Michigan will always be home.
Check out the Book Club posts where everyone talks about what they're reading, what they like and what they don't. Be sure and leave your recommends.
Hey Shar M, Believe it or not, I thought it was great that the Lions did so well this year after so many dismal years. I even rooted for them except when they played the Packers!! By the way, I'm also a died-in-the-wool Badger fan too. There is a retired pastor in our church here in Cherry Log who is also a grad of U of Michigan and he and I always have to ride him when he wears his blue and gold stuff.
I agree with you about Michigan always being your home. That's the way I feel about Wisconsin too. I was born and grew up in Wausau, WI and I still follow the news from there on the internet. My brother still lives in Wausau but I think he must like ice fishing!!
We have two children, both of whom live in the Tampa area. We have only one grandchild who was adopted by our son and his wife about 5-1/2 years ago. She was adopted from China. She is now 6+ years old and in kindergarten. We love her dearly except she always seems to have school fund drives for one thing or another! I'm sure you know what I mean!
Since I'm originally from Chicago where folks say they are for the Bears and any team that's playing the Packers AND I now live in the home of the DUCKS, I guess we can have a little friendly rivalry.
I truly do not miss the Chicago area and, though I still like to go see my Mom there, I would never move back. I have one sister who did but now can't wait to move back to Texas.
I am, however, fond of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. I don't mind cold, it's heat that drives me crazy (especially humidity).
I guess we'll just have to wait until the next NFL football season to see how it plays out. Of course, my bet is on the Pack taking the division title but I know the Lions will be strong and the Bears probably stronger. I just hope the Packers figure out how to tackle on defense. They were terrible in that category this past season.
I miss my Wisconsin home town but don't miss the cold. After 24 years in Florida, I don't miss the heat and humidity either. I think we have found a nice middle ground here in the mountains of north Georgia. It's a lot like northern Wisconsin here. Not as many lakes but beautiful "mountains", lots of trout streams, and wonderful people. And, moderate winters and summers. This winter has been particularly mild. I think we only have had two brief snow showers all winter.
It's good you get to visit your Mom. Treasure her while you can!
Is this in the area near the start and/or finish of the Appalacian Trail? I saw a documentary on the area and the trail and did think it was a particularly beautiful area. I've been to Georgia once. Visited a large park with a butterfly sanctuary, animal shaped topiary, and a long bicycle trail that ended in being ferried across a lake on "bicycle ferry". It was a nice visit but too humid for me and it was in October.
We are not too far from Springer Mountain where the Appalachian Trail begins. Another trail, the Benton MacKay Trail, goes through the Cherry Log Mountain development where we live. It's probably only about two city blocks from where we live. I could get on the Benton MacKay trail here and follow it to Springer Mountain and then on to Maine!! However, I'm a bit too old to do that anymore.
I'm not familiar with the park you describe. It wasn't Calloway Gardens, was it? We planned to visit it twice in the past few years but each time, I became ill and we had to cancel our reservations there. We're afraid to schedule another visit like maybe we weren't supposed to go there!
I do not know the name of the park but we had a great time and have a funny story to tell about it. My sil started yelling at her daughter and I as we were riding bikes along the trail but we couldn't hear what she was saying so we turned around to look at her. She just kept yelling as we both rode blissfully unaware over a copperhead.
One of the things on my list of things to do when my kids are gone is to take a painting class. I want to paint pasture/barn scenes, with cows! My oldest son is very talented, and bought a bunch of supplies and spent some time last summer painting, but never has time anymore. He's very good though!
Here's my two cat babies. They are both almost a year old. Funny, my parents raised me to be a cat hater. I never had a cat until I bought my house in the country after my divorce, and it came with a whole herd of cats! I had 22 at one time once.
This is Harvey and Ernie. Harvey was found under a car in Columbia; Ernie was adopted from a "free kittens" ad.
I always said that when my kids were grown and I had time I was going to learn to play the piano. Unfortunately, I've never had a house with a spot big enough for a piano. Perhaps if I give up the couch.
Smiley, I love the photo of your granddaughter (and the limp cat). She is precious.
They are beautiful. The black cat looks like a bobtail. When I was fostering kitties, the black ones were almost the most loving. I was never fond of black cats before that but now I have a real soft spot for them. Actually, I have a soft spot for any cat. My kids say I could be the crazy cat lady and I probably could but we only have two, although I have to restrain myself from not taking on more.
Yes he's a bobtail. When he lays on the black throw blanket on my bed, I can barely see him!
I used to have another black cat with a half tail. She had one kitten that was a bob tail, and he may have been the father of her last litter, one that was a bobtail, one with half tail, and one with a full tail. Funny! We've had quite a few cats named Bob
I love cats now too. Can't believe I hated them all those years. My old neighbors in CA and I used to make "stinkin' cat" jokes all the time.
Now I go look for them in the evenings and bring them in and cuddle for a few hours sometimes. Harvey likes to lie between your legs on the recliner, on his back, totally relaxed and spread eagled. No modesty whatsoever.
Oh Shar, that's one of my other things! My dad was the most wonderful piano player, but a horrible piano teacher As a kid I taught myself right hand, and chords with the left hand. So I can do that. Then I played saxophone all my school career, so only read one line and note at a time. When my dad got diabetes and lost all his circulation, he gave me his piano in 1995 when we moved back to MO. I play it as much as I can, but will never be very good. It's a struggle to learn to read and play bass clef when you play an instrument one note at a time. But I get so much enjoyment from it. But will never be able to play in public.
Get you a keyboard and play Shar! You're never too old
My older son took lessons from 1st grade until last year, and if he actually would practice it, would be really good. He took Suzuki and played really complicated pieces from an early age. He sits down at it occasionally, and I gave him some sheet music for Christmas. I pray he never quits completely; he's really good!
Hi Jitter, I just wrote to mychalkam. We both have Kindles but I looked hard at a Nook before going with the Kindle. I liked both. Of course, my Kindle is only black and white!
I have a friend in Tampa who belongs to our former church there. She also paints and teaches painting. Once I built some pamphlet racks for the church and she decorated them with dogwood blossoms. Her painting really makes them look much nicer. I'm great at drawing straight lines but don't ask me to draw anything with a curved line!
When we lived in Wisconsin we raised and showed Himalayan cats. We did this for about 6 years or so and at one time we had 11 cats which also included about six or seven kittens that we sold. One cat, Jezebel Blue (a blue point) made her championship. When we moved to Florida, we gave up with the hobby since it was difficult trying to keep long haired cats groomed and in show condition in the heat and humidity. Old Blue was with us until her 21st birthday. Now, we just have an "old" alley cat who we love dearly. She is strictly an indoor cat. She doesn't turn pages on my Kindle for me but does like to type on my computer keyboard now and then!
I have three cats left from the herd of five that used to live in the house. All three have been evicted for anti-social toilet behavior. Now two of them sit one at the front and one at the back door meooooooowwwwwing to get in. They often make a run at the open door when I go out to feed them. I know they just want to be inside again, but if I was really Grumpy they'd be real quiet and cold.
Last night the third one was sleeping on the car hood. I got into the car, started the engine, and backed the car into the street. The cat awoke, lifted his head and stared at me through the glass. He didn't move......... Rock the car back and forth........ he reaches out and grabs the wiper blade and didn't move. Move the car foward suddenly stop.........he reaches for the blade with the second paw and doesn't move. He stares at me with disdain and hate. I may be mistaken but it looked as if his eyes had a faint glow.
I think the cats are plotting revenge. I saw the orange one talking to some of the other cats in the neighborhood. The tough guy Siamese from next door followed me to the mail box and wouldn't go away. I've started carrying a pistol with me and feeding the dog extra good rations. I need all the friends on my side I can get.
Brave cat! Mine are afraid of any noise, including my quiet Toyota starting up.
I once got home from work, heard meowing from under my hood, and realized I had had a kitten in there all day long; he had driven 50 miles with me that morning, sat in there all day long, 9 hours, then another rode another 30 miles that afternoon, and made it safely home (his brother didn't though - we found him in the road)
Grumpy, I loved what you wrote about your cat. My cat is not allowed out side so claims everything in the house hers. Before I rescued her 14 years ago I couldn't believe I would like a cat as we always had dogs, but she has my heart.
Jitter, you are reading this wrong. It isn't A CAT. It is a HERD of ANGRY cats bent on regaining ground and superiority in numbers. The orange is just the bold leader. The black one is the crooner. His meow is more of a continuous song with chant like qualities. The gray one is the worrier. The gray one has taken up the position on the back porch. He is placing ........er....brown "biscuits" on the floor out there, which entices the dog. I think he's trying to sway the dog's allegiance. I don't now where the gray cat is putting the fluid. His meow has taken a deep raspy sort of sneer.
Their ruckus starts when ever I walk through the house. I think they have spies looking in the windows. When ever I come out several of them come out of the bushes and stare. I think they might be organizing cause they seem to do it as if on cue.
Grumpy pulls on some snake boots and loads another .40 caliber magazine.