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Although my neighbors are all barbarians,
And you, you are a thousand miles away,
There are always two cups on my table.
--Tang Dynasty

I hope you, whomever you are,
will sit down "with" me for tea,
or flavored coffee or spiced cider,
and have a garden variety chat.
Now and then.
I am not so consistant about blogging
as I ought to be.
I *am* consistant about
drinking hot beverage
and the coffee/tea is always on the hob.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Raining All Around

The rain is raining all around
It falls on field and tree
It rains on the umbrellas here
And on the ships at sea

It's raining, raining all around! And it's c-c-c-cold!!! 49 degrees F.

Larry has the week off work because we have (at the moment) 2 vehicles, and 4 drivers. As you would expect, the two daughters get the cars, and Larry and I sit around the house alone with no place to go, and no way to get there. Poor poor us!

NOT! LOL! We have had such a pleasant week! We eat when we want and do what we want and it feels altogether just like I imagined being an old retired couple would feel. I'm loving it!

Here is what it "looks" like in our home right now. It's very very quiet. Mostly. Quiet enough that I can hear the rain in stereo, from the back sliding doors and from the front windows. It's like being in the middle of a fountain.

A black and white Lily sleeps curled in the brown chair.

Eek the Grey sleeps on our bed, snuggled down between our pillows.

Valentino the snowy white luck dragon sleeps in a green cage downstairs (explanation coming, we are not cruel kitty parents!)

The furnace purrs with the cats.

Larry the man sleeps stretched out on the recliner, nose vibrating as he snores. The refrigerator burbles every now and then, snoring in surround sound with Larry.

Altogether a cozy warm picture.

Now to explain the caged dragon....
He's going to be ok now, but Valentino's been bit. He had a nasty puncture bite on his side that sealed over and absessed. It happened so fast! We have to keep him caged and indoors until the medicine is finished, and another checkup is done. He had a fever from it which, along with the closed wound must have hurt him so!! He's such a boy! If he were human, he'd have a mud bike or an off road mudmobile! LOL! He has to hate being indoors all the time! But he's so sick right now he doesn't even protest the cage. Before the vet drained the wound, he was howling and crying, pacing the house. We're pretty sure it was one of the wild cats that live and breed in an old barn a couple of houses away. One of them, a male, is HUGE, and completely wild. The vet told us it would be a good idea to set a Havahart live trap

and get him if we can, so Larry set it up. Since he's wild (not Larry LOL!), Animal Control will take him I think (if we catch anything). In the meantime, we decided our 3 little in and out all day furbabies should be just in, because we don't want to trap them. (This morning, Eek sneaked out somehow. Larry thought he saw a coon in the trap and went to let it go. Yup, it was Eek. She was glad to get back inside out of the wet and cold. Hasn't left our bed since. Poor baby.)

Eek knew Valentino was sick and has been moping around calling for him. Now that he's caged, she sits on a box (a very nice handcarved wood box that Larry probably would rather she wasn't on ) in a dark corner, just quietly until she can't stand it any more and then she howls. But it will all be ok in a few days. I guess I should tell her that. I will give her a cat kiss. http://pets.yahoo.com/blog/catbehavior/14/can-kitties-kiss-just-look-into-their-eyes/.