Mary Beth Writes

 Mittens like to sit on the windowsill and look in. Ellie is not happy about this.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu

Yes, the offer is REAL! Send me photos (maybe 2 or 3) of your pets and I will post those photos here this week. This will be our Valentine to each other.

If you don’t have pets now but you have a photo or two of a fur friend of yore, that’s good.

If you have pix of outside animals you love (birds, deer, rabbits, wildebeests) that’s cool, too.

Write a sentence or two about your animal.

I will include quotes as seems fitting.

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Kathryn’s awesome ‘all breeds inclusive’ cat.

 

Here's Ellie, age 6, who came to live with us in August from Kindred Kitties in Kenosha. She's the most affectionate cat we ever had.

“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe

Here's Mittens, who lives on our porch and prefers to live outside.


From Joyce:

This is Bijou Lisette, we got her at 8 months of age. She had been living in a friend’s daughter’s barn as the mama cat would not allow her into the house! She has pretty good manners for living in a barn!
She is almost 11 months old now. She’s a busy little cat, spending hours playing and teasing our 50 lb. dog.
We had not had a cat in 3 years, after our last died at 22 years. At one point we had 2 large dogs and 6 cats. I do not see us getting up to those numbers again; however, I think Bijou could use a kitty companion. Puppies and kittens are not readily available where we live; shelters have to import them from southern states!

“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.” ― Oscar Wilde

These are Karen’s cats; the B&W is Nigel whom she has had a long, long time and the Siamese is Owen, who came to her as a kitten in, I don’t know, how many years has it been now? Owen was Karen’s last name before she was married. I believe cats are glad to carry family names - as long as the names are not too heavy.

“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

 “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ― Jean Cocteau

 “I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.”

― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

 

The impeachment hearings and trial begin this afternoon. I plan to watch some of it.

I was thinking more about Overstory last night. (see yesterday’s book review) We humans invent big theories and myths of good and evil, God and the devil, faith, and what we decide is heretical disbelief. We go to church, to religion, to whatever we hold as holy scriptures to find proof of whatever we already believe.

I think Overstory was saying - don’t tell me what you think trees are about. Go into a forest and pay attention to what you actually see, hear, feel. Notice what repeats itself and what seem singular. Don’t tell yourself and others what is true. Go out and pay attention and discover what is true – and then fit yourself into truth.

We are living in an extraordinary political time. I think disgust with all politicians is as wrong as hero worship of some of them. Today might be a day to have less opinions, to listen to what is said, to pay attention to what we feel inside as proceedings proceed.

In the middle of the cacophony of opinions and pressure – what we will watch is humans trying to govern themselves. This is the real thing. This time will be one more place and time where humans sort out honesty and power.

And maybe, at the end of the afternoon, we ought to go outside and hang onto a tree.

 

 

 

Comments

I am appreciating your comments about Overstory. You have been able to put into words some things I agree with, but you express them so much better. Thank you. I was conflicted about the book in general. I couldn't say I loved it like many have, but I am certainly glad to have read it.

Love the cat pictures - as you knew I would. Remember, you suggested the name Owen! We have had Owen 4 years. Less opinions and listen more. So agree. Hanging in a tree sounds good too.

And loving all the beautiful cat photos. It was 2007 when I tried to run a household with 6 kids, 3 dogs and 8 cats - never again, I am too old. Picture of Jock (the ginger) and Jazzie whose fur he loves to rub his nose into. Photo sent to email.

"Today might be a day to have less opinions, to listen to what is said..." Yes! As always, thank you. Patricia

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Happy Birthday to Len

11/30/2022 

Today is Len’s birthday. I told him this morning I might write about him but I would let him read whatever I said first. He said not to run it past him, he’d like the surprise of reading it when you all do. Let’s see what I come up with.

1. This is cute. Len was born in Chicago’s Passavant Memorial Hospital which was the grandparent hospital to Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital - where two of our grandkids were born.

Stories, Q Club, Us

The photo is not by Len or me, its from I Love Canada on FB. I've seen a sky like that just once. 

11/21/2022

Last week I read two books about young people who left their homes. They experienced some good and too many rough experiences and they couldn’t go back until they figured out how to not be who they used to be. Both novels knocked my socks off.

The People You Keep by Allison Larkin

Covid Diary #979 - Still Paying Attention?

11/17/2022

Yes, it’s been 979 days since Friday the 13th, March 2020, when everything changed.

Last Saturday one of our kids visited for several hours with their kids. It was fun though our kid looked tired. They said they’d taken a Covid test that morning and it was negative. They figured it was the wine and rich foods they’d shared the evening before with friends at the end of a very busy week.

Next Day - What Are You Seeing?

11/9/2022

It was a late night last night, wasn’t it? Len worked at a polling place 6:30 AM until 10:30 PM. He said the actual experience is a lot like working retail (which he has not done since he was 22). Stand up most of the time, pleasantly say the same thing over and over. Wonder if lunch is soon.  

Professional reporters and pundits are talking a lot about “what just happened”, but heck, we are noticing interesting things, too.  Let’s talk about what We The People saw and heard and are watching now.

Here are some things catching my attention.

Election Day

11/8/2022 

So many times I’ve thought things were going to be okay, and then they weren’t. My dad had that heart attack and the kid who was MB back then told herself to not overthink the drama because things always turn out more or less okay. Then the next day he died.

We lost a pregnancy far enough along that we had a name picked out and a crib in which to put that child. For a week I had all the misery and cramps that go with miscarrying and I still thought somehow it was going to work out okay.

That Beep-Beep-Beeping Moment.

In spring Len got a $100 traffic ticket when he turned right at a corner we’ve been turning right at for seven years. However, construction had started and there were orange barrels and cones everywhere – plus a small sign NOT facing the street Len was on, telling drivers to not turn there.

Len went back later that day and took photos. Len called the city to mention that if they posted a sign that actually faced the traffic, the city could save the cost of the cop parked there ticketing drivers.

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