Just Enough

William visited the vet Monday to assess the efficacy of the weight loss program he began in December. Before continuing, I'll note the difference between this visit and the one last December: On Monday, David took William for his checkup, and a good time was had by all. In December, I took him, and he bit … Continue reading Just Enough

Bedtime at the Davis Home

I swear I did not plan this, because where cats are involved, no one can plan anything, but-- I had just published the preceding post and turned off my laptop when William walked over and looked at the chair and then looked at me. I spread out his blanket. He jumped up and settled in for the … Continue reading Bedtime at the Davis Home

At Home with the Davis Family

David has a new recliner. I have a new recliner, too, but I am a mean, contemptible battleaxe and I do not share. (I do put a blanket on my chair and tuck William in at night. Ernest won't share David's chair, either.)

Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices

Louisa wrote in her journal about a conversational lesson with Mr. Lane: "What virtues do you wish more of?" asks Mr. Lane. I answer:-- Patience,                Love,                Silence, Obedience,            Generosity,     Perseverance, Industry,       … Continue reading Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices

My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

In the previous post, I announced my intention to get up, go to BookPeople, write for an hour on a project of not-email and not-post (because Ramona DeFelice Long told me to), and get off the laptop by 7:00 p.m. Here's how the day went. At 8:00 a.m., I discovered Ernest experiencing grave digestive problems … Continue reading My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

Excelsior! – Yeah, Right

(Excelsior: a Latin word meaning loftier, used in English as an interjection meaning Ever upward)*** The shades of night were falling fast,As through an Alpine village passedA youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,A banner with the strange device,      Excelsior! His brow was sad; his eye beneath,Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,And like a silver clarion rungThe … Continue reading Excelsior! – Yeah, Right

A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise

As you know if you saw our last post, our Christmas tree has been the subject of intense, but not unexpected, conflict. As soon as the tree lit up, so did William and Ernest. William had to be physically restrained from chewing on the lights. The next morning found the tree lying on its side … Continue reading A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise

A Davis Christmas 2009: Why Decorations 2013 Are Downsized

Last night David strung lights on Christmas tree. William began gnawing on lights. Kathy went bananas, envisioning surgery to pick shards out of William's GI tract. William said he didn't care. Ernest said he didn't care either. David distracted William and Ernest. This morning Kathy picked up tree, sopped up water, dragged lights to higher … Continue reading A Davis Christmas 2009: Why Decorations 2013 Are Downsized

No Runs, No Hits, Several Errors

I promised myself that tonight I would be on my stationary bike by 8:30 p.m. and in bed by 10:00. Missing the bike objective, I set a new one: 9:00 p.m. So I sit here at 8:55, watching the minute hand make its way toward the 12, and I think, Should I push that goal … Continue reading No Runs, No Hits, Several Errors

Christmas, 2012: Progression

Christmas Eve Christmas Day The rest of the story: David and I watched the clock for twenty minutes and then headed for the nearest movie theater to see Hitchcock. Of the seven viewers, six lasted to the end of the movie. One bailed out early. He looked too young to know who Alfred Hitchcock was. … Continue reading Christmas, 2012: Progression