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Cat Talk

I became the primary caregiver for the family cat when my daughter went away to college. I really bonded with Angel and later grieved a great deal when she died. I learned through my relationship with our cat that animals do have their own personalities. Angel was not friendly with everyone and it took a while before she would allow you in. She was very territorial about her little domain and would go berserk if she spotted another cat in our backyard. She would keep watch through our large glass patio doors. She took note of birds and their songs and would mimic them with her own high pitched tweet-like sounds.  Her daily routine involved a reconnoiter of our yard to make sure everything was in order. She did hunt small creatures like birds, lizards, and rats. It was upsetting to find her prey in the house or swimming pool. We would rescue them if still alive. I remember making a few trips to local animal shelters or vets to drop off baby birds. Angel was able to bring some catches into our house because she learned how to slide open our screen door. I have a vivid memory of a day I was in the yard and spotted Angel standing at the screen door with a rat in her mouth, her paw positioned to slide open the door. Panicked by the thought of her bringing this latest prize in to our house I quickly grabbed the garden house and aimed it at the cat shouting ‘drop it!’ I swear Angel made a sound like a disappointed sigh, ‘awhhhrr’, and dropped the rat who staggered away.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “animal sounds.” Write about the sounds animals make and how you experience them.

Featured image ‘Woman with a cat’ by Pierre-Auguste Renoir via Wikimedia.org

Pack You Bags

I hope to have the opportunity to travel more before I leave this world. We put off travel for so long and now it’s almost too late. But I want to do it at a slower pace and not run from place to place on a high speed tour. Need to make the dreams a reality. We did renew our passports already. We just have to plan the destination and pack our bags.

Vintage image by Oberholster Venita on Pixabay.com


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “(un)pack.” Use “pack” or its opposite in your post. “

Featured image of Vintage Paper by Diane Hannah on Pixabay.com

Simple Choices

I most often want to finish a book I have started before starting a new one. I don’t like to give up on a book even if it seems like a slow start or I can’t get into it. These are rules of reading I have followed and don’t know how I started to believe in them. A small way of imposing order in my world maybe. But lately I have decided that if I am not enjoying a book, I will stop reading it. I do not want to waste my time. Is it because I am older and don’t feel like I have all the time in the world left to me? I made the decision to get most of my books from the local public library but find myself ordering more books online as well. I like having more time to finish a book and not waiting on a long wait list to get a popular and or new release from the library. I still get books from the library if they are not recent releases. I just splurged on the latest Michael Connelly book but was practical and patient to order the latest John Grisham book from the library. I ordered John Grisham’s book from last year as well and picked it up from the library. I had started the Connelly book but decided to get started on the Grisham book because I knew I would have to return it and I know I have more time in the world to read a book I own.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt today “ for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “choices.” Base your post on the subject of making small, uneventful choices. “

Featured image is ‘Take Your Choice’ by John Frederick Peto (1854-1907) in the National Gallery of Art via Wikemedia.org

No Robo

I don’t respond to calls from unknown numbers on my cell and we let the answer machine screen calls on the land line. This is how we avoid sales, scam, and robo calls. It would be great if these kind of calls could be made illegal. Been busy watching The Impeachment trial in the US Senate and enjoying the Amazon Fire Stick our son and daughter-in-law gave us for the holidays. Very easy to use and I got to watch the new Disney Plus Star Wars series ‘The Madalorian’ and treated myself to You Tube TV so I can watch all my favorite news programs especially during this Impeachment trial.  We already had Netflix. I am happy to see the new season of ‘Grace and Frankie’, and it is really good. I like the way this series approaches issues of ageing. Jane Fonda looks wonderful as usual but even she has some age related health issues on the show. In the show last season Grace (Jane Fonda) had a knee replacement surgery and this season we see how she has been impacted by it as many everyday people are. She has trouble getting up from low seats, of couches and toilets, and she is embarrassed to let her new husband know about this. So Frankie (Lilly Tomlin) gets an idea for a mechanized toilet seat that lifts people up off the toilet. Grace and Frankie are looking to develop this toilet seat into a new business. Looking forward to the next episodes of Grace and Frankie, and the next season of ‘The Mandalorian.’ Not sure I’m looking forward to the next few episodes of The Impeachment trial. Holding on to the belief (hope) that we Americans will get through it ok no matter what.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, # SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is: “last call.” Talk about the enterprise (sales or service) conducted by the last phone call you received from a business you’re not associated with (i.e. your workplace), or talk about that phone conversation itself. 

Featured image of ‘Robo Call’ by Mike Licht on Flickr.com

Giri Haji

Recently watched this Netflix series Giri/Haji about two brothers, one is a Japanese police detective and the other a hit man for the Japanese mob. It is set in Tokyo and London. I don’t particularly like violent films but this is not only about murder and mayhem. The cast is great and the characters are developed really well. Although I said I don’t like violence, I think I was in the mood for some shoot outs because of all the crappy news lately and I know this is fiction. One scene has a gang of Albanian mobsters getting ready to make a hit on a London gangster, Connor Abbot, and his crew. A policeman on his beat notices the Albanians pulling up outside a restaurant where Abbot is located. He calls in to headquarters to report ‘ a possible incident with numerous males outside a Spanish restaurant.’ As he watches them pull out heavy duty fire power, he yells into his phone, ‘ Oh shit! Guns, guns, guns!’ I found this very satisfying.

Violence in stories, unless it’s just gore for shock value, seem to satisfy the need for the black and white resolution of wrong doing. Seems to fulfill a need for wrong to be set right even though I know in reality things can’t be made right so easily with a fight. Or maybe we just like to see people fight with fists or guns.

The title of this film refers to duty (giri) to family and shame (haji) for all the bad stuff people do often to help their loved ones. Makes you wonder how far you would go to protect your family. Really liked the screenplay and the filming with some split screens, flashbacks, and some anime too.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “movie title.” Take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title.

Featured image of a gangster by Péter Kadlec via Pixabay.com

Oh Yeah Yeah

Oh, yeah, yeah it’s been quite a week. A big start to a new year. ‘Fasten your seatbelts’ or duck under your desk kind of times. I want to forget about much of it already. It’s just that I get obsessed watching You Tube videos of what news people are saying about it all. War and Impeachment, and all in the first 2 weeks. Looking for things that distract me or that I enjoy. So retail therapy, looking for bathmats. I am into bathmats lately. And I bought 2 new mystery books. I opened one to get the first 3 words for this post. I have a new computer. Nothing encourages buying a new computer like being told your operating system is no longer being updated. All the talk about Window 10 being bad and I wondered if I would have a hard time adjusting, but so far it has been fine. The face recognition feature is pretty cute. I have one on my cell phone too. I have to take off my glasses so it will recognize me. Now I’m in the system so I could be paranoid about the government having my image. I hope we don’t have those kind of surveillance systems but they could be on the horizon. Yeah, yeah, yeah.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is to “Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. ”

Featured image is ‘Facial Recognition’ by Mike MacKenzie on Flickr.com