Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Attack Cat

We have a cat.  

I know, I know....if you had told me a year ago we would have a cat, I would have said "There's no way under God's heaven, in the world, absolutely no way ever that we will have a cat!"  

There are perfectly good reasons I feel this way....
#1.   I'm allergic to cats!   and
#2.   I'm allergic to cats!!

And yet, we have a cat.

She adopted us.   One summer afternoon, she showed up all bones and scraggly....and the kids felt so bad for her that they gave her a bit to eat..and drink....for about 2 weeks straight!   Now what cat do you know that is leaving that!   So KeeKee is our cat.  My only request was that she 'work' for her keep!  

We live in the country.  On 38 acres.  When it starts to get really cold there are little varmits from the outside that like to come inside...and KeeKee likes it when they do.   She's an attack cat!

She's proven herself on more than one occasion....   Such an attack cat!

Three days ago I walked into our bedroom and saw this....

She was watching a little varmit....and I thought "What amazing eye sight cats must have to see that little varmit that far away"   (our bedroom windows are on the second floor)

Then I looked.

Yeah.....she's an attack cat with an attitude!!

You go KeeKee!!!

Love to all,

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Parking Lot

I love snow.   I admit it. 

I was raised in the plains of Texas where there were oil wells everywhere you looked, or golden wheat fields...and cows....but rarely snow.

Let me say that again...RARELY snow. 

When we received any type of winter percipitation, it was in the form of ice...and a 1/4 of an inch of ice can take out an 18-wheeler... 

So as a result, I love snow.  Large fluffy flakes, slowly floating down...settling softly...   almost sounds like a poem...  A week ago, we had a major snowfall here in the middle of the country.  In fact, out here in A-Ville we received more snow that the city did....we got 7 inches of snow in one afternoon.  

Beautiful snow.   Wonderful soft snow.

Needless to say, I was in heaven.

Until, three days later when reality set in.

You see, out here in A-Ville, the drive up to our house is, #1. a 1/4 of a mile long gravel road,  and #2... uphill!

This is what happens 3 days after the heavenly snow...

Isn't it beautiful.   From entering the drive you can feel the quiet....
all you see are the little prints of animals that have crossed the deep snow...

What a lovely drive...

On either side of the drive you see a winter wonderland...    the pond...

The fields...untouched....
Then you go around the first curve, and it happens...

aahhhhh....drat!   Please tell me those are NOT fishtail marks in the snow...

DANG!   This is not looking good....

Oh.  Dear.   So, you do the only thing you can do....

You put it in gear...and rev up the engine, because you know what's coming!

THE HILL!  And then you do the only thing you can do...

Pull up, put it in park, get out, and start walking!
Thus...the parking lot.

....and you head straight uphill.

Did I mention that it snows entirely too much, here in the middle of the country!

Love to all,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A New Thing

There seems to be a feeling of 'new' in A-Ville....   New hopes, new dreams, new realities, new possibilities.  I like new.  It can provide us with that new surge of enthusiasm, a new insight into life, or a new purse, and that ALWAYS helps. 

This New Year, we did a wonderful, fun thing with our boys and one of their ladies.  We went back to our favorite ski mountain, Crested Butte, and stayed for a week.  The weather was beautiful, the accomodations were amazing, and the company was wonderful. 

What a great view to wake up to each morning.

Don't they look excited!  First morning and they're ready to go....
At this point no one has bruises, everyone is warm, and everyone can breathe!! 

I love this picture of my men.  They had a great time trying to out-do each other on the black slopes!
And the conversations on the lifts.... they all enjoyed.

Even Grandma had a terrific time. 

And I even got to take my new purse!

Love to all,