A Day In The Life

Don’t Leave Home Without Them!
October 28, 2007, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Africa, Jasper, Odds and Ends

Candid Karina wants to know what our security blankets are; the things we can’t leave home without.  So…..here goes…….

Taking my purse and one or two giant bags filled with school supplies, materials, music and the like, is a given when I leave home every morning.  I can’t even imagine leaving my ‘bags’ behind.  Their contents are absolutely essential to my day. 

I have to be wearing some earrings.  Can’t leave home without ’em.  These are three of my favorite pairs.


 On the rare occasion that I forget to put my earrings on, I feel out of sorts for the entire day.   Seriously, if I forget my earrings, my students remark about how ‘different’ I look.  I wear earrings when I mow the yard, carry out the garbage, exercise, whatever.  The only time I take the earrings off is when I go to bed at night. 

I gotta be wearing a watch. Can’t leave home without it!


I travel to three different buildings within my school district every day. Keeping track of my time is imperative. I have three watches so that I’m never caught with a dead watch battery and no watch to wear.   Summer vacation means leaving that watch off and no schedule.  Ah!  What sweet freedom that is……..

Now, I leave my precious babies behind every week day morning, but it is a very hard thing to do.  Jasper has the forlorn, neglected doggie look down to a tee.  He sits on the front porch step or behind the front door screen looking out and puts on his pitiful face and it just about breaks my heart.  He really turns on the drama when I have to go on a weekend choir trip.  And leaving him at the kennel really makes me sad. 😦   Africa sometimes sits and watches me leave, but most of the time I honestly think she could care less.  That’s a cat for ya!  She does love to snuggle in my lap when I get home though and so does Jasper which is why I have to eat so much to keep my lap so nice and wide….ha!


Now, boogie on over to Candid Karina’s and check out some other folks’ security blankets.


Conniving Critters
July 28, 2007, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Africa, Jasper

 Sorry folks!  I just didn’t get my Fun Monday fridge pictures taken.  I’m a dinosaur that doesn’t own a digital camera.  My dog and cat are a lot more interesting than the inside of my fridge anyway!!  Enjoy and have a Fun Monday!

La, la, laaaa…..prrrrr…..if I roll around in this dirt…..la, la, la…….and get really covered with dust……prrrrr…..la, la…….then if I lay all crumpled up like this…..prrrrrrr…..she’ll think  I’m dead…..la, la, la, la, laaaaaa…..


…..and she’ll be so happy when she finds out that I’m actually alive….prrrrr…..that she’ll give me a whole bowl of milk……la, la, la…….or maybe a can of tuna….purrrrr…ssst!…..what….?!!


Hey!  You’re not supposed to be taking pictures of me looking like this!  What will everyone think?!!!!!  My hair’s all messed up and I’m so diiiirrrrtttttyyyy….yowl……hmmmm…..prrrrr…..at least my shadow still looks regal……

I can’t believe she had me working outside all day.  I’m so tiiiiirrrreeeedddd……I’ll just stretch out here…….yawn……and be real still……..yawn………and


….she won’t make me go outside again………oh, this feels so good……zzzzzz…..zzzzzz…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………


I can’t believe she woke me up with a camera flash……….

Support Your Local Cat House
May 21, 2007, 9:13 pm
Filed under: Africa, Family

I have a magnet on my refrigerator that proudly proclaims “Support your local cat house”. And, no, I don’t live in a red light district. The picture on the magnet that sports the slogan is that of a fat, tabby cat. I’ve had a cat or cats wherever I’ve lived since the age of five.

Santa brought me a yellow tabby for my fifth Christmas. I promptly named the cat Sunshine. Next in line was Kitty Blue, a beautiful smoke-blue longhaired cat that I also got for Christmas when I was thirteen. My piano/voice teacher gave me fluffy, white Jim Dandy (I was a Black Oak Arkansas fan as a teen. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Jim Dandy was the lead singer for Black Oak Arkansas.) I found Squeezy by the side of the road. Blue, Jim Dandy and Squeezy were the cat trio of my teenaged years. I left the trio behind when I began my studies at Northeast Louisiana University. I spent my freshman year in a dorm so I actually lived an entire year without a cat in residence. Then I moved into an apartment and adopted Mr. Nixon, a sleek black cat with a white spot on his nose and one white foot. Three years later, I transferred to the University of Colorado and added Muffin to my cat history.   We now enter some murky years in which I finished my degree, got married and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Mr. Nixon and Muffin stayed in Arkansas with my parents.  The marriage didn’t last long and I moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to lick my wounds.  I found my beloved Rudy abandoned in a cardboard box on a grocery store parking lot in Little Rock.  Rudy stayed with me through thick and thin for seventeen years.  He moved with me back to Virginia Beach where we rescued Miss Scarlett.  Rudy and Miss Scarlett lived with me through my Toys R Us tenure in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and back to Roanoke, Virginia, which is where this picture was taken.  Rudy is on the left and Miss Scarlett on the right.


In 1990, Rudy and Miss Scarlett moved home to Arkansas with me where we bought a house that came with a beautiful calico cat named Emily.   Emily liked to  curl up and sleep in my wooden bowl.


We soon added Punky to our family. Punky was abandoned, half-starved and pregnant when she joined us.   Sadly, Punky’s kittens didn’t live, but we got her healthy and she thrived.  Rudy is in the foreground of this picture and there is Punky doing a little cat cha-cha-cha behind him.  


Not too long after Punky joined us, I found Africa abandoned outside the local library.   She was a tiny black ball of fluff with a big mouth, but we welcomed her to the cat house where she grew up sleek and beautiful.  Here Africa is posing with some pink tulips. 


Africa is the sole remaining cat in the cat house, but she and Jasper, the miniature Dachshund, are great pals.  They curl up together to sleep and Africa frequently washes Jasper’s face.   This concludes my little cat house history.  Hope you enjoyed the tail 🙂

May 15, 2007, 8:49 pm
Filed under: Africa

I rarely am able to get pictures of Her Imperial Majesty Queen Africa. She is far too busy doing queenly cat things to pose for my camera. But the other day I was roaming around taking pictures of flowers when I noticed her basking in the sun on the back porch steps. I quickly went into spy camera mode…..Vicki and Julie aren’t you proud of me?!!  I managed to snap two shots before Africa gave me one last withering look and walked away.


The real sneaky shot. She is watching some birds at the bird bath and isn’t paying attention to me.  The sun is really bringing out the red tint in the fur on her chest. 


She caught me snapping pictures. Oh, that royal glare. How dare I disturb her peaceful repose!  Try not to be too jealous Willow Tree.  I know you covet my beautiful cat.  🙂