Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This and That Tuesday

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination. ~Christian Nevell Bovee

I woke in a panic this morning... my alarm went off and I shut it off and lazed for a moment until I realized: THE CAT WASN'T IN MY FACE.

She's always in my face. She usually wakes me before my alarm does. Night before last, she curled up on my pillow at about 2:30 a.m. and purred (who needs a sound machine? -- purring makes perfect white noise) until I finally got up.

My kitty is 15 y.o. -- That's a senior citizen. So when she wasn't there this a.m., I popped right up and started looking. I found her in the spare bedroom, just sitting there all fine and dandy. I made her stand up, though, because once (years ago) something similar happened, and I found her lying down under the dog's feeding station and not moving, and it turned out she'd blown the ligaments in BOTH back legs.

She was fine. She was all, "Sheesh, what's the big deal." But my heart was pounding.

If she was smart, she'd do that regularly because it definitely got me up quicker than my alarm!


Good news in Pillar Place: Swallowtail. Ethel (the 'pillar on the slippery tape) made her pupa safely and did NOT fall. I swear I checked on her about every hour! LOL...

We have another one, Carole, on walkabout -- leaving us with only three left. I'm a little worried that Greg and/or Fiona might be overwinterers. I sincerely hope not, but they are still pretty small.

Pillar Place: Monarch should be starting soon.

Speaking of monarchs, my milkweed is blooming! We had sun for about two hours yesterday, so I took a turn around the yard and WOW does it ever smell amazing. It's so strong, it's almost intoxicating. Truly one of the best flower smells ever. No wonder all the flying bugs love it. When it's not pouring rain (which isn't often anymore) the milkweed flowers are covered in bees and butterflies.

And the flowers are lovely, too. It's just a shame that most folks consider it a noxious weed and destroy it. They're missing out (and, sadly, so are the monarch butterflies - click here for information on Monarch Conservation, why they are threatened and how you can help).


Did a little writing and a little editing yesterday. Also worked on a book video for Goddess Fish Promotions(can't call it a trailer, btw, as Circle of Seven Productions has copyrighted that phrase) and lots of other stuff for The Long and the Short of It. We have a kicking new romance author "gossip column" for our newsletter, starting in July -- it's a hoot (you should subscribe - the link is in the middle of the LASR home page).

It was a busy day! I really do love Mondays. I know, I'm a sick woman. *G*


You Are Skilled

You are balanced and competent. You value harmony.

Other people see you as outgoing, hyper, and even a bit overwhelming.

Your ideal romantic relationship is peaceful, romantic, and private.

You do best in tasks that require you to be flexible, creative, and playful.

Actually, that's not far off... huh.



Ceri Hebert said...

Glad your kitty is okay. I worry about my older one too, though she's only about 10 or 11. My younger baby is the one who gets in my face, circles my head before settling down. She purrs AND sucks her tail so I get lots of noise. Unfortunately she also kneads. Ouch.

I need to have more book videos for my other two. Maybe a break from editing is in order.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm with you on the Mondays thing. I love being back in *my* routine, such as it is.

Glad your cat was okay. Cats have a way of ruling the roost, don't they?

Sarita Leone said...

So glad you had a great day. And so relieved your kitty is fine! I worry about the Piglet, too. She's 13, and moving slower all the time.

Allie Boniface said...

I know *exactly* what you mean about worrying about the cat!! I do the same with both of mine, even though my husband thinks I'm crazy.

Maria Zannini said...

Oh boy. Every time my guys got to the elderly stage I constantly checked to see that they were breathing.

They sleep so soundly when they get old. More than once I've gone over and nudged them. Then I'd get a "what the hell" look.

Glad your kitty is okay.

Wendi Zwaduk said...

My kitty never made it to the geriatric stage because he died of kidney failure at 5. So sad.

Good hear that Pillar Place is thriving.

Have fun writing and editing.


Melissa McClone said...

Hugs, Marianne. That would have been so worrisome and downright scary to me. Glad your kitty is fine.

Anonymous said...

I totally understand your stress that morning. I have my own senior center with my pets. Dogs 13 1/2 & 10 yrs old, cats 13 yrs old.

Sounds like the soon to be butterflies are doing great.

Sick sick woman for liking mondays LOL. Im not a big fan. Not much good has ever happened on mondays lol.

Hope you have a wonderful day :)

Tori Lennox said...

Hugs on the panic! I'm glad your kitty is okay!

Dru said...

I'm so glad she is okay.

You Are Skilled

You are balanced and competent. You value harmony.

Other people see you as outgoing, hyper, and even a bit overwhelming.

Your ideal romantic relationship is unconventional, wild, and very public.

You do best in tasks that require you to be logical, hard-working, and courageous.

Except for romantic relationship being public, it's close.

Brandy said...

I know what you mean about freaking out when a cats routine changes. Glad to hear yours was okay.
My shape test was the same as yours. I don't consider myself outgoing or hyper though!
Yay! The "pillar" that was on the slippery tape is safe!
Mondays are fantastic!
I hope you get some more sun today and have a wonderful day.