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Monthly Archives: September 2010

I Know What You Should Do

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Oh no you didn’t.   Yes  there are a lot of people who want to be all up in your Koolaid.  They know exactly how you should live.  Give them the license – confess a problem, make a suggestion or ask for help on a small matter — and honey it’s like having a vampire come into your house.  They are harder to get out than roaches.  Some of these folks are relatives and yes even with them I have found I have to “put the brakes on the bus” and as Reverend Lance Watson said, tell them “this is your stop-  get off.”       Self-esteem, at least in humans, is made not born.   Lucky for me I have role models in Roxie and Jean Claude who know their place in the world and love me unconditionally.

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The Brazilian Edition

Brazil is a country of contradictions like any other country.  But it’s fabulous!  Bahia is fantastic and I love Sao Paulo.  I didn’t expect to love it.

However, as always, cats follow me everywhere and I saw the cutest kitten at an outdoor nightclub.  He found some food and then started meowing so loudly.  I wanted to buy him food, but at that point I was out of treats  so I pray that God will take care of him.  The kitten started showing out, but unfortunately I could only take one picture of him.

When you travel, who you travel with is just as important as where you go.  Travel with those who like to travel like do you.  Some people like to relax and just chill.  Some need their days to be packed.  .

A Positive Outlook

Cats always have a positive outlook on life. They don’t hold grudges, even Roxie who gets mad tends to let it go. I wonder if they have a positive outlook on life. I realize that sometimes we think we are easy going positive people and yet we never have a good thing to say about anything. We complain, but try to do it jokingly, or we always look at what something isn’t rather than what something is.

Cats just accept their surroundings good, bad or indifferent and will often try to adjust.

Are you someone who has to have a comment about everything? Can you hold your tongue so that you lose the battle, but win the war?

Today, try to smile no matter what happens. If you feel happy, smile, if you feel sad smile. If you are angry, smile. Why do we hold on to things for so long?

Orange Bud- Mystery Solved

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Shortly after my daughter, CCL, moved in a house ,  located not far from mine , an orange cat began to visit Jean Claude  in the alley behind  my house when I let JC outdoors.    The cat was  presumed to be female, as Jean Claude likes the ladies (human and animal as witnessed by his affection for my neighbor’s dog.)    The same orange cat , hither to be known as “Orange Bud”   also made appearances at CCL’s house when Jean Claude was there.   Orange Bud sat below  the window where  Jean Claude would view the world – the two of them engaging in conversation.    According to my cousin’s husband   Eric, Orange Bud also made an appearance outside my house  the night JC and Roxie terrorized  Eric while  he  and his wife paid a visit  (see Scare-D Cat July 30/2010).   Well folks, the mystery of who is  Orange Bud  and  who HE  belongs to  has been resolved.  Last night I stopped by CCL’s house,  Jean Claude poised by the front door ran out and stayed out for a good while.  After about an hour I went to look for him and asked my daughter’s neighbor had he seen JC.   “The black cat,”  the neighbor replied “Oh, he’s probably around here with our orange cat – they run together.”   When I informed the neighbor the orange cat often travels the few blocks to my house to visit, he laughed.    Shortly after that conversation Jean Claude returned to CCL’s porch.  After  a little porch fun on Jean Claude’s  part,  he kept running away from the door as I opened it   just to let me know who is boss I suppose,   I let him in the house.

What Cats Teach Us

Cats teach us a lot. People who don’t like cats tend to say that they don’t like them because they are sneaky or aloof when nothing could be further from the truth. Cats are loving creatures who love those who have shown that they deserve love. Cats are also loyal, knowing who are the people who mean them good. Dogs will cuddle up to anyone who walks in the house. Just like in life, we should be open to allowing new people in our lives, but we shouldn’t let every person who crosses our path into our lives.

For the last three weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of having the cats at my house. It’s been a good journey, complete with Roxie running away, Jean-Claude demanding to go outside and me running out of wet food (a big no no).

I’ve also played with them, combed them and watched them fight and this morning saw the evidence of a pretty big fight downstairs.

Gotta love those cats.