Saturday, January 17, 2009

moving day

Mama's packing up the moving truck and hauling her cookies to a new blog site. It's

I have a few formatting issues with blogger, mainly the spacing between paragraphs. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't.

Not such a big deal unless you're a tightly wired nutcase like me. I'm one step away from the straightjacket after every post.

So please reset that bookmark, then pop in and drop me a line.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

a simple math lesson

This:Plus this:
Equals way too much of this:

Or sometimes even this:

Please, spring, don't take too long to get here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

some new duds

Here's Logan in a new outfit I just finished. The shirt is store-bought with an appliqued starfish on it.

I can say with certainty that applique is not my bag.

The pants have a little more detail than the picture shows. There's a yellow waistband and lining in the pockets.

The biggest challenge was matching the plaid pattern along the seams.

By the way, he's perfecting his self-proclaimed mean look in this picture.

And Tilly? She's finishing his breakfast.

tick, tick, tick

So we got an unexpected reprieve Monday afternoon at the vet's office.

And by unexpected, I mean I had scoured the upstairs of our house of all traces of cat before we left.

I washed and put away the food bowl and made sure his favorite toy was out of sight. It would be too sad to see when I walked back in later without him.

His doctor didn't think he was suffering, and that was a relief.

But this morning, when I fed him, his hind legs went out from behind him, leaving him splayed on the floor. I helped him back up and he finished his breakfast.

We're on borrowed time, but I'll take it.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Kasey has continued to deteriorate.

His back legs are getting so weak that when he stands, he struggles to keep his balance.

And for several days, he's spent most of his time hiding underneath the couch.

We have a vet appointment today at 3:45.

I knew this day was coming but that doesn't make it suck any less or help me not to feel like a total piece of shit.

Those of you who are pet lovers can surely understand.

ETA: I didn't have to put him down after all. My wallet's a little lighter, but so is my heart.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

we have the friendliest accommodations in town

The most spacious, too.

So friends and family, if you ever want to visit us here in this fair suburban city, don't for a second entertain the notion of staying in a hotel.

There's no reason you can't bunk with us, and it doesn't necessarily mean you'll spend a miserable night on a rump-sprung sofa covered in cat fur.

Here at the Rogers Manor, we have two full-sized guest rooms. One is decorated in the style of a 4-year-old boy. But I guess we goofed somewhere, because no 4-year-old boy has ever expressed a desire to sleep there.

The second caters to the needs and comforts of distinguished canines. A futon sofa can comfortably sleep two large hounds.

But again, we must not have gotten something right because the only time any dogs seem to be in there is when they're in time out.

Meanwhile, our own sleeping quarters look something like the photo below.

Logan's not in there to tell us goodnight before retreating to his own room. Instead, he's about to climb in.

Once everyone's in position, I'll stake out a few inches for myself.

Thanks to the Ambien I guzzle about a half-hour before hitting what little amount of sack remains, I still manage to sleep like a baby.

But when I do wake up, it's sometimes with a start when I discover a paw, tail, child's toy or human limb draped across my face.

Nighty night.

Monday, January 5, 2009

dear mr. trash collector...

...I need to apologize. Early one recent morning, you were treated to an unsavory view as I beat a hasty retreat from the curb where I had just deposited our trashcan.

Unfortunately, instead of seeing my jeans through the gaping hole in my pajama pants, you were unwillingly subjected to a view of my jiggly posterior.

By the way, those dingy white drawers of which you caught more than a subtle glimpse were vintage. I've had them since at least 1995. Mama does love her antiques.

But there's no need to turn in your notice for fear of a future encounter with the ripped pants. That is, unless you take a peak in our can during this week's pickup.

Warmest regards,
The Mama Bear

Sunday, January 4, 2009

because my family's sick of looking at all the crap i sew...

Here are some goodies I made for a friend's baby shower.

It was fun to sew for a little girl. So much fun that seriously, folks, I need one of you to pop another one out pretty soon so I can whip up more of this stuff.
I'm itching to make another pair of these cloth shoes (but not so much that I'm willing to produce another kid of my own to put them on).

Thursday, January 1, 2009

a few additions to the banned words list

I always look forward to the release of Lake Superior State University's annual banished words list.
That's because since I was a kid, I've had a love-hate relationship with words. Back then, I remember such innocent-sounding terms as "nostril" sending me into a teeth-gnashing rage. ("Gnash" would've had the same effect).
No particular reason; I just thought certain words sounded stupid. It was probably just a foreshadowing of my eventual persnickety temperament.
Growing up in Texas, a word often fell into disfavor after I heard it pronounced with an exaggerated southern drawl.
Did I feed the dawg today? Go the beach and pick up shayells? Want something to draynk?
Sometimes, the words spoken by a fellow Texan would sound so garbled that I'd have to ask the speaker to repeat them. For a tightly wired type-A personality like me, it was irritating.
So even though it doesn't address pronunciation, the LSSU's word-banishing list is completely up my alley. It always gets me thinking about words and phrases - as well as grammatical and punctuation liberties - that raise my hackles.
Here are a few additional picks from the Mama Bear.
Discombobulated. This word falls into my "sounds stupid" category. It drudges up visions that include dismemberment or taking a dump.
Making. A. Point. By. Separating. Words. With. Periods. Clever the first few times I saw it but tiresome and irritating now.
OMG makes the list, too. It's the middle school teacher in me, I suppose.
Fricking, as well as its inbred cousin, Freaking. If you're going to use the "f" word, might as well go for the gold.
What about you? Are you as anal as me? Any words or phrases you'd like to see take their leave?
Hmm...anal. Add that to my list.