Back in the Saddle

Hubby and I just returned from a wonderful 10-day vacation to celebrate our third anniversary and to get away for some rest and relaxation. I’ll tell you more about the trip later, but must say that I’ve never read three books on a vacation ever! I took two and after finishing them, read one of Dave’s he had already finished.

Vacation Reads

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs was a great story about women coming together to work on their craft and to share their stories of their lives. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji is a novel about young love and coming of age in Tehran. The author weaves some history and culture of this country in with his fiction. I really enjoyed this story. I’ve always been interested in knowing more about Iran and their culture but never took the time to read anything in depth. I plan to check out some of his recommended readings. I finished Coop – A family, a farm, and the pursuit of one good egg by Michael Perry during our two hour delay in the Memphis airport. Michael Perry writes about his family and their first year living in a Wisconsin farmhouse. It was a very enjoyable read. Michael had me laughing throughout the book.

Well, we finally finished unpacking bags this morning and I’m working on the piles of laundry. Meanwhile, we picked up the kids from camp (vet).

Cat luggage

We usually have a cat sitter, but since Shel has been not doing well and Sidd is on pills and Miralax, we thought it would be best to haul all three to the vet. Right now Shel is hiding, Puddin is at the food bowl and Sidd’s not sure what to think about this – nipping me on the knee and whining. But I’m sure we will all settle down soon.

But then again, maybe not. Yesterday morning we heard a meowing outside the kitchen window. There in the herb garden sat an orange tabby, one we’ve never seen before.

Our new temporary boarder

On closer inspection we found out that it is a she and that she is declawed in the front. She was so friendly so we know she was someone’s pet, unlike the other cats that pass through Happy Acres for some grub. I’ve named her Sunny, but we know we can’t keep her. First of all, she can’t stay outside because of being declawed and three cats in the house is our limit. And to make matters worse, I just found out that I’m allergic to my cats! I’ve had cats most of my adult life, but they’ve never lived full time in the house. Now with three full-time in the house cats, my allergies have gone crazy.

So we’ll have to find Sunny a new home. She’s such a loving cat, but no room at this inn. I’ve always loved orange tabbies, having a couple many years ago – Sunrise and Parkay.


I just received a reminder from Susan at Labyrinth Hill that it’s time to prune my lavender. She says “The rule of thumb when giving the plants a haircut is to keep their natural rounded shape. Leave about 2 to 3 inches of green growth.” So if it’s fall where you are, it’s time to cut your lavender.

So I’m off to give my lavender that haircut after I finish going through my over 700 emails! I’m also behind on my craft book reviews/giveaways and visiting my favorite blogs. Looks like it’s time to get back in the saddle.