Wednesday, February 26, 2014


I have finicky cats when it comes to their bathroom habits. They want their litter clean.

If it isn't up to her standards, my girl cat sometimes uses the floor next to the box. Even an extra litter box doesn't help if it isn't clean.

I usually feed them in the mornings, then scoop their litter. I was running behind the other morning, putting some dishes up that had been in the dishwasher overnight, and heard a "meow." She was sitting in the door of the utility room where their litter boxes are, looking at me.

"Hold on. I'll be with you in a minute."


"Just wait a minute!"


Only it sounded like "MY LITTER!" And she looked quite huffy. Like she was about to spit.

So I gave up, cleaned the litter box; she got in and did her business.

Not even a thank you.

Ungrateful cat. At least it wasn't on the floor.

Monday, February 17, 2014


I'm tired of all the cold weather and I know a lot of other people are, too. Those ice and snow pictures everyone keeps posting are bad enough. But those people on FB talking about power outages are the ones I feel for.

Not to brag, but the temps down here are back in the sixties and I'm so happy! I'm ready to be able to get our and enjoy the sunshine without feeling that chill breeze down my back.

We went for a walk and found this harbinger of spring in a neighbor's yard. (At least, I hope it's a harbinger.) A tulip tree blooming. Isn't it pretty?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Love the local paper, but it's the daily crime reports I can't wait to read.

Okay, we had the report of a theft of four razor blades the other day. Now we have another report of stolen razor blades. Two packs shoplifted from a store came to a total of around ten dollars.

I'm thinking maybe people are using them to cut heroin? Or is it cocaine you cut? Not that I know anything about drugs, but really! Seems to me they could cough up ten dollars or so considering what the drugs cost!

And here's one that made me scratch my head. A man had his daughter and her boyfriend arrested after they admitted breaking into his residence and eating his chicken. Yep. Ten dollars worth. Hope it was cooked.

Then I read a little further. They also stole a blank check and cashed it for three hundred dollars.

Hey, yeah! I can see letting them have the chicken, but three hundred dollars? I'd have turned them in, too!

Sunday, February 9, 2014


My sequel to TAXED TO THE MAX is now available from Amazon. Ebook only right now but in a few days, the print copy will be out too. And if you buy the print copy, you can get the ebook version free.

Not sure why anyone would want both but anyway, that's the deal.

Here's the cover for OVERTAXED AND UNDERAPPRECIATED. Collin Beishir designed it, using one of the pix my guy took in Old Town. Pretty, isn't it?

Whee! I see I have a review! That's exciting since I don't get many! And it's a good one!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


I had an early appointment yesterday that meant setting my alarm early. The cats came staggering out, wondering what was going on. But, game little things they are, they waited patiently to see if I intended to put out food or if they needed to go back to bed.

So this morning, guess who forgot to turn off the alarm. This time, there was no staggering out. This time cats rushed into the bedroom with strident demands for food. "Meow-eat! Meow-eat! Me-now!"

When I fumbled with the alarm and tried to go back to sleep, one got up in the bed  and stared.

The other one--it's hard for him to climb up in our high bed--mewled piteously while pacing around the room.

I really need to check that alarm so it won't go off tomorrow.