Friday, December 2, 2016

My kitten, a cute little pest!

Kenzie/Kitten/Pest!
 Her name is Kenzie, but I usually just call her Kitten.
My daughter adopted her mother, but did not know the cat was pregnant until a few weeks later. When it was time for my daughter to get ready to come home from college in May, the cat had four kittens, (three females/one male)They had to be brought home until they could be adopted at 8-12 weeks.
They were such tiny balls of fuzz!
 I was captured by their little cuteness and mews for attention, and so I decided to adopt one. I had no idea what we were in for...

Those sharp cat eyes watches everything!        

She loves to play games. We play tag, where she will run up to me and tag her paw on my leg then run away, and I will run after her and try catching her.
I hide until she finds me and jumps up at me, then she will run away as she screeches as though saying,"Gotcha! You are it!"  We play until she gets aggressive and bites me too hard or we get bored of it.
 
 
Watching birds and chipmunks

 I have given up trying to keep her off my desk. I put several boxes, frames,baskets and other items around the edge to deter her from jumping on my desk, but she waited until I was in bed to jump up,causing most of the things to fall onto the carpet. I try not to get mad at her, because I know cats are naturally curious and she wants to be in my space. I just keep her off when I am busy and she sits by my feet or on my lap :)
 Her nails are awfully sharp! I have cut them a few times, but she figured out it is too difficult to climb afterward, so she gets mad at me when I get the trimmers out. She bites them and claws at me when I try to trim them. Several of my jeans have clawed pull marks,so I am thinking to bring her to the vet to let them deal with it.
 My favorite time to spend with her  is when she crawls beside me at night, when she is not exploring my desk, and she snuggles  against my side and purrs <3
 Kenzie has always been an indoor cat, but has escaped a few times. She usually just runs a few feet then stops. I lured her back with a fresh can of Fancy Feast. She sneaked out one night while looked out the door for a few seconds. I did not see her get past me. A few minutes later, I noticed she was not shadowing me around the house so I had a feeling she got out. I got some food and went to look for her. Unfortunately, it was close to midnight and she is a black cat. I tried to be quiet to not disturb neighbors. The temp was about 42 Fahrenheit. I was afraid she ran away this time and was getting upset at the thought of the local fisher cats and coyotes. After a few long minutes of calling and tapping the bowl of food, she cautiously walked up to me and reluctantly let me pick her up. She wailed her frustration of going back in, but settled down to eat her food. I have a feeling she is going to continue trying to escape and be successful someday. I hope she will be safe when she does.
Longing to explore outside









 I tried adopting one of her siblings to keep her company, but after only one week of having the house to herself, she refused to share her territory.  Nari, who is a much calmer kitten, sat in a box while Kenzie plotted to kill her, with much hissing and agressive body language. I thought of switching kittens, but knew Kenzie would no longer get along with her mother and brother at my daughter's place. (The male kitten was named Bruce, as in Bruce Wayne.lol)
sister, Nari
 Now that Christmas is almost here, I am dreading putting up any decorations. She loves to rip down anything that moves, which may be an asset in the wild, but not so much when it comes to garland,lights, and ornaments. I do not want to put up a tree this year because I know what havoc she could wreak in a moment. She could potentially take down Christmas single pawedly. My  husband suggested putting up a large paper tree and draw decorations on it. He was actually being sarcastic, but I am seriously considering it. She is a menace when it comes to getting into things and exploring every single thing around the world.
I have been also been seriously considering giving her up because my allergies are awful! My son keeps pleading to keep her,saying he will help take are of her, but he has shown playing minecraft take precedence. I am not sure what I really want,but am not liking how a cat is dictating my decorating for the holidays!
 Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this? please do not comment to bring harm to her, I just want to deter her,not harm her.
Thanks :)
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!
Love and blessings,
LoriLC
Watching my Kindle as I try reading around her

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring 2016 updates, it has been a while...

Since my last blog entry, several months ago, a few things have happened.
The most exciting news is that I am now the proud grandmom of a beautiful baby girl! My oldest daughter had her in March 2016 and both are doing great! I may put some of her on occasion :) She is such a cutie, and yes,I know I am biased as her grandma, but really- she is adorable!
I was not really excited about the thought of being a grandmother, mostly because it confirms that I am, indeed, getting older.. no matter how badly I want to ignore it.
The other smaller event was my turning fifty. woohoo..yippee :/ whatever. It was a long year from 49-50. I was and may still be somewhat depressed. My hormones are up and down, hot flashes occur at any given time and my mood swings are lots of fun(Not)!
Since it was such a big turning point for me,  I was really hoping my family would have a celebration of some sort, as most of my friends' did.I was expecting my family would do a small party or dinner, at least a cake.😟. They did say happy birthday, and a few friends posted facebook greetings. I guess it should have been enough, but I felt greatly let down.
 Anyway, turning fifty and becoming a grand parent are enough, but my middle child graduated from college and now my baby boy is finishing elementary school and going into middle school! Geez!😲 They sure are growing old ;)  My son is not very enthused about it because he will be attending a smaller,private school in town and not public with most of his friends. It is going to be good once he settles in, but he isn't so sure just yet.
 My middle kid is moving from our home to her sister and brother in law's house.She babysits for them, so maybe now she will be on time in the morning ;) They were all living here from October 2015 til the baby was born. They just bought a house and are settling in to the every day task of keeping their head above the red- line water, known as homeownership. I wish them the best and they know we are right down the road if they need anything <3
 One thing my husband went through is having an eye stroke. I never even heard of such a thing until it happened to him. He has been having extremely bad headaches for several years, no known cause at this time, but they have been wicked bad for him to live through. He was sleeping and woke up to literally a blinding pain in his left eye. In the morning he realized he couldn't see in his left eye. He went to have it checked out and was told he had an eye stroke. He has peripheral vision but not central. They gave him steroid injections right into the eye ball,which helped minimally, but not a lot. His headaches are currently being held under control mainly by Excedrin migraine pills and indemethicin.  If he forgets them he knows by the slamming pain in his head.😥
 My worst ailment is being allergic to things, such as menthol, mint, latex, coconut, tree nuts, cats and a few other things. I will be having allergy testing to find out more, just what I need..more of life to avoid. sheesh.
 Thanks for keeping with this post the whole way through, and as a special treat for continuing on, I will post a photo of me holding my grand baby =D

She is so adorable! <3
Love and blessings,
LoriLC


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Captive Official Trailer, with review (2015) - Kate Mara, David Oyelowo Movie HD











The book, ‘Captive’, is a fast paced story about a woman who
was abducted at gunpoint. She was held captive in her own home by a desperate
man who had just killed four people and seemed on the edge of making her number
five. What she chose to do was stay calm and talk to him about her life. She
talked about her past and how coming to terms with mistakes helped her move
ahead.  
  In the book, she recounts
the perilous moments in detail and how she was able to keep calm in the midst
of facing terror.
 I had not heard of
the story before, so it was interesting and I wasn’t sure what was going to
happen.( Though, it was obvious she was going to live and write about it)
  The story is also a
new movie, being released this week.
If you would like a copy of the book, please comment below
and I will have one sent to you.


Here are some informational links of the book and the movie.





Facebook



Official website



Twitter



Sound bite from author  (Audio excerpt from the audio book format of CAPTIVE (chapter 1), read by the author, Ashley Smith.)



I did receive a copy of the book to review, but the comments and review are my personal opinion.

 Love and blessings,

Lori LC

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"90 Minutes in Heaven" Book/movie review





   90 Minutes in Heaven is a captivating story about a man who died in a car crash, yet lived to tell about it.
 Don Piper gives an account of his ordeal when he was in a terrible car wreck with a semi, got crushed to death, and found himself at Heaven’s gate.
He tells of the brilliance and beauty he saw while there, then the agonizing return when he was told it was not him time to be there, yet.
The story centers on his recovery, the family and friends who help him through it all, and his growing faith in the God who he realizes has never left his side.
  I recommend the book and movie to anyone who wonders what a near death experience was like, as well as those who love a good story.
 The informational links and movie trailer are also listed below.
 Have a blessed day!
 Love, Lori LC


Monday, August 24, 2015

My summer 2015, fun but too quick..



This summer was busy for me and the family.
It started with a birthday celebration for my oldest and youngest children,27 and 10 years old now! My oldest daughter drove up from South Carolina with her husband as a surprise for her brother.
 He really was surprised and elated when she said they were staying for nearly an entire week!
You are staying for a week?!

We visited family in RI, ate ice cream, went strawberry picking ( way too many berries!)
Strawberry picking

 and ended the week with a big birthday party for the kids and a friend.
 My son was into Minecraft, so that was the theme. We made a creeper piñata,
Creeper pinata.

 pin the tail on the pig and a bean bag villager toss game.
 It was a lot of fun, but the best part was the awesome water balloon fight; everyone got soaked!
 We used more than just balloons, as I got drenched from a bucket of water after soaking others with the hose and cups of cold tap water.It was a fun ending to a great week.
My daughter and son in law had to head back home, but I am happy to say they will be back soon, October actually. They are moving back to NH to a nearby town!! I am beyond thrilled about it =D When they start a family I won’t have to worry about being so far away and his parents also plan to move to New England so they will also be closer. I am one happy mama <3 !
Here are a few photos of their visit:

fun with the girls
Sparkler writing
Birthday messages

The kids' last night together.

July was busy with me working summer school with the student I was a Para educator this past year. It was just mornings, but it was really hot and muggy :/
My mom came up for a visit from Georgia about the same time. She is 74 now and has a few health issues, such as diabetes, neuropathy in her feet, hypertension, Barrettes esophagus, and a few other problems I forget now.  
  We had dinner with family in RI
Family reunion pic

We went out for ice cream about every other day, for three weeks. I tried reminding her she should watch her sugar intake, as well as carbs,etc but she said she was doing alright and 140-160 was her normal. she is my mom and in control of her choices.
Mom and I both love ice cream



Three generation pic

Mom and me

I spent part of summer at a farm called Future Apples. Our friends, David and Kellie Collise bought an apple orchard in Newport,NH and are constantly making changes and upgrades to the land. They have apples, berries, a high tunnel with different plants, chickens, ducks, chickens, and pigs. I enjoy spending time there; it is the most relaxing place I visit. They allow me to walk around and photograph anything and everything.




 I will write a separate blog about Future Apples and their memorial fund for their son Karl, who died in a drowning accident <3

 The last thing I did was spend time camping with my husband and son. It was a primitive camp ground, meaning no running water or electricity hook ups. We rented a camper and drove to George Washington State Park in RI.

It would have been a great week, except for the really hot and humid temps, with no a.c. to cool down with. Sleeping was rough. I was so glad my son got to swim in the lake everyday. We hiked the two mile trail and spent evenings around the camp fire.


It was not a bad week, but it sure was good to be home again!
My next post will be about the beginning of school. That sure was a quick summer!
 How do you spend your summers?
Love and blessings,
LoriLC

Friday, June 12, 2015

Pirate's Code DVD Trailer and review!




My ten year old son and I watched this movie and we  both were engrossed in it the entire time.
It was creative and entertaining, but mostly suspenseful and funny!
  My son's comments at the end were, "That was awesome!" and "I liked the parts with the cool boats and the cool gadgets they used! I liked the whole thing!"
 The synopsis is: 

'With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.  '
 Christopher Lloyd still has it when it comes to supporting roles,and we liked his role in this one,too.

Watch the trailer and know the movie is much more than this snippet :)










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Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Spring has arrived!

I have been enjoying the last week's weather of warmer temps and more sunshine. Nearly all the snow has melted from our yard and I am able to get out and take walks after dinner, which is also my favorite time to photograph landscapes. I have been taking an online photography class and learning to shoot almost completely o manual mode, except for some auto focusing because wearing glasses is difficult when using the view finder.
 Here are a few pics taken this week while walking to the park in the neighborhood. I hope you enjoy them, and keep in mind that I am not a professional just a hobbyist who loves photography :)
I also posted some of the same on my photo blog,but added a few more here that are more recent.







Mt.Ascutney,Vt





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 5 Love Languages for Men, book review



 The 5 Love Languages for Men, by Dr.Gary Chapman, is a book all couples can benefit from.
It contains keys to unlock the potential for a really good, happy relationship. This book focuses mostly on showing men how they can improve the love in their marriage. Each chapter has ways to love your wife in ways that fill her 'Love bucket' in a specific manner.
 My husband volunteered to review this book with me and give his honest opinion of it.
I was pleasantly surprised at his response and remarks. We read it together most of the time, but he also read it on his own, and he has been using some of the suggestions to fill my love bucket, which has made me want to fill his in return
 Here are his remarks about this book:
  "The 5 Love Languages for Men was new and exciting! Eye opening. He showed me how to get out of the woods and I didn't even know I was lost. You will find the path to victory in your relationship in this book. Even if you have read the 5 Love Languages before, it will be a good refresher."
No matter how long you have been together, you will find something to help you strengthen the bond between you. We have been married over 23 years and are still learning ways to love each other.
 We recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to speak their spouses love language and build a stronger marriage.
Dr. Gary Chapman has also created a FREE Men’s Study Guide to go along with the book:

Here is his Facebook page:

And the link to his Book website:

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