My exciting year: 2014

As the old year comes to a close, I thought I would pause my reading, and review what I have done for the past 12 months.

Rita, Johnny and Clare

Rita, Johnny and Clare

1. Mostly, I have overseen the repair of various parts of our house, with more to come in 2015. This past week, I’ve had the plumber work on a recalcitrant toilet.  Recalcitrant is just the right word, because its root is the same as calcium, which is the curse of pipes and sewer lines in our “hard water” area.

Wiki says: Late Latin recalcitrant-, recalcitrans, present participle of recalcitrare to be stubbornly disobedient, from Latin, to kick back, from re- + calcitrare to kick, from calc-, calx heel.

2. We’ve spent a bundle on our dogs and parrots, Or rather I’ve spent a bundle on my dogs and parrots.  David remembers to feed them, so they love him best.  None of them have been ill, just expensive to maintain in this urban area. True, I could have bought a Chi and had less fur and hair to contend with, but I became a Pom addict long ago. We visited a shelter where I tried to adopt a Chi, but Johnny did not like him, so it was a no-go.  Later the staffer assisting us revealed that the Chi had attacked a Pit Bull.

We then tried to adopt a cat, but that didn’t work out either.  My daughter adopted the cat we almost got.  Kathy says I can come to her house and pet her cats anytime.  She adopted three brothers.

Son John bought his new house and promptly adopted a dog.  The dog ran all over the house the first day. When John took it out for a walk, the dog ran away.  I suggested he adopt a cat.  He says, not now.  Meanwhile, my daughter has seven dogs and several cats.  She tells me the cats rule the house.  Got to be tough when you live with huge dogs.

Oldest granddaughter Hannah says she wants to adopt a dog. She had a little poodle, but left it at her Mom’s house.  She says it would be cruel to tear him away from his “pack.”


Okay, that’s a short list, but I got tired. Besides, I know many of my readers suffer with ADD and find short posts more appealing. True, other things have been happening around here, but better for me to reveal my exciting life piecemeal I think. Back to my books.

See you next week.220px-Mistletoe_Postcard_1900

18 thoughts on “My exciting year: 2014

  1. I found that I had begun skimming my books yesterday, so I am here or house cleaning today. Off to PT, and here to clean up after the trip. Piles are everywhere. G is sick and I am a slob.

    No, that stuff onboard isn’t art at all. It’s garbage. Worse than that, actually.


  2. Sorry, I am not here to comment on your recent post, but to thank you for you comment on mine and my solution is to pour just as much money into refuge assistance and education and health care instead of bombs and war. I think this would work much better.


  3. Oh dear I do think that the Internet, cell phones, and all our electronic gadgets and links have given us all at least a mild case of ADD. We want instant gratification.

    Your pet pictures are so sweet — they have kept you busy, but what a lovely payback they give.


  4. A lovely photo with the dogs. Reading the last comment I thought how the name Pascal would be a good name for a dog. I am a dog lover but haven’t had one for many years. Maybe one day, hopefully. Too much traveling planned right now.


    • When I traveled every week, I had pets. Fortunately, my pet sitters included granddaughters, our local dog nanny Kathy, and on occasion, I used the vet’s facilities. I never let children or pets keep me from traveling. Unlike the children, the dogs never had parties when I was out of town.


  5. We’re pretty busy ourselves now that we got another dog to keep Bella company. Wishing you and David a most Happy New Year Dianne, and looking forward to some more “history lessons” in 2015.


  6. Occasionally sitting for our “granddog” takes lots of our time and energy. Don’t know how you do it with a flock of dogs, cats, and birds to worry over. Happy New Year!


  7. Hah, hah … as a person who is sometimes affected by reading-induced ADD it reminds me of the quote variously translated and attributed to many people, but apparently first written by Blaise Pascal: If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.


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