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
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.