By catmom on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Hey, Syl have you set a date for the KKPS catmus play, with intermission entertainment and the after party? When is Catmus break when the stoodunts go home?
By catmom on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Good morning, Syl. Bosco's catmas story is darling! Sounds like you've got Christmas under control at your house. I'm still working on it here.
By Sylviag on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM
Yes I did.- yay! Took awhile at UPS because I had 9 packages. The great thing is that they check which is cheaper (them or USPS) and send it either way. I assume they take a little cut for themselves if it goes USPS. The best as that they also took my overseas package which I thought I would have to stand in some interminable line at the post office. Now on to the Christmas cards. I don't have a huge amount to do because if we only correspond with someone at Christmas there really is no point to it. So just cards to friends and family we truly keep in touch with more than once a year. Did it warm up your way? We got into the low 30s today and the weather peeps say our arctic freeze is on its way out.
By catmom on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Good afternoon, Syl. Did you get those Christmas cookies shipped?
By Sylviag on Dec 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Gave you a ringy dingy but u must be out and about doing fun stuff I hope. Still brrry cold here too. I was looking at our local community college fun community class schedule and they have several culinary offerings Actually they have a lot of cool classes to include one afternoon in Feb on Gardening here. For sure I want to attend that. My Seahawk couldn't quite come up with a win today and the 49rs won it in the last cuple of minutes with a FG Was a very exciting game of two evenly matched teams. Oh, Bryan and I love See's English toffee. Got the cookies in tins and into boxes but couldn't find my brown wrapping paper so I have to get a roll tomorrow so I can finish the packing and take to UPS. Once that is done, that's my last major holiday thing. Don;t have to do any shopping except for his Mom. Adults don;t exchagne presents (I just give cookies to everyone) and the gkids, nieces and nephew likemoney the best :)
By catmom on Dec 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Good afternoon, Syl. Yep, it is FBC here in San Antonio; because we don't have any precip in the forecast we don't have any snow, sleet or ice, but the temps will not get out of the 30's for a while, and we will have several 'hard freezes' over the next few days. Went to a 'food enthusiast' (home cook) cooking class at the CIA downtown this AM with a gal pal. Fun class with some great recipes.... getting from the parking lot to the venue and then back after the class was FRIGID!! Hopefully, once the fridge repair is finished I will be done with the repairs for a while. Sounds like you have another full weekend of fun and games :-) I bake cookies but don't ship them, just deliver them to local friends. Those who are not local get a box of See's candy from me. Do you have a little bit of 'me time' once you get the cookies packed and shipped? I still have to do my Christmas present shopping - some will be gift cards, but some will be 'go to the store and shop' gifts. That's on the schedule for this next week.
By Sylviag on Dec 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM
Hopefully that is the last of the repairs for you. Did you get hit by any of that icy, sleet, snow stormy system? Looked like part of TX was affected. It snowed steadily here today but smaller flakes so only about 4 inches. Will stay on the ground though as we're supposed to get down to single digits tonight and tomorrow in the high 20s. First time they ever had to cancel the downtown Christmas parade for tomorrow. We were kind of thinking of bundling up and going. A burglary is such an invasion of our home safety zone. We had a system for a few years and then when the niece and nephew lived with us they were forever messing it up and the sheriff would be constantly calling me at work We finally gave it up. Just having that truck tootling around and not having a car to load the stolen goods into is likely enough to deter someone. Trust me, Bryan already has many things plugged into each other :) Each "sputnik" hanging from the front porch has it's own cord and plug. Next year Bryan will do a lot more and then the diagramming and labeling idea is a really good one. But Bryan likes to freestyle and bumbles it through anew every year :) Have no idea what is going on with Betsy right no. Hope the hip surgery is still on scheduled in CO. Nah, I wouldn't want to pick just one person's oddishun candidate. I just figure we will have a lot of understudies and a cast of elebenty thurdy :) Provided son and his gal pal can get here OK, given the weather and road conditions, we were planning to have them for dinner tomorrow sans kids for a change. Sunday I will pack up all the cookies I will be mailing to friends and family so we can take them to UPS Mon. Have one overseas friend I will have to use USPS for and fill out the customs form. How about u?
By catmom on Dec 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Good morning, Syl. Still haven't heard from Betsy; I just hope she's gonna be OK. I have another gal pal (sorority sister from college) who is going to have hip replacement surgery soon... Kinda makes me wonder... The repairs for my security system are supposed to be done this afternoon; stuck here until they're done. What do you and Bryan have planned for the weekend?
By Sylviag on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM
Will get back to you later - last of the Christmas cookie making frenzy - freezer almost full :) and then we have some errands to run. A big 1 degrees this morning.
By catmom on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM
ED'ed about Bryan and the outdoor outlets - with a couple of outdoor timers that accept three cords (total of six cords powered by two outlets) and loooong green outdoor extension cords, he can daisy chain many, many outdoor lights. I run all my outdoor lights off two plugs basically. I just daisy chain a lot of extension cords and run them discreetly around the yard to power everything. I make notes for a 'lighting diagram' and put discreet labels on all the cords so I can re-light every year with minimal time. The first year is time consuming because you have to lay everything out and diagram and label all the parts, but after the initial setup, the next years are easy peasy... just follow your labels and lighting diagram; it is also very easy to add to the lights once you have the basic setup.
By catmom on Dec 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM
Good mornin, Syl. We are now having a cold snap with lots of wind. We did our walk this morning, but cut it in half because of the wind. My lighted Christmas snowman is now laying on the ground ; at least he didn't lose his glitter broom :-) I'll have to stand him up and put him back together when the wind slows down later today. The fridge repair guy came yesterday afternoon. The fridge is still keeping the food cold, but the control module is not working at all. It won't adjust the temperature for either the fridge or the freezer. And, it is not reporting what the actual temperature is inside the unit. He couldn't fix it because he had to order the part he needs. So, he will be back on Saturday December 14th to install the part. As long as the fridge is working, that's OK with me I guess... Even if it wasn't, there isn't much I can do about it. The parts and labor are $575.00, but, since it is a warranty repair it will only cost me $60.00, thank ceiling cat!! I haven't heard back from Betsy. She told me she and John were going to Albuquerque to see another doctor, so they may have decided to spend a few days there. At any rate, she hasn't returned my call. Are you going to select the cast for the KKPS Catmas Carol performance? Tomorrow afternoon the repair guy for my security system is coming to fix that; apparently, they changed the telephone number for the Central Station, and my alarm system is no longer "phoning home" when the alarm is triggered. Really gripes me because I pay for them to monitor my house, and this is the prime time of the year for break-ins. My house in California was broken into once, so I think I am more vigilent than most people because I never want to go thru that again. Our neighborhood is fairly secure with a 24 hour manned security gate for automobile traffic (anyone can come in if they are on foot); and we have a roving security patrol (a pickup truck with a lightbar on the roof and a sign on the side that says Canyon Springs Security Patrol, LOL) They drive thru all the neighborhood streets every two hours. These guys are 'renta-cops' so I doubt they would do anything to stop any criminal activity they saw. They are not paid enough to confront criminals. So if they see any questionable activity they just call the local sheriff's department.
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM
What's wrong with the fridge and did they fix it? Never got above 20 but a beautful day and when we went to the vet, the mountains were absolutely gorgeous. Gkids had only half a day today so son took them up to Mt. Bachelor to snowboard - great day for it. Did u her back from Betsy? So far I've got Bosco and Kibby behind the scenes for the play :) I'm sure we could come up with some more play related mischief LOL http://cheezburger.com/7938584320
By catmom on Dec 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM
5 degrees!! Put another log on the fire :-) Never thought of nailing the tree down to plywood - great idea and would definitely keep it upright. I will see if I can get someone to help me with that project for sure... Betsy didn't call last night so I left her a VM this morning. Waiting now on the fridge repair guy for this afternoon. What do you think Bosco and Kibby should do for Catmus before KKPS closes for the holidays?
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM
About 3600 feet elevation. We now live in the Central OR high desert east of the Cascade Range. When you come off the pass you don't lose much in elevation. It is only 5 degrees this morning but the sun is shining so brightly it hurts one;s eyes :) Our tree survived the night and not even any ornaments on the floor :) Bryan has our artificial tree nailed down to a heavy sheet of plywood so they would have a hard time tipping it over. Haven't heard from her since last she called me maybe 3 weeks ago? I figure she will call when she wants to chat so I haven't called her. If you do get hold of her give her my love. Let me know how she is doing.
By catmom on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM
OMG, you've got snow in Oregon? What is your elevation? Glad to hear your Thanksgiving weekend went so well. I have the soft ornaments for the bottom branches of my artificial,pre-lit tree, too, but I am worried Kibby and Chessie will tip the tree over, so no tree til next year. I have a 14 ft silk tree in the corner of the great room, and they have managed to tip that one over twice. The Christmas tree is only an 8 footer, but when it has all the decorations on it, it would be a real mess to upright and clean up if they tipped it over...
By catmom on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM
Oh, forgot to tell you I got an emayo from Betsy; she said she'd give me a call tonight... If I don't hear from her, I will give her a call. Have you heard from her lately?
By Sylviag on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM
It's snowing so will be treadmill and cookie making today :) That is once I get off my butt and here :) Sounds like you had a fun filled day and evening. Never was able to get anyone interested in game as they wanted to watch various sporty stuff on TV. Youch on the ants - I think those are pretty prevalent in your part of the country. Hope the bites have calmed down. It was a truly wonderful family Thanksgiving. Having teenagers around is always amusing. MIL was so happy she was almost in tears as she said grace and mumbled a bunch of stuff (a couple of glasses of champagne did not help :) and the gkids were trying hard not to snicker. I kicked Sander under the table LOL We had her spend the night and took her home the next day. We had 2 12 pound turkeys so we could send everyone home with some leftovers. We had borrowed Cody's utlity trailer to take the masses of old pine needles in the unlandscaped area in front to the dump on Sat. Do not want all that combustible stuff there next summer. One of the neighbors said that hadn't been done in years. I can understand that as she was a single older woman and it took days just to rake them in piles which Bryan did. I helped load it on the trailer. Took 2 loads at about 4 cubic yards each load. The dump was full of people getting rid of them :) I could get to dislike them just as much a maple leaves LOL But they have really good soil and compost available at a cheap price if you have your own trailer so we will avail ourselves of that next year. We went over yesterday and decorated MIL's apt for Christmas. Had some champagne and Chinese takeout for lunch and left her ready for a nap. We were so inspired we came home and decorated our house. Haven 't decorated the tree yet as we wanted to devote our full attention to the game. Bryan wants to do some more lighting outside. Sounds like you are all lit up and festive. Last year we only did ribbons on the tree because of Squee and how little he was. They have wandered around the tree and Brodie climbed up in it (we have an artificial one) as he does every year and Squee tried to munch on it :) I am hoping we can decorate this year with a minimum of kitteh damage. We only put soft stuff on the bottom branches they can bat at and take off the tree if they want to make them feel like they're getting away with something :) oops running out of room. Hugz
By catmom on Dec 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Good mornin, Syl. How was your Thanksgiving? The gals did our walk this morning - after this weekend we needed to get out and walk. T-Day was great fun, and good food. We played games until almost 1AM. ... Then a guy friend who used to work for my Dad came in to town for a couple of days to help me put up the outdoor Christmas decorations... It was a project; involved several trips to Home Depot to replace some net lights that would not work from last year. And, in the middle of wrapping ribbon light strands around one of my oak trees, I stepped my sandaled foot into a fire ant hill that I didn't notice at the base of the tree - YIKES!! Their bites hurt, itch and blister! Didn't remember that I could move that fast to get those little suckers rinsed off my feet :-) Eventually, the snowman was installed and lit, sleigh installed and lit, reindeer installed, flying and lit, oak trees are wrapped and lit, and shrubs are covered with net lights and lit.and the timers are working properly. No inside trees or decorations again this year because Kibby and Chessie are still too young - they would climb, toss, bat yank bite and chew any and every decoration they could get their little paws on for sure. How are your cats with the Christmas tree, presents, and decorations? Do they consider them 'cat toys'?
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM
With a 16, 13 and 10 yr old and Cody's gal pal's 14 year old, a little hard to pick a game that is easy enough for the youngest and still a little bit of a challenge for the older ones. Have to study my game cupboard :)
By catmom on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM
Maybe try some games this Thanksgiving that are age appropriate for the gkids :-)
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM
Used to play Scrabble with some coworkers at lunch time when I worked. Kind of speed scrabble and whoever was ahead after 1/2 hour won :) Ithink if you give kids the opportunity, while reluctant at first, most always will enjoy a good game. As th gkids get older will try to get them involved in some different games.
By catmom on Nov 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM
Nope, did not venture into the attic tonight because it is too cold up there at night right now. Will finish the hunt for the Holiday Trivial Pursuit cards tomorrow. We also play Uno, and Scrabble, and RSVP (3d Scrabble in teams), and some games the tweens, teens and college group enjoy. There is one game we play that is kind of a timed electronic version of Charades that is really fun. Can't remember what they call it, but you get the 'module' with a word displayed, and you have to get your team to say the word before the timer goes off. Then you 'whack' the module to get another word to appear and immediately pass it off to a team member on the other team, who has to get their team to say the word before the time is up... The module is passed back and forth until each member on both teams has had a chance to get their team to say the word. We do game nights here in our neighborhood frequently with a mix of age groups - the tweens, tens and young adults are the ones who keep asking the parents/adults to 'have another game night'!! The younger generations love it.... (A real shock for me to realize they aren't completely wrapped up in their cell phones, tablets and computers all the time.)
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM
We're back on turkey duty after a couple of years spending 4 days by ourselves at the ocean. Very much looking forward to it. You can bring pies here any time :) I am actually making one of my passed elder auntie's cheesecake pumpkin pies but I let Pillsbury make the crust. ED did u ever find the Trivial Pursuit deck. I remember the 80s as being the decade of games. We used to love various iterations of Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary was a hoot, Reminisence (which the elder aunties really loved). Alas none of ouryounger family like to play those kinds of games and we are stuck in an endless cycle of Uno LOL
By catmom on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:56 AM
ED'ed that you are starting to feel perky again -yea!! So glad I am not on 'turkey duty' anymore - did it for so many years, and now I am just the guest that brings the pies ;-) I usually help with the preparations the day before and the day of, too, but I don't have to deal with the 'day after' anymore!
By catmom on Nov 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM
So sorry you're dealing with the most dreaded head cold - nothing to do but wait it out, Hopefully, you will be fine by Wednesday, just in time to make your Turkey Day dinner. I am spending Thanksgiving with my neighbors, a great family! We made Homecoming mums last month, and she is my "wing woman" on the HOA board. Love her daughters, too. We will have game night after dinner, perhaps with more neighbors. I know what you mean about the 'junk' loaded on new computers... it takes a long time to clean them up and get them running the way you want.
By Sylviag on Nov 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Rats, haven't had this bad a cold for at least 5 years. Hoping to get halfway healthy by Thus when we will have a houseful. Did at least figure out a menu and a shopping list. Hemmed a long skirt. I hate sewing but have a machine for when it's absolutely necessary. I wanted a long black winter type of skirt to wear with boots but this one practically dragged on the ground. I'm 5' 9" so most women would be tripping over it. Love the laptop but haven't got a clue yet how to do anything but get on the internet and email :) So much junk on here that I will likely never use. What are you ding for Thus - going to friends?
By catmom on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Hope you're feeling better today. How do you like the new laptop? Uhg, Win8 - I'm still using 7 on my ;laptop and XP on my desktop.... XP is/was much more secure.
By Sylviag on Nov 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM
Akshully I got off my snibbely butt and we did go out and get a laptop and Bryan found some shoes that he wanted (obviously not at the same place :) This one set up super easy even though it is Windows 8 which I had been hoping to avoid but W7 is just about phased out. It's got the touch screen thing like a smart phone but also still a desktop option which I am using now til I figure the rest out. The main thing is that I was able to hook up to my wi fi with no problem and got a security program installed. I mostly use the laptop fpr ICHC and email and when we travel so never load a lot of programs or files on it. Seattle has a by this weekend but plays Mon night 2 Dec.
By catmom on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Oh, Syl, colds are gonna last 7 days, no matter what you do - just treat the symptoms, and hang in there. Maybe you can get Bryan to go out 'laptop shopping' for you. Decide what you want, and send him on a 'mission', while you rest on the couch.... It is my experience that when you get a new 'puter it takes a lot of time to get it configured with the things you want.... A lot of work when your feeling bleh. Is Seattle playing today?
By Sylviag on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Blegggh - if I didn't feel so crappy I would be out getting a new laptop today as I really want to be on the couch and I want to be on here:) Have to see waht the Sunday newspaper sales are and I may drag my sorry self out - ot not LOL Had a nice dinner and chat time with family and friend last night, and bless them, they all left by 8 since I wasn't feeling well.