We are awash in kittens. One of the barn cats had three, and the female who came down from up North with the kids, surprised us by delivering four.
When I sit in my easy chair now, my slippers are pulled off my feet by rampaging kittens.
Tom Tom, the world's biggest cat, got out yesterday and was set upon by "Shrimp" the worlds smallest tomcat. But Tom Tom is like Lenny in "Of Mice and Men", and Shrimp is a very aggressive type A personality. Tom Tom had to flee back to the house and my wife picked him up just before the raging midget caught him.
M is giving the house a make over. Having essentially lived up here for seven years by myself, while she worked out of the county, the decor has come to resemble "early mountain man."
My wife is fixing it up. But I am having to move a lot of my stuff into the study upstairs. That's ok. I figure the home is the "nest" and women should be able to make it however they like.
She doesn't care what I do to the shop, or the apartment, or the barn. M never goes into those places anyway. She hardly ever goes down into the lower level of the house now either, because of the stairs. The only thing down there she uses, really, is the elliptical and the laundry room.
For two people, this house is plenty big enough. It was too big for the four of us, really, even when the kids were home.
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This week we made the rounds of the thrift shops. My mom, out in Oregon, loves to go to yard sales but she lives in town. There are lots of yard sales. Here, we hardly ever see one.
But we do have a lot of thrift shops, and we like to plunder around in those.
This week, we found a 98 piece set of Pfaltzgraff stoneware. The price was very reasonable, so we bought it and put it in the barn. The next time the kids come home, they can have it. My wife and I have enough just every day plates, etc. But when we were living on Emerald Isle, waiting for me to get my discharge from the Marine Corps, we used to go to Carolina Pottery Outlets, and admire the Pfaltzgraff. We didn't buy any, because it was too expensive. This set has everything, from tea pots to serving platters, and the kids can use it when they entertain. You just never know what you will come up on. I hate to say it, but because most people who live up here are retirees, and not from the area, a great many useful things wind up in the thrift shop because the family is just cleaning out the house, condo, apartment or whatever and they want the tax deduction and the ease of just dropping stuff off. I'm sure my kids wish we would not bestow some of the things we buy upon them. But if we see something they might be able to use, we always pick it up.
My brothers said they were going to subscribe to this magazine for me! I don't think I'm that bad, and after all, they both got divorced at the 22 year mark. It's all in good fun. I think.