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The whole notion of cats having bones is nothing more than a rumor.

Yeah well... not the case for my last indoor-outdoor cat. And somewhere I think I have a receipt for $1200 work of fancy vet work putting some metal plates and screws into what used to be a cat's hip bone, until she took on a motorcycle while chasing a moth in the moonlight (and later had claimed she won).

She was better at taking on dogs than bikes I guess. She regained full mobility but the metal used to zing her when she would come in from the cold in winter, and she never understood that was HER doing that to HER and so I had to learn not to lean down and pet her as she came through the cat door. ZING wasn't the half of what my the skin of my wrist must have been muttering as she sank her teeth into me whenever i forgot.

Anyway after that she left bikes alone and stuck to working over any dogs foolish enough to stop by. She'd ride them down the driveway...

Bonus cartoon:

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Today I stand in awe of some industrious North American beavers that have nearly felled a bunch of trees along the river next town over....

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Sadly I spent the day in the emergency room with my wife, who has periodic atrial fibrillation. Her heart was going about 150/min. this morning so a trip to the ER was in order. They got it under control, but are keeping her in the hospital overnight for observation.
 
Sadly I spent the day in the emergency room with my wife, who has periodic atrial fibrillation. Her heart was going about 150/min. this morning so a trip to the ER was in order. They got it under control, but are keeping her in the hospital overnight for observation.
How alarming... I hope her recovery is uneventful, it must be really scary to have that happen [again, yet] and without warning.
 
It is. It’s hereditary—her dad had it—but hopefully this is part of the process of getting a better handle on it for my wife. They used to have to cardiovert her dad—shock him—but one of the caregivers here explained that that’s a much simpler, less risky process these days.
 
Feeling like a criminal for putting up a piece of Christmas lighting before the Advent Season has begun.

Picked up an Ikea Stråla lamp shade for next to nothing and added a matching lamp base and smart led bulb for a bit more than next to nothing. Tried it out and was happy with the look. Being able to change the temperature of the light is awesome, from cozy yellow to sterile dentist white.

Fighting the urge to remove it from the window… 😬

My family used to put them up on the Saturday before Advent 1st, and they were not to be lit until 6 PM that Saturday. Only a brief test to make sure the bulbs were OK was allowed before that time.
 
Only two more days until my e-Advent calendar starts unlocking the treats du jour. It will certainly beat starting the cyberspace portion of my day with a look at the world news... I love the Jacquie Lawson Advent calendars, they're beautifully designed with great music, and always have plenty other little diversions aside from the surprises locked to each day in Advent. And in the drawing room this year there are not just one but two cats to keep the dog company.

Ahead of the start of Advent one can explore the neighborhood outside, come back in to decorate the tree, redecorate the drawing room, find puzzles and games if so inclined. This year's calendar is around Edwardian themes. They also still sell the 2022 Sussex one, and updated it so that so it will work correctly in 2023 (i.e. open the locked boxes of 2022 calendar using your device's 2023 system calendar dates).

Yes it's true, the season turns me back into a child. I don't fight it any more. Whatever it takes to get to the solstice and beyond to the return of the light in mid-January, I'm for it. 🎄☃️☀️
 
Putting away more winter pantry re-ups purchased before icy weather makes shopping a sometime thing. Almost done. Tedious task moving the older stuff to the front of cupboards or shelves and putting the newer in back. Today's Instacart shopper-driver got an extra tip for having to dodge and drive through the rainshowers that have overspread the area on both sides of the mountains around here. At least it's still rain, not snow. I shall celebrate having fresh salad greens while I can still get them!
 
Putting away more winter pantry re-ups purchased before icy weather makes shopping a sometime thing. Almost done. Tedious task moving the older stuff to the front of cupboards or shelves and putting the newer in back. Today's Instacart shopper-driver got an extra tip for having to dodge and drive through the rainshowers that have overspread the area on both sides of the mountains around here. At least it's still rain, not snow. I shall celebrate having fresh salad greens while I can still get them!
So, preppers are crazy, but my parents and grandparents built angled shelves so the stock naturally rotates. You just put the new stuff in the back.

But, we threw away cans that expired in the 80’s last year.

You also have to have a decent amount of space for storage.
 
Not wishing my life away but I will throw an "in advance of the solstice" party on December 14th when the sun sets at 4:28 pm instead of at 4:27, which is the earliest it sets all year and means here in the mountains it's gone way before then. Anyway it reminds me every minute counts. The days still get shorter from the 14th to the solstice proper, but the time of sunset is what I notice most.

Meanwhile this popped into my feed from kinfolk today. If we can't have sun maybe we can catch stars?!

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On third football game of the day. Happy New Year! :)

On my second cuppa coffee and thinking I should make a resolution for 2024 not to have any coffee later than noon, but... I'd never get a Wordle puzzle solved again in my life since I seem to be better at it in mid-afternoon. Oh well. They say a third cup of java per day is not a health hazard, so...

Happy 2024 to all here and wishes for less conflict around the world.
 
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