kimatha: (Party Cat)
The Mighty Sam and I went to a niece's birthday party yesterday. It was not bad as parties go, but it was, you know, a PARTY.

Fortunately I found a cat to pet.



The cat is a neighbor cat that my nieces have named Robert. Robert (who is almost certainly female, as she is a tortoiseshell Siamese) comes over every day to see them. She doesn't have a collar but appears to be healthy and well fed.

Parties are hard. I get tired of talking to people after a while, and also I just realized that I get really tired of not being able to run around and do the things I feel like doing, instead of being stuck at someone else's house.

I can't believe it's almost September. The summer has been so atypically dismal, cloudy, and cold, other than one or two hot days here and there. I'm kind of sad that fall is coming, because I hate the shorter daylight hours, and generally dread winter and how it's pitch dark when I leave for work, and pitch dark by the time I get home, but I'm also kind of glad because it means the beach will be less crowded again.

I just read on the intarwebs that fall is the best time to plant trees, so maybe we'll plant some palm trees in September. I'm sick of our yard looking so dead and shitty, but I don't want to do any yardwork either.

I started reading Better than Before, but then I realized that the new October Daye book is coming out in September and I started rereading A Red-Rose Chain so I'd be all ready to delve into the new one.

After all my carpet cleaning yesterday, Bark pissed on the living room rug this morning. *sigh* At least it's a cheap Ikea rug that I won't mind throwing out if I can't get it clean.
kimatha: (running)
I don't really feel like writing anything, but it seems I feel like that most days so if I want to have something written, it has to be in spite of not feeling like it.

So here's the thing for today: I checked out a book, Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It's about using habits improve your life. The idea, as I understand it, is that if you are able to make things that will improve your life habitual, you don't have to think about them, but instead you'll just do them and you won't waste your limited supply of willpower and decision-making capacity on them.

I approve of this idea because I like cultivating useful habits.

Here's a good habit that I have cultivated: I run 5 miles, three to four times a week. It's funny that this is a thing that's easy for me to do. But I kind of make it easy. I always have weather-appropriate stuff to wear, I always do it at the time of day that I enjoy it the most (there's no way I would be able to jog first thing in the morning), and I live in a place where I can just walk out the front door and start. And there's gorgeous scenery to look at.

So that's all for today. Not super interesting but it's what I got.
kimatha: (Half Cat)
My latest literary interest is the British author Tom Cox, who writes about living out in the country with a bunch of cats. I love his stuff because he truly loves cats and understands feline nature, and also he's really funny. I had to order his first two cat books (Under the Paw and Talk to the Tail) from a UK seller on Amazon.com because they're not published in the US yet. I was able to check out The Good, the Bad, and the Furry from the library, but I'm sure I'll be buying that too. And the new one, Close Encounters of the Furred Kind, once it is available in the US.

He also has a Twitter account called "Why my cat is sad" (@mysadcat), about his wonderful cat The Bear. Here is an article about The Bear.

I have a three-day weekend. I was going to be productive and do a lot of stuff today but all I really got done was a 7-mile wog, plus going shoe shopping with The Mighty Sam, who has embarked on a couch-to-5K program.

Crocuses are out all over, and even some daffodils have started blooming. West Seattle is a teeny bit more temperate than the rest of the region, but even so I think the climate here has definitely changed. Stuff never used to bloom this early. You'd see crocuses in February but no daffodils until March.

There are a few things growing in our back yard, probably daffodils. It will be fun to see what starts blooming around here. Then I'll have an idea of what to plan, and plant, for next year.

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