Topper Tuesday!

While most of the cool cats in town are out eating bargain tacos on this Taco Tuesday, this cat lady is drained after a long day of pushin’ paper, so I’m going to make my own homespun tacos. I was hoping Topper might keep me company in the kitchen, but no…he’s found a relaxing spot away from it all in my new place for towels.

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Towel Tuesday.

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Cat Lady’s Easter in the Canyon

Spring has sprung, and after a winter of working long hours and hibernating from the rain, I’ve taken heed to the call of the Great Outdoors.

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My deck, once again, is serving as a second living room for the cat crew and me. It’s also where I enjoyed an Easter get-together with friends Lori and Bob after a morning hike.

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I was looking forward to Easter service at Laguna Presbyterian Church…but my desire to get out and smell the blooming wildflowers, and the need to get my muscles moving and some energy circulating lead me to an outdoor service of my very own on top of a ridge in Laguna Canyon.

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As I revered the view and inhaled the scent of sage scrub and wild flowers, I thanked God for the rain that brought lush foliage back to the canyon, and for the abounding beauty that it rendered. It was just me, the song birds and two majestic hawks circling above—no choir, no story of Jesus’ resurrection, yet I felt very close to the Almighty at that moment, and am certain that Jesus understood my impromptu change in plans.

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Meanwhile, back at the cottage (well, okay, condo but to me it’s a cottage), Lexington and Topper were gearing-up for our Easter Sunday celebration.

“Lex, what’s up with these rabbits?  They don’t move.  How d’ya chase rabbits that don’t move?”

“They’re fake–ya know, decorations.  We’re supposed to think they’re cute.”

Seriously?  I thought we were the cute ones.”

“At least she didn’t make YOU wear the bunny ears.”

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And Bobcat…well, he was just hangin’ around the deck…looking for mice images in shadows.

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Colds and Comfort Cats

Are we done already with cold and flu season? I mean, enough. I’m still hearing of people getting that insatiable cold and debilitating flu, and it’s March! Like so many others, most of my holiday season was spent being sick and recovering. Hot tea, gallons of water, homemade chicken soup, fruits and vegetables were my daily diet ritual along with natural cold/sinus healing remedies.

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Yet, after weeks of diligent attempts at natural healing, I still felt pretty much like what the cat dragged in.

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It was time to resort to over-the-counter meds to quell the debilitating symptoms: Nyquil, Theraflu and mega doses of Sudafed helped, but I finally went to the doctor and was put on prednisone and antibiotics, which finally nixed the inflammation and killed the bug. I don’t know how I would have managed without my nursemaids, Lexington, Topper and Bobcat, who dutifully followed my every move from grabbing another Kleenex box to pouring yet another cup of tea. Lex was on tissue duty, making sure I never ran out.

Even in living a healthful lifestyle, we can still succumb to sickness, especially if we are overstressed, which was my case. Nutrition, hydration, a good night’s sleep and exercise are key for optimum health (and are especially important when we are rundown)—just take note from my healthy cat crew. All those catnaps, nutritious food, and lots of kitten-like play keep their health in check.

It’s been two years since Lexington’s diabetes went into remission and I credit a lot of his recovery to removing grain from his diet (along with wonderful veterinary care). I learned through his illness how crucial proper nutrition is to feline health, just as it is for human folk.

I recently discovered an excellent feline nutritional resource infographic produced by Reviews.com, which is quite useful in making informed decisions about what to feed your feline family member(s). Many of Reviews.com’s recommendations for the best cat food (based on scientific research and analysis) are some of the brands I’ve been feeding my clowder. Find out what Reviews.com came up with and how they conducted their research: http://www.reviews.com/cat-food/ – quick-guide

I’m grateful to be finally feeling like a kitten again.

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Meeeeoooow!

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