That Darn Cat!

No, not the movie although if you want to watch an old movie, that’s a really good one!

I went into the attic to find and get down our stockings for Christmas. My mother had told me they were up there. My son was still asleep but I went up anyway. The cats were peering up at me from the bottom of the stairs and ventured up a few steps so I sent a bag with a small tree down the stairs to scare them off. That worked for a few minutes! Next thing I know, as I am in one section in the attic not near the stairs, the female cat gets up there with me. I was able to stop the male cat thankfully! So I go to grab her and she runs off into the dark unknown parts of the attic. My son wakes up, puts on his shoes, and comes into the attic with me and we almost get her using his laser light. I mean, she is RIGHT there but I went to grab her and she took off again! ARGH!!!! We locked the male cat in my room so he couldn’t go up there too.

My mom had been at church during this time and when she got home, I had to tell her what happened. She then scares me by saying she (the cat) could fall down the wall 4 to 5 feet and get stuck and die since she doesn’t have front claws and can’t jump that high, or she could go through a hole up there into the neighbors house. I went to the neighbors, I’m very thankful she let me into her attic to double check. No holes on her side and I couldn’t see any on my side but with my moms shit tons of stuff in there, who knows what I can’t see. So I decided to leave the attic door open so she would let herself down while I ran a few errands.

I’m gone about an hour. Then it’s time to go to the other neighbors Christmas get-together so we went over there for a few minutes. My son and I come back saying we really want to get the cat out and we go back up into the attic yet again. Now we can’t find her at all! We are calling her, both of us crying, using the laser light and a flash light, no noises and we can’t see a white cat! I hit my head on a beam which made me cry. My son is sensitive and was upset about my mom saying the cat could die.

Another hour goes by. The cat has been up there for over 2 hours without a peep. My mom comes home from the party and I call out for her to come upstairs. My mom comes upstairs and guess what??? That darn cat peeps over the stairs to the attic and meows! So my mom climbs half up the stairs and sits down and uses her fingers on the attic floor to call the cat to her. Of course the cat came to her and my mom grabbed her and handed her down to me at the bottom of the stairs.

Off today!

I should work because all I made this past week was $270 but I’m taking my day off to not deal with dementia and crankiness. I already know I’m slow in December so I plan for it. So yay for taking a day off!

Yesterday was great for exercise. I think I did really well!

In addition to my exercise which included walking to the grocery store and back, I baked more cookies. I made the PB Blossoms THE RIGHT WAY, and made these Christmas Wreath cookies. A few actually looked like wreaths, a few looked more like Christmas Trees, and the rest were just blobs. I refrigerated them overnight and tried one this morning. They taste pretty good, like Rice Krispie treats only made with cornflakes. Excuse my blurry selfie, hard to eat a cookie and take a picture!

This morning I was woken up by banging right outside my bedroom door. It was either my Mom or the cats. I don’t know which. I wasn’t about to open my door and have a conversation at 8am on a Sunday! I didn’t go to sleep until 1. I was still making cookies until midnight! I swear my mother doesn’t like to let me sleep in. And when she was gone for the one day, I had to wake up and take my son to school. I know, poor me, I had to wake up on time. šŸ˜‚

Oh! The washer issue! Get this crap. My mom opened the washer to do laundry and it was FULL of water from that drip! I used a water bottle and got about half of it out before I was like, you know what? Why don’t we just turn on the spin cycle to drain it all? Now why didn’t I think of that in the first damn place??? So after running all the water out, my mom started her clothes and let the washer finish it’s cycle completely. Then I ran my clothes. Then my son ran his clothes. And guess what??? Because we let the washer complete the cycle each time, it’s not leaking anymore!!! Go figure! Well thankfully that saves us a plumber bill too.

This morning after being woken up, I took my new vitamin that I bought yesterday. I’m kind of hoping that it’s what I needed. I have not ever taken vitamins regularly. I’m really not good at taking pills and these are damn horse pills but I’m trying! It says to take 2 each day so I’m debating that. Can’t I just take one? I got them at the local GNC store and they were recommended by the sales guy. He said they constantly run out of them so they must be popular, right? Hmmm… I’m not too sure but he said these were easier to take than the other ones they had and these are time released vitamins so it helps you throughout the day. He said to take them for a week before I give up to see how I feel. At $60 for a months worth, these better be the best damn vitamins I’ve ever taken!

I packaged up all the cookies this morning, took the dog out on a 1,500 step walk, and did all the dishes from my cooking. Now I’m back in bed to write. I must move around a lot in my sleep. My butt doesn’t hurt anymore, now it’s my knee! This is why I bought vitamins. Something has to help! I also stopped using my sleep thing on my fitness watch because it drains the battery and doesn’t actually help me any. The Fitbit had a much better sleep minder. I also am bad about remembering to turn it off in the morning so I have a few days where I was sleeping for 24 hours. The Apple Watch isn’t BAD necessarily, I guess I’m just used to the Fitbit one.

So it’s 10am. All I’m doing today is my exercise and watching Netflix, well, that’s my plan. I am noticing that I have tons more energy lately and don’t stay in bed as much as I used to. I may run up to Michael’s to get the melting chocolate and make these chocolate and nut dipped meringues. The meringue is already made (I cheated and bought some) and so now I just need the chocolate and nuts.

My son is still asleep and my dog pooped 4 times and has now eaten so I’m sure she is about to take a nap. I just need to figure out what I want to do! Have a great Sunday!

My poor aching feet!

Yes, my feet hurt. Not as bad as they did last night and they don’t actually hurt, they ache. And I’m going to go with it’s because they have to carry all this weight around everyday. But why does my butt hurt? I haven’t fallen on it, I don’t plop down when I sit, nothing, but the area around my tailbone is killing me today! It hurts to sit down! Maybe I’m losing weight there first since I’m walking? I’m just hurting today and I’m glad I’m off tomorrow. I need to figure out this drip in the washer still too!

I lost a pound this week. Go me! So after that weight gain a few weeks ago, I only have 43 to go! I don’t mind losing slowly, maybe it will stay off that way. My goal this week is to hit all of my goals every single day. Here they are.

Goals:

  • Do 10,000 steps a day.
  • Do 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day (like walking at a fast pace).
  • Stay within my calories – I get 2,100 a day so I should be able to although it’s hard some days.
  • Hit the stand goal of 13 hours a day (that just means you weren’t sitting for an entire hour).
  • Hit my move calorie goal each day (I’ve doubled it a few times).

Since I got my watch, I’ve missed those goals more than once. This week, I missed my step goal on Tuesday by under 1,000 steps. Yes, it’s still bugging me. I started the week on Monday for this goal adventure after not hitting goals last Sunday, so I have a few more days to go to do this to see if I can meet every goal. Since I missed it on Tuesday, I will step it up next week and do it all over. I really want to make this a daily thing! Even if I can’t do it perfectly, try try again, right?

Today, I have Styled to get her hair and nails done as usual and then I have to go see Forgetful. Her step daughter in law asked for me to meet her there too. I think she wants to give me a Christmas present. She’s very sweet like that.

I still need to remake those cookies and make the Christmas wreath cookies. Standing in the kitchen hurts my feet more than the walking I do! I blame the tile floor. Speaking of the cookies! So my screw up wasn’t that bad! I took them to the retirement home to pick up Forgetful yesterday at lunchtime and asked all of the people eating lunch if they would like a gingerbread or lemon cookie. First of all, the young concierge at the front desk loved the lemon cookies – she didn’t like chocolate on it so she took those off but she ate like 4 of them! I had no cookies when I left. It was wonderful!!! Saying they were lemon cookies worked out well. And the older generation doesn’t really have a peanut butter allergy so I didn’t have to worry about that either. They went over well and some of the ladies said I was making everyone’s day. How is that for sweet?

My mother came home yesterday around 5pm. Glad I ended up not having friends come by. That wouldn’t have worked out too well. Plus this place is nowhere near ready to have people over. I need to get rid of half the furniture before I feel comfortable with friends seeing it.

I have to get dressed for work, walk the dog, and get moving so y’all have a good Saturday!

Hair today

You guys decide. Which is better?

The before – I really do have a LOT of hair! On a normal day, I would comb it and be done. Fast and easy.

Or after – smooth and nice. This is how I like it but don’t always have time to do it. It takes me 15 minutes to straighten it when it’s short. When I had long hair, it could take an hour or more. I did this today because I had the time.

I also am not a fan of hairspray and to keep my straight hair, that is a necessity!

Let me know which one is better. And please don’t mind my bathroom. I didn’t decorate it. It was like this when we moved in with my mother. She has a thing for roosters.

Oh wow I screwed that up!

I’m going to have to make these all over because I totally screwed up.

Peanut butter blossom cookies are usually awesome but let me tell you. When you accidentally use lemon extract instead of vanilla, they are DISGUSTING!!!

They look awesome. I just wish I hadn’t screwed this up! I made 54 cookies before I tried one. šŸ˜«šŸ˜«šŸ˜«šŸ˜«

Now I have to get ready for work so I guess I’ll do these later.

Iā€™m loving my time!

It’s nice not having my mother around for a day. She will be back today though. I need to get my cookies finished this morning because if I don’t, I may not have another quiet chance.

Everyone loved the cookies yesterday and asked me to bring the others when I make them. I took those pictures to prove that I made them and didn’t buy them. Sad but it’s what you have to do when your cookies look so great. šŸ˜‚ I took some to Cranky too. She got all excited and told her caregiver to give her one now with coffee. I asked her if she wanted to say please and she rolled her eyes and said “Please šŸ™„” It was funny the way she did it. I took one for each caregiver too. I hope they both like it!

Again, all I have today is Forgetful. It’s been SUCH a slow week! I will maybe make $200 this week. So sad šŸ˜ž. Oh well. My bills are paid and we have food and that’s what counts! Forgetful and I are going out to lunch and then going to buy her step son and grandkids Christmas presents. I hope she has fun. She doesn’t want to do gift cards. She wants to go pick out something for each person. Eek!

I did way too well on exercise yesterday. I went out and walked a mile down the road and then walked back. I’m still sore so I will probably put off my exercise until later today but I will do it again. I’m on a mission to hit every daily goal every day this week. I know I can do it, I just need the motivation!

Since my mom kept having a fit about me walking outside in a black sweater, I ordered a red raincoat. I haven’t owned an actual raincoat in years. I usually use an umbrella. It came yesterday and The North Face opinion of red seems to be more orange. That’s okay. I like orange, I just really wanted red and had ordered red. Whatever. It’s nice. Lots of pockets inside and out and it’s warm. I’m glad I ordered a size larger too because this just fits me. That’s the problem I have with ordering online. You never know if it’s going to fit until you get it and try it on.

It’s 6:30am. My son and animals have been fed and I’ve played my phone games for the morning. I guess I should get dressed to take him to school and then come home and bake more. Then to shower and leave for the one job.