Sunday, January 25, 2009


I just woke up from a nap and I was so hungry for something good to eat, that I ate 7 slices off the Überhund's farmer's sausage meat and it tasted delicious. Now, this is coming from a vegetarian of all people, mind you. I never thought I would say those words, but it was simply delicious.

Maybe, just maybe, I miss eating meat after all. I am going to have to give this a long hard think and see if there is room in my diet for maybe something like chicken or beef, but not pork, no, no, because I don't like the way pigs are raised and transported. And it would have to be lunch meat, because I can't eat regular meat, it is too chunky for my gastric band. Look, a whole other source of potential vitamins and minerals is opening up for me. I'll let you know what I decide.

Yesterday I cleaned house, so I thought that today I would take it easy. It was my intention to watch many good programs on television, but I fell asleep instead. Not that it's a bad thing, of course, but I do have to save some sleep for the nighttime. I can't think of a better way to keep me awake than writing a post.

I swept all the floors with a broom and then swept the area rug in front of the sofa very briskly with the broom also and it worked very well, because much dirt came out of it. Then I treated the Überhund for fleas and washed his bedding. I still need to tackle the cats, but I need an extra pair of hands for that, so I'll wait until the Exfactor is here again some day.

I changed the bed and did two loads of laundry and cleaned the bathroom floor on my knees. Much dog and cat hair collects there and gets stuck to the tiles. I cleaned the wash basin and the toilet and I would like to say that everything sparkles, but it is only clean. There is no sparkle like there is on the TV commercials.

I still need to dust everywhere really well, but I was not in the mood for it and will do that on another day when I am much inspired. There are also cobwebs to be gotten rid off. Those suckers seem to appear overnight, because I suddenly discover them all one day and realize how many of them there are. I have a special sort of broom to get rid of them, but I can't figure out how to get the cobwebs out of the broom. It is better to vacuum them. That's a very satisfying job, especially when you get the spider to go with it. Don't 'oh, poor spider' me.

My sister vacuums her dog and he likes it very much, but I doubt that the Überhund would allow me to do that. I have never tried it, but I have a feeling that he would become very indignant. He is not scared of the vacuum cleaner and only reluctantly moves out of the way, but still. I may give it a try some day, we'll see.

My funky cats are indoor cats all winter. They only go outside to do their thing, while there is a litter box inside that they never use. I don't mind that, of course. No schlepping around bags of cat litter. The three of them hang out inside constantly, trying to find interesting things to do. Sometimes they have the crazy 30 minutes and they all chase each other around the apartment.

The best thing is to leave empty boxes and bags sitting around, so they can crawl inside of them and scare each other half to death by suddenly jumping out of them. I have one chair with a slipcover to the ground and it's an excellent place for one cat to ambush another cat that happens to innocently walk by. The Überhund always intervenes in these skirmishes, because he thinks they are misbehaving and he tries to separate them and looks at me helplessly when it doesn't work. Sometimes Toby hits him over the head when he gets in the way too much.

I don't know what I would do without the animals. They are a constant source of amusement to me. Their presence in the apartment makes the place feel alive. I will always have pets, but never a gerbil in a cage or a canary in a bird cage. Too confining. Trapped animals make me nervous.

Well, that about does it for me. I hope you had a nice Sunday and that you didn't waste it quite the way I did, although there's something to be said for complete peace and quiet also. Very low stress, for one thing.



Breakfast in California said...

Sounds like a good day! If you wrap a tea towel over your broom and fasten it with a rubber band or something like that, then you can get the cobwebs and just shake out the towel and toss it into the laundry.

Gloomy here, but no rain today.

Bev said...

I think it is sometimes good to do things out of the ordinary. Sounds like you enjoyed your sausage:0)

Like the sound of your cats playing in the boxes. Our guinea pigs like doing that too, except in their case it was cardboard rolls.

I watch a lot of telly at the moment. Have just switched over to try and see the end of 'The Railway Children', which always makes me cry as the film itself is overlong and we are watching something else. Am planning to watch 'The Blues Brothers' tonight.

Interesting reading about the inaurguration today in the newspapers, and looking at all the pictures of the inaugural balls.

Maggie May said...

You don't sound as though you wasted your Sunday with all that cleaning you did. Puts me to shame.

Hope you didn't eat the meat out of the dog bowl. LOL
I am a semi vegetarian (if there is such a thing). I don't eat red meat but I like a bit of chicken and turkey occasionally. You need the B12 that meat provides.I eat lots of fish. Do you?

I can remember a good game that sent one of my cats wild and provided exercise for her. She liked me to shine a torch on the floor and she would race around trying to trap the torch beam as I waggled it about out of her reach. She also loved to chase a little yo yo that I had & she would toss it about and really loved it. The male cats were not really into these games (typical men I think)

I am taking an early shower tonight as there is much I want to watch on TV. I will put on my night gear and a cuddly dressing gown and hope that no one calls as it is still early!
Have a good evening, Irene X

Babaloo said...

Your sister vacuums her dog?!?!?!?!? Whatever for? Honey would die, I'm sure. She's terrified of the vacuum cleaner as it is, I think that would push her over the edge.

I know what you mean about eating meat. I do eat pork, however, but try and forego chicken as much as I can as I've seen how they're raised - horrifying sights. We do have a local butcher who sells only locally raised chicken (and other meats) so I feel that since there are no huge chicken farms in the area that this meat should be fairly OK to eat.

I have considered going vegetarian a couple of times. But I do like meat, there's no doubt. Could I live without it? Surely. But Felix couldn't and I can't see myself cooking separately for the two of us.


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laurie said...

don't you wonder how so much pet hair gets in the bathroom? boscoe and riley never go into the bathroom (except when they're hiding from a thunderstorm, which we have not had for many months), and yet there's always tons of dog hair in there, on the floor and on the edge of the tub.


i love sausage...turkey sausage with scrambled eggs was our breakfast yesterday.

Wisewebwoman said...

Where are you getting your protein, Irene? Just askin'. :^)
I was a vegetarian for years and years but had to go back to fish and organic meat. I try not to eat factory farm stuff.
Good description of the animals at play. They are amazing company.
I'm like you at the moment - 2 cats and 1 dog.

John said...

I had a bird watcjhiong friend that I met in Cemntal Park, a very odd briliant man, who had three pet birds flying free in his small Manhattan apartment all the time - it was quite surrealistic and you never knew where they might drop little digested bombs. A lot of surfaces were covered witjh newspapers....

I did not visit often but I'd always laugh when a biord flew close to my face, etc. The birdss were very tame. I never ate there.

Dave also had amazing bonsai.

Anonymous said...

Your cats sound wonderful. I love to watch animals play, it does lighten up the day. I couldn't live without meat, I love it. I don't eat pork or bacon but I love steak and chicken.

CJ xx

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Maureen said...

Ah yes, even with all the extra work, I think cats and dogs make a house HOME.

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