Escape fantasies. We all have them, don’t we? When
the pressure of modern life feels overwhelming and we just want to run away from it all? I remember growing up and watching those Calgon bath bubble commercials: They always featured a woman overwhelmed with juggling the responsibilities of work, family, cooking and house cleaning. She would finally sink into a bathtub full of luxurious bubbles with a Calgon box prominently displayed on the edge of the tub. “Calgon, take me away!” she would moan, eyes closed, a contented look on her face, and the viewer was left to wonder if she was enjoying an especially wonderful hot bath or perhaps something else.Continue reading Getting Away From It All
I have two cats or, more accurately, two cats own me. People who live with cats will especially appreciate this dynamic. I feed them two kinds of food. My younger cat, Benedict Montgomery Cumbercat, a tuxedo with an adorably tiny, black “soul patch” on his white chin, mostly eats dry kibble, but does enjoy a bit of the canned food, as well. My older gray cat, Violet, with her two-inch long tail with which she was born (most of her litter mates also had a similar stumpy tail), eats almost exclusively canned food. Unless I am tardy in opening and serving up the contents of a fresh can. This makes her very unhappy, and she is never shy about giving me the what-for about it. On the rare occasion that she is forced to eat dry kibble, I have some serious apologizing and atoning to do.Continue reading Lump Chump
I had an appointment recently with an oral surgeon to discuss the upcoming extraction of two of my wisdom teeth. He advised me that for the first day after the procedure, I should eat only soft foods that I wouldn’t have to chew such as apple sauce, pasta, soup, pudding, yogurt and ice cream. At the mention of this last item, I flashed back to my early childhood and the bitter memory of betrayal…Continue reading Tonsillectomy Treachery
Yesterday, I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride compliments of my nine-year-old, orange tabby cat, Geoffrey. For a long time, he has had trouble holding down food. The problem was sporadic at first. Recently, however, it had worsened to the point where he had stopped eating, altogether. Meanwhile, his usually hefty weight of seventeen pounds had dropped in an alarmingly short amount of time to fourteen!Continue reading Get Your Facts Straight Before You Decide!