Monthly Archives: December 2016

Caturday Thoughts – New Year’s Eve With Cats

No fireworks unless the neighbors have 4th of July leftovers. No Times Square crowds or glitzy, tacky hotel parties. No silly TV countdowns with talking head presenters. I like my New Year’s Eves quiet at home. Of course that means … Continue reading

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A Year in Review

This is the time of year people start thinking about what went on over the past twelve months. I think it’s one reason the holiday season causes many to stress out and become depressed. This year I have heard talk … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Christmas Eve With Cats

  Christmas Eve is a special quiet time for me and the cats. There is an atmosphere in vigil evenings that is special. We will be following a ritual we made up beginning at sunset. Solstice has just past and … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 22nd

In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices as the middle of the season. Especially in northern Europe the summer solstice is still celebrated … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Mission Accomplished

I swore to myself as part of my year end wrap up I would conquer the paper problem once and for all. I am happy to say I did it. Tax, investment and bank papers, insurance papers and household invetory, … Continue reading

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Christmas Spirit Old and New

Charles Dickens is credited with saving Christmas from, if not oblivion, then severe neglect and obsurity. He didn’t do it single handedly, however. Queen Victoria’s own husband, Prince Albert, brought the German custom of decorating Christmas trees to England, for … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Never Where You Want It

For the first time since I hired the cleaning service I was able to be out of the kitchen so the cleaner could start there. I also had the living room picked up before she arrived. I was pleased and … Continue reading

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