Cat Update

Cat is still here. I’m going to refer to her as a “he” because Vince is so sure it’s a he but I’m so sure it’s a she, simply because tortoise shell cats are almost always girls but . . Vince can be right . . because I know I’m really right!  :)

This morning we were talking about dogs and how they’re kinda like most humans. Speck and Rita watch each other and they do whatever the other one is doing .. just like most humans. Speck goes out without a leash because he’ll barely get off the porch. He’ll wander around out there all day if I let him but when Rita is out on a leash, he watches her. If she heads back towards the door, Speck will run to the door because he wants to be first in the house.

Cat on the other hand, doesn’t give a flip what anyone else does. He does what he wants to do without regard to anyone or anything else.

Cat

Cat

He’s been sleeping on the picnic table. I think he’s figured out that the first thing we do each morning is take the dogs out the  back door so if he’s sleeping on the picnic table, he sees us when we go out with the dogs.

He gets off the picnic table and watches to see what we’re doing next. If I’m the first one out, I go to the chicken coops to let them out and Cat watches til I’m almost done and then he makes his way to his food bowl.

Cat

Cat

He still isn’t friendly but he isn’t nearly so jumpy and scared as he once was. He’s been hanging out in the garden during the day .. hopefully keeping snakes out of there because it’s getting to be time for me to start planting the fall garden and I’d rather not share that space with snakes!

 

Headed Home

My time in Missouri has come to an end and as you’re reading this, I’m on my way back to Texas. I am feeling more confident that we’ll end up back in MO but it will probably be after Vince retires and that’s at least 5 years down the road (if things go according to plans) so who knows what may happen by then. I think everyone is pretty sure Chad is not leaving MO. He loves it here and if he stays with his current job, he can stay here as long as he wants. 

I had so much fun with them while was there. We made memories that will have to last me til the next visit.  This is the visit that has a long gap between now and the next one. Beginning in early Fall, Chad is consumed with hunting – getting the sites ready and hunting with his friends. That provides meat for them for the whole year so it’s important that he get to do that. Then as soon as Thanksgiving arrives, he’s working such long hours through the holidays that I wouldn’t get to see much of him, and I know what little time he has at home, he’d rather spend with Addie and Nicole without Granny around. Then, the weather in January and February makes it difficult to plan a trip so it may be 5 or 6 months before I get to see them again. We may try to meet in Louisiana in January . . but that’s still a very long time from now.

Here are some of the pictures that will get me through til I see them again.

Polishing My Toe Nails

Polishing My Toe Nails

Nicole was polishing Addie’s nails and she decided she should polish my toe nails.

Riding Bike

Riding Bike

She got a new bicycle with training wheels and she’s had lots of fun with that. She normally wears a helmet but for this picture, she didn’t have it on.

Scooter

Scooter

She also has a new scooter.

Birthday Outfit

Birthday Outfit

She had a birthday party and had the most adorable birthday outfit.

At the Park

At the Park

We spent time in the park. Sorry for the blurry picture  ..  they were moving pretty quickly.

Fishing

Fishing

We went to some of Chad’s favorite fishing spots.

Playing on the Ipad

Playing on the Ipad

I got to watch her play her games on the iPad.

We made cookies. We ate sushi. We worked puzzles. We told stories . . I had a wonderful 10 days with them but all good things must end .. or so they say, so I’m headed home and will begin counting the days til I can see them again.

 

Baking Cookies

As my time in MO comes to an end, we’re doing as much as we can together. Yesterday afternoon, Addie and I made cookies.

Eating Cookies

Eating Cookies

I believe I caught her in an “ummmm, good” expression! Who would ever have thought I would have so much fun with a three year old? She’s so fun to be around . . till bed time!  :)