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Quick Update


Sorry it’s been so long since posting, but at the beginning of June, I started a new job, then on Sept 1, I moved into an apartment.  I don’t have internet access, but tapped into my phone’s data to post a quick update.  In the meantime, here’s a picture of my language bookshelf…


Meet Melodie


I knew I would be getting another cat after I had to say goodbye to Pringle on June 9th, who I had for 18 years, but figured it would be months later.  Instead, it only ended up being exactly two weeks.

June was Shelter Cat Month at the Central Missouri Humane Society and cats ages 3+ were free, so I wanted to take advantage.  I had decided between either a 5-year old female named Snickers or a 3-year old male named Hickory.  When I went to look at them at the shelter, I found out Hickory has feline leukemia and Snickers was being treated for a bad upper respiratory infection.  I’m all for adopting special needs animals, but didn’t want to jump into medical issues right off the bat, whether chronic or temporary.  I have to admit, I sort of wish I had given Snickers a chance because she was really the one I had my heart set on, but am glad to say both her and Hickory have disappeared from the shelter’s ‘Adoptable Cats’ page, so I’m really hoping that means they’ve both since been adopted.

The day I looked at Snickers, I also hung out with a cat named Melodie.  She was sitting all nice and quiet in her cage, just staring at me.  I smiled at her and talked to her for a second then moved on, but kept coming back to her – she just kept drawing me over to her.  I finally asked if she could be taken out.  She sat right next to me and let me scratch her head.  The problem was since I came with the intention of adopting one of the free cats, I didn’t have any money on me, and Melodie was only a year old, so was going to be $50.  I told them I would come back the next day, and I did.  So, as of June 23rd, Melodie is my new cat.  She’s super lovable, and very easy going.

I kept the name she came with, because I actually liked it, especially when you consider some of the other names some of these poor cats were given, such as a Persian that had been dubbed “Paula Deen.”  Now that’s animal cruelty.  I’m sure they just slap on random names, figuring the new owner will change it, but c’mon! ha ha  Anyway, I love music and foreign languages and the meaning combined with the French spelling references both of those things.  If I had gone with a different name, she would’ve been known as “Hibiscus,” so maybe it’s best that I stuck with Melodie.

So without further adieu, heeeeere’s Hibiscus Melodie.  Apparantly she’s known as a caliby or tabico (calico/tabby mix.)  Of course calicoes and tabbies aren’t breeds, but coat colors and patterns.  Pringle was a tabby.

Not a picture I took, but the one used as her “pick me” photo by the shelter…

And a few pictures I’ve taken since bringing her home… Yes, she sleeps a lot, but hey, she’s a cat and they’re sort of pros at napping. :)

Hair I Am


My new favorite shampoo and conditioner: Herbal Essences Naked Volume.  I got some in the travel-sized bottles over the weekend, because I headed to Pomme de Terre to spend 4th of July with my parents who were staying at their little lake house.

I normally wouldn’t go for volumizing, since I associate that with lots of body, and my hair is thick and poufy enough as it is, but the volumizing formula was the only one available.  As it turned out, I loved it.  It smells really good too.

Another favorite, that’s a bit pricey (by my standards) at $7 per bottle is the Organix Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner.  Doesn’t smell as good as the Herbal Essences, but did a good job smoothing down the frizz.

I normally go for “smoothing/anti-frizz” haircare products.  Sometimes I’ll opt for moisturizing, but find that they sometimes make my hair feel weighed-down.

My hair is just so difficult to do anything with other than pull it back into a bun or ponytail.  I rarely wear it down, because it’s so thick and gets annoying.  I wish I could wave a magic wand and make my hair stay in its “fresh from the shower” stage, but it just gets poufier and poufier as it dries, even when I put anti-frizz cream/oil/etc. in it.

Side note: “Hair I Am” is the name of a nearby salon.  Cracks me up.

Where’s a magic wand when you need one?

Bonus Pringle Pic


Just remembered I had posted this one to my old language blog.  He’s looking at me like I’m insane for trying to learn Lithuanian, and adding yet another language to my list.  I think he was right!  Unfortunately, the computer I had most of his pictures saved on was hit by ransomware, so I’ve only got a small handful left.


Goodbye to a Beloved Pet


Seems like it’s been forever since I posted.  I had to have my cat of 18 years put to sleep on June 9th.  His name was Pringle (because he was a crispy little critter.)  My mom brought him home as a stray kitten from the tire shop my parents owned when I was still a teen.

I had to work his last day, so bawled my eyes out during the 75 mile drive to work (normally a 50 mile drive, but I had to take a different route due to flooding); was fine at work (I think being busy took my mind off of it), then bawled during the drive home.  He was a really good cat, and I still get teary-eyed when I think about him.

Here are a few pictures of the little monkey…

(Holding Pringle in Gillette, WY where I lived for 10 years, and where he was born.  The wind was pretty gusty that day – not unusual for Wyoming.)


(Last year where I live now in Missouri.  He was a cute little, old man, don’t ya think?)


(And here he is at least five years ago, but may be a little older than that – also here in Missouri.)



God Is Good


Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Believers in Christ have been called according to His purpose because it is His delight to see them involved in the outworking of His plan(s). Love the Lord your God today and remember what He has done for you in Christ. No matter the trial, no matter the situation, no matter the cost – God is working for the good of those who love Him. Be infatuated, immersed, and awestruck at how good God is.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.