Marvin retrieves

Marvin came back from his trip today, and took his cats back.

Crap.

Sweetlu
Several minutes before he got here, Tallulah jumped up and started looking for him. How do dogs know things? Also, how big of a kitten whisperer is Talu? She seems like she'd eat a kitten in one snap, but kittens all seem to know better.

Shakeylu
Finally, swinging bachelor Marv arrived and Talu was a gracious Southern hostess. Yes, I DID get a new rug in the dining room, and you know what's smart? A white background on your rug that is in the thoroughfare between the muddy back yard and the rest of the house. Alllllways thinking. That's me.

Donehangin Just when everybody was finally getting along, it was time for the fun to be over. Note Henry is up by Anderson's special canned kitten food. I'll bet that orange beast gained five pounds while he was here. Not to mention the mouse carcass calories.

Yes, I DO wonder why I have pots and pans. We got those as a wedding gift 13 years ago. Note how shiny they still are.

Hihen
Marvin was glad to see his kitty, and of course Barry Gibb.

To thank me for watching his cats, Marv offered to feed me, and naturally I was not one to turn down such an offer. "You wanna go to the Home?" he asked. There is this awful dive-y restaurant near my house, and it has been open since 1965, and the food is terrible. We used to love going there. It was always full of sad old couples and we figured we'd be one of those one day.

Instead we got to be a not-so-sad-not-so-couple going to the Home. Oh, and it's not even called the Home. It's like Our Place or Your Place or Your House. I forget.

Blackpeoplewindow
There's a weird door/window thing in the back, which we figure used to be for black people. Here in the South, they used to make black people get food at the back door. The South. A place where the lovely flowers in springtime try to make up for a lot of heinous offensive crap in its past.

Artistformerlyknownasmarv
Here is Marvin. Did you ever think you'd see him on this blog again? For some weird reason, he is still READING my blog, which strikes me as bizarre. "But doesn't some of the stuff I write now make you…feel bad?" I asked. "Sometimes," said Marvin. "But we've both moved on."

"Okay, shut up! Shut up shuttin' up about how you've moved on!"

I really do not want to hear his sordid details. Which is why I can't believe he wants to read mine. I mean, it's just ooky. Please, for the love of God, move on, but don't LET ME HEAR about it. Ugh!

Junkpurchases
After our delightful dinner at the Home, we had to go to the grocery store because Marvin was out of his staple items: MSG-filled frozen waffles, fruit juice because he's 12, cat litter because he stole my cats.

Damnyoubrad
Just like the old days, I waited sort of impatiently and caught up on the news.

When we got outside, the terrible rainstorm had just begun to clear up. There was a beautiful rainbow going all the way across the sky. "Oooo! Take a picture of me with the rainbow for my blog!" I commanded.

Rainbow
Of course, with the passage of time, Marvin had forgotten how to take pictures with my iPhone and so here I am, barely clinging to civility, that light, light almost invisible rainbow giving up on us in the background. The Steak-n-Shake looks good, though.

Apparently, Marvin had as much fun with me as it was possible to have, so we came back to my house and got his cats in their carrier, which by the way was relaxing and easy and enjoyable. That I am not writing to you with stumps is something of a miracle.

Wheregoin why yu goin? just got heer.

Roger was sad to see Henry and his new hero in life, Winston, go. Now he has to go back to being alpha cat and it kind of sucks.

I did not go to see fireworks because it is kind of raining. But I had enough fireworks this weekend with all the cat/dog jostling for power. It is good to have my peaceful home back in order again.

Not to mention leftovers from the Home.

P.S. I just looked at last year's 4th of July post, and when you see the look I am giving Marvin at the Stop sign, you too will wonder how this marriage failed. Also, Marvin and the red font. Dying. Is it sad I heart myself so bad?

238 thoughts on “Marvin retrieves

  1. Amish Annie oh my how they slayed me with their humor, much of it dark, often sacastic, sometimes silly says:

    GardenGirl, definitely not therapy, just healthy relationship group work. Worked with both men and women in different arenas but working with women on probation/parole was probably my favorite, talk about funny! I’m smiling just remembering it and I haven’t smiled about my former life in a long time. That’s cool.
    Pieces of Wisdom suggestion; Date Night with Dick and Date Night with Dan suggestions.

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  2. GardenGirl ......Not chosen for the jury for a double murder trial in my area this year for which I was grateful. BIG sigh of relief that day. says:

    Glad that I asked, Amish Annie. Women on parole/probation……a whole different perspective. I’ll BET it was eye-opening.
    Glad that memory brought a smile today. : )

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  3. GardenGirl ......Not chosen for the jury for a double murder trial in my area this year for which I was grateful. BIG sigh of relief that day. says:

    Glad that I asked, Amish Annie. Women on parole/probation……a whole different perspective. I’ll BET it was eye-opening.
    Glad that memory brought a smile today. : )

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  4. GardenGirl ......Not chosen for the jury for a double murder trial in my area this year for which I was grateful. BIG sigh of relief that day. says:

    Glad that I asked, Amish Annie. Women on parole/probation……a whole different perspective. I’ll BET it was eye-opening.
    Glad that memory brought a smile today. : )

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  5. “OJ Simpson just turned to his cellmate and said, That’s the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard.”

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  6. GardenGirl ......Not chosen for the jury for a double murder trial in my area this year for which I was grateful. BIG sigh of relief that day. says:

    Just checking in to say that I just picked up A Three Dog Life from the library. Hope to start it tonight after my work is done.

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  7. GardenGirl ......Not chosen for the jury for a double murder trial in my area this year for which I was grateful. BIG sigh of relief that day. says:

    Just checking in to say that I just picked up A Three Dog Life from the library. Hope to start it tonight after my work is done.

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  8. GardenGirl ......Not chosen for the jury for a double murder trial in my area this year for which I was grateful. BIG sigh of relief that day. says:

    Just checking in to say that I just picked up A Three Dog Life from the library. Hope to start it tonight after my work is done.

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  9. Hi Dick!
    I was the one who commented your arms first!
    And I cannot decide if I like Junie’s hair straight or curly better. When you look good, it doesn’t matter and you somehow always look good.
    I adore the photo of you pouting at Marv. I do that daily when I don’t get my way (sometimes it works)
    I was at the hospital all day yesterday with my MIL so I missed commenting but here is my comment on talking to my husband:
    he calls me 483647 times a day just to say hi or ask me how I am doing and by the 5th time answering the phone, I am exasperated. Then we go on a long car trip or something and I start telling him a story (which branches off into 24 stories and I never get to the point but all the stories are fascinating)and he waves his hand and says “get to the point” or “Cliff’s Notes version please” and I get pissy because where else does he have to go and why doesn’t he want to talk THEN!!!
    Also? If you and Marvin would have stayed together and one of you wasn’t where they wanted to be, there would have been a lot of anger and resentment and cheating which would be worse so the fact that you can be civil is a big deal.
    You could have a trade-off day where he gets the pups and you get the kitties…..

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  10. Hi Dick!
    I was the one who commented your arms first!
    And I cannot decide if I like Junie’s hair straight or curly better. When you look good, it doesn’t matter and you somehow always look good.
    I adore the photo of you pouting at Marv. I do that daily when I don’t get my way (sometimes it works)
    I was at the hospital all day yesterday with my MIL so I missed commenting but here is my comment on talking to my husband:
    he calls me 483647 times a day just to say hi or ask me how I am doing and by the 5th time answering the phone, I am exasperated. Then we go on a long car trip or something and I start telling him a story (which branches off into 24 stories and I never get to the point but all the stories are fascinating)and he waves his hand and says “get to the point” or “Cliff’s Notes version please” and I get pissy because where else does he have to go and why doesn’t he want to talk THEN!!!
    Also? If you and Marvin would have stayed together and one of you wasn’t where they wanted to be, there would have been a lot of anger and resentment and cheating which would be worse so the fact that you can be civil is a big deal.
    You could have a trade-off day where he gets the pups and you get the kitties…..

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  11. Hi Dick!
    I was the one who commented your arms first!
    And I cannot decide if I like Junie’s hair straight or curly better. When you look good, it doesn’t matter and you somehow always look good.
    I adore the photo of you pouting at Marv. I do that daily when I don’t get my way (sometimes it works)
    I was at the hospital all day yesterday with my MIL so I missed commenting but here is my comment on talking to my husband:
    he calls me 483647 times a day just to say hi or ask me how I am doing and by the 5th time answering the phone, I am exasperated. Then we go on a long car trip or something and I start telling him a story (which branches off into 24 stories and I never get to the point but all the stories are fascinating)and he waves his hand and says “get to the point” or “Cliff’s Notes version please” and I get pissy because where else does he have to go and why doesn’t he want to talk THEN!!!
    Also? If you and Marvin would have stayed together and one of you wasn’t where they wanted to be, there would have been a lot of anger and resentment and cheating which would be worse so the fact that you can be civil is a big deal.
    You could have a trade-off day where he gets the pups and you get the kitties…..

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  12. Henry really has a beautifully exotic face.
    Lu reminds me of the old Looney Tunes cartoons with Marc Anthony and the kitten:

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  13. Barb from milwaukee who thinks Will and Kate are having a blast. Why didn't we talk about Albert's bride who was crying tears of sadness during their wedding? says:

    Funny in MM. I’m sorry but I was lol at your husband. I love the hand waving with the comment and Cliff’s Notes version…gotta love the sarcasm.

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  14. FIMM… My darling always says things like “so the bottom line is” or “so the point of the story is” and he NEVER GETS IT RIGHT! Used to drive me bonkers. Now it just makes me laugh. And laughing is so much better, really.
    So for those of you who have read the book club book, is there a passage where she references her dog’s ears as feeling like velvet? Or like lily pads? Or perhaps velvet lily pads? I feel as though I have read this book, and if I’ve read it I probably own it. But I can’t find it. That one passage sticks in my head from somewhere though.but it’s possible I read about the book and am just familiar enough with the story to think I’ve actually read it.
    Welcome Dick Whitman! We’ve heard a lot about you!

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  15. 1. I’m sorry if I dissed Marvin.
    2. The Little House books aren’t available on Kindle. This would make Pa cry, I imagine.
    3. I am back from the dentist where I was supposed to get my permanent crowns. He put the crowns in, told me to bite down, I did, we all heard a loud crack. I managed to break a porcelain crown within seconds of its installation. So, I have to go back in two weeks. AGAIN.
    4. I think I should work on relaxing my bite.

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  16. 1. I’m sorry if I dissed Marvin.
    2. The Little House books aren’t available on Kindle. This would make Pa cry, I imagine.
    3. I am back from the dentist where I was supposed to get my permanent crowns. He put the crowns in, told me to bite down, I did, we all heard a loud crack. I managed to break a porcelain crown within seconds of its installation. So, I have to go back in two weeks. AGAIN.
    4. I think I should work on relaxing my bite.

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  17. 1. I’m sorry if I dissed Marvin.
    2. The Little House books aren’t available on Kindle. This would make Pa cry, I imagine.
    3. I am back from the dentist where I was supposed to get my permanent crowns. He put the crowns in, told me to bite down, I did, we all heard a loud crack. I managed to break a porcelain crown within seconds of its installation. So, I have to go back in two weeks. AGAIN.
    4. I think I should work on relaxing my bite.

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  18. “I was the one who commented your arms first!” Look who’s trying to suck up to Dick!
    Funny, I’m afraid I am the once who tells my husband to get to the point of a story. Dear god, that many can drag one out. Also too, I hate when people tell a story and then can’t remember part of it so they hem and haw back and forth. The other night at around 8:23, no wait, it must have been 8:14, no come to think of it I think it was 8:16….

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  19. I sucked up to June too!!!
    I believe in the details of a story. Unfortunately, no one else gives a hoot.
    My husband will come home and say “so and so had their baby!!!!” and will not know the sex, name, weight, height or if there was an epidural. So annoying.
    I suppose if we were BOTH storytellers, nothing else would ever get done.

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  20. I sucked up to June too!!!
    I believe in the details of a story. Unfortunately, no one else gives a hoot.
    My husband will come home and say “so and so had their baby!!!!” and will not know the sex, name, weight, height or if there was an epidural. So annoying.
    I suppose if we were BOTH storytellers, nothing else would ever get done.

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  21. I sucked up to June too!!!
    I believe in the details of a story. Unfortunately, no one else gives a hoot.
    My husband will come home and say “so and so had their baby!!!!” and will not know the sex, name, weight, height or if there was an epidural. So annoying.
    I suppose if we were BOTH storytellers, nothing else would ever get done.

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  22. Holy crap Paula. You are like Jaws from that James Bond movie. Do you grind your teeth at night? The dentist thinks I do but how would I know, I’m asleep. But I catch myself clenching down during the day so probably I do.

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  23. I don’t think I grind my teeth, Anita.
    Yes, Letha, let’s blame Sue.
    But, no novocaine so I didn’t get to do my Mary Jo Buttafucco impression tonight. OH! Did you guys see Amy Fisher on Celebrity Rehab?

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  24. I don’t think I grind my teeth, Anita.
    Yes, Letha, let’s blame Sue.
    But, no novocaine so I didn’t get to do my Mary Jo Buttafucco impression tonight. OH! Did you guys see Amy Fisher on Celebrity Rehab?

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  25. I don’t think I grind my teeth, Anita.
    Yes, Letha, let’s blame Sue.
    But, no novocaine so I didn’t get to do my Mary Jo Buttafucco impression tonight. OH! Did you guys see Amy Fisher on Celebrity Rehab?

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  26. I just watched Celebrity Rehab on VH1.com, and why do they think it is a good idea to have commercials for alcohol and every single break????

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  27. Darn…keep hitting the return key too soon lately….Pickle the dog, not to be confused with Pickles from The Dick Van Dyke Show. Buddy’s wife, I think.

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  28. L. in California thought Junie looks no older than 28 in both hair styles, July 2010 and 2011 says:

    Hi June..I thought the photos of Marvin saying hello to his kitty, and of you wearing the Rainbow Halo were especially adorable.
    Hi Dick! Your arms looked so impressive in that peek-a-boo snap shot, I was going to tease Junie and ask her if she was dating a major league baseball player …seriously..nice arms.
    June? The men in your life are very cute ..that includes Dick, Marv, Winston, Henry, and Edsel …and Francis…but not sure, was Fran a boy or girl?

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