Keep your sunny side eggs up

I’m over here trying to think of good parts of this pandemic, because otherwise I’ll just walk around all bored and hangdog with a face like Huckleberry Hound, thinking about how long I’m stuck in this house. I wish they’d call me and ask if I would volunteer for a vaccine. I’d so do it. At least I could go somewhere!

Anyway, fast food. I’m not eating any fast food. There’s a plus. And I never get annoyed at other drivers anymore. I’m saving on gas, which, when your commute is six minutes isn’t that big a deal anyway.

I feel like, whenever I see a group of people on social media now, leaving a comment that goes something like, “Thanks. Glad you had that graduation party. That’s another month I’m stuck at home.”

Anyway, how are you? Me? I’ve been a bit of a homebody.

As I type you, I’m sitting once again in the kitten room, and right there is another plus for pandemic. I sit in this room as much as I can, which on workdays is 8 hours a day, so these little evil ferals get used to me.

Hissy?

Oh, she’s getting tamed.

She starts when I walk in, and runs to hide occasionally, but the hide is just for show. She runs, like, under the desk and then prances around when I say hi. Oh, she purrs and she simpers and she’s all but achieved, basically. The day she runs UP to me instead of away I’ll know I’ve won with her.

Fitz?

Well, that’s another story altogether. This photo here is like that one blurry one they have of Bigfoot. A rarity. He hides nearly all the time, still, but as I type this he’s right in the middle of the room, play-fighting with Hissy. So I have faith he’ll get there. I’ve now touched him twice: Day one, when I moved him from the carrier to the tent, and the other day, when I stretched one finger out tentatively and petted him while he ate. He purred right away, then ran to his new hiding spot, behind the hope chest.

Anyway I love them and I apologize to anyone who reads me and isn’t that crazy about cats cause that was just a lot.

My birthday is coming up, and I’m not, like, a member of the Red Hat Society or anything that will ensure a big parade of folks drives past my house or anything, which I assume most of you didn’t get on your pandemic bday. So, what sorts of things can I do for fun that won’t kill me? I’m nixing my plans of a kissing booth downtown.

I’d better go. It takes a lot longer to get everything done in the morning when you have four regularly scheduled pets and then two feral kittens to care for each day. Whenever I have ferals, I feel quite like Laura Ingalls, getting up and doing chores so early. I do wish I had a baby cow to lead to grass or something, because I need more to do.

But anyway, I’ve done all my caring-for-others chores already, but I haven’t washed my face or put on clothes or made my bed or any of that, and I like to get all that done before work starts. Work has been SO BUSY and I know I keep saying that but oh my god. It’s gotten to the point that I no longer panic about it, and now I’ve just jinxed myself and I’ll have panic day.

I thought about it, and my panic comes from disappointing someone. A project manager or an editor. But if I’m going as fast as I can, what else can I do? I don’t have to panic about someone not liking me if they don’t like me after doing my best.

See how philosophical I’ve become in isolation?

So I’ll go. Oh, but one more thing!

I dyed my roots. I know it’s hard to see in the light like this but I did. Actually, in the light here it doesn’t look all that … covered, the roots, I mean, but in most light it looks fine. I wanted to like the white but I didn’t. My body, my choice, man.

Okay, really going.

Homeily,
June

61 thoughts on “Keep your sunny side eggs up

  1. I’m late to the party just to say I figured you would dye your roots and I would have voted for that, but everyone was all rah rah let your white light shine and I didn’t want to rain on that parade. But I don’t see you with the white yet. Maybe in 10 years. For your birthday I think you should cook a special meal, order something online (that always cheers me up) and binge watch bad TV. OR schedule a zoom call with all your family and friends and eat cake together. How social do you feel?

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  2. Oh my gosh thanks for writing. Sometimes it seems like you and the kittens are the only bright spot in the world.

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  3. Wish I had some ideas for you but even I am getting lonely and wanting some diversion. I miss the library and the book stores hugely. When I logged onto your site just now it made me crazy that those beautiful books were all tied up and I couldn’t browse through them!
    The fickle bitch made me sign in again. Great job with the kittens. Thanks for the pictures and your fine fine post.

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  4. I didn’t feel the shingles shot either and I usually find shots really painful and I’m the serum lump retainer big time.

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  5. “He purred right away, then ran to his new hiding spot, behind the hope chest.” Is that because he’s hoping you’ll disappear?

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  6. One positive from this ding dang virus is the money I’ve saved at the salon. I have colored my hair twice in the past 4 months for a total of about $13. If I’d known it was so easy, I would’ve done it years ago. While it might not look as natural as a salon job, it’s ok for now. That being said, I’m going for a professional job next month. Gotta support the economy (besides amazon)!

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  7. Squeeee! Kitty tummy! Little Miss Hissy Pants is so darn adorable. I’m sure her brother will come around. Right now, he looks like the brother that glares at the guy dating his sister. 😀

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  8. My husband’s birthday was Friday, and he wanted to go out to eat, so we went to this place near us that has a giant outside patio. So my two week countdown started again there. I was a bit anxious while we were there. So many people.
    I hope you find something fun to do. Maybe Fitz will let you pet him for your birthday.

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  9. You are so sweet! Thank you Koala Raspberry! I do get compliments on my hair all the time so that makes it much easier to keep the gray!

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  10. I’m finding that coloring my own roots is not a bad thing, and maybe I don’t need to go to the hairdresser every 3 weeks but could switch it to 6? I’m not ready to go gray, and may never be ready.
    I have kitten envy! If I knew for sure I wasn’t teaching on campus this fall and could teach from home I would storm over to the Humane Society and get a cat! I miss them so much but didn’t feel I could leave a cat alone for 3 days a week or more.

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  11. Your white hair will still be beautiful when you’re ready for it. Until then you will be a beautiful blonde or brunette or even redhead. Have you ever been a redhead?
    Congratulations on the feral progress. Their forever families thank you.

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    1. Yes. My vast millhouse. Back at my old house, before you were here, I had this perfect concrete floor room that was the kitten room. I should build one with all my riches.

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  12. That Garth Williams drawing of Laura teaching the calf to drink from a pail mesmerized me. I wanted to grow out my Dutch Boy cut into a long braid wrapped around my head and live on an idyllic farm in Colorado (my John Denver phase). I lived in a farm state but knew nothing about farms, or early morning chores, and the animal on our property was a 12-pound dog.

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      1. Yeah, she was about 1 percent-sized. We also had a duck in our back yard for a couple of years, which should have given me a better picture of farm life. Ducks are not cuddly.

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        1. We had some cuddly ducks growing up. Their moms occasionally abandoned them, for whatever reason, and the neighbors asked us to raise them, so they lived with us since they were tiny. They would come when called, snuggle with us and follow us around. My Dad didn’t like them pooping all over, so they had to go back to the neighbor’s farm when they were grown. 😦

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  13. One more thing, I bet you do NOT miss the open concept that you have at work. That’s all…for right now.

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      1. When I retired I missed three people. I still talk to two of them really often, the other one has passed.

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  14. Your har looks great! Maybe through the pandemic you have discovered that you can do your roots and save a bunch of money. [NOTE: this is coming from the most frugal person ever.] That sweet face just stretched out on your lap. That little orange fells will come around. July 1 is the date. Fitz, did you hear that? July 1.

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  15. My birthday was earlier this month, and a Saturday. I took the recyclables to the recycling center, looked at a few houses, took one of the last bike rides for a while, and sat by the pool. I may have ordered a pizza. Pretty sure I caught up on Rick & Morty. Point us, I did what I wanted. By myself. Would it have been nice to share? Of course, but that’s not how it was. Oh, and the next day? I drove down to Wrightsville, just to see the sunrise. So worth it.

    I’m glad I did all that, because with my current injury, I can’t drive for another eight days.

    Hang in there!

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  16. Wow! I wouldn’t have guessed that so many disliked your white roots. I kinda liked the white, but whatever makes you happy. I love your glasses, and you look smashing in them. Hoping Fitz comes around soon.

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  17. Your hair, your happiness! I stopped highlighting my hair over a year ago. It looks so dark to me. Everyone says I shouldn’t go back but I think I want to.

    You know who I feel bad for during this pandemic? All the old men downtown that you used to drive crazy every time you went….. downtown. What have they had to look forward to?

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  18. I am liking the roots dyed and you are young to go gray. Some people rock it some don’t. I don’t. You have the pleasure of knowing you have beautiful white hair when the time comes. I go next week and I am excited. My roots are awful and my hair is way too long. I may get a razored pixie. The head band, pony tail and bobby pins thing is messy. It keeps me from melting.

    I am a bomebody too but getting a bit stir crazy. I plan to visit some newly reopened stores tomorrow. If they are crazy crowded I will leave. I must admit I am not the greatest social distancing shopper. I can not wait while someone reads all of the packages in the drugstore. My anxiety kicks in. I am a grab it and go person unless it’s fun stuff like make-up. Will this ever end?
    Those Ferals are the shit. I lub them.

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  19. It’s hard to know what to get people for their birthdays during a pandemic. Mr. Texas’s birthday is Friday. Tickets to a baseball game? No, what baseball? A fancy dinner out with friends? Not without hazmat suits. A weekend getaway? No way! A feral kitten from North Carolina? Aaah-choooo- no. It’s weird to have to really plan and purchase online rather than simply go out shopping. (I MIGHT go to Costco on Friday. I have all week to mentally prepare.) So far all he’s getting is a new belt to replace one that fell apart. Woohooo! We’re living the high life over here!

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  20. Plus also too, I forgot to say this in my rambling comment, I’m glad you ditched the gray. While you had gorgeous white hair, you are much too young. I think I told you that my BFF, who has gorgeous thick wavy hair and gorgeous alabaster skin and gorgeous huge blue eyes and why am I friends with her? Anyway, she decided to go gray. Huge mistake. HUGE. She seems to like it, but OMG. Hag City. The first time I saw her after she “embraced the gray,” I didn’t even recognize her from behind. Then she turned around and I audibly gasped. Try covering that up. From the back, she was a witch’s crone, an old bag. Then she turned around and here’s this beautiful peaches -and-cream face, framed with gray hair. She has since added …. I don’t know, toner? … something to it so it’s more dimensional, but she still looks years, YEARS, older than she should AND she looks like she is her husband’s mother.

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    1. I’m pretty sure I look see than my husband with my gray hair, but he LOVES it and has threatened me so I can’t color it. He is aging so much slower and I hate him just a wee bit for that. But his mother is 96 so I think he has good genes. Me? I’ve scheduled a facelift I’m October and am looking forward to turning back the hands of time on my face if I can’t do it with my hair color! Lol

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      1. Stupid auto correct. First sentence should be I’m pretty sure I look older than my husband … Geez

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        1. I don’t think you look older. Your face looks young. I don’t automatically equate white or gray hair with being old. People gray at all different ages. If I looked as stunning as you do in it I’d be done with the dye expense for good too.

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  21. So, vaccines. At my physical last week, due to my advanced age (“fucking old”), it was recommended that I get the *new* shingles vaccine. I asked if there were any side effects because I was on my way to work and was assured that this was not a live vaccine and everything would be fine. Har. Har har. Har har har. First of all, any time I get any shot/vaccine, the serum (??) stays in a lump at the vaccine shot for days. DAYS. Tetanus shot? WEEKS. That stuff is thick, man. I guess I have teeny veins? I don’t know, I’m not an nurse, but it happens every time (flu shot? yes. pneumonia shot? yes.) so I was expecting to have a lump, etc. What I wasn’t expecting was for the rest of my arm to blow up with itchy hives and just ache. Fun! Ok, not the rest of my arm, just the top part. Below my elbow was fine UNTIL I went for my blood work and then forgot I had had blood work while I was sitting on line at the bank in my car. I guess I flexed or didn’t flex my arm and suddenly saw that the cotton ball, gauze and medical tape were soaked through and blood was dripping down my arm.

    I’m sorry, are you eating breakfast?

    So my left arm is hugely annoyed with me.

    Then yesterday I missed two calls from my doctor’s office, which is two calls more than I have ever received from them, so I was convinced that my lab work indicated that my shelf life was up. I finally got back in touch with them, after waiting on hold (“…due to COVID-19, wait times may be longer than usual…”) with horrendous music, only to be cheerily told that all of my lab work was fine! And have a nice rest of the day!

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      1. I had the shingle shots last year so I’ll share what I learned. First, ask that the shot be administered slowly and use ice on the spot when the ache prevents any semblance of a good night’s sleep. The ice actually helped.

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    1. I didn’t get the shingles shot. I got the shingles. On my face. My doctor and optometrist were both concerned that the shingles would get behind my eye, which is known to cause blindness. Thankfully it didn’t, but was scary for a while. I tell everyone….Get the shot!

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      1. Shudder. I’ve had it once on my torso. My sister has had it twice in her scalp and in her ear! I think on the head is awful. I heard of someone who had it on their genitals (friend of a friend of my parents ). Poor lady had to be sedated. The shingels are a nightmare.

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      2. Shingles on your face! How awful. After my neighbor had shingles and advised me to get the shingle shot, when I did finally go, the 2-shot vaccine was available and is supposed to be 97% effective. So that’s the shots I got and I’ll be pissed if I ever get shingles.

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  22. I’m so relieved about your hair. Like the white but save it for later ? Anyway I think some good things are (have) happened even though I struggle and will continue to struggle a lot. For one thing I’ve given up meat. It wasn’t a conscious decision but one day I had some turkey and cheese and gag. Suddenly out of nowhere it felt revolting in my mouth. I’m pretty relieved though there are so many reasons to do it and I think I feel better for it. Lovely post June when is your birthday?

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  23. Sorry to see the white go, but yes, it’s your head so you should be happy with it.

    And yes, I hate when I panic about work (like, oh, for example, this AM, when someone badmouthed me in an email to someone else, who then felt she had to share it with me? Why? What I am supposed to do, now that I know Person A has a grudge against me? ACK)

    I love that the kit-tens are coming around!

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    1. Oh, that’s the worst. Why do people DO that? I had someone at work (who is now gone) tell me that someone else at work (who is now gone) thought I was a bit much, and note they are both gone so fuck a bag of both of them. I’m like the Sphinx there, just waiting till it passes.

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    2. It’s what the mean girls from high school turned into so they could fit into “adult” society. Sad with a whiff of desperation….

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  24. To be honest, I didn’t like it either. I don’t think it looked bad, but it made you look older and blonde or brown suits you better.
    I enjoy your feral cat stories. My son and I are getting a hamster in July and we are so excited! We’re building a big cage and a house and toys ourselves and I get way too excited.

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    1. I like a hamster. And also a guinea pig. They’re so cute and squeaky.

      And it’s okay that you didn’t like the hair. I felt old too. I felt like Moses. And he’s old. I wonder how old he was when he parted the Red Sea. If I find out he was 54 Ima be pissed.

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    2. Oh, thank God, on you dying your roots! I didn’t say anything derogatory because I didn’t want to be that bitch, but I agree with Sandra; I couldn’t get on the white hair train. I thought you were too young for it too. It kind of totally washed you out. Now, I can’t guarantee that I won’t giggle behind your back if you are 98 and still dying your hair “Mountain Woman Black”, but it’s not time for the white hair yet. Especially just on part of your head.

      Morning chores. Now I have a picture of you trudging through the house with one of those yokes on your shoulders and two buckets, out fetching water.

      It’s only a matter of days before both kiddenses are napping on your lap together.

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    3. Oh, thank God, on you dying your roots! I didn’t say anything derogatory because I didn’t want to be that bitch, but I agree with Sandra; I couldn’t get on the white hair train. I thought you are too young and pretty for it too. It kind of totally washed you out. Now, I can’t guarantee that I won’t giggle behind your back if you are 98 and still dying your hair “Mountain Woman Black”, but it’s not time for the white hair yet. Especially just on part of your head.

      Morning chores. Now I have a picture of you trudging through the house with one of those yokes on your shoulders and two buckets, out fetching water.

      It’s only a matter of days before both kiddenses are napping on your lap together.

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      1. OK, OK, Cheech, we get your point. You didn’t have to tell us twice! Just kidding, double posting has happened to the best of us. WordPress is a fickle bitch.

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