Walking Weekend

Saturday at the El Dorado Nature Walk with the boys, Brandon and Erik. We also got into a little bit of a public art project. As I was coming home the past week, I noticed there were these flat, wooden stakes duct-taped to a few lamp posts along the road. I wondered what they were for so I asked Brandon when we drove by. The most logical explanation is that these were parts of political campaign signs. Folks just removed the paper part and not taking off the rest. Brandon said jokingly, “Maybe somebody needs to protect themselves against vampires...
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The next best thing

Today was just like any other day. I parked my car in the parking lot behind my building. My spot is the closest one to the gate to the apartment, and I usually would be the 2nd or 3rd car in the lot when I get home. I got out, got my stuff out of the back seat, and walked around the car. Athena was sitting in front of the gate. In the parking lot. And no, she wasn’t there when I parked my car. The cat has apparently learned to recognize the jingle jangle of my car keys. The...
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Kitteh in mah hawz

Meet Athena. AKA the community cat I have been calling “Parker”. I came downstairs to find one of the girls in the rental house holding the cat. Yes, the girls have adopted the cat and named her Athena. Since they couldn’t have her in the house, she has become the outdoor kitty. And yes, we can all feel free to hang with Athena. Y’all, I have a semi-permanent borrow kitten that I get to play with when I come home everyday. It’s a wonderful feeling to have a purring fluffy being who gives you unconditional affection. Well, actually, there is...
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Be Happy

I clipped this cartoon out of the back of Real Simple magazine years ago by Monica Sheehan called “Be Happy”. (Now available as a book, among a few other of her books.) I had it framed back then and it was essentially buried deep into the pit of my den. Upon the recent discovery of the piece, I made copy and framed it for Olaina. The frame is now sitting on my new desk; its twin sister on Olaina’s dresser and occasionally follows her around as she works. Since I am in support of Ms. Sheehan’s good work, I’m not...
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Dresden’s here!

After a week of the baby watch, Dresden is finally here! Brandon has just told me earlier that Aurora went into labor last night. I planned on calling James to say happy birthday anyway, so I gave him a ring. That was around 9:45. “Hi, Oakley.” “Happy birthday, James.” “And guess whose birthday it is also?” “Oh my god!” “In fact, perfect timing.” I heard a baby cry. “OH MY GOD!” “I gotta go.” “Okay, bye.” ETA: Dresden William “spawned” at 9:36 a.m. weighing in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 21.5 inches long with a head full of curly...
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