Saturday, April 19, 2014

Technology is My Drug of Choice

There's nothing like getting yourself back into a state of euphoria.

I got my laptop and cpu monitor on my desk again. That makes my life less complicated. Granted, the technology of the laptop is a few years older than dirt and the Dell cpu is from the Jurassic era, but at least I can write on one computer and research with the other. (My tech is refurbed stuff so it's basically worthless to anyone but me.) A seamless transition of ideas. At least, it's the theory.

You don't know how much I have missed the ability to multitask. 

Well, with brain inflammation, it is more like being reminded of what you are supposed to be doing by looking at the other monitor! 

I do need new mice and keyboards. So some upgrades in the future are going to be necessary for my writing sanity. Still, I think I have what I need to do what I need to do... at least for the time being. 

Now that I am set, I hope to update this blog a little more. I just have to get used to the computer chair. It hurts my back and lungs to sit up right. My muscles are not strong enough to support my skeleton yet.

I guess it's time to raid the bedroom closet for some pillows and a cushion!

Have a great and wonderful holiday weekend! 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Something About Anniversaries

On this day, one year ago, my adopted cat Irene had four cute little wigglebutts.

Thus the house was never the same again. The End... just kidding!

I have four little furry people who think I am their world. Riley, my Bombay, is playing fetch with me. I throw her toy and she brings it back for me to throw again. She is self taught. 

My calicoes, one is a bday girl and one is a year older from another litter, are both best friends. Those cats understand and nurture each other. Very cute.

The siamese screams and yells around the house with his bankie (a small, decorative wool blanket the size of a large index card for display items) in his mouth. I wake up in the mornings usually with one next to me. The other times, I yell back that I am in here (whatever room that tends to be). I explain to him with seven creatures in this house, there is no way he could ever be alone.

My black and white kitten is full grown and acts like his feral father. Boy, what a boy! He likes to be dominate especially over an older white male in the house, but I don't allow that. 

For creatures who are supposed to be dumber than dogs, these cats are really smart. They listen to what I have to say and do my commands when I talk loud enough. Cats are not stupid. You have to train them just like a dog. I associate words with actions and treats. 

Neighbors have even complimented me on how the outdoor cats listen to me.

Well, in the babies case, I fed Irene really well, took care of her, and trained her babies. These one year olds are very smart because I took the time and energy to raise them right. Doesn't mean they still don't act up and out like cats. They're cats! Of course, they do but they also think and evaluate situations like how annoying can we be until the human gets the squirt bottle out and how fast can we run to avoid getting wet. 

Kitty logic.

Their presence has really helped me. My family abandoned me. A friend suggested: left me for dead three years ago. That leaves a lot of healing to do. 

With my new found family I don't have to worry about being alone in my house now. I have love and companionship. It may be unconventional but I don't see any human giving up their materialistic lifestyle to spend a life of isolation with me. 

Hell, I would be the greatest candidate to go to Mars, or some other colony. As long as I have a cat, the internet, and entertainment, I'm good. I wish I wasn't so ill. 

So off I go to get the office back in shape. I cleaned, organized, and am getting everything set up still. I am going to get back into writing novels and books again, not just do the periphery actions. If I start now, I should be done in about five to ten years! Isn't illness fun?! 

Have a great and wonderful day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Walking Like an Egyptian Bearing Cats

I was playing around on the internet the other day and discovered I was born during the Egyptian astrological sign of Bastet.

I love cats. I have cats. Cats are the one thing in life I am not allergic to. I even have a statue from a store that is of a cat with ancient Egyptian markings.

So, I wonder: do I have an old Egyptian soul?

It would make a lot of sense. Cats are attracted to me. Even mad, feral cats seem to find their way to my yard even if there is no food left in the garage. Freaky.

Really freaky because is this life, I'm Irish. 


Bad Moon Rising

The total lunar eclipse was a blast! 

I could only see up until totality but I am proud I made it that far. My energy has been drained and I am a couch potato today. No surprise.

Even though I took some pictures, I wish I could have gotten images for after totality. 

There are four of these total lunar eclipses in a row. Next stop, October 2014. Maybe I'll get my pictures then. 2015 will have another set of these eclipses. This foursome won't happen again until 2032... so make a date skywatchers!

As for my pictures, I posted them here: Lunar Shadow Dancing: April's Total Eclipse Highlights.  

I hope everyone else had fun at their star parties. My party was for one, yet it was a great time. I hope to do it again soon.

Have a great and wonderful night! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Heart... Lunar Style

What a night it is going to be!

A total lunar eclipse is going to be visible in the Americas... finally. I have been waiting for another eclipse for a while now. We have the one tonight, in October and next May (2015). 

I hope I get to see another solar eclipse soon. The last one was fun. A neighbor came out while i was taking photographs and she's said: why is it so dark out here? hahaha!!! Hilarious!

Onto tonight, I have batteries charging, telescope ready, camera on its tripod. After 8pm, I am going to start setting up in my front yard. *Excited*

I love when we get a taste of the universe. 

Here is my article on the gazette if you need to know exact times: Total Eclipse of the Heart: Moon Goes Red for April.

Also remember that Mars will be the closet to us until next year as well Saturn will be visible too!

So have fun out there! If I get any cool photos, I will try to post some here.

Have a great and wonderful evening!