And they’re outdoor cats!….sort of

It all started with an idea that formed pretty quickly when I saw a youtube video on DIY cat runs. Discussed it with Tristan and a plan was formulated. The cat door goes through the dinning room window and it is well blocked off and wedged so no intruders can get in (or bugs). The cat run has many levels with artificial turf and wire mesh so they can’t get out and nothing can get in. We added a door so if they refuse to come in we can grab them.

Had to change gears…and vehicles

So it’s been 4 years since I purchased my Mazda 6. It has been a great car and I have considered it “luxury” for my standards with all the extras.

I probably would still have it if it wasn’t for the gas prices jumping up insanely and continuing to climb ($1.61 at present). My car was not bad on gas but having to drive the kids to school and Zach to work started hitting me in the wallet. I started looking for more fuel efficient vehicles. Hybrids and Electric cars were out due to $$$. That left smaller cars. It is crazy how much some vehicles cost for barely anything (mostly paying for the name) I was looking very closely not only at the fuel efficiency but safety standards. Wow the recalls and complaints on some vehicles!!

So I finally settled on a Chevrolet Sonic RS Turbo Hatchback 2018. Got it on the 6th. Same amenities as my Mazda except it has a push button start, computer screen and back up camera (also has cloth seats instead of leather). I miss not having a lock gas cap. The backup camera is going to get some getting used to. I find not having a key is the funniest. I keep reaching to turn the car off but no key! Riiiiight push the button…..

Gushing Mom moment starting in 3…2…1…

Zachary has been excelling the last couple years at school and this year is no exception. He came home with 4 A’s and a B and two awards

Now recently he was invited to a luncheon where about 20 students were awarded with special recognitions out of a school of 1100+ students!

“Zachary worked very hard in class last semester. Often he was asked to help his fellow classmates so they could catch up or learn from Zachary’s expertise. Way to go Zachary!”

He also has been doing excellent in his core courses. Future is looking bright

Wolf Blood Moon Eclipse

So the moon was spectacular (some pics I took) last night. I was messing around with the settings since it has been a while that I have used my Canon Powershot SX50 HS and came to the conclusion I need to start practicing again.

Creating Christmas

Been battling various colds through the entire family and bad weather but finally we have a weekend where the stars aligned and we were able to put up some cheer! Zach was a big help this year being up on the ladder.

This year we have an imp of a cat that I was seriously questioning how to protect the tree…

So we anchored it to the ceiling and did soft ornaments this year, aka teddy bear tree! Turned out pretty good actually 🙂

I got the kids Lego advent calendars this year. Let the building begin!

The Big 75!

Yesterday we celebrated Dad’s 75th birthday. Would have done it on the 9th but I had just come off night shift and the kids were at Foam Fest.

It started off with balloons and cards (included were scratch and wins and he actually one $10!)

Dinner was BBQ hamburgers and all the fixins. Dessert was Strawberry Shortcake with sparklers to celebrate (there was also Apple pie that Dad took home for the next day)

After dinner of course was the piece de resistance! Goofing around with the helium balloons 🙂 I’ll send Simon the file and see if he can upload it for me

Updated by Simon

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New Addition to the family…

Introducing Angus! Or Gus-Gus for now until he needs the more adult-ish name 🙂

He is a Mainecoon X so might get pretty big. He’s a decent mix of his parents so don’t really know for now. Holy energy Batman!! He is all over the place and climbs without fear. Nothing like what Twinkie was when she was young. Twinkie was pretty hissy to start but this morning she was ok with him. Especially they played “whack a mole” in one of the cat trees which Twinkie enjoyed thoroughly (go figure….beat up the new kid on the block and not get in trouble 😀 )

See look he actually sleeps!! Was starting to wonder if I should be looking to see where I can take the batteries out