This entire week was grueling with appointments and paperwork and even up to this morning when a home inspector had to do his job for my new homeowner’s insurance policy. Actually, I had a good time with him this morning and he loved my house and my coffee. But that isn't what I'm giggling about today. It was yesterday. You may or may not remember the Care Group that I dealt with about 4 yrs ago. This is the group that had housed my Lucy until I came along and adopted her. Now the couple that had a part in this are named Cheryl and Craig and they volunteer all over creation plus have a houseful of pets. Even with all they have to do, they still make time to breeze by my house to visit and when they're here, they even do the pedicures for both my babies (that's Sam & Lucy if you don't know that by now). Well, yesterday was the day I was going to their house for a good visit and lunch. Their home is huge and gorgeous and I promise it takes your breath away. Even the outside is jaw-droppingly fabulous. Then you go inside (it's so big you could get lost) and it's filled with the most wonderful oriental rugs and antiques. But that's not the zinger. They built on 2 more rooms upstairs just for their cats. You know how it is, one gets along with this one but not with that one, and then there's the geriatric group that doesn't want to be tussled with so hard anymore -- that's why the extra rooms. S-P-O-I-L-E-D rotten :D More of the zinger is that they have 11 cats, yes, 11 and all indoor cats only. Now there's a 12th that's a feral cat, a gorgeous calico that is outside. Of course Craig built "Bonnie" a little house of her own outside, plus heat, plus blankets, plus her own little hand painted dishes. Bonnie never gets near a soul other than Craig. She loves him. I watched while he took her treats on the porch. She came running through the woods to get to him, skidded onto the porch and promptly kissed him square on the nose, a rubbing head butt and then another kiss. A sight to behold. Cheryl can't even walk out onto the porch without Bonnie running back into the woods. Craig has a real gift with animals.
Now back to the inside and 2 particular cats. One is Emily and she's older and prefers to stay in the master bedroom. She sleeps in the crook of Craig's arm every single night. She also has her own "other" room with cat trees and toys. Now Emily will only go to Craig or Cheryl and in all her living years she has always run and hidden from all other humans -- til yesterday :) Ahhhh, Emily loved me. She couldn't and wouldn't stop rubbing, kissing, purring, it was a wow moment. Craig and Cheryl were astounded and said that had never happened with another living soul in all of Emily's life. Isn't that the greatest? I was thrilled.
Then we get to Dupree. He's the newest of the bunch and only 7-8 months old. They call him their delinquent cat because he gets into everything and isn't even delicate about it. For instance, they have a large hutch in the kitchen and on top of that "used to be" a long glass case with antique spice jars. Somehow Dupree made the leap of a lifetime and landed on the top, grabbed the glass case for support, crashed it to the floor where it broke into a million shards of glass and also took with it an antique vase. The thought of it was really funny to me but they said it's like this all the time with him and it's not so funny when it's every day. Well, Dupree has a trick. There's this collapsible cat cube. You have to picture this: a cube with a hole about 8 inches across cut out of each panel of the cube. If anyone, and I mean anyone, picks up that cube, from out of nowhere you'll see Dupree in a dead run heading for you and cube. As the cube is in midair, Dupree LEAPS and goes right through the hole and lands inside of that darn thing and then wants you to swing him all over the place. The cat has no fear of anything! It is the funniest sight and he'll keep on for as long as you can stand or breathe.
We were standing in the living room and the cube game is going and Craig said to me, "Let me show you how 3 of them sit up and beg just like a dog". He takes out a few yummies and here come the cats. Now the whole room is full of cats, and just like Craig said, 3 of them were at attention at his feet and he said, "Sit", and they did; then he said, "Sit up", and all 3 raised up in perfect harmony into the sitting up and begging position. Amazing! I asked if he was teaching the others and then added, "How many did you say you all have?" because I was counting and only saw 10. Cheryl said 11 and Craig says the same. Then they stopped, looked around, started a head count and name count.....and did that twice, each time coming up with 10 instead of 11. Craig looked totally perplexed and said, "Gosh, maybe we don't have 11; maybe we just have 10". With that, I was almost doubled over in laughter. As Cheryl is saying, "Wow, and all this time I thought we had 11", number 11, Kirby, waltzed into the room. ELEVEN! Yes, it must be really easy to lose count :D.
Lunch was delicious and I thought I'd post her recipe here as it's so worth the try and easy and healthful, too:
Recipe: Greek Pasta with Tomatoes & Beans (4 servings)
8 oz. Barilla Plus Penne Pasta (that's a multigrain pasta, not just whole wheat)
2-14.5 oz cans of Italian style diced tomatoes
1-15 oz can of cannellini beans rinsed and drained
10 oz. fresh spinach, washed
1/2 C or more reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, combine the tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Add spinach to the sauce; cook for 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly.
Stir pasta into spinach mixture and heat through. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve.
The day was coming to a close and I wanted to get on the road before it got dark. They live about an hour away from me and lots of rural roads to twist in and out. I had taken my GPS with me and when I left home I realized I hadn't charged it overnight. No problem, I thought, I'll plug it into the lighter outlet. Did that but nothing happened. I thought, ok, it's been off for months so I'll go by the printed directions. That worked ok, but leaving to come home is another thing for me altogether. I am SO directionally challenged and I get lost at the drop of a hat. But I thought since I'd left it plugged in to continue charging that it would be fine for getting home. Nope. Still no power to it. Curse words under my breath, I drove off anyway and had to keep pulling over to get my head to think about the opposite turns from going to their house. Believe me, it's not easy being in my head. Well, I finally made it home and as I turned into my driveway, the GPS light came on and there it was, the welcome and "Where would you like to go? New destination?" You don't want to know what that destination was.
All righty now, I've typed nothing but drivel and talked your ears off. Now I'm going to stretch out for about an hour and then get ready to head over to my friend, Lee's, and she and Mary and I will hit a little (lot) of wine and then go out to dinner. I plan on sleeping hard and long tonight. Hope you all have a great, fun weekend :D
Love to all, XOXOXO