Category: Salem

“I’m sorry I have no good news.”

This is how our veterinarian began the conversation. For the second time, Salem is being hospitalized for being unable to urinate. Common in male cats, the muscles of the urethra spasm and constrict, making it impossible for him to relieve himself, which, if left alone, would kill him. Why is this happening, you ask? The first time there were crystals found… Read more →

A story from the other writer

Y’all, we have another writer in the house. I didn’t edit his story, but I did format it properly. Jackson has been really into writing over the summer and lately he’s been begging me to type his stories out on the computer. As if I’d say no! Super Cat! by Jackson Miller One night a cat was playing with a ball. He was A… Read more →

Must Paint

I think this is pretty typical of creatives, so I know I’m not alone in my absurdities. There are times, which feel mostly random, when I cannot function with any sort of productivity because I’m distracted by the urge to make something. My left brain halts and retreats while my right brain strips down and streaks across the ball field. My… Read more →

My other boys

One of them was happy to take a photo this morning and wish you a happy weekend. The other pretended not to hear me. Forgive his rudeness. He doesn’t care about you or your weekend or what you think about his lack of caring. You can move along now.     Read more →

Pining for Summer

This family is ready for summer, as in no school, lots of sun, extra sleep, and some sort of liquid. Ocean? Pool? Sprinkler? Patio cocktails? Yes to all. Jackson has finished all of the curriculum I had planned for him, so he’s doing a Summer Bridge book to complete the semester. Jeremy has a final test in math this week, which… Read more →

Bird Watching and Typing

We’re studying winged creatures in science and our backyard is a great space for observing them. The new lens I got for Christmas allows us to zoom in closer than ever. We caught a glimpse of this lovely critter yesterday.  Someone else was watching too. The boys have also started typing lessons, which is  something I did not officially learn until… Read more →

The Birthday Boy

Of course, we don’t know if Halloween is Salem’s actual birthday, but that’s when we decided it would be a few years ago when he came to our family. If a black cat’s birthday isn’t on Halloween, then it should be changed so it is. Here is Jeremy taking a break from school, listening to A Wrinkle in Time, with… Read more →

Jeremy’s Happy Place

When Jeremy needs a quick mental break from school, this is where he goes: He loves animals, especially ours, so when he needs to check out of history or math, he checks in with Major and Salem. This trio, in such close and calm proximity, happens on a very rare occasion (which is why I snapped the photo).  It looks… Read more →

Canoeing, Fireworks, and Salem

But not all at once. Our week with Jacob ended with a rainy Fourth of July Hurry-Up-and-Light-the-Sparklers extravaganza. The weather was dreadfully wet, but we managed to squeak out a quickie-canoe trip on the river on Wednesday and one more swim on Thursday before storms forced us inside for the rest of the day. Then we swam to Dayton, Ohio,… Read more →

In list form:

Here is what I need to do: Write a three-page précis on Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Aesthetic Judgement” (due Sunday) Write a proposal for my semester-long research project (by Sunday) Edit 60+ photos from Vacation Bible School Edit 30+ photos from the family reunion Keep the children from fighting with one another Keep the pets from fighting with one another… Read more →

He’s the boss of Major.

This mischief happened earlier in the week. I considered it a challenge of authority:But then this happened shortly after, and then I was reminded of who’s really in charge:In other news, I saw something on Pinterest that I had to try. Actually, there are dozens of things on Pinterest that I’d like to try, but this seemed doable. Instead of… Read more →

The Perfect Pet

A few nights ago, on the eve on Chuck going out of town, I let out a big sigh, groaned in exhaustion, and jokingly asked, “So which kid are you taking with you tomorrow?” He paused, then answered, “Salem.” Yes, after three months of wrangling a blue tick puppy and nearly ten years of parenting, even Chuck prefers Salem, which… Read more →

The Boss

Salem is the only one with power in this house. He is the boss of us, particularly of Major, and now that the dog has started howling and baying, Salem is having none of it. It all begins with this adorable face: And then he starts this nonsense: Salem is usually napping comfortably until he is disturbed: And then he’s… Read more →

Spring Break Monopoly

Jeremy loves Monopoly, so this is how we spent part of our snowy spring break. He’s hiding his money behind the napkin basket and does his dealings there. The Banker:  After I smoked him (again), I discovered that he’d had a Plan of Attack actually drawn out and orchestrated. Poor little guy. Too bad his mom plays to win. Read more →

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