The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Christmas is in the air (and in the blankets)

I brought out my Christmas decorations this weekend. The furkids made made quick work of breaking in the seasonal blankets. 🙂

Sophie and G on gingerbread blankets

I think the blankets get their approval.

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. This is the second year that some family members and I woke up at an ungodly hour on a holiday and went for a run. We did the Drumstick Dash (“move your feet so others can eat”). It was a lot of fun; great weather, great crowd, great cause. I was super excited because my race time was exactly 30 minutes, meaning I averaged a hair under 10 minutes per mile. I haven’t done this in years (and about 30 pounds), which was cool. My goal is to run a sub-30 mile without dying. It’s definitely attainable!

The other cool thing was I felt really good the entire run. I was running at a comfortable pace without killing myself. Not that I set out to feel horrible during runs, but I’ve noticed a sort-of crossover point, where the runs generally feel pretty good and I start to think “Maybe I should up my regular runs to 4 miles.” Then I realize I must be high and stick to my 5K runs.

The end of the Drumstick Dash tripped me up a bit, though. You go around this turn and think “Oh, goodie, the end is right here, I’ll dig deep and muster up energy for a good kick.” You start amping up your speed and about two seconds later you see runners looping around another corner, meaning you’ve got three times as far to go! Yeah. I remember cursing and looking up to see some spectators looking at me and thinking you don’t need to be a lip reader to have a pretty good idea of what I said. It wasn’t the worst thing, but it wasn’t exactly polite. At least it made me laugh.

Enjoy the lat day of November!


Sunny Sophie

It snowed this past weekend (!) but the week before it was super sunny. I caught Sophie sunbathing and was struck by how bright her eyes were. A few minutes later Grizzy decided he wanted some sun, too. 🙂

Sophie super sunny eyes

Bright light, bright light!

Sophie and grizzy super sunny

G decided he wanted some sun, too.


Thrifty Thursday: Pyrex Hurri-Candle

Hurri-Candle and Mini-Hurri-Candle!

Pyrex: It’s not just for baking dishes!

Since next Thursday is Thanksgiving, I wanted to share an item that might end up on your (or a neighbor’s) table: the Pyrex Hurri-Candle!

I found these at a teeny-tiny thrift store by my house. I had no idea these existed, did you? I assumed Pyrex simply made bowls, plates, and other serving and storage ware. A quick search online shows a bunch of “vintage” Pyrex Hurri-Candles, so I checked out Pyrex’s website. No Hurri-Candles were to be found, so I think it’s safe to assume they are no more. Here’s something interesting, though: Pyrex makes laboratory glassware! This does make sense, but it still tickles me to think “Huh. I’m sitting here baking bread in a Pyrex dish and some person is in a lab whipping something up in a Pyrex container, too!”

Also, happy birthday Pyrex! They’re celebrating 100 years.


Wordless Wednesday: Do you see what I see?

Sophie Grizzy tail curls

I love those little tail curls!

*They were like that on and off all night. They were seeing something, but what it was, I’ve no clue.


Fall colors

Sophie Grizzy fall snuggles

Snuggling up together.

Aren’t those colors great? I have to say, I love where I live. It’s nice to sit and look out the window, and it’s especially nice to see my two kitties looking out, too.

I hope this week starts off regular blogging again! I haven’t been away on purpose, just still settling into a new routine, and I’ve missed it. Now that things feel more relaxed I think I can make it more of a habit again.

Speaking of new routines and relaxed, I can definitely see a change in the cats. They weren’t spazzy or bratty before, but lately they seem a lot more happy, chill, and relaxed. I’ve no doubt they were affected by my stress. Hopefully they are now enjoying my less-stressed energy. 🙂

Happy Monday, all!


Where in the world…

…have we been?

Sophie hiding out in her homemade ghost costume

Sophie hiding out in her homemade ghost costume

We’ve been here, just taking a little time to adjust to some life changes. A big one is that I (Susan) got a new job! It’s been really, really great. After a good year of job uncertainty and some pretty massive stress, especially in late summer, it’s wonderful to feel like I’m at a place where I’m valued and I enjoy what I do. And I can see myself there for a long, long, long how about forever time.

Other than that, there haven’t been too many changes. Mostly taking time to adjust to the job changes, fully grieve my grandmother, and Toastmasters has really ramped up, which has taken a lot of my time and energy. In trying to adjust to everything, the furkids and I have logged some good couch time.

G and Sophie on the couch

Couch time with the kiddos.

I’m excited for November to be here, though. It’s a new month and the holiday season is here, both things I enjoy. I’m looking forward to ending the year on a positive note – and hopefully posting regularly. 🙂

Happy November!