The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

They live!

Sophie and Grizzy on Christmas blanket

I meant to post this in 2015!

This is just a wee bit embarrassing. I’d meant to post the picture above back in December 2015. Considering we’re nearing the end of February, that was quite a while ago!

My goal this year was to find balance and I think I am, finally. I’m getting there, at least. I’m getting more settled in my job, which is nice. (Everyone tells me it’s a one-year learning curve at least.) My freelance contract is ending in April, which is good. I’ve enjoyed it but I’m ready to move on and have a more-free weekend. I turned another year older this week, which wasn’t too bad. I don’t hate my birthday, per se, but I always feel a little emotional around that time. Still, it was a really nice day.

And now the cats are literally climbing the screen door (it’s a beautiful spring-like day!) so I will sign off. More to come–and soon!


Wordless Wednesday

Grizzy snuggled up in blankets

Ah, blissful sleep.

(This post brought to you by the fact that the first time in weeks–if not months–I slept a solid 8+ hours! It was glorious!)


Basket lovin’

I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of G in the basket. Those eyes! He is absolutely in love with that basket, too. It’s funny. Sometimes I’ll walk in the living room and there’s Sophie, by the patio window, and there is Grizzy, tucked inside his basket.

Grizzy in a basket.

It’s a good spot to chill.

It’s so Grizzy. Another thing that’s so Grizzy is sometimes he will sit and cry until I pick him up or give him a good rub-down. He won’t settle for one or two pets–he wants a full-on kitty massage. And he expresses his excitement my rubbing and/or headbutting everything. It’s almost like, “Woo-hoo! Mom’s going to pet me! I’ll just start rubbing my head on the floor.” My silly little G.

How was y’alls weekends? Mine was pretty nice. I did a lot of thinking about future plans: career, life, furniture projects, cats…. Do you ever have weekends or times when you do that? Maybe I’m just neurotic, lol. I also took naps both Saturday and Sunday. I feel so guilty when I do that, but it was nice. I especially like it because the cats will nap with me. I love it when they curl up next to me. It’s one of those simple pleasures I cherish (even if I do feel slightly guilty).

I also went to a new mediation group. After the meditation, we were asked to pass this baton and share our thoughts and experiences. Other than getting tired of hearing our instructor saying “Beautiful,” it was pretty interesting to hear the comments. Everyone except for one person was super positive and “Oh, it was so great and perfect!” I’m not doubting them, but I can’t say I’ve been to a class where everyone had a five-star, “textbook” meditation experience.

Of course, then there was me. 🙂 I went last, and I was honest in saying that this time my thoughts pretty much shut off. I explained that I’ve been under quite a bit of stress lately, and maybe my mind took it as a good time to get really, really quiet? To the point of shutting off? The look on the instructor’s face was so funny–I don’t think he was expecting anyone to say their thoughts shut off completely. I know it’s not unusual; everyone’s experience is different each time, but it still made me want to laugh.

Have a great week!


Happy February

I love new months. I love the idea of fresh starts, new goals, and all that good stuff. Can you believe the year is 1/12 over? Already I’m thinking “Hmm…if I can get my computer to hold on for 11 more months…”. This year is all about living on the cheap. So far I’m doing good with my new budget. I already think I’ve blown it for February, I stocked up on some essential oils and even forgot a couple, but I’ve still many days to redeem myself.

Thank you again for all the kind words and support last week. Very, very late last week the details of the reorg were announced. Thankfully I have a job–for now. (See where the living cheap thing comes in handy? haha) While we were told not to worry, I know things aren’t finished yet, so I’m keeping an eye open for opportunities.

The kitties continue to be a huge comfort for me. I’ve been trying to have “couch time,” where I actually sit and watch tv, read, knit, do whatever so long as I am relaxing. It’s been such a kick to see Sophie up on the couch by my head! For the longest time she would sleep under the couch, in the closet, by the desk; basically, not by me. Seeing her claim her own little place melts my heart.

Sophie on the couch cushions

Sophie has created her very own perma-dents in the cushions.

And check out those little feetsies! And the floof!

Sophie toe floof.

Sophie’s toe floof appears to be growing.

Here’s to a very good month filled with lots of great things. Happy February!


My loyal companion

I love how the cats want to be with you at the strangest moments. Like when you are on the toilet.

Grizzy watching me from the tub.

You gonna get this show on the road, Mom?

NO, I wasn’t “in the act” when this photo was taken. I was about to unclothe and then I saw him jump up there and get a front-row seat. I had my phone handy so I snapped a pic.

Oh, Grizzy. My loyal companion!


Wordless Wednesday

G in a cardboard box

Lately, I wish I could find a box to hide in!

*Thank you for your kind words yesterday. I found out more interesting (read: not good) news. It’s been extremely rough, and I imagine it will continue, but Imma keep pluggin’ away like I always do. ‘Cause if I don’t, we don’t eat. 🙂


Allow me to whine for a moment

I’m stressed.

Seven months ago I was recruited to a new position. It was great! I loved my team! Now seven months later, I’m the only one from my team left. (Well, there’s one more person but she’s given her notice.) There have been shifts due to a reorg for the past several months and there’s going to be more in the future. And right now, I am so over it. I’m tired of dealing with this, of tick-tock, tick-tock not knowing if I’ll have a job (or what it’ll be) in however many weeks or days. It’s no wonder I’m on the wide-awake-at-4-am schedule.

Last week someone asked if I regretted the change? Sigh. Yes, that’s a great thing for me to ponder now. Although maybe that should have prepared me for the barrage of emails I got after it was announced that my boss was leaving. You wouldn’t believe how many emails I got asking “What does this mean for you?” In addition to making me roll my eyes clear to the back of my head, it spoke volumes about the current, unstable situation.

I’ve been trying to be proactive, but I’m tired of looking for new opportunities and not having anything come to fruition. Or better yet, they seem great and when it gets down to it, you realize what you read about it NOTHING like the actual opportunity, or they don’t know what the heck they want. ::facepalm:

And let me tell you, being recruited over to a team only to have everyone scatter within less than a year? It’s a pretty awful feeling. Doesn’t do anything to quell the panic, that’s for sure. Plus, while I’m really happy for my former teammates who have gone on to greener pastures, it makes me feel bad, too, like, “Why not me?”

Lately, at melodramatic as it sounds, I can’t help but think “Where did I go wrong?” Now, I’m very pragmatic and I know thinking that won’t help or change anything. But I suppose when I feel stuck and I can’t cover any new ground, those negative, useless thoughts crop up.

Oh! I’m frustrated with some family stuff, too. I won’t even bother getting into that, but suffice to say, I’m drained. Again, I am so over it.

All this stress is making it difficult for me to sleep, and the past couple days I’ve noticed when I think about it I get this weird tightness in my chest, like there is a band around it. I’m making a good effort to eat well, practice self-care and the like, so I don’t think it’s anything worth concerning myself about, not right now anyhow. I just need to get it out, so that’s why I’m unloading here. (I promise this won’t become a regular thing.) Times like this I wish there was a batting cage, so I could safely, in a healthy way, hit something really hard and release some of this frustration. Since I am not anywhere near a batting cage, I went for a long walk. See? I am trying to deal with things in a healthy manner. It’s just a rough time because so many things have piled up at once and I have a feeling there’s more to come.


That’s the end of my rant. As I said, I promise this won’t become a regular thing. And here is something nice: If you made it through all that, you certainly deserve a picture of two sweet kitties. Here you go. 🙂

Sophie and G splayed out on the bed.

No matter how awful a day or week or month, these guys bring me so much joy.


Catching up

I have so many photos I need to upload, this week (and next, and likely the entire next month) will be catch-up time. I’ve done a good job of cleaning out my closets and organizing my space. That’s still a work in progress, but it’s time I started cleaning out my camera and computer, too. This picture of Sophie is from last fall!

Sophie in water bag.

I see you!

She definitely loves to get into things.

One of my goals this year is to capture all those fun things she does and put the pictures and anecdotes into a book at the end of the year. Last night I was sorting through old family photos, hundreds of them. I know that will happen to me if I don’t get organized so et voila!

Thanks for the support last week. It was definitely an awful week, and I know friends who experienced bad things last week, too. I’m kind of expecting some not-great news at the day job this week, so while I’m hoping this week will be better, I’m not sure. However, I’m going into it with a positive, can-do attitude, which should help. Monday ain’t got nothing on us!

Have a good week!


Super-relaxed Sophie

Sleeping Sophie in Superman pose.

Sleeping Sophie.

I love this picture of Sophie. She looks so happy and relaxed. And the Superman-esque pose almost kills me with the cute. I wish I was home on the couch with her right now! I could use some relaxation. I’m under a bit of stress and have developed a lovely eye twitch. I should just pretend I’m winking. 😉

On a slightly related note, I would sure appreciate any purrs, prayers, good thoughts or vibes you’d like to send for me this Wednesday. In the morning I have a meeting that could lead to a great opportunity. I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high, but hopefully good things will come from it. I do believe things will work out one way or another, but it’s always nice when it happens sooner rather than later, lol.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Winter weekend chillin’

First off, thank you for your kind words about my Rosie. I do think she was taken too soon, but there’s not much I can do about that. It’s a little bittersweet thinking about her, as I usually start to tear up, but I’m sure in time that will fade. She was my first baby, really, and it was the first time I was truly able to grieve over losing someone I loved, pet or human. There are a lot of memories and emotions there, but there is also a lot of joy. I was blessed to have my sweet girl for the time I did. And in a way, I thinks she makes me appreciate these two small fries even more.

Sophie and Grizzy on gingerbread man blanket.

Weekend chillin’.

This weekend we all did a lot of napping. Reading napping, some organizing, and some random business on the computer. Because of the cold, I spent a lot of time in the house. I’ve noticed that these guys seem to be more chill the more that I’m around. Not that I am routinely gone night after night, but when I’m home on the weekends, it’s really nice. It’s like they are saying, “Mom’s here to bug whenever we want. All is right in the world.” LOL!

Are your small ones like that?

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