I thought I’d pop in to introduce my co-workers…I work from home and these are the only ‘beings’ I see during the day. For the most part, they are respectful and quiet, however, they each have their moments. All are rescue animals, so I don’t know their true stories, so I’ve had to invent them.
AKA Pepper, Peppy, Pepsi, Cheryl from HR
Penny is my sidekick, my shadow, my best bud. She has a nose for trouble and does NOT like anyone near our house during the day, so she barks….a lot. She’s a black and white Jack Russell terrier, which means she can jump and bounce like a rubber ball, and I can never find any cute Jack Russell knickknacks because, I guess, she’s supposed to be brown and white. When she wears her burgundy sweater with the fur collar, I call her Cheryl from HR. She keeps things in line over here.
AKA Ellie, Bowl Cat, Ellen, Cinderella, Danger Kitty
A frequent subject of my posts on #catsofinstagram and #catsinbowls, Ella is Penny’s best friend and my desktop companion throughout the day. She’s really my son’s cat, but when he’s at school, I’ll do. She looks all sweet and fluffy and soft, but beware, this girl’s got boundaries. If you touch her, and she has not approved that interaction, she will grab you with her claws and nip at you. She doesn’t hurt, but she lets you know it’s not ok to touch. In the mornings, however, she’s all about the love and will wake me up to love her up. I can’t resist these opportunities. She’s the only member of the crew who is not allowed outside. She has a special turquoise bowl on my desk where she can nap, watch out the window and watch me work.
Meet Sadie Lou
AKA Lulu, Sa-loulou, Baby, Lou, Special dog
Sadie is the new girl. She doesn’t quite know what she’s doing yet, but she’ll go along with the program. She’s like my receptionist – she greets all visitors and guards the door. Likes: the bathtub (her hiding spot), my closet (her ‘room’), food, cucumbers, lunch time, belly rubs. Dislikes: Penny and rain. Sadie rarely barks. She looks meaner than she is. She is also a mismatch of whatever her parents were…I’m thinking Labrador and Chihuahua….her feet are too small for her big barrel body. I’m not body shaming her, she just has her limitations, like, I tried to teach her “shake” but she keeps falling because the paws remaining on the ground can’t support her. Oh well. Finally, she hates having her picture taken so much that the majority of the photos I have are her running away because whenever she sees the camera go up, she bolts. I suspect she’s in the witness protection program.
AKA Jellybean, Mel, Melly
Melanie is the veteran of this operation. She’s been with the ‘company’ for 11 years. She spends her days policing the outdoor area and making sure no vermin penetrate the perimeter. She sits out in front of the house and watches from her chair. At night, she becomes the love cat, wanting all the attention. She will frequently steal the bowl spot from Ella, and assume her place on my desk. The only animal she likes is Sadie, I think because she looks like my old dog, Jack, who passed away. Mel is getting up there in age, so I think she just assumes he came back. She is also the only non-black and white animal in the house, which makes her special, too.
That’s it for now. Expect to hear from the crew in future posts because they are a big part of my day now that my kids are grown up.
Some days, I just want to crawl in bed and color. I feel like I’ve been saying this for years…since I’ve had to become an adult. Every time it rains, I want to pull out an old coloring book and crawl under the covers and color. I hoard new Crayolas. My friends are in on the trend, too, and we get together about once a month to color together. I’m not sure if I find it all that relaxing or stress reducing, but it does put me in a different state of mind – I don’t worry about all the other things I have to do – it’s just for fun.
The recent trend of ‘adult’ coloring books has me delighted since I don’t have to color Strawberry Shortcake and Barbie any more! You can find these new books, with more challenging designs and themes that appeal to adults, everywhere lately, it seems, including the checkout line at the grocery store.
Today, I’m sharing my current favorite books and coloring tools. (I’ve purchased and used all of these, but the following may contain affiliate links)
2. Color Me Cluttered: A Coloring Book to Transform Everyday Chaos into Art by Durell Godfrey – I love the designs in this one –a writer’s messy study, cats, a kitchen table cluttered with the fixings for a salad…fabulous change of pace.
4. Posh Adult Coloring Book: Inspirational Quotes for Fun and Relaxation: Deborah Muller – This is my go to book. Nice single page designs with inspiring sentiments. The lines are thick, the pictures are pretty, and the messages are inspiring. Hands down, my favorite.
5. Color Me Fearless: Nearly 100 Coloring Templates to Boost Strength and Courage (A Zen Coloring Book) by Lacy Mucklow – This one has some readings interspersed throughout the boook about fearlessness and bravery. The designs are nice and varied, so if you want to color a mandala or an elephant or just a design, it’s all there for you.
9. Colored Pencils by Crayola – these are marketed to adults, but they may just be regular Crayola colored pencils for all I know. I like them, though. They color smoothly and you get a nice selection of colors.
10. CreooGo Canvas Pencil Wrap, Pencils Roll Pouch Case Hold For 72 Colored Pencils ( PENCILS NOT INCLUDED )-Color fish,72 Holes – A pencil roll that use to bring my pencils to our coloring parties. There are several styles to choose from, too. I like to have my pencils all out in front of me when I color, so I don’t leave them in the packaging they came in.