Hello to all! I hope all of you had a nice after-Thanksgiving weekend. Did any of you go shopping on Black Friday? We did very little shopping and it wasn't really of the Black Friday sort. Shane went to Tandy Leather for a few leather crafting supplies. With winter coming on, he'll be doing more of that craft soon.
Although I'm not entirely disinterested in leather work, I was more interested in shopping at an adjacent thrift store. They were running a sale on Friday -- 60% off entire stock, so I just had to look. Shane joined me eventually and we ended up spending $25 there. Among the things we bought were a top, pants, cardigan and shoes for me, two pairs of pants for Kat, a couple of knick-knacks, a jigsaw puzzle, some hardware (sheet rock toggles or some such) for Shane and of all things, a 7 lb. chunk of solid aluminum that will be a money-maker for us at the recycling center. I'm glad Shane knows about those things; I would never have even noticed the thing, let alone seen the value in it.
After our "shopping spree" we headed to Shane's dad's and step-mom's so Shane could look at their leaking dishwasher. Shane found the problem and my FIL ordered the parts, which were to arrive next Tuesday. They bought us lunch (Long John Silver's fish) and we visited for a while. When we left their house and had driven just a block or so away, we saw a woman in a large pickup slow down and basically toss a little cat out the driver's side door.
I don't know if we were in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time, but we stopped and rescued the cat. She appears to be no more than six months old, and is visually in good health with no fleas, ear mites, etc. We decided we would keep her and Kat has named her Mittens, despite the fact that she doesn't have "mittens" at all. She is a very dark tortoise-shell color with just a few patches of tan.
I think we might be crazy, bringing a fourth* cat into the house. We're still in the adjustment period, so of course, everything seems crazy. Tuxie ignores Mittens entirely, while Siesta growled and hissed at first but has since become apathetic toward her. Mittens herself seems to be comfortable enough, although she does spend quite a bit of time under the couch sleeping.
Swiper, though, is causing trouble. She is climbing on high furniture and shelves and bothering plants; she didn't do these things before Mittens' arrival. Swiper is also, I suspect, the cat who has been pooping in the bathtub the last few days. I haven't caught her in the act, so I haven't been able to discipline her**, but I am all but certain it's her, considering her other behavior and the fact that I've been pretty sure where the other cats have been when it's happened. I guess I should count my blessings that she's doing it in the bathtub where the mess is easy to clean.
So, that was my weekend. Kat is back at school and Shane is back at work. I think we've hit the time of year when his work will be determined on a day-to-day basis; for today, at least, he has work.
My calendar looks wide open this week. No dentist or doctor appointments, no early-release days from school or school parties, no unusual errands to run. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with a "normal" week.
What's on your plate this week?
* and final
** When we catch our cats in the act of doing something naughty, we discipline them by spraying them with plain water from a sprayer bottle. It's effective and doesn't hurt cats, people, carpets or furniture.