Monday Musings: Weather, Not Gonna Make That Reading Goal, Weird Cat, and Writing

The weather turned colder this weekend. No snow yet, but I am sure it is coming. I think. We are now forecast to get up into the 50’s and possibly see 60 later in the week. Very odd for Christmas week.

We are almost at the end of the year, and it looks like I will miss my reading goal this year by one book. My goal was twenty-five, and I am on number twenty-four now. I think it will be tough to get two in by the end of the year. Oh, well, I got closer this year than last, so that’s something. I think I will do a Best of post in early January and list a few of the things I read this year that I particularly enjoyed.

Cats are so weird. We have a big Snowshoe Siamese boy, Guinness. He’s a bit on the shy side, and has, up until now, avoided the dog like the plague. Recently, he’s moved into the living room. And I do mean moved in. We have the dining room set up as the cats’safe space. The dog is not allowed in there. I feed them in that room, and they have access to a litter box, also. The other boxes are in the bathroom, and that door is kept closed unless the dog is crated. That little doggie habit of eating poop, you know. Anyway, Guinness won’t even come into the dining room for food. I have to bring it to him in the living room or he won’t eat. He does come in there for treats at night. Sometimes. He will sit on the love seat cushions or arm and sleep. Sometimes, he’s on the arm, and the dog is on the other end, both asleep. The dog still freaks him out when he tries to play, and Guinness will hide behind the fish tank. Today, they had a moment of nose touches, so- progress. I’ve been working with Lambeau on calmer behavior around all the cats. Don’t know what got into Guinness, though. Like I said, cats are weird!

I pulled out this year’s NaNoWriMo project after a few weeks of letting myself get some distance from the story. Did a re-read, and it isn’t quite as messy as I thought it was going to be. I mean, it IS a mess and needs a lot of revising and some big chunks added in various places. But I was rather glad to see that, to me, at least, the story does hang together and flows, if not completely smoothly, at least decently. Once I get these revisions done, we’ll see what a reader or two have to say!

I hope you all had/have the best holiday season, whatever you celebrate at this time of year! Enjoy the festivities!


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