Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

I’m Making This Hard

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Pookah would like to point out that cats, being the epitome of civilization in our habits, do not have this problem. We use litterboxes… even outdoors. All of our problems are neatly and discreetly contained, then returned to the natural environment where they are converted by natural processes into resources for natural scratching posts – what humans call, “Trees.”

We all run into it: That one repeating habit or attitude that constantly derails us and screws up our lives.

For S.O., it’s regular monitoring of finances.

For me, the most recent one was getting my workbench built.


Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

For you humans who read this blog, please take note:

Pookah is a master of many arts: Napping, Stalking, Hunting, Pouncing, Eating, Purring, Literature, String Theory, and Literary Arts. Few humans take the time to understand the amount of small tasty bird-fueled effort that goes into achieving even the most basic levels of expertise in these, and other, neo-classical feline pursuits.

Some humans, irritatingly, believe that they have found shortcuts.


Cell Phone Jerks

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Are you a cell phone jerk? Do you know one?

Here is an example of cell phone jerkery:


Getting Back in the Saddle

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

We here at Casa del Pookah…

Thank you

Have been preoccupied by a number of Life’s Dramas. In no particular order:

  • Death of a beloved pet
  • Car wrecks among ourselves and close family
  • Day-jobs that occasionally spill over into nights and weekends
  • Preventing dead oak trees from falling on our pile of rocks
  • Feeding Pookah the delicious new food that helps keep Pookah in trim shape… after that… debacle… involving “Pudgins”
  • Replacing certain articles that “mysteriously” shredded themselves

And other sundries besides.

Well, we’re back with updates coming.

Pookah was here. Pookah has always been here. Worship me.

The plan is (and has been) to get ahead on posts, and have them scheduled to publish. Comments are supposed to generate an alert – unless they hit the spam filters.

We’ll see how it goes this time :)

And humans claim that felines are easily distracted. Hmph!

In Loving Memory

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Onyx, 05/15/1995 - 05/17/2010


05/15/1995 – 05/17/2010

You will be sorely missed, Oni-kun, Old Lady Cat

First Number In Action: Vet Bills II

Monday, April 5th, 2010

When Pookah first searched for “Pudgins”, Old Lady Cat was very ill.

The situation has not improved in that regard. Quite the opposite.

Old Lady Cat went through the more expensive procedure. The results were inconclusive, but did provide more information. OLC’s kidneys have shrunk. And she is a good candidate for an iodine isotope injection that, if it works, would cure her thyroid problems. But she is in bad shape with her kidneys. Not surprising, considering her 15 years of age.

So here we are. Another decision time.


First Number In Action: Vet Bills

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Among the delays for getting posts up on Life of Pookah has been illness within our home. One miserable week laid out in bed followed by another week of slow recovery.

Pookah has been very, very worried! Pookah has worn herself ragged trying to take care of Pookah’s pet humans. The extra effort on Pookah’s part has required massive consumption of tasty foods.

Now Pookah is searching for this “Pudgey Pudgins” individual is, and why “Pudgins” is in Pookah’s house!

Then, Old Lady Cat was ill, then took a nosedive for the worse. Translate this to additional vet bills. On the heels of Pookah’s daughter’s illness and ongoing slow recovery, this is extra expense that is breaking our monthly budget.

Did this qualify as an emergency, and why?


Dealing with Email

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Email is a hassle. My inboxes (I have multiple email addresses) get jammed chock-full of marketing trash, “helpful” advertising from my online billpay, bank accounts, and credit cards. It is a pain in the tuckus.

Using filtering rules (a la Outlook Rules) helps some. But my inboxes still get full.

Plus there is the legal end of things: If you run a business, and conduct business through email, you had better keep those records. For IRS audits (to prove that yes, you do use your computer for business) if nothing else.

So why do my various inboxes total over 2,000 emails today?

Be Grateful For What You Have

Monday, February 8th, 2010

There are people in far worse shape than you.

There are homeless, starving children in Africa whose parents were killed.

Your parents aren’t in jail.

At least your mother/father loves you.

Be grateful for what you have.


Predictions for 2010

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Here are my predictions for 2010.

  • Stocks will go higher.
  • Stocks will go lower.
  • Employement will get worse.
  • Employment will get better.
  • There will be at least one more crisis – probably three.