Friday, January 14, 2011


One day last September, I went to let Fred out the front door and Rudy made his escape.  Rudy is an ‘indoor cat’ with good reason.  We live in a rural area where there are wild critters, an occasional feral cat, and crazy drivers who think our road is a race track.  We all try to be careful going in and out the door, but Rudy is a sneaky little guy and very fast.  The magic words are “You want to go see, Fred”.  I’ve heard so called experts say animals don’t understand human speech but as anyone who shares a home with animals knows….. that just isn’t true.

If Wendy says “You want to go see, Fred?” Fred will make a mad dash for the door, while Rudy streaks behind the couch and under the end table to be in position to sneak out!

Fortunately for us, Rudy usually doesn’t go far or stay out long.  He races around hiding and staying out of sight for awhile until he is ready to be coaxed back inside.  “Coaxing” is a routine that involves putting dry food in a bowl and going outside to rattle the food dish and call “kitty, kitty, kitty” in your special coaxing voice.  Since Rudy is a greedy gut, this usually works after a few attempts, however he has to do his coy little approach and run routine a few times first.

Anyway, on this particular day when Rudy made his escape, Wendy was in the back yard near our pick-up truck calling and I had a bowl of dry food ready to start rattling it when this little black and white cat came out from under the truck.  The little cat immediately starting rubbing up against Wendy’s legs.  I took the food dish over and offered it to her and she attacked it like she hadn’t eaten in a long time.  After she had finished off every crumb in the bowl, we took her inside.  When we started petting her, hair started shedding everywhere.  Since it was fall and cool out, this didn’t seem like a normal reaction.  She looked to us like about a half-grown kitten. 

After the usual attempts to find her people failed, we decided she was here to stay.  The first order of business was to get her to a vet for a check up.  Since we had been feeding her for a couple of weeks she had gained some weight but still seemed too small to be full grown.  Imagine our surprise when we found out she was a full grown cat, the vet estimated at least 18 months old, and she had been spayed!  The vet said she was probably just days away from starvation when we found her.  She was used to being cared for and didn’t know how to hunt to survive on her own.  She is a very sweet natured cat and had obviously been well cared for before so why her family abandoned her we will never know.

This sweet little kitty has big green eyes and a little black beauty mark on her face.  We decided she was Miss Kitty (as in Gunsmoke).  The first couple of days, she hid out under the desk, only coming out to eat and use the litter box.  At first Rudy and Fred totally ignored her but then, as Miss Kitty stayed out from under the desk for longer periods of time, Rudy decided to assert himself and started chasing her.  It took a couple of days for Miss Kitty to realize that Rudy is all bluff.  He is a master of the art of shadow boxing and will rear up, swatting with his paws and looking fierce, but he never actually makes contact with those sharp claws.  Now Rudy and Miss Kitty take turns chasing each other and leaping over the ever tolerant Fred while he is trying to nap.

Sadly, many pets like Miss Kitty end up being abandoned every year.  Families split up, move away, or just are unable to care for these animals.  The tragedy is that there are animal shelters and organizations everywhere that could help find them new homes.  Starvation is a terrible way to die.  It just doesn’t need to happen.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Muffin, Muffin, Who's Got The Muffin?

Well, you might, if you read through this post. (Insert wicked giggle here)

As a favor to Mom, since she's got a zillion things going on right now (ok, so she bribed me by making carrot cake!), I offered to tell ya'll a bit about me and share my most favorite muffin recipe. It took me a lot of trial and error before it reached it's current form, and if I do say so myself, it's one of the best recipes I've ever created. So stay tuned for my special "Chocolate Cherry Muffins" at the end of this post.

On to me. I'm Wendy and I seriously hate talking (or writing) about myself. Probably because I get nervous and go on and on until I realize I've suddenly written half a book. (Insert silly grin here)

Okay. First, I admit I'm an adult and I live with Mommy and Daddy. It's been a great benefit for all of us-- when they've been off working the tournament every year, I've been able to housesit for them. And for me, well, it gives me a place to live. I'm the resident lunatic (okay, so my Doc says if I think I'm crazy, I'm not-- crazy people don't know they're crazy.) and disabled by panic/anxiety attacks, agoraphobia, depression, and a couple other little things tossed in. Long boring story that I won't go into, but it's a big part of the "why" I don't have a real job-- just the pittance that Social Security gives me for disability. (Oh, don 't get me on that subject-- I still see red over Social Security's rule about having to file and win a case within a certain time frame. All the years I paid in, and I filed ONE month past the deadline because I didn't want to give in and apply for what I saw as "charity". Again, another boring story. lol)

Let's see... If I were you, what would I want to know about me?


Good books in the SF/Fantasy/Mystery/Intrigue genres, but will read anything printed if desperate.

Good movies-- Right now I'm into the "Twilight Saga", but the Shrek movies, Lord of the
Rings movies, and Harry Potter movies are favorites. I like the same sort of movies that I do books.

Games--- Pogo ( ) games are good for just kicking back, but my favorites are role-playing type games. I love RuneScape ( ), First Age - Avalon ( ) the old version not the new one, and Kingdom of Loathing (

I like to write, never had anything published but have lots of bits and pieces of a book I may finish someday.

Orchids. I'm pretty passionate about orchids. They aren't all that difficult to grow and the blooms are awesome! My collection has diminished in size, but I'll hopefully be slowly adding to it during the warmer months of the year.


TV. It pretty much blows chunks. I especially hate sitcoms and "reality" shows. I hate movies chopped up every 3 minutes with commercials, and the pay channels never have anything I'd enjoy watching. And those security system ads on evening programming bother the hell out of me.

Hmm, and I really, really, REALLY hate CSPAN, MSNBC, CNN and most of the time FOX news. My blood pressure is better off without them. And frankly, if someone blows up the world, I'll either know it since I'd be dead, or someone will tell me. (Insert wry smile here)

Oooh... "Disease of the Week" movies!!! And poorly made, plotless movies.

Heh, what else?
I have the temper that goes along with being a red-haired, green-eyed, Scorpio. Decided on my last birthday that it was time to start reversing the numbers since it's getting difficult to think of creative ways to say my age. So, I'm 25 again as of last October. Although... 25 was a really crappy year, so I may have to go back to saying I'm twenty thirty two. Or thirty twenty two. Or something. Rofl
Let's see, what else? Was married, now I'm not and haven't been for longer than I was. No kids as the Ex (I probably shouldn't give his correct title here, but if you want to guess it's "That Moronic A******") kept convincing me to put it off. So as an only child, I'm an Honorary Auntie to friends' children & grandchildren (another long boring story).

If I get around to having a decent pic taken, I'll let Mom post it. In an earlier pic in a previous post, you can see my hair is long-- well, it was longer than that when Mom was diagnosed with cancer. After they told her she'd be losing her hair to chemo, I had mine cut very short-- they took off a bit more than 24 inches--- and I donated it to Pantene's program that makes wigs for women cancer patients and donates them to the Amercian Cancer Society ( ). Even after over a year, I'm still trying to adjust to having short hair since I think it makes me look odd. Vanity, thy name is Wendy!

I have two tattoos, which really freaked Mom out when I told her after I got them. (Insert mischievious grin here) They're really quite pretty. I keep telling her it could have been worse, I might have gotten my tongue pierced or something. Yuck.

Okay, you've been good and put up with my rambling introduction, so here's what you've been waiting for-- the ULTIMATE in Muffins!


4 ounces (1/2 package) of cream cheese
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup of milk
1/3 cup of cooking oil
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (or more if you want)
Cherry jam or preserves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of sugar until fluffy. Set aside.

In large bowl, stir together the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, & chocolate chips. Mix the egg, milk & oil together, then add to the dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Batter should be a little lumpy. Put paper baking cups (like for cupcakes) in a muffin pan, and put about 2 tablespoons of batter into each cup. Next, put 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each cup, then about 1/2 teaspoon of jam in each one. Cover each one with the rest of the batter. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

If you want a REAL sugar high, get some of the pecan-coconut frosting in the can and spread over the top of the muffins. This turns them into BLACK FOREST MUFFINS, like Black Forest Cake. If by some chance you actually have muffins that last longer than one day, I'd suggest refrigerating them because of the cream cheese. We've never had to worry about that though!


~~ Wendy~~