Oh, the Humanity!

That is what Norbert said when I put on his new collar. He loves to go outside but his life skills are that of a gerbil so he isn’t allowed. He spends every waking minute, which can actually be measured in minutes, trying to get outside. I bought him a new harness but he was too fat husky for it so I had bring it back to the store and buy the large. He doesn’t like it.

I have put it on him so he could get used to wearing it. He could go anywhere in the house but he came to where I was sitting outside and dramatically laid down and won’t move. He has been outside with it on and seems to enjoy it but he has let me know in no uncertain terms that he is dying.

Does anyone know what this pink flower is? It came in an mixed pot and I don’t know how to care for it. It was bought back in May and was looking lovely until two weeks ago. I’m not sure if I should leave it with the others in the container or repot it on it’s own.

It is much cooler today and I am so glad. It was 36 C. two days ago and today it is a lovely 24 C. I can handle up to 32 C. but anything after that is too much. I have no idea how people deal with extreme heat and don’t have air conditioning. They deserve an award. And that award should be air conditioning.

I went to Tai Chi last night and my legs are so sore! You probably think Tai Chi is easy. I know I did. It isn’t. It requires total and complete focus, excellent balance and incredible strength in the legs. I have none of these. One of the reasons I joined Tai Chi was because my coordination and balance are so poor. I was pretty convinced that the way I was going to leave this world was getting old then falling and breaking a hip. There are 108 moves in a set and each requires precise placement of your feet, knees, hips, stomach, shoulders, head, arms, hands and fingers. Even your eyes have to be looking at a certain direction.

Here is a link at what type of Tai Chi I do if you are interested. The narration is annoying but if you are bored you can watch. Or not.


  • I am making chicken fricassee for dinner.
  • There is a crow in my yard that has been cawing and carrying on for at least 45 minutes.
  • I am getting my hair cut tomorrow because I just can’t pull off long hair.

22 thoughts on “Oh, the Humanity!

  1. Birdie, Tai Chi is hard! I am on sabbatical from it, bad knees make it really hard to progress at the pace they hope for at the sessions I attended, same set where I went, the Master Moy set. I liked it well enough, just not very good at it. It is hard!

  2. The plant is a Kalanchoe…a succulent….trim off the spent flowers, if you’re a good girl, you’ll get new blooms in a while.
    How about visiting me?
    Lots of granddaughter photos up! 💓💓💓

    • I knew you would know! Thank you. When I was writing this post I was thinking that you would. Coming over your way right now.

  3. Well there you go. Linda knew what it was! I had no idea. I don’t do house plants. Outdoors, fine. Indoors, death sentence. Your cat is too much! I swear he needs his own blog. -Jenn

    • Norbert is certainly his own cat. I tell him at least once a week that I paid good money, $125.00 for him. And I buy his food and litter. I clean his litter box and give him skim (he won’t drink anything else) milk every damn night before he goes to bed. He sleeps on a huge cushion meant for a dog. Never a thank you. But he has that furry face and I love him so much. I just want to kiss him over and over squeeze him so hard. But alas, that pisses him off too.

  4. I was beaten to the punch on both plant identification and acknowledging that Tai Chi is hard. Expletively hard. And painful for days at first. Worth it though. I am as supple as a brick and really need to go back to Tai Chi and/or yoga.
    Norbert is related to Jazz. Closely.

  5. And you won’t be surprised to know I had no idea what that plant was. 😀 Actually I have no idea what Tai Chi is ether. I thought you were talking about going out for a meal in a Chinese restaurant to start with.

    • Ha ha! You are right. I am not surprised that you didn’t know the name of the plant. However , you wouldn’t have been the last person I would have asked. 😁

    • They are actually dying and that’s why they are hanging down! I do not have a green thumb. I killed a spider plant and they apparently can take all manner of abuse. I am trying though.

  6. I was completely clueless about Tai Chi and now (at least) I have an idea. You learn so many cool things from blogging pals.

    And poor Norbert… The suffering our cats deal with is unbelievable, isn’t it?

  7. Norbert is a drama queen, same as our cat. I’m so tired of the heat, I may just spontaneously combust. Perhaps it’s not just the cat who is a drama queen:)

    • Drama Queen? Hardly. Women start this crap when we are 12. That’s 40 odd years of this shit. We have every right to be dramatic. We would all be serial killers if it wasn’t for an eventual end to all of it. We are going have to have 10 – 15 years before we die but that’s something. To think, we had the first 10 – 15 years of our lives and the last. Fucktasticshit. Ha. I just made up that word.

  8. I love love love reading about the minutia of your life. You make me feel normal. You heal me with your silly anecdotes about Norbert and your pictures of flowers. I love you Birdie. Thank you for this.

    • And I love reading about your life. I love that you love Jesus but can still say fuck. I am in awe that you leather-wearing, bad-ass, Jesus chick.

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