That Damn Cat

One of the cats just knocked Smokey’s treat bowl off the table. Before Loki joined the household, there was a time we were only giving Kang treats. He was on a forced diet. That’s because he had become a fat tick. His belly damn near dragged on the floor. To keep him from eating all of Smokey’s treats, we put her dish on a table by the kitchen window. Again, Kang, the fat tick, couldn’t jump up and eat the treat. Smokey has a habit of not eating her treat all at once but coming back time from time to nibble until it’s gone. Kang? Oh, he chows down on his, then searches for more. We also put dry food up on the table for Smokey to have something besides the treat. Oh, and the treat is wet cat food.

Well, Kang lost weight. His belly is several inches higher from the floor. Smokey no longer has a dry cat food bowl on the table. She developed the habit of knocking both the treat bowl and the dry food bowl onto the floor. The dry food bowl was rarely empty, inevitably resulting in a mess on the floor or food in the water dish. We still have to keep the treat bowl on the table. She likes looking out at the front lawn while eating. I tried putting the treat bowl down on the floor with the other two, but she pouted and didn’t eat her treat for two days. So, yeah, the bowl is back on the table.

Well, not really, because some damn cat just knocked it on the floor.

Keeping The Pace

Just Keep Running

I decided to take a walk on Friday instead of running. With today’s run, I did four days of exercise this past week. Today’s run was a surprise improvement of pace without an excessive heart rate.

IM Catching Up

Just Keep Running

I’ve fallen behind on posting my incremental marathon. Here’s the catch-up post to correct that error.

An Above Average IM

Just Keep Running

I am surprised at the pace. My first mile was under 13 minutes—a vast improvement over the past month. My overall pace of 13:10 is also an improvement for the past month. Over the past year and a half, my physical health took a beating. From a numbness affecting the left side of my face to an overall feeling of lethargy and fatigue, I’ve not been able to exercise regularly. I was even struggling with work.

It feels like I might be coming out of a bleak period in my life. At least physically. I am once again able to maintain regular runs. Next, I plan on adding some upper body exercise. However, that’s always been tough. About three or four years ago, I regularly engaged in planking and push-ups, helping reduce my pace. I even came close to cracking the elusive 9:00 minute mile. But it was not as enjoyable as simple running.

So, I have been mentally debating the resumption of planking and push-ups. I’m optimistic I’ll finish the debate with a win towards resuming upper body workouts. Until that time, I will continue to push for regular runs.


I’m testing my Grammarly keyboard on my iPad in the Chrome app. It works excellent, better than on my desktop.

Daring Escape


I stopped by Kwik Trip to pick up some hamburger buns. When I got home, I discovered that a package of Bavarian Cream Pasteries had perpetrated a daring escape. Tina will be pleased.

Exhibit #∞ Proving I’m Spoiled

Chicken Oscar with Mash Potatoes and Butter.
Chicken Oscar

Tina-made Chicken Oscar: Fried chicken topped with crab meat, asparagus tips, and hollandaise sauce. The picture doesn’t show that later I poured the leftover hollandaise sauce on the potatoes.

However, if you think the spoiling only goes one way;

I fried that ribeye! I also fried pork chops and made potatoes on Wednesday, but alas, no photo.

Your Attention Please

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I really don’t have anything to say that you need to hear.