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Counting crows

Posted by Marlinee on May 29, 2017 in Houses

I feel like I am about to become the Tippi Hedron character in The Birds – and we all know how that ends. This being spring (for a few weeks more), the birds are still returning. Although they don’t need to spend money on a condo south of the border, neither do they need to [...]

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The year of the cat

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 25, 2015 in Middle Age

I have found my new career: reviewing cat toys. I think it is a very underserved market. Surely I am not the only person who has bought perfectly good toys that languish in the toy basket because they have been found wanting. I’m not sure I will be able to discover the reasons behind why [...]

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More first world problems

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 18, 2015 in Middle Age

Not that I’m complaining about moving. No, these are not complaints, but merely observations of annoyances, the type that could crop up at any time, not just when disrupting your life voluntarily. But they are annoyances none the less, and what better thing to do about an annoyance or two than to share them with [...]

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See you in September

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 14, 2014 in Middle Age

How was your summer? That’s the question this time of year and perhaps the most telling part of the ‘how was your summer’ question is that it is never asked about any other season. I’m just never sure what the right answer is. Is it the same as answering ‘how are you’ where the questioner [...]

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Four in the morning

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 7, 2014 in Houses

There is something about four in the morning for my cat, especially when he is at the cottage. His internal clock says, no matter how comfortable his sleep on my bed and no matter how dark it is outside, it’s time to go out and roust out the creatures of the forest. Earlier in the [...]

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Ricky and me

Posted by Marlinee on May 17, 2012 in Middle Age

Ricky, who died last week, was the longest lived of any of my cats, which was definitely an accomplishment (and not a testament to my dubious cat parenting skills). He is also the reason for my decidedly racist views on the most desirable cats. If you look carefully at virtually any cat food packaging, cat [...]

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Feline perils in the urban jungle

Posted by Marlinee on May 6, 2011 in Houses

Compared to barn cats, you would think that city cats pretty much have it made. They don’t need to catch their own food, they can sleep in a warm bed at night and they have indoor toilets. In reality the order of magnitude of peril increases the farther downtown you go. I once had a [...]

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Memories, like the corners of my mind

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 30, 2010 in Houses

The Bat As you might know, the cottage was a decade-long work in progress. Many advances in degree of completion took place in the past two years, most notably siding last year and significant headway in drywall this summer. However, there were many years when it was way far from finished. We took possession once [...]

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A Field Guide to Urban Wildlife

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 21, 2010 in Houses

Cockroaches: Nature’s Perfect Pest The first time I ever saw a cockroach was when I was living at the graduate students residence at U of T. I opened my typewriter case one day and a strange bug crawled out. My roommate helpfully identified it. Turns out the building was pretty much infested and although they [...]

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Lost: The Hidden Episodes

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 8, 2010 in Middle Age

Episode 1 – The Glasses It all started with the new pair of glasses (expensive, of course) that disappeared somewhere on the trip between the house and the library. Rather than replace them with an identical pair, I was clever enough to go to ‘3 for 1 Glasses’ and get three pairs for approximately the [...]

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