30 Jul

Sunday morning we were supposed to be just getting up, maybe grabbing food and then heading home. Somehow it turned into much more than that though… We did get up and we did go grab food but it was while we were eating that things changed. We headed back to the Sportsman’s Inn (where we’d eaten dinner the night before) in hopes of finding brunch there but unfortunately they were only serving lunch. We were seated overlooking the river and the lunch menu didn’t look bad so we decided to stay. It’s while we were waiting on our food that Dad pointed out a kitty eating on the deck below.


I went over to the window and took a picture of him and then decided to go outside to see if I could befriend it. When I got down to the deck out came a SKINNY momma cat with loads of kittens. Black and white kittens, tiger stripe kittens, gray kittens, fluffy kittens…so many kittens! Mom came outside too and none of the kitties would let us get close enough to pet them but we fed them bits of fish and cooed at them. Mom and I were particularly enamored with the cute tiger kitty, he was beautiful! We finally dragged ourselves back inside to eat lunch and Zach and I shared a salad and a chicken bacon pizza.


We each ate 4 of the small squares and boxed up the leftovers. We shared a small DELICIOUSLY rich piece of peanut butter cheesecake for dessert then Mom and I rushed back outside to join Dad who was now feeding the cats. The Sportsman’s Inn is kind and feeds the kitties but apparently they are dying for people to take them because they told us numerous times to feel free to take some and that they would even provide us with a box. By this point Mom had it stuck in her head that the tiger kitten was her next cat. He was playful and got close to us several times but after several failed attempts to catch him we started to despair of catching anything.


This whole time a cute gray and white kitten with a dark gray nose had been sunning himself on the deck and Mom had commented multiple times that if we’d wanted that one he would be easy to get. Then while trying to lure the tiger kitten out from under the deck she ended up playing with this kitty and starting to love him and next thing we knew Dad had scooped him up and we were all shoving him in a box. He was NOT happy about that and as soon as they got in the car Mom let him out and held him.

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We followed Mom and Dad home and went right in to visit the new kitty. He was scared about the house and being inside a big, new space but he was very cuddly and let us hold him however we wanted. Mom and Dad let us know that if it was a boy they were naming him O’Malley and if it was a girl she was Rosie. For the time being they were calling it Rosie O’Malley which spawned my name for the baby- Romalley, which is what I am now calling him always. Zach and I went back home and had a little of our wine we bought from Whyte Horse, played cards, watched Netflix, got some Red Lobster for supper and visited Romalley a little more. 🙂 It’s hard to stay away from a new baby cat! We went to bed early and I had a GREAT night’s sleep.

Sunday’s Food Journal:

  • Breakfast – woke up too late
  • Lunch – 1/2 salad, 4 squares of pizza, 1/2 small piece of cheesecake
  • Supper – 1 1/2 biscuits, mashed potatoes, 1/2 pasta, 1 1/2 glasses wine

Monday morning I woke up ready to tackle the week! I did the gazelle and my first kids didn’t show up until almost 8am!! Usually I have kids by 6:45 so it was a welcome change. I had a small group all day which was good because I had lots of cleaning to do. Why so much cleaning? Because Bible study was starting back up! After work I rushed to the gym and did 30 minutes of sprints on the treadmill (2.5 miles exactly) then rushed back home to finish getting the house ready. It was so wonderful to start our group back up and we are now studying the book of I Timothy. I think it’s going to be a great one! When everyone had left Zach and I were ready to eat and thanks to the crockpot we had no waiting to do. I made Chili Casserole from Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Recipes and all I had to do after Bible study was put cheddar cheese over the casserole and let it melt. Back at nap-time I mixed the following in the crockpot:

  1. 1 lb. turkey sausage (instead of the pork it called for, saves 22% fat!)
  2. water
  3. 1 can of chili beans
  4. 1 can of diced tomatoes
  5.  brown rice
  6. onion
  7. chili powder
  8. worcestershire sauce
  9. prepared mustard (basically grey poupon)
  10. salt
  11. garlic powder

This was easy to throw together, made a LOT of food and was really good! (Once it had cooled down enough to eat that is…)


I haven’t had anything quite like this and I really enjoyed the bites of brown rice and occasional piece of sausage in there. 🙂

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We watched some more of our current IMDB Top 250 movie (I think it’s called Downfall) that’s about Hitler and the whole thing is in German. It’s okay but it’s a little slow watching. We took a break from it to go visit little Romalley!! He was as cute and cuddly and kittenish as ever and I snuggled him for a bit. 🙂 Then Zach and I grabbed a treat, watched Dexter and went to sleep!

Monday’s Food Journal:

  • Breakfast – blueberry oatmeal
  • Lunch – leftover asparagus potato chicken bowl, pretzels w/PB
  • Supper – chili casserole, small ice cream

674/1,400 miles.


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