Calli the Calico Cat

By April 21, 2017 animals, Cats, General, Treats for the Litter

My oldest cat, Calli, was about 3 weeks old when we found her.  It took almost 2 hours, a can of tuna, and a can of milk for me to catch her.  She had a big hole in her side when we caught her and I took her to the vet as soon as I could get her in.

Dooley, my long hair Chihuahua, took Calli under his wing and raised her basically.  Calli slept in his crate with him, and she learned to use the doggie dog, by going out at the same time as the big dog, under her belly.  So something that amazes most people is that I have a crate trained cat.  More amazing is that she knows that bed time is sometime between 7:30 and 8:3 pm most nights.  Calli actually comes and gets me to put her to bed.  LOL  I know!  Anyway, the one issue that we do have is that she doesn’t understand “the weekend”.

During the week, she wakes up sometime between 4:30 and 5:00am and occasionally, 3:45.  This is okay, because I can either go ahead and get up or lay back down for 30 minutes to an hour, depending.  However, on Saturday morning, Calli still wakes up at 4:30.  Sometimes if I give her the weekend talk, she will stay until 5:30 or maybe six, but most of the time it is 4:30 or earlier.  Its like she knows I don’t have to go anywhere.

I feed her at the time I let her out.  She gets wet food once a day.  If I do that, then sometimes she will leave me alone and I can sleep.  But if she is not in the mood, she walks on me, makes biscuits, or sits on the bed and meows.  I really think it just to see how long I will put up with her.

So if anyone has any ideas on how to “weekend train” a crazy crate trained cat, I would love the suggestions.

Have a great weekend!

Alpha Mom

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Adoption, Rescue or Purchase

By April 21, 2017 animals, General, Treats for the Litter

Weird title I know, but it is in regards to pets.  Do you go and adopt puppies or kittens from Petsmart, or Petco or Petland or where ever they have pet adoptions?  Do you look to see what kind of rescues are in the area and check  to see what pets they might have available? Or are you the type that goes straight to a breeder and picks out a puppy?  There really isn’t a right or wrong answer here, but I think you should consider all the possibilities when looking for  a new pet.  I support three or four different organizations that deal with animals.  ASPCA, Texas SPCA, Kindness Ranch and IWF.  I try to give them each something every month.  Even if only a couple of dollars from the donations goes to things for the animals, it is still better than nothing.

The boarding place that I use, has a man that runs a rescue.  We looked at the pictures every time I went up to see the dogs and cats while they were being boarded.  I raised beagles for over 7 years and loved every minute of it.  It was very hard to give up my first litter of pups, but I did.

One of my greatest wishes is to be able to open a  rescue.  I can’t where we currently live and of course I’m at the limit for the number of pets I can have.  Most of my dogs are the same age.  Two are 11 and 12 years old and the littlest is 8.  I know I will start losing them soon and it breaks my heart, but I will find new ones to open my heart to and I will start with rescues and shelters and then move to adoption places.  I’m not sure I will go to a breeder unless I go for something that is too rare to find at either of those places.  There are so many animals that need homes.  It breaks my heart every time I see one on the side of the road.  If you are going to just drop a dog or a cat out in the country, you are better off putting a bullet in it.  At least it won’t starve or get hit by a car or eaten by predators.

Here are some links to the rescues/organizations I support:

Have a great weekend!

Alpha Mom

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Tiny Horses

By April 19, 2017 animals, Dogs, Uncategorized

Growing up I had a Shetland pony whose name was Mitzi.  The most I remember about her was being almost kicked in the head.  My grandfather punched her in the jaw.  She wasn’t hurt and neither was his hand.

I’ve been around cows, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, horses and pigs often in my life.  My brat sister currently raises Nigerian  dwarf  goats and they are really cute. I want one of those too!  First Pic is Bucky!  He was her first goat.

I often miss living in the country, not that I’m living in a big city now, but I can’t have any additional animals. 

Yesterday,  as my husband was driving through Kaufman, he took a couple of pictures of some Shetland pony foals.  They are as cute as they can be!  I asked him if he could get one in the truck and was it small enough to use the doggie door!  LOL! 

His response was, “They aren’t as big as Sioux.” Sioux is the second picture.

Anyway, with all the stress that I’m currently going through, Norman, my husband said he thought it might make me smile to see the babies, and it did! 


Alpha Mom


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My Mom

By April 18, 2017 Crazy Rants, General



So My mom will be 77 on her birthday in August, if she hangs with us that long.  She had a stroke at the end of February and although we thought there was some improvement, she wound back  in the hospital and was then transferred to skilled nursing facility.  Mom is only suppose to be there for 20 days, but my gut says I don’t think she will come home.

My mom was my best friend starting when I was about 14 years old.  Up until January of this year, she has lived with me off and on from about 2003 until 2017.  When didn’t or don’t talk every day and the last words from her per my sister, was basically have a nice life and take care of my dogs.  You don’t need to know the entire story, but needless to say, family issues have caused some problems.

My mom is a very strong person and to see her in her weakened condition is very hard and very sad.  We are all praying for God’s Will to be done.  I don’t want to see her suffer and her quality of life because of the strokes is robbing her of life.

To see our parents, grandparents or siblings sick or ill is hard.  I watched my dad die in the hospital and I won’t do that with my mom.  I want to remember her as my best friend, a drinking buddy, a co-writer and a shoulder that was always there for me when I couldn’t do it alone any more.  The last thing I said to her when she was in Presbyterian Hospital was that I loved her and I hope she remembers that and not the words she sent to me via a text from my sister.

Alpha Mom

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Fur Babies Room

By April 14, 2017 animals, Cats, Dogs, General

Last year in February we discovered a leak in the pipes running through our slab.  All the flooring in the living room, dining room, hallway, small bedroom and master suite had to be pulled up, slab dried and now we are just finishing the flooring.  All the plumbing under the house was replaced all the way to the street hookup.  It was not fun!  We spent 4 months in a motel, dogs/cats were boarded at Pappy’s Pet Lodge in Rockwall (highly recommend) and that was life until September.

Anyway, since we were remodeling against our will, we move some things around.  The dogs/cats were moved to the small bedroom and we are using the closet system for crates for the two cats and the chihuahua. It is the first pic in the gallery above.

The shelves above the crates are used for treats, cat food and dog snacks.  Also grooming items, extra collars and sweaters for the cold times of the year.

We also put a wire crate in the corner for the Schnauzer because she is so scared of storms and loud noises, that she knows she can go here and be safe. You can find her there even when she is not scared!

We also put a bed in for the big dog Sioux.  It is the size of a twin bed.  It is the last pic in the gallery.

It is more convenient now and at bedtime everyone knows where to go!  We put the old buffet in since Calli knows that is where her food is, a shelf below the window seal so the cats can look out and eat treats!  The idea for the closet system for the crates was something I saw on Facebook.  People are taking old tables and making crates underneath!  Check it out!  It keeps the fur babies safe and secure and you can keep them out of the way during parties and family get togethers!

Alpha Mom

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Quiet As a Mouse

By April 14, 2017 Crazy Rants, General

So it is Good Friday and although a lot of businesses are closed today, the company I work for is not.  I think we are the only ones in the building except for security and maybe one banking place and maintenance.  It is ridiculously quiet!  Usually during the lunch hours the lobby is full, not today however.  Besides it being Good Friday and making it unusually quiet, the cafe is closed as well, so the people that are in the building either had to bring a lunch, order and have delivered or leave the building.  A friend and I ordered Wednesday for delivery today!  It was awesome!

Traffic was also very light today as well.  I left late and still got to work 30 minutes early!  Love those Friday holidays!

I wish everyone a Blessed day and a Happy Easter!

Alpha Mom

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Its so Complicated

By April 13, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, Uncategorized

So I’ve only been married 11 years to my husband and we both had children, grown children when we married.  He already had 9 grand children and we really thought that would be it for awhile.  However, my eldest step-son divorced and remarried, and he has a almost 2 year old.

My daughter who got married a year and a month after I did, just had her first child, in July of 2016.  She said she may have one more and I really hope she does, but if not, that gives us 11 grandchildren.

My stepdaughter has two grown children and her son is married and has three children, so even though we don’t see them very often, that gives us three great grandchildren.  My husband comes from a big family with 4 siblings who all have children and all have grandchildren now, I think.  So come holidays it can be a very big event if we join in at my mother in laws (whom I love very much)  I think one year there was 66 there and that was only about 1/3 of the kids and their kids and their kids! LOL..

When we got married he gave me a list.  We have tried to update that list and keep it update, but it is way too COMPLICATED!  We are both genealogist and try to keep up, but it gets harder every year!

Enjoy your family!  Enjoy the time you have!  You never know when that will change!

Alpha Mom

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Easy One Skillet Beef Stir-Fry

By April 11, 2017 General, People Treats

1 pound of ground beef ( can substitute any ground meat)

1 package of Broccoli Slaw

1 package of riced cauliflower with vegetables

½ large read onion chopped

Sesame oil

Soy sauce



Garlic salt or powder (your preference)

Crushed red pepper (optional)

Sunflower seeds (optional)

In a skillet, brown the meat.  Drain if there is a lot of grease.  I try to use 93/7 beef or higher

Sautee the red onion, mix the meat back in, season with salt, pepper, garlic salt,  riced cauliflower and add the broccoli slaw.  Let it all simmer together for about 10 minutes.  Add your sesame oil about  1 tablespoon, add the soy sauce again about a tablespoon, but you made want to add more depending on your taste.

Throw in about an 1/8 cup of sunflower seeds (unsalted, raw)

Add the crushed red pepper.  Let it all simmer for about another 5 to 10 minutes and you are ready to eat!

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Dysfunctional Family

By April 11, 2017 Crazy Rants

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this blog post.  It is sad when something happens and family is disrupted and destroyed.  Chaos causes a lot of issues within a family and can ultimately tear it apart.

Just remember that God loves you no matter what.  If He doesn’t live in your heart and is not part of your life, seek Him because He loves you when you feel that no one else does.

Read your Bible, find you a favorite verse, read it every day!

Have a Blessed Day!

Alpha Mom


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By April 11, 2017 Uncategorized

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