Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas From the Cat

 Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays!

We had a scrumptious turkey dinner last night courtesy of Whole Foods Market. Yes, I go for ease but they really have the best turkey I've ever tasted. This time I just bought the turkey breast instead of the whole bird, and it was the juiciest, most tender turkey breast I ever had. After we gave thanks to Mr. Turkey for providing our meal, we dug in and stopped just short of being full. Instead of the pumpkin pie and whipped cream that was waiting, we opted for oranges instead. Today the pumpkin pie will be an appropriate dessert but even then it's hard not to overeat with all the rich holiday food.

Miss Gracie and I slept in, with her joining me under the covers to keep warm. After breakfast, she spent much of the day herding me to the space heater I'd left on for her in my room. And if I left the room? She would follow me back and give me that sad look. Just to make her happy, my sister, Nippy the other cat, and I stayed in there in the afternoon with her. As I like to say, it's all about cat happiness!

Miss Gracie had spent the morning with another sad cat face because she wanted to use the iPad although my sister had it most of the day. Sis was downloading some holiday apps and having fun. Gracie wanted fun, too. In the evening, we gave the iPad back to her with her favorite game on it. Lo and behold, it had bright colorful bulbs all around the border of the cheese just for Christmas!

Not that she noticed, mind you. As long as that mouse is running around the cheese, Miss Gracie is purring loudly and happy. Ah, yes. A little cat happiness for Christmas.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Cupcake Love

Some of you know that I love to photograph cupcakes, especially those from Whole Foods Market. Why? Because they are always works of art! Yesterday, I spied this snowman cupcake among their holiday desserts and took him home with me.

I set him up with a few Christmas decorations so he'd feel right at home. 

He was just adorable and I managed to get some photos before Miss Gracie hopped up on the table. She is the best cupcake-sniffing kitty around. It doesn't matter where she is, she knows when the cupcakes come out. She left her warm sleeping spot atop the Comcast cable box in the next room and immediately began to figure out how she could taste the snowman.

When I wasn't looking, she hopped right into the scene and everything fell on my cotton batting snow.

Mr. Snowman didn't get hurt too bad; his scarf was smeared, some landed on his cheek and his carrot nose got smashed a bit.

It all happened so fast, but Gracie managed to get a tiny of his chocolate arm. I quickly took that away as chocolate is poisonous to cats but she managed to get a few licks in. And that I know only because she took a big bath afterwards.

Then she promptly found a space under the table I was working on. Did she want more snowman? Not sure, but in any case she always wants to be in the middle of the action when the camera and cupcakes come out.

In any case, Whole Foods Market still has the prettiest cupcakes around!


Monday, December 5, 2011

iPad or Other Tablet - Which to Buy?

Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Amazon's Kindle Fire or other? Marrianna is trying to decide which tablet to buy and asked my opinion. If you ask Miss Gracie, clearly the answer is iPad! She still loves her Game for Cats. 

When I purchased the iPad, it was the only tablet available that I was aware of. There might have been something else on the market, but it was not a viable category until Apple introduced the iPad. And it is fabulous. 

However, I do have to say that if were buying today, I would have some other considerations. Apple is the market leader. The iPad, like all of their products, is the easiest and most intuitive to use. It also has the most apps on the market. And, it's one of the most expensive. While I love the iPad (and I'm sure I'd love the iPad 2 even more), it is something that I use at home, partially due to its size. I think it would be fabulous to have a smaller size tablet that is more portable. But honestly, I have an iPhone so do I really need to take it with me? 

The Kindle Fire is getting a lot of good press, largely due to its lower price point and competitive features. It makes sense to take a serious look at it. But you also have to consider what you want to do with the tablet. And some people are Apple diehards and just would not consider anything else. My advice would be to do a side to side comparison, ask people who own both, and read reviews. Then, evaluate them based upon what you believe your actual uses will be (but trust me, you'll wind up doing more than you ever imagined). Either way, you are bound to love the one you buy. 

I think the tablet market is just like other new technologies. The first few years, the prices tend to be steep but as others enter the market, prices begin to go down. A 32 inch flat screen tv can be purchased for one third or less of the price paid just a few years ago. Eventually the tablet market will be the same and most people will own one. 

Are you buying a tablet this holiday season? If so, what do you plan to buy?


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Time to Decorate

Holiday time means time to decorate. Some years I don't do much and other years I break out all the decor. So far, I've put up lights around my kitchen window so it adds some festiveness. While I haven't done much else, I have been making slow progress on holiday cards. Will I finish decorating? Yes, once I break out the boxes I can't help but pick out favorite things to display. It just takes some motivation to spend the time pulling out all boxes. Maybe a little hot chocolate and some pie is what I need to get going!