It's 4:30 in the morning, and I've been awake since 4. I haven't been sleeping well lately. Wednesday night I had an awful nightmare that this creature (kind of like an alligator) was trying to grab my ankle and drag me into the depths of the water. So I started kicking at it and screaming for help.

Well, as usual, that part of it happened in my dream AND reality. My husband had to restrain me and wake me up, which is no easy task when I'm in that kind of level of sleep. All too often I just slip right back into the dream-state and then continue with the same nightmare. So he has to wake me up completely ~ which I don't appreciate at all (even though he's doing me a huge favor!).

At least there were no nightmares last night. I just didn't sleep well. I'm happy that my son is sleeping soundly still. I'm glad I didn't wake him. He's going to have to get up a little early this morning because I've got to get gas before I take him to school. I was on empty with the gas warning light on when we pulled into our driveway. I couldn't get any yesterday because we were flat broke. But today my husband got paid at midnight so I can get gas first thing. Thank heavens ~ I wasn't sure we were going to make it through the week! I know a lot of us on here are facing money problems to say the least; living from paycheck to paycheck, and it sucks.

I'm sitting at my dining room table and my bunny Trigger is just watching me…he's waiting for his little piece of morning poptart. 🙂 I spoil my furry kids rotten. Speaking of furry kids, my latest adoptee ( a girl cat named Zoey) is doing much better with dealing with the other cats now. When I first brought her home, after waiting a MONTH to get everything in order to get her, she was absolutely PSYCHO about my boy cats Hogan and Chance. Chance doesn't normally come in our apartment downstairs except once in awhile, but Hogan (and Phoebe, my other girl) both live downstairs. Phoebe rules the roost and Zoey knows it, so she doesn't mess with her. But Hogan on the other hand is very gentle in nature and is terrified of Zoey because she goes after him. And the weirdest part about it is that Hogan is the biggest cat in the household! Zoey is maybe half his weight. So everytime she starts her crap with him she gets sprayed in the face with a water bottle. She HATES it, so it's pretty effective. Right now at night she goes into her kitty crate (it's twice the width and heigth of a regular one so she's got plenty of room) so she can't aggravate the other two, but soon we're going to have to do away with it. Luckily during the days the 3 other cats are outside (unless its raining) and she can run around the apartment by herself.

Zoey really is a sweet little girl, she just needs to adjust. She's only a little over a year old, and someone found her pregnant and dropped her off at the rescue shelter. They put her with a foster family until the kittens were old enough to be comfortably separated from their mom, and then all of them went up for adoption. I think all of her kittens have been adopted now. There were 7 or 8 of them, I can't remember for sure.

Anyhow, enough about kitties ~ I know a lot of you out there probably aren't as nuts about them as I am. 😉

Right now it's a little below 50 outside, but a windchill of 30. For us that's cold. We do ocassionally get into the teens here, but it only happens once/twice a winter usually. Yesterday morning there was frost EVERYWHERE ~ which is Florida's version of snow, lol. I'm so sorry that the rest of you all north of us are suffering with the cold and the snow so much, I wish I could send you some warmth.

So I've been thinking about what many of you said regarding my last blog about not working until I finish my college courses…and I think you may be right. I've got too much to focus on, and getting good grades and passing these 2 classes is much more important, because if I don't ~ there won't BE any more substituting. I'm going to still continue to teach orchestra class once a week after-school (my program now has 8-9 students in it ~ yaaaay!) but that's it I think. We'll see where I'm at stability-wise come July.

I guess I'm going to go make Zachary's lunch and start getting ready for the day to start. I'm going to make him breakfast, get him up, get him dressed, get gas, drop him off and see if I have a paycheck, then go to the Flea Market possibly and come home.

Other than that I'm going to relax, nap and study. I hope everyone has a decent Friday, and that you're looking forward to the weekend. Love to you all.

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