The Great Kitty Caper


Weekends at our house always include two things: a lot of work and a lot of rest. Yooper Stewart takes his Sabbath rest very seriously. Sometimes I worry that he’d leave the car stranded by the side of the road if it broke down on his day of rest. I never used to think too much about resting, but since I’ve been married I’ve come to appreciate a day to relax.

It doesn’t matter if we rest on Saturday or Sunday, so long as we take a day off. That day usually starts the same way – with YS taking his time getting out of bed.

It’s become his ritual. I usually bring him some coffee or cereal around 9 a.m. He shimmies himself up the wall enough so he can eat or drink without making a mess. Then he grabs his laptop for an hour or two of uninterrupted Yooper Stewart web surfing (usually involving Legos, car, and/or recycling).

Since the bed is the natural daytime habitat for Bucket and Midgie, they always join YS. Midgie, however, particularly enjoys human companionship in bed – especially in the fall and winter.

This is a typical morning-of-rest at the YS home:

Bucket, Matt…Midgie?

Here I am!

Well there she is! But how did we find her? It’s the Great Kitty Caper of 2011…




An ordinary, everyday shopping back.

Finding a Kohl’s bag at my house is as common as finding a chair at anybody else’s house. I like to shop, and I like to bargain shop even more, so Kohl’s is the place for me. I have their bags in all shapes and sizes. You’ll find them in various closets and in the car.  I often reuse them for garbage bags or to haul stuff away. There are, after all, just bags…but not if you’re Yooper Stewart. If you’re Yooper Stewart, a Kohl’s bag is anything you want it to be.

Case in point – food storage:

Nothing quite ordinary about it...

One day YS had the chance to take home a large leftover salad. The salad came in it’s own lidded bowl, but we were going to church and the bowl wouldn’t fit in the mini-fridge. Not a problem. One of YS’s greatest gifts is his problem solving ability. All he had to do was find a smaller salad container. Enter the Kohl’s bag. I had to give him props – it was a pretty smart plan. I figured we’d get home and transport the salad to a more appropriate container.

Who was I kidding?

The Yooper Stewart way.

Do you see the smile on his face? Can’t you just sense his glee at creating his own brand of storage containers? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Yooperware.

The salad stayed in the bag for two days as we enjoyed our salad. Though I wouldn’t have picked a Kohl’s bag for the leftovers, I have to admit that clean up was a snap – just tie and toss. He’s so creative.

I’m just really hoping that next week he doesn’t try to bring home leftover hot chocolate…