had several cats, who roamed the neighborhood. Colin fed them on the porch, as
they always seemed famished. Then, the people moved away, taking two of the
cats with them, but leaving the female – she was fixed, thank deity, unlike the
males. But it’s been getting cold here, and one of Colin’s cats is an older,
now chronically ill, grumpy female. He really didn’t want to risk bringing
another adult female cat in, since in my experience at least, that’s
combination least likely to get along.He
was getting upset, not wanting to take her to the shelter, not daring to bring
her into the house, feeling terrible about her out in the cold- she was in his
garage, with a bed, but it’s not heated.
We said we’d take
her if he took her to the vet and have her checked out, including a feline
leukemia test, we’d take her. He said if we’d take her, he’d not only do that
but would help with the food, too.
Yesterday he brought
her over. Clean bill of health, vaccinations, wormed. So far she has spent a
lot of the time hiding in the crafts/storage room, but has been out and about a
fair bit. She eats faster that Silver (which I did not think was possible) and
shoved her head into his dish after she finished her own, which he did not know
what to make of. She’s spent the last few hours on the books stacked on the
headboard, gazing out the window- no doubt reconnoitering for making an escape.
Silver has been sitting on the bed gazing at her, with a ‘WTF’ look on his
face. The other two boys have met her without a great deal of interest.
Natasha has not met
her yet. That is apt to be a very ugly confrontation. Natasha hates most
everything in the world. The three boys live in horror of her, even though she
is half the size of them. This cat- Luna, btw- I’m sure will represent all that
is bad and wrong in Natasha’s world. I’m equally sure they will meet in the
middle of the night, just for maximum drama.
Luna is long haired,
unkempt, and gray. Apparently since Marmalade died there has been a rule
written somewhere that we shall have only cats that can be printed in
grayscale. No pictures as yet.
While the snow yesterday wasn't deep enough to hide the junk and turn
things into a thing of beauty, a few days ago we had a hard freeze when
the air was very moist, and the resulting frost had huge ice crystals
that hung onto things until quite a ways into the day.
I wish the sun had been out; it would have made it all sparkly!
Have spent the last
few days harvesting vegetables. The nights have been down in the 20s, and they
keep threatening us with snow, even down at our altitude, and we *did* learn
something after last year’s epic of hacking carrots out of frozen soil. So we
have a house full of buckets of potatoes, carrots, parsnips and onions. No big
onions, mind you, as we never have luck getting them to make bulbs, but lots
and lots of what are basically glorified green onions. I did find some radishes
we’d missed; they are the size of baseballs. I left them out there as I hate to
think what their texture would be like! We still have to get the kale,
kohlrabi, cabbage and a little bit of broccoli in but that shouldn’t take very
long. The tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse are still producing, but it
won’t be long before it gets too cold in there, too.
We also have a large
box of catnip stems drying, which of course the cats won’t stay out of. They
don’t seem to understand the term ‘deferred gratification’. I don’t care; less
for me to pick off the stems and put away!
Now to see if I can
take advantage of the return to standard time and continue to get up ‘an hour
earlier’ or if I’ll follow my nocturnal pattern and slowly slide to getting up
later as usual.
Oh, I made bloomers!
They were supposed to be made for Steamcon, but that fell by the wayside.
They’re nice for sitting around in the evening, with stripey thigh highs. They’re
black cotton with white lace at the bottom of the legs. Did you expect any
other combination from me?
Please stop taking the gladiola bulbs out of their buckets and batting them around the floor. I had them separated by color, and would prefer to keep them that way. I do not trust your design talents when it comes to mixing colors.