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Posted in Cats, Entertainment, Hobby, Photography, Writing with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by urbannight

I currently read Cult of Otis, which is very amusing.  It has me thinking about trying to do a blog from the point of view of Puck.  My onry (this can’t be spelled right but the computer thinks it is) cat.  He is named after the Shakespearean character and has the same personality.  But it could be a lot of work, constantly taking pictures every day to try to capture the view-point of both cats.

Quietly Freaking Out

Posted in Apartments, Life with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by urbannight

One of my cats will jump up on my roommate’s desk and push stuff off to get my attention sometimes. Only when he isn’t at the desk.

So I went to move the cat off the desk and noticed that he had the name and number of the moving company on a sticky note on his computer. A moving company he doesn’t need for 5 months?

I’m freaking out that he is suddenly going to announce, or not even mention, when he plans to move. It was originally after classes ended in mid-August. So September at the soonest. But he is acting weird about it again.

I’m going to stop by the office after work to talk about getting into a one bedroom but my biggest fear is that I’m going to say my roommate is talking about moving in mid to late summer and they are going to tell me he gave notice for this month or next month or something like that

Cat Dentalectomy – Things you never knew about your cat….

Posted in Cats, Education, Food, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by urbannight
It is a clipart cat skull.  Who knew you could find one in clipart.  See the big gaps at the front and rear of the jaw?  That is actually where cats chew food.

It is a clipart cat skull. Who knew you could find one in clipart. See the big gaps at the front and rear of the jaw? That is actually where cats chew food.

I learned something new last night.  Or maybe two somethings.  There is an autoimmune disease for cats only now being understood.  There is no method of treatment as yet other than a total Dentalectomy.  With this disease, a cat’s body starts to reject his teeth and sometimes gums.  This leads to extreme pain when eating.  But it can start slowly and my friends, whose cat has this, thought he had a bad tooth.  So they took him to an animal dentist.  Yes, such a thing exists. (Okay, three things.) 

For a feral cat, this is probably fatal.  But for you indoor cat, this is actually not a problem.  It turns out that cats only use their teeth to kill and pull meat off the body.  When eating from a bowl, they don’t use their teeth at all.  They chew with the back of their jaws.  A cat can have all teeth removed and, if they ate crunchies before, they can return to eating crunchies once the mouth heals. What the dentist does, after removing the teeth, is shape the jaw (using a diamond bit) into a chewing palate. 

The cat in question is turning into a handsome devil.  He was a very cute cat, but very overweight.  Over the past three weeks, he lost 2 lbs.  Which is a lot of weight to lose that fast for a cat and can be kind of risky.  But he is looking very good lately.  He may lose a tad bit more as he HATES soft food and is only eating when he gets really really hungry.  His daddy even moistened up his favorite dry food and mashed it into a paste and he wouldn’t touch it.  He really wants his crunchies.

 

Projects Update, No Tardis Today

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Hobby, Holiday, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by urbannight

I haven’t been working on my Tardis project because I’ve been doing a couple other things.  Here is a sampling of them.

One of the stitching magazines came out with a great Halloween pattern issue. This one shouldn’t take to long.

I’m changing the colors.

Here is a teaser of what it will look like.

This is a rather huge design. This shows about 4 pages of the pattern stitched. The pattern was made by Heaven and Earth and they specialize in turning paintings and artwork into stitch patterns. This is about 200 hours of work and it just a fraction of the pattern.

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Elegant Pumpkins. After I took the picture, I finished the purple swirls and have started filling in the spaces. They are filled with a silver braid.

Teresa Wentzler’s Futurecast is almost done. Just the last of the black border and then the back stitching, and last of all, the beading. I wanted to get a feel for the dragon so I started the back stitching already. It sure made the clawed back foot pop.

The fabric name is something kind of ordinary like “pretty in purple” or “princess purple”. I can’t really remember. I was thinking about doing two matching Halloween patterns in reverse colors. You will see why I picked that green fiber in a moment.

The green fabric was called “Tortured Toad”. I had to buy it for the name alone. I got some purple fiber to go with it. A friend said that instead of doing anything like a couple of pumpkins or cat shapes, I should do two more Tardi in the reverse colors and have a matched set of ‘Halloween’ Tardi.

After taking a ton of photo’s, I’ve decided my cubicle is not a good location for taking pictures of stitchery. I had a TERRIBLE time of getting good photos without glare or blurring. My chair isn’t flat but it had the nice black background. But spots that didn’t lay flat tended to blur. I’m going to have to lay things on the table with a black cloth if I want to get good stitched photos. And in a place with enough light to turn my flash off. Some of the fibers and fabrics get a little shiny and reflect the flash.

Goodnight Cruel Cruel World

Posted in Entertainment, Food, Life, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by urbannight

A last thought as I go to bed, early for a change, as the cat’s home has been located, (he is climbing up from the balcony right below me), and as a Beef company is planning a defamation suit because people were calling that one beef filler “Pink Slime”:

As it was being developed, the developers were calling it Soylent Pink. So from the very start it was going to have an image issue.

“Soylent Green is people!” (yes, it’s not the actual quote. It’s one of those where people think the misquote is the quote.)

Mystery Cat

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2012 by urbannight
I turned off the computer for the night for a change. 15 minutes later I had something to type. This is why I don’t usually turn it off.
While getting ready for bed, I sat down on the couch. I saw something out of the corner of my eye. There was a cat on the balcony. Wait a minute. I never went out there this evening. Both cats are inside. That cat is too small. Who is that cat? And how did he get up here? He had to climb the support beams.

I got a towel, in case he scratched at me, and opened the door to pick him up.  He was a ginger tabby.  Although I didn’t check gender, I’m using he for convenience.   He started purring and cuddling. He was clearly well socialized.  He was a good weight.   He was also not full-grown but not a kitten.

Not sure what to do, with no way to know if he belonged in this building, and not wanting to knock on doors at nearly midnight, I carried him downstairs and put him outside. He had to be from close by, as good condition he was in.  And my two would go nuts with him in the apartment. And my roommate is serious about the strict animal rules here.
I hope he goes back to his proper porch. I’m worried I’ll get back up and see him on my porch again.

I feel bad about putting him outside, but I didn’t know what else to do at 11:45 at night.

When do you start preparing for Halloween?

Posted in Apartments, Entertainment, Food, Holiday, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by urbannight

For me, it is now.

Once, when I had a house, someone came over and said they liked what I was doing for Halloween. I looked around, trying to figure out what they were talking about. I hadn’t pulled out my Halloween tubs yet.

Some people collect geese, cows, and/or eggplants, to name a few of the common combinations.

I collect Cats, Pumpkins, and Skulls. It tends to blend in with the Halloween stuff really well.

Now it is time to start pulling out the ACTUAL Halloween stuff.

What do I need to do first?

Stop eating. Really. Seriously. Don’t you think that is a good place to start? Maybe I can survive on oatmeal packets, protein shakes, and celery for fiber. Don’t you think that is a good idea?

No. Well, you are probably correct. That might be going too far. But I am trying to lose some weight. I just won’t be nearly as far along by Halloween as I want to be. So I think I’ll be a death maiden. Or just be Death. My only real problem is that all the scythes I’ve seen are so horrible that I can’t bring myself to buy one. I wouldn’t mind a real one. That would be worth the money. I just don’t think I’ll be allowed to take it to work or to any Halloween event.

(On a completely unrelated note, as I hear someone say, “My Goodness”, I really want to know why it is never, “My Badness”. The assumption is that the speaker is always and can’t figure out what went wrong. Maybe that is why Josh Whedon introduced the term, “My Bad”, for when is WAS the fault of the speaker that something went wrong. At least, that is where I started hearing the term used.)

Now, back to Halloween preparatory work.

One of the first things I need to do is clean and re-organize the bathroom. 1. Because it needs to be cleaned again. 2. It needs reorganizing in general. 3. It needs reorganizing in specific because I have some Halloween specific cosmetics and do-dads and misc stuff that got stored in the small bathroom storage tubs.

Cleaning and reorganizing the bedroom is also vital. 1. Because it is driving me crazy. 2. When it gets messy or disorganized enough to bother the cats, they start to keep me up all hours of the night. Why this happens, I don’t know. But it is how my cats seem to function. I need to be well rested and well organized to do a great Halloween display and to know what I have available that will work for costuming. I’ve always found the best costumes to be the ones created out of what people own and not from prepackaged kits.

Of course, this leads me to cleaning and reorganizing the computer room and closet. This is mostly just because.

Next gets into the nitty gritty. I can pull out my Halloween storage tubs. If I have a cleaned up bedroom and computer room, I’ve a place to put the tubs while in the ‘active’ Halloween Season. This is Mid-August through Thanksgiving. I like a long Halloween.

I can most of the stuff up on the walls pretty quickly as I still have the clear plastic hooks on the walls. The porch will take longer. I think I need more Halloween things for the porch. I would love a really good hanging skeleton. Most are too junky for me to waste money on.

I should take the time to finish going through the last four general storage tugs as well. Get them weeded out while I’m messing about with tubs.

I need to make a good Halloween menu for the month of October too. One that focuses on meat and veggies and yet manages to come across as both Fall and Halloween creepy. I like creepy. There was facebook photo of black foods a few days back that looked wonderful. There are so many black fruits and veggie and stuff that people don’t always thing of but were not weird and strange exotic foods.

I am clearly far too eager to get started on this project. I also have to pick up my two Halloween stitch pattern books after work tomorrow. I can’t wait.

The Life of a Madwoman.

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Food, Life, Movies and Theatre, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by urbannight

I must be mad because this doesn’t feel sane.  I’ve got a Tardis project going.  Friends are suggesting I do some Daleks a scarf like garland and make it all ornaments for a Doctor Who themed Christmas tree. 

I’m working on designing a wedding sampler for some friends who are getting married in December.   I have to finish designing it and start working on it if I want it to get done in time.  I’m starting to cut it too close.  I’m starting to chang Keep It Simple Stoopid to myself.  Sure, I’m aware of the misspelling there.  I don’t think it good to call yourself ‘stupid’ so I’m splitting hairs and changing the spelling instead.  That has to be another indicator of my insanity.

I have three sessions of dogstitting this month and I took a trip to see my grandmother.  My cats are going bonkers and last night, the first night home after 4 nights away, one kept stomping me all – night – long……   I guess he needed to make sure I was really there.  At one point I put him out of the room.  I then kept dreaming people were repeating things to me over and over and over.  I think it was because the cat sat outside my door and yowled, over and over and over, for nearly an hour.  I let him back in.  Then the whole trampling me thing resumed.  I eventually got up and slept on the couch.  He can’t trample me there.  He goes back and forth walking across my head and neck.  On a couch, there is no room.  All the can do is lay on me.  At least he then sits still and I can finally fall asleep.  I have one more weekend gone.  They are going to go nuts next weekend.

At least the dog sitting slows down then.  But I am also trying to work in more time on writing.  I kinda stopped for the most part last November when our office moved.  It was something I did during the down time that used to crop up for short periods during the day.  It was a way to keep busy and look like I was working.  Now I’m taking some of the time from when I would normally be keeping up with the blogs I read.  So I may get behind on some people because I’ve got a fairly large number of people I really love reading. 

Not to mention that I REALLY have to find time to lose the weight I gained the last two years.  I was put on a blood pressure medication that had a bad side effect.  I developed an insanely violent cough and it took forever for them to figure out it was my blood pressure prescription.  In that time, it got so bad that any effort, including the walk up to my apartment, triggered coughing fits.  I had to stop working out at the fitness center because people gave me nasty looks for going to the gym with a nasty cough.  Then I had to stop working out because I couldn’t do much before I started coughing myself sick.  Literally.  By the time they identified it, changed the scrip, and my system normalized again, I had gained 35 lbs, have foot and joint problems, and a 30 minute walk will nearly cripple me for the next three days.   But I have to get started and do something because most of my problems will clear up if I lose the weight.

And I promised my roommate I would make my lasagna.  But tonight is the only night this week where our schedules line up and I can make it.  Only I’m ready to crash.    I didn’t get anything done last night because dealing with server transfer issues took 3 hours last night on SWTOR and I had to deal w/ Blizzard as well because someone hacked my Battlenet account and changed my passwords.  I’ve taken a break from WoW to play SWTOR but I still don’t want my ‘toons robbed while I’m away.

I have two gift scarves in progress, one blanket in progress, and I was going to make fancy smancy dishrags out of sock yarn for christmas presents. 

My brain hurts and I have a mountain of clean laundry that needs to be sorted.  My cats used it as a bed while I was dog sitting and some of it needs to be rewashed.  I also have an end table of books still waiting to be read, a pile of borrowed movies to watch, a huge queue of Korean films on Netflix that I have not watched because I never sit down long enough to read a movie.  I keep trying to multitask instead. 

All of this excludes a project I was trying to work on for work.  Maybe there is a reason I’m so tired all the time.  There simply isn’t enough time in a week to work on stuff.  So clearly I MUST be insane.

Death by Cat

Posted in Apartments, Entertainment, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by urbannight

I attempted death by cat today.  It isn’t fun.

This is when you are in a rush and are heading for your shoes, so you can leave for work, and step over a cat laying near your destination.  The cat becomes convinced you are going to step ON him rather than over him.  He jumps up, hitting your foot, causing you to lose your balance.  Instead of landing on the open space, your foot comes down on the shoe you were after.  This causes you to completely topple over and fall on your back.

You realize you twisted your ankle and you don’t like the signals your back muscles and things are sending to your brain.  Grabbing some ice for the ankle and another for the back, you discover that there is no comfortable position to lay or sit in other than the recliner.  But it doesn’t work so well for keeping the ankle above heart level.

After a day of ice, I mostly kept swelling down to a minimum.  Both ankles hurt and seem swollen as my slip-on’s are too tight.  I can see some swelling but no obvious bruising.  I thought it started to bruise but realized it was  actually a blue vein under my cold skin.  My wrist hurts in a rather strange fashion.  I think it was from catching some of my weight when I fell.  My knee hurts as well.  I think it got slightly wrenched.

At first, the cat hid from the monster attempting to fall on it.  But then he kept trying to make nice.  I’m dreading the walk down the steps to my car so I can run pay rent.  The walk up the step will probably be worse.

The Frustration of Forgetfulness.

Posted in Life, Uncategorized, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by urbannight

You have a good topic idea at work and the phone rings before you can write it down.  You record the call data, grab your thoughts notebook that sits beside your work notebook, and you have totally forgotten the topic.

You are driving home and thinking about the blog you want to write when you get there.  In fact, you manage compose the entire thing in your head.  You even rework it a bit.  Then someone nearly causes an accident in front of you and you get home, fuming about the stupid drivers, and realize you remember nothing about the amazing blog you just mentally wrote.

You sit down and write out a line or two of a new blog when the cat leaps onto your desk and misses.  This results in the falling cat plunging claws into your leg, arm, chest or whichever part of your body is handy in order to stop the fall.  (I have a glass topped desk that tends to cause more than a few falls for the cats)  After you scream bloody murder, terrify the cats and probably the neighbors, get up and clean the wounds, cover them with New Skin, scream again from the brief but intense stinging of the product, you then try to get back to what you were writing.  You look at your first one or two lines and have no idea where you were going with them. 

Or maybe I just have a piss poor memory because I crammed it to full of books I’ve read, shows I’ve watched, and strange, random, but utterly useless facts that just seem to stick to the brain like they were attached with gorilla glue.