By Emerald63 on Sep 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM
It's settled down a tiny bit here. Meara, the one that was already an "I want to be an only cat" proponent, is still trying to "teach" him "manners" (aka Stay.The.Hell.Away.From.Me!), but there's a skoche less hissing from the others. They all still break into bouts of chasing the hell out of each other (not quite the friendly fun chases between litter mates Aurelia and Amara). We're still waiting to see if it gets any more civilized. Luckily, we do have a couple of potential good homes available and we've found the county to the north of us has a no-kill shelter. *Always* good to know one's in the area. ++ Actually, it's been my experience that girl cats are a lot calmer than boy cats. Also, they don't go around spraying (which males have done even after being neutered). The litter box never smells as bad either. ++ So far Mark is calling him Lucky. But I'd like to find another name, as saying Lucky rankles when I think how unlucky our others are thinking of themselves since his arrival. The words "pecan sandy" keep going through my head when I look at him - he's a very light yellow tabby. But Sandy is too much like a girl's name and I don't want him to get a complex about it. We'll see what we can come up with. I'll let you know. BTW, the funniest name I ever heard for a teeny-tiny baby black kitten was... **NEMESIS**!!! (Asterisks and exclamation points are in lieu of italics and bold, which I don't think we can do here.) I also say it in a teeny-tiny little voice, which cracks up Mark. But "Waffles" is good too, more cute than funny, but they're both good. :D
By Emerald63 on Sep 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM
Ooooh! Cool!! I was almost a Beltaine (May Day) baby myself but, true to being my father's daughter, I was 12-1/2 hours late, lol. If he keeps asking about the Harz Mountains, pestering you to take him there, tell him that's where fleas come from and that's why flea powder and collars are called Harz. OK, Hartz (brand), but he's a cat - what does he know? We have a new addition, too, it seems. He wondered into my husband's work place Friday night, where big machines and coolant tanks are bad news for kittehs. He came home with Mark and he'll *probably* stay. Mark's already very attached, but our 4 girls are *not* happy about it. Stand by for updates.
By Emerald63 on Jul 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM
So is his name actually Waffles? Awful cute if it is! I'd never had kittens before 2000, when we brought home 2 after the second of our first 2 cats died. I was horrified to find them trying to get behind our stove, which has a natural gas connection. People say child-proofing a home is tough, but I say it pales in comparison to kitten-proofing one. As you noted, the little buggers can climb and, given a few months, can jump, too. The 2 from 2000 are also now gone, but 2 other tiny strays we took in before that were too small to leave at home with the big cats over their first Thanksgiving. We took them with us to my in-laws' and had a little adventure with them there... Mom-in-law is not big on house pets, so they spent a lot of time in the laundry room. But we did bring them out occasionally, especially after she went to bed, hehe. One night we realized after a while that it was awfully quiet (emphasis on awful). We started looking around and couldn't find them *anywhere*. We'd gotten to the point of wondering if there was a loose vent cover under some piece of furniture and they'd gotten to where we couldn't get them back. While checking under furniture we *finally* found them, although thankfully they were *not* in the duct work. They'd managed to crawl under one of the recliner ends of the sofa and were curled up in a single ball just snoozing away. Would've been easier if we could've called to them, but the in-laws were asleep. At least all we had to do was put up the footrest on that end, rather than have to move the whole sofa. Of course the little sweeties woke up, slowly and cutely, and just looked at us like "Mom, Dad... we wuz sleepin', durn it!" LOL! :D
By Emerald63 on Jul 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM
Hiya 'Brain. How's your little waffle spider doing? He have a name yet? And just how much mischief has he gotten up to? I happened to see (and fave!) this a couple of days ago: http://cheezburger.com/8254616576. Had me almost laughing out of my chair. :D
By Emerald63 on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM
'Kay, I get the Waffle part, but... Spider? I hope you got that sticky off his paws *before* he started patting at your beard, lol! Does he have any blacker-than-black stripes in his fur? I've had 4 black cats, 2 of them as kittens. The short-haired kitten had definite stripes in there, looking sort of like the spots you can usually see on a black panther. Only on panthers they don't disappear with age. I wonder what the deal is with kittens then? Oh, forgot to ask... if you do call him Waffle, do you think he'll develop little square compartments all over? Hehehe....
By Emerald63 on Jun 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM
Congrachamalayshunz on teh noo bebe kitteh!!! I lubz black kittehs, dey iz SO purrty! Duz he habz a name yet? ++ Sorry to hear ICHC has been so slow to load. I've noticed that a bit myself, but we have really good cable internet and a Mac desktop so we're spared a lot of problems other folks have. It's kind of helpful now that things on the animal pages are so much slower than they used to be (LOLwise), but it also sucks. I want the ICHC heydays back! I hate to say it, but some days even my DB is slow. I suppose I ought to update my friends list. I have a ton of requests pending and lots of cheezfrends who just aren't around any more. Maybe then my DB would pick up. It's not bad now, just that some days are slow while others definitely are not. ++ Best ub luk wif gettin teh noo black kitteh intygrated. I ben watchin showz 'bouts teh Cibil Rites moovmint an I noze intygrashun iz hard, aifinkso. :D
By Emerald63 on Apr 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM
Yes, I know exactly what you mean. No one seems confused when you have horrible flu and just can't manage to keep yourself upright, but that's not the case with depression. It is still seen way too much as something the person can manage to get themselves out of... if they'll "only just try." Right... like "trying" not to be diabetic or epileptic. NOT. Ditto your Prozac experience but for Zoloft. There are supposed to be additional meds that can fill in what the others can't quite reach. Have you considered trying one of them? Or maybe moving to a blizzard-free zone, lol? We've finally hit some lovely weather here. Mid to upper 70s all this coming week! Supposed to have a chance of thunderstorms, which would be a *good* thing. I hope you'll be getting some sun soon, too. :)
By Emerald63 on Apr 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM
I'm so sorry to hear things have been rough lately. I've battled depression on and off for half my life, but there's no way I would have made it through if I hadn't had the proper meds. Did you know most states have county mental health facilities that charge on a sliding scale, meaning they charge only what you can afford? That, and the low cost prescription deals some pharmacies have are - literally - lifesavers. Even if it's not a route you want to take, please make sure to establish and keep in touch with supportive friends and family. They are absolutely essential. Of course, being Daddy to furbabies, you already know this. Please feel free to message me whenever you need someone to talk to. ++ Yeah, the weather isn't helping anyone's state of mind this year, is it? I even made a LOL about it just today: http://cheezburger.com/8145053440. You know it's not just the bad weather, it's like you say - the unpredictability. I enjoy only some of the moderately ambitious roller coasters and I certainly don't like the daredevil nature of the weather version. Blah! ++ RE your motorcycle... have you looked online for enthusiast chat groups? No doubt someone at one of them can help you out and honestly at that, because they have no monetary interest in the outcome. What really stinks is that it only used to be a few companies that were all about money. But when they started doing so well that they put the little guys out of business, the medium sized guys had to get nasty too to keep from ending up the same as the little ones. Rampant Capitalism - the endemic contagious disease no one talks about... ++ I've heard Montana is gorgeous. There's just the one little problem, the one you yourself mentioned - blizzards. Compared to Montana they're pretty rare down here. Sure, tornadoes are bad news, but they follow a pretty narrow path most of the time so the odds of getting hit are relatively low compared to blizzards... or hurricanes... or earthquakes... or landslides... etc, etc, etc. And if you don't get hit the emergency need to react is over in minutes or, on really stormy days, in hours. Days long weather hassles? No thanks! LOL!! ++ Like I said... message me whenever you need to talk, 'kay? And bless you for helping your neighbor's widow. (((Hugs)))
By Emerald63 on Apr 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Ohai, AtomicBrain! Just saw something you faved on my DB. Great to see you! What you been up to? Is winter about over where you are? We're finally getting there in central Kansas, though we still might have a strong frost this weekend. I'd love to hear from you! :D
By mariska0130 on Feb 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM
WOW, Sounds like a beautiful place to live! I'm in Sydney, lol, not that much of nature surrounds us here, just lots of buildings! The weather has been kind to the sydney ppl, but Victoria is suffering from bushfires, atm, so hoping that ends soon. Victoria and South Australia were the 2 states that sweltered in the heat, this summer. NSW was spared this year, so I'm glad of that, but we do have another 2 1/2 weeks of summer left, so that could all change!
By mariska0130 on Feb 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM
Hi new cheez friend! Thanks for accepting my friend request, I love your lolz, and your profile. lol, everything you say is a lie! it is the internet, I don't think anyone will truly know what ppl are really thinking ;) hope you have a great day/night whatever part of the world you are in :)
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