Cats

Jun. 1st, 2011 09:50 pm
tephra: (kitty squid)
I was in the living room talking with [livejournal.com profile] hafoc and I look over toward the hall and see Shadow trotting along, tail in the air in that posture that signifies "pleased with myself", and a toy in her mouth.

I focused on her mouth, because that shape wasn't any toy I was familiar with, and she was so pleased I wondered if she had silently caught a live mouse or something.

The something was pale pink and yellow and had long silvery sticks poking out of it. In fact it looked a lot like this:

Candy Floss Bolero

Which is what I had left on my desk in the middle of a row to go see what Hafoc was chuckling at.

Shadow, ever courteous, let me have it, and followed me as I quickly collected the yards of sewing thread that had rolled off the spools behind her. The majority of the "damage" was the tangle I made collecting the thread. And the wet ends left from my cast on, ew.

I sat at the dining room table to untangle things and rewind spools. Since I was there, I finished the row, and just as I set the knitting down Shadow walks up and looks at me, all big eyes and dark floofy face and trills.

"Hi! I'm cute and floofy and soft and cuddly and purr-y... and I just stole your knitting and you still love me."

Cats

Jun. 1st, 2011 09:50 pm
tephra: (kitty squid)
I was in the living room talking with [personal profile] hafoc and I look over toward the hall and see Shadow trotting along, tail in the air in that posture that signifies "pleased with myself", and a toy in her mouth.

I focused on her mouth, because that shape wasn't any toy I was familiar with, and she was so pleased I wondered if she had silently caught a live mouse or something.

The something was pale pink and yellow and had long silvery sticks poking out of it. In fact it looked a lot like this:

Candy Floss Bolero

Which is what I had left on my desk in the middle of a row to go see what Hafoc was chuckling at.

Shadow, ever courteous, let me have it, and followed me as I quickly collected the yards of sewing thread that had rolled off the spools behind her. The majority of the "damage" was the tangle I made collecting the thread. And the wet ends left from my cast on, ew.

I sat at the dining room table to untangle things and rewind spools. Since I was there, I finished the row, and just as I set the knitting down Shadow walks up and looks at me, all big eyes and dark floofy face and trills.

"Hi! I'm cute and floofy and soft and cuddly and purr-y... and I just stole your knitting and you still love me."

I'm home!

Sep. 9th, 2008 09:53 am
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And I've slept so I can post. :)

The cats got FAT while I was gone. I know they tend to overeat when I'm gone but, wow, they are pudgy. :D They'll lose it in short order if the pattern holds. I think they boredom eat (or maybe comfort eat) when I'm not around.

I'll be writing up a knitted hat pattern soon and I think I'll put it up for sale. I need to set a price though, I suck at that. Time to research what knitted hat patterns tend to sell for.

By the way, anyone on my friends list have a noggin that measures 20" around? I've test knit the 22 and 24" sizes but I don't have a convenient 20" skull to try the small size on. I'll post a photo of some of the hats I knit later and if you have a 20" head and think you'd wear one we can talk. :)

More knitting related updates to come later.

Now to get to the unpacking and assorted post-trip chores.
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Penny was pouncing the heck out of the screen (OMFG cat, STOP THAT!) so I went to tell her to knock it off and possibly close the door.

Well it turns out there was more than a chipmunk or a bird to pounce at today....

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Only he was practically nose to nose with her alternating sniffing and backing away from her pounces.

I shut the door and got my camera. Apparently the lack of cat and house smells killed the fun because that's the only shot I managed to get of him before he wandered out of range.
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Patches, the cat that likes coffee, also likes beer. We've been aware that she's intrigued by it for some time, we found her sniffing the necks of empty bottles and giving them a lick or two, but tonight I have proof it's not just a casual "oh, this smells different" thing.

I was finishing off my beer and Patches strolled over and sat down next to the bottle.

*sniff*

She looked at the bottle.

*sniffsniff* Her nose was practically on the bottle.

So I swiped the bottle and finished it off then set the bottle back down.

*SNIFF!*

Her tongue was on the lip of the bottle and then as far into the bottle as she could reach.

The bottle has a very well polished lip now, inside and out.

Good thing I don't drink from a pint glass, it would probably have cat fur in it.
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So I'm doing laundry and decide that I might as well include the pair of jeans that I had tossed on the bed earlier. Imagine my surprise when I grabbed the jeans only to discover a cat sleeping in them.

Ah, Shadow-kitty, you are the Things in Things cat aren't you?
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While Penny and Patches flee to remote parts of the house and under beds when the Cat Eating Machine (the vacuum cleaner) comes out of its lair, Shadow has her own strategy.

I have a bunch of plushies, ranging from a three foot long snow leopard down to beanie babies, on the cedar chest in the corner of my bedroom. When [livejournal.com profile] hafoc started vacuuming today Shadow weaseled (traveling low to the floor) in, not really at a run but still quickly, hopped up on the bed, over the foot board, over the lion plushie (which is about her size) and into the gap behind it. The gap she keeps making by shoving the other plushies off the chest. Once there she curls up and sits still, staring out of the pile and toward the door.

She plays plushie.
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Sometimes the universe hates me.

I had one of those vaguely Victorian lamps by my bed, the sort with the marbleized glass shade and the beaded fringe. It sat on the corner of my desk, which is under a window. An open window with a very narrow (basically non-existent) sill. Something a bit too narrow for a cat to safely bug hunt in.

Yes, the cat knocked over the lamp, not for the first time. Unfortunately it was the first, and last, time it fell off toward the right. Falling to the right allowed the shade to hit the edge of the desk and break, any other direction and the base of the lamp would hit something else (which it what saved the lamp previously, I had time to catch it or it braced against something and stopped falling).

The most annoying thing? I was going to go out tomorrow and get some brackets to mount a large shelf under the window, one that would have made it impossible for the cat to fall out of the window.

The lamp was a gift too.

I'm going to go cry a bit now.
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I got home around midnight last night. Visits to the folks always run long for some reason.

The "kittens" (now a year old) have gone from fuzzballs to furry butterballs in the 20 days I was gone.

I had not intended to be offline for my entire trip. I've mostly finished catching up my email (over 500 messages, which once again makes me wonder how I managed to deal with over 1500 messages a day back when I was really active online) but I expect LJ will take me a bit longer.

One side effect of being offline far longer than I planned is that I missed some of my webcomics that don't have open archives. If anyone saved Digger page 214 I'd love to see it ([livejournal.com profile] hafoc managed to save the others for me so I didn't miss as much as I might have). Likewise with Eversummer Eve, page 30 of chapter 9 (which apparently is a settings/character change page and has left me going "who are these people").

[livejournal.com profile] toshirodragon should expect me to beg for things of interest I have missed on [livejournal.com profile] yaoi_daily, but not until after I get a bit more caught up. I'm grabbing the episodes of Tsubasa Chronicle that I missed right now. BitTorrent is geek crack.

So why did a geek like me end up offline for so long? Well it started out with the unpleasant discovery that my laptop upgrade from SuSE 7.2 to 9.1 apparently lost the ability to use my PCMCIA modem card. Since we don't have dialup anymore it never occurred to me to try setting up the modem after the upgrade, the ethernet card worked so I was all set for home use. Kdialer has been replaced with kInternet which is never less user friendly as well.

No problem, I'd just use my brother's PC.

Which he had just had upgraded, more RAM, new case fan, clean install of Windows ME... I think you see where this is going. I'll skip the rant on baby Gateway boxen and WinME and jump right to the fact that it could indeed connect to the ISP, it just couldn't manage to handle DNS resolution, even with several DNS servers to choose from. I spent many hours with tech support (something I view as a failing of my geek training) to come to the conclusion it had to be something wonky with Windows. Now if I could have hunted up the IPs of anything useful I might have been able to make do, but I generally don't keep things like the IP of my mail server (which is privately owned and I think uses a dynamic address anyway), LJ servers, or any other server I frequent in my head. The only way I knew that the connection was working at all was with ipconfig and the fact that I do have the IP of my old college server memorized. Good thing MHC has kept that old server around (or at least maintained a server with that IP address). Bad thing that I couldn't telnet to it from that windows box. They've probably switched to SSH, which WinME definitely doesn't have, and was lost on my brother's machine when the guy that worked on it only saved the stuff in "My Documents" as a backup.

I really need to pick up a cheap USB drive key ring or something. A floppy would have more than enough space for puTTY and pscp. Though that wouldn't have helped much with the DNS issue, but at least I would have had more tools at hand.
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Dammit. I need to get to sleep so I can get up at Oh God o' Clock in the morning for my drive to Philadelphia (whee, a twelve hour drive) and I can't find one of the cats. She's probably just under my bed or something but I did have the Mystery Room (the one full of boxes and neat smelling stuff, but also the lair of the Cat Eating Machine) open earlier and she might have braved the CEM to explore. I've checked that room twice, but until the cat is at the door or on top of stuff that means diddly squat.

10pm update: Found her. Under my bed. Most of the space is taken up by banker's boxes full of books and a rather large bin of sweaters but there's a space in the back over the heat vent. It makes a good den apparently. Of course my looking for Patches has her sister worked up into a high speed frenzy so she's practically bouncing off the walls in here now. It could just be Shadow's normal Nightly High Speed Obstacle Course Run though.

I know as soon as I actually get them out of my room and shut the door to sleep that Patches is going to wail like one of the Damned. She was doing that this morning about an hour after [livejournal.com profile] hafoc left. The food is in The Humans are Going Away configuration and she is Not Happy about it.
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Shadow, the Things In Things cat, caught a mouse. I heard squeaking and went to go see if I could rescue the stupid thing and there was Shadow (aka: Dark Floof) with a mouse hanging from her mouth by the tail, frantically trying to find something to put the mouse in. She dropped it and it took off and hid in the cables from [personal profile] hafoc's PC, so she's probably going to unplug something tonight. It's not like I can lock her out of the room with the PC and she's not going to give up looking for that mouse for a while.

Not that I want mice dead or anything (partly because I don't want dead mice in my shoes or bed) but it would be simpler (and quieter) if Shadow would figure out how to kill the things.
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A bunch of quizzes, nothing that interesting. )
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The cats like filtered drinking water. Or at least the 'kittens' do. They always try to get into my huge glass mug anyway. Well today Shadow took advantage of my sickness inspired nap and drank from my water glass. Seriously drank, chin in the water and a furious lapping. While standing on the "scan" button of the scanner. She eventually went off to play and I figured I'd dump the water when I got up. Not too terribly long after making that considered decision she came back, stood on the scanner (and the scan button) and once again drank like a dehydrated camel. I caved in and dumped the remaining water into a plastic container and left it out for them (I later saw Patches drinking from that) and cleaned and refilled their usual water container (with the usual cold tap water) figuring she was drinking so much from my glass since her water was rather scummy looking and nearly empty. Nope, cold filtered water is infinitely better than cold tap water in her opinion, since when I finally washed and refilled my own glass several hours later both kittens wanted it, their container of filtered water was warm after all.

And I eventually had to reboot my PC because there was a scanner dialog that refused to go away. Apparently having a cat on the scan button for several minutes just locked up everything associated with the scanner and a few dozen clicks on "cancel" was getting me nowhere.

So, Shadow drank my water from my giant glass mug and crashed my PC. Teach her how to draw and she could fill in for me on sick days.

And, I must finally admit, I am sick. In the terribly not-fun way. I've been fighting it since we got back from FC but it's hitting with a vengeance now. My ears itch and hurt and my throat itches and hurts and I'm mildly congested with sinus pressure. Being one of the few people of my generation with tonsils I get a bit nervous about sore throats and ears, especially with no insurance and no money. Wish me luck as I tough this out.

My muse of writing is on vacation so no Rabbit Hole entry. My drawing muse is taking a break, probably waiting for me to catch up. I do have a couple inked pieces to scan and color, but for now I think I'll get some ice cream and then trick the kittens into playing in the living room so I can close them out of the bedroom.
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God damned cats!

I could deal with the sneezing into my water, but I had just finished inking an image with my new fountain pen when Shadow stepped on it. With wet paws. Fountain pen. NOT my usual waterproof ink.

I'm hoping to save it with some digital cleanup but I may have to ink the whole thing over.
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We put flea goop on the cats yesterday.

We have baby powder scented kittens.
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This morning Patches attempted to pierce my lip (she went after Shadow's tail, which was hitting me in the face since she was on my shoulder at the time) and about an hour ago Shadow tried piercing my eyebrow. I can forgive Patches easier than Shadow, even if the lip still hurts and the eye doesn't. (Especially since Shadow just woke up and raked my other eye going for my glasses again.) That kitten is eroding all my gooey feelings for kittens in a hurry. She's already mauled the right lens of my glasses so I'll be forced to replace my glasses sooner than I would have otherwise and the amount of pain she's inflicting (mostly to my face) is really making me irritable. My face may not be much to look at but I rather like it without the scratches and the welts from the scratches.

And I'm rather moody today to start with so getting beat up by kittens isn't making me cheerful. I've got to find another box of tissues for this room.
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I must correct [profile] Shadow is JUST as persistent as Patches. I'm going to have to take up wearing a denim jacket while working on the PC just to keep skin on my right shoulder blade. I am apparently the highway between my bed and the assorted Fascinating Stuff on my desk. And the Ultra Interesting Light Box with Moving Bits (that would be the monitor to those that can't think Kitten). And of course where (ARGH! Goddammit Shadow, knock it off!) (Get your fluffy ass off my keyboard too!) Shadow is Patches must be also. Well at least Shadow isn't sitting in front of the monitor watching text appear (like she was for the last couple lines). Of course both of them are prowling around now, about time to toss them off again. *SIGH*
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One kitten seems bent on hurting me (pouncing earrings with her claws out, trying to grab my nostril jewelry with her claws out, that sort of thing) and mauling my glasses, the other is apparently allergic to me (which I suppose is only fair, I'm allergic to her too, but she snuffles and sneezes so pitifully). Every scratch itches and burns and my eyes feel gritty.

I must clean in order to unpack.

There are rose hips that will need to be harvested soon if I'm not going to let them go to waste.

I'm still exhausted from the drive, I must be getting old.

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