Sunday, January 23, 2011

I'm such a slacker

I promised photos. And I fully intended to take some. But, in the best tradition of things, other things took over.

It started when my daughter rescued a couple of kittens. We decided to keep one and took the other to the SPCA. Then we decided we should get a second kitten after all, as a playmate for the first, since our existing cats are 8 and 14 and unlikely to ever want to be friendly toward a new kitten. This will sound awful, but we didn't want the brother we took to the SPCA. I think he will make a lovely kitten for a single-cat household, but while he had his brother to play with he showed no inclination to bond with us at all.

We saw some half-Burmese advertised "Free to good home". Wow. Our 8 year old cat is half-Burmese and was free to a good home and she is the most amazing cat I have ever known. The circular was a week old, so I didn't for one minute expect there to be any left, but I called the number and discovered they still had 3 females left - two silver tabbies and a black. We went to have a look and were able to watch them in their home environment, see the beautiful Burmese mother, and interact with them, and brought home the little black one - mainly because she reminded us so much of our beautiful Tasha at that age.

She wanted nothing to do with the little male kitten for a couple of days, but now they play all day when they are not doing the kitten thing and sleeping. We named the little boy Diego (he is the biggest and close to 4 months old) and the little girl Delphi (they told us she is 10 weeks old, but I suspect she's probably closer to 6-8 weeks, hmmmm!). I haven't been able to get a good shot of them playing because they are like mini-tornadoes and they come out like little black blurs.
Delphi (left) and Diego sharing a bowl of meat
Delphi in her favourite place (my lap!) and Otter. Note the fact I have had to throw makeshift covers over my recliner while the kittens go through their nuttiness? Now it resembles a big Viking-esque seat covered with hides lol (at least to my imagination)

This is the new sitting area, but unfortunately only after I threw single white bedspreads over the couches to protect them from the kittens.

The kitchen is behind the partition behind the couch - with my big corner pantry (love!)

Don't you just love the washing through the window? Sorry about that, but it's been raining here for days now, and at least it's out the way.

This afternoon Tasha came in bleeding profusely and we discovered she has a nasty cut behind her pad on her right rear paw. We took her to the vet and she was for surgery to get it cleaned out and stitched. Unfortunately, she has to stay the night there since it happened not long before they closed. We will pick her up in the morning.

Never a dull moment. Seriously.

Added 26 May: we bumped into the husband of the couple we got our little Delphi from. Sadly 3 weeks after we got her, her mother was killed on the road. She was still very young, less than a year old.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sooo tired I could sleep for a month

....but I am loving our new rented home.

It has:

two storeys, with a toilet/shower room on each floor - one with a wet floor shower;

two very large bedrooms upstairs and an third very reasonable sized one downstairs;

open -plan living/kitchen which I am loving because I feel connected with what is happening outside the kitchen area while I am preparing meals etc;

A PANTRY!!! (which may seem silly to be so excited over but my provisions were split between the few cupboards in my tiny old kitchen and a large hutch dresser in my hallway in the old house);

a wooden deck with both shade and sun to sit in (I could never sit outside before because there was no shade!).

Ranch slider doors looking out onto the garden.

The palette is neutral!

Oh, I could go on and on.

However, I will restrain myself to pootling around tomorrow and taking some photographs instead for you.

Stay tuned :-)