By Emerald63 on Oct 24, 2015 at 10:38 AM
Brain! Great to hear from you!! I wish things weren't going badly for you, though. :( And hey, it's never a bore to sympathize with a friend when the chips are down. So you go ahead and share if you feel the need, OK? ++ My brother-in-law has recovered to what seems like a remarkable degree from the stroke he had on Aug 31, though he finally came home only this past Thursday. ++ Strangely, I can't recall what else may have been going on up till a couple weeks ago. My head's still crowded with the details of a two week trip we just returned from. I do recall discussing the woes of a couple of IRL friends a while back - one who had back surgery earlier in the summer and one who had a bit of a harrowing sail around Florida. Both are fine now, so no worries there. Just concern for you, my friend. ++ I'm looking forward to Halloween (aka Samhain), too, as it's the most sacred holiday of the Western European Pagan year (as well as being a heck of a lot of fun) and also to taking a gander at all those new LOLs you made. ++ It's good to see you back! Keep in mind that a few chuckles every day can help make many of life's difficult times easier to bear, 'kay?
By mamawalker on Oct 22, 2015 at 1:42 PM
Thank you for the hugs. It is so good to hear from you. I am slowly adjusting to this new existence. The okay days are finally out numbering the dark days, at least. Sry for your trials, my friend. Stay well and stay strong. We Montanans are supposed to be tough, after all. All my best to you and your family. (PS....Thank God for cats!) Much love, mamadubya, Six and Magic
By Emerald63 on Feb 15, 2015 at 4:13 PM
Hey, good to hear from you AB. Sadly, I don't need to imagine what your wife is going through. I lost both my folks within 7 weeks of each other. But it'll be 8 years since then, starting 3/10. It's not easy, ever, but it does get easier. Please give her my condolences. ++ Good to hear about Waffle. I see my last message of any length to you was back when we had a new addition of our own. We finally settled on the name Joonyer. That's a phonetic variation of Junior meant to capture Sean Connery's brogue in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." He plays Indy's dad and keeps referring to Indy as "Junior." Eventually their Arab friend Sulla asks "What is this 'Junior'?" Dad answers, "That's his name, Henry Jones Junior!" Indy mutters, "My name is Indiana." Dad replies, "We named the *dog* Indiana." Sully explodes in mirthful disbelief, saying "The *dog*? You are named after the DOG?!" Not just funny, but funnier as dogs aren't particularly well thought of as pets in Arabic and/or Muslim culture (not sure which). So, Joonyer... He's still "playing" aggressively, has to be atop every piece of furniture he can manage, and can't leave anything alone. Sigh. He's broken one tall, handled glass drinking vessel with my college alma mater mascot on it, which went into sand-grain sized pieces when it hit the floor. He's also chewed through numerous items and helped himself to any bit of human food that isn't securely covered or locked away every second we're not holding it. He's not all bad, mind you, but OMG he's a handful. He's also HUGE, which means strong, although I've managed to successfully clip all his claws on 4-5 occasions. At least when he sleeps he sleeps *hard* - it can take quite a bit of serious nudging and calling his name to bring him around. But whatcha gonna do? The other offer we had back in the day dried up by our standards when we found out the guy is pretty much a jerk. So Joonyer's here to stay. Unless... Waffle might like to ask him over for an extended play date? We could bring him up then take a look around Montana. We could visit for a while then head out to visit Mamawalker, my other Montana cheezfriend. I'd be willing to do allllll that just so our sweet boy could have a nice loooong play date. 'Kay? :P
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....
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