The vet came for the cat's yearly check-up and needle pokery. They were pronounced healthy, charming and beautiful. They were admired and accepted this admiration as is their due.
Ash Impsdotter has grown significantly. Nine pounds last year and thirteen this. She is still skinny with big feet so I don't know what this means for her final size. Fiona gained a pound and a half. Neither will rival Andromeda at twenty-two pounds of mostly fur however.
I switched to Dr. Lisa who does house calls because it is easier. The cats seem to like this person who comes to visit and sits on the floor and plays with them, especially Ash. Dr. Lisa says she sees mostly cats who hide and likes the out going nature of my two. I, of course, had nothing really to do with this - they are simply typical of the breed.
Since I am up this early I figured I'd get some work done. Went into the computer room and found that the cats (or possibly one brown tabby cat) had knocked over my sewing machine. How exactly she did this I don't know. I takes talent for this sort of thing. This is I believe the same talent that allowed her to knock me off my feet earlier in the year.
I am in bed reading with Ash asleep next to me. Fiona jumps on the bed and sits. She then rearranges herself and presents her head to Ash so that washing might commence. Ash declines the honor & Fiona flops on to Ash's head. Ash objects and chomps on Fi. A tussle ensues which quickly resolves itself. The are both sleeping and occupying more than half the bed. Cats!!!!!
I heard from her breeders and they sent a picture of her mom with a new litter. Ash was the only survivor of her litter so this is sweet. There is even a brown tabby & white van baby. I didn't realize that Ash's mom looks so much like Fiona.
ETA: Mom's pattern is the same as my very first cat (as an adult -really my own) named Gimli.
Today a much smaller fly was buzzing around with two cats in hot pursuit. The destroyed my bedroom and kitchen before the fly was dispatched. They are much more adept when it is just one of them. I think they kept getting in each others way.
After the almost brought down the shade.
Ash finally dispatching the damned thing. Knocking things every which way and one poor plant landed in the sink.
The front yard is mostly daffodils but the back exhibits a bit of variety at the moment.
The overall look of the far back with buds everywhere.
Closer to the house.
While I had the camera out Ash deigned to pose for me. Fi was nowhere in sight.
So here is the new bowl with the old one for scale.
Ash tried to spin it - FAIL. She tried to tip it - FAIL. But the splashing part she got right into. Please note the bowl started out full to the rim and ended with a tiny bit in the bottom.
What I got was a cat wading pool. There is still a little water because Fi went over and got a drink after Ash left.
This will be a short week at school which makes me soooooooooo!!! happy. Food porn later in the week as I make things for the feast. As usual I cook the turkey and make gravy. All else will arrive with guests.
I'm going to stop typing now but when I move I am going to disturb Fi. Fi is currently sleeping on my feet or more correctly sleeping wrapped around one foot.
Talked with my sister and it is still is a mess in New Jersey but at least they got to sleep in a heated house last night. That is much better than sleeping bags in front of the fire.
Ash spent most of the day watching the world from my cellar windows. The rec room has book shelves that go from floor to just under the windows so it is a perfect kitty perch. The top of the shelves accessible from huge floor to ceiling cat tree made with actual trees. Friday, my yard guy weed whacked all the perennials down so she has a great view of the yard. Way too many tree rats were bouncing around the yard all day, but she was happy. Fi spent most of the day sleeping. First on the living room cat tree and then later on the head of the bed. This pose does not look comfortable.
I will try to get more pictures of Ash but she demonstrates her kitten-ness by never sitting still. I believe she ordered the inviso-springs while I wasn't looking. Boing, boing, boing ...
The cat saga continues and all for the good. Birds are stripping the last of the rowan berries in the back. Hence the need to actually share a window seat. It went well as evidenced here.
Birds in the front yard are eating the pretty purple berries of the Callicarpa bodinieri. The curtains in the front are just small cafe sheers on tension rods. Needless to say the curtains have been on the floor more than on the windows. Even though she is a kitten Ash weighs nine pounds and standing on top of a curtain rod has the usual gravitational effect.
Had requisite Friday meeting and now I should be grading stuff but I really just want to go home. Maybe I'll carry stuff home, ignore it while feeling guilty and then bring it back all ungraded on Monday. Or maybe I just leave it her at school. Why did I tell students that I would get things back within one week?
Continuing saga of new cats. Monday I left them staring at each other from 20 feet. Yesterday the stare was at 6 feet. Today this. The green bag is a hard-ish plastic which makes great crunchy noises when poked. Fi continues to say bad things to the kitten however.
Fi is not impressed. She continues to say very bad things to Ash. She is not doing anything but swearing however.
She will be moving to my house sometime in October. She currently resides east of Cleveland OH so I needed to arrange a co-pilot before the pickup gets finalized. Stay tuned for more when I know it.