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Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Stash finally holding still long enough for me to snap him. I took this picture in the dining room with the light off which is why he is so out of center. I couldn't see anything through the viewfinder and I was just hoping I'd get him when I clicked.

Now playing: Blondie - Rapture


Rainbow sitting on the chair under the dining table.

Now playing: Russell Crowe - Raewyn

Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear is another of Izzy's kittens. He is the cat I had planned to keep.

Now playing: Corvus Corax - Qui Nous Demaine

Miss Bette

Miss Bette is another of Izzy's kittens. And, yes, the cats have clawed the wallpaper off the walls. I actually hate the wallpaper so I'm not terribly upset by it.

Now playing: Corvus Corax - Qui Nous Demaine

Streak and Mouse

Streak is one of Izzy's kittens. I still have six of the seven she had. They'll be nine months old this weekend.

Now playing: David Arkenstone - The Quest of Culhwch

Nu Bs 2 Bs

The kittens are two weeks old today. I made the Prodigal Son get them out of the closet so I could snap pictures of them. It seems Meli won't let them out to explore. She's an extremely protective mom.

Meli and the three orange kitten
Meli had to be in the middle of the kittens when the Prodigal put them on the bed. I snapped this as he was trying to pick up Meli to move her out of the way.

The four kittens exploring the bed
The four furry monsters sniffing around the bed. They were very curious about what this new place was. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the kitten on the far left is a much paler orange than the two in the middle.

Meli and the babies, nursing
When we wanted to snap Meli and the kittens together, she decided she wanted away from them. This is the Prodigal trying to keep her in place.

The Prodigal Son holding the grey and the pale orange kittens
The Prodigal Son holding the gray and the pale orange kittens.

The Prodigal Son holding the two darker orange kittens
The Prodigal Son holding the two darker orange kittens.

Eat your heart out folks! They are just the cutest things.

Now playing: Loreena McKennitt - Prologue

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I am The Tower

You are The Tower

Ambition, fighting, war, courage. Destruction, danger, fall, ruin.

The Tower represents war, destruction, but also spiritual renewal. Plans are disrupted. Your views and ideas will change as a result.

The Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. The Tower stands for "false concepts and institutions that we take for real." You have been shaken up; blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes that to see a truth that one refuses to see. Or to bring down beliefs that are so well constructed. What's most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Now playing: Nickelback - How You Remind Me

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The new arrivals are one

One week old, that is.

The Prodigal Son holding the little grey kitten
Here's the Prodigal Son holding what I think will be a grey tabby. We both also think she is a girl. Although you can't see it in the photo, she's got one eye half open.

All four kittens huddled in their nest in the closet
Here all four are snuggled in their nest in the closet. The Prodigal and I think the three orange kittens are all boys. Just what we need . . . three more god emperors of the universe. ~ grin ~

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dirty side of Erin means rain

Grey clouds on the drive home

Grey skies on the drive home

Now playing: Smash Mouth - All Star

We got a little rain today

Flooded road I had to drive thru to get home

This was the view out my car window on my way home from work. It looks much worse that it was because of the angle. Basically, right outside my window is the left turn lane filled with rushing water. Next to the lane is a little strip of grass which marks the where the pavement ends and the ditch begins. The ditch is maybe six or so feet deep here. The water wasn't quite deep enough to get into my car as long as I kept moving.

Now playing: Loreena McKennitt - All Souls Night

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Guess what these are

The new kittens shortly after birth. Three orange and one dark. The new kittens shortly after birth. Three orange and one dark. The new kittens shortly after birth. Three orange and one dark.

They were born this morning. There are four - three orange and one dark. These belong to Meli.

Now playing: The Traveling Wilburys - Tweeter and the Monkey Man

Monday, August 13, 2007

Pretty purple marker

My hand with butterfly strips over the surgical scar and purple marker delineating where to cut

My hand with butterfly strips over the surgical scar and purple marker delineating where to cut

No therapy scheduled at this time. I'm supposed to stretch, bend, and flex the finger myself three or four times a day for ten minutes at a time. I go back to the doctor for a follow up in two weeks to see how well I've done with the self therapy. At that time he'll decide whether or not I need to visit the torturer - as he put it.

The fluid they dug out of my finger during the surgery wasn't puss and nothing untoward has apparently grown in the cultures they made so nobody is any the wiser about why my finger filled up with fluid. I'm not sure how long they'll keep the cultures to see if anything grows.

We'll see.

Now playing: Mediaeval Baebes - Temptasyon

Sunday, August 12, 2007

It itches

My hand wrapped in a bandage with just the tips of my fingers showing

My hand wrapped in a bandage with just the tips of my fingers showing

The bandages come off tomorrow and the stitches come out. I have no idea what the doctor did. I still can't straighten the finger and the muscles are so tight I will most likely have to go through therapy to get the use of the finger back.

In all honesty, right now, it doesn't feel any different than it did before the surgery. Except for the swelling. It doesn't seem to be swollen at the moment.

Now playing: Loreena McKennitt - She Moved Through the Fair


Movie poster for Stardust

Run, don't walk, to see this film. It is a beautiful little fairytale full of princes and witches and pirates and romance and sword fights and all those wonderful other things that fairytales are full complete with happily ever after.

Now playing: Bif Naked - Lucky

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Don't be fooled by the name

Humane Society of the United States
Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets. And despite the common image of animal protection agencies as cash-strapped organizations dedicated to animal welfare, HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth.

HSUS is big, rich, and powerful, a “humane society” in name only. And while most local animal shelters are under-funded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $113 million in assets and built a recognizable brand by capitalizing on the confusion its very name provokes. This misdirection results in an irony of which most animal lovers are unaware: HSUS raises enough money to finance animal shelters in every single state, with money to spare, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere.

Instead, HSUS spends millions on programs that seek to economically cripple meat and dairy producers; eliminate the use of animals in biomedical research labs; phase out pet breeding, zoos, and circus animal acts; and demonize hunters as crazed lunatics. HSUS spends $2 million each year on travel expenses alone, just keeping its multi-national agenda going.

Now playing: Loreena McKennitt - The Dark Night of the Soul