eilonwy2017: (project cat #1 (Grey Kitty))
There's a new post over in Project-Cat land. Meeting up with other feral cat caregivers at the beginning of the month really helped energize me and the project, so it's time to catch those last few kitties who have yet to be speutered.

Read about it here:
Big News for Project-Cat!!

And if you can't donate, you can still spread the word. Feel free to boost the signal so I can afford to get these guys taken care of. :)

Thanks!

(And check out my awesome icon by [livejournal.com profile] radoka!)
eilonwy2017: (Dean: don't wanna fly)
Firstly, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty for my random recycling goat. :D

Secondly, i've been updating things like a mad thing what updates things... yeah.

Project-Cat has a new non-update, with pictures! Including Daphne (so heads up [livejournal.com profile] oddharmonic, heh.)

And speaking of pictures, there are new ones over in my Flickr. Provided with no commentary, 'cause I'm in a hurry, you can see lots of pictures of my hike at Lost Dutchman Trail.. Proof that even though it's home to a lot of freakin' idiots, AZ is pretty.

Also, you can see pictures (mainly of animals) from my trip to the AZ Renaissance Faire. Sadly there's none of me in costume, but there is one of my hair. These pictures have commentary.

Also, also, I have posted my art project to [livejournal.com profile] spn_tarot, and you can see it here. Even though it's really different than all the other tarot cards that have been created so far, I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. And I'm also highly amused. Yes, yes, I amuse myself. I know, it's sort of sad. :) (But, but, toilet plunger! Inherently amusing!)

Um. I think that's it in the updates and links category.

In other news... my grandparents' house officially went on the market today. The sign has been hammered into the front yard. My parents are done with the house. I'm really glad that my parents no longer have that stress, but holycarp, house. For sale. That was my second home growing up. ::sniffle:: I'll probably post links to the house itself once it's online. 'Cause. My mom put it best over on Facebook-- I really hope whoever buys the house loves it as much as we do (or more.) :(

My grandfather doesn't seem to be getting any stronger, but he does seem to be getting a bit more lucid. On Thursday he remembered Sacred Heart-- where he and my grandmother have been living for two years-- for the first time since his fall.

I stlil have TOO MUCH TO DO before bedtime and more deadline-y, before 5am Tuesday morning when I leave for the airport. HolycarpLondon!

HOLYCARPLONDON!!!!!

Last night I slept on the couch because my bed is full of clean clothes, sorted into piles regarding their likelihood of being packed. At the rate I'm going, I would not be surprised if I slept on the couch again tonight... Mergle.

Tomorrow I teach, then I have office hours (which I can't skip as they're the last of them), then I have to run errands: Bank (for pounds), AAA (for a converter/adaptor, and for traveler's checks, I guess), bookstore (I need a London tourbook), mall (to get my new glasses adjusted-- they're crooked), apartment office (to pay my rent). After that I get to finish cleaning and packing. And make sup to freeze so that I don't waste all the vegetables in my fridge... Yay.
eilonwy2017: (Hotch: glee)
Weirdly, I do still read my LJ friends page every day, but I don't seem to have as much to say as I used to...

NOTE: I added the headers after the fact (having just written things as they came to me) so if they're a bit awkward, apologies.)

Working Out
I've been working out again. (I mentioned this earlier, but I've been keeping at it.) I used the elliptical Sunday and Monday, went walking on Tuesday and used the elliptical again on Wednesday. Thursday I took a day off 'cause Wednesday night my left leg started aching from the knee down. I decided it seems to be because I walk oddly, with a twist to my ankle, so a rest was in order. (Also, I had terrible cramps on Thursday.) Today (Friday) I went hiking at the Lost Dutchman National Park with Flurry. It was only a 2.4mile hike (and we took 2hours to do it) but none of it was level, and some of it was even scrambling over rocks. There'll be pictures posted eventually-- it was pretty day.

Plans
Tomorrow probably no work out because I'm going to the Ren Faire with Flurry and a few other TAs/grad students, and that will be lots of walking, too.

I'm way behind on my grading. There are 36 Shakespeare papers waiting for my attention... but I don't think the prof wants us to hand them back 'til Friday anyway, so ... heh.

TV: MI-5/Spooks
Flurry and I have been watching the first season of Fame (yes, the early '80s tv show) on Netflix instant. It holds up remarkably well for being nigh on 30 years old. And has a more diverse cast than most shows on tv now. But the song gets stuck in your head.

I've just finished watching MI-5 (ie: Spooks) series 7. I am desperate (DESPERATE) now for series 8. It's one thing to wait for something that no one can see (like series 9, airing in the UK in October), but it's another thing to know that it's available via the UK iTunes (having been on UK tv) but not available to us poor Americans. (That said, I know that it's often the other way 'round with tv, so I shouldn't complain. But I'm going to. Complain, complain, complain.) Any UK peeps wanna hook a fan-girl up?

May's Travel
Speaking of the UK, planning for my trip continues, albeit slowly. I'm in that "how much luggage?" process. Everything, of course, says to pack as light as possible ("You can never have too much money or too little luggage.") And fair enough-- but I am going to be gone for a month. And while there will be laundry facilities, I think I'd have trouble trying to pack in just a carry-on, despite all the recommendations that I do so. My current plan is one checked piece of luggage (with room in it for souvenirs, although I'm already going into serious debt just for the trip itself, so plan on doing my best to rein in any extra spending) and my backpack as my carry-on, complete with my not-yet-purchased mini computer. Clothing will consist of lots of black for mix-and-match purposes, and layers. A pair of jeans, a pair of nice trousers, a plain skirt or two (I am, after all, going to London for the theatre.) I need to buy new Mary Jane style Sketchers since I wear them with jeans and skirts and they're comfortable for walking around in. My current pair, however, has been worn out with wearing (there are holes in the sides...) I haven't decided on sneakers yet, as I don't wear them normally (only for working out) so I always feel like I'm sticking out (even more than Americans have to) as a tourist in them, and such. We'll see... I haven't decided on a coat yet either. The information I got from the group I'm going with said not to bring one (just to wear layers) but I'm usually cold. And I'll be in the German Alps at the end of the trip....

Any advice from travelers? :)

Reading: Kate Griffin (and refs to Neil Gaiman)
I've finally begun reading A Madness of Angels (by Kate Griffin, whose real name is apparently Catherine Webb.) I had picked up an ARC at Bookman's back before comps. [livejournal.com profile] maiafire mentioned the series (apparently there's at least a second one) last week, so I finally picked it up. My fiction reading of late has been total candy (and by this I mean trashy romance novels set in the regency), so it took a wee bit to get into the right mindset for the book, but I'm now loving it. I'm about a 1/3 of the way through and I really wish that I had more spring break so I could just spend the time reading this book (and not grading, or researching or whatevs.) The only downsides are that 1. As I say, it's an ARC so there are typos and grammar issues (which I really hope didn't make it into the real printing) that drop me out of the story at times and 2. it's clearly written by someone who knows London intimately. I ... don't. I'm fine with, say, 85-90% of Britishisms and references, but when you start getting into specifics about geography of the city, I know I'm missing references. (There was an acronym-- forgetting it now-- that I just had no clue about and had to let sail past me, even though it seemed at least tangentially relevant to the plot.)

Maiafire had quoted a blurb about the series calling it "Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for the digital age" and it's quite right. (And I love Neverwhere.) But one of the things that that comparison made me realize was that for all its creativity, Neverwhere was really quite straight forward. It helped that the main character (Richard Richard Mayhew Dick) was the outsider and point of view character for the audience. While Matthew Swift (the main character for Griffin's series) has been out of the, er, loop for a few years, and while he is trying to figure things out, he's deep in the events, and himself is a mystery (unlike Richard Mayhew) and so the reader isn't led by the hand. This isn't a bad thing either way, really. It's just an observation. I do feel a bit disloyal to Neverwhere , though, for having made the comparison.

(Then again, I've bene feeling grouchy at Neil Gaiman ever since he announced his engagement to Amanda Palmer, and grouchier still when she announced Evelyn, Evelyn and complained about being attacked by disabled feminists. So, whatever.)

The Play
We are now two weeks out from the performance of The Second Shepherd's Play and it is, as expected, a complete disaster. Wheee. We had rehearsal yesterday but since we have no director and the person in charge (ish) (ie: his vanity project) can't be bothered to actually plan for rehearsal space (arg!), this necessitated wandering about campus for a while as I carried two bags full of props and my spinning wheel. I am now bruised from the latter-- it's not heavy but it is bulky and awkward. Also, I tried to make constructive comments after our customary runthrough (being the only person in the room with, oh, I dunno, directing experience) and was, as per usual, pretty much ignored by Mr Vanity Project. Rehearsal again on Sunday. Yay.

Mainly it makes me want to direct again.

Cooking, badly
In a bid to get healthier, (read: weigh less) I've been trying to cook. I have been, however, repeatedly reminded that I am, in fact, a terrible cook. :P

Project-Cat
Updated Project-Cat a few days ago with a sad post. :( Today, however, when I left to go to Flurry's house (to go hiking) I had seven healthy looking cats sitting around the food dish and that made me happy.

Aaaand that's that. :) I'll probably upload pictures of hiking and tomorrow's ren fair on Sunday or Tuesday... I'll post about it here, in case anyone's curious. :)

(Icon is Hotch from Criminal Minds because it's the closest I have to Lucas from MI-5. I should fix this.)
eilonwy2017: (Cranky Kitty)
I'm thinking about moving. Frankly, I had planned on staying in this flat from day one (2006) 'til I finished my PhD and moved away to teach in some non-Arizona place. But ever since the new owners and their new management company started putting pressure on "improving" this place, it's become annoying to live here.

(Not, of course, that I didn't have complaints before, but they were always singular. Such as the Great Bathroom Disaster of last year, or Air Conditioning Catastrophe of 2007.)

It's every week, it seems, that we get a notice on our doors saying, "we're going to be coming in." Last time of course it was the two weeks of hot water heater installation. This time it's to clean the air conditioning coils. Not a bad thing, inherently. "Preventative maintenance" and all that-- but they're going to come sometime in the next five days. Really? You can't be any more useful than that? Man, they make cable installation look timely!!

I know that I rent this space from someone else-- I am not the owner. But it is my home. And I do pay rent to make this my space as long as I'm renting it. But that's not how I'm being treated, y'know?

I double checked in the office if the only place the workers have to get to is the vent in the hallway (as per the information on our doors), and they said yes, but I don't trust them because the hot water heater people were fucking everywhere. (Um, please read "fucking" in the previous sentence as an adjective and not as a verb, 'cause, ew.)

I'm home all of today (still sick. Oh okay, I could teach, but I pushed myself yesterday at rehearsal and it was a mistake) and at least most of tomorrow, so I'm hoping they come then. I doubt it, though. If they don't come when I'm here I'll move the cats into the bedroom and hope that the office people are right this time.

I'm getting really scared about May. I'll be gone for a month, and I have arranged a small army of friends to come take care of my cats each day, but now I'm worried that maintenance will need to come in and will let the cats out. But I can't afford to board my cats for a month and that would be unfair to the cats (tiny wee room vs. apartment.)

Then there's the issue of the colony cats. I was brushed off today when I asked if they'd heard anything. (Mind you, the person I spoke with in the office today brushed off everything I inquired about. I honestly felt like I was rude for taking so much of her time so that I could pay my !#@$#@ rent and such. ARG.) At this point I don't mind the status quo too much, but...

See, then there's Mad Mabel. She showed up on my doorstep yesterday and asked me to come speak with her. O-kay. She regaled me with tales of how awful the plumbers were when they were here two weeks ago and how this is harassment, etc. Mind you, I still think she's insane, but she's not entirely wrong. She thinks they're trying to force her out of her apartment. Here's the thing-- what she thinks is harassment is simply unmindfulness and the same thing that's going on to all of us. BUT they are hoping she'll leave-- I've heard office people say so.

She wants me to join her in a legal action. Um. Yeah, no. 'Cause I 100% agree that what they're doing is rude and disrespectful to their renters, but they've done nothing illegal. (Our leases say they can come in with 48hours notice. They give notice. They're just jackasses about it.)

So anyway, she has decided she will no longer feed or water the cats. AND she wants me to not feed/water them in the place we've always fed/watered them (which is by her front door.) She wants me to feed them on the 3rd floor. Which, okay, on one level, hey, easier for me. But it's unfair to the cats. Up on the third floor, they don't have as many options to flee (and they're feral, they flee humans.) AND having them up there is going to make people in this building see them as a bigger problem because they'll be contained in a smaller area (not literally contained, but you know) when feeding, etc. But I don't really see an alternative at the moment, so I moved the water dish upstairs, and fed the kitties up here this morning.

I think I'll have to find some other places to put little piles of dry food out, too, though. In the bushes, etc.

Of course, if (and eventually, regardless, when) I move, what happens to the cats? ARG.

Mind you, I despise moving. I know not many people enjoy it, but I really loathe it. I'm a home-body. I like to stay home. I like to have a home. I like my books and my stuff and ... yeah.

It wouldn't be a bad thing to start getting rid of stuff now, of course. (Well, not this particular instant, but you know what I mean.)

And moving is expensive-- paying people or at least renting a truck. (And if it's just me, and it's August, I'll have to pay someone.)

And the management company that runs this place runs a lot of places, so I'd have to look particularly for some place not them.

Oh boy, a project for June and July.

But maybe things'll get better...
eilonwy2017: (Forget Me Not)
Sick-- as in, I am sick. It's allergies/sinus, so no big deal, in the grand scheme of things, but it's making me miserable. Thus far I've medicated with OTC stuff, but if I don't feel better by the time I get through class tomorrow, I'm hitting up the health center. I doubt they can do much-- they may well not even give me antibiotics-- but I could probably get them to prescribe me some Allegra, which works much better for me than Claritin. I currently have a voice, but it hurts to use it. And I have a headache, sinus pressure, drainage, a cough, and all that good stuff.

But what really sucks about it is the canceled plans. [livejournal.com profile] doctor12am was supposed to be visiting me. :( But I made him postpone 'cause I'm too sick to clean, and will likely be too sick to be any fun over the weekend. :( (Case in point, it is 4pm on Thursday. Thus far I have gotten up, had breakfast, fed the cats, took my meds, read some of North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell, and slept. I am now having lunch.)

Ecobooks -- in news that will surprise absolutely no one, EcoBooks, the store at which I was very briefly employed, has closed. Upon driving home from a student dinner last night (celebrating my comps victory, no less), I passed the shop and thought it looked quite odd. So I pulled into the parking lot of the strip mall, and drove more slowly, and closely, past it. The signs all over the doors said, "Everything must go" (and, more oddly, "peace please.") The innards, however, were completely empty (yet oddly with the lights on)-- no bookshelves, no books, no couches, no tables/knickknacks, etc. Only the bright green giant counter that Savas had built (with his own two hands!) remained. As I say, no surprise (although I thought it might hang on a few more months) although annoyed 'cause I had $100 worth of credit there. :P

Project-Cat-- No major news over in Project-Cat, but I have been posting regularly and you should check it out. Cute pictures of kitties, various happenings around the colony, that sort of thing. (The big news, I guess, is that Mad Mabel seems to have stopped caring for the cats. As near as I can tell, she's been caring for them for a decade, and now? Not so much. This means more work and more expense for me. Le sigh.)
eilonwy2017: (Cranky Kitty)
WHAT THE FUCK!? So, remember how we got notes last week about the damn water heaters and washer/dryer hook ups, and when I asked in the office they told me ONE DAY? Yeah, apparently not so much.

They're here now. They were here Friday. They'll be here tomorrow. They may be here Wednesday.

I can't get any work done because they are here MAKING NOISE and my poor kitty babies are crying in the bathroom and it means I have to be awake early tomorrow and OH MY GOD WHY DOES EVERYTHING SUCK!?

Also, none of the workers speak English as a first language. I asked the guy on my porch if he's going to be done today (no) and asked whey they would, and said something about my cats and he got all defensive and went and got someone else. He was all defensive and irritated at me "it's too big of a job! it takes 5 days." Well fuck your five days, it's been 6 already because NO ONE TOLD US that the damn job wouldn't start 'til Wednesday (instead of Monday) UNTIL WEDNESDAY. So my cats are locked in a tiny, hot bathroom and it's not fair and ohmygod I hate everything, and none of this is about a water heater and all of this is about my cramps and my depression and the feral cat situation and I just want to hide under the covers until the WHOLE DAMN WORLD (other than my cats, family and friends) GOES THE FUCK AWAY.

I'm about to update Project-Cat. I'm annoyed about that, too, but it's not yet necessary to get up in arms.

Now they've asked me to clean out ANOTHER GODDAMNED CLOSET AND I AM THIS CLOSE TO TEARS-- NO, FUCK IT, I AM CRYING. They are IN MY HOUSE and I want them to go away. I feel invaded.
eilonwy2017: (Kittens looking!)
The following is what I posted on Project-Cat last night:

As I left my flat tonight to join a friend (Beatrice's mom, in fact) I found a note on my door. It wasn't unexpected as I had spoken with management and the office staff told me there'd be notes upon everyone's doors announcing the new fitness center.

But there was another message included with the fitness announcement. I'll quote in its entirety:

"Finally, please refrain from feeding any stray cats that are on the property. We are working to reduce the stray cat population and would appreciate your assistance with the issue."

First, I had permission to take care of this colony-- permission from the management company, not just from the apartment complex. But the complex has been sinking a lot of money into upgrades lately...

Second, "working to reduce the stray cat population" does not sound good. The only way to effectively reduce the population, as you, dear readers, know, is TNR, and that takes time, and does not require not feeding, and has already been done, as you know. In fact, in the two years since the TNR project, the population has remained steady and stable. No, in this context, "working tor reduce the population" has got to mean something much less ethical-- trap and kill.

I will be asking for specifics on Monday-- the office is closed on weekends, of course. However, if I'm not just borrowing trouble, but am, in fact, correct with my above assessment, I will need your help.

Thus far, I have kept the apartment complex's name out of this blog, out of my commentary on the situation. However, if they are planning on killing these cats, I will be asking for your help in a letter/email/phone call campaign. A few minutes of your time to deluge first the apartment complex and then the management company in voicing displeasure would be helpful.

So watch this space on Monday afternoon/evening (I'm in AZ, so a few hours behind East Coast time), and get ready to mobilize the troops to save these kitties again.

----
So now it's 8am Saturday and I've had a bit of time to think. Everything above is still true, which is why I'm not putting these thoughts on P-C, and I'm still going to go to the office and get things clarified on Monday, and try to garner support of if things are Worst Case. But things may not be as dire as I originally assumed. First, there's the fact that I just don't know what's going on. But the second is, what precisely are the apartment complex's options?

1. Call the ASPCA to trap (and kill) the feral cats. The ASPCA will, apparently, do this, for a (hopefully hefty) fee, but there are a lot of not-feral, not-stay indoor-outdoor pet cats around here, too, some with collars, some without. (Whiskey (formerly Sam) and his little sibling (a black kitty) are indoor/outdoor, and they wear collars. Tigger, a gray tabby who is not neutered, which pisses me off, who belongs to a first-floor neighbor, does not wear a collar and is indoor outdoor.) And the trappers couldn't just go by friendliness as some of the colony cats are friendly, and some friendly (owned) cats get angry when in a trap. So the apartment complex would be risking killing their residents' pets.

2. Call an exterminator to put out poison. Exterminators will do this (bastards). But this option is even less likely. Not only would this place indoor/outdoor cats in danger, it would put in danger the residents' dogs, and presumably even the residents' children who play outdoors.

So. We'll see.

But I'm not sitting idly by and hoping that negative options are enough. I'm also going to write up some documents that prove that the TNR has worked in the main, as well as find information to cite that points out that a) extermination doesn't actually work (more ferals move in) and b) not feeding the cats doesn't make them go away, it makes the eat garbage which is a bigger problem, and feeding them doesn't cause more to come because cats are territorial, and the proof of that is that my colony has not grown.

The other hopeful part is that the water dish down on the first floor (where Mad Mabel feeds the ferals) is still there. Maintenance has not stolen it. (And it's very clearly a water dish meant for animals-- I bought it, because it gets fucking hot here and clean water is important, obviously.)

So. Fingers crossed. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst, it seems.

Thank you very, very much to those of you who have already agreed to write letters/call/email on the cats' behalf. I hope more of you will agree to same, if it becomes necessary. I will also, if necessary, do my best to contact local media (eek), and I'll be asking advice of Altered Tails, the organization that runs AzCATS (which is the branch that deals with ferals.)

ALSO, this may mean a kickstart to the necessity of TNRing the remaining un-altered cats (the ones I didn't catch, the two who have shown up since (mostly thanks to Tigger, I'm certain). Two new cats in a colony after TWO YEARS? That's what I call a stable colony. (Since there is no cold period here (it's Phoenix, after all) outdoor cats here can have up tot 3 litters of cats per year, with 4-6 kittens per litter. Kittens mature rapidly and start having their own litters, as early as 4months.One un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 kittens in seven years. In two years, even including the 8 kittens taken from it, my colony has had 10 cats. (Also, Sam could not have come from this colony-- he was friendly. That makes 9.)

I know I'm (basically) preaching to the choir here, but ... yeah.

Sigh.
eilonwy2017: (Work)
Wheeee.

Firstly, I actually updated Project-Cat!! Whoa! It's the first in a series of regular updates, I hope.

Secondly, I put seven cat toys up for sale in my Etsy Shop. Woot.

And lastly, if you're on Facebook, you can see new pictures I uploaded of my cats-- they're in their Catbook pages... Yes, I'm a dork. But the pictures are adorable. (Also, I have now uploaded them to their own Flickr Set.)

Whee.

I'll do anything to avoid commenting on student drafts... Heh.

I'm going to update the Project-Cat Flickr page now, too, although it'll be pretty much the same pictures as the ones I put up on Project-Cat today. I just like to have them all online in one place.

Of course, leave it to me to get all this updating done on a Friday afternoon when no one is online to see it. Le sigh.

Dean!Kitty

Jul. 12th, 2009 01:16 pm
eilonwy2017: (Tiny Kitten (Dolce))
I have updated Project-Cat with the story of Dean's trip to his forever home, as well as updates on the other Former Foster Felines.

There are pictures. :)

ALSO! [livejournal.com profile] pentane, Dean's new daddy, has posted a video here!!

Dean!Kitty

Jul. 11th, 2009 09:19 pm
eilonwy2017: (Kittens looking!)
I have returned from taking Dean to his forever home. I am very pleased with how the day went, even though I already miss Dean very much. I will update more later (both here and at Project-Cat.) But for now I'm a bit brain-dead from the travel. I think my brain is fit only for Puzzle Pirates, a shower and sleep yet tonight. (Even though it's only 9pm in AZ.) Tomorrow, since I have fewer student papers to comment on than I anticipated, I will (hopefully) clean this disgusting apartment and write about today's adventures.

Dean Kitty

Jul. 10th, 2009 10:52 pm
eilonwy2017: (Tiny Kitten (Dolce))
Le sigh. After months, Dean will finally be moving to his forever-home. Tomorrow I fly to Chicago (and back) with Dean to take him to his new Kitty-Parent.

I will miss Dean very, very much. But I'm convinced that he's going to be very well loved and cared for. And also, my Jack, Callie and Widget will be, frankly, happy to see the last of Dean. And the timing is right, since Jack will have his surgery on Monday, and it'd be good for him to be able to recuperate without having Dean trying to play with him. (He doesn't bother the girls-- he's completely submissive to them. But Jack, the biggest of the bunch, he jumps all over.)

Dean has been the cuddliest, sweetest, most playful kitten ever. He can amuse himself for ages, but he's happiest when being loved or played with.

(He's currently playing with a grape. Whenever I have grapes, he tries to steal the stem, whether there are still grapes on it or not. One of the grapes escaped, evidently, and Dean is batting it about.)

I'm quite nervous about flying with a kitten, but I think it'll be all right.

I'm inexplicably exhausted, despite having had a nap, so I'm going to bed now. A. is going to pick me and Dean up at 7:30 in the morning (the flight is at 9:30), so sleeping now is not a bad thing anyway.

As if to prove my point about the other cats being glad, Callie just appeared seemingly out of nowhere to bop Dean on the head a few times before wandering off to get a drink of water. Heh.

What I'll miss the most, I think, is how *cuddly* Dean is. He's always up for a snuggle, and often he'll curl up tucked into bed with me. Fortunately, he's this friendly with *everyone*, so i'm sure he'll adjust quickly.

Kitties

May. 18th, 2009 12:38 pm
eilonwy2017: (Jack)
So, since Dean still has no home, and none lined up, but is allll alone as his siblings have moved away, I have begun to let him roam my flat while I'm home. (With less direct supervision than the kittens had before, you see.) He really wants to play. But my girls (Callie and Widget) just hiss at him. Jackjack seems to have no idea what to make of him.

Now, Dean is less than 2 pounds. Jack is more than 17.

Dean will walk up to Jack and bat at him in a playful way-- no claws, making no contact. Jack just looks at him, then walks away. It's very sad, actually, but rather funny. Especially between the disparateness of their sizes, but similarity of their coloring. I really wish Jack would play with Dean. Dean needs the company.

But mostly Dean needs a home. Please keep asking around/spreading the news that this adorable baby needs a home. I'm driving to TN in June, so his new home can be just about anywhere. (If not on the path between AZ and TN, I can still find another way to get Dean to a good home, pretty much anywhere in the continental US.)

(Icon is of Jack as a baby, the first weekend I had him, when he was the size of Dean.)
eilonwy2017: (Default)
The good news: Looks like Iso has a home. This is great, of course. I'm glad. And he'll be living with another kitten, a little girl just two weeks older than he is. So he'll be happy, and have someone to play with.

The bad news: I don't have a home yet for Dean. I have a potential home, which is a potentially great home with a loving kitty-parent. But if that person says yes (he's still checking with his landpeople), he could not take the kitten 'til the end of June, when I and [livejournal.com profile] flurije drive out to Tennesee (because that is where he is.) I don't mind keeping Dean that long-- I love Dean! He's awesome! (So is Iso, of course.) But I am worried that that's 6 weeks locked in my bedroom all alone.

So. I'm thinking what would it take to integrate him (a little?) with my cats for those 6 weeks? I don't want him to turn out like Beatrice, hating all other cats. (Although I suppose it would be no huge deal if he did because he'd be an only cat in his new home. Still, it seems really unfair for him to lack companionship most of the time.)

Dean is in no visible way sick. So he won't be passing along something like an upper respiratory infection along (I have never heard him sneeze, for example.) He also no longer has fleas, as I went and treated all 5 cats currently in my flat for fleas a few days ago (to the tune of $90. Ouch.)

This leaves invisible things. The Big Scary is FIV or FLeuk, both of which, we know, have been found in the colony from which Dean (and Iso, Dolce and Zadie) came. [Bozo had both. Beatrice and Zoe were, as kittens, positive for one of them, I don't recall which, but both tested negative by 6months.] There's also other things, though.

My cats are not up to date with their shots. Because Jack boarded at the vet last month, he got his distemper and rabies vaccinations. Now, mind you, I want to vaccinate my other cats, I know they're due for it, but I'm really broke. (Then again, there seems to be so much debate about how often you should really vaccinate your cats. ARG.)

I could get Callie and Widget vaccinated for $18 each (per vaccine). That's ... still really pricey because we're talking FVRCP (distemper, etc.), FeLV and Rabies. Each. But I found a place that on Friday mornings will do it without the office visit price (it's a walk-in clinic in Phoenix.) I'd still need another $18 for Jack, too, for FeLV. None of my cats have had that vaccine, but given the frequency with which foster kittens appear in my apartment, I really ought to get them all done, I think. (Price: approximately $130).

I dunno. I usually type here to help me figure things out, but I'm still confused about what to do.

(Likewise, I could take Dean to get his first set of shots ($18), and get an FeLV/FIV test ($35) at the same place. It doesn't solve the problem, but if the snap test comes back negative, I need not worry so much about that. If it comes back positive I'll know to keep him separate, and will hope that it clears by his 6 month check-up as it did for other kittens. But if I take Dean, I should probably take Iso, even though he's leaving the next day for his new home. Which, it turns out, is in this apartment complex-- I had no idea! So then the price becomes approximately $106.)

Or I could just keep the cats separate. And bore little Dean to tears. If, y'know, cats cried. ARG. I hate money. I want more of it, though, so I can really, truly properly loathe it.
eilonwy2017: (Today? Lame (Sam))
Apparently the plumber is going cutting through the wall of my shower in order to fix the leak (which is leaking down in the 2nd and 1st floor apartments.) He's going to be here a while. When he's done, he'll tape things up so that I can use the shower, which is good because it is hot out and I did laundry, and so I feel gross.

But... I drink a lot of iced tea (see above re: hot outside), and ... I kinda need to pee. :(

And my plans for tomorrow are somewhat booched, too, because they have to send a fiberglass repair guy out to fix the mess the plumber is making, in order to fix the leak.

All this, and the return of two kittens in about an hour.

Not my best day ever.

(But sometime this evening there will be a massive Flickr update with many, many pictures of kittens. So that's good, I guess.)

KITTENS

Apr. 16th, 2009 11:24 am
eilonwy2017: (Kittens looking!)
Full story up at Project-Cat. I'll respond to previous comments (and any new ones!) when I get back from the grocery store. I need more baby food, as well as kitten-safe cat litter (ie: non-clumping.) Wheee. There are 11 pictures up at the the April 2009 Kittens Flickr Set.

I'll post more in coming days, of course, 'cause, OMG KITTIES! 'Til then, to tide you over, squee at the cuteness!

eilonwy2017: (Grainne)
Happy mother's day to all you mother-types out there!! I just got off the phone with my mom, whom I miss very, very muchly. And I talked with each fo my grandmothers yesterday, so that's good. (And they each got cards, too. My mom's said, on the front, "Good moms let you like the beaters" with a picture of an electric mixer. On the inside it said "Great moms turn off the mixer first." I had to get it. I also had to admit in the card that I seem to have inherited my father's sense of humor. Oh well. :)

But what's that? You say you're not a mom, so you are not celebrated on this holiday? But you could be! You could be a kitty-mom just by sponoring a cat ! Sponsorships will run for as long as there unsponsored project-cat kitties, but today's the day they could really use someone looking out for them, even from miles away. Tonight we start trapping, and tomorrow they go to the vet.

Amaranth has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] shadesong and Elayna.

Walsingham (aka Little Orange) has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] pyrite.

Little Crooked-Kitteh has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] emilytheslayer.

The Mysterious Mister Mestophilis and Cyrano have been sponsored, but I don't know if the sponsor has an LJ, and I'm not going to put real names up here.

Bessie has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] volvita and her fiance. (They were the very firstest to sponsor! hurrah!)

and Bozo has been sponsored by my own mom. :)

That means that there are still fifteen kitties without a human mommy or daddy out there for them. You can see their pictures in this Flickr Set.

Today is also the last day of The Raffle!! Buy your tickets by midnight (US Eastern time) tonight!! Allocate them however you wish, to any of the 38 various, wonderful prizes!! Tickets = $1 each, but $10 gets you 11 tickets and $20 gets you 25! Winners will be contacted tomorrow (5/12).

Right, I'm off to buy tuna (in oil!) and plastic sheeting, 'cause tonight the trapping starts.
eilonwy2017: (Food!)
If you have bid on the brownies in The Project-Cat Raffle, then please, please head over to [livejournal.com profile] tamnonlinear's journal and vote in the Brownie Poll. This is only relevant to you if you have actually bid on brownies. :)
eilonwy2017: (Grainne)

The Raffle to save the kitties ends on Sunday, at midnight Eastern time. However, I'm well aware after many years on LJ (this LJ just had it's seventh birthday last month. Seriously, if it was a child it'd be in the 2nd grade. Crazy.) that weekends are the dead time of the interwebs, at least as far as blogger-types go. So, I remind you:

RAFFLE RAFFLE RAFFLE.

(Cross-posted to Project-Cat:)

Goooo toooo the Raffle! Buuuuuy tickets!! In one of my more odd moments (read: hours), I drew the first page of Hamlet in case you wanted a taste of what Stick Figure Theatre was like before you put tickets on a Stick Figure Theatre Shakespeare Play of Your Choice (#18). Click the picture to see it bigger... In retrospect, I'm not sure that by posting this I'm doing anything to further anyone wanting my 'art', although I'm pleased by the skull in 'Hamlet'... :)

My silly stick figure doodlings aside, don't forget that there's real art to be won on the raffle. Beautiful photography (#5 & #34), a kitty print (#23), framed origami (#24), incredible jewelry. Heck, I don't even wear jewelry 99% of the time, but I drool over the work of Kythryne at Wyrding Studios. How could you possibly *not* want a $50 Gift Certificate for custom jewelry?!?! (#6) It's just inconceivable to me. If fine wire art jewelry isn't quite your thing, consider the copper and bead bracelet (#32) by Medusa's Mirror, or the custom collage pendant by Shadesong.

For those of you with little girls in your lives, don't forget the fabulous prizes for them: #27 is any one item from Carlykins Boutique! And #16 the gently worn Hanna Andersson long-sleeved playdress.

If you haven't read Shayara, you should. If you haven't read the fiction in Shadesong's journal, you should (I recommend the non-fiction, too.) Now's your chance to have this accomplished writer create a custom story or poem just for you. How incredibly awesome is that? #10.

Arts and Crafts people should also remember to check out the duckie stitch markers (so! cute! #8) and the bag of scrap-booking materials (#14)
. 4 33 36

And, of course, there are those odd assortment of stickers (#4, #33, #36)... quite frankly, who doesn't want wandering womb stickers??

More images of prizes below the cut )



Check out ALL the prizes on The Raffle. And remember to tell me when you buy tickets, or via email, which prizes you want your tickets to go to. There are still some people who haven't told me, and I don't know what to do about that. And tell everyone else to buy tickets, too! If you have an online journal, post about this site! And/or link to the specific Raffle Page!

eilonwy2017: (Grainne)
After much work and a great deal of time staring at the computer, the raffle is live. (Hey, it's past midnight in most of the US's time zones, so fair enough, it's Monday.) There are 37 individual items on the list.

Tickets are only $1! ($10 gets you 11 tickets. $20 gets you 25 tickets!) Raffle! Raffle! Raffle!

You can put them towards any item on the list, in any fashion (a few here, a few there, or all of them on one.)

If you've already donated, please get in touch with me about where you want your tickets to go!

Raffle includes items by LJ users [livejournal.com profile] shadesong, [livejournal.com profile] oddharmonic, [livejournal.com profile] pyrite, [livejournal.com profile] emilytheslayer, [livejournal.com profile] willedit, [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty, [livejournal.com profile] redzshadow, [livejournal.com profile] rubrchick, [livejournal.com profile] arkstangent and [livejournal.com profile] xiane. Also, items by Etsians Sweetgracieforme, Carlykins Boutique, and Pretty in Peace. Furthermore, Kythryne of Wyrding Studios and Kimee of SoulCollage have each donated.

The kitties and I are exceptionally fortunate to have such talented and generous friends.

Now go forth and buy tickets. :D

(Oh, and a few more pictures are available at the Flickr Set. Today's are mostly of Bozo and an orange cat who looks a bit like Gandolf.)














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