Friday, September 19, 2008

One New Spooky Kitty

Some days some things happen that you just didn't see happening when you woke up. It went like this...

Boss came home from an errand and said he had stopped by the Humane Society and picked up the latest "We need Supplies Badly" list, and I should go shopping when I had time and take them things.

No time like the present, I thought, and off I went. All would have gone as planned, except I thought I might go visit with the Kitties before I went home. They like that. I like that. I want them all.

And then Something fell in love with me. And I it. Never saw it coming.

I did what anyone would have done. I got the Hell out of there. Talked with Boss, (that's his foot in the picture) and then went back. Surely I was mistaken, yes, I have wanted on more little one. Yes, I had wanted a rescue rather than spending so much on another Bengal. But, not this moment.

The first time I was there and played with her, she was the sweetest little lover, and when I put her back, she was so surprised. She KNEW. She was half mad, half indignant. WHY was I putting her back when CLEARLY she born to be a Halloween Kitty and love with me.

Only 12 weeks and had been in the shelter for a month. Waiting for me. I explained about the Bengals.. She countered by doing the Halloween Kitty move across the floor sideways.Clearly, SHE wasn't worried, why should I be?

She's every colour. All her legs are different, she is a crazy wild mixed up Kitty. I asked Boss what her name was, and he said she is a Calico, call her that. Callie, I thought. More like Kali, I say, the little Demon hadn't stopped running at full speed (still hasn't) They called her Princess at the Humane Society.

By the time I got home, she had her name. Venus and Mim love her, and are happy to have a sister. (Ok, I made that up, but no one is DEAD.)

Meet Princess Kali-licious.

Love, I'm quite Mad, and New Kitties,


At 7:59 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh she is adorable. Kitty love.

Photo spam of Princess Kali-licious is needed, now.

I rather like Boss's shoe too, although it doesn't make me want to cuddle it.

At 7:59 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...


Kali is lovely! I teared up a bit, reading that, and looking at her pictures. Awwww.

Here's to everyone getting along and playing nicely together!

At 8:05 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

She is so beautiful! I can see why you fell for her (and she for you!)

This is a very up post and I don't want to bring everyone down but I would appreciate it if everyone would click here to read my blog post about my niece's daughter who has run away. Especially anyone in Minnesota or Wisconsin -- but really she could be anywhere. I am mostly worried because the person she has run away with sounds like Bad News.

You can comment on this topic over there so that we don't clog up Lorraine's post with comments about this.


(Hope this is okay to post here, Lorraine, if not feel free to delete it.)

At 8:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It was funny, they has SO many kittens there, and none of them moved me at all. Cute, I thought, but no. And then there was Kali, all on her own with the big cats.

She's really special, and it was an instant connection. I can't believe no one wanted her! She is SO beautiful, very different form teh Bengals tho.

They said Ican bring her back if t doesn't work, but I think it will, she seems besotted by Venus, and is following her, hissing the whole time, she stands up to them.

Mim is REALLY unsure about this and has taken herself away. Venus seems to want to stay, and is now being Way To Cool for this, and ignoring her.

Kali runs races around and around the room.

We don't choose them...

At 8:11 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No Aleta, this is family, and linking to a post this is important to you is well ok. I hope she comes home, and send you hugs...

At 8:28 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Thanks Lorraine!

Also I think Kali is a great name for your new housemate!

At 8:40 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Ohoh! She is ever so cute! Of course she was ingignat: you were clearly made for each other,; how could you spurn her love so?
She clearly needs some cuddles, cuddles, cuddles. And sushi.

Kali. Kali Kho. An African divinity with whiskers and steel claws underneath her soft mitts.

At 8:43 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Aleta, I hope she is home soon.
I can understand how you feel, one of my nieces hooked up with a Bad News too, and we are always so worried about her.

At 8:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Nathilie, you have long eyes, she is half wild, and so scared right ow, for all her running around like a maniac.

Didn't know about Kli Kho...She is a demon tho.

It's all hisses here, and me petting everyone and calming them. I sprayed Feliway and shared the pot roast.

Poor Kali doesn't know anything but a cage, and is so scared....I keep scruffing her and holding and petting, which seems to help. It's all so new, poor thing..

At 8:59 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

She probably did not expect you taking her to a house full of cats.

Her mom must have warned her against harems: several humans to take care of you is fine, but more than one kitties means less love and cuddles.
Okay, so one other might be nice to play with, but just the one.

At 9:00 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Princess Kali-licious is such a pretty little thing. I think, perhaps, Venus has plans to have her join forces against Mim. Only time will tell. ;)

At 9:10 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I don't know. Kali seemed to get along fine with others at the shelter. Everyone is just weird right now. Kali is scared, the Bengals are both weird and curious.

Kali will sleep in the sunroom, and the Bengals with me and we will see how it goes.

Kali is a demon tho, and the Bengals are not cats. Who has tired this before?

At 9:28 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Kali is delightful! I understand what you mean by just connecting. I felt like that with Lamia. She is a calico as well, but she came to find me and she screamed at me over the noise of the traffic to explain that she was hiding in the bushes. Then she played shy. I am so happy you found her.

A welcome for Kali


Routine assignment
Becomes path of no return
"Cat Lady" in truth


That is the danger
She said, wry smile on warm lips
I might bring one home


Shelter in Autumn
Ageless eyes behind cold steel
Heartbreaking swan songs


Silent, momentary
Shiver of recognition
Soulmate imprisoned


Paperwork, filing
Finally homeward driving
Boxed cat protest cries


There's nothing can beat
Warm rumbling tummy fur
After a long day

Good luck Aleta

At 9:28 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

As someone who has ALWAYS been adopted against her will and had to do the introduction thingie...although as often w/felines to canines as felines to felines.... (oooh, except for the two excellent marmalade fellows from Wisconsin, of course! Angus says "M'heloowwww")
Where was I? oh, right. She will be unhappy at not sleeping with you, so make sure she has something that smells like you in her sleeping area. Also make sure there is something full of the Bengals sniffiness (smell, pheremones, the like) in Kali's area, but separate from a sleeping spot. This helps her grow acquainted with them long distance, without tripping her threat buttons quite so heavily.
Finally, put something rich w/Kali scent into the Bengal-space...but not too invasively. Not right where they sleep, but where they can,again, develop a sense of her long distance.
Does all of that ramble make sense? I've spent the last two days doing my clearance re-investigation, and am rather punch-drunk.

At 9:30 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Oh, Rubius. That is beautiful!

At 9:36 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

My demons just brought down a sculpture-cum-mirror. And now that I have picked-up the shards and vacuumed are all looking up at me like "How's about a spot of breakfast?", cool as cucumbers the lot of them.
And all before 06:30 (they must have woken up the entire neighbourhood with the crash)...

Great poems, Kristina!

At 9:40 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh and are now threatening to bring down the kitchen units if I do not follow up the breakfast "suggestion".
(Are we sure those tiny furry bullies aren't Napolitan or Sicilian?)

At 9:40 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Before I read the other comments I would like to say that I started sobbing as I read this post and it became clear that you were bringing this love-bug home.

She is wonderful and beautiful and lucky to have you! From one crazy cat lady to another - Good show! ;)

At 9:49 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I at one time had more cats in the house than I should admit to in writing. It will take time and there will be extra peeing on things but they will adjust. I still have cats that are not all that fond of each other but they have figured out how to coexists. There is still periodic hissing but all is well most of the time.

She is so lovely! And you ROCK for taking her in!

Ginger, by the way, is at this moment sleeping on the bed with M. :)

At 9:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am debating the wisdom of taking Kali to bed or the Bengals, can't do both.. The sunroom smells like me and Bengals, tho I hate to leave Kali alone, I can't think leaving Bengals alone is the best idea either.

Time apart is good, and I did kind of rush things, I think Kali getting used to things is good.

Venus and Mim seem more adjusted than Kali, they are being pretty calm about it, oddly enough.

Oh Kali is a wild thing just spent the past ten minutes with her in my lap alternately purring and attacking. Poor thign

At 9:53 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I had to take her Gayle, one of those things,why someone hadn't I will never know...

But it will be interesting...

At 11:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all verklempt. She's so adorable. How can you resist a calico, especially one that chooses you? I'm glad that the Bengals are being cool about it though. I'm with lysandwr though, you might want to do the scent trick and give her some quiet secure place to sleep away from the Bengals..sounds like she's a wee bit overstimulated, racing around like a maniac.

At 2:22 AM , Blogger Starshadow said...

::chuckle:: I knew from the first paragraph and the fact that Boss Man (so glad to know he's home safely) had been to the Humane Society, that somehow you had acquired another feline mistress!

She is *lovely*. A true princess! I trust everyone will be civil to each other in short order.

Our house has been blessed with a tiny calico arrival, who is now a month old and has made her debut to polite society. Every now an then in her rambles across the floor, she yells for her mama - who answers or ignores, depending on her mood. And even at this early stage, she *stomps* her way towards human voices, the darling.


At 2:36 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Ohhh, she's so pretty!

Clearly it's fate. The Moirae had you from the moment you walked through the door.

At 2:56 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

How old is Kali, by the way?

At 4:13 AM , Blogger Hagelrat said...

she's lovely. Our rescue cats have settled so well and we ar starting to experimnet with outdoors. hope she settles well.

At 5:44 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Oh such a pretty baby, all puffed up trying to be big! how could you not fall in love with her. Our cat is a rescued calico as well, a dropoff from a vehicle late at night, poor thing. Hope all the kitties start to calm down this morning. Aleta, I hope all goes well for your family - thats quite scary. Have they issued an amber alert? i do think that is a positive step in a nationwide hunt. Kristina, lovely poem. Oh, and pot roast, it is time for comfort food, yum. have a wonderful saturday all, i am off to put out more fires.

At 6:01 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

I read in the wrong order, with Boss's post first, so I knew the punchline already.

[Digressing, since Boss doesn't have comments - I loved his post. He does many flashier, but something about this one, coming home, really hit me. Thanks!]

[[Plus I now covet his house, just a bit!]]

The new kitten is terribly cute! It's been a long time since I had a kitten - Morgan is 13 and I got Ghost as an adult stray. And she's so fuzzy; I love kitten fuzz. :)

Aleta, that's so scary! I hope everything works out okay.

At 6:28 AM , Anonymous Krystolla said...

There is a legend among cat breeders that calicos, tortishells and torbies are born with two personalities (or more) to go with their two colors. It's called Tortitude.

If any cat can keep up with Bengals, it's two cats in one body.

Congrats on the new addition.

At 7:23 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I can't believe I found out about this on the Bossblog first. :D

Yay new kitty! She's adorable. She looks like she might have some Maine Coon in her-- do you know what sort of mix she is? Hubby and I think she will get Unexpectedly Big like our cats did. The she will really give the Bengals a run for their cat-money.

Can't think of a cat
related haiku, doo doo
bee doo bee doo doo.

At 7:32 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Kitty paws with mitts
Tiny purring sprite in furs.
Halloween colours

At 7:43 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Destruction goddess
Kali slunk in and shredded
my heart with a glance.

Okay, I'm off to the studio today to paint and won't be back home until after midnight. I'm looking forward to seeing how many comments my fellow Fiends make. :)

At 8:39 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Congratulations on finding her (and figuring out her name so fast)! She is beautiful and very cute.


At 8:41 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning All!

Kali, dd you ever think someone would have your name? I, to be truthful, didn't name her after you, it was simply her name, Kali, and the licious, went so well with Princess, it seems to fit.

Hi Starshadow, I love that "Stomps"

Kali is 12 weeks so say the Humane Society, I think she is going to be HUGE. She's not afraid of the Bengals either...

Hi Hagelrat, good luck with your rescue! Kali is going to be an indoor Kitty. We will see if she will leach walk LIke the Bengals tho.

I was going to ban Jess from this Blog after hearing she had read Bossblog first, but after reading it myself, I forgive her. That was a beautiful post, and I am glad he is home and happy with everything.

Krystolla, welcome! I didn't know that, but I am right there on board with the Tortitude. She is a BIG cat in personality, and is making herself KNOWN. She stayed in the sun room and the Bengals in bed last night, and was SO glad to see me.

Good luck Val! Have fun catching up tonight!

I don't know what KIND of cat she is, I suspect no on ever did. Lots of hissing, but everyone is getting lots of love, strangely, its Kali doing most of the agression, Venus and Mim are curious, Mim is worried, Venus Watches Kali and she Halloween Cat's it back and forth across the room.

Never still that one, but she has ben in a cage most of her life.

At 8:44 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, one thing on the Bossblog (have to tell him too) the tree by the gazebo wasn't cut down for light, but rather because it was dead and rotting and might have fallen on the gazebo...

At 8:46 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Happy with everything? There was enough beets after all?
Speaking of which, I bought some beets to make Aleta's cake. I SO want to try this...
This is going to be a heavy cooking weekend! Bliss.

At 8:46 AM , Blogger Adri said...

test etst test

At 8:50 AM , Blogger Adri said...

Sigh, sorry for the blank comment above-- was testing my login and hit 'post' instead of 'preview.' POSSIBLY because I haven't finished my espresso...

possibly because a certain Bengal of my acquaintance snuck onto my desk and ate all of the whipped cream off of my espresso while I was reading this post and distracted by your beautiful new friend.

I'm not sure if that's a good omen for you or not. :D

I may be biased, but I think three cats (two of them bengals) is the perfect number! Best of luck with the introductions!

At 9:14 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have an embarrassment of beets! Must try that cake. I am going to try and make pot roast, as the kitties seemed to love it last night.

Hi Adri! If you live with two Bengals and a Kitty you KNOW! She is so lovely, and doesn't WALK, she hops like Pepe La Pue! Halloween Kitty!

I am off to get another litter box, and some New Kitty Things and that post roast. Why do I fear pot Roast?

At 9:59 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

i tell you that the Kali devotees are legion.
decidely, i must come there to meet her.
why don't i stop by, say Wed?
what's that you say?
fine! i will be there, settled.

At 10:07 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Kali got LOLed on LOLGaiman!

At 10:17 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

oh my, my, my. How many cats are there now? 5?.

Whenever you bring a new one home they must stay locked up in a small area like a bathroom; minimum 3 days. That gives the other kitties a chance to sniff the door, etc... Just like the bees kinda. It helps them acclimatize to new surroundings. Otherwise you get crazyness; running all over frantic and scared half outta their furs.

She's gorgeous; you're a great mom and so much stronger than me; I can't set foot in the humane society.

And Kali is perfect! Kali the life giver and Shiva the destroyer. Or is the to the other way around, I forget.

((hugs to kitties & Fablo))

At 10:24 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

Oh, and Calico's have white; and their color spots are separated; no stripes. Tortishells have no white and their colours blend. She looks like a tortie to me but I can't tell if she's hiding white somewhere.

At 10:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would never have imagined someone would use my weird screen-name for anything really. (Especially as it came about as a combination of overexposure to Destiny's Child and the inspired silliness that comes from a severe lack of sleep.)
I've always thought Kali would be a good name for a little dervish of a kitty, and hey, if it fits, by all means use it.:) Fod knows I'm a sucker for kittens.;)

More pictures please??

At 10:31 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Well, hell, that's it-- I wouldn't want a banning. Bossblog is offically relegated to the absolute bottom of my feed bookmarks. I don't care how many pictures of kittens and sunrises he posts. :D

Here. I'll make it up to you with a recipe for the quiche I just made. Now you have a use for your embarrassment of beet greens. :)

Quiche for Quiche!

- a pound or so of beet greens or swiss chard with stems
- a small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup grated cheese (whatever sort you like)

Oil a nine-inch pie pan, or have a prepared pie crust ready. Finely chop the beet or chard stems and shred the leaves; wash the leaves and set them aside, but don't dry them. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and throw in the onions and stems; cook till the onions are transluscent, then add the garlic and the wet leaves. Mix it all together, turn the heat down, cover, and let it cook for ten minutes or so, till the leaves wilt completely.

As the greens cook, whisk together the eggs, milk, nutmeg, cayenne, salt, and cheese, and set aside. Spread the cooked veggies into the pie pan or the pie crust; pour the egg mixture on top. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes till the center of the quiche is set. Let it rest for abouyt ten minutes before serving.


Do not fear pot roast unless you find bits of the pot in it. Or, you know, actual Mary Jane. Ha! I kill me.

At 10:36 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Yum indeed.
And I just LOLed the Boss.
I just HAD to.

At 10:40 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Kitty! You are most welcome to come and see her, on say , Wednesday, but you have, a plane ticket for , say Tuesday, and that might work out better, as that is when I plan on picking you up....

Very funny! She's famous, the little demon!

It does make 5 cats, but the Fosters have their own room and don't come out and I WILL FIND THEM A HOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Soon I hope, surely there is someone out there????? We are doing some video of them tomorrow I think.

Kali is mostly by herself in the Sunroom, when I am sleeping or not there. Lots of sniffing room and the doors are glass so they can see eachother.

The Humane Society is hard, sigh. SO many looking for love. I wish I could have got an older cat.

I'll have to look for the white, I think she has white, but her colours do kind of blend. More pics tonight.

At 10:43 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

She has white on her paws.

At 10:43 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

What a great sounding Quiche!!!

What's this about Mary Jane and pot roast tho, I feel out of it?

(and you can read his first if you want to, or second anyway)

It is weird, Kali, that IS her name. That or Halloween Kitty for short...She so belongs in the Spooky House....

Where did you do this , Nathilie?

At 10:44 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hmm..Darned if she doesn't. I think she is white on her ruff too. (I'm at work so I can't , like LOOK at her..)

At 10:45 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Over at LOLGaiman, of course (A creation of Dan. Are you surprised?)

At 10:46 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

But Lorraine! There is a picture of her on your very BLOG!

At 10:56 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Yes, I second the mary jane and pot roast, I must have missed something as well. The quiche recipe looks fabulous - and with the beets I had I made the salad recipe posted awhile back, with blue cheese and walnuts - and I forget who posted it, apologies, but it is amazing good, yummy stuff! And Stacy, thanks - our kitty is officially a toriseshell, not a calico - I didn't know there was a distinction. Pantagruel, have fun in the studio today, hope the paint behaves!.

At 11:04 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oh, Lorraine, she's the cutest thing ever! I had a feeling from the first line of your post that you had a new kitty-kitty!

The Boss's post got to me too, it was really moving and sweet. And I guess I'm a stalker on this blog now because I read about Kali here first and not on Boss's blog! shocking really!

I like the LOL treatment... I thought he had an Indiana Jones sort of look :)

I've never made a pot roast. I just recently, within the last year or two, started eating cow again and I can make a killer ribeye now, but that's all I've attempted. good luck!

I also don't do quiches, but beet greens are great in frittatas as well.

I hear the munchkin coming back up to the door from a sleepover, so i'll talk to all later!

At 11:07 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

mother rabbit! you are right!
ok, Tuesday it is.
good thing we had this little discussion, miss Travel Queen.
I would be very forlorn in LAX.

At 11:16 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Well, see, you asked why you fear pot roast, and then I made a...erm...joke about the pot that the pot roast is *in*...and then...another...joke about..."pot"...erm...never mind.

*abandons dreams of doing stand-up comedy*

*hangs head in shame*

Rubius, I love that Welcome for Kali poem! That's very lovely. See, you didn't miss the haiku madness after all. (And you can always start another haiku war. :D )

All this talk of cat-introductions is making me want another cat. I don't think I can handle more than two, though. My house gets hairy enough as it is...

I should warn everyone that the quiche can get kind of wet and soggy n the bottom if, like me, you fail to cook all the liquid out of the veggies; it's probably a good idea to drain them off, too, before they go into the pie pan. Today was the first time I tried the recipe with a pie crust, and the thing fell apart on me because the veggies were too wet. Fortunately there was no one around to impress! And hubby has to eat whatever I give him. :)

I want to make that beet salad again, too! I still have some honey-oregano dressing left over. Yummers.

At 11:23 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Oh, now I get it!, giggle, but it took me a minute to sink in the word "pot", its not you Jess, it's been a bit draining here and i am still a bit braindead, frazzled, and rapidly going from a bit behind to WAY behind. agh. back to work i go..

At 11:29 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, I am glad we have that settled, Miss Kitty! I would have felt totally stood up!

Still don't get the joke, but hey, that's my problem, not yours I am thinking.

I want a list of blogs I follow to , well be listed where ever they are listed....

At 11:57 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

I got the joke. It is a pun on the word 'pot'. She punned on the word 'pot' meaning 'pots and pans' and then punned on the word 'Mary Jane' which is a synonym for 'pot' meaning marijuana. She was saying that neither of those items go into making a good pot roast... they are the wrong types of pot. I'm from BC so I understood the Mary Jane reference... you cannot go through high school here without learning a number of synonyms for marijuana... and I love puns, proof of which is my pile of Xanth novels by Piers Anthony.

Hmmmm... pot roast... I recommend lots of rosemary... in fact pot roast is a most night garden oriented meal. You should go out and pick lots of fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley... whatever you have, and make sure that you add all the herbs you can find to the marinade.

At 12:10 PM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Welcome to princess Kali! I can see why you couldn't leave her.

Have you considere getting somethign suvh as feliway ( - all soothing cat pheronomes to help new housemates settle in (Although I don't know whether it works on wild jungle cats and two-natured godesses...)

At 12:36 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I got the references, Jess. ;)
Just file it under "cultural blindspot," Ms. Fabulous. We all have them. :)

Of course, Princess Kali's ultimate test is yet to come: Uilleann pipe practice. ;) And I saw white, orange, and black on her in the photos for this post, so she is a calico.

At 1:03 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

AH-HA! NOW I get it. Didn't know that Term, Mary Jane, or remember it anyway. Very funny, Fiends...

I bought a new covered litter box, so there would be three, and Mim jumped in it to, ah, inaugurate it, and Venus jumped in with her, and they started wrestling and rolling and litter came flying out all over the place!

I laughed so hard and wished I hadn't forgotten my camera.

At 1:07 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Now my pot roast joke really isn't funny. Soon I'll be forced to write a disclaimer stating that I do not advocate the culinary of either cannabis or pot shards, and further that I strongly recommend the avoidance of bad punnage (save by fully qualified professionals wearing protective headgear). :D

Kali Cat has white socks on, the way my Kitty (maysherestinpeace) used to! The behavior you're describing reminds me a lot of Kitty when we brough her home-- she always had her claws out, and was very aggressive with other cats. I wonder if Kali does have some Maine Coon in her, you know; I could be totally off, but this article seems to suggest that Kali has a lot of similar traits-- the round, wide head, long tail, "policing" of the area, and whantnot. She's got that "M" marking on her forehead that they often have, too.

Hee hee! I can't wait to see what she makes of the pipes. :)

At 1:14 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, I so wrecked your joke, which , while it might not have been snorting tea funny, no doubt gave some people a giggle.

I have no problem with Canabis, tried it once or twice long ago (but I didn't inhale)

(There, now I made a lame joke which you can make fun of me for , hee-hee)

I hope she has Maine Coon, that was the Breed I loved most before finding Bengals, cousins of the Norwegian Forest Cat.

Oh and Jess, can you mail me all the Night Gardens I haven't posted yet? I am SURE I will forget someone, crushing their hopes dreams and psychi's in the process...

At 1:16 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Morgan is part Maine coon - they're wonderful cats!

At 1:26 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HEY! I can now make a science comment, impressing Phiala and Paul!!!!!

Did you know that Maine Coons are genetically very close to Norge. Forest Cats, as in the DNA is related. The first Viking to come over brought them along, and left them behind...

(Not very responsible pet owners apparently, going on holiday and dumping them)

At 1:45 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And oh, I wanted to say that Feliway does quite bit of good. I use both the diffusers and the spray, seems to keep things calm. Calmer at any rate.

At 1:45 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Yay science! :) Thanks, Lorraine. Pretty much all I know about cat genetics is that it's horrendously complicated. I like Viking stuff, so no wonder that I like Maine coons, right?

At 1:46 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Maine Coons are wonderful animals. HUGE cats they be. Kali certainly resembles one with that fluffy tail. My monitors color must be wonky I thought her feet were light orange; but I looked on Ellen's computer and they are white. She's so adorable. Now your Boss is gonna have to recind his post about someone adopting the other two bengals so you don't become a crazy cat lady. Too Late!

I'd like you all to know that even with this horrid head cold; and nasty cough; I held my breath long enough to get to the store & get stuff to make pot roast! LOL

Now I need a nap. Again. Where is that Nyquil...

*shuffles off with tissue in one hand and ginger-ale in the other*

miss you all

At 1:46 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Cat Science! \o/

THAT is exactly why we can't figure out whether Edie and Ally are a bit Maine Coon, or a bit Norwegian Forest Cat. They seem to act like both. We think the latter, mainly because there are so many of them on the Wikipedia page which look eerily like Edie. I never claimed to be doing the science...

Night garden stuff sent!
Backup Fairy rocks your socks.
You know you love it.

At 1:48 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Poor Stacy! :( Get better soon.

At 1:53 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Rock my socks Back up airy!!!!!!

Stacy, horrid to have a cold, everyone is getting sick around here....No fun at all. I bought my pot roast, but can't seem to find the crock pot, which is what it is going to be cooking in as I am making dinner elsewhere this evening. A crock roast???

How can one lose, not one, but two crock pots????

I hope she gets HUGE! I'd love a huge fluffy demon.

And I do hope they like bagpipes, at least this week. It has been pointed out to me that practicing at work will not go down very well...

At 1:53 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Fairy. Not Airy.

At 2:05 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

No practicing at work? Why on earth not??? Doesn't Boss understand the importance of the bagpipes????

Jess, your cats look just like Morgan, and we think Morgan is part Maine coon, so obviously yours are Maine coon too. Right? [Please ignore the inconvenient fact that Morgan came from a neighbor in North Carolina, and I have no idea WHAT he is. Except that he definitely isn't the shorthair female I was told I was getting.]

At 2:15 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I think she must be part Maine Cool. She has the ears, and the toe tufts, and she sure has personality....She likes to lie on me and lick my eyelashes, and bi te my neck. And step on the keyboard.

At 2:21 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

So many comments! I'm on my lunch break from the studio. Painting is going well... well, when I say 'well,' I mean that my teacher is insisting I take the Going Wodwo painting home to fix it. Which we are arguing over: I think, not unreasonably, that it would be easier to see if Boss likes it or not as-is BEFORE fixing it, and then if he hates it, fix it all at once. Why this is on his radar today, I don't know, but I'm getting stabby. About to go drink lots of beer to calm down before the break is over. Thankfully there is a pub a few yards from the studio.


At 2:30 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Lorraine's new cat may be Maine Cool, but mine is Maine Dork. The poor boy falls off furniture... but he's awful sweet!

Hm. I think I agree, Pantagruel - Boss should get to decide whether it needs to be fixed, and if so how.

Apparently lots of us are working or otherwise attached to computers today.

At 2:38 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

I'm trying to think of how to make a joke about Quiche's reaction to getting more needy kitties as a Fablovian response, in order to rhyme with Pavlovian and the dogs and, well, I just can't figure out how to be funny today! Though I do think you are wonderful, Fablo, for taking on yet another beautiful cat who needs some love and the best home ever!! And cooking and setting up special cat rooms and working working working. You are amazing.

Oh Pantagruel, I am so on your side about the painting. Hope the beer works for you.

I had some news, but it feels small compared to such a pretty cat! :-) And I hope everyone gets some sleep tonight...

At 2:45 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Agaila! There is no small news, let's have it!

Maine dork, that's funny, and oh yes, working away...

Good luck Val! Hang in there. I think Boss would say it is your painting and to do what you want with it.

At 2:59 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Feel better Stacy! Lots of colds running around out here too. Did you find the crock pot Lorraine? yum, I swear I'll probably smell it over her in a few hours. I have combed my kitchen and just can't find anything of interest for dinner. bah. and I hope the kitty is part maine coon, they are beautiful, I have always wanted one. Panta, i'll have a beer with you, just took a casting out of the kiln today and was rather disappointed. bah again, back to the drawing board (or painting easel for you) good luck!

At 3:12 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

uhhhh, i mean smell it over here.....

At 3:14 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

oh and yes grace, do give us news..

At 3:24 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Well... you DO have a large kitchen, Quiche.

I like Fablovian response. That got a good snort out of me.

At 4:25 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

Okay, y'all, it's not exactly creativity in the Night Garden. But. An abstract I submitted for a conference presentation was accepted yesterday. I won't quite believe I'll really and truly be presenting till it's a little closer to conference time, but being accepted is lovely. So no poems, no pictures, no stories. But I can try to write the holy frick out of an essay ('bout a short story by that nice Mr. Gaiman author man). I'm so happy, btw, in case I didn't express that clearly. And I didn't cuss at any students this week! Yay for small victories. :-)

At 4:39 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

Ooh, adorable kitty! Seriously, kittens that cute ought to be controlled substances. For the record, i saw it here first.
@Bulfinch's Aglaia-That is awesome! As a refugee from academia, i salute you! I do hope you get to present. Rock On!

At 4:40 PM , Blogger Jess said...

The Fablovian response occurs when you smell pot roast. Yes.

Val: I get the impression that teacher fails to understand that the issue is not about himself, or what he thinks. If the painting is finished to your satisfaction, and you've done the best work you can, then it's time to work on the next thing. And frankly, it's time for teacher to get over whatever he doesn't seem able to put behind him. Fix it if you think it needs fixing. It's not his painting.

Hee hee! Breed differentiation: Maine Cool and Maine Dork. I think both of mine fall into the Norwegian Forest Dork category, if not Maine Dork. One or the other.

Morgan does look alarmingly like Edie. He's a bit rounder than she is, but they've got the same fur length and face. And they've both been in The Lord of the Rings! They're so talented. :)

At 4:42 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Yay Aglaia! That's fab. :)

At 5:28 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Yey Grace! at what conference will this be presented at? That's not small news at all, congrats to you! and always good to get thru a week without cussing at students:) Glad things are looking up for you - you deserve it! Jess, great words on the teacher's feelings about Val's painting, I thought it seemed too that they were more his issues, but couldn't find the words to say it. Is it pot roast yet? (sniffing wildly..)

At 6:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hurrah Grace! You should trumpet such things! Small news, ha! Congrads!

I think it is the teachers issues. Not sure how far an art teacher can go, I mean if the assignment is to do a specific thing, with a specific technique , that's one thing, but if it is a purely creative project..Art, and writing and music are all kind of subjective. What makes it good or bad? No one is ever going to like everything...

I had plans to do a lovely post with a funny story about Why Bother with a crockpot? These Demons like it just as well raw.

Mim darn near ran off with the thing. And when I cut her off some chunks, she went Leopard on me! Growling and screaming....

Would have been some great shots. If I had remembered to bring home the camera.

Well, they are sure to do something just as entertaining tomorrow...And then the crock roast will be done. More or less.

At 6:31 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

lolgaimanz, hai! Is hurtz funneh...

Sorry, I think it's contagious *g*
Seriously, Kali-queen to be does look Maine Coon (er, Cool). And in a few months at the most you should see the famous belly fur if she doesn't have it already. That might cinch it.
Have to disagree (sorry, Stacey!) re the shutting up in bathroom--*too* small. It is good for her to have a closet or cat-furniture place that seems protected, but if she is shut up into somewhere as close as even a large bathroom at night, I think it will give her kitty-complexes. That sort of cat wants freedom on *their* terms.
You're probably already putting her litter and feed areas somewhere where she can feel safe and separate from the Bengals, right? She might be unhappy if presented with a litter option which already has their ownership marked in it. That is the exception to the "share scents" plan!!
Don't mind me; too much cat psychology.
Iz can get degree in that?

At 6:34 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Spooky Kitty just in time for Halloween! She is cute - and I'm betting quite fierce in a 12-week-old kitty kind of way.

Sad but true: I know those are cat photos. The cat is the reason the photos were taken. But I'm in the midst of stripping layers of icky white paint of several doors and some trim and my first reaction was "OMG!! Look at that gorgeous woodwork!". I do envy your beautiful stained wood.

There. It's out. I'm in remodel-geek mode. Someone point me to a 12 step program, quick!

At 6:45 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The photos were taken by Boss at his place, where we stopped on the way home. I have woodwork, but not like that.

Kali spent last night, and today when I was gone, in the sunroom, which is a rectangle, kind of bedroom sized. The rest of the time we have all been together. Still hissing, but not as much as you would expect. I think Venus is taken with her and she Venus, they watch and Kali follows.

Venus smacked Mim when she went for Kali, then went and said she was sorry to Mim, it was weird, as Venus is not adverse to smacking Kali.

Tonight the Bengals get the downstairs and Kali will be with me.

She feels safe and has places. I think we will do ok.

At 7:03 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I am ashamed to say that I have not had time to do more than skim comments. I will catch up tomorrow when I am supposed to be studying.

Q, I just wanted to add my two cents and let you know a good rule of thumb for litter boxes and cats. Always have one more litter box than you have cats. So, if you have room for 4 litter boxes (not including the fosters of course since they have there own room) that would be best.

Do you know if your fosters are OK with kids? I have a friend (single Mom with one girl who is young but really mellow) who might be interested.

Will you be at Ren Fest any time during the last weekend? I want to go and thought it would be fun to meet up. Plus M keeps asking about you and "the white doggy". :)

At 7:14 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Wow that is sad that I said "there own room" and not "their own room". Speaks to how much I should be in bed!

At 7:15 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Funny thing is, I was looking at that first picture and thinking, "Hey, my baseboards look just like that!" :D I feel your pain, Maureen-- we've been slowly stripping and refinishing woodwork for, oh, about four years, now. It seems like it'll never end-- I curse the day my dad learned to tint shellac. Now every time he comes over, I end up with a houseful of either fumes or sawdust. Bleah!

Kitties will be okay, I'm sure. My cats get put away in a room about that size every night, and they seem to be okay so long as they have toys and windows to look though. Most nights they actually come down and ask me to put them to bed; they seem to like the routine. I suppose it depends on the cat, really.

At 7:25 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Gayle, I think if the child is good with animals and they are willing to be patient, they would be fine. Have our friend call me, and I would love to talk about them. They just ned someone to love them.

They are SO ready, when I go in, they don't want the food so much as playtime.

I need one more box, perhaps in the basement. There are two on the main floor and one up. I clean them every day when I get home.

Took out a yellow jacket ground nest tonight. ONLY time I am way cool with pesticides. Look, you are evil and built by my steps. You have to GO....

At 7:36 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I have to say that the only time I have EVER used pesticides to kill something was when there was a nest of wasps just out side my back door and I could not even let the dogs out without them being attacked. Sometimes it is very important to set priorities!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. My new neighborhood is truly wonderful and I can't wait to be there full time. I think I should be moved in in two weeks or so. My 20 yr old nephew is in town and should be able to help me move big stuff.

At 7:39 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

It sounds as if everything is going as it should.....obviously Venus and Mim know how *you* feel about Kali...
She is SOOO lucky!

Lurking here, and finally being able to natter on, makes missing Minneapolis area people a sharper pang. Oh, well. We make choices, and we live with them...

sniffly hugs....

At 7:49 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You will come and visit us at some point, this I know, Lys. We miss you too! I am glad that you can post now and be with us, you belong here..

Gayle, best of luck in the new place!!!! I will send you a House present, tho not until I send Va;'s and she moved yonks ago... I am so bad.

Wasps are evil. I have an accord with them, they are away from me, they live. They come in, or build where they will sting me, they die.

At 7:54 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have nothing to say. Just doing some couch and watching "Dead Like Me"

But I wanted to be number 100.

At 8:02 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

Thank you for the kind words, y'all, and for being excited with me! Sue, the con I will supposedly be at (still can't quite believe it will happen!) is the Northeast Modern Language Association con in late February, up in Boston. I won't know anyone and there are many, many panels and topics and the thing looks much bigger than most cons I've presented at and I've picked kind of a tough topic, but, well, I'm really excited anyway. As I told one of my most dearly loved friends, since my career track doesn't depend on producing conference papers, I can do this for the sheer love of it, which is fun. (Now, if my sniffly cold would just take itself back to whatever cave it crawled out of, I'd be golden! At least, I think it's a cold.)

Fablo, best of luck in the whole sleeping arrangements with the cats tonight. You are a very brave and compassionate woman! I will probably be sleeping sitting up on the couch (helps with the coughing), with multiple amounts of dogs lying around on the floor near me, shedding huge amounts of hair, and one cat who likes to meow to go outside at about 3:00 a.m. but then just stands there, looking at the night, and then looks back at me with a "what, you want me to go out there??" look, who also sheds copious amounts of hair. Whacky animals. Gotta love 'em! :-)

At 8:05 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, it is a cold time for certain! Everyone is sick. PLEASE give me a week, I have way too much to do.

Feel better you!

And good luck with this Con, you are going to be wonderful and we are going to want to hear about it...

At 9:50 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

That is really COOL, Aglaia! Congratulations!

Ms. Fabulous, start taking a vitamin C tablet. I've been taking a 500 mg of vitamin C on top of a multi-vitamin/multi-mineral daily. I haven't gotten sick in the last year, at least not more than annoying. It is worth a try.

At 10:37 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Virtual chicken soup to all sick and congratulations, Grace, on the paper.

Take loads of vitamins (everyone) the winter seems to be wanting to be a REALLY cold one.

Good night!

At 1:05 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Aglaia, congratulations on getting your paper accepted! You'll have to let us know how the conference goes.

Ivenotime, bummer about your casting. That definitely deserves beer.

Sounds like Kali is settling in nicely. ;)

Good luck with the move, Gayle!

Jess and Quiche, after much discussion this afternoon and evening, I finally got the problem sorted. I got my teacher to narrow down what, exactly, he thought needed fixing -- turns out we were arguing over adding 1mm of green to the edges of the forehead, nose, and chest to make the form roll back in space a bit. And he was being such a pain about this because he thinks it should be perfect when Boss sees it.

Seriously. 1mm of green.

I thought about it, and decided that it was not worth arguing over that kind of minutiae. This is only going to be about five brushstrokes to fix, so... okay. That I'll do.

And now, bed.

At 5:20 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

1 mm of green, for goodness sake - yeah, you're right, not worth arguing over. It is a great piece, 1 mm or not! yeah, the casting was a bummer, but i am testing a new kiln, and temps vary slightly. beer was had. Grace, again congrats, let us know how it goes, and feel better - soup, yes, and tea with lemon, my favorite.

At 5:39 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I am down with ginger tea (with home made ginger schnaps in it) to get rid of a woul-be-cold-if-ever-given- the-slightest-provocation.
Better nip that upstart in the bud.
Then nap. I have a good book to nap upon.

At 6:42 AM , Blogger Jess said...

One millimeter
of green in a thousand strokes
for one rounded line.

Doing some couch on
the hundredth comment is fine.

Down with ginger tea,
spiked with homemade ginger schnapps.
You won't regret that.

I'll be in the car,
driving to you don't know where--
then come back. All right?

At 7:00 AM , Anonymous Krystolla said...

I can't believe I missed the Maine Coon part of the conversation! Dang! I have four.

There's nothing like waking up very warm and realizing you can't move because a collective 70 pounds of cat have settled around you in bed.

I think Kali probably qualifies as a dilute patched mackerel tabby with white -- if you wanted to show her that would be what you'd put on the form. Dilute, because she looks more blue & cream than brown and orange. Tabby because she's got the classic "M" on her forehead and some straight line stripes on her sides.

And here's the secret way to tell if you've got a Maine Coon:

Whisker stretch. Coons have absurdly long whiskers. My eldest coon's whiskers are bigger around than the stretch of my hands.

Sure there's the square muzzles and shaggy coats and "rabbit ears" that the breeders are always fussing over. I'm convinced it's the whiskers that make a coon.

At 8:48 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ack! Nathilie is down with the Evil cold???!!!!! Are we passing this onto eachother????????

Jess is officialy a Haiku Demon, I love the way she thinks. But where is she going?

Green. OK. Seems like a lot of fol-der-rol to me. I liked it.

The Maine Coon thing isn't over, talk away, I think she is part, and she does have huge whiskers, and her ear tufts are almost comical.

New pictures tonight, promise!!!!!!!

At 8:49 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...


At 9:31 AM , Anonymous marjorie said...

Congratualtions, Aglaia - and very good luck for when you make the presentation.

Meanwhile, I have some night-garden inspired pics at

(still haven't sussed how to do a proper link, sorry) - anyone who wishes to borrow is more than welcome..

At 9:59 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

M and I are in the yucky cold club too. Hurray for tea!

I should be packing or reading or taking a nap but I am going to see a movie instead. :)

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday.

At 10:25 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

See? We ARE passing it around , via this blog....

Marjorie! Those are really lovely! I really like that first one, it doesn't look like it is of this earth..

At 10:31 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, and it is a lovely SUnday here. My house is getting cleaned and I am off making salsa. Lots of salsa..

The Evil Bengals broke a mirror tray I had in the bathe this morning, and then, when I questioned them about this, BOTH looked at Kali, then back at me.

I told them I wasn't buying it, and it was their leaping powers that made it up there, not the baby's.

Very little hissing this morning. Crock roast helps I think.

At 10:35 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Why am I not surprised that Venus and Mim decided that Kali is now the scapecat? ;)

At 11:30 AM , Blogger Maureen said...

Lorraine - well, then I'm quite envious of yer Boss's woodwork but am betting I'd not want to swap heating bills with him :-D

When I brought tiny Jack home, he was separated from Robin until he was about 6 months old and not in danger of being eaten (no exaggeration... as a puppy he didn't hit 3 pounds until then). Kali is probably already bigger than Jack.

Pantagruel - art teachers - arrrgh! Been there. Done that. Got the BFA 'tho.

At 11:51 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

What is it with kitties and mirrors these days? First mine then yours? And of course nobody would ever own to the fact...

Nice pictures Marjorie (I have a weakness for B&W). I am intrigued by the mirror style building reflecting the clouds.

Off to drink more tea laced with strong liquor. Keeps me warm.
A virus. An internet virus is bugging us. Naughty.

At 11:55 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

They have nine lives, and can afford the 7 years bad luck I say.

Feel better, Nathilie!

I think Itty Bitty is going to be blamed for a LOT...

At 12:22 PM , Anonymous marjorie said...

Glad you like the pictures.

Natalie, the mirrored building is at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, I think they have a planetarium underneath.

I like Black & white, too - it seems to make everything more dramatic.

By the way, I seem to have the Fiends shared cold, too.... I agree, this must be what they mean when they talk about computer viruses!

At 12:30 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...


Wow--thanks for sharing those! The whole collection is amazing, but # 4 and 8 are mesmerizing. Hard to look away from # 8, in fact. Hmmm....Night Garden 'fairy glamour' ?

Back to the Maine Coon discussion (Was Big Guy still living with me when you were at my Berkeley place, FabLo? He used to sit on the handlebars of my ten speed in the hall w/his forepaws down on the front tire. For some reason, he found this yoga-peaceful. 18+ lb cat zen balanced.)

Anyway- see if Kali shows any signs of jumping in the bath. All three of the Mainies who have allowed me to share their lives at various points have been swimmers, although two of them would demand to be toweled off afterwards (had to tell them cloth was the best I could do, my tongue was insufficient to assist)and look at me as if they had been tricked into it!

At 12:37 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

My Norwegian forest cats are also attracted to water. Or the noise of running water.
But then again, so is Microbe and he is pure mongrel (oh sorry: Vet says I should say "European" instead - which has us in fits of giggles, of course)

At 12:46 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I didn't know that about the Maincoon/Forest cats. Bengals LOVE water, Mim gets in the shower with me, and they both love to play and drink from a running faucet in the sink.

I'm thinking of taking the plants out of the bathtub and keeping water in it with some floaty toys...

We'll see what Kali thinks.

Lys, that is SO funny! I remember Big Guy, I think, tho that was a long time ago.

"European" very funny!

At 4:39 PM , Anonymous marjorie said...

Fods! Catastrophe!
Seven years bad luck for Mim,
Venus and Kali

(and why this as written.. given it is midnight and a half right now..)

Seeking sleep, inspiration
Wakes, brought by kitties.

Good night

At 7:49 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Once again I unplug for the weekend and return to 100+ comments. Ye fods!

At 7:54 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

WMwwwhahahahha! Yes, dan, keep up or get culled from the pack! Can we talk my website next week, I really need one, if you have some time...

At 7:56 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I just registered the name for you last week to make sure it didn't get snarfed by a domain squatter.


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