Sunday, January 04, 2009

King Lear the Huge and Little Queen Mab Get A New Cat Tree....

Since I don't exactly know anywhere else to post you photos, we'll just do a new post. Merry Housekeeper came today and put together my new Xmas Cat Tree! (Spooky Daughter cleaned, Baby Ghoul, aged 8, hunted Mousies from under the couch, and played with Venus and Mim, to everyone's delight, earning himself his very OWN check. I love this family!)



Little Queen Mab seems fine after the Trauma of both the Vacuum and the New Cat Tree. She just wonders if Tuna will be a part of it all.



King Lear the Huge, not so much. I think he will be Closeting for some time, until he is SURE the Vacuum will not be coming back.



And because we were feeling lucky, and rightly so, some Bonus Pics of Magic! I love that cat more every day. I learn so much watching him, and watching him come out of his fear is one of the best feelings my heart has ever known....









Adding this in now....

From Bengalgirl, AKA Janet, AKA She who is the Queen of Bengal Rescue in our part of the world.....She now has TWO Bengal Kittens in Foster....We almost never get kittens. Check the comments for the full story....

Condensed from her comment....

"Tues. I got a call from our local shelter, they has a 4 month old purebred brown spotted bengal surrendered for ???? GLBR paid to have her spayed, tested, and shots and I was to pick her up on Sat. Then on Wed. I got an email from a daughter of a 66 year old woman who bought a bengal kitten in Oct and needed to find a rescue for him. He is a brown marble. He needs shots, and neutered which will be done hopefully this week. I've named the girl Aashi, which is Indian for smile and the boy came with Simba."










Love, Cat Trees and Magic, and Kittens
Lorraine

170 Comments:

At 3:03 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Magic is so beautiful. My heart twinges every time I look at him, he's magnetic. That cat tree is fantastic, I am not showing those pictures to Tysie or she will complain about the seemingly pathetic ones we have. The photos show nature of cat...food please? I'll just stay UP here...

On inside/outside. Tysie is an inside cat. She is too proficient a hunter to be allowed free range, plus she gets stuck up high trees and roofs. We have an enclosure outside for her, and sometimes Pete takes her out on supervised walks. The RSPCA here recommends all cats be inside too. Of course there are NO native cats in Australia, and feral cats have decimated a lot of native fauna so that plays a big part in the RSPCA and government thinking.

 
At 3:20 PM , Blogger Siri said...

My Fred, (may he rest in peace) was an indoor/outdoor cat, who would, in the proper season, bring me fleas. He was insistant on going out, until the night he disappeard - I drove the neighborhood, calling and calling and calling. I lived then near a major busy street, and I knew he was a smooge on the highway. I called and called, and finally, the next morning, here he came, a streak of blonde, tearing over from the neighbor's house. He'd gotten trapped in their garage, and spent the night there, hearing me call him. He had lost his voice from meowing back.

He was pretty much an indoor kitty from then until he died.....

 
At 3:21 PM , Blogger vampi said...

Quiet fiend day?

magic is really beautiful.

love the tree it looks way cool.

 
At 3:21 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I can't imagine trying to walk him on a leash....

Whenever I'm mightily stressed at work, I have "I haven't fed Fred recently" dreams. Poor Kitty. He's always so sad looking, and I never have any food in the house for him. He's been gone 15 years.

 
At 3:22 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Beautiful.

 
At 3:37 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I think I'll be like that when Tysie has gone, she's been with me for a third of my life.

 
At 3:44 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Oh he's just the most gorgeous animal! I just want to snuggle him to pieces! (that would be funny, no?) I'd be the one in pieces.

Siri; that is so amazing; I still have dreams that re-occur where my two beloved ginger tabbies (gone now these past 10 years or so- but who's counting?) are hanging out in my old apt. with all my old things; like I had never left it (and moved onto family life) I get the keys from the landlady; who lets me in and there they are; alive; though they've not been fed in who knows how long??? And my heart breaks that I've been 'gone' so long and I think 'how could I have not come back here knowing this is where I live?' even though of course, it's not.

Sooo Weird! I wake up longing for them so (they were sisters) and usually there's a furball curled up near me I can stroke, and pretend, until I fall asleep again.

I can't wait to see them again.

 
At 3:45 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, Siri, I know those dreams. I remember, perfectly, every cat I have ever been with, and there have been a LOT.

Boss's house was for years sort of cat sanctuary, anyone who showed up. I swear there were cat signs in the woods "These people are Suckers!"

They were all indoor outdoor cats, and they do take their chances.

It's sad when you lose a friend, but there are so many who are in such need, I kind of feel like they just make a new place in my heart. I don't forget my old friends, ever, but there is room for new ones too.

Bengals love leash walking, at least Venus and Mim do. Can't begin to imagine what Lear would think of such a thing! We go in ALL the yards, front and back all over he block in the summer.

No off leash adventures tho.

Hans is going to screen my porch in the spring, so they can be out there when I am home....

 
At 3:47 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I know Stacy, I want SO to cuddle him! THAT won't be happening for a while. The fact that he now comes out when I go in is good, and that he ate while I was there.

We'll see what happens when I get the bed in there.

(I can't believe I sleep with these Leopards, Lear could SHRED me)

 
At 3:54 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Q; I agree w/Kitkat; Lear is a big bundle of tapioca butterscotch custard... (can't remember exactly what she wrote but it was adorable & true!)

 
At 3:55 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

besides which; the girls would kick his a** if he did!

 
At 4:05 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

aww, magic is so beautiful, how wonderful he is beginning to trust you. the cat tree is great - are kitties enjoying themselves? i saw some discussion in the previous posts on a fiend weekend in June - has a date been set? the 24/25 is probably the only one i could make - i have a convention on the 17/18 in portland. it will be so much fun to get us all together!

 
At 4:13 PM , Blogger bengalgirl said...

Since this is a "bengal" post I have to tell you all about my two new bengal foster cats. My two 1/2 brother fosters were adopted 12/20 and since we are closed to new cats I thought I'd have a tiny break, however, Tues. I got a call from our local shelter, they has a 4 month old purebred brown spotted bengal surrendered for ???? GLBR paid to have her spayed, tested, and shots and I was to pick her up on Sat. Then on Wed. I got an email from a daughter of a 66 year old woman who bought a bengal kitten in Oct and needed to find a rescue for him. The mother has had two open heart surgeries and is blind in one eye. The kitten is a rowdy boy that plays well with the resident shelty but the dog has lots of fur and the lady does not, so she has scratches and bites all over. She couldn't drive so we made the 4 hour round trip on Friday evening to pick him up. He is a brown marble. He needs shots, and neutered which will be done hopefully this week. I don't know how to do pictures, so I'll send to Lorraine and she can post them. I've named the girl Aashi, which is Indian for smile and the boy came with Simba.

 
At 4:18 PM , Blogger bengalgirl said...

Also wanted to say that we normally NEVER have kittens unless we have done a large breeder rescue. This is very unusual and the fact that they were by me and that I was open to take them was pre-planned by some greater force. Once they are all healed and up to date they will be available for adoption.

 
At 4:18 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

for my fellow pterry fan fiends

 
At 4:20 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lear the Huge is a puddle of wuv, I am thinking, it is going to be fun when he trusts me more.

Not sure yet about a home for these two. It would have to be the PERFECT home, and I would need to be very sure it was Right. EG's get into your heart fast...

We are having a Fiend weekend in June, Gayle is kind of in charge of it. We need to figure out who can come, who wants to come, and when is the best time.

Then we need a Place for it.

Somewhere perfect. The Water Street Inn in Stillwater IS perfect, but it is about a 45 minute drive from the airport, and in June, we couldn't get a deal on rooms, like if we were doing it NOW, and it is kind of pricy.

I think we can all get our own rooms, or some of you might want to double up, but we should have a suite to gather in too...

 
At 4:22 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh Janet! Kittens? Poor things, how lucky tho you were there. Look no more , I will take them!!!!!!!!

 
At 4:23 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ok. I'm back in the real world. I can't take them, however much I really want another kitten.

Fiends? Someone sitting on the fence here in the Midwest?

Send the pics, I will post them, Janet.

 
At 4:34 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Not really much good me saying it, but Janet if I was in the States I'd want to take them in a flash.

I'm working on gentle suggestiong to Pete about June, but its more likely I'll be hooking up via webcam unless I win the lottery

 
At 4:38 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I posted pics of the kittens at the end of today's post...

Aw, Sally, we could all come to you. Wait. Belay that.

 
At 4:42 PM , Blogger Annie said...

Makes me wish very much I could get a kitten; however I currently live with an overly large dog who tends to unintenionally terrorize any smaller animal who comes into her space....sigh....

 
At 4:49 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

You can really see the change in Magic's eyes in these pix. Curious and present instead of shutdown by fear.

Kittens are SO cute. Wish I still had the house!

It is looking like the June event is working out well for the weekend of the 26th. I think Stillwater would be great but the Cities would be good too. I was looking at hotels in Minneapolis/St Paul and there are some nice ones that are central to lots of things to do.

 
At 4:49 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

How old is Simba approximately? I think I could have boy as we are all girls here; and if he's a kitten still he could wormy worm his way into (my)Coco's heart I bet.

 
At 4:59 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Lorraine - a great idea even if you did try to belay it. A Fiend Worldwide Tour.

 
At 5:00 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Cool Gayle! I am putting that weekend on hold. I know very little about Minn/st. paul. The place fiddlers green was at was nice (Lorr/Grace/Beez - do you remember which hotel that was?) Tho Stillwater sounds like a more intimate atmosphere, which would be really lovely, and it sounds like it is in a quaint town - perhaps a bunch of us could go in on renting a car? just a thought whent we all get down to the logistics of this...

 
At 5:01 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Cool Gayle! I am putting that weekend on hold. I know very little about Minn/st. paul. The place fiddlers green was at was nice (Lorr/Grace/Beez - do you remember which hotel that was?) Tho Stillwater sounds like a more intimate atmosphere, which would be really lovely, and it sounds like it is in a quaint town - perhaps a bunch of us could go in on renting a car? just a thought whent we all get down to the logistics of this...

 
At 5:12 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You got that right Gayle, he was hostile and very very frightened, and now, he's There. The wall came down. He wants to know me...

Anyone thinking about Kittens should e-mail Janet thru the Great Lakes Bengal Rescue site.

It's very important that they go to the right home, with someone who knows up front that these are Bengals, and what that means.

I love them, but so many end up in rescue because people don't know how different they are, not BAD, just different.

If it's not what you want in a cat, don't go there, go to a shelter and find the one you want there.

 
At 5:15 PM , Anonymous El said...

Oh god in heaven, I want those kitties so much. I wish I could take them. *a million sad faces*

I will just stare at the pictures longingly instead.


Re: The Gathering.

I live 5 miles from the airport, so I would be happy to help pick up and shuttle people if need be. I can also offer two futons of varying softness for sleeping purposes.

Stillwater would be really fun, and a cool atmosphere, but as you mentioned, Q, pretty spendy.

I'm hopeless when it comes to the eastern suburbs, but I could look into it a little bit, see what else is around...

 
At 5:20 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

You fiends are getting too fast for me to keep up with. I need to find an extra few hours in my day somewhere...

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i'm interested, and i would be interested in possibly splitting a room with a roomate. i keep forgetting i'mt he boss now so getting a vacation approved isn't such a big deal. my current boss is way cool.

 
At 5:28 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

okay MOM! I'll send Janet an email. Can you send me her email?

:)

 
At 5:31 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Strechy time Danguy, work on it.....

We do tend to move fast here don't we?

-I- want those kittens, and of course, can't. Five Bengals is just about as many as the Spooky House can take.

 
At 5:36 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Let me find out where she wants people to e-mail...

The one on the site is:

info@greatlakesbengalrescue.com

And think too, if it is possible for you, we are currently closed to taking in new rescues as we do not have room in our foster homes. If you can foster, I tell you , it is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do, getting to know these cats, and finding them homes...

 
At 5:36 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I also am happy to lend a car and/or drive people when needed. I will have space for one and I do live one block from burial mounds. ;)

I think that it may be simpler to take an evening trip to Stillwater and stay in the cities. I also may be biased as I live in St Paul.

 
At 5:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And thank you Stacy! For at least entertaining the thought...

I think the cities might be better too, and we can do a day trip to Stillwater. Perhaps a brunch at the Water Street Inn? And some wandering around town? I bet I could get us some live music....

 
At 5:42 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I realize that Quiche has covered this but I would just like to put in my two cents about the Bengals. If you MAY have room, fostering is a great way to find out. You may fall in love and keep the one you take in. You may decide it's not the right time and your foster will be the better for knowing you.

Kittens are the easiest to place and I'm sure these two will find a great home, with Fiends or someone else. Fostering is like a trial. If you have a space for one you will know better if you really can take one on and be a forever home.

Just to beat the proverbial dead, well something. :)

 
At 5:55 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Oh I see how it is; you are Minn/St. Paul snobs! Fine! **kidding** I'd be happy to foster; I just don't think there are any here in my neck of the woods. :)

 
At 5:57 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I don't think I've said, but I will put the weekend of the 26th on my calendar, too. I'll drive up from central Iowa, and have a Honda CRV, so can pick up 4 people and luggage between here and there, if anyone needs a lift.

Aren't there motels in Stillwater?

 
At 5:58 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I would check here Stacy.

 
At 6:05 PM , Blogger bengalgirl said...

Yes, either that email or direct to me at bengalgirl2@yahoo.com.

BTW, did anyone notice my new picture. My cat Mo got his button eyes.

Janet

 
At 6:12 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Gayle THANKS!!! Don't know how I missed this before! Cool!

 
At 6:17 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Janet; the button eyes are purrrrfect! I've sent an email off to Marilyn per the instructions (see, I can follow them). Thanks for the help!

 
At 6:22 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

LOVE the button eyes! I hadn't noticed!

I was going to add that yes, there most certainly are Bengals in need of help where ever you are, but that seems to be covered. Marilyn is lovely, very smart about Kitties.

And I second what Gayle said, about fostering, a really great way to find out if these are your kitties. You may fall in love, or you may find them their family. Either way, a Bengal wins.

 
At 6:39 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I did notice the button eyes and was going to comment in a sec. :) Great, they are!

I hope you get hooked up with a kitty in need, Stacy. I'm sure you will do great things.

 
At 6:47 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

This is an odd question but I was wondering if facebook Fiends would be willing to send me a private note about how much is too much for hotel costs. One persons expensive hotel is another persons bargain. So in order to get an idea of what people are able to pay I would like to know what you all think is a reasonable price to pay per night. I will work any magic I have to get us the best deals but I need a ballpark figure so I know who to start talking to. :)

Thanks!

 
At 7:16 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I bet Their Majesties will love their new tree. :)

I can only imagine the joy you feel with Magic. It makes me happy to see the change in his eyes, and all I get are photos. :)!

My cats have all been indoor, always with all four sets of claws. The ferals we've been feeding are strictly outside; however, those kitties aren't exactly pets. My pet cats have all been happy inside. Only one was gotten from a friend whose cats had kittens. The other three all were either found or adopted from the Humane Society shelter. My dogs have all been outside in a fenced yard, even now that we live in the country. I don't feel I'm being cruel to them when they face gray fox, hawks, falcons, owls, rattlesnakes and copperheads, feral hogs, neighbors dogs and cats, and coyotes outside. Then, of course, there are the other people who live out here with their vehicles, and guns.

Ooooo, new Fiend!
Hi, Finchstalker! No hiding now!
::sniff::
::sniff, sniff::
MWAHAHAHAHA!

 
At 7:16 PM , Blogger vampi said...

well, i don't have an exact number. the cheapest, but still clean nice hotel is my vote. i've been spoiled and my last 6 trips were for work and we have to use expedia, so i've been choosing fairly swank hotels that are still with in "policy" we are supposed to try and stay at starwood hotels when possible, which means sometimes i get to stay at Westin's which are way swank. actually swank for me is a place with the phone in the toilet area. i don't require a phone in the toilet area. some places do not need a phone.

 
At 7:21 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Cool, Janet! You have an Other kitty!

Wait. I think that may be an oxymoron. Aren't all cats Other?
;)

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger Na said...

My kitty was indoor-outdoor, but only because she'd been so before I took her in. It seems to me the indoor-only works best when you've got them from kittens or close to that age. If cats're older when you get them, you may have a quality-of-life issue to work on, where keeping a former indoor-outdoor kitty strictly inside might keep them alive longer, but they may never truly be happy with the arrangement.

 
At 7:38 PM , Blogger Na said...

Yes, ariandalen, it seems that way. Especially when they're watching things move around the room that you can't see...

 
At 7:43 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

All of them are so beautiful. Can't have one at this point but maybe someday!

I'll put that last weekend in June on my calendar. Maybe we should see if any hotel will give us a group rate deal thingy.

One place that comes to mind is the place Siri stayed when she came up for the reading. Pub in that hotel is kinda fun. Downtown St. Paul is cool -- we'd be close to very good tamales and Day by Day for breakfast... Just a thought I am not at all in invested in this idea. Lots of great places in the area!

 
At 7:44 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i get kind of terrified when ya'll start talking about cats. i'm not sure i welcome a new feline overlord. i'm so used to the sloppy love that is an airedale.

i beast-sit for a coworker every now and then and the first time, i thought the cat hated me. i would put food in her bowl and fill up her drinking sink and she would watch me. then the next morning the food would be all squished out of the bowl. i was terrified the cat was starving. my friend laughed at me. the cat has a flat face and always smooshed most of the food out of the bowl, which is why the care instructions has be put a mound of food in the bowl.

 
At 7:46 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Janet just told me she had to turn down two Bengals this week, in WI. A 2 year old male whose owner died, and a possibly pregnant female.

I hate this.

 
At 7:57 PM , Anonymous El said...

Oh, Lorraine, I'm so sorry to hear that. It's awful to feel powerless.

 
At 7:58 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Oh Janet! Love the button eyes!

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger vampi said...

oh, that's heart breaking. my hopes go out to the needy bengals. s, ya'll feed your cats with fresh meat and not cat food?


hotel with pub get's my vote. extra bonus for having a hot tub like thing in the pool area.

isn't that awful huge mall somewhere around there? i don't want to go, just wondering.


alton brown just quoted a bart simpson chalk board gag "beans are neither fruit nor musical" on iron chef america :)

 
At 8:06 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Vampi, Alton is my favorite 'food porn' guy. When we watched the food shows, I felt he was the best & I learned so much from him. I miss that part.

 
At 8:07 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The Maul is fine and well worth going to, believe it or not....And very near the airport, where I was thinking...

My Bengals get dry food, and then I cook them chicken or steak, and the odd can of tuna, which they LOVE, but it isn't good for them to have much.

Janet says there is another rescue onto these two, which makes my heart happy, it's just so sad that there is such need....

 
At 8:15 PM , Blogger Finchstalker said...

Thank you to all the Fiends who have welcomed me yesterday and today! :)

Magic is absolutely beautiful. It's amazing to hear how fast he's improving all at once!

It breaks my heart that I can't offer a stable enough home to foster especially needy animals any time in the foreseeable future. (Mine would be parrots if I could; people do the same with them as they do with Bengals, buying a stunningly pretty creature despite having no clue as to how Different their needs are from typical house pets or how few generations away from wild they usually are. A lot of such owners don't even realize that leaving a parrot in their cage 24/7 is fairly similar to leaving a dog or cat in a pet carrier all the time...)

 
At 8:23 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i worked in a record store in a maul (love that, stealing that) for several years. i loved working at the store itself, think empire records and high fidelity with the addition of selling guitars. since then going to malls stresses me out. i get all unreasonably angry and uneasy. i still go when i have to , but thee is no pleasure in shopping anymore.

oh, i know even less about birds than i do about cats. birds are amazing though.

 
At 8:26 PM , Blogger Annie said...

*waves at Finchstalker*

Hello, fellow new person.....

 
At 8:30 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Look- more migration from BossBoard.

Hi Annie.

 
At 8:31 PM , Blogger Finchstalker said...

*waves back* Hi! :)

 
At 8:31 PM , Blogger Beez said...

That last picture of Magic says so much- ears up and alert but not angry or stressed, eyes wide and rounded....much much better.

You have helped him come far.

 
At 8:40 PM , Blogger Siri said...

RE: the place I stayed when I came up - I wasn't all that impressed with the room for the price, and parking was extra and I think we can find better.

Do I remember the name of it? Nope, but I can find it. I didn't do the pub, 'cause I was alone and shy and all that. And tired. And giddy from the reading, and didn't want other people's noises in my head.

Fiendish noises in my head will be grand. Spice up my brains, so to speak....

 
At 8:46 PM , Blogger vampi said...

so when we say spice, are we talking like pickling spice, salt & pepper, blackening spice, steak seasoning?

just curious. gourmet brains we have here for sure.

 
At 8:47 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Fiddler's Green was at the Millenium downtown Mpls. I was one of the "in-town inkeepers" for it.

Gayle, we can put our heads together on this.

 
At 8:48 PM , Blogger Beez said...

vampi- I vote curry.

mmmmm.....curried brainnnns

 
At 8:49 PM , Blogger Annie said...

*is suddenly hungry* O_O

 
At 8:49 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, I just saw the photos from Janet. The kittens look like they are doing "Patty Cake"

 
At 8:52 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i love that gmail is now showing ads for spice rubs and mulling spices. the one that doesn't seem to make sense is the wrinkle cream ad. wtf google?

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Finchstalker; love your name & Hi!
My Step mom has parrots; one blue/red macaw & one Cockatoo. They are all extremely needy & it's good she lives where she does so they can have lots of free space to fly (she's enclosed a flying area on their 5 acres in Arizona). Though I must admit that Cockatoo (while my favorite cos she's so lovey) is such a neurotic bird. Friend of mine who was a vet tech said it's that way with ALL Cockatoos as they are too smart and bore easily. Without constant; and I mean 24/7 constant; attention & stimulation; they basically go insane. It's so sad. She was 'dumped' at my parents house without so much as a howdy-do and they've done their best with her. Barney; the macaw is a right nasty piece of work and only liked one person; my dad; and now that's he's gone, well; Barney's trying to adjust too. It's downright scary cos those birds can take your fingers OFF in SECONDS without warning! Yikes!~

I do love the birds & mom sends beautiful feathers along when they've dropped them.

 
At 9:05 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Annie, that happens a lot here. ;)

 
At 9:38 PM , Blogger Na said...

Oh, THAT email checkbox thingie...

Welcome, Finchstalker!

Talk of cats just plain makes me miss cats. "be owned by cats again" - now in my five-year plan.

 
At 9:39 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

http://xkcd.com/526/

the weather one is killin me!

 
At 9:44 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Need to post just to get updates!

I'm headed to bed after a far too hot bath! ahhhhh.

 
At 9:47 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Poor Lear, all scaredy in the closet.
I think he'll come out soon, Bengals definitely seem to be rather nosy, and that IS a really cool cat tree.

I know you've heard it a lot but OMG Magic is so gorgeous. He looks like a MUCH happier cat. I'd sure like to thwap the person who decided to declaw him though..as if losing your fingertips up to the first joint wouldn't hurt. Grrr.

*waves to Finchstalker*

Oof. I'm off to bed early, methinks. The weather here has taken a turn for freezing and gifted me with a headache.

Night Fiends!:)

 
At 9:48 PM , Blogger Na said...

awesomeness, Stacy, thanks for that. too right, that is! i'll have to try that spit test. hee hee

 
At 11:18 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Awww! Poor kitties!
:(

Magic is wonderful.

 
At 11:22 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

I'm too brain dead to comment any more... I took a hot tub and par-boiled myself...I wish I had spicy brains! Curry would be my choice.

I blocked out Fiendkend/ Fiendcation/ Fiddler on the Fiend/ Fiendapaloosa on my calendar...

 
At 11:25 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

The feral mother cat gathered her kittens and told them to go forth in the wild because she could not look after them anymore.
However, she did not want to leave them to fend on their own without giving them a useful piece of advice.
"Men", she said, "come in two types: the assholes and the suckers.
If you are sitting pretty along the road and a human yells, chase you or throws rocks at you be sure to flee for this human will be an asshole for sure and you don't want anything to do with that type of creature.
If, on the contrary, the human offers you caresses and scratches your ears speaking soft utter nonsense all the while, you will have found a sucker. Follow them home and demand to be looked after and cared for and that human will be your slave forever."
Or it could be indeed that they put secret signs like it is said burglars or gypsies do...

 
At 11:29 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Or, both are true.

 
At 11:31 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've just watched Mama Mia for the first time, and the whole way through I was daydreaming about the Fiendcation turning into a Mama Mia rerun...cos I can just see lots of songs and laughter happening.

 
At 11:39 PM , Blogger vampi said...

for sleepless fiendish pleasure...
some gorey
more gorey
a new location for fiendstock 09?

night fiends

 
At 1:20 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

What gorgeous photos! So good to see Magic looking relaxed and more confident! And the kittens. I guess it's good that they were surrendered when they are still young and (apparently) not traumatised. I am on the wrong continent to be able to offer them a home (and i think at 10, Tybalt is probably a bit old for me to be foisting kittens on him, in any case) but even so i was tempted there for a moment! I do hope they find good homes soon.

 
At 1:26 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh, and Vampi - I like the way your mind works! How did the new hair go?

 
At 1:41 AM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

At last!

Oddities....Facebook was easily accessed today, FabLo blog not so much. Go figure.

Celtic Music today! Yay, Socorro! Of course, they only know the same few reels / fiddle tunes... but I can hear Sally in the Garden over and over again. Hammer Dulcimer player was valiant (this is supposed to be a casual jam) and willing to learn anything.

Have to wait a month for the next one, but still....

Beautiful cats, beautiful cat tree. Cat envy sweeping through Fiend households around the world (what, you all really thought you could keep your feline masters from seeing this? heh.)

Your nickname should be Bast, Lorraine, for you are surely a Goddess to the cats!

Angus spent what, his first year at the Addams house, Quiche? So he had that indoor/outdoor thing down. We tried for years to leash walk him (some hilarious video somewhere of his quick reversal and I'm OUT of the harness trick) but finally...in his old age...I can take him out during the day and keep him in the yard with vocal communication only. He has his moments, though.

Heaven forfend I should let a day go by without an OUT, however...and he is none to fond of the lack of grass, either. Still working on sprouting some sod for him.

Dreaming of cats? Since the recent fretting over Angus' health, dreams are always of him. Then again, since he sleeps curled up under the covers next to my hip, he is probably implanting his instructions for the next day.

okay...where was I...
Keeping my mind open re the end of June. Certes if I can, I will. No longer have the Marriott requirement (I finally exceeded their Mil Leave of Absence, and am no longer "one of theirs" or would try to get a deal.
Though....now that I think of it...my old boss just unretired as the Marriott regional manager for that area, mayhap I should at least email him....heremmm.....thinking....
Ariandalen! Step AWAY from my coriander brains!)
Okay, to bed I must go...
Just one final thought:

This one has been percolating through the brain honeycomb quite a bit==
Are there Fiends here who used to be part of a group that kept me much good company the first time when I was in Iraq, over at the Board known as World's End?
Just wondering.....:)

 
At 1:50 AM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

something I keep neglecting to mention...though everyone must have noticed...there are some beautiful Bengals here on your blog, but Magic in these recent photos is showing the MOST amazing coat pattern. He is a special among specials.....

I cannot upset Angus and Jezebel, yet am having Bengal envy.

ah. Bengal FEVER. Sort of like Cat Scratch Fever.
Only different.

 
At 4:03 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

My weather forecast once again says "significant accumulation of ice". I really wish it would stop saying that!

 
At 4:55 AM , Blogger Beez said...

Lysandwr said: Are there Fiends here who used to be part of a group that kept me much good company the first time when I was in Iraq, over at the Board known as World's End?

Well there's me, but you knew that. :D

 
At 6:53 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Wow. We're slowing down. Nothing posted in almost two hours.

Granted, it is back to work after the holidays, so I guess it's to be expected. ;) DD2 actually got dressed in a reasonable amount of time this morning and was almost ready before the oatmeal, though it took her 30 minutes to get out of bed and out of the bathroom. Still, it's progress. :) Of course, now I want to go back to bed.

In other words, Good Morning!

 
At 7:05 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Good morning, Spicy Brain Lady.

Sick sick sick sicky sick sick sick. Blargh. I shall make my post brief and try not to cough on anyone.

You do not want this flu.

Which reminds me: where is Val, and is she better? Get better, Val.

Now, what's going on? Weekend of June 26? Where what whom what huh?

 
At 7:21 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Morning, Jess, though I see it's not necessarily a "good" one. Hope you get better soon. Are you back home, or still across the pond?

 
At 7:22 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Finchstalker, lovely to see you back, and you too Annie! We likes new Fiends we do.

I had not know that about parrots, Miss Finch. It is sad but there is most likely a rescue group for near every kind of animal.

Maybe not scorpions tho. Or Rhino Beetles.

I need tea.

 
At 7:33 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh Jess, no fun! I've so far avoided everything, fingers crossed....

The Fiends want a party in Minneapolis Jess, in June. Which sounds good.

It has been slow, there were a couple hours in the dark of night were it was a Dead Zone, no Fiends anywhere in the world hanging out...

A I getting boring? We'll have to work on that...

 
At 7:39 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

No, never boring!

But Real Life (tm) resumes today - people actually expect me to do stuff at work, and all that. I bet many Fiends are in the same situation. Bah.

June 26 may actually be possible for me, if requiring logistical efforts nearly worth of Lorraine's talents.

 
At 7:44 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Am back home!

You're not boring, Q. It must be my Air of Lurgy. It's bringing down the room. You should be safe enough from this bug if-- and this is crucial-- you do not go to England. For another month or so. After flu season it'll probably be all right again. Till then, though: STAY OUT.

It is thrilling to see Magic being magicky! Thats the happy-catness we like to see. :)

 
At 7:47 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That would be me too, going into work now. I am in no way done with tubes. And today is the day all the people I have been writing to and getting Out Of Office until Jan 5th, come back to work and answer my queries.

 
At 7:48 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not go to England? For an entire month???

There goes my party plans...

 
At 7:48 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Just wanted to be 100. Off to work, chatter me some reading for the lines, see you tonight!

 
At 7:51 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

Not boring a bit. RL is the issue...daughter to school, me to PO, bank, dr, waiting for insurance adjuster (current mode) then to work, pick daughter up (argh...she's nearly 18. TIME FOR DRIVING!) cook dinner, back to work, then home. I likes vacation better.

Truth told, I also like my job, and my daughter. But re-entry is always a challenge.

 
At 7:56 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Flu for a month? I'm DOOOOMED

 
At 8:03 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie's on Doom Standard Time!

So the weekend of the 26th is definitely it? Am penciling it in. 'Spose I ought to email Gayle.

 
At 8:09 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I was having a nap. Having a curse of sniffles here and a head that feels full of gunk. My sympathy for the siick fiends (Jess, Val, who else?).
Right. Off to write some story....

 
At 8:17 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Well, then, I have nothing to worry about as I have no plans to go to England in the next month. Actually, I have no plans to go to England anytime in the near future. ::sigh:: Maybe one day I'll get there, though there's an awful lot of the USA I haven't seen.

I don't think you're boring, Ms. Fabulous. I think we may have burned ourselves out with all the commenting New Year's Eve and new Year's Day. That was a whole lot of chatting going on. ;) That, and the return to work and trying to get back to regular schedules.

Hope you feel better soon, Jess. Hope Val is feeling better, too. If she is, I'm sure she's at Saltmine U cracking the whip over her minions to get them back to work.

 
At 8:26 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I wish I had me some minions today. Tea minions. Yeah!

 
At 8:27 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Oh, Nathalie! I hope you don't get sick again. You and Cesare don't need to be passing crud back and forth! Take care of yourself. :)

DD2 had some kind of virus over Christmas that lasted roughly a week and a half. DH said that a virus had been going around at work, too. He probably brought it home, though DD1 and I have managed to avoid it. I just keep taking 500 mg of Vitamin C every night after dinner, and keep telling myself I can't afford to be sick.

 
At 8:28 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Hello. :) I am actually alone. Well two dogs and two cats but no other humans. Wow. Nice!

I am off and running now but I wanted to say thanks to those of you who sent me notes about hotels. I will send you an email when I get a sec, Q, with some thoughts. Now I have to do all the things I can't do when M is here. Well not all. I wont' be napping. Not today.

More coffee.

 
At 8:33 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

I forgot I wanted to say that so many of the birds in rescue are such sad cases. Many of them REALLY bond with one person and when that person gives them up they have a hard time recovering. They also often outlive their owners and no one is willing to take them. SOMEDAY, I am going to do bird rescue. But not while I have a dog who eats birds. That could be bad.

OK. Bye now.

 
At 8:34 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Q - definately not boring. (just the combination of RealLife jumping on us all after the holidays, and being stuck dumb by the kitty cuteness, I guess...

 
At 8:37 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Nathalie & Jess - hope you're feeling better soon. (and I am SO stealing 'Doom Standard Time')

 
At 9:02 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Aashi ... I wonder which Indian language that is?

It must be fun having a house full of Bengals -- or, at least, never boring.

 
At 9:34 AM , Blogger Na said...

'Morning/evening, all.

Psha, nothing boring here! I, for the first time in two weeks, went to bed at a good hour, in anticipation of re-entry (as dabbler so well put it) to routine and work.

Dreamt over and over that I woke at 10:05 am, to realize I had a flight to somewhere at 11:05 am but had not yet packed, and had left my computer at an office in which I no longer work. Meh.

 
At 10:22 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I loved these short summary of Gorey's life vampi. when I saw that he read Dracula at the age of five I thought, I wonder if I can get Ben to do that? :P he's still not much into books that don't have pictures of that he loves to read those (Boss's books in particular! yay! I've trained him well)

I was just adding the Fiend weekend my calendar and I'll have to have a little talk with hubby. Last year he did a motorcycle track school in Utah and I think he was planning on doing it again this year but it's on June 30. Let's see if I could actually convince him to skip it! this will be interesting.

I'm not planning on coming to England within a month, but I am planning on going there in March! my best friend is pregnant and due the end of February and I want to fly out to help her with the new baby. She's in East Sussex.

Hmm, what else... beautiful beautiful kitties... my parent's neighbors have horrible birds that never stop squalking and I feel really sorry for them-- I guess I have to give them credit for not abandoning them? I'm glad the comments slowed down, I couldn't keep up!

good luck with tube-world Lorraine!

Hope everyone that's sick gets not sick soon!!

Ben's back at school today, yay!!

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

My youngest daughter gets to go to London in March, but not me :( . Other daughter is going to NYC in March but not me :( Remaining daughter and I are wondering why we don't get to go somewhere in March. hmmmmm.

No boring Q! never boring, tho you might be a bit bored sending out the remaining tubes :) Real life is smacking me in the face and i am just not ready for it - emails from work, meetings, agh,,,,i still want eggnog and nappies.....

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

Waving at the assembled Fiends before I dive in to read comments.

Hope everyone is well.

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

Oh, Gayle, I tried to send you an email, but the daemon sent it back to me --- I used your address listed in blogger.

 
At 11:11 AM , Blogger vampi said...

oh back at work :(

i need to find a photo stitch program. i just took a multiy fram panarama of the view form ym office for my photo-a-day journay and now i don't seem to have any software to help me out.

I chickened out onthe new hair. trust me, you'll know when i cut it, i'll be a mix of joy and tears.

tubes

 
At 11:20 AM , Blogger vampi said...

surely a daemon is no match for a fiend...

more tubes

 
At 11:41 AM , Blogger Annie said...

What a day so far. I think I'm in need of chocolate; would anyone else like some? I'm very close to figuring out how to email chocolate...
*waves at Lorraine* Thanks for the welcome! :)

 
At 11:44 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'd e-mail brownies if I could! we went to Costco yesterday and I bought a big box of triple chocolate Gherideli brownie mix.

 
At 12:01 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

OH! Brownies for me too please. Or just a pot of frosting would be fine.

Sorry about that, Sue! I have a new email address. If you can send me a private note on Facebook that would be good. I sometimes forget to check my email these days. I figure the only people I want to hear from are (mostly) on facebook now anyway.

 
At 12:41 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

O-o-oh. I see how it is with Gayle. If you're not on Facebook, you're not worth knowing. Uh-huh.
I see.

Just you wait.
CX

;)
::tongue firmly in cheek::

 
At 12:42 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Chantrelle, we should combine our boxes of brownie mix and then maybe have enough for all the fiends!

I so wish I could foster - we'll have to look into it when our lease is up.

I will have to go looking for Fiends on Facebook, I don't think I have any on my friends list yet :-(

And real life can bugger off at any moment - MiL is yo-yoing from good to all but gone to better.

 
At 1:00 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

I have NOTHING interesting to add, that's why I haven't been putting my two cents in, but I'm listening, and nodding, and laughing out loud. You are PLENTY interesting, Lorraine.(And fiends, of course)

I think Ariandalen was right when she said we burnt ourselves out over the NYE craziness! (I am remembering correctly, aren't I?) Fod that was fun!

Well,I have to go back to work now.... I wish work didn't eat up so much of my free time... ;-D

 
At 1:07 PM , Blogger Na said...

My clothes tell me I've had plenty of chocolate over the holidays. And yet I want brownies, oh yesssss! ;)

I am so sleepy this afternoon. First day back to normalcy, I guess. Have had tea, but seem to have only decaffeinated ones.

 
At 1:16 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Annie, I think you have indeed perfected the art of e-mailing chocolate (or at least sending it over the interwebs) - I read your comment, and 30 seconds later I had a chocolate sitting on the corner of my laptop. Of course the sceptical might point to MY box-of-unfinished-christmas-chocolate but I know better. Internet chocolate it is. (No brownies have arrived yet)

 
At 1:24 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

By the way, to amuse those of you who live in places with real winter, I feel I should share the fact that the lead story on my local news bulletin this evening was the "Arctic temperatures" (sic) we have been having (1/2 inch of snow and temp of -3C) - this took up the first 10 minutes of a 30 minutes programme, afgter which they moved on to the (clearly much less important or newsworthy) story about the man who was murdered earlier today. I'm not a journalist, but here in Trowbridge I'm pretty sure that people getting murdered is more unusual than it being cold in January...

 
At 1:28 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Yeah, i feel like a real dork complaining that i'm cold here...it's 45 and i'm freezing...but obviously not really since thats *above* freezing. I'm a wimp.

 
At 1:31 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I sent you facebook fiends cake...they didn't have brownies that i could find. Sorry if i missed anyone on there, i have a hard time remembering *real* names! :P

 
At 1:34 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Well, it's just above freezing here. It's stopped raining, the north side of trees have icicles but the ground is still warm enough that there is no ice there. There's not any ice on our deck, and it's raised. We only had a high of 84 F Saturday. X/

We are on such a lovely weather roller coaster in Texas. Not.

 
At 1:49 PM , Blogger bengalgirl said...

When I name bengals that come in with no name or a horrible name I go to the baby names search for Hindu, or Indian names and pick one that sounds nice and has a good meaning. Aashi is good as it has a shi sound at the end and means smile. Little Simba came with his name and his owner asked me to please keep it and ask the new owner to do the same. Simba was definitely away from mama too early as his favorite thing to do is get in your neck and nurse and knead. He is quit noisy with it too and it tickles. I must look up and see how to curb that but only if the behavior books say to curb it as it is quite cute. Simba is being neutered on Friday and Aashi I believe has come down with a virus this morning. She is a bit hoarse and acts like her throat hurts and her activity level is very low. So she will probably have to go to the Vet and then Simba will probably get it too. Unfortunately most purebred cats that come from a shelter get SICK!!!! I hate it.

Janet

 
At 1:49 PM , Blogger Na said...

Hey Chantrelle thanks for the cake. :)

It got UP to freezing today, and we are so very happy. Last Friday (sorry if I mentioned this before)... it was 120 degrees F difference between where I live now and where we moved from a few months ago (not far from you, ariandalen). So. Weird.

 
At 1:53 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Hm. I just checked the weather forecast here, and it's currently:

F

Apparently we have no temperature here.
With a -10F windchill, but I don't think it's that cold out.

Ah, at the airport it's 36F with a windchill of 30F, which better matches my perceptions of the day.

Still predicting snow, sleet, freezing rain for tomorrow though. Ugh.

I've been waiting for the computer on and off today, and spent that time, um, shopping. I've so far resisted the boots I want that are on sale, but did purchase a new fountain pen and this, which may be of interest to Fiends.

Things I wanted, but didn't want to buy until after Christmas just in case...

[checks computer] Nope, still thinking ...

 
At 2:12 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

mmmm, cake, brownies, cookies, chocolate,yummmm. tho i have eaten Quite Enough of all, and wednesday is the day reckoning: i have to teach and therefore wear pants that zip. i have been living in my comfy sweats since we got back so expansion is easily ignored. Phiala love those boots....hope your weather isn't as bad as they are predicting - we're still icy, but actually had blue skies today.

 
At 2:16 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Those are great boots!
I'm working on breaking in my xmas gift boots that i can thank Val for pointing out to me (and therefore hubby).
The La Rochelle boots here. :)

 
At 2:30 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Ha! I am back.

I've spent the last couple of days in the studio, catching up on everything that got put on the back burner while I was getting my ass kicked by the plague. Ariandalen guessed right: today I'm back at Saltmine U., flogging minions.

Magic is looking lovely, Quiche!

The gathering in June will be awesome, I'm sure of it. I can see I'll have to see about this Facebook thing...

Okay, back to work. Or rather, making the minions work.

 
At 2:33 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Val, you're alive! Yay!

And well enough to go to work - yay I guess. :)

 
At 2:41 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Chantrelle- You've perfected fat-free cake! Thank you, I appreciate it because I am in hiding from my dark overlord: chocolate.

Phiala- I want a scent named after the fiends.... Maybe "spicy brains"??

 
At 2:47 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Oh yes, Ticia, what a lovely idea.

Spicy brains... I wonder if we could talk BPAL into it?

 
At 2:48 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Speaking of scents, i got my BPAL shipment over xmas time and i'm so allergic/sensitive to perfumes but got them anyway, just hoping i could wear one! Well, i was opening one of the surprise samplers (embalming fluid) and it flicked ON TO MY NECK! i couldn't have done it on purpose if i was aiming! But I managed to be allergic to my own neck all day. It was awful! I had to keep a scarf on until hubby got home and i could take a bath. Whoopsie!

 
At 2:52 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

I've gotten sucked into BPAL by friends, but what convinced me to try perfume was this.

I can't say it's sexy, but I find it very satisfying to smell like a book.

I spent most of the holidays smelling like burning Christmas trees, tho, also very satisfying.

 
At 3:01 PM , Blogger Na said...

Sorry for your discomfort, Chantrelle, but that. is. funny.

Hooray Val for feeling well enough to be up and flogging!

Someone substituted a soporific for the spice on my brains today. Sleeeepy I am.

 
At 3:07 PM , Blogger Na said...

I wonder at the science of scents. Does "in the library" really smell like books?

One of my favorite scents I've ever met was an oil called "New-mown Hay". Mmmmm.

 
At 3:09 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

It DOES smell like books.

Not the old book I wanted, but a real old book nonetheless. Very interesting.

 
At 3:25 PM , Blogger Na said...

:) Maybe they use dust gathered off library books for a scent note. Gosh, thinking about it, I feel like I can almost smell all the university libraries I've ever been in.

 
At 3:27 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Oh, Chantrelle, that really sucks.

Phiala, it's a good thing your choice of boots doesn't tempt me. They don't make them big enough for me. Besides, I have custom made boots that I bought 10 years ago from Catskill Mountain Boots. :)

Renata, that has got to be some weather shock. I would imagine some culture shock, too, though not quite as bad. I've been in Seattle in winter, and it was really weird to me for it to be dark at 4:00-4:30 PM. We're full dark at 5:30 PM right now. Granted, you make up for it in the summer with very little night. Though my allergies are pretty non-existent when we visit.

 
At 3:48 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I'll check back later. I'm off to dinner and belly dance.

 
At 3:51 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Ah fiends. So nice to read here throughout the day. My local news just told me that today, Jan. 5, is supposedly the most stressful day of the year here -- weather and back to "reality" after the holidays. Interesting, I guess.

I am waiting for a BPAL order. Very excited to explore these scents.

I don't think I mentioned here that my book club is reading the Graveyard Book this month. We meet on Thursday of this week. I am really looking forward to a good discussion.

Gayle I'll email you but let me know what I can do to help in gathering local info!

 
At 3:53 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Greedy Fiends! Now you want your own Spicy Brain scent from BPAL?????

OK. Wrote her. We shall see.

Still at work...Home soon....

 
At 3:58 PM , Blogger Na said...

Hey, chocolate just landed on my computer, too! 'Though one might point to my clumsy tearing of a wrapper.

You're spot on, ariandalen. Shock and more shock here.

The sun is amazing to watch for - in summer, we could see it both rise and set from our north-facing windows. Now we see it rise and set from the south-facing window, and it's always so, so low in the sky.

Still waiting to see the aurora borealis we were promised.

 
At 4:19 PM , Blogger Siri said...

You know that comfy chair that you just melt into after a hard day? Or that cozy sweater that makes you feel all warm and safe? Or those special slippers that make your feet sigh with delight?

That's what reading the fiendish comments is like after the most stressful day of the year in the midwest. I needed a does of Fiendish snuggles, and got it.

Thank you kindly.

 
At 4:20 PM , Blogger Siri said...

"Dose". Typed correctly, the word is "dose"



grrrrrr

 
At 4:30 PM , Blogger Na said...

This Emily Dickinson poem brightened (and warmed) my day:

I taste a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not all the vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an alcohol!

Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.

When the landlord turn the drunken bee
Out of the foxglove's door,
When butterflies renounce their drams,
I shall but drink the more!

Till seraphs swing their snowy hats,
And saints to windows run,
To see the little tippler
Leaning against the sun!

 
At 4:37 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lovely, Na!

Glad we're here for cuddles for you Siri! I love reading the comments in line at the post or grocery, tho people look at me funny when I laugh too hard...

Need something fun for you all tonight....

 
At 4:44 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Spicy brains as a BPAL scent would be awesome. ;)

Not that I don't love the Bengal tribe, but I miss hearing about Cabal! How is my favorite canine co-conspirator?

How did it get to be a quarter of five? Man, today's gone by.

 
At 4:47 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Its a late start in Fiendom for me this morning.

Tysie brought up all her breakfast (on the carpet of course) and the dogs rushed to help with the clean up. After I thought I'd finished my clean up I found bits of blood everywhere, all over the loungeroom carpet and kitchen floor. In her rush to get to help, Shiraz had broken open a scab on her paw and I had even more of a clean up job and patching up of paw.

The pathetic look a magestic Dallie in an Elizabethan collar gives you is heart wrenching.
Its off now the scab has healed again but she is still sulking.

Val - very pleased to hear you are up and about again. Jess...get better quickly and Siri, I am glad you enjoyed Fiendish smoochiness

 
At 5:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, Cabal has a little problem, and will need a little surgery for a torn ligament, but it is not serious, I believe. Full report after Wednesday's U of M vet visit....That's pretty much all I know.

Other than that he is fine.

 
At 5:42 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Siri and Chantrelle: hugs....

Chantrelle--are we Friended on FB and I'm just confused? It's still a pretty new thing to me. Check Lorraine's friend list if not, easiest way to find me...and include a message, okay? Kewl! Um...cause...YOU are cool!

Val--oh, do please consider it. They talked me into registering, as much as I hate that (blame Lorraine and the FeatherStick of Doom.) Tripping over Rennies and many other old friends.....you will fall off your chair old-school at some of the older Gereg and Guard pics.

 
At 5:42 PM , Blogger adriana said...

Hi Lorraine,

Tell your boss he is The Radness. The album officially comes out on January 13th. I have been sending a few copies out to a few friends and it's also available as a pre-order on our site where you can download it, but generally the physical CD won't be out until next week. It's exciting!!

...any new CDs in your future as well? And thank you again.

 
At 6:03 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You are most welcome, Adriana! The cd is wonderful!!!!! I didn't realize I was jumping the gun tho, talking about it, I thought it was out, but I loved it, your best one yet, methinks.

Paul and I really ARE going to put out our live cd. Our show is so about LIVE the the experience and we don't much want to go in and do studio work.

I'd like to make art again this year tho, I have a lot of songs I would love to record. Maybe Adam and I will go in the studio for a few songs and see what happens.

(not to say Paul and Lorraine isn't ART, persay, it's just different, it's about the Pub, and entertainment, I want to wail about Things In The Night again....)

 
At 6:04 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I'm slowly figuring out who some of you are on on FB. I'm writing notes, too, but if you get friended by a "Toni" it's me :-)

 
At 6:11 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Na -- it is amazing to me how much difference a couple hundred miles can make in the whole sun thing. For several years I went to the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July every year. It was light at least an hour later at night up there and the quality of the sun, the liquid gold dusty bright that happens up there as the sun gets low just before sunset on a clear evening, just amazing and beautiful!

 
At 6:12 PM , Blogger Annie said...

If anyone would like another Facebook friend (even though I'm new around here) feel free to add me; I'm under the name Annie Extraordinaire (just for the hell of it and because I hate my last name)....

 
At 6:19 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

BPAL: Of COURSE Lorraine knows People.

Poor Cabal - I hope he recovers quickly.

Um, what else? I'm Sarah Goslee on facebook if anyone can't find me (or can't remember who that person they friended really is... I'm having a bit of that problem myself). C'mon Val, join the HiveMind. *grin* It's the featherstick that did it, just as Lys said.

Um. That may be it. I'm very tired after this most stressful day of the year.

 
At 6:27 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Sigh...I agree with Siri, this is a nice place to relax after a tangled day. Ms. Fablo, yes to more CDs! And I firmly believe that you and Dr. Score are art -- the fun kind. :-)

 
At 6:48 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks All!

Winnipeg Folk Fest is also, by the way, one of the most PREFECT places for Northern Lights in the summer.

I can see why it would be a stressful day, I didn't much take time off, and Assistanting is on the edge more often than not, it was a hectic day, but not at all a bad one.

You should go and relax with some good news on the new website and some heartwarming pictures, of, of course, more Bengals!

Yeah, post is UP!

(Despite the best efforts of MIM who unplugged the computer halfway thru...)

 
At 7:04 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Yup. WFF is a great place for northern lights. Northern lights at WFF play a part in a novel I started writing over well 5 years ago. I need to pull that one out again I think!

Lorraine I think we may have lived at only one or two degrees of separation for many years before we met.

 
At 1:20 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

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At 1:42 AM , Anonymous Stephan said...

My kitten sat on my lap, looked at the cat tree and asked if they do it in red...

 

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