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Video post starring Rosie

You know how I said, back in April, that I was taking Rosie for walks on a harness and leash? That she was mostly sticking to the backyard? Well, 10 weeks of almost daily walks later, I have something to show you.

That’s her, on the sidewalks in front of a neighbor who lives two doors down. Can you believe it? She just started going to the front lawn last week, and now she’s already down the street! I’m so proud of her. The only thing she fears are cars, which is, you know, both fair and wise of her.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Summer

The first day of summer was this week (or earlier last week, to be precise). It’s weird how little that means when you’re no longer a student, and/or you don’t have children of school age. It’s not months and months of free time anymore. I still have to go to work every Monday through Friday, except for pre-determined holidays and two weeks of vacation time I asked for in August.

There are some noticeable differences. The days that have been growing steadily longer have already started to grown steadily shorter. The weather is getting warmer, occasionally leading to thunderstorms like the one we had last night, which was pretty cool. (I am once again grateful I live in a house with air conditioning because the heat leading up to said thunderstorms can be brutal.) The neighborhood is a lot quieter in the afternoons, when the children would normally be walking home from school.

So, yeah. Summer. Let’s see how this one turns out.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Goodbye Tit’fille

So, Tit’fille is gone. Not “dead” gone; “this isn’t her forever home after all” gone. Turns out that I’m not quite ready for a second cat.

The difference in eating patterns between her and Rosie was too much for my nerves. Rosie is on portion control, and she tends to nibble, then leave and come back later. Tit’fille gobbles everything down then goes looking for more. Keeping them separated, keeping Rosie’s food out of reach, then panicking because she hardly ate any of it when I managed to keep Tit’fille away: it was draining.

So, Cat Expert Sib took her back to the shelter. I hope she finds her forever home soon. Meanwhile, I learned something about myself; I can take in fosters for a few weeks and then let them go. If I did it once, I can do it again. 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Grateful

I am so grateful for the modern invention of climate control. We’re having something of a heatwave in my hometown, that’s been lasting for a couple of days. A year ago, that kind of weather would have left me tired and cranky, doing what little I could to keep cool in my 3rd-floor no AC apartment. This year, I own a house, with central AC, and a basement should it really get that bad. I’ve got decades of mortgage to look forward to, but it’s totally worth it.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Back home

I spent the week-end in Kingston, at the Limestone Genre Expo. Almost every Renaissance author was able to make it, so it was basically a lot of hanging out with a group of friends. In fact, everyone I met was A++ people.

I spent most of my time at the vending table, though I was “volunteered” for a panel without warning. I didn’t humiliate myself, so I’m willing to forgive the person who did the volunteering.

So, yeah. I had a good time. That being said, the best part of leaving is coming home.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Limestone genre expo

Extra post to inform the world that next weekend, I will attend Limestone Genre Expo in Kingston with my publishers, Renaissance Press. I won’t be in any of the panels, but I may attend a few, and I will definitely spend some time manning the sales table. I went last year, and really enjoyed myself. I look forward to fun times with fun people.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

I don’t know

Next, in the continuing saga of Tit’fille…

The antibiotics worked; she is cured and no longer needs to be isolated. Which means that she was introduced to Rosie over the weekend. They seem to get along generally well.
Exhibit A.

So, does this mean I have a new cat? Well… The title of the post sort of spoiled that one.

When everything goes well, when I can just sit down somewhere and do my things, and they’re either laying down nearby or doing their own thing elsewhere, then I think ‘this isn’t too bad, I can do this’.

When I struggle to seperate them at feeding time so that they don’t eat each other’s food (Rosie is on a portion control diet and I don’t want to lose track), or when the very needy and vocal Tit’fille is keeping me awake well into the night until I’m forced to sleep in earplugs, then I think ‘Nope, can’t do it’. There’s also the (probably vain) worry that when I take care of one cat, I’m neglecting the other.

It’s easy to want something when everything is going well, but I firmly believe that if you can’t take the hard times, or even if you’re just unsure, then you’re not ready for the thing.

I’ve talked to the sib, and they asked me if I could give it a couple of extra weeks because my parents are renovating the basement and you don’t want a cat in a construction zone if you can help it. I said I could, and we’ll see how much of a difference those weeks make.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Uncategorized