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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

 

House guest

The Montreal sibling (I’m gonna have to find them a new name soon: they are only part-time Montreal resident now, and seem to be moving back in the region for good, but anyway) asked me to take that little lady for a while. She lives in the refuge where the sib volunteers, and isn’t doing too well. I took her in for a more quiet place in case it was a stress thing. Doesn’t look like it is, though. Poor baby. She’s on an antibiotic course which should clear everything up, thank goodness.

​Her name is Tit’fille (Lil’girl). She is really small and very sweet. I’d like to keep her for my own (also to rename her) but that will depend on Rosie. They have to at least be able to live together, even better if they get along. Since we can’t introduce them until the lil’one gets better, it’s a waiting game.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Dichotomy

I haven’t posted anything last week, because I wasn’t quite sure what to write. It’s been a weird couple of weeks. A fortnight of strong contrasts between myself and the vast majority of people around me. For myself, I had an unexpected influx of money at the beginning of the month. Not quitting-my-job money, not even paying-my-house money, but the kind to put a smile on my face. And while that was happening, the worst flood we’ve seen in 40 years hit my hometown. It’s also really bad elsewhere in the province, but I don’t know about what records may or may not have been broken there.

I don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand, it would be disingenuous to say that the first two weeks of May haven’t been good weeks for me, on the other hand, looking at pictures and videos and listening to people’s stories makes it impossible to call those two weeks anything but bad. It feels so much worse because I know very well how safe I am. It would take an apocalyptic event to bring any flood to my house, and we’re not quite there yet.

The best thing I could think to do was donate some of my unexpected gains to the Canadian Red Cross. It feels like a grain of sand in the desert (the ‘drop in the ocean’ analogy would be poor taste here) but also like the best thing to do. The Red Cross has experience, knowledge and resources; they know what to do, and if I can help them a little, it’s better than nothing.

Should anybody else want to make a donation, for the Quebec relief or for one of the other Canadian Red Cross funds, here is a link to do it.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Uncategorized