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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

 

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