Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Been a While

Here we are near the end of July and we are having spring-like weather.  The windows are open and the breezes are coming in.

I haven't posted for a while; there has been a lot going on.  We are making some changes, and I will write about them soon.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Trouble in Kitty Land

This is Munchkin.  She is a former feral we adopted about five years ago, and she has always been our sweetest cat, affectionate and cooperative, never causing any trouble at all.

This is Buddy, one of four feral kittens that came to us last December.  We fostered them until they could all find other homes… except Buddy.  Buddy was very shy and ran from people.  He would hide under furniture and refuse to come out.

Now that he is older his personality has changed 100%.

Now he is very affectionate with us.  When one of us walks into a room he runs to us to be petted or picked up.  When we walk around he follows us, so close that it's hard not to trip over him.  He has become a kitty that's easy to love, and we would keep him except for one thing:  Munchkin.

Munchkin turns into a monster when Buddy is near.  She hisses and growls and chases him.  In order to keep the peace we keep them apart part of the time, Munchkin upstairs and Buddy downstairs.  Even then, she skulks around, looking for him around every corner and acting skittish.  This has been going on for a couple of months now.  Our other two cats have finally accepted Buddy but I don't think Munchkin ever will.  We are now trying to find another home for him.  We will be sad to let him go but it seems the only answer to the present situation.  I want to make sure he finds a good home, someone who cares for him as much as we do.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cats Pose for Me

These are all feral kitties that live outside.  No one can convince me that they don't like to have their picture taken.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm Still Here!

I haven't been posting anything recently.  This is just a temporary lull, I promise.  We have been busy, busy, busy, cleaning out our house.  We finally got serious about it.  Nine years ago we moved from a large house to a small house.  As a result we have been living with way too much "stuff".  It has finally struck me how much nicer life would be without "things" everywhere I look.  I've been sorting and packing up things to give away or sell.

You know how you keep things around, thinking some day you will use them?  Or just because they might be a "collectible" one day in the future?  I have way too much of those kinds of things.  Out they go!  Deciding is the first step.  Then comes the hard work of actually packing it up and getting it to another place.  I have been filling boxes and bags.  I want to see more empty spaces, more clean surfaces.  My "hoarding: days are over.  (I'm not as bad as some of those hoarder shows, but most of mine is hidden away in drawers and closets.)  I've been pulling out things that I haven't seen for years.  I have finally embraced the concept of living simply.

This photo I took in Hawaii inspires me.  The sky with nothing but palm trees and the moon.  I remember how content I felt without all these "things" around me!