i didn't make it outside to sew but we took the boy & went to Home Despot & looked at refridgerators which we're gonna need, & then there was a hamburger the size of my face
so it worked out okay
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You are correct in your perception that this is not Loiosh.
That’s cos it’s Hades. We’re watching him for friends for a while, & he is the Most Mellow cat, so I thought, well, let’s see how this goes.
Turns out it’s going pretty well.
This was Hades’ first trip up into the woods. He wasn’t real sure about this stuff at first, but his buddy Loiosh thinks it’s just fine, so it must be okay.
(Seriously, every time we take him out, he watches Loiosh, & when he decides Loiosh is okay with it, well, it’s obviously okay.)
So there was a lot of climbing on rocks…
some hunkering on rocks
also generally some farting around. Like a lot of cats, it turns out, Hades will pretty happily follow along behind when I’m walking, especially along a trail. We ran into a couple other people, who happily handed out pettings. So Hades had a fun time on his first trip into the woods.
Also I found a cool bug.
Most of em, anyway. The ones that were left. All eight of em.
(okay this picture isn’t really related but he did fall asleep sitting up over his food bowl, pretty adorably)
His teeth had been bothering him for, well, probably longer than I knew about, but I admit I didn’t do anything about it for a LONG time, cos I knew it’d require full anesthesia, & well. He’s NINETEEN. That’s a little terrifying.
But I finally worked up my courage (& the money, a not inconsiderable sum) & made the appointment. He went in a week & some ago for a pre-op checkup, during which the vet asked me three times if I was sure about his age. Also he climbed up on her shoulder & flopped there, quite comfortably, which made me feel a little less terrified about the whole thing.
(also not related, but warm oldmancat flopped on warm laundries, definitely adorable)
& then Monday morning he went in for the Great Detoothing. They asked me to leave a phone number, which I did, but also I told them I was staying there until he was done, which surprised them. I’m not sure why. I mean, I was going to do anything other than worry? I might as well worry there.
There was occasional oldmancat shouting from in back, & eventually the vet came out to tell us that he was doing fine & they’d cleaned three of his teeth & the other five were, indeed, going to have to come out. I nodded, slightly relieved.
Some time later she returned to say that the teeth were out, he was recovering fine, & he just needed to sleep it off, but the worst was over. At which point I decided it was safe to go home, & slept for four hours straight until it was time to pick him up.
…see, I hadn’t slept the night _before_, due partly to worrying, but mostly to the fact that I couldn’t feed him after 9pm, which gave him reason to shout. The whole. Night. Long.
Anyway, sleep. Followed by driving down to pick him up. Followed by climbing back into bed with him, at least once I’d removed his very stylish IV bandage.
They even used his signature red!
He was very happy to be home & expressed this by very deliberately flopping where he could rest various parts of him on various parts of me.
Also, there was eating. In a clearly-less-ow sort of way.
But mostly, there was flopping. & in fact, we really didn’t get up til the next morning.
I mean who’d want to get up when there’s an oldmancat wanting to hold paws?
so like two months back i finally got a new pair of keens
keens are, like, my FAVOURITES, they’re basically the only shoes i wear • except for sometimes flipflops around the yard & snow boots if the snow’s too deep • (yeah, if it’s only an inch or two i’m still wearing sandals, cope)
just in time, my old pair had finally fallen apart • literally, two shoes into four pieces • they lasted SO LONG though • i’d had them since 2012 & they were in fact basically the only shoes i wore for five years straight • did i mention i bought them used? • & yeah five years of being p much my only shoes
the things LAST is what i’m saying
so i’m happily running around in my pretty new PURPLE keens & everything is good • the old pair sort of tucked near the front door • kept not getting round to chucking them • i was cleaning up round the front door one day • carried them over to the trash can • couldn’t do it
i finally realized • they’d served me so well • i had to do a Thing for them
so i dug a hole & gave them an honourable burial
San-San helped, or possibly halped
i piled rocks over them to make a caern
& of course i did this all at the crossroads • ofc, that’s only appropriate • right?
this won’t result in accidentally crossroads magic, right? • right?
(it might result in accidentally crossroads magic)
i’ve been working on my display stuff lately • it’s needed it • touching up & toughening up & generally a lot of painting
also in this case i wanted to make nice dividers to hold the massage oils & body sprays, cos that’ll make things better
anyways there was that but also, there were cats
Hades (Guest Cat in Residence) found a box
he said ‘I am stays right here, it is comfy’ & what he’s laying on is coiled-up rope, so he probably actually is
Major Tom (can’t call him feral any more!) has been sneezing a LOT so i’ve been giving him allergy meds
it’s easier getting pills into him than it is with like half the cats _in_ the house • but that doesn’t mean he was pleased with me right afterwards, either
fortunately his attention span is brief
i mean look how feral this guy is
gonna take my hand off any minute now
he _did_ growl at me for rubbing his belly • after a couple minutes anyway
then we held paws
seriously, this cat
also there was weather
or maybe not, this is New Mexico after all
(there was crackBOOOOOOOOOM later but i was done painting by then so it was fine)
(the boxes came out looking really great too)
(& Major Tom is sneezing much less today)
so there was a THING in the MAIL
(okay i knew it was coming cos my friend alatefeline asked if they could send me Stuff)
(i always like Stuff)
such awesome Stuff!
pretty beads that are blue & white & greeny & silver
plus a BROWN PAPER PACKAGE TIED UP IN STRING (my favourite thing) (yes, everything including the string & the brown paper will get used)
that had COOL ROCKS & an ORIGAMI SWAN & some cool wire things in shapes that i will make things out of & plastic bits that are purple & green, i think the green thing came from a computer
(the yellow stuff is wax, they used it to hold things in place so the Stuff wouldn’t rattle, yes even that’s gonna get used)
SO MUCH COOL THING. thank you alatefeline!Save
$10 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate
materials • i found the heavy steel wire along the side of the road
• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living
• i think some of it is a paperclip, who knows where i got that thing
• i found the hoop in, like, the garage maybe?
size • the hoop is 8.25″ across
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