I'm back!

Nov. 26th, 2009 08:17 pm
tenaya: photo by Wally Pacholka @ Astropics.com (devil's tower)
We're home. Had a very relaxing time. It is so beautiful up there. I will fiddle with the photos later and put them on photobucket. We took up Mom's rollator and she did quite well with it. As long as she can sit down every so often, she's good. She was much more active with it.

The cats missed us! We knew Brindle would, but it was nice to see the new ones did, too. Buddy was unsure and needed much petting. He woke me up at some point to touch my face, request some pets, then fell asleep holding my arm and his head pillowed on my hand. Abby watched intently while Buddy got his welcome home pets, then lay down on the bed to get some herself. She lost courage though, and jumped down to the food bowls where she is accustomed to receiving her pets. And then she was quite affectionate (in her own way.)

We stopped on the way out of Yosemite Valley to watch some climbers on El Capitan. I thought, "I'll have to look up what route they were one when I got home." Well, I tried! It's amazing how many there are! And I found this very interesting (if sometimes too techincal) account of a climb to the top. Be sure to look at the photos, too. Un-be-livable!

ETA the url!:

http://www.germanguitars.com/trips/salathe/

Gotta go get the bird out of the oven now! I hope my 'merican friends had a great Thanksgiving.
tenaya: (suunto gatewear)
I finally got around to watching last week's Supernatural and snorted when I saw that Dean is wearing the Suunto Vector, the wristwatch that SG1 wears. Ooooh, crossover!

Also, at the Stargate con, eh, two weekends ago?!, Joe Flanigan was wearing this Suunto Vector from SGA, and Ben Browder was wearing his SG1 Suunto (which is black while the SGA ones had teal parts on it.) I was glamored by Mr. Shanks and forgot to look at his wrist. If I ever get that vid footage up, I shall look.

Speaking of which, I had a schedule change at work and worked 6 out of 8, which is exhausting. The hospital has a lot of isolation patients (hmm...I wonder why?) and the lone baby on a ventilator is a handful (you have to be glued to her bedside all night trying to keep her on the straight and narrow.) Anyway, that's exhausting in another way. I just haven't had time to look at Movie Maker. :(

And right now I should be a whirling dervish cleaning the house in prep of leaving on a trip to Yosemite. The kitty nanny is coming by in less than two hours to meet the new kids and Buddy demanded to go out. :::sigh::: She won't be happy but as he is about to be locked in for days, it seemed like he should be allowed to go out and enjoy. At least Abby is cool about staying in. Oh, Emma = Abby. Mom likes Abby the Tabby. It's more of a tomboy name and she is that, not to mention a flake. Emma seems too serene for her.

So, yes, I have major guilt about not doing the con report. You've probably already seen con photos at MSOL:
http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/

And it sounds like she'll to a transcript, too. Marge wrote up her notes:

http://margec01.livejournal.com/30628.html
http://margec01.livejournal.com/30786.html#cutid1

The footage will go up. I am sorry. It's not that I don't care, it's just that I have no time.

BTW, The Mentalist and Criminal Minds were riveting. Next week on CM...holy crap!
tenaya: (captive)
I know, I know..."MORE cat photos?" This will be the last until they do something really cute. Everyone likes cute, right? These are just slightly cute. Read more... )

Emma photo

Nov. 1st, 2009 10:09 pm
tenaya: (captive)
She was on top of the sofa tonight, "chasing a fly" which was really an excuse to show off. She kept glancing over at us to make sure we were watching. We praised her beauty, her prowessness and her speed. She preened. :)

I think you can see her face is a little less kittenish here, maybe her ears aren't so big? Her muzzle is bigger, definitely.

Doesn't she look like a little wild cat?

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tenaya: (captive)
We're giving Emma house privileges during the evening and that's working out pretty good. We shut her in the bedroom during the day and leave the patio screen door so the boys and come and go as they please. Come evening when they are in, we can shut the outside door and let her have run of the house. She is investigating everything and doesn't run from us. Buddy is a very calming influence on her and she takes all her cues from him. Of course, when I say calming, that doesn't include the 30 minutes they spent chasing each other all over the house. Gallomp, gallomp, gallomp!! Brindle looked eager. I think it will be a threesome after a while.

We're so amazed how all this worked out. A year ago, we had decided that when Scooter passed on, we'd need a friend for Brindle. Young, probably female so she wouldn't challenge him. And might as well get a pair that are bonded so they can interact with each other to give Brindle some space (since he is eight and not a youngster any more.) And then a month after Scooter passes, this pair of cats start hanging around in earnest. Brindle befriends Buddy before we're involved and now we've got two young cats, bonded, who are enticing Brindle into kitty friendship. Perfect timing, too, as we've got a trip planned next month. We won't be away that long, but I was worried about Brindle being locked up alone in the house. It's actually a little eerie how this fell together. I was expecting cat fights and angst for months. This could not have worked out better.

Oh, and Emma might get a name change. We're thinking Daisy. Ditsy Daisy. I know some were lobbying for a B name (Brindle, Buddy...etc...) but when we tried that for a day, I got all tongue tied and took forever to come up with the right name. And as her personality comes out, well, there's not a lot of dignity to her. Her name could change a few more times yet. *g* Besides, she's shown no interest in 'Emma.'

BTW, that new computer program at work is not suitable for Respiratory Therapy. To order a treatment, you have to order it six different ways. To chart that tx, you have chart four to five different ways. What works for nursing, does not work for RTs. It's frustrating, tedious and baffling. I told a nurse I'd rather get a full body tattoo than work with Cerna. I can accomplish about 2/3s of my work and I have a raging headache each night. Mind you, I hardly ever get headaches. And everyone seems to be getting them. I can't wait to see how this much stress messes up my body.

Joy.
tenaya: (captive)
I go back to work tonight and will try Day Two at using the new computer program. My horoscope for today is: "Exercise more caution than usual with anything -- or anyone -- new today. It's not like you're hading for disaster, but a little common sense can help you avoid the obvious pitfalls that await."

Well, that sounds like I could have my butt kicked again by it. No surprise there....

As for Emma, last night she was standing on the floor and she had tiny little happy feet as she looked at us and at Buddy. I put my fist down at face level and she head butted it then looked shocked and stepped back a little. The problem here is she's thinking too much. If she'd just go with her feelings, she'd be getting cuddled by now. I know she'll flip. It's just a matter of time.

And the lizard is still in the house....
tenaya: (Spotty)
Buddy brought in a lizard to give to us. We must have been upgraded to 'family.' Wasn't that sweet?

And yes, there is a live lizard (unknown injuries) in the dvd pile by the tv.

No, wait! As I write this, it darted under a chair. Didn't catch it. Good times, eh? *g*
tenaya: (captive)
Things are still going well. Buddy came in a few minutes ago, damp from our first rain months. He was a little shook up (do you SEE what's happening out there?!) So, yeah, I bet he would have become our kitty by now even if he hadn't flipped on his own. Nearly all our strays have moved in around November when the weather gets cold and wet. I think we can deduce exactly why cats became "domesticated." Warm, dry, food and servants? Who wouldn't want a piece of that?

Last night Emma walked over while Buddy was eating and I stroked her a few times. She walked over to me and...I couldn't resist. I thought maybe she had flipped in her choice like Buddy did. I picked her up. She got the wiggles and I put her down on the bed. She before she jumped off the other side of the bed, she stopped and looked at me with such a look of betrayal! It was actually pretty funny, but I didn't laugh. Today, she was undecided if I was safe to be around but she did venture out when I put Buddy in with her. I think I will respect her space for a while and give her a few strokes a few days from now. I went in before bedtime last night and was having a lovefest with Buddy on the bed. She kept popping up to look at what was going on, making sure I was hurting him I'm sure. I think she wants that, too. There was an eagerness to her like she was just *this* close to hopping up on the bed, too.
tenaya: (captive)
Emma's doing a lot better.Read more... )
tenaya: (captive)
Buddy and Emma were friendly back when they were on their own outdoors. Since Buddy was allowing us to pick him up, I took him in to see Emma. He was very spooked to see her, while she was eager for the company and they spent a while touching noses. He examined the whole room with the attitude of an Amnesty International worker examining a dungeon (food, water, toilet...everything they need to keep her here forever!) They chirped a lot to each other. He finally settled on a bookcase and she wanted in the worst way to go up there, too, but that would mean leaving her shelter (she did bounce up there briefly for a butt sniff but quickly left.) He looked like "what is your problem?" I think she was too hyper and acting like a kitty nerd.

We left them together for about one hour and when I checked, he wanted out of the bedroom. Then he was very antsy, darting about and looking under the furniture. He went to the sliding door but we coaxed him back to us. He lay down but couldn't settle and eventually ran back to Mom's bedroom door. I let him in. She was right on the other side and they play slapped at each other. I shut the door and let them have some quality time.

I'm sure his visit was a morale booster for her and maybe he will help her sort things out better. There is a reason for the term 'copy cat.'
tenaya: (Spotty)
Buddy had his evening meal last evening and as I was putting out fresh water and kibble for the creatures of the night he came back into the courtyard complaining loudly. I went over to see what the problem was and he wanted to be petted. Mom came out and and joined the lovefest saying she could hear he sounded very lonely. He came in with us and the spent the evening testing his boundaries, starting with rolling on the carpet closer and closer to us to eventually spending 5 hours on the easy chair with me. He spent time between my legs and in a bold move (with encouragement from me) walked up on my stomach and settled down. Turns out he is quite the body buddy and is one of those cats that like to touch, using my hand or shoulder as a pillow. And it was important to him that he included Mom, too, and would walk over to her, head butt her and grab her hand to hold it close.

He followed me to bed and cuddled up to me there, too. He seems so happy and kept touching my face with his paw. Mom got up first and even though he could hear her moving about, he stayed with me until I got up, then he ran out to the kitchen for his breakfast. Mom said he was very affectionate first, then ate his food.

He's out now but hopefully he'll be the same this evening. :)

Brindle's skin is acting up and is currently spending 24/7 in the bathtub. He must know Buddy is in the house but he isn't making any trouble. They sorted out the pecking order a few months ago outside and Buddy won.

Anyway, it appears we have a new affectionate, gentle cat, and strangely enough, appears to be appropriately named. :)
tenaya: (Spotty)
Where I update Emma, Buddy and stuff.

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Tull / Emma

Sep. 9th, 2009 12:46 am
tenaya: (Spotty)
Emma is the default name until we get something better -- which won't be until we can pet her, I think. So hard to get a read on her while glimpsing her thru a mirror, upside down. But she comes to the edge of the bed and we can see her little white toes. We play with the toys, wait, then she ventures out to play a little before she slips back to safety.

Those that know me, know I love Tull. Bunny made a comment about the duplicates of songs when I gave her a thumb drive full of my ipod songs. I really do like all those versions of the songs. In fact, I'd love to get the flute version of Aqualung, absolutely gorgeous and haunting. But I digress.

A song that is getting plenty of repeated play on the ipod of late is "Rosa on the Factory Floor." There are a few lyrics that remind me of Emma:

"Somewhere in her history is a lock without a key.
She doesn't trust the management--and she won't trust me.
We're two different animals. We live jungles apart.
She circles round her freedom and I circle round her heart."

Busy busy!

Sep. 8th, 2009 12:23 pm
tenaya: (Magnificent Teal'c)
I worked the weekend, all three days in the NICU. It was like Whack-a-mole as I went from bed to bed as they were being persnickety. One little dude is the smallest we've had even though he wasn't that immature (IUGR-Intrauterine growth restriction.) He's 37 weeks old now but we can't get him off the ventilator. He weighed 460 grams and now is 1060, so he's gone from a pound to two pounds. "But he's doubled his weight!" I'd say and the nurse would just give me The Look. Yeah, yeah...I know a close to term baby shouldn't weigh two pounds. He's still perking along though. The latest admission is another small for gestational age baby (IUGR again.) She is 600gms but is 33 weeks and there for quite mature, relatively speaking. She's adorable and spunky and grabs your finger tip as she looks you in the eye, like "I will remember you for this!" as we change her diaper. She's got a winning hand as she is a black female and statistically speaking, she should breeze through the next few weeks and go home in great shape. Her parents couldn't be happier or goofier. It's sweet.

After this, I must go to the recycling center. I didn't last week because it was just too damn hot. Right now it's 81! It's only a two day break and will get hot again tomorrow. I'm so sick of this.

A good space shuttle/ISS viewing tonight out here. A full five minutes of space ship viewing! And then I need to clean out tivo in prep for the fall season. What are people looking forward to, aside from SPN, that is? Especially, the new stuff. There's buzz about Glee but I know nothing about it. Oh, Tivo just had a special ad for Glee; this is it's second year? Wow.

Still have helicopters buzzing the house, but it's down to about twice an hour. I went by the local airport yesterday morning on my way home and snapped a few shots. The fire is still burning, actually moving more east towards us but is far back, more towards the desert side. Words can not describe what has happened. :( The air is cleaner though, and I bet my car isn't ash covered today.

Made some headway with Emma last night. I bought her a few kitty toys and she really took to them. Last night she sniffed my finger and tapped my fingers a little. I dangled a toy mouse and she would bat at it--all with her mostly under the bed still. Progress! It's been a month now that she's been our captive. I was beginning to wonder if she was feral after all. If you're interested in which kitty toys, one was a mouse and I've found it all over the bedroom so she is carrying it around; her eyes light up when she sees it. The second is a pingpong ball in a donut shaped tube:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2755361&lmdn=Cat
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751250&lmdn=Cat

Photos of firefighting helicopters, on the ground at Brackett Field and a blurry one over my house:
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tenaya: (heat)
Just a quick up date. It's hot, hot, hot outside--105. And I'll be driving off to a long weekend in Las Vegas where it is 106. Joy. But I will have friends and laughter and alcohol and fannish conversations. Indoors. It will all be indoors unless there's a pool involved. Better yet!

Saw Buddy last night. He was MIA for two days after we made the break though. We were feeling pretty tense about him missing, but he strolled back into the house complaining all the way.

Made a little break through with Emma last night. I hung upside down off the bed and using a flashlight and a mirror, was able to entice her to play a little bit with that cat toy on a stick. She looked yearning for a while and finally couldn't resist and batted it a few times. Then she looked a bit alarmed, turned around and wouldn't participate anymore. Then this morning when I opened the door to say hi, she was on the bed and gave me a belligerent look like 'you gonna make me leave?' That's great! She's feeling like she has rights, so that's a good step forward. But I'm leaving 5 days. I've encouraged Mom to keep interacting with her. Finger's crossed!

Hey, I've filled up my 16g iPod Touch. I guess that means I can move up to a new level of toys. *g* I was thinking about an Archos 5 or 7 or something. Anyone have any opinions about that? I thought I'd try something that isn't all proprietary.

Anyway, you all have fun this weekend!
tenaya: (heyes smile)
We were out having coffee at twilight tonight. It's a habit and the cats come around for dinner at the same time. It's the social hour at Sweetpea Manor. Anyway, Buddy walked under my chair and I trailed my fingers along his back as he passed. He paused briefly, stretched, and walked on to his dinner plate. When he came back, we repeated the process and he flopped over and stared me in the eye. I figured it was an invitation to be petted or an enticement that would bring me closer so he could punish me for being too familiar. I hoped for the best and his expression was, "About frigging time!" I scratched ears and chin, rubbed his back, gave him 'elevator butt' and even ran my fingers over his tummy since he kept displaying it. And then Mom came by and repeated the process. Buddy looked content and happy. So, I'd say he wants a home and affection but we needed to pass the tests first.

Brindle was okay with it at first, then he got agitated and hissed at Buddy. He acted like he was gonna jump up on the bird bath and give Buddy what for, but Buddy just looked like, "Oh really?" Brindle thought twice about it and ran off. I need to let them sort it out. At least I've heard no cat fights yet.

Okay, the next post WILL be fannish in nature!
tenaya: (Spotty)
I got a photo of Emma (or Lizzy, or Twiggy....) Isn't she pretty? She's all ears and eyes.




And here is Brindle in the sink taken his main snooze:
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tenaya: (varmits)
I thought I might as well do an update.

Cutiepie might have had babies, but she is without them now. I never saw her with babies. She has spent the last month relaxing around the courtyard, grooming. I have seen two other mom's with babies, one with a pair, the other with four. They only come by a few times a week.

Cutiepie was by tonight so I snapped a few photos. She has a distinctive way of sitting. *g*





Two more can be found here:
http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y98/kelpster/Varmits/


Emma is being better about not fleeing under the bed when we're in the room. Baby steps.... Also Mom thinks Emma isn't the right name, so we're trying out new ones. This will take a while, too.

Lastly, the desktop computer was smelling 'hot' for the last few days. I took it to the guy that built it and we'll get it back on Tuesday (well, we did bring it by late on Friday.) He thinks the power supply is failing and of course, it's very dusty so it needs a good cleaning. And this seemed like a good time to add a bit more RAM.

So, I'll have Mom pick it up and then I'll have to hook it back up before I drive out to Vegas for next weekend's Girls Gone Wild (Shopping) Weekend. I work Mon/Tues/Weds night so things are getting compressed before I go. I guess I should pack this weekend....

Anyway, I am *so* looking forward to seeing my friends again!
tenaya: (Spotty)
Newsflash!!! Cats are stubborn. *g*

I suppose one could say we've had some progress. She is eating well and using the litter box well. She's moving easily and looks very alert, so I must assume she is healing well.

For days, she would hide under the bed if we were in the room, otherwise she would be sitting on the 'window seat' -- a stack of boxes to provide a nice perch for kitties looking out the window. A few days ago she started meowing at us when we went into the room. Today, I went in there to lounge on the bed while I chatted over the phone to Bunny and she eventually came out, cautiously waited for me to grab her and when I didn't, tea cozied next to the window seat. I blinked at her a few times til she replied, then I looked away, ignoring her. Eventually, she curled up on the window seat only about four feet from me.

Of course she darted under the bed as soon as I got up on the far side of the bed, but still, I think that's progress.

I bought a toy that is feathers on a stick but so far she is immune to its call. She is a pretty girl. Her eyes look like they are surrounded by eyeliner that sweeps back from the corner, looking somewhat Egyptian.
tenaya: (I love TV)
Okay, there are three things I wanted to mention.

The first is that Buddy, the black cat has acquired two servants. He comes in and bosses us about. It's actually pretty funny. I feel by winter he'll be our cat but don't tell him that.

The second is that we saw Julie and Julia tonight. I really enjoyed it. It is very well acted, quite interesting and is pretty much exactly what I expected. I enjoyed the Julia parts more than the Julie parts, but those were okay, too. I recommend it unless you have to have special effects or car chases in your films.

Third, last week I wrote an annoyed letter to my congressman, David Drier, a republican. He apparently called up while we were at the movies. That's...unsettling. I wrote about health care bill because I felt very frustrated that he would, of course, be anti-bill. He can't really be interested in a pro-health care bill viewpoint so what was he after? He was having a telephone town hall meeting, whatever that is. Was I gonna be the person all the raving lunatics would be shouting down? Oh well, I'm glad I missed it.

Oh, also I want to say I am enjoying Being Human and find Defying Gravity ridiculous but I'm still watching because I want to know what Beta is.

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