My dad used to say that when my brother or I blundered into one of life’s little booby traps. — like this one.
Where I have this hung, the minute I walk in the door, I see it. I got it because it’s a good motto, but also it reminded me of a certain four footed housemate. Only, a week ago, where it was hung didn’t matter. Now it hits a raw place every time I walk in the door and see it. In case you can’t read the writing, it says “Happy is the house that shelters a friend.”
Then there’s the clock . I painted the tip of the pendulum tail white because it was totally appropriate.
Then, I was FINALLY getting around to putting the lawn chair that has been leaning against the wall in my bedroom for months, into the garage (the back door is conveniently located in my bedroom — !) and when I picked it up, I found this behind it. It’s the second kitty toy I have chanced upon this week, but this one is in much better shape than the other one, which I threw away. This one I’m keeping.
Monday and yesterday I gathered up the just opened bag of cat food, the two unopened packets of treats, and the one just opened, dishes, brushes, a cat bed, a cat mat, and his Littermaid and schlepped it all out to the car and donated it to a kitty shelter on the way to the pet cemetery and crematorium, which is way the heck out in the country halfway to Slide, to pick up his little cremains, which are slightly too fat for the little container I got for them, but I taped the lid down. . . .
It’s the black one with the gold leopard spots. If you are familiar with the Peanuts newspaper comic strip, then you know about the rich fantasy life the dog Snoopy had. I always thought the fat(cat)boy fantasized about being a “jagular” or a leopard.
They’re all there, all five of them. Yeah, it’s kind of shrine-like, but they were my dear companions for all of 21 years — Shadow for 7 years, Jett for 12 years, Gobi for nearly 16 years, Stormie for 11 years, and Jaks for 10. There will not be any more for a while.
My mom will be 94 this year, and while she is in full possession of significantly more of her marbles than a lot of people half her age, and is active, with no health problems except that she’s almost 94, that could change in an instant. Once her situation is inevitably resolved, I hope there will be two more kitties. That’s what I want to happen anyway. Heaven knows, there unfortunately is not likely to be any shortage of kitties in need of good homes any time soon.
So I’ve been coping with my loss the way women have traditionally coped since time immemorial. I’ve been cleaning house. I washed bathmats and “guest” towels, and the leopard print beach towels that are covering where my leather furniture is worn on the chair seat edges or scratched on the sofa back. I neatened my charity men’s hats yarn stash. (there’s a whole plastic storage tub full of yarn in the closet, too, but that is for ladies’ hats. That yarn is way too “gay-ly” colored for the men in this part of the country. )
About 9:30 this morning, my other side neighbor plonged on the doorbell and told me there was a leak in the alley by our water meter. I went to look and it’s like a small spring is flowing forth from one “track” of the tire tracks down the alley and is making a small river. I called the utility company and they knew about it — It had been going since yesterday, they’d marked it with little flags, and since water is only flowing, not gushing, they will deal with it when they get a “roundtoit.” If not tomorrow or the next day, then some time next week. In the meantime, we have this river we have to jump to get to the dumpsters. The important thing is, though, that the leak is before the water meter, not after, so it’s their nickle, not my landlady’s that is flowing down the alley.
I found this and it was too great not to share. You may not be familiar with the kinetic sculptures of Theo Jensen. If not follow the link. They are fascinating to watch. This one is powered not by wind, but by hamster. The look on the cat’s face is priceless. The sphere is perforated so the hamster won’t suffocate. Must be a real trip for the hamster, in both senses of the word. . . .
I started a “sectioned hat” and put a ribbed hem on it. I want to do another version with a simple ribbed brim, and a smaller purl stripe, but — new rule — I can’t start anything new until I finish all the hats I’ve got started (about 5!). I also need to finish my cousin’s man cowl.
Tomorrow, I need to pay bills, go through my files and shred a bunch of stuff, ford the stream and take the shreddings out to the dumpster, and hang some pictures. It’s late and I should go to bed so I can get up tomorrow and do that. so I will. позже*.