Friday, January 19, 2018

This Week

This week has been defined by change and new beginnings. A new, young cat in the house has added energy and joy into our lives. She was spayed before we picked her up, so we don’t have to worry about that, and she is healing beautifully from her surgery. Last night we even removed her cone of shame and she’s been bouncing around the house ever since. The local humane society does not adopt out animals until they are fixed; they take care of it themselves. This eliminates the problem of people shunning this responsibility, and then dumping neglected abused and unwanted puppies and kittens at an already overwhelmed animal shelter.

As for our other cat, Mocha, who is gentle, shy, passive and hates drama and confrontations, she has handled this intrusion as we expected. The first day she hid behind our bed to assess the level of danger. On the second day and every day after that, she’s been more and more curious, and more and more confident. She has growled and hissed a few times, but that’s about it. The kitten has handled herself remarkably well; she’s been confident and calm and fearless, and at the same time shown respect to the older cat. She seems socially intelligent and remarkably intuitive. This does not surprise us knowing her history. She was seized from a home full of cats and we’re guessing she learned from day one how to maneuver around a minefield of feline personalities and carve out a safe space for herself. So things have gone extremely well from the start.

With everything that’s gone on lately, it’s been very hard to concentrate or find time for the things I enjoy, like drawing. I’ve squeezed in some easy and quick sketches, and I hope to pick up the pace at some point. Here are a few attempts:

2018 started off roughly but I won’t let that define the entire year. And although I don’t make resolutions, I do think about what I’d like to concentrate on for the next few months. Fun, exploration, reconnection to the earth, and emotional, mental and spiritual wellness are some of the things I will focus on. I’ve been keeping a journal, meditating on the messages from my oracle cards and concentrating on mindfulness and gratefulness. It’s not always easy to be balanced when you’re constantly bombarded by negativity around you from many different sources but I’m making a daily effort. Life is much too short. Why not spend it being happy?

And how about dancing while you’re at it? Earlier this week Rain mentioned the disco era on one of her blog posts and it brought back a flood of wonderful memories. My friends and I used to sneak into dance clubs with our fake IDs (eye roll) when we were around 16 and dance up a storm! There were many songs that I loved, including the one below (Le Freak by Chic). Sometimes nostalgia hits and I play disco songs and bounce around the house. Because why not.

And that’s it for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Here Kitty, Kitty...

The most amazing man in the world suggested a few days ago that we drop into the local humane society and check out what's going on there. Just to look. Nothing more. Just look. And...maybe...if a connection was made...we'd consider...possibly...adopting. Or not. No pressure.

With wounds still somewhat raw from putting our beloved cat Nacho down recently, it was a tough thing to so. But we had room in our home and - most importantly - room in our hearts to rescue another cat and offer it the love and care it deserves. So we went.

And then this happened:

This little lady, this adorable calico, stole our hearts. Playful, sociable, affectionate, could we resist? She chose us and there was no turning back. We couldn't take her home right away because she wasn't spayed yet. She was sent for surgery the next day and we were able to go get her the day after that.

We have not named this 6-month-old sweetie yet. We're working on it. And we're also working on teaching her the rules of the house and keeping up with her. It's been a long time since we had a young cat in the house and we've forgotten just how energetic, mischievous and rambunctious they can be. But we are loving every minute of it!

If you have any name suggestions, please share them below.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Question Of The Day

I'd choose Angelina Jolie. I find her fascinating. And if she wasn't available, I wouldn't mind spending the day with Tom Hanks. He's probably a lot of fun to be around.

How about you?