Archive for June, 2015

My keyboard is ‘mine’ momentarily, because the Kitten has decided that pushing a prosecco cork in and out from under a bookshelf is the Most Wonderful Game [not to be confused with “The Most Dangerous Game“, the heavy-handed short story so many of us had to slog through in high school].

Having finished the concerts and gotten the family back to their home, I get to focus on administrative issues [well, and parts of the lawn, and parts of our house, and humoring the Elder Cats].

How you arrived cannot be how you go...

How you arrived cannot be how you go…

The patent date on the metal strapping is 1887; the shipping label on the side says this trunk was sent to New York City in 1894.  The building to which it was sent is still standing, although I doubt the current owners have any connection to my family.

On the other hand, maybe it wouldn’t be a total surprise if there was a family connection and no one had bothered to talk about it or maintain that connection in the last 100 years.¬† These things do happen…


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That dismount still needs work, my darling….

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In a Fine Fennel


The swallowtails have been around, but I haven’t seen any caterpillars yet. In any case, even without sunshine, these water droplets sparkle…

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Oh, your ring of keys…!

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On writing with a kitten

When writing with a kitten… or rather, when attempting to type in the presence of a kitten, there are a few things to remember.

  1. The kitten wants to be in your lap
    1. You are warm
    2. You are Mom
    3. You are making the screen move
    4. You are making your fingers move
    5. Your pants are tasty [wait, what?]
  2. The kitten has just achieved fine motor ennervation of its tail
    1. Tail is now more expressive
    2. Tail is now a surprise
    3. 8iuioio98n [pouncing on tail can result in unexpected text]
  3.  Distracting the kitten so you can type what you want to type
    1. Use the long grass stalks that the mower and string trimmer leave behind as kitten exercisers
    2. Provide food only inside the cage/den, away from your desk
    3. Accept that any used Kleenex(r) will be stolen and carried away in triumph

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