Wednesday, July 10, 2013


It's been a long three months. I'm still digging out from under all the baggage from last autumn. As the Goob so succinctly put it it at a family gathering last week, "Mom's side of the family tree is all dead." So. Yeah. Digging.
This is our biggest change. Meet Honu. She's a tortoiseshell cat, so of course in my brain, the name was obvious - Honu is Hawaiian for sea turtle. (This has led to several rather entertaining conversations with the Hawaiian friends. "Why did you name your cat turtle?" "Because she's a tortie." "...of course. Of course she is.")

When Sekhmet died, everyone wanted to know if I was going to get a new cat. I figured the right one would find us, just like when Sekhmet turned up on our back porch. About six weeks ago, I got a call from my MIL. Her bestest friend had found a lovely kitty on her porch, and I was catless, did I want her? And here we are.

 Honu, bless her heart, is a moron. She was a stray her entire life (8ish months) before turning up on our friend's back porch. She has no people skills. None. Sekhmet knew instinctively that when the hoomins were in a dark room, laying down, it was time to be quiet. Honu? She jumps on my back and screeches. At 3AM. The Goob wants to know when I'm gonna "train the cat like Sekhmet". I'M WORKING ON IT, KID!! But Honu is polite - when playing she keeps her claws in and barely nibbles. Sweet kitty. Just dumb.


 As always in a crisis, I've been trying to keep my hands busy so I don't kill people. I hunched over my spinning wheel and produced a crapload of yarn: ...well, imagine a big pile of yarn here. I'm still trying to figure out how to get my pictures out of my phone, even with the freaking Google ap. Feh.

 In my own half-assed way, I'm doing the Tour de Fleece; I just finished 350 yards of a Fiber Optic gradient that is getting entered in the county fair, and am maybe 1/4 through a half pound of fiber that will be a "novelty yarn" for the county fair.


 That's about it, kids. Digging out from The Pit of Despair (you gotta make fun of it) and trying to get back on track. Maybe I'll figure out how to post these spinning pictures. :)


Galad said...

Good to see you back but sorry to hear that life has been rough recently.

Honu is a very lucky kitty to have found a good home :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to see you back , I have missed you !

As a cat person , I will be enjoying those cat stories.


Barbara said...

It's been one pisser of a year so far, hasn't it? Here too.

Glad to see you're back with cat. I miss your sassy mouth, the wisdom of the Goob, and the calm of the Husbeast.

Keep on keeping on.

Amy Lane said...

Send the pictures to your computer, download, and upload from there! (I invest in low-tech solutions.)

And it's so good to see you doing better. I've been following Honu on Twitter-- and I'm thrilled to see she's moving in.

agbens said...

Welcome back from the pit. I'm so sorry that you were down in the deep dark, so very glad you're back with us.

Anonymous said...

Amazing, isn't it, how pets find us when the time is right?

If I'd said no to a pup my now-x wanted, I'd have missed knowing a very smart and loving dogboy. Don't miss the x, but I still miss the dog 10 years after his death.

I'd been concerned by the lack of posts -- we've not met IRL, but you do often seem like a friend now lilving far away. I hope things get better -- and STAY that way.

Ellen in indy

Donna Lee said...

I have been cat-less for just over a year and am enjoying it but also missing having a furball around. One of my last cats, Calvin, was a "cat of very little brain". He was cute and loving but not very bright.

I'm glad you're looking up and seeing some sun. My side of my family tree looks kind of sparse these days as well. It's just something you get used to.

Roxie said...

Sometimes we have seasons like this. Before you know it, people all around you will be getting married and having babies. Seasons turn.

Any cat would look brainless after Sekhmet. Honu will be her own self and you will deal with her. Isn't it good to have a cat in the house again?

Saren Johnson said...

It's nice to see you back!

Angel said...

So happy to hear from you, sorry your year has sucked, congrats on the new cat, and I hope the spinning pictures turn up soon!

Seriously. I've missed you.

Emily said...

Oh, I'm sorry things have been so rough. But I am overjoyed to see you're back. I've missed you.

My cat is in renal failure. I'm doing sub-cutaneous hydration with a friend's help, but his days are numbered. Mercifully, he has survived long enough to see spring, & then summer; he comes in to eat & heads right back out, like a kid. And he's still eating. He doesn't mind the needle under his skin, but he does mind being restrained, however gently. He figures we're up to something, but he doesn't know what.

PinkSkatingGirl said...

Glad to see you're posting again. Sorry life has been tough. Again. Glad new kitty is in your home.

Janis said...

It's good to hear from you! I'm sorry thing haven't been going well, but as Roxie said, season change, and I hope your next one is wonderful.

Congrats on the new kitty! She should learn the ways of humans, it might just take her awhile.

Jill said...

Happy to have you back, with cat. All the best in your excavations.

Anonymous said...

So glad you're back!!

Nicole T said...

Glad to virtually see you again. Can't wait to see pictures of the spinning! Tortoiseshell cats are my absolute favorites... so I think a very good thing wandered in your life. :)


Catie said...

So glad to hear your voice again. Hope life treats you nicely for awhile and that Honu learns more human behaviour