Sunday, January 31, 2010

Silver Blue Bengal Love....



He looks like Venus!!!!!

Back from my cross state road trip, rescuing Bubba Kalahari, which was where we met to do the hand off, his former foster and I. Bubba is safe now, and settling in with Woodsman Hans, who has made up his spare room for Bubba and turned it into Kitty Heavan.



Bubba is a LOVER, really sweet. He did a LOT of talking and was very serious about it on the way home. I opened his carrier and started petting him, which seemed to help. He is a BENGAL, for all he is cuddly. When we got him home, he stalked his room, and then settled down to some serious head butting (Bengal for PET ME NOW THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE HERE FOR) he has steak, cat treats, wet food, and dry food. And a tunnel, toys and cat tree. Two beds, and another Kitty to play with thru the door. It's hoped that in time, they will be friends. He wants to be.



He did try a Spray when I was in with him, but I distracted, and calmed him, and he stopped. Tomorrow we get more things for him. This Kitty is going to be just fine. He is front de-clawed, and his tail has an odd kink, as if it had been slammed in something then healed. Both of which are traumatic events for a kitty. And may have started his problems.



Hans and I both agree, no more prozac for him. He needs a lot of things, calming, security, love, the right people and enviorment. He is reacting NORMALLY for a kitty who has been thru the things he has been thru. I don't dispute there may be instances where this is the only thing to do, I really don't know. But, as a last resort. I think we can fix him without drugs.



Finally, A couple months ago I commissioned Kelli Bickman to do a painting for me of all five of my Bengals. I said I saw them in a tree, and I sent pictures, tho she has seen them, and little stories about each of them. She sent me back the picture in my mind. Kelli gets it. And she loves doing pet paintings. I have loved her work for years, and own one other painting of hers. Boss has a huge mural in his bedroom that I never get tired of looking at.

I love her eye. I love the things she sees. I love the way she can paint them.

I love it that all of my Bengals are in a tree together, with the moon and bats in the background.

And I love it that I could drive 7 hours today to save Bubba and give him a chance at living his life as he was meant to.

It made a difference to him.

Worth it. A thousand times over.

Love and Bengals in Trees,
Lorraine

121 Comments:

At 20:05 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ok, reading comments on last post. How did I miss that Jess was a Bloody Timelord???????

At 20:07 Blogger Beez said...

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At 20:08 Blogger Beez said...

She's sneaky that way.

Bubba is beautiful.

Say, is that Lear on the right with the still-slightly-worried look? She caught it perfectly.

At 20:14 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Aw, he's cute! And it sounds like he's getting settled in well.

Yeah, Jess has been hiding it from us. Makes me wonder if FiL is just her traveling companion or a Timelord, too??

At 20:15 Blogger Lina M. Parra Ante said...

beautiful work! love cats

At 20:15 Blogger Phiala said...

The cat is beautiful.

The painting is beautiful.

Jess is a Timelord.

And I'm tired.

At 20:16 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Considering that Jess is a Timelord, can't she come in her Tardis to collect me for the next Fiendom Come? Jess?

Bubba is just plain gorgeous. what a handsome boy...and look - I see the leg of a Hans *grin*

At 20:19 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I just realized that I think I can pick out each kitty in that tree and who they are. ^.^

Today I was visited by a friend from Florida. She has also informed me that I don't post enough Serious Black updates, because he is apparently the reason why everyone reads my LJ. :P

Oh, and also the cemetery next door.

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend!!! Hopefully next week will be a better week of getting up at 6 a.m. every day.

At 20:21 Blogger Jess said...

Yay! He's a beauty. I'm glad he's doing so well already. Happy news. :)

Found out today that my mom knows someone who took her cat to be put down for peeing, but got talked into giving kitty prozac instead. It makes me furious. Let's think, now: kitty spends all her time shut away in a small room, with no company. If they let her out, the dog (which has some serious behavioral issues) tries to eat it. Yeah, I'd be peeing everywhere, too. You have a cat again, why? Geez.

Owner can't be talked into re-homing kitty. Owner's mother wants badly to take kitty, but her husband refuses. I have told my mom to tell them to contact me the minute there's any thought of putting the cat down again. Not that I know whether I can actually take another cat. Got rooms, but they're both being renovated, so it'd have to be a throw-them-together situation. :/

I'm hoping owner's mom takes kitty after all. If not, I'll be raising the alarm round these parts, fiends. Count on that.

At 20:24 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Lina, and welcome!

Beez, no that's Magic, from a photo Nathilie took, he is still WILD, and has that look. Lear is on the branch to the left, below Little Queen Mab, he should have been bigger, but kind of like him that way.

Still working thru the whole Jess is a imelord and so is Fiend in Law. Ok, I can deal. I was thinking the whole Dr Who thing was fiction, but obviously I didn't GET it. Do now.

So, like does sh like us and all? I've seen what Timelords can do...

At 20:24 Blogger Jess said...

Timelord. Yes. I figure that's why I keep getting caught in pockets of silence around here-- I'm obviously caught like half a second ahead or behind everyone else. Hard to say. Wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

At 20:26 Blogger K. said...

He's so pretty!

Is it possible the kink is naturally occurring? We had a cat when I was a kid who would have one or two kittens per litter who had tail tip kinks of varying degrees.

At 20:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, that is exactly what I am furious about. You don't put a cat down for peeing. You figure out what is WRONG, and what they are trying to tell you. And you FIX IT.

Idiots.

Remember Black Beauty, when Beauty was so sick, and the chapter called "Only Ignorance????"

She called it a 100 years ago.

At 20:28 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

K, not sure, what little we have on him didn't say.

He's been thru a lot tho, whatever the reason, he needs to be happy.

He will be.

At 20:30 Blogger Jess said...

Q, exactly. I wish there was more I could do there, but apparently Owner is determined to both keep the cat and stuff it with prozac. I don't get it.

I went to high school with this chick. She wasn't an idiot then. Of course, she didn't have cats, either.

I will not destroy you, by the way. I'm here to help. But Mr. Jess says he's too busy a week ago last Friday to comment. So no guarantees there. ;)

At 20:35 Blogger Beez said...

Jess, you get caught in pools/pockets of silence because of eddies in the space-time continuum.

(Hey, it can't be all-Who all the time).

At 20:38 Blogger vampi said...

tick-a-doodle-doo

picture of bubba is awesome, he's so silvery and beautiful.

the painting is stunning.

jess can you do something with the tardis to fix my interwebs? the tubes are broken.

tethered to boy's phone for a few minutes. how do people live with out internet. i'll be the first one to go mad after the emp destroys all electronics. blackberry just does not cut it.

At 20:40 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, I know you will not destroy me, duh! Like a Timelord COULD, but hey, dream big...

At 20:48 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Here's to life getting much better for Bubba.

At 20:49 Blogger Jess said...

Well, no. Not destroy, certainly. Never destroy.

But you really shouldn't have let me push all those buttons.

At 20:58 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, I like to let Timelords have a pretty free rein, no worries there. It is not generally know who you report to, ultimately, now is it?

At 21:17 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Do you guys think I would be selling out by working at a private or charter school instead of a public school? So far, the public schools have got me down. The curriculum is behind what I think it should be, and I think it would be hard to work in a system where I was the only person who cared about the students.

At 21:31 Blogger vampi said...

the important bit is that you make a difference, doesn't matter what the school is called. all kids need inspiration, and if you can do better in a charter or private school, that's not selling out. improving minds is the important thing. other people's opinions are secondary to your satisfaction. and if anyone says you are selling out, then they need to remove head from arse.

At 21:32 Blogger Jane said...

Bubba is gorgeous and looks like he'll be a great pet.

Also the painting is gorgeous. Do you know where you're going to hang it?

Timelord, I swear I missed that part. Do TL's have hurtie shoulders?

At 21:43 Blogger bengalgirl said...

I am so thankful that Lorraine and Hans stepped up to help pretty blue boy Bubba. I am also very hopeful he can be helped using behavior techniques. However, I have a boy that wasn't able to be helped that way and is on prozac. While medicating cats for behavior problems seems drastic the medication in no way changed my Mo at all except stopped his peeing. He has been on it for 2 1/2 years and in that time the only time he peed inappropriately was when he developed crytals a few months ago, once treated he has been fine. I do understand how frustrated owner's can be with the behavior, we had to tear up carpeting, throw away furniture, etc. It also caused problem between my husband and I, with me covering up problems if I could. I don't mean to write a book here, it is just that sometimes it is ok to use medication if all else has failed. There are no known side effects, my Vet has had cats on prozac for 14 years with no problems. The current issue of Cat Fancy has a Veterinarian suggesting prozac for marking when other things don't work.

Lorraine is a miracle worker with cats, I hope Bubba is another notch in her SUPER belt!

At 21:48 Blogger Na said...

Ghost posting, 'cause Kimberly killed me dead last post.

Kimberly. In the Internet. With a Ziggy.

Yay for Hans and Q! Scritches to Bubba Kalahari.

And the painting - magical, Ms. Bickman is. What a kick. We needs a holiday song about five Bengals in a tree. Or a Dr. Seuss story - Bengals in a tree! How can that be?

New Masterpiece Theatre Emma on PBS tonight!

At 21:50 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Janet, I am all for it if nothing else works and it does, We save them,and I have nothing to say against it. We do what we can, to do the best for thems that fall thru..

Wendy, not at all. The point is you are making a difference. Doesn't matter where. Do what you can, but think about YOU.

Don't overload the lifeboat, if you do , everyone drowns....

At 21:58 Blogger Na said...

Wendy - FWIW - I am a fan of making public schools the best they can be, or helping students within your ability to do so. Many private and charter schools pay less than public. And I know some states' curricula are behind others in the country, but Florida has one of the most advanced and organized sets of standards, so most states will likely seem behind by comparison.

At 22:35 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Na:

I've been looking into charter and private schools in addition to public schools, and right now there's a specific private school that's winning. They give out more than a million dollars each year in scholarship money to needy students and work with local public and charter schools for lectures and activities with experts they bring in. They also have a large diversity program and bring in politic activists to speak to their students.

http://www.mpcds.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1

I'm going to see if I can take a tour of it and interview a teacher there next week.

At 22:46 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Wendy - Ben goes to private school and there are 2 kids in his class that used to go to public kindergarten and were "kicked out" due to behavior issues...in kindergarten! Anyway, my point is, the teachers in ben's class are amazing and have gotten these kids to blossom. Private or public, it's how you connect with the kids and make them grow in amazing ways.

I LOVE the bengal painting. I just donated to Molly Crabapple today and commissioned a Gorey-esque pinup picture of myself for hubby! So excited! I've never commissioned a picture like that before :)

At 22:46 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Wendy - teach where you are happiest. A happier teacher will be a better teacher.

And yeah, Jess, why is your shoulder still sore when Kimberly has made you regenerate several times today?

At 22:58 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I love Kelly Bickman. If I had any greenbacks, I would commission a picture of Serious Black trying to munch on Kitty's ear, because that's how we groom each other in this house!

I have a habit of randomly acquiring art, like when I traded a month's worth of coffee for this painting:

http://oriannastudios.com/pictures/gulfport11.jpg

At 00:27 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I can spot Magic!

Bubba kitty is handsome and indeed looks like Venus (minus the green eyes, possibly?) I am sure that well loved he will recover from all that trauma (I can't get over from the fact that he was declawed. Poor little mite).

At 01:35 Blogger Marjorie said...

Bubba looks beautiful - so glad he has arrved safely and is going to be cared for properly, now. (BTW was I the only one trying to work out what books Hans has on his bookshelf, in that pic?)

I love Kelli's painting - especially Magic, who is so recognisable. I must start saving. If I start saving now, maybe I could afford one for myself by the end of the year...

At 02:58 Blogger vampi said...

oh clicken and painting gets bigger:) i just noticed the blue bird, brave blue bird so near the bengals:)

the bats are an awesome touch.

i think their eyes are my favorite bit. so expressive.

At 03:12 Blogger Dragonsally said...

ohhh indeed, that made me click too and I notice the heart with Q & L in it...hehe Quiche and Lorraine!

At 03:22 Anonymous Deanna said...

Hats off to Q and Hans - Bubba is so lovely!!! He needs a kissy head though, poor baby.

I have guessed all the cats correctly (B4 Q posted her comment). I are a genius.

At 07:19 Blogger dabbler said...

He is gorgeous! My admiration to Woodsman hans for taking this on, and for you, Lorraine, for mentoring him.

My take on psychotropic meds for cats is much the same as my take on such meds for people. Not the first place to go, but sometimes absolutely life-changing.


And I, too, was reading Hans' shelves. Recognized most of those. though I had to smile at the Mouse Guard roleplaying one!

At 07:32 Blogger Siri said...

tick

At 09:02 Blogger Cecily said...

Bubba is a very handsome cat. I know Hans is only his temporary human, but something in my gut says more...*grins*

Wendy, a good teacher is not where they teach but how they teach. You need to be happy with your work scenario to teach at your best. Private or public, there will be students that need you.

At 09:03 Blogger Cecily said...

Damn it! Ticky...

At 09:12 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Squee!

And tick.

At 09:54 Blogger Ani said...

Squee for beautiful Bengals! (No ticks, please.)

Jess is a Timelord. Not a surprise.

At 10:41 Blogger Jane said...

We said goodbye to Calvin today. His cancer came back with a vengeance and we decided it was time to let him be at rest. It was a easy decision but OMG one of the hardest things I've ever done.

He still knew us, still wanted to be petted and held and we heard a couple of tiny purrs as we said good-bye. It was the right thing to do at the right moment. Until last week we really had our wonderful cat back for over 2 months.

Out to the snow now to bury him with his favorite toys in our cat cemetery.

At 10:44 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Jane and Steve - I am so sorry for your loss. Calvin had a good family, and I know you made the best decisions you could for him, up to the very end. I'm glad you could be together and that he felt up to saying goodbye. Love to you and Steve.

At 10:49 Blogger Phiala said...

OH Jane... *hugs* It hurts so, and is such a hard "easy" descision.

At 10:55 Blogger Arwenn said...

Jane so sorry for you loss!! No second guessing about the decision is a mercy, but what a tough time. Cat-shaped holes, etc. Much love to you and your family!!

At 11:01 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Awww. Poor sick kitty. However it was the best decision that you guys took. Hugs.

At 11:18 Blogger Cecily said...

(((JANE)))

At 11:34 Blogger Na said...

{{Jane}} {{Steve}} Poor kitty. Poor people! I'm sad to read it.

At 11:34 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Jane, I'm sorry, damn it is too soon for tears again. I'm so glad you were able to say goodby. Calvin was the aby right? He will be playing with my aby Star, bet she bosses him around, it was her thing, all tiny 5 pounds of her.

At 11:40 Blogger Jane said...

Yes, Calvin the Aby. And he'll also be with his brother Hobbes who died 12 yrs ago, and our beloved Qitou (also an Aby) who died just over a year ago.

Aby heaven - they'll all try to be boss, don't you know?

At 12:20 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jane, I do know how that feels, and it is very hard, but something we have to do for them. They don't understand pain and suffering.Right call, sparing him more.

We do all we can for them, but it comes out as it is written. The ones we have are the lucky ones, they have love, care, homes, food.

We miss them, and will never forget them, and can take comfort that if, or when we make that call for them that it is really truly helping them on, and the best thing we can do for them.

And with those wise words, I am off. Just got done with morning e-mail. At noon.

At 12:56 Blogger Jane said...

All your kind words really help.

We're walking around the house collecting all his things. Who knew a 16 year old loved pet had so many things!

At 16:22 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Jane. :(

Today I was definitely not prepared for the students. I simply did not have a class management plan for students who refused to listen to me, refused to sit down, refused to not walk around the class, refused to not scream and shout in the classroom, and refused to not bite, kick, molest, and scratch each other. When school administrators came to calm the class down, the class pretty much scoffed at them. The administrators did nothing.

In hindsight, I should have called a resource officer. Next time something like that happens, I will.

At 16:27 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oh Jane, *HUGE hugs* :(

Wendy...that sounds nuts!!!

At 16:28 Blogger Artful Lawyer said...

We love Woodsman Hans! What a guy!

And you, FabLo, we always love you for what you do for the wee kitties.

And a hug to Jane. It is so hard to let our friends go, even when it is the right choice.

At 16:58 Blogger Dragonsally said...

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At 17:07 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh Jane, I am so,so sorry. I went and gave my 16 year old Tysie the biggest of hugs with tears in my eyes (still there)

(((((Jane)))))((((Steve)))))

Run free of pain Calvin.


And Wendy -yuk. Not a good day for you either.

At 17:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Wendy, how not fun. I send you love and hugs and know that you WILL find students who will love you learn from you. And remember you their entire lives.

WIld day, won't stop. Been at it since 8:30 this morning.

Tomorrow is a Very Exciting Day. Especially if one has a MOVIE that came out last year and did well. Get it? We don't SAY the words, but believe it will be a GOOD day for us.

There is an announcement being made at 5:30am tomorrow, you see. 7:30 my time. Work is going to start EARLY, I believe.

(it will lose to UP again, but the Nom is the thing.)

At 17:21 Blogger Phiala said...

That will be something to celebrate, when the announcement is made. Unsurprising, of course.

I am still at work for no apparent reason, so I shall leave now.

At 17:27 Blogger Jane said...

Yes Sally - I am Sharon and Jane and Qitou. If I had realized how attached I would become to you all I would have started out as Sharon, but who knew.

Steve is having a beer in honor of Calvin, who absolutely would pull the hand holding the beer glass down to his face and drink out of it, until the day he accidentally took it nasally and then he was finished. Made it easier to drink a beer in the house, though, after he was over it :-)

At 17:59 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jane, you can be any name you like with us..Really. Go for Sharon, tho since we have a couple Sharons, maybe go for Sharonjane?

At 18:26 Blogger Jane said...

I'll stay Jane.

I've always thought it was a neat name and when I married Steve Janesick, people started calling me Jane by accident. I think it is cool that people mangle my name and get it to something I like.

At 18:29 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have a lot of names and like it, really, Jane. Makes me more ME to whomever gives me the name.

Boss calls me Quiche, AFP call me Lo, Another person calls me Rainy, another Loran, some Fablo....It goes on and all is good.

I want work to stop now, please.

At 18:49 Blogger Jane said...

I've always had only one name and now have 3. Yay!

At 18:51 Blogger Chantrelle said...

It is fun to have many names! Although, Lorraine, you did make us choose *one* for Fiendom come ;-)

I've got Pandora, Vampandora, Chantrelle, Wednesday and Robyn. I can always tell where people know me from.

At 18:53 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

A nap and some fried mushrooms have made things better. And, I'm watching Leverage, which tends to make things better.

On a happier note, Friday I get to work at a high school I worked at and liked last Thursday. It was the one school I've worked at so far with a teacher's aide who actually liked the students and wants to help them. She's going to school to become a school counselor, and I think she's in her 40s or 50s (I'm really bad with ages).

The class sizes were a lot smaller, and the students flowed with things a lot better, like being locked out of their classroom for more than an hour and then being locked out of another classroom for 10 minutes. Then having only a small worksheet to work on for an hour and a half long class. They mostly text messaged their friends and talked quietly amongst themselves.

It's probably also the difference between high schoolers and the middle schoolers I had today. Even with a lesson plan and movies to watch, the middle schoolers were uncontrollable.

Oh, also I'm touring the Jewish Day School on Thursday!!!!! I'm very excited! And, I'm going to call that super school tomorrow and see if I can get in for class observations and talk to a teacher.

At 18:57 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I've got Wendy, Wendy-Lou, Wendell, Wendy-Moira-Angela-Darling, and Wen. My internet name used to be Howlokitty (when I had pink hair and did modeling) but I stopped using it because people would come up to me in the street and ask if I was Howlokitty. I wonder how internet famous I would be now if I'd kept it up. I wanted to be the next Jeffree Star, without the music. I am also called "Oh No, a Wendygo" by one person. That was my Myspace name after I gave up on Howlokitty for everything. Actually, I think two or three people I used to work may still call me ONaW.

At 19:01 Blogger Jane said...

Oh dear. Need to get more names...

Wendy, sounds like your life is going well! Glad to hear (read?) it and love that you give so many details.

At 19:01 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Way to turn things around, Wendy. I'd still be in a quivering heap after a day like yours. Or possibly in a padded room. Seriously, I admire teachers to no end. Such an incredibly tough job. People who really care are so important. I hope you can soon find a place where your caring will be appreciated.

At 19:07 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Oh Jane (Sharon) I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to Calvin! Mega Hugs!


(hope this posts, I've been having loads of trouble posting on here lately...er...am I banned? *gasp*)


Precision Grace / Deanna/Dijana

At 19:30 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Things seem to be slowing down, for the moment. Send god thought to Cat who s out in LA with the Boss now, it's pretty intense out there...I am SO so glad she is there...

At 19:31 Blogger ariandalen said...

Glad Bubba Kalahari made the trip without mishap, and is settling in. :)

Wendy, hang in there. You'll find your best fit if you give it some time.


{{{{Jane}}}} {{{{Steve}}}}

At 19:36 Blogger Precision Grace said...

hehe, Sending *god* thought to Boss and Cat...coz I'm just that kinda deity ..*smirkination*

At 19:37 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ah Grace beat me to it. Is god all that can help them in the mayhem of Hollywood?

I'm missing the event down there by a week. Not like i'd have time for it anyway. we're taking ben to disneyland for the first time next week!

At 19:58 Blogger Ms T said...

Fly-by comment before all hell breaks loose in Lorraine's work world (and while I'm on my lunch break):

Bubba is utterly gorgeous. Thank fods I am too far away to be seduced into Bengal ownership. :) (Well, that and my lease only permits me one cat, and I already have Miro, the bossy little Aby.)

Lorraine, not only are you saving these beautiful creatures, but you are educating us. About Bengals. About cat behaviour. About understanding and helping them. Too cool!

Jane/Sharon, my heart goes out to you, e kare. Aroha mai.

Wendy, it sounds like it's all coming together for you. The super school sounds fantastic, and the outreach work you described sounds like a...well, compromise isn't really the right word, but you get to be involved in both worlds, while being based somewhere you feel you can do your best work.

*waves at all the other fiends*

And as for multiple names, there's nothing like spending a weekend being referred to as aunty or whaea (mother) by people younger than you, and bubs or kare (kind of like "dear") by people older than you because no-one can remember your name. *shrugs* Oh well - it's better than when I was called that Pakeha (white) girl. It's not my fault I got all the short, white, wide genes instead fo the tall, brown, skinny ones!

At 20:02 Blogger dabbler said...

Giant Hugs to Jane and Steve, and to Wendy, as well. A yah-hoo! for secret news...and lots of thoughts for the best sort of chaos, followed by peace.

And no more work for Q tonight, hear me, oh gods....

At 20:23 Blogger AletaMay said...

A) This cat is beautiful. I do hope that Hans is the Forever Human for him.

B) Love the painting! I want it on a card. It is Q's family tree!

B) I hope that the intense is good.

C) Please send good thoughts to this friend of a friend and local musician whose house blew up today. Yes, I said house blew up today. Damn.

D) I need to work on seperating work time and play time and other work time better. Any hints?

At 20:28 Blogger Jane said...

So sorry about your friend's house! And she lost all her music? Oh no...

At 20:34 Blogger AletaMay said...

Ticky box.

Also it is a friend of a friend, I do not know her but feel impacted as it is only one degree of separation, actually one degree on more than one thread of connection.

At 20:40 Blogger Cecily said...

I have several versions of Cecily that I am called, Cec, Ceci...Just not Celeste, or Cecilia, or other things that are not actually my name. My favorite name that I called is Mommy.

Lorraine, I instinctively have a desire to call you Fablo.

Ok more geekery for me...killing rust monsters and all that.

At 20:47 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Wow Aleta, I feel for the owner, also its lucky no-one was seriously injured there.

I smell a huge lawsuit coming on if the suspicions about the gas line being in the sewer pipe are correct.

At 21:19 Blogger ariandalen said...

Hi, WereBear, Bravely Barefoot, and Lina M. Parra Ante! Welcome to Fiendom! Here are your white, buckled jackets. Over there are all sorts of supplies so that you may personalize your jacket. :)

At 21:28 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Yay! I'm glad I don't bother people with my long ramblings!

Now I'm excited, because I found a community garden. If I pay $10 a month and work a few hours a week, I'll get a big basket of produce and eggs every week. That would really cut down on food expenses, and I'd have fun!

At 21:34 Blogger Jess said...

Aleta - Holy crap. 8( The site is being buggy, so I can't see the details-- there were no injuries, I hope.

Wendy - Yikes. Hang in there.

Sharon - I like a beer-based tribute. :) Mr. Jess once knew a cat which would attempt to forceably remove mints from people's mouths, given the opportunity. "They drove him mental," is how he puts it.

Speaking of things which drive cats mental, I bought a couple of catnip quilts from Stacy. They are beautiful, and deary me I hope I can keep them that way. Ally in particular went bonkers, rolling around with her quilt, biting it, and making with the kicky feet. I need to get pictures.

Funny thing: I have never had more than one name. I am Jess. Or Jessica. But mostly Jess. Which I think is why I feel funny not using people's real names when I meet them, or talk to them on the phone.

At 22:56 Blogger Na said...

To Calvin, skål!

Wendy, I believe you are a whirlwind! Awesome to find a community garden. Best wishes with whatever job you connect with.

I have many names, too, depending on who and when. Y'all know Na and Na Bean. Drummer friends called me Granada and then Pomegranate. I was Pippi when I wore braids a lot; Ripley when I shaved my head. Lots of mistakes; a favorite is Venarta. And as a kid my peers came up with ugly ones, and I dreamt of changing my name to Samantha, as in Bewitched.

Looking for awards news, but first twitter...

At 23:05 Blogger vampi said...

hmm names, donielle doesn't really lend itself to obvious nick names. it's only recently i allow people to call me doni. of course there are people who call me vampi/vampje irl, and that's ok too:)

aleta, wow! that's really scary. i'm so sorry she lost everything, that's just gut wrenching.

*snugs* Sharon

At 23:27 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've had several other names over my life...there is one that only my dad and eldest brother are allowed to call me, so I'm not telling. Its my very favorite nickname.

Of course I get the diminutive Sal, Super Sally, Silly Sally etc.
My nickname for a while at school was Imp (small and mischevious) then changed to Pengy because someone thought I walked like a penguin - hence the ltlpengy name I also use.

Ohhh, and at primary school my brothers and I were all called Coogie Bear (spelling?) after the character on the Rolf Harris show because it sort of rhymed with our surname.

At 23:41 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh god, now I've done it. memory lane

At 23:52 Blogger guerrilla girl said...

Bubba Blue is a beautiful boy.

Fingers crossed for the nameless film.

Jane, I am so sorry for your loss.

At 00:22 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Poor musician. She lost everything.

At 00:27 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Sharon....oh, my dear.
{{you and yours}} Words fail to convey my sympathy and sorrow at your loss. Or my immense respect for your bravery and honourable behavior. Doing the right thing is so hard, but you did it.

Love to you and your family....I will think of Calvin often with a beer close at hand, now that he can drink whenever he wants and never get it up his nose....

At 02:29 Blogger Kimberly said...

Before I go to bed, I should do my duty and update you all on the fabulous Zoraline and Ziggy - Bengal rescues from LAST week...

If you look at only one photo, and one video, look at these:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlyjennery/4324766568/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvomAZmCWzA

But if you want to see a whole SLEW of pics, and several videos, and not have to click to see them (they're all inline) then go here, and prepare to swoon from the cute!

http://community.livejournal.com/bengalcats/304033.html

Please don't say you weren't warned. And if you clicked without reading further, well, you get what you deserve, and you'd better hope there's some wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff to help you regenerate!

Seriously. Cute.

At 03:05 Blogger Marjorie said...

5.30 a.m. - I think that's 1.30 p.m. here. Clearly I shall have to check the occasional website over lunch...

Names - I'm almost always Marjorie. I am sometimes Margo, but that's about it.

There were lots of people in my mum's family who were known by odd names: I have no idea what Catface & Dogface's real names were (two of my mother's maiden aunts; she went to stay with them when she was studying for her exams, aged about 15. They taught her how to play poker & mix cocktails - no idae at all whether she also got any studying done)

At 05:46 Blogger Phiala said...

It's good to have name options. :)

At 06:43 Blogger Hellie said...

I'm Helen really, but tend to be Hellie/Hels to my friends, H to my brother. One particular friend always calls me Lenny, and someone I work with insists on calling me Alanis.

I love the painting, so vibrant, & she has really captured all their Bengally essences! Which room is it going to hang in?

Jane, so sorry to hear about Calvin, such a hard decision for you. I hope all your happy memories of him are a comfort to you, I'm sure you'll never drink a beer without smiling.

Jess I think there will be a queue forming to have a ride in your tardis! Oh hang on, we'll all be able to fit in together (bigger on the inside!), where shall we go? Went to a gig the other night and spent most it getting distracted by wondering if the guy in front of me was the 11th Doctor. Had to go up to him afterwards to tell him how much he looked like him! If it had been the 10th Dr, I fear I would still be following him around... ;)

At 07:49 Blogger Marjorie said...

WooT !! I gatehr Congratulations are in order for Boss, and Mr Selick, and a certain Blue-Haired young lady!

Most Exciting!

At 07:53 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I can't the find the actual news anywhere but apparently, indeed, our Lorraine is up to some hectic time again. With the potential added excitement of having Amanda wrestling with Hollywood again.

At 07:58 Blogger Marjorie said...

Full ist is here

At 08:00 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Haaa, finally the Oscars' site is updated with the good news. The list of nominees is slightly different from the Globes' one.

At 08:19 Blogger Hellie said...

Hooray, congratulations all round indeed! Will keep everything crossed from now until awards night...

Some interesting nominees this year, thought Invictus would pop up a bit more but didn't make the Best Picture list.

At 08:46 Blogger Jane said...

Hurrah for Coraline!!!

OMG Amanda Palmer on the red carpet again, I can't wait. I think she is wonderful.

Thanks for all your words about Calvin - yes, he was a beer stealer! I have a photo of him standing on his back legs, front paws wrapped around a beer bottle (Steve is holding it) looking like a baby drinking from a bottle. So cute!

Kimberly, the photo of both Zs yawning is priceless!!! I think it belongs over at lolcats :-)

At 09:42 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Wishing Lorraine much tea and energy today, post-nomination.

At 09:54 Blogger Jess said...

Woot! Yays all around! :)

At 10:08 Blogger Cecily said...

Yay for Coraline! *fingers crossed* it beats Up this time.

Jane, I don't think Amanda will be on the red carpet this time, as per her tweet last night about not being able to.

Kimberly OMG the CUTE it BURNS!

At 10:46 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Yay Coraline!!

Let boss know if he needs a date....I'm just saying, I could free up some time ;-)

Those are ridiculously cute bengal photos! I wish we had a more bengal-friendly house and life. We're an outdoor-cat house.

At 10:53 Blogger Cecily said...

Chantrelle, that's totally what I told Amanda. I am not only completely willing to go in her stead, I promise not shave, possibly change on the red carpet and most certainly take a dead photo. :-)

I used to do the outdoor cat thing, but when one of them just never came home, who was a serious homebody and only 6 years old, we decided we weren't going to do the outdoor/indoor cat thing again. They are strictly indoor.

At 11:04 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Oh Cecily, that's what happened to me - last year my 6 year old rescue disappeared. But I still couldn't make my cats indoor - they would Hate Me! (where I live there really aren't good enough reason's to keep them indoors)
Anyway, so sorry to hear about your cat that disappeared.


PS I will under no circumstances offer to accompany boss on any public engagements (but will happily tag along to any behindthescenes stuff)

At 11:16 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

New very short post up....

At 11:22 Blogger Cecily said...

Grace, I grew up with one cat that was indoor/outdoor, and then into my adulthood I had several in/out cats. Then when I moved in with my current husband, we had lots of talks about him making his indoor cats in/out cats, I finally won, and then Gelly disappeared for ever. I kinda have a metric shit ton of guilt with the subject. Right now we have two young cats that have always been inside cats, and there is no way in hell I'm going to risk losing them.

At 11:24 Blogger Phiala said...

I don't want to piss anyone off, but there are lots of reasons for cats to be indoor only, both for the health of the cat and the environmental consequences of having subsidized predators roaming freely. Outdoor cats kill huge numbers of songbirds and amphibians, both groups that are having all kinds of problems.

At 11:32 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Cacily and Phiala, I totally understand where you are coming from (I don't get pissed off easily lol), and I think there are even some breeds like Ragdoll that are meant to be indoor, plus some cats prefer to be indoor cats. Also, for people who live in very busy/traffic areas, it makes sense to limit the cats access to outdoors.

I am also always racked with guilt re: bird and amphibian issue (and even ity bity rodents) as well as rabbits (oh yes, my cats catch those too), but on the other hand, I feel, if you have a live being whose nature it is to hunt, than you have to deal with that without limiting that creature's quality of life. It's just my personal opinion on the matter.

Personally, I see cats as free spirits who choose to stay with me (human) and if they choose to leave, then I respect that (even if that means they end up losing their life - it's their life to lose, after all). I realise my attitudes about this can be a bit controversial, but then some people think it's perfectly acceptable to de-claw their cats for the sake of the furniture..)

At 13:32 Blogger Jane said...

When we got Calvin and Hobbes almost 17 years ago we decided to have only indoor cats. Too many bad things happen to outdoor cats, and we're risk averse. It doesn't keep them safe from everything, obviously, but they won't get eaten by a predator and they won't get hit by a car, among other things.

But everyone makes their own decisions about pets.

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