Friday, February 5, 2010

Bengal Painting Has Arrived!

My Bengal painting came today from Kelli Bickman! I know you have seen this painting but it made me so happy, we are having a second showing. I need to get it framed, and then decide where to hang it. It's really them, all together in a tree. And it is perfect.

I was thinking we might have pictures of the new bathroom (Finally!) but my camera is out of batteries and the charger far away, alas. Perhaps tomorrow we can go touring the Spooky House. Especially if my Cleaning Teen comes, looks WAY better when she has been here. I have NO housekeeping skills.

Don't have much more to say, been a long week. It's Friday, I am home, and content with Bengals for the night. We've eaten well of Fancy Feast, played Featherstick and cooked some steak. (ok -I didn't eat the Fancy Feast. Or the steak.)

I am thinking tea, bath and bed.

Sounds pretty good.

Love and Home,


At 20:46 Blogger Precision Grace said...

I'm looking at the tree and I'm thinking...5 is nowhere near enough, you need more! LOL

good rest and stuffs x

At 20:50 Blogger Jess said...

I love Magic with his big butt and worried eyes, there. It looks exactly like him. :)

Oh god, the snowpocalypse is here! We're already debating how long we'll survive, given we haven't got guns, and wouldn't know how to use one in any case. Manwife says we can hole up at Target, if we can just get across the river. And avoid the bandits.

At 20:55 Blogger DataGoddess said...

I think there's more room on those branches, too!

We're hunkered down for the snOMG!

At 20:57 Blogger AletaMay said...

What a great thing to get at the end of a busy week. How big is it?

Tea, bath and bed sounds great. Also sounds like a name for a store. Or maybe an Inn.

At 20:59 Blogger Jess said...


At 21:05 Blogger Siri said...

Bah, I scoff at your snowmageddon. We hold a record here for the most days with at least 5" of snow on the ground - nearly 60 now. With more today, and more tomorrow and more Monday. We haz snow to burn, but it won't.

Also, you can always eat Manwife. He'll feed you for days....

(End of the week crazies? Nah, not me.)

At 21:14 Blogger Laura B said...

The picture is awesome! I hope you can get some rest.

Snow has been accumulating here all day. I'm not a fan.

I think I'll go eat some nachos. Nachos just sound good right now.

At 21:29 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I do not have time to read the post word for word but I really like the Bengal painting. Extremely cool. Good night Fiends.

At 21:31 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh goodie, our leader has emerged from under a workavalanche...enjoy your TBB Quiche.

Snowmageddon sounds like fun from here, so exotic.

At 21:46 Blogger Fai Fai said...

I am not looking forward to snowmageddon set to start here any moment,I work then ight shift at a petro (trucker gass station) so i'll be busy as hell making coffee and cleaning showers ugh. and we can't call out even if they close the roads because if they lcose the roads we get busier.

At 21:51 Blogger Na said...

Oh! Are the Bengals on the tree from top down in order of their arrival at Spooky House?

Not snOMG here. But. It snowed through the morning, curtains of tiny, lovely, shiny, plate-like crystals covering everything. It was quite a surprise when the sun came out. Well, just to see the sun was surprising. Also, everything with the new snow on sparkled and glittered and twinkled, all day in the sun and now in the street lights.

Time for putting monsters to bed.

At 21:52 Blogger vampi said...

jess, do you have a cricket bat or a local pub called the winchester?

At 22:11 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess! His but isn't big. He is just drawn that way!

It's a pretty large painting, more than 3 feet by 2, I would say?

Hi Fai Fai, and welcome. I hadn't thought about that, you would get rather busier.

I wish we were having snowmegeddon! I want to be part of a Weather Event too!

At 22:21 Blogger Beez said...

Fab, the Weather Channel is calling for snOMG Snowmageddon to be "Up to 18-24" with a possibility of more is spots".

That's the hardest hit areas.

Okay, yes it is the wet slushy crap. Yick

At 23:44 Blogger Phiala said...

Yeah but Beez... 18-24 inches of snow in Washington DC causes an unholy mess.

Here the promised 4-8 looks remarkably like 12 and still snowing. That's plenty for me, though I know it's wimpy. It's supposed to keep snowing until mid-Saturday.

At 00:01 Blogger Beez said...

I know- I should me more merciful.

4" to you? I have friends from State College who seemed sure it was going to be more- and they moved there from Albany so they are kind of used to the snow belt.

I was reading on the 'net how some banking guy was the only one in his D.C. office who came in- he was just disgusted with how the Americans were dealing with snow.

He was from Finland.

At 00:05 Blogger Phiala said...

He can be disgusted all he wants - they just don't have the equipment. I was in a snowstorm in North Carolina once. Six inches, and everything was shut down for a week. Turned out they only had one plow for the county!

But not 4" here - looks like about a foot right now, and not supposed to stop just yet.

At 00:10 Blogger spacedlaw said...

You sound in dire need of a rest. I hope you are getting it right now as I type (no checking email in the middle of the night, eh?)

At 02:28 Blogger Marjorie said...

Beez, Phiala it's a bit like that with snow here - hen we had the snow in January there were loads of news reports of people complaining that we aren't properly prepared -interspersed with news reports about how it's the worst snow in 13 years. It makes no sense to invest in lots of ploughs etc when you only need them for 3-4 days once every few years.

I remember it snowed when I visited my sister when she was living in North Carolina - less than half an inch, so even to us Brits it didn't seem much, but the schhols all closed and everything ground to a halt!

Hope all fiends stay warm & dry.

I love that painting - Magic in particular as it seems to capture him so beautifully. I think I have ti start saving up...

At 07:20 Blogger EmilyLady said...

We've gotten nothing but wimp snows. We wake up to a meek leetle frost on the ground that actually looks comical. Or sad. It quite depends on your perspective.

It isn't that we want snow, but that the morning sprinkle just looks ridiculous.

At 08:04 Blogger dabbler said...

Good Morning All! For some reason I am awake, though I could still be sleeping. We have (goes and finds the yard stick, reaches out door as far as arm allows) 15" of snow thus far, and still coming down.

It's so quiet...all muffled up in white crystalline sound absorbency.

At 08:26 Blogger Jess said...

Dabbler - Seventeen inches! In. Your. Face! Woof woof woof etc.

Q - Heehee. I know he hasn't really got a big butt. It's just cute on him. :)

Off to cook our last meal before we freeze to death! Ooo, power surge just then. :/ I didn't feel it, but I'm on a battery.

At 08:36 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Wimpy flurry again. Look at that.

At 08:37 Blogger Jane said...

I absolutely adore that painting (envy..)and can't wait to see photos of the house today (maybe today?)

Much more snow in NC than normal. The schools do all close... Our precipitation turned to rain yesterday and washed some of the accumulated snow away.

More flurries today but no big deal. Still v grey outside.

Steve went off to yoga class and I'm hunched over the computer with coffee and toast with ginger spread. Eyeballing the still fully decorated and lit Christmas tree. Thinking today might be the day.

Going to see A Single Man this afternoon.

Missing Calvin :-(

Everyone stay warm and dry and happily fed!

At 08:53 Blogger ariandalen said...

Still love the painting!

The system that's creating snOMG/snowmageddon in the East came through Texas a couple of days ago. We set a record for the amount of rain on February 4, around 1.5". It was supposed to end by 3:00 PM Thursday, but didn't until around 9:00 PM. Don't you just love El Nino years?

At 08:54 Blogger ariandalen said...


At 09:03 Blogger Jane said...

Our poor planet's weather...

I'm fine, really. Doing both better and worse than I expected, if that makes sense.

Feeling good about the decision, it was the right one at the right time, relief about not having so much cat maintenance to do (though he was OK with most of it and it made him feel better without question). It took a serious toll on us.

Bad because OMG he's gone :-( But I expected that and know for sure from previous experiences that it will pass and the good memories will still be with me. And we talk about him a lot.

Got a lovely note from the vet yesterday - he really touched her, too.

New cats will definitely be in the future but it may be a few months.

Need to stand up and get a jump on this day! What? Too late for that? Surely not!

At 09:05 Blogger Phiala said...

Hugs and sympathy, Jane.

We have 14-16 - it's been blowing a lot.

The wonderful man with the snowblower lives two houses in one direction, and when there's a lot of snow he likes to clear the walk for the lady who lives alone one house in the other direction. So he just runs the snowblower around half the block! He even cleared off the end of my driveway for me (the dreaded plow mound).

So I went across the street and helped the poor unsuspecting guy who moved here from Florida. :)

At 09:38 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

While you guys deal with snowmageddon, I'm going to decide whether or not I want to brave drizzlemageddon to get to my synagogue.

Everyone be safe!!!!!

Oh, and there's a Mardi Gras going on out there.

And, a Saintsmageddon, which officially started at the end of the last Saints game.

At 09:42 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I'm sorry, Jane, but I am glad you're pulling through like the Fiend you are.

At 09:53 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


No snow here, nothing to talk about anyway.

Going into work for a few hours, then for a ride! Sounds good to me. Can't find any socks tho, where do they GO???

At 10:24 Blogger ariandalen said...

Ask Venus and Mim. I bet they know.

At 10:40 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Love the painting. Asian Leopard Cats have small heads compared to their body and a long torso so when sitting it looks like they have large bottoms. Because Magic is so close to the ALC he has retained the small head, long torso and looks bottom heavy.

Jane, I so understand. There is relief at having made the decision you know was coming, relief that they aren't in pain, relief that you don't have to "deal" any longer and GUILT, lots of guilt, even though you did everything you could. Good thing hearts heal even if they are never perfect again.

At 10:42 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Another Bengal Saved
A kind person in OH read a Craigslist Ad for a FREE 7 year old bengal neuter. She was so worried that he would be scooped up for dog bait that she contacted the owner and picked him up and then contacted me. We met 1/2 way Thursday night and he is now in foster care. Big, beautiful, brown spotted boy that is sooo sweet. This is the 2nd time in a month that a kind person has gotten a free bengal and then emailed us to put the cat into rescue. Thanks Robyn.

At 11:51 Blogger Kimberly said...

Out of curiosity, with all the rescuer folks here, has anyone here ever braved the process of actually filing for 501c3 status? I have the Nolo Press book, and all the paperwork, but it still seems a bit daunting and would love to know which ticky boxes, etc. someone else filled out specifically for animal rescue, which worked with the IRS.

Amanda and I have been meaning to do this for a year. We have the name, and the website, but we'd really like the non-profit status for fund-raising, etc.


At 11:55 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Kimberly, GLBR is a 501c3 and we did all the work outselves, headed by a volunteer, Juli. We passed the first time so I am very proud of the work we did on this, it was difficult but not impossible. I will be happy to send you our paperwork to use as a guideline, just send me your email address.

At 12:08 Blogger Kimberly said...

Bengalgirl that would be AWESOME!! works! Thanks SO much!

At 12:54 Blogger Jane said...

Janet, your words are so true and a comfort.

And yea for another Bengal saved!

At 14:21 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Now there's a package to cheer an especially overworked assistant. Can't wait to see it in place.

No snow here. Normally I wouldn't mind if there were, but I have an honest-to-goodness party to go to tonight. A swank party (by my casual standards), for which I need to Dress Up. This is the Chicago chapter of Kyle Cassidy's Virtual Party. I still can't believe I'm going. I'm rather nervous about it. When I came to FiendFest, I at least knew all of you here. These will be completely new people. People who I fear will be way out of my league. But I am going to go. I am.

I still need to make the cake I'm taking. The infamous vegan Guinness chocolate cake. And take a shower. And try to dress up. Gulp.

Wishing warmth and safety to all the snowed in fiends. And a lovely weekend all around.

At 14:23 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Yay for saving bengals! I'm really not used to seeing another Robyn...I thought, "what did i do? oh, not me!" ;-) I"m not Robyn here anyway! Maybe i need more tea.

We've been getting rain rain rain rain rain here but it's mellowing out now. The ground is more than saturated so things are starting to shift and slide. We don't get the dramatic SoCal mudslides but our main highway into Silicon valley had some mud creeping onto it yesterday. I'm very very glad we fixed our backyard drainage problem and put in sump pumps a few years ago. If we hadn't our living room would be soaked.

At 14:55 Blogger Jess said...


We've got the car three-quarters dug out! There's still a mountain on the driver's side, thanks to the plows. Well may you laugh, hardy Minnesotans, with your plentiful plows and salt reserves! Well, we got plows and salt, but the guys who do it are all taking a nap or something. Sheesh.

Sun's out, though! It's pretty.

At 15:23 Blogger Siri said...

OSS - You Rock ChiTown tonight, my girl - and get a picture of you looking all swanky. I saw on Kyle's blog that you were invited, and got all giddy there. You are a fiend - you are every bit as special as they are!

At 15:28 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Who likes you rock the party? You like to rock the party! Not sure if you're Flight of the Conchords fan...

At 15:29 Blogger AletaMay said...

OSS! Have fun and send reports. We're with you there in spirit.

At 15:30 Blogger AletaMay said...

Jane, Thinking of you in your missing of Calvin and LOVING that you still have your tree up. It was not unusual when I was growing up for us to keep the tree up into Feb!

At 15:34 Blogger Marjorie said...

Wow, Jess, that's a lot of snow!Pretty, but I hope it's cleared before you *have* to drive anywhere.

OSS - they are probably all thinking you're out of their league, having given Mr Cassidy the idea, an' all.

Have a wonderful time (and remember, those bearing chocolate cake are always going to be welcome!)

Look forward to hearing all about it, and maybe seeing pictures, later.

I've mostly been doing housework today. The house is now clean & shiny (downstairs, at least) and my heap-of-stuff-that-needs-sorting which has been growing on the table since Christmas is now all sorted and filed where it belongs. Not fun, but it leaves me with a sense of accomplishment.

At 15:47 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

OSS- OMG!!!!! Have fun at the digital party! I'm thinking of holding one in New Orleans when I get some money together!!!!!!!

They are not out of your league! You are awesome! Just remember that you're there to have fun and meet awesome people (like yourself) and you'll be fine.

<3 for the Fiends!!!!!

At 15:48 Blogger Chantrelle said...

For those not on twitter, I have to share my new board game.

At 15:53 Blogger Jess said...

Chantrelle - Hee hee! I like that.

Marjorie - Have got a doctor's appointment scheduled on Monday, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I may well not be going anywhere. Apparently they've officially declared a SNOMG disaster for the area.

At 16:23 Blogger One Sock Short said...

By popular demand (well, Aleta asked), here is the recipe for Vegan Chocolate Stout Cake. Impress your vegan friends. Amaze your non-vegan friends.

This is pretty much just a Wacky Cake with beer. So it's crazy-easy.

3 c flour
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa
1 t salt
2 t baking soda
2/3 c oil
4 t vinegar
1 t vanilla
12 oz stout (I use Guinness, but a chocolate stout would be great too.)
1/2 c water

Stir all dry ingredients together. Make three wells in the dry mix. Pour in oil, vinegar, and vanilla, one in each well. Pour stout over all and add water. Mix well. Bake at 350 in a lightly oiled 9x13 pan for 25-35 min.

I never frost this, but a sprinkling of powdered sugar soon before serving is pretty.

Thanks for all the reassurances. What can I say, I'm easily intimidated by cool people. I've had time to get used to the collective coolness here.

At 16:31 Blogger Kimberly said...

I'm sure someone was waiting for more Z&Z, right?

Well, here they are, fresh from this morning!

Zoraline and Ziggy in a video that shows how much of a love Zora is

Also, Pillsbury Dough Kitten

As always, there are more where those came from if you click through. I need to upload yesterday's vids... too cute, of course!

At 16:41 Blogger Phiala said...

OSS, it will be fun. And your cake will be a great hit. You are a cool kid too, you know. After all, none of them went to the first ever Fiendcon. *grin*

My version of Snowpocalypse. I know it doesn't compare to places that actually get snow (I grew up in northern Michigan), but nonetheless unexpectedly deep.

Kimberly, those two are sooo cute, and you've done a wonderful job with them.

At 17:56 Blogger dabbler said...

So our total is about 20"! Neighbor down the street plowed the driveway twice....for $40.00. Well worth it, as the chiropractor (after we shovel out 100' of drive) is way more expensive, not to mention the avaoidance of pain. We have one and a half cars dug out, cookies made, the woodstove going, and have been enjoying the quiet. So little noise outside. Lovely!

Penny and our extra young adult, Liam, built a great snow tunnel. The only really unhappy being is the cat, who is certain this snow is intended to annoy her. She's been following me around all day, staring accusingly at me.

At 18:13 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Um, okay Fiends, will I do?

I feel like such an impostor on the rare occasions I wear makeup.

Don't think I can manage a picture of the outfit with Photo Booth. It's a long black skirt with different textures in the panels, and an uneven hem. The top has some black embroidery and a few metal sequins. It has extra long sleeves that extend several inches beyond my hands when they're hanging down. In a word, hippy-dippy, which is my version of evening wear.

At 18:15 Blogger DataGoddess said...

OSS, you look great! Go have a good time :-)

At 18:15 Blogger One Sock Short said...

P.S. I'm counting on the drunken earrings to give me Fiendish confidence!

At 18:30 Blogger AletaMay said...

OSS you look absolutely fabulous! And you are so so cool. And El-rings will bring the power of the fiendom with you!

Rock on!

At 18:54 Blogger Jess said...

Sock, you look good! :) You will have fun. I have spoken.

Mmm, Guinness Cake.

Made a curry tonight. Apparently it was such a hit that it put the manwife to sleep. Now I am trapped on the sofa due to Man Feet. Will likely be stuck here a while. Not that there's anywhere to go.

At 19:06 Blogger vampi said...

oss, looking awesome have tons of fun:)

At 19:12 Blogger Dragonsally said...

OSS, you look beautiful.
It is a year ago today that those awful fires burnt out 1/4 of my state and killed all the people, and I remember well how you all helped me through the terrible hours worrying listening to the updates and hoping family and friends were okay.
I am listening to the memorial service through tears.
I will get some joy watching Z & Z when the service is over.

At 20:49 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Yay OSS You look awesome! Everyone at the party will be in awe! Of you and the cake, I'm sure!

At 21:10 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Charged camera battery. It's very charged, in fact it is STILL charging out at work. No bathroom pics tonight.

Interesting ride. First off YOU try going out, 15 degrees to a dark pasture looking for a dark horse in a black blanket.

It's just all cats that are grey in the dark.

Maizie is really a horse.I need to learn to ride. I think the first thing I said after I got on her was I AM NOT IN CONTROL OF THIS SITUATION. She is a tricksy beast!

The answer of course was SIT BACK on my BUTT, and kick that horse. (Yes, I do wear a helmet) Lot of horse that one, but if I can't handle her, I can't handle DIm.

One nice thing, my half chaps zipped up easily. I think I've lost weight. Yeah, in my CALVES!

At 21:26 Blogger Beez said...

OSS, you look GREAT!

That is some righteous snow there Jess & Phiala, by any standard.
Hopefully y'all can just relax and enjoy the fact that life can slowwwww way down.

Ack! Killed again by Ziggy cutes! How many times can one little kitty slay me?
Kind of in love wit ZoraMom too.

At 21:28 Blogger Beez said...

Have to say, Spiritless Prices on generic Viagra strikes me as VERY funny.

At 21:34 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Watching COPS. (yeah, but I really like it sometimes)

When will these people learn that when the cops find crack in your pocket, purse or car "That's not mine" is NOT a real good defense? But then, one supposes people carrying crack are not the brightest bulbs on the marquee...

Am switching to Toddlers and Tiaras. Need some good horror...

At 21:34 Blogger Phiala said...

Yeah, anything over a foot of snow is downright inconvenient no matter where you live. The availability of equipment just determines whether it's a problem for a few hours or a few weeks.

Q, sounds like fun. Except, you know, for the hunting the horse down, and the making it behave.

My chocolate chip pecan cookies should be out of the oven very, very soon. Why did I not start baking with really good vanilla much earlier????

At 21:36 Blogger Phiala said...

My... those descriptions make me so glad I don't have a tv.

At 21:37 Blogger AletaMay said...

Riding in the dark. Seems it would be more romantic in the summer.

At 21:38 Blogger AletaMay said...

I am watching SUV. I much prefer the fictional COPS to the "real" ones.

At 21:41 Blogger Jess said...

Spiritless Prices for Despondent P-- never mind.

Hurrah for, erm, calf fitness, I suppose! You will get a handle on Maisie, Q, I'm sure. You've only been taking these lessons for, what, a little over a year, now, and you're getting on a horse like Maisie already? That's some fine horsewomanship right there. :)

The snow piles we made this afternoon just getting the car freed are nearly as tall as I am. Considering burrowing my own personal network of tunnels around the yard.

At 21:42 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The arena is lit, we can't ride outside in the winter or the dark...

AM going to switch to SUV soon. T and Tiaras is REALLY scary. 4-7 year old swimsuit contest? In Bikinis? These Mom's need to meet up with the Intervention people...

At 21:45 Blogger AletaMay said...

I REALLY do not get that whole pageant thing. I mean I barely get it for teens and adults. Toddlers? Yicks.

At 22:09 Blogger Siri said...

Sally, I was thinking about that just the other day, wondering when that was. I'm sure it was a hard day - sending love your way.

At 22:09 Blogger Beez said...

Spiritless Prices for Despondent P--


At 22:12 Blogger Beez said...

Jess, personal tunnels = Habitat Trails.

Think about that.

At 22:24 Blogger Na said...

Sock, lookin' GREAT! And chocolate cake and guaranteed good conversations, I imagine. Sounds like a blast.

You folks out east, enjoy the quiet. :)

{{Dragon Sally}} I'm amazed to know it's been a year. I remember your posts, and watching the memorial ceremony online, with Princess Anne, wasn't it? And the many prominent spiritual and cultural folks, and I cried through most of it. I've since learned, someone brought the "We Are Australia" (is that the name? the folk-type song?) here, and now there's a "We Are Canadian" version.

I'm sitting upstairs with the laptop while the monsters fall asleep. Had another family reading night, tonight the chapter where Harry Potter gets on the Hogwarts Express for the first time.

We're getting snow, as often happens, but just flurries, and some sunshine again today, but mostly I'm stuck inside with a cold.

Q, have you ever heard Rev. Payton's Dig Damn Band? They've got this a song called Your Cousin's on Cops.

At 22:26 Blogger Jane said...

OSS - beautiful photo. You seem to have the right makeup touch. Hope the party was fun!

At 22:31 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yes, I think Princess Anne was here. I'm sure you'll see clips from his ceremony in too, being in Canada and all.
Thanks Siri
And pageants, I REALLY don't get them either, especially for children.

At 22:34 Blogger Beez said...

Has it been a year already?

*hugs* Sally. I remember thinking how hard it would be to even fathom such a disaster by fire.

At 22:59 Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow Sally, really hard to believe it has been a year. Thinking of you and your people on this anniversary.

At 23:09 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Thanks Aleta and Beez. I was listening to one of the speakers this morning -she and her husband lost their house and son. It amazes me how people go on after such tragedies.

At 23:54 Blogger One Sock Short said...


Thank you, dear Fiends. I did enjoy the party. Met lots of interesting people, all of whom I hope to meet again. Got typically tongue-tied when meeting Kyle and Trillian online though.

Now I'm turning into a pumpkin. A quick tour of twitter, then off to bed.

At 00:45 Blogger vampi said...

snow? thankfully the rain stopped for a bit. thinking dry non-slidey thoughts for the people who live at the foots of mountains, this rain is nail biting.

i like the idea of monochromatic horses, i was thinking it's a bit like wizard of oz, all the horses the same grey, and then they come inside and it's all technicolor.

At 02:02 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Hey, snowmaggedon is on out tv news. Incredible juxtaposition...last year's fires, flooding in Queensland today and snowmaggedeon. A definite theme

At 03:34 Blogger Marjorie said...

OSS - you look great, and I'm glad you enjoyed the party & the other guests.

Jess, maybe you should build an igloo?


At 10:53 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning! Surprise Boss coming home, which makes me happy.

I changed my Twitter name to Fablor...Can you still see me there???? It is much shorter and easier...

As you can guess, working today...

At 11:20 Blogger Siri said...

Surprise Boss? Is that a new boss that is a surprise to you, or you didn't expect him so soon?

I like the mental picture of him leaping out from behind something Shouting Surprise!

At 12:16 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...



Burninating the countryside.
Burninating the peasants.


At 13:20 Blogger Jess said...

Burninating all the people...and their thatched roof cottaaageees!

Der nerner neeeer, der nerner ner! Der nerner ner ner ner ner ner ner

And the Fablor comes in the niiiiight!


At 13:33 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It means Boss was on his way to the airport, in his car, and decided he didn't WANT to go where he was going, he wanted to come home.

Oh, I've done tricker. Ticket changed before the limo got to LAX.

Glad you like the new name. Fablor. burninating everywhere! Need the strenth thee days I do.

Saw an add on tv for a new burgher someone is selling. It's their Bacon, double cheeseburgher with mayo, to which they have added two eggs friend in better.

Because bacon and eggs is the best thing for brekafast

At 13:38 Anonymous kali_licious said...

Glad I'm not the only one who thought of Trogdor.

At 13:45 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Loved Trogdor...

At 13:49 Blogger Jess said...

Hey, that's like steak and eggs on a bun! Sort of. And mayo! Mmm, classy.

Yay for getting people to where they want to be! Home is the place to be. We sure are home. Yep. Definitely home. Have I mentioned how we're not going anywhere?

No, I tell a lie: I did go somewhere. This morning, we went a-walking, and I wiped out right in front of a car. (He was waiting for me to cross, so it wasn't that dangerous.) I fell well. You'd be proud of me. And I'm going to pretend the bruise is a cool tattoo.

At 13:58 Blogger Chantrelle said...

We're big fans. Here's ben at age 2 on Halloween...note the big beefy arm there. You can see hubby off to the left of the screen.

At 14:16 Blogger Jess said...

Heehee! Best costume ever! :D

At 15:21 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

My friend Josiah would probably say that hamburger originated in New Orleans. He's always complaining about how people here eat too much mayo, bacon, and fried foods. (Like Florida was any different.)

At 15:37 Blogger One Sock Short said...

While I was out in campusland this afternoon I remembered to go into one of the campus bookstores too see if they had art supplies. I now own a sketchbook and pencils again. Time to think more about my Night Garden contribution.

At 15:40 Blogger Kimberly said...

Guess who made Cute Overload? That's right - our very own Ziggy and Zoraline!

Also, here is is a stunning Zora photo.

A little Ziggy cuteness to brighten your Sunday...

And possibly the silliest video yet - Sneak Attack Bath!

Ziggy's appetite is a bit low since yesterday - please send him pigout vibes so I don't start actual worrying...I'm only pre-worrying now.

At 17:19 Blogger Dragonsally said...

No Kimberly, that made my Monday! when Ziggy finds his forever people, he is going to be one cuddle fiend.

Yah for a Boss staying home.

Right, off to make sure Fablor appears in my twitter fiend stream, and to drink mah tea.

At 17:24 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I can't find you on twitter anymore.

Is it just me? Has she our leader vanished for other people too?

At 17:37 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Panic averted with assistance from Ticia, Dan and Beez...but my tweetdeck still being recalcitrant. Odd.

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At 21:29 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

GOing for a long dark drive thru the snow to the airport. Made a great playlist tho.Madonna, Abba, Lady Gaga, Dresden Dolls, Thea, BelaFleck ,CheapTrick., Melissa and Dead Can Dance.

Can't tell if I am moody or want to dance.

Maybe just tired.

My Horse was too wild for me today. Rode Anna and worked on sitting on my BUTT, by which one sits BACK, way further than you think you ought to, but it works better.

At 21:36 Blogger Chantrelle said...

When I can't figure out Moody or Danc-y, I choose chocolate then it doesn't matter which it was.

At 22:16 Blogger Dragonsally said...

another perfect T'shirt, from Chantrelle!

At 22:28 Blogger Kimberly said...

Casino spam makes Ziggy sad.

At 09:52 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...



I think my tea kettle broke, like between one cup and the next. The light is on but the water does not get hot.

Not helping the morning.

At 09:55 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oh no! Tea disaster!

At 10:22 Blogger vampi said...


tea sounds so nice and toasty. i'm not looking forward to work today.

At 10:29 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Kimberly, that is one of my favorite Ziggy pictures.

I am tea lazy, have a hot water faucet in the sink and just zap that water in the microwave.

At 10:32 Blogger vampi said...

i should add, that i just have the monday mornin blues, not anything specific at work bothering me. change is exhausting, and right now my job is all flux and new things.

At 10:41 Blogger One Sock Short said...


Yep, change is very exhausting. Sending energetic wishes your way.

At 12:52 Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, I have the Monday blues too. Tonight I leave for a vehicular business trip - at least I'll get a change of scenery, which might perk me up, though I'll drive back home in teh snowz.

Ziggy is still my leader. All hail kitty paws and warm bellies!

At 12:59 Blogger Chantrelle said...

We're taking Ben to Disneyland this week. First trip, totally excited. Just bought tickets, holy expensive batman! I thought I put too many in my cart but nope! Jeebus!

At 15:23 Blogger gaypet said...

Chantrelle, have fun!!

Monday pukes here. Not so fun. I hate being sick. And watching M be sick. At least I have time to read comments. Between cleaning out "The Bowl Of Doom"!

At 15:24 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh dear, I thought it was only M sick but if you both are...
Get well soon. Immediately, in fact!

At 15:28 Blogger gaypet said...

It was just M 'till about an hour ago.

Thanks! I will get on that getting better part.

At 16:45 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh dear, hope you & M both feel better very soon, Gayle.

And that a new teakettle can quickly be obtained for Q. Even La FabLo cannot be expected to rule the universe without tea.

At 16:45 Blogger Marjorie said...

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At 16:45 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh dear, hope you & M both feel better very soon, Gayle.

And that a new teakettle can quickly be obtained for Q. Even La FabLo cannot be expected to rule the universe without tea.

At 17:40 Blogger Dragonsally said...

(((((G & M))))) get better quickly
(((((V)))))) for a better day.

Anyone else need a hug while I'm handing them out?

Its another boiling, humid day here for me. Send me all your spare snow and cold.

At 18:24 Blogger dabbler said...

Hey, Sal...Here's the 20" we got Saturday, and I'll happily forward the 10-18" they're predicting for Tomorrow night into Weds.

Let me know when it gets there, okay? I couldn't figure out how to send it with delivery confirmation.

(More seriously, I hope you ate least get some relief soon.)

At 18:25 Blogger dabbler said...

Err...that would be at least, not ate least.

At 18:28 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Friday. It will arrive on Friday I'm told.

Eagerly awaiting delivery.

At 18:29 Blogger gaypet said...

Thanks, all. Nap was had. We are on the mend I think. My temp is still high but M's is going down. Short-lived sick is better than long!

At 18:57 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I'm watching The Visitor (which is not an alien movie, like I was expecting, some of my Netflix queue movies have been sitting unwatched for WAAAYYYYY too long) and I keep thinking about projects I could do with students, like have them watch the movie and lead discussions about diversity and immigration and have a mock immigration trial where students get to represent the immigrant in the movie and the state in his case.

I am also drinking lots of tea with sugar. If I start spazzing out, that is why. Brown sugar is surprisingly good in tea.

ararararrraaahhhhrarararhhahhahhra (rabid tea drinking noises)

Also, Kitty got locked in the closet all day while I was at school. And, someone keeps batting their favorite toy, a pink fuzzball, under the crack in the door and into the hall. I think it's Serious.

Right now they're playing by chasing each other around the apartment (not fighting, they keep asking each other trilling questions and trying to pounce on one another) and Kitty was surprised when she pounced on a garbage bag in the middle of the floor.

That is all.

At 22:23 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

New post is UP.

A Good Thing.

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