Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Leopard in the House....

We haven't had any Bengal Blogging in far too long, I am thinking. So tonight, just in time for the Holidays:


This picture, and the one below, are NOT Magic. I may be getting ahead of myself here, you may not know the story, or you may, but let's go back a little. Magic is an F1 Bengal, which means his Daddy was an ALC (Asian Leopard Cat, a wildcat, one of the smaller class of Leopards) This is Sancho Dos, ALC. And we believe: Magic's Daddy.

We aren't sure of his Mother, it seems likely tho that she was also an early generation Bengal.

Here's Magic. Magic came to live with me about 2 years 6 months ago. I had been fostering the tough case Bengals, with the Great Lakes Bengal Rescue group, the ones that needed more, the ones who had issues. I love them. All of them. I had mentioned to Janet, director of GLBR that I might like to try an early generation Bengal, if we found one that needed help.

Bengals are considered Domestic after Four Generations. Venus and Mim are F4. Four away from Leopard. Janet called me and said that there was an F1 in a shelter across the state, and the shelter had called us as they had no idea what to do with it, and could we take it NOW as it was not a cat they would ever be able to adopt.

They were right. The Kitty I picked up could not have been adopted. He trusted no one, he loved no one, and he was very, very afraid. He also had NO claws. None. All four feet, gone. A Domestic Cat, even afraid, will yowl it to the world. Magic never made a sound the entire ride back. He knew there was no one to call and in the wild, silence was the key to survival. He'd been thru several home at this point, and had never had anyone who understood him.

Bengals, all of them, are interesting creatures. If you ever think you might want one, you really, really need to do your homework first. Beautiful, yes, but they are bred from Leopards. I don't mean they will hurt you, anymore than any cat might, but they THINK differently. You will need to have a very clear understanding of this.

I gave Magic his own room, and built him a Screamed Porch where he could hop out and look at us in the kitchen. I fed him from a long spoon. I taught him how to play. I learned he had a voice, and that he could make the most astonishing array of sounds. I added a fountain so he could splash when he wanted. I cried the first time he let me give him a pet, while he was eating. I let him bite me and didn't pull away, let him taste me. I trusted him. He learned.

I changed the door to his room to a Scream door so he could look out into the Romance Room and see me with Venus and Mim. I let them come in and play, while he watched.

And then I let him out into the house. He does all the things Venus and Mim do. He lets me pet him while he eats. He joins in the circle dance when I come home, coming by quickly for pets, never stopping, but coming back for more.

It took a very long time. We understand each other. I'll never be able to pick him up and cuddle him, Bengals in general aren't cuddlers, and him more than most, but I can walk by him, carefully, and he won't run away.

He's kind of a pudding now, he cleans up everyone's plates. He gets pieces of steak when people come over, and sometimes, if there is only one, he will come out, never too close, but he'll be there. It's best to pretend you don't notice there is a Leopard in the House, and go about your business. Never look him in the eyes, and smile with your teeth not showing.

He's started running on the Cat Wheel, when no one is looking. But I can hear him. He'll get FIT too, my Magic.

But more than that, it's his soul that is getting FIT. He's healing, from whatever he went thru, from whatever he is by genetics. He's my friend. He has friends in Venus and Mim, who have accepted him. He joins us by the fire, and most importantly:

He's happy now.

He's living his life, and knows there is good in this world he finds himself in.

And that makes me happy.

I'm glad he's here and wouldn't have him any other way. Seeing how far he has come makes me KNOW, very, very surely, that there's pretty much nothing that can't be fixed.

With enough love, patience and determination.

Love and Magic,


At 20:33 Anonymous FluorescentNinja said...

"most importantly:

He's happy now."

You are so damn awesome.

At 20:34 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always rescued cats--one I have now came to me as a feral kitten, and with a lot of love is now a lap cat--but I never heard of Bengals until I found you. And I find them to be amazing creatures.

Stories like this just feel magical--and they make me smile. It is truly amazing what can be accomplished with love, patience, and will. It moves mountains and makes Change. Real change. Change you can see--and pet.

I love these posts. I love the bengal pictures. :)

At 20:34 Blogger ariandalen said...

Sancho Dos is gorgeous! Though, obviously, not someone to fool around with.

Magic has come a long way, and it's all due to you, Ms. Fabulous. Thank you for letting me watch the ride. :)

At 20:41 Anonymous the raven said...

reading this made me want to cry. i don't know if i could ever take on an F1 bengal, and there's something beautiful in knowing that there ARE people who are willing to put in the time and effort and love it takes to make one feel okay.

this also reinforces my determination to get my life in order so that i can help these beautiful cats as well.

At 20:42 Blogger Cecily said...

I so love your Bengal stories, and most especially your Magic stories. They are in fact Magical.

I hope you are right that anything can be fixed. And most importantly I hope that anyone who is in doubt of that realizes it before it is to late for them.

Much love and thankfulness to all you Fiends, cat and human alike. <3

At 20:47 Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow. Time goes so fast. Can't believe Magic has been with you that long. I remember when you thought he could never have run of the house with Mim and Venus. Amazing what has happened.

His maybe father is so beautiful. Breathtaking.

Thanks so much for opening up this whole Bengal world to so many people. I did not even know these beautiful, misunderstood creatures existed until I starting hanging out here.

At 20:47 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Reading about Magic's journey these past couple of years has been so wonderful. What a difference love and patience can make.

At 20:52 Blogger Dragonsally said...

And this made me cry, with happiness mind, but tears nevertheless.

At 21:07 Blogger dabbler said...

That picture of Magic from the early days is what brought me here, so it must be a couple of years I've been a Fiend. What a great post for Thanksgiving!

At 21:35 Blogger Jane said...

A Thanksgiving story for sure and though I've read Magic's story before, it always brings tears to my eyes. But you know what the fantastic thing is? Every time you tell the story the end of the post is different - Magic has changed, has fit himself into the household and is, as you say, happy.

The first time I read the Magic story (and I posted for the first time at the end of Dec 2008) I never would have guessed that the end of the story would ever be - Magic is happy.

Your statement that if they cross my path I'll save them (I may have it wrong) certainly proved to be the case for him.

At 22:03 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

You are a miracle worker. I love Magic. <3 I started reading this blog because of the bengals.

This is my first no-family winter holiday! Last year around this time, I was posting about how unhappy I was having to deal with family holiday stress. Q had to deal with flowery housekeeping holiday present stress and told me to do what I wanted on the holidays. This year, I plan to eat, read, cook, and write (maybe not in that order). I've already started the festivities. I made liver pate (two STICKS of butter!!!!!) and am making stuffed mirlitons using some of the liver pate and rice. Tomorrow I'm making my first turkey.

Best holiday ever.

At 22:59 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh gosh, I haven't said...Happy Thanksgiving Day to all our American Fiends. Could you send some turkey to me over the interwebz please?

At 23:15 Blogger Na said...

wow. just...lovely.

At 23:20 Blogger Adri said...

Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

Every time, thank you.

At 23:31 Blogger ariandalen said...

And now for something completely different...

Hi, FluorescentNinja and the raven! You are now Fiends! Here are your white, buckled jackets. Now where did that table go...Ah! Here it is! Our table full of supplies to personalize jackets; white is not always the kindest of colors. Have fun, and comment again!

And, LYS! You've been missed! {{{Lys}}}

At 00:12 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I am so happy for Magic, I could see he was curious but so scared.

Not cuddlers, Bengals? Venus came for cuddles last time I was there. Several times. It is also true that I never tried to pick her up for that, I let her come to me and claim those cuddles. And complied. You need to know who is the boss there...

Magic's dad is beautiful.

At 00:43 Blogger Marjorie said...

Magic is so beautiful, and it's so heartwarming to see how far he has come, and how much happier he is than when he came to you.

And Happy Thanksgiving, to all of the fiends who celebrate it.

At 03:18 Blogger Jaime said...

I always hafta get a tissue when reading Bengal posts... Such awesometasticness! I'm so glad Magic found a home and that you have the ability to provide an understanding and safe environment for them!!!

We looked into Bengals for awhile and I realized while they are gorgeous and graceful creatures, we don't have the right kind of home/stability for them since we move so often and have quite a topsy turvy lifestyle. I love being able to vicariously Bengal through you though! ;o)

Much love and may Magical Moments continue in your world! <3

At 06:53 Blogger Phiala said...

Hello from a wet and icy Thanksgiving morning. I am safely curled up on the couch with the cat for the moment. We won't travel until later, after worries of ice in the mountains are past.

The cat approves.

I should get up and make pie, really. I roasted the pumpkins last night. I might make pumpkin bread instead. Or never get my lazy ass off the couch. We'll see...

At 07:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Good Morning and thank you! Magic thanks you. Or maybe he wants second breakfast. Hard to say.

SO far my Thanksgiving is a fine one! I have coffee and am watching my SNow Guy do the plowing shoveling thing.

I am not AGAINST the work of doing it, but I know myself well enough to know get to the stable or the barn, yup. Make myself go out and shovel? Ain't happening.

Me and the dogs are having the day together, watching movies and reading and being lazy!!! Had a LOT of invites from a lot of wonderful people, but a day where I don't have to do anything? Perfect. Havn't had a day off since Ireland and that was a while ago.

It is important I think on Holidays to do what you WANT to do, what makes you happy. To actually enjoy them.

I am going to Turbo soon, special Thanksgiving class this morning that Daisy and I sort of talked our teacher into doing. I like the feeling AFTER that class, at any rate...

At 07:51 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh! Tomorrow is New Hair Day! Can't decide between red and purple, you know what THAT means...

Gonna have some BAD ASS hair to go with my NICE ASS!

At 08:09 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Happy for beautiful Magic.

At 08:47 Blogger Cecily said...

Red AND Purple!!!!!!

At 10:02 Anonymous Joypeg said...

*sigh* Thank you for such a lovely bengal post. He is Magic and you are truly Fabulous. Happy peaceful Thanksgiving to you and all the creatures you hold dear.

At 10:47 Blogger Beez said...

Okay, my heart just went all gloopy.

I remember when that boy found his voice- the whole neighborhood could listen in, and he was vocalizing for YOU.

Happy T-day to USAnians, and happy day to all. It's cold, I'm staying in to cook and it's just the 3 of us here, after Spawn returns from dad's side. Perfect.

At 11:41 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Thank you for sharing Magic's story with glad he's finding his way within your household and discovering where he fits.

Happy Thanksgiving to all Fiends who celebrate and I'm even trying to send turkey and cranberry thoughts through the inter-web for Sally.

A lovely day to all!

At 11:47 Blogger Bill Peschel said...

Holy cats! It finally penetrated this skull that when you say Bengal, you mean Bengal.

As in a wild animal. As in one-generation-out-of-the-jungle Bengal, not just a brand name (like Toyger).

That makes your success all the more powerful.

Thank you for sharing, and educating.

At 11:55 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Bill, welcome, that made me laugh! Yup! I mean Leopards! Thank you, it's been a long lot of work with him, but we did it.

Watching this Parade thing. Not sure how I feel about it..

At 13:48 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Awww. My insides have mushified. I so wish I could visit you and Bengals some day and give you all a massive big hug. *sniffle*

Also BIG hug for Cecily (Ive just caught up)

In other news...I'm cold.

At 14:02 Blogger Jess said...

Maybe-Dad is a very noble-looking beast.

Always knew you'd bring Magic around. Ya done good. :) Still love those huge eyes on him, how he stares and stares till he sees everything. What a fine, sweet boy he is.

Apparently it is Thanksgiving, for here we are with the folks. And I have made a squash thing with breadcrumbs atop. There were mini Quiche Lorraines as well, but they didn't look or taste much like you, Q.

At 14:36 Blogger Marjorie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Enjoy your day, whatever you're doing

At 14:49 Blogger Beez said...

*has to wonder how Jess knows how Q taste...*

Oh nevermind.

*smooshyhugs Cecily*

At 15:46 Blogger Hellie said...

Happy Magic pudding! Lovely :o)

Red & purple stripy hair would be amazing! I'm going to re-red my hair at the weekend, it faded really quickly :o( That's home dye for you I suppose.

Happy thanksgiving everyone, hope much lovely celebrating is happening!

At 16:20 Blogger DataGoddess said...


At 17:02 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Lemme tell 'ya, breaking through a locked door is a lot harder than it looks in the movies.

At 17:13 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Am I thinking you might have locked yourself out (or in) OSS?

Pi - thanks for sending me the yummy food. My braintummy thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jess, I was wondering how you knew Q's taste too. *snerk*

I am trying to persuade myself I have enough energy to shower. The persuading hasn't worked yet.

At 18:42 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ya'll leave me and Jess alone! She can taste me if she wants to!

I just picked Magic up! He hopped up to eat Venus' food and I didn't think, I just sort of scooped him up and carried him up to his own counter, not sure who was more surprised, him or me!!!

He's like that tho when there is FOOD because you know, all he'd had since breakfast has been icky old dry food.

At 18:55 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Hmmm, Tysie is like that too - you can do almost anything if food is involved. Otherwise, look out for those claws and teeth.

Okay, no more ribbing you and Jess.

I'll be good *cough*

At 19:04 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There's nothing between me and Jess! Nothing, we're just good friends. Really. Nothing happened. I don't know why she said that.

At 19:05 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Sshhhhh. I won't tell.

At 19:13 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There's nothing to tell. Nothing. Nothing that should worry Mr Jess.

I mean, it's not like I like GIRLS or anything, nope! I date MEN. I mean, guys. You know, uh, boys. Don't even like girls.

Not ME!!!!

Don't know how the little vixen knows how I taste so good.....

At 19:15 Blogger Dragonsally said...

You know when you thought an insect had bitten you? It was really Jess, having an ittybitty taste. Uh Huh!

At 19:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Why am I left her eon Thanksgiving with only Sally to talk to?? I mean, I like her and all, but she's rather like the rest of us, isn't she?

Not quite, er, right.

At 19:19 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Huh, are you casting nasturtiums at me Q? It is very quiet. We must be the only ones not out Thanksgiving-ing or something!

At 19:21 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Surely that is done by now? Where are they all?

Do you live near Alexandria? I need someone to go down there and kick some fed ex butt for me.

At 19:23 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Its about an hour away, or maybe a little more. I'm up for butt kicking - I'll even put on boots with steel toes if you like!

At 19:23 Blogger Beez said...

Hey, we're all just wrong enough to make us right!

Half a bubble off we are.

At 19:24 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ahhh, I see you found them all on twitter. I'm there watching #outland faux pride parade, which I was meant to be at....have a look.

At 19:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, they'll be back here. We can say a whole lot more here and without that pesky 140 character thing.

My package has been STUCK in ALexandria since the 20th. No clue WHY, but it needs to get to Hobart NOW.

At 19:33 Blogger Dragonsally said...

What a strange place for it to be!

Do you want some local phone calls to be made on your behalf?

At 19:49 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I'll let you know. May get after them myself if the person on the other end isn't having any luck...

I am SO buying some Lobster Costumes for the Bengals! This is clearly the best idea EVER.

Or a glorious mistake...

At 19:51 Blogger Beez said...

Ever seen Why Dogs Bite People?

New one coming! Why Cats EAT Their Owners.

At 19:54 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

What's your point? These are BENGALS, they're into This Sort Of Thing

At 20:06 Blogger Beez said...

Huh. I Google Bengals In Costumes and all I get are a bunch of cheerleaders....

At 20:08 Blogger ariandalen said...

Some of us were busy cooking Thanksgiving feast. Nobody killed anybody, or even threatened to do so. There weren't even any sharp words.

And I have yet to eat any pie. This will need to be remedied, soon.

Now I'm being held hostage and forced to watch "The Simpsons Movie."

At 20:08 Blogger ariandalen said...

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At 20:22 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Just because someone hasn't done it before, doesn't mean it's not a good IDEA...

I have no pie here.

At 20:55 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

See? Lobster costumes are the best idea ever.

You are very welcome.

At 20:55 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Sorry, sorry, busy breaking and entering over here.

After dinner, Mum wanted help taking out trash and recycles. She closed the door behind us - the door that frequently doesn't latch at first try - and click, latched and locked. Good thing - it was an inside door, leading to the rest of the basement. Bad thing - the owner had just left to have dinner with the family. Next good thing - there were many tools in the basement. Next bad thing - breaking in with a hammer, screwdriver, and chisel is Hard Work. But I prevailed.

So, um, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Don't leave home without a chisel!

At 20:56 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Also, maybe kippahs (Jewish hats). They sell those at my synagogue, complete with little doodads that fit over their ears.

Kitty should be having a Bar Meowtzvah in a few years.

At 22:11 Blogger Fiend-in-law said...

Worried? Me?

*looks around nervously*

At 22:20 Blogger Jess said...

Dunno what you're all on about. I've not been out of his sight all day. Not even when I was eating quiche. Oh, stop!!

Okay, really. That was just unnecessary. I'm deeply ashamed, and so is my mother.

Lobster costumes?!

At 22:22 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

All cats must wear lobster costumes. Especially during the holidays.

At 22:33 Blogger Jess said...

Seems to me there'd be a lot of perturbed shaky-paw happening. You know. Because of the little claw gloves on their feet.

Right. My cats need lobster costumes now.

At 22:55 Blogger ariandalen said...

I would like to state for the record that Nikki does NOT need a lobster suit.

That is all.

At 23:10 Blogger Cecily said...

I disappear for one day to eat good food and play board games and you guys behave as badly as me on a normal day?!?!?!

Oh, and can we stop saying 'eating pie' before I actually spontaneously combust from double entendre here?!

At 23:19 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I think cats wearing lobster costumes is some kind of law.

And, I have no pie. :( Entendre pie or otherwise...

At 23:22 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I have no pie here either.

Just thunder.

And lots of wet dog smell.

At 23:28 Blogger Cecily said...

Oh Wendy my dear, being a female and all...I am fairly certain you have an entendre pie. ;-)

And Q, I am really scared of the medical care you will need after attempting to apply lobster costumes.

At 23:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

How I love the Fiends.

At 01:36 Blogger Marjorie said...

There, & I selfishly went to bed instead of staying up to talk to Madame MeDeadly and Sally.
I'm sorry.

Also, I'm cold. Although it's the kind of cold which you will laugh & point at - About 25 degrees, I think.

At 06:34 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, you may have come back but not a lot of you up NOW are there????

Not sure I get this early shopping thing. All the deals have been up online for a week now. Get up? AT 10 degrees? Camp out all night? To SHOP????

I am missing something.

I need to go to wal mart of all places and get some more barn shorts, and a RED one to wear at the roller derby next weekend. Naptowns colours are red and black.

My new hair today is going to be red and black and purple. I think. It will be BAD ASS, according to my hairdresser.

At 07:02 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

WAKE UP!!!!!

This is a very exciting day, you know.

At 07:07 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, let me recap: Jess tasted Lorraine, Magic was picked up, a package is trapped in package limbo, and Lorraine is getting kickass hair (which will require a picture!).

That sounds about right. My only question is: is there coffee? :-)

At 07:58 Blogger Jess said...

Thank you, Coffee. Which is something I say daily.

New hair!!!! I'm awake now. SO ENTERTAIN ME.

At 08:42 Blogger Jess said...

You're not entertaining me. Therefore I can't be held responsible for my actions.

At 08:43 Blogger Hellie said...

Yay, new hair day! I'm awake, but then it is 2.30pm.

It IS cold here, honestly ;o) The canal has a layer of ice on it and all the neighbourhood cats want to come in. AND there has been at least an inch of snow in some parts of the UK, panic stations everybody!!

At 10:17 Blogger Marjorie said...

Hurrah for new hair.

I can't entertain anyone. It is not a holiday here, and I am working. Yes. Not checking out entertaining blogs at all, but working.

Also, it's only quarter past 4 and it is alreay dark outside, and I have been dealing with People Who Winge, and I missed lunch.

You Have Been Warned.

On a much more cheery note, didya see that Kelli Bickman has turned Q's Bengals into posters and such?

She tweeted it.

The shop is here and the cards & [osters and such are very reasonably priced :-)

At 10:19 Blogger Marjorie said...

PS. Sock, "Don't leave home without a chisel" are my new words to live by.

If you hear that I have been arrested for catrrying an offensive weapon, you will know who to blame.

At 10:50 Blogger Hellie said...

LOL and I worry about leaving the house with knitting needles in my bag!
Have something nice for dinner to make up for lack of lunch.

Ooh there's a bengal tree notebook! I have a minor stationary addiction.

At 10:51 Blogger Cecily said...

Yeah for Red Purple and Black! Can't wait to see pictures!!!

At 11:21 Blogger AletaMay said...

Oh fiends how entertaining you are!

I had a great holiday with family. We solved all the worlds problems with our keen political insights and then laughed our asses off (sadly not literally) playing board games.

Very nice to follow the happenings here throughout the day. Looking forward to photos of the new hair!

At 11:46 Blogger Beez said...

New hair! Pictures!

BTW, I was up in the Very Early, but I went back to bed.
Because I could.

(darn dog has no clue about Days Off and The Sleeping In Thereof)

At 13:03 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Black Friday has always seemed a horrific time to shop, so I have never done it. Camping out all night to do so? Beyond comprehension!

Red and purple hair sounds great!

Great pie yesterday. Nearly went into pi coma.

LOVE the word "winge."

At 13:29 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, I love it when you blog about Magic because even though I've heard his story before, it NEVER gets old. I get warm from the top of my head to the tips of my toes just hearing about how he finally found himself a loving home with you and how he is healing from all the bad stuff that happened before.

Sending both of you happy thoughts (not that you don't already have them, but more can't hurt!) and love (ditto). Thank you for sharing your beautiful Bengals with us. :-)

At 15:07 Blogger Cecily said...

Quiche posted a pic on Twitter of her new Bad Ass hair!

At 16:33 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Love, love, love the hair! You look fabulous Quiche!

At 17:48 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I had to work from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Now I am at job 2. Then, I am going to synagogue. Then, I am driving home and going to SLEEP.

At 17:51 Blogger Na said...

oh, there's been pie here, of the pumpkin variety. and non-dairy whipped topping. and a feast. and my monsters and their cousins making an amazing range of sounds that drive my parents up the wall, which i find delightful (wicked of me, i'm sure, but there it is).

now off to find Fablor's hair on twitter.

At 17:52 Blogger Na said...

oh! and we saw the new Harry Potter movie t'other day. worth seeing in the theatre, i'd say, if you're inclined to see the movie at all.

At 19:06 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I do have new PINK hair. Pink and fuchsia actually. I'll try and take a better picture tomorrow so you can really see it. It POPS, it does!

I bought pink boots to match it.

We got inspired by my red and pink argyle socks. SO glad I didn't wear the grey!

At 19:08 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

One of the other stylists in the shop turns out to be a MN Roller Girl too! Had great fun talking to her and also figured out one of my old roommates is ALSO on the MN Roller Girls.

Derby is all OVER the place!!

At 19:38 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ah. Yes. I see how it is again. Run then, hide, all you FIends. I'm back.

Do you fear my new PINK BAD ASS hair??? I'm still ME. Nothing to worry about...

At 19:44 Blogger Precision Grace said...

ze hair is awesome..and do you have green eyes? spying on twitter seemed like it. anyhow I should be asleep but I'm not.

bit jealous of your rockin lifestyle right now..enjoy roller derby for me too ! US roller derby is still sooo much cooler than in the UK

At 20:07 Blogger Jess said...

Your hair looks fab! Like that much.

I need to make an appointment this week. It's time.

I have pie. Someone come over and eat it!

At 20:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No pie. No Fiends. Nothing.

At 20:21 Blogger Jess said...

Aw. :(

At 20:26 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I accept pie through the mail.

Today I got to eat sweet potato pie at the "Oh no, it's Black Friday, here's food to keep the help happy" Thanksgiving dinner. Also had fried turkey. But the pie was super exciting.

At 20:33 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Q, I immediately thought of you and everyone connected to the big house when I read this

Fiends will get why!

At 20:40 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That's pretty funny, Sally...

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

Home now after a lovely day with Fiends Hannah and Amy. Met Hannah's sweet dog, Cricket. Finally got to see Boss' Arthur episode and two episodes of Jess' favorite Sherlock. Now I must go see this new pink hair.

At 21:22 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I have now caught up with comments and Q's hair - it looks fabulous! and so do you with your fabulous hair.

The animals who rule this house kindly let me sleep until 12.30pm today (after a brief interlude earlier to feed madam cat who rules it all). Perfect for a rainy Saturday.
I am tempted to spend the rest of the day in bed, or at least in my jammies.

At 22:38 Blogger Beez said...

Oh you- BAD ASS though it may be, I fear NO pink.
....or even PINK.

But you do look so hawt. Maybe I should fear the HAWT?

No pie here either, but I made the best cranberry sauce I have ever done (fresh berries/tangerine juice/honey/brown sugar/mulling spices) and it is somewhat regrettably delicious on ice cream.

I blame Spawn. The "on ice cream" was his idea.

At 23:18 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Great strip, Sally.
Want to see the hair but I am visiting my parents right now...

At 23:19 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Great strip, Sally.
Want to see the hair but I am visiting my parents right now...

At 23:40 Blogger ariandalen said...

Okay. So we've gone from "NICE ASS" to "BAD ASS." Does this mean we're all just a bunch of asses?

Do we have to change our names to Jack or Jenny?

Maybe we're all wereasses and others should 'ware our asses.

And maybe I shouldn't be left alone on the computer in the middle of the night...

At 10:58 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...and now I can sit by the warm fire at the back of the Cave for always and always and always. But still I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me."

Great job.

At 11:59 Blogger dabbler said...

Lovely, replyhazy! Such a perfect quote for this post.

Hello, fiends. I am feeling sad and grateful today, for all the good, loving folks in the world, and for the fact that change never ends.

At 12:25 Blogger Jess said...

Okay. Who wants this vase? I hate it, and will give it away to the first among you to say "Give me that there thing." Otherwise I will smash it with a hammer. Come on: whose treasure is it? Clearly not mine.

At 12:28 Blogger Cecily said...

It's pretty but you should totally smash it with a hammer and then make a mosaic for The Night Garden. ;-)

At 12:37 Blogger Jess said...

Too late. We have a winner!

At 12:53 Blogger Jane said...

I'm getting the vase - it's going to make a great gift!

Isn't Bad Ass a town in the mountains?

At 13:04 Blogger Hellie said...

I have hair envy. Definately bad ass. Also gorgeous.

I would have voted for vase smashing too ;o) I want to make a mosaic-y path in our garden in the spring, going to start searching out plates to smash in charity shops!

At 13:04 Blogger Jess said...

Only on the Discworld, I believe.

Is that a great gift, Sharon, or a "great" gift?

At 13:21 Blogger One Sock Short said...

There's a Bad Ass Coffee Company. It was the *only* good thing in Orlando, when I was forced to go there for a conference in the summer. Though it's actually based out of Hawai'I.

At 13:40 Blogger Jane said...

A gift that can't be beat, IMO.

Definitely will let you know how it goes over (thinking lead balloon which actually is my goal).

At 14:36 Blogger Jess said...

This is probably a bad time to mention that it was a Christmas gift from my parents, isn't it? It's been sitting atop my living room bookcase for something like five years, protected only by a Guilt Barrier. If anyone down the road happens to smash it, I don't actually want to know. Pretend it went to a loving home.

At 14:41 Blogger Jane said...

No smashing planned. Not to worry. Even presents that aren't appreciated don't get smashed - they *may* show up the following year, however, some have made re-appearances yrs later!

At 14:48 Blogger Jess said...

Then let us never speak of it again. As soon as I find a box the right size.

At 20:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Damm. Teach me to be lazy. I would have loved that vase.

Magic brought me a toy tonight. He wanted to play. I still get all gooey about the guy.

At 20:22 Blogger Jess said...

Aww! Love when they do that.

I'm sorry, Q. It was the fastest giveaway in the history of giveaways. I've got a stuffed bunny in a skating outfit that you can have, though.

At 20:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ahm that's it, offer me a Bunny when my heart is breaking over a vase...And only the other day you were talking about how good I tasted...

At 20:40 Blogger Jess said...

But it's an ice skating bunny! How can you pass that up? Or an ornate pair of tea strainers? Which my mother pinched from a restaurant and gave to me because, and I quote, "they're sort of British, and so are you"? You could have those. You drink loose leaf?

I am sorry, m'dear. You could always challenge Jane to mortal combat for it.

At 20:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Challenge JANE? Are you kidding? She'd kick my no doubt nice ASS!

No, I shall just have to be satisfied with my strange light switch cover you gave me, and console myself with memories.

At 20:56 Blogger Jess said...

Did you ever put it up? :D I want to see where you put it.

At 21:00 Blogger Adri said...

Stolen ornate tea strainers, how could anyone turn those down?

You are chatty, chatty fiends-- I'd ALMOST forgotten. :)

I'm having a relaxing and, at the same time, kind of brain-breaking weekend. Also, I have to figure out what to do with several pounds worth of leftover prime rib. (DARN)

At 21:01 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Adri, you have BENGALS. As many as I do...

At 21:07 Blogger Adri said...

Mine prefer turkey to beef! (They had turkey on thursday. I had steak :D )

I need a shopping decision, fiends! I'm only allowing myself to have one of these pairs of socks, which should I buy:

At 21:09 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Can't help. When it comes to socks, I do not practice moderation. Ever.

My Bengals had steak, they LOVE steak. If I went to bed without the plate of steak bits, ever, I am certain Lear would disown me.

At 21:24 Blogger Jess said...

Stolen tea strainers! For reals! Here they are. Now just try to tell me you don't want those beauties.

It's Adri! Hello!! \o/ I say get the purple socks. I do not like turquoise.

At 21:29 Blogger Adri said...

You shouldn't encourage me. I am bad at moderation in general. Maybe, it would be better to wonder which pair of socks I should purchase first, as I have not worn this brand before and need to determine fit... yes.

Jess-- those tea strainers are certainly unique!

At 21:42 Blogger Jess said...

That's one word for them, yes.

At 22:17 Blogger Jane said...

I *could* give up the vase...I mean, what I'm going to do with it is give it away - but if there is a good home for it where it would be loved...I'm just sayin'.

At 23:19 Blogger Jess said...

And personally, I don't mind who gets it. I just want it out of here.

At 23:30 Blogger Na said...

Beez, that cranberry sauce sounds like a CO waiting to happen.

so - is it weird i think those tea strainers are cool? they also look rather industrial, like they could stand up to straining thousands of cups of tea.

my mom brought us some things from her recent trip to London and Edinburgh. i got a cashmere purple plaid scarf from Scotland, which she bought in Portabello Rd., and my elder monster now has a Dr Who board game.

i'm still in No. AZ and going to a yoga class with a long-time, very dear friend tomorrow. she says it's going to kick my ass. yay! (?)

At 23:34 Blogger Jess said...

Na - The stains would seem to indicate that they have done. Thousands and thousands of cups. But none since their THEFT. I feel like a smuggler.

When did you go to northern AZ? Just for Thanksgiving? Bet you're happy to be down there right now. :)

At 00:00 Blogger Cecily said...

I think the strainers are totally cool too. :-) But I love collecting little things like that. I have a, not so shabby, collection of salt and pepper shakers.

At 00:01 Blogger ariandalen said...

I agree with you, Na, about the industrial nature of the tea strainers. I have come up with a use for them:

Steampunk Pasties

Just add cogs instead of tassels.

Yep. I definitely shouldn't be allowed on the computer late at night.

At 00:05 Blogger ariandalen said...

Happy Firbday, Nathalie!

At 00:53 Blogger Marjorie said...

Adri, I like 'Derra' better, I think.
Also, I now want socks, for which I blame you.

At 01:22 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Could you all please hold my friend Ang, in Texas tight in your hearts today? She lost her beloved 15 year old puss and constant companion today.

And go and give your own furred friends lots of love in honour of the beautiful Panther.

At 04:12 Blogger vampi said...


my my you go on vacation and 2 blog posts with 150ish comments. lovely chatty fiends.

love all the pictures in the last 2 blogs. and the words too. i learn so much reading this blog and the comments


At 08:13 Blogger Jane said...

Sally, please send my sympathy to your friend - I know how hard it is.

Nathalie - Happy Firbday!

Adri - you've probably bought them by now, but I advise no moderation when it comes to socks.

At 09:06 Blogger One Sock Short said...

It's Nathalie's birthday? Happy Happy Fibday!

Thinking of your friend, Sally, and her Panther. Phoebe is curled up in my armpit now, getting skritches.

At 10:10 Blogger AletaMay said...

It's NatLaw's Firbday. Joy is spreading across the world!

At 10:51 Blogger Marjorie said...

Sorry to hear about your friend's cat, Sally. Never easy.

On a more cheerful note, while I have no heirlooms like Jess's to give away, I do have a copy of Mr Darcy, Vampyre (Which has all the literary merit you would expect, from the title) and a copy of Summer Knight by Jim Butcher in need of homes.
Any takers?

At 12:15 Blogger Adri said...

I purchased the brown socks with the vine up the back seam and not the teal socks with the pattern all over. Also... eight other pairs of socks and some arm warmers.

Did someone say something about moderation? What's that?

At 12:36 Blogger Beez said...

Glad I got here too late on the sock discussion- not that I would have recommended moderation (what IS that?) anyway.

I love the teas strainers. They would fit nicely in my odd-bits kitchen. Random things find a home here.

Sally, sending love to Ang. So hard a thing.

At 12:37 Blogger Beez said...

Hippo Firbday to Nathalie!

Say "Hi" to Mom and Dad.

At 13:05 Blogger Jess said...

1. Happy Birthday Nathalie!

2. No steampunk pasties. Do you have any idea how heavy those strainers are? Shyeah, like I *need* the extra weight on my tits.

3. I'm sorry, Beez. They'd totally be yours if Ticia hadn't got there first.

4. There is no number 4.

At 13:19 Blogger dabbler said...

Joyeux Anniversaire, Nathalie!

Strange Thanksgiving weekend here. Much thankfulness, some drama (thankfully low key) and some downright nasty unfairness. Off to a viewing this afternoon, but not the one we were expecting.

Mmmm Socks. Counted mine last time I did laundry and cannot possibly need more....which is why I ordered four pair recently.

I, too would have adopted a tea strainer, though the vase looked suspiciously like the one I took to my last white elephant exchange. Were you there in disguise, Jess?

Off to do the right thing.

At 13:42 Blogger Diane said...

Your posts about Magic always make me cry. Special cat, but, more importantly, special person.

At 16:02 Blogger Marjorie said...

It's gone awfully quiet round here.

(watches tumbleweed roll by)

I'm going to bed now. You're all going to pop up having fascinating conversations as soon as I leave, aren't you?

At 18:44 Blogger Beez said...

's alright Jess. That will just leave room for some other Random Bits to find a home.

At 21:01 Blogger Jess said...

Hey, I got random bits. Want the bunny in the skating outfit? I got a bunny in a skating outfit. That's pretty random.

I can't be interesting now Marjorie's left. May have to go and find her. Say in a few weeks.

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Hello! I am home from work and eating cookies!

I just watched the Devil's Backbone! Not as scary or as good as The Orphanage, but still good.

And, I found this!

I may or may not get caught up with the thread.

But, watch that video!

At 22:38 Blogger Adri said...

So, I have just watched three season of the early 00s British comedy Coupling and alternately laughed and hid under a blanket in awkward, empathic embarrassment. Now, I feel I need a good, cleansing zombie flick. Luckily I'm Not Dating(tm) a man who keeps bringing me dvds.

What do you fiends think, Dawn of the Dead (classic) or Feast? I'm leaning towards the classics, if only because I'm trying to get through zombie canon as I'm writing a zombie comic. Can I say zombie again in this comment?

At 00:29 Blogger vampi said...

i quite enjoyed coupling until they replaced jeff. giggle loop is one of my fav episodes

also vote classic zombie. shamble on!

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Hello, I will start by saying that I am very happy that you have given this boy a home. I am the owner of Sancho Dos, the ALC you have posted pictures of. I would be able to tell you if the F1 you have is his son because I microchip every kitten that leaves my home. Given that information I would also be able to tell you his birthday and mother. It is great that you are educating the public but there were a few things that are not correct. First, a F1 is not wild. This one was obviously not socialized properly after leaving my home. Just like any cat, domestic or not, lack of attention produces a feral cat. Second, F4 doesn't mean there are not considered "domestic" it simply means they can now be shown. Every Bengal has a certain amount of wild (from ALC) and domestic (from our different species domestic cats) F4 is simply required to be shown. My F1 girl, who has been properly socialized is super loving. I could growl at her and she would not care. I can swoop her up and flip her over like a baby. What this particular (the one being discussed on this post) F1 likes or doesn't is specific to him, his experiences, and some neglect I am sure. Again, I am very proud of you for giving him a home and family. Cathy

At 12:49 Blogger Unknown said...

After speaking with Bengal Rescue today I discovered that your F1 is out of Sancho Dos but is Not a kitten I produced. I got Sancho when he was three years old and he had sired kittens prior to me owning him. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you who his mom is.

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