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a winter’s stroll

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[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, stands near the base of a pinyon pine. The sun shines through the branches, and a single ray of sunshine is visible, angling down from the upper right corner of the picture and across Loiosh’s face. ]

The colder it gets, the harder it is to get the boys out for the afternoon, so I’ve been taking them out for little wanders in the back yard more often. I’m also trying to remind Loiosh that me putting the harness on him means he gets to DO something, while trying to avoid having to chase him down to put it on, which has been happening too often lately. When he’s gotta go to the vet, he’s stuck with it, but other that that … I wanna balance getting him out of the house, which he needs, with giving him the agency to decide when he doesn’t want to, which he also needs.

He didn’t want to let me put the harness on him right away, today, so I went outside for a bit on my own (& happened to get good pictures of the new tins for the incense ingredients, yay!), but when I stuck my head back in the door after that, he was like ‘I would PREFER to go outside NAKED but if I have to wear that THING, well, I GUESS’. Continue reading a winter’s stroll

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lake day, but on the other side this time

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[ A view up a rocky slope topped with evergreen trees. Major Tom is sitting to the right, facing away from the camera, & Loiosh is a small blotch emerging from behind a bush, right at the treeline, about a third of the way across the photo. ]

I didn’t get out of the house as early as I WISH I had on Wednesday — there being nothing I could do about it at the time, I would rather not have heard about the attempted coup in DC until later — but I did manage to avoid doomscrolling for a while, at least, & I’m glad I did it, cos that’s left me with the energy to do something about it now, that being to contact my reps & demand that they not let people GET AWAY WITH THIS, WHAT THE EFFING EFF.

ANYWAY. Cat pictures. They’re both in the pic at the top, promise! Continue reading lake day, but on the other side this time

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big rocks day, part the third

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[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, is seen from behind, where he’s standing on a rock overlooking the highway. There’s a semi with a red cab going past. Loiosh’s tail is waving gently. ]

Loiosh: “Mom, when can we get on the road again?”

Me: *sobbing*

CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH but in the meantime, at least I can take the boys wandering. Continue reading big rocks day, part the third

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IT’S ALMOST OVER

[ clip art of a green dumpster, with red & yellow flames pouring out of the top & ‘2020’ in big letters on the side ]

I HAD SO MANY PLANS FOR THIS YEAR

you know how it goes, mortals make plans & the gods laugh

overpowered overdramatic bastards were extra bastard this year tho

BUT HEY 2020 is almost over & I AM STILL HERE

lot of us are still here (too many aren’t)

I’m grateful for every one of y’all who’s still here

we’ve been getting each other through this

there’s a long road yet to go but the end is in sight!

ANYWAY wash ya hands, wear ya masks, stay home if ya can, & get the vaccine (if ya can) when your number comes up!

be well & I’ll see y’all in 2021!

WHICH HAD BETTER BE BETTER THAN THIS EFFING DUMPSTER FIRE

also here is a cat picture

[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, stands on a large rock, facing off to the left. His tail is held low, but his ears & whiskers are perked forward. Behind him is a wood fence & beyond that, tall ponderosa pines. ]

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halping

[ A big grey tabby lays on his side in the sun, facing the camera; his eyes are squinted mostly shut, & his belly is a lovely expanse of soft fuzzy paleness. ]

Major Tom decided to help me last week when I had a bunch of new jewelry to take pictures of. He is, as you can see, exceptionally good at helping. Or possibly, halping.

Continue reading halping