More Kittens, Pen Blather

I’d sort of planned to post weekly photos of kittens, but it’s summer, family things have been happening, heat has been happening, and I’ve been all like this, a lot of days.

That’s Timo, who especially likes to sleep in my lap when it’s eleventy billion degrees and he’s eleventy billion and one, but what can you do? He’s so cute, he gets away with it. And I just sit there, dripping sweat and trying not to wake him. Because I’m a sucker.

The kittens are both so doggoned sweet, it kills me.

Nap time…
Another day, another pile of laundry to obstruct. Mirror for double trouble squared!

The munchkins are now 19-going-on-20 weeks old. At the vet check last Saturday, Timo weighed 5.8 lbs. and Cassia 5 lbs. There is a sort of folk knowledge that says cats usually grow up to be about twice what they weigh at 20 weeks. If that’s the case, Timo is going to be on the large side of his breed at possibly 12 to 13 pounds, and Cassia larger than I expected at something over 10. I’m guessing they’ll actually be a bit smaller, but Timo will still be quite a bit bigger than Tam who was 10 pounds in his prime (though only about six at the end, which breaks my heart). He’s kind of a lug. A big, very-very soft, super affectionate and super gorgeous lug. Sigh.

Cassia, meanwhile, has been expanding her thieving skills. It turns out I picked a bad week for finally buying the fancy chasen (bamboo matcha whisk) I’ve had my eye on for awhile. A few days back I came home from work and found the little drying stand empty–no whisk to be found. Aaaand it just happens to be the same week Cassia is finally big enough to jump onto the counter aaaaand she can’t resist stealing just about anything she can pick up–caps and silverware and toothbrushes and pens. Timo may push things around a little, but Cassia carries them off.

I finally found the chasen tucked away beneath the couch, rather the worse for wear. Little burglar was unapologetic.

In other news, I’ve been in the throes of non-fountain-pen obsession, which happens now and again. I dug out all the gel pens (Pilot G2s, Zebra Sarasas, Uni-Ball Signo 207s), ballpoints (Bic Cristals, Fisher Space Pen Bullets, Uni-Ball Jetstreams) and whatsits (Sharpie Pen) and have been journaling with those for a time. And I finally ordered some of the Uni-Ball BLX series pens (black inks infused with color), which I’ve been curious about for awhile. I got a Jetstream sampler and a Signo 207 sampler. They should be here later this week.

I’m happy to be back to regular journaling. Even if it’s also reminding me how boring my life is, generally speaking. Need to get out a bit this summer, or at least pay more attention: catch a play or movie, explore farmers markets, drive over to the beach for a day or finally wander through some of our local parks. Think about current events. Write out my thoughts on books I’m reading, instead of just letting them slip through my brain near impact-free.

Live in the moment, but really *live* in those moments.

Which, hmm, might be a good topic for another blog entry…


Kitten Pictures + Goodwill Adventuring

At some point I should probably do a longer post on the subject, for for now, suffice it to say that after my late, great, Best Cat in the Universe Siamese passed away in March, I about went crazy, not having an involved-in-everything companion. And, to make a long story short, I now have two 17 week old Oriental kittens. They are littermates, but Cassia is a cinnamon shorthair and Timo a cinnamon silver mackerel tabby longhair (because cat genetics). They are very intelligent, very adorable, and very naughty.

Smartphones being the ever ready things they are, I end up with rather a lot of photos of the little guys, but I’ve been trying to take some photos of them together every weekend, to sort of track them. These typically end up being nap time photos, because it’s the only time they stand still!

Timo is a very sweet, mellow, cuddly guy, Cassia tends to be hyperactive and inquisitive. Note how her expression in all of these is basically, “What? For why?” Timo just goes with the flow, dude.

I spent part of today assembling their cat tower. I bought this as an Amazon Daily Deal weeks ago, but I’ve been too intimidated to unbox it.

Turned out to be not terribly difficult, though I will say assembling a cat tower with cats in the vicinity makes for a challenging enterprise.

Also today, I went to Goodwill for the first time since…gosh, before Christmas? The few months before Tam died, it seems like his needs were all consuming, and then I didn’t feel much like going anywhere, and then there were kittens! But this was good. I’d forgotten how relaxing it can be to just browse, not looking for anything in particular. And I done pretty good. Came home with two pairs of decent (and recent) jeans, a few serviceable if not terribly exciting tops, a new-with-tags Pendleton sweater, a stack of books (John Scalzi’s Locked In, Rex Stout’s Five of a Kind, Diana Wynne Jones’ The Merlin Conspiracy), and a couple of good CDs (Verdi’s La Traviata with Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland, plus Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman).

Oh, and a grater, to replace James the Grater (another Goodwill find, years ago), whose rustiness can no longer be ignored or condoned, no matter how cheerful he may be.

Now I’m making Carolina style pulled pork ((vinegar sauce RULES!) in the Instant Pot using this recipe, except that I’m cooking it on the pressure cooker setting for about two hours. May be too much, may be too little. Either way, pretty sure it will be pretty edible.

For dessert, in theory there will be fresh pineapple. In practice…well. Here I am, just a summer and a bit short of 40 years old, and a long time lover of fresh pineapple…yet, to my knowledge, I have never actually purchased and sliced one myself. Feelin’ a bit nervous and shy, folks. But I have a sharp knife and a YouTube video, and I’mma gonna give it a whirl.