not spoiled at all

We have two very content foster kittens. This week they’ve had the run of the as much of the house as they can explore during the day. They haven’t yet figured out the cat doors, but they’re having lots of fun throughout the main floor and basement. They occasionally come find me, climb up my legs, and give me a kiss of thanks. They love to nap together on the couch. Buddy’s been doing pretty well as a kitten sitter (we think he’s part sheep dog) and Shadow has begun to tolerate them.


how does my garden grow?

It isn’t. Not really. My encounters with evil ivy derailed my gardening plans for this summer. I’ve mostly kept up with watering, but that’s about it. We have some shrubs we bought in July that we really need to get in the ground. Despite all my neglect, the beans were still good to us and Continue Reading »


As this post goes live, Cookie is on her way to the New Rochelle Humane Society to be spayed and to remain and await her forever family. She arrived here almost three months ago (on 22 May) with five very tiny wiggly kittens. From the moment I first opened the carrier, she was friendly. Since Continue Reading »

stand simple

After first discussing the need a year ago and out of frustration doing something about it in February, I finally built a laptop stand last weekend. The parts arrived sometime in March. Other high priority projects kept taking our time and the temporary solution was functional if not very attractive. It features shelves for paper Continue Reading »

a house full of kitten love

Last Friday afternoon we went to New Rochelle Humane Society to meet our newest foster kittens. They are both new to solid foods and need to learn how to be Big Cats.

Meet Sparky Tyson.

He’s a bottle boy who needs to eat more food and drink less KMR (kitten milk replacement). He’s working on it and is going to be a very big boy one day. He’s super active (which is why there aren’t many photos of him, they’re almost all blurry) and loves it when we go on field trips from the kitten room and explore the library and sun room and he has more space to run around.

Meet Grace.

She’s young to be all alone in the big scary world, but too big to go with most of the bottle babies. She knows how to eat solids and the hope of placing her with Sparky is that she’ll teach him how to eat. Yes, there are many more photos of her. She’s very polite and her markings are stunning.

Grace gave us a scare Sunday night and didn’t eat or drink much and had tummy troubles. The next morning we whisked her to NRHS to make sure she wasn’t ill and they ran some tests and gave her some extra fluids.

I wonder what secret Sparky is telling Grace?
Now she’s feeling much better, is quite happy, and enjoys running around and teaching her brother how to eat real food. They love to share sibling secrets.

Shadow, Buddy, and Cookie are still working on coexisting peacefully. We’re mostly past the hissing and the yuck-a-GIRL-touched-my-food-now-I-don’t-want-to-eat-from-that-bowl-EVER-again stage. She hasn’t figured out how cat doors work (despite moaning and begging and trying all last night) so the boys still have a girl-free refuge in the bedroom. It’s August, so there’s lots of extra napping.

Looking for ways to help a local humane society (or help mine)? Here is a great list of 25 creative ways you can help. New Rochelle Humane Society also has a page of many different donation options, including a PDF of their wish list. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

planner and notebook status

Right. It’s August, time of the tempting new academic planners. How’s my planner system holding up? Honestly? I want a change. It’s hot and humid. I don’t want to carry anything, but I want to have everything I need without looking around for it. Lately, when I’m working on a specific task, I take that notebook out of the flex system. Therefore, notebooks are scattered throughout the house and I’m constantly looking for them.


The house is quiet this morning. Earlier in the week, Cookie’s kittens returned to New Rochelle Humane Society and we attempted to introduce her to new kittens. She was a good mum to her kits, so we hoped she’d take care of these orphans. She would nurse them if we put the kittens on her, but otherwise wasn’t taking interest in their well being. I now have a little bit of bottle feeding experience and the kittens were returned to the care of NRHS the next morning.

Right now, it’s just Shadow and Buddy and our guest Cookie in the house. While the basement is her domain and she’s yet not sure about the boys (and they’re not sure about her), she’ll stay on with us until it’s time for her spaying appointment. Then she’ll be ready to find her forever family. I look forward to her finding the best home. She deserves it.

Last night everyone relished the quiet and calm.