Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

May 31, 2012

There is a little black kitters named Gracie that lives in San Jose.  Gracie was a little miffed at her parents for going out of town and leaving her with the d-o-g.  A very nice pet sitter came in several times a day to play with Gracie, but it wasn’t the same.  One day, a Saturday to be exact, after the PS gave Gracie lots of love and attention, Gracie decided to run past the PS as the door was opened to let the d-o-g out.  Once outside, Gracie immediately regretted her decision, but it was too late.  No retreat, full steam ahead.  The nice PS tried to get Gracie to come back inside, but Gracie would have anything to do with that.

Gracie found a place to hide and watched as the PS and some neighbors looked for her.  It was scary outside and she didn’t know those people so she stayed put.  The PS continued to look for her the next day, and the next.  One day, the PS saw Gracie sunning herself in the neighbor’s yard, enjoying the fresh air and warmth.  Gracie wasn’t ready to be home yet so she hid again.  The next day, Gracie found her way to the roof of her house.  She even said hi to the nice PS but still wouldn’t come home.

On the 4th day of her adventure, Gracie’s people came home.  Gracie heard them calling for her, but she was scared and/or mad.  (She is not very tuned into her emotions so she can’t tell us which she was feeling.)  After three hours of her people being home, Gracie’s momma spied her on the roof in the front of the house.  Still scared/mad, Gracie retreated into a hiding place she found.  All her momma could see was two yellow-green eyes.  Gracie’s papa brought out a ladder, a plate of food and one of her toys.  The mama talked to her and tried to coax her out and eventually, Gracie came.  She was powerful hungry!  But then her mama grabbed her and tried to pull her off the roof.  Gracie dug her claws in and fought. Then papa had his hands on her but Gracie had a grip on the gutter and almost got back on the roof but at last she was in her papa’s arms on terra firma.  Gracie was brought inside the house and locked in a bathroom.  After all that, reduced to being locked in a bathroom!  She was happy to see her people and even happier for food.  Her people pet her and loved her and fed her but still kept her locked in the bathroom all night.  They said something about her being dirty, wanting to make sure she used the litter box and other junk like that.


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The next morning, Gracie’s papa put her in a carrier and took her to the vet to make sure she was okay.  Gracie is very much looking forward to being home with her people.  She really just wants to curl up on her mama’s lap and be pet.  Gracie is sorry for causing so much drama.  Her people were able to enjoy their vacation although they were constantly worrying about her.  The poor PS, who was beside herself through the whole ordeal, is extremely relieved Gracie is home safe.  Gracie’s people are hoping she didn’t enjoy her walkabout and that she won’t try it again.


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Meet Gracie

October 15, 2010


We finally decided on a name.  Our sweet kitty is named after one of my favorite Cub players, Mark Grace.  Can you see the resemblance?  Bill and I have always named our pets after some pop culture character.  We tried out a bunch of different names, but Gracie fit the best.

playing in the sink

Gracie’s personality is starting to emerge.  We broke our cardinal rule of animal picking when we got Gracie.  We’ve always gone with the animal who chose us, the animal that paid us the most attention.  Bill chose Harrison because he kept sticking his paw out of the cage, reaching for Bill.  We loved CJ, but it wasn’t until she rested her head on Bill’s leg that we knew she was ours. Gracie was very shy at the Humane Society and we took her home because we liked her story.  She was very shy for the first couple of days and I was worried she was going to be an aloof member of the family.


After 10 days with us, she’s definitely more comfortable and relaxed.  She’s starting to come out of her bathroom and explore. When something spooks her, she runs into the bathroom and hops in the sink.  She feels safe because she’s up high, but it also gives her a great view of my craft room.  Sometimes you can just see two little ears peeking out of the sink.  Gracie loves full body pets.  Start at her head, move all the way down her back, her motor will be going before you hit her tail.


It’s been a difficult adjustment for CJ who doesn’t understand why we won’t let her meet her new sister, but Gracie isn’t ready yet.  We’re trying to make sure CJ gets extra love.  All in all, things are going really well and it’s a big relief to have finally named the cat!


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What Noises Do Ghosts Make?

October 10, 2010

Is it boo?


Thankfully, my ghosts have been quiet.  Bill and I did some Halloween crafting last weekend.  I saw the project in Country Living and loved it because I was looking for something to hang from my ornament tree.  It wasn’t quite as easy as they described (is it ever?).  Bill did the messy part, dipping the cheese cloth in the Stiffy and I helped him by putting the balloons and cups in front of him, creating space, handing him dry cheese cloth, cleaning up drips, etc.  Once dried, which took overnight, I added the eyes and hanging thread.  I am really happy with how they turned out!

Contemplating bravery

Things are going well with the new kitters.  We’re getting close to a name.  She’s getting more comfortable and playful.  She’s a little more comfortable around me than Bill, but he’s such a big guy I think he’s overwhelming for a little kitty.  They are bonding so we just have to give her time.  Plus, I’ve been able to spend a bit more time with her.  I was able to trim the kitty’s front nails.  It didn’t start out so well, but it ended well.  I think back paws will be a two person operation until she’s more used to it.  She’s getting brave.  I had the door to my craft room open and she contemplated coming out of the bathroom.  CJ was outside  and the kitty heard her and reconsidered the exploration.  Kitters is more active in the evening, so perhaps we’ll try it again later. The dog and cat know the other exists.  They’ve made eye contact, but haven’t met yet.


I’ve been doing some knitting.  I’ve had this pattern for Berry Bags (rav link) for awhile, and I finally ordered some yarn to try it out.  I’m trying out KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.  I’m making two of the bags.  I have this compulsion for making multiples of things instead of just one.  Anyway, I also bought some yarn to make the Billington Bag (rav link) which caught my eye and the pattern was a bargain ($2)!  Then I figured, why not buy even more yarn to make this Granny Square Afghan (rav link)?!  I love snuggling under a blanket on the couch and I need to practice my crochet skills.  Or maybe I’ll do it as a pillow, like this one which I love!

I hope you all are enjoying 10/10/10!  Do you know what that is in binary?  42.  Bill told me.  And he thinks I don’t listen. Cheers!!

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Hello, Kitty!

October 8, 2010

We were finally ready to take the plunge.  That’s right.  On Tuesday Bill and I went to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley to pick out a kitty.  Not a replacement for our sweet Bri Bri, but an addition to our family.  It sounds like fun, and it is in a way, but to me, it’s difficult to look at all the kitties needing homes and knowing you can just bring one home.  But we did find our new kitty.

The Newest Napier

She still doesn’t have a name.  We’re still getting to know each other.  She’ll tell us her name when she’s ready.  She is a sweetie. Shy, but not skittish.  A pur machine.  Jet black, but has a couple of white hairs on her chest.  She had been at the Humane Society for awhile and had trouble adjusting at first.  She’s only nine months old and has already had a litter of kitties.  Poor little girl has been through a lot in her young life so we decided it was time she get settled in her permanent home.


For now, she’s getting acclimated in the bathroom off my craft room.  We go in and visit a lot so she can get to know us. We’re taking it slowly, letting her get used to our noises and smells before we introduce her to the dog, and give her more of the house to explore.  I spent today making her two cat beds.  I really liked the look of the Better-Than-A-Box pet bed in One Yard Wonders.  It was easy to make and I like how she can nestle into the bed.  I made one out of Amy Butler cotton fabric I had in my stash, and another out of fleece I bought from Joann.


Then I decided she needed a toy so I knit her this little heart, pattern care of Martha Stewart.  It took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. I happened to have the yarn and catnip on my desk, needles within reach, so I made it.  Kitters hasn’t played with it yet, but I’m optimistic.  I also like this feather toy and this cat scratcher.

We’re excited to have another kitty in the house.  Not sure if CJ agrees, but she was always so good with our other cats.  Now all we need to do is decide on a name!

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The Pedigree Adoption Drive

February 13, 2008

cj2Did anyone see Martha Stewart’s Dog show on Feb the 7th? I thought it was a great show, and am happy that she’s supporting Pedigree’s [Dog] Adoption Drive. There’s a lot of ways that you can help, and not all of them involve giving money. You could be part of the Million Dog Mosaic by uploading your dog’s photo. A $1 donation will be made for every photo that’s uploaded.

There’s so many dogs out there that need homes. I would encourage anyone who wants to get a dog to adopt. A lot of people want specific breeds and think the only way to get that breed is to go to a breeder. But there’s a lot of breed rescues out there, even purebred breed rescues. We got CJ from the Mid-Atlantic German Shepard Rescue. While I think every home should have a dog, it’s not for everyone. It’s not easy and it’s not cheap. If you’re going to adopt a dog, please be aware of the responsibility and the financial commitment. And make sure you get the breed of dog that fits your lifestyle.

There have been a couple of cool stories in the news about dogs and soldiers. One dog travelled 70 miles through a war zone to be reunited with a soldier he befriended. Read it here. The other story is about a soldier who died, but who’s family fought to have two dogs he cared for in Iraq sent home. You can read that story here.

I certainly wish I were home with my punkin right now. If you have a dog, please give him/her a little scratch behind the ears for me.


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