… Here comes Nelson.
But I have a few advantages over Garfield – I have thumbs, a car, and a good rapport with the folks at the post office… and it can all happen while Mr Sarah (Jon) is distracted by something on PBS.
Last week, Nelson ran outside again and ran away when Mr. Sarah was taking his pepper plant out for the day. He could no longer resist the morning birds, the smells and the neighbor cats. So we said, fine, the little bugger can stay out there forever. Sure, he’ll be a walking scab within a week, what with all the other outdoor cats, opossums, raccoons and pit bulls on the loose. He quickly befriended the neighbor’s new orange kitten and together they chased anything that moved. That orange kitten was friendlier to me than Nelson was. So I didn’t feed him or call for him. A few hours later I did see him outside the kitchen window on the deck, so I went out there and he ran under the house. I went down the deck stairs and looked at him under there. He looked so pristine, fur glistening, eyes wide and ambery green, espresso stripes pouring down his neck and onto his butterscotch chest, wide, prominent nose attempting to sniff out my intent. This cat is so beautiful… and the most infuriating cat I’ve ever had in my life. What is the matter with this cat?
Meanwhile back in the house, Mo and Fred were in the beginning stages of renegotiating the hierarchy from two distant chairs in my office. 15 hours later Nelson meep-peeped outside the window. I immediately thought of him a week from that moment, patches of hair gone and one eye missing… so I went outside with some treats and I grabbed him up as he slinked towards me. We quarantined him for a few hours, checked him for ticks and scabs and decided not to mail him international for a little while longer. He was extremely subdued and on his best behavior for 24 hours, but after that… well.
baby vermin, I mean, Nelson
It’s difficult for me not to take this personally. It’s not like we smack him around and starve him. In fact, we’re really nice to him, we love cats, for crying out loud. As well behaved as these animals are, I suppose it’s easy to forget they’re just animals after all. He is getting better about the food freakiness, and he has stopped hiding behind the bed when guests are over, and sometimes he even comes into the living room and looks at them. I’ve decided to disrespect his wishes about not being picked up. I’ve pestered him relentlessly, and he doesn’t get as mad as I think he ought to. His eyes get wide and glassy as he emits a pathetic “mmaacckk” as I hold him and make him look at me while I give him lots of kisses on his ears and forehead. Of course, once I finally put him down, he runs only a few feet away before he stops and licks himself disdainfully. So, he must not dislike us that much. Cats, I tell you.
from April Melody
In other news, remember around this time last year when I was whining about the large sized white faceted AB vintage czech beads I wasn’t able to buy from April Melody because I ran out of cash? She still had some this year! I wasn’t about to make the same mistake again – this time I went straight to her booth and shot my entire wad on her amazingly translucent, oddly colored goodness. I’d show you the rest of my booty, but I excitedly put everything away in its proper places within my tremendous hoard. As I was reviewing my tremendous hoard for the first time in months I got a little frustrated and overwhelmed by it. I have way too many beads, and maybe it would be a good idea if I put some time aside and made some jewelry with them. This winter, I’d like to see a blizzard – not just for a really hard freeze that will kill off a few fleas, but maybe it will allow me a day or two with a legitimate excuse not to work in the bead cave. People look at me funny if I don’t use my lampwork in every piece of jewelry I make, but sometimes I don’t feel the inclusion of my beads will necessarily make a great piece of jewelry any better.
Oh, and I have a couple of things for Etsy this evening. I had to have one last glitzy rainbowy hurrah before I switched to boro for a couple of weeks. Both of the upcoming Spike trios are breathtaking, if I do say so myself. I don’t ever get tired of making these, OR wearing them. I have my own trios in blue and red:
mine, all mine – the new Spikes are coming right up on Etsy
The blue ones are accompanied by a headlight charm made by Alicia Abla, and the red ones have befriended a Skully Charm made by Melissa Lee.
Spikes are coming up on etsy in about an hour or two…
Thanks for reading! Be right back.
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