Pets


So Carolyn & I finally got a chance to take both kittens (though you can’t really call Oranjello that anymore) down to the creek. The experience was a little more than I bargained for, because it turns out that the hurricane brought little fish to the “pond” in our back yard. Carolyn outfitted little Lemonjello with the tiny red “ferret” leash/harness, and Oranjello got the proper (big-cat) leash/harness. Lemonjello had never really been outside before, so it was all new to him.  Just about the very first thing he did was complain:

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Lemonjello
meowing – close up

Lemonjello is a whiny little baby wherever he is. We always know when he enters the room because the first thing he does is meow really loud.
He whined a lot outside.
“I’m supposed to climb up this fallen tree to get up the steep hill?!?”
(Yes, that’s why I knocked it down there, Lemonjello.)

I also got a chance to take another picture showing the kudzu dominating of our back yard….

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kudzu in the backyard
I just went out with a machete a couple weeks earlier and cut until I got a blister — twice. Utterly pointless battle.

The obstacles created by fallen trees had changed even more with the passing hurricane. When we finally got to the creek, I noticed that the “wall of roots” contained far fewer roots than before the hurricane…

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^^ wall of roots seems less ^^
and before the hurricane, there were more:

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The hurricane made the creek in our backyard rush like it never has before. The roots on this wall are partially gone; many tree roots were pulled into the stream — and we now have fish in our pond!

No clue if they will survive or have a food source.

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Oranjello, Lemonjello – checking out the creek
Once the kitties realized there were fish moving all around in the water… They were very interested.  And also notice — the huge logs that had been here for years are now completely gone without a trace…
Also, the ivy roots have all been tugged by the rushing hurricane waters, and now all "point" downstream. They were lucky to survive.

Here’s a before pic, showing the logs that were taken away by the hurricane:


^ hurricane stole mah logs! ^

So anyway, the cats — especially little Lemonjello — stood quite transfixed by the little fish moving about…

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Lemonjello checks out the brand-new fish

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close-up of fish in the creek (2-4 pictured)
You can see about 2-4 of the brand-new fish (especially if you click through zoom in) deposited into our pre-existing pond by the rushing torrent of hurricane water.
also really how this picture came out with the reflections, autumn leaves, and red twigs.

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Lemonjello – looking at fish

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Oranjello looked too… But not nearly as much:

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Oranjello – looking at fish

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“this causes me to think”

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“outside freaks me out”

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“I can haz scooba soot?”

Oranjello had to be supervised a bit… He tried to walk away a couple times. But for the most part, he could be left to wander as he wishes…

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Carolyn, Lemonjello, Oranjello – on rock
Oranjello wanted to cross the creek and explore the further lands. When we took him camping lately, he also demonstrated his desire to explore… Oranjello would have left us (unlike Lemonjello) had we not tied him down!

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oops! no head!
Wouldn’t have kept this pic, except that that is kind of funny.

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WHAT IS THIS?
What is this plant? What are those berries?

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And then we had some fun at Lemonjello’s expense:

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Lemonjello – on the rocks
What to do next? Put Lemonjello on the creekbed rocks! They were damp, so he whined about having to walk here:

Meanwhile, Oranjello made himself at home, which he technically is, since this is still around our property line:

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Oranjello – basking in the sun – closer
a quite comfortable slice of paradise: Soft ivy to lay on, running water with rocks and a sandy beach, and a beam of sunlight falling directly on him.

Of course, as the video above showed, Lemonjello just whined and whined about the wet rocks:

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Lemonjello – walking on rocks
“Hang in there!”

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Lemonjello – “Are you going to do something?”

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‘HOW **DARE** YOU TAKE ME TO THE CREEK… I INSIST YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS TRAVESTY RIGHT NOW!’

Lemonjello’s whining finally caused Oranjello to get up from his comfy slice of paradise in the sunny ivy, and come over and locate Lemonjello to make sure he was okay.

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Oranjello
– to the rescue

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By the way — even playing the video (above) of Lemonjello whining causes Oranjello to climb all over our furniture until he locates the speaker that the whining comes from. We think Oranjello must be protective of Lemonjello. Or at least curious enough to saunter over to watch Lemonjello’s demise as a form of entertainment :)

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Oranjello – at the creek
Once Oranjello was done “rescuing” whiny Lemonjello, we then left him to his own devices to see what he would do. He decided he didn’t really want to stand in a damp creekbed, but he didn’t want to go back the way he came either. So he took the illogical course of action of trying to climb/hang out on a wall that is really too steep to do so on.

Finally, we took them back up the hill…

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Oranjello, Lemonjello – walking up the hill
Lemonjello was buried in that ivy, and could barely see above it. Oranjello had left him in the dust. Tiny Lemonjello was plowing through the ivy as fast as he could, meowing distraughtly. Finally, Oranjello went up to him, and Lemonjello seemed relieved to be "rescued", now able to follow the beacon of Oranjello’s HUGE TAIL.

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“made it”
Finally, the cats climbed up the steep hill. Oranjello looks back as his accomplishment.We never carry them up — it would not be possible during the steepest parts anyway. Instead, we go up and call them until they come. Oranjello is very good at it (see video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJQJA-Nj4JQ ). Lemonjello is still small enough to get his leash tangled several times, needing a rescue. Oranjello actually went back down the hill to try to check up on and help Lemonjello, but ultimately only Clint was the only member of a species with enough topographical comprehension to free Lemonjello.

And then Lemonjello decided that licking the ground would be more entertaining than walking back inside:

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outtake – kitten licked and left tongue-marks

We were all a bit tired out afterwards…

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Carolyn, Lemonjello – on lap
Carolyn likes having kitties.

But Carolyn is especially happy to have not one…

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Carolyn, Lemonjello – holding
Carolyn’s very happy with her new kitten.

…but two kittens:

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synchronized looking up

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Lemonjello – on Oranjello – comparison – different M styles & stripes
Oranjello’s forehead tabby markers have a more pronounced “M”, while Lemonjello has a more Quake symbol-like marking, like Beavis (who was almost named Shub-Niggurath) did.
Also, Lemonjello’s stripes are much more pronounced.

Yup. Carolyn’s having fun:

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Carolyn – holding Oranjello, Lemonjello
Carolyn loves her kitties!

And Lemonjello is as complainy as ever:

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Lemonjello – meowing
Lemonjello meows a lot. He is the loud counter-point to Oranjello’s extreme quietness.

Oranjello’s completely mellowed out now. He even eats catnip calmly…

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Oranjello – blinking
Oranjello blinks at the camera a lot. He’s like the Brent I of cats (Brent always blinks during pictures).

Really the only time Oranjello isn’t calm is when he and Lemonejllo are playing…

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Lemonjello – biting Oranjello’s foot
This is one of the kitty’s favorite pastimes — biting each other’s feet with no mercy.

Of course, sometimes Oranjello deliberately provokes Lemonjello to play with his tail… We’ve seen him slowly walk backwards, tail encroaching Lemonjello’s face…

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Lemonjello, Oranjello – playing with tail

Hopefully there still entertaining when they’re not kittens anymore :)

He doesn’t mind it now, though.

These “Voldo Scissors” were the awesomest scissors EVER. Standard U.S. govt issue, like what my dad had when he grew up. But this was my grandfather’s government-issued scissors. They literally don’t make them the way they used to. These things were sooooo huge — you could cut through carpet. They could easy run through an entire human being. They are literally weapon-class (handles are metal, not plastic-covered!).
And… the cat broke them?!?! Must be a combination of events: Scissors on the pool table (best place to wrap presents if you have back problems; still too low), lack of heat (house is a good 10-20 degrees colder than usual, which makes metal a bit more brittle), and of course the age of the scissors themself. They dropped to the ground, and the metal blade (11.75 inches counting the handle — yes, they are frickin’ HUGE scissors) simply snapped in two! I was sleeping on the couch as Carolyn got ready for work. Beavis is lucky, because that blade could have easily gone through his skull. And I have no doubt that those scissors could, once impaled, cut their way out of the skull. Moment of silence for the best scissors ever. (Read on for pics.)
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So, it’s been fun having a kitten who actually rules a lot. (read on) (more…)

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As originally announced in Carolyn’s “It’s Not Fair” posting, our cat, Misfit, died after being hit by a car sometime Sunday night. I don’t have much more to say on the matter except that it fucking sucks. Just go read Carolyn’s post.

Read on for many photos and a slideshow. If you prefer the FlickR interface, simply click a photo, then click the “R.I.P. Misfit” in the upper right corner to see the entire set. The slideshow is at the very bottom of the page.

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this is NOT the same raccoonRacoons!

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20060414 - Darren & Debbie hang out - 100-0038 - Misfit curled up on Debbie's legSo I had a dream where Misfit was hit by a car. (more…)

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