Friday, May 19th, 2017 09:30 am
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There's an "End Road Work" sign across the street which was put up months ago and is still there, even though no road work has been done. At first the sign was taped over with black plastic, but that has since blown away. I suppose they were planning to do some roadwork originally, but it must have been delayed.

Someone put up a small new sign underneath it. I squinted at it through my window to see what it says. "Cats in the Bushes" ?

I looked again. "Cash for Houses"

Hmm. The first version was more interesting.

myao love

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 02:55 am
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For the music, not only for the cat:

Video title: Lilly nimmt ein Sonnenbad
Posted by: chocolat654
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YptBDUlIgiM

This is a nice gentle song. I'm surprised the singer Amy Stroup doesn't have a Wikipedia page yet.

Video title: Amy Stroup "Hold Onto Hope Love"
Posted by: Music City Roots
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICYpXRPElfA

Here's the offical music video version.

poor critters

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 02:17 pm
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I was taking the puppy out for a short walk, and heard a loud meowing from down the street. It's a fluffy black kitten, sitting by one of the trees in the median. Poor thing. But I've learned my lesson. No more rescuing poor little critters. Especially not when they aren't even wailing at me from within my own yard.

Hmm. And at least the puppy might scare this one away from the notion of wandering into my yard.

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Friday, July 20th, 2007 11:18 pm
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Since people have been posting kitten pix, it made me want to post one of Juniper-kitty:

That was one of the very few I managed to take, where she wasn't a moving blur. She's still getting along well with the puppy-dog, last I heard.

I'm so tired and busy, that by the time I have time to write in my journal, it no longer seems important to do so.

I came home, wanting to mow (whack?) my grass. (I use a weed-wacker.) I was looking forward to cutting the grass, so that when it started raining, I was disappointed. Isn't that weird? It's not that I truly enjoy cutting grass, but I want to make my yard look good. I don't want to contribute to making the neighborhood look bad by having an unkempt-looking yard. Even though personally, I prefer wild-growing grass to short-shorn grass, it now bothers me, not having my grass short.

I got Forestfen a good deal on DSL, to replace the previous account I had at her house. It's only $10 a month, with a 12-month term agreement. It's the "lite" DSL, but I think it is fast enough for her purposes. Wish I could have gotten a deal like that at my new house (I'm paying 3 times as much, and it will go up to 4x as much later on), but it's not available here.

Yesterday and today at work, I wrote myself a webpage with javascript for converting byte-arrays of EBCDIC codes in signed-integer format to ASCII. The Eclipse debugger displays the byte-arrays as signed numbers, and since most EBCDIC tables only include unsigned-integer or hex codes, it was difficult to decipher them. Now I just have to copy & paste & click a button. If I had a lot of free time, I could try coding an Eclipse plugin to do it automatically within the debugger.

Maybe I should download Eclipse to my home computer. I was playing with one of my old audio programs yesterday, and it was having problems. I could re-code it in Java.... but that would take time and effort, which I need to spend on other things for now.

Like mowing grass. And figuring out how to get tile layed down in my washer-dryer area. And getting a washer & dryer. And getting electrical stuff done. And paint. And plumbing. And towel racks. I'm beginning to think I might not get some of this stuff done this year. Maybe I ought to just let things be and relax.

good news

Sunday, July 8th, 2007 10:24 am
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It looks like Forestfen may have found a home for the kitten. A friend of hers was considering getting another dog as a companion for his 9-month old Scottish terrier, and when FF suggested the kitten instead, he said we could try it out and see if they get along. So we took the kitten there, and at first I was quite dubious about the kitten not being terrified of the dog, since the dog kept trying to jump up on us. But they seem to actually get along ok. The dog wants to play with the kitten, and the kitten seems curious about the dog. When the kitten gets tired of being chased by the dog, it goes somewhere the dog can't get to, and then comes back out a little while later to do more exploring. The kitten even started eating and drinking from the dog's food and water bowls, and the dog didn't seem to mind. So we left it there yesterday, and hopefully it has a new home where it will be happy. We went to go buy some catfood, and when we returned, the kitten was sleeping on top of the chair the guy was in, and he said it had been purring on his chest before too.

I do miss the kitten a bit (the cute little soft purring playful thing), but I'm sure I'll get over that soon. Now I can use my computer again, without a kitten jumping on my keyboard all the time.

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 11:17 am
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I am crying, and there is no reason for it. I just feel unaccountably sad of a sudden.

Or maybe there's a reason, and it just isn't clear to me.

Even if I find a person or shelter to take the kitten, I know that just means one less home for some other cat or kitten somewhere, and that some other one will end up being euthanized instead of this one.

But I don't think that is why I feel like crying.

I don't know why I'm doing all this.

There was a squirrel in the bird-feeder.

It's a holiday. Pretty quiet so far.

Grass is growing.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 06:12 pm
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Trying to do exercises while a kitten is around becomes more of an effort to dodge the kitty.

There's a cabinet in the sunroom it likes to go under, through an opening in the back where I'd have to move the cabinet in order to get to it. It can already climb the brick wall behind the cabinet, by keeping its back against the cabinet as it climbs.

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Monday, July 2nd, 2007 01:46 pm
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Oh gosh. The shelter isn't taking any kittens for the next 10 days because they had a sick one and have to disinfect.

I want to let the kitten in my house. It seems so lonely. I was able to pet it earlier this morning. Should I let it inside? I guess I have to, right? Can't just leave it out there for 10 days, right?

Oh gosh. Then I would need a litter box. As well as the container of vegekit nutrient powder at Forestfen's. I wonder if that stuff is still potent; it is so old.

(Wow, the restore-from-draft feature actually worked this time, after my browser locked up.)

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Sunday, July 1st, 2007 08:56 pm
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Well. I still have a mewing kitten in my bushes. I broke down and gave it some rice with soymilk, since it must have been hungry all day without having eaten. Forestfen was over, and discovered that it will come towards you if you mew at it in a high pitch, even though it is shy.

If it is still here tomorrow evening, maybe we'll have to take it to the shelter.

oh dear

Sunday, July 1st, 2007 01:49 pm
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There's a kitten under the juniper bushes inside my fence. It started mewing loudly when I walked by. I don't see any other kittens or a momma-cat around.

Must resist the urge to coax the kitten out of hiding and pet it and pick it up and feed it. I don't want to have a cat, as cute as they are. I already put a bowl of water down for it, just in case it is dying of thirst.

Hopefully it just wandered away from its owner or parent-cat and will soon find its way back. I wouldn't want to take it to a shelter and then find out a neighbor is looking for it.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2007 11:27 pm
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Some of these answers to cat questions are rather interesting, particularly these...
Why does a cat walk sloooowly, looking straight forward when passing another cat?
Why does a cat go to the visitor who doesn't like cats?
Why does your cat turn his/her back on you after a scolding, or if you've been gone for a while?
Why does a cat sometimes "sneer" when smelling something?