Dispatches from Furlough, Day Five

First, here’s a little something I recorded last weekend, before my furlough even started.  We had a massive hailstorm, which lasted about 15 minutes, and covered the back yard in snow.  Some of it was still around in the morning, too.  This was from my bedroom window on the second floor, and you can see Kikyo on her perch watching.

Today, the real Day Five, I ventured out to the grocery store for orange juice and some other stuff (did you know that the Wuhan Coronavirus is causing a leap in the price of orange juice futures?).  I used to like going grocery shopping, but now it is a chore, uncomfortable and, they say, potentially deadly if you get too close to another person.

When I got home, I did some of my always-favorite activity, reading my Wall Street Journal.  See who keeps me company.

CatOnJeans

Yeah, she’s sitting on my just-washed jeans.

I will now vent.  I deserve to, having been idled for a week.

WAAAAHHHH!!!  I WANT MY PRINT SHOP SOFTWARE BACK!!!!  Software MacKiev still has not released a Catalina-compatible version of The Print Shop, my favorite program on my computer, which I have been using since I got my very first computer in 1993.  They say it will be released “soon”, but I am beginning to wonder what their definition of “soon” is.  I make all sorts of projects with that software, including address labels and signs.

I did 25+ minutes on the rowing machine today, still adding one minute per day until I get to 30.  I’m way behind on my Rush Limbaugh podcasts, and listening to the podcast makes the rowing less boring.

And, our “stay-home” edict has now been extended all through the month of April.  It suddenly occurred to me that my nail salon is closed, and I am going to need a pedicure long before the end of April.  I am really not looking forward to having to cut my own toenails again. I’m really bad at it, and my nails are thick and ugly due to psoriasis.  Ugh.

Bye!

Photo Challenge……Beloved

I was reminded again this afternoon of how beloved our little cat is in our household.  She needed to have some teeth removed, so I took her to the vet yesterday afternoon (and she meowed plaintively all the way), and picked her back up this afternoon.  The vet said she was a “model patient” and didn’t give any trouble.  I knew she wasn’t herself on the trip home, when she was mostly silent.  I sure missed her at home last night.  Herewith, some of my favorite photos of the owner of our household, The Lady Kikyo.

Warm Cat
Kikyo, keeping me warm while I read

TwoCats

I don’t think she knows that the vase is supposed to be a cat.  This is a high plant shelf in our living room.

Kikyo, on her window perch
Our cat, Kikyo, on her window perch

Kikyo, our aristo-cat

Aristo-Cat.

 

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Friend..ly Photo Challenge

My friend likes to sit on my lap, whenever I’m sitting down.  She leaps very quietly onto the chair or bed I happen to be using, and purrs loudly to get my attention.  My lap is always warm when Kikyo the Aristo-Cat is on my lap.

Warm Cat
Kikyo, keeping me warm while I read

She also likes to snuggle up to her glass “friend”, which is on our high plant shelf.  It takes a long leap across the gap from the banister on the stairs, to the top of the coat closet, for her to get there in the first place, which is quite remarkable.  I’ll bet she doesn’t even know that the glass vase is supposed to be a cat!

TwoCats

And then, she sprawls out in the most undignified posture I’ve ever seen!

Kikyo-warm

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Weekly Photo Challenge, Relax

Hakan just HAD to use a cat to illustrate the Daily Post Relax theme.  When you are owned by a cat, you find lots of occasions of your owner relaxing…that’s what cats do!

Kikyo-warm

If that’s not relaxed, nothing is!  Kikyo, who owns the place, likes to stretch out in the sunshine near the sliding door to the back yard.

Kikyo, on her window perch
Our cat, Kikyo, on her window perch

This is where she spends much of her time while we are at work during the day-her window perch in our bedroom.

And, finally, we are relaxing together-Kikyo likes to stretch out on my legs while I read.

Warm Cat
Kikyo, keeping me warm while I read

 

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Quote of the Day

This was the “Opening Shot” in today’s Daily Shot newsletter from Ricochet.

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” ― Mark Twain

Witness, our Owner, Her Highness the Lady Kikyo.

Warm Cat
Kikyo, keeping me warm while I read

Kikyo, on her window perch
Our cat, Kikyo, on her window perch