6/15/16

Getting Acquainted

The kitties are doing better than we ever expected when it comes to getting acquainted with one another. Sadie is far less timid than Maggie was, and she doesn't seem to understand that when Smitty gets his back up, hisses, and lunges for her that she's supposed to turn tail and run. Instead, she just gazes at him, not giving a single inch, and says something along these lines:

What? Are my whiskers out of place? Do I have something in my teeth? WTF, Dude?


This causes him no end of consternation. He's given her his best badassery, and she simply ignores him. She even deigns to eat her kitty treats in his presence.


He continues to study her from afar. He's plotting, plotting, plotting what to do about this ne'er do well, but he hasn't come up with an effective strategy yet.


Sadie doesn't seem to mind all his huffing and puffing. She is exploring the house with great gusto. She's been upstairs and downstairs and everywhere in between. Oh yes, and she has played the piano several times. I believe she's even been inside the piano bench looking for her favorite Chopin Nocturne.


A few of you asked about her tail, and the answer is, yes, there is something funny about her tail. For one thing, it has a hard "kink" in it. I can't tell if it's from injury, or whether she was born that way. Even without the kink, it's only about four inches long. It's almost like the tail of a Manx cat, but longer than that. 


We're going to have to work a little on boundaries. She has yet to get up on the kitchen counters...at least I've yet to see her...but she's been caught lounging on the dining room table several times. In our house, this is definitely a no-no.


Remember the sparkle balls Maggie was so fond of? I went on a many-miles search for them one day. It's been a little sad seeing them scattered through the house and no one to play with them. I'm happy to report that Sadie thinks they are grand. She's spent hours kicking them around the wood floors and chasing after them. She's only about a year old, and still quite kittenish. Also, I doubt that she's fully grown yet...she's a tiny little thing at just 8 pounds. Here, she's letting the sparkle ball rest for a few minutes


before she resumes her assault.

Get ready...I'm coming for you, Sparkle Ball.


Even with the cat antics of yesterday, I managed to stitch in the ditch around three rows of blocks. The middle rows are finished and there are five rows to go before I start on the sashings.


The back is red flannel, and it's a little hard to see how it looks from the back. I had to tone down the saturation and bump up the contrast on this next image to make the stitching visible.


One of my newer readers, Jenny, requested the background story on the Live, Love, Teach quilt. If you're curious about this quilt, you can find the introductory blog post right here. Also, anyone can go to my Facebook page (Barbara Stanbro), click on "Photos" below my cover photo, then click on "Albums", then look for "Live, Love, Teach". There, you can see all of the blocks along with the original block submissions. The album is public, and so I don't believe you even need a Facebook page to see the album.

Today I'm continuing on with the quilting and hoping to get all of the blocks stitched. (What I'm really hoping is to start stitching the sashings as well, but I'm trying to be realistic.) There is a little housework to do as well. Some of you will be happy to know that a mobile windshield repair guy is coming to replace my windshield today. I don't know why I was so uncharacteristically acquiescent when my insurance company directed me to the glass repair shop, but thanks to the many of you who set me straight. Upon further investigation, I discovered a mobile repair shop that was also a preferred shop on my insurance policy. In any case, I can hire whoever I want. I was just trying to be nice, for a change.

15 comments:

  1. How nice to meet you, Sadie. I think you're gonna be purrfectly happy with your new home and family. And there's something in the wind about a catio in purrduction so you and Smitty have outdoor romps in purrfect safety.

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  2. So glad they are getting along 😍😍

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  3. So glad to hear everyone is getting along, even if there are noses (or tails?) out of joint. Good luck on keeping her off the table!!

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  4. Purr-haps Sadie was a barn kitten - no fear, curious, damaged tail (door or large animal stepping on her), early litter (which is possible why she was dumped), no understanding of house rules.

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  5. Poor Smitty! He's had to endure so many changes in his life. I hope he and Sadie will become best of pals.

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  6. Oh Barbara she is gorgeous! Torties are so much fun!

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  7. So glad Sadie is settling in. I had a tortie once, Molly, she was, ahem, to say the least, fearless and the boss!

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  8. Thanks Barbara for the link to the background to this wonderful quilt. A huge undertaking but to celebrate such a successful and fulfilling career what more you could you ask for - your friend is very lucky to have such a quilter friend on hand!! It made me think about the other significant retirement you have coming up and whether a celebratory quilt for the man of many hats was in the offing.

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  9. Oh and meant to add how lovely to see Sadie settling in. Smitty has met his match...

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  10. Glad to see that Sadie is getting used to everyone.also glad that you'll get your windshield fixed. We used a mobile service and they came to the house and replaced it in about half an hour. It was great.

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  11. Sadie looks like my Sassy except for the tail. (She passed away last year at the age of 21 and a half years old.) The kitchen counters are the only places that are off limits for my guys. But I know they get on them. They leave evidence behind ~ paw prints.

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  12. She looks to be still very young to me, we find cats catch pregnant often far earlier than they used to these days. I'd be surprised if she's much past 8/9 months which could be why she's not phased by Smitty. She's at the leggy teenager stage and if she was begotten by a street Tom, Smitty is no real threat at all. He's too cool to be a thug!
    I've had a couple of rescues with tissue scarring within the tail after an injury. One had hurled itself through a transom window and the window banged shut onto the tail. It hung trailing down, effectively having been broken, so Vet had to remove the damaged end. That hardness is the stump and does feel hard. If it happens in the wild, a clean cut that heals itself may have an even thicker stump.

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  13. Sadie sounds like she's giving Smitty a bit of a challenge. I'm sure they will be good pals before too much longer. Hope you were able to make your stitching plans a reality.

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  14. Sadie seems to like her new home. I have missed so many weeks of reading blogs that I did not realize you had Put Live, Learn, Tech together!

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  15. Ah, Sadie is a fearless girl after our own hearts! I'm looking forward to many new tales of Smitty & Sadie. :) And as for her tail...well I think if you add hers & Smitty's together, divide by 2, you'll have average tail lengths!! lol

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