Bodhi and Bali are Home

July 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

They only sit still for seconds at a time, and for the rest they are ping-ping-ping ricochet rabbiting all around the apartment, knocking over the fan, their water bowl, and the litterbox. It’s impossible to get a decent shot, especially with a phone camera. Or with this phone camera, I should say. They also take turns panting, which in this case is probably just from excitement. They were in a cage half the size of the one from the Nursery, and of course they were used to having the run of my apartment. They must be besides themselves being able to race around at will like they are now.

Their relationship with Bleecker seems fine, no regression. But I took Bleecker to get his nails trimmed just now. The kittens had their nails trimmed and I wanted to level the playing field.

I think it’s a given that I will not be getting any sleep tonight.

Update: Added another shot below.

This shot makes me happy because they are settling into favorite spots they’d selected before. Bali always loved to sit in that bowl on the shelf.

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Bodhi and Bali are Coming Home Today!

July 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

If only I had checked my voice mail a little earlier they would already be here. But I got the call that I could come pick them up yesterday, so I am just waiting anxiously for the ASPCA Adoption Center to open at 11am.

I will be back with pictures of their return. They grew so much in these two weeks. They’re not little kittens anymore. But as any pet owner can tell you, they will always be my babies.

Bleecker, when he was just a little kitten.

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Still No Kittens

July 18th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

My kittens are not back, but I visited them on Sunday and saw on their medical chart that their diarrhea was worse than what I was told. It doesn’t make their absence any harder, but now I understand why they are being held, and I’m glad they are getting the right care (I wrote a thank you on their chart).

I’m hoping against hope that they’re okay now and that I’ll be taking them home today.

I was on jury duty yesterday, but was dismissed after one day only. Most of us were. But I used the waiting time in the jury room to get a good start on the source notes for my book.

Criminal Court Building

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My Heart is Breaking. Again.

July 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The ASPCA is holding onto Bodhi and Bali because they have a touch of diarrhea. The timing couldn’t be worse. After losing Finney so recently, I feel especially vulnerable. When I got the news yesterday, after thinking this was going to be the happy day I could finally bring them back home, I just lost it. I curled up on the floor and sobbed. Even Bleecker is acting depressed. I’m going to ask them to please let me treat them at home. I work in their Kitten Nursery, and I’m certainly capable. But maybe they will call me and tell me I can come get them today.

My book may have illustrations, and I’ve been collecting images for possible use. I’m shocked though, at how few there are out there. Really, there’s only a handful. I keep finding the same pictures over and over in all the archives I’ve checked. Given the number of people and workers and visitors who passed through, many in a time when lots of people owned cameras, why haven’t more pictures come to light? This is the Octagon, that was once part of the Lunatic Asylum, and is now restored and part of an apartment complex.

Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum Octagon

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A Ghost Story

July 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I saw the new movie, A Ghost Story. I wanted to love it more than I did, but I liked it. It’s strictly my problem. I want answers about life and death, but who really has answers?

For this reason, my favorite parts were the very very brief times when the ghosts talked to each other. It was the sharing of confusion, and lack of answers, that touched me. It’s really all we have (I have). The ability to share our need and uncertainty.

Bodhi on my lap. I miss my kittens. They are back at the ASPCA, getting neutered. A process that takes two and a half days, the ASPCA way. (24 hour med check, procedure, 24 hours to check the healing.). They’re going to forget me and Bleecker!

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