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  1. about 7 hours ago on Aunty Acid

    And wash my dishes – that’s the biggie!

  2. about 7 hours ago on Pluggers

    My sis suffers from episodes of vertigo. No one knows what’s causing it, but it strikes suddenly & it’s a miserable thing to deal with, especially if she’s in the car & has to pull over, take her medication, & hope that works & she’s not stuck there until the world stops spinning…

  3. about 7 hours ago on Pickles

    When I was in Jr. High, all the girls had to take Home Ec & all the boys took shop. Home Ec was a total waste of time for me – I’d made half of my school clothes, & I’d known how to cook dinner for a family of 6 since I was in 4th grade. But the school insisted that I had to take the class anyway…so I simmered in frustration as the other girls fumbled with the crummy sewing machines & bumbled around in the kitchen.

    All the other girls wanted to take shop because that was where the boys were. I wanted to take shop because I wanted to learn something new that I couldn’t (or didn’t have to) do at home! (Being mechanically inclined, I’m sure I’d have aced the class too…)

  4. about 7 hours ago on Texts From Mittens


  5. about 7 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    Yesterday, sis took Lou to the Dreaded V.E.T. for a checkup & to get the distemper booster he needed. First they scanned him for a chip & didn’t find one, so they planned to give him one, & also to trim his nails….

    Things started out well enough. Lou was his usual friendly self at first, rubbing at everyone’s ankles, & purring even as the Dreaded V.E.T. was listening to his heart & doing the usual poking & prodding. Then, when the Dreaded V.E.T. went to give him his shot…

    …all H-E-double-hockey-sticks busted loose!

    Sis says:

    “…the vet tried to give him his vaccine booster in his shoulder. It was all the tech could do to keep him from biting the vet. He got his shot in the hip instead. They put a party hat muzzle* on him to try trimming his nails & he pretty much lost it. So they quickly decided that today wasn’t the day for nails & chips.

    “He was already wrapped in a Feliway towel, but when the vet reached for his paw to try to trim, he tried to bite her again. He let out a scream that startled me when they put the muzzle on him. He was DONE! So they stopped. I’m glad my vet’s office has limits on how much they will stress a cat.

    “He was not on the offensive. It was purely defensive. When they removed the towel & muzzle, he jumped off the table & laid down next to my feet…. Fortunately, he let me pick him up & put him in his carrier to go home. And he’s fine now. He might not trust all those strangers, but he has developed a sense of trust in me already. I feel honored.

    “I’ll give him gabapentin before he goes back next week for his nails & chip.”

    *I think I’d lose it too if someone tried to put one of these things on me!

  6. about 7 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    OT: Lou meets the Dreaded V.E.T.

  7. about 8 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    Speaking of the Just Won’t Do At All Pyramid, I was racking my brain yesterday trying to think of what to call this one, & I think you nailed it:

    Which, I suppose, would make this the Do You Call This a Pyramid:

  8. about 8 hours ago on Breaking Cat News


  9. about 8 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    I’ve heard of a few landlords who actually give (small) rent discounts to tenants with cats, because cat people tend to be quieter & generally less trouble than non-cat people. OTOH, there are the ones like the management at my bud R’s place, who require a $200 pet deposit for cats as well as dogs. It’s a rotten shame, because he’d love to adopt a cat & I’m sure he’d be much happier with one because he lives alone, but $200 is a huge chunk of change on a minimum-wage job…

    p.s. Love your avi!

  10. about 8 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    I expect we’ll see the whole RCO crew (& the Golden Mouse too) – but I agree, Angus is a particular favorite. Dinnae wirry, he’ll nae be left oot o’ th’ adventure!