Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Strays - still with us

Our co-op has been good enough to allow us to hang on to the stray and her kitten through Christmas.  The little one is now weaned and old enough to leave his mother, which should make it easier to find homes for them.

Here they are!

What's up there?

Mama looks less then pleased to have the flash in her face!  Freya is such a sweet cat and a good mother.

Finnegan is the name we've given to the kitten, and WOW is he growing fast!  He's all ganglely legs and spine right now.  He is so adorable, too!  When in an active mood, he thunders through the house like a storm, tackling his mother (who has the patience of a saint!), ankles, dust motes and things only he can see.  When in a calm mood, he is very affectionate and loves nothing more then a nice warm human for a bed.


He's also stack-able.

Neither of them are fixed, and we can't afford to do that for cats we can't keep, so we really need to find a home for at least one of them before Finn reaches maturity.  If anyone in Edmonton is interested in one or both of them, leave a note in the comments.

Friday, January 13, 2012


This is what our street looks like right now. All those vehicles and what looks to be a generator belong to the crew filming a movie in an historical building at the end of the street. Some sort of romantic comedy.

They have also rented one of the multipurpose rooms in our Co-op to film in. 

They are supposed to be all done by the end of the day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getting along


Yes, we still have the stray and her kitten living with us.  We've gotten the okay to hang on to them a bit longer, rather then send them to the pound when we couldn't find anyone to take them.

This is my older daughter's cat with a kitten that's growing so fast right now, you can almost see it! 

Tiger is getting on in years for a tabby, and having two new and active cats in the house is a bit much for her.  My suck of a husband ;-) created a haven for her.  By opening a desk drawer and putting a couple of seat cushions on it (including the stadium seat cushion I made to experiment with a new yarn), he made a nice little bed for her to hang out that was above the fray.  She often curls up there to sleep while we're on the computer.

Finnegan, the kitten, took a long time to warm up to Tiger.  Tiger's other favourite place to nap is on the top level of the cat tower, so we just tossed him on there with her a few times.  Tiger, being the sort of cat she is, promptly held him down with one paw and started grooming him.  He didn't appreciate that at first and ran off.

Over time, however, things have changed.  Though Finn and his mother are still a lot more energetic than she has patience for, they both turn to her for cuddles. 

Finn is old enough to be weaned, but he does still nurse when his mother will let him.  A short while ago, he was such an adorable bundle of napping fluff, I picked him up to snuggle while sitting at the computer.  He noticed Tiger on the drawer beside me, however, promptly hopped over and started looking for boob.  Yes, he tries to nurse on her now, too.  When he found no sign of a working teat, he settled for cuddles and Tiger, as she is wont to do, started grooming him.

As I write this, they are looking even cuter, with Tiger curled up around Finnegan, her chin resting on him, their legs entangled.  I'd take another picture, but the camera disturbs them.

The cuteness is overwhelming.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


My older daughter and I went to The Carrot on 118 Ave tonight. We descovered several blocks were closed off for a festival.  After our drinks, we checked out the ice and snow sculptures, including this Tiki.
Not sure what it has to do with the Byzantine theme of the festival.