I got some kitty videos from the past couple of days to share. First up is Kotoko, spending time in her box by my side:
Then it’s Tomoyo. Tomoyo does not usually spend time upstairs because she has a tendency to destroy things. But she had an asthma attack the other day and after the (distressing) treatment has been clingy and sad. So I let her spend the whole day with me.
She behaved very well, and seemed more relaxed than even on normal days. Unfortunately, when she’s feeling 100%, she would be being a terror up here… 😅
Hullo everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend as I am. I’m having quite a busy one (as usual) though, I did manage to sneak in more reading time than normal. I’m trying to make my way through the Bears Of The Ice series but it really is kind of a drag. After that I’ll reward myself with one of my dinosaur books, though.
Last Friday Christopher drove me to the local Asian mart so I was able to get some goodies I hadn’t had in a while!
Not everything is pictured (the best part were the many special breads, such as melon-pan, strawberry moon-cakes, red bean paste rolls, and such, as well as a new coffee that I really enjoyed) but above you can see some rice crackers, furikake of several flavors, giant Caplico “ice creams”, mayo flavored ramen, a milk candy that was hard as rock and I hard to trash (cries) and a really delicious peanut ball snack. They are peanuts covered by a baked shell that is sort of sweet but not too much. They’re really good.
I also got some cutlery, sometimes they have really cute things:
Over the weekend we went to IKEA as Billys were finally in stock again. So I worked on the guest room, putting the collectibles I still have left in display along with Christopher’s Lilo & Stitch stuff. I really got rid of so, so many things I loved… it’s a little heartbreaking. But in the end I am very glad I kept the things I did keep. I still need to put some pictures on the walls, and I want to buy a small chair and two nightstand lamps, but otherwise it is done:
I can’t wait for our friends to enjoy this room when they stay over.
Kotoko was quite excited as I worked on the room and kept running around between things and between my legs, until she found the comforter on the floor and made a nest in it:
I was able to snap some extremely cute video of Rosemary over the weekend, just being happy and silly:
Tonight I made breaded chicken cutlets with salad and avocado for dinner. Afterwards for dessert Christopher had chocolate ice cream and I enjoyed some espresso with one of my Caplicos:
And that is it for the weekend. I’m so happy that Christopher will be home tomorrow. Perhaps we will watch a movie. Goodnight, everyone!
Yesterday was tank cleaning day. I thought I’d share with you some happy snail photos.
Having an upside-down snack:
Got a wee video of the above, isn’t he a cutie?
I love my snildren… happy times.
Kotoko hardly lets me work during the day… 😅 she is always on my lap these days. I really dread leaving her behind on the upcoming trip.
Even as I move to my writing desk to work on the book, kitties are near…
I’ve gathered some kitty photos to share with you all… First up is Kotoko:
One afternoon while working, I hear a fart/burp, and turn around to see this:
Me: “Hey, Elliot.
Elliot: *flails with pleasure*
Me: “What’s up, Elliot?”
Elliot: *hiccups with an intense look*
Me: “Are you going to stretch?”
I told him I loved him. He stretched again, gloriously.
Then he dragged his ass on the carpet. It’s very odd. He’s rarely upstairs. There are carpets downstairs. He doesn’t drag on them. He only drags in my studio upstairs. The vet examined him multiple times, ran labs. Her ultimate diagnosis “Look, I think he’s just gross.”
The other day my mom sent me photos of some cats around her condo building. I’ve seen these cats in person and petted them. The first one is Penny, she can be a little skittish…
Then there’s big ol’ gal, whom I cannot believe they just let roam free, someone is bound to steal her. She is very affectionate, massive, gorgeous, and will let just about anyone pet her:
I thought the photos were really cute so I wanted to share them here with my mom’s permission.
Normally I cut up red bell pepper into small pieces for my snails. It lasts a long time in the fridge and I give it a little at a time. Once exposed to the humidity of the tank it must be soon discarded. But as you can see below, I decided to do something different this time:
I’ve found snails sleeping inside multiple times already. Pretty cute.
I also gave a piece to the West Indian Bulimulus rout. Here they are with a bit of (non-direct, setting) mild sun in their tank:
They are all doing very well.
Recently, it’s been raining a lot. That means lots of snails on the sidewalk, and so, sometimes, after a rain, I go snail hunting.
These little guys, they’ll get to the middle of the sidewalk, and go to sleep when the rain stops and the clouds part. There, they’ll either be stepped on, or cook alive in the sun, or get eaten by birds (usually one, then the other). Often I’ll just pick them up and throw them on the grass to save them from this fate.
I rescued a ton this week, since I’d been looking to replenish my West Indian Bulimulus rout. They are sturdy little fellas and live a long time when properly cared for. One of my recent rescues has a bit of an enthralling story (for a snail.)
It’s this little guy, one of the smallest of his species that I have ever come across:
I only really spotted him because he was covered in black ants. 😱 I was sure he was dead/half eaten, but I got all the ants off somehow, including a persistent one that had made its way inside his shell. I took him home anyway. My guess is he was, maybe, 20 seconds away from being eaten.
An hour after I put him in the tank at home, he’d moved to the top of the lid, and hid. I didn’t get to see him move, but I knew he was alive!
I coaxed him out once he had some time to rest. He was in perfectly fine shape:
I’m sure he didn’t even know that he was seconds from being devoured quite literally alive. I hope he grows big and strong in his new digs. 😊 For now he’s in the quarantine tank with my other snails, being dewormed and making sure he has no other parasites.
Kotoko has been rather… aggressively affectionate lately. She wants to sit on me rather than the desk, which makes work difficult, and she will headbutt me, lick me, bite me, and just be an all-around adorable nuisance.
I tried to get some video:
The moments when she seems to lay still, she’s actually pushing her head into my arm quite forcefully. It was very endearing.