Morning haiku

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Edward at my knee
And Gypsy at my ankle
Sorry kids gotta pee

I’ve been using “on the bed at the same time” as a benchmark for cat amicability–of course it’s been cold, but I’m taking it as a win.

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AAAIIIIIEEEEE!!!!!!

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Aaaiiiiieeeee.

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Scary things from history

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Angry bombs
Why is this scary? because it turns atomic bombing into a game. This is from a current exhibit at our special collections library, about living in the atomic age.
I find this scary, too–it’s a book of cutouts to help you plan your bomb shelter, but the way the people are displayed it reminds me of the shadows of Hiroshima. I don’t have a picture of the civil defense guide that advises you, if you’re out on the street when The Bomb hits, that you should lay in the gutter with a newspaper over your face.
This is from the annual women’s history month display. I find this scary because the proper goose is marked with the British broad arrow, which marked prisoner’s uniforms, so this is referring (I think) to the suffragists in prisons. (“Propagander” is pretty clever, though.)
The colors of the womens’ movement were green, white, and purple–the exhibit mixes U. S. and British artifacts, though, so I don’t know if those colors were used in both countries or only in Britain.
There are lots of cat items. I don’t know if it’s cats = cute or women = cats. Some years there’s a Votes for Women teacup on display–it’s one of my favorite things but it’s not out this year.

Whenever I look at things in a museum I always ask, “Could I knit that?” (<–shallow. Whatever.) That shawl on the cat on the left looks easy enough. The cat on the right?

I am familiar with that expression.

Actually Gypsy and Edward are doing pretty well together. Gypsy has no truck with Edward’s RUN AND JUMP style of play, and there’s a bit of hissing when personal spaces intersect, but this morning Gypsy was on the couch and Edward was in my lap, so that was nice.

On Gypsy’s right are my Oscar night projects, Thork and the Cork of Misrule.
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Last night there was staring

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I brought Edward into Gypsystan. I left the door open all night but there didn’t seem to be any osmosis between the worlds.

I STARE AT YOU

NO I STARE AT YOU

Everything went well until I accidentally pinched Gypsy’s paw in the lid of the cedar chest when I was looking for a sweater. I am revealed as an ogre and her only hope is to be taken quickly when the eatings begin.

Ogre. I knew it.

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A new hostage to fortune

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Thank you for all your kind words about Sukey: I miss her dreadfully. I miss her curled up on the back of the couch, I miss her on the sink demanding drinks, I miss the feel of her bunny-fur.

Apparently, though, I need to be a two-cat household. This sweet creature was at my vet, needing a new home: I just brought her in Friday. Her name is Gypsy and she’s 8 years old, slightly older than Edward.

She likes to talk and while she’s crawled into my lap a couple of times she’s not relaxed enough that I can report on the color of her toebeans yet.

In her first house there were other animals who kept picking on her, and in her second house someone developed an allergy–she has very soft, very fine, floofy floofy fur. When she first came home I put her in the front room, and while she’s ventured out of it a bit, it’s definitely Gypsystan and the rest of the house is Edwardia. There’s been hissing but no poofy tails. I haven’t left them alone with the doors open yet.

 

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Today I had to say goodbye

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The vet said I was doing the right thing–he said she had no more than a month or two, and her bowel troubles would just get worse.

Edward’s on my lap purring right now.

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We have a hawk on campus.

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Why wouldn’t a hawk want to be on campus? He’s the apex predator with the endless supply of hand-fed squirrels! He’s called Law Hawk because the law school people named him.

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