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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A day in the life of Marlee

A day in the life of Marlee, originally uploaded by Hotash.

I am so angry with Marlee and was so sick to my stomach early this morning....

Literally sick to my stomach with fear and anger after Marlee attacked Asante on the back porch for no reason other than he was near her, her bed maybe???? you just never know with her.

I didn't realize just how deeply I would be affected by the mere thought of something happening to these guys....

I pulled her off of him, fearing the absolute worst ever....once he saw a free path he split, bushy tail and all into the dark morning (it's 4am)

I march Marlee into the house and toss her unceremoniously into her indoor kennel - these are the times you really wish she could hear you- I can't yell, which I would love to do, or it just freaks everyone else out.

I'm alone, can't find a flashlight to save my soul....I call Asante and he won't come, I'm trying to remain calm in my voice. I head out to the darkest side of the house where I last saw him bolt.

Rain and Cali run around to meet me and Asante takes them for another attack and races lickity-split up to the top of a tree!!! Now what???? He isn't budging, the little light I have can't tell me if he's bleeding or hurt and I can't believe I feel like I'm going to pass out from the mix of emotions, fear, anger....

I sit down and just wait - ok, I yelled at poor Rain and Cali first and made them go inside too. After about 15 minutes I coax him down and he lets me carry him inside.

I take him into the bathroom and we close the door. He is beyond frightened - flattening at every sound and shaking - I sit down and he walks around, he's not limping, I don't see any obvious blood.

He finally plops down and just lays on his side and sighs, starts licking himself and lets me touch him all about the body- shocking!!! he doesn't appear to have any outward wounds or injuries at all - if you would have seen/heard it you would be certain he was dead- no lie.

He was still just freaked out - understandably of course. I gave him a good look over and a tiny drop of Rescue Remedy and called The Man.

Marlee will have to start staying in her outdoor kennel again and be back on a leash at all times - she can not be trusted to not react like this again - I can't have this on my watch.

This is now the 2nd cat she has attacked, Big Kitty fueled her hatred toward cats by always attacking her so I can hardly blame Marlee but good God!

When we went to bed this morning Asante came directly with me, he laid down and fell fast asleep. Cali put herself on the bed and Asante woke up and almost had a heart attack! He calmed right down when he saw who it was though - these cats are smart, they know the difference between nice and mean - Kiitos already hisses and hides from Marlee but not the other two, so he obviously had a run in with her that I was not privy to.


Marlee is damn lucky to be living with us..... I don't know many other people who will tolerate this behavior - it's so very difficult to live with, but she does deserve life - I just wish it could be more peaceful for us all...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I would like to introduce to you...

I would like to introduce to you...
Originally uploaded by Hotash

...the act you've know for the past few months...the one and only - The THANK YOUS!!!

@ 20 weeks and counting

They are all very curious and cautious of the great outdoors.
Kiitos is the most fierce of them all - he will stand his ground, yet is the 1st to get lost and howl at the top of his little kitty lungs for one of us to come rescue him.

One of the things that is most obvious these past few months is just how much their physical appearances are changing.

Kiitos has a huge fluffy tail and a dirty orange spot on his cheek.
Takk's black stripes on his nose have split in two and are receding.
Merci has the most beautiful peach color blush on chin and belly.
Asante, well he's just perfect- ask him.

I don't know what these guys are going to do come summer - they play so hard in the winter sun that they work up a pant!


Receding, originally uploaded by Hotash.

yesterday (left) & today (right)
I plan on a shot a day until the river drops to normal.
This is not high water by any means...but it is good :)


the 2005 flood
Day 1 (mostly) December 30, 2005
those big trees in the middle...they are gone due to that flood

Day three
(photo coming)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dog beds & hairballs - it should make you laugh

it was just that kinda day

i'm home, sick with a massive head cold and a lot of cats, oh, and a camera.

don't mind the HUGE hairballs

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Legion of Plague

Legion of Plague
Willits, CA
Feb. 13th, 2009

one of the guitar players is my best friend's son.

the group of 16, - 20 year olds rocked the community center with a head banging, guitar shredding, set of tunes that sent their fans into hysterics - AKA they rocked the house

Legion of Plague - Feb 13th 2009 - Willits, CA
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Bonanzle!!! with me & my daddy

"James" by Ysabella Brave