The family homestead is in a rather different neck of the country than the colony, and a family member back on the homestead (my wonderful dog) is ailing. So, I am traveling this weekend to see her, and, frankly to say goodbye. (I don't want to get into it here as I'll just start crying again.) So, you will not hear from me again 'til Tuesday (5/10.)
Fortunately, to hold you over I have a few sightings, some baby-kitten news, and 26 new pictures.
No worries, the colony will still be fed even while I'm away. A friend will be stopping by and filling their dishes. Perhaps the cats know that I'm disappearing for a little bit, though, as today appears to have been "stick out your tongue at the camera" day. Amaranth and Mr Mistoffolees each show me what they think. Of course, I had woken Mr Mitoffolees from a nap, and startled Amaranth (who startled me in return!) while approaching a different cat. (see above and beside.)
Today I also spied Little Grey Girl (who posed beautifully for pictures, check out the part two set), Little Crooked, Bessie, Daphne and Pigpen. I also think I spied Gremlin, but he cashed off before I could get a picture, and I definitely saw Daisy, but she was too quick to dash away. The kitties all seem well, and are most definitely eating.
Speaking of eating, so is the kitten. She prefers to eat when a human is around, but she likes food now (even non-people-food.) She is definitely a bit bigger than when she arrived here. A friend saw her today after not seeing her since last Friday and she commented on the difference. So, this is good. :) She's also not sneezing any more, yay!
Kitten is well loved. She really likes humans (she hasn't met one she doesn't like, yet), and likes to nuzzle them, and curl up on their chests. She also wants to explore more than she can yet, but she keeps trying! She wants to see everything-- she'll fall asleep on you, but she fights it, just like a child-- she nods off, then wakes up, shakes here head... then starts to fall asleep again!
While I'm traveling, the kitten is at a vet/boarding facility. This way she can be looked after properly, fed as often as she needs, and given her medicine. I thought this was safest for her, and more fair than randomly calling up friends and asking them to take care of a squirmy kitty-baby who eats 5 times a day! So I shall pick her up after class on Tuesday and she will return to my care. I hate to leave her alone, but I know that they'll take excellent care of her-- and I left her her blankie and her duckie.
There are 13 new pictures of the baby kitty in the Baby Set.
I'll see you all again Tuesday.