And we have…

SUCCESS!

Cats

I know that 1975 called and wants its afghan back. My grandmother made it for me. In 1975. It has a little tag inside that reads, "Made especially for you, by Grandma." The "Grandma" is capitalized. It was a preprinted tag, so I am forgiving her for it. Although I remember learning you should cap things like that, Grandma, Grandpa, when they are used in that context. So maybe it was okay.

Perhaps I could get back to the point. The part where Winston and Henry are six inches from each other and Winston is finally not trying to bop Henry on the head. And I am enjoying my skinny, Ichabod Crane arm in the background, there. Is it my right or left arm? It's at an odd angle.

Henry looks like maybe he is rethinking this hanging with Winston thing. And he was right to do so, because a few hours later, I was in the computer room and Winston was on my lap again, and Henry came in and said mew mew mew mew mew as he is wont to do. He is the mewiest kitten I ever met, really. Anyway, he kept doing it, mew mew mew mew, and finally Winston hopped off my lap and bopped Henry on the head. And I'll tell you what. It did shut him up. So that was a plus.

I have to go to work again. Because really, it's important to hear how much you suck eight hours a day. And to add insult to injury, the geese have not trotted out their geese babies yet and I am getting mighty impatient. The good news is that many birds have had nests in several places in our eaves troughs and a coworker let me come into his office to hear the rustling and peeping going on in his office through his wall and it was the cutest thing. I could hear way more peeping than he could because I am a woman and have that whole upper-range hearing that he doesn't, which lead me to try to talk him into trading offices until the birds leave their nest, and you can imagine how that worked.

Catch you on the flip side, Marsha.

25 thoughts on “And we have…

  1. I saw an entire family of geese crossing an intersection yesterday – 4 goslings, and Mama, and Papa (I mean, unless he was the live-in boyfriend). Papa (or, The papa) was hissing protectively at all the cars.
    Of course Grandma is capitalized. We capitalize “Mommy” and “Daddy” when used without either a possessive pronoun or an article. If it said “Made by your grandma,” then it wouldn’t be.
    Poor Grandma! Having to work with that yarn…my knitter’s heart goes out to her.

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  2. Poor scrawny thing. (the cat…not your arm).
    Henry looks quite minuscule next to Winston there. It’s no wonder he gets bopped for mewing.
    And speaking of scrawny…
    That looks like your right arm, since it seems you are leaning to your left side, with your feet bent to the right.
    I am observing too much detail. I need to get a life. Or some Topomax so my arms can get skinny.
    Groovy blanket.

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  3. Pardon that horrible use of punctuation! I totally put a period where it ought not to be!
    I need coffee and my first grade language book to go with that order of life.

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  4. That’s your right hand over your hip. I hope they become good pals (the cats), then they could both play with Tallulah together and they could all have fun. Your grammma loved you. It’s nice we still have the things she made for us to keep us warm. It reminds me, what about the knitting lessons? I want an afgan for mother’s day.

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  5. I don’t know if anyone has told you, but that kitty is so dang cute and smooshy.
    If it were your left hand, couldn’t we see your ring(s)? This is the only way I know to tell right from left.

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  6. Actually, I love the afghan………reminds me of my kitchen in the 70’s!
    It really was painted orange with Avocado appliances and a Harvest Gold blender on the counter thrown in for good measure.
    Could this be why I like EVERYTHING Antique White, now?

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  7. I am worried about your arm. Are your legs getting as spindly? It’s time to have a cheesecake side with your Topomax.
    I am happy that Winston is starting to adjust to the interloper. What about Francis?
    I will be out of town for the weekend. Try to carry on without me. 😉

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  8. Zelzee,
    We had a patchwork quilt wall in our kitchen, where we took wallpaper samples from a book and literally tore them out and put them on one wall. It was very Holly Hobbie.

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  9. Having an older cat to discipline your kitten is great. My mother-in-law always lets her older dogs train the younger ones. It’s way easier than training them yourself.

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  10. Jan,
    My arms have always been skinny because I broke my wrists when I was 12 and the wrist part never grew again. Sexy.
    Also too, Francis’ soul died when we got the dog. He seems pretty resigned to the kitten.

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  11. P.S. Jan, where the hell do you think you’re going? They don’t have Internet where you’re going?

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  12. June Skinny Wrists,
    You need to tell us the story of how your broke your wrists when you were 12!!!

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  13. Yes June, we need to hear how you broke both wrists at age 12. And quickly, because now all I can imagine is bondage and Thai hookers. And I’m not happy with those images.

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  14. You broke both wrists? You must have been disco roller blading and Jan got mad because Marsha gets all the attention. She came up behind you and hit you in the back causing you to trip on your too cute personalized pink roller skates with the purple pom poms. You caught herself with your hands thus breaking both wrists.
    Grandma is capitilized if it is used as a name.

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  15. With the title “SUCCESS” I immediately thought you had knitted that afgan in your class! I made one almost exactly like that
    for my boyfriend for Christmas in 1975. What was I thinking? Unlike yours, I’m sure his went in the Salvation Army pile soon after we parted ways.
    I guess you’re not worried about your boss reading your blog. I would be so paranoid.
    Remember what happened to Dooce? Or maybe you are subconsciously trying to get canned?

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  16. June,
    A. Sorry about the wrists. Thank God! I thought you were disappearing before our eyes!
    2. My sister and I are driving to So. Illinois to help our aunt. Our uncle died in January and she and our cousin (who just had surgery) are older and live alone. We need to do some yardwork on the 50 acres.
    2) a. They do indeed have internet, but it is spotty and I would have someone over my shoulder the entire time I am reading about how you broke both of your wrists at age 12 and how Thai hookers and bondage were involved.
    III. I NEED to hear more about the Holly Hobby wall. Pictures??? I am SO fascinated about your younger life. (OK, and your life now…)
    I will return on Sunday evening. I’ll check back then.

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  17. I can’t get over how cute Henry is! I just want to love on that cutie pie. My orange cat is named Henry too! Glad to see that Winston is starting to adjust to the new little guy!

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  18. Love the picture and keep em’ coming of Henry! I get disappointed when you post with no pic of him. I want a kitten so badly but my current cat, Shadow, won’t have it. I’ve tried.. She wants to be a ‘one-cat-house’. I’m with you on The Office and Ugly Betty. Don’t get either of them. Also with you on Little House on the Prairie stuff. Was obsessed as a kid and again as an adult in 1996. I STILL like to read about Laura. I almost wish I had migraines so I could take Topamax.
    AND, I also had a Grama who made quilts, afgans, sweaters, clothes. She made a twin quilt for me in 1977 and I still have it. Thankfully its green, blue and yellow…..

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  19. Looks like Winston has staked his claim on you, notice how he’s *on* you, and poor little Henry is just allowed *near by*! Soon enough though!

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  20. I’m sorry you’re hearing how much you suck eight hours a day. If I had anyone around who actually told me how much I suck, I’d probably suck more from the despair.
    You could always start editing from the Emily Takes Tokyo Style Manual, where you replace “the” with “shitfucking” on every third page. At least in your head – it might make you feel better.

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  21. I’m glad people explained your pose. I was trying to figure out how you got your wrist in that angle and still took this picture, and now I see that it’s you under the afghan. I think this means that Marvin took the picture and not you, unless you’re some kind of Elastigirl contortionist.

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  22. I hope that’s your right hand, otherwise, you don’t have a thumb.
    That is Grandma because that is her proper name–to you. You wouldn’t be june, it’s your proper name.
    Loved the photo of little Henry and Winston. Poor Winnie, he’s no longer the baby, but sounds like he’s keeping the little brat in line. Winston just doesn’t recognize the cuteness of baby Henry.

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