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awkward.

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seemingly overnight

baby yeti

has transformed from a crazy toddler with mini claws and fuzzy fur

 into an awkward, gawky teenager

who’s not quite sure what to do

with his newly stretched out body and all his parts

can’t wait for the

 sassiness

storming off to his room

eye-rolling

questionable choices

acting like he doesn’t know who i am

mercurial emotions

and the puberty talks.

 

“no matter where you are or where you grow up,

you always go through the same awkward moments of being a teenager

and growing up trying to figure out who you are.”

-aimee teegarden

yeti is home.

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this baby yeti

who was abandoned and rescued

from a box in a park near the woods

has come home to live with us

named by my daughter

because, apparently 

i talk about yetis a bit more than most people in the world

also because he is furry and white and found near the woods

yeti is sweet and happy and purring and exploring

tomorrow he’ll meet olive.

 

“and on the subject of naming animals,

can I just say how happy I was to discover that the word yeti,

literally translated, apparently means “that thing over there.”

“Quick, brave Himalayan Guide – what’s that thing over there?”

Yeti.”

“I see.”)

 Neil Gaiman

rose.

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rescued while trying to join a colony of cats in detroit

cared for by a foster family

 looking for a place to call home

i feel lucky she landed in mine

 shy and sweet and young

not quite sure what life will be like here

she came out from her hiding place

long enough for us to each check on the other

i see her natural fancy costume

of black ears and tail

snow white body

she’s now olive’s new sister

 and will be called rose

which makes her *rose kennedy

*(the cat, not to be confused with the political dynasty’s family matriarch who shared the same moniker)

“a kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.”

-robert southey

unusually.

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why, you might ask, is this large ceramic cat sitting in the water?

while visiting my friend’s house

i asked.

years ago

someone in the family took a ceramics class

made several large animals

gifted them to his children

who gifted them to each other

left them at each others’ houses

 used them in a variety of ways

including an outdoor towel holder

somehow over time

this one went to live in the water

looking back at the family on the shore

probably thinking the family was unusual

wondering their story

there is always a story.

 

“we are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually.”     

-beaumont newhall

the best time is now.

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what impeccable timing

as soon as i had finished working on puzzles

on my favorite old table

putting pen to my journal instead

olive also changed hobbies

from puzzling to journaling

at exactly

the same time and place

simpatico.

“the best time to begin keeping a journal is whenever you decide to.”
― Hannah Hinchman, A Life in Hand

“i’ve decided that the best time is now.

the puzzles are gone, there are no open spaces in a puzzle to fill in by laying on them with my body,

no pieces to quietly and slowly push off the table with my paw, and no frame to snag and break apart with my claw.

perfect time to begin a journal.”

-olive

attention.

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i get the feeling olive is in need of a bit more attention from me.

above, olive tries to add herself

into the frida self-portrait puzzle

disguising herself

as the 4th animal in the picture

a bird, a monkey, and now,

2 black cats instead of 1.

below, olive tries to add herself

into a cable news show

disguising herself

as the special guest co-host.

just a hunch. 

 

“give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

-jim rohn

speed decorating.

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olive the cat not the oil

startled for no reason

(as often happens with both of us)

jumped off the ledge 

 right onto my favorite lamp

 startling both of us

(now for a reason)

I see it as her way

of not so subtly suggesting

a redecorating idea.  

“my personal decorating style is cozy,

romantic and a little rustic, with a sense of whimsy.”

 – k. schlapman

form.

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olive the cat, not the oil

almost works up a sweat

during her usual workout routine.

at her recent annual vet visit 

 after weighing her in at 9.6 pounds,

they determined that she was overweight

and assigned her a ‘goal weight’ of 8 pounds.

the first suggestion was to up her physical efforts

(which currently include an all-indoor circuit training routine

of slowly moving from couch to bed to rugs and back

with an occasional look out the window

a saunter up the 8 stairs

or taking a few steps into the kitchen to eat),

other suggestions were to 

give her healthier food

take away her bowl

(I’m half Italian, I worry if her bowl gets low)

and put her new healthy food

in something she has to work to get to.

with her round figure

set atop lilliputian legs

that will never get any taller

she does resemble a bit of a child’s-hand-sized furry bowling ball

and luckily she has a year to lose her 1.6 pounds

but timing is everything

and as luck would have it

she recently received the gift of

her very own cat advent calendar

filled with little kitty treats ‘n things

set to kick off tomorrow 

and this might be a long year

for the both of us. 

“i do not oppose form, but only form as a goal.”

-ludwig mies van der rohe

scrutiny.

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 prince,

the cat of the house

where I am housesitting

does not settle for an easy way out

pushes for me to move ahead

and subjects my puzzle solutions to close scrutiny. 

 

“close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’

are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”

-maxwell maltz