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Almost Too Big for the Bed

Jul. 28th, 2017 07:10 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

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Squish together, kittens! You're starting to spill over the edges! Hang on with those mitts!

Yes, these Alexanders of ours are getting big and it won't be too much longer before they're ready for the ole snippity-snip.  We don't have places for all of them yet, so if you're looking for a kitten love (or a pair of kitten loves) send me an email, introduce yourself, and tell me about the life you would offer an Alexander (or two). Or if you know of anyone in the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia area who's in the market, please send them our way.  Thanks!

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まるです。

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 


不人気だったこのおもちゃ。
先っぽだけ切って竿の先につけたら――
This toy was unpopular for Maru&Hana.
So I cut ahead of it and attached to a toy of the rod.

まるにヒット!

まる:「なんかよくわかんないけど、すっごいの捕まえましたよ。」
Maru:[I love this!]


まる:「ビロロロ~ン。」
Maru:[By the way, what is this???]

 

 

The Alexanders Upstairs

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:23 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

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Um, hey, you guys. You know you're not supposed to be up there, right? Upstairs is for big cats only.

BUT, you're looking pretty cute doing what you're not supposed to be doing, so sit tight while I go get the camera.  


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まるです。

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 

まるさん、掃除機をかけたいんですけど。
Hey Maru, I want to vacuum there.

まる:「どうぞお構いなく。」
Maru:[Please don’t bother.]

いつものことながら、どいてはくれませんよね。
Ok. I know that you do not intend to avoid it.

まる:「今忙しいので。」
Maru:[I am busy now.]


まるに近づくとハウスダストを検知するランプが点灯。
When the vacuum cleaner approaches Maru, the lamp to inform house dust turns on.

 

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Jul. 26th, 2017 10:06 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto



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From left to right:
Henry, Lloyd, Fancy, Nick, and Joseph.

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Now that the fundraiser is over and I'm back from my weekend away, I'm finally getting some quality time with this crew. They all outgoing and bright.  Lloyd has an occasional scaredy-kitten moment and will dart for safety, but it truly only lasts a second before he reappears.

They play hard and run strong -- there's no grace, just thuds.  It's non-stop butt wiggles and pounces and SO many ambushes.  The funny thing is, you rarely hear a peep come out of their mouths.

Usually, when kittens are engaged in play like this, you hear cries and squeaks when someone bites too hard or pins a sibling for too long, but these guys never make a sound. Maybe they've already established what the lines are and no one ever crosses them.

Joseph seems to be suffering a little bit from what we call SCS, or Small Cat Syndrome. With this affliction, Joseph, who is the smallest kitten of the bunch, feels the need to constantly remind the others that though he may be tiny, he is mighty. He's always challenging his biggest siblings to wresting matches and has no real chance of ever winning one.  I appreciate his gumption, but that's gotta be hard on a little dude's ego! Hopefully, he'll catch up with them soon and he won't feel the need to try to be so big!

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いろいろなはな。(動画)

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:22 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 

今回ははな動画。
友情出演:まる
まる毛ボールは、はなが一番大好きで良く遊ぶのですが、
遊び疲れて食べ始めたら即回収。でもなかなか手ごわい。

It is Hana’s various videos this time.
Cameo appearance: Maru
The Maru’s fur ball is the toy which Hana loves most.
However, she is going to eat it when she plays, and she was tired.
I must take it away from her quickly then.

 

All the Alexanders Everywhere!

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:14 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

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This crew is so happy to be out and about! As I mentioned earlier, they acclimated quickly and soon got used to the big world. They're not quite sure what to make of the big cats yet, but I'm sure in time they'll get used to them.

Bean is doing her best to make them right at home.

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More Thanks and More Love for You

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:34 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I'm still floating on air about all that we accomplished this fundraiser.  I was at a family wedding this weekend, and so many congratulated us on our success, and all were so curious to learn about who this community is who gives so generously. So if your ears were burning, that's because we were talking about you and how special you are!

I've said it before, and I'll say it a squillion times over, but YOU ARE TRULY REMARKABLE.  


Thank you, again, to all who contributed to the success of this event. 

I wanted to give a shout-out to several individuals who helped make this year's event an extra-special one.

Craig:
During the stretch of the fundraiser, and days leading up and following too, I get a little behind on life stuff.  Things that are normally priorities get neglected around the house, and though Craig has many reasons to complain, he never does. Thank you, Craig, for understanding that this fundraiser matters so much to me and for giving me a very wide road during this time.  Thank you for tolerating some lame dinners and a cranky, stressed-out wife.  I appreciate you so much.   

And thank you for sharing your talents with us and creating the watercolor painting that we able to share with Sara and so many others through our print sales. I promise you that the house will be extra-super shiny soon, I'll address that pile of mail that's accumulated, and I'll even bake you a raspberry pie.  

Cynthia: 
OH, Cynthia, dear Cynthia.  Your heart is the biggest and can't imagine that a more generous soul than yours exists. Without you, we would never have the success we do each year.  I am forever grateful that you found your way to this community.  

Thank you for your friendship, too.  I love your humor, smarts, and candor and I hope one day soon I can experience it in person and not just on the phone, in emails and text messages.

Our Anonymous Donors:
Bless you, for giving so generously and offering up these wonderful matches to help us reach our goals. You make that total rise high.  You inspire so many to give. We are so grateful for your support.  I completely respect you wish to remain anonymous, but I wish I could shout your names to the world and say "LOOK at these fabulous, generous folk!"  Please know we think you're pretty amazing. 

Lynn: 
Every single fundraiser you are there for us bidding high on kitten names and auction items, offering up generous matches, and giving so much along the way.   I'm guessing you're crying a few happy tears for us, too.  Of course, thank you to Alex, too! You guys are the best.

Mary: How many beds have you stitched for us now? A lot. Thank you for giving your time and talents to us each year. Thank you for offering your generous match, too, 

Rosemary: Thank you for offering a match in honor of your Dylan once again.  We've raised squillions now because of your annual gift -- thank you for that. 

Opal, Ellis, Lola, and Wilson:
I am so grateful that you are our future. You generous young humans are inspiring. You touch hearts. I hope you understand how special you are.

Claudia: 
Thank you for sharing so many great stories from within the shelter walls.  Thanks for always being there if I needed questions answered or support.  I know I made your busy days busier -- thanks for always being available.  
Shelby: Thank you for dealing with all of our technical issues and figuring out our many "work arounds" this season! 


Sarah in the Foster Dept:
Thank you for finding us the CUTEST kittens to answer the phones!

Mackenzie and Christy: 
Thank you for creating custom products just for our fundraiser and so generously giving a portion of your sales. I appreciate your support, love for the kittens, and friendship too.  

Auction Item Donors:
Thank you, Liz from Stocklist, Mackenzie from Pepperpot Polish, Christy of Libertine, Kelly, Joseph, Gabe, Cathy, Emma, Katherine, and Susan for sharing your goods and talents to help us raise more!

Auction Winners: 
Thank you to all who bid SO generously on the kitten naming rights and other auctions.  

AND YOU! ALL OF YOU! 
Thank you all who gave, shared our links, told our story, bought prints, cheered us along and supported us in so many ways. Thank you for always being here and listening. 

It is impossible to adequately thank all of you because this gift you've given us is so huge and humbling. But please know that I appreciate you more than I could ever express. This community is amazing and unlike any other. You are such caring and kind people, and I hope your hearts feel as full as mine does right now. Something really incredible unfolded in the past few weeks. Thank you for being a part of it. Thank you for making it happen.  

I love you.


Our little Alexanders have an appointment for vaccines this morning and as soon as I return, I'll share a post ALL about them and nothing related to the fundraiser! They're having great fun bouncing around the house and I've got photos to prove it.


But there still be some fundraising posts to come -- it's not all wrapped up yet.   Close, but not ALL done yet!




まるです。

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 

猫ブラシと一緒に買ったおもちゃ。
I bought this new toy with the cat brush.


まるさん、行きますよー!
Hey Maru, look well!


はい、ぽーん!
Let’s play!


シーン…。
Heeeey…


まる&はな:「しーん。」
Maru&Hana:[No, thank you.]

猫用のおもちゃは失敗する確率が非常に高い。

new Bujold podcast interview

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:26 am
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...is here:

http://www.podcasts.com/live-from-the...

The interview starts at about 1 minute in, and runs about 30 minutes.

This was recorded on Day 4 of ConVergence, earlier this month. (Which seems longer ago than that, already.)

Ta, L.

posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on July, 24

Real Quick

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:19 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

It seems I always have some sort of computer crisis when I try to post from the road. Well, I just realized I left my power cord at home and with my battery at 7%, I don't think I'll be done writing my jumbo thank you post before thing dies.

So, I'll just share this one quick image:
Miss Fancy Pants Alexander and her thumbs.

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GIANT thank you post coming early tomorrow.  oxoxo 

まるです。

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 

ホームセンターで見つけた猫型ブラシ。
I found this new brush in the neighboring shop.

まる:「ふんふん、何ですかこれは?」
猫型ブラシ:「はじめまして、新入りでっす♪」
Maru:[What is this?]
Cat brush:[I am a new brush. Nice to meet you! ]

ブラッシングという言葉にやって来たものの、
いつものブラシではなかったので立ち去ろうとするまる。

まる:「そんやつは認めませんよ。」
猫型ブラシ:「がーん!」
Maru:[If it isn’t an usual brush, I don’t like that.]
Cat brush:[Omg…]

ブラッシングー、と声をかけるとどこにいても駆けつけてくるまる。まるにとってブラッシングの時間はそれほど大切なもの。ブラシへのこだわりも強く、気に入らないブラシだとすぐにどこかに行ってしまいます。

 

まあ、ちょっとお試しくださいよ。
Please try it!

まる:「こ、これは!!」
Maru:[Wow!!]


まる:「はい合格~。」
Maru:[I love the new brush!]

 


猫型ブラシ:「はじめまして、新入りでっす♪」
Cat brush:[I am a new brush. Nice to meet you!]

 


はな:「おしゃべりしてないでさっさと終わらせてちょーだい。」
Hana:[You don’t chatter, must end work quickly.]

はなはどんなブラシでも、必要最低限、さっさとが鉄則。


ちなみに、まるをブラッシングするともっさりヘアーの猫に。
This is Maru’s fur hair.


はなは毛にハリがあるので、ツンツンヘアー。
Hana’s fur hair.

毛質によって髪型が変わります。
By quality of fur of the cat, the hairstyle of the cat brush changes.

new Penric impending

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:00 am
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I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.

posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on July, 24

Running WILD!

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:28 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Quarantine was officially up yesterday so last night I sprung the Alexanders from the kitten room. It didn't take any time at all for them to get used to their bigger world. Just a few moments after I opened their door, they started running wild!

I left in the wee hours of the morning today and will be away this weekend for a wedding. I'm so sad to miss Dog-A-Thon tomorrow, but I do hope that some of you will be attending and represent the cats for Team IBKC.   Details on the event can be found HERE.

We will see you on Monday with more fundraising wrap ups, thank yous, and lots of pics of our Alexanders exploring.  See you then!


And enjoy this show ---prepare yourself for lots of super fun crazy kitten action!!!



まるです。

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 


今度は箱の上に乗っているはな。
Hana gets on the box this time.


はな:「まーたなんか来た…。」
Hana:[He came over again…]


まる:「すべての箱は――」
はな:「あーはいはい!」
Maru:[Hey! All boxes――]
Hana:[Ok ok!]


まる:「まったくもう、油断も隙もありませんよ。」
Maru:[I cannot be careless.]

はなが立ち去った後もまだ不満げなまる。
Maru seems to be still dissatisfied.

まる:「めっ!」
Maru:[Mine!]


まる:「見張ってなくちゃ。」
Maru:[I must watch it here.]

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