Sunday, October 31, 2010

Presenting Gadjo

We are safe from fire and didn't have to evacuate, though the evacuation area stopped just five blocks from our house.

The Husband showed up yesterday with a big, unauthorized surprise: this little muffin, from the Longmont Humane Society. After our tragic experience with Basho, I had decided against getting another.

But if you saw this little creature show up at your door, would you be able to say no?

Gadjo is a Rom (gypsy) word meaning foreigner or outsider. It's amazing how much he resembles Basho, minus of course Basho's Snowshoe-breed white markings.

Poor little Basho will live in our hearts always. We had several talks with our Humane Society and they have spoken to their staff and everyone has agreed that Basho's legacy will be for them to be more cautious in the future with all sick kittens, knowing the little creatures may be more gravely ill than suspected.

And Gadjo is warm and soft and funny and sweet, and strangely, I seem to have forgiven The Husband pretty quickly for his transgression.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Where there's smoke...

Here we go again... I can't believe how many fires we've had in just a couple of months. This one's the closest one yet to our house. People just five blocks away have been evacuated. So far, we're still fine and un-evacuated. The air quality is horrible, and since my respiratory system suffered so much in India, I seem to be extra sensitive to the smoke and ash in the air now.

That's The Husband's photo. That park is two blocks from us and that's when the first smoke started pouring over the mountains (the mountains start six blocks from our house).

Send us some good luck like we had last time to remain safe and not have to evacuate!


I thought you might like to see Lynx's and Miss Lemon's lovely cataloons:

In the state of Bihar, India.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Oil and cold wax, 16" x 16." Sold.

Painted the second night we had Basho the beautiful kitten. His coloring (minus a wink of brilliant blue eyes) and the poet we named him for both contributed as inspiration for this painting, which features calligraphic marks perhaps evocative of Japanese poetry.

I want to thank you all so very much for your warm thoughts and consoling words. We are both terribly sad and wish he were still with us. It helps immensely, though, to have you all out there whose hearts are also touched by him and his story.

Both photos in this post are inspired by Basho's beautiful coloring.

We have now named two cats after Buddhists (Roshi and Basho) and they both died young. In a bittersweet, laughing-through-tears kind of way, I wonder if that was a mistake...perhaps Buddhists take this life just a little too lightly.

Our other kitties were unfortunately never allowed to meet Basho, as he was in isolation for his illness. But The Husband said that Rumi caught a glimpse one time and looked really excited about a potential new playmate. And I know how much Miss Lemon would have loved finding a new baby in her house: every time we've gotten a kitten, Miss Lemon finds it is her duty to immediately slam it to the ground and give it a really, really good washing. Many, many times a day.

Thank you again for your prayers and wishes.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The saddest news

Friends: the sweetest, sickest little kitten, who was with us just a few days, has died this evening.

I am so sad--and so angry with myself for not bringing him to the emergency vet in time, in spite of the fact that the vets kept telling me on the phone that he would recover and that it was not an urgent situation, as long as he was eating and drinking all right. The worst is that both The Husband and I were out for an hour or so this evening and he died alone, which makes me so furious I don't know what to do with myself.

I hadn't blogged about him until today because I was afraid to "jinx" his health when he seemed so touch-and-go. Then yesterday he had a pretty good afternoon...

Friends, please give your kitties an extra hug tonight and pray that his dear little soul has moved on to live in a healthier kitten body somehow.

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Introducing Basho

Introducing Basho, the Siamese-Snowshoe-mix haiku poet, newest member of our family.

He is about four months old, from the Humane Society, and needs your healing wishes sent his way, as he is very sick with URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) and quite a pitiful little thing right now.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

India transport


It was very dark out during our walk the other night and Jazzy was rooting around in the dirt in a neighbor's yard...I assumed for a stick or cracker crumbs (they have little kids) or something. I was in for a bit of a shock when we got home under the deck light...


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Untitled 29 (oil)

Finished last night. Oil on linen, 24" x 24".


The other day we stripped all the couch covers and dog bed covers to wash them...


Below: in Bihar, India.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

At the dyers' center...and Rumi hunts gnats

At the dyers' center in Hyderabad, India.


Friend Jonathan came by today...and posed his paws next to Jazz's.

Found Lynx hiding in the shower for some reason yesterday:

Where's Rumi? Sometimes he'll sit like a little statue across the room and just stare at me.

There's cat grass planted in that pot. There are a lot of little gnats that seem to live in or around the dirt. Rumi is the Great White Gnat Hunter.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Photo day

No new paintings to show yet. So here are some photos instead...

In the Indian state of Bihar: these construction guys in a very high distant window (zoomed here) were thrilled to find they were being noticed.

In the city of Patna.

Yesterday I took Rumi to the vet for his 1-yr. old vaccinations. Rumi is one year old this month! Can you guess, based on your knowledge of Rumi's personality, how he feels about going to the vet?

He loves it. Loves going in the car, loves the attention, loves having his heart listened to and his intestines palpated, loves meeting new people. They were calling in people from other rooms to come meet the zany white kitty. This photo was taken with my iPhone while I was driving (I know, dangerous but this photo had to be taken)--this is what it looked like in the passenger seat next to me:

From the archives: Rumi as a lanky young thing.

Today: a lazy Friday afternoon with some of the most beautiful weather the world has ever known.

Rumi cuddled up to The Husband: internet surfing by proxy. Rumi's little smile slays me.

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