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I was going to make a mopey post today about the fact that the Moo Cat seemed to have disappeared. I came home from the most recent show to find that when the room-mate moved out on Sunday, the Moo Cat also vanished. My landlord and his son went out that evening to let the cats in, and could only find Spot. When I got home on Monday, I called and called, and the Moo never answered. I went out several time that night and the next morning, but nothing. I made up signs and posted them all over the neighborhood (in the pouring rain) and called for him as I went. Nothing. Then today, as I was paying for my groceries at the Roberts up the street, my landlord called.

"Are you still looking for Moo Cat"
"Well, I'm lookin' at him. He's in the neighbor's yard, behind a car. He's stalking something."
"Keep an eye on him, please, I'm on my way!"

When I got home, I jumped out of the car and headed behind the neighbor's house. I didn't see him, but I called and heard his little meow and soon he was snaking his way through the fence from another yard. He ran right up to me and I picked him up and snuggled him. I carried him back down the driveway, at which point he started to freak out a bit and struggle, but I hung on to him and got him in the house. As soon as he was inside, he relaxed and trotted straight into the kitchen to the food bowl. As I cut up my watermelon, he came over to me at regular intervals to slam his head into my leg and get petted, then back to the food bowl. He and Spot also spent some time having a little love-fest, including head licking, butt sniffing, and purely ceremonial paw swatting. He climbed into my lap when I sat down at the computer, and Beamer came over and sniffed him and sat next to him. Which is pretty amazing right there. Spot also came over and for a little while, all three of them were within inches of each-other and there was no feline drama at all!.

Now the Moo Cat is reclining in all his spotted length on my bed. I just glanced over at him and he's asleep. Aww. I tell you what, I don't think I want to let them out after this. I was so worried and miserable!

In other news, met with R____, who came to look at the room for rent, and I think it went quite well. She told me she'd spent a fair amount of time being driven around to look at places she didn't want to live, and she met my landlady who told her she could pick the colors the room would be painted once all the repairs are complete, so those bode well for me, I think. I'll know in a few days.

In other news, the Houston show went well, even though the weather sucked rocks. It was hot and very windy the first day, then windy with threats of torrential thunderstorms the second day, and they let us pack up early. It started to rain in earnest after being all indecisive about it for a couple of hours, but fortunately I was just finishing loading the van and nothing got wet. I picked up a few things for the kitchen at IKEA, and discovered they had the light green glass votive holders I couldn't find before, so I bought a few.

I've been cleaning and tidying and settling back into my home, and it's very nice. I'll be home for a few weeks before the next road trip, and I'm looking forward to that. The box room needs sorting, and I'd like to set up a little photo area for the glass. I'm not, however, looking forward to the bathroom being out of commission. Ugh. I just hope they'll be able to put it back together in fairly short order. I spent a bit of time in Home Depot today, looking at bathroom fixtures and bath-tubs (and kitchen sinks and faucets--one can always hope) and getting an idea of how much they cost. Not as much as I had feared, it turns out. Very nice porcelain-glazed metal tubs can be had for $125. Color me surprised.

Work at the French Market tomorrow, which is why I was at the Home Depot to begin with. I'm trying to get a tall canvas-back director's chair, and they seemed to be available at the HD, but alas, it was a web-only special. I left chair-less. It appears I'll have to order one, which I don't like to do without a chance to try one out. Unless you have an idea where I could get one. Web searches are tricky; several results seem to indicate you can get one at a local store, but that turns out to be an illusion in most cases. And I'm not looking to spend more than $50, so that's Brookestone right out.

Well, my view is now blocked by a fat black cat who wants her lap back, so I'd better finish up.

That's the news from my restored household. How's by you?

Date: 2012-04-19 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad the cat's back!

I used to be pro letting cats out, until I read what they do to songbird populations.

Anyway, the weather's nice up here, and the park is moving along.

Date: 2012-04-20 06:51 pm (UTC)
ext_39302: Painting of Flaming June by Frederick Lord Leighton (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so relieved to have him back! I've decided to keep him in from now on.

Date: 2012-04-20 06:54 pm (UTC)
ext_39302: Painting of Flaming June by Frederick Lord Leighton (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Also, he was a terror among the lizards, and I like lizards. Glad spring is springing up there.

Date: 2012-04-19 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for checking in! I'm glad Moo Cat is home.

Date: 2012-04-20 06:54 pm (UTC)
ext_39302: Painting of Flaming June by Frederick Lord Leighton (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, me too!

Date: 2012-04-19 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Silly Moo Cat. My heart just stops if a cat goes missing. It's horrible.

All our leaves are out weeks early and the maples are blooming and the chickadees are whistling and the cardinals are courting and it's going to snow later this afternoon. It won't last, but sheesh. Minnesota is not going to let a little thing like global warming ruin its reputation for sheer blazing meteorological chaos.


Date: 2012-04-20 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very early spring here in Madison, too: everything's blooming at once. My May 1st tree allergies have been going on for a couple of weeks now. We had crocuses and hyacinth and tulips all at once, and now the lilacs are in full bloom too. Half the dandelions are done already.

The rhubarb has gotten bigger than ever, possibly because the warm weather came before the trees had leaves to shade that patch of ground.

Still two cats, no waiting. OddCon this weekend. Ramping up for WisCon. The usual.

Date: 2012-04-21 04:01 am (UTC)
ext_39302: Painting of Flaming June by Frederick Lord Leighton (Mutts Purrr)
From: [identity profile]
I love an early spring. In 1977, I remember it being lovely and warm in February and getting daffodils in the store...

I'll see you at Wiscon. I have a membership & plane tickets--just need to acquire a place to sleep at the Concourse.

Date: 2012-04-21 03:49 am (UTC)
ext_39302: Painting of Flaming June by Frederick Lord Leighton (YinYang cats in sink)
From: [identity profile]
I really did feel all choked up and constricted. It's one of the worst feeling.

Ah, I remember springs like that in Wisconsin. Here, the azaleas bloomed a month ago, and now it's the ginger with its heavy, fleshy pink flowers. I love the way they look. There are lizards running around and egrets standing in every little ditch. I haven't heard the resident flock of wild parrots in a while--I wonder what happened there? The weather is perfect for having the windows open and a cool night breeze coming through.

Date: 2012-04-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
ivy: (canada goose flying)
From: [personal profile] ivy
Hooray for the return of the Moo Cat; that's wonderful. Also, I'm glad roommate plans are looking auspicious.

Date: 2012-04-21 04:05 am (UTC)
ext_39302: Painting of Flaming June by Frederick Lord Leighton (Moo!)
From: [identity profile]
The Moo Cat seems less than thrilled to be left indoors on a beautiful day, but I say tough cookies, kid! Beamer is amazingly sanguine about the whole thing.

And it looks like the room-mate search is over, with optimal results. Yay all around. Thanks for hooking us up.

Date: 2012-04-23 06:56 am (UTC)
ivy: (forest heart close)
From: [personal profile] ivy
Hooray for everybody! [grin]


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