Monday, July 2, 2012

returning to...


There's just a hint of smoke in the air today.  The fire continues to burn to the northwest, but last I heard it was 45% contained, and immediate threat to structures has been greatly reduced.  People are returning to their properties and roads are opening up again.  Hopefully fire crews and police are getting a bit more rest.

Kids are playing outside again.

Meego and a couple of friends back to solving the world's problems
It's still very hot and dry, as is much of the country.  Wolfgang went for a run this morning.  He hadn't run much in two weeks.  We did a lot of sightseeing and swimming while on vacation, but no running.  And the air quality was so bad last week that sitting around eating pork rinds was healthier than running outside.

The cat remains nameless.  We had a pretty good brainstorming session early on but with nothing resolved.  We took her for a once-over at the vet's to confirm that she is, in fact, a "she".   When we first brought her home, I told the kids how Rock Chef learned how to sex his rabbits from the internet, and we could do the same with the cat.

Word of warning:  don't do a YouTube search on "cat sex"!

Eventually, they found the proper procedure and dubbed her a girl.  The vet confirmed and also determined that she has not been spayed.  Since she's a stray on the chubby side, we were concerned that she might be in the motherly way, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  She's just chubby.

Since she has no proper name, she is in the vet books as "Kitty" which makes for a rather strange name on file since our last name has definite dog connotations, but oh well.   She scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow.

I've been looking for a pet carrier for her, but the whole city is sold out of them.  Hundreds of pets were evacuated last week.  Some people were at work when the alert to evacuate their homes "immediately" hit and couldn't go home to retrieve pets.  Animal control officers actually went into the fire zones and saved them.  I honestly can't say enough about the efforts of so many.

Many pet carriers and kennels were needed and the community responded by donating ones they had or going out and buying up all that were available.

"Kitty" will show up for her spay job in a laundry basket.  And I'm totally fine with that.


lotta joy said...

YOUR act is just as wonderful!

ShadowRun300 said...

Such good news that everything appears to be returning to "abnormal". :) I would imagine the effects will last a little longer than the fires, however.
Glad to hear Wolfgang is back to running. How about you? Has your foot gotten any better?
And you know, I call my cat "CAT!" "Kitty" is so much sweeter, and wouldn't be a bad name. I kinda like it better than "Whatshername". :)

Abby said...

I call China "Pooch" more often than I call her China, so I guess we're not fretting over a name for The Cat.

My foot is about 90% and ready for a test run. Last week's air quality coupled with the laundry injury *rolls eyes* has postponed that. This week?

Abby said...

Aw thanks lj :)

ShadowRun300 said...

oh yeah... the laundry injury. I'd forgotten about that. I sure hope this is the week you can get back to it!!

Scott said...

That's good news!

Hope everything goes well with "Kitty"!

Rock Chef said...

A black, female cat. I would be thinking in the direction of Cat Woman...

"Miss Kitka" (from the original Batman movie).
Halle Berry played Cat Woman - "Halle"?
Michelle Pfieffer was also a good Cat Woman, but don't think that "Michelle" works as a cat name.

Yes, you have to be careful what you put into any search engine :-(

PS "abnormalcy?" As a tutor I think you should insist on saying "abnormality". Unless you intend to work for FoxNews :-)

agg79 said...

Good to hear that the fire fighters have gotten an upper hand on that blaze. Hopefully, the rain and cooler temps will continue to lend a hand and you can get back to your "abbynormal" life.

Also glad to hear your foot is on the mend. Just watch out for those landscape timbers when hitting the trails...

I always thought that cats pretty much don't care what name they are "given". They'll either come or won't come to you no matter what you call them. Had a stray take up residence at our house in Dallas many year back. I refused to name her because that would imply we owned her (or she owed us), so she was known around the house as "cat". I still think you ought to make it into a contest for your blog - name the cat.

terri said...

Good to hear that things are less intense in your parts. I suspect it will be a while before true normalcy returns, but it's comforting to know you're on your way.

I think Agg is right about cats and names. Mine never responded much to their actual names. They were more likely to respond to a tone of voice. Or not respond, as cats are prone to do!