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12/30/16
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, both gone. 2016 has been horrid.

I also said goodbye to Jasper. He was too feral to keep indoors and too social to let out. I thought I'd be able to keep him and socialize him, but he was fighting with everyone and it wasn't safe. So I took him to the vet and had an ugly cry for the whole freaking year and all the people we've lost.

12/26/16
Snow! I had a white Chistmas after all. Sedona was lovely, as always. I was able to get out of work a little early on Friday, and made it up to Oak Creek Canyon while it was still daylight. My plan was to snuggle under the blankets with a fire going, and that's what I did. On Christmas Eve, I drove over to Prescott with the aim of seeing the holiday decorations and doing some shopping. Well - as soon as I was headed up and over Mingus Mountain (the most direct route is via Jerome), and passed 6,000ft elevation, the temp dropped to 32 and the snow started coming down. So my entire visit to Prescott lasted about ten minutes, long enough to take some pics of the snow and get right back in the warm car.

I do have to say, snow in the mountains is gorgeous. I woke up on Christmas morning and borrowed a broom from the hotel to clear off my car (I do not miss doing that), and then went back to bed til noon. My plan was Chinese food and a movie - and I heated up Friday night's leftover sesame chicken and headed to see Rogue One. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

To top off Christmas - I went back to the hotel and filled up the (giant jacuzzi) tub and soaked. And while I was soaking, the power went out! I got out and got dressed (but left the tub full) and went out to see what was up. Turns out the power in a big part of Sedona went out. It was cool in that we could see all the stars, and literally cool because it was freezing and snowy. The hotel passed out extra fireplace logs and flashlights, and most of the guests (it isn't a big place) stood around and waited to see if the power would come back. Nope. So I did the best thing I could - hopped back into the still-hot tub, popped a couple of benadryl, and crawled under all the blankets until dawn. The power came back around 7:30am today, just in time to brush off the car again and drive back home.

12/19/16
The skinny Russian Blue kitty didn't make it. I am heartbroken.

12/16/16
Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as George in Sunday in the Park with George won rave reviews, and the production is transferring to Broadway for a limited engagement in the Spring. So.... I guess I must pack my bags and go home in the icy, frigid, probably-snowy month of April. Twist my arm. Also going to see Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, because show titles should be long and difficult to abbreviate. I'll be there for the Yankees home opener, but I'm sure it'll much cozier to watch it from the warmth of Mom's couch.

But first - the weekend! And then, one more week before I head up to Oak Creek Canyon for Christmas weekend. I'm excited to daytrip from there up to Prescott and to Flagstaff, to look at holiday lights. And on Christmas Day, I'll be celebrating with the great Jewish tradition of movie and Chinese food. I already called the Chinese restaurant that I love to make sure they're open, and I'm going to see the new Star Wars movie.

12/15/16
Tortie #1 has found a home!

12/13/16
In tortie news, the CVS kitty has a sibling - I got another call from a guy who found another tortoiseshell kitten, and when I went over, this kitty was the spitting image of the first! Same size, coloring, attitude. We're all going to the v-e-t tonight. The guy who found the second one is interested in adopting her, but he'll be away til the new year, so I offered (of course) to hold onto her for now.

later on 12/11/16
And in non-cat rescue news...

I am terrified for this country over the next four years.

I Spring cleaned my bedroom, right down to washing the curtains.

Work is terrific. I've survived three months of working the day shift. Getting up early isn't the hard part. Going to bed early is. I've always been a insomniac and a night owl, so telling my body to wind down and fall asleep by 10pm is rough. But I'm doing it!

12/11/16
Verrado seems to be a dumping ground for kitties (and dogs, but I am the kitty lady). This week, I've picked up a skinny Russian Blue lady and a super-affectionate tortie kitten. I had them both quickly checked for microchips (negative) and spay scars (neither is spayed), and they're going to the vet on Tuesday for checkups, FeLV tests, and vaccines. The Russian Blue is super skinny. She was found outside one of the model home offices, and their staff had been feeding her for about two weeks before someone got her to me. When I went to find her, as soon as I stopped my car, she came walking right over to me, as if someone had told her I was coming. I went back to their office on Friday to tell them I had her safely indoors, so they woudn't worry. The woman said that one of their colleagues had a roommate who was interested in keeping her, so I left a message for him to call me and let me know. The other kitty, a tortie kitten about six months old, was spotted several times in the past week, and on Friday night my friend Laurie texted me that she was at CVS and the kitty had wandered in. So I went downtown to get her. She is just a super sweet lovebug, and has spent the weekend following me around and quacking like a duck. Seriously, she meows like a duck. A woman who saw my post about her online is interested, so she will likely borrow kitty to see how she gets along with their other cat.

Whew.

And if neither works out as hoped, BARK will take them to get them spayed and adopted, and I will not go and jailbreak them.

12/10/16
I love Arizona in the winter. The mornings are chilly enough that I need a sweater over my work clothes, and by 4pm it's 70 degrees and I re-open the windows for some fresh air.

Today's vet pilgramage (seriously, they should name a wing after me) was for Random (microchip), Mona (drain removal), Jasper (booster shots) and Toby (she's feeling skinnier than usual and had been peeing outside the box). Toby had blood and urine collected, and she did indeed lose a half-pound over the past month or so, which is pretty significant since she's only 6.5lbs. I think it's either a UTI or hyperthyroidism, so we'll see what the labs say.

12/6/16
Nope, couldn't do it. I couldn't Grace and Cricket at the rescue. Abby got adopted almost immediately - no surprise there, the little lovebug - but when I walked in to get the cat laundry, Cricket threw herself against the window and started crying at me to take her home. So I called Lilia and told her I was going to jailbreak my kitties back out. So they're home and my family is complete again.

12/3/16
Took Marvin and Mona to the vet - Marvin for his annual checkup, and Mona because she has a lump on her rump. It hurts when I touch it, and it appeared in the past week or two, so I wasn't sure it was. The vet palpated it more firmly than I had, and it turns out she has an abscess, probably bitten by one of the others. It was draining a LOT of purulent gunk, so she had her back shaved, the pus drained out, and a surgical drain placed (to keep the abscess open so the remaining pus can be drained, by cat-mom). She gets the good drugs, and we'll go back in 3-5 days to get the drain out.

I'm guessing that this is why Bank of America raised my credit limit, so I can spend it all in one place.

12/2/16
Happy birthday, Eve!!

12/1/16
How on earth is it December already? Tomorrow is Eve's birthday, and then Tesse's, and Jay's, and then it's Christmas and New Year's and 2017 already.

I did mention that I'm fostering another kitty, right? Two days before I left for PA, I got a call from someone who was given my name by one of the local rescues as being the cat woman. Long story short, his daughter up and moved away and abandoned her three dogs and her cat. So the rescue took in the dogs and I took in the cat. He's all white, and naemd Jasper. He is not a friendly guy. For the past two weeks, I had him in the guest room on his own - all attempts to pet him or bring other cats into the room were met with hisses and scratches. But he'd calm down with the offer of treats, and would - rarely - let me skritch his head while eating treats. So last night, I bribed him with treats and while he was eating them I wrapped him in a blanket and swooped him into the master bedroom, where the scaredycats (Toby, Claude, Rocky, Miss Mona and sometimes Mr. Adams) live. He was feisty and snarly for a while, and I guess he fell asleep on the bathroom counter. Well, this morning I woke up and he was curled in a ball on my bed. And he let me pet him. And he purred. Perhaps he realized that he hit the cat lottery. There's hope that he may become social enough to find a home for after all.

Checked in on my crew at PetSmart (I've been doing laundry for the rescue so I pop in every other day), they're still looking adorable and waiting to be adopted. I know it's the right thing, to lower the cat census in my house so I can do things like foster Jasper, but it hurts me to let them go!

-catherine

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