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It's been an exciting time at Casa de Kimmy el Nuevo III.

I'd gotten this six-foot tall cat tree for the girls a month or so ago and was all excited about it. Sadly, I was evidently more excited about it than they were, because for the first month, they wouldn't go near it. I finally resorted to sprinkling catnip and treats on it, and lifting them up on the ledges. They were totally unimpressed.

Then, the other night I came in and couldn't find Misty. I searched the house up and down, when finally I realized the little rat was up on the kitty condo.


Yep, just pretty as you please, perched right up there.

Oreo finally decided that her sister didn't need to have all the fun, and she soon took up in it, too. There are pictures of that under the cut.

But last night, we had excitement of a different kind. I've written about my Porch Kitty that I feed outside? He usually comes by to eat around 9:30-10 or so. I try to catch a glimpse of him, but if he sees me, he runs off immediately. Still so wild. :-/ So last night, I see gray fur, a big bushy striped tail and....then I realize, it's not Porch Kitty. I had this little guy eating out of his bowl.


Then TODAY, I found this...


This place is like continual excitement.


Oreo on the cat tree...




My prized first tomato..


I don't ever remember having a tomato this early. It was absolutely delicious.


I grilled some green tomatoes, too.


Going to the backyard to pick dinner is just about the best thing ever. Raccoons are pretty cool too.

Date: 2011-07-14 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whenever I buy new cat furniture, the cats will ignore it until I sprinkle catnip on it and/or put them on it deliberately. Eventually, when I've given up on their using it, then they suddenly become interested.

Date: 2011-07-14 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well that was freaky. I was just reading your entry when I got the notification you'd commented.

And yeah, I should've known that they'd come to it on their own terms. I was just getting a little concerned. This thing cost $150 and I was beginning to think it was going to become an expensive clothes rack! So glad they are enjoying it. They do look adorable up there watching the birds.

Date: 2011-07-14 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is one heck of a nice cat tree!! Sadly cats are like children. Buy them the coolest stuff that you know you would want if you were a cat (or a kid)...and they ignore it. Bring home a large box or a paperbag...hours of entertainment.

Did you see my post last week about the baby raccoon? Oh it was so darn cute!!

Date: 2011-07-14 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't even open LJ all last week, so I'd missed it. How adorable!! I wish you could've gotten a picture.

And yeah, you're right about the way cats (and kids) behave. Much of the time, my babies' favorite toy has been something like a plastic bag or wad of aluminum foil. OR, the holy grail of cat toys, the ring off a milk jug lid. Evidently those things are made of crack.

Date: 2011-07-14 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Once my cats were over the 'OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT STRUCTURE OF IMMINENT DEATH DOING IN MY HOUSE????' phase, they'd be all over that thing! Especially because it's in front of a sunny window which features FREE BIRDS FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE!


Your spirits seem to have lifted and I don't know if that's just a temporary thing, but I was glad to read this lighthearted entry.

I haven't been able to capture my raccoon family on film (on pixels?) yet, but my sister-in-law threatens to send me a photo she took of one of them while she stayed at my house when I was in Ottawa.

Date: 2011-07-14 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi there! I think it's probably a mix of anti-depressant, getting past my birthday, and just the fact that things are hopefully somewhat better in general, but yeah, the clouds seem to have cleared from my mind a bit. I still have my moments...had a TOTAL meltdown Sunday night, crying hysterically. I'd gotten some of mom's stuff for the house, AND some of my grandmother's things as well. (I'll post a picture of what was such a bittersweet catalyst.) But yeah, most of the time, I can hold it together and even be somewhat cheerful. I tell ya, just getting over my damn birthday was a huge thing. I was dreading it so.

The cat tree: I don't know that they were afraid of it at first, it was just a non-entity. They have their own room, where I keep their litterboxes, feed them, have their familiar cat furniture from home (the smaller condos and jungle gym they've had for years.) They would eat and use the bathroom in there, but they totally ignored even their old stuff! I have no idea what was up with that. Finally a few days before I caught Misty on the tree the first time, I found her lying in one of their old cozy beds, that I'd had since...hmm..2004 or 2005 I guess? It was clearly "theirs" and had been well-loved and used before, but she only now deemed it passable. And I hung THREE bird feeders within eyesight of this new condo, thinking "that will tempt 'em!" Nope. They couldn't care less that 27 families of birds were having dinner three feet away every day. Cats are such weirdos. :-)

If you ever do get your raccoon family on pixel film, I would love to see them! I've always been a little fascinated by them, and after seeing this one so close up (and its little FINGERS...holy cow), I really would love to see yours!

Date: 2011-07-14 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am often awake at odd hours of the early morning and have observed entire families of raccoons, some the size of Volkswagen Beatles, dining on my deck.

Did you know that they wash their hands after eating? And they'll even wash their food if it's got dirt on it they have access to a a bowl of water. They totally do! I have watched them do this and you have just got to love a critter who has impeccable personal hygiene, especially when you yourself are an obsessive hand-washer.

I love the hands to death, they're really not paws. It makes them so much more humanish. I had a skittish guy eating cat food from a bowl that was right up against the glass doors a few weeks ago. He didn't trust me as I stood there AWWWWWWW!ing at him all over the place so he kept a distance from the bowl, and streeeeeeeeetched his arm way over, picked up just one a piece of kibble at a time with one hand and bring it to his mouth, without ever once taking his eyes off me.

So adorable! And also funny!

Date: 2011-07-14 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I knew about the food washing thing! Fortunately this was cat food straight out of a bag, so it was evidently satisfactory for my little guy. S/he was so close to me, it was crazy. Yes, there was a door separating us, but it's a full-view glass door. For all it knew, I was really standing four feet away with no separation. Oreo was at my feet, watching it intently. It seemed completely unafraid. I loved how it would scoop up a handful of kibble, then sit there chomping on it. This guy would look down for a bit to get the cat food, but did somewhat keep an eye on me as it ate. I was entranced.

I'm somewhat obsessive on hand-washing as well, so yeah, I totally respect that about an animal, too!

Date: 2011-07-14 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When it's muggy in the wee hours, I'll almost always open the sliding glass doors and we'll have the thinnest flimsiest screen separating us, and some just don't have fear at all. I love that.

I just noticed a grammatical error I made in my previous comment and I would like to blame that on the confusion of knowing three languages, sort of almost four, but I really can't. English was what I learned first, at home, even though French came in to some degree at the same time.
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Date: 2011-07-14 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HAH! I talk like that to my cats every single day. At night, it's "ready to go night nights with mama?" And then in the morning, "kitties want to get din dins?" I probably said something similar to the raccoon, although at least I had my glasses on! 8-)

And thank you. I still have my moments, but...yeah. It's better. If you have half an hour or so, read my next entry. It's kinda enlightening, I guess. ;-)

Date: 2011-07-14 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is the most insane contraption I've ever seen for a pet! My dachshunds would probably love it... ;)

I joined a CSA since I can't grow anything myself and I'm loving all of the fresh fruit and veggies. I even met a new veggie, Swiss chard, last night that I've never had before. And it was awesome! The tomatoes we've been getting have been incredible.

Date: 2011-07-14 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is an impressive piece, that's for sure. I looked for weeks...WEEKS before deciding on that specific one. I had it narrowed down to three and agonized over my decision.

I LOVE being able to just go to the backyard and pick dinner. There are few things quite that satisfying. And yeah, Swiss chard is awesome! I'm growing lots of different lettuces and greens, so there's probably some in the mix that I planted. I just essentially have a clump o'salad growing back there. And collard greens. :-)

There are ripe tomatoes coming in already in New England? Like vine-ripened? That seems really early! We don't even usually get them here until the end of the month! Maybe they had a really hardy start in a greenhouse before planting?

Date: 2011-07-18 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know that this is an organic and locally sourced CSA so I don't think they're greenhouse started, but maybe? I've been getting 1-2 each week and they're juicy and sweet and amazing. I'm not sure what "type" of tomato they are since there's just so many. We've had a very rainy spring / early summer. The ones I got this week weren't ready, but 2-3 days on my windowsill and they're red and ready!

Date: 2011-07-18 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They could possibly be a variety called Early Girl, but even those don't usually mature down here until the beginning-middle of July. You have some sort of supertomato up there, I think!

Date: 2011-07-16 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cats seem to have trouble realizing the purpose of new items. We have one of those cardboard scratching things, and while one of our cats will scratch it, the other just sits on it. When we put catnip on it, she sat on it and licked the catnip off. I once had another cat who slept in the litterbox, which isn't to say she slept in her own poop. There were two litterboxes for two cats, but they only ever used one of them for actual litter.

Did you know Marlon Brando had a pet raccoon?

Date: 2011-07-16 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oreo used to just sit in the litterbox, and a few times I did catch her sleeping in it (and this is one that WAS used.) Silly kitties. When I came home and found Misty up on it, I practically screamed in delight. I'm surprised I didn't scare her off it, never to return again, because of that crazy screaming lady.

I did not know that Brando had one, but I have a friend from high school has had a couple. Evidently if you get them young, they make pretty good pets. This one is a little timid (last night it was on my porch and when I opened the door it ran off, but soon came back when it realized the REASON I was opening the door was to put food out for it), but I think in time it would get used to me.


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