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He’s HOME!!!!

When our neighbor came home from work today, she saw him in our garage (we had been leaving it open a bit for him). She ran up to the door to scare him to the back of the garage and then slammed the garage door to trap him.

We couldn’t find him at first, but Evan finally found him and brought him back into the house.

He’s home in one piece and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to everyone for your cat catching thoughts.

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We have seen him twice now.  On Sunday night, around dusk Evan was looking for Quincy.  He saw him and started calling him.  At first Quincy ran toward him and then freaked out and ran away from him.  We cornered him under a neighbor’s deck, but he escaped.

Tuesday morning, I woke up around 5:30 in the morning and looked out our bedroom window.  He was strolling down the sidewalk in front of our house.  He then headed to the neighbor’s yard.  We ran outside in our pajamas to call him.  He once again headed toward us, then freaked out and ran the other direction.  I figure that his wild cat/self preservation instincts have kicked in and that is why he won’t come to us.  These instincts are probably keeping him safe outside, however, so I can’t be too mad.

Right now, we have three traps from the humane society set up around the house.  Since he seems too freaked out to actually come to us, we figure this is our best bet for catching him.  We know that the traps work because we caught a neighborhood cat on Saturday.

While I am so glad we know that as of yesterday morning he was alive and in the area, it is still so frustrating that we can’t catch him.

If you wouldn’t mind, continue to think good cat catching thoughts for us.

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Where is he?

I’m back from vacation three days early because Quincy has disappeared.  He hasn’t been seen for two days.  We live a block away from the highway and a number of busy streets.  I’m trying not to puke.

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In my role as Guest Blogger for Periodic Mumbling, I think it is important to try to stay within the themes that have already been established. Reading through the blog, it seems that these themes are: knitting, cats, craftiness, and flowers. I’m going to have to stick with the subject of cats due to my lack of experience with any of the other themes. In this post, I will outline a fun, cat-based project that you can work on while your spouse is away.

How to Rename Your Cats

This simple project requires only perserverence and time. Don’t even try it if you have less than two weeks available. Here is how it is done. Simply refer to your cats with their new names for at least two weeks. Make sure you don’t slip and use an original name; this will result in a cat that answers to the old AND the new name, thus chaos will ensue. Meet our newly named cats:

Salt

Salt

Pepa

Pepa

You can use these names as well. If you have three cats, consider naming the third Spinderella, then you’ll have the entire 80’s/90’s hip-hop supergroup Salt-N-Pepa. Other potential new names: Ludacris, Eminem (could be for one or two cats), Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five (six cats only!), and Roland. Be careful not to “Push-It” too far.

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While Evan generally does all of the cooking in our house, I generally have to make the decision as to what we are actually eating. Otherwise, we’d eat burritos or grilled cheese every night. After reading about the awesomeness of CSAs all over the internet, last week we decided to join a CSA, Fully Belly Farm.

We were super excited on Saturday morning to pick up our first delivery. The produce we got is awesome…all organic, super fresh and tasty. We’re really enjoying getting to eat such a diverse mix of veggies.

For a bit more each week, our CSA provides us with fresh cut flowers. We got some irises (we actually get to pick which flowers we want at the pick-up site, which I think is really neat) and they are quite lovely.

We have to keep them (and all flowers) on a high shelf most the time, however, or this happens….

When we come up with new dishes to celebrate these great veggies, I’ll try and blog about them. So far, we’ve had a couple of great salads and pot roast with rutabagas and carrots. Tonight we’ll eat the asparagus and tomorrow Evan is making stir fry with the tat soi. Yum!

Also, our CSA sells yarn. How cool is that?

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His natural habitat

On Wednesday night, I asked Evan why Quincy wasn’t in his box in the corner of the bedroom. (He actually has a special leopard print bed in our room, but he rarely sleeps in it if there is a laundry basket or an empty cardboard box around. For awhile he was frightened of it. Maybe it, like our bed, was haunted?) He shrugged and we went to bed.

The next morning I again asked Evan if he’d seen Quincy. He mentioned that he’d heard him meowing, so he was around somewhere. (Quincy has a tendancy to stand somewhere in the house and meow until we or, ideally, Muffin, come and find him. This can get annoying and so sometime we ignore it.) I meant to look for him before we left for, but we were in a rush because Evan was hoping to find a wii at Target on the way. (No such luck.)

When we returned home after work that day, we heard Quincy crying as soon as we opened the front door. It turns out that he’d been locked in the downstair’s bathroom (where he likes to drink from the sink) for almost twenty-four hours. I felt absolutely horrible, as I was the most likely culprit for shutting him in there. But less than an hour after he had regained his freedom, where did we find him?

I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again, the bathroom must be Quincy’s natural habitat.

A post-script to all of my pregnant friends. If you let me watch your babies, I promise, promise that I will not leave them locked in the bathroom. I can’t promise, however, that Evan won’t attempt some sort of psychological experiment with (on) them, but he tried tons of these on my youngest niece and she has (so far) turned out just fine.

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Camouflage

I thought I would post a couple of pictures of Quincy in his natural environment.

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