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Holidaze open thread (with kitties)

It was dogs. Dogs did it.
It was dogs. Dogs did it.

Since my last couple of posts this Christmas eve were a little Christmas-ruiny, here are some cats who’ve come up with much more adorable ways to ruin Christmas. And here’s an open thread to discuss them and whatever else you want, regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

No trolls, no MRAs, no jerks.  Email the mods if anyone gets drunk and sits in the eggnog.

Cat pics commence after the jump.

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kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Moar kitties!

Works for me. That black kitty reminds me of Mr Hadji but with extra floof.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
6 years ago

Cannot.stop.laughing at that butt-biting gif, kittehserf!

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

That was my reaction when I first saw it too, Buttercup!

GrumpyOldMan
6 years ago

Shadow was a Maine Coon cat who adopted us but couldn’t get along with the cats we already had. He was a grumpy old man so I really wanted to keep him, but it wasn’t practical. We found him a home with friends way out in the country. His fur was badly matted, so they had him shaved and discovered that he was covered with healed bites — he’d been living as a stray for a long time. He really preferred living outside most of the time but would follow the husband around and supervise whenever he went out to do yard work. He lived out his life doing things “My Way.”
While we had him, he spent most of his time up in the back corner of my closet, putting on airs of persecution.

katz
6 years ago

I like the one of the kitten on the beach. It’s all OH NO I MUST HIDE BEHIND THE BAG THAT WILL SAVE ME

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

After a month my sister’s cat will finally come downstairs if my sister is there and no one else is up and about. She was a brave kitty this morning, hopping on the counter while my sister was in the kitchen and everyone else was asleep:

http://s11.postimg.org/v4qmtwimb/10885120_10155125554640019_6182724418746158150_n.jpg

Ledasmom
Ledasmom
6 years ago

Tabby kitten pile reminds me of when we had five kittens at work (they all have been adopted) and they would all fall asleep, and then I’d open their cage and drape them over each other in a big pile. They mostly slept stretched straight out, which made them easy to work with for kitten-piling purposes.

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Marinerachel,

That kitty has all the floof. All of it. And is so pretty! Pretty, floofy kitty…

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

I missed inurashii’s announcement the first time, so congratulations to you too! And yes, congratulations are in order when someone else tells you something that they consider to be good news. Miss Manners would be appalled by a certain comment from earlier in this thread.

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

I know Kittehs has already asked us to play nice, but as it was my good news that got piddled on, I would like to add my two cents. Grumpy Old Man, you could easily have simply said “best wishes” and left it at that. No one would have found it rude or even unusual on its own. Instead you chose to mansplain why “congratulations” was sexist and you just couldn’t bring yourself to say it – and this, not in response to a general conversation about feminism and marriage, but in response to people sharing their personal happy news. Bonus points, by the way, for “can I come out now?” as though we were all just mean, evil harpies picking on a poor innocent man, as opposed to people who legitimately found your comments unwelcome. You are not the injured party and your lack of anything resembling an apology – hell, even an acknowledgement that you may have possibly maybe picked the wrong time and place perhaps – has not gone unnoticed.

Inurashii, I can’t believe I forgot to add my congrats. CONGRATULATIONS! Who’s the lucky person?

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

This is only cute when puppies or kittens do it. Not cute when adult human beings who should know better do the same.

http://33.media.tumblr.com/e9bdcfd7fd13cc52837ed07256d3f88a/tumblr_n7pujoguhq1s2yegdo1_400.gif

Tracy
6 years ago

Xmas #3 is over, I have a wee cold I caught from one of my beloved disease vectors (niece or nephew), and I am spending the day under a blankie eating cake and watching Adventure Time.

http://speakforchange.org/wp-content/uploads//2011/12/couch-potato-cat.jpeg

Bliss.

@marinerachel what a beautiful floofy puss! We have an upstairs-dweller, Eva, who has recently started hanging out downstairs now and then since the matriarch puss died. She’s our smallest cat, but rules with an iron paw and lives to terrorize our 2 gingers. All she has to do is look in Benny’s direction, and he’s cowering under the couch.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

I considered bringing my kitties with me to my parents’ house because I am going to be there for a while, but the resident cats would be PISSED. And they have been nice to me since I’ve been here, so I don’t want to upset them.

I know there lots of other busty women here–I went to the new Portland bra store for busty women (The Pencil Test) and there was a line for the dressing room. A line. For the dressing room. And this wasn’t the first time that had happened.

I was #4 when I got there.

I sense an untapped market.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I hope I didn’t forget to add to the congratulations. If I did, congratulations!

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

emilygoddess, well said. The only reason I stepped in was because of David’s rule about being nice in the open threads, and GrumpyOldMan shouldn’t have made his comment.

wordsp1nner, The Pencil Test sounds like Brava Lingerie – they sell D cup and over. Trouble is their bras are so incredibly expensive.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

There’s a huge market for lingerie stores that focus on bigger cup sizes. Look at how well Bravissimo is doing in the UK. So many women are wearing the wrong size, and the right size is so much more comfortable.

Myoo
Myoo
6 years ago

Just saw Emilygoddess’s announcement. Congratulations to you as well, Emilygoddess.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

The lingerie shop near me that caters to large cup sizes has done something very clever; they set up OUTSIDE Vancouver. The lingerie shops in Vancouver that sell large cup sizes have smaller selections and charge much higher prices. Because their costs are much lower outside the city, the shop I go to can sell the same products for MUCH less and can maintain a greater selection. It’s like a wonderland for large breasted folk who thought bras above H cup didn’t exist and if they did there was no selection and they were $200 a piece!

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

marinerachel, kudos to that shop!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

It really is a wonderful thing walking into a store where your size is readily available when that’s not normally the case.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

What gets me with sizing is how freaking hard it is to find larger leggings that aren’t black.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

And congrats, Emilygoddess! I wish you luck.

LOL. I need to find someone willing to build one in the Portland ‘burbs near my parents’ house. Or maybe out in Eastern Washington. I live in a bra desert. We have a Victoria’s Secret. Blech.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Even the loud fair isle ones are available in plus sizes here. You really might be better off ordering from the net in the US and just having things shipped.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Victoria’s Secret is that their bras are terrible.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

I’m thinking I might do that. Probably work out cheaper, too. Every time I search for plus-size leggings locally, I get 1) black 2) patterned/colour but small.

Pffft.

I like some of the Fair Isle ones. Saw a woman wearing a pair once and I felt like running up and asking where she got them. Restrained myself, though, not wishing to go down as “this weird creepy woman at the station”.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

They even have the fair isle ones with fake fur lining here! Though I guess that’s not terribly relevant where you are right now.

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

You know, I actually used to like VS. Okay, the public persona of the company can be cringe worthy, but for a goodly long time I could order a bra online (I hate, no LOATHE going to malls) and have it show up and just fit. I wore a C cup in their regular bras, and a D cup in the sports bras and all was well with the world. Every six months, I’d wait for a sale and free shipping and buy a few more. It was easy. I liked it.

Then one day I get my new order and they don’t fit. The cups are smaller and the band size actually seems bigger. I figure they just changed design/cut/materials and I need to adjust, so I order a band size down and a cup size up, and that works for a couple of styles. Then I order again and they seem to fit badly again, so I again tried a few new ones and settled on a DD, which worked for maybe a year until the most recent ones AGAIN didn’t fit.

So I call them up to ask what’s going on, and I get this blah blah blah about being remeasured every six months in case your measurements change, but the thing is, I haven’t changed more than five or so pounds to either side of my typical weight for a while now (I’ve got the plus five right now because 1. holidays and 2. to wet to run outside and 3. waiting for new belt for my treadmill!) and my measurements are all pretty much exactly the same. I know this because I make my own clothes and I have a custom dress form that I made years ago. When I measure it, all the measurements come within 1/4″ to 1/2″ or so of my current measurements, so the change isn’t on my end.

They hung up on me, so I have no idea what her rejoinder to that was going to be, but now I have to find another place to buy bras. 🙁

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

They even have the fair isle ones with fake fur lining here! Though I guess that’s not terribly relevant where you are right now.

They sound adorable for winter, but I foresee scratching myself to death from itchiness if I wore them!

Gillyrosebee, that is weird, their sizes changing so much.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

I’ve forgotten what thread it was on, but when we were talking about “I can totally finish this chapter!” and reading till daylight … there’s another evil temptation, too: editing stuff on Calibre. Insomniac proofreaders beware, that’s all I can say.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

This is apropos of nothing, but I came out as bisexual to my parents yesterday. They are both gay allies, but it was amazingly awkward. I couldn’t find a good time to do it, so I did it while we were watching TV, and Mom was like, do you want to talk about it?

Not really. I just want to be able to admit I am attracted to women in the same contexts as men.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Slipping it in that way was probably a good plan, wordsp1nner – not making it a big announcement, if that makes any sense.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

TIL that kale chips are the best thing ever, and if kale were less expensive I would be eating vegetables EVERY DAY.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Kale chips sound interesting!

Picture of the Furrinati High Council in meeting:

http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mde1ggoOvt1qk4s2co1_500.jpg

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

From the look on those cats’ faces, you just KNOW you did something wrong!

Kale is remarkably easy to grow, actually. I got one of those plastic windowboxes from the Home Despot, filled it with half peat and half potting soil, and then planted a row of lettuce and a row of kale. Both lettuce and kale prefer coldish weather, so you can grow them on a windowsill through the winter, just let the kale shield the lettuce from the sun.

I’d take a picture of the setup if I hadn’t JUST emptied the bin to wash it out and start another batch!

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Home Despot

Best typo ever. Especially following a comment about kitties. 🙂

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

(Or autocorrect, whichever.)

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

Home Despot

Best typo ever. Especially following a comment about kitties. 🙂

Actually, that’s an editorial comment on my part, rather than autocorrect!

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

I tried to grow kale once, and it didn’t work. I don’t know what I did wrong. I can grow citrus trees indoors in Kentucky, and those things are hella finicky, but kale defeated me.

Kale chips = tossing kale pieces with olive oil and seasoned salt and then baking them on parchment paper until they are crispy. FANTASTIC. Far better than potato chips.

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

It doesn’t like too much sun or too much heat, did you try planting it in the summer with the rest of the veg? After May or so it’s usually too hot and bright for it. I grow mine indoors through the winter and early spring and through the fall outdoors, but not really from May to August. I’ve also had a lot of luck with Tuscan and winterbor (curly), and none at all with Russian.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

I no longer harvest anything I grow. The black rabbit of Inle their many minions lives in my back garden. At first they were willing to share, and so was I. Those days are gone.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

IIRC I planted it about October. It was supposed to grow in the fall and then grow again in the spring after winter? Well, it didn’t grow at all in the fall, and in the spring it went straight to seed. I was doing it wrong, clearly.

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

October should have been about right; I typically start in September and keep harvesting till December or so. It will take light freezing and even snow on the ground, but a hard freeze is too much for it. I start again as soon as I see crocus coming up (mid February or so) but by May it’s getting too warm. If the temperature is too warm they bolt to seed pretty much immediately.

Sorry to hear it was so tricky for you, kale is wonderful and I tend to be somewhat anemic, so I eat as much of it (and spinach) as I can.

thebewilderness, alas, The Thousand are pretty crafty. My deal with the critters is that I want at least SOME of the blueberries on my hedge, but this past year we had cardinals and bluejays, not to mention robins. This year, I am deconstructing an old wedding dress I got at a secondhand store and I am going to swathe the damn things in tulle. If I can make at least one batch of muffins and one batch of waffles, I’ll let them have the rest!

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

It was curly kale and supposed to be frost-hardy. It certainly survived the winter, it just never grew.

Alas. I will just have to be happy with my fresh-off-the-tree citrus, lol.

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

There’s where you’ve got me beat. I have two lemon trees, both upwards of 10 years old, which have never even bloomed for me!

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

Are they in containers? How do you treat and feed them?

Lemon trees are prompted to bloom mainly by temperature changes. If you keep them a climate controlled environment, blooming is suppressed. Mine bloom every spring when I put them outside, and in the fall after they’ve had a chill and I bring them indoors. I also feed them a pro-blooming fertilizer that I get from, unfortunately, a local supplier that I believe mixes the stuff themselves (it’s called Custom Bloom and I get it from New Earth here in Louisville).

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

Phew: My cat hadn’t been eating much for the day and I was just about to call the emergency vet in case it was an aura before another seizure, then I had a brainwave and tried a different brand and flavour. Success, he’s head down in the food bowl purring through mouthfuls of yummy kangaroo. No aura, he’s just picky this week. =P

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

*For the past day. I usually add extra words, here’s a missing word to make up for it! *facepalm*

mildlymagnificent
6 years ago

Talk about Holidaze.

Just brought the car back from the mechanic. Paid a ransom of $690 … which was about $200 cheaper than it would have been if he’d used a new, rather than reconditioned, radiator. So there go my plans for a bit of self indulgence from our Xmas money. (Mumm doesn’t do gifts any more, she gives all of us money.)

New shades for our bedside lamps are now going to take the form of food and other boring stuff.

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

Whew, M! So glad that it turned out to be just picky cat behavior!

PoM, they are both in containers, and still have a goodly amount of space for roots (I’m pretty sure they aren’t rootbound). They live outside (in Massachusetts) while the temperature is guaranteed not to dip below 60*F (May or so to September or so) and indoors, in a sunny spot in the basement (so bright but coolish) for the rest of the time. They get a locally based seaweed based fertilizer weekly during the peak growing season and monthly on the off season.

The foliage is lovely enough, and I love the scent of the petitgrain in the leaves, so I don’t mind, but I do find it odd that they don’t bloom. My jasmine blooms like crazy in August, and everything else does well enough for me, just no citrus!

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Actually, that’s an editorial comment on my part, rather than autocorrect!

Whoops, my bad!

Make that “best editorial comment ever,” then. I don’t know the shop, but Home Despot still fits perfectly with kitties.

Kale chips = tossing kale pieces with olive oil and seasoned salt and then baking them on parchment paper until they are crispy. FANTASTIC. Far better than potato chips.

Yum!

I like fresh kale with baby spinach and chard (silverbeet) in a tuna sandwich. Really tasty.

M., glad kitty was just being a pernicket! Fribs has been like that. Introduced her to tuna and crab food and she was all FEED ME THIS ALL THE TIME for a fortnight. Now it’s “You expect me to eat this muck?”

mildlymagnificent, ow! Bloody cars, they’re so expensive.