Thursday, January 18, 2018

Holiday Guest

What did Rokosoko want for Christmas?
Sienne is terrible company. She never wants to play.
Happily, Mia came to visit.
She had to spend the whole time in the library, because, naturally, Sienne was not pleased.

 Lemme in there!

Playing House, cat style.
Sienne was actually kind of pleased, since Roko started spending the day shut in with Mia, and she had the rest of the house to herself.
And after Mia went home, things have changed a bit. Sienne now chases Roko around. He joyfully flees and hides under the furniture, while she makes a show of fluffing her tail when really she quite enjoys the game. Still growly, though.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Number Twentyseven

Oh, dear, it has been some time since I've blogged.
Just the way life goes, I guess. I used to blog a lot when hanging around in my office after hours. Now I don't hang around here after hours so much, and as soon as I'm out the door I've got other things to do.
But, well, I have some time tonight before heading to the bridge game, so I thought I'd introduce you to one of my other evening occupations:
There he is!!!!
No, not the guy in the grey pullover. The little black thing in the crook of the JP's elbow. The smidgen that was not yet litter-competent when I took this photo back in September. That was kind of a stinky couple of weeks there.

For number 27, I like Rokosoko. An All-Black of distinction.

After 2 weeks he was let out of the bathroom.
After 5 weeks he was trying to explore out of the house.

Sienne, of course, is not pleased. She is not sure he should be allowed catfoodbowl rights at all. If he gets on the couch she will spit and growl and get off.
She is not pleased, but then sometimes he sneaks up on her, and you'd think they were great friends. Roko tries. He follows her all around.
Then when she turns around and notices her proximity to him, she's all mad. Gotcha!

The Ikea rats have really taken a beating.
Roko has plenty of toys all over the house, and dearly loves Bandersnatch's old cat tree, but what would really be great is to go Outside.
So when it snowed, I took him Out for just a little while.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kitchen, phase 3

So where were we, where were we?
Ah yes, in the kitchen...
 3 coats of stuff so the nifty parquet doesn't get damaged immediately.
 Put in the fabulous and extremely heavy solid oak work surface.
 Cut a hole for the sink.
Be sure to get that just right!
 Another hole for the stovetop.
Toss some cabinets up there. Install the sink, the stove and the oven.
Wire that all up.
Plumbing ok?
No floods?
Now for the really cool part: cut up a second sheet of oak to fit in the hole we made in the wall, get it in there, and then secure the thing so it doesn't fall down & take a bunch of wall with it. No balancing it in the middle, noooooo, its center of gravity is clearly in the dining room.
 Ooooo, isn't that just gorgeous?
Perfect place to put lots of stuff while we finish the rest.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In the meantime

While all that was happening, Sienne was Not Happy.
She was Riled
Once, even, The Marauder came over from across the street and snacked on her kibble - her own kibble in her own house! And the Card Player had the nerve to pet it!
And then that white cat from the house back-to-back kept hanging out in the yard as well.

There's only so much a cat can take.

Kitchen, Phase 2

 The middle of the kitchen was slowly sinking into the cellar, with more than 3cm of sag between the center and the edge. But wait, not even the edges are level. And the walls aren't straight either.
 After planing off a couple mm of the floor at the doorsill, you can successfully close the door over the new planks, but only after we added a bunch of washers to raise the door considerably.