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Saturday, November 21st, 2015
10:13 pm - Mini-Moot in the Pine Barrens
Last Sunday I drove up to New Jersey to meet my friend lbilover at the Franklin Preserve State Park in the Pine Barrens. It was a long drive and totally worth it for her warm and comfortable company, along with the company of her sweet deerhound Gandy, the adventuresome Pippin, who I was very glad to get to see again, and the silky Clementine who joyed to show us the meaning of haste, and for the beauty of the pines. I sure miss living in an area well covered in evergreens, like there was in Carrboro, NC. Our hobbit dolls were also happy to see each other again. It was a gorgeous cool, sunny day, perfect for a 3 hour hike.

I tried to get a pic of lbilover with her whole pup family, but , being very busy pups, they were impatient with the whole process. Gandy here is blocking Clem and giggling about it, too.

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4:54 pm - Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the US
I'm proud the US has a president who is encouraging compassion and taking in Syrian refugees. The governor of my little blue state is not doing Maryland proud.

Here's a petition from moveon.org for stating your support for Syrian Resettlement:


My favorite comment on the subject is by Oliver Willis, as reblogged by [personal profile] supergee:

“If only we had a seasonally appropriate story about Middle Eastern people seeking refuge being turned away by the heartless.”


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Friday, November 20th, 2015
6:01 pm - A birthday . . .
Happy Birthday, cali_se!!! May the evergreen magic of the natural world be with you today in full and always. Here's some pics of it I hope will brighten your day:

From a more brilliant autumn a couple of years ago, down by Greenbelt Lake.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015
10:12 pm - A birthday . . .
Happy Birthday to my dearest [personal profile] mererid!!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend full of fun and relaxation to make up for having to work on your bday. *hugs*

And here's the Greenbelt Lake Blue Heron last week sending birthday wishes.

I'm not sure if it's the one who has been around for 20 years, or a new one. But apparently they're like Highlander--there can only be one.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
8:47 pm - Puff Ball
Missing my little spark plug. Saki was less interested in toys her last few months. But when I got home from the Laramie Moot, I gave her one of the puff balls [personal profile] hanarobi gave me, and she played with it for a couple of minutes--the last new toy to wrest any attention from her.

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8:18 pm - Maryland Moot 2016
Just a reminder that we have a Maryland Moot 2016 community you should join if you'd like to join us and have a say on when we're having it at


Also a bunch of the same usual suspects are participating in a Frodocentric fic or pic exchange at


modded by [personal profile] baranduin, [personal profile] hanarobi, and [personal profile] claudia603, so come and play.

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Friday, November 13th, 2015
5:47 pm - A birthday . . .
Happy Birthday, [profile] zblaya!!! I hope you're having a great day! Here's some pics from our beloved lake:

This was autumn a couple of years ago--a brighter one than the last 2.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
9:25 pm - A birthday . . .
Happy birthday, lovethosehobbit!!! May the move go smoothly and bring your best year yet!

Autumn leaves reflected in Greenbelt Lake 2 years ago.

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Sunday, November 8th, 2015
8:55 pm - Saki Sunday
My beautiful girl with her little crossed paws, contemplative:

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5:49 pm - Maryland Moot 2016
I have created a community for planning a moot for next year:


Please join, so we can get together next year in Maryland. (-:

I put up a planning post--please jump in.

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
9:34 pm - One month without her
My Saki was just way too vital and vibrant and alert and clever and impish and beautiful and adorable and sparkling and just too plain crazy to be gone one month already from this world. Just look at that face all excited and inviting me to play with her in her watch tower in the sunroom:

A face impossible to resist. Bringer of perpetual kittenish antics, even when the equivalent of a human in her 80's.

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Sunday, November 1st, 2015
8:31 pm - 4 Weeks without My Saki
I came across this sweet song vid yesterday by Meghan Trainor, and I have to say I really did love my Saki like I was going to lose her and was often brought to tears by something sweet she would do. She came to me 4 years after I lost petite meezer Stormie terribly when she was only 9, and my world came crashing down. It did take a couple of years for me to stop comparing Saki with Stormie and fully love all her similar, but not quite the same ways, as well as her different ways. She got to live out the full lifespan Storm did not, and I was constantly aware of Saki's eventual loss, and fearing it. I thought in some ways it was a wounded way to love and a sign of my brokenness, but maybe it is just a way of maturely loving in full understanding of our mortality. I never took my Saki for granted, and am grateful for all the cherished moments, and I do not regret wasted time not loving her the best I could. But 4 weeks ago, I learned the real reason why Sunday nights are so sad.

My high spirited girl on her lookout tower, about to fling her toys about.

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Friday, October 30th, 2015
6:48 pm - Me & my Saki, Strolling down the avenue . . .
Almost 4 weeks now without her. This morning while I was teleworking, Tuxie stared at me, looked over at one of Saki's beds, then back at me. I don't know if it was a question, a stating of fact, or an accusation about her absence. Poor baby. He and Moo have been cuddling with me on and off more today than in the past weeks when I teleworked.

These pics are from a couple of years ago. She looked so different from her earlier self the last few years, and I think her most beautiful. She'd get little dimples in those cheeks paralleling and a little below the flare of her nose when she was giving me her most loving looks--so adorable. She and I got closer after Milli died in 2007, the kitty who was here before her and became a big sister. After the initial disastrous introduction of Saki to Milli, and 5 weeks of very hard work, the 2 of them came to play very well together, though they never cuddled. And her hyperthyroidism and kidney disease and IBD, all the medicine treats and going to the vets I think made our bond even closer. She knew she was being taken care of and she returned that love tenfold.

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3:23 pm - Some good news
My MRI results came back good with no suspicious findings.

So I'm lucky there is not another thing to add to this terrible month.

Thank you for all your good wishes--I wouldn't make it without my cheering section here.


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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
8:48 pm - In other news
I have a breast MRI tomorrow to keep track of those pesky calcifications.

Please wish me luck.

That's me--bringing the fun, always.

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Sunday, October 25th, 2015
9:29 pm - 3 Weeks
Eternal Saki of the velvet nose, patch of flame, and the finest collection of thick whiskers.

So beloved. So missed.

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Friday, October 23rd, 2015
10:35 pm - My Pillow Cat
It's almost 3 weeks since I lost my beautiful girl. The first 2 weeks were definitely the worst with all the second guessing and self berating and pity of her passing--this week has been up and down but a little higher up the spiral of being able to accept her passing and just grieving and missing her. I had the pleasure of phone conversations with [personal profile] grey_wonderer and [personal profile] zlabya the past week and that helped immensely--thank you my friends. And thank you so much for all the support in wonderful comments you have all been giving me. I am very grateful to have you helping me get through my new life without my pirate, princess, and steel-driving cat with me.

For the last couple of years, Saki would more often than not sleep at night in her little bed next to my pillow. Often times when I'd reach over my hand, she'd wrap her paw around it or my wrist, or lay her head in my hand, or both. There was a time she used to sleep on my pillow around my head purring in winter--that was definitely before my hot flashes and my acquiring a chillow. Wherever she was, she always loved for me to lower my head so she could snuffle the very top of my head for a few moments, like Galadriel kissing Frodo's head.

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Monday, October 19th, 2015
9:33 pm - High Spirits
Here's a set of pics of Saki having fun 2 years ago. Though she looked better the last several months having gained back a good 3 pounds and a much more enthusiastic appetite for treats, making her much more easy to medicate than the last couple of years, she lost a lot of her playfulness and enjoyment of toys. She did still enjoy jumping in her pirate ship, and being carried to her favorite lookout posts on her cat trees and being showered with fresh dried catnip, and would roll her head over purring, but she wasn't coming up with her own games as of yore. The hyperthyroidism itself, though, may have extended her youthful playfulness the last couple of years longer.

But new toys were always welcome, and some new catnip bags were just right.

Now this is good nip!

OMG--just taste this stuff!

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015
9:10 pm - Eternal Saki
To comfort me, my talented friend of singing words jan_u_wine linked me to this verse from Omar Khayyam:

And fear not lest Existence closing your
Account, and mine, should lose, or know the like no more;
The Eternal Saki from the Bowl has pour'd
Millions of Bubbles like us, and will pour.

I did not take her name name from this verse naming Khayyim's cupbearer from The Rubiyat, and was not familiar with this verse. My Saki's name comes from the Japanese name Murasaki, the first name of the writer of The Tale of Genji. The name means "lavender" which is close to lilac, because I thought Saki was a lilac-point mix siamese, until [personal profile] delux_vivens convinced me Saki was a torti-point siamese, like her dear Nutmeg, a variety I was not aware of. I dream my friends Saki and Delux are finding comfort in each other--I hope Nutmeg doesn't mind.

jan_u_wine followed this verse with a poem it inspired from her pen/keyboard in honor of my Saki and to soothe my heart:


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Monday, October 12th, 2015
7:57 pm - A Tail of Fluffy Seduction
Saki owned me. Here's how:

Excuse me, I want your attention.

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