Friday, January 19, 2018

This Week

This week has been defined by change and new beginnings. A new, young cat in the house has added energy and joy into our lives. She was spayed before we picked her up, so we don’t have to worry about that, and she is healing beautifully from her surgery. Last night we even removed her cone of shame and she’s been bouncing around the house ever since. The local humane society does not adopt out animals until they are fixed; they take care of it themselves. This eliminates the problem of people shunning this responsibility, and then dumping neglected abused and unwanted puppies and kittens at an already overwhelmed animal shelter.


As for our other cat, Mocha, who is gentle, shy, passive and hates drama and confrontations, she has handled this intrusion as we expected. The first day she hid behind our bed to assess the level of danger. On the second day and every day after that, she’s been more and more curious, and more and more confident. She has growled and hissed a few times, but that’s about it. The kitten has handled herself remarkably well; she’s been confident and calm and fearless, and at the same time shown respect to the older cat. She seems socially intelligent and remarkably intuitive. This does not surprise us knowing her history. She was seized from a home full of cats and we’re guessing she learned from day one how to maneuver around a minefield of feline personalities and carve out a safe space for herself. So things have gone extremely well from the start.



With everything that’s gone on lately, it’s been very hard to concentrate or find time for the things I enjoy, like drawing. I’ve squeezed in some easy and quick sketches, and I hope to pick up the pace at some point. Here are a few attempts:





2018 started off roughly but I won’t let that define the entire year. And although I don’t make resolutions, I do think about what I’d like to concentrate on for the next few months. Fun, exploration, reconnection to the earth, and emotional, mental and spiritual wellness are some of the things I will focus on. I’ve been keeping a journal, meditating on the messages from my oracle cards and concentrating on mindfulness and gratefulness. It’s not always easy to be balanced when you’re constantly bombarded by negativity around you from many different sources but I’m making a daily effort. Life is much too short. Why not spend it being happy?


And how about dancing while you’re at it? Earlier this week Rain mentioned the disco era on one of her blog posts and it brought back a flood of wonderful memories. My friends and I used to sneak into dance clubs with our fake IDs (eye roll) when we were around 16 and dance up a storm! There were many songs that I loved, including the one below (Le Freak by Chic). Sometimes nostalgia hits and I play disco songs and bounce around the house. Because why not.



And that’s it for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

60 comments:

  1. Hi Martha, it’s been ages since i’ve been here but i’ve missed posting. I’ve been writing to my cousin for a year now and each time I write i wonder what to say but I get through it and write something. Usually it’s rubbish but i’m quite proud to have written something. Writing to somebody who’s Canadian is something that’s special. It makes it different. Each of my blogger friends is quite literary so I hope I don”t make any mistakes. I haven’t missed hlogging but I”ve missed the people.. But we all need a break. I’m glad that everything’s ok with you.

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    1. Hi Terry, I'm always happy to see you here! Visit whenever you'd like. We all certainly need blogging breaks from time to time. Thinking of what to say is not always easy. There are days when my mind draws a complete blank!

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  2. Will comment as soon as I'm done dancing!

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  3. When it comes to your art, you now have a new CALICO muse! (And P.S., I always loved "Le Freak," too -- like all good disco, it's impossible NOT to dance to it!)

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    1. I couldn't sit still when that song came on. I flew right onto the dance floor!

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  4. oh that song brings back memories of my younger days! Lovely art today and your new cat is lucky to come to such a safe nurturing home.

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    1. They were fun days, weren't they? So many good memories.

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  5. Your new cat is just so sweet.
    Love your drawings.
    Fantastic music choice.

    Wishing you a good weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan! I hope you've been enjoying a lovely weekend.

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  6. That kitty has such striking colouration - she is beautiful. I'm glad to hear that she and Mocha are navigating living together okay so far.

    Disco was the soundtrack for my years at university, my first independence, my first in many things. I will always love it :)

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    1. It was a fun time. I used to enjoy dancing with friends. And to be honest, I still enjoy dancing! With friends, or alone, it's all good :)

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  7. Hey Martha,

    I'm sure Mocha will adjust to the new kitty in the house. What a cute kitty! This year will get better for you. Negative environments will not sabotage your right to a peaceful, happy life. I know you focus on the balance you crave, my kind friend.

    Chic were the headline band at the New Year's Eve celebration in London, England. Time to "FREAK OUT!"

    Gary 😀

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    1. HAHA! Sometimes the best thing to do is to FREAK OUT! Let loose, sing, dance, live... :) Happy weekend, Gary!

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  8. By the sounds of things you're going to have a great year.

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  9. I hope that your new kitty will thrive under your loving care, Martha. I'm enjoying "Freak Out" right now! I hadn't thought of this song in ages, so thank you for sharing it. I hope that you and George have a great weekend, and I hope that Mocha gets more comfortable with the new kitty. Your drawings bring smiles to my face! Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Louise! I hope the weekend has been great for you!

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  10. So happy for your new kitty! What a sweetheart!
    I love the thought of your new kitten watching you dance to disco.
    Wishing you lots and lots of happiness. x

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  11. Martha, your new kitten is so sweet. I had one (in a litter of three) that looked very similar when I was a girl. I named her (with great originality) Calico. Doesn't really roll off the tongue, does it? My husband enjoys a good Disco retro moment! -Jenn

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    1. She is adorable. And a handful! We'd forgotten just how much energy these little ones have. But we're enjoying it, too :)

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  12. Nothing like a little kitty to fill the house with energy!!
    And with disco music added in, who needs anything else!!

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    1. You got it, Jim! A lot (maybe too much...LOL) energy around here these days :)

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  13. Sorry that 2018 has been a struggle so far; I hope things settle down for you soon. and dancing has always been my favorite form of exercise. I even have a playlist of my favorite dance tunes just for that reason. And yes, 'play that funky music, white boy' is on the list. LOL

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    1. I LOVE that song :) I have a big collection of dance music from that era. And why not? LOL

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  14. Oh Martha, I'm so happy that little "Calico"??? is getting along so well and that Mocha is accepting!! :) I laughed so loud seeing Le Freak!!! My VERY FIRST 45 record (oh, sorry people who were born in the 90's, that's the vinyl version of an mp3 lol)...was RING MY BELL...and my second was COPACABANA...I LOVE disco...and yes, those ID's were SO FAKE, but yes, I had one. I frequented bars on Bishop street when I was 15! We all did that I guess lol...your drawings are cute, I love the lemonade stand!!

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    1. Those were hilarious and fun times. I don't know how they ever let us into those clubs with such fake IDs. Weren't they worried that they'd get raided? That would have scared the heck out of me since my parents never knew I went to these places. More sneaking around! LOL

      We still haven't named the kitten. We have a list of names that we've tried out and a list of suggested names, too. And nothing so far has stuck. We're just going to let it be for now and see what happens!

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  15. And ps...I LOVE your self-commitments for 2018. Bravo. :) Life is TOO short, let's all be happy and kick the negativity, toxicity and drama to the curb...NOW.

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    1. You bet, Rain! I'm going to work on making this year a very calm and positive and happy one. Let's both work on this!

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  16. I am sorry the year didn't start off very good, but I agree that life is short so might as well be happy. Such a cute kitty, I am glad she is doing well.XO

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    1. She is a real sweetie. I hope she lives a long and healthy life!

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  17. Martha, I loved your comment about crows on Rain's animal spirit post. Crows are one of my favorite birds. They really are incredible smart and perceptive. Biologists have discovered that crows have an outstanding memory. If you are good to them and treat just one of them well then that individual will remember for a life time, as well as, all members of the local flock. If someone treats them badly, that will also be remembered. The next generation will remember who the nice people are and the bad people. It doesn't stop at that generation but continues on for many generations! Crows and ravens are also considered psychopomps (sp?), which means they help escort the dying through the veil!

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    1. Thank you, Toni! I love these birds. I watched a documentary about them once that blew me away. They are extremely intelligent and highly adaptable. I'd never heard the word psychopomps before. So fitting! It makes their appearance near our home before our cat died that much more intense!

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  18. Sounds like you have had a busy and fun week. It's good to hear Mocha is adjusting to the new kitten. Have you decided on a name for her yet?

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    1. Mocha has done remarkably well with this little intrusion! We still haven't chosen a name. I think we're hesitant to do so in case we change our minds. We'll just give it a little more time.

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  19. This post is a great, uplifting way to start a new week.
    Thank you, Martha.

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    1. Thanks, Nas! And thank you for visiting and leaving a comment :)

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  21. what a sweet addition to your family! Glad she is settling in

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    1. Thanks! She is very comfortable. Maybe a little too much...lol

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  22. What a cute kitten. After my sister's family lost STrider - they now have two new rescue kittens, JellyBean (beanie for her nickname) and Fuzzle. it was fun spending time with them while we were up at the coast. Your drawings are really good! Nothing more important than keeping that connection going with life/self/nature/etc..

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    1. It's so funny, Sandy, but my original choice for this young cat's name was Jellybean! But since we brought her home, we can't seem to settle on one. She'll remain nameless until we feel 100% sure!

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  23. Hi Martha, I'm so happy for you and your new Girl! I saw the name suggestions in the other post and I'm partial to the name Sparkle. Years ago we had a calico with that name. Nothing like a young kitty to make you smile! :)

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    1. So very true! Young cats always make you smile with all their antics. We are enjoying the energy she has brought into our home.

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  24. Mocha sounds really wonderful and her reaction to new cat seem understandable .I am glad that new pet is helping in your emotional healing dear Martha!

    i loved the new cat sitting on your beautiful stairs ,i hope she will be more healthy after complete recovery .

    i agree and adore your perceptions about choosing happiness to live .
    I think world is full of negativity specially when you are positive people try to take you down and try to make you feel bad about your self but staying in the circle of positivity and pushing all the negativity away from you should be our goal.
    wishing you best of luck for you future plans for staying focused and meditative

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    1. It isn't always easy to stay positive, Baili, but I do make a daily effort. It is so much easier to be happy than to go around frowning and complaining all the time. There is a lot of beauty and joy surrounding us. I make sure to notice it!

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  25. Life is short, Martha.
    Don't let the winter get you.
    He's almost done.
    Unless you live where we do
    and we get snow in spring.

    But you didn't hear that from me.

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    1. That doesn't shock me. We get snow in spring where I am, too!

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