Category Archives: Those Cats


Introducing Harbinger (“Harry”) and Apocalypse (“Polly”). They’re still living in the kitty room as I slowly get Mayhem used to their scents and curious about them.

They were found abandoned in a field near the beginning of August 2020 and were bottle fed by their foster mom. They’re a bonded pair and they also LOVE PEOPLE.

“Whatcha doing, lady?” -Harry and Polly

Maybe it’s just me, but I think Harry looks an awful lot like Chaos. Harry’s eyes are an unphotographable amber (not green) and he has a perfectly normal tail (versus Chaos’ slightly short tail with its kinked tip). I would NOT recommend getting between Harry and a sparkle ball.

“Why did you stop petting me, lady?!” -Harry

“Does this scratcher make my ears look big?” -Harry

Polly’s a sweet goofball! Very snuggly and a bit more timid than Harry. Harry’s a bit more reserved than Polly.

“That was some good ‘nip, lady!” -Polly

“I guess I like you ok, lady!” -Polly

No linkity this week because sad

Thanks so much to everyone who’s offered comfort and let me know about the impression Chaos left on them. (If you missed my previous post…) Mayhem and I are both definitely feeling his absence – he was present for all but the first three months of her life, and he was present for nearly a third of mine. That’s his gloriously green eye at the top of this page (and it’s staying there, even though it just made me cry). (You can go back and read his origin story here.)

I’m pretty sure my usual posting schedule will resume soonishly, because there’s a certain comfort in routine.

Take care. Go hug your pets and family members.


In which there’s no linkity, but there IS a photo of cats staring you down

I’m not quite finished reading these, but I’ll finish this weekend. I highly recommend both:

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good AncestorMe and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About RacismWhite Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.

I also highly recommend Library Extension, which shows you whether your library has books you search for on Goodreads or Amazon, and, if your library owns the books, how many copies in which formats and whether they’re checked out or not.

*STAREDOWN* -Chaos & Mayhem

Art Journaling Monday!

Welcome back to Art Journaling Monday! And thank you to everyone who commented Friday about Chaos. 🙂 He’s still seizure-free since he got home and is starting to feel more like himself. Mayhem is slowly thawing toward him – no hissing since Friday evening, just some crabby meowing at him. Today’s cat photo was taken Sunday – you can see part of Chaos’ largest shaved spot.


Linkity lacking links, but hey, Chaos is still alive!

It has been quite the week here. On Monday, Chaos had two seizures and spent Monday through Wednesday evening at the U of MN Veterinary Hospital. While there, he had no more seizures and all of his medical tests were normal, the seizures unexplained. He’s home and if he has another seizure, he’ll need to go on medication. Poor old guy! He’s 15.5 years old – the picture below is not recent, because he has a lot of random shaved spots right now and looks quite pathetic. And Mayhem has been hissing and growling at him for the past 24 hours – I’m hoping she relaxes soon…

“Everything sucks.” -Chaos