Friday, May 6, 2016

RIP My Little Monkey



I mentioned recently how sick my sweet little Stumpy cat was, and that his condition was deteriorating. We had to say goodbye yesterday. I'm grateful that he was with us for so long. He was the sweetest, toughest cat ever and I did not want to let him go.

The photo above is Stumpy when he was still a stray who came around twice a day for meals and randomly for cuddles. Sometimes he'd even go with us for long walks around the residential parts of the city. See his left eye? He lost vision in it after a mysterious injury. We figure he was either hit by a car or in a fight with another animal. He showed up one day all beaten up with his eye swollen shut and ran off when I tried a warm compress. He went missing for a few days after that, and when he returned, his eye looked like this and he couldn't see out of it anymore. Amazingly, he adapted right away and continued to live outside. He could still hop onto the deck railing or a fence post with no trouble. We found out a couple of years later that it's rare for a cat to survive this sort of injury.

A few years after that, in the fall of 2010, he stopped eating and started acting weird around his food bowl so we put him in a carrier and took him to the vet. That was the beginning of his life indoors. He was diagnosed with a chronic, painful mouth disease and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. The FIV made it difficult for him to fight off infection. This complicated treating the mouth disease which was essentially a raging gum infection. The outcome did not look good. Things got really bad before getting better. But all kinds of people chipped in to help pay for the immediate care he needed, and eventually, after four surgeries and with regular steroid and antibiotic maintenance, he was able to live comfortably.

We worried that keeping him indoors would make him miserable, but he was happy as could be and spent the next six years warm and safe inside with regular meals and snuggle-time. He used to like to flop over on his side and have his belly rubbed. He'd even do that thing where he kicked his hind leg like a dog. Sometimes he would lay in bed on his side at my chest or Mark's spooning. He was such a sweet little monkey. Yesterday morning before we brought him to the vet, I held him for two hours while we both napped on the couch.

Here he is just the other day stretched out on his couch on the porch--his favorite place here in our new apartment. 



My heart hurts like it's being pressed into my stomach and I'm being pulled through the floor, and my eyes are swollen and I can't stop breaking down crying, but I'm grateful.

Mr. Stumpy Blackvelvetpants, I love you, my sweet little monkey.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Night Videos: Slender Man



I enjoyed this song and video. I hope you do, too.
Happy Friday.

Gato's Galoshes

All this rain! Well, it IS springtime, and April showers bring May flowers. Wait, what am I talking about? The last three days have been sunny and bright. Hahaah! I don't know. I dunno what I'm talking about! I wish I were a lavender cat with a fancy umbrella and new floral galoshes so it didn't matter what I said! People would be so blown away by my style and the fact that I could speak English they wouldn't care what nonsense I spewed! I would saunter bipedal through purple puddles as cherry blossoms floated through the air around me! Everything would be perfect! No, not purrfect. I'm not that corny.

Derp!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mama Fox and Kit at Twilight



Yesterday I drew this mama fox and her kit. I was playing around with creating and using textures in Photoshop. Pretty happy with the way the tree bark worked out. Mother's Day is coming up. I've already gotten a gift for my mom, but I haven't found a card yet. Maybe I'll use this. I uploaded it to Society6 and Redbubble last night. Cards available on both. The Redbubble ones are formatted horizontally--here. The Society6 ones are formatted vertically--here. The version I uploaded above is the wider view which I added to Redbubble here. The one on Society6 which you can see here is a tighter crop. I was unsure last night, but I think I prefer the wider one. 

Blah blah blah. I woke up last night at about 3 in the morning and could not get back to sleep. Words seem like nonsense. Why don't humans sing like birds instead of yammering on and on about everything and nothing all the time in uptight, unfriendly voices? Oh, people aren't that bad, Steph. You're just tired. Sigh. If it weren't for the butt-licking thing, I'd prefer to be a cat. Being a bird would be cool, too. Flying, ya know?

Love and grumbles,
-Steph

P.S. I almost forgot, I also turned this drawing into digital wallpaper and listed it on etsy here.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cherry Blossoms


Tis the season for buds and blooms and blue skies. Last summer, two of my very best friends and I planted a Yoshino cherry tree in memory of our other very best friend. This friend used to say he wanted to go to Japan during the spring so he could see the cherry blossoms so it seemed a fitting tribute. We planted the tree in the neighborhood park which has been a significant place for all of us and spent the next few months transporting multiple five gallon buckets of water in the back of our station wagon three times a week to water the tree and ensure it set good roots. Once the cold weather set in, we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. Not every new planting makes it through a cold New England winter so it's a game of do your best then wait and see. Well, the tree is in bloom right now and that makes my heart feel lighter. Yay! I drew this the other day in honor of spring and eternal friendship.