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2013-08-03 09:16:30 PM

tigerose: Invisible Oranges I started sewing right after I got married in 1987. My Mom sewed, but did not have the patience to teach me..My first machine only had a forward stitch! Lol! Actually a great machine for heavy fabrics...i have just learned as I tackled one project after another...I really loove costuming though..I frel more creative with it!


Costuming is definitely where my interests lie. I had friends in college that made their own costumes for SCA and renaissance faires. I was super jealous.

I started using my machine by having a friend teach me. I was too scared to figure it out on my own and worried that I'd break something. Might just have to give it a go in the future and start and finish a project. Because I know I'll be darn proud of the first thing I make!
 
2013-08-03 09:18:33 PM
Great Porn Dragon your Feral is gifting you with items that he feels are very nommy..as if you were his kitten. For all intents and purposes you have become a junior member of his clowder. Feel very, very honored. Obviously he trusts you, as much as he can. And, I betcha have a bery smooth lawn!!
 
2013-08-03 09:22:36 PM

Invisible Oranges: tigerose: Invisible Oranges I started sewing right after I got married in 1987. My Mom sewed, but did not have the patience to teach me..My first machine only had a forward stitch! Lol! Actually a great machine for heavy fabrics...i have just learned as I tackled one project after another...I really loove costuming though..I frel more creative with it!

Costuming is definitely where my interests lie. I had friends in college that made their own costumes for SCA and renaissance faires. I was super jealous.

I started using my machine by having a friend teach me. I was too scared to figure it out on my own and worried that I'd break something. Might just have to give it a go in the future and start and finish a project. Because I know I'll be darn proud of the first thing I make!


Visit your local Good will. Buy old sheets..think under garments, chemises, etc. and..curtains..where else would you find brocades in that width! Lots of good SCA style patterns out there. My fav is the laced up bodice...over an underdress with long/wide sleeves...awesome!
 
2013-08-03 09:31:16 PM

Invisible Oranges: tigerose: Invisible Oranges I started sewing right after I got married in 1987. My Mom sewed, but did not have the patience to teach me..My first machine only had a forward stitch! Lol! Actually a great machine for heavy fabrics...i have just learned as I tackled one project after another...I really loove costuming though..I frel more creative with it!

Costuming is definitely where my interests lie. I had friends in college that made their own costumes for SCA and renaissance faires. I was super jealous.

I started using my machine by having a friend teach me. I was too scared to figure it out on my own and worried that I'd break something. Might just have to give it a go in the future and start and finish a project. Because I know I'll be darn proud of the first thing I make!


My Mom did piece work in a "sweatshop" in Fall River,Ma to help support her family before she married. She could make anything. Growing up most of my clothes were homemade except for my jeans and coats.Mom also could knit, so she made our hats and mittens too. Learning how to sew my own clothes as a teenager was a matter of survival if I wanted clothes that I liked and not what Mom picked out. Now about the only sewing I do is curtains, pillows and stuffed animals and the occasional mending. I don't have the patience for clothing anymore.
 
2013-08-03 09:33:44 PM
Invisible Oranges: lots of snip

De Nada! Also, that's my mom's homeland. I'm from the depths of Los Angeles, now up in NorCal. That's why when we went back to Norway as a family last time and I saw the treats on the kakebord at my cousin's house I said "Oooo! Someone made flan!" at the exact same moment my mother said something about "Karamellpudding!" hehehe! Two different, but strangely similar, lands when it comes to the good grub (they love Mexican food and pizza and coffee, too!).

I don't use FB, but next time my sis or mom is using theirs I'll have them look for metaldudes cats, that's for sure.

Here is Glenn Danzig with evidence of a cat:
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2013-08-03 09:33:48 PM

Been Totin' Them Barges & Liftin' Them Bales much of evening, think ready for colleague to come get what'll mostly be Her Stuff.  Unable to locate the Melmac dishes, so will lend some real ones til either I find what I meant to give or she finds some she likes for a pittance.  Said she meant to do The Longest Yard Sale today.  Does continue on the morrow, which is promised to be sunny.
Longer term storage do give another meaning to Creative Filing, dunnit?  We marked all the boxes (learnt that early). But my grandmother had so much stuff  it was hard to be specific. I swear, more than 50% of what was in my parents' house was hers.  Would give the colleague my granddad's single bed, but the headboard came apart (a plug from the outside upright that fit into the leg that goes to floor, deteriorated after all these years; needs fixed, + it's almost antique).  Packrat, aye, that's where I get it.
Been too busy today to stay awake much longer. We also best move the mattresses from the trundle bed we are giving her into the little girls' room, where Yakko won't try to climb them all night.  Moving all this proved, as if we required that, that we ain't as young as when we fetched all this stuff here. Also carrying trundle bed up stairs, whereas when it came in, it just glided down stairs.


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2013-08-03 09:40:35 PM

tigerose: Great Porn Dragon your Feral is gifting you with items that he feels are very nommy..as if you were his kitten. For all intents and purposes you have become a junior member of his clowder. Feel very, very honored. Obviously he trusts you, as much as he can. And, I betcha have a bery smooth lawn!!


That's kind of what I'm assuming for the moment too (that it's similar to how it is with domesticated cats bringing you mice they find in the house--except he's a feral Outdoors Working Cat).  Was just wishing I could know a bit more about what's going on in his head, that's all...whether he's being nice to me or to the kittehs he occasionally sees and tries to serenade outside the windows. :3

There's actually still some debate by cat ethologists over prey delivery to humans--it's generally accepted as SOME sort of affection towards humans, but it's still not 100% sure whether it's a sign that the cat feels you're a kitten and Loves You Very Much and brings prey because you suck so badly at hunting (as has been traditionally assumed) or whether it may be a sort of prey-sharing behaviour not necessarily associated with "You Suck As A Hunter" that may be exclusive to domestic cats (and closer to "You're part of the clowder, here, have noms cause we do this for family").

(Feral cat colonies are actually somewhat interesting as far as (general) cat ethology goes.  Most cats including the ancestors of domestic cats (African wild cats, particularly African wild cats living in the Levant and Fertile Crescent) are solitary, and only one extant cat (the lion) has a social structure approaching that of hyaenids or canids (there are some indications that the now-extinct machairodont "sabertoothed" and "dirktoothed" cats may have been similarly social to lions).  Feral cats, interestingly, seem to have a quasi-social structure intermediate to that of solitary cats and communal/social cats like lions and smilodons; the ranges of feral toms tend to be smaller than equivalent ranges in wild cats, toms will sometimes share ranges, and queens in feral cat colonies are known to occasionally engage in "communal queening" where a group of queens will raise each other's kittens in a sort of combined kendle; feral cats are also known to engage in prey-sharing to a larger degree than solitary cats (which DO tend to restrict it to feeding kittens).  In essence, feral cats have retained enough of the genetic changes that happened when cats self-domesticated that they are (even as functionally wild animals) still considerably more social (with other cats) than other cats--and we've really only recently uncovered the fact that feral cats are rather more social than their ancestors upon study of feral cat colonies and "barn cat" colonies comprised of feral and semiferal cats.  It's also partly because of this that there's more of an emphasis on TNR programs.)
 
2013-08-03 09:43:03 PM
gut nacht laulaja! I too will be turning into a lump soonest. RL had its narsty moments today. Boo hiss. At least the new coffee maker appears to be doing it's best..only thing in this house to work without biatchin..Calgon,take me away!
 
2013-08-03 09:45:28 PM

laulaja: Been Totin' Them Barges & Liftin' Them Bales much of evening, think ready for colleague to come get what'll mostly be Her Stuff.  Unable to locate the Melmac dishes, so will lend some real ones til either I find what I meant to give or she finds some she likes for a pittance.  Said she meant to do The Longest Yard Sale today.  Does continue on the morrow, which is promised to be sunny.
Longer term storage do give another meaning to Creative Filing, dunnit?  We marked all the boxes (learnt that early). But my grandmother had so much stuff  it was hard to be specific. I swear, more than 50% of what was in my parents' house was hers.  Would give the colleague my granddad's single bed, but the headboard came apart (a plug from the outside upright that fit into the leg that goes to floor, deteriorated after all these years; needs fixed, + it's almost antique).  Packrat, aye, that's where I get it.
Been too busy today to stay awake much longer. We also best move the mattresses from the trundle bed we are giving her into the little girls' room, where Yakko won't try to climb them all night.  Moving all this proved, as if we required that, that we ain't as young as when we fetched all this stuff here. Also carrying trundle bed up stairs, whereas when it came in, it just glided down stairs.


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credit lajimi 8-12-12. Up & at 'em early tomorrow.  Goody-Night, all y'all


I know what you mean about packrat behavior. We're going through some of my grandma's stuff, and the sheer volume of it is even more impressive when you consider that my sister and I brought much of it back from Norway, a few boxes at a time, over a twelve year period. Plus, there's still the house in Kristiansand to go through. I'll probably delegate that task to a couple of my cousins. I got the best thing of all from Grandma - the honor to have her close to me over the last decade of her life and give and receive that love. I really don't need anything else.

Sleep well and we'll see ya in the morn!

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2013-08-03 09:49:56 PM
Great Porn Dragon I would vote for the " Here eat this it's good, you belong to us" philosophy. I have had indoor/outdoor cats all my life. All presented trophies, some live and some not so much..once I jokingly told my cat to bring me back something to match my prom dress..live corsage?? He brought me a baby bunny..went rather well with the mauve dress...:) cats are very complex creatures. And they have a great sense of humor..Obviously this cat feels that you are a trustworthy member of the clwder, even if your fur is thin, your tail is missing, and you teeth are awefully small!,
 
2013-08-03 09:52:18 PM
RWDA What a wonderful sentiment! You were truely blessed, as I am sure she knew.
 
2013-08-03 09:59:54 PM

Great Porn Dragon: lilyspad: [i.imgur.com image 500x281]
"Butt Wiggle of Death"!

Yup...and for a bit more kitteh ethology, I've noticed the Kitteh Butt Wiggle of DeathTM DOES tend to be exaggerated when kitties are playing (either with each other or with a toy) versus, say, when actively hunting something For Reals.

And if someone had told me that a Caturday link would be basically Cat Ethology 101--as presented by the Daily Fail, no less!--I'd have probably accused the person of pulling my leg :D  And remarkably, they DID pretty much get Basic Kitteh Ethology right (right down to the "Ohgod I must make you smell like us again!" bits--the kittehs tend to be rather more demonstrative about Claiming GPD For Cat when I've just gotten out of the shower).

The one bit of cat ethology I wish I could figure out (and keep in mind whilst I've had informal self-education in cat ethology, the closest I've had to a formal ethology course was a weekender course involving wolves and other wild canids) is some interesting behaviour one of the local ferals has started.  Our "neighbourhood cat that has a habit of crashing on our porch", Meowy Cat (so named as he tends to serenade the local cats in the neighbourhood at all hours) has started the habit of regularly leaving dead moles on our doorstep.

I've heard of this behaviour with domesticated cats, but Meowy is definitely a feral (no forever home that we can tell, tends to run off if you get TOO close even after giving the Universal Kitty Blinkies Greeting--the Universal Kitty Blinkies Greeting is enough to keep him on the porch if I'm on the carport, and he's figured out we won't run him off with a vengeance, but he usually spooks if one comes closer than about ten feet away).  Would presume he's trying to woo/recruit our two kittehs, but both the kittehs in question are spayed and indoor-only and he'd only be really aware of them when one or the other peeps out the window.  I do appreciate his hard work as an Outdoor Neighbourhood Working Cat i ...


I think he has claimed your porch as a safe 'home'.. and leaving you 'gifts' for allowing him to stay there... if you don't mind him being around, you might consider getting a small doghouse or such so he will have shelter from the elements... you can put an old blanket in there for creature comforts.. also something to sprinkle flea powder on to mitigate flea issues being brought in by passers by..... have an 8 yr old feral here, named Fred.. took two years to be able to touch him.. we are best buddies now.. got him to my vet to fix numerous issues ( not an easy job).. had to take him back due to a UTI... dietary change stopped any reoccurrences..  he is still feral, but I am trusted...
 
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2013-08-03 10:27:29 PM
Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.
 
2013-08-03 10:28:04 PM
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2013-08-03 10:29:22 PM

Deep Contact: Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.


Oh dear! So very sorry! Dang!!! ((HUGS))
 
2013-08-03 10:29:55 PM

Deep Contact: Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.


I'm sorry.  :o(  {{{hugs}}}
 
2013-08-03 10:34:25 PM

Deep Contact: Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.


Oh, no! I am so sorry for your loss. We've all been there and it SUCKS.
 
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2013-08-03 10:45:17 PM
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2013-08-03 10:47:07 PM
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2013-08-03 10:47:27 PM
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2013-08-03 10:48:17 PM

Deep Contact: Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.


I'm very sorry for your loss.
 
2013-08-03 10:48:23 PM
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2013-08-03 10:49:58 PM

Deep Contact: Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.


Very sorry for your loss. You did the right (though hard) thing.
 
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2013-08-03 11:00:37 PM

akimbotoo: Salem Witch: She has almost recovered. Suzy!  You adorable girl!  Is it sad or funny that I recognized a Kliban cat on her blankie?


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2013-08-03 11:10:20 PM

Deep Contact: Thanks for all of your kind responses for Pumpkin. We took him to the vet and it turned out he had kidney stone blockage and kidney failure. We decided to put him to sleep. It was a really bad day.


Making that decision is never easy, but in the end, it all comes down to doing what is best for our little fur friends, and not for us. And that, IMHO, is as it should be. My condolences.

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2013-08-03 11:14:37 PM
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2013-08-03 11:19:34 PM
Just got home an hour ago and have been catching up on the thread,  I got caught up to when I got home and refreshed to find the very next post out about Pumpkin, I'm sorry you had to make that choice today, Deep... It's never easy, but trust that it was the right thing for Pumpkin.
 
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