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Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh... ^.^

Blessed is the storm that brings sweet relief! More specifically, last night's downpour, complete with thunder, lightning, and howling winds, heralding the pass of a thrice-welcome cold front. This morning, instead of stepping out into 90°+ soup and haze, when I went to my car the air was cool, the sky was bright blue, and a gentle breeze played about. Humid still, yes, but not to the point where you could gather up the air in front of you and squeeze it like a sponge. It was positively nice out there, which for July 24th in Virginia is an impressive feat.

Of course, it won't last for long, so I'm doing my best to savor it while it's here. I also got a full and mostly-uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep last night for the first time in a couple of weeks, making me feel more human and less zombie-like. If this trend continues, I'll be able to make progress on the strips this weekend, I hope, I hope!

In other news, which isn't really news but is something I've been thinking about lately, I'm very happy that laurie_robey and I were able to keep Buddha. Had I known how effective Zyrtec would be, keeping him would have been my plan from the start. But at the time, having a cat on the premises, no matter how much we loved him, would have been sentencing me to a life of agony.

Buddha is the first pet I've ever really had. I grew up with dogs in the house, but they weren't "my" dogs, if you see what I mean, just roommates. One was my mom's dog, one was my sister's dog, and one was my brother's dog. And while all were fond of me, none of them were bonded with me the way they were with their owners. But Buddha, in many ways, is "my" cat. When he sleeps, he likes to sleep in my lap. When he's scared, he comes to me for protection. When he's bored, he follows me around the house and meows until I play with him.

This is not to say that he isn't laurie_robey's cat too. He loves it when she carries him around, and has spent many happy evenings stretched out on her legs while she sits in her comfy chair and reads and so forth. And when he wants to go outside, she's his first choice for outdoor companion.

My point is, really, that I've never had this kind of close connection with a pet before. I miss Buddha when I'm not at home, and he misses us when we're not there. For all the stereotypes about aloof cats, the truth is that they are quite social, but because they're generally reserved around strangers and not demonstrative or eager like dogs, many people don't see their social side. When laurie_robey and I get home, Buddha doesn't immediately head for the food dish as one might expect — he makes a point of "saying hello" by coming over to us and standing in the "pick me up" spot so we'll pick him up and pet him. True, he only wants to do this for a minute or so and then he's eager to get down and have his dinner. But the point is, even though he hasn't eaten all day, to him it's more important to greet us first. We're much more to Buddha than just a pair of dinner delivery devices, we're his family. And that means a lot to us. :)

-The Gneech


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Jul. 24th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
I love my pets! I, like you, grew up around animals (though you would have to throw in horses, goats, chickens, cats, dog, birds...), but I never really had my own pet until a few years ago.

Sure, I had fish once in a while, but they don't play well out of the water. For long, at least.

Izzy, the ferret, was my firs pet. George, though, was my first dog. While ferrets are fun, they don't really bond all that much (well, some do...but Izzy is more of a loner).

It is strange, in a good way, to have a creature come to you for comfort, who wants to please you, and in whom you derive pleasure and comfort in pleasing.

It has been an intersting and wonderful ride watching the both of you find, and then become attached, to Buddha. Just do us all a favor and never become the crazy cat guy, okay?
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, you understand now, why I live with three allergen-producing fur-factories. The fringe benefits can't be beat. I'm glad Buddha fell into your life.

Better living through modern chemistry!
Jul. 24th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
It's pretty nifty, eh? Ginger will bring me toys overnight, leaving them at the corner of the bed: the pull tabs from milk jugs, the plastic safety-seal circles from similar milk jugs, and red rubber balls that have been removed from the elastic strings of their paddles (her favorite toy). I'm not sure if this is some sort of bargaining chip to get just a little more than Gwynn and Natasha at breakfast, but I do find it adorable.

Since I work at home, anytime I do,/i> go out on a weekday, it must be utter panic when I'm not here, because when I get back, there's a lot of frantic running around of kitties! Maybe they're hiding the pizza they bought with the credit card they found in one of the drawers. But after the Cat Crazies settle down, they're cuddle bugs until dinner time.

But my favorite thing? Ginger speaks a bit of french and in the morning, I am "Ma Mere!" (My mom!) (No, I don't really think or treat them like they're my kids. They're my 4-legged buddies, but some thing DO make me melt!)
Jul. 24th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
At least you don't live in the Golden (Brunt) state of California.

The sky has now been relatively clear for ~ 2 weeks now, but during a recent 4th of July trip to Lake Tahoe, the basin was so smoky that the opposite side of the lake couldn't be seen.

Worse, it made my eye's water, and forced me to sneeze more times than I care to count.

Coupled with the high heat we had three weeks back I would have loved to have the rain you had in Virginia, Gneech.

I wonder if Tiffany likes the humidity with that heavy coat of hers?
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Yes, pets make a huge difference and can help in so many ways. I've found that spending time with my cat after a busy or bad day can help me shake the bad mood I'm in. I'm so glad that Buddha has become a part of your family. When he first appeared I though it would be great for you to have him about but until you found a way to beat the allergies I understood that wasn't going to happen. It great to see that you've found a feline companion that's not on a drawing board. I hope all continues to go well with him.
Jul. 28th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm a bit jealous of your rain, but then again the western edge of Mecklenburg county just crossed over into class 4 drought again.

I'm glad to hear your words about Buddha, seems that his coming into your lives worked out well for all three of you.
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