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Official Warning

This is your official warning, internet. I woke up this morning singing “White Christmas” and lit up a gingerbread-scented candle.

Be afraid.

And have a picture of my cat. (Okay, he’s really Kevin’s cat now. I know when I’m beat.)


I am little! And orange! And compact!

That’s Ben in the background, but in his defense, he is laying at one of those weird angles and is actually made primarily of muscle and entitlement.

Also, I wrote a gardening post over at Beautiful Wildlife Garden, about a low-maintenance garden I don’t actually own, which, which not quite as amusing as my Plea For A Better Class Of Knick-Knacks,still has some pretty good plant lists for our area.

ETA: Thanks for everybody who asked about Ben! He's doing great. The last big flare-up after his back teeth got pulled---which had put me in the oh-god-this-is-it mode---really was the last one. He's been fine since, and continues to run the household and bully everyone except occasionally Kevin.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

I believe the word I'm looking for here is adorable...


They make it so hard to get out of bed when they're all curled up cute like that - my boys do it on purpose to make me stay in bed, I'm sure. "Come cuddle with us, mum! See how adorable and fuzzy we are!"

Also, "made primarily of muscle and entitlement" is a wonderful description of a big, boofy cat. I have one of those, although it's less "entitlement" and more "is a giant, heavy woobie".

Edited at 2012-10-15 02:39 pm (UTC)

Yes, "muscle and entitlement" is a wonderful description.

It's getting to be that time of year. It snuck up on me. I was thinking about Halloween costumes and pumpkin carving and suddenly I found myself listening to Bing Crosby singing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" just the other day. I watched the Grinch Halloween special to rewire my brain back to Halloween mode. Might have to try again with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Hm, I sense a theme here...

Pretty kitties!

Funny how compact they can be and then how much space they can take up when they want to!

When I took my dogs for a walk yesterday, I noticed that someone up the street already had a fully decorated Christmas tree in their front window.

It's too early!

Suggestion for gardening knick-knacks: Stepping stones (or signs) with Monty Python quotes. I imagine "Not dead yet! Getting better" or "It's just a flesh wound!" as good things to put near struggling items, and "NI!" would be funny near anything that loomed tall. In fact, a chain of stepping stones that each said "NI!" in growing font size as you approach looming things would be quite funny.

But that's me. And those might be easy DIYs if you're ever struck with a desire to pull up your stepping stones and paint them, rather than try to find someone doing that commercially.

I'm also partial to the campy ones you see in Skymall type magazines.

But I'm not a gardener so I know shit all.

Any suggestions for things to put on an NY balcony? I feel like I've asked this before but I can't remember when or what the answer was. I've got some ivy plants and I've let a creeping vine take over the sill because I've got a black thumb and it seemed like a waste to uproot anything that was growing (though it's starting to scare me with how huge it's gotten; I feel like it's going to throttle me while I sleep someday) but it seems like I should actually get some proper plants.

Oh, also those tiny doors you can put on the base of trees to make them look like fairy houses. /shmaltzlover/fairylover

They look adorable and so innocent curled up like that.

I'm with you on the knick knacks.

Though if you think a gnome is creepy how about a garden Zombie?


If I was going to buy garden ornaments it would be a cat, dragon or a grotesque/ gargoyle or a meerkat.

Re: Garden knick-knacks - try DesignToscano.com They have weird, classical, gothic, twee, fantasy, dragon, gargoyle, (nac mac feegles), the obligatory gnome and some that are just plain odd - like Michelangelo's David at 300 lbs (the model's weight, not the statues).

Even if you never buy anything from them, it will soothe your soul to see some of the things they have on offer. ("Witch Parking Only, violators will be toad" anyone?

Oh man, I love Design Toscano. I used to get their catalog and just dream of having a backyard to put these things in.

But it's not even HALLOWEEN!, he wailed.

I am cursing you (reasonably politely) for linking to Houzz.com. I didn't really need to add more possibilities for day-dreaming and indecision to my home decor woes -- especially when I'm supposed to be drawing up section and elevation plans for a garage-to-studio remodel -- but I can't help myself, now.

EDIT to add: Having just read the Knick Knack article, I felt I ought to inform everyone that I HAVE given manure as a present. I send my mom three yards of shit, and it was her favorite mothers' day present ever. Everyone at work thought I was awful, except for the gardeners, who were jealous.

Edited at 2012-10-15 05:34 pm (UTC)

You are clearly a very good child.

Weeping Angel statue. I hear those freak Whovians out.

DUDE. Those things are scarier then zombies!! They SNEAK UP on you!

I don't mind Christmas this early if you're working on crafts for decoration or gifts. Things that need time to be finished.

Other than that, I refuse to do anything red and green till after Halloween. Zombies excepted.

Oh my gosh, so totally adorabubble. ^_^

Aww, so cute! It's good see Benjamin T Ninjabane too, I was wondering how he was doing :) *sends scritches to them both*

How is Ben doing these days?
I've been thinking of him last summer when we had a ninja-cat in our house.