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Tada! Thanks for indulging me in another Inktober, y’all.

This was the toughest pumpkin I ever cut, I swear. I had to bear down so hard, I was afraid I’d slip and gut myself.

Failure was not an option. This was a £3 pumpkin, a thing which made Onkle B turn pale and shiver. Look at that awesome stem, tho!

October 31, 2020 — 6:00 pm
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The penultimate kitteh

Have a good weekend, everyone!

October 30, 2020 — 5:13 pm
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Have we had a kitten yet?

No? Let’s have a kitten, then.

You’re welcome to continue discussing biscuits in yesterday’s thread, though. I was enjoying that.

October 29, 2020 — 8:56 pm
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Now I’m hungry

Where I come from, we call great huge biscuits ‘cathead’ biscuits.

I miss biscuits and I’m way too lazy to make proper ones. Last few times I tried Bisquik, it tasted nasty and bitter to me. I don’t know if the baking powder has gone weird or what, but they were inedible.

I find plain scones very, very close, so I make do with that.

October 28, 2020 — 9:11 pm
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Ballpoint pen goes brrrrr…

I have a prejudice against fluffy cats. I like dem bones and muscles, which you can’t see properly with the fluffies. Every once in a while, though, it’s fun to scribble a flufflelump.

Big cat came through his shots fine. He cried all the way there and sulked all the way back, but he immediately came home and jumped on the bed purring. He’s a very nice cat.

It was a vile day of high wind and hard rain and I was made to stand around in an outdoor marquee while they took the cat inside. For a moment, I thought we were all going to blow away like Mary Poppins.

October 27, 2020 — 9:38 pm
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You would if you could

Big cat has a vet appointment tomorrow. It’s his annual shots. He’s two.

I know kitten shots are super important, but I’m less convinced on the need for adult shots. Particularly as they get old enough to know where they’re going and HATE it.

But he yakked up several times last week and looked distinctly under the weather, so we accepted the appointment. Now he’s looking all better (of course). I suppose I’ll go through with it.

Unfortunately, all my cat carriers have chickens in them, so I’ll have to break out the cage.

October 26, 2020 — 9:35 pm
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Welly’s demonface

Those oval pad things on either side of a cat’s nose? Welly’s are slightly too large, which makes him look like an old man.

I’d like to know what those things are called. I’ve been calling them ‘bloobers’ for lack of a better word.

I once stymied a vet by asking the name of the portholes that whiskers grow out of, and whether there are always the same number.

Don’t do a Google images search of ‘cat anatomy’. You will see some nasty stuff.

October 25, 2020 — 9:42 pm
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Do I have a rat here?

Fingers for scale.

It’s too big for a mouse, but it seems small for a rat. It’s not chubby enough for a vole or wood rat or any woodland creature of that kind. It just looks wrong for Norvegicus to me.

I got it in a mouse trap. It’s way too big for a mouse trap. It caught him in the upper thigh, so I’m not at all sure why he died. Shock, I guess. Poor wee beastie.

Oh, I just realized. Apologies to any of you who might be rat phobic. My grandma was so severely rat phobic she probably would have stopped speaking to me forever for this post.

October 24, 2020 — 6:27 pm
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Stretchy cat

Okay, okay…I confess. I’m using engineer’s grid paper. Do you know how much of this stuff I have? Do you know how good it doesn’t work here?

Standard American paper pads – of which I have oodles – are 8.5″ by 11″. European equivalent is 8.3″ by 11.7″. It doesn’t fit in filing cabinets.

But wait, there’s more! We do 3 and 6 hole punched. They do 2 and 4.

I’m a serious stationery hound and all my beautiful ‘Murrican notebooks and hole punches are useless.

October 23, 2020 — 8:09 pm
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More cat belly

See, it’s trying to compensate for the bad flash on the phone cam that’s causing the gray weirdnesses.

October 22, 2020 — 8:28 pm
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