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The Stray

Stray Calico

Stray Calico

Got the kitty checked out today—no microchip, no evidence of spay. Put a couple of signs up in the neighborhood, posted on Craigslist, called the Humane Society. Nobody has responded, and they probably won’t. Have a likely spay and foster situation lined up already.

So glad she’s not out in the cold and snow tonight!

{Funny that she kind of looks like Pip and the Cat Dreams cat.}

Now I’ve done it


So… I had an opportunity to capture the calico cat tonight! It wasn’t planned—but she was out there, and we were talking, anD


Ha! So I’m hanging out in the master bathroom with the calico, typing away about her. And she decides to come up and try to crawl in my lap, stepping on the keyboard—and then manages to hit the right keys to publish the post!

AS I WAS SAYING, we were talking, and she was looking for her food, and I had put it as usual in the back of her crate. And she went right in there to get it. And I had only a few seconds to think—this is it—do I want to capture her? She might freak out and never trust me again. But I did it. And she’s fine. She was scared and nervous and meowed a lot for about 20 minutes, but then she settled down and has been hanging out. The other animals are probably a little upset. But every one of the resident cats was rescued from a life on the streets, so you would think they would understand.

Anyway, we’ll take a little trip in the morning to the local spay and neuter clinic to see if they can scan for a chip and/or see if she’s spayed. She seems a little stout—hopefully she’s not pregnant! I also need to put up signs in the neighborhood to see if anybody “owns” her. Like I don’t have enough to do! But I hated to see her out there in the freezing cold all the time.

Breakthrough—First Contact!


Breakthrough: I didn’t see the stray calico cat for a few days, although the food was clearly being eaten. Tonight, when I went to put out food, she was out there. She immediately rolled around on the sidewalk for me. Then I sat down at the edge of the porch, and put a little food on the first step. After a few minutes of meowing at me, she came up and ate it—and I was able to give her a small scritch on the head—first contact! That was all it took. I think once she decided I was to be trusted, she was all in. After that, she let me pet her all over, even pick her up and hold her in my lap, and she meowed and purred a very quiet purr. She rubbed her head on me and licked my hand. So sweet.

She seems pretty young—her head is very round (no pronounced occipital crest) and her fur is so soft. I couldn’t feel a chip between her shoulders, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Also, she doesn’t seem very thin; on the contrary she appears to be getting plenty to eat. Maybe she makes the rounds? The thing is, for weeks on end she seems to live under our porch. Even when it’s pouring down rain, or super cold, or snowy.

Now, what to do with her? We can’t afford another cat, because we can’t afford to get her regular teeth cleanings and other medical care. (Don’t think I’m not tempted, though.) And it is so hard to know if she is owned by somebody who leaves her out at night, or lets her come and go. I still think I should get her into the carrier soon and take her down somewhere to get scanned. And also put up those posters in the neighborhood asking if anybody owns her.

Vegan school lunch tomorrow: Egg-less egg salad


Today, I slept way in with hubby, Ruby the greyhound who likes to snuggle (but also push on everybody with her legs), and three rotating cats. Love it.

Spent the afternoon doing the weekly home blessing and a little extra deep cleaning to really get a good start on the week. The twins helped me finish it up when they came home. They also helped me cut up brown and red potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrot, and celery for our typical winter dutch oven dish. It’s still in the oven, but nearly done. The only thing it’s lacking is Field Roast sausage (because we’re out) but it’s still going to be yummy.

I also made up some egg-less egg salad based on the Better-Than-Egg-Salad recipe from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, so the kids can take it for lunch tomorrow. (Check out compassionatecook.com for info on all of Colleen’s books, her great podcast, sample recipes, etc.) It’s only the twins’ 3rd week of school here, and we’re going to be experimenting for a while with different things to keep school lunches interesting. Right now, they don’t have any way of heating up their lunch at school (no microwave access) so we’re not able to send hot things. But, I will be on the lookout for a good deal on some lunch thermos-y things, which I know are out there.

Our modified recipe includes:

  • extra-firm tofu {Trader Joe’s}
  • egg-less mayonnaise {we are using up a jar of Earth Balance MindfulMayo, but I personally prefer the taste of Vegenaise}
  • onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • dried parsley
  • pickle relish or chopped pickles {we chopped up some baby dills}
  • mustard
  • turmeric
  • salt and black pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • a few pinches of Kala Namak
  • pinch of dulse flakes

It turned out pretty good—the Kala Namak really helps here. And I think the flavors will meld together overnight and be even better in the morning. Next time, I’d also like to try the curried version (add apple, raisins, nuts, curry powder, etc.), or the Best-Ever Tofu “Egg” Salad recipe from Big Vegan, which uses baked tofu crumbles and a silken tofu “mayonnaise.”

Now, to watch some Season 2 Downton Abbey!

Wait, we’re not done yet? Snow!


Wait, we’re not done yet?

“Major Winter Storm from Pacific Northwest to the Northern Rockies 

Late Tuesday night through Wednesday, a strong low-pressure system with copious amounts of moisture will approach the Northwest coast. This will set the stage for a major winter storm across the lower elevations and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Travel could become dangerous or impossible in the cities listed below, just to name a few.”

Cities in the winter storm threat zone: Seattle | Olympia | Bellingham | Portland/Vancouver |”

“Since Sunday, snow showers have been falling off and on across the lower elevations of the Pacific Northwest. This wintry pattern will be capped off by a major, potentially historic, winter storm that will move across the region through Wednesday.”

So technically, Bend is not listed above. But, still. For Bend, they’re predicting another 3-5″ tonight and 4-6″ tomorrow—on top of what we got after it snowed steadily all day today. We often get a little less on the East side and it had blown around so much by the time I got home, that I couldn’t really tell how much had accumulated. But the West side probably had 3-6″? and the roads were icy, especially up at the college. And if it rains tomorrow afternoon—after the snow, as predicted—it’s going to be quite a mess. But at least a fair amount of people know how to drive in snow around here. Those cities above, not so much.

I love it! A nice fat dramatic storm after a wimpy mild start to winter. No matter how much it snows, I always wish it would snow more. And I’m not even a winter sports kind of girl. Hope we all get a snow day tomorrow.

I do feel badly about the calico cat who is still living under our porch, though. I’ve been trying to convince her to come in, or at least let me touch her, but she is just too wary. I see her every day or so: she’ll come closer than she used to, and meow at me, and I’ll talk back to her. We even hung out near each other for a while on a recent sunny day. Unfortunately, I don’t think she’s been using the shelter I set up for her, other than to eat. There’s been a lot going on around here, but I need to borrow that live-trap very soon and hopefully nab her that way, so that we can find her a warm safe home.

Incalculable calicos


Today, we saw the stray calico cat in the front yard. We watched her poke around a bit and then took her out some food. Or course, she spooked and ran way off along the fence towards the back of the house. Within about a half hour, I saw her in the back yard. But wait, she looked bigger. And darker. And where was all the white on her legs and belly? Oddly enough, it was a different calico cat with no collar. This one reminded me of a tom cat by her build and attitude (less skittish), but of course, that would be quite unusual.

With our kitty Pip, that makes 3 calicoes in the near vicinity. What’s up with that?

3 cats of 3 colors.

I wonder if my feeding the one calico ended up attracting the other one? Uh-oh. I also wonder how many stray cats are in our neighborhood. There are a lot of foreclosed houses a few blocks down and still many unemployed people in this town. I wonder if the number of strays has gone up in the last few years. I’ve heard that local horse rescues have been inundated because people just can’t afford to keep their large animals anymore.

I read an interesting book some years ago that I would recommend, Cats are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics.

What do I know about Constancy?


A Year of Mindfulness: 52 Weeks of Focus – Week 28

Constancy. Constancy is defined as:

  1. the quality of having a resolute mind, purpose, or affection; steadfastness
  2. freedom from change or variation; stability
  3. steadfastness, as in purpose or affection; faithfulness

When I think of constancy, I think of those things that make me feel grounded. I think in terms of the larger cycles of life: the ebb and flow of the tides (see more beautiful ocean views below), the changing of the seasons, the passing of each new day – followed by the beginning of another, the life cycle of plants and animals. Each are absolute wonders of our natural world.

What do I know about Constancy? I suppose I do appreciate the ebb and flow of each day with the dark and the light, and changes of the moon each month, and the seasons that bleed softly (sometimes harshly) into one another. Steadfastness, faithfulness, yes, I hope a know a little of those. But freedom from change or variation? That sounds boring. Frankly, I think I’m afraid to stick to routine because it might be unexciting, or be perceived as uninspired.

Nevermore seems almost back to her old self today. Still clearly not 100%, but we did not have to make a vet appointment, yet.

In the meantime, outside stray calico kitty is back and has been receiving regular supplementation under the porch, where I think she stays most nights. I don’t know what she does when it’s bitter cold. She was sunbathing on our defunct car in the driveway today, so hubby took her out an extra snack. She’s still very skittish and ran away, but came back to eat every bit within minutes once the human went back inside. He said she looked pretty skinny. We’re trying to make friends with her enough to see if we can verify that she’s homeless, but she’s so wary.

Kids got here today. I think tomorrow we may have to start some preliminary vegan cooking for Thursday. Maybe make bread crumbs for stuffing, and pie…