I’m excited to report we have a working heat pump and a smokin’ awesome gas stove. It’s been an interesting couple or three weeks as we slogged through the mud and the muck to get to this point, but hopefully that battle is done. No idea yet what the first cooked meal will be, but  hash browns and sautéed cabbage are contenders.

Pip the Kitten is doing well following her spay surgery. She came home Friday evening, and then we took turns watching over her through the night. Drugged-up SuperCat wasn’t as invincible as she thought, so she needed a good–if groggy–guardian. I’m pleased to say she’s recovering very nicely, and now that she isn’t a drugged-up SuperCat, she’s being sensible about her activity.

Between the cat’s surgery and the two days with no AC last week, I was a hot mess – literally. Throw in some hormonal sleep challenges for me, and by yesterday afternoon, I was a zombie. There is only so much benefit one can get from soy milk, which does help a lot with the hormonal issues, but it can’t fight off a multi-level crash. I’m not too proud to  say I accepted some help from Benadryl, which also slowed down my incessant sneezing and sniffling, and crashed last night. Everything past about nine o’clock is a blur. I’m hoping that I’ll get some more ZZZ’s tonight, and tomorrow I’ll be bright-tailed and bushy-eyed. 😉 HA!

It’s getting late in the day here as far as work goes, but I’m still aiming to get a little bit of work done. What with the finalization of the install, today’s mostly been an off day for me, but not a total loss. Friday was, though. Whew.

The summer light has shifted and gone. Fall is well and truly here, even if the temperatures haven’t quite caught up to that fact. They will soon enough though, and I’m both relieved by that and sad. Relieved because the arrival of the cooler temps will mean we can open our windows in the evenings without threat of humidity or allergens. Sad because I hate to see summer go and the cold rush in. So far, though, the winters here haven’t been bad – and I mean that from a psychological standpoint as well as snow and ice. There’s more sun here in the winter, not as many gloomy days, so even if it gets cold and icy and miserable outside, it’s still somewhat cheerful. If the winters continue to hold like they have, I might almost say I don’t mind them terribly anymore. Now that I’ve said that, watch us have the gloomiest of gloomy winters. Please, Universe, that wasn’t a dare. Be kind to us!

In other news, we watched nine kittens – yes, nine! – come into the world yesterday via YouTube and Kitten Academy. If you’re not familiar with KA, they’re a rescue operation located in Illinois. They foster kittens and momcats, and they’re awesome. They run 24/7 live cams that are broadcast on YouTube, and it’s a great way to get a kitten fix when you need one. They also do really necessary, good work in helping cats and kittens find safe homes. This poor little momcat, Verse, she was a trouper. Handled having nine kittens like a pro. I shudder to think what that would have been like for her in the wild. Even as safe and as cared for as she is now, it’s going to be a tough road. I expect there will probably need to be some supplementation going on there.

Anyhow, if you’re into cats, check them out. The website is Kitten.Academy (no .com), and the kittens are all adoptable. So are the moms!

I guess I’ll leave it there for now. There’s writing to be done and cooking to take care of and a half-wild kitten to pet, though she’s currently zonked out taking a recovery nap.

Happy Reading!

T. L.