SIGH! Well, it’s that time again. I’m amused, fascinated — appalled? As I watch comments go by on KittyCam. Yes, I admit it. I DO lurk. It’s not purposeful, mind you, but since I’m logged in 24/7, I will often glance at the screen as I rush by, kitten in hand, wet rag dangling from mouth, or pushing the broom. And I see people saying “oh, they are so cute! I can’t wait until they are toddling out of the nest.” or “wait ’til they get out of the corral, it’s SO much fun.” or “won’t it be fun when they are racing around the nursery.” And before I know it, the comments are “where are all the kittens? they’re never n the nursery any more, I’m so disappointed.” And before any of us can even take a breath, the babies are off to their new homes and the nursery is eerily quiet, once again. Well as quiet as it can get with Kalahari thundering around.
I haven’t written in a while. Partially due to being busy. I plead disorganization in that my mind is zinging off in about a gazillion directions. I’d like to write about the whole stud pants issue — you may have seen that video. There’s much more to write on that score. Oh, and mixed MIXED feelings at adoption time, as you can imagine. This has, without a doubt, been the craziest kitten season for me with the most kittens and the most adopting parents to deal with. As I write this, I’ve launched 3 kittens in the last 2 days and 2 last weekend. One more goes this morning. I haven’t gotten reports on a couple, but the reports I have gotten are so heart warming that it just makes all of this work SO worth it. Two new Mythicbells kitties now have YouTube channels! How exciting is that!!
http://www.youtube.com/cmbasinger for Misha (formerly Half Pint) – and huge congratulations to Misha’s mom because I know it was no mean feat for her to get this figured out. She already has two grown Mythicbells kitties from 2007, so now maybe we’ll be seeing more of them as well.
and http://www.youtube.com/ravennaevans for Mickey (formerly Goliath)
So, it’s a bittersweet time. I’ve put myself “out there’ and now must suffer the consequences. With KittyCam, YouTube, a BLOG, and a website, I get a lot of comments and questions and I have to remind myself that people are curious and honestly don’t really understand what it take to bring you all these perfect little kittens and I’ve taken it upon myself to ED U CATE! This means that I do try to answer most reasonable questions, time permitting. Yes, I’m sad when the kittens leave, but I cannot allow myself to dwell on it! Fortunately my kittens are spoken for at a young age and as I’m raising them I’m thinking this little one is being raised for this family or that family, etc. And I KNOW that their bread and butter and the quality of their life depends on — let’s face it — their being cute and irresistible. That’s my goal. Yes, I do get attached, but I have something else I’m aiming for which takes my mind off that. And the reality of keeping them all?? Well, folks, just think about that for a moment. In fact, let’s just do that! All of those in favor of me hanging up my breeding spurs and retiring, raise your hands. All opposed? Okay those who have raised your hands can be ‘sad’ or ‘disappointed’ or ‘pee-ohed’ every time I pack a little kitten’s bag and send him or her out into the world or if I put an adult up for adoption. The rest — MUZZLE IT!
Hmmm … that may have been a little harsh. I DO understand. Yes, I do. I was once young and foolish. Now I’m old and foolisher. (It’s my blog, so I can make up words, but I see that the spell checker didn’t flag it?) And I remember one day when I was young and VERY hungry for a job with a major airline, having lunch with a (OMG!) “real” United Airline Pilot. He was was rambling on about how it was ‘only a job.’ ONLY A JOB??? How could that be? So, I do ‘get’ the angst you all feel for each kitten that leaves, and I love you all for it. You’ve gotten to know my permanent kitties BY NAME and you love them all. How wonderful is that?!! And, basically I love all of this too, so don’t let me fool you when I bitch and complain. There is always two sides to every blessing. In my case it’s usually the good and the gooder. (another new word)
Oh, next subject … how are the permanent troops doing now that things are winding down. We are having the occasional skirmish, but the queens are making their way back to sanity … more or less. Sirocco, I think is going to miss her babies for a little while, but it’s such a joy to see her starting to play and act like a kitten again. I’ve been trying to spend more time play with her and she’s back to licking the leavings from my evening raspberry turnovers. It’s going to be fun to have just the eight. Did I say that? JUST EIGHT?! Although I will have Gobi Bear / Austin for another 2 weeks or so, he’ll just be one of the gang. I’m teaching him to fetch.
I have a few home improvement things happening soon … well, one biggy … new windows on the 15th, so there will be plenty to keep me busy… and I have a lot to catch up with. The “G” and “H” litter effectively, completely, and TOTALLY distracted me for several months, so I have a huge backlog of “STUFF.”
Lord! I feel so scattered … this post is likely all over the map, but hopefully you will be able to sort it out. As always, this is Molly, coming to you from her laptop in bed with kitties everywhere when she should be downstairs FEEDING THEM….and I have one more adoption to get ready for this morning.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE!