Kitty news first. Sahara is doing great. She weighed in this morning at 8.30 lbs (a gain of about 2 lbs) and she is just a over a week from her due date. I think she’s going to have a good sized litter. She has never had less than four, and my guess is that she will have about that many this time if all goes well. The little guys are going to be very active if fetal movement is any indication.
I set up her bed in the nursery a week ago and started confining her to the nursery at night. This way I can set out extra food for her at night without the rest of the kitties getting it, and it also gives her a sense of proprietorship.
I have a canvas gathering dust in the garage. Maybe this year will be a three painting wonder as my art returns to the back burner in favor of kittens? However, I thought you might like to see one of my ‘doodle boards.’ I just finished this one last night. I take a scrap piece of masonite, reinforce the back with two ribs of wood trim and paint it white. I use pencil — just a mechanical pencil with an in between soft/hard lead — and start doodling. There is no plan. The idea is to doodle until the board is covered. I spray it with a fixative as I go so the pencil doesn’t get too smeared. It’s great evening-in-front-of-TV activity and it’s always interesting to see it develop. This one probably took six weeks or so. The board is 7″x24.”