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Mythicbells Sunroom progress report

Moving right along.  As construction projects go, this one is going well.  The concrete slab has been poured and you can now picture how big (or small) the room will be.  Remember to subtract four inches for the wall thickness and on the side furthest from the living room there will be an additional 16″ taken off with the bay window going almost to the edge of the slab.  It’s going to be tiny, but cute.  Good thing I go for tiny, cute things — prefurrably with furr.

Most of the construction junk is gone as of yesterday.  Today they will pick up their horrid wheel barrows.  Honestly I don’t see how they managed at all considering the condition of those things.  Monday the sunroom people come and do … whatever they do.

The concrete is ready to pour and the kitties and I are going stir crazy inside.

The concrete is ready to pour and the kitties and I are going stir crazy inside.

Finished concrete slab

Finished concrete slab

The Mythicbells Persian Sunroom project in progress

Bobin has put me to shame with his great blog posts….that, and I have nothing to do but wait for the ‘worker bees’ to show up and clean all that rubble out of my back yard. They are supposed to put the re-bar down today as well. It’s past noon. Finally some action. Two guys showed up with a plastic tarp and I foolishly thought, “great, now some action.” The tarp was thrown on top of the heap and the two guys left. That was an hour ago.

In any case, I’ve been meaning to get around to blogging about this project. It was conceived late last year when I was offered a breeding queen. “But I’m retired,” I said. In my usual roundabout manner of reasoning, I started thinking of all the reasons it was the stupidest idea in the known universe. Thus, I compiled a neat little list of what I might need to make it possible–AND make it possible without re-homing my current kitties. Bear in mind it’s still the stupidest idea in the known universe, but that’s never stopped me before. I need a male cat, of course, and since the breeder of the queen is going to mate her one more time, why not go for a mother-daughter team along with a male kitten. At some point, I plan to blog about the new cats–IF it comes to pass–with photos and genetics lesson adnauseum, but I don’t want to do that until I have more positive news on that front. However, in summary, my objective is to maintain the same genre (silver and golden CFA registered pedigree Persians) and the same “look” (unbelievably cute) that Mythicbells kitties are known for.

Stupider and Stupider!

Said queen is not yet pregnant, and no other kittens are yet on the way, but while I wait, the gears are turning. I need at least one more room to make this less stressful on my current kitties and more feasible for me. I decided on a sunroom that opens off of the living room (the only available space for expansion). By the time the city and the Home Owners’ Association get done with my idea, I’m whittled down to an 8’x12′ room with a pop-out bay window. It will be fully insulated with double-pane tempered glass windows, a heated tile floor, and it will be nicely finished inside.  It’s one of those pre-fabricated dealy-bobs, officially called a “four seasons sunroom.”

The first week in January, I jumped right on the project and called a contractor I’ve worked with before. It’s now nearly the end of March, but we have the permits from the city and the approval from the Home Owners’ Association and we ‘broke ground’ this week. NOW I’m committed because there’s a huge hole in my back yard. Theoretically, if the worker bees do their work this weekend, we will be ready to pour the concrete slab this coming Monday which will be the foundation for the room. Once that’s done, the sunroom company will come out and take their measurements,  then I believe it takes a couple of weeks for them to fabricate the walls and ceiling at their manufacturing facility. It should go up fairly quickly, after which it will be wired for electricity, ceiling fan and other fixtures installed (including a cat door), tile floor laid, and the exterior part of the current house which is now the interior of the sunroom will be sheet rocked and painted.

Before

Before

Photos I took today along with two rough renderings of what the room might look like when finished.  The poor kitties are locked inside on a beautiful spring day on the off chance the worker bees will show up:

Sahara looks wistfully out

Sahara looks wistfully out

Sequoia and Simba Kahn at the top of the stairs

Sequoia and Simba Kahn at the top of the stairs

Looking out from the living room at "the hole" they finished yesterday.

Looking out from the living room at “the hole” they finished yesterday.

"The Hole" and rubble from outside

“The Hole” and rubble from outside

Better view of the the rubble heap

Better view of the the rubble heap

Gravel they dumped in my driveway last night

Gravel they dumped in my driveway last night

Rough sketch looking into the room from the sliding doors that exit into the enclosure

Rough sketch looking into the room from the sliding doors that exit into the enclosure. The sliding glass doors on the right go into the living room and will remain as is so the room can be closed off as necessary.

Rough sketch looking into the sunroom through the livingroom patio door

Rough sketch looking into the sunroom through the livingroom patio door

Recap: current activity of each Mythicbells kitty

Hi everyone. It’s a cold and dreary day here in Northern California and as I was sitting on the couch, I looked around and thought it might be interesting to see what each kitty was doing at that very moment. This is the result!! BTW, they got two new doughnut beds yesterday and I threw out the old, worn ones. As you can see, Sahara and Sequoia like the new beds. I also washed all of the braided baskets. For some reason the kitties have been showing less interest in those, but I’m sure they will get back to them in due time.

The scariest thing that has happened here in recent days: yesterday I found a LIVE snail stuck to my bedroom door about 5 feet up. Now I wonder who brought THAT in. My first guess is Kalahari.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the new year.

Kalahari

Kalahari

Nugget

Nugget

Sahara

Sahara

Sequoia

Sequoia

Sirocco

Sirocco

Simba Kahn & Gypsy Rose

Simba Kahn & Gypsy Rose

Tiny Bear

Tiny Bear

Tiny Bear this morning

I fear the BLOG has been lying dormant.  I have been busy with … life.  Mostly tending The Pride.  I usually attempt to create an e-Christmas card, but haven’t gotten around to it and here it is almost Christmas!!

I hope everyone ‘out there’ is well.  All is well here with me and the kitties.  Tiny Bear caught some kind of a bug (or something) a week or so ago.  These things happen and I generally wait it out unless it gets scary.  This seems to be a popular month for ‘The Bug” which probably isn’t a bug at all but perhaps is related to excessive fur.  One or two of the kitties do have issues around December, but it hits Tiny Bear the worst.  She stopped eating for three days, was vomiting and had diarrhea.  All of which prompted butt trims all around just in case.  But she pulled out of it and no one else got sick.  I happened to get these two photos of Tiny Bear this morning which show her looking very fine indeed, so I thought I’d share them.

Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you …

Tiny Bear

Tiny Bear

Aside

I fear that my thoughts have not been profound or obnoxious enough to actually write any blog posts.  However, I have been keeping up with videos, and thought it was about time to post a gallery of the video stills I’ve collected … Continue reading

Mythicbells Persians 2013 Calendar

The calendar is ready for anyone who is interested.  As in the past, it’s available through CafePress.  They do all the work: print on demand, packaging, shipping, etc.  They will even take returns if your order is not quite … in order.  The 2013 calendar features only the “K” litter.  I usually put the mother kitty on the cover, but I managed a really great group photo of the K Girls, so decided to use it.  I wish I could say that about the rest of the photos.  Actually I got some pretty good photos of the girls — enough to fill the calendar — but it was up hill work.  They were such busy little kittens that many photos were not in good enough focus for print.  I so often hear the comment about any given photo I post “THAT one would be good for the calendar,” but I fear that I’m as finicky as a … well … a cat!  If there’s dirty laundry in the back ground, or it’s cute but the composition is off, etc. etc.  The list goes on.  Usually the fatal flaw is the focus.  It might look fine on a webpage, but is not good enough for print.  In any case, here’s the link to the calendar and I will also place it over to the right in the links section.  Also below is a preview of the calendar pages.  You can see which month each kitten is in by the file name.  No special order.

To purchase the calendar  http://www.cafepress.com/mythicbells2013calendar (please note that CafePress is doing something different with their calendars this year by allowing you to choose the starting month.  It’s default seems to be set on the current month, so if you don’t change that, your calendar will begin on that month.  I like my calendars to begin in January, but you choose what you like.  Just be aware that you do have to change this if you want it to start at the beginning of next year)

**I didn’t know this until someone asked, but there is a CafePress UK now.  Interesting.  And it translates without me having to do anything.  So for those of you in the UK who are interested in a Mythicbells Calendar: http://www.cafepress.co.uk/mythicbells2013calendar

Mythicbells update and HUGE screenshot gallery

Just messin’ around lookin’ for something I aught to be doing.  It’s too hot outside — one excuse, but I’ll think of more — as to why I’m not being productive. SO, I thought I’d look at the screen shots I’ve saved for video uploads and make a little gallery.  On YouTube, if you are a partner, you can select any photo you want to be the thumbnail (rather than have it assigned) so when I process a video, I take several screen shots, then choose one when the video is up-loaded. That’s what these are, so they will likely be poorly labeled and you’ll have to guess who and what you are looking at.

First an update. Thank you all SO much for your wonderful and very kind words and support in your comments on my last post. Thank you! Thank you! Sahara and Simba Kahn have both recovered very nicely from their surgeries and they both seem more ‘kittenish’ and playful — but that might just be my imagination. All the kitties are coming into their winter coats and Gypsy Rose is outdoing herself this year.  I expect no less than several feed of snow in central California if her coat is a harbinger of the winter to come.

Here is the gallery of screen shots.  They date from August 8, 2012 to the present.  remember, the file names on many won’t make any sense, but the date preceding any file name will be correct (yy mm dd).