Today is looking to be a slightly warmer, hopefully drier, day. One of my goals is to finally get some outside work done that had to be delayed. We shall see how that works out.
Yesterday evening, I was able to spend some time with the kittens.
That was an adventure!
They’ve taken to launching themselves at my legs as I walk past them, so in the space of a few steps, I’ll find myself with 2 or 3 kittens hanging off my pant legs. Then they’ll start climbing! 😀
These kittens are thoroughly socialized. 😀
Once I settle at my work table, they are all over me. Then things like this happen.
Turmeric settled right into my elbow and was ready for a nap!
Mostly, though, they were clambering all over me, but eventually I was able to get out my carving supplies and continue on my practice spoon.
They love the protective glove.
Saffron and Leyendecker were particularly cuddly.
Generally, though, I am able to continue carving while they clamber around me without too much trouble. Sometimes, it can be a problem. At one point, I had a kitten on my shoulder, eating my hair and tackling my ear. Another jumped up and they started to tussle. One fell off, but managed not to fall to the floor by dangling on a single claw.
From my ear.
Thankfully, kittens are very light. It didn’t even bleed. Having a kitten swinging off the side of my head was still rather uncomfortable! I didn’t even really do anything about it right away, since I had a spoon in one hand, and a knife in the other.
Eventually, though, I paused for kitten cuddles, which is when Beep Beep decided to get in on the action, by jumping directly on her kittens.
They retaliated by immediately starting to nurse. 😀
Just look at Saffron’s face!!!
I’m happy to say that, in the middle of all this, I did get some decent progress on the spoon. I’m slowly managing to get the bowl deeper and the handle in the rounded, swooping shape that I want. I also started cutting details into the morel at the end. Thankfully, the “holes” in morals are very random in shape and location, so I can put them wherever I feel they will create the overall shape that I’m after. Because the spoon blank already had a handle rough shaped out the way it did, the mushroom was very flat on two sides. As I cut in the details, it’s starting to look rounder, and more like an actual morel.
I plan to cheat, though.
The holes I’m making are pretty ragged on the inside, partly due to the small spaces I’m trying to work a knife tip into. There’s no way sandpaper can be used to smooth it out, so once the details are all roughed out, I plan to use a Dremel to smooth things out inside the holes. The last thing I plan to do, before oiling the wood, is take a lighter to the cap of the mushroom, to darken it like the real thing.
It’s slow going, but I’m rather pleased with how it’s turning out so far.
Later in the evening, while my daughter and I were chatting, she had a chance to cuddle with Keith.
What a face! 😀
When tending the kittens this morning, they were just as eager to climb me.
With the kittens now waiting at the top of the stairs before we can even open the door, and the upstairs cats trying to get down, all while I’m juggling things like a pitcher of water and a bucket of cat litter, my daughter has been trying to come down and help whenever she can. That usually involves using a spray bottle to keep the adult cats away, while I struggle down the stairs, trying not to step on kittens. Sometimes, she even manages to get down the stairs right after me, though this morning we had to close the door first, and she couldn’t come down until I was able to come back and carry away the 3 kittens that were on the top step, waiting for her. 😀
Having her there did mean she could get this picture for me. 😀
While walking across the basement, I had a couple of kittens making their flying leaps at my legs and hanging on while I walk, like I’m some sort of carnival ride. At one point, I had a kitten on each leg, and another hanging off my butt. 😀 I believe that was Saffron, who made her way up to my head, soon followed by Leyendecker, attacking her tail. 😀
Once I got outside to do my rounds, I had Junk Pile cat and Rolando Moon already waiting for me.
I think Rolando spent the night in the tree outside our kitchen! The other cats are really after her, for some reason. 😦
Butterscotch and Rosencrantz were already quick to show up for food. Once I started going around the yard, much to my surprise, it was Rolando that followed along.
Butterscotch did start to head my way, but as soon as Rolando spotted her, she started growling. Which is what is happening in the photo above.
Rolando can be pretty mean herself! I’d be petting her and she’d be all happy with it, then suddenly turn and attack my hand. Even when I paused to do some weeding in the garden, she came over, just to attack my hand!
Ah, cats. We have way too many of them, but they do make life fun!
If sometimes painful, too. 😀