SciFi Mama

Adventures in raising a geeky child

Flower bed October 8, 2010

Filed under: Daddy,kittens,Mommy,Paige,pics — scifimama @ 5:21 am

Ronnie & Paige made me a flowerbed for my birthday back in April. They planted daisy’s which are my favorite, and a few other spring flowers to make it all pretty. Now that fall is here the spring flowers weren’t looking so grand. Paige really wanted to put more pretty flowers out for me. The result was a nice flowerbed with more fall colors. I noticed some of the flowers looking a little rough, but had no idea why. Then I came home from work one afternoon to find this. Seems the cat likes the new flowers too.


And his name is… May 19, 2009

Filed under: kittens — scifimama @ 8:46 pm

Ronon. As in Ronon Dex from Stargate Atlantis. It was difficult to come up with a name for him. He has a very out there personality & I needed something to compliment that. He’s very in your face with K-9. And he’s got this wild, fuzzy hair thing going on. All of that, to me, says Ronon Dex. Paige has agreed to that name and can pronounce it, which is a big plus.

K-9 is settling in to life with the kitten. He no longer hisses at Ronon when they see each other. K-9 is still protective of what he considers his spots. Spots like the bed & under the rocking chair. And yes, the fact that our cat sleeps under the rocking chair is further proof he’s a freak. Ronon is getting used to K-9 as well. Ronon is hissing at K-9 less & bopping on the nose less and less often. Now, if we could just get him to stop hitting the dog on the nose, we would be doing good.


Sucker May 13, 2009

Filed under: kittens,pics — scifimama @ 8:31 pm

It must be tattooed across my forehead. It was a typical Wednesday afternoon. I pulled up at daycare around 5:15 to get my little girl. I be-bop in, sign Paige out, and chat with my friend Lisa before getting Paige from her room. That’s when I spot it: the kitten. Lisa is loving on him & petting him & he’s just the cutest thing. She found him abandoned on the college campus. Her hubby is allergic, so she can’t keep him. We don’t need another cat. We have 3 cats & 1 dog already in the house.

What do I do? Pull out my phone and call Ronnie. One of us must be the rational one & say no, right? We don’t need another cat. He suggests we take it on a temporary basis. Let’s see how it fits in with the other cats, if Marc & Wendy like it, see if we like it. You know, be reasonable. Reasonable? Not likely.

We walk in from daycare & take him over to meet the rest of us. Wendy immediately liked him. After all, he’s black & white, so he fits in with the others. The boys, Jeff & Ryan, are all over him. The other cats don’t really care. Shadow, the dog? She thinks we got her a new toy. Ronnie likes him, Paige loves him. Everyone thinks he’s adorable. So, met the newest member of our family.

He’s a boy, about 6 to 8 weeks old is our guess. Lisa was calling him James Bond since he’s a black & white cat; it looks like he’s wearing a tux. We’re renaming him, but don’t know what yet. Something Sci Fi, of course. We’re thinking maybe something from Battlestar Gallactica. We haven’t decided if he’s human or cylon though. Suggestions for names? Post ’em in the comments, please.


R2-D2, 4/15/08 – 2/24/09 February 25, 2009

Filed under: kittens,pics — scifimama @ 7:58 pm

We lost our cat R2 sometime during the night last night. Our cats are indoor/outdoor cats. R2 likes it outside. He didn’t come in last night. It’s not that unusual, and it was a warm night. I didn’t worry too much about it. This morning when I opened the door to let him in, he wasn’t there. That is unusual for him. But, remembering K9’s recent overnight stay in my van, I wasn’t as concerned, but definitely worried. I didn’t see him in the cul-de-sac or the yard, so Paige & I got ready for the day.

As we pulled out of the cul-de-sac I saw him. He was stretched out in the road just likes he likes to sleep: legs straight out & tail straight out behind him. He would make himself as big as possible. I took Paige to daycare & called work to tell them I would be late. I came back home to bury him in the backyard with our other pets. R2 was a pure white cat, and there were no visible signs of trauma. It’s very likely he was poisoned. It could have been a non-cat friendly neighbor. Or, it could have been more innocent. He could have tried to eat a frog, lizard or roach, all of which produce toxins that will kill a cat. Also, we have a neighbor who works on cars in his backyard. He may not have disposed of some antifreeze properly. It’s all speculation. We are certain it was poison, but not what type.

Ronnie is still out of town, so I had to tell Paige myself. I told her that R2 didn’t hold hands while he was crossing the street, and that he was hit by a car. I followed this up with reminding her that’s why Mommy & Daddy make her hold hands in parking lots. I tried to make her understand that we only have 1 cat now, and that R2 will never come back. Althought she did a lot of thumb sucking when I told her, I’m not sure she gets it yet. It’s hard to comprehend when you’re only 3. When Ronnie gets home we’ll tackle Kitty Heaven. We have planned a small party for him Saturday, just the 3 of us and K9. We’ll let Paige say good bye to him that way. We’ll have a picture of the 2 of them framed & put it in her room. I kind of like this one. It sums up his personality. He would climb into the stroller & nap while Paige pushed him. He adored her. She could do anything to him & he would just purr. She is definitely going to miss him.

I miss him too.


Picture & More Crazy Cats February 2, 2009

Filed under: kittens,pics — scifimama @ 9:37 pm

First, the picture. It’s not the best picture of my Dad ever. He had literally just gotten out of the hospital after about 2 1/2 weeks. They left the hospital and drove straight to the studio.

Paige looks so tiny there! At the time I remember thinking how big she was.

I’ve already told you about R2 and his late night playing of the Elmo theme song. Seems he wasn’t the only kitten busy last night. K9, Ronnie’s cat, never came in last night. I was a bit worried about him, but let it go. After all, he’s a cat and may not come in every night. This morning I went to the door to let him in, but no K9. Odd. I got ready for work and headed to the van.

I got in, set my breakfast on the center console, put my lunch bag in the passenger seat with my purse. Then started to take off my rain jacket to put over there as well. I look over and there’s K9, coming up between the seats looking at me. I had put stuff in the van yesterday afternoon about 4 to take to daycare today. K9 must have jumped in then. He spent the night in the van.

I pick him up and bring him back inside. Make sure he’s got plenty of food & water & go back to my van. It passes the sniff test, so he managed to wait for his litter box. I put the key in & everything came on. K9 had turned on my left blinker, windshield wipers, high beams, cruise control, fog lights, rear defroster and turned down the volume on the radio and dimmed the lights on the dashboard. I’m lucky my battery wasn’t dead. When I look in the middle row, I see he’s taken the pillow from Paige’s car seat & put it on the floor. The car seat was full of fur so I’m certain that’s where he slept last night.

Crazy cats. I hope tonight is less eventful.


Quick Funny

Filed under: kittens — scifimama @ 8:04 am

Last night we had gone to bed, keeping the cats in the living room by closing our bedroom door. I was almost asleep when I heard it. “la la la la. La la la la. Elmo’s World.” Paige has this little Elmo toy that when pushed plays Elmo talking. Press it 5 times in a row, and it singe the Elmo’s World theme song.

R2 had found the Elmo, put it next to our door, and stepped on it. As Ronnie went out to see what was going on, R2 was ready. As soon as the door opened he ran into the bedroom & dove under the bed. He didn’t want to be thrown back out. A few minutes later he felt safe to jump up on the bed. And was promptly thrown back out.

If the cats would sleep in bed instead of play they could sleep with us. Ronnie hid the Elmo toy. I didn’t want to wake up to more Elmo’s World in the middle of the night!

Picture update. Monica asked for the pic that Paige has taken over. Ronnie hooked the scanner back up last night. I’ll scan it tonight when I get home from work.


Kitty Update July 18, 2008

Filed under: kittens — scifimama @ 9:01 am

I think our cats will need therapy. Lots and lots of therapy. Paige is so rough with them. The rule is she can only hold them on the couch. No problem for Paige. She just grabs a kitty and heads to the couch. No matter how many times we explain that she has to sit on the couch first she still does the same thing. She also likes to hit and kick the cats. Not that she actually connects with the cat, but it’s the principle of the thing. She has spent more time sitting in her room than ever.

All of that being said, R2 is a freak. The rougher she is with him the more he purrs! He loves all of the attention from her. She knows that purring means the cat is happy, which makes it harder to get her to stop. His eyes are weird too. When I was a kid I had a cat named Smart Oyster (I don’t know, I was 3.) Smart Oyster had 1 blue eye and 1 green eye. After about 2 or 3 days of having the cats Ronnie told me that R2’s eyes were blue and green. I thought he meant like Smart Oyster. Nope. R2’s left eye is half blue, half green, right down the middle. Like, looking at his left eye the left side is blue, the right side is green. I’ve tried to get a picture but it hasn’t worked. I’ll keep trying.

If the kittens survive Paige, they may not survive me. They like to sleep with me. That wouldn’t be a problem if they actually slept. They like to run around the bed. The more I throw them off the bed the more they think it’s a game. They do finally settle down to sleep about 4 am. Usually on top of my head. Both of them, on top of my head. I haven’t slept well in over a week, and I’m cranky! Last night was the worst. They woke me up about every hour playing in the bed.

After all is said and done therapy for the cats should be pretty cheap. I can get a bag of organic catnip for about $5. Apply some liberally to their favorite areas, and we should be good to go.


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