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TIME SPENT WITH CATS IS NEVER WASTED
I had not exactly forgotten how lovely it is to have a cat in the house, but it has, admittedly, been a VERY long time. We were forced to give our 2 Swedish cats away only about a year after we adopted them, when Martin was only a few months old, because Anders' asthma had progressed to the point of dangerous on their account.

Today, receiving Hanna was the last thing on a very long list of Things To Do, and much the most anticipated. Both the kids had school. Karin had swimming and Music-play group. Martin had music and then piano lessons. I had work with many meetings. At 4 p.m. Martin and I met with his teacher for his half-year conference and then we raced home to grab the bags of toys we had packed up for the daycare and back again to drop them off. Then we went to McDonald's for dinner since it was halfway to Karin's karate class. I was realizing that I haven't eaten at McDonald's in probably a year and a half, if not more. At least I can't remember the last time I ate there. Eating there tonight, I realized why. The fries are ungodly good but otherwise: meh. And YEESH what a lot of loud rugrats there were; the place was simply crawling with the under-8 crowd and dozens of pairs of harried looking parents.

Anyway, Martin and I dropped Karin off and then went for a walk around the wooded jogging ring that I discovered last year. It was actually the first time I've walked it since last fall because it's been so dark in the evenings that I didn't feel confident about walking there (despite it being perfectly safe here in Sweden)...mostly because I remembered it as not being the most level of paths and I was worried about my weak ankle. Much to my delight, Martin and I found that it had apparently been freshly leveled and paved down with sand and we spent a very happy 40 minutes walking it three times round in the chilly wind, talking up a storm the whole time.

Then we picked up Karin and raced home just in time to meet Geena unloading cat paraphernalia at our door. Yay! We have a cat! Hanna spent the first 2 hours simply scurrying about checking everything out and poking her nose into every nook and cranny. The kids spent 15 minutes in the moose bathroom with her, where her sandbox has been placed, so she'd be familiar with the room. She's eaten a quick snack from her food bowl and she's been up on every bed and shelf exploring. She's even deigned to play with both me and the children, though she hasn't sat still for very long.

This is Hanna, up on Martin's loft bed. She got up there all by herself. From the bookshelf to the top of the boombox to a light-footed leap over the railing. I'm thrilled beyond words to have a 6-day kitty fix. Thanks for entrusting us with your baby, Geena & Björn!

 happy
mood: happy
music: Pierce Turner—The Sky & The Ground


Comments

Yay for kitty time!

Her first night with us she went around and around meowing and meowing and not resting for a moment. So the fact that she's already found a soft high place to rest is a very very good sign that she's feeling right at home. As we knew she would.

YAY for having found a good place for our cat while we're away!!

Björn says, "Merp!"

KITTY!

She's pretty too - well, she's a tortie, of course she is...

What a cutie!

Do you guys literally use sand for litter? I've wondered about that (uh, obviously too much free time) in other countries since the clay litter over here is strip mined.

Um, no. They have "kitty-litter" here, too.

(Anonymous)
yay for kitties!!

oh too fun-- lucky you!

~bluepoppy

Oh yay! Are you all just over the sun and around the moon for this opportunity? I'm sure the kiddos are enjoying a loverly furry friend!

Yay for you guys too for being kitty-sitters! We have found a pet-sitter that we adore and she is invaluable!

=)

(Anonymous)

Aww Hanna is sooo cute!

I am totally completely overwhelmingly AVUNDSJUK! :) Wouldn't I like to be you right now!

/Mia

http://mias.blogg.se

(Anonymous)

Glad you're happy to cat-sit, but how is Anders' asthma with her there? Six days can be along time to suffer.

She looks purr-fectly content.

Geena's Aunt Lynn

He's been in Italy all week, doesn't get back until tonight. And since our house is cat-hair-and-dander-free, 6 days isn't enough to cause a bad reaction. He'll be taking allergy meds just in case, but it shouldn't be a problem. :)

MURP!

I am SO thoroughly holding my thumbs and crossing my fingers that the cat experiment ends up with you having a cat of your very own to keep.

Thank you!! Me, too :) Although this first day is messed up for me by the 15 minutes (only 15 minutes!) I spent in the cat people's totally-cat-funked house. She has Maine Coon cats too, and they have 6 cats and 2 dogs in the house and man, the place REEKED of animal. My eyes were itching by the time we left, only 15 minutes later and they still haven't recovered, so I'm hoping tomorrow will be a better test for me, at least.

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