Thursday, June 30, 2016


We are happy to welcome a new addition to our family:  six-year-old silver tabby cat Eris**!!

She comes to us from some friends who had to make a difficult move and could not take her with them.  And so we had offered to take her.  Except it wasn't all finalized until late this afternoon.  Her owner brought her over around 5:30 and we put her in the basement "cat sanctuary" which we used with the boys just a year and a half ago.

And yes, she looks an awful lot like our dear Mr. P!  In fact, we were all a little shocked because she looks more like him in person, being bigger than her picture indicated.  But their faces aren't at all the same.

The kids are thrilled and have been down to visit a few times, with lots of pets for her.  She came out of her hiding spots under the cat tree and under the bookshelf within about an hour.  Now she's on the puffy hedgehog just hanging out.

And we're watching her via remote online camera to see what she's up to.

Yep, I think we're officially crazy cat people.  I just can't easily say "no" when a cat is in need.  That's how we got Hopalong, Fudgie, Christmas Snow, Pinkie Lee, and Lilac when I was a child, and how Mama and I have gotten Morgan, Mr. P, and Mojito.  Only Albus and Hermione were in any way planned; even Curiosity, procured by Aunt Banana, arrived because the hairstylist told my 5 year old sister that she had kittens to give away and, before the haircut was over, we were on the list to get one!

Still, we're happy to have Eris.  And even though she looks like Mr. P, she'll be her own cat and we're excited to get to know her.

**But we didn't name her.  To quote T.S. Eliot, or really Andrew Lloyd Webber, "the naming of cats is a difficult matter."  Eris is the name her last family gave her.  Bud is against altering it because it's HER NAME, which is fine.  Even if Eris is the Greek goddess of discord and chaos who started the Trojan War.  Maybe it's some kind of protection against the evil eye, like naming a child "Hiccup" (see How to Train Your Dragon.)  We're big on nicknames so I doubt it will be just "Eris" for long.  I already like "Miss E!"

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