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Dept. of They're On Their Way and More

Goodbye - You Took the Trailer and the Cowhorns. We Got the Cats.

And, boy, does one of our cats hate that. I'd wondered if Opie would be chill or freaked out, given his differing reactions to Tommy and Lily the last two times we cat sit them. He went with freaked out. We've had them since Friday night, and have had two sleepless nights. Lily is still a bully (probably because she's freaked out, too, but the behavior is no help at all), while our Phil and Tommy are very laid back - or as laid back as they can be, when two other cats are hissing and growling almost non-stop. 

We'll figure something out, but right now it's high stress time at Casa KathBob. (Update: we just got a Feliway multi-cat household diffuser, which should start working in 7 days; that seems like a long time, but since we're going to have them two weeks or more, it could give us some relief. I also fed Opie a chew treat that claims to support calm. I like the fact that it doesn't claim it can cause calm. And Opie's now conked out on the couch, Phil right next two him, and the two interlopers across the room on the large cat tree. Dare I hope that we may be able to have an uninterrupted sleep tonight?)

Oh, yeah, and we said goodbye to Andy and Emily at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Emily's mother and stepdad were there, which wasn't optimal, since Amy is ... problematic. I'll leave it at that. And it's petty of me to want to have the two kids (who are not kids, of course, since they're in their 30s, but, hey, mom) to myself. Amy's in the same boat I am; seeing her first-born moving the farthest away she's ever moved. 

They're caravan-ing it across the country with a rental van (which includes all the worldly goods they could stuff into it, including the aforementioned cow horns), and a trailer holding Andy's car. He drives Emily's car, while Emily and Dave, her absolutely wonderful friend/former boss/father of one of Andy's school friends, handle the van. I think Andy will eventually swap places with Emily, since he has some experience driving a truck. They called us from South Dakota, where they were preparing to see Mount Rushmore, and get some sleep. I hope Andy sends pics; he's seeing more of the country than Bob and I have.

Do I feel bereft? Do I fear for them?  Yeah, a tad. But, as Bob put it, "Now the adventure begins!" And when he put it that way, it made me feel better. Still, my tension will take a while to melt away, and in the meantime, my back is being a bitch. Ah, well ....   

Anyhow, here are two pictures from the goodbye morning. I
 note that the pictures are much better on Dreamwidth. LJ shrinks them so you don't have pictures that move beyond the frame of the post, which is nice, but it also means that larger pictures get shrunk. 



Plus a goodbye selfie which Andy insisted on taking. Selfie generation, that's him.


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flowsoffire
Sep. 3rd, 2018 03:59 am (UTC)
*hugs*

I hope the situation with your cats improves! Much love <3
kaffyr
Sep. 3rd, 2018 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I got more than enough sleep last night and this morning, and at least some of the growling abated, although I'm not sure that will last forever. Still, I'm happy for small mercies.
strannik01
Sep. 3rd, 2018 05:44 am (UTC)
The photo shrinkage wasn't too bad.

But, on the more serious note, best of luck to Andy and his wife in the strange, supposedly rainy land of Westcostia. And I really hope that the cats will get along better in the days to come, for all of y'all's sake.
kaffyr
Sep. 3rd, 2018 05:20 pm (UTC)
I think they are much braver than I am; I think my fears are that there are some things that can't be overcome with bravery. Still, it's the right thing for them to do - certainly, they think so - so I'm backing them as much as I can.

hamsterwoman
Sep. 3rd, 2018 07:54 am (UTC)
Best of luck to them with the move, and to you with the cats meanwhile!
kaffyr
Sep. 3rd, 2018 05:21 pm (UTC)
We had a surprisingly calm night with the cats, which was a relief (even though I know we'll eventually have more hissing and spitting).

Thanks for the good wishes, on their behalf!
elisi
Sep. 3rd, 2018 07:28 pm (UTC)
Good luck to Andy & Emily - and to you with the cats. <3
kaffyr
Sep. 3rd, 2018 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks on Andy's and Em's behalf. The cat situation is at least calmer today than it was yesterday, so I'm counting my blessings. The two newcomers are cute, although they're not all that bright, and we've cat sit for them before. If everyone of the feline persuasion was happy, it would be a fun two weeks.
elisi
Sep. 3rd, 2018 08:18 pm (UTC)
The two newcomers are cute, although they're not all that bright
... they're cats? The stupidity merely makes them more adorable.

ETA: I found the post I was thinking of when writing this:

http://todayiwrotenothing.tumblr.com/post/148298339603/seldaran-galesofnovember

:D :D :D

Edited at 2018-09-03 09:07 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Sep. 16th, 2018 05:07 am (UTC)
Heh - we have had two orange cats; one was regal and very intelligent. The other is so squirrely that we can't accurately figure out his true intelligence, because we can't figure out what's squirreliness, and which is lack of intelligence.
eaweek
Sep. 5th, 2018 07:55 pm (UTC)
Best of luck to them in their move!
kaffyr
Sep. 11th, 2018 07:37 pm (UTC)
They made it out there - and now it's almost time for Bob and I to fly out there with their two kitties; we do that on Friday. Not particularly looking forward to four and a half hours in a pressurized inescapable cabin with two cats in cages under our seats, but that's what Andy and Emily want. They don't want their kitties in the pressurized baggage area, and I guess I can understand that. Ah, well, once they're delivered, we'll be there for two and a half more days, so we can perhaps play tourist a bit.
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 7th, 2018 07:45 pm (UTC)
OMG!! Wishing them all the luck and happiness!!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Sep. 11th, 2018 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, on their behalves, and many hugs to you as well, my dear!
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