February 4th, 2013

Happier than...


Give a kitten a potato, make his day:

Could you imagine having a houseful of kittens? You'd never get any work done or any sleep, but it sure would be fun.

Speaking of cats, Ellie New Cat is such a bold little thief! If I wiggle a pen and then put it down right next to my hand and "ignore" it, she'll come stalking over and snatch it up and try to run off with it. Anything that's smaller than a pen is fair game for her to steal. It's very odd, but also very cute. Sometimes she tries for longer things (she tried to steal a wooden spoon once), but she can never get the balance right and ends up with her head tipped all the way to one side until she trips over it. I have no idea why she steals these things, but she'll steal the same thing over and over as many times as I take it from her and leave it out where she can get it. (Yet she ignores people food; I can leave my plate next to her while I go to another room and she has no interest in it.)

tersa mentioned calendars, which made me want to comment on mine for this year. I bought an uncharacteristic one for me, Thich Nhat Hanh 2013 Wall Calendar: "Taoist symbols, ancient imagery and the gentle reflection of nature meet and merge in Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin's artwork. The Thich Nhat Hanh wall calendar combines Honshin's graceful paintings with the words of renowned Zen master, peace activist and author of over 60 books, Thich Nhat Hanh." I'm really, really liking it. While I think this month might not be popular with a lot of folks, it makes me so happy. I couldn't find an image of it alone online, but it's the lowest left image on the back cover. A bunch of scallions, held together by a simple band with a (Vietnamese? Chinese? Japanese?) symbol on it. Not only are the colors beautiful and the design simple but interesting, but it tickles me that it fits with IC things in my current RP as well. I said that Thistle was growing scallions before I saw it was featured in the calendar, and the oriental symbol on the band makes it a perfect match.

It's such a nice calendar. Simple, beautiful paintings, nice color schemes, and the quotes are peaceful and happy. If there's a 2014 version next year, I'll be buying it again for sure.