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Adjusting to New Circumstances

So as we’ve seen we have a new kitten Koko. There was definitely some discussion over her name. Koko was her name at the shelter and as we can well see our cats have names that have meaning. For example, Jean-Claude’s middle name is Calinvif which is loosely translated French for “snuggles hard” and Roxie’s middle name was Toshi which is loosely translated Japanese for Warrior.

I haven’t yet determined what would be appropos for Ms. Koko. Azeena frequently calls her Koko “Bean” which is cute, but I haven’t yet figured out what is the definition of her spirit. She is extremely loving towards humans but still gives JC a hard time. I think she hasn’t figured out that she can use his 16 pounds of cuddling to keep her warm at night.

I think it took Koko awhile to actually adjust to being home and recognizing that this is her permanent home. I think she was adopted before, so it will take awhile before she really trusts that she is a permanent member of the family. I am using scent and no stress spray to get her to be comfortable with JC as more than just a cat she shares space with. Luckily, we aren’t as bad as some people, like the couple who was recently on “My Cat From Hell” in that they can share some space and eat together and not always have it be fighting.

Most humans fear change. We delay actions and thoughts because of the fear we have in our minds. However, the older I get the more I realize that NOTHING has ever come out the way I feared it. When I’ve broken through the curtain of fear, everything has turned out to be wonderful. I have been able to accomplish things in my life that I never thought I would because I broke through fear. I have also let fear dictate some things in my life and hold me back. If we are honest with ourselves we will do those things we need to do to get over our fear and move beyond it.

We humans have resources untold available to us. We have groups, phones and can connect with people in a number of ways. We also need to to interact and connect within ourselves. Pray, a form of meditation, is a wonderful way to do this.



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Koko and JC Share Space

Koko appears to be adjusting to life with CCL and Jean Claude.  Apparently Koko has a thing for butter.  Recently, at CCL’s house she dragged a stick off the counter and across the floor a bit.  She and JC also appear to be getting closer as he at least let’s her nestle near him as he sleeps.

Welcome Koko

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CCL and I have a new addition to the family. Koko is a pebble  grey and brown domestic short hair .  She was named by the folks at the Washington Animal Rescue League where we got her.   Right now she is visiting me  and perhaps  inspired by the Olympics she  is flying through the house, doing regular balancing acts  on the upstairs  staircase beam and giving poor Jean Claude fits.

Koko At A Glance


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Gabrielle Douglas Goes for the Gold With Style

Yesterday, 16-year old American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas won her second gold mental for gymnastics at the London 2012 Olympics competition. She is the first African-American to win the gold in the “all around”  competition.   In addition to the talk about her lack of confidence, skill etc. there was a lot of twitter buzz about her hair.   As someone who many years ago  faced similar teasing about and tirades about my natural hair while on the high school swim team  I could identify. Clearly self-hatred, jealousy and other isms come in to play when descriptions about this graceful, determined and BEAUTIFUL young woman go to the negative about something as mundane as her hair.    I recall my mother describing stories that contained mistruths or malicious intent as tales with “hair on them.”  Seems to me that’s what’s going with the buzz about Gabby’s do – which includes winning gold medals and making history.