The Friendly Beasts
The Friendly Beasts

That one line, “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” has started quite a little industry. The Christmas market is endlessly reduplicative–there’s only a finite number of symbols that really say “Christmas,” so you have to really milk every new noun you have. So, merry christmouse. This isn’t the best photo, but Autosharpen […]

Minimal Effort Kittens
Minimal Effort Kittens

Come on! Don’t be shy! It’s a bright, beautiful day, just like you! Turn around, let’s see your smiling face, little kitten! Ooh. Never mind. So, what we have here is, well, there’s a certain degree of inspiration. Spotted shell, spotted cat. Brilliant. I can’t see anything wrong with the concept. Except…except that it calls […]

Australia’s marsupial cats
Australia’s marsupial cats

It’s not their BEST-known animal, but the pouched cat of Australia had a long and proud history. They were a strange, stiff-necked breed, not actually related to the housecat at all, except in a sort of “read about it in a magazine, tried the same haircut” way. Unlike most marsupials, they could carry up to […]

They ran out of lives :(
They ran out of lives :(

After this, it can only get better, kitten-wise. In ancient Egypt, cats were mummified and entombed with the dead–with great pomp and circumstance, or just included in a shared crypt. Why? No-one knows. Or at least Wikipedia doesn’t know. Maybe it kept away mice. Maybe the beast that ate the judged souls was allergic to […]

Somewhere, out there
Somewhere, out there

Deep in the heart of San Antonio, there is a Goodwill. It’s as polished as a downtown department store, and even has a coffee bar built in. We swore we’d find that Goodwill and we would shop at that Goodwill. And we did. But they actually had standards, so we went off to go to […]

Cats and dogs
Cats and dogs

After the magnificence that was the South Flores Texas Thrift Store, we knew that anything else would be a pale second. Out of a sense of duty, we went down the other, lesser thrift stores on South Flores, taking a detour down Military Drive because South San Antonio is kind of like the Bermuda Triangle, […]

Bwaaauuur!
Bwaaauuur!

I don’t know how to spell it! It’d sound like Walt Whitman’s barbaric yawp, or an anthropomorphic oboe singing its love song to the moon. Or the mating calls of two steamrollers in a misty forest in October. Or the world’s biggest frog doing a Barry White impression. Try to fit THAT noise in your […]

Kittens: The Return
Kittens: The Return

I had this thought that just maybe kittens would be a good way to ease back into harmony and happiness after a week of clowns, but, no, the kittens in their own special way bring their own special nightmares. Particularly when they seem to have been inexpertly resurrected after an accident involving a cast-iron skillet, an air […]

Gaze into the kitten
Gaze into the kitten

Become lost in the depths of its eyes. There is only you…and the kitten, reflecting you. As it reflects you, you become the kitten, consumed in its gaze. When it blinks–if it blinks–hundreds of you will vanish and be reborn in an instant. The kitten is all things. It is peace and tranquility, insight and […]

Kitteny Badness
Kitteny Badness

Tiny bundle of adorableness, or BASKET OF MURDER?? You be the judge. Things made with real fur end up on the “horrors” shelf far, far too easily. This is not an ethical judgement on fur, though using scraps of bunny fur to make a basket of itty bitty tiny kittens does seem a little shady […]