Everything’s fine here, first of all. The changeover to a new computer had issues that I couldn’t figure out until I saw a Windows log that the hard drive would sometimes take 20 seconds to read a small bit of data from the drive. It didn’t fail and give a message, just went off. Since I was trying to put thousands of pictures on the device and work up a new set of habits too, it became a chore.
Then I got laid off after 2o+ years and had to add interesting chores like getting insurance, hunting for work, and possibly prepping for a cross country move. I have a new job now, but I’m using the now-repaired portable for that job and not spending time re-establishing photo software on it.
Also I just spent the off-time being with the cats more than posing them up.
The cats liked having me around, but the weather the last month was terrible and only a little bit of time was worth going outside.
Sherman and Davout have both overcome some of their reserve – it started with Sherman hanging out behind the portable screen and playing with pens and such while I worked, and Davout started jumping up onto my lap when he wanted some attention too.
Davout was miffed that the weather was so bad that he couldn’t go out, but he liked eating grass. He isn’t like Rhea and Sherman, who have a taste for the six inch long pine needles and chew on them and (at least in Rhea’s case) swallow them and poo them out. And, yes, having poo stuck on a pine needle means it sticks to your long elegant fur.
So, finally, I just admitted defeat and reverted to the old portable for WordPress for now. Today (the 15th) and tommorrow are the anniversary of my two longest lived cats, Calla and Gus