Saturday, November 1, 2014

Firsts on Caturday

Last year I took advantage of the month of November being a slow month (work-wise, training-wise, etc.) and participated in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) with prompts from BlogHer. This year, the month's looking a little busier (repair regs at work, half marathon after Thanksgiving), but I still wanted to take on the challenge of writing more. I really want to continue building my blog as both a place of conversation and a venue for me to learn to express myself, and I think this is a great way to do that.

To make sure I have things to write about, I decided to take part in NaBloPoMo with prompts from Kim of Miss Zoot. She's doing a project this month to build a list in Feedly of participants and email out prompts each day. I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

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Today, the first of the month, is about Firsts. Since it's also Caturday, let's talk about a first that happened last night, and another this afternoon: the cats were left alone together and didn't kill each other! 

Until now, we've shut Hera in the guest room at night, and whenever we were gone; we simply didn't trust the two cats to be alone unsupervised. After a few weeks, we became less careful about supervision, not worrying if we stepped out to take the garbage out or took a long shower or whatnot. 

Finally, we decided they were coexisting well enough. Last night, we let Hera have free rein of the house. Fortunately, not only did she not pick a fight with her sister, she didn't even make a nuisance in our bedroom (until about 7:00 am, but that's when she usually starts whining even when she's in her own room).

Since that went well, I decided to try another experiment. Heading out for my run this afternoon while Abe was already out, I left Hera in the main part of the house. And they both survived! In fact, as soon as I returned, I saw this: 

I thought Imogene was willing to get that close to Hera only when it was necessary to sit on a lap, but I guess she's ok with it regardless! I hope they eventually become friends, and cuddle and groom and keep each other company, but for now this is an awesome sign of progress.

Also, I found out that Hera's tendency to take someone's spot as soon as they get up doesn't only apply to humans: 

If you want more cat pics, check me out on Instagram! I promise a minimum of 80% cat content. 

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