Respite Open Thread: Maysie and Tux Update

My tolerance for stupidity has reached empty, so once again I’m tuning out. Except probably to hang out here for the debates.  For those of you who need a break, Sister Rail Gun provides us with the perfect antidote:

They weren’t able to get handoff photos, because as you can imagine, it was hectic.  But here they are settling in. More from Sister Rail Gun:


We got them both into their room. They checked it out and said, “Yep, that’s a litter box, now where’s the food?”

We have Maysie in her favorite spot, by the window overlooking the bird feeders.

Tux behind the ironing board.

Tux and Maysie in the scraps pile behind the ironing board.

Maysie after Tux gave up on the game of tug. They were each pulling on the dangler when Tux said, “Oooh, right, there’s food here!”, let go, and turned away.

Maysie in her new favorite sleeping spot.


Sister Rail Gun has promised more videos when available – you can click on the video and actually subscribe to be notified.

This is a true respite thread. I don’t care if it only has 2 comments two hours in, if anyone is feeling like I am, they need a break. So as best as I can do, here is your cuteness break for the morning.


38 replies
  1. 1

    My contribution to the cuteness thread. Cats full of win and awesome!

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    Lymie says:

    This is what Twitter does best!
    Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) Tweeted:
    The 12th verse of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is an eggplant parm recipe but no one ever includes it in their cover.…
    Cut an eggplant, and salt each slice,
    Then flour and fry ‘til crisp and nice
    Then shred some mozzarella (never gouda)
    Your marinara sauce is hot—
    you’ll ladle it straight from the pot,
    Then broil the whole megilla—hallelujah!

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    @schrodingers_cat: Embeded here (because I can and that’s adorable!)

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I have to go to work but SQUEEEEE!!!!!!

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    @Lymie: The link didn’t work, but I searched it out. Here it is and I LOVE IT:

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    Ok, I have to get to work. But I already feel better. I hope you do, too.

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    AliceBlue says:

    What cuties! So glad they found their forever home.

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    Betty says:

    What adorable babies. And what fun toys to play with. They have a good Mom.

  9. 9

    @TaMara (HFG): Glamor puss Inji says thank you.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    I miss kitties. Wife’s allergic so that phase of my life is over, sadly.

    To compensate, I snuggled multiple times with my golden retriever this morning. I love this dog more than any other soul I have ever encountered.

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    Cathie Fonz (formerly Cathie from Canada) says:

    Your place is Cat Heaven, for them and for us.

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    Yarrow says:

    They are really cute. Glad they found their forever home. Thanks for Sister Rial Gun for adopting them.

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    J R in WV says:

    So, in spite of really harsh summertime high temps, last night it was pretty chilly, and I left the bedroom window open. By near dawn it was actually pretty cold, so wife and I were snuggled up.

    But Punkin was also cold, and walked and curled up on my sore hip, Nope, cat, that’ll never do. So she walked between us up to the pillows. Then when I squirmed a bit, the quilt lifted and showed a gap, and Punkin was into that gap and under the covers in a flash. Ne’re to be seen again until wife got up around 9:45.

    When I got up, the dawg was lying where wife had been sleeping, it was pretty warm with her, also, too!

    Gonna be 97 today, after a low around 59 last night. No fun, no rain either!

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    Kattails says:

    so CUUUUUTE. What is that hut Tux is hanging out in?

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    Leto says:

    The new Margret Atwood book is out, the planned sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I read a review about it and it seems pretty good. Explores the women who helped build/prop-up the system (the Aunts), what their motivations were and how that dovetails with current society. Also a new Stephen King book is out. So yeah, heading over to the local book store to pick those up for Avalune and to check out what else they might have. I’ll check back in later tonight to see what lunacy has transpired.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Leto: Sounds good. Maybe we will have to do a book club.

    I am still up for a book club on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, although I have not started that one yet. Believe it or not, I have been reading old Perry Mason novels.

    @ Sister Rail Gun: Love the photos. Those are some happy kitties who are settling in happily. I love Maysie’s eyes and demeanor. They’re both darling.

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    Tazj says:

    Congratulations Sister Rail Gun! They look they’re settling in nicely and already taking over the laundry basket.

    @schrodingers_cat: That is a very cute cat and my husband’s very favorite kind of cat, a ginger tabby. That’s the first kind of cat he ever adopted.

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    Aleta says:

    Wonderful. Respite for the kits; for us respite offered in every comment and every pic.

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    Middlelee says:

    I just reread The Bluest Eye. It was the most emotionally devastating book I’d ever read the first time around. This time, 40 or so years older, I was so angry, and despairing that we will ever change.

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    It’s my last night in Chonburi, so I splurged at the new hotel’s restaurant, which is surprisingly good. I figured the shrimp cakes would be a small appetizer, but nope it’s a full-sized plate of shrimp, out of the blue, no explanation.

    I just rolled with it and got out my eating dress. Sometimes the cosmic unconsciousness smiles upon you.

    Did I mention the shrimp, plus a tasty pad see ew, were less than $12.

    OTOH, I have to get up at Zero Dark Thirty for my flight to Taipei, Taiwan tomorrow, and I can’t get to sleep.

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    Middlelee says:

    Thanks for the respite. Cats are the best respite ever.

  22. 22
    NotMax says:

    @ Sister Golden Bear

    One word: muu-muu.


  23. 23
    rikyrah says:

    I’m so glad that they all found one another.

    Too cute for words

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    Kayla Rudbek says:

    Kitties! Hooray! And for my respite, I am trying to figure out whether Edwardian photography was good enough and/or fast enough to capture trick cycling. I just got a book titled Fancy Cycling, which is a facsimile of the original book published 1901. 115 pages of instructions and pictures of trick cycling, with the Edwardian women in skirts down to their ankles riding e.g. a bike through a hoop, knitting on the bike, doing cavalry-style sword attacks on a target, etc. And then the Edwardian men riding e.g. balanced solely on the top tube, two men on bikes holding a clown on a pole between them. I know that they had some touch up techniques in photography back then, but I don’t know if they could have faked these pictures.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Middlelee: OK, you’re in the club. Maybe you should lead it!

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    JPL says:

    It certainly didn’t take them long to adjust. lol

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Maisie decided that her first escape attempt yesterday went very well. She made it as far as the master bathroom.

    So she tried again. I accommodated her, picked her up to keep some control over the situation, and….

    Oh, my, Maisie does have a loud snarl.

    She encountered the Vorwiggles twins, who were all “What is this curious creature?” She wasn’t interested in being investigated.

    I put her back in the room and told her, “There be dragons out there. That’s why you’re staying in here.” She’s sleeping after her great adventure.

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    Mary G says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: Thanks for the video and photos. They are doing so well! I just love the Balloon Juice community. I am always concerned that this time the pet won’t get a home, and always thrilled to be wrong.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Kayla Rudbek:

    Movies already existed and could shoot at 18+ frames per second depending on how fast the cameraman cranked the camera so, yeah, I don’t see any reason why those images couldn’t have been captured. They may even be still frames from a movie and not a “true” photograph, but a 1901 camera absolutely could have captured them with enough light.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    Maisie still looks a little nervous, but Tux is like, “Are there food and toys? Then I’m good.” 😹

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Kayla Rudbek:

    Also, too, if you’re wondering about trick photography, please enjoy this 1898 short film by Georges Meliès:

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    Quiltingfool says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Oh my, that kitty looks so much like my kitty, Baby! And Baby poses the same way, you know, the “I’m so adorable, pet me and give me treats!”

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    @Quiltingfool: That is my gentle ginger girl.

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    Leto says:

    @Elizabelle: a book club would be cool. Picked up those two books, and Samantha Powers’ autobiography. And indeed insanity/chaos reigns today. On to lunch…

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    Kayla Rudbek says:

    @Mnemosyne: okay, the photos being stills from films makes a lot of sense to me. I was wondering how the cyclists were managing to trackstand during the pictures in all these wacky poses, and having the photos being stills from films would eliminate that requirement.

    The Brownie camera had just come out from Kodak (1900) and I wasn’t sure whether it would have been fast enough to take those pictures or not. So that’s why I was thinking about retouched photos.

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    JustRuss says:

    Used to have a kitty who looked like Tux, still miss her. Though she was hell on the local bird population.

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    Aleta says:

    I wonder how Waffles and Hemingway are today …

    Also AmyBlueKat is one cool cat. And Sister RailGun makes two.

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    AmyBlueKat says:

    I am so happy to see these photos! Have been waiting a few days to let Maisie and Big Tux settle in a bit before I contacted Sister Rail Gun to get an update. I can’t believe how perfectly all of this worked out. After dropping the kitties off, I went to my best friend’s house who just so happened to live in the same town as Sister Rail Gun – despite me putting a will-transport-anywhere adoption post! And my best friend just happened to be in the moving process this very weekend. So I dropped the kitties off, and headed to his house to help him pack up and move. Sometimes, things go right. :)


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