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08 March 2010 @ 11:01 pm
Handsome Tom lurks. Not so much as he used to, but he's still rather lurkful. The older kitties have always borne the brunt of his lurkiness; it wasn't that he didn't lurk around Esme, it's just that she wasn't terribly fussed. It's this very lurkitude, though, that's brought us to our current straights with the old ladies. Their every move was shadowed by an enormous, thickly muscled and endlessly playful tomcat trying to find his place in the hierarchy or the household. It took a toll on their delicate, elderly kitty nerves.

It's lovely, then, to see Isabeau step outside of her safety zone (otherwise known as the coat closet; Jilly still spends most of her time in the linen closet *sigh*). Of an evening, Isabeau will hang out on the couch with Don and I, or sprawl upon the hearth before the wood stove. Sometimes, she'll curl up in the bay window or plop herself down next to my computer. Inevitably, HT will take notice. To my delight, he's calmed down considerably. Where he used to launch himself at her, now he'll just as often curl up and go to sleep.

There are those moments, though, where Isabeau really puts herself out there. Where she feels utterly protected and safe, and where I'm certain she is. Where the coast is clear, no danger in sight, and then, suddenly... he looms.


I chose to grab my iPhone to take a picture rather than mediate the imminent battle. Judge my kitty ownership skills as you will.
Julietfair_juliet on March 9th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
um, this needs to be cheezburgered NOW
Kelladyjoust on March 9th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Go for it, darlin'! I couldn't come up with anything clever. I leave it in your capable hands.
The Only Sane Oneravenclawizard on March 11th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Picture so nice, I cheezburgered it twice.
Kelladyjoust on March 11th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
The second one is particularly genius. :D
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on March 9th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
I love this photo!!
Zoë Tzoethor on March 9th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Wow. That's fabulously hilarious.
Kathy: Buddytoosha on March 9th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
OK my day started off kind of crappy and my husband just left town for a week.

This picture made me smile and giggle. Thank you so much.
Kel: Dr. Horrible shoulder dance!ladyjoust on March 9th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of service, my dear! Hope your day got better, and that your week continues on a happier path.

Gotta confess - that picture makes me giggle every time I look at it.
Kathytoosha on March 10th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I printed it out so I could look at it when ever I needed to and will continue to do so. I also shared it with my Sister who also got a smile because you named a pet Isabeau. She and her husband have always wanted to name a pet that but with kids they don't get to choose the names.

Your photo is bringing much needed smiles everywhere!
Kerry: Superior Dr Horriblescreamingdolai on March 9th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
I can almost hear HT's stiffled giggles as he prepares to launch himself, and Isabeau is just saying, "I know you're there, Tom, just get it over with."
Vampcurse: Team Ericvampcurse on March 9th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Best. Photo. Ever.
kitmfkitmf on March 9th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I don't interfere unless they decide to quarrel in my lap. Mind you, we haven't had anything serious here.
Kelladyjoust on March 9th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I interfere less than I used to. HT was pretty relentless for a while. Now I let them suss it out; it's only when I hear shrieking I intervene.
Phoenix Rising: Max on Monitormynock25 on March 9th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
What makes the photo so much better (and it's pretty awesome on it's own) is the set up.

Janet: Cats - Stephanie Pui-Man Lawgoodnite_gracee on March 10th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Kitty ownership skills aside, it IS a great shot, and well worth the minor inconvenience...