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Word Wenches is a blog featuring seven authors, plotting in the present, writing about the past. . .and inprovising the rest. Authors include Jo Beverley, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Sarah Gabriel, Susan Holloway Scott, and Loretta Chase.
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Hi, Jenny. Nope, the Sandicast Doberman is no longer a collector's item, thanks to Sparky. I've had that statuette for many years, and I was devastated when I discovered what Sparky had done. But such is life. I have some of that special oven-bake clay that crafters use, so I'll see if I can sculpt replacement ears, as well as disguise the teeth marks on the nose and the rest of the body. *g* I had to laugh at your description of a Christmas present for Sparky. Yup. Just wrap a paper ball with . . . paper! My computer probably isn't easily fixable. It's 8 years old and in the computer world, that is ancient. Many of its programs are no longer supported by Microsoft. I just hate the thought of having to go computer shopping. Ugh. But life goes on, doesn't it? Onward and upward! If you aren't willing to embrace change, it will run roughshod right over you.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on THE SPARKY REPORT #45 at Word Wenches
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Elaine, it looks like my reply disappeared earlier, so I'm re-doing it. Like you and your knitting magazines, I have my rubber stamping and crafting magazines that I must keep away from Sparky. She likes to chew on the corners. I own several books that are dog-eared (cat-eared?) because of Sparky gnawing on them. I think she just likes things to chew on. It must satisfy some sort of craving. Or at least I tell myself that!
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Oh, my gosh, you too? One of the Wenches just went through a very trying 3 months selling her house and buying a new one. That's one thing I love about the Wench community--the support we extend to each other. All the Wenches offered boundless support to one of their own, and it's such a good feeling to know that no matter what, there are others to hold you up. I'm so sorry you are having to go through the same thing. I haven't moved in 40 years, and I'm emotionally ready for a move. But I could never afford what I already have--a house, acreage, and a barn--all paid for. So here I sit. I hope you find the house of your dreams. Moving is so disruptive and emotional, bu also exciting. Hang in there bud! **Try Malwarebytes. If not, let me know tomorrow and I can hook in remotely and take a look.** Theo, are you SERIOUS??? Awesome! This is what I mean about the Wench community. Not only are the Wenches super-supportive (and no, they didn't pay me to say that), but the visitors to this site, especally the Sparky fans *g* are just as supportive. I have "met" some wonderful online friends through this site, and I'm the richer for it. Thank you for being one of those friends, Theo, and for the offer of remote help should I need it. Today I had a meltdown and I'm just not ready to go through that again. I have the Norton support phone number, so I'll give them a call and see if they can help. But believe me, if I need your help, you are going to hear from me! Thank you, dear Theo. I am so blessed in the friendships I have made through the Wench site and from all the Sparky fans.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on THE SPARKY REPORT #45 at Word Wenches
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Theo, you're right. it as just like te packing stuff you used when you sent me the Nook. As I mentioned above, Sparky is a very touchy feely cat, and if it makes noise, all the better! I'm so sorry to hear you're discouraged today. This does seem to be a day for discouragement. Even my elderly computer is discouraged. Despite having the most up-to-date antivirus program and running full computer scans every day, a malware/adware virus slipped through today and now I'm bombarded with pop-ups and other things. Not fun. Especially when it adds links to my post without my permission. (So for safety's sake, do not click on any links in my posts. I'm working to fix the problem.) I sure hope your discouragement turns into encouragement. Outside influences can affect how we feel, and some of those outside influences can be persistent and negative. As well, maybe it's a small outside influence, but one after another can have the same bad effect. Hang in there, sweetie. Whatever it is, it's probably temporary and a week or month or year from now it'll be water under the bridge. Not that you want to hear that while in the midst of it all. "Helpful" advice from well-meaning but clueless friends sometimes makes you want to bop them on the head, doesn't it? *g*
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Oh, yes, Donna, Sparky is definitely back to "normal." (Or at least normal for her! She does like to dig and scratch at interesting things. I think she's a very touchy feely individual. She just likes things that crinkle and rustle. LOL re Andrew looking at Pierce disdainfully! I'll just bet Andrew does a few things like that, himself, but probably in a more subtle way! Cats! Gotta love 'em.
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Shannon, joy sometimes appears when and where you least expect it. Sparky certainly sheds a fair amount of joy around here. I'm so sorry to hear you need some joy in your life right now. I hope it is a transient thing and that you'll soon welcome joy into your household once again. {{{hugs}}}
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Hi, HJ. Thankfully, Sparky doesn't eat it--she just tears it in little bitty pieces and then spits them out. And yes, one would expect her "gnawing" habit to belong to a dog, not a cat! She isn't even teething!
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Greetings, Sparky fans! That cat has been getting into trouble big time. Every time I hear a thud or crash, I know who the culprit is. It's amazing how she can make a toy out of the most mundane things. Case in point: something that tears easily and makes a pleasing sound when doing so. Yesterday, I bought a set of drinking glasses. When I got home, I unwrapped the glasses, leaving the cushioning newsprint on my desk. Sparky discovered it, and pretty soon I heard tearing and ripping. I grabbed my camera, and this is what I saw: In... Continue reading
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Donna, I am a desk freak, especially antique desks. At one time, I had six desks, but now I'm down to a sensible four. *g* Thank you for the compliment on the pictures. Sparky is a never-ending source for fun and quirky pictures. I take pictures of her just about every day. Unlike you, with your rainy Monday, we are sweltering here in the Pacific NW with an expected high of 93° F. today. As a result, Sparky has been spending a lot of time sprawled in unladylike poses in front of the floor fan. We'd be happy to send you some sunshine if you'll send us your rain!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #44 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Catherine. I'll pass your compliment on to Sparky. She really *is* gorgeous, isn't she? Wish I could take credit for it, but other than feeding her super-premium cat food, which gives her a luxurious coat, all the credit goes to Sparky's good genes!
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Jenny, Sparky will be happy to hear she gives you a chuckle on Mondays. (She gives me a chuckle--and sometimes a sigh of frustration--every day!) Sparky does seem to be coping with her diminished eyesight. I'm just thankful she has regained enough sight to make her life more comfortable. It is such a huge relief, considering how upset I was when I first discovered her blindness.
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Theo, Sparky was sooooo interested in that box! It gave me plenty of time to get my camera and take a series of pictures that I was certain you'd enjoy. Of equal interest to her was the Nook that was inside the box. I'm surprised she didn't hyperventilate with all that sniffing! You are so right about the $800 bike and the kid playing with the box it came in. Time and again I have bought fancy toys for Sparky and the dogs, only to witness them playing with the package the toy came in. Animals! Gotta love 'em!
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LOL, Shannon! Sparky definitely thinks outside the box, and I'm glad to hear that her antics will give you a giggle. That cat does love her boxes. Right now, she is lying in the lid to a Bankers Box. I'm packing up a bunch of stuff for storage, and the weather is quite hot. I believe Sparky finds the lid cool. Or maybe it's that the fan is blowing across the lid. *g*
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Today I'm going to talk about the things that make Sparky unique. Specifically, I'm going to talk about Sparky's intense curiosity when anything new is brought into the house. The above Priority Mail box is an example. But first, a little background for anyone new visiting this blog: as most of you know, I adopted Sparky when she was a 3-week-old orphan. (See details in the link at the end of this post.) She's a year old now, and healthy in all respects but one--she suddenly and inexplicably went blind last month. Prompt attention on my part, and diligent care... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Jane, it *is* funny how different things appeal to cats as toys. I love that your Motley enjoys furry things. I had a cat that went bananas over those fishing pole things that have a feather on a string. That cat was so fast that I was forever replacing the battered feathers. When I was finished playing with the cat, I had to be very careful where I stored the toy, because the cat would find it every time and decimate it. It was amazing how he found the toy even in the most difficult hiding places. Around here, if I buy a cat toy for Sparky, the dogs eventually get it and destroy it. So Sparky finds her own homegrown toys that don't cost a thing and are just as entertaining. Give Sparky a paper bag or an empty box and she's set for the day. Throw in a Styrofoam peanut (her latest favorite toy) and the fun is doubled!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #43 at Word Wenches
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Agreed! You'll never hear a cat whine, "There's nothing to do. I'm bored!" And they don't need fancy toys. A paper sack, a box, a plastic ring from the milk carton--and a sense of humor. That's all they need!
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Donna, glad to start off your day with a laugh. Wish I could take credit for it, but I have to give most of the credit to the animals. Loved your story of Andrew tapping your shoulder! I can just envision it. Sparky's favorite ambush style has her hiding in an overturned box that has convenient holes in it, or where one side is cut away. (I get them from Costco, where you can find sturdy produce boxes with holes or cut-away sides just perfect for mischievous cats.) Sparky will lurk inside the overturned box and then pat anyone passing by. Lightning quick it is: slap-slap-slap and then the paw disappears back inside the box. Doggy noses are especially fun to slap when they poke inside the box. Great fun for everyone!
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #43 at Word Wenches
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Karin! You won't believe this, but I have that very same cartoon! I thought it was so funny when I first saw it that I cut it out. It now resides in a folder with many other writing- or cat-related cartoons, and is also on my computer. LOL! Great minds and all that!
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And I delight in reporting good news re Sparky! I'm so glad you enjoy the updates, HJ. It's hard to believe I've been doing this for over a year! (Thanksk to the good graces of the Wenches!)
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Hi, Catherine. Indeed, cats are brave fighters. They are adaptable in so many ways, and then inflexible in others. (OMG, you moved that chair from where it's always been! I shall now freak out!) *g* Like you, I am so pleased that Sparky is doing so well. It just gets better and better every day!
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Karen, I certainly do love Sparky to pieces! She has turned this household upside down since the day I found her, and she fills the four walls with unfettered joy and highjinks. I keep marveling at how peculiar her personality is, and how it is ever evolving. When I first found her as a tiny kitten, she was very much her own cat. If she wasn't interested in acknowledging you, she could so thoroughly ignore your calls and entreaties that it was exasperating. Even snapping my fingers in her face was useless--she refused to look at me or even indicate with so much as a flick of an ear that she'd heard me. She didn't respond like normal cats when you petted her, either. You know how when you start the stroke at the head and end at the tail, the cat usually raises its butt? Sparky didn't. She would slink lower and lowere when you pet her, and sort of ooze away from your hand. She didn't view my stroking as affection. One of the Wenches even mentioned that she sounded like she was autistic. For awhile I thought she might be! But it was Sparky being Sparky. Now, she is a love bug, and enjoys petting, though she doesn't like you to put your hand anywhere near the top or back of her head. Petting must commence at her shoulders. And she still doesn't have an elevator butt at the end of the stroke. You cannot put Sparky into a receptacle neatly labled "cat." She won't fit. She's too quirky. Sparky is what Sparky is.
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Dearest Theo! You are one of Sparky's first and truest fans, and she sends you greetings straight from the heart. Yes, the scarring is permanent, but perhaps there is hope that Sparky's eyesight will at least stabilize and maybe even improve. Just in the few days she's been on the increased dosage, I've seen an improvement. Today the rascal is into EVERYTHING! I can only laugh because it's a joy to be around such an animal that wrings every blessed moment out of the day. It sounds like your Garth is adjusting well to the move. Animals are so adaptable, and chasing bugs is a sure sign the Garth is settling in. That was one of the first things that gave me hope that Sparky's eyesight wasn't totally gone--she could apparently detect movement, and when she began chasing bugs, I rejoiced. I remember the very first bug she ever caught--a big old moth when she was still an infant. I've never seen a cat so nimble and accurate at such a young age. Are you all settled in or do you still have house hunting to do? And how's the new job?
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Donna, Sparky will chase after the pull ring on milk cartons, but she quickly loses interest in them for some reason. But pull the crackly plastic seal from around the lid of a bottle of vitamins, say, and she's all over you. It's the equivalent of showing a tennis ball to a Labrador Retriever. *g* I'm just happy that she can now see well enough to chase after the object when thrown. Your Pierce has more common sense than Sparky. After all, those pull rings are more suited for fetching than a crumpled piece of plastic. If Andrew hung around Sparky for any length of time, I'm convinced she would show him how much fun it is to chase after plastic or paper. OTOH, Sparky fully approves of Andrew's habit of leaping out at you from his hiding place. I cannot tell you how many times Sparky has done that to me, often with spectacular results. Most of the time I know she is lying in wait for me and I just chuckle when the inevitable ambush happens. But when she truly surprises me, I tend to yelp, jump, and drop whatever I'm carrying, much to the amusement of the resident animals in the house. And whether cats can chuckle or not, I swear I can hear a noise that sounds perilously close to laughter coming from the animal contingent.
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Just look at those big beautiful eyes with properly dilated pupils! Ain't they purtty? When you consider Sparky Tabasco narrowly escaped permanent blindness, you can see why I'm fixated on the eyes! Last Thursday, July 31, Sparky had her follow-up visit with the Seattle eye specialist. He said the lesions in her eyes have healed over, but the scarring will affect Sparky's eyesight for the rest of her life. Here we are in the examing room, waiting for the vet. Sparky, the perfectly behaved patient. The vet also said the swelling of her optical nerves has gone down so that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Ella, that makes two of us! Sparky is a fighter, and from day one she claimed the world as her own, and never looked back. I'm certain her strong will and independent spirit enabled her to weather the blindness. (And thank God it was temporary!)
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