Changes have a way of happening in multiples. There have been a lot of changes around here lately. One of them is Lucy. This is Lucy (photo above). Out of the blue this little black and white fuzz ball showed up on my back porch 3 months ago, desperately crying from hunger,,,,all skin and bones, she wrapped herself around my ankles and my heart in an instant. Her timing couldn't have been worse, or, more perfect if you're a cat looking for a beachside home. We were in the middle of packing up a house in Toronto and moving it all to the East Coast. She was homeless and decided she wanted to come with us, she literally forced her way into our home and made it clear she wasn't leaving. She could care less we already had a cat. She wanted what he had and nothing was going to stop her. Apparantly word on the street was that we were headed to a house on 5 acres complete with an old barn and she wanted to hitch a ride. Her plan worked. After taking her to the vet and nursing her thru her shots and being spayed,,,I was completely and hopelessly attached and couldn't possibly part with her or give her up to anyone, so of course she came with us to Nova Scotia. Our 11.5 year old tabby wasn't so thrilled. We weren't so thrilled about the prospect of a two day long road trip with them, which was pretty much a nightmare but we made it.
The two cats are polar opposites as far as personality goes and its been fun to watch them slowly become friends. It was stressful and chaotic keeping them separated from each other for the many weeks that we had to but as I told myself it was better than her living on the streets. It took a long time to name her and for months she was simply called Kitty. So impersonal. Her personality is so dominant I just couldn't think of a name that suited her character. She's what I call a cartoon cat...the epitome of every stereo typical cat characiture. She's a bully and a sucky baby at the same time. She's a girl but she's about as graceful as a bulldog (no offense to bulldogs!). She's kinda gawky looking and with her broad stance and her pipe cleaner stick legs she's quite hilarious to watch when she runs. She's only 10 months but she's a survivor, every time we let her outside she quickly returns with a "present" she's caught. She knows how to fend for herself, she's fearless. We now call her Lucy as named by a brother who was staying with us over thanksgiving. She seems to suit it. She bullies and torments our 11.5 year old Elliot just like Lucy did to Charlie Brown.
This is where kitty was living until I took her in. She was living in these bushes 24/7 all by herself, never leaving our yard.
I've come to see how beautiful she is and even though she was completely unexpected and totally a surprise in our lives, it seems like she fits into our new house here like she was made for it. I have so many black and white accessories in the house, she really looks like just another one. The diamond shaped black and white markings on her face and chest mimic the gothic window on the front of our black and white house. She matches. So yah, we think she's kinda special like she was meant to be here and now we can't imagine life without her. Everything happens for a reason.
For a street cat Lucy's adapted to life indoors pretty quickly. She's a cling on. This is her regular position. She wants to be on our laps every moment of the day. Its become a bit of a problem especially when trying to work. She'll stay on your lap for hours or until you pick her up and move her.
From sleeping in the bushes to sleeping in our bed - she's lapping up the luxury. If ever she isn't on one of our laps, she's on our bed. She looks almost regal in this shot, which is funny because she really isn't at all. Her nose was badly bruised and scraped up from her days on the 'street' but its healed nicely now and she's put on some pounds.
Although I am insanely head over heels crazy about my older cat and this new little one (they are my *babies*) I vowed when I started this design blog I would keep my crazy cat pictures to a minimum. But I do feel that pets are one of the most important elements that make a house a home. This little one is the newest addition to our home and as you'll see in an upcoming post she's the reason behind many design decisions and changes we'll be implementing into the reno plans.
All Photos by: Carol Reed