July 2013 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

10 things making me smile...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1 // Tiny animals and mushrooms as big as they are...
2 // Mail days that include my new favorite brooch...
(Thanks again Mary!)
3 // Stray cats who make themselves really comfortable on your deck...
4 // This giant pup...
5 // Tiny, tiny toads...
6 // New plants...
7 // Lloyd, always ready for his close up...
(And of course, knowing that he's in his new home now! More on this soon.)
8 // These pictures of Elycia and I from last July...
9// Spotting this beautiful moment...
 10 // My great new case from casetagram...
What's making you smile today?

animals and nature

Newest member of the TDS crew...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I've been seriously considering adopting a dog for some time now. A month or so back I even did... for a day. I brought home a dog who was "great with cats", we bonded on the hour drive home and I was so happy. I thought she was the one. She even had her toenails painted! I introduced her to the cats after we had spent some time together outside. She was nicely sniffing them and they were sniffing back. Everything and everyone was cool, calm and collected then out of the blue she tried to attack, not play. She just freaked out. I may not know very much about dogs but I do know the difference between play mode and attack mode. My stomach dropped, the look on this dogs face just made me sick. Luckily she was still on her leash. The decision was immediate, she had to go back to her foster mom. Of course, her foster mom wasn't happy but neither was I. I didn't want to give up on the dog so quickly. I felt really guilty but my gut told me it wasn't a good situation. My four cats will always be the apple of my eye and my absolute top priority. I would never do anything to put them in danger and having this dog (even under intense supervision) would likely be bad news. I could never be comfortable with her again. My dreams of having a dog went to the back burner for a while.

After I spent the fourth of July weekend at my parents I fell even deeper in love with Crum, their Great Dane. Crum's favorite person is definitely me (Sorry Mom, you know it!) He followed me around all weekend, we had such great bonding time. It made those doggy dreams come back full force. I see Crum once a week or so depending how often I go over to my parents and they've had him for a little over a year. If he's this attached, that great of a companion and doesn't even spend that much time with me, I can't even imagine how incredible it would to have a dog of my own. So I started browsing PetFinder again. This time no adult dogs.

I didn't want a puppy. I know they can be a pain in the butt and honestly, I didn't want to have to train one. But for my cat's safety and my peace of mind, a puppy was the only way to go. An animal with a clean slate, no previous problems with any other animals. One who could be raised beside my cats whose personalities it would come to understand before he got too big. I bookmarked and emailed a bunch of shelters with pups I wanted to visit. One of the last little guys I found said that from 12-5pm you could just come up and meet him. You don't have to ask me twice to go meet some puppies!

It was love at first sight. I scanned over all the other dogs there but I kept coming back to this same one. He was all curled up and snoozing with one of his siblings. After a quick snuggle session my mind was made up. I was his.

So that's how I came home with this little guy...
This is Klaus and he's already my new best friend.

We had a bit of weird start. On his first full day home he got sick. So sick he had to go to the animal ER. It was really scary. After less than twenty four hours with him, I was already in love. Long story short the vet said it was stress. Moving to a new house, leaving his siblings, etc. Poor guy made himself sick over it all. He got some shots, some special food and when he woke up the next day it was like nothing was ever wrong. He was back to being a crazy little puppy.
Aside from that everything has been so great. He's a dream! Not only is he absolutely precious, he's so smart. He's learning so quickly. Each day is getting a little easier and a little easier. Puppy mom life is hectic but it's a lot less scary then I thought it would be. When things get rough I just remind myself that I'm raising my best friend. This is the little guy that I'm going to take on adventures and spend my days exploring with as soon as he's old enough.
The cats aren't too sure what to think of him. If I had to make any guesses I'm going to say Leaf will be the first to warm up to him. He even tried playing with one of Klaus's toys! I've also caught him sitting outside of the crate while Klaus was inside, just staring at him. Doctor Octopus is very curious and often comes over to Klaus but most of the time hisses and walks away shortly after. Professor and Squid are curious as well but haven't yet ventured over to him. They're keeping their distance.
All in all, the cats aren't taking it too hard which is so great. Everything is normal other than Squid hiding when Klaus is out of his crate (which isn't too crazy since she hides whenever company comes over. She's very shy.) This is actually even going easier than when I brought home each cat and introduced them to each other. After each new addition they'd always fight. There's been no fights at all.

Klaus really isn't interested in the cats either. He's tried playing with Leaf's tail and a few times he's playfully chased after Doc but most of the time he minds his own business when they're around. I'm curious to see how things progress on this front. I look forward to them playing and cuddling but I understand that comes with time.
Klaus is a plott hound mix. He's around two months old and came from a litter of seven pups. He has one white toenail and another that's currently half black and half white. He doesn't like to get his paws wet or to walk in tall grass but we'll work on those things. He loves to eat, sniff everything and play with a toy fox that has a really loud squeaker in it. He's afraid of other dogs barking but oddly enough, showed no fear at all when put beside my parent's giant Great Dane. He's doing awesome with crate training and seems to pick up things really quickly. The two commands he's understanding the best right now are "leave it" and "down". Sometimes when he's in his crate and feeling lonely he makes noises that sound like a dying seal, it's truly awful. He's eager to please and is already walking on a leash like he's been doing it for months. He likes crawling around under the coffee table (which is 4.5 inches high) and I'm pretty sure there's no place he'd rather be than my lap. I'm a proud momma.
This is surely the start of a very great friendship. 

PS. If you'd like to see more pictures of this handsome pup, I've been sharing photos since I got him on instagram. My page might have even turned into "pupstagram"...

animals and nature

baby bunny update : week six

Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Bunday! I feel like these photos might not really be that great at illustrating how large they are since one might assume the mushroom is fairly small. But the mushroom is an adult sized stool. These bunnies are huuuuge! I think this might be their week with the least amount of change though. It's been so crazy watching them change by the day these last five weeks but it's definitely slowed way down now. But they sure are cute still!
  A look back at the bunnies : Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3 || Week 4 || Week 5

Hope you have a great Monday!

where I work

A new office...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Recently I made a small move. I traded my office with my bedroom. The main reason being my bedroom has much better lighting. I get headaches often (like two or three times a week minimum) and I know some of that has to do with the lighting situations I put myself in. If it's day time I rarely have the lights in the house on and in my old office that meant the room would be kind of dark. So then there's me straining to see things and work with the light off because c'mon, it's daytime why do the lights need to be on? I'm amazed at how much brighter my old bedroom, now office, is. It's wonderful. I am absolutely loving it.
Another good thing about moving the rooms around is I like change. I like switching things up, rearranging and just generally having some house project to work on (not that there aren't forty other things I could be doing.) The only thing that even made me question switching the rooms was the giant magnetic chalkboard I recently made for my office. It's part of the wall so it's not like I can bring it over to the new room. Although, I must admit, it makes a pretty sweet headboard so it's not a total loss. But I'll save that for another post another day.

It's really beginning to take shape in here. I grabbed an old desk out of the basement to use as a temporary desk until I can find a new one that's perfect for in here. My old desk too big and clunky for in here. Not to mention it was L shaped and a right side L instead of a left side L like I'd need for this room. The desk simply wouldn't work in here so it was a good excuse to get rid of it and hunt for something new.

I'm still very much in the process of finding a place for everything and figuring out what I need and what I can get rid of. It felt so good to empty draws full of random papers and things I'd been hanging on to just because it was easier to shove them somewhere than sort through them. This room will be cleaner, and have less stuff stashed away in cubbies and drawers. Since the room is still in the works I thought it would be fun just to share some peeks...
Can't wait to get this room looking more like a productive place to work instead of the mess it is now. I'll be sure to share more pictures that actually show what it looks like as soon as I get it organized.

You can look take a look back through the offices of my past by browsing the "craft center" tag.

daily life

small moments captured on film...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I'd like to share more photos on the blog that don't really have a common theme other than being part of my life. A lot of the time if a picture doesn't fit into a certain category or can't have a whole post about it I forget about it and it never gets posted but that doesn't make those moments any less special. So here are some moments special to me that I've captured on film in the last few months.
Lloyd (the black and white kitty) looks so rough and weathered in these pictures, that makes me so sad. It's been about two months since those pictures of him were taken and I'm really happy to say he's looking a lot healthier now. I'm very excited for him to go to his new home soon and meet his new family. He deserves it. I'll definitely miss him looking at me upside down but knowing he's safe, and not ever going to look this bad again is great. He's a real cool cat.

Hope you have a lovely day!

These photos were taken with a mix of my pentax k1000 and my Canon T2

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