Hey peeps! Ever have that feeling when you’re not drawing and you think, “Ugh- I should be drawing right now! I need to get better! I have no time for breaks!!”
Chances are you really are drawing enough. Remember that every single person goes at their own pace when reaching artistic goals. Don’t push too hard, and remember that sometimes a nice break helps bridge you to the next stage. ;)
I’ve gone back and forth so many times on whether or not to post about Snowflake here. Snowflake is a year old persian mix with extreme socialization issues. Basically, she’s terrified of humans.
She’s an excellent study in cat body language, especially with a focus on self-soothing behaviors. When I took this picture, she was purring, making eye contact, rubbing against things, and rolling around on her cat tree. In most cats, these would be signs of contentment and happiness.
In her case, she was extremely anxious and trying to communicate that to me. It’s basically the cat form of laughing anxiously to diffuse tense situations. It’s really hard to distinguish these from actual happy behaviors. The best way I can describe it is that the energy levels are different. A happy cat usually has very even and smooth movements, even when trying to play. Snowflake was dashing all over the place, her movements almost frantic and desperate. I’d love to get a video of her to further explain, but I haven’t been given permission to film inside my workplace just yet.
Whenever I work with her, I remember the various asks and messages I get from people saying “this cat was purring at me, but when I tried to pet her, she just scratched me and hissed!! Why are cats so weird???”
All behavior is communication. It’s important to recognize just WHAT is being communicated though. You can prevent misunderstandings by letting the CAT decide if they want to approach you or not. Extend your hand and just wait. If the cat wanders off, don’t pursue. You don’t have the right to pet every cat.
I’m very happy to say her socialization is coming along well. In cases of poorly socialized kittens, it’s important to find a drive. Most cats are pretty food-driven, but Snowflake is largely toy-driven. She’s frightened of wand toys, but loves soft toys. Right now, my socialization plan for her is centered around me tossing a toy towards her and her batting at it. The goal is to make my presence (or the presence of any human being) a happy event, something she looks forward to.
It seems to be working. She headbumped my hand yesterday.
Since y’all have been the most incredible people in regards to helping me with my cat’s medical problems earlier this year, I’m hoping someone will help me with this in the next week–
I am in between places to live at the moment, and while my brother and sister-in-law have been wonderful humans in terms of looking after Henry for the past month, their own cat has not been getting along with Henry and so, since I can’t blame them, they want Henry moved out of their place by June 10th.
Which puts me in a pickle, since Henry can’t come with me where I currently live due to allergies.
So. If you live near Chicago/anywhere in the Midwest and are willing to foster a cat for a few weeks until I move to a place where I can have Henry with me, PLEASE let me know. I’m literally willing to drive Henry to wherever he’ll be looked after and, if you know anything about me, you know that I love Henry infinitely more than I love any human, so.
Please let me know, and please reblog this to spread the word.
This cat is the love and light of my life, and I sincerely need help to make sure he’s looked after.
hey, @why-animals-do-the-thing; I know this was a recent topic of discussion about indoor and outdoor cats and safe ways to use the outdoors as enrichment, and just wanted to share this video of one of my two cats who is leash trained, Gizmo!
for those who say my cat must be an exception to the rule of leash training a cat; while he is very friendly and smart (he knows sit and wave and can jump through a hoop so far) my vet actually diagnosed him when I first got him with feline idiopathic cystitis. which basically means he has a hormone imbalance in his brain that makes him more sensitive/prone to more cat spazz runs than your average cat. Most of the time it’s marginal and he acts like a normal kitty, but if he gets too worked up he can make himself physically ill with UTIs.
Our first forays into leash training were…..a bit crazy; he was always fine with the harness but going into such a big open space was overwhelming for him at first. But with a lot of repetition and letting him decide how he wanted to interact with the outdoors he soon came to be the cat you see in the video! The rolling and casually exposing his tummy, non-dilated pupils, high carriage of his tail with the slow and lazy wags are all signs of an incredibly happy kitty! He will actually purr as I’m putting his harness on now (which is not typical for him; he’s not a big purr-er) because he’s learned harness=outside now! I always see videos of people dragging their poor cats along the ground in their harnesses and it drives me nuts! Cats are not dogs; expecting them to walk with you at your pace is unrealistic. A lot of people would have so much more success if they let the cats dictate their time outside and you just follow. Your main job walking a cat is to just make sure they stay safe and don’t get away! Also please get a wide mesh harness if you do this with your cat. They are much more comfortable for them and cats seem more relaxed in them comparable to a strap harness.
So, please, extend your cats lifespan by keeping them inside, but also expand their world in a safe and controlled manner through something like leash walking!
(Could you also do that sort of... energetic... summary of the Seder itslef? Because I Feel Like That Could Be Fun.)
AHH, OKAY, THIS IS THE GOOD QUESTION, COS PRINCE OF EGYPT HAS NOT ALREADY TOLD THE STORY OF THE SEDER BETTER
so there is one (1) vital thing about the Jewish Passover Seder, and it is that you are biblically commanded to drink four cups of wine. (AT LEAST. you can drink more. if u like.) why are you commanded to do this? REASONS!
so you get all 45 people in your family into one room and you give em all chairs with cushions and you lay out the SEDER PLATE, which has:
SOME SHITTY VEGETABLES. these represent SLAVERY IN EGYPT, which was MUCH LIKE A SHITTY VEGETABLE in that we DISLIKED IT.
a bunch of APPLES AND NUTS AND HONEY AND WINE AND PEARS AND FIGS AND ORANGE JUICE AND CINNAMON all SMASHED TOGETHER. this represents SLAVERY IN EGYPT, which was MUCH LIKE FRUIT AND NUTS AND SHIT SMASHED TOGETHER in that THAT’S SORT OF LIKE MORTAR and we USED MORTAR TO BUILD BRICKS.
a less shitty vegetable, which we will dip in SALT WATER. this represents SLAVERY IN EGYPT, which was much like SALT WATER in that we CRIED A SHITTON.
three MATZAH CRACKERS stacked on top of each other. this represents SLAVERY IN EGYPT, which involved a lot of VERY BAD BREAD.
a LAMB BONE. this represents THAT TIME GOD KILLED A BUNCH OF EGYPTIANS.
a HARD-BOILED EGG. this represents SPRING OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT.
an ORANGE (optional). this represents FUCK YOU.
so A OF ALL, THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS DRINK CUP OF WINE NUMBER ONE. you can say a blessing over it if you are a half-decent jew. i am not a half-decent jew and you should give me wine.
B OF ALL, THE SECOND THING YOU DO is WASH YOUR HANDS IF YOU CARE ABOUT THAT KIND OF THING. again i do not.
C OF ALL you get to EAT SOMETHING!! you take the Less Shitty Vegetable and you stick it in the salt water and you eat it. the Less Shitty Vegetable is usually parsley, but i’ve heard that some ashkenazi jews use potatoes, which is… really polish. “what the fuck,” you may ask. we’re GETTING TO IT.
interlude: remember those 3 matzah pieces you had from Seder Plate Item Number Four? yr gonna take the one in the middle and break it in half. then yr gonna take the bigger half and set it aside. again we’re GETTING TO IT.
you point @ the matzah pieces and go “this is the bread of affliction!” (yep, says everyone who will be eating it for the next week.) “all who are hungry, come and eat, all who are needy come and celebrate with us.” (traditionally u are supposed to invite, like, The Poor to have passover with u. SHOCKINGLY most people don’t do this.)
then the Youngest Person At The Table– or if you are in my family, The Only Person Who Has Bothered To Memorize The Four Questions In Hebrew– asks the Four Questions, which basically boil down to “WHY ARE WE HAVING THIS WEIRD AND GROSS-TASTING HOLIDAY.”
another interlude, while my dad settles and prepares to tell The Passover Joke.
a man is preparing to be knighted. the ceremony involves kneeling in front of the queen and saying a phrase in latin. the man practices carefully, but when the time comes, he panics and says, “ma nishtanah halailah hazeh mikol haleilot?” the queen turns to her advisor and says, “why is this knight different from all other knights?”
my dad nods solemnly. we have told The Passover Joke.
THEN WE TELL THE PASSOVER STORY, WHEN ISRAEL WAS IN EGYPT LAAAAAND, YAY FREEDOM, ETC
next of all you are going to talk about the Four Children, which is a hilarious and very mean parable that goes thusly:
so basically you’ve got four kids
one of em, the Wise Child, goes “what are the statutes and laws and testimonies that god has commanded us to do?” instead of shoving this kid in a locker and giving him a noogie, as is your instinct, the rabbinical council has (apparently) commanded us to explain all the laws and customs of the seder. THIS IS WHY THE ENTIRE WORLD SHOVES US IN LOCKERS AND GIVES US NOOGIES, GUYS.
one of em, the Wicked Child, goes “what does all this mean to you?” upon which you answer, “god saved us the fuck from slavery. since you apparently don’t wanna be a PART of this DINNER or this FAMILY i guess you would not have been INCLUDED AT THE TIME.”
side note: sometimes i read, like, fanfiction about jewish characters, and they have passover, and it’s so Nice and Joyous and Spiritual and i’m like. hahahahhahahahahaahahahahahahahhahahahah
ANYWAY: one of em, the Simple Child, goes “what is this?” you say, “god saved us the fuck from slavery, kid. be quiet, the meal’s coming soon.”
and the last, the Child Who Does Not Know How To Ask A Question, does… not ask a question. but you explain everything to them anyway because they’re cute.
then we talk about the TEN PLAGUES; the ten plagues are pretty miserable, and we really do feel bad about them, so we stick our fingers in our glass of wine and put drops of wine on our plates for every one of the plagues while singing about it. y’all if i’m giving up the wine you know i’m serious.
then you sing IIIIIIILU HOTZI HOTZIANU HOTZIANU MIMITZRAYIM HOTZIANU MIMITZRAYIM DA YE NU. DAY DAYENU, DAY DAYENU, DAY DAYENU, DAYENU DAYENU (DAYENU.) DAY DAYENU, DAY DAYENU, DAY DAYENU, DAYENU DAYENU! ILU NATAN NATANLANU, NATANLANU ET HASHABBAT, NATANLANU ET HASHABBAT DA YE NU DAY DAYENU
and drink another cup of wine, to forget.
then the adults go and Wash Their Hands. it’s gonna take a really long time, guys. certainly hope nobody is hiding that big piece of matzah we broke off earlier. it would sure be a shame if the children had hidden it somewhere around the house. wow.
then you take another piece of matzah and pass it around the table and everyone eats it. then you take the Unbelievably Shitty Vegetable and pass it around the table and everyone eats it. then you take the matzah AND the Unbelievably Shitty Vegetable AND the apple-fig-wine-honey mashup from earlier and you eat them ALL TOGETHER, WOW
this symbolizes SLAVERY IN EGYPT in that oh god is it time for food yet.
then you EAT DINNER!!! FINALLY!! IT’S GONNA HAVE BRISKET, IT’S GONNA HAVE KUGEL, IT’S GONNA HAVE MATZO BALL SOUP, IT’S GONNA HAVE HARD BOILED EGGS, IT’S GONNA HAVE GEFILTE FISH, IT’S GONNA HAVE CHOCOLATE-COVERED MATZAH, IT’S GONNA BE A PAAAAARTY
and the “dessert”, last thing eaten, is that big piece of matzah from earlier
oh no. where did it go.
so the children are like “GIMME ITUNES GIFT CARDS AND YOU CAN HAVE THE MATZAH BACK.” (alternately: the parents hide the matzah and the children are like LOOK, WE FOUND IT!! CAN WE HAVE ITUNES GIFT CARDS?) and everyone eats a little of it and the meal is Over.
AAAAAND YOU DRINK ANOTHER CUP OF WINE. (technically the third, but you’ve probably drunk a few during the meal, so. all power to you.)
AAAAAND you pour another cup of wine and open the front door so the prophet elijah can come in and drink it! (and so that local medieval christians can see that you do not, in fact, have their children dead and laid out for eating on your front table. YOU ARE NOT USING CHILDREN’S BLOOD. NO ONE IS USING CHILDREN’S BLOOD. PLEASE STOP BURNING US JESUS FUCK.)
and close the door cos you are letting the cold air in and sing ONE LITTLE KID, ONE LITTLE KID MY FATHER BOUGHT FOR TWO ZUZIM. CHAD GADYAAAAAAAH CHAD GAD YAH.
(kid as in BABY GOAT, medieval christians, holy shit, calm down)
AAAAAAAAND YOU DRINK ANOTHER CUP OF WINE.
and clink glasses and say “l’shanah haba’ah berushalayim!” which means “next year in jerusalem!” (or, if you are me, you politely mouth this and smile a lot and don’t make eye contact with anyone. YAY JUDAISM)
If Andrew was caught at the convenience store with only a handful of change in his pockets, enough to buy either cat food or his fave ice cream but not both, I wholeheartedly believe Andrew would buy that cat food and if that doesn’t speak volumes about how much he ‘likes’ the cats then nothing does.
WARNINGS → graphic sex | light spanking | explicit language
Your phone vibrated for the tenth time in the last sixty seconds. Frustrated, you brought your face out of your textbook and angrily pressed your thumb down on your home button, unlocking your phone to open your messaging app.
JUNGKOOK [11:02:53]: I sent you a picture of my dick. Please respond.
You had already opened it and looked at his dick at least two times now, but you had a big test tomorrow and really couldn’t waste precious time studying thinking about how you wanted Jungkook to come over and use that dick.
Again, you left him on read.
Jungkook knew where you lived and he had been at your dorm more times than you cared to admit, but some part of you was hopeful he would leave you alone. Then again, his ego was so fragile, especially when it came to his dick.
Your phone vibrated again and you looked at your notifications to see Jungkook was just sending you the eggplant emoji over and over again until you replied.
YOU [11:04:10]: Stop sending me eggplant emojis when I’m trying to study.
You let out a groan and turned your phone to silent so that the notifications wouldn’t distract you anymore. Looking to your computer screen at the syllabus, you flipped to the page in your book indicated by the study guide.
“A morpheme is…” you began to read aloud to yourself, but you were still distracted. Your eyes darted to your phone not even making a sound. It was almost more distracting when you knew someone was trying to talk to you. Shaking your head, you tried to focus. “A morpheme is used when…”
You slammed your textbook closed, irritated because he’d broken your focus. With a defeated sigh, you looked at your phone and your eyes nearly bulged out of their sockets at the last text you got from Jungkook.
JUNGKOOK [11:07:35]: You’re in so much trouble. Take off your pants.
Swallowing, you stood up from your desk, looking over at the door anxiously. He sent that text two minutes ago and you knew it only took him five to get to your dorm’s parking lot by car. You only had five minutes to prepare yourself.
And you knew he didn’t appreciate you ignoring his texts.
Mods answer your questions!! (σ'∀’)σ*。・゜+.*. I’m Toffee aka @klanceforthesoul and my partner in klance is @anetteloli and here are answers for some of the questions that are for us and not Keith and Lance!.
I don’t read fanfic anymore, for a huge-ass reason I don’t wanna bore you with here but I can recommend some fluff I’ve written?? ( °-°)シ ミ★ ミ☆
Keith moves to Planet Altea to study in his new academy, (which it is Voltron) on the same day that he moved in he decides to explore his new living area when he finds a Blue Cat guy driving wildly a motorcycle. He finds himself in a situation where he’s somehow attracted to him and doesn’t know why until he finally meets him.
(Keep in mind! That this story has strong topics in it.) - HAVE FUN~(๑•̀-•́)و✧ Have fun crying ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
as mentioned above I don’t read fanfic BUT I certainly do write it!!!
Tumblr, my cats and I need your help immediately and desperately
As most of you who follow me know, 2016 and 2017 have an incredibly rough year for me.
In November of 2016, I moved from my dad’s house in NY back to my hometown in south Jersey so I could help take care of my sick Great Grandmother. It was hard finding a place for my 3 cats to go because they couldn’t be around GG, but a family friend took them in.
Unfortunately, only a week after I moved down, GG went into the hospital for good. The family friend still let me keep the cats in their basement until I found a place. I still haven’t found a place (besides that time I accidentally moved into a literal crackhouse) and now my time is up.
This family friend will no longer accomadate my cats, which is understandable because it was not meant to be forever solution. But now all of a sudden, she’s saying she will surrender my cats against my will because I am unfit to take care of them, despite going by almost every day to feed them, change litter, ect. At first she gave me until June 19th, she just called me and said she wants them out by Friday or she call SPCA.
The thing is, my grandma, aunt and I are currently searching for places to move into in July when my grandma’s lease is up. So I DO have a place for them to go, just not in the time limit that she wants.
What I’m asking is if there is ANYONE on Tumblr in the Tri-State area willing to foster my cats until we move into our place? I will pay you for their food, litter and for your services. I will literally drive anywhere.
My cats are my children and I can’t bare the thought of giving them up. Lily is my emotional support animal.
If you can’t help, please at least reblog this so I can find someone who can. I am literally desperate. I cannot lose these cats.