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January 4th, 2007
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Why didn't you all tell me about "Cold Comfort Farm"?! I didn't know it was a comedy! And I didn't know Stephen Fry was in it, and looking gorgeously dashing (albeit full of himself - *G*). Of course, I did know Ian McKellen was in it, and I loved seeing him; he's just beautiful with that wild hair and the hurt eyes. Oh, and... "I saw something nasty in the woodshed!" *ggl* Only problem is, I missed the beginning of it, so I'm not quite sure how this strong-minded girl with "improving" on her mind. Oh, and... time to drain the well; somebody's gone missing again. *L*! "There's always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm" *snort*

Lilith, "Children of Men" starts tomorrow - want to see it?

"I've heard my call, and I maun follow it!"

"I shall go mad, I tell you!"

Ah, dear me.

The new kitty is doing about as well as can be expected. The other two cats hiss at him, and he's a bit bored and lonely, but I'm hoping that the other cats will warm up to him, eventually, and he won't feel so homesick. He's only 9 months old, and I'm sure he misses all the dogs and cats that like to cavort at my brother's house, especially the cat that's only a few months holder than him, but he's got an old soul's philosophical attitude, with a young kitten's fearlessness. Right now, one cat's sleeping next to me on the sofa, the other's in the bedroom, and the kitten's on the coffee table, against my feet propped up there.

Did anybody else think about this before, during and after Christmas, what with all the overbuying and scary materialism? There's a group of people who swear off buying anything new (other than food, toothpaste, etc.). I found it very inspiring. Perhaps I should try the same. Here it is: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_re_us/shopping_sabbatical

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From:arevanye
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
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Yes, I saw the news item about The Compact. And I even went so far as to join their Yahoo group to read more about it. I think I'm pretty frugal, but those people are amazing! It is good to think about it, even if you can't adhere to their strict rules. If you always think twice about buying something "is it a want, or a need", you'd probably save a lot of money.

I didn't know you had a new kitty! Congratulations on the new member of the family. When we brought our new girl kitty into our established pair of boy kitties, it took about two months before tranquility reigned again. Best of luck!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
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Absolutely; at least it makes me think twice. And there are a couple of things that I should put up at one of thse site that I can't use anymore.

And thank you! I hope it does work out. My two greatest fears are: they hate each other or the little one gets sad and bored and loses his spirit because of it. I hope, instead, that the two older ones get a bit rejuvenated and play, or they start looking after the little one.
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From:gayalithiel
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
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That quote "I saw something nasty in the woodshed" amused my girls and me to no end. Sometimes we still say it randomly. And I hope your new kitty settles in okay. Cats can be worse than a pack of high school girls to the new guy!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
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*L*! Now that I think of it, I bet I've heard other people say it, and not had a clue what they were talking about. And, yes, it can be rough for the little guy; thanks.
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From:ninquelosse
Date:January 5th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
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*skritches the new kitty all the kitties equally*

Ours have reached a gradual détente after more than a year. Ed - the "new" one - and our boy Cal get along with each other OK - mock paw-baps happen when they bump into each other, and Cal is mighty possessive of the bed when I'm on it, but that's about it for them. They can hang out on the sofa together just fine. The girls, however...not so much. We'll take what peace we can get, though, and we're glad Calvin behaves, at least.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
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*sigh* It's hard to predict, isn't it? How did you end up getting Ed?

It'll be interesting to see how he and my other boy get along, because they're so similar - in looks and in actions. And they both like their "person"; I'm hoping that my other boy doesn't get jealous.
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From:ninquelosse
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
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Edward is Mom's cat. He's about 5, while ours are 12 and 13, so there's a bit of an age difference, but nothing like you've got. He's a big cranky fellow, but always underfoot - does not have any concept of "get away from the walking human's feet before you are squished". I can pick him up now with only a little swearing on his part.

He cusses a lot - no idea where he picked *that* up. Maybe from when he was little. Some women brought him in to the cat clinic after they found him by the road in the rain. Mom had lost her Lulu earlier in the year, had a heart episode, realized that Pets Reduce Stress, Really They Do, and a week after getting back from hospital got a call about this kitten...

There will be a little jealousy, yes. But there is a recognisable hierarchy that develops, too; your boys will test it often but it'll probably be the oldest who comes out on top. Rusalka (our oldest) is definitely the queen in the house, no matter how much of a fraidy she is regarding humans. She can lay down some law, lemme tell ya.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Well, with my two older cats, I'm never quite sure what the hierarchy is - they rarely interact. It'll be interesting to see what happens. I don't think the youngest is interested in being on top, so I'm hoping my older boy does end up as the dominant one.
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From:lavendertook
Date:January 5th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
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Congrats on the new kitty!!! Good luck on their evolving relationships--and evolve it will--especially when you move to a house and they have new territory to divvy up.

Saki would hiss at Tuxie at first--that's long past. She accepts his play swats at her pretty good spiritedly--he's gotten her to play with him just a little so far. And recently Saki and Moo have stopped hissing at each other. Milli still hisses at Tuxie because she is a Greta Garbo cat. Moo isn't making scary banshee cries at any of them anymore--at least a week or so and seems to be taking to indoor life with more purrs lately, so Milli now ventures to run past her when Moo is in her path.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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*ggl* "I vant to be alone..." Yes, my girl is like that. I was thinking of your two extra cats during all of this - *G*. And I've been seeing lots of "venturing to run past" episodes, so that's good. So far, it's just hissing, with a couple of growls; it seems like a good sign, I hope!
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From:alassenya
Date:January 5th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
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CCF was the first time saw Rufus Sewell, and he just smouldered his way across the screen. It's a fabulous film, one I watch again and again on DVD.

As for avoiding anything new - do you think I could make an exception for second-hand books? They seem to comprise 90% of my non-food purchases anyway.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Really? I think the first time I saw him was in... damn... I think it was a period piece where he played an Italian, so I always think of him as classically Italian-looking - *G*. He was so funny when he started going on and on about the "talkies".

Ah, well second-hand books aren't new, silly! *G*
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From:spookystoy
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
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"There'll be no butter in Hell!" Oh how I love that movie. It's been a few years since I've seen it. Hmm, will have to remedy that. But yes, "I saw something nasty in the woodshed." is such a classic quote.

Congrats on the new kitty, too!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
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*L*! I missed that first quote somehow - but, then again, some of the dialogue was a wee bit hard to follow, due to the dialect.

Thanks!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:January 5th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
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I know it's heretical, but I actually prefer the original version of Cold Comfort Farm.

I saw Children of Men in October, but I could probably be persuaded to see it again.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
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The original? When was that made?

*G* Good! I'll let you know if I don't end up seeing it with my regular movie group this Friday!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:January 7th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Looks like it was 1968, on IMDB, although I could swear it was the 70s. Probably a delay in us getting it on Masterpiece Theatre
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From:anonypooh
Date:January 5th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
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you have a new kitty????!!!!!!!!! (I am reading this backwards and my lunch half hour is done so I'll find out more later :) ) I think we might get another this year. It has been mentioned one or few times. Awww - hope he fits in with the family soon - sure he will!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Yes! I haven't mentioned him much, but when I went to my brother's for my niece's wedding, they had rescued a kitten, and I was talked into promising to take him once I got a house. Well... that took longer than I thought it would, so I only just picked him up when I went there for Christmas.

Speaking of which, it was good to see Lucy in your pics of Christmas - even if she wasn't doing her famous armchair trick - *G*. So she might have a "friend", eh? Is this because you think she needs company, or because you'd like another kitty?
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From:piratesorka
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Now you have made me curious to see Cold Comfort Farm...especially since it has McKellan in it.


You have a new cat? From your brother? Did I miss how you got this 9 month old kitten? Apparently so. :/
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Don't worry - I haven't mentioned him before. My brother's family "saved" him back in the summer, and I agreed to take him when I got a house - but only just picked him up over Christmas.

*G* It's a pretty funny film - kind of a take off on the Pollyanna plot, where some young thing comes and changes a gloomy place - but instead of a Pollyanna, it's a brisk, modern girl who's a bit laughable herself.
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From:aeb
Date:January 5th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
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I hope your new kitty settles in nicely. {Smile, scritches to kitties who want them, SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:abandonada
Date:January 6th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
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Speaking of swearing off buying, I joined an LJ group who's goal is to not buy yarn for a year. That might be easy for you, but not for me. We can buy yarn if someone requests a certain garment to be knitted/crocheted but that's it. And the ban can be lifted in October if we plan to do holiday knitting.

So there's ways to be less spendy, one hobby at a time.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
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Really? Darn - that IS hard!

I've heard of some groups that knit for charity; that's another idea.
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