I’m back from my mini vacation in Door County. I had a great time, and saw a lot of beautiful places. Check out the pictures Matt posted to his flickr, he has a picture of one of the eagles we saw circling over us at the Potawatomi State Park tower.
I’m glad that I got to see so many things that I wanted to see but If I do it again, I’d like to stay longer and have a less packed schedule because we did a lot of exploring, but not so much relaxing.
The most relaxing time was probably when I got to work on this artwork and I’m so glad that I made the time for it. Whenever I go away anywhere I wish I had some artwork to leave, so I am proud and feel productive for being able to contribute to Found Art Tuesday this week. I made this painting from the RV that we stayed in, and it is filled with significant parts of Door County: The countryside, portrayed in the lower left (which I painted from the view of our RV), the forested parks, portrayed by the fern, and the beaches, portrayed by matts feet on the sand in the top right.
I left the piece at a geographical marker in Door County, which I later discovered is a halfway mark between the equator and the north pole. There is a parking lot and rest stop there, with a map which I taped the found art to. No word yet, on if anyone picked it up.
When we got back, we couldn’t pick up the kitten quick enough. People, I’m telling you, this is the most amazing kitten ever. Immediately releasing him out into our home he plopped down, belly exposed and so trusting. Did I mention before that his name is Bishop, like the chess piece. He is not skittish in the least, but absolutely friendly and gentle. We’ve been “shopping around” for a kitten for months, never wanting to settle for anything less than the perfect pet, and we are so glad we did. Now, if only everyone in our household thought he was a perfect addition. We did a quick introduction, placing the kitten near Theo’s (my rabbit) closed cage. She immediately was on alert, then in 1 second turned towards the oblivious kitten as if she’d charge it, started thumping, and then just went ballistic, running circles in her cage at about 150 miles per hour. I wouldn’t even say it was “running” but more like a violent swirling, because she was all up on the sides of the cage and everything. Fortunately I had read to keep the rabbit in the cage when you introduce them. I really regret that I didn’t socialize her more when she was little, now I am paying the price. It’s not that Theo is mean, or unfriendly, it’s just that she doesn’t like strangers. Even when people come over sometimes she’ll stomp if their voices get too loud. The entire introduction time, the kitten acted absolutely oblivious to the rabbit’s existence. It’s just kind of funny because you’d think in most rabbit-cat relationships the rabbit would be the prey, but I’m pretty in this situation, roles are reversed. We’ve decided to keep them separate for a few more days before we again try and very slowly introduce them again. I’ve read all advice I can find in all my rabbit and cat books, as well as suggestions online. If anyone has any tips, I’d be glad to hear them.