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Little Kitties [May. 15th, 2005|09:41 am]
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So a nearby vetrinary clinic was holding a Feline Friends open day. LOTS of kittens and "second-hand cats" for adoption. For some reason, "rescue cases" aren't as popular here as at home; at least, it seems to me that everybody wants to pay $500 for some kind of certified purebred, even though there are tons of sweet kittens that are practically free for the taking. (Maybe for the same reason you never see anybody driving an '89 K-Car around my neighborhood - just muscle cars and Benz M-Classes.) Anyway, even though we couldn't ask her, we were sure Tortoise was hoping for a sibling... a pet of her own, if you will.


This is Biscuit! He's about 8 weeks old.


Tortoise is still a little jealous but being pretty civil overall.


Jason can attest to Tortoise's fondness for tugging elastic-bound piglet.


She wants to bean you with it; she waits for you to walk into its path.


Her other new hobby is chasing blinky things on the television screen.
She's a fan of LOST, incidentally.

Speaking of LOST, can it get any scarier? The last three episodes have been bloodiest and creepiest so far. Not to mention sad! Man, the Saeed episode ripped my heart out. And the self-administered blood transfusion. And model airplane man.. *sniff!* I hope the next episode is Walt-centric, don't you?
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[User Picture]From: slfcllednowhere
2005-05-15 01:01 am (UTC)
First pic isn't working :\ But yay for kitties!
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[User Picture]From: looveable
2005-05-15 01:05 am (UTC)
beautiful kitty
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-15 01:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Loov! :-)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-15 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can't figure out why either. :(
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-15 01:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, there he is! =^..^=
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[User Picture]From: slfcllednowhere
2005-05-15 03:16 am (UTC)
Yes! And...awwwwwwww.
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[User Picture]From: kestrelderyn
2005-05-15 06:25 am (UTC)
Biscuit looks a LOT like my kittie, Lucy, except Lucy is all white underneath and has some white on her legs. She also has weird eyes that change from grey to green to yellow.

And I've always thought that Tortoise is so pretty.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 06:53 am (UTC)
Lucy is such a sweet name! Mysterious eyes, oooh... Biscuit's belly is completely spotted, like a leopard. He's just adorable. We're thinking of changing his name; Monchichi is one that's been thrown around.

Tortoise is the best cat ever; I'm not sure how she got so cool.
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[User Picture]From: antivert
2005-05-15 10:03 am (UTC)
New kitten is evil! Evil I say!!!

Very cute. But evil!!

However, I smell an asskicking from Tortoise is brewing.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 06:54 am (UTC)
That last sentence sounds kind of gross.. ;-)

The kitties are chasing each other around and around. Zoom.
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[User Picture]From: obsessical
2005-05-15 04:47 pm (UTC)
it looks like she has opposable thumbs in the fourth picture!

and why do you have an elastic bound piglet? simply for her to play with, or does it serve some other purpose?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 06:56 am (UTC)
Yup, elastic piglet is Tortoise's favorite toy. He's made up of all these things she's been obsessed with - a blue ribbon, a pajama string, a sparkly scarf. She pulls the elastic down and kicks the pants off the poor little guy, then launches him into the air - or more often, at one of us.
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[User Picture]From: veranationgirl
2005-05-15 07:05 pm (UTC)
ahhh kitties everywhere!!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 06:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's great. =)

I love this new icon of yours. You look gorgeous!
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From: doc_cathode
2005-05-17 03:19 am (UTC)
What's with the ba kwa? Get yourself a wu fu! You'll not only be tied to the five virtues, but Fu Xing too. Additionally, bats are way cooler than a set of binary numbers.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 07:04 am (UTC)
Usually I can guess at what you're talking about. Right now, I haven't a clue!
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From: doc_cathode
2005-05-17 05:01 pm (UTC)
Wu fu

http://www.andybaird.com/crafts/pages/Wu-fu%20_brass_.htmhttp://www.batcon.org/home/logoinfo-html.html

Fu Xing (From the Encyclopedia Mythica http://pantheon.org/areas/mythology/asia/chinese/articles.html )
"The Chinese god of Happiness, one of the San-xing. He is most frequently portrayed in the blue clothes of a civil servant and in the company of children, or in his symbolic form of a bat. His name means "Lucky Star". He is frequently confused with Tian-guan, the Ruler of Heaven.

According to tradition, Fu-xing was a 6th century government official by the name of Yang Cheng from the village of Dao-zhou. All the people from this village were of extremely short stature. Every year, the emperor would summon a large number of people to his court, because he loved to surround himself by dwarfs. The population of this village reduced greatly over the years. Yang Cheng addressed a petition to the emperor asking him to show consideration for the people of his home town. The emperor was so moved by this petition that he never again summoned them to his court.

There are other historical personalities to whom the functions of Fu-xing are ascribed. One is the 8th-century general Gou Zi-yi who saved the Tang Dynasty from destruction after an uprising. When the Heavenly Weaver appeared to him, he asked her to grant him fame and fortune. She replied that he himself was the god of wealth."

Bak kwa (numerous variant spellings in English. I'm shocked you don't know this term) is the eight yin yang trigrams set in an octagon around either a circular mirror or a yin yang symbol. Bak gwa are traditionally used to repel bad luck/evil spirits.

(No cite going from possibly faulty memory) The bak kwa also has an association with bats through the word kwa. While here used to mean 'eight' it's also a word for bat.

I am very fond of bats myself, and have a flock of assorted toy bats roosting in a corner of my ceiling.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 08:39 pm (UTC)
Cool links. Okay, the bats v. binary numbers comment makes sense now!



Nope, I don't speak Chinese! Do you? The only name by which I knew the eight trigrams was "I Ching," the oracle of change. I guess that name applies to the poems or the divination method, rather than the symbols itself? I've used it at several crossroads in the last few years - funny I never heard the term "ba kwa." (But there are a lot of things I don't know.) Considering how many of them can be found around our house (maybe later I'll take pictures), it's nice to know.

As for the pendant, I gave one to my friend Beth for her birthday about 5 years ago, and got an identical one for myself, to replace the old yin and yang pieces we used to wear in our school daze.

The morsels of mythology are fascinating. Thanks :^)
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From: doc_cathode
2005-05-17 05:14 pm (UTC)

Oops! That's Ba Kwa

A quick search reveals that bak kwa is a kind of roast pork. http://www.derrysjadeandgems.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ba%20kwa%20large.htm

The Eight Trigrams

(Disclaimer, I only skimmed this page. I don't know how accurate the information is)
http://www.168fengshui.com/Articles/8_trigrams.htm

I'd always assumed that Chu Hi was a nickname given to you by a friend who spoke Chinese or Japanese. Now, I'm stunned to discover this!

http://koukeisha.net/chu-fanlisting/

Hmm, a search on "katori" (using Yahoo!) turns up many different explanations, plus this blog at the number 9 spot.

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 08:59 pm (UTC)

Extracting the mystery from <lj user="chu_hi">

From the Feng Shui site:
The numbers in the 8 Trigram chart represent perfect balance. Summed in any direction they total 15.
This reminds me of LOST, if anyone reading this has been following the numerology of it.

The information there seems spot-on, as far as I can tell. I'm somewhat familiar with I Ching, but not at all with Feng Shui (outside of women's magazine articles on the subject).

I've been asked if I was a fan of SMAP or Shingo Katori, but actually the title of the blog comes from katoributa.com, my domain. Katoributa (蚊取豚) means "mosquito-catching pig," and is a ceramic pig designed to burn Katori Senko (mosquito-catching incense).

Don and I spent almost three years in Japan (I left for Dubai in late February 2004), and I've spent maybe 6 years studying Japanese. I love the language but never got to be really good at it, like you'd think I would after so long. Maybe if I spent more time hitting the books, and less time drinking Chu-Hi...
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[User Picture]From: beverley_anne
2005-05-17 07:57 am (UTC)
oh, they're so lovely!!! i like cats, but i adore puppies more! i'm planning to buy a shih tzu on july when i go back to manila for my vacation. i once had a persian cat here, but my aunt was allergic so we had to give her another home. *sniffs*

your TV probably have a lot of scratches by now. =D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-17 08:08 am (UTC)
I adore puppies, too, awww!!

Haha, you made me get up and look at my TV screen - no scratches, but it has a lot of cat hair clinging to it!

And my hand has a lot of scratches. New kitten seems to think that hand = enemy.
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[User Picture]From: beverley_anne
2005-05-17 08:16 am (UTC)
yikes! u better be more careful. good though, tv has no scratches! =D cat hairs will be much less of a problem.
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