First, it started with this little black bundle of fluff...
This is Ryder.
Then, these two quickly followed.
This is Ophelia.
This is Oliver.
They all have a story behind them but I want you save that for another day. Just know that Ryder, Ophelia and Oliver have captured my heart, the dogs attention and they have begun to rule the house with their quick to strike out at a wayward Murphy, should she decide to chase. It's been interesting integrating 3 cats who all arrived within about 2 weeks of each other into a home where dogs have ruled supreme forever.
Spike has reacted to the cats with curiosity then a shrug of his shoulders as if to say "I guess they are staying. I'm afraid of them, but if I don't get too close, I'll be fine!" Sophie is more interested in their food than in the kittens themselves. Reason hasn't even seemed to notice them. Murphy is the only one who seems to a have a death wise as she pursues them and they tell her off with a quick hiss and swipe of the paws. I have to admit, I am worried about Murphy and how she is responding to them; her freedom is restricted in the house now and it's been a little rough.
In other news, I have started teaching some piano lessons this year. I am loving being back in the world of music, of playing and even of accompanying again; I play weekly at mass and that is great. It's going so well, I am going to attempt to teach out of my home this next year. I am wavering on how to make this work out--- do I renovate my garage and create a fantastic studio?? Or renovate my front porch and create an all season space so I can keep the dogs out there and actually gain some room? Big decisions! In the meantime, I am going on a cleaning binge and I plan to overhaul the whole house. You know, be ruthless and get rid of stuff as I have realized that my house is small and I have stuff. Lots of stuff. So, the fun begins. I just have to decide where to start.... It's time though!!
Anyway, I have to admit its nice being back at the blog. I think it won't be so long between postings again.