December 25th, 2012


:: How to Mend a Lamp ::

:: How to Mend a Lamp ::

We dreamed of the ideal environment when we want to live. 
We examined our budget, we shared out ideas, and then we took steps to design
The place that would be most ideal with the given financial commitments. 
Some nice artwork, some nice furniture pieces, a nice kitchen island.
A nice lamp. Maybe two. Nice is usually nice term to describe something
Within affordability. And of course, nice things existed more easily without a cat. 
Nice apartments with cats, I would assume, are, erm, a little more bare. 
So it was not wrong to suppose that the sudden arrival of FrancFranc would lead
To the demise (and destruction) to the nice things in the house. 
The first casualty was the slim Humpty Dumpty lamp once sitting happily 
On the TV console. After a close brush with the curious kitty, it broke a leg. 
Slim HD was about to be thrown away, until I came up with the idea to 
Do some paper machie cast after taping the broken pieces together. 
The original idea was to have it bandaged in cloth bandage, but the 
Contrast would have been lacking. Fortunately there were some copies of
Old maps from National Geographic which were then stripped and then 
Added to give it a nicer effect. Let's hope FrancFranc will not
Break the other leg. 


:: On My Own ::

:: On My Own :

While almost everyone is acquainted with the musical, or now, the film adaptation of 
Les Misérables Upton Sinclair's preface to the novel, I felt, gave a true depiction of this title: 

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom,
a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization,
artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine,
with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—
the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation,
and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—
are not solved; so long as, in certain regions,
social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words,
and from a yet more extended point of view,
so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth,
books like this cannot be useless.

Two centuries after the story first began in 1815, how do we fare? 
Things can only get better, as we hope for less ignorance and misery on Earth
I was moved by this, with relation to Javert's adherence to the law, 
Which led to his eventual inner conflict. Which bears a resemblance to
Our moral compass versus the social values that are impinged onto us.

While Susan Boyle has made "I Dreamed a Dream" more popular than it already was, 
I have always been moved by Eponine's quot;On My Own"
Must be the romantic in me. 
While Cosette and Marius fell in love with each other and were united, 
Eponine was never meant to have a happy ending, and when confronted with 
A wish that was impossible to fulfil, she could only do what she did, 
In order to have a taste of the love that she had wanted. 
Again, does that not happen to us, when we, at one point in our lives, 
May know that we are able to grant happiness to someone by removing 
Ourselves from the equation? It is often this knowledge, coupled by one's 
Power to act, to sacrifice oneself, that create a moment of poignancy,
A bittersweet ending - for the story was never meant to be ours. 

I love himBut every day I'm learningAll my lifeI've only been pretendingWithout meHis world would go on turningA world that's full of happinessThat I have never known
I love himI love himI love him
But only on my own

:: How Cats Display Affection ::

:: How Cats Display Affection ::

Whether or not your cat is affectionate depends on her personality,
he breeding, and her upbringing. Some cats are aloof;
some can't wait to shower affection upon you.
When a cat chooses to express affection,
she's more likely to show you than tell you,
so understanding the feline lexicon of love requires that
you understan feline body language nd how
they interact with fellow cats as well as humans.

Slow Eye Blinks

When cats encounter strangers or other cats,
they usually greet them with an unblinking stare.
Slow eye blinks - often called "Kitty Kisses" -
are a sign of contentedness and affection.
You can make a game of this by slowly blinking back at
your cat and see how long the interchange can last.


Grooming s not all about hygiene.
Cats groom each other both as a stress-reliever
and as a bonding mechanism.
If your cat grooms you, it's a sign that she accepts you
as part of her feline "family."
It can also be a way of claiming "ownership" of you.

Head Rubbing and Butting

If your cat rubs her face on you,
she is "marking" you as her property.
There are glands on her face that secrete pheromones
which act to mark territory as well as signal comfort and familiarity.
Each cat's pheromone signature is unique,
just as our fingerprints are. When she leaves behind this
calling card, she's saying "MINE!"


If your cat follows you from room to room and
hangs out wherever you are,
it's a sign that she's interested in you and
wants to be where you are.
Some cats who otherwise do not display affection
can still express their love just by "being there for you."

Bringing You "Gifts"

As repugnant as it is to find that Fluffy has 
left a mutilated mole or dead bird on your doorstep,
do not yell or hurt her when you find it.
She has bestowed a cherished gift upon you
and is hoping you'll be pleased with the offering,
just as a child seeks approval from his parents.
The best way to discourage this behavior is to keep her indoors.

Excitement at Your Return Home

You may not witness this, but your spouse or roommate might.
Most cats who are bonded to their owners will
respond with excitement when they hear your car in the driveway,
or when you make distinctive sounds (like jingle of the key in the lock)
when returning home. If they run for the door when you come through it,
they've missed you and are relieved that you've returned safely home to them.

Belly Display

When your cat rolls over and exposes her belly to you,
she is signaling that she trusts you and loves you.
Exposing her belly exposes her vulnerability.
If she did that in the wild, she'd be toast.
She's comfortable enough with you to let down her guard.

Tail Position

Many cats use question mark-shaped tail
to greet someone they like.
A tail in the full upright position also indicates familiarity,
trust and affection.


This instinctual gesture originates from birth,
when your cat kneaded her mother to stimulate milk flow.
In later life kneading ignifies contentment, pleasure and adoration,
especially if accompanied by drooling.
This is one of the greatest expressions of love that your cat can bestow upon you.

Cat Love Can be Subtle

Unlike dogs, cats usually won't shower you with sloppy kisses,
but that doesn't mean they don't love you.
In their own subtle way, cats will let you know where you stand,
and petting a purring, head-butting cat in your lap
is a quiet pleasure that can make your day.