Floodwaters Suck


Miss Priscilla. A very sexy, blue-eyed nekkid lady!

Look! My new kitty cat! This is Priscilla, who came to us yesterday and is intended to make Charlie Bugs a very happy man. Isn’t she a long-legged, lovely girl? Love that fluffy tail of hers… she’s a 9 month old calico sphynx, and she’s very loveable and seems great with the kids. I think it’s safe to say I’m smitten. From what I can tell, she’s going to be the type of outgoing, extroverted cat that makes for a successful clinic cat.




Charlie Bugs. The Napoleonic Meow.


Now, you’d think a short, stubby guy like Charlie Bugs would be over the moon. I mean, he’s a dwarf sphynx and has the stubby little legs… think bald wiener cat… and she’s like, the Jessica Rabbit of nekkid ladies. But…. so far neither she nor Charlie are very impressed with one another. Look at the expression of disdainful watchfulness on his face this evening. Lots of grumbling and growling, trading hisses back and forth… but it’s early days.

wpid-2014-08-02-18-54-071So why am I blogging cats this evening? This is a new experience! Blogging because I have nothing better to do. I’ll explain. We had a family commitment this evening, and attended despite our better judgment. You know that old adage “if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”, right? Well, we didn’t want to disappoint Hubby’s mother when she was hosting his great aunt’s 81st birthday bash, and of course we did want to see all the family… but we knew that tonight was forecast for torrential rainfall with potential tornadic activity and flood conditions. So off we went and spent the birthday evening glued to the severe weather coverage. When there was finally a break in the 4 tornado warnings surrounding our location, and it looked like nothing but heavy rain was left, we decided to make a break for home, knowing that driving conditions in this level of deluge would be poor, but not wanting to wait any longer for water levels to rise.


Yeah. No thanks.

Here in Oklahoma for the past couple of weeks we’ve been taking circuitous routes to avoid all the roads closed and underwater, and when we heard we’d have 4-6 more inches over the weekend, we knew… KNEW!… that there was a good chance that we’d lose at least one of the 2 roads that access our rural property. So we headed out when the sirens were silent, and made for home by an already circuitous route, only to find that indeed, both the roads that access our property are completely impassable. The road we suspected would be underwater we didn’t even try, as we saw a tall truck backing up onto the highway and figured they wouldn’t be traveling in reverse for no good reason. So we bypassed that road, and went along the highway for another mile and tried the next road. Made it all the way to the cross street we needed, but the intersection was literally a river of water… there were actually *rapids* and no way to tell how deep they were or if the road was even under there. So we had to do a bit of reverse driving ourselves as we backtracked to the highway, then decided to make our way into town to the clinic, where we’re now hanging with the clinic cats.


I’m not feeling it.

My Young Love is watching The Incredible Hulk. Hubby is enjoying some nekkid kitty attention. Little Sister is snoring on my office couch. I’m idly wondering what kind of Hulk Richard Armitage would make, and blogging badly for lack of anything better to do. Well, as you can see in the picture of Priscilla above… there is a tall stack of charts I *could* work on. But probably my voice recognition software would be confused by The Incredible Hulk dialogue. Yep. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.



  1. Helen · May 24, 2015

    Wow. Very brave of you all to go out in the first place!
    Glad you’re in the warm and dry now, even if not home. And welcome to Miss Priscilla. She has fluffy feet too 😉


    • jholland · May 24, 2015

      Brave? Lol. I would have to say it was more like “idiotic” =) but all is well. We did make it home shortly after I posted. The rain lightened up and we tried again on the second road. There was still water flowing over the road but the level had receded enough to tell it was passable, so we went for it and were home in bed by 1am. Tremendous amount of rain, though! Something more than 5 inches, which is where the rain guage tops out. The pond on our property is a lake, and our driveway is the new pond. =)


      • Servetus · May 24, 2015

        it looks like Austin got it last night too (sigh) have to call and check on my storage unit. Glad you guys were high and dry!


        • jholland · May 24, 2015

          Hope your stuff is ok! Yeah, so the highway itself is closed now, between us and town. So we threaded that needle just in time. Mom is stranded with water and closures on all roads surrounding her house at the moment. We have more options than she does, but one thing is certain… getting to work Tuesday is going to be a real headache.


  2. Guylty · May 24, 2015

    It always amazes me how close to disaster you all live in the States. And how easy you take it, just trying a few detours and then going in for alternative accomodation. I hope the roads a clear again today and you are back home.
    As for the new addition to the clinic – great, hopefully the two cats will get to like each other soon. I really do think they are an acquired taste, those “nekkid” cats. But if they are sweet and cuddly, I’d probably overcome my reserve.


    • jholland · May 24, 2015

      Yeah, they are a bit of an acquired taste to look at, but that’s part of their appeal. They’re undoubtedly affectionate little cuddle-bugs… I predict you’d be won over by the personality =)


      • Guylty · May 25, 2015

        I’d love to see one in RL, actually, but I never have.


  3. Perry · May 24, 2015

    So, who’s the dog on the monitor? The one above the hunk? And welcome Miss Priscilla, to your new home. I imagine Charlie may be observing some traditional mourning period. In the end, he won’t resist those long legs. It’ll be fun to follow your updates about how their relationship develops.


    • jholland · May 24, 2015

      That’s a boxer puppy… I just love boxer puppies. LOL (I’ve had 2 boxers, but both were rescued as adults)… the fridge rules are the “puppies and kittens” must be present on the hot guy collage posted, and my monitor is just a compilation of RA collages that have been on the fridge at one point or another!


  4. Gratiana Lovelace · May 24, 2015

    Loved your beautiful new kitty, Priscilla! She looks very elegant and refined.

    Hope you stayed high and dry as you made it home last night (or this morning). We have a couple of streets in a “valley” in our town that flood up to the railroad bridge overpass. Yup! Blame it on the railroad. The impromptu “lakes” almost make a person want to put on flippers and swim across. Ha!


    • jholland · May 24, 2015

      Isn’t she just the prettiest thing? And yes, the kids are totally excited this morning. They see only the fun involved in swimming in Driveway Pond… and suggested we get a boat so we can still visit the grandparents (see YouTube link below!) =)

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  5. jholland · May 24, 2015

    We crossed this bridge at 8pm last night. This is why we went to the clinic instead of back to either of our parents’ houses… when we couldn’t make it to the house. I had a feeling it might happen, as the water was within 1ft of the road along the center of the bridge when we crossed. This video is kind of funny with sappy music and everything. Mom is panicking about how she’s supposed to get to town now… it’s going to be a very circuitous route, I’m sure.


  6. Hariclea · May 25, 2015

    Hope Charlie takes a liking to the new office lady 🙂 bet they win on personality 🙂 i always wondered if they occur naturally or were man made.. funny how we prefer people naked but pets fluffy 🙂 if u know i mean Glad you’re safe and dry ans hope this doesn’t happen too often Used to get flooded every year 1/2 times in the kitchen at the back of the garden and some parts of hometown still do as it used to be marshland and is low. Hope you can all make it to work and such i know waters and puddles are always fun for the kids 😉


    • jholland · May 25, 2015

      Charlie is slowly coming around. I’n no expert, but I read the breed originated by a couple of separate random mutations in the 1960’s and 70’s, which were then bred selectively. Of course it’s a pretty small gene pool and they do still use outcrossing to regular furry cats within some kind of guidelines which I’m not really clear on. But Priscilla’s grandmother was a long-haired calico cat (an outcross) who was bred with a hairless male… one kitten out of that litter was hairless and that was Priscilla’s mom. I’m pretty sure that’s why Priscilla has the fluffy tail/ears/feet which I seriously love. Their bodies are covered in a fine fuzz, which is soft like chamois, but my one thing I don’t love about the breed is the tail is so rodent-like! So Priscilla has the best of both worlds. =) The breed is unusually extroverted and so yes, personality is what wins people over!

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