by Janet Blue on June 10, 2014

The tortie is Astrid, but the plus one is not that dumb scorpion. (More on that later.) The plus one is Giulietta.

I have been telling you how tortie Astrid is becoming less timid, and how she has even been going out on the catio some. Today, she spent nearly four hours there and had Giulietta as a companion for part of that time. The two of them even cooperated when I grabbed Tom’s phone for some photos.

Giulietta and Astrid keeping their eyes on the bird feeder.

Giulietta and Astrid keeping their eyes on the bird feeder.


Giulietta looks as if she is surprised to see Astrid on the cat tree.

Giulietta notices Astrid on “her” cat tree.


Giulietta and Astrid Catio 3

Giulietta thinks if she stares hard enough at her, Astrid will get the hint and leave.


Stare down time.

Stare down time.


Giulietta gives up and turns her back on Astrid.

Giulietta gives up and turns away.


I attribute much of Astrid’s change in behavior to having the love of a good cat. Thank you Cat Scout Sampson from Kitty Cat Chronicles for helping Astrid regain confidence.


So as promised, here’s the update. It has been one month since the sting on May 10.

The vascular surgeon was “pleasantly surprised” to see how much the wound on my ankle had healed. He gave me the okay to start biking. I am so deconditioned and my quads are so flabby, I hope I can make it around the block. Tom says we can start with 20 miles.

Swimming is still from two to four weeks away. The wound must be totally closed.

This discoloration of the skin (due to necrosis) in the ankle area may or may not go away. I already have lots of scars on my foot, ankle and leg from surgeries, so I don’t really care about that.

I return to the doctor in three weeks.

Catnip Quilt

So y’all have guilted me into letting the kitties have a catnip quilt. Notice I said “a” and not “the.” I really want the BlogPaws one as a memento and am going to order one just for them. They will be able to fur and tear it up to their little, furry hearts’ content.

See you all tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

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Marty the Manx June 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

You know you rock 🙂 You are one of the bestest kitty mom’s ever *ahem* take note mom. Glad to hear the vascular surgeon has released you, that is a huge leap mom says since she works with one 🙂 Love the pic of the girls!
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Deztinee High June 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Dey’s so bootyful. and meez so purroud of Astrid.

Luv ya’

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jansfunnyfarm June 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Great photos. They look happy there.

Glad the scorpion bite is healing and you will finally be able to do something to exercise. Listen to your doctor. 🙂 Um, your hubby was kidding about starting with 20 miles … wasn’t he?
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Clooney June 11, 2014 at 2:41 am

Janet, we are so happy to hear that you got the go ahead to start back with your bike rides and are glad that the bite has now finally started to heal way better, that is good news for sure. Yay for Astrid, and Giulietta looks so pretty in the photos here (even if she is none too happy with Astrid!)! Have a great week kitties!
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Spitty the Kitty June 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Astrid is soooooooooo beautifuls! And good for her for standing up to that mean girl trying to steal her spot 😉

We are sooooooo happies to hear the ankle is getting better–really NOT the kind of souvenir you want from that fun event. Such a scary thing XOXOXOXO
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Penelope June 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Wes so furry happy that Astrid is starting to assert herself and that your sting is better!
Can yous emails us? So wes can send yous the draft buttons?
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Flynn June 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I am glad the scorpion sting is healing well. Nice to see Astrid getting braver too.
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Sammy June 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Love the photos but the best part of the blog was hearing that the doctor was pleased with how well you’re healing AND has given you the “all clear” to bike again – which I know you love. Next hurdle will be getting the “high sign” to begin enjoying that pool………….YAY!!!

Hugs, Pam (and Sam of course)
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The Island Cats June 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

We like how Astrid seems to be taking charge! And we’re so glad to hear you’re healing well. It certainly has been a long haul. Oh and finally, we have a quilt…and the mom got a BlogPaws one, too, and she hasn’t given it to us…yet.
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The Swiss Cats June 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Mum and us are glad to read that you’re healing well ! Purrs
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Connie June 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

glad to hear you are healing well.. Enjoy the bike ride 🙂
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BeadedTail June 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

We’re glad your ankle is getting better! Yay! We also love seeing Astrid become more confident in her Tortieness! That’s wonderful news too!
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speedyrabbit June 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Oh this is great news Janet,we shall keep sending the snuggles to get you healed up,xx Speedy
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Brian Frum June 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

We are so glad you are doing better, we were sure worried about you!
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Austin Towers June 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

MOl at giving in about “a” quilt!! That is good news indeed about the foot healing. YAY! Giulietta is one scary stary kitty!!!
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Karren Haller June 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I can see that Giulietta and Astrid are very intent, have they ever caught a bird? We had one cat that snook out and brought in a bird. We did have to take it away 🙁

Enjoy your day!!!
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Cathy Keisha June 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Very inneresting series of photos. I was waiting to see some action. Yay on the catnip quilt. Yay on the bite healing. TW is glad so didn’t go to Vegas or she would’ve been the one with the bite.
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MyThreeMoggies June 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

Janet what Hotel did you stay in Vegas?
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da tabbies o trout towne June 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

hold de fone a minit pleez…wadda ya meen ewe iz watchin…BURDZ… de feeder

Kathy June 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

Question for you: can torties have white on them? I always called my girl a “Calico” (thus, her name, Cali!) but looking at your tortie, she has the same markings, except she has white feet and a white chest. Just curious if you know. I’d rather call her a Tortie if she’s a Tortie! Shoot, I’d have to change her name!?? hahaha Thank you. Love your blog, by the way!
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Caren Gittleman June 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

your photos are beautiful and glad the sting is healing! “20 miles???” You were kidding, right? 🙂
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Moggiepurrs June 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

Glad to hear that mom is doing better. Be extra-special nice kitties for her, okay?
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Random Felines June 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

we thought there was going to be some whapping!!

we are so glad you are healing up.
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McGuffy Ann Morris June 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

Can I order a quilt?
I am happy to hear you are healing!
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Ellen Pilch June 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

I have a tortie that looks like Astrid and she is timid too. Either way, they are both beauties.
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Kitty Cat Chronicles June 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

Sampson is thrilled to see Astrid today, and he is especially thrilled to see her standing up to her sister Giulietta. He sends her extra special head-butts and kisses for that. He also wants her to know how proud of her he is. He sends her all of his love.

Great news about the scorpion sting! Starting with a 20 mile bike ride?!? Geez louise… I don’t know if I could even make is 0.2 miles. MOL! That’s impressive. So glad to hear that you are able to get back into your favorite activities.

And WOOOHOOOOO about the catnip quilt. We are sure that everyone is thrilled about that. 🙂

Have a great Tortie Tuesday!!

Katie isabella June 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

I am VERY happy to learn that the wound has healed so well. xxoo

Shoko Neilson June 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

Wooohoo, you kitties are getting your own cat nip quilt! We are so happy for you. We didn’t realize your mom’s scorpion bite was so bad. My, my, at least it is getting better. Now, take care of your mom….always remember she is the one that feeds you…if she’s down….you guys will be very hungry.

Hugs, Shoko and Kali
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Sometimes, Cats Herd You June 10, 2014 at 6:16 am

It’s good to see Astrid getting braver all the time. Can you have her call Ashton and give her some tips on bravery?

We are so glad to hear that your ankle is doing better. Start with 20 miles. Tom is *funny*!
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Charles Huss June 10, 2014 at 6:01 am

I’m glad to hear Astrid is coming out of her “shell.” I’m surprised how long that scorpion sting takes to heal. Those little creatures pack a powerful punch.
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Molly The Wally June 10, 2014 at 4:07 am

Way to go Astrid and we hope you continue to enjoy the catio. Glad the sting has healed and you can go biking again. Paws crossed the next visit to the VS will be the last. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly
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Whisppy June 10, 2014 at 3:24 am

What wonderful news about the bite healing so well! YAY!

And even more wonderful news that you’ll be getting the kitties a catnip mat they can enjoy thoroughly. 🙂
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Lone Star Cats June 10, 2014 at 2:04 am

They look like they’re enjoying da catio!

Glad to hear your wound’s healing.
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Katnip Lounge June 10, 2014 at 1:39 am

HUZZAH!!! Good news all around.

20 Miles??? I’d make hubby do ALL the pedaling, LOL!
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Sparkle June 10, 2014 at 1:01 am

I’m glad to hear the sting is healing up well! And a big PAWS UP on the kitties getting their quilt!
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prancer pie June 10, 2014 at 12:14 am

Yay for Astrid and the news on the bite!
We’re snickering at the arrival of another nip quilt. Kittehz ALWAYS get their way! MOL!

Have a great Tuesday, furriends!
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