Fanny, Fanny Fat Cat, Vintage VWs, and Pithy Remarks

Fanny’s attempt at making me stay home from work

Fanny has always been a large cat.  Even when I first found her as a kitten beside a rural road out in Fairfield County, Fanny was, shall we say, solid.  When I took her to the Vet to have her checked out and then spayed, the Vet’s comment was “That’s going to be a BIG cat.”  That’s sort of how she got her name- once the Vet had verified she was female.  It is somewhat difficult to discern the gender of young kittens- males don’t have their pee-pee half way up their bellies like dogs, and they don’t grow visible balls until they’re several months old.   I once had a female cat I originally thought was male so (before I was aware of her true gender) I named her “Bill.”   So now I don’t name a kitten until I have the Vet verify the gender.  I had been playing the song “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen, and once it had been determined she was female, the name Fanny just sort of fit.

Our Vet is very familiar with barn cats.  Usually those are the kind of cats that end up as her office cats.  In this area most barn cats are large, silver tabby cats.  One of her office cats- Fat Albert- is almost two of Fanny (male cats are generally larger than females) even though Fanny would be large compared to most male cats.  Apparently if a quasi-feral barn cat is spayed or neutered, taken inside, treated to a temperature controlled environment free of most predators, and fed a decent quality catfood, they grow very large.

The odd thing about Fanny’s size is that while she is over 15# which is too fat (and yes, I have to try to do something about that) she is also large-framed, so at least the fat is sort of spread out.  Fluffy-Butt (or FB as our tortoise-shell Angora is usually called) is about seven pounds and is a “normal sized” cat.  She eats more than Fanny.  Isabel, who is elderly, and has always been tiny (right around five pounds) eats more than either Fanny or FB, and I’ve been supplementing her with high-faluting old-cat food and wet food in the mornings to keep her from losing weight (the other cats just get plain old Cat Chow.)

Metabolism is a funky thing.  I wish I had Isabel’s.

I’ve also been somewhat neglectful in sharing pics from last Saturday’s VW show- there were indeed some tasty cars and I took a load of pics (if you are into classic VWs, the share site is here.)   There was one car there that was a dead ringer for the 83 GTI I had once.  I am still kicking myself in the ass for trading off that ride:

I had an ’83.  This is an ’84, which was the identical model.  Black car, blue interior.

Yes, it was for sale, but I don’t have five grand to blow on a car to play with. 😦

The name “Honda Killer” is very much deserved on the first generation GTI, because the cars were heavy (compared to most front wheel drive econoboxes) and geared low, and had the advantage over the Civics of that day because Civics still had carburetors and 1.6 engines.  The GTI had a crude form of electronic ignition- no more distributor points- yay!- as well as the Bosch CIS fuel injection (mechanical, and still required idle adjustments from time to time, but it was a port fuel injection) as well as a larger 1.8 engine with a higher compression ratio than any of the Japanese stuff.

I should have never sold that car.

Anyway, I was delighted at the number of old transporters and split windows at the show.  This particular show is one of the largest in the Midwest- but the Midwest is not particularly kind to the preservation of vintage cars of any type.

Got to love the old Transporters- but you should be a technician if you plan on owning one.

The ’47 was not only rare, but very tastefully restored.

This ’67 Ghia has a very sweet engine compartment.

I would like to have a Karmann Ghia myself. Dad has a very tasty ’69, but he took his ’77 Convertible to this show because the Ghia needs some touch ups on its restoration (it was restored almost 20 years ago.)

It’s pretty much straight stock, except for the paint colors.

Hopefully this weekend will be quiet and peaceful.  It would be nice, but probably won’t happen.   I know I’m already being railroaded into going with Jerry to the campground with two dogs tonight (though Sheena staying at home will be a reason for me to scoot out before he gets too drunk.)  Clara enjoys going to the campground, and she’s easy to handle.  Lilo is easy enough to handle too.  Sheena isn’t bad on a leash, but she doesn’t listen as well as the other two, and she’s not at all compliant with Jerry.  So Sheena will stay home tonight and I will make it to the car and escape, hopefully before he’s shitfaced.

It does bother me that here lately I’ve been at the point where human interaction is wearing on me really heavily.  That’s a warning signal that I need solitude and that I’d better arrange (somehow) to get it.  Last night poor Steve-o, who is rightfully excited about his upcoming opportunities, called to chat and was going on and on for almost an hour.  Usually I enjoy discussion on all things automotive, especially with other motorheads, but even he was wearing on my patience.   I was trying to finish laundry and was in the process of stewing tomatoes- stewing and freezing is how I preserve them so they don’t go to waste- and I’m just at the point where I need to get away from people for a little while.  I’m not nice when I’m crispy around the edges.  I have some new books I’d like to read without being interrupted and all that.

This world is not geared toward the introverted soul who needs a little contemplation and quiet now and again to stay sane.

I’d almost like to arrange a couple of days where I can stay at the campground- during the week when it’s quiet.  Jerry goes down there for the social factor on the weekends, to get wasted and hang out with his friends.  I would go down there so I could turn everything off and keep from interacting with anyone except maybe Clara.

Dogs have them too, but still.  Why can’t they put something in Mountain Dew that will clean the young punks’ teeth instead of rotting them?

A good argument for parallel universes?

It always cracks me up when I observe vegans who own cats.

Cats are obligatory carnivores.

So if you own a cat, you’re feeding it catfood, which has to contain at least some meat.

4 thoughts on “Fanny, Fanny Fat Cat, Vintage VWs, and Pithy Remarks

  1. whiteladyinthehood says:

    I love Fanny the big cat! She is the size of a baby. I’m not very good with cars but I enjoyed looking at the photos. I hope you get some quiet time to relax this weekend.

    • Fanny is about sixteen pounds. She should be about twelve. She’s four years old and gets nothing but Cat Chow and water. I’ve always believed in free-feeding for cats (fill the bowl with dry food and they eat when they want to) but I may have to try another strategy with Miss Fanny. She is a sweet little doll baby, but it’s not healthy for her to be this overweight.

      Isabel actually loses weight – and she’s always been fine-boned and slender-if I don’t supplement her with the high faluting stuff, and FB stays pretty much normal on just Cat Chow and water.

  2. Were you serious about heading out to the camp ground by yourself? I think that’s a great idea, actually. I don’t get the opportunity too often, but I think that a short mini-break to dullsville (I’m being serious) can do wonders for the mental state.

    • I am seriously considering it, hopefully for two or three days in early to mid-October when the leaves are starting to change, it’s not too hot, and it’s really beautiful down there. Since it is in the boonies, there is no Internet or reliable cell phone access, virtually no one is down there during the week, and there is a prison nearby, I will of course be armed (it’s also a gun club after all) and I’ll have Clara also for good measure. She adores these kinds of excursions, and I always feel a lot safer out like that with at least one dog.

      The only part about such a plan is that leaving Jerry alone with Lilo and Sheena is a bit scary and I’d have to be prepared to clean up the disaster when I got home. There’s always a trade off. But the solitude and the free-reading time might just be worth it. There is electric, water, a hot shower, a fridge, stove and microwave as well as a coffee maker and a flush toilet. So I can have plenty of iced tea and/or hot or iced coffee and can fix whatever food I decide to bring. (I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoys cooking when I’m left alone to do it, and it’s better for me anyway because I have better control of my carbs and fats and salt than one does when eating out or eating processed foods.)

      There is a decent TV, but you only get whatever TV stations the antenna gets, (generally blecch- no TruTV, and no Science Channel, but I’m not going down there to watch TV anyway) or I can bring movies for the DVD player, so it’s not total isolation, but it’s as close as I can safely get to it.:)

      The more I think about it the better this little excursion sounds. I’m going to request the time off now.

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