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I’ve Been Adopted

I’ve been adopted.

I’ve been adopted by the neighbor’s cat.

Truth be told I am a dog person not a cat person.  I need the unconditional, over-the-top adoration that a dog offers.  I need a pet that thinks I am AWESOME just because I returned 10 minutes after leaving.

Actually, come to think of it,  appreciate that quality in everyone……..which might explain my social life…..

Cats just don’t do that (oh, and I’m really allergic to most of them).

But Zen is different.  Zen waits outside the back door for me.  Zen talks…..a lot.  I’ve never encountered such a chatty cat.  And Zen has decided that hanging out with me while I work in the garage is just exactly what he wants to do.

Zen will hop up on the workbench to explore what I’m doing.

Zen will curl up on the corner of the workbench and nap.Cat NapBut there is a downside.

I think Zen is trying to kill me.

I don’t know if it’s totally Zen’s idea or if it’s some plot by my neighbor who thinks the saw make too much noise and has trained Zen to go all Day-of-the-Dolphin on me.

Bottom line – Zen is the most adorable assassin ever.Adorable Assassin

 (OK, in reality he is just yawning after waking up but you get the sense of his darker side)

 You see this has been a crazy week for me of trying to get ahead of the curve.  Tons of sawing.

I have an order for a giant BEACH sign.Patterns for Large Letters  It requires every saw I own.Use a scroll saw to cut out the letters

And I’m trying to get a lot of HOME letter blanks ready to go.Lots of Letter Blanks

See?  Tons of sawing.letters letters lettersZen is not afraid or even momentarily put-off by the deafening roar of the table saw.  (unlike my childhood dog who was terrified of the vacuum cleaner and lived in deathly fear of the noise the ironing board made when you opened it)

Zen actually seems to enjoy chasing sawdust.

Zen also likes to stealthily creep up on me when I’m working.

So imagine you’re happily sawing away.  The machine is making a deafening roar.  You are focused solely on what is right in front of you as you carefully feed the wood into the sharp, spinning blades when suddenly something large and furry wraps itself around your leg or jumps up on the table next to you!

So far I’ve survived his attempts.  But I think I’m going to have to find some tiny body guards or something…….Cat Ninjas

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

8 responses »

  1. Obviously, you have never heard the song “Fluffy’s Master Plan For World Domination” or you wouldn’t be surprised at how clever Zen is being. I have both dogs and cats so I am used to being adored and ignored. Cats rule, dogs drool!

  2. Enjoy your new pet, Zen. Adorable.

    Show us the BEACH sign when you’re finished.

  3. That’s funny…and adorable. Isn’t it nice to be adopted by someone even it’s it’s a cat?

  4. Cats are very clever.
    Have you ever heard of the book Six Dinner Sid?

    Your story of Zen reminded me instantly of Sid!!

  5. What is it about pets that belong to OTHERS but love us when we don’t mind them with their rightful owners but….I’m hoping Zen earns his keep by catching a mouse or something. Oh and wear guards on your fingers. I mean, this cat could easily spell d-a-n-g-e-r for fingers, hands, etc….!!!!!

  6. I think Zen is trying to tell you that it’s time to farm out the majority of the sawing and concentrate on design and marketing. Me and Zen…we share a brain that way.

  7. That’s so sweet! Maybe Zen is telling you all about his exciting day: 🙂


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