How do you like the photo? That's our little lady Mina, with her five kittens. In this picture they were about four weeks old. Rather than leave them with a cat-sitter while we worked out of state a week at a time, every other week, we simply gathered them up in one kitty carrier and took them with us. Eventually they didn't even need the carrier, just sat on my lap or dozed on our props in the back of the van during the 3 hour trip.
Mina was a young feral cat who chose to live with us. We joke that we are on the Underground Kitty Railroad, because so far we've acquired three ferals. They must know something. Apparently Mina was newly "with child(ren)", as almost exactly 9 1/2 weeks after she moved in, these little furballs magically appeared. Of course we kept every one, bringing our total household feline citizenry to eight. Never mind the doves, rabbits, and chickens.
Looking at the calendar today I realized that it is now just about exactly a kitten-gestation's length of time until the magic begins again on Cape Cod! The countdown is on!
This year's OMI is shaping up to be the cat's meow. Have you visited the website lately? The updated Schedule is posted--8 amazing lectures (one for each cat), fantastic purrformances, 2 delicious Fancy Feasts (all-you-can-eat luncheon buffet on both Friday AND Saturday), and of course the rapidly-becoming-famous nightly Hospitality Suite with plenty of kibble! Plus, more fun convention activities than we can wave a feather cat toy at.
It's not too late to register; after all, the early bird gets the worm...at least until the early cat gets him. Be an early cat! Bypass the bird and the worm, and high-tail it down to Cape Cod in April for a convention that's more fun than a bag of catnip. So far we have early cats registered from 9 U.S. states, as well as Bermuda and Japan! Register meow...I mean, now!
Here's one of our favorite photos: our good friend the late Joanie Spina, playing with the kittens in our apartment while she attended the 2012 Cape Cod Festival of Magic. Joanie was an avid animal rights activist, and cared for many feral animals herself.
OMI will hold a 50/50 raffle again this year, with 50% of the total amount collected being donated to one of the animal rescue funds Joanie supported. More info TBA.
Okay, this film has absolutely nothing to do with a magic convention; but if you've seen it, you know that in nine and a half weeks, anything can happen. We're hoping that in 9 1/2 weeks the snow will melt, the temperature will be balmy, the economy will be revving, our next big shipment of cat food will be delivered, and we'll be greeting you with a handshake, or a hug, or a head-bump when you check in at OMI!
In the meantime, for the next 9 1/2 weeks, stay warm, be safe, and enjoy a catnap or two in a sunny spot. Hope to see you on Cape Cod in April!