Thursday, November 30, 2023


It’s been a big week of adjustment for these two. They’ve both done really well. Slowly but surely, we all are figuring things out.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Behind the Name

Da Kid is a true sweetheart…

So how did I land on Kenta Grant Maeda? He was originally named Cary Grant by the rescue (obviously for his handsome suaveness). I thought about naming him Humphrey Bogart after my favorite actor from that era. I could call him Sir Humphrey or Bogie or Bogart all great names. I originally thought about naming Alias ‘Kenta’ because how cool has it been to have a Minnesota Twin share my surname? Mom would have been amazed. But ultimately Alias was named after a Bob Dylan movie character “what’s your name?”  “Alias anything you want…” 

I decided on Kenta Grant Maeda because Kenta sounds more like Cary than Humphrey or Bogie, and I thought he might respond to that. And he did come over when I called his name out. But also to honor our ex-Twin, and keeping Grant to honor his original name and also one of my heroes, Bud Grant (who I learned everything I know about leadership from) and also I can call him KG (after Kevin Garnett) or KG’s nickname, ‘da kid’ which honors what I called Diego-San, Thompson and Theo, ‘da Boyz’ for all those years. Kenta suits him well.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Meet Kenta Grant Maeda, KG, or da kid for short. After spending most of the day hiding under the bed, he surprised me by coming up at night and when I called his name, he eventually came over and rubbed up against me. Then he stayed with me for a long time before following Norma and then Alias around. He’s incredibly soft and floofy. And I’m guessing a real sweetheart. He did get scared when I yelled at Norma (a nightly occurrence). 

Monday, November 27, 2023


Day 6 and he still hasn’t come out from hiding. Friday night/Saturday morning someone (probably Alias) was able to get the door to the bedroom his brother was in, open likely by leaning on the door whose handle doesn’t latch. So the newcomer ran downstairs and now is underneath a bed. He has been eating the food I’ve placed under the bed so that’s good. I’m sorry he’s so scared and stressed out…

Friday, November 24, 2023

Day 2

He still hasn’t come out from underneath the futon. I’m a little worried that he hasn’t eaten in two days or drank any water. I think I may try harder to coax him out tomorrow by moving the futon.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Adoption Day

Alias and Norma’s new brother came home yesterday. Alias got to meet him briefly when I put the carrier down. He came over and sniffed his brother. There was no hissing so that was good. Then our new housemate (name to be determined) spent the entire day hiding underneath my futon.It took Diego-San four days to come out of hiding when I first brought him and Thompson home. I hope it doesn’t take that long this time.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023


Norma and Alias are practicing all the things they are going to teach their new brother.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023


I’ve told them all about their new brother. I’ve also told them they are going to be great siblings just like Theo was when they first moved in. I don’t think my words are sinking in.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023


It was really windy out yesterday and Alias spent the entire morning staring out the living room picture window watching the leaves swirl in the wind gusts. A couple of times he tried to catch a leaf only to be thwarted by the window glass.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Oh No

Alias is surprised that someone found his toilet paper stash.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Norma’s Advice

A good nap partner is one whose head snuggles in perfectly with your own.

Monday, November 13, 2023


Norma prefers to sleep under the covers with me. Alias prefers to sleep under the covers when I’m not there. To each their own (although I prefer Norma’s preference).

Friday, November 10, 2023


Alias is checking out the howler that was given away at last night’s Timberwolves basketball game. He’s made a new friend.

Thursday, November 09, 2023


Yesterday, was Alias and Norma’s three year anniversary of moving in with me. Here’s a picture from their first night.

Wednesday, November 08, 2023


My memory is that Theo didn’t spend that much time with Norma and Alias. And yet I have a ton of pictures of them together. Probably because whenever he did spend time with them, I made sure to take pictures.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023


My birthday is coming up in a few days. I asked Norma what she planned on helping me to do to celebrate. I think it involves sitting on top of her cat tree.

Monday, November 06, 2023

Friday, November 03, 2023

Young Alias

I told Alias he was a really cute kitten but that he’s still cute. Just an older cute. I don’t even remember when his eyes turned from brown to green.

Thursday, November 02, 2023


Alias has a favorite toy mousie he loves to play fetch with. I keep it in a drawer so we don’t lose it and as soon as I open the drawer Alias is right there looking at me. He’ll play until my arm gets tired. Unfortunately the mousie is starting to fall apart and I’m not sure I can find a replacement since it was a part of a larger toy that broke freeing the mouse.

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Meteorological Felines

We got our first snow last night. At least it was followed by a sun puddle.