09/21 — Battlemoor!

so last year at Battlemoor • i had a plan • or at least an idea • a thought • it was this:

that at Battlemoor this year i would NOT SET UP THE BOOTH

i would sleep in

fart around


remember what it’s like just … being in the SCA

so this year at Battlemoor

that’s what i did

it meant that i had time to stop & just … look at things

Battlemoor really has a gorgeous site.



Dharma & i camped in the trees, with the Shire of Aarquelle

(of course Dharma came along

neither of us had had an event off, like, ever

it was RIDICULOUSLY awesome)


(also camping there meant we didn’t blow away

which is a lot of my issue with Battlemoor

the blowing away

is slightly ridiculous

though it does make the banners look pretty epic)

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there was rain

so there were mushrooms

i was fond of this one


of course cats


(that’s not Loiosh!

it’s Ginger

he & Loiosh are

orange leashcat boothcat besties

it’s sort of awesome)

oh hello i remember you!






HEY what’d’ya FIND that’s my FOOD


the two of them together are EVEN MORE HILARIOUS than the boy is on his own

i LOVE it when they get a chance to hang out

(Ginger’s momma makes gorgeous pottery

you can see some of it here

also here’s the little vase i got from her this year

with flowers in it

of course)


i didn’t get any pictures of Chocolate

but you can pretty much put in any pic i’ve taken

of him sleeping crankily on the van bed

that’s basically what he did

have a pic of the boy in a tree instead


also there were dogs

so many dogs

also a goat but i didn’t get a picture of the goat


anyway dogs



also the only picture i got all war

where it looks like a war

& not a day at the park or whatevs

here’s a lovely viking wedge

wedged into the trees


pretty hard to blow away there

i will happily camp with Aarquelle all of the times, ever

they are good people

it was a lovely war

let’s do it again

this is my plan

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

09/13 — one, well, one leaves

been pretty quiet here lately • course there’s a reason • turns out there was Unnecessary Excitement • & i kinda abruptly hadda move

when one’s roommates say • ‘we’re not gonna kick you out • but it’d be great if you left’ • one, well, one leaves


so i did, but i’m pretty okay with that • cos i got to move to the East Mountains in New Mexico • & let me tell you it is fkn gorgeous here

the sky looks like this, a lot


but during monsoon season it does this


also there are flowers like this





the boys are settling in quite happily





me, too




there’s room for my ingredients & workspace in my room • it’s very nice to have a space that’s all mine • where i can work & play in light & spaciousness • i’m still getting things arranged • taking my sweet time • & getting it all just right

i have the suspicion • & this is a weird thought to me • but • i might be here • for a while?

i don’t know what that’s like • but i kinda want to find out



Posted on September 13, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 10 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

07/14 — sandia mountains (twice)

having ensconced ourselves quite comfortably at Dharma’s place • Loiosh & i went on two separate abventures to the Sandias • only one of them involved a ridiculous dirt road

but there was a lovely mountain stream • y’all know how i feel about those • kinda worth it

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of course i stuck my feet in, also a lot of the rest of me

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Loiosh was not so thrilled alas • well, he had reason • MOM IT IS KIND OF WET • A LOT WET

lots of water

have a lil mountain stream soundtrack

& then back down the hill (fortunately on a nice smooth paved road) • he usually doesn’t like the wind so much • but he really enjoyed the ride • & the view

van window

back up the nice paved road several days later • & even higher • up to Sandia Crest itself • a decent altitude • just a lil over 10,000 feet

the boy enjoyed the view

great king

so did i, i mean holy crap

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lookit that

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there was a nice trail through the woods, the boy & i had a good wander • he took his sweet time of course

wander wander wander sniff sniff wander wander sniff sniff sniff #thevagabondtabby

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lots of flowers • (i especially like the one with the ladybug)

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the trail got a lil exciting at times…

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…after which the boy had to take a lil break under a nice shady bench.


he did sort of wear himself out with all the wandering

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grand cat

(so did i)

done now!

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Posted on July 14, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

07/12 — drivin south

y’all may know i recently spent a couple weeks in new mexico • here’s about the drive down tho • took two days to do it • because why not?

Loiosh of course was eager to go MOM LET’S GO • he’s not subtle • (‘s part of why we get along so well)

lets go

the old man did a bit of hollering & then flopped

sleepy oldmancat

there were pretty awesome flowers along the way • with the coolest stink bug i ever saw

bright flower

i found us the bestest spot along a stream • i do love being able to sit & listen to the sound of running water

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& stick my feet in it • so nice & cool

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also it did a good job of cooling drinks

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plus i found treasure • more of that steel wire i’ve been making into jewelry • it’s free & also i get to help clean up the world a lil • so yeah that’ll do

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the boy had lovely wanderings

nice forest

this forest is good, mom, i approve

patunk patunk patunk patunk patunk #thevagabondtabby #cat #cats #catsofig #catsonleashes #catsofinstagram

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flowers, cool rocks, plants, treasure

tiny mosses

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tree sign

towards evening i built a fire • it had been so long • SO LONG • then i just • i sat, & breathed, & watched the flames • it was • it was good • SO GOOD

primal campfire

*long, deep breath*



morning & time to go • but i took a lil time to make treasure • & left it for someone to find • i hope they love it • i love doing this

give giveaway

& then south

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

07/08 — CO160 roadside shrine

i passed this beautiful roadside shrine west of Walsenburg but before i started on the Highway of Legends • i had to stop, & i took so many pictures they wanted their own post

i am not Catholic • but i respect genuinely-held faith of any sort that wishes people well • & what else is such a shrine for?

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so many offerings • so many memories

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roadside shrine

of course the boy came up with me

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& we left an offering, too, in memory of so many cats we have known & loved

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Posted on July 8, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 4 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

07/07 — Highway of Legends

i’ve been doing a lot more doing than blogging • which is great, i mean doing is awesome • but i did want to catch up on the blogging • got a lotta cool pictures to share • also cat stories • that’s the whole purpose of it all anyway • cat stories

anyway i spent a couple days out on the road back in may • (holy crap that was a while ago) • so here are some pictures & stuff

i finally got the van put back together after completely ignoring it all winter • after the brain-asplodey i had last summer i kind of couldn’t deal with the thing • but it’s set up nice & looks pretty now too • homelike

getting there

even Chocolate is pretty comfy in it these days • (after the initial opinionating that is)

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we stopped first at the Riverwalk in Pueblo • i’d been meaning to get down there since Rowan told me about it • yeah it took forever • brains, i tell ya

Chocolate got to stay in the van cos i found a nice shady spot • so Loiosh & I got to wander

he was SO HAPPY • what with one thing & another i hadn’t gotten him out much • i’ve been making up for that though


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really gorgeous flowers • course he hadda stick his face into them • & then sneeze

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succulents _ flowers

then down the 25 toward Walsenburg • some gorgeous from along the way

the road

at the Walsenburg exit was a sign for the Highway of Legends • how could i resist?

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so we spent the night parked next to an abandoned auto-parts place in Walsenburg • a nice dark spot, well-shaded from both streetlights & the morning sun • with a convenience store close by for those early-morning pee runs

i let the boy out a little bit while i did my morning stuff • & got my hair up for the day • i call this one ‘living in the cracks’

life in the cracks

the next morning we started up the Highway of Legends • (i mean seriously how could i NOT drive it • HIGHWAAAAAAAAAAAAY OF LEGEEEEEEEEEEEEEENDS)

obligatory sign selfie, also mountains

im a legend

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we had lunch in a little artsy town called La Veta • nice architecture

architectural elegance

then i found a sweet little spot to spend a couple days • the sign said ‘no camping’ but • i didn’t put up a tent so that totally doesn’t count? • anyway there was nobody up there to yell at me • a little early in the season i suppose • there was still snow on the ground after all • it was perfect

so perfect • right next to this lovely stream that i immediately stuck my feet in • of course it was very cold, that’s the excellent part

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even Chocolate sort of liked the spot • or at least being with his Momma

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best oldmancat

we spent two nights & a beautiful quiet day • with napping & reading & a lot of just sitting • Loiosh & i did a lil wandering but not much • it was so good to just stop for a while • it was just happy

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i made a pretty to leave for whoever finds it • entirely from stuff i found there • that doesn’t happen often • i got creative with cut zipties

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lil gift

& then we drove on

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spanish peaks

North Lake was windy but a good place for a quick lunch

north lake

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& down the hill to Trinidad, then north on the 25 to home • i’m really enjoying these little trips • some quiet time • & working my way up to being on the road longer • i tried to dive in far too fast • which works for me with water but • not so much with vandwelling apparently

little by little

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

06/02 — guest post by Sarah Dahlinger

i think this might be the very-first-ever guest post on this blog • & it is a delightful one! • Sarah Dahlinger does gorgeous glorious art • & also writes! • she is writing a WHOLE BOOK • with also a LOT OF PICTURES IN IT • which is so far beyond my comprehension of anything i could do, i cannot even •

anyway here she is to tell you about her book • “Seen and Unseen: Observations in the Panama Wilderness by Sam Hildebrand” • & how she got to this whole art + writing + nature thing • also lots of pictures • which i’d tell you they’re gorgeous but just go look • i mean • wow •


When I was a kid, my parents bought forty-five acres of forest in rural NH so my sister and I could grow up away from the city. We lived up there every summer. For the first few years, when I was eight to twelve years old, we lived in a mostly broken camper. No running water. No plumbing. No TV. No microwave. We had a battery radio. We got a little house when I was twelve years old, but still no TV, and one radio for the whole house.

I lived outside like a little animal every summer from eight years old to fifteen years old. It has made a deep impression on me. It’s hard to explain just how much I love that land. My parents and grandparents taught me about the fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds who lived there. I memorized the “North American Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians” and had a very solid knowledge of the Audubon’s book on North American Birds by the time I was ten.


My parents sold the land when I was in college. I miss it deeply, but I find little patches of nature near my house to appreciate, and there’s always travel. I’ve been to Panama, Russia, the Everglades, Shenandoah Valley, Niagara Falls, among others. This year, I’m going to Glacier National Park to see bears. I guess that little wild animal child is still alive and well in me. I hope to never lose her.

I think this is the root of my love of both the wilderness and art. Nature is an incredible force that is both beautiful and dangerous. I can go out into nature, and appreciate it, but, always with respect, because I’ll never own it.

Art, well, the battle with art is never won. There’s always something to improve, and this is what makes me get of bed everyday, 4 hours early, so I can practice.


This is Sarah Dahlinger. I’m an artist, both 2D and 3D, who has taken on the new challenge of writing and illustrating my own book, “Seen and Unseen: Observations in the Panama Wilderness by Sam Hildebrand”. It will be illustrated prose of roughly 60-80 pages, a historical fiction with elements of fantasy. Page length depends on how amped up I get over full colored spreads, and time. I’ve always had stories in my head but never felt like anyone would want to hear them. It’s time to see if I can make something that will make people happy. I’m excited for this challenge and I hope you are too.

This project is largely based on two things: my trip to Panama in 2014, and the 1911 Smithsonian Biological Survey. I’ve always thought a bit of magic lives in the places where humans can’t touch, so that’s in there too.

I’ve heard that you should make the story that your 12-year-old self would have loved to read.

This is my story.


If you would like to see some of my studies and sketches, check out my Twitter. https://twitter.com/SeenUnseenBook

I post new animal drawings there almost daily, in the efforts to improve my drawing skills before I illustrate Seen and Unseen.

If you would like to support the project, see full illustrations, read the copy early, see process sketches, and win prizes, check out my Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/SarahDahlinger?ty=h

My website also has a bunch of neat things on it as well. http://www.sarahdahlinger.com/


Posted on May 31, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

05/12 — printables, or, more of my Stuff

so many Stuff to keep track of • so many

(a followup to the other thing i did • you know, the thing)

also there is a PRESENT FOR YOU • it’s at the bottom of the post • don’t get too excited, it’s just a printable

anyway the bullet journal thing (at least the way i do it) is definitely a day-by-day thing • i don’t plan my weeks or months with it • other people do because that’s what works for them • i need my longer-term stuff to be somewhere i can look up & see it any time • i’d have to flip through the bullet journal for that • it would not work • i’d just never do it • because my brain • it does not work that way

(the key • as always • do what works FOR YOU)

anyway i wound up finding a zillion printables • you know the kind • done by mommybloggers & lifecoaches & people with entirely other businesses who want to talk about how they do things • kinda like i’m doing here

& then i futzed & poked & experimented & made my own • here’s the weekly version

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the days that have names have them right in the schedule • i figured that was convenient

there’s room for the week’s blog post & newsletter • the week’s focus • weekly specials is whatever tasks i have • plus a shopping list more or less • self-care also gets a focus

this works REALLY STONKING WELL • it’d be all sorts of colours if i had a colour printer • i don’t but at least i have purple paper • that works pretty well

there’s also the monthly version • it has two months actually • i do better when i can see that far ahead when i need to • i may have gotten a lil silly adding spirals to this one • not really, i love em

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it’s also got spaces for the month’s focus • ideas for blog posts & newsletters • & projects • that’s what works for me

& now the PRESENT • guess what it’s PRINTABLES • i sort of filed off the serial numbers • you might do errands on monday • clearday might be sunday • fighter practice might be tuesday • you know how it goes • click to download • & fill in what works for YOU

The Vagabond Tabby weekly printable thumbThe Vagabond Tabby 2 month printable thumb

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

04/19 — under the bridge

it was wednesday • or maybe thursday? • one of those…you know, days • anyway i knew there was weather coming in • i knew the boy’d get cabin fever • also it was gorgeous • so walkies

we stopped at the neighbor’s house first • he’s an awesome guy • got a couple of cats & feeds whoever comes around • he’ll fix your car for not too much money • he’s been teaching me car stuff • & doesn’t flirt with me which is SO NICE

anyway he’s also got a beautiful flower-laden tree in his front yard • i couldn’t get a clear pic because the wind • i almost like this better though? • also the ray of sunlight at the top

flower wind

this is his cat China • she is beautiful & so sweet • i love that meezerXtabby look • the blue eyes & stripey

miss china

she doesn’t like loiosh much • she’s got sort of a resigned patience with him though • it’s like they all eventually figure out that he doesn’t mean it • he’s just a dorkbutt

anyway instead of going down the hill & left • we went down the hill & right • under the bridge • there’s a nice wide rocky beach-ish floodplain there • new territory • i found a lotta seaglass

but that’s later • before that i found a really neat worm-eaten log

runes, ancient paths, switchback roads


electron trails • the path of a single soul through a mob of rush hour commuters

runes maps

meandering stream • deerpath • worm tracks

deer tracks

i love that stuff • i wonder if you can do worm track divination?

anyway it was sunny so loiosh was too warm • admittedly i was too • he hauled me under a tree for shade & snuggles • i decided to try some really-close-up shots with the new phone • which, it turns out, it’s pretty good at

stretchy toes

toes stretched

relaxed toestoes relaxed

his handsome face • green eyes • i love the sunfreckles on his pink nose    handsome face

also of course there was love • many love • LOVE MOM

bestest baby

then i hadda carry his butt back because MOM IT’S HOT • but not before I got a couple more cool pics of the tree • beavers really impress me like • that’s…that’s a BIG tree you’re chomping through there

busy beaver

also a texture-ey-structure-ey pic for rowan because he likes taking this kind of picture • i might get into the habit myself

texture structure

ending as usual with the loot pic • pretty good haul there • more of that steel wire i’ve been using • blue glass is always welcome • decent-sized hunk of bone • red&yellow ochre for a friend • lootlootloot

excellent loot

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 6 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

04/15 — yucca salve

continuing the adventure in yucca begun here • or ‘wow does it take forever for yucca to dry enough to do anything with’

(which yeah • it’s a desert plant • that’ll happen)

so i hung it up & it dried • forEVer • like a month? • or hey a moon • so that’ll do

i didn’t figure it was the sort of thing that would do well with sitting in a jar with the oil • too hard for that • so i infused it for two days in avocado & grapeseed oil in the electric cauldron • otherwise known as a crockpot set on low • turns out that happened just after the new moon • so waxing moon energy here • all sort of accidentally but i’ll take it

i forgot to get pictures of that part • but here it is draining • slightly messier than a jar full of calendula & comfrey • the pieces are bigger y’see

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lovely golden-yellow oil • smells like the desert, especially when warmed

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i added the usual stuff • vitamin e oil to keep it from oxidizing • also just nice for skin

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beeswax to thicken it up • it’s what makes it a salve • measured out

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& dumped in

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long slow melting & stirring to make sure everything’s properly mixed • & it goes into the cabinet to cool without cats being involved • ahh, cats

since it’s not quite the recipe i usually use • & the quantities were sort of ad-hoc anyway • i wanted to check that the texture was right before I put it in jars • good thing i did, first time through it was too soft

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easy enough to add a lil beeswax & repeat the melting part • the next day it was Just Right • so into jars it went • followed by the formal Taking of the Pictures


& then the Posting of the Stuff • linkified as a subtle reminder that hey this is a thing that you can buy


it’s an interesting experiment • i can’t wait to see how it turns out •

Posted on April 16, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 4 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

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