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Image: PolkaDotShirlee.gif   380x522 19584 bytes 2004.05.23

Those who know Shirlee and I know we send each other stuff via email, even though we live together now, as we did for years when we lived apart. One of the things we send are recolors of old pics. This is one. Shirlee squealed with delight! Mission accomplished. :)

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Another visit, another wondrous experience!

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She's the Mom I wish I had. (I mean, when I was growing up...)

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Shower with a friend. Or relative. ^_^

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Mom didn't feel having fixed was necessary. Which is cool, of course!

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We had trouble showering upstairs though. (That was about the only odd thing.)

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Did I mention that she hugs us a lot? :)

Image: Shirlees_Mom2004b.gif   678x769 72272 bytes 2004.05.04

Us trying to take care of Shirlee's Mom. In theory, sure. In reality..?

Image: Shirlees_Mom2004a.gif   678x731 50158 bytes 2004.05.04

This last April, Shirlee and I went to see her Mom, just as we do every year! This year wasn't as eventful as 2003, which is good.. but it was fun! ^_^

Image: Katmouse14.gif   582x607 32930 bytes 2004.03.21

She's always doing things I love, but this was just *too* cute! Finger-painting on my tummy with my own cream. She's beautiful. :)

Image: RK_Dust_em_off_and_jam.gif   648x600 31337 bytes 2004.03.09

Once you learn to play, you should never go too long without \r\nkeeping yourself familiar with your music! Amazingly enough,\r\nI can still play, but my fingertips have lost that added \r\nsurface they used to have so they're a little sore now. And\r\nI need some new strings. And do they make pickups for flutes?\r\nI mean, I'm sure Shirlee could use a mike, but a pickup would\r\nget a cleaner sound. (Don't want to drown her out...)\r\n\r\nMan, it's good to get back to one's music ^_^\r\n

Image: Outside.jpg   610x589 115899 bytes 2004.03.05

This commemorates something that actually happened some time \r\nago, before we moved the second time! It was the first time\r\n(the only time, really - we don't want to get arrested!) \r\nthat Shirlee and I did this outdoors. *^_^* Not quite in\r\na busy public place, but out of doors! We'd gone to visit\r\nsome folks, they weren't home yet, and it started to drizzle,\r\nso we ducked into a little garden shed in their backyard,\r\nand they were taking so long to get home, so while we were\r\nwatching the driveway waiting for them... :)\r\n\r\nOf course, if anyone had even come *close* to walking by,\r\nwe'd have gotten dressed in a heartbeat! Looking back on\r\nit, I think we really were lucky no one did! We really\r\nshouldn't have tried such a thing! But... ^_^\r\n

Image: Rk_when.gif   590x800 85170 bytes 2004.01.01

2003 could've been a little better, but it's the year Shirlee and I got our own place. So it's good. :)\r\n\r\n(Just as a side note: this pic is not directed towards any of my online friends. Just a minor little vent-thru-art exercise.\r\n\r\nWishing you all a happy 2004. :)\r\n

Image: 4xmas.jpg   401x593 81992 bytes 2003.12.25

Happy holidays, everyone!

Image: RK_Chell.jpg   696x730 87575 bytes 2003.11.06

Wow, been a while since I've uploaded anything to VCL!\r\n\r\nAnd will be at least a little while longer, as my fiance and I are beginning our move to a new apartment tomorrow. Just getting the last of my online stuff done, and here's my half of an art trade with Poofler! We both love our respective ladyfurs a whole bunch. ^_^

Image: ShirleesMom_ColorByRuthe.jpg   564x465 64589 bytes 2003.08.13

Every so often the charming colorist Ruthe surprises me with\r\na wonderful gift image out of the blue. She has rendered my\r\nB&W image of myself and Shirlee and her Mom, and it is, as\r\nall the other work she does, fantastic! Thanks much Ruthe!\r\n\r\n("15 scans your mother warned you about" naturally!)\r\n

Image: Shirlee_Owie.jpg   480x665 74489 bytes 2003.07.24

This last weekend, Shirlee got an insect bite on her foot.\r\nShe referred to this as an "owie". I have *never*, in all\r\nthe time we've known each other, heard her use the phrase\r\n"owie". It is (the way she says it) an extraordinarily\r\ndelightful and mirth-provoking phrase, and thus worthy of\r\ncommemoration. :) She said "carry me" and of course I did.\r\nShe's very light to carry. Especially with an "owie".\r\n

Image: Shirlees_Mom3_pg1.gif   638x735 58930 bytes 2003.04.29

"15 scans your mother warned you about"? How appropriate! :)\r\nWhat about mothers-in-law? Because that's who this story is\r\nabout! Here is Page 1 of a comic that started as a few\r\ndrawings done during the period recounted in the story, \r\nthat is, my fiance and I visiting my future mom-in-law to\r\nlook after her whilst she had a medical checkup, and which,\r\nmostly due to the fact that she adored seeing herself in the\r\nstory (she was so taken by Mrs. Mayor in my comic that I've\r\nmade it her character) but partly also to try out the gift\r\nof a Truetype font made from my lettering that a fan sent \r\nme. Figured, to save time, that I'd give it a workout here.\r\nIt probably needn't be said, but this incident really did\r\nhappen. I really wish Shirlee's mom was my real one, she is\r\nan angel hiding her wings. Read on and see for yourself. ^_^\r\n

Image: Shirlees_Mom3_pg2.gif   636x793 52047 bytes 2003.04.29

Page 2 of the comic about Shirlee and I's visit. Her Mom is\r\ncompletely cool about us... the only requirement she made is\r\nthat I "always do the honorable thing" by Shirlee. And she\r\nknows I will, so... ^_^\r\n

Image: Shirlees_Mom3_pg3.gif   673x878 57144 bytes 2003.04.29

Page 3 of the story. One of those things that you can look\r\nback on and chuckle a little, but when it was happening, it\r\nwas quite a bit more serious...\r\n

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Page 4 of the story. She probably shouldn't have taken a\r\nbath, but she said she felt okay... O_O\r\n

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Page 5. You had to hear her voice. I was almost in tears.\r\n\r\nFortunately, she felt a lot better very soon.\r\n

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Page 6 of my comic story of this occurence. I give you my\r\nword, Shirlee's mom said I could say this in my recounting\r\nof what happened! I mean, I'd already figured out that it\r\nwas "like Mother, like Daughter", but, well... one doesn't\r\ndoesn't usually find out it goes to *this* degree. Or get\r\nto say so if one does. I made the observation rather, um,\r\nself-conciously. Shirlee's mom didn't mind! She's so sweet.\r\n:)\r\n\r\n

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Page 7 of the story. ^_^

Image: Shirlees_Mom3_pg8.gif   647x796 46267 bytes 2003.04.29

Page 8 of my comic story. I didn't know this about Shirlee\r\nuntil last week. \r\n\r\nDid I mention that I think her mom is a wonderful lady? :)\r\n\r\n\r\n

Image: Shirlees_Mom3_pg9.gif   609x836 38747 bytes 2003.04.29

Page 9 of the story of Shirlee and I's visit to her mom. :)\r\nI may do this over in color, and with hand-lettering (I do\r\nappreciate my friend making a Truetype font of my lettering,\r\nbut I dunno - computer fonts still seem lifeless to me. They\r\nDO save a lot of time, though!) But this occurence was very\r\nspecial and happy for me, so I'm sharing this version with\r\neveryone. I hope you like it! (Copyrights on pic)\r\n

Image: Shirlees_Mom2.gif   691x538 27417 bytes 2003.04.13

Another little image I drew for my future mother-in-law, while\r\nshe undergoes treatment. And thanks to everyone who sent\r\nwell-wishes! It's not "dangerous" med stuff, it's "you're okay\r\nand let's make sure you stay that way" med stuff. :) Believe\r\nit or not, she doesn't merely approve... she's flattered by\r\nmy renditions of her! ("Why, she's an elected official of\r\na place where no one need be ashamed of their body! Why\r\nshould she be ashamed of hers?") My fiance's mom is a *class\r\nact!* :)\r\n\r\n(15 Lamingtons? O_O)\r\n

Image: Shirlees_Mom.gif   626x495 20026 bytes 2003.04.11

We're staying with my fiancÚ Shirlee's mother for awhile as\r\nshe has some medical treatment done. (She'll be fine, the\r\nmeds make her woozy.)The feminine version of "Like father, \r\nlike son" is true as well, I think, because she's the nicest\r\nlady her age I've ever met! She *adores* my online comic,\r\nbelieve it or not! Indeed, that's what prompted this pic I\r\ndrew for her - the character in the middle is Mrs. Mayor of\r\nYiffburg, and Shirlee's mom wanted to know if I had her in\r\nmind when I designed the character. I thought for a second,\r\nand perhaps she might've been an influence... she does look\r\na lot like her! But then, I thought, she's more canine than\r\nmurine; however, I remembered it's also true that furry\r\nfamily members are often made up of multiple species! So,\r\nyes, she's officially Shirlee's mom now. So much for the\r\ntraditional 'mother-in-law' situation, eh? My prospective\r\none is wonderful. :)\r\n

Image: Oblique.gif   657x509 43417 bytes 2003.04.05

I was in an AIM session with someone who got a real kick out\r\nof the pics I did of my Shirlee and I. Naturally, I'm glad\r\nhe did, but it made me think for a bit... a good percentage\r\nof our intimate time isn't quite as vigorous as that. We\r\nspend a lot of our time (weekend evenings, particularly) in\r\na sort of snuggly, lazy, oblique cuddling mode. Just comfy\r\nsomewhere in our apartment, in partial to complete undress,\r\nwith the TV on but neither of us watching it (and that I\r\nfind a little weird.. why do we have it on if we don't watch\r\nit?) and playing with each other's bodies while idly talking\r\nabout life in general.. my job, her studies, where we'd like\r\ngo together in life, etc. Sometimes it leads to us getting\r\naroused and busy (*very* busy!), sometimes the whole evening\r\npasses just in that way.\r\n\r\nMy life is perfect. :)\r\n\r\n

Image: Katmouse11.gif   565x750 68689 bytes 2003.03.18

This weekend Shirlee and I did some traveling on family business (hers,\r\nnot mine) and instead of staying at a motel we were the guests of some\r\ngracious and talented people who'd seen our art online. In the course\r\nof our stay we all got to drawing (our guests are furry/fantasy artists,\r\ntoo) and here's one of mine. Shirlee will probably post some of hers,\r\ntoo. it was a lot of fun to make new friends and see how other artists\r\nwork! (You may guess that their imaginations are not too far away\r\nfrom Shirlee's and my own - they first e-mailed me from reading my\r\ncomic. ^_^) (Reuploaded by admin instruction)

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