I've sort of figured it out. Between writing lectures, writing tests, and grading, I'm on the computer 4-5 hours a day at least, so I don't feel like turning it on in the evenings. Hence--just at a month since the last post. But the term is over!!!!
So . . . the last month. First of all, Azrael. He was a birthday gift from Fate 13 years ago. We were coming home, and the car ahead of us on the highway had just run over a cat! Poor thing was screaming in the road. When we rescued him, we found that it had gone *over* him--not hit him. Scraped him, and embedded some gravel, but he wasn't hurt. My first thought was that it had gone over his feet--they looked splayed and huge. Turned out he's a polydactyl--has extra toes on his front feet. Bob's Dad nicknamed him "Snowshoes."
Almost three years ago he developed a sarcoma on his back leg. In that time we've had it removed 7 times. Seems a bit excessive, but within a few days after the surgery he'd be back to having 100% use of the leg again, so it was worth it. But a few days after my last post, it went really bad, and it was obvious that it couldn't be removed again (this was only a month after the last removal). We made the heartbreaking decision to have the leg removed (the alternative was to put him down. But he's otherwise a healthy cat). Fortunately, he is adapting pretty well to being a "tripod". And adapting very well to being spoiled. It still gives us a twinge to see him hopping around--but I'm glad he's still with us. And if you get the angle right, you can't tell that anything is missing.