This was supposed to be a “Yay! We’re in Japan!” present for Don, but it turned into a combination of that and an early-happy-birthday present (Don’s birthday is Tuesday!) since this took me so much longer to finish than I anticipated when I started. More than a month ago. (To be fair, that is mostly because I’ve only had time to work on it a little at a time and only periodically.)
But on Friday, I finally finished this little mini Acuma, modeled after Don’s actual cat Acuma, who had to stay behind in San Luis Obispo because she doesn’t particularly enjoy traveling. So she is being taken care of by Reggie, Reggie’s mom and Baby Michael, and on the weekends by Jane (whom I swear is a cat-whisperer), and we are very grateful for the care they give her! But still, Don misses Acuma (even I miss Acuma, and she’s not even my pet).
So, here is a poor substitute: mini-Acs!
And here are some photos of the real Acuma, back in San Luis Obispo. Incidentally, Acuma’s name comes from a Japanese term (Don will have to tell you what), but I will tell you this much: it is *not* on the list of approved names from the Japanese government that one may name one’s child.