Blue on Safari



January 24, 2018 · 5:24 am

A Day in the Lives of Four House Kittens


Boots has a cold… again.


Dreaming of fame

At 16 weeks old, Jazzy still has Peter Pan Syndrome.




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Waiting for Spring



January 19, 2018 · 11:47 pm

Our Kitten is Morphing into a Cat… I Think…

Our family was really surprised when the stray cat Skitty managed to give birth to two, beautiful, gray  kittens. (It appears she had a fling with the Russian Blue down the street.) One kitten had subtle hints of her tortoise shell heritage hidden here an there in her soft, gray fur. The other was pure gray, with hints of silver around her tiny, charcoal, nose pad. We named her Blue. Thanks to the mass of kitten photos my daughter had on her I Pad, the first kitten found an excellent home as soon as she was of age, but Blue swiftly caught hold of our hearts, and this kitten we have vowed to keep.

Unlike her brothers, who are growing like kittens do, Blue is morphing into something more unusual. Perhaps this is just a stage. I have never owned a Russian Blue before, but our little Blue is starting to look very different.


Perhaps she will grow back into those ears???


Forgive the little hints of cold around her eye. Seven of  my cats have had it. Blue is the last to recover. The vet says it just has to run its course.



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The Joy of Photographing Kittens


Are you sure I’m close enough? I can get closer. See.


This is my trapped between the recliners and dying kitten imitation. Pretty good, right? (You can tell Boots is a boy!)


If I put my nose against the lens, will it leave an imprint?


Hold the camera still, and I’ll take care of that dangling lens cap!


I spent the last fifteen minutes sniffing catnip. Can you tell?



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Our Hero!

With the cold keeping us inside, my husband and I have been making a monumental effort to change one of the spare rooms upstairs into a guest room. Years of putting things into “temporary storage” has left us with a monumental mass of clutter. Really, when the VCR DVD player quit, it should have gone out with the trash. What was I thinking …  And why do we save books that we have no intention of reading … And if something is unusable, why do we save it just because Aunt Clara gave it to us ten years ago? Use it, pitch it, or pack it up for Goodwill, has become my motto. Unfortunately, our efforts have uncovered something most disturbing. Mouse droppings. I would shame the cats, but they are not allowed in the spare rooms. (Lest they get lost and never find their way back home.) This week they have been obliged to explore every nook, cranny, and box in search of hidden treasures. Fuzzy fabric, pieces of lace, discarded socks, and our fragile, little Jazzy found something even more exciting. A Mouse!!!

Out of our eight cats (Yes, I did say eight) Jazzy was the one we least expected to be a hunter. Born in a litter plagued by birth defects, Jazzy was the only survivor.  Being severely anemic, his chances of survival were slim, yet at fourteen weeks old, he is bouncy, active, and still with us, and now he is a successful hunter. We are so proud of our baby!




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Still Testing the New Camera

Actually, I’m not really testing the Nikon. I’m playing. Testing sounds more mature. My kitties have been photographed so often that they believe the camera is part of my face. As it turns out the Nikon B500 is a pretty impressive camera. It takes great photos and is far easier on batteries than my Kodak. Unfortunately, the autofocus performs almost as badly as the auto focus on the Kodak CD1013 so I’m struggling with focusing at long distances. There has to be some trick to getting the Nikon to focus on the distant bird, and not on the tree behind it. I’ll have to spend a little less time taking photos and a little more time searching the Internet for answers.



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