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One of Those Days

My garden at the end of the day.

I must confess that I am a workaholic. I measure days by the amount of work I get done. A bad day usually includes something like never getting out of the house because a small change in cat food has me mopping up after six or seven constantly barfing kitties. A good day is when I can prop up my feet in the dying light of a summer evening, and look back of the multitude of jobs that I completed throughout the day.

Today, I took care of my mother, picked the berries, hoed the garden, and pulled the weeds. I made dinner, did some cleaning, and washed a little laundry. It was a good day. So before the sunlight began to fade, I decided to grab my camera, and take a little time for myself. I took a few photos of my rose tree, and some of lilies, and of course, I had to photograph my almost weed-free garden, before the weeds got revenge. As I turned to take a photo of the sun shining through the trees I saw it… a red fox! A really small red fox was hiding in the grass by the barn. I knew I was too far away to get a photo, but I just had to try, and… Ugggghhhh…. Not again!!!

As you can see, this is definitely not a fox. So much for the good day.

And this is kitten number 2. Below are kittens number 3 and 4. I have seen five so far, and I’m pretty sure they belong to the tortoise shell that someone threw out a while back.  I’m glad I never got into the habit of swearing, or the whole neighborhood would have heard something far more explicit than “OH! NO!!!!” and “JUST BECAUSE I HAVE A BARN DOES NOT  MEAN I WANT  YOUR CAT!!!!”

Irresponsible pet owners are one of my pet peeves. If  you take an animal, you are responsible for that animal, and that doesn’t mean dropping it off by someone else’s house in the middle of the night because you think that person will take it. So she got pregnant, and that’s a problem, but it shouldn’t be my problem.

I understand that getting a pet proper medical care can be expensive, but I also know that with little effort you can find a place that offers low cost, or even free spaying and neutering and basic immunizations.  I got seven of my cats altered, immunized, and treated for fleas at the local Humane Society. I added a very generous donation to my payment, and still only paid a little over a third of what I would have at the vet.  A local spay/neuter organization also offers vouchers to help people who can’t afford to pay the meager amount that the Humane Society charges. Getting your cat fixed doesn’t necessarily have to be a checkbook emptying experience.

With the help of the Humane Society and some other great people, we eliminated the feral cat colony in this neighborhood. Only one, wild tomcat remains at large. All of the others are fixed and now have happy, indoor homes. Thanks to an uncaring pet owner, we have the starting of a new colony. To that person I say, (add lots and lots of sarcasm here.) “THANKS A LOT!!!”

Sue

 

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Random Lessons My New Cats Have Taught Me

And…

 

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Eight Inches and Counting

Old Man Winter is back with a vengeance, but the snow is so beautiful that I decided to slip outside and catch a couple of photos while it’s still falling. It seems that the birds had a few things to say about this chilly weather.

  

Bird watching house kitten style

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Slays the Beast

The performance that follows is a primeval tale of crime and punishment starring:

Blue – as the Amazon warrior princess

Specs – as brave young knight no. 1

Boots- as brave young knight no. 2

Jazzy – as the talkative spectator in the peanut gallery

and in his first appearance Vacuum Cleaner – playing himself.

The warrior princess celebrates her awesome victory on Mount Olym… (Okay, Blue that’s a little much!)

The sad fate of a terrible tyrant.

THE END

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Kittens and Recliners Don’t Mix

Boots has found out the hard way that kittens and recliners don’t mix. For all of us who own both, it  might be an idea to locate kitty before you put your feet up.

 

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Adopt a Cat and Never Have to Go to the Bathroom Alone Again

 

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Blue on Safari

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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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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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