Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?  It is an ear, and Manny is the sun.

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Oh, I sigheth when I behold Manny!

Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws...
But why dost Manny stretcheth out his leg?

Well then...
Fare You Well, Oh Manny!
I'll not importune you with a tedious leave!

Hover over each photo, for more Shakespearian fun!

Shakespearean Cat Magnet
from The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Monday, April 22, 2019

New Neighborhood Cats!

Shy ginger kitty was very wary.
This was as close as I could get!
I believe this cat has a tipped ear, since I know the
woman living next door practises TNR, as I do.

This sweetheart came a'running when I called.
I was allowed tummy rubs!
Note the tipped ear; someone TNR'd this cutie, and is obviously caring for him well!

Even though practicing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is against city policy, I am heartened to know that others are looking after the stray and feral cat population in my neighborhood.  These two cats were blocks away from each other! 

On this 49th Earth Day, taking care of our fellow creatures is of paramount importance.  I am doing my part by planting native species of flowers and bushes, to encourage native bees, birds, and bats.  Helping outdoor cats too, has been a part of my life since 2008.  Money isn't the solution; doing something is what is needed!  Go to the Earth Day website here, and find out what's happening in your neck of the woods and all around the globe!


Friday, April 19, 2019

No Sheets For Me!

Angel:  "No Mama!  You CANNOT have the freshly washed sheets!  They are mine, MINE I SAY!"
I finally sent The Hubby upstairs to Angel's Apartment, to persuade her to give up the laundry!  I was prepared to find alternative sheets for at least one night, since Angel seemed so very comfortable.  The Hubby, however, had no qualms about booting her from the bedding basket.

Afterward, I refilled that basket with a few of my sweaters and sweatshirts, because I felt so sorry that we'd taken away her happy place.  And, what do you think, is it time to get another basket...one with handles, for gosh sakes?!?

Taken in 2004, when Angel and Chuck were first adopted.  They enjoyed the same baskets then!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thankful Thursday: A Gift

Love it!
Folks, The Hubby likes to doodle.  I gave him a pad of drawing paper and pens years ago, but he'd rather use found bits of paper or cardboard, and sketch whichever cat is in the vicinity.  Many of his drawings are on sticky note paper.

This is Chili Bruce, penned on the insert from a box of green tea packets.  Sure, it's rustic, but it comes from the ❤️ , and it was a gift for me.  The Hubby says Chili Bruce has a smaller head than Manny, but I certainly cannot see any difference!  CB does have a bushier tail than Mans, and Manny has a bigger white patch on his tummy than Chili's, but noggin size is beyond my ken.

I am thankful that Da Boyz and The Hubby are such great friends, and that they inspire artsy gifts for me!  And I tell The Hubby that I think he's an artist with food too, but he won't hear of such hogwash.  He makes terrific meals, and invents new vegan dishes all of the time.  Yesterday, he made a quinoa, kale, and bean dish that was so yummy, I almost licked the bowl!  Actually, I let Da Boyz lick the bowl, but that's another story...

Let's Hop!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Book Review: The Trainable Cat

The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat
by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Basic Books
ISBN 0465050905 (ISBN13: 9780465050901)
Edition Language English

I've never struggled so hard to finish a book!  I purchased a paperback copy of "The Trainable Cat" over a year ago, and every time I picked it up, I got lost in the words.  I never finished it.  This time, I found the audiobook through my local library, and believed that listening to it would do the trick.

Nope.  I KNOW that cats can be 'trained', or habituated, to certain behaviors.  Coming when called by name, not fearing the veterinarian or taking medicine, and learning to live with other cats.  So, my mind was ready, willing, and able to LEARN from this book.  But, I feel that I've just spent several days beating my forehead against the desk.  "For example" and "thus" were spoken over and over and over again...I think I just got hung up on the poor writing style.  Shame on me.  No doubt, I'll try again to slog through this book at a future date, maybe when we are considering adding another new kitty for the household.  What I'd really love, would be a video, or a class I could attend where I can witness the training/habituation.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Farewell Rupert

Image used with permission
Angel Rupert
For those who remember Katnip Lounge, dear Rupert ran over The Rainbow Bridge yesterday.
Trish and Scott are very sad, so leave a comment on FB here.

Farewell, Angel Rupert!