30 June, 2022

Postcard: Important Motorcade

A postcard from my recent trip to University of Chicago, in Illinois.

Day 4: Witnessing Vice President Kamala Harris's motorcade in downtown Chicago.

Could be a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Well...there were two limousines with American flags, so the highest-ranked woman in the country just drove past us...but WHAT THE HEY!

Cool as heck; we were jazzed.

Despite current political insanity in the United States political system, I am extremely grateful for this unexpected sighting.

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The Rainbow Bridge has a new angel: Cleo.
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29 June, 2022

Postcard: Apartment Cats

 A postcard from my recent trip to University of Chicago, in Illinois.

Day 3: Cats

Our first Magoo post July 27, 2014: Mr. Magoo Finds A Home


Magoo and Eevee moved to Chicago a little over a week ago.

Their human has a new job, hence the new apartment.
The cats have a great view of Lake Michigan.

Lucky kitties!

28 June, 2022

Postcard: No Lions?

A postcard from my recent trip to University of Chicago, in Illinois.

Day 2: Lions at Chicago Institute of Art
c. 1900, image of the Lions
Taken from the interwebs
"Our Lions are being conserved.
Just like other artworks in our collection, the museum's beloved bronze lions - sculptures made in 1893 by Edward Kemeys - require expert care to preserve them for generations to come. Both lions are currently being treated off-site and are scheduled to return home by the end of July."

Art Institute bookends, for sale in the museum gift shop, was the best we could do.

No lions for us!

27 June, 2022

Postcard: Chicago Surprise

A postcard from my recent trip to University of Chicago, in Illinois.

Day One: An eyebrow raising 'cat' encounter.

Upon a walking tour of campus, we stumbled across this wondrous artwork.
Artist: François-Xavier Lalanne

Title: Grand Chat Polymorph (1968/2008)

Location: David Rubenstein Forum, University of Chicago

Placard: Written by Jimin Kim, BA in Art History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2022 in collaboration with Roko Rumora, PhD Candidate Department of Art History

“What if we place a giant unknown living creature in a domestic space?”

"In 1968, French sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne turned this question into reality, presenting this immense sculpture as a functional object for lounge spaces. While the work appears as a massive cat at an initial glance, a closer look reveals that it is in fact an amalgamation of the body of a cat with the tail of a fish, the wings of a bird, and the hooves of a bull. Suggested by the word polymorphe in its title, a derivative term of polymorphism, the work visualizes an imaginative organism occurring in multiple forms. Inspired by the fantastical polymorphic creatures from the Ancient Near Eastern mythology the artist engaged with as an at the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries of the Louvre, Lalanne gave life to this imaginative creature, turning his own imagination into a tangible form..."

Art is meant to evoke a reaction in the mind of the viewer.

What do you think of when you see this sculpture?

25 June, 2022

On The Nose

It's Caturday!

Here's Celestial Paddy O'Malley, with his nose in the air like he just didn't care.
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I used one of the sketch filters in Lunapic.

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24 June, 2022

Cat World Domination Day 6/24

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 Cats Rule!

Reporter: "Let's interview the residents of Eastside Cats for their plans on global domination."

Reporter: Mr. Manny, can you describe your intentions for global domination?
Manny: "Zzzzzz...zzzzz..."
Reporter: "Hm, well...we'll return to interview Mr. Manny when he's not showing his underwear to the world."

Reporter: Mr. CB, if I may call you that.
Will you tell us your plans to cats, such as yourself, to rule the World?
Chili Bruce: "Squirrel!  Hey, Squirrel!  Don't act like you don't know I'm here!"
Reporter: *sigh* We'll need to circle back with Mr. CB.

Reporter: *ahem*
"Queen Sweetie of Eastside Cats and The State of Michigan, Ruler of All That She Surveys, Defender of Mealtimes, Complete Authority of The Bed Realm, and Champion of Tissue Paper."
*deep breath*
"Can you inform your adoring public on future strategies for Cat World Domination?"
Queen Sweetie: "Quiet, peasant, or you'll get the murder mitt treatment!"
Reporter: "My pardon"...*backs away carefully yet quickly* 

Reporter: "There you have it!
Breaking news on cats ruling the world.
Despite the fact that they already rule the interwebs, and that means they have control of the world!"

23 June, 2022

Battling Bathers

How could we not be anything but thankful for Da Boyz?

With entertainment like this... 

It starts with one doing the bath work, then the other joins in, and it's hilarious after that!

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22 June, 2022

In Her Own Fashion

It's Sweetnesday!

Our wee one always keeps us on our toes.
"Where is she?"
Sweetie: "I'm keeping my eyes on you!"
Murder mitts close up
Best to remain far away from these!
Each day with Sweetie always has a surprise inside.

We have the sads for Angel River Song.

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Farewell, Angel River Song
Get better soon, Cleo

Above images of River and Cleo borrowed from their blogs.

21 June, 2022

National Selfie Day

Twozday is preempted for National Selfie Day, and no one ever was better at selfies (or usies, I guess) than Celestial Paddy O'Malley.

I have hundreds of like images, because he always had to be touching me, and heck...I always had to be touching him. 
Show us your selfies and usies!
Da Boyz will return later this week.

20 June, 2022


It's PO'Monday!
Celestial Paddy could not alway be bothered to get on his paws.

Such a layabout.

Images from Spring, 2015.

19 June, 2022

International Box Day

Cats and boxes: a natural combination!
A Da Boyz
Celestial Angel
Another Da Boyz
Celestial Chuck, doing a double box!
Outside Sweetie
It's Father's Day, celebrated today in The U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom. 
The Hubby hugging Celestial Angel
Happy Father's Day!

18 June, 2022

Garden Arty

It's Caturday!

This is an artified image of Virginia Waterleaf, using my Prisma app.
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Non-artified Virginia Waterleaf, from our garden.
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17 June, 2022

16 June, 2022

On The Job

I am thankful to be gainfully employed, with a terrific supervisor and teammates.

Yesterday, we completed 2-1/2 days of meetings, with folks traveling in from all parts of the globe.

I organized the hotel rooms, lunches, snacks, drinks, evening restaurant reservations, some taxi services, located electric cords for laptops, supplied pots and pots of coffee, and lots of cookies.

We exchanged photos of our pets, told stories about kids, travel, hilarious work situations, and heckled our bosses with smiling humor.

The group surprised me with a round of applause, a bouquet of flowers, and a handmade box made from semi-precious stones, in the final minutes of our convention.

The next time the team interacts, we'll be tiny rectangles on each other's monitors on some online appointment, so it was delightful to be in each other's company.

Am very glad to be working remotely again though, as home is where the cats are!

Oh yes, and The Hubby...*wink*

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15 June, 2022

Mama Watches Mama

It's Sweetnesday!

Our readers may not remember that she was Mama before Sweetie became her name.

Why 'Mama'?

Because she was pregnant when she first appeared in our yard.

Having been TNR'd in 2009 after her babes were born and weaned, Mama really was no longer an accurate name.

Now, she watches the world from her window perch.

Sweetie: "I'd enjoy my perch more if there wasn't a commentary going on..."
Sweetie: "Okay, if you won't quiet down, I'll just take a look-see outside!"
Mama Racoon and four wee ones!

So cute.

(The video was shot through the closed window and dirty screen, near dusk, so it's pretty grainy.)