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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kind of Wordy Wednesday

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This is just a reminder that tomorrow is Knocked up Thursday as Camie's Kitties is hosting a fund raiser for Mama Laura, Lilly Lu and company. It's very easy, all you have to do is post your favorite knock-knock joke with a picture to go along with it, and they'll donate 50 cents for every blog that participates.

I've already to five jokes to post on five different blogs, and if Bean has another moment of inspiration between now and tomorrow morning, we might make it six and post one on her blog as well.

If you need a joke, try visiting Knock-Knock-Joke.com as they have well over 100 jokes on their site.

I tried to send this as a reminder to Cat Blogosphere, but the submission form called me Spam! How rude! In look nothing like canned mystery meat! Do I?

In other (and better) news Carnival of the Cats is the featured blog at Blog Carnival! This is the one I host at House Panthers, and if you have not check it out already, please be sure to stop by and do so.

Speaking of House Panthers, Auntie Spooker, the heat seeking missile is our featured Panther today on Blue Wednesday. My Bean and I find a patch of Garden for her to sun herself in, and I think it turned out just beautiful!

Last two nights we watch Dances with Wolfies. It is very good moovee, but my goodness...who makes 4-hour moovees these days? So hard to stay awake for! Maybe next we can watch something shorter! We just watch Ice Age not to long ago, so purrhaps Bean can find me Ice Age: The Meltdown to watch. I would like to find one of those little squirrels like in the moovee to chase around. Lacking that, I have amused myself by chasing birdies most days.

There are many animations out that I have not seen yet, so maybe we can skip the 4-hour features and watch one of those?

I will not watch anything tonight, or tomorrow unless I go watch at neighbor's house, as Bean is going to baseball games again. She has to go for blood works tomorrow morning and then goes to see the human vet next week on Thursday and then the following week on Thursday too. I so happy I healthy and only see my vet once a year. Once is enough. In fact, I think once is one time to often but...she will not listen when I tell her this.

We have a new special projects we are working on, but they get put on back burner a bit as she have to write her baseball reports. Poppa Bear like her to have these posted by 7:00 AM so he have something to read with his morning coffee. Do not understand humans sometimes.

Oh well. I think I'm going to go look at birdies now. I will meow at you all later.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Motionless Midnight Monday

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They say that waking up is hard to do
Know I know, I know that's true
Don't say this night's at an end
Instead of waking up I wish that
we were going to sleep again


I beg of you, just say goodnight
Can't we give that bed just one more try
Come on baby, let's Snooze a new
Cause waking up is hard to do.


I have to say Carnival of the Cats of was great fun, but it was also a lot of work. Then once I get done with carnival, I teleport over to Samanatha Black and Mr. Tigger's for house wrecking party while their humans are away.

You know old saying "When the human's are away, the cats will play."

I would like to host other Carnival, but Bean says we must wait until fall. She did not get to write her FSL report because I using computer for carnival, nor could she go to baseball game today because I need her here (which was kind of good thing, to my mind).

But yes, come fall, we will host more Carnivals and maybe even Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos (even though I good cat-cat).

If you have not yet done so, check out the 215th edition of the Carnival of Cats. Much fun stuff can be found there.

I do have one comment. When I log into submission mail, I find a very dirty litter box with many past carnival submissions and a TON of spam in there. Please, if you are hosting carnival, take a few moments to delete the spam and also move the submissions for your carnival to the PastCothC box in the e-mail program. None of us like to use a dirty litter box!

So today is a very laid back Midnight Monday as we recover from all of the fun. I hope that my fellow black cats will be sure to stop by House Panthers and submit your post to our Midnight Monday roundup.

Purrs and headbutts to you all!

Now...for a nap!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Myth Monday (on Sunday) - Dentzel Cats

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My Bean has long been fascinated by carousels - especially the artwork that goes into the animals that grace them. Since I am hosing The Carnival of the Cats, it seemed natural for us to pull up some of those lovely animals to use in our header.

The Carousel Cat or Merry-Go-Round Cat is actually and properly called a Dentzel Cat, after the carousel manufacturer that first featured them on his carousels.

Gustav A. Dentzel left Germany for Philadelphia in 1860 at the age of 20. In his native Germany, he had carved carousels for his father and soon began doing the same in the United States. In 1867 Gustav Dentzel changed the nameplate of his cabinet making shop to G. A. Dentzel, Steam and Horsepower Carousel Builder. Dentzel continued making carousels, and made slight changes to his traditional designs.

Italian carver Salvatore "Cherni" Cernigliaro made a large contribution to the Dentzel designs after he was hired in 1903. He was responsible for introducing the series of menagerie animals such as the cat, pig, and rabbit. He first began his carousel carving career in the shops of E. Joy Morris, another notable carousel maker of the time.

After Gustav Dentzel's death in 1909, his son William took control of the company and headed it for twenty years until his death in 1928. The company was then sold at auction to a competitor, the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Unfortunately, at the time, the family was not interested in continuing the Carousel Tradition.

After more than 150 years, the Dentzel Carousel Company is still owned and operated by the Dentzel family. Fifth generation carousel maker William H. Dentzel III has continued on in his father's, grandfather's, great and great-great grandfathers' traditions.

His company makes smaller "flying horses" machines today, along with the whole variety of Dentzel menagerie animals from horses to kangaroos.

One of the few Dentzel Carousels that is still fully functional can be found in Riverside, California at the Royal Castle Amusement Park. It is one of the oldest Dentzel Carousels still intact. It is nearly 100 years old and has 52 hand-carved Dentzel animals and two sleighs that are circa 1905. The animals include cats, ostriches, reindeer, lions, tigers, bears, pigs, and of course, horses. It is valued at over 1.5 million dollars and is enclosed in a million-dollar pavilion with glass windows in order to protect it from inclement weather and other elements that might damage it. Two large majestic lion statues stand guard at the entrance. This carousel was originally built for the Hershey Chocolate Company and the Hershey Amusement Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was moved to Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California in the mid 1950s. Park owner Bud Hurlbut, who also owns the remaining carousel at Knotts Berry Farm, moved it to its present location at Castle Amusement Park in 1985.

Dentzel animals are among the most sought after of collection pieces. The Dentzel cat is best known for carrying something - usually a fish or squid - in it's mouth, but carvers today have given their cats any number of objects to carry.

Dentzel cats are almost always "jumpers" as well. There are two basic kind of carousel animals "jumpers" and "standers". Standers are the animals on the outside perimeter of the carousel that do not move up and down and just stand on the platform of the ride. Jumpers are found in the second and 3rd rows and are the animals that move up and down while the ride is in motion.

"Prancers", the 3rd king of carousel animals, are most often seen as horses or other hooved animals, such as deer, and may be seen in any of the rows. Some travel up and down, others are mounded on the platform.

Along with the Dentzel Cats, Salvatore Cernigliaro also brought the Dentzel Lions and the Dentzel Tigers to the world of carousels, both of these animals were almost always standers. Carl Muller, another carver for the original Dentzel carousels, actually introduced the lions, and his bore a great resemblance to the Gothic statuary of the 12th centry Germany. Cernigliaro were much more ornate than Muller's original carvings.

To find out more about the Dentzel cats, and Carousels in general, here are some places to visit online:

The National Carousel Association in San Francisco
Carousel Art a Flickr collection
Dentzel Solar Menagerie Carousels
The Glen Echo Park Dentzel Carousel
Carousels.com

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ain't Misbehavin'

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I get a new kitten. She is the pink striped tabby on the end and her name is Purry. The pink tuxie kitten's name is Curtsy and the calico kitten's name is Hodges. These are my kittens.

Bean say I do not deserve a new kitten because I have misbehave lately. I do not think I misbehave. It has been very nice weathers out and I do not want to be stuck indoors. Besides, she go off to baseball games and leave me alone, so I might as well go outside. Right?

When I inside I want to look out the window. I do not think this misbehave. Just because I want to look out window she sleeping under and accidentally fall on her head is not misbehave. It accident. I not mean to fall on her head.

And besides, if you not ignore me to go to baseball games, maybe I not get so wrapped up in what is going on outside. I mean, we not play dress up in forever because you busy with baseball males.

So I not misbehave. So I think I deserve new kitten to keep me company while you out chasing baseball males.

I do not knock over the computer disks. They fall of their own accord. Just because I happen to be exploring the cabinet above the shelf where they store make it coincidence. Not misbehave. You should learn difference between coincidence and misbehave. I not misbehave.

Yes I did claw some pieces of wood out of the vanity in the bathroom to play with. But vanity is disintegrating, you say so yourself and you are going to take out and put new one in. So that not misbehave. I only helping you remove old vanity. Should learn difference between misbehave and help. I help, I good kitty.

Besides, I bored. You not around to play with because you out with baseball males at baseball game. So I just entertain myself by being helpful.

You know, I not like Cecil, a personality that you can just put aside because there are some people in your life who not understand. I living, thinking, being; not a hobby. Baseball is a hobby, not good cat-cat who love and care for you.

Should get priorities right. I good cat-cat. There ain't no misbehavin' kitties around here!

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George from PB&J is my favorite tag me for a me-me. Here are the rules:

1) Write your own six word memoir.
2) Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.
3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links.
5) Don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.
6) Have fun!!

I have no idea where the original post is, so....I cannot link to it. I follow link trail back to Neo Artes but then get lost. (That is not misbehave. That is crazy blog where link to older posts not work.)

Anyway, here is my six word memoir....

Treats, treats, kittens and belly rubs.

I would now like to tag Chloe and Daphne from Purrchance to Dream as well as Spooky-Do from Sandwiched Mom and Theo and Thompson from Cat's Eye.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fact Friday

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By the numbers...

544,000: trees saved if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100% recycled ones.

20 million: tons of electronic waste thrown away each year. One ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore.

9 cubic yards: amount of landfill space saved by recycling one ton of cardboard.

79 million tons: the amount of waste material diverted away from disposal in 2005 through recycling and composting… (EPA)

5%: the fraction of the energy it takes to recycle aluminum versus mining and refining new aluminum.

315 kg: the amount of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere each time a metric ton of glass is used to create new glass products.

98%: the percentage of glass bottles in Denmark that are refillable. 98% of those are returned by consumers for reuse.

51.5%: the percentage of the paper consumed in the U.S. that was recovered for recycling in 2005.

Thanks for visiting us this week as we celebrated Earth Day and explored what we can all do to help the environment! I love being outside and I love having a nice clean, green place to play. Let's keep it that way for future generations to enjoy as well!

Don't forget that I am hosting The Carnival of the Cats at House Panthers. This is my very first time hosting a Blog Carnival so I hope you will submit your post and help make this one a success!

Your supports is really appreciated!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

T-13: 13 ways you can help!

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1. Buy Only What You Need. Plain and simple - don’t over purchase.

2. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!

3. Change a Light, Change the World. When your incandescent light bulbs stop working, replace them with the new, energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

4. Bag It Up the Green Way. Don't forget those cloth shopping bags!

5. Green Your Gadgets. Recycle broken electronics. Don't upgrade every time a newer gadget comes out.

6. Make Every Drop Count. Conserve water. Even though 70% of the world is covered by water, less than 1% is fresh enough to drink or use.

(We've been on water restrictions for so long, I forget how not to conserve water.)

7. Turn Up the A/C and turn up the Savings. You can live with it a couple of degrees warmer than usual. Or cooler than usual in the winter. Only two degrees can make a difference!

8. Clear the Air. Carpool, ride the bus, use public transportation or bike to work.

9. Save A Tree. Save paper, time and postage, pay your bills online. As the price of paper cards and postage increases, consider emailing e-cards. There are lots of fun and environmentally-friendly e-cards and options on the Internet.

10. Home Sweet Home. Clotheslines are making a comeback - Dry your clothes on the line instead of in the dryer. They will smell better and you will save money (and get some exercise!)

11. Plant a tree. Shade trees can help reduce your cooling bills in the summer and they can provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family.

12. Open up! Open the doors and windows to let the fresh air in! Indoor air quality is often times worse than the air outside. Open doors and windows daily to circulate fresh air in and germs and smells out. Try cooling off your home the natural way!

13. Go Solar! Solar upgrades in water heating and cooling to your home can help save you money in the long run. Also consider energy efficient windows (including double paned storm windows) and doors. Check your insulation. A lot of people down south forget this, but an well insulated home can save you money on your cooling bills.

Visit Go Green San Joaquin for more tips on going green, and saving money, at home, at work and in your community.

center>The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Earth Day: Go Green!

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Cats are good a recycling. Cardboard boxes, plastic milk rings, coffee stirrers, straws, etc, all become toys when humans are done using them. But humans are not so good about putting thing to better uses.

Remind your humans to recycle plastics and papers. Virtually every community allows for the recycling of these items. Make sure your humans take reusable cloth grocery bags day hunting with them, and if they must use plastic "dinosaur" bags, to return them to the recycling centers at the Supermarket Hunting Grounds when they are finished with them.

Want to do more? Get your humans to take the Green Initiative!

1. Generate compost. This is nature's way of recycling. Through basic and worm composting programs, children learn about ecology, biology and waste reduction.
2. Recycle everything that cannot be reused and purchase items that can be recycled. With fast shrinking landfill space and diminishing natural resources, recycling has never been more important. Recycling items such as paper, plastic, aluminum and ink cartridges reduces toxic greenhouse gas emissions and conserves energy. Manage E-waste by finding creative solutions to divert obsolete computer parts, cell phones and other such devices from the waste stream. Schools that recycle provide much-needed materials to manufacturers who produce recycled products.
3. Educate students, teachers and parents on environmentally-responsible behavior. When students, teachers and parents work together to make their schools environmentally friendly, they are more likely to take the same behaviors into their off campus lives. Our goal is to create environmentally-responsible school communities throughout the nation and across the globe.
4. Evaluate the environmental impact of every activity. Identify products and practices that could threaten the health of children and the world around them. Consider improving your home environment with activities such as eliminating excessive energy consumption; evaluating the toxicity of pesticides used in rooms and on grounds; improving outdoor air quality through increased carpooling efforts; and working to improve indoor air quality.
5. Nationalize the principles of responsible paper consumption. Consider purchasing post consumer recycled paper and office products. Use technology to communicate electronically as much as possible. Seek ways to provide Internet access to all families.

Find out more at GoGreenInitiative.org

Did you know you can go green, and save green papers? It's true. Find out how at Worldwide Institute.

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I am not supposed to eat the Daisies...

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...or the butterfly either. However, if I bring her the head of the songbird that's been singing in the tree outside the bedroom window at 2:30 AM, she says she'll give me a WHOLE POUCH full of treats. I wonder if it's a tasty birdy...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day - Green Energy

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The term Green energy is used to describe sources of energy which are considered environmentally friendly and non-polluting.

Green energy is commonly thought of in the context of electricity, heating, and cogeneration, and is becoming increasingly available. Consumers, businesses, and organizations may specifically purchase green energy in order to support further development, help reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity generation, and increase their nation’s energy independence. Renewable energy certificates (Green certificates, or green tags) have been one way for consumers and businesses to support green energy. Over 35 million homes in Europe, and 1 million in the United States, are purchasing such certificates.

Additionally, some governments have drafted very specific definitions for green energy or similar terms which may be eligible for subsidies or other support for specific technologies.

Several working definitions used for green energy. These include:

* An alternate term for renewable energy.
* Energy generated from sources which do not produce pollutants (e.g. solar, wind and wave energies.
* Energy generated from sources which are considered environmentally friendly (e.g. hydro (water), solar (sun), biomass (landfill) or wind.
* Energy generated from sources which produce low amounts of pollution.
* Energy that is produced and used in ways that produce relatively less environmental impacts.

Green energy includes natural energetic processes that can be harnessed with little pollution. Anaerobic digestion, geothermal power, wind power, small-scale hydropower, solar power, biomass power, tidal power and wave power fall under such a category. Some definitions may also include power derived from the incineration of waste.

Some organizations have specifically classified nuclear power as green energy. However, the Nuclear Energy Institute avoided classifying nuclear power as green energy when it initiated a public awareness campaign using the catch phrase clean air energy.

Medium or large-scale hydroelectric power or sources of air pollution such as burning biomatter or petroleum, consume water and are often excluded from the label 'green energy'.

No power source is entirely impact-free. All energy sources require energy and give rise to some degree of pollution from manufacture of the technology.

Green Energy News covers clean, effecient and renewable energy sources. Find out how green energy can benefit you!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Myth Monday - Earth Day

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Earth Day is a name used for two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. The United Nations celebrates Earth Day, which was founded by John McConnell in 1969, each year on the March equinox, while a global observance originated by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, and since January 1970 also called Earth Day, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22, including the U.S.

In September 1969, at a conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment. Senator Nelson first proposed the nationwide environmental protest to thrust the environment onto the national agenda.

"It was a gamble," he recalls, "but it worked."

Five months before the first April 22 Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising tide of environmental events::

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...."

Senator Nelson also hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator.

Each year, the April 22 Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Among other things, 1970 in the United States brought with it the Kent State shootings, the advent of fiber optics, "Bridge over Troubled Water," Apollo 13, the Beatles' last album, the death of Jimi Hendrix, and the meltdown of fuel rods in the Savannah River nuclear plant near Aiken, South Carolina -- an incident not acknowledged for 18 years. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Environment was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. But Earth Day 1970 turned that all around.

On April 22, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day on April 22 in 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

As the millennium approached, Hayes agreed to spearhead another campaign, this time focused on global warming and a push for clean energy. The April 22 Earth Day in 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. For 2000, Earth Day had the Internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 rolled around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries. Events varied: A talking drum chain traveled from village to village in Gabon, Africa, for example, while hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., USA.

Earth Day 2000 sent the message loud and clear that citizens the world 'round wanted quick and decisive action on clean energy. Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating in the activities in thousands of places like Kiev, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; Tuvalu; Manila, Philippines; Togo; Madrid, Spain; London; and New York.

Founded by the organizers of the first April 22 Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide. Earth Day Network is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect change in local, national, and global policies. Earth Day Network’s international network reaches over 17,000 organizations in 174 countries, while the domestic program engages 5,000 groups and over 25,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people participate in Earth Day Network campaigns every year.

You can find out more about Earth Day at ww2.earthday.net which is asking people to call their Senator or Representative this Earth Day over climate change legislation.

You can also find out what events are going on near you, and sign the Sky Petition asking for stronger climatic controls and efforts to solve the problem of Global Warming.

Earthday at Envirolink has a listing of events all over the world, and helps you organize events in your community.

It should be noted that Cats as a whole are very environmentally friendly creatures. However, it is important to point out the benefits of conservation to our human companions, who have caused many of the environmental problems. Thought co-ordinated efforts, we can change the world and make it a better place in the future - for ALL species.

Stop back through this week to learn more about what we can do to change help make sure that one world is enough, for ALL of us!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Easy Like Sunday Morning

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Pooka and I decide to enjoy the sunshine and have breakfast party in the garden. Aren't the flowers pretty?

The bees are making honey and the birdies are all singing beautifully in the trees. Wouldn't you like to join us?

Godzilla Sighting: Godzilla - the gecko my Bean trap and release in the house to eat bugs was sighted late last night in the bathroom. He is about four or five inches long and looks very healthy. The bug eating business must be good. She had been wondering if he make it though the winter and is seems that he has. Go! Go! Godzilla!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Gross and Disgusting

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Just because I come inside the house all covered in dirt, she call me gross and disgusting. I mean, I like a good dirt bath. Very good for the furs. But oh, no - "Gross and Disgusting" she says in that tone she usually reserve for roaches.

How dirty am I?


Now she has put water all over my furs and I must groom myself. What a pain!

As if she never come in the house all hot and sweaty and stinky. Oh, no...not her.

Thinks her litter box doesn't stink? Well...we all know better after that last plumbing problem!

Humph!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

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Kellie the Orange Cat say "Your Mum is very talented, oh wait, was it you or your Mum that did the digital scrapbooking?"

It is my Bean that do the scrapbooking but I snoopervise most of the time by sitting on her mouse hand. If I not like what she doing, I will nip at her hand so she will do something else.

This is especially true when she is making layouts of my furriends. They must be of suitable quality, you know?

The above piece is a "doodle" we do last night where we work with the pieces of a kit, in this case "Flowers for Mom" so she get a feel for things. We have to do card to send to O Hi O to her mom for Mother's Day so she is trying to get an idea of what she want to do.

I will still have to pose for pictures because her Mom like me in the pink boa, so I will wear that.

I should also note that I know many cats and or woofies refer to their human caretakers as their Mum or Mom or mommy. I do not. As near as I can tell, she is not a mom, as no one ever call her that. When people say "where is your mommy" I get confused, because I think the are refering to people I used to live with, who are not here now.

I do not actually associate a name to this Human, because she live alone and I never hear anyone call her anything often enough to figure out what her call word is. I do know my call word (name) and a lot of other words, but not the word for her. But she is my Human Bean and so that is how I think of her, Bean.

She is my friend and my companion. She take very good care of me. She respect my space and let me make my own decisions about things like staying inside or going outside. I have food when I want it and do not have to ask. She groom me and pet me. I purr and I kneed her. I catch the rats and the bugs that come in the house. When I find something wrong, I tell her. We friends.

When I first some to live with her I not happy bout it, because I live with Loretta-Bean and like it there. But she say I cannot stay there and must go with this Bean. I do not know then how this Bean will treat me, but I think she do excellent job. So I am very happy here with this Bean.

Anyway, I could not come up with something for T-13 today, and besides, there birds in my tree and I want to go check them out.

So I go do that now and Bean go to day hunting.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tuxie Tuesday

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Tuxie cats are always dressed for a date. Take a tuxie to dinner tonight!

Check out more beautiful Tuxies at the *NEW* Tuxedo Gang Hideout!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Midnight Monday

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Look! There was a huge Chick-Hen and Ham at my Bean's baseball game yesterday. I would have liked to hunt the Chick-Hen and the Ham. And look! I found Waldo too. So he isn't lost anymore!

Maybe there is more to this baseball thing than I thought.

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She also says she signed me up to be a Red Hat Lady. I do not know what a Red Hat Lady is but it sounds uncomfortably like a Red Light Lady, and those are not good girls. I am a good girl and a well behaved lady cat.

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I think I would rather be a Red Rose Lady? What do you think?

Myth Monday takes a break this week. We will return next week for Earth Day.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Out back

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Well, come along. I want to show you my back yard.

New Cactus' growing back


We used to have a big cactus, but it get blown down last year during a storm. But it is not totally dead, as you can see some new cactus starting to grow where the old one was.

Miss Diamond


It is going to take a long while to get as big as the last one was.

Miss Diamond


This is my patio. Everything is currently pushed to one side until it can be swept up and cleaned up all the winter debris. We have a table and chairs out here and a bar-b-que.

The very best place to climb


This is my Banyan tree. We do not have a very green lawn like the neighbors, but he have the bestest climbing tree in the whole world.

My Banyon Tree


Big Banyans like this one are pretty rare even in Florida. Although Bean say she take cruise to Bahamas one time and they go to this botanical garden. After a tour of this garden they get to then to show them their crowing piece, a Banyan. Her friend Dennis look at her and say "We came all this way to see a Banyan?"

Hey, not every house on the block have one! This is one of the reason Bean wanted this house, as she knew I'd have many hours of fun climbing tree.

What down is it?


Under the tree, it appears the raccoon have been playing football. I wonder what down it is?

The grass is always greener...


The neighbor's lawn - he who does not obey the water restrictions - is much green than ours. But it is not as shady.

Eeek!  Water!


This is the scary part of the tour. See this thing on the wall. This is where Bean make water come from. It scare me. Water is coming from it now, and I do not like to go by it.

My new waterboy


If I want water, I will get it from my waterboy drinking station.

Miss Diamond


This concludes our tour of my back yard.

Vine Line


Sweet Miral It has been a furry sad weekend around the Cat Blogopshere.

Sweet Miral has gone to the bridge despite our best purrs. She as been furry sick. Her humans came home to find her. It appears whe passed to the bridge in her sleep. Also Her Majesty of the Feline Sextet passed to the bridge as well. It was 2-weeks ago, but it was just learned about yesterday. I know the Feline Sextet mom has not been with her kitties because of some human reasons and she just find out the sad news for their intrum caretaker. Her Majesty was almost 14-years-old.

Still no word on Mu Shue, Lilly Lu and Baby Iris. The patio door was open when the fire started, so there was a good chance they managed to get out of their apartment and escape into the woods. So far they have found no little feline bodies, but they have found no little felines either. The ASPCA is helping those humans who may have lost pets in the fire find out what happened to them.

There is a new Gizzy Quilt Raffle to help Mom Laura through CFHF. There are also a number of other fund raising projects going on, so stop by Cat Blogosphere for all the latest information.

We have a layout for Sir Dante on Digicats today. He is first mate on the Black Furball and living quite the Pirates' life under Captain Jack.

I have featured
Kon as our House Panther of the Day. Kon is Sly's brofur and best friend. He likes chips. We also have a cat dictionary available in case you need to look up the meaning of the words Purr-ade, Purr-anoia or Purr-chase.

Enjoy your Sunday and please!!! No more sorrow this weekend. We've had our fair share of troubles of late.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

In Dreams...

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I am beginning to think that my Bean is right and we felines as a whole need to hire a new Public Relations man.

Consider the following from the Dream Dictionary at Dreammoods.com:

Cat

To see a cat in your dream, signifies much misfortune, treachery, and bad luck. (However, for the cat lover, cats signifies an independent spirit, feminine sexuality, creativity, and power.) If the cat is aggressive, then it suggests that you are having problems with the feminine aspect of yourself. If you see a cat with no tail, then it signifies a lost of independence and lack of autonomy.

To dream that a cat is biting you, symbolizes the devouring female. Perhaps you are taking and taking without giving. You may be expressing some fear or frustration especially when something is not going as planned.

To see a black cat in your dream, indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition. You may erroneously associate the black cat with evil, destruction, and bad luck. If you see a white cat, then it denotes difficult times.

To dream that a cat killed a spider, suggests that you are expressing your femininity in a seductive and cunning manner rather than in an overtly and almost destructive way.


Kitten

To see a white kitten in your dream, signifies deceit and trouble.

To see non-white or soiled kittens, indicates trouble ahead for you.


Okay...I can almost agree that kittens are troublesome most of the time (just ask my Zed Monster), but I don't think they should mean that in a dream. Kittens can also be fun and entertaining, so I suggest that the meaning be changed to fun and entertaining times ahead for you.

Ditto with a cat. Let's get rid of this misfortune, treachery and bad luck stuff. I can see where Cats could represent your feminine side (although I'm sure some mancats would bristle at the thought of this) and dogs the masculine side. My bean often says "men are dogs" (or some variation thereof) anyway, so perhaps it's true.

Seeing a cat in a dream should mean independent spirit, power and creativity irregardless of if you like cats are not. After all, how are we supposed to convert the non-cat loving population to our side if we have to carry all the bad luck, evil, destruction and treachery stuff around?

And it doesn't say what it is supposed to mean if you dream you ARE a cat, which I do every single night. Anyone have any ideas? I think being a cat is a good thing - after all, I'm very spoiled and have a slave to handle all my business. I'm sure for those poor unfortunates who don't have a human to look after them that life is not so easy but for many of us, let's face it...we live on easy street.

I also often dream I am a lioness or tigress. I can't say I dream I am a panther, because I AM a panther so I guess that's normal.

Tiger

To see a tiger in your dream, represents power and your ability to exert it in various situations. The dream may also indicate that you to take more of a leadership role. Alternatively, the tiger represents female sexuality, aggression, and seduction.

To dream that you are attacked by a tiger, symbolizes repressed feelings or emotions that frighten you.

To see a caged tiger in your dream, suggests that your repressed feelings/emotions are on the verge of surfacing.


Ah so...when I dream I am a tiger, I'm visualizing my power and my ability to exert it in various situations. So this is a good thing! (I am always doing the attacking, when I dream I am a tigress, never that I am being attacked by one.)

Now...

Lions

To see a lion in your dream, symbolizes great strength, aggression and power. You will overcome your emotions and/or difficulties. As king of the jungle, the lion also represents royalty, leadership, pride and dominion. You have much influence over others. You may also need to exercise restraint in your own personal and social life.

To dream that you are attacked by a lion, indicates that you have many obstacles to overcome. You must resist the force that is driving you to self-destruction.


So when I dream of being a lioness, I'm visualizing my royal and noble side. I am very royal and noble. I have seen many of the "papered" cats putting on airs around the blogosphere, but let me tell you...I am a purebred Domestic Shorthair - papers or no - and that is the BEST breed to be because ALL breeds come originally from Domestic cats.

Panther

To see a panther in your dream, signifies lurking danger and enemies working to do you harm. It represents darkness, death, and rebirth. On a more positive note, panthers signify power, beauty and/or grace.

I think we should get rid of all but the power, beauty and/or grace part of this entry. Perhaps we can leave in the darkness, death and rebirth part because those indicate change, which is not always a bad thing.

Jaguar

To see a jaguar in your dream, represents speed, agility, and power.

Oh, see now...Jaguars hired some good PR people. Maybe we need to get the same ones?

For my friend Pepper, Queen of the...

Cheetah

To see a cheetah in your dream, suggests that you need to get moving and be more active in pursuit of your goals. Perhaps you have been a little lazy and you need to get off from that seat.

I do not know, but Pepper not strike me as lazy kind.

And for Cecil...

Cougar

To see a cougar in your dream, symbolizes wild beauty, power, grace, and raw emotion. It often refers to feminine power and aggression. Alternatively, it also indicates lurking danger and death.

Everything is pretty good except the lurking danger and death part. I think if you dream of lawyers you are in fact dreaming of lurking danger and death, but cougars? No, I don't see it.

Leopard

To see a leopard in the wild in your dream, signifies that through persistent efforts, you will eventually overcome your difficulties. If the leopard is in a cage, then it suggests that you will overcome any obstacles.

To dream that you kill a leopard, suggests that you will definitely succeed in your projects.

To dream that a leopard is attacking you, signifies that you are overly confident in your success for the future and not realizing the difficulties and struggles that you need to endure.

To see the skin of a leopard in your dream, signifies that you have befriended a dishonest person who means you harm.


This is kind a mixed thing. Obviously it's a good thing to overcome your difficulties, but I can't believe anyone would care to dream of something as beautiful as a leopard caged or ::shudder:: skinned. How terrible. Need to have head examined!

Purrhaps what we really need is a dream dictionary for cats? Trying to use a devise made up by humans to decipher my superior dreams is not really useful.

Does any cat have any other ideas on this one?

Vine Line


In other postings: Bean do this one earlier in the week, but today we shine the spotlight on His Royal Highness Yao-Lin at Digicats.

At House Panthers we are featuring Mickey today, one of my favorite panthers on the internets. We also look ar The Creation Myth which starts out with "On the first day of creation, God created the cat". Worth the read, so certainly stop by for a visit.

At Catnip Anonymous: Nip the vote and be come a political animal with Fat cat Inc.'s new line of Political Animal toys. Couldn't you just imagine the outcry there would be if we had pictures of Chey biting Hillary's head off?

badge And some really terrible news! Please purr and pray for Mu Shue, Lilly Lu and Iris, and for all the pets and beans who might be trapped in the building that was on fire, and for the families and friends who must wait and watch. Even if they have survived the thick smoke, they and their mom Laura are now homeless. Visit Lilly Lu's blog and the Cat Blogosphere for more information.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday Fun

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A public service announcement: Tuesday, I fall off the table. I was just catnapping there like I have been doing since Eastern, when all of the sudden the table shove me off of it and I end up on the floor along with all the other stuff that was on the table including the motorcycle and Bean's Camera.

Thank Bast the camera not break, but then, it would not be my fault anyway. I was just sleeping.
I think it important that you must be aware that this could happen to you. Furnitures seem to have their own agendas and could turn on you with the least provication.

You know, who always hear about the dangers of the outside, but never about the dangers of the inside. You can be hurt inside too, so BE CAREFUL!

That being said, I thought I'd try a less dangerous pursuit, like boogie boarding.

You know Tyler, who is our featured cat today on Digicats, reviewed Alice in Wonderland, but I am more in the mood for some surfing moovees this weekend. Sadly, Bean is in the mood for baseball, so I won't get too watch too many moovees. Purhaps I will spend the time hunting Blue Jays.

Tyler's human Grandpaw is going in for surgery today, so his family needs your purrs please.

Huggy Bear is our featured Panther today on House Panthers where we also talk about cats amazing senses of sight and smell. Did you know, for example, that we have 3 times the number of olfactury nerves in our noses than humans do? And that we can hear with our eyes? It's true!

I hope efurry cat has a good weekend and can outside for at least a little while and enjoy some of the spring weather.

Purrs and head-butts to you all.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

T-13: Books

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I like to read about cats and other animals so we have a number of animal related books in our house. I usually have to have Bean help me look at them because they are very big books and hard to handle with my paws.

Here are 13 of them:

1. The Silent Miaow translated from the feline by Paul Gallico with pictures by Suzanne Szasz. This is a classic, every cat should read this book.

2. The Complete Encyclopedia of Cats by Esther J.J. Verhoef-Verhallen.

3. The Complete Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies by Tamsin Pickeral. Because you never know when a Shetland might follow me home and want to stay.

4. The Legacy of the Cat by Gloria Stephens.

5. The Legacy of the Dog by Tetsu Yamazaki.

6. Cats, An Owner's Guide by Carla Atkins. Despite the title, it really a very good book.

7. Tiger! by Simon Barnes

8. Great Cats - Majestic Creatures of the Wild. Dr. John Seidensticker and Dr. Susan Lumpkin Consulting Editors.

9. The Complete Book of the Cat by Angela Sayer.

10. The art of being a Wolf by Anne Menatory.

11. The Book of the Bulldog by Joan McDonald Brearley.

12: CatCalendar Cats by B. Kliban.

And finally....

The Book of the Cute Cat


13. The best selling Book of the Cute Cat, by ME!

Don't leave home without it!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun!


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy Back Wednesday

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Many people know what dogs were domesticated from wolves, but what about cats? How did they come to live with humans? A study published in the July 2007 issue of the journal "Science" helps answer that question. Using genetic methods, scientists from the National Cancer Institute and the University of Oxford report that the origins of the common household cat can be traced back 100,000 years to ancestors in the Middle East. This much earlier than the earliest archaeological evidence of feline domestication that dates back 9,500 years to Cyprus.

By looking at the DNA of wildcats and domestic cats, the research team found five matriarchal lines from which all modern domestic cats have descended. Their ancestors, the Near Eastern (Asian) Wildcat (Felis Sivestris Ornata), still lives in Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. It is believed that the domestic cat's ancestors become helpful to early farmers by hunting rodents and that domestication evolved out of the relationship between humans and cats. In turn, cats followed their human companions as they migrated across the globe.

"The cats just sort of domesticated themselves. People today know that you can't keep a cat inside [without barriers], and 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent you couldn't just shut the window," said geneticist Carlos Driscoll in a National Geographic article.

Cat studies of all types are hindered by the many physical and behavioral similarities between domestic cats and their wild relatives. In fact, it is often difficult or impossible for even the trained eye to tell them apart, and interbreeding has created many hybrids of the two.

It is still however, believed that domestic cats developed their long standing relations with humans in Egypt, and that the spread of domestic cats across the globe started with domestics smuggled out of Nile Region. (It was illegal to export a cat from Egypt.)

Vine Line


And you thought chairs were to sit on.I was tagged by D-Man for the book meme. Here are the guidelines:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to maybe Empress of -d (or Mickey or D-Man or...) once you have posted it.

The nearest book is the Minnesota Twins media guide from last season. Josh Rabe is on page 123. I think we will skip that.

Instead I am going over to the chair (which is you can tell is in the process of being organized and will grab the rather large volume that you see there, which is Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

It's a novel. It also makes a good doorstop based on weight alone.

Anyway, here we go...

"Or stray dogs, I wonder? This is not the sort of magic which civilized men wish to see practised in England nowadays!" He glared furiously at Vinculus and, as he did so, something caught his eye.

Fun stuff, right?

I wish to tag Chey, Eric and Flynn, Mosaic Annie, and Tesla, unless they've already done this one. Then forget it you don't have to do it again.