It’s the Little Things

It’s been someting like six months since I’ve posted an entry.  I’ve taken photos, I’ve had random thoughts, whatever else would go into an insignificant personal blog without a particular theme.  What’s the holdup?  Nothing really big, just…annoying.

First, in I think November 2016 (maybe even 2015?), Windows updated its Photos program and totally dumbed it down by replacing its color/temp/cast/whatever controls with a limited number of dumb useless filters.  I discovered this when I was about to edit a whole bunch of yarn photos, for which I actually rather care about their exact colors, and was so frustrated I was about in tears.  Why…why would you SUBTRACT features that worked and replace them with far less applicable ones?  I was far from the only person to complain about this, but that didn’t fix it.

I did find another photo-editing program that basically served my needs without being too oversized, but as far as I know it doesn’t have the simple capability of browsing my photos from the folder they’re in and seamlessly doing some minor editing on them and saving the duplicate.  Which is really all I want.  If I needed to do serious editing, I have Photoshop on another machine, but I don’t want to do that.

This problem is less of a problem now because I also changed phones and the new one has a better camera, so I have less adjusting to do (and I can do some of that on the phone).  But my phone should not be more suitable as an editor than my laptop, darn it.

The second molehill I kept tripping on is that my main laptop was getting harder and harder to use, not because of software or hardware issues, but because the touchpad was becoming impossible to click.  That laptop has a touchscreen, which I have always disliked because I really don’t need to make things happen every time I brush away the ibiquitous cat hair, but for the first time I actually had a use for it as a substitute touchpad, sort of.  The scrolling functions still worked just fine, but I couldn’t click anything without extreme pressure.  I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts, but not for cropping photos.  And of course the photos that I’ve been saving for posts are all on that machine.  Occasionally I’d try copying a few to my other laptop for posting, but then I never got around to it.

A week or two ago I finally complained enough about it that spouse looked into it and found that this wasn’t an uncommon problem with that laptop due to battery swelling.  Which is what had happened.  The touchpad was literally being forced out of the keyboard surface.  So he ordered another battery and put it in and also replaced the hard drive and now all I have to do is reinstall the software and I have my functionality on it again, with its larger screen and fixed hinge (as opposed to the flexible hinge of the Surface I’m typing on, which is not so useful when one actually uses laptops on one’s lap).

Have I done that yet? Of course not.

However, that’s no reason not to put up a post with more recent photos.  Of course, none of these things were sufficient reason not to post anyway; the underlying problem is that I have, as spouse has put it repeatedly, the attention span of a goldfish.  But I should at least be able to manage a post per month.

Crud, it’s no longer January.  Oh well.  Still a good time to post a Find the Cat, right?

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That one may have been a little obvious.  How about this one?

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Better? No? Well, I’m out of practice.

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Placeholder Cats

I have various sets of photos edited to put in posts and keep forgetting the actual posting part.  As it’s quite late and I need to clean litterboxes before I go to bed, they’ll have to continue to wait, but here are a few standalone cat pics so I don’t entirely forget how to do this.

Moonstone on ottoman 2017-05-16 12.21.45
Moonstone on ottoman, a.k.a. the little giant kitty bed
Praline sunshine snooze 2017-05-18 17.20.03
Praline snoozes in the sun.
Rhombus half 2017-05-20 18.38.38
Half a Rhombus.  I guess that’s just a bus.
CMY grooming 2017-05-03 00.02.31
CMY carefully cleans a foot.
Gray Cat on wall 2017-04-18 17.44.30
Gray Cat, the local feral who “introduced” Meringue to us.
Licoris sunny belly 2017-04-20 14.33.00
Upside-down Licoris head!
kittykins with treat tower 2017-04-26 03.02.58
Five-Spice, Vanilla, Walnut, and Meringue enjoy treats.
Quot nap 2 2017-05-04 18.16.00
Another adorable Quot nap.
Velcro jumping into box 2017-03-03 21.19.15
Velcro jumps!
Triquet in outdoor chair 2017-05-25 16.36.41
Triquet chills.

Count the Cats – Expanded Edition

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I hope you already did your counting, because I can’t help but spoil it with my delight at achieving this: I got ALL the cats in one photo!  Lifetime achievement unlocked!

(My joy was somewhat inhibited by the horrid “update” to Photos that happened in the last couple of days, removing most of the useful features and replacing them with crummy filters, but I’m still happy about it.)

As you might imagine, treats were involved.

Kitty Pix

I really needed to see some kitty pictures today.  And I thought, I have some of those!

kitty yinyang 2 2016-06-15 15.56.20

This is possibly the best kitty yinyang I have ever photographed.  Not that that’s a particularly high bar, but still.

three kittykins on tree 2016-06-27 15.10.22

Adorable diagonal of kittykins in the new(ish) cat tree.  Meringue seems to have misplaced her nose.

CMY nap 2016-06-23 19.41.44

CMY’s lovely furry tummy.

Moonstone in giant kitty bed 2016-06-29 21.27.06.jpg

Find Moonstone!

Rhombus on cat tree top 2016-06-13 16.14.00

Rhombus on the living room cat tree, looking utterly content up there.

Licoris on piano 2016-04-04 18.02.12

Licoris on the oldest piano.  From a few months back, but she’s probably underrepresented here.

What’s Been Up?

The temperature, that’s what.  Ugh.  I could barely stand having my laptop on my lap sometimes.  That’s my excuse, anyway.

So, here are some miscellaneous things I’ve been up to, mostly involving cats.

I played with the owner of this little tortie paw.

Licoris paw 2016-06-18 03.24.12

I saw this neat sunset from my driveway (I edited it to make it more like what my eyes saw, which was mostly red-orange rather than yellow).

sunset reddened 2016-06-20 20.39.13

I restarted a sweater that had languished for about two and a half years, with predictable result:

CMY on SG sweater 2016-06-19 00.11.25

I made MAPLE FUDGE earlier this week.  (It helps to have a spouse who buys maple syrup by the gallon.)  My teeth will probably fall out, and I won’t care because I don’t need teeth to eat this.

maple fudge 2016-06-24 00.34.33

I spent some time in the catio when it was cool enough.  Walnut came out while I was out there for the first time.

I got a purple laptop case which stank to me but was apparently irresistible to Triquet.  (Dark spots are his drool.)

Triquet and purple bag 2016-06-21 22.02.46

I saw a rather grown-up deer in back.

deer in backyard 2016-06-19 15.06.40

And, of course, I watched cats nap.

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Kitty Treats

seafood for kitties 2016-04-19 15.51.27

That’s a bowl of diced shrimp and scallops, exclusively for the cats.  This is after a fair bit of it had been doled out, too.  Stop giving me that look.  It was all freezer burnt, okay?  We weren’t going to eat it anyway.  They don’t care about the freezer burn, and are utterly delighted.

And so there’s a picture of an actual kitty in this post, I give you Licoris peeking.

Licoris peeking 2016-04-15 19.40.35

She got some of the yummy seafood earlier this evening.  (We keep the bowl in the fridge and every now and again I grab a smallish handful for the cats.)  Made her very happy.  That bit of furniture has worked out very well for her — she gets to see us easily, gets lots of incidental cuddles as we go by, has a tower she can defend at need, and gets her snacks and initial meals there.  (I take the bowl out after she’s done eating so she has more space to lie down.)  It’s really been a treat for us to have our little tortie out where we can see her, since she spent most of the last two years in the guest room.