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.
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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.

Ups and Downs

A lot of stuff has kept me from updating, to the point that one of my five readers asked whether I was still blogging.  ADD: I has it.  Both good stuff and bad stuff has happened lately.

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Every post needs a cat picture, even if the post doesn’t actually mention cats.

Good thing: Our backyard was landscaped. We’d been in planning in spring and summer, and the work started the day after we got home from Australia.  Actually, spouse got a phone call while we were still in Australia asking if they could start work “tomorrow”, but fortunately that was postponeable by a few days.  We now have an arbor with circular paving beneath it, a recirculating water feature for sound, many new plants, and lights.  Lots and lots of lights.  There are bright lights on the arbor for easy reading/knitting at night, small lamps in the planted area, and well lights on the hillside illuminating the trees from below.  Not easy to take pics of though.  Another post to come about plants and their similarity to salads.

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Hector, the foreman of the workers. He was awesome.
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Man at work, cat at play.

Bad thing: My parents’ / sister’s dog died, after a spinal injury that progressively paralyzed him.  He was a very loved dog, and it was really heartbreaking for all of us.  😦

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Tuque in his aloha shirt and Dad in his Simpsons pajamas.  Mom is to credit/blame for both.

Good thing: Our nephew was born in September!  We went to Canada last weekend both to attend a party celebrating the wedding of another of Spouse’s friends (the couple lives in Beijing, so Saskatoon was actually relatively close to us to see them) and to meet the baby.  It was a really wonderful trip.  I’ll write a separate post about it.

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The baby sweater I knit, sort of modeled by the baby.

Bad thing: When we arrived home from our trip, we found that our cat-sitter had passed away the day before, in our house.  This would be horrible in any case, but it’s particularly bad because our sitter was my uncle.  😦  We found him yesterday morning.  There are too many feelings and such to even begin to get into.  This was entirely unexpected by all of us, and we’re all still in shock.  It didn’t prevent some coping mechanisms like noting that maybe there’s a Law of Conservation of Uncles, since Spouse just became one.  I haven’t been able to cry yet, which is probably just as well.

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I don’t have a picture of my uncle to hand, but we were given this flower today.

Maybe thing: Mom (who drove up yesterday) and I needed some fiber therapy today and went to a yarn store.  Sometimes you need distraction.  (As I observed on Twitter, Ace Attorney is not the best choice for this after finding a body.  Knitting seems safer.)

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I’m looking forward to knitting a kid sweater for A with this.  It’ll be the fourth sweater I’ve made her.

I have a bunch of cat pics and other miscellany to post now that I’ve gotten my catch-up overview out of the way.

 

 

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).

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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.

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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.

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And, of course, I watched cats nap.

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Catio!

This past weekend a long-awaited structure was built: an 8′ x 12′ enclosure on our back deck for the cats to go into.  It wasn’t finished until Sunday eve, so it wasn’t until Monday night that anyone went in (and it was only Triquet and one or two other cats that actually ventured out then).  Here’s how it looked from the nearby bedroom window.

Tuesday night saw a few more takers.

Although there’s a perfectly nice ramp built to access the shelf in the corner, Meringue took a more direct route.

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Praline took the even more direct route of jumping straight to the shelf, but I didn’t photograph that.

Today was the first day we opened it up during daylight (we were home yesterday, but it was really hot).  We’d moved in the plastic chairs already and we started moving in some cat furniture too.  And photographing, of course.

Moonstone on ottoman 2016-05-19 15.10.05

I ended up with a lot of pictures of Meringue because she kept being the first to do things.

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It’s kind of poignant, in a way.  We first saw her on that very hillside, back in 2013.  Probably not too long before or after she gave birth.

I-Gene moved in another piece of furniture, which I realized was actually our oldest cat tree, purchased before we moved here.  Despite the top platform breaking off (we haven’t bothered reattaching it), it’s survived pretty well.

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So far, Triquet, Velcro, Moonstone, Rhombus, Quot, Meringue, and Praline have spent a fair bit of time in the catio.  Rhombus is most relaxed, as the previous picture shows; he stayed out there placidly even after everyone else went back in (the humans got chilled and the rest of the cats followed).  Five-Spice has darted in a couple of times.  I carried Licoris over to see it, but she scrambled out in a hurry as I crossed the threshold.  Walnut has watched intently from inside the house.  As far as I know CMY hasn’t noticed the catio at all, and perhaps Vanilla hasn’t either.