Saturday, January 30, 2010

Photo Hunt - Spotted

Darby "spotted" the red spots on the wall and tried her hardest to catch one. How did the wall get so "spotted"?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tortie Thursday - Ollie's Portrait

We bid on a virtual portrait in the auction from Ollie (Cat Naps in Italy) to help out Fiona and Spot raise veterinary funds.

This is our lovely Chica who is going to be 19 this year! Didn't Ollie do a wonderful job! Be sure to make a bid this week in the auction- click on the photo in the sidebar to see what is offered this week!

Wordless Wednesday - 'Nipped-over

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Photo Hunt - Balanced

This is a good Photo Hunt theme for us cuz we are always practising our balancing skills!

This is Two Spot showing off his great balancing skills on the porch shelf!

Al here is just a kitten years ago but his favorite thing was to walk the clothes racks when Mom hung the non dryerable(is that a word?) laundry in winter.

Here Chica is balancing on the back of the porch sectional! She falls asleep here and doesn't even fall off.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jan 21 - Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Mom loves unusual holidays and this one is so unique cuz the bean who started it lives near us! Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina started Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. Christy is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina, and is is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels. It's held in mid-winter when food sources are scarce for squirrels and other wildlife. Sure, squirrels spent all fall gathering and "squirreling " away food. But, their supplies may not be enough. And, the variety of food is limited. So, give them an extra special treat today to supplement their winter diets.

This is a white albino squirrel found in several places in the mountains here. Read more about them on Mom's other blog.

We have to agree not everyone likes squirrels. While they are fun to watch they can mess up our bird feeders. Squirrels tip almost any bird feeder and spill the seeds in search of the particular seeds they want. In the fall, they attack pumpkins on front porches in search of the seeds inside. For gardeners they dig up and steal flower bulbs, and may eat some of the veggies in your garden.

Two Spot is busy watching the squirrels outside - wishing them Happy Squirrel Day!

When you think about it, mid winter is the best time to appreciate squirrels. In the winter they provide a little entertainment. We love to sit and watch them try to figure out how to get at the feeders. The rest of the year we can try to keep them away from all the feeders and delicious garden foods. So be nice to your squirrels today!

Snowball keeping an eye out for the white squirrel!

Info from Holiday Insights!

Albert on Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We got an award from Brian's Home!

We received this award from Brian's Home a few days ago but Mom is just a procrastinator when it comes to this stuff, so we are just getting to doing this. The Superior Scribbler Award was started by The Scholastic Scribe to celebrate their 200th post. To read more about the Superior Scribbler Award click HERE.

As with every award, there are some rules that need to be followed:

1. Each Superior Scribbler (SS) must pass the Award on to 5 deserving blogger friends.
2. Each SS must link the author and name of the blog from whom he/she received the award.
3. Each SS must display the award on his/her blog and link to the post which explains the award.
4. Each SS is asked to visit the post which explains the award and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List.
5. Each SS must post these rules on his/her blog.

It seems like everyone on CB is getting this so we will try to find 5 bloggers who haven't. So we're giving it to:

1. Cats in Trees- two very adventurous cats.
2. Lilacs and Cats - the personal thoughts of a wonderful cat and dog mom.
3. Boo-Bah's Little Sunshines - the antics of two pups and two cats
4. Noll's Nip- Noll and some very nice kitties
5. We Love Luna - a very cute kitty from overseas

Thanks muchly to Brian's Home for this award.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy MLK Day!

" Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
--- Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Goat TV is Back!

With all the cold snowy and icy weather our neighbors the goats have not been out of their barn at all. Too cold and the snow froze into inches deep ice blocks so they could get hurt coming out.

We missed them. This week the weather warmed up enough to let them out. We were so excited and ran from window to window telling Mom!

We love to watch them play across the street in the pasture.

Hey Mom...the goats are back!

We also had another visitor - an opossum. Mom came out to feed us the other night and the little guy was sitting next to the door feeding on seeds from the bird feeder. He looked as startled as Mom. She didn't have her camera or we would have picts of him. We may have to keep him away as she also found a small hole in the corner of the gravel floor in the screen room. Norm was over there messing with it and Mom checked it out. One of us could have gotten out but none of us did. Mom filled the hole in with rocks inside and out. Maybe the possum was trying to come in where it was warm and there was food.

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One more wildlife adventure this week.... Pop heard a loud drumming noise and saw pieces of wood chips raining down from the old maple tree in front. He looked up and there was the Woody Woodpecker of woodpeckers - the pileated! They are big and so funny looking with a red crest on their head. He was busy looking for food in the dead branches of the tree. He kept us occupied (and the beans too) for quite a while. They were almost extinct but are making a comeback in some areas.

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Ivy watched from the bathroom window for a long while drooling over this BIGGGGG bird she couldn't have!

And that's our wildlife show for today! Happy Caturday! For more animal posts from all over check out Camera Critters. And be sure to visit Pet Pride too.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Hey everyone...Only here. Remember about a month ago I had to go to the VET cuz I was having to pee a lot and was running around like it hurt? Well I am feeling much better but Mom had to take some pee to the VET to see if I was getting rid of those bad crystals in my pee.

She was driving me nuts...hanging around whenever I was even looking at the litter box. She got some the first try by sliding a saucer under me when I was peeing ( how embarrassing) but got it all mixed up in the litter. She tried everyday for a week. Some days I just would not cooperate and wouldn't even go near the litterbox!

Well yesterday she finally got some pee for the VET - much better than having to take me there again. Turns out I am doing better overall but still have a little bit of infection and some crystals. I hate the food they make me eat but I guess I am going to have to chow it down whether I like it or not.

Dr. Andrea said it was an ingredient called D L methionine (an amino acid) that dissolves crystals and to mix the food in with other food and maybe I would eat it. She is a cool VET - she does people acupuncture and pets, Chinese herbs and is an animal behaviorist too. Lots of degrees and stuff. Maybe she can help Al be a nicer playmate to us all. He can be such a bully! Might just see what she can do.

Anyway I am very thankful I am getting better and hope we can solve this with the new food. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tosies, Tummy Tuesday with Darby

Oh Mom, what do you want now? I was sleeping a nice nap!

It's tummy tosies Tuesday is it? I will be happy to show off my fluffy white tummy and cute toes!

How was that? Can I go back to napping now? Happy TT Tuesday everybody!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Manly Monday with Al

All our ladycats have been swooning over Dante lately but we think our Al can give Dante a run for his money. Are you up for a little competition Dante?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Formerly Feral Friday --Tabitha's Tale

I am a very pretty (if I may say so myself) tabby cat who lives with all my brothers and two sisters - Smidge and Georgie.

My mom Lily had me outdoors in her second litter during the spring of 2005. My bean Mom had tried to catch Lily before she got pregnant again with another litter but it didn't happen. She caught all the cats in the litter before me and brought them inside before we were all born. She was afraid the first litter would disperse throughout the neighborhood and she wouldn't be able to catch them to spay and neuter them.

Me with Only and Two Spot - see the spots? That's how they got their names only the spots faded!

We (Only, Two Spot, Smidge and me) were born under the house in the crawlspace. I was very feisty. Mom bean picked me up when we came up to eat on the deck and I just hissed and spit at her even tho I was just a tiny ball of fur at 6-8 weeks old! She wasn't sure we were all done nursing and didn't want Lily to go into heat again so she left us outside with her for a little longer hoping to catch us all together.

We spent the next few months lounging on the back deck, playing with toys Mom bean left out and living a very nice life. Mom bean was going to be moving to another town and wanted to take us all with her. Mom bean had TNR'd the other feral cats and let them live out their lives in the yard but this time was different. She asked everybody but none of the neighbors would take on the responsibility of feeding and caring for us if she left us behind to live outdoors. She couldn't do that.

We had gotten very used to her by now but still wouldn't let her pet us. She would prop open the porch door and stand inside and we would come in to explore. Only and Two Spot either were dumber or smarter than us (not sure which) but she caught them first by closing the door while they were busy exploring and they were caught on the porch. We got all upset at first but then went back to life as usual.

One day Mom bean put Only in a carrier in the porch and opened the door for us to see. Even Lily went inside to see what was going on. Smidge and I followed Mom Lily and Mom bean closed the porch door! We were inside but not very happy. It took Pop and Mom beans hours to catch us all and put us safely in one small room so we could get used to them and being inside.

Pop bean had a friend who said he would adopt me. He had another little all black kitty and wanted me for a friend for his kitty. Pop bean spent a lot of time with me handling me and petting me - getting me ready for moving in with Robert but that never happened. I am not sure why but in a way I am glad to still be with my family.

We all got moved to the new place and all my litter mates and Lily live with me in a cool shelter the beans made for us. Their house is smaller here than the old one so they converted the workshop and carport into a indoor playroom and screen porch for us to live in. We have all sorts of shelves and chairs to sit on and they spend lots of time out here with us. Pop bean uses the workshop - we gave him a small corner of it to putter around in.

Our neat new porch - that's me with my brothers watching birdies.

I like to be petted, play with my brothers, and eat. I am very loving thanks to all the time Pop bean spent with me. Boxes and a cool red cube are my favorite spots. We watch the goats and birds outside from our enclosed porch and in warm weather get to feel the nice breezes blow through the screen porch. It sure is a better life than we would have had living outside at the old house with no one to care for us.

Me today with Only and Two Spot.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chica on Tortie Thursday

When it is cold outside like it has been I like to snuggle under the blankets. Mom was looking all over for me but she didn't see me.

Uh oh she found me... and with her flashy box too. I have been feeling much better lately and have enjoyed playing with my toys and snuggling with Mom. Happy Thursday!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Two Spot and Only on Mancat Monday

It is a cold windy day outside so we are staying warm indoors and watching the birdies at the feeder!



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