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Feline Friday – #85 – crossing the 101

mountain lion

A photo released Tuesday shows mountain lion P-64 on the south side of a culvert it used to pass under the 101 Freeway. (National Park Service)

This story appeared in the Los Angeles Times on March 13, 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mountain-lion-freeway-crossing-20180313-story.html.

For only the second time in 16 years, a mountain lion has been recorded crossing the 101 Freeway south into the Santa Monica Mountains, National Park Service officials said Tuesday.

Moving under the freeway through a pitch black culvert the length of two football fields, the mountain lion identified as P-64 was captured on camera March 1 crossing from Simi Valley and the Santa Susana Mountains to the Santa Monica Mountains, the park service said.

It’s pretty amazing that this cat figured out that this culvert would take him across as there was no way he could see the other end. The National Park Service has long promoted the idea of a wildlife crossing over this freeway. Since they started recording statistics in 2002, eighteen mountain lions have been killed attempting to cross roads and freeways in the area.

It’s important that the animals can roam into other territories to mate. Otherwise they run the risk of becoming extinct in this region.



Feline Friday – #84 – the softer side

Freddie Frankie

Frankie (grey tabby/white) and Freddie (black/white) don’t like to admit that once in a while they share a chair and even get cuddly.

Freddie Frankie

They are pals but they are both very macho cats, each in their own way, and mostly live separate but friendly lives.

Freddie Frankie

They like to be in the same vicinity, one on a chair, one on a sofa, but generally not too cozy. They chase each other up and down the stairs. And they enjoy a wrestling match with clumps of fur flying.

Freddie Frankie

So it’s unusual to be able to take photos like these.

In fact, they really didn’t want me to publish these on my blog. But I explained people love heartwarming pictures like this. So they did eventually agree to let everybody see their softer side.

But they asked me to make it clear either one of them could start a fight any minute. Okay.



Feline Friday – #83 – keeping clean


Did you ever wonder how cats manage to keep their fur so clean?
freddie dryer

Did you think it was because they were sitting around all day licking themselves? So did I!

frankie dishwasher
So I was surprised to discover that is not the case!

freddie dryer

Just like you or I, cats depend on appliances to keep that white fur bright and shiny! A little disappointing to discover the truth, huh?

Disclaimer: in no way do I encourage the felines to play around in the dishwasher or clothes dryer, but boys will be boys!


Feline Friday – #82- Mountain lion P-23 killed on Malibu Canyon Road

mountain lion

The remains of female mountain lion P-23 were recently found near Malibu Canyon Road, where it appears she was struck by a vehicle. (Copyright National Park Service)

It’s sad to have to report that yet another mountain lion has been struck and killed by a vehicle in the Santa Monica Mountains. Pretty soon we will be bereft of mountain lions.

According to the LA Times, from where I “borrowed” the above photo, she gave birth to three litters of kittens during her five and a half years of life.

Not only was she was the product of inbreeding with P-12 as her dad and granddad, but she also later mated with P-12. This is because the lions are trapped within small regions bordered by freeways and subdivisions that used to be their habitat.

Please read the full story here. 



Feline Friday – #81 – leisure time for Friday


Never enough meeses to play with.

These photos are an homage to my late, great Tuxedo Cat Friday. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 18. He knew how to live the good life!


Some privacy while I wash, please!

He was a very friendly, playful, sweet cat most of the time. But due to missing a protein in his brain he exhibited characteristics of being bipolar and schizophrenic.


Just five minutes more….

I’ve written about his condition previously. He was on amitriptyline every 24 hours. It saved his life as otherwise I would not have been able to keep him. Without the medication he was extremely aggressive towards me and in the middle of the night would run up and down the stairs and slam himself against the walls. It was pretty terrifying and I lived in fear of him for several months. The day he went on the medication he became a different cat.

If you encounter a cat with these traits, ask the vet about amitriptyline!


Feline Friday – #80 – cats rule!

frankie la times

I subscribe to the digital version of the Los Angeles Times but for some mysterious reason we were getting deliveries of the printed version and nobody in the building claimed them. So I took them to use for various purposes. Obviously Frankie decided he liked the printed version better than the digital version.

Freddie drapes

Freddie likes to take naps under the drapes in the bedroom. As you can see he also likes to get his claws in them.

Frankie chair

Speaking of claws, Frankie uses the chairs to sharpen his. This is apparently preferential to using the scratching pads I have provided.

Freddie scanner

Freddie likes to stretch out on the scanner. It’s difficult to lift the lid of the scanner with a 16 lb (7.25 kg) cat lying on it but I manage.

One thing you have to learn is cats rule!


Feline Friday – #79 – the bigger the smaller


freddie and frankie

There are so many cat rules, sometimes it’s hard to keep up… especially as some of them change with a whim.

But one rule that seems to remain constant is the bigger the cat, the smaller the space necessary to be comfortable. And vice versa.

My 16-pound (7.3 kg) cat Freddie scrunches himself up into a small box on my living room table. You’ll find him there early afternoon to evening.

freddie and frankie

My smaller cat, Frankie, weighing in at 11 lbs (5 kg) needs a whole sofa (actually the loveseat) to himself.

freddie and frankie

It seems to be an equitable arrangement. Freddie does his yoga moves to fit in the box.

freddie and frankie

While Frankie has sweet dreams buried in the pillows.


Feline Friday – #78 – here comes the sun


Frankie Freddie sunThe Melaleuca trees in the front of the building were trimmed last week. It’s made a huge difference to the amount of sunlight streaming through the living room windows… not to mention the view of people and dogs and cars passing by. Now everybody wants the window seat!

Frankie Freddie sun
Between the shutters and the window is the best view.

Frankie Freddie sun
But the carpeted pedestal is definitely the most comfy. Too bad there isn’t room for two at a time! But it’s just a matter of working out a schedule.

Another good sunny spot is in the bedroom in the morning on the shoe rack.

Frankie Freddie sunThere are definitely too many shoes here. All those well-worn shoes with the holes in the toes and soles need to go in order to make room for the newer ones. But it’s hard to part with old comfortable friends.

Frankie Freddie sunThe ironing board is a good place to hang out too to catch a few rays.

As the sun moves around the house you have to move with it. It’s a skill you have to work at… but the rewards are worth it!


Culver City Art Group… we did it again!

culver city art group

As some of you know, the Culver City Art Group held our 22nd Annual Holiday Art Show on November 11. Every year I convince myself this is my last year and every year I come back.

Once again our show was located at beautiful Playa Vista Centrepointe Club.

I’m going to toot my own horn here. It’s not easy. I’d rather talk about somebody else’s work than my own but I have to get over that!

The ribbon in the photo above was for Body of Work: Photography. I never expected this as I really admire the other photographers in our group. On the other hand, I’m not going to let myself down and say I didn’t deserve it!

These three photos above are, from left to right, 1. White Sands, New Mexico 2. Sleeping Lion, LA Zoo 3. Canoes for rent with the Casino in the background, Catalina Island.

The small photo in the center is of Pharoah, my cat who passed away in July. He was represented as I gave a memorial award in his honor.

Culver City Art Group
The other side of my exhibit with another photo of White Sands and a photo of the William Jefferson Clinton Pedestrian Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas.

I also won first prize in the Members’ Theme, “Let There Be Light.” I was on my way to take a photo and got distracted. But you can see it here at Photos I’m Showing at the Culver City Art Group Show.

And Marion Wong, who helps me (but does most of the work!) with the buffet table, gave me her memorial award for my “Sleeping Lion” photo which was a lovely surprise and much appreciated.


I presented my memorial award from Pharoah to Barbara Golbin (the pink ribbon next to her painting). Pharoah always loved flowers. Indoors or out, if there were flowers around, he would curl up next to them or stand and wait to have his portrait taken.  He is certainly missed.

Following are some random photos of the show:

Three of our exhibitors. Claudia Dose, Pamela Waddell, Barbara Golbin (our President).

culver city art group
Complete list of winners:

Main Show

1st     Nick Kolesniko                Voyage

2nd   Eileen Brabender            Glowing Roses

3rd     Maria Kurtz                    Golden Sunset

4th    Jim Drummond                Horses

5th    Judith Shellenberger         Yosemite Falls

HM    Beth Pfaffinger              Hill with home

HM    Marion Wong                  Zion #2

HM    Diane Bulgatz                Fantasia

Members Theme: Let there be Light

1st     Roslyn Wilkins               Shadow, White Sands

2nd    Regine Legler                 Dreams of Yesterday

3rd     Young Prasad                Good Luck

Best Body of Work

Barbara Owens – Water Color – Jack Richeson certificate

Ray Chavez – Oil – Jack Richeson certificate

Pam Waddel – Acrylic – Jack Richeson certificate

Roslyn Wilkins – Photography – Paul’s Photo certificate

Memorial awards

Young Prasad  to Maria Kurtz

Roslyn Wilkins to Barbara Golbin (for Pharoah)

Marion Wong to Roslyn Wilkins

Achievement award

Allison Foster  to Claudia Dose and Beth Pfaffinger

Congratulations to EVERYBODY. Just showing your work is an achievement!


Feline Friday – #77 – after shower drink

frankie freddie faucet

We had to beg our human to post a Feline Friday today. Once again she is in a panic getting her photos ready for an exhibit tomorrow. She says it isn’t about selling her work, it’s about putting her intentions out into the universe. What kind of hippie crap is that?

No decent cat would talk about intentions into the universe. We want something, we meow. At worst we might climb up our human’s legs… only when she’s wearing jeans, of course. Or we might swat her on the cheek in bed at 5:00 AM, yeah that works.

But intentions? Universe? Give us a break!

We weren’t really happy about it but she posted this photo of us, Freddie and Frankie, catching the drips out of the faucet when she stepped out of the shower. While it’s embarrassing, the truth is that water dripping out of the bathtub faucet is so much more exciting than the filtered water in our drinking fountain.

frankie freddie faucet

What happened? The water stopped dripping! Now what are we supposed to do? Put our intentions out into the universe? Okay, if that’s what it takes… Oh, dear universe, bring back our water… pretty please!