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Feline Friday – #94 – farewell to P-55

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Frankie is contemplating his next big project. Perhaps photographing elephants in Africa or bears in Alaska… or hummingbirds on the balcony? A nap always helps to rejuvenate the creative juices!

p-55 mountain lion

National Park Service

And in news from the Santa Monica Mountains, mountain lion P-55 sadly passed away recently at three years old. His claim to fame was crossing the 101 freeway at least twice. The cause of death can’t be determined because he was too badly decomposed by the time he was found.

Read the full article here.

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Feline Friday – #93 – Smile, you’re on Amazon!

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Freddie, Frankie and I are too busy killing fleas to take time out for photos today. We haven’t had fleas here for at least five years. This year the fleas have organized their armies and invaded the house.

I applied a couple of half doses to the cats earlier on but it’s time to get serious. It’s extremely humid here and those fleas are in heaven.

I ordered a bunch of flea supplies on Amazon so this seems like a good excuse to spread the word about AmazonSmile. Maybe everybody already knows about this, but maybe not…

Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. I chose SPCALA, a Los Angeles based animal rescue organization. So far I haven’t met a product that wasn’t eligible.

AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices and service as Amazon. So why not take advantage of it? You just have to remember to start out each time at AmazonSmile instead of Amazon. I still forget sometimes.

Happy Friday! Be cool, be dry, be flea-free!

(Just in case somebody out there is wondering, NO I am not getting compensated in any way for this plug for AmazonSmile!)


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Feline Friday – #92 – cat condo and micro greens

Freddie and Frankie

It’s a law. Both cats are looking straight ahead into the camera. But as soon as the human clicks the shutter, one cat has to look away. Of course it would have to be Frankie The Monster.

Freddie and Frankie

I ordered a few things from Amazon this week. I placed all the boxes on the floor in a cat condo arrangement so they could take their pick. As you will note, there are two good size boxes available. Frankie has to cram himself into the least size-appropriate box. Nobody can accuse me of not providing him with adequately sized boxes.

Freddie and Frankie

Freddie curls up in one of the boxes but as soon as I run for the camera he decides to investigate my shoes while Frankie feigns indifference (as usual).

Freddie and Frankie

I rearrange the boxes and Frankie shows his versatility by choosing a larger box, even though there are two smaller boxes at hand (although out of the frame of the camera). It was probably because Freddie was in the box and Frankie decided to appropriate it… that is normal. Wherever Freddie is sitting or whatever he is doing, Frankie The Bully (aka The Monster) has to take over. And Gentle Giant Freddie lets him.

Freddie and Frankie

It was hot today in little old Culver City. 102° F (39° C). So the boys spent most of the day out on the front balcony catching whatever breezes they could.

Freddie and Frankie

I am quite the farmer these days, growing micro greens in pots on the balcony. My crops include kale, mustard, endive, basil, buckwheat. Also parsley and cilantro. The little plants grow to about an inch to two inches tall. Every day I harvest some for my salad.

Freddie and Frankie

I soak the seeds before planting in the soil. Here mustard and kale are soaking. I also make my own sprouted seeds (such as alfalfa, broccoli, radish) and a variety of beans. In the third jar are mung beans. Of course, sprouted seeds and beans don’t go into the soil, they are sprouted in their respective jars.

Both the micro greens and the sprouts are a lot of work… even more work than cats, believe it or not! But it’s fun watching everything grow. I’ve had some disasters and disappointments but I’ve learned from my mistakes and like everything else it’s a matter of getting a system down that works for you.

This is an article on the benefits of micro greens: https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120831/tiny-microgreens-packed-nutrients#1

Too bad I can’t get the cats to eat micro greens but Freddie eats the second growth of the wheatgrass/barley grass that I grow for my vitamin drink. My late cat Pharoah loved to eat the grass too. Click here for a post about Pharaoh with a photo of his pots of grass. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Feline Friday – #91 – Grecian cats

In 2007 my friend KJ and I took a cruise of the Greek islands on the Perla, a small-ish ship (1095 passengers, 395 cabins). We started out in Athens and visited Crete, Delos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini.

I encountered quite a few cats along the way and took photos of some of them. The photo above was taken at the Roman Agora in Athens. The cat took a shine to us and followed us around for a while, then jumped up on the map to help us plan our visit.


This photogenic gentleman was well known and I was told collecting money from tourists for his cats padded his ouzo budget, but that was okay with me. One for the cats, one for the ouzo sounded fair and I was happy to contribute!

We spent a considerable amount of time in the Plaka area of Athens. KJ was and is still a souvenir store junkie so what could I do? As we were leaving one evening I turned around and saw this Tuxedo cat sitting outside this pottery store.

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It turned out to be one of those serendipity moments as when I returned home I painted a ceramic tile of the scene.

This Tuxedo seemed very serene, waiting patiently for dinner further along the street.

grecian catsThis beautiful ginger tabby was enjoying the sun at the Palace of Knossus on Crete. While the tour guide droned on and on and on I was trying to be as zen as this cat.

Still at Knossus, these dogs were roaming around. I was concerned about the lone cat at left but he seemed able to take care of himself.

Another Tuxedo, this one was at Patmos.

Also Patmos, this guy (or gal) was chowing down on some juicy bacon…

greek catsBut this little guy won the jackpot with toast, chicken and bacon.

In my travels in other countries, outside of the US or the UK, I have to admit I am troubled by the number of cats and dogs in the streets, seemingly without a home. But they all seem well fed and taken care of. Certainly there is horrendous abuse of pet cats and dogs in the US, so I can’t point fingers. It’s just a different attitude towards animals as pets.


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Feline Friday – #90 – welcoming committee and a hopeful story

Freddie and Frankie

Frankie and Freddie, the official welcoming committee for any hummingbirds who might drop by.

Freddie and Frankie

So what time do you think the hummingbirds will be arriving exactly?

Frankie

That was hard work. Time for a snooze in the latest Amazon box.

And a link to a hopeful story about a litter of four mountain lion kittens discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains. All four kittens are females and are now known as P-66, P-67, P-68, and P-69.

https://patch.com/california/calabasas/watch-4-baby-mountain-lions-found-santa-monica-mountains

If that link is unavailable in you area, try this one. In fact, this might be the better link as there is a good video.

4 Blue-Eyed, Spotted Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered in Simi Hills Area


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Buttorfleoge or Flutterby… it’s Butterfly to me!

natural history museum butterflies

In researching the origin of the name “butterfly” I came up with two possibilities. 1. The Anglo-Saxons coined the word ‘butterfloege’ because the most common butterfly at the time was the yellow brimstone butterfly. 2. They were called flutterby (obviously because they fluttered by) in Victorian times and after a while the name was reversed to butterfly. Maybe a combination of both.

natural history museum butterflies

I make the effort to visit the Butterfly Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum every two or three years.

natural history museum butterflies

It’s somewhat of a meditative experience to mingle with the winged creatures for half an hour.

natural history museum butterflies

Our reservation was for 11:00am and I must say the creatures were very active at that time of day.

natural history museum butterflies

The docent informed us they were fluttering around looking for the right place to lay their eggs.

natural history museum butterflies

The butterflies can’t lay their eggs just any old place. It has to be the right plant or the eggs won’t hatch, or if they hatch they will die.

natural history museum butterflies

So every kind of butterfly has a specific plant to lay its eggs on.

natural history museum butterflies

So when humans wipe out certain kinds of plants the butterflies get wiped out too.

natural history museum butterflies

We humans continue to cause all kinds of havoc for nature.

natural history museum butterflies

In the pavilion there was plenty of mating going on.

Please click on an image below for slide show.

 

 


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Feline Friday – #89 – take your cat hiking

Friday at Bryce

I’m tired of dog owners boasting that one of the benefits of a canine companion over a cat is that you can take the dog hiking. So I am advocating: take your cat hiking!

Several years ago I was on a hiking trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA. This is the image I created for my Christmas card that year.

The feline is my late, great cat Friday who passed away in 2013. You will note the sign requiring hiking boots, therefore he is wearing them. Also the sign specifies no dogs. Doesn’t say anything about cats!

 


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Feline Friday – #88 – back in the US of A

I was out of the country for about ten days. Needless to say, Frankie had to assist with the packing.

I arrived back home yesterday afternoon. This morning I was unpacking my suitcase in the living room. Frankie was determined to make sure that I didn’t leave again without him. So he took up residence in the suitcase and I couldn’t get him out. No worries Frankie, I’m not going anywhere for quite a while!

I have a new cat sitter. She is great and Frankie and Freddie bonded with her.

She sent me photos nearly every day. That way I didn’t miss them quite as much. But I was still very happy to get home to the boys.

Here are the photos she sent me:

 


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Feline Friday – #88 – photobombing

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Just sitting on the sofa playing around with the camera taking photos of Freddie and Frankie who were napping on either side of me.

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One photo of Freddie, one photo of Frankie…

Freddie

Another of Freddie…

And another of… hey, wait a minute… Freddie decided he wanted to be in Frankie’s photo too… That’s not fair, you already had your turn!

Frankie, Freddie
Sorry Frankie… you just have to share the limelight!


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Feline Friday – #87 – late Friday afternoon

It was getting to be late Friday afternoon and I had no ideas for Feline Friday so I just started snapping. Freddie was on his favorite chair and decided to let me take a portrait. He has a very photogenic pink nose.Freddie and Frankie

Frankie was curled up on the sofa and refused to open his eyes for me despite my spot on imitation of a squeaking mouse. He was probably dreaming about mice anyway.Freddie
I had to run a quick errand. By the time I returned home both cats had changed locations. Freddie was on the coffee table cosying up to Ansel Adams and was done with posing.


Frankie had taken up a position under the chair. Who says you have to sit on the cushions? This way he can rest and still have a good view of the room.

The felines wish you a good week until next time!