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Feline Friday – #76 – vacuum cleaner attachment

frankie shark

I recently bought a Shark vacuum cleaner. When I laid all the pieces out on the floor there was an extra attachment that wasn’t listed in the manual. It didn’t seem to fit anywhere.

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After I finished assembling the vacuum cleaner, this mysterious attachment was left over. And worse yet, it seemed to have an attitude! When I tried to collect all the packaging to put in the recycling bin it actually growled at me.

Even though I am love with the vacuum cleaner itself, I’m going to have to contact Shark and complain about this extra attachment. I mean really, they should have a better quality inspection system!

frankie-bathroom

As the day progressed, things got worse. I had scrubbed the bathroom and washed the bathroom rugs. Next thing I knew, the unidentified attachment had scrunched up my nice clean rug to take a nap!

Surely this was the end of the havoc. But no!!

frankie stairsBelieve it or not, the worst was yet to come. I went to bed early as I was tired, I woke up at 11:00pm and remembered I had not turned off the computer upstairs in my office. Coming back downstairs I was groggy and made the bad decision not to turn on the light in the stairwell. The last thing I remember is feeling something furry and squishy under my feet.

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I took a nose dive down the stairs and ended up sprawled in the cats’ drinking fountain at the bottom of the stairs! I didn’t hit my head but I was in shock feeling the water sloshing around me, hearing the pump working and wondering in my daze if I would be electrocuted!

Fortunately, I am still here to tell the story. All I can say is, when you buy a vacuum cleaner with fancy attachments, make sure you check out the box very thoroughly and if anything doesn’t look right, be very careful.

frankie and freddie

Of course, Frankie thought this was all very funny and here he is having a good laugh. And my gentle giant, Freddie, just taking it all in his usual laid-back style.

But I do want to thank Frankie for being a good sport about his participation in this post and, of course, to Freddie for being his usual patient self with all of Frankie’s hijinks.

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Feline Friday – #75 – calling all hummers

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About four months ago I bought a hummingbird feeder.

We get so many hummers flitting through the Melaluca trees outside the front balcony looking for insects for their protein, I thought it would be nice to supply them with a little dessert for their hard work.

Of course, this has turned into cat TV. Here is Freddie patiently waiting for a hummingbird to stop by. I didn’t have the heart to tell him all the time he sat out there no hummers were about to take a chance on the feeder!

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But after a while Freddie was getting very frustrated. So if the hummingbirds weren’t coming to him, he would go to the hummers! “Come on little feathered friends, where are you? Come on over!”

Sorry, Freddie, this is going from bad to worse!

Finally Freddie gave up and came inside to watch from the other side of the window where the hummingbirds aren’t afraid of him.


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Photos I’m showing at the Culver City Art Group Show

The first five photos are in the main show:

Lion at the Los Angeles Zoo

 

Tree at White Sands

 

White Sands Landscape

 

Canoes for rent at Avalon, Catalina Island

 

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William Jefferson Clinton Pedestrian Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Entry for the Members’ Theme: Let there be light

White Sands

My self-portrait at White Sands, New Mexico

These will be on view Saturday, November 11 at Playa Vista.


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Feline Friday – #74 – Memorial award for Pharoah at the Culver City Art Group Holiday Show

culver city art group

I’m getting ready for the art show on Saturday. After this I am looking forward to getting back to blogging again.

It’s our custom to give memorial awards to fellow artists in the show for somebody who has passed away during the past year. My memorial award this year is given in honor of sweet Pharoah who passed away July 2nd.

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I’ll be channeling Pharoah as I view the artwork looking for a piece that he would enjoy.

 


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Feline Friday – #73 – guarding the suitcase

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I was out of town for over a week visiting southern New Mexico. I’ll be posting photos when I have more time. When I attempted to put my bags away I saw they were being guarded very closely by Frankie. He figured I couldn’t leave again without getting past him first… and he wasn’t budging!

As soon as I got out of the taxi in the driveway I heard raucous squealing. That was Freddie up on the roof welcoming me home. By the time I opened the front door he was there to greet me… along with Frankie. As always, it was great to be home!

I have a lot of things going right now so it’s going to take me a while to get back to my blog… and checking out yours… but I will be back as soon as I get caught up.


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Feline Friday – #72 – P41 found dead in Verdugo Mountains

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Photo copyright Los Angeles Times

I was sad to find out that according to the Los Angeles Times, the mountain lion tagged P-41 was found dead Wednesday. Residents in the area found the male puma near Shadow Hills.

From LA Times: The cause of death had not been determined. The cat had been dead for several days, and the carcass was decayed, said Kate Kuykendall, spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a necropsy in the next couple of weeks, she said.

At about 10 years old, P-41 was considered to be of advanced age for a mountain lion in the wild. But his death could have been hastened by causes including rat poison and the La Tuna fire, which burned more than 7,000 acres in the Verdugos last month.

Please read the entire article here.

September 15th I posted an article about P-22 that referenced P-41. You can read that post here.

RIP P-41.


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Feline Friday – #71 – cooling, composing and being contrary

Frankie and Freddie cooling off in the breeze.

We’ve had some heat lately. I don’t use the a/c because my place is built like a barn with high ceilings and an open loft, so fans and open windows to catch the breeze are a better idea. But when you are wearing a year-round fur coat, things can get a little warm.

So when the temps soar upwards Frankie and Freddie stay away from soft surfaces and choose glass and tile instead. One of their favorite spots is the glass top, “former” dining table next to the front balcony. I gave up using the table to eat on when F and F took it over years ago. I don’t mind, there are plenty of other places for me (and my human guests) to eat.

We live about five miles from the Pacific Ocean, so the air flows in through the sliding glass door and circulates out through the other windows and doors.

Freddie in his basket keeping an eye on things.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for some items to put together for a still life composition. I didn’t have to look far. I looked up and there was Freddie resting in one of his favorite places… the top of the tall armoire in the living room where I keep my art supplies. He can often be found inside the cabinet too as he gets his paw around the lower door and opens it easily.

This is a great cat place to take a nap as it affords a sweeping view of the living and dining area. And he can keep an eye on me as I sit in the loft too! The best part is Frankie is not a good jumper so he can’t follow Freddie up there when he is chasing him.

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Frankie taking ownership of the carrier I bought for Freddie.

Last week I took both Frankie and Freddie separately to the groomer to get their claws clipped. I bought this nice new carrier for Freddie but he refused to get in it. This is the medium size carrier but Freddie weighs 16 lbs (7.2 kg) so I admit it was a tad snug for him. I gave it a trial run before the day.

After forcing one leg in and then the other and then the first leg came out and then another leg in and then the tail and butt in and then another leg out and the tail out and the head in and the front legs out and the butt back in and then the tail and the back legs out and the front legs in…. and then the whole cat screeching across the floor… I gave up!

As soon as Freddie left the area, Frankie jumped in, curled up and took a snooze in there for the rest of the afternoon! One cat’s nightmare is another feline’s dream.

I had better luck with the older carrier. Although it’s the same length it’s a couple of inches higher so I had an easier time stuffing Freddie in it!

Usually Freddie is my Gentle Giant and makes no fuss over anything. Frankie is the more aggressive, less cooperative cat. But the roles were reversed. I was able to transport Frankie to the groomer without a peep out of him. Freddie howled the entire journey to the groomer and all the way home. He would not speak to me for the rest of the day!

Cats are contrary animals to say the least!


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Feline Friday -#70 – LA’s famous mountain lion P-22

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P-22

This is not P-22, obviously, but a similar mountain lion.

While I was at the Natural History Museum the other day to visit the Extreme Mammals exhibit, I saw the new display about P-22, the mountain lion who lives in Griffith Park.

From the Natural History Museum website:

In the hills of Griffith Park, a mountain lion roams. His name is P-22.

Born in the western Santa Monica Mountains, P-22 crossed both the 405 and 101 freeways, eventually reaching Griffith Park. He lives alone in this small territory by the Hollywood sign, surrounded and confined by the city of L.A. P-22 was first spotted by now NHMLA Citizen Science Coordinator Miguel Ordeñana in 2012 as part of the Griffith Park Connectivity Study, a joint effort of Cooper Ecological and the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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P-22, and other big cats like him, are often blamed for encroaching on people’s homes. The truth is, people are the one’s encroaching on the home of the mountain lions.

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This is a map of the LA area and the city these lions have to deal with. The dark red splodge at lower right shows P-22’s habitat. Basically he is caged in by the freeways all around him. Many cats have lost their lives trying to cross them.

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A closer look at P-22’s area. He lives in Griffith Park all by himself.

P-41 is also hemmed in by freeways all around.

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The inability to move around to other territories is the cause of inbreeding, as with P-19, who, having no choice, mated with her father. This doesn’t bode well for the survival of the species.

P-22

Wildlife crossings over the freeways have been proposed for years but so far nothing has been done. It isn’t just the big cats that suffer from being penned in, it’s all the species of animals, insects, plants that are stuck in small habitats. My answer is, let’s keep people trapped in their own neighborhoods and let the animals roam freely!

Just as important is the habitat of insects like the Delhi Sands fly. If just one small part of the eco-system is endangered it causes a domino effect for all of us.

One fly, one species… and then the human species. We live in dangerous times!

 


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Feline Friday – #69 – manicure, pedicure, pawicure… or a nap?

Frankie

I bought a corrugated cardboard scratcher pad for the felines last week. As soon as I put it down on the floor there was a flurry of fur scrambling for initiation rights. Frankie, being the Bully, claimed it as his before I could blink.

FreddieFreddie the Gentle Giant politely waited for the all-clear from Frankie before hopping aboard for his turn.

Frankie

But Frankie would have none of it and immediately scooted over to once again take possession of it for himself.

Frankie and Freddie

Now they seem to have settled into an amicable sharing arrangement. While they do use it to give their claws a manicure, or is it a pedicure… or maybe a pawicure, one or the other is often found napping on it. No worries, next week I’ll buy a second scratcher so no sharing necessary!

At top left you can see a flattened out packing box that Frankie appropriated to make his own scratcher.

Why didn’t I buy the corrugated cardboard before, you might well ask. I did have several around the house but about a year ago when Pharoah got sick and started to lose it, he preferred the scratch boxes instead of the litter boxes. I’ll say no more! Now that Pharoah has passed it is safe to introduce the scratchers again…. okay, you had to ask!

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Feline Friday – #68 – farewell to Pharoah

pharoah cat

It never gets easier to say goodbye to beloved companions. Pharoah came to live with us in 2005 at six months old. He was a feral cat born at a truck stop in Fresno. The truck driver brought him to Los Angeles in the hope he would find a good home. I was told that at that young age he had already been fostered, adopted and rejected several times.

He was born with an autoimmune disease quite common with feral cats. It affected his entire body but manifested itself in his right eye. I won’t go into all the gory details but he had health problems all his life. I knew he wouldn’t live to a ripe old age.

But he made it to thirteen years old.

pharoah cat

He was named Pharoah because at the time I was studying Egyptian history and his favorite pose was an Egyptian sphinx. He was also the color of the Sahara Desert sand. So it all fit.

pharoah cat

As a frightened feral feline he more or less lived under the rocking chair in the bedroom for the first three weeks.

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But as he became more secure and ventured out into the vast realm of the house, he soon found some favorite places to rest and nap. He seemed to have an affinity for flowers and plants and would often pose next to them.

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Can you find the cat in the photo above? Look carefully! That’s Pharoah peeking over the planter. That was a favorite spot for watching the neighborhood to make sure all was well.

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Pharoah was a master of disguise. In the above photo he is blending into the planters on the deck. Do you see him?

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Pharoah was able to nap in the strangest places. I would often find him sleeping with his head hanging down or a leg straddling the furniture… but I guess he was comfortable!

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But his favorite place of all was on the pillows on the loveseat by the living room window. I could always count on him to be there in the afternoon.

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Although Pharoah loved breakfast and dinner, his favorite snack in between meals was wheat and barley grass. I grow it for my own green drink. But don’t worry, I don’t share… the cats get the second growth.

pharoah

Like all my cats it was in his contract that he had to help out in the office. Turned out his talent was filing despite not being able to read.

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And now, sweet Pharoah has ridden off into his final sunset. He passed away peacefully at home under the rocking chair, his safe place, on Sunday morning.

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