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

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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.

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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 – #66 – inside outside

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Frankie says it’s good to sit outside on the front balcony watching the birds and squirrels and people walking by.

But it’s most advisable once in a while to turn around and keep an eye on what’s going on indoors too. You never want to be taken by surprise.

Frankie

After an interlude on the balcony, it’s time to come indoors and keep fit with some resistance exercises. Push back legs against the wall with arms raised and teeth bared. The paper bag is an essential component as it allows some easy motion sliding around on the floor while keeping fur clean.

Yes, as a feline, it’s important to keep to a schedule every day. Indoor and outdoor activities must be carefully balanced with meals and naps.

Until next time, cheers, Frankie!

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Feline Friday – #62 – the shredder

frankie paper shredder

It seems like the more I try to keep paper out of my house, the more keeps coming in.

Anytime the opportunity comes up to choose electronic mail rather than snail mail, I sign up for it.

But the paper keeps coming!

I do my best not to bring brochures or magazines or newspapers or flyers into the house.

Pieces of paper are like flies. You let one in the house and pretty soon you have one hundred.

Thanks heavens my personal assistant, Frankie, is on top of things shredding away night and day! Don’t know how I would manage without him!

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Feline Friday – #60 – we got our deck back, finally…

Freddie and Frankie

Since last summer construction has been going on next door. Bang bang. Whomp whomp. Shudder shudder. Was that an earthquake?

And not our taste in music either. Waaa waaaa doo dah.

Yes it’s been a tough few months. And just as the noisy construction was tapering off (after numerous false promises that it was the last week and the last day…) we were deluged with rain.

Freddie, Frankie and I are happy for our neighbors after converting their two-bed condo into a three-bed with a much better use of their space.

But we’re even happier that a week ago we were able to reclaim our roof deck for an early evening glass of wine. (Well, one of us drank the wine, the other two did not indulge.)

Aaaahhhhh, peace! And the rains are tapering off too. So nice to see the sun. Life is good.

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Feline Friday – #58 – the welcome home!

freddie, frankie, pharoah

Returned home last night from a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas. I’ll get to that story in another post once I am unpacked and somewhat back to normal.

The photo above was taken a couple of years ago but it’s one of the few of the trio all in one image.

Needless to say, I missed the boys while I was away and wondered what my welcome home would be. Cats don’t like it when the head feline abandons them, even for a short period of time.

As soon as I got out of the taxi I heard squeaking…. yes it was Freddie up on the roof welcoming me home. He seems to know when the taxi turns into the driveway that it is me. Sometimes even if I just go out to dinner, I’ll hear his squeak a few houses away as I am walking back home.

Frankie was mad at me and refused to speak to me… when I tried to pick him up to give him a hug, he ran and hid under the furniture so I couldn’t get to him. This happened several times so I gave up.

Pharoah immediately ran into the kitchen and stood expectantly in front of the refrigerator. He was well fed while I was away. I guess he sees me and thinks “FOOD!” Thanks Pharoah… nice to know I was missed… I think.

Update: Before going to bed I sent emails to various people to let them know I was safely home. Frankie jumped on the keyboard and sniffed my nose. I think that meant he forgave me!

So all is well in the household. Until next time.

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Feline Friday – #57 – curling cats

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I decided to have a contest to see who could make the best curl on the top of the cat condo. Frankie and Freddie were the two finalists.

I think it’s a tie.

Frankie (top photo) fits very snugly into the space with a perfect back-paws-staggered position. 10 points overall.

Freddie slops over the edges but still maintains a good balance with a flawless front-paw-crossed-over-back-paw position which is very hard to maintain. 10 points overall.

Good work boys!

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I came across this National Geographic article about small wild cats. Who knew there were so many?  Of the world’s 38 wildcat species, 31 are considered small cats. This is a very thorough article but if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, you will definitely enjoy looking at all the photos… just keep scrolling down. I kept going back and trying to pick my favorite but I love them all…. however, if I had to pick just one…. maybe the Fishing Cat. Oh, I don’t know!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/02/photo-ark-little-cats/

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Feline Friday – #56 – what me worry?

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We asked for rain in drought ridden Southern California… and we got it!

Our sump pump quit working… the plumbing company really screwed up… so we’re looking for a more reliable plumbing company licensed to work in Culver City.

In the meantime our garages were flooded… water came in ten feet past the garage door… I managed to move most of my stuff to the back of the garage out of harms way.

One of the neighbors bought a pump and no thanks to the plumbing company who were supposed to fix this problem last Tuesday, the water level is going down.

We are expecting more rain tonight. Then a break on Saturday. More rain on Sunday. If this doesn’t get us out of the drought, nothing ever will.

I have been worried silly about the garage flooding. But Frankie’s attitude is “What flood? I’m warm and dry, thank you. That’s all that matters.”

It’s a cat’s life.

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Feline Friday – #55 – feline fan

Feline Fan

Okay, the cat’s out of the bag… it’s my secret no longer. I’m a feline fan.

Thanks, Frankie, for forcing me out of the closet.

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Feline Friday – #54 – it’s raining cats and dogs

Frankie in the rain

It’s raining in Los Angeles! Everybody’s freaking out! Not just the humans…

Hey, Frankie, it isn’t raining in the bedroom… but Frankie is taking no chances. After all, it’s raining cats and dogs out there.

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So I was wondering what is the origin of the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs?”

According to Everyday Mysteries, Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/rainingcats.html

The first recorded use of a phrase similar to “raining cats and dogs” was in the 1651 collection of poems Olor Iscanus. British poet Henry Vaughan referred to a roof that was secure against “dogs and cats rained in shower.” One year later, Richard Brome, an English playwright, wrote in his comedy City Witt, “It shall rain dogs and polecats.” (Polecats are related to the weasel and were common in Great Britain through the end of the nineteenth century.)

In 1738, Jonathan Swift published his “Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation,” a satire on the conversations of the upper classes. One of his characters fears that it will “rain cats and dogs.”  Whether Swift coined the phrase or was using a cliché, his satire was likely the beginning of the phrase’s popularity.  Other British writers have employed less popular phrases, such as “it’s raining pitchforks” or “it’s raining stair-rods,” to describe the shaft-like appearance of heavy rains. But Swift’s phrase may have been memorable enough to stick in the mind of the public.

Swift also wrote a poem, “City Shower” (1710), that described floods that occurred after heavy rains.  The floods left dead animals in the streets, and  may have led locals to describe the weather as “raining cats and dogs.”

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