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Feline Friday – #64 – using up the roll

Friday

Looking through boxes of old photos I found these two images of Friday and Pharoah.

By this time (June 2005) I had a very early Olympus point & shoot 1.5 pixel digital camera. But I took my trusty Olympus point & shoot film camera on my trip to Italy.

When I got home I still had two frames left on my last roll of film. So I took photos of my two cats at the time, my naughty Tuxedo Friday (pictured above, since deceased) and my sweet Champagne Tabby Pharoah (below, still with us), who I had just adopted a couple of months previously to my trip. Friday was NOT happy that I had left him for two weeks with Pharoah. But that’s a whole other story!

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In the days of film I didn’t want to waste a frame! I then sent the roll of film off to make prints and to be digitized on a CD.

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Feline Friday – #61 – a bed is a bed is a work table

 

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A little while ago I removed the daybed from my office. My original intention was to use it for my afternoon siestas… but it ended up being a cat bed… important, for sure, but better use could be made of the space.

The above photo is of Pharoah in earlier days in repose on the daybed.

Freddie

I replaced the bed with a work table in order to set up a studio space for taking photos of small still life objects… it was a culture shock for the felines, no doubt.

But Freddie was undeterred. What studio?

Freddie

Now, this was not exactly what I had in mind. Freddie is neither small nor still.

Freddie

The first photo I took with this setup, an exercise in even lighting of the subject using white boards and a reflector, came out pretty well I thought.

Until I looked at it more closely in Lightroom and saw there was cat hair clinging to the edges of the vase! I had to take it into Photoshop and clean off the fur very delicately with a tiny brush.

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Obviously, we have to work on this idea!

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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 – #53 – before Netflix

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

Yes, there was a time – long long ago – when we actually bought DVDs instead of renting movies from Netflix and Amazon. Ah, we have fond memories of those simple times…

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

But we have quite a good collection and we still enjoy watching those films and concerts on DVD.

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

But sometimes it’s difficult to decide which one to watch… Freddie the Giant Cat prefers musicals like Singing in the Rain and Brigadoon. He’s a big Gene Kelly fan. Frankie prefers rock concerts like Elton John and Rod Stewart and as he is the Bully he generally gets his way.

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

Frankie decides Freddie isn’t looking hard enough for his favorite DVD so he decides to delve more deeply into the situation.

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

Yes, there it is… way in the back… Freddie was probably hiding it there. (Editor’s note: that is not true. Frankie is always quick to accuse Freddie of wrong-doing.)

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

DVD inserted into the player. Frankie is checking to make sure it is the movie he wants to watch. Freddie is disappointed that it isn’t “The Wizard of Oz” and decides to go off in search of catnip instead. That’s how he handles the stress of living with Frankie.

Pharoah

Pharoah’s attitude is, who needs movies? I was having a perfectly good dream about mice until all this commotion started up. Really, no cat should have to put up with these roommates. They’re lucky I’m so good-natured.

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Feline Friday – #52 – in their comfort zones

Pharoah, Freddie and Frankie

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If they weren’t so busy napping in their favorite places, Frankie, Pharoah and Freddie would all want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah or whatever wonderful holiday you wish to celebrate this time of year!

And for a little holiday cheer, I found this 2015 ad for Sainsbury’s (a British supermarket) on YouTube, hope you enjoy it!

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Feline Friday – #49 – a surprise in the Christmas Cactus

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When I walked out on my front balcony at first I thought my Christmas Cactus was blooming early this year. But no, it was Pharoah trying to disguise himself as a plant. It was a pretty good job, don’t you think?

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Feline Friday – #42 – different strokes

 
freddie and pharoah This is the guest bed in my loft/office covered with a lovely quilt. No matter how often I straighten out the quilt, this is how it always ends up so I have pretty much given up on tidying it.

Pharoah (at right) is perfectly happy sleeping on top of the quilt. But Freddie (at left crammed up against the wall) will not sleep on the quilt. He likes the feel of the blanket underneath.

So when the bed is made nicely and looks neat and tidy, he comes along, digs under the quilt and pulls it back so he can lie on the blanket. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m not changing my story!

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Feline Friday – #39 – running to the running water

freddie and frankie water dish

Freddie and Frankie both have an affinity for flowing water. Whenever they hear water running, they come running to check it out.

Drinking out of the bathroom faucets in the washbasin or bathtub became a morning habit with the two fighting over the optimal position to receive the nectar of the gods from the tap.freddie and frankie water

Every morning I thought I really had to figure out a replacement for this activity. I never drink unfiltered city water myself so why should I inflict this on innocent creatures who depend on me to make these decisions. And Los Angeles water isn’t exactly mountain pure. Feline Friday is not the format to get into that discussion so I will move on.

All the pet drinking fountains I had seen in the stores were made out of plastic. When my late cat Friday was drinking and eating out of plastic dishes, he developed a condition known as feline acne (quite common) around his mouth and lips. I switched to stainless steel and the problem disappeared.

Amazon to the rescue! I searched for stainless steel pet drinking fountains and there were quite a few choices. There are still plastic elements in the fountains but nothing is perfect. The one I decided on seemed to have the least amount of plastic and the most amount of steel coming into contact with the cats. I also needed one that was substantial enough that these two rambunctious guys wouldn’t knock it over… and big enough that they could both use it at the same time as you can see in the photo at the top of the page. And the gallon size doesn’t require refilling all the time.

freddie and frankie water dish

There are two ways to enjoy the water. One is drinking out of the bottom bowl where the water is calm like a zen pool.

freddie and frankie water dish

The other is to drink out of the top bowl where the water is being recirculated so it is always moving… just like the cat drinking it!

freddie and frankie water dish

Another option is to drink the water as it slides down the side of the top bowl in a waterfall. Freddie seems most attracted to this.

The most amazing part about this story is that I ordered the fountain from Amazon in the afternoon, clicked on one-day Prime member delivery and voila…. it was delivered by 9:00pm that evening!

I set it up immediately (you have to read the instructions for the motor and other info on putting it together… but it couldn’t be easier) and decided to put it just outside the bathroom. Freddie and Frankie came running up the stairs right away and wasted no time in getting their snouts wet.

Pharoah has never attempted to drink out of a faucet so I didn’t think he would be interested. I was wrong. I should have had my camera handy to take pictures, but I didn’t. So I missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap a photo of all three guzzling the water at the same time. Just take my word for it, it was overly cute!

We’ve had the fountain for three days now and it is certainly a success with the cats stopping by individually to quench their thirst. Of course, with cats you never know if or when they will lose interest. But unlike an optional toy, cats drink a lot of water, so I think this was money well spent.

Although the motor is silent, I turn it off at night to save electricity.

There is some maintenance cleaning the cat hair out of the filter and motor on a timely basis but the fountain comes apart easily and compared to cleaning out litter boxes this should be a cinch!

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Feline Friday – #38 – we’ve missed you

pharoah

I am Pharoah, as I am sure you know by now. I continue to keep my title of King of Pillows. I can’t think of a better place to take a nap than the love seat by the window with the sunshine filtering through the trees.

I speak for all three of us felines when I say we can apologize all day but really, it’s not up to us. We are not allowed to use our human’s computer or her camera. Yes, we pay rent by being her companions, greeting her at the door when she comes home, keeping her warm in bed, watching TV with her (all those murder mysteries sicken us… what is wrong with humans?), and allowing her to feed us and stroke us.

But the bottom line is we can’t force her to upload posts to her blog.

Her excuse is she is working on “more important projects.” What can be more important, I ask you, than Feline Friday?

Well, we all hope from now on she will pay more attention to her blog. Yes, we understand that she has “a real life.” But is it REALLY any better than her blogging life? Hmmm, we seriously doubt it.

Anyway, we are happy to be here today.

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Hi, Frankie here. I can’t believe she is posting this photo. No, I am NOT spoiled. This is me thinking very hard about what I can do to improve my human’s life. She believes all I do is take naps, eat and play. Not true. Without me she would have an incredibly boring life.

I don’t know what she did before I came along. Of course, I appreciate her too. Not many people would have taken a chance on a street cat. But I paid my dues out there and now I deserve a little comfort. But most of the time I’m working really hard to help her, believe me.

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Freddie: Don’t disturb me. I’m dreaming of that cafe in Paris where they served me caviar on a silver plate. Now all I get is cat food.

Okay, I admit it… I was never in Paris except in my dreams. And after my previous owner passed away and the family didn’t want me, I wanted out of that cat shelter so badly. But people just passed me by… until she came along. I was ready to go home with anybody who would have me… but I lucked out and now I “amour” my human so much… I even put up with that bully Frankie just for her.

So from all of us, have a lovely feline weekend!

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Feline Friday – #36 – inspecting the new TV

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Last week I said goodbye to my beloved 14-year-old 32-inch Sony Trinitron TV. It was the size of a Volkswagen bus and filled up half the living room.

As it was an analog TV and as I don’t have cable or satellite service, I had to use a digital converter box which completely died about a year ago. Before that the box became ill and could only show me the top half of the screen and I had to guess what was going on in the bottom half of the screen. Perhaps it was just as well I didn’t know…

I could, however, use it perfectly well to play DVDs.

2015 was the year I lived at Best Buy. I was in there so many times I believe the doorman must have thought I was a homeless person using the restroom (which is very nice, by the way). He stopped greeting me. The sales people came to recognize me and ran off in the opposite direction… after all, why would a little old lady in jeans and a baseball cap who came into the store twice a week and stared at the TVs, talking to herself, be dropping the big bucks on a good TV? I don’t blame them… I’m surprised they didn’t call the cops…

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little… but not by much…

I made it easier on myself because I knew I would either buy a Sony, as that is the brand of TVs I’ve owned for as long as I can remember, or a Samsung as my computer monitor, tablet and smartphone are that brand.

I hate making these kinds of decisions. On top of that, there are so many variations of TV: LED, OLED, curved screen, smart, 4K ultra HD, 3D, blah blah blah…

Then the size… all I knew was I wanted a bigger TV than 32-inch as that is the size I have in my office (Best Buy house brand, Insignia, that I bought on sale at the end of the year maybe a couple of years ago, the previous year’s model, the last box in the store… for a song… and I can’t even sing…)

40-inch? 55-inch? 60-inch? 65-inch? Oh, the agony.

My closest Best Buy (we actually have TWO in our little town of Culver City which must say something about the demographics although I’m not sure what) is a 25-minute walk from my house. Sometimes I walk up there to the Ralphs supermarket, sometimes to treat myself to Panda Express or a Subway sandwich. But I never drive there. It’s a reason for a 50-minute round-trip walk. So I wasn’t only going to Best Buy to look at TVs. At least, that’s my excuse…

Recently one friend purchased a 49-inch Sony 4K smart TV and another decided on the 55-inch. I was beside myself with jealousy.

So one day I was out driving (I only take my car out when I am picking up stuff too heavy or bulky to carry on the bus) when my car made a sudden left turn and drove up Overland Avenue, heading towards the Best Buy at Culver Center. I had no control over the steering wheel or brake. I thought for sure I was in an episode of the X-Files.

Next thing I knew my car was parking at Best Buy. Then I must have blacked out for a while because when I came to I was signing some paperwork.

“What day would be good for delivery?” asked the man in the blue polo shirt, who I had never seen in my life before.

“Uh, uh, Monday I guess,” I heard myself saying.

And so it was done. The Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TV was going to be replacing my dear Trinitron.

What can I say, except why didn’t I do it sooner? A couple of people asked me why didn’t I get the 65-inch TV. I don’t know… I’m very happy with the 55-inch. The wall it is installed on goes from 17 feet to 20 feet high so I could easily install an IMAX screen there. But it isn’t always about the biggest. I’m comfortable with the size of it. And the picture is fabulous!

Saturday morning I was watching one of my favorite shows, Wild Photo Adventures with Doug Gardner on KCET Link, an independent Los Angeles public TV Station.

As the Trinitron no longer takes up all the space on the cabinet (and the flat screen is installed on the wall) there is now room for the felines in front of the TV.

Freddie is still in the discovery stage as you can see at the top of this page.

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Satisfied that everything was okay, he felt comfortable enough to have a wash.

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Not wanting Freddie to steal all the thunder, Frankie decided to disturb his peaceful spot (what else is new?).

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Previously, Frankie had discovered the new Blu Ray player that I bought specifically for this TV. (So far I’m just playing my old DVDs.) His favorite new trick is to press the on/off button when I am watching a movie, aarrrggghh… FRANKIE!!!!!

So in order to foil him I put this miniature London double decker bus in front of the switch, as you can see in the above photo.

But to no avail. Frankie figured that one out in a nano-second and batted it on to the floor.

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I give up!

I don’t have a photo of him in the act, but the first night I had the TV, I heard Pharoah pitter pattering down the stairs and running across the living room floor. He jumped up on the TV cabinet, sniffed every square inch thoroughly, then when he was sure it was all in order, he ran back up the stairs.

So I think we are all agreed now that this was a good purchase.

And in case you are wondering, that box set of DVDs under the screen is Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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