Caturday: Losing my marbles

Ok, I lost them already. When we took a load to storage, I accidentally tilted a game box and there was a major marble spillage. Although I found most of them, the silly little things rolled everywhere and I’m sure I’ll find more when I empty the storage unit.

This may be the last Caturday for a couple of weeks. I’m not sure we’ll have much internet access right away. Tuesday evening we will hand over the keys and head for the hotel. We are scheduled to have our trailer delivered on Thursday, if all goes well. Our goal is to have it set up so we can move in on Friday. I’ve managed to change our address with the bank, the DMV, insurance, voter registration, etc. I have more to do, but it can wait a few days.

With all the changes, the pointy eared people are laying low. We haven’t managed any new pics. Instead, I pulled out a few of my favorites.

Tito

Tito

Move Tito b

Miss Jenny

Miss Jenny

Move Jenny b

Titanescu

Titanescu

Move Titan a

Here are three pics of the inside of our new home.

It's hard to tell, but the colors are a soft olive and tan

It’s hard to tell, but the colors are a soft olive and tan

These bunks will become the main area for the the pointy eared people and double as storage

These bunks will become the main area for the the pointy eared people and double as storage

Our bedroom is nice. The bed is a full standard queen instead of the short ones usually found in RVs. I like the frosted glass too.

Our bedroom is nice. The bed is a full standard queen instead of the short ones usually found in RVs. I like the frosted glass too.

With luck, the next time we post we will be living in the city of Concord. :)


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Caturday: Friends, real and imaginary

Someone once told me that online friends weren’t real friends. As a result, we joke about them being “imaginary” friends. I’m sure that’s true of some of them. I’m here to tell you that we have a bunch of friends online that are very real and very dear to us. Without their help, encouragement, and advice, we wouldn’t be moving into our own place. One of those friends will be here later this morning to help us haul some large items to Goodwill. Another is helping us to find a pet friendly hotel to stay in for a few days for the transition. Another will guide us in setting up our trailer and learning how it all works. A bunch of other friends got together to help us in other ways. We appreciate every single one of them.

This is our new home. It shall be called “The Endurance”, shown here with the front cargo bay door open. She’s a beauty, Captain..! Our goal is to have it in place and move in by the 31st. Caturday may or may not happen for a week or so. We’ll see. In spite of all the stuff I’ve gotten rid of, I still need to get rid of more. I’m getting there. :)

The Endurance

The Endurance

Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine. They are NOT amused by the kerfuffle, but we managed a photo or two.

Tito is passed out

Tito is passed out

Titanescu showing off his nubbie and green eyes

Titanescu showing off his nubbie and green eyes

Miss Jenny looking a tad nervous, as usual

Miss Jenny looking a tad nervous, as usual

I don’t have any funny vids this week, but here’s a little fat robin I found at the park.

Endurance Fat Robin


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Caturday: Happy Mother’s Day

Yes, Sunday is Mother’s Day. :) My poor mom isn’t getting a card this year. I think she understands. She’ll get a phone call at the very least. We want to wish all the mums a happy day. It doesn’t matter if you’re a mum to a human or a pet. All are worthy.

Last Wednesday, we took a day long road trip and went to the Central Valley to look at trailers. We saw two that we really liked and we’re going back, on Wednesday, to look at them again. I didn’t take many photos because the view was mostly semi trucks on the freeway. Ugh! In the meantime, I’m doing even more packing as I’m taking everything from the kitchen that we can live without and boxing it. The rest of the apartment is 98% done.

Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine.

Tito

Tito

Miss Jenny

Miss Jenny

Titanescu

Titanescu

Since tomorrow is Mother’s day, here are two vids about a great surrogate mum.

Here is a bit more about Bobbi and her adopted bobcat kittens.


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Caturday: Escape Velocity!

Ok, almost escape velocity! It’s Caturday, time to finally announce that we’re moving. The blog isn’t moving, the bloggers are. :) This has been in the works for more than a year, during which the apartment has grown untenable. Now, I know I’ve mentioned the Tiny House movement and dropped hints about moving, but nothing more. We have a 5-year goal for a tiny house. For now, we’re going to purchase a ‘gently’ used travel trailer that’s 24 to 26 feet long and live in an RV park for a while. Program launch is scheduled on or before July 30. For now, I’m furiously packing. I’ve done most of the preliminary work of getting rid of everything we don’t need. Now I just want everything ready so that we can move with 48 hours notice. Escape velocity is imminent.

This entire process has made us reconsider many things, one being how to become more efficient and reducing our footprint, while also increasing our mobility. This will give direction to jellybeansofdoom as well, of a more adventurous bent. Stay tuned.

The pointy eared people are not amused, but they’re coping. I have one Feliway diffuser and I’m bringing in another one along with the spray. It works very well for them, and they romp around the now mostly empty rooms with abandon. I also try not to move too much stuff around at a time. I’ll move things and then wait until they recover. This apartment has been their whole world and we’re causing upheaval. In spite of that, they’ve been posing nicely for us lately.

Tito's green eyes

Tito’s green eyes

Miss Jenny's blue eyes

Miss Jenny’s blue eyes

Titanescu's stinkeye

Titanescu’s stinkeye

Speaking for me, I feel a bit like this baby rhino (Gertjie) and his goat friend (Lammie). I haz a happy.

In case you’re curious, here is the story of Gertjie (Little G), the rhino.


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Caturday: rain and shine

Last night, we listened to the heavy patter of rain hitting the windows. It was a wonderful sound, different from the thunderous stampede three cats make at night, aka “the Devil’s galop”. I don’t know how much we got, but it wasn’t a light rain. It was probably wasn’t much but it was a beautiful thing as we need rain more desperately than ever.

If you didn’t notice, there are two posts below this one on the page. Yes, we managed to get out AND take pics while the kitties basked in the sunlight by the windows, recharging their batteries.

Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine

Tito looking elegant

Tito looking elegant

Miss Jenny and the stuffed sheep

Miss Jenny and the stuffed sheep

Titan is relaxing with Tito trying to look sexy in the background

Titan is relaxing with Tito trying to look sexy in the background

To keep things happy and lighthearted, here are some owls.


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Day of the critters

Earlier, I posted part one of our day at Mile Rock Beach. This is part two, more or less. While we were out, we saw lots of birds and a rodent or two.

Here are the critters we saw along the trail to Mile Rock Beach at Lands End.

Ok, not a critter. It was so pretty though.

Ok, not a critter. It was so pretty though.

The first critter we saw was this hawk in a tree

The first critter we saw was this hawk in a tree

While watching the hawk, this happy sparrow decided to twitter like mad

While watching the hawk, this happy sparrow decided to twitter like mad

Cormorants on a rock

Cormorants on a rock

Ladybug

Ladybug

Pelicans

Pelicans

Gopher!

Gopher!

Hey hey hey!

Hey hey hey!

Our hike left us hungry, so we went off to Stow Lake at Golden Gate Park for a bite to eat.

This red-winged blackbird was hoping for a morsel.

This red-winged blackbird was hoping for a morsel.

Grumpy seagull. They got in a kerfuffle so has a bit of feathers in their beak.

Grumpy seagull. They got in a kerfuffle so has a bit of feathers in their beak.

This gull sat on our table (pooped on it too) and tried to get close enough to steal something

This gull sat on our table (pooped on it too) and tried to get close enough to steal something

Gull feets!

Gull feets!

Turtle on a rock

Turtle on a rock

On our way around the lake to go home, we spotted these

On our way around the lake to go home, we spotted these

Canada goose and goslings

Canada goose and goslings

So cute!

So cute!

Even cuter!

Even cuter!

Someone with a large dog walked by. The ducks flew and the goose cursed the dog loudly

Someone with a large dog walked by. The ducks flew and the goose cursed the dog loudly

It was certainly a day for critters. Another gopher put in an appearance while I was watching the geese.

It was certainly a day for critters. Another gopher put in an appearance while I was watching the geese.


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Sur la plage: Mile Rock Beach

Yes, we went out to Mile Rock Beach at Lands End. Lastech took a few pics with his phone in black & white and I really like them. This post is part one of two. I took the Canon and used it for a bunch of wildlife pics. I wanted Lastech’s photos to stand on their own though as they carry a totally different tone.

Lands end is located in the NW corner of San Francisco. The trail follows an old rail line that was used to bring visitors to Sutro Baths.

The view from Lands End. Mile Rock Beach is located beneath the flat bit of land visible directly below the bridge.

The view from Lands End. Mile Rock Beach is located beneath the flat bit of land visible directly below the bridge.

Trail signs

Trail signs

The trail with the VA hospital visible in the distance

The trail with the VA hospital visible in the distance

On the bluff above Mile Rock Beach looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge

On the bluff above Mile Rock Beach looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge

On the bluff above the beach looking toward the Pacific. Oddly enough, the spray from the wave looks like a pair of cat ears.

On the bluff above the beach looking toward the Pacific. Oddly enough, the spray from the wave looks like a pair of cat ears.

Looking down on Mile Rock Beach

Looking down on Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Beach

Lots of stairs

Lots of stairs

More stairs

More stairs

The Marin Headlands from the trail

The Marin Headlands from the trail

Seagull in flight

Seagull in flight


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Caturday: “Heeeere’s Johnny!”

Yes, I forgot to brain. I had folded up my exercise machine, aka Gazelle Supra, and Lastech was taking it out to the porch so that I had more room indoors for all the packing we’re doing. He was wearing slippers. I was barefoot. I stepped out the door for 3 seconds and the wind blew it shut. It was locked.

I didn’t have a key. Lastech didn’t have a key.

The landlords don’t have a key. We pondered the situation. Then we had the only bright, shining (?) idea anyone might have in that situation.

This is the door after I repaired it

This is the door after I repaired it

It took Lastech about five kicks to crack the paneling (with a lot of cussing) and I punched through the rest of the way. My bad. My very bad and the kittehs weren’t amused.

In addition, PG&E rang our doorbell this morning. There was a major leak (their words) downstairs where the meters are. Now I’m sitting around waiting for the service guy to come turn my gas back on and make sure all is well. I just love having a heart attack before my first cup of coffee. Aaaarrrggghhhh! On side of better news, it looks like we might be moving sometime in the next 90 days or so. :)

Yes, it’s Caturday and now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine

Watchful Tito

Watchful Tito

Miss Jenny looking lovely as usual

Miss Jenny looking lovely as usual

Titanescu and Miss Jenny's jellybeans

Titanescu and Miss Jenny’s jellybeans

Now for something hilarious. This raccoon wish wash everything you love. LOL I don’t like the very end, but it didn’t seem to affect him adversely.


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Caturday: Sunny day edition

Happy Caturday everyone! It’s a sunny day here. I hope your weather is good where you are. I know there was some awful weather in the Midwest the other day. I miss the rain, but I’ll settle for a sunny day.

The microwave (16 years old) went off the rails and made some really creepy noises. Rather than risk the thing becoming sentient and taking over the world, we chose to pull the plug. Its lonely carcass sits on the porch awaiting a journey to the recycler. We’re not planning on buying a new one.

Today, the pointy eared people have been given another artistic treatment. This time, Lastech used the PaperArtist app on his phone. It’s available for i-Phone and Android.

Tito

Tito

Miss Jenny

Miss Jenny

Titanescu

Titanescu

Now for a bit of fun. Simon’s Cat is back with another episode.


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Caturday: Rain for Easter?

I’m sorry that we’re not around as much. Life is a case of hurry up and wait. I’m still busily going through stuff and donating or dumping and we still don’t know how long we’ll be in this apartment. At this rate it could be one month or another year (I hope not).

The NWS is predicting rain for Easter. While I don’t want the egg hunts rained out, we desperately need it. Our governor has imposed strict water regulations on us. This is great and much needed. However, he managed to leave agriculture unregulated along with the water bottlers. All the regulations in the world won’t help unless they are included. No matter. Lastech and I are doing our share and cutting every gallon that we can manage. We’re hoping for rain in spite of Easter.

Grace commented in our last post asking about photo editors. I decided to include a couple of links. The one I used last week was BeFunky. I used “underpainting” with a few adjustments. Another one that I like a lot is Pixlr Express. It has some fun settings to work with. Last, but not least is iPiccy. I use this one mostly for adding text to my photos. The text section is easier to work with than on the other two. All three are free to use. You can pay to upgrade and get more options, but I’m content to stick with the free stuff.

Now for the pointy eared people. I didn’t use any of the above programs this week as Lastech got some good shots.

Tito hunting for a toy

Tito hunting for a toy

Miss Jenny looking so very lovely

Miss Jenny looking so very lovely

Titanescu with a somewhat relaxed stinkeye

Titanescu with a somewhat relaxed stinkeye

As you know, I’m constantly complaining about the housing crisis here in San Francisco. Every so often some joker posts a funny Craigslist ad in response to it. I’m usually late to the party, but I found this one this morning while I was researching apartment listings. I’m posting the screenshot as the post will wind up being pulled anyway. Have a giggle. Click on the pic for the larger version.

aaa Cozy Mother In Law Garden Apartment copy


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