Caturday: Miss Jenny is an artist

The fleas are dying and the kitties are much happier. We got them some Advantage and I dusted the apartment with non toxic food grade Diatomaceous Earth. It works well. We also have (thanks to a friend) a couple of flea traps set out. The nearby construction has been on hold, thank goodness. The poor kitties have been through enough.

In the midst of all this, poor Titanescu must have pulled a muscle or something. His right hind leg was hurting him to the point that he cried and limped. Titanescu doesn’t cry, so I know it was bad. Lucky for all of us, he’s already much better today.

Tito resting on a box

Tito resting on a box

Titanescu resting in a box in the window

Titanescu resting in a box in the window

Miss Jenny not resting on a box

Miss Jenny not resting on a box

Speaking of Miss Jenny… If you remember, she took up tater stealing a while back. She decided to expand her horizons.

I went to the cupboard the other morning to find this

I went to the cupboard the other morning to find this

When I went to clean up the mess, I decided to carefully pick up the shredded roll with a sheet of paper. I placed it on the table and looked at it. It was a work of art!

Miss Jenny has talent and the presentation was lovely

Miss Jenny has talent and the presentation was lovely


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Caturday: &#$%! Flea edition

Yes, we have fleas. Lord knows where they came from. I’m guessing that the drought and the construction next door stirred them up. In our twelve years in this apartment on the second floor, we have never had fleas or any other bugs. Ok, we had the occasional ant swarm, but those were easily dealt with. Poor kitties. As if the construction wasn’t bad enough… We’ll take care of it.

I managed to get a few pics. Between the fleas and the construction, it has been difficult.

Tito

Tito

Miss Jenny

Miss Jenny

Titan looking rather silly

Titan looking rather silly

Here’s the construction update. We had cement trucks parked and running right outside our window for a little more than 5 hrs. The kitties were NOT amused.

fleas construction 2

We still have a kitchen window and this is the view. The bottom right corner is my window sill. The wall you see close by isn’t the outside wall of the next building. It’s a hallway. The outside wall of the next building is also in the bottom right corner and barely visible. There’s no space between the buildings. My window will go away at some point. I thought it would be gone already.

fleas construction

After all that, a bit of humor is in order. Here’s a funny vid of a horse and a cameraman.

Now I’m off to wreak havoc on some fleas.


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Wow! Miss Jenny got presents!

July 21st was Miss Jenny’s birthday. Imagine her (and our) surprise when a big ole box arrived in the mail. It was a lovely box of goodies from her Auntie Grace. Talked about spoiled! Ms Grace is a wonderful friend and adored by all of us.

The quilted bed is beautiful and the toys and snacks are loved by all.

The quilted bed is beautiful and the toys and snacks are loved by all.

As you can see, Miss Jenny loves it!

As you can see, Miss Jenny loves it!

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Seriously Grace, thank you from ALL of us. I’ve tucked the bed in the closet and she’s hiding in it as I type. :)


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Caturday: Number 5 plus, The tyrant is home and learning how to cat

Today is brought to you by the number 5.

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Five years ago today, Lastech and I got sick and tired of being slaves to nicotine and so we smoked our last cigarette. We don’t miss it. More after the pointy eared people get their spot in the sun.

As an introduction to today’s Caturday, here is a comedy skit by Big Train. :)

Written by Lastech:

Grand Marshal Titanescu continues to surprise… It isn’t simply that I haven’t been hit, bit or hissed at in about two weeks, the Titan’s made some surprising progress socially. It might be a combination of stress from the construction next door, the Feliway working its magic, or simply gaining his trust at last. I’m not sure, but Titanescu’s become a Velcro kitty. He runs after me wherever I go, rubbing against my legs, rubbing his scent on me and even purring. Yes now we know he does purr. You can barely feel it when he’s on your lap, and certainly not hear it. But as he peels back his lips, rubbing on you, there’s no mistaking that low rumble. But wait. We’ve also been able to pick him up and move him without injury! Oh sure, he doesn’t move off a lap voluntarily, but he’ll submit to the relocation without retaliation.
Frankly, from a cat who hissed and hit us just for laughing, that is amazing!

The Great and Terrible Titanescu

The Great and Terrible Titanescu

The patient and amazing Tito

The patient and amazing Tito

Miss Nightshade Jenny had a birthday. Today a gift box arrived for her from her Auntie Grace. Tomorrow, she’ll get to see her gifts and I’ll be taking pictures of her, the boys and the goodies. Then we’ll be able to thank Grace properly.

Miss Jenny, the birthday girl looking smug

Miss Jenny, the birthday girl now flirts with the postman

Construction update: The kitties are NOT amused.

The big orange monster is working close to the building. The furry ones are hiding.

The big orange monster is working close to the building. The furry ones are hiding.

Now, back to our 5 year smoke free celebration…

It has allowed us to climb many stairs.

Point Reyes

Yes, you read that correctly. There are 308 of those things in addition to a steep ramped section.

They weren't kidding

They weren’t kidding

That is the Point Reyes Lighthouse. It's also the movie home of radio station KAB 1340 and Stevie Wayne. Can you remember the movie?

That is the Point Reyes Lighthouse. It’s also the movie home of radio station KAB 1340 and Stevie Wayne. Can you remember the movie?

You can see more of our Point Reyes pics here


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Cock up at the park

Given the construction, we avoid leaving the kitties alone when the workers are doing their thing. Instead, we left very early and went to the park at sunrise. The last time we were there, we got to watch ducks, geese and robins. This time, it was very quiet.

Not a cloud in the sky as Karl The Fog was on a short vacaion. Photo by Lastech

Not a cloud in the sky as Karl The Fog was on a short vacaion. Photo by Lastech

Stow Lake

Stow Lake

Only a couple of quiet ducks were out

Only a couple of quiet ducks were out

Duck and ripples

Duck and ripples

Even with no clouds, the colors were pretty

Even with no clouds, the colors were pretty

The spires of St. Ignatius

The spires of St. Ignatius

Since a couple of ducks were the only wildlife we found at Stow Lake, we wandered off to another lake for a walk.

Eucalyptus in bloom

Eucalyptus in bloom

Closeup of the Eucalyptus blooms

Closeup of the Eucalyptus blooms

It had been a very quiet morning, all things considered. While slighty disappointed that we didn’t see more wildlife, we were very happy with the sunrise and eucalyptus and lack of other humans. In other words, it was peaceful. It didn’t last. Our peace and quiet was abruptly shattered.

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We headed off around the next curve in the trail and came face to face with the rare and elusive Golden Gate Bawk-Bawk.

Here you see them investigating the noms that some human left for them

Here you can see them investigating the noms that some human left for them

This Bawk-Bawk has paused long enough to pose for me

This Bawk-Bawk stopped long enough to pose for me

Abandoning the noms left by humans, they can be seen scratching in the grass

Abandoning the noms left by humans, they can be seen scratching in the grass

Our very quiet morning turned into a rare event and will be much remembered. As we left, the Bawk-Bawks were safely roosting in the nearby shrubbery.

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Caturday: It’s quiet today

The construction next door is coming along slowly but surely. Miss Jenny still hides when they’re working, but she’s out and talking to the birds today. I even managed to get a few pics.

Tito let me get a closeup

Tito let me get a closeup

Miss Jenny is stoned on nip

Miss Jenny is stoned on nip

Titanescu is watching over his domain

Titanescu is watching over his domain

As for the construction, I still have a kitchen window and this is the view.

The big orange monster is still outside my window.

The big orange monster is still outside my window.

And now for some giggles. Be sure to watch it with the sound up as it’s the commentary that makes this so funny.


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Happy Birthday to Miss Nightshade Jenny

Our lovely Miss Jenny is 3 years old today. She’s still a nervous wreck and even more so with the construction next door. Aside from that, she’s a happy kitty. She was adorable when she was small and she’s still adorable now. We adopted her from the SFSPCA in November of 2011. She was a scared baby and hid under the dresser for a couple of days and only coming out to eat.

This was right after we brought her home. You can see that she's scared

This was right after we brought her home. You can see that she’s scared

Her name at the shelter was Nightshade. We Named her Jenny after Pirate Jenny in the Three-Penny Opera. It took a couple of days before she got brave enough to come out from under the dresser. Soon, she was doing much better and after that she met the boys. The rest is history. She’s daddy’s girl all the way. She likes me but she adores him. It’s all good.

Still small and looking a tad crosseyed

Still small and looking a tad crosseyed

Daddy's girl

Daddy’s girl

Along the way she has picked up some odd habits. She’s a pen thief. If it’s not hidden, she’ll take it and hide it. She has also stolen potatoes. Yes, really. On top of all that, she poots. Her gaseous emanations can be vile. :) She just fits right into the JBoD household and we love her.

Finding her voice

Finding her voice

Looking demure

Looking demure

She can be rude too

She can be rude too

Happy Birthday Miss Jenny!

While we have posted it before, it’s worth posting it again. This is the Pirate Jenny song that inspired her name. It’s NSFW (language). Marianne Faithfull’s version is the most accurate translation from the German.


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Caturday: Construction blues

Howdy folks. We managed to get some pics of the kitties but it’s getting harder. Caturday may possibly become a bit more sporadic as a result of the construction going on next door. When I say next door, I don’t mean 25 or 50 feet away. I mean inches away from our building. This is what it’s like here.

San Francisco gas explosion and fire

Our building is on the far right. You can see how close all the buildings are

The above pic is from a previous post about some builders who tried to burn down the block due to some sad stupidity. I still suffer from paranoia as a result and the current construction makes me nervous. This is the view out my kitchen window. The window is on the side of our building and it will be going away soon.

This mess will become five 4-story buildings.

This mess will become five 4-story buildings.

I really shouldn’t complain. I’m coping. The poor kitties are NOT having a good time. Miss Jenny goes into hiding during the day and won’t come out until the loud noises stop. Tito alternates between hiding in my closet and hiding in the blanket tent under my knees. Titanescu doesn’t hide, but he doesn’t like it either. The Feliway is really helping the recovery time in the evenings and the pointy eared people also get a good dose of nip as a reward.

And now, here they are:

Tito soaking up a rare sunbeam (it's the foggy season)

Tito soaking up a rare sunbeam (it’s the foggy season)

Miss Jenny rolling in her nip

Miss Jenny rolling in her nip

Here's Titanescu going out of his way to be adorable. Don't be fooled. World domination is his goal...one hiss and paw slap at a time.

Here’s Titanescu going out of his way to be adorable. Don’t be fooled. World domination is his goal…one hiss and paw slap at a time.

And now, for a very funny vid. It’s Elvis doing Blue Suede Shoes…with no music. :)

And yes, here’s the full vid with music. I’ll never look at it the same way again.


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Caturday: noisy construction and bolt-holes

It’s the weekend and so far, the noise in the lot next door is at a minimum today. They aren’t stopping for the weekend, but they aren’t as noisy. Back in the day, the lot was a gas station and the owners lived in our building. Since then, the lot was cleaned up, rezoned and sold along with our building. The new owners are going to fill the empty space with offices and shops on the bottom two floors and apartments above. There’s a plan to add two more floors to our building to do the same. That will mean eviction when the time comes, so we’re trying to get ready now.

We’re furiously thinning out everything IN the apartment and the builders are noisily building outside. The pointy eared people are NOT amused. We’ve tried to help by creating bolt-holes and other places to hide. The Feliway helps a lot. In addition, Lastech is changing from graveyard shift to swing (3 to 11 pm). That way, we can work in the apartment during the day when the furry ones are already hiding from the racket next door. With any luck, it will be a bit less traumatic for them. I know what stress does to humans. I can’t imagine what it does to them. The change will also help Lastech as it’s impossible to sleep well with construction going on a few feet away.

In spite of all that, they still managed to pose nicely for us.

Beautiful Tito

Beautiful Tito

Happy Miss Jenny

Happy Miss Jenny

Titanescu awash in the glow of the television as he contemplates world domination

Titanescu awash in the glow of the television as he contemplates world domination

Here is a good video from The Mean Kitty at Youtube. Cory’s explanation at the beginning of the video is why we’re trying so hard to make it easy for the pointy eared people. Dogs go through the same thing when there are changes in the home, but as most of them spend time outdoors, their world is just a wee bit bigger.

As a bonus, here’s the song that made The Mean Kitty (Sparta) famous. :)


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Birdies in the afternoon

My last post was from Stow Lake at dawn. This time we went in the late afternoon, before the fog rolled back in. The geese posed nicely and the water was reflections were pretty.

Blue sky with wisps of fog over Stow Lake

Blue sky with wisps of fog over Stow Lake

Young Canada Goose

Young Canada Goose

Adult Canada Geese

Adult Canada Geese

Another young Canada Goose

Another young Canada Goose

We paused to sit at a table and enjoy a cup of coffee. We had a visitor who sat at the other end of the table watching.

Seagull

Seagull

Seagull feets

Seagull feets

After our coffee we went for a walk around the lake.

A pair of hawks hunting for noms

A pair of hawks hunting for noms

Lady ducky showing off her feets and checking to see if we had noms.

Lady ducky showing off her feets and checking to see if we had noms.

Another pretty female duck with a Brewer's Blackbird lurking behind

Another pretty female duck with a Brewer’s Blackbird lurking behind

And here is my ultimate goal. In my last post I had a pic of a young girl ducky who was molting. I had taken pics of her and her siblings, but that was the only one that came out clear. I got lucky and got a cute pic of all three together.

Two cute girls and a boy

Two cute girls and a boy


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