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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Birdies at dawn

We went to Stow Lake at dawn to see what critters were lurking in the fog. It’s very peaceful, but not exactly quiet. The birds were noisy.

No boaters on the lake this early

No boaters on the lake this early

The Chinese Pavillion and mist on the water

The Chinese Pavillion and mist on the water

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Flappity flappity

Flappity flappity

Steller's Jay and mate

Steller’s Jay and mate

American Robin

American Robin

Robin with noms

Robin with noms

Feed meh!

Feed meh!

This little ducky is almost a big girl now. She's molting.

This little ducky is almost a big girl now. She’s molting.

And now for the bonus pic from Lastech. This was also taken at dawn, so it fits the theme. :)

Black Crowned Night Heron hunting for fishy noms

Black Crowned Night Heron hunting for fishy noms


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Caturday: countenances

I want to try something mildly different with today’s pictures. Evidently they are black and white, but I also altered Titan and Tito’s in particular given how dark their fur is to begin with.
Nothing real fancy as the modifications were done on my phone, it’s just that the phone offers so much more flexibility and convenience, to me at least.

Hard to believe that only a few years ago we had to wait for the roll to come back from the lab to see what we’d captured.
Because each of the Pointy Eared people has their own unique blend of beauty, charm and humor, even, this means hours of staring and contemplation. But you get it.

I call it time well spent.

The old Marshal reminisces about Romania… I need to find an online counter like those used in factories to post number of days without an accident. Except it’d be to post the number of days without getting bit.
Or slapped.
Or hissed at.
Meh. That’s just the way the old Klingon loves us…

The little starlet readying for her close up

The little starlet readying for her close up

Without harping on too much over that stuff, the Feliway works wonders with Jenny and also the others. I wish we had known of this when Mazuzu Whang was still with us.

The gentleman cat

The gentleman cat

I didn’t have a chance to record or otherwise take pictures of the fireworks show last night at work, but this is much better anyway. Except for the soundtrack.

I can’t stand that bastard Boccelli, but I hope you enjoy this video taken by a drone flying through the pyrotechnics…


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Caturday: What a busy week!

Good afternoon world. This week we managed to sneak out for some fish sandwiches and a walk at the park and then yesterday we got to watch the dolphins at Baker Beach. In addition, a couple of blocks away the SFPD was dealing with the great goat caper. The pointy eared people just kicked back and relaxed. Their only concern was that we return to provide them scritches, nip, and noms.

Tito in the tub...again.

Tito in the tub…again.

Miss Jenny pretending to be a statue

Miss Jenny pretending to be a statue

Titanescu decided to check out Tito's playground (the tub)

Titanescu decided to check out Tito’s playground (the tub)

Addiction: It’s real. Miss Jenny is a nip head. Here’s a great vid from ShoKo.


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