Caturday: Our friends have a birthday!

Our fur friend, Henry Hobson (left) and his littermate Chloe de Chanel (right) are celebrating their 7th birthday today. Henry gave us all a terrible scare last year when he managed to get out of the house. He was missing for days and days and was finally spotted wayyyyyyy up a tree. When he came down, his mom was finally able to coax him out of the bushes and take him home. He was a tad thin and skinned up from the tree, but otherwise he was ok. Now he spends his time indoors with his beloved toy, Mr. Snakels. Henry’s sister Chloe is a real beauty. Note to Henry’s mom: If you click on the photo, it will take you to the full size and you can copy it from there easily. Thank you for letting me play with their pics. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday to Henry Hobson and Chloe!
Happy Birthday to Henry Hobson and Chloe!

As for the pointy eared people, their pics have more of a Noir feel about them.

Titan without a stinkeye. Amazing.
Titan without a stinkeye. Amazing.
Miss Jenny in a calm moment
Miss Jenny in a calm moment
Tito looking downright silly
Tito looking downright silly

Now for something a bit absurd. Last July we wrote about the rare and elusive Golden Gate Bawk-Bawk in a post titled Cock up at the park. Given that there is a coyote den nearby, we didn’t think they would last long. We were wrong. In July there were two. Now there are four.

I couldn't get all four birds in the frame, but here are two of them
I couldn’t get all four birds in the frame, but here are two of them
Here's a closeup. They are remarkably healthy and roosting in the shrubbery.
Here’s a closeup. They are remarkably healthy and roosting in the shrubbery.

Sadly, I can’t read the word “shrubbery” with hearing the voice of the Knights who say Ni.

Final note: If you scroll down past this post, you will see some sunrise photos from earlier in the week.

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Caturday: Box cats and a birthday

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Before we get to the pointy eared people, we want to wish our friend Miyuki a very happy birthday. She has a great blog called Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox where she reviews horror films from around the world. If you enjoy horror films, her blog is the best.

Box Catgirl

Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine. Earlier in December, I received a nice sized box. I haven’t the heart to take it away from them, so it remains. They play in it and shred it too. The “artsy” effect is what happens when I need pics and none are particularly good. Actually, the original pic of Titan was great. I just tweaked it to fit with the others. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tito is in the box
Tito is in the box
Jenny is in the box
Jenny is in the box
Titan is not in the box. He's trying to perfect his stinkeye instead.
Titan is not in the box. He’s trying to perfect his stinkeye instead.

Usually I try to post a funny cartoon or video. Not today. Today’s video is just beautiful and blue.

The lava isn’t blue, but the flames are blue because of the sulfer content


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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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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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.

Zippy 1b
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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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: Happy and sad

I’m sorry Caturday is up late. We switched from graveyard shift to day shift and back again so it got awkward. We spent yesterday afternoon attending a graduation party for the son of a friend. It was lovely.

Before we get to the pointy eared people, we want to take a moment to remember and honor constables Douglas James Larche, David Ross, and Fabrice Georges Gevaudan. These three members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police lost their lives much too soon. We’ll not dignify their killer by naming him. Why does it matter? Moncton, located in New Brunswick, Canada is only a wee bit bigger than my hometown and we have friends there. Those friends weren’t just there. They were in the lockdown area and much closer than we care to imagine. You can read about it here. We are happy that our friends are fine, but sad at the loss that their community must endure.

Douglas James Larche, David Ross, and Fabrice Georges Gevaudan will not be forgotten
Douglas James Larche, David Ross, and Fabrice Georges Gevaudan will not be forgotten

Now it’s time for the pointy eared people

Tito playing with one of his paper toys
Tito playing with one of his paper toys
Miss Jenny playing with a toy that was given to her by our friend Grace
Miss Jenny playing with a toy that was given to her by our friend Grace
...and now it's a boy toy
…and now it’s a boy toy
Titanescu resting on Lastech's lap
Titanescu resting on Lastech’s lap


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Wedding Bells!

On May 14, a friend married the love of her life. The road to get there wasn’t easy. While they were together and would remain that way, it took marriage equality to give them all the same rights and benefits that Lastech and I enjoy.

We are simply thrilled that they got to have their dream wedding. Finding your true love isn’t always easy, celebrating that true love should be.

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Catgirl of Nekonecko’s Movie Litterbox and her love, Carolyn are the beautiful brides. While we weren’t there in person, our hearts were there for them. May the two of you celebrate many, many anniversaries. Pssst, as you can see, the furkids traded in their bat wings for something more appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Mother’s Day with the pointy eared people

Happy Mother’s Day to all. You don’t have to have children to be a mom. You don’t have to be a woman either. ๐Ÿ™‚ There are plenty of men who are doing the jobs of both parents.ย Like a good girl, I called my mom this morning.ย She’s having a nice day and I’m glad. Daddy was in the hospital a couple of times with week with some serious health issues. He seems to have had a mini stroke. Mom said he was much better this morning and they went out to breakfast with friends.

The adventures with dad are why I totally forgot about Caturday, so I’ll try to make up for it now. Lastech and I aren’t doing anything special today. He had to work, so he’s sleeping now. I did roast a boneless pork loin though as it’s a treat for me.

Anyhow, here are the pointy eared people.

Silly Tito
Silly Tito
Slurpy Jenny
Slurpy Jenny
Titan is always watching
Titan is always watching

Ze Frank usually makes me laugh. This time he just says something that I have been able to relate to in the past.


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Anniversary adventures continued: a return to Angel Island

I have posted the first part of our tenth anniversary adventure here and now it’s time for the rest of the adventure. Ever since our first trip to the island we’ve wanted to go back to hike. This time, rather than try to hike around the entire island (about 5 miles), we chose a section and explored. We took time to really see the area we chose rather than just hike past it.

On our first trip to the island we went as guests on a company picnic. It was our first time and we loved it. Karl The Fog was around for most of that trip. It was beautiful and it made the island feel peaceful and very secluded. This past week, however, the ferry trip out was beautiful and clear. We passed close to Alcatraz and pulled into Ayala Cove. From the cove, we followed the trail south and west to Camp Reynolds.

Along the way we saw lots of butterflies on the beautiful purple spiky flowers of the ‘Pride of Madeira” (echium candicans) which were blooming everywhere. The views from the perimeter road were stunning. We could see Belvedere, Tiburon, Richardson Bay, The Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.

On the way, we passed the old hospital. It’s located on the road above Camp Reynolds. It was kept away from the camp so as to lessen the fear among the military men.

Once we reached Camp Reynolds we went exploring. The camp was built back in the 1860s and the bake house is still used for educational purposes. Down by the shore near the brick building, we had our lunch and enjoyed the scenery. I don’t know exactly what the brick building was used for, but it’s pretty and there are many century plants to found next to it. The old bloom stalks loomed over us. From our lunch site next to the ruins of the old wharf, we could watch the ships entering the bay beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

After a leisurely lunch, we hiked back up to the perimeter road and head south toward Battery Ledyard. The views of The City skyline and the bay were stunning. We spent a while there just enjoying the scenery. We decided not to hike further as we didn’t want to rush back to the return ferry on time. We preferred to take our time and just enjoy the day.

From Battery Ledyard, we followed the perimeter road back to Ayala Cove. Since the ferry wasn’t due for a while, we went and found a nice spot in the shade and I got to soak my feet in the cove and watch the crows. It was a beautiful ending to a wonderful day. I love sharing the view with Lastech and hope to share many more.

There are no photos of the ferry trip back to The City. A very cold wind picked up and the water was rough. While we sat outside on the deck, I wasn’t going to try to stand up for photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. While there we came across this cairn made of ย sea-scoured bricks. A critter (no dogs there) then came along and left their own mark. I call it…

Cairn and poo
Cairn and poo

 

Photos from our first trip can be seen here, here and here.


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