Caturday morning mysteries

There are things they hide from us, or at least do when we’re not looking. They have secrets, which some people hate, but when you finally get to shed light on a cat mystery, the satisfaction is second to none.

Item one: the tufts of white hair we found lying about were Tito’s. I know this because one morning in the last few days, I opened my eyes to see Jenny pin Tito down Greco-Roman wrestling style with a lock and a throw. Tito tried getting up, but his attempt ended up with him hitting the ground again. In between throws, Jenny turned nervously towards the bed to see whether I witnessed anything, her head surrounded by fluttering tufts off Tito’s back.

Is she gone? Is it safe?
Is she gone? Is it safe?

The second mystery, while not quite amounting to one, was how could half pound potatoes find their way across our kitchen floor?!?

Run the spud, an event rendering my argument invalid
Run the spud, an event rendering any argument invalid

We still haven’t caught her doing it, But Jenny has precedents with smaller taters, and can be seen here practicing the wide-open jaw-lock necessary to “lug a spud”…

We're gonna need a bigger boat...
We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

What it is with her and potatoes we have no clue. But she sure does like bringing them to bed

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Caturday and the mystery of the flying fur

Yes, evidently the fur flew. I don’t know when or how. It was done in stealth mode or I would have heard it. I awoke to a cold apartment and got up to turn the heater on and when I got to the hall there were a  bunch of tufts of white hair lying about. It was white hair, but it wasn’t Miss Jenny’s. You see, Tito’s hair is only charcoal at the tips. He’s white underneath. I also saw tufts sticking out of his fur that had not hit the floor yet, so it was clear that Miss Jenny was the offending party.

What was she doing?

Miss Jenny
I’m sure Miss Jenny was plotting evil. Oh, what is that behind her?
Tito's feets
Tito is wondering what she is plotting

Was she creating a wig? Did she think she might look like this? (Our thanks to shironekoshiro at Youtube)

Sadly, she would have probably looked like this instead. (thanks to Cheezeburger).

Whatever happened, it was during playtime as I’ve seen no evidence of malice. They are nestled together on the cushion as I type.

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Caturday: Blanket forts kitty style

When I was young, I made a lot of blanket forts. I built them so I could hide with a flashlight at night and read. Mom wanted me to sleep and I wanted to READ darn it!

Our furkids are pretty fond of blanket forts. Tito likes the one we make when we sit in bed and read or watch tv. He stands on us and paws at the blanket until it’s lifted and then he scoots under to sleep under our knees.

Fort Tito
Tito is happily ensconced in his fort made by papa.

Jenny isn’t so fond of sleeping that close to a human. The only time she spends a lot of time close to us is when she is in zombie mode. Then she stands by daddy’s head and nibbles on his eyebrows and bald head. I’m sure she just wants to get at those brainzzzzzzz. Instead, she makes her fort on the cushion using the sheets we have hung up over the window to make it darker.

Fort Jenny
Here Miss Jenny is peering out of her fort.

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Caturday late edition

My first Caturday in quite a while is dedicated to Miss Jenny, the fabulous  kittoon… I’ve not been able to sit and type about our pointy eared folk since Mazuzu passed, partly because the whole experience was so puzzling, like some sort of s****y real life cliffhanger.

For Mazuzu Whang

There was the possibility that Jenny introduced the virus which ultimately took over Maz after we adopted her. We don’t know and never will since there is no test for FIP.  Rudha-an read up on this more than I and it may be that this disease may be a growing threat, affecting many more pets. At this point my understanding of it is largely empirical and  will require a lot more reading. Be that as it may, both Jenny and Tito have been coming out of their shells ever so slowly these past few months.


Tito now spends time on our bed, sometimes under covers when he’s not playing with Jenny. He coos and trills happily, greets me home from work with a game of ‘fetch’ and is generally more relaxed than I’ve ever seen him. As to Jenny, she likes to rove around on the bed, once in a while stopping by to nibble an eyebrow, lick my skull or lightly ‘bite’ it while purring up a storm.

Sugar and spice and a touch of evil

And still, despite better diet, she’ll ‘grace’ me with a fart, in her completely innocent, matter-of-fact way.  Her way of putting a spell on us is to fart in our general direction…


2012: JBoD’s year in review

Happy New Year!

Now is the time to take a minute and look back on this past year, and the ways it affected the JBoD microcosm.

We spent much of 2012 watching sunsets and wildlife (fins!) from local beaches, but in April, we chose to visit the neighboring hill known as Bernalwood where stunning California poppies in full bloom awaited. On another more recent trip, amazing clouds treated us to an ‘air show’…

California poppies on Bernal Hill
California poppies on Bernal Hill

In May, we finally managed a trip to see the California Academy of Sciences. The albino alligator named Claude is a real beauty.

Academy of Sciences
Claude on his warming rock. He’s quite a handsome devil. Photo by Ron DeCloux.

I took a lot of photos, so it’s in four parts. One, two, three and four.

In May, our glorious Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 years old. I’ve lived here for ten years and I never get tired of seeing her.

Golden Gate Bridge

In June, a contractor working a few doors down from our home base cut into a gas line, resulting in a gas explosion and fire. Purely by chance, prevailing winds minimized the spread of the damage, a very good thing considering how long it took to shut off the gas. The kind of scene best left in movies, not real life. The Pointy Eared people weren’t amused…

Gas fire and explosion on San Bruno Ave
Firefighters in action. The tan and brown building on the far left is where the construction was. The dentist office was in the white building.

Then in July, we lost our sweet, comical tyrannical food thief Kitsy to FIP. It was sudden and awful and I still haven’t been able to write a proper post for him. As for Lastech, he is still coming to terms with the possibility that the virus which took him might have been introduced by Miss Jenny. So little is known about FIP and no test being available, it remains a painful mystery.

Kitsy narrating LOL woman in black
“… Don’t go chasing shadows, Gigadoon…”

In August, we went to the park on a foggy morning and came across some wildlife with a pissy attitude.

Belligerent crayfish Hey stupid

In September, Miss Nightshade Jenny brought me a most bizarre gift.

Miss Nightshade Jenny
Don’t let those innocent blue peepers fool you

Later in September, we got to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor fly over the Golden Gate Bridge. Incredible!

Space Shuttle Endeavor by Lastech
Space Shuttle Endeavor by Lastech

In November, we went to the Japanese Tea Garden and Arboretum for a bit of zen. We wound up having a wonderful surprising encounter with a hawk.

The hawk was sitting in the tree just above eye level and only ten feet from the path.
The hawk was sitting in the tree just above eye level and only ten feet from the path.

A week or so later, we went exploring the Coastal Trail near the Golden Gate Bridge. We encountered another hawk, a couple of hummingbirds, a slug and a wonderful sunset.

Anna's hummingbird
Did I mention that hummingbirds like the pretty purple flowers?

We finished off the year by exploring the cliffs around Battery Mendell, a coastal battery that was built before WWI.

Battery Mendell
Photo by Rudha-an

That was our 2012 for the most part. Some was good and some was bad. Hopefully, 2013 will be an even better year.

Happy New Year from JBoD

Rudha-an, Lastech, Tito, and Miss Nightshade Jenny

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Caturday: After the storms

It’s not raining right now. It’s an amazing thing. While we were safe enough, there were floods and rock slides and trees falling all over. It was a mess, to say the least. We had horizontal rain and hail thanks to high winds. Tito was NOT amused and spent a lot of time hiding as a result. He’s happier now.

Tito lurked nervously after the last storm
Miss Jenny
Meanwhile, Miss Jenny got over her fear and settled in to watch the seagulls that were taunting her.

Our thanks to for this one.


Caturday: Two kitties and a recipe

We’re not doing anything exciting for Christmas. We picked up a leg of lamb and some fancy taters. With luck, Miss Jenny won’t be able to steal one and bring it to bed like the last time. We might go off to the park or the beach for a good walk though. 🙂

I would like to apologize for not posting lately. I’ve been doing some major maintenance on the blog (behind the scenes). I should have it all tidied up soon.

It has been raining and raining here. I don’t mind. As you can see here, it makes our hills a very pretty shade of green.

Here are the beasties.

Miss Jenny was using Tlito as a pillow
Miss Jenny was using Tlito as a pillow

Here are our two “angel” kitties.

Our sweet and comical food thief. Kitsy is missed
Our sweet and comical food thief. Kitsy is missed
The Boober
The Boober. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. We miss him too.

And now for the recipe. I love pumpkin bread, but most times I find it dry and mealy. This recipe is NOT dry. It’s moist and wonderful. My mom and dad have made it for years.

Mom and Dad’s Pumpkin Bread

5 cups pumpkin (1 large and 1 small can)

2 cups white sugar

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cloves

2 tsp cinnamon

4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup nuts

5 cups flour

Mix all the ingredients well.  Makes 2 large bread loaves, or up to ten smaller loaves.  Bake at 350 for 1 hr. and 5 minutes.  May take longer.  Bread is done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

We always greased the pans and sprinkled them with sugar (rather than flour).  We also sprinkled a bit of sugar on top as it made the top crunchy.

Obviously, this is NOT diet food. 🙂

This is why we do NOT have a Christmas tree in the apartment.



Caturday morning mania: It’s NOT Pon farr

No, I am NOT a Trekkie. The proper term is Trekker, thank you. That said, the playtime of Tito and Miss Jenny bears a close resemblance to Klingon foreplay. Pon farr? Not so much. Be aware, Tito is neutered and Miss Jenny is spayed. We are responsible kitty people. I figure that whoever wrote about the Klingons and their sex life had to have had a fascination with cats, big and small.

Jenny as Klingon
jIH dok !!!
Tito as Klingon
maj dok !!!

After the playtime and violence that occurs, this is the result.

Tito and Miss Jenny as Klingons
Tlinghan jIH !!!

Miss Jenny, as an orphan did not have a jinaq. Tito didn’t mind.

Ok, here’s a bit of humorous Christmas music. It may not be safe for work, so beware. This is brought to you by rathergoodstuff at Youtube.


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Caturday: The rainy season has begun

The rainy season has now begun. It’s been raining since yesterday and it’s wonderful. It will turn our brown hills green and spring will bring plenty of wildflowers. In the meantime, it tends to make us lazy. Tito and Jenny are no exception. Here they are practicing being lazy. It’s what they do best.

Tito is practicing the art of camouflage as well as the art of napping
Miss Jenny watching tv with daddy.

Since we posted photos of the California sea lions at Pier 39, we thought you might enjoy this video from the Alaska SeaLife Center in Alaska. Cute doesn’t always come in small packages. Sometimes they’re big with magnificent whiskers.

Speaking of cute…or bizarre. Recently I wrote a post called Beware of cats bearing gifts. Today, I found this lol pic.

cuke crook

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