Caturday: a return to normal…

Things are returning to normal on board the Endurance, and Titanescu’s internal clock is working just fine. For the four days Rudha-an was house sitting, there was peace.

Yes, I had peace. The cats were quiet. The cats didn’t claw at me at ungodly hours. They were quiet. Their routine normally includes walking on us, hitting the wall (loudly) and any other racket-making habit they may think of. But while Rudha-an was gone, nothing… Then, after her return, Bam! Whiz! Bang! Miss Jenny became the Midnight Growler again at the window and Titanescu started playing the drums on the old TV box, same as it ever was.

Welcome home, Mommy.

Her first night back, at exactly 4:20. Tap. TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! We checked the time, 4:20 am. Not 4:19, not 4:21. And each morning since then, as before. Like a promise.

Rudha-an here. Everything returned to normal until it didn’t. I would say that Titanescu pulled a fast one, but it really wasn’t fast at all. Lastech came home with groceries last night. As he made his way in the door, Titanescu decided that he wanted to see the outside. He sauntered out the door before Lastech could get it closed. Yes, sauntered. The only reason he made it out the door was because Lastech’s hands were full. Lastech followed him out the door. In a rush, I grabbed a can of cat food and the flashlight (It was 1 am). The cat food didn’t work because the stupid pull tap broke. %$@#&! In spite of all that, Lastech was able to scoop him up at the fence line. Picking up Titanescu takes much bravery. It worked out ok. Lastech got the tyrant back in where he belongs and managed to NOT get shredded in the process. In fact, Titanescu had a disgustingly smug look on his face. We will do things differently when we come home with groceries from now on as we will be properly paranoid.

Oh yeah. I keep complaining about heatwaves. I won’t do that anymore as each one is hotter than the last. It hit 109 when I was off house sitting. I won’t complain. I don’t want the next heatwave to be worse. 109? pffffft. It was nothing. NOTHING!

Tito
Tito
The lovely Miss Jenny
The lovely Miss Jenny
Titanescu the tyrant
Titanescu the tyrant
Pepi aka Titanescu's punching bag. Poor dog.
Pepi aka Titanescu’s punching bag. Poor dog.

And now for some dancing birdies


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Caturday: Mad world

The world has gone mad and the tragedies continue. I’m getting to the point I don’t even want to turn on the computer. We have no cable, so the computer is how I get the news. Nice is where Lastech was born. He grew up in Antibes, which is only 15 miles away. He spent a lot of time where the truck driver ended the lives of so many. I’m trying to maintain my sense of humor as it’s a survival skill, but it’s getting tough. The world gets more mad by the day.

Thankfully, we have the furkids.

Tito loves his towel
Tito loves his towel
Miss Jenny looking like a pinup girl
Miss Jenny looking like a pinup girl
Titanescu basking in the window
Titanescu basking in the window
Pepi: I can haz cookie?
Pepi: I can haz cookie?

Happy Pepi running. Zoom zoom. The world has gone mad, but she still loves to run.

And because we really really really need to watch these hungry kittens.


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Caturday: A sad day

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to a man who gave voice to the Holocaust. I’ve read his books and “Night” was required reading in many schools. He will be greatly missed.

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented ~ from Night by Elie Weisel (1928 – 2016)

Things are moving along over here in sunny Concord. It feels like summer, though the temps aren’t too bad this week. I’m able to turn off the A/C at night, which is nice. Our lovely stereo suddenly quit working. I don’t think it will be hard to fix, but I have to go pick up a tool in order to do the job. I’ll do that on Tuesday, when we have time. We’re also waiting on our latest, much needed item. We ordered a new mattress. The ones that come with most RVs are really crappy. We’re replacing it with a much better gel foam mattress. Hooray for comfort.

As for the beasties, they are snoozing all over the trailer today. It’s warm inside as I didn’t feel like turning on the A/C. It’s not too warm though, so they’re enjoying it.

Tito looking sweet and innocent. He had just finished his daily dinette shredding.
Tito looking sweet and innocent. He had just finished his daily dinette shredding.
Miss Jenny lounging in the corner
Miss Jenny lounging in the corner
Titanescu, master of the stinkeye
Titanescu, master of the stinkeye
Pepi napping near a sunbeam
Pepi napping near a sunbeam

Here’s a delightful kitty watching a scary movie


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Caturday: Titanescu packs a punch

Yes, Titanescu packs a serious punch. His punch may not utilize the claws, but it’s a very loud WHAP! Poor Pepi gets punched often. Tito makes Titanescu angry? He runs over to punch Pepi. He wants food and we’re not fast enough? He runs over to punch Pepi. Sometimes he starts to walk past her, but stops to look at her. Then he runs to punch her. Poor dog. In the wee hours when we’re trying to sleep and Pepi is safely tucked away in her crate, Titanescu punches the wall instead. To be specific, it’s the wall panel right next to my head. If that doesn’t wake me up to feed him, he’ll go over and start punching the mini blinds. Punching is his version of knocking crap off of shelves.

Ah, but we love our little black curmudgeon from he!!

And now it’s time for all of our pointy-eared people and the floppy eared one.

Titanescu thinking about punching something
Titanescu thinking about punching something
Miss Jenny watching Pepi
Miss Jenny watching Pepi
Tito watching one of us cook
Tito watching one of us cook
Pepi: But he hit me first!
Pepi: But he hit me first!

As for Lastech and I? We’re fine. It was in the 90s a couple of days ago. Today it’s only 65. The hills have gone from emerald green to their summer tan. Here are a couple of flower pics we caught before they vanished in the heat.

At the Arboretum
At the Arboretum
At the top of Mount Diablo
At the top of Mount Diablo

In spite of being Titanescu’s punching bag, Pepi is a happy dog. Here she is having a good run.


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Caturday: Catgirl edition

It’s been two years already! Catgirl (Miyuki) and Carolyn got married two years ago. We were late with our anniversary wishes last year as we were in the middle of moving, but we didn’t miss it this year. Our favorite catgirl has a wonderful little blog called Neko Neko’s Movie Litterbox where she writes wonderful reviews on horror films from all over the world. We love her blog.

May Catgirl

As for us, our one year anniversary of the move will be coming up. The last year has been interesting, with the last 4 months being the wrong kind of interesting. Lastech, Pepi, and my mom in the ER/Hospital and other pain-in-the-tuchus events. It was all capped off by someone backing into our car in the parking garage. Lucky for us, they were insured. We got our car back yesterday.

The pointy eared people are doing well, at any rate.

Tito: Does this couch make my butt look big?
Tito: Does this couch make my butt look big?
Titanescu giving Pepi the stinkeye
Titanescu giving Pepi the stinkeye
Miss Jenny: Why yes, I've shredded the couch. That's what it's there for.
Miss Jenny: Why yes, I’ve shredded the couch. That’s what it’s there for.
Pepita perfecting her "noms?" look.
Pepita perfecting her “noms?” look.

NoooooOOOOOooooOOOOOOoooooo!


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Caturday: contented cats and a hot dog

Happy Caturday everyone. The last week has gone from highs in the 80s to a high of 60. Of course, we decided to go hike when it was in the 80s. We went back to Briones and picked a trail that wasn’t strenuous. The dog wasn’t amused. Pepi was hot. She let us know she was hot. She flopped in the middle of the trail and looked at us with her tongue hanging out and with a look that said “Dammit! I’m HOT”. We were fine. Pepi wasn’t. We gave her plenty of water and headed back to the car after we were a mere half mile in. The hike wasn’t a total wash though, as you’ll see below.

The pointy eared people on the other hand, are contented. They’re happy to lay around in the trailer watching the birds, planes and neighbors go by.

Miss Jenny
Miss Jenny
Titanescu watching over his domain
Titanescu watching over his domain
Tito
Tito

As for that hike, we went to Briones. It’s a regional park that is located about 6 miles West of us. It was really warm, but not miserable. We chose a nice fairly level trail. It was beautiful. We did remember to watch for snakes as the weather was perfect for them and there has already been a rattlesnake bite at Lime Ridge where we like to walk Pepi. It pays to be careful. Here are a few pics that Lastech took.

Looking to the East
Looking to the East
Looking to the West
Looking to the West
A panoramic shot looking East. Mount Diablo is visible in the background.
A panoramic shot looking East. Mount Diablo is visible in the background.

Once we reached the area where Lastech took the panoramic shot, Pepi decided she was pooped. She flopped in the dirt with her tongue hanging out and didn’t want to get up. We gave her water.

Pepi the hot dog
Pepi the hot dog

We got her back up and headed back. We stopped in the shade a few times, to make sure she drank water.

She went from a hot dog to a wet dog. We poured some water over her and she liked it.
She went from a hot dog to a wet dog. We poured some water over her and she liked it.
Big ole northern Pacific Rattlesnake wandering across the trail. It was about 5 feet long and healthy.
Big ole northern Pacific Rattlesnake wandering across the trail. It was about 5 feet long and healthy.

Poor Pepi was so pooped that she never saw the snake. Lastech kept her out of range while I took pictures. This is why she is never off leash and why I keep her out of tall grass. When we got back to the car, she flopped in my lap and went to sleep.

Trivia bit: Adult California ground squirrels are resistant to rattlesnake venom.

Now for a hummingbird rescue


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Caturday: Attack of the chirping poopy bird

Happy Caturday to all. It has been a quiet week in the park, but a mess for Lastech who is working tons of overtime. He’s not getting much time to relax these days.

It was quiet until Thursday when suddenly there was a loud flapping in the skylight. The ceiling in our trailer is only 6 and a half feet high, which makes the skylight very close. A sparrow had decided to land on the screen. It chirped like mad, dropped a poopy on the screen, then went back to chirping madly. The pointy eared people and a droopy-eared dog went berserk. The cats swarmed the dining room table trying to get to the bird and Pepi started barking. The bird was unperturbed and never cast a glance in our direction. It spent several minutes on the screen before moving on.:)

Here is the little chirping poopy bird
Here is the little chirping poopy bird

Speaking of the pointy eared people, here they are.

Miss Jenny looking annoyed because I interrupted her bird watching for a picture.
Miss Jenny looking annoyed because I interrupted her bird watching for a picture.
Tito watching the birdies on the strip of grass outside
Tito watching the birdies on the strip of grass outside
Titanescu basking in the sun. It was warm, but I didn't have the heart to deploy the awning and deprive him of his bliss.
Titanescu basking in the sun. It was warm, but I didn’t have the heart to deploy the awning and deprive him of his bliss.
Pepi at the arboretum
Pepi at the arboretum

The rainy season is mostly over and the hills are turning to their summer brown. There are still nice batches of wild mustard out there though.

Mustard and clouds
Mustard and clouds
Close-up of the mustard
Close-up of the mustard

And now for something rather unusual. I’ve heard of rescuing a cat from a tree, but not this.


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Caturday: April showers bring…

It’s Caturday in April and the hills are green and the wildflowers are blooming. It’s warming a bit and rattlesnakes have been spotted on the trails. We’re being extra careful and Pepi isn’t permitted off leash. There were a couple of really warm days that required the use of the air conditioner, but now it’s cooler and we’ve collected almost an inch of rain since last night,a very welcome surprise. April hasn’t been boring so far. 🙂

And now, for the stars of our show…

Miss Jenny has such big blue eyes
Miss Jenny has such big blue eyes
Titanescu beat the heck out of the curtain and stands on it in victory. Yes, he won. I removed it permanently.
Titanescu beat the heck out of the curtain and stands on it in victory. Yes, he won. I removed it permanently.

Tito gets two pics. Three if you count Pepi’s pic.

Sunbeams make Tito want to...
Sunbeams make Tito want to…
SING! La la la la la!
SING! La la la la la!
Pepi getting a big hug from Tito.
Pepi getting a big hug from Tito.

Just to show that our world is still a fascinating and beautiful place…


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Caturday: Spring?

Spring? It was nice while it lasted. Oh, it’s not over yet and but the temps are going for a roller coaster ride this week. The highs are supposed to go from 75 to 87 and back down to 69. Joy. At least we have A/C. I don’t mind the temps, but the trailer gets a bit warm and that’s hard on the pointy eared people and floppy eared one. Fur coats are no fun when it’s hot.

Our hills will start going from an unreal, but vivid Spring green to the summer tans and it will start this week. I’ll miss it. On the other hand, the mulberry trees are branching out, so we’ll have afternoon shade soon.

And now, the stars of our show

Tito looks like he's debating an escape
Tito looks like he’s debating an escape
Titanescu looking suspiciously mellow.
Titanescu looking suspiciously mellow.

Miss Jenny? She gets her own vid this week. 🙂

Pepi still hoping for accidental noms
Pepi still hoping for accidental noms

Earlier in the week we ran off to the Martinez Regional Shoreline. We like to visit the marsh and check to see what birds are there. They were tall birds, sort of.

Tall Egret
Tall Egret
Tall Runner duck
Tall Runner duck
Tall? No wait, it's the elusive, and rarely seen, Marsh onion.
Tall? No wait, it’s the elusive, and rarely seen, Marsh onion.


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Caturday: Ode to The Pootie Queen

I’ve heard that online friendships just aren’t real and all kinds of other malarkey. Lastech was an online friend and we’ve been married for twelve years as of today. Our anniversary aside, I lost a friend on March 5th. I found Tricia at a political website. As everyone knows, politics can be vicious. She had a love of cats and she posted what came to be called “The Pootie Diaries”. “Pootie” was the name of someone’s kitty. The name stuck and Tricia became known as The Pootie Queen. Her posts were a safe haven from the political fights. The fights had to be left outside. Inside was a mass of Cheezburger posts and pictures of pets posted in the comments. The posts weren’t limited to cats and included any and all animals. That safe haven provided people with a place to share the joys of their pets and to also share their grief on losing them. When we lost The Boober to lymphoma she did a memorial post for him. She did the same when we lost Kitsy. Her funeral is today, so we are dedicating our Caturday post to The Pootie Queen. I’m sure she was greeted by a throng of critters at the Rainbow Bridge. Orange flowers were her favorites. Rest in peace my friend.

She loved orange flowers. For Tricia Wyse Lefevre September 8th, 1970 - March 5th ,2016
Tricia Wyse Lefevre September 8th, 1970 – March 5th ,2016

As for our anniversary, we celebrated that on Lastech’s day off (Wednesday) We relaxed and grilled some good food and had a glass of champagne. It was good.

Titanescu basking in a sunbeam
Titanescu basking in a sunbeam
Miss Jenny: help!
Miss Jenny: help!
Poor Tito looking nervous
Poor Tito looking nervous
Pepi hoping to hoover something good from the grill.
Pepi hoping to hoover something good from the grill.


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