June 2022 kitties and mischief

Claribel has been getting up to quite a bit of mischief. Her cuteness is her best defense.

If you look carefully in the photo below, you will see that there is a box of cat treats on the shelf. That is what she is seeking in this moment, because if she knocks it off the shelf it will probably open for her to have access to the kitty treats.

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Feb 2022 Changes in weather

Last sunday it was warm and the river was really gorgeous.

While it was warm, the kitties in the house had some time on the porch.

Now the temperature has swung unbelievably, it has snowed here, and all the kitties are snuggling in while it finally looks like winter here. To give you a sense of the massive change in temperature: on Sunday it was 60F (15C) and this morning it is -8F (-22C).

January 2022 Sweet, silly Vladimir

Vladimir
August 20, 2009 – January 10, 2022

My silly, sweet, tail-flagging, rumpus-making, handsome ginger boy Vladimir was diagnosed with intestinal cancer after having a bloated abdomen. He was a kittenish boy, which made it harder to realize his actual age. Below is a quintessential video of his silliness. For context, I was away and the large, lidded container holds kibble; the cat sitter had moved it to the front porch. The small plastic container I used as a scoop. Vladimir realized that on some very lucky instances he could dislodge a full, covered container and, if the stars aligned, the lid would pop off when it hit the floor. Vladimir was a lover of the repetitive and could entertain himself for a surprisingly long time by pushing down a cardboard flap on a box that would then snap back up, and be pushed down again and snap back up, and on and on. No pictures give a proper sense of the loveliness of his flagging tail or the sound of him coming down a full flight of stairs in a total of five thumping strides.

Here is a post that spotlighted Vladimir and includes some lovely pictures of him as a kitten. And here is a post about how much of a bedhead he could get with all that lovely long hair.

He had a lovely life and is survived by his whole family: his mother and father, Mitsy and Cousin, and his sister. Claribel. We will all miss him and his sweet silliness.

December 2021 snuggling kitties

The kitties are all very happy; they have two new beds. They aren’t properly big enough for two of them to fit into, but they have worked it out.

Above is little tiny Claribel all alone in one of them. She is the smallest of the inside kitties, but has a magnificently long tail to make up for any tininess. Here is a post with many more pictures of her (including as a little baby).

Milton, the big black cat, and Claribel are unlikely snuggle friends. He can be a bit roguish, but she is very quick and lithe and can easily get away from him. Milton is on the left below.

And below are several pictures of Milton and Claribel squeezed into the same new little bed.

Here is a picture of these two from last summer: Trouble and Sneaky:

November 2021 birds and a morning moon

The herbs are still holding up in the midst of the beginnings of brown. I made lentils and beets with fresh mint and was delighted to still have fresh mint to use in it.

The birds were having a lovely time in the trees and bushes and a morning moon was particularly lovely.

The pair of cardinals have been around quite a bit. And they are lovely. Such a great splash of red.

And here is a lovely picture of Cara, just to round things out.