From our family to yours…Merry Christmas!!
It was the most wonderful day of the year! Our cats got their first taste of pansies this fall...Read More
I didn't really intend to feed the squirrels at my bird feeders...at least my cats are enjoying their new playmates at the window!Read More
While stuck inside over Thanksgiving break during that annoying series of cold fronts, Whiskey and I played with my flashes. We set up my softbox and reflector and experimented with key lights and fill lights. We tried manual mode and ETTL mode. The hardest part was getting Whiskey to sit still! I had to break out my stuffed puffin to serve as model while I experimented. Then I brought in …Read More
Whiskey says that we're overdue for a post about cats - after all, this blog was inspired by cats and turtles! He asked me to share some pictures that we took this afternoon. Rich and I joke that Whiskey is black and white and pink all over because his skin is pink underneath his fur. (And because he has the most adorable pink nose!) So today I put a pink …Read More
It's the most wonderful day in Squirt's year! Pansies-R-Us (a.k.a. Lowe's) has fresh six-packs of pansies. Squirt has waited six months to devour his favorite flower! Squirt loves his six-packs. As soon as we walk out onto the porch carrying one, Squirt comes running up to his, meowing his head off. Then the leg-rubs and tail-hugs ensure as Squirt anxiously awaits his favorite leafy greens. It's a yearly tradition that …Read More
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people in the world! Our cats wanted to share their birthday wishes and advice… Don't wear your cat grass or your birthday cake on your chin. Look for something unexpected, whether it be a lizard, hummingbird, or Mr. Warbles! Good things come to those who are patient. Note: birds get startled by the chatter of excited teeth! Stretch out and get comfortable. It's …Read More
Move over, Filter Boy - I have a new camera assistant! He's black and white and pink all over. I think he's the most adorable little boy in the whole world. :) Regular readers of my blog may remember when Whiskey fit into my Beast's lens hood. Whiskey is two years old now, and he's a curious little thing. He loves to help me with my camera equipment. I was …Read More
It's hard to believe, but our "kitten" Whiskey turned two today! Happy birthday, Whiskey Loopy! You've come a long way since we first adopted you… This is a recent snapshot of the birthday cat in one of his favorite poses - sitting at the window! Our neighbors remark that they always look for the cats sitting in our windows. Whiskey Loopy is especially fond of the frogs that jump up …Read More
I took soooo many pictures this weekend! I filled my cards with the Sandhill Cranes at Circle B, then again with the Ospreys at Blue Cypress Lake. It was awesome! It feels so good to get back out with my camera. Just in time for my favorite time of the year, bird nesting season! I spent this evening going through Sandhill Crane pictures. Hopefully I will have a blog post …Read More
Squirt is hereby charged with aiding and abetting a hoodlum! On Monday morning at 6 a.m. the hoodlum, one Whiskey Loopy, was apprehended in the hallway without his bell collar. Kittens in "stealth mode" are prohibited from wandering the house, by order of Goldilocks. Goldy hereby accuses Squirt of romping with his brother and releasing the safety collar clasp. The collar was found concealed behind the litter box. Never fear, …Read More
Whiskey Loopy is proud to announce that his kitten story is now available along with Goldy's and Squirt's! If you haven't noticed these links on my site before, let me give you a little bit of background information. When I was a little girl, my parents used to read to me the story I am a Kitten, by Ole Risom. We read it together so many times that we all …Read More
Whiskey Loopy wants to wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day! The picture below is Loopy's favorite new hangout - the back of the couch. It's right next to where we keep the cat treats. Whiskey jumps up and looks cute every time he wants a treat…many, many times a day!
I was able to catch Whiskey Loopy in action yesterday. He likes to chase his "loopies" (his little spring toys) around the house, but he buries them under furniture and then can't play anymore. Usually he waits for Mom to come and fish them out, but sometimes bored cats sometimes have to take matters into their own paws. Whiskey is now over a year and a half old, but he …Read More
All throughout this Christmas season we've had ornaments mysteriously coming off the Christmas tree. We'll walk in and find them scattered on the floor in the general vicinity of the tree. The cats, of course, deny all knowledge. But today I think I might have found one of the culprits red-pawed… Of course Whiskey can't be too far from Squirt…and a split second after I took the first picture, this …Read More
Merry Christmas! This year Rich has been having fun with his Santa iPhone apps. One of them is a naughty or nice scanner. You take someone's picture, and it analyzes the person and determines whether he is on the naughty list. We tried it out on the cats and it was pretty accurate. ¡Feliz Navidad! ¡Feliz Naughty-Cat! Prospero año y felicidad… We want to wish you a Merry Christmas! …Read More
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for Whiskey Loopy! The stockings were hung on the staircase with care in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there and Goldy in her cat-bed and Squirt in his box had settled down to dream of birdie flocks When out in the hall there arose such a clatter They sprang from their beds …Read More
If you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you also can't keep a young cat from discovering some! Whiskey's latest trick is to turn lights on and off. We started to be suspicious when random lights started coming on around the house. Then we started to notice him jumping up to paw at the light switches. Now he even lets me make videos of him being silly!
I needed something to cheer me up today. What could be better than our loopy kitten? This one was taken as he peered through the banisters at me. You know how it is with kittens, they go from tearing around the house in one second to falling asleep in the next… This video was taken as our jumping jack tried to say hello to the frog on the window…
Squirt is the "Vampire Cat" tonight - and he didn't even have to dress up! Seriously, I took this picture of him when he was gawking at a nearby lizard. But those big long teeth are great for Halloween…
Oh happy day! Squirt sent us to Lowes yesterday to check for his favorite leafy greens. We've been anxiously awaiting this day since we had our last pansies last spring. Lucky for Squirt, Lowes had them! So today our cats got their first pansy fix in months. Squirt likes to tear at the leaves and yank apart the plants. Whiskey sits daintily and nibbles on the flowers. Goldy nibbles on …Read More
I think I have finally perfected my technique for photographing Whiskey Loopy. He's such a curious little guy, and whenever I get down on the floor with my camera to take his picture, I end up with a sweet pink nose investigating the lens hood. He just won't sit still! But I found that if he's sitting in the window and interested in a bug or a lizard, I can …Read More
It's almost the first of October, which means that Squirt and Whiskey have just another month to wait until PANSIES!!! (These leafy greens are a feline favorite in our household.) Enjoy the cooler weather and the promise of things to come!
Today Rich and I must admit that we are sometimes guilty of shameless cat manipulation. Our cat Squirt has very long fur, which tends to tangle if we don't occasionally brush him. Except he doesn't like to be brushed. He scratches and claws and growls and bites. Rich got me leather gloves many years ago, but lately those haven't been doing the trick. So we stooped to offering Squirt a …Read More
…a nice big pot of fresh cat grass! All three of our cats go nuts over this stuff. You can buy it in bulk and save a ton of money. Now we know what we're getting Missy for Christmas! (ssh! don't tell!) Squirt and Whiskey provided a review of our recent Amazon purchase. Mmm…good! Photo courtesy of Rich and his iPhone :)
It was one year ago today that we brought a tiny black-and-white kitten home. Whiskey Loopey has been such a joy in our house ever since! We now refer to Whiskey and Squirt as "Mischief and Mayhem." I'm not sure which is "Mischief" and which is "Mayhem" - and it doesn't really matter, because the two are inseparable! Watch out, Goldilocks!
Our kitten Whiskey turns one year old today! It's hard to believe how much he has grown… We love you, Whiskey!
We celebrated Squirt's birthday this weekend – he is now eight years old! Carla came over and surprised him with a toy cat racetrack. You can assemble it in a bunch of different ways, then bat a ball around it. As is often the case in our house, our kitten Whiskey took over the toy as soon as we set it up. He had a great time with it. Now …Read More
Rich and I enjoy making up silly words to songs about our cats. I've been meaning to post some to the blog for a while. This weekend's rainy weather motivated me to actually do it, in honor of Whiskey's nine-month birthday in a few days. (Our apologies to the original song writers…) Whiskey's Song – Feelin' Loopy Slow down, you grow too fast! You've got to make your kittenhood …Read More
Our oldest cat Goldilocks has been a little hesitant to welcome 9-month-old Whiskey Loopy into our family. Whiskey just doesn't understand that all cats don't want to play or be chased all day long! But she can be pretty sweet with him when he's not threatening her Personal Bubble…
Rich took this picture of Whiskey over our Christmas break. Doesn't he look comfortable? :) One of Whiskey's many nicknames is "Squeaky"…check out this sound clip that Rich recorded while I was playing with him. :)
Whiskey is eagerly anticipating his first Christmas. Every year I cross-stitch a dated ornament for our tree, and this year's featured the newest member of our family. Merry Christmas Eve!
On Thanksgiving Day, it's important to pause and give thanks for the good things in life… Goldilocks gives thanks for her blue blanket for cushy cat-naps, for her bird-bird-birds in the yard, and of course, for the people who feed cats dinner at 1:30 in the afternoon. Squirt gives thanks for cuddle nap time, for his two favorite Ps (Pansies and Porch time!), and for the little brother that keeps …Read More
One more day and then nine wonderful days off!!!!!
It's the most wonderful day of the year…for cats, that is. Rich and I took a trip to Pansies-R-Us and found the first of fall pansies!! Squirt's favorite treat is a nice six-pack of pansies. He's taught us to carefully select plants with lots of leafy greens. Today was Whiskey's first experience with pansies, and he liked them a lot. Goldy watched approvingly from behind. Happy day!
Our kitten Whiskey just keeps on growing! He's getting heavier every day. Even Squirt has noticed the difference, and has started to be a little less gentle with Whiskey when they romp. (Well, what do you expect a boy to do when his little brother tackles him?)
It's hard to believe that we've had Whiskey for almost three months now. He's gotten so big! Dinner time is a real hoot — we start getting pleading meows from Squirt and squeaks from Whiskey in unison. One of the reasons we got Whiskey was to provide a young, energetic companion for our two older cats. Squirt has certainly taken to his new little playmate, and the two of them …Read More
There are all sorts of reports of migrant warblers across the state on Birdbrains this week. I've been watching the neighborhood for Bow Tie, our Yellow-Throated Warbler that comes to our yard each winter. I'm a little disappointed that I haven't seen him yet. At Wild Birds Unlimited two weeks ago they told me that people were starting to report Painted Buntings. I've had my millet out for a few …Read More
I forgot to post a very important milestone about a week ago: Whiskey caught his first lizard! Our new kitten is a little over four months now. He's just adorable. He loves to play with his big brother Squirt. Whiskey was featured on the Cats are My Love website not too long ago. On a birding note, work interfered with fall migration photography again today. But I did see a …Read More
This is a special guest post by our cat Goldilocks. We call Goldy our resident ornithologist. She spends most of her days at our windows, watching outside to see the birds there. When she was younger, a call of "bird bird bird!" from anywhere in the house would bring her running. Now she is training our kitten Whiskey in the beginnings of bird-watching… Now, Whiskey, stop chasing after kitten toys …Read More
For years, Squirt has liked his pink mice best of all his toys. Rich reminds him that little boys are not supposed to like pink, but Squirt didn't care. Now Whiskey's toys are the springy-thingees, and Whiskey also prefers the pink ones. But a funny thing has been happening. Every time we get out a new pink toy, it disappears! We have three suspects listed in the disappearance of the …Read More
Whiskey decided that we should celebrate my birthday by giving him toys. He's been having a blast with these little springy toys that Rich found on Amazon. He chases them all over the house for hours on end. He's particularly adorable when he carries them around in his mouth. Whiskey is starting to take an interest in the windows, and the birds and butterflies that move outside. Goldy is teaching …Read More
Squirt was dismayed when I took his potted catnip plant outside a few weeks ago. But after a few good rains, the plant has quadrupled in size. Now Squirt gets to teach Whiskey the joys of playing with catnip… Now this is cool…this post was brought to you via my iPhone. I took the picture with the iPhone camera and I'm blogging using the WordPress app. :-)
The rain and heat have been keeping Rich and me from taking our afternoon walks. Indoors, my best photographic subjects tend to be our cats. We've had Whiskey for three weeks now, and he's grown so much!! Check out the highlights from playtime below…
So some proud photographer parents pose their two or three year olds with super-telephoto lenses, showing how the lens is taller than the kid. I thought it'd be fun to pose our new kitten in the Beast's lens hood. I figured he'd be so cute sitting inside it, and I'd look back in a few months and wonder, "Did he ever really fit inside there?" Reality check…Rich put Whiskey in …Read More
I'll digress from my usual nature photography posts to show you some pictures of the newest member of our family. We adopted a little kitten today. Meet Whiskey Lou, which we will likely shorten to just "Whiskey". Goldilocks and Squirt are adapting surprisingly well to the new little intruder. It's fun to have a kitten around again. He's so tiny! I pick up Squirt and think, "Whoa! You are huge!" …Read More
Squirt thinks it unfair that feline study-buddies are not allowed to attend graduations. He spent long hours helping Aaron with calculus! He worked so hard that he put himself to sleep. Look at that big yawn! So Squirt wants to join in and congratulate Aaron on his accomplishments…
Goldilocks had a great time watching a little frog that hopped onto her window. Then she got bored and gave a big yawn. Sometimes the camera doesn't always catch her most dignified moments!! :)
Rich gave me the most awesome lens ever for Christmas! The weather has been gross (cold front = cold + wind) and so I haven't been out to Circle B with the lens yet. But here are a few pictures from around the house… Every time I get a new lens or piece of camera equipment, my first subject of my first picture is my cat Goldilocks. We've had this …Read More
Missy let me take a picture of her this weekend. She didn't even hiss!
It's hard to do much photography at night when it's already dark when you get home…so Rich and I resort to making up holiday parodies of songs. This one is in honor of our cats Goldilocks and Squirt, intended to be sung to the tune of "Santa got Lost in Texas" (with our apologies to Jeff Carson)… Goldy was keeping watch one night on Christmas Eve when she saw a …Read More
We put up our Christmas decorations today. Squirt helped!
…a fresh pansy for a twerpy cat! (A pansy a day keeps the doctor away!)
It's the most wonderful day of the year! Squirt has been dreaming of this day for the past six months, ever since he took his last bite of pansy back in the early spring. He's been getting pretty desperate, too. I found this note in my car after work this afternoon: So we stopped at Lowes this evening, and they already have pansies! I think they're about a week early …Read More
We had "Squirt's Delight" (a.k.a. ham) for dinner. Squirt was ecstatic. Then he had to take a very long bath!
Rich made Goldy and Squirt a cat house out of a big box. Goldy approves!
We have a little tradition at our house that the first picture taken with any new piece of camera equipment must be a picture of Miss Clock. So we followed tradition today when Rich broke down and gave me my Canon 7D one day early. Squirt didn't want to be left out, so he posed cutely by the window. This new camera is so totally awesome. It does a great …Read More
We promised to look after Pickles this weekend. Squirt took us very literally and kept a very close eye on him! I had a lot of fun with Photoshop, and Rich and Mum-mum had fun egging me on. First we added Zach and Cody to the party, then Goldilocks (asleep, like usual!), then Beaky, then our resident squirrel, and finally, a dove. The caption for Peter and Carla will be, …Read More
It's time for our favorite window-cat birdwatchers to wake up and start thinking about birds again! This morning a cardinal father and baby spent the whole morning chasing each other around the yard (including several stops on the porch roof, where they made lots of noise that intrigued the gatitos!) Mum-mum reported hearing a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher in her yard yesterday. Birders on badbirdz saw Yellow Warblers at the Circle B …Read More
We knew you could mieu it!
I just finished reading Mastering EOS Flash Photography, the reference guide on flash that I've been looking for for several years. It explains all about the theory and principles of flash, as well as what Canon products are required for specific kinds of shots. It's an awesome book. So when it rained this evening, I tried to apply some of my new knowledge. First I tried some shots of Squirt, …Read More
Squirt likes helping Aaron with his calculus! The problems are hard, and Aaron's solution manual is a comfortable place to sleep while Squirt waits for Aaron to get the correct answer.
This afternoon I observed a very light-colored House Finch at the front feeder. The patches of light brown, almost white, on his face were intriguing, so I got out the camera for a closer look. With my zoom lens I could see that this was a juvenile bird, molting into his male adult plumage. Goldilocks was more interested in the backs of her eyelids than in watching the bird-bird outside …Read More
I took pity on my pansy-loving kitty tonight. After replanting one of my flower beds with summer flowers from Lukas, I re-potted some of the old pansies and put them in a pot on the porch for Squirt. I got many purrs for thanks!
Rich and I went on vacation to Callaway Gardens this week, and our neighbors took care of Goldy and Squirt for us. We thought we left Carla, Peter, and Aaron in charge, but apparently Pickles was the one who really kept Squirt in line:
Squirt is such a vocal little cat. He's getting more vocal as he gets older, too. Rich took this video out on the porch the other day:
Missy went for a whole day without hissing…nope, haha, April Fools! ;-)
The squirrel was back! He seems to be making his home around here…we keep seeing him around the feeders. So Squirt and the Squirrel had a bushy-tail contest. Who do you think won?
Squirt got his last pansies of the year (don't tell him, but we can't find them at Lowes anymore. Now he has to wait until next November for more.) We saw about 8 robins digging for worms under a tree at work this morning. They surprised us, since Rich's parents said the robins are already back up in Pennsylvania. Maybe the crazy weather is affecting the migration?
This is where Squirt thinks his pansies come from…and he'd like a few more, please!
This has been a Florida record - eight straight days of freezing weather! Rich was concerned that Squirt might get too cold in his room at night, so he made Squirt a tent over his cat bed. Squirt approves!
Wanted: new waitress for Missy's Diner. Qualified applicants must possess a basic knowledge of ornithology and a willingness to bird watch without knocking over every item on Mum-mum's desk. Preference will be given to felines who do not squeak at, paw at, or otherwise startle their avian customers. For more information, contact Miss Mess at 1-800-CATBIRD. (Squirt need not apply.)
I caught my favorite little birdwatcher goofing off on the job today…
Squirt says that I haven't posted enough pictures on this page of the backyard birdwatchers, and since I wasn't home today to photograph the birds, here's one of my favorite birdwatchers. (The orange birdwatcher was too busy being sleepy to pose for a picture!)
Even Mr. Squirt is likely to get presents this Christmas because the cats have an "in" with Santa…they know his wife, Missy's Claws!
Dear Santa Claws, We've tried so hard to be good kitties this year! Goldy has been a perfect angel cat, and Squirt, well, Squirt could have been bad so many more times. So please, Santa, please visit our house and bring us the following… a six-pack of pansies for Squirt's chewing pleasure a few goldyfinches to amuse us at our window a whole cup of yogurt just for Goldy! a …Read More
Oh happy day! Despite the record heat, Lowes began stocking pansies, so Squirt got his first pansy fix of the year. Then he got to spend the whole afternoon out on the porch…what more could a little kitty cat want?
Squirt spent the weekend relaxing on the porch in the warm sunshine. He kicked back on the grill and popped open a new six-pack…of pansies, of course!!