Tonight’s experiment and Tuesday’s

I was driving home thinking about clouds and paper and paint and had a “wonder what would happen if…” So after playing with the cats a little, I sat down and did a very quick experiment. This was taken very wet. We’ll see how it looks in the morning. The foreground and horizon stuff was just to get in some base colors – it was too wet to continue.

Also if you want to see a goofy experiment in time-lapse photography… Will try to do better positioning the camera next time.


Tonight’s Sky

Enjoyed stopping to watch the sky tonight. I was intrigued by the scalloped edges and all the different layers and types of clouds. As I started taking photos there was a guy moving around taking photos. Finally I said – I think your flash is on – probably not being helpful. Oh yes, it is, he said showing me photos – OF HIS JEEP – with and without flash, LOL. That’ll learn me to look at what the camera’s pointed at!

Click on the photo below for the whole Flickr album.

13 September 2017//

Tuesday, mostly at home

Yesterday I went for coffee, stopped at the vets to see about scheduling some new kitten appointments and ask about their time frame for neutering, then I went to Hand Hollow for a brief bit of painting before the Apple event and announcements.

And then it was back home to placate Miss Molly and keep the kittens going until we all collapsed into something that looked like this:

PS I can tell you catcam fans that one of the kittens has tried to use the webcam set up as a perch so it’s not pointing at the cats at the moment – will fix that when I get home.

Molly and the Kittens

There was a lot of hissing yesterday. Molly had retreated to the kitchen and stayed there since Friday night. Yesterday, I successfully barricaded her into the kitchen for a little while. Then I reversed it and put the kittens in the bathroom by themselves with the door closed for a few hours. Molly came right out and enjoyed the sun and spent time with me getting lots of ear rubs and skritches. Then I heard the thump-thump-thump of little paws coming down the stairs. They’d escaped again!

Molly came within about 4 feet of them, fiercely hissing (not an aggression sort of thing more like a “I’m big I might hurt you stay away!” sort of device) and allowing me to still pet her. Then she headed back to the kitchen. The kits got scooped up and put back in the bathroom for a little longer and then released. There is still awhile of hissing yet to do but I think we’re on the road to successful integration.

And the cat cam shows Molly out and around today:

Advice worth pausing for

Today’s a day when we remember and reflect on the violence thrust upon us as a nation and many people as individual human beings on that clear blue-sky morning of September 11, 2001.

A few months later I quoted Christoffer M. Carstenjen from his own website. Chris was one of two from the English/Morris dance communities killed. He was on UA flight 175 enroute to join a group of bikers for a ride up the California coast. Reading it today, I realized that much of it is now advice I pass on to younger co-workers and friends. Let’s resolve to live and live fully and well every day for as long as we have.

Best of all…..

Keep healthy, wealthy and wise. Your job is important, but don’t live for just your job! Keep active and an open mind. Practice random acts of kindness. Complement someone each day. Listen to all sides of a story before making a decision. Don’t be afraid to admitting on being wrong. Learn the meaning of Life. Try, please try, to live within your means. Don’t worry about saving money for your kids’ college costs, it means lots more if they pay their own way. Save at least 15% of what you make for retirement. Try to meet someone new everyday. Ann Landers really means well. Plan for the future. Listen and surround yourself with positive people and speakers. Don’t let the turkeys get you down. Write when you get work.. :-)

Take care,

aka Sir Sword Boy , The Porch Guy, and Mr. Wonderful

September 11, 2017


Photo by Pearl Yee Wong of the Michigan State University Museum

This year there is a lot of news chatter that is hurricane-related, understandable of course, but the September 11 reports have an oddly historical feel about them. We continue to remember and take the time to memorialize and to remember.

I grabbed the last Sunday Times
You stole my cab
We waited forever at the bus stop
We sweated in steamy August
We hunched our shoulders against the sleet
We laughed at the movies
We groaned after the election
We sang in church
Tonight I lit a candle for you
All of you

from — “Nine-Eleven” by Charlotte Parsons

Kitten/Cat Impressions

  • It’s impressive how much space two little kittens take up in a bed and how soundly they sleep. They got more sleep than I did but I did get some.
  • It’s also quite impressive how they can do things that seemingly defy the laws of physics (someone I know had a cat he insisted could pass through solid walls) and yet they seem to work like normal other times.
  • I was clearly delusional that I might be able to contain them for a night, a day, a couple of days in the bathroom. They were up and over that barrier in no time at all and up onto the bed in short order. They can also manage stairs up and down.
  • They ate an impressive amount of food last night and I didn’t put a lot more down for them this morning. I do know the ways of cats enough to know that they’ll keep eating past the point of being ridiculously sick and with a new type of food that would be impressive.
  • I was also quite impressed with how invisible Molly became last night after really encountering one of the free-ranging kittens. She’d come out to be with me (silent – not a peep from her) while I unboxed my new pens) but I couldn’t find her this morning. I’m sure she’ll come looking for me when I return home tonight.