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Oh, the horror!  It’s so painful!

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What’s this I spy with my big, green eye?!

This cardinal sat on the post(s) chirping at Raven for some time.  (Apparently long enough for me to get these pix!)  She was nearly out of her mind wanting it.

*chatter* *chatter*  

*twitch* *twitch*  

Bird Alert!

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Here, birdie, birdie…you sweet tasty-looking morsel, you! Purr!  Purr!


Raven has some interesting habits, even for a cat.  She loves to brush herself:

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And loves to rub her face in/on shoes and socks.  LOL

Cats sure are characters.  That’s probably why cats are one of the most popular subjects on the internet – love ’em or hate ’em.  Who are we kidding?  EVERYONE loves cats!

Prowlin’ & Yowlin’

*Supermoon Update*

“Wildcat” Raven was true to form that night.  Not only did she race around the house, but literally crashed into me three times!  The first time in the hallway as she ran from my office to the kitchen porch, the second as I was going up the stairs, and third in the kitchen.  Just about took us both out.  Lord, she was so nuts she couldn’t even control herself!

At bedtime, Panda chimed in.  Crying on and on downstairs.  Who was she calling to?
Who knows… “Shhh!”  Crazy cat.

Come morning the house was strewn with catnip toys and the girls were zonked after their busy night of prowlin’ and yowlin’.  Husband insisted on waking them up a few times before leaving for work.  Karma: it’s a beast.

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Supermoon 2013

Tonight is a supermoon.   *wolf howl*  “Awoo!”

The past few nights have been (severe) storm-ridden and we are hoping tonight will be clear to see this moon.  (We also want our over-saturated yards to drain!)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology.[1] The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing. [2]

The next occurrence will be on June 23, 2013. This full moon will be the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.[3]

They occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle.

I’ve been wondering why there have been so many severe thunderstorms and so much rain here in MN recently.  Upon hearing of the impending supermoon, I’m thinking there is a connection.  Apparently some experts believe so.  At any rate, I’m relieved this recent spate of storms is over.  My heart goes out to everyone who suffered injury, damage and fear.

As a Human Resources professional, I learned many years ago that people and animals go crazy around a full moon.  Anyone who works in medical or law enforcement can also vouch for that.  It certainly holds true in our household this weekend.  Our cat Raven is completely bonkers.  It’s like she’s hopped up on super-nip the way she races around like a wildcat, plays with her toys and terrorizes her other furry sisters.

So how long do the effects of a full (super)moon last?
I for one am sure glad they only come along about as often as a blue moon!

What is it with Cats and Flowers?

And women & shoes?!

Birthday / Shoes

This birthday card and sign were sent to me by my sister-in-law, who has a serious shoe addiction.  She recently purchased the same shoe in six different colors! She has this great rule: if they cost < $50, they “don’t count”. LOL

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I should set up one of those photo shoots where the cat has a sign that says:

“I am a rose eater and I am unstoppable.  That is all.”

Well, maybe that should say “flower eater” as they go for any living plant matter in a vase.

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 “Lilacs?  meh.  Gimme the good stuff.”

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 “Now THIS is more like it…”

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 “Psst!!  Leave my flowers alone!  ~Yes, YOU!”

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*munch* *munch* *munch*  

Oy Weh… What to do?

My Girls Are 12 Years Old

How time flies when you’re having fun!  …So the saying goes.  I cannot believe Panda and Raven have been with us for 12 years.  Here they are exploring their new home in Duluth, MN shortly after arriving back in 2001.  Curious, 5-month-old kittens with sweet dispositions and a great talent for hunting mice and birds.  Seems like yesterday.

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In Duluth, we lived way out in the country on a lake, so the girls were free to roam and hunt as they pleased.  They brought home mice, shrews, birds, chipmunks and partridge (grouse).  Panda was even known to go after deer – hence her nickname “Deerstalker”!  (Of course she never even got close, but that didn’t stop her!)

in stalking mode

Silly Kitty!

Panda Another Tree Hugger

Ravi did love chasing birds in that backyard maple tree…

Cat in the Hat Panda 2005

Yes, this IS Photoshopped! LOL

In 2006, we relocated back to the Twin Cities and they became full-time house cats.  They were none too pleased to be kept inside all the time, especially with all those juicy, well-fed birdies and squirrels in the backyard!

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We’ve had some good times, and they still love sitting in the porch or window chattering at the birds (what I call their “Bird Alert”) trying to get those tasty little morsels to come to them.  The big ones (crows) excite them even more.  Such is the life of a suburban housecat.

To keep them healthy, we feed our girls a grain-free diet that includes the occasional bit of meat, eggs or fish.  Their special Birthday treat was a tin of sardines – their favorite!

Ravi eating sardines