Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Picture without Words / Ein Bild ohne Worte

The following photograph comes from my 1868 German annual of "Die Gartenlaube" (Garden Arbor) magazine.  The title of the picture is "A Picture without Words."  We see a German couple working with a spinning wheel.  Of course, wherever there are strings or thread, there is a cat!

Perhaps these costumes are clues to where these people lived?  The good old days!  Do you not wish you had to make your own cloth, and sew your own clothes, instead of buying clothing at a store?  (Maybe not!)  

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hello Kitty Toaster, Garfield, Cat-Food

     The Hello Kitty toaster can toast two items at once.  Perhaps I should not label it as a toy or a cat toy, as it is used to heat up human food.  It can be used for a sliced bagel, defrosting, reheating, as well as normal toast.  It has a hard plastic case, but the heat does not affect it, or cause it to melt!  I have had this more than a year now.

     My small piece of bread was not centered, but you get the idea.  Butter and strawberry jam went on that piece. Speaking of strawberries, here is a Hello Kitty strawberry I grew once.

Time to start toasting some more!


Digging around in some boxes in my garage, which is full of boxes, but no cars, I discovered a Garfield stuffed toy.  I remember him well.  He was manufactured in South Korea by DAKIN beginning in 1981.  According to the tag on the animal, mine was made in 1981.  He has suction cups on his paws.  The popular thing to do was to stick him on one of your 1980's or earlier automobile windows.  The suction cups on my Garfield are very aged, and will not hold him to a window very long.  He could use a wash as well.  His head turns around, and he has a button that says "stuck on you."  Many were made.  The old ones are not too hard to find.  Newer ones that look different can be purchased today!  


The subject of what to feed your cats, can be very controversial.  I do believe that the higher the quality of food you give them, the healthier they will be.  I have been trying out more expensive commercial cat foods that claim to have more "real" meat in them.  Some people actually make their own cat food.  Critics would say that vitamins and minerals the cat needs are not in the food you make yourself,  that is why you must purchase their commercial brand.  We all know that a cat will love eating any meat that comes off our OWN dinner plate!  Maybe I shall attempt to reach the middle ground, and give them both. 

 Some owners I know heat up their cat food, before dishing it out.  I have been against this practice, because the cat may expect his food heated every time, and not want to eat cold food.  Heating is extra trouble as well.  One day I thought of a simple way to warm up the cat food.  The food only gets warm, and not hot.  Opie especially likes her breakfast straight off the forced hot air heat register!  With warm weather coming, this cooking technique will be finished.

Old photo with snow on the ground

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Famous Quotes by Marigold

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
 And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Feline Cafe Control Center

Here we are at the Feline Cafe Control Center.  We had a large project recently.  We replaced Windows XP operating system with another.  April 8--today--microsoft no longer supports it's product.  My 8 year old HP desktop runs much better now.  I hate getting rid of things that work, and get the job done, just because they are old.  My house is full of many old things.  

The mania here is to buy the newest thing as soon as it shows up in stores.  You cannot live without it!  That would be a blog subject in itself, but I am trying to stay on the topic of cats as much as possible these days.  As you can see from the photos presented below, I have lots of technical help when I am trying to do something!

Talk to the tail!
Opie turns on her high-beam headlights to put a little light on the subject.

When am I going to get my turn at the keyboard, Opie?  I am writing the blog after this one.
Can I get some help over here?
It is a miracle I get anything done at this desk!  The soldiers standing on the computer tower keep the cats from sitting up there.  They do a good job, and deserve medals.  There are sometimes many casualties.

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