Jimmy Outside!

A while ago we took Jimmy outside, I shared the picture of Johnny holding him a while ago, but I found this picture too! I held him too! He was scared at first, but he did like being outside. It was just such a big place for such a little kitten!

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
  2. Aperture: f/3.5
  3. Exposure: 1/15th
  4. Focal Length: 25mm
Felted Cat Toys (On Etsy!) 
I found out while making my other needle felted critters that cats love wool. I learned how to make felt balls, and made them so I could stuff them with catnip and a little bell, and with strings wrapped inside the felt. They were an instant hit with our brood, even the eldest cat who never ever plays with any toy. The catnip and bell are sewn into little pouches, so if your cats are crazy and they come free of the ball, they can be easily put back in, and the cats can’t ingest them. Felted Cat Toys (On Etsy!) 
I found out while making my other needle felted critters that cats love wool. I learned how to make felt balls, and made them so I could stuff them with catnip and a little bell, and with strings wrapped inside the felt. They were an instant hit with our brood, even the eldest cat who never ever plays with any toy. The catnip and bell are sewn into little pouches, so if your cats are crazy and they come free of the ball, they can be easily put back in, and the cats can’t ingest them.

Felted Cat Toys (On Etsy!) 

I found out while making my other needle felted critters that cats love wool. I learned how to make felt balls, and made them so I could stuff them with catnip and a little bell, and with strings wrapped inside the felt. They were an instant hit with our brood, even the eldest cat who never ever plays with any toy. The catnip and bell are sewn into little pouches, so if your cats are crazy and they come free of the ball, they can be easily put back in, and the cats can’t ingest them.

Spider-Cat Saves the Day!

Johnny drew Spider-Cat today while we were out to eat. Spider-Cat is the late Smokey in his super hero guise. I think this picture is adorable! It was drawn with crayons that came from Steak ‘n Shake, so I think he did awesome considering the quality of the crayons. My picture was… not so great. :D

Happy Gordon Day!

Gordon got lots of pettings this afternoon when he visited me at my desk. I managed to get a video of his funny faces and his bliss at the chin skritchens. This is quite delightful! Years ago when we first got him (has it really been almost two years now?) he would never have given up his defenses in such a way to be so relaxed like this.

Listed my latest abstract painting onto Etsy! It’s a very pretty abstract watercolor if I do say so myself. I made it by layering colors on top of one another and allowing the colors to run. I felt that letting the watercolor to breathe and take a life of it’s own was best for this work. I think it worked out well!

  1. Camera: Canon CanoScan LiDE 210

Hi!

Cheri wants to say hello! How are you? Are you having a good day? She’s having a good day! She got brushed, and her favorite spot this afternoon was full of sunshine so she got a long warm nap. Plus, I cleaned out her favorite spot in the bedroom, so she’s got a nice place to sleep tonight. 

Ara Insists on Old Lady Pettings.

When one telecommutes and one lives with cats, certain understandings come with the territory. One of them being you will get bugged by cats wanting to be petted. The thing that amazes me about this video is that Ara is 16, she’s never happy doing any extra work, but she will go to great lengths to get me to pet her. 

"The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction - until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books - and thus what they count as literature - really tells you more about them than it does about the book."

Brent Weeks (via victoriousvocabulary)

This is one of many reasons why you should never hesitate to write what is in your heart. Someone, somewhere, will connect to it, no matter what you write. You may have a thousand critics, but you will have one fan, and you may have changed the world to that one person, so isn’t that worth the criticism?

No, writing is not easy. It’s damned hard. But it’s worth it. (And you can change writing to “create something” if you create something besides the written word, of course.)

This is also why Brent Weeks is one of my favorite authors. :)

No Tag Backs in Cat Tag says the Rule Master.

Gordon insists on following every rule with cat tag, including no tag backs, even from humans. He made up the rule himself about two seconds before he got tagged because he didn’t want to be “It.” Probably because he wanted to relax, doesn’t he look like he’s about to kick back and slouch out all Jabba the Hutt style?

But no, we’re playing tag right now, and that means play time. Until Gordon instigated the “No Tag Back Rule,” that is. Sigh. What a way to ruin our fun, Gordon.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
  2. Aperture: f/4.5
  3. Exposure: 1/8th
  4. Focal Length: 75mm
New listing! This is the Earth ring I needle felted, it’s currently up on Etsy. It’s awesome! The ring is super comfortable, really cute, and as always, one of a kind.
More details of the ring can be found on the Etsy page, including how to purchase the ring. Of course if you want more or other planets, you can request them! I made a Jupiter one that I am going to list soon too! New listing! This is the Earth ring I needle felted, it’s currently up on Etsy. It’s awesome! The ring is super comfortable, really cute, and as always, one of a kind.
More details of the ring can be found on the Etsy page, including how to purchase the ring. Of course if you want more or other planets, you can request them! I made a Jupiter one that I am going to list soon too! New listing! This is the Earth ring I needle felted, it’s currently up on Etsy. It’s awesome! The ring is super comfortable, really cute, and as always, one of a kind.
More details of the ring can be found on the Etsy page, including how to purchase the ring. Of course if you want more or other planets, you can request them! I made a Jupiter one that I am going to list soon too! New listing! This is the Earth ring I needle felted, it’s currently up on Etsy. It’s awesome! The ring is super comfortable, really cute, and as always, one of a kind.
More details of the ring can be found on the Etsy page, including how to purchase the ring. Of course if you want more or other planets, you can request them! I made a Jupiter one that I am going to list soon too! New listing! This is the Earth ring I needle felted, it’s currently up on Etsy. It’s awesome! The ring is super comfortable, really cute, and as always, one of a kind.
More details of the ring can be found on the Etsy page, including how to purchase the ring. Of course if you want more or other planets, you can request them! I made a Jupiter one that I am going to list soon too!

New listing! This is the Earth ring I needle felted, it’s currently up on Etsy. It’s awesome! The ring is super comfortable, really cute, and as always, one of a kind.

More details of the ring can be found on the Etsy page, including how to purchase the ring. Of course if you want more or other planets, you can request them! I made a Jupiter one that I am going to list soon too!

Jimmy Enjoying the Sun

It’s Sunday, so I thought it was appropriate that Jimmy should enjoy the sunshine. This is a picture I had some fun altering to make it look more artsy. I think it came out making him look really fluffy. I was having fun with my phone settings! He looks so pretty when he stares up into the sunshine, I have to say. He’s such a gorgeous kitten!

  1. Camera: LGE Nexus 5
  2. Aperture: f/2.4
  3. Exposure: 1/24th
  4. Focal Length: 3mm

Cat-thulu Rises from the Depths Of the Bed..

Oh no! What are we going to do! Pet it, of course. Kendall makes a good cat-thulu. It makes sense, she is our actress cat, so slipping into the role of evil octopus monster from the depths of the ocean wouldn’t be a  hard role for her to play. She can play any role. She is that good of an actress. So when asked to play Cat-thulu and rise from the depths of the comfie bed so she could claim our spots on the pillows, she sighed, but went ahead and put on her make up and took on the role like a professional.

Old and BeautifulAra being miss priss with her dainty paws hanging off my pillow, but she’s got her old eyes and long droopy whiskers. She’s showing her age, but in a regal way. Her soft paws rub my head and she purrs in my ear every night, but I think on the purple pillow, she thinks she’s a queen!

Old and Beautiful

Ara being miss priss with her dainty paws hanging off my pillow, but she’s got her old eyes and long droopy whiskers. She’s showing her age, but in a regal way. Her soft paws rub my head and she purrs in my ear every night, but I think on the purple pillow, she thinks she’s a queen!

Look at dat foot! 

That foot! It’s so cute! Cheri’s got adorable toes, but she’s pretty scared of showing off her paws because she’s afraid no one will like them. I think her back tooties are cute because her foot pads are black and so is the fur, but only on her paws pads. Plus, if I tickle her toes, she stretches them out really wide and then attacks my fingers lightly to bring them to her face for chin scratchings. She’s too cute!

  1. Camera: Kodak Easyshare M753 Zoom Digital Camera
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/64th
  4. Focal Length: 6mm

Sleepy Jimmy Jammies

He likes the shelf I put up on the wall and has decided that it’s a great place for a nap now. I think it’s adorable because Jimmy always sleeps with his head hanging off the edge of the shelf just a tiny little bit. I think he knows how cute it makes him, and he’s a total schmooze for being adorable. He’s not even a year old yet and he already knows the business of stealing hearts.