Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Selfies On Christmas Sunday...Late...On Tuesday! Belated Happy Birthday To Pipo & Happy Early Birthday To Minko!

Phew, what a title that is, MOL!
Petcretary has been so busy she has not had time to visit blogs at all, let alone make one until now, and Christmas has been and gone, and Pipo's Birthday too. Petcretary was working over the holiday weekend, and our unfurbros were here  too...and they still are. We didn't even do presents here until late on Monday, Phooey! She made a big dinner on Friday the 23rd, because she was off that day, but it meant that  she spent the larger part of the day in the kitchen, because on a paleo diet, all food is not processed and most things get made from 'scratch'...and since this is a relatively new way of doing things in this family, it means that much time gets spent hunting for good recipes to use. And yes the noms were deemed yummy by all who ate them...even the organic whipping cream! Dog-guy got to lick that bowl out. Some was offered to the feline chapter of this furmily, but it was not touched...Hmmm...

She made a slow cooker meal for Sunday; Christmas so that she could eat with the whole gang before rushing off to her work.
They had to fend for themselves on Saturday...no wait, she made a big casserole with a spaghetti squash after the dinner on Friday...sheesh, all this cooking and no blogging is stinky. At least we got to watch burd TV and investigate the presents under the tree. And sit on laps...and after the unwrapping of them all, the paper was fun to sit/lie on and hear it rustling:)

And Minko discovered a not too well hidden set of earbuds...with the usual result of severed cords, MOL! Minko strikes again!

When petcretary came home from her work on Christmas night she had had a trying shift, and she also had to deal with a death...poor man. She had to help a newer employee through the process...TMI, OK, enough already...so she did not at all feel like doing anything  on Monday, Boxing Day as she knows it from her Canadian upbringing.

So she gave Pipo his present, some new nip toys and some other springy toys but he was not that interested, MOL! He just wanted to have belly rubs! Yes?? Well that is easy to do and the purring machine was in full action!!

And on Thursday it will be Minko's Birthday. Petcretary has to work that day, too...go figure. Sheesh!
So we are catabrating both birthdays here...one late and one early! Seems good to us!!

Minko and Pipo are 12 now. Since kitty number one; (Groucho); there has not been a kitty here that lived past 11, so this is a nice milestone to reach in our minds:)

This came from 15&Meowing; Thanks!
Thanks, Phoebe and company!

Pipo received this nice memento from Tundra, from our good furends at Catster:
Thanks,Tundra and furmily!
From one of Pipo's Catster clubs

Just in, this came from the vet...

This is where we will post any mementos/cards for Minko...

From Manytoes, of Catster along with his furmily
This is from Minko's Vet

From a club in Catster

Here are our Christmas selfies:

Stink eye time, MOL!
Minko is in silly mode...must be too much nip, MOL!

Dog-guy is tired of all the posing.
Pipo is glaring at petcretary because she keeps taking pictures...and she was too busy to give a purr-purr pawrty...
Happy, Merry Belated Evfurrything!

And all the snow you saw?? Most has melted and turned the landscape into a muddy morass. MrJackFreckles is not complaining one bit, BOL!!

We will show you all our cards soon, after the petcretary can garner them all together...

We are Christmas-ily; Happy Birthday-ing, Hopping along with The Cat On My Head who host this Selfie Hop each week. Thanks for keeping it up, its so much fun!

Our Christmas card as mailed out with the snails...feel free to take it here if you wish:)
(Sorry for this really long posting...What an epistle is has become...)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Our Selfie Sunday Christmas Card ~ And Snow!

Here is our Christmas card to all of our fellow bloggers and furends.
We hope you like it and we beg of you to feel free to snag this for yourselves, it is not 'locked'...

We hope you will have a wonderfur Christmas. And before we know it it will be 2017!!

Pipo reused last week's selfie, but Minko obliged with a new one...and so did Dog-Guy.
Anypaws we sure hope you will enjoy this season of Joy and Hope, Peace and Blessings.

We are deep in the midst of winter here, even though the calendar says it will still not be offurcially winter for a few more days. MOL! Tell that to the weather maker:)
There is a deep blanket of snow here, and the temp is 12F (-11.1C). Brrr! And tonight we may see the thermometer dip down to the zero mark or even colder. Too Cold!! Just too cold. And wind, oh my it howls and blows the snow all around. The roads are a mess and the plows have a hard time keeping up. So we all take extra time to go anywhere away from home, and if we can we just stay home. Of course us furryones love that:)
A tree in the neighbor's yard

This years unburned wood pile...

Wanna sit here for a while? The chairs have some nice soft cushions on them...
We might be able to melt some snow if we used the BBQ!!

Left over purple coneflower heads

More leftovers...
Remember this tree from the spring? Its our weeping cherry tree.
We would love to see this again! Spring cannot come soon enough!
Pawppy has a new toy to help in clearing the big snows, and it is getting good usage already.

Pawppy sure can make that snow fly!
 The birdies are eating the suet cakes and the seeds like voracious vacuums! Sorry Tabbies but here are some pictures for the others to see. Pipo just chatters and drools over them and paws the windowpanes sometimes. Minko watches them too but he is not as excited as Pipo. Maybe he heeds the Tabbies adages about burds, MOL!
Pipo is bird watching, while Minko just sleeps...
All these birdies are American Goldfinches in their winter feathering. In summer the males are bright yellow and black, with a bit of white, now they are difficult to tell apart.

They love to cling to this feeder 'sock'!

Suddenly Minko decides the birds might be interesting afterall, MOL!

We see chickadees, juncos, nuthatches and cardinals too. Not too many blue jays or other birds as yet.

We are watching the Burd Channel.

Waiting a turn on the feeder 'sock'.

All the finch 'closeups' are from before we had snow. They were hungry then, now they are ravenous!
Male Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker...before the snow came...
Female Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (they are much bigger than the downy, but look similar. The beak is heavier too.)
Downy woodpecker (Female)

Downy Woodpecker...taking a selfie??

Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Male RedBellied Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker, Male
Female Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker, Female
Red Bellied Woodpecker, Female
 Dog-guy does not like the snow at all, despite the fact that some pups just love it. Not for me he says...I need my green grass, BOL!
Off to see what pawppy is doing...
Thanks for cleaning the walkway, but your machine is way too noisy.
I want my grass back.
Sheesh, its too cold out here!
 One night at work, in the middle of a big snowy time, there were 4 deer looking for who knows what in the parking lot. Of course petcretary does not carry a smart phone in her pocket...and she doesn't even have one, BOL/MOL! Her cell phone is an old 'hello/goodbye' one, MOL! Later when she left work those same deer were strolling across the street...silly deer...they did not look too vishus to her, they looked lost and hungry in the snow; poor things...

Well, Petcretary has been way too busy lately and we apologize on her behalf for the lack of comments in your blogs and responses to them on ours.

She has had the plumbers here again on account of issues that came up after the Thanksgiving week watery messes, some of which included the toilet which was new in April, being ruined by the sediment in the black water after the well was fixed. UGH:(
They also put on new shut off valves to the washer and new hoses to the machine's water supply, the old ones were fixing to burst. Nope we don't need another round of flooding here...no wait...we *did* have that on past Friday night. Petcretary threw in her uniform and some towels, started the machine up and after a bit sat down at her confuser with a coffee and um...she heard a funny noise. Oh No! The washing machine overflowed yet again. (Which it had done after the well was fixed...) For pity's sake, the washer had just been inspected the day before and all was deemed well, except the hoses which were now replaced. So now that man has to come back and determine why this is happening...for the second time. (The water will not shut off...) The wet dry vac is getting good usage...sigh...and the washing machine has to be 'babysat' when we use it to make sure we are there to turn off the water supply at the right time in the cycle. Good grief.
Add the snow removal chores and the constant needing to bash down the icicles and using the roof rake...well, it keeps a peep out of mischief! Hah!

In between all that she wrote and sent out our Christmas cards. And of course some of you will be getting them if I had your address. If she forgot anyone it is not intentional, and she will return a card to whomever she gets any from:)
Merry Christmas!
And she put up the tree, its just a wee one, no space here for a full sized one, but it is pretty none the less. So far us kitties have not tried to play with it, unlike in years past with other smaller ones, which we pulled down so often, petcretary stopped using baubles on them...just lights and ribbon garlands...Christmas is so much fun for us feline...those trees are beckoning toys, MOL!

Dog-guy gets his fun from 'helping' the workers we have been seeing here...but we just go and hide!

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