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Happy Birthday, Hanarobi!

Happy birthday to the wonderful [personal profile] hanarobi!!! Here is a rose from beside the Youth Center in Greenbelt to tide you over until your roses start blooming soon.

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Bird Watching

For lbilover . This is a terrible pic--he don't got no head--but he is indeed a scarlet tanager and I'll be surprised if I ever get a better pic because they flit fast, but I got this view today:

This scarlet tanager boy was high up in a tree by the path around Greenbelt Lake. I think I saw the tanager girl nearby--olive with a light chest. And the most gorgeous bright tangerine oriole flit by about 4 feet in front of me. We were all very happy for sunny cool weather. It was a gorgeous day to take off from work.

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Soggy May

Life's been calm the past few weeks. I could do with some more of that. I saw a scarlet tanager out my living room window twice in the past week, and saw some Baltimore orioles down by the lake. The skinks came out when the sun peeped out today, and the mountain laurels are just starting to open up. Some of my hobbit posse here is coming out for a moot in a couple of weeks and I am very much looking forward to that.

Here's some pics from around the lake the past week in between the rains:

Lady slippers by my favorite mossy stump in the woods outside my apartment leading down to the lake.

American bullfrog down by the entrance pond of the little creek that leads down to the lake.

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My Fetching Grrl

Seven months now, and I'm missing my Saki so much. I just see her everywhere--just expecting her to walk up with tail held high, eyes meeting mine, and making greeting chirps.

I promised [personal profile] mews1945 some pics of Saki fetching. So here she is bringing back a cough drop in its wrapper that I threw for her. She's almost 3 here, when we were living in the old efficiency. I'm so glad she only spent half her life there and I was able to move us to this one bedroom with more views.

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Today would have been my Mom's 83rd birthday.

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Birthday Wishes and a Patapsco Valley Hike

Very Happy Belated Birthdays to blslarner and kittyfosterami !!! I hope it was a great birthday week for both of you.

I'm sorry I've been so absent lately. Things have been feeling hectic and busy--some good things, but a lot of stressful things.

But of the good things was the beautiful weather the last couple of days, and the gorgeous hike I went on today with the fun company of [personal profile] zlabya and a local women's hiking group to the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley Park, about half way between Baltimore and Westminster.

So let me take you on the trail:

It's lined with little wild flowers, though you can't see them too well in this pic--lots of violets and spring beauties, among others.

And here's the Patapsco River we walked along most of the way:

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When Saki First Came Home

Tonight is 6 months without Saki. Here are some of my first pics of her when I brought her home from the county shelter. Pre-digital pics. I'm still figuring out how to use a new Canon printer/scanner I got this weekend, that is way more complicated to figure out than it should be.

Basket full of love.

Comfortable on the sofa.

Sitting pretty in the bathroom window with her big wild eyes. She was a cute little kitty, but she just got more beautiful as she aged and became more steeped in love.

I miss you so much, little girl.

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My April Fools

I have this pair of New Balance sneakers that don't quite match.

Either that's an "N" when Moo stretches out like that, or a "Z" for Zorro!

In any event, today is her and her son Tuxie's designated approximate birthdays! Today Moo is 11 and Tuxie is 10. Happy Birthday to my silly Interlopers, who 10 years ago were strays outside my building, and decided being inside with cushions was best.

Happy Birthday Mooshka and Tuxie Tinuviel!

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My April Fools

I have this pair of New Balance sneakers that don't quite match. Either that's an "N" when Moo stretches out like that, or a "Z" for Zorro! In any event, today is her and her son Tuxie's designated approximate birthdays! Today Moo is 11 and Tuxie is 10. Happy Birthday to my silly Interlopers, who 10 years ago were strays outside my building, and decided being inside with cushions was best. Happy Birthday Mooshka and Tuxie Tinuviel! Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/195060.html with comment count unavailablecomments


Most Happy Birthday to the wonderful shirebound !!! I hope it is full of love, fun, and puppy snuggles and as sweet a day as you are, dear friend!!!! Here are some pretties that have shown themselves around the lake here the past couple of weeks that I hope you will enjoy seeing. ((My apologies on the lousy formatting of my posts of late--for some reason DW or LJ is not allowing me space between paragraphs and pictures and I haven't figured out why or how to reset it. *grumbles*)) Redbud tree blooms: Read more...Collapse ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/194255.html with comment count unavailablecomments

Happy Middle-earth New Year!

And who is more deserving of a vacation on the anniversary of the ring's destruction than Bingo or Frodo and Sam, I ask you? They quite enjoyed their time at the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum and strolling about. Read more...Collapse ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193960.html with comment count unavailablecomments

Spring Critters in MD

It's unusually warm today for March--upper 70's. So when I took a walk around Greenbelt Lake on my lunch break, I expected I'd see these guys emerge: But I didn't expect to see this adorable garter snake already in the season: Read more...Collapse ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193762.html with comment count unavailablecomments
A very happy birthday to the wonderful [personal profile] monkey5s!!! I hope you are having a day full of purrs and good cake. I hope you will enjoy seeing more critters at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Below you can see a prairie dog practicing tai chi chuan moves. Read more...Collapse ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193404.html with comment count unavailablecomments

A Bright Memory

Five months ago, there was a Saki. I miss you, little girl. Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193253.html with comment count unavailablecomments

Desert Museum Critters

They kept moving around my uncle's surgery day, but he got through his surgery well this afternoon, and I talked briefly to him this evening. That's a relief. And my cold is finally moving on, and my lower leg is feeling better, too.

Last Sunday, [personal profile] mererid took me to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, sort of a mix of a botanical garden and a zoo. We only walked around a little more than half of it, but still saw a lot. My favorite critter viewing was of those who hung around free outside the enclosures, like this hummingbird:

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Happy Birthday i_o_r_h_a_e_l!!!

Happy belated birthday, dear i_o_r_h_a_e_l !!! Here is a big local Arizona kitty in an enclosure in the Tucson Desert Museum, a pretty mountain lion, who wishes you a happy birthday and hopes you bring some good kitty treats for a mathom. (-:


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Tucson and Back to Reality Again

I had a great trip for a couple of days visiting my awesome and lovely best friend[personal profile] mererid. She picked me up in Phoenix and drove me down to Tucson to stay with her and her excellent partner R and their exuberant and well-coddled quaker parrot, Baby. Sunday we drove into the Tucson Mountains southwest of town to the Tucson Desert Museum.

There we saw nicely landscaped local flora, and fauna in enclosures, but I especially enjoyed seeing the fauna not in enclosures, and I'll show you lots more pics in another post. My hobbit dolls had fun there, too. We also drove around some of the neighborhoods of Tucson and its signature murals.

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Praise Be To the Universe!

It is amazing how absolutely elated I am because I just spied a free parking spot in the parking lot before my building--the lot was all filled when I got home and every time I checked the window since I got home. So I raced (or kind of hobbled speedily because my knee is hurting) down the stairs to my car down the block, looking over my shoulder constantly lest the spot be taken before I reach my chariot, got in, drove safely but quickly, and parked in the miraculous spot before any one else got to it. Score!!!

OK, I do have good reason for my demented joy this time: I have to take Moo to the vet for her yearly checkup first thing in the morning, and I was not looking forward to boxing her, leaving her, going down to get the car and parking with blinkers in front of the building and running back up to bring her down on a very cold morning and the extra 10 minutes that could involve--sucky for both of us. So my life just became soooooo much BETTER! I have brought down a mastodon and now my tribe will not go hungry! I am an awesome slayer of parking spots!!!

But it is really amazing the amount of stress and relief there is in my life over finding the rare specimen of a close parking spot after 4pm. Days are sometimes planned around this quest, especially before an early morning with things to carry out, and most especially before trips and vet appointments. Some days I get home in the evening expecting the worst (OMG!!!) and I will have to park across the main street, or I'm coming home with groceries and will have to put on my blinkers and park the car in front of the building, get the groceries all upstairs in a couple of trips, and then move my car to that Distant Land of Utter Dejection--oh the agony! And then sometimes I come home late, with no expectations, no glimmer of hope, and I have to pull all the way into the parking lot because there is no way to see if all spots are taken without driving all the way in, and then dulcet voices sing forth and THERE IS A SPOT OPEN BEYOND ALL HOPE!!!! And all of a sudden I am sooo happy!

This is my eternal quest. Not unlike my fervent prayers that the coin washer and dryer in the basement will be free when I need it. Life is so strange and filled with unexpected struggles, torments, and joys. Just thought I'd share.

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Music vids--SCOTS!

[personal profile] baranduin asked us to post music vids we like, so I looked up my favorite local band from my Chapel Hill, NC days in the 80s and 90's who are still playing now--Southern Culture on the Skids (SCOTS). They put on one hell of a concert and I don't think the vids can capture the dancing energy. They do very fun, campy rockabilly, or swampabilly as they name it--hilarious, though sometimes the offensiveness outdoes the campiness, the playing is always top notch and food is a favorite subject for them.

Daddy Was a Preacher, Momma was a Go-Go Girl:

Put Your Teeth Up on the Window Sill:

Come On and Get It:

Life has been solo busy--I will update soon.

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Happy Birthday, Cali!

Happy Birthday to ancalime8301 !!! I hope you get some good cuddle time with your sweet kitties to celebrate.

Here's a sunset by Greenbelt Lake from last December to relax by:

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The storm is winding down here and we didn't lose power around here--I am grateful. It started here around 1 pm yesterday and should be ending in an hour or two. After I dug out my car this afternoon, I slogged around fording a path around my building and measured the snow in a few spots--it ranged form 13 to 18 inches. We should have a few more inches since then. We got off a little lighter int he NE corner of the Beltway than folks to the west of us. Here's out my living room window:

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I got an email from President Obama in response to a petition I signed a number of weeks ago about accepting Syrian refugees, and it's a really great statement, so I'm posting it here:

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This is a crisis we cannot ignore and it will worsen over time. If we do nothing, we risk letting an entire disaffected generation grow up in refugee camps or grow up displaced and threatened by terrorists. That is why part of keeping this country safe requires forcefully affirming to the rest of the world that we will not close our hearts or our borders to those in need. Helping those who have been pushed to the margins of our world makes us safer, and turning our backs on them would be a betrayal of our values.

We, as Americans, have always been a people who ask what we can do to help. We will continue to protect ourselves while welcoming those desperately seeking the protection we can provide. That is why the United States of America has stepped up as the largest donor of humanitarian assistance and has committed to the resettlement of at least 100,000 refugees this year—including 10,000 Syrians.

As long as I’'m President, I will do everything in my power to keep the American people safe and to ensure our country remains what it has always been—a beacon of hope to all who seek it.


Barack Obama

Visit WhiteHouse.gov

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Happy Birthday, Synecdochic!

Tuxie was at a formal gathering of fellow tuxedo kitties, and heard from Ginny and Noah that it was [personal profile] synecdochic's birthday, so he made sure that we wish you a very happy birthday.

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] synecdochic!!!

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Happy Birthday, Ny!

A very happy birthday to [personal profile] browngirl!!!

I hope it's the beginning of a wonderful year for you of lower stress, lots of creative time, and the lots of love you deserve. *squooshes*

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The Force Awakens Review

I saw TFA yesterday.  Mixed review. I was a teenage Star Wars fan, the same time I was falling in love with LotR. Loved the first movie, was mixed on the next 2--did not like the prequels--I think I saw the 2nd prequel but not the third. I just wasn't interested in the making of a psychokiller.

So, I liked much of TFA, but I didn't love it. I had problems with some of the story and depictions of violence.


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Happy Birthday, Baranduin!

A very happy birthday to [personal profile] baranduin from Moo and Tuxie and me!!!! Moo and Tuxie ask Scout, Teddy, and Harry to give their Fooder 1 lots of love and purrs today, and no surprises to step on.

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Happy Chanukah!!!

A happy time of lasting light to you all, if you celebrate Chanukah or not.

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Owning Your Mouse

Today is 2 months since I lost Saki. I'm doing a much better job this month of focusing on being grateful for the 16 years I had in the company of that magnificent cat-being than on the sadness of her ending. There are days, and times, but it's not as raw as last month. I am so grateful for the support from my flist friends who held me up during the worst of it. I couldn't get through without you. Thank you. (((((((FLIST)))))

Below is another favorite pic, this of Herself with a wool catnip-filled mouse an old friend made and sent for her. She tended to love her newest toy and her newest bed most, but her fondness for this mouse lasted many years and it stayed in her latest beds.

It's also 9 years today since my dad died--tomorrow would have been his 88th birthday. The 15th will be 5 months since Mom died. He and Mom have 4 siameses tucked around them, but maybe Saki is visiting with them tonight, too.

Is that a smiling kitten cat, or is that a smiling kitten cat? So fluffy sweet and soft, but look at the strength in that possessive paw. THIS MOUSE. IS MINE. GO ME! LOVE U.

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OK, let's see if this works:


Here is one of my favorite pics--Saki rolling and mugging on her new blankie made by [personal profile] claudia603

Saki loving her gift from Claudia 12-17-09

Just in time for the Thanksgiving Day holiday: I discovered today something I forgot. I filmed Saki in June. I'm afraid it's a bit dark, so you don't get the best view of her face, but her innate fluffiness is clear to view. Only watch with sound if you can stomach the voice of a fond human making inane chatter to her beloved cat. But if you don't turn up the sound you will miss the 3 absolutely adorable meows Saki makes in the the first half minute or so--the very best part of this 5 minute long vid of Saki cavorting on top of her cat tree and licking my hand while I pet her. The first meow is right after I first call her name, so listen for it, and the third meow is just a slight burble she makes after I imitate her second yeow, so you'll have to listen closely for it. (-:

NOTE: If the vid doesn't load right when you click on the below link, and gives you a message saying you can't watch it, click on the second (bottom) vid pic on the vid folder under it.

And now, for your holiday viewing pleasure:

Saki: The Movie!

ADDENDUM: Go here to see Saki: The Movie!

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