Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Uschi & The Tree

Grrrr, I'm a powerful Uschi.

It looks like Big Lion Uschi
is pulling down the little tree,...



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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Grass Is Greener

The grass is truly greener on the other side of our fence.

Early in December I woke and decided I "needed" to replace the fence along the west side of our property. There were several reasons for this; 1) the fence line was 10'-20' inside the property line, 2) we have planted many trees along the property line outside of the fence, which makes it harder to water them, 3) the old fence wasn't straight, and 4) the old fence had a large grid pattern that the boys could easily jump through, if they wanted, not that they wanted to.

I set out pulling down the old fence, freeing it from all of the blackberries, pulling the posts, moving the posts and installing the new fence. About three weeks and a bit over 2500 feet of new fence later and I had gone all the way around the property. I just get going with something and well, I keep going. A friend's quick calculation of property "reclaimed" to our side of the fence, revealed that we got back a bit over a half acre of land and all the perimeter trees are now easily accessible.

One cool thing is that everything I put out on the road with a "FREE" sign on it goes away. I hauled all 2500 feet of the old tangled fence, out to the road and within 3 hours it was all gone. A little white truck was spotted driving slowly down the road with big rolls of fence piled high.

"One man's junk is another man's treasure." >;-)

The new fence line is straight, and now

all of the little conifers are now back on "our side."

What is this ?

I'm not sure,...

Wow, it goes way down there,...

Dad,.... look at all the "new" yard,...

Tanji has had several run-ins with the old west fence line.
He learned that he was not to go through the fence, and would
walk up to it, sniff it, yell at it, but still stay on our side.

So, with the new fence being installed in a new location,
Tanji's true wild personality surfaced. He is not
very good with change/new things.

When he first saw the fence, he meowed wildly then ran home.
He did this several days in a row. Finally,

Lesley "dragged" him out to the fence, he was scared.

He stared at it,...

and yelled at it.

then he backed up and sprayed one of the conifers.

Tanji is our only boy who sprays, luckily only outside
to mark the border of his "territory." It is pretty funny to
watch because his tail goes straight up and vibrates wildly.

After a few more trips, Tanji has made peace
with the new fence; he's a cat who understands
that the grass is greener wherever home is.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Sweetie Pie

Adore me!

Vladi is a real sweetie, especially when he wakes up.
As soon as his eyes open, the motor kicks in
and he is a kneading rolling machine.

First his eyes open...

and he starts rolling around.

Who can resist him?

Not us!!

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Snow Battles

Vladi was slip-slidin' on the snow dusted ice,

having a total ball,

when he

spotted, long leg-ed skinny-boy Tanji
trotting across the frozen pond.

do you want to play with me ???

Let's wrestle.

Tanji turns,

kicks up his heels, and

makes his getaway.

T accelerates as V slips,

T slows a bit and V catches up,...

T accelerates again,
and gets a little gap,... but

abruptly slows again,...

Vladi puts on the brakes,...
It is not a good idea
to lock-up the wheels on ice,...

Vladi loses control

and slides into Tanji,...

who takes off again.

HEY !!!
Do you want to play with me ?


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Saturday, January 26, 2008


Snow Bengal boy

adventuring out onto the well frozen pond.
(I checked it by standing on it myself)

Vladi gingerly ventures out onto
the snow covered ice,

and slips.

Whoa, there,...

This is new,...

Wooo Hooo !

Face plant.

That was strange (??)...

I better run again,...


What the ?!?

Wooooo Hoooo !!!


Tail counter balance,

Getting all four "wheels" off the ground,

Bounding on ice,...

Oh No,...



Ok, that's enough,
for now.

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