Thursday, May 31, 2012

Waiting for Katy

Katy the calico kitty lives in the well-house.
Tanji isn't supposed to go inside after her, he's trying to be a good boy.
But he's really hoping she comes out so he can chase her, just a little.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pink Donut

Mmmmmmm, strawberry frosting.

Good thing we got a dozen donuts!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Its time for a serious spring cleaning around the house,
and the boys are not amused.

Vladi is "patiently" waiting for his baby blanket to be returned.

Tanji has retreated to the bed, face-down,
probably hoping to block out the noise.

Mr. Grumpy is subtly kneading the exposed ottoman
(its usually safely covered in a blanket).

Don't worry boys, in another month or so we might be done cleaning :)

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Roses for Rememberance

Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember.

Since our first house, we have planted roses over our
lost loved ones, mostly our "bunnies" (pet rats).

Some of these roses have grown head-height...

...and can be seen from the road.

Roses were planted by the previous owner too...

Beautiful and hearty Rosa rugosas that bloom months long.

Wild roses grow all over, in shades of pink...

Cascading by the fences...

 ...and forming big clumps in the field.

All the roses tell stories,
and its wonderful to see them bloom again every year.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Time to Mow

 Its Memorial Day weekend, a good time to mow the lawn...

Uschi is always ready to assist...

Let's get this baby rolling!
Warming up the seat...
The boys don't get to be outside when the lawn mower is rolling,
but it smells (and apparently tastes) good afterwards.

What's that noise?

 Vladi heard Uschi meowing and purring.

 Can I play too?

 This is a one-cat tractor...

 Vladi settles in and Uschi takes off.

 V keeps an adoring eye on his big brother,
but U is as close as he wants to be.
 Vroom, vroom, vroom!

Getting in better position to watch Uschi
(who is apparently watching grass grow).

Hard to believe the grass is getting so tall
with all of this mowing assistance.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012


Where is everybody?

Don't worry Vladi, your family is always close by.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Enough Exercise

Uschi and his Dad are hard at it on another "walk"
No Moms!

 Uschi is talking away and getting pretty tired out...

Making a bee-line for a cozier spot...


That kind of tickles.

Contemplating who is really in charge here.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Recovery Effort

When you are not quite feeling 100%,
Uschi is the best boy to take on a recovery "walk."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wet Rocks

Vladi likes to stand on the wet rocks in the pond.
When he was a kitten he fell in a few times,
now he's an expert.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nurse Vladi

In bed, Tanji is the night nurse,
but on the sectional, Vladi takes charge.

Its been two weeks and the "like-the-flu-but-not-the-flu"
virus is lingering.  Its midnight and Nurse Vladi is at work...

 A bit of kneading therapy is just the trick
(to wake up the already sleepy/sweaty patient).

Why did I get booted?  I was just trying to help!

 Hours later Vladi is still keeping watch, but starting to fade...

That's enough nursing for now, job well done.

Can't wait until we are all 100% again!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Walking and Sitting

 When out with Tanji you have to be prepared for a long walk...

 ...with frequent stops for petting and mushing.

 With Uschi you have to be prepared for sitting...

 ...with occasional bursts of hunting.

With Vladi?
Well apparently you have to be willing to climb trees
to find that little koala kitty.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Shoes

In this household we are not big shoe shoppers,
shoes come by mail and infrequently.

A new pair of Tevas, they have changed a lot in 20 years!

Everything that comes in the mail is "for Uschi"...

 So U gets a little hissy when Tanji comes to sniff the shoes
(T looks so sad, that's his favorite Uschi!)

Don't worry Usch, you can have the boxes...

Well, maybe not.

Apparently Tanji can't have it either.

All new shoes have to pass the take-the-boys-for-a-walk test...

The shoes keep up with Tanji... check!

 The shoes can stand still for a long time while
Vladi sniffs things and rolls in the dirt...check!

The shoes look good enough to be seen with Uschi...check!

These shoes are keepers (and the boxes are too damaged
to send them back anyway:)

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