Sunday, July 28, 2013


Tanji has always been a glitterball boy,

and is often quicker than the ISO of our
dSLR (inside light levels).

I just liked the blur of this one.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Uschi is amazingly "talkative."
He "talks" and "talks" and HOWLS!!!

As the sun comes up he starts,
we hear him on his wheel amping up.

We call it Uoo-stering (rooster-ing) with day break.

Eventually, we can't take it any longer scoop him up,
which he loves, but typically hides, because
this action means we are tossing him into his
kennel, so he can Uooo-ster outside, which he does.

Ummmm, guys?

I seem to be locked out,... ?

Eventually, everyone else wakes up,
typically from his pounding on the door,
and he rejoins the family.

Then he goes to sleep.

The light is in my eyes.

That is better, on a pile of clean towels,...

I'm trying to sleep here,...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tomato Inspector

We have been leaving the "human" door open,
The boys love it.

Uschi enjoys the open door.

What nice swirls.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Spotted Friends

Tanjiro received a visit from our deer family.

T watched intently,

To the family as they strolled past.

Alert spotted fawns.

Have floppy ears, too.


Well come on then,...

Here I come.

Time to head down the trail, but first

One last look.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lap Piggy

Vladi is becoming a lap piggy.
(of Lesley's lap)

He flops down and takes over.

Lesley seems to be enabling him.

What? this is comfy.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Fancy Feast Delivery

A bag of Fancy Feast arrived,...

And so did Vladi,...

I wove you,...



I like Fancy Feast.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Uschiiiiii !!

During the Cruzbike build in the living room,
Uschi got a little hept-up
and lost himself.

Uschiiii !!

"Found" himself lounging on Lesley's jewelry.

When he was spotted, he lept,...

 Launching some onto the floor,...

and a bunch dangling in his wake,...


He passed out on his wheel.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Tanjiro's Reaction To Cruzbike

What is going on?

I'm not sure I like the looks of this,...

I'm ready to spring!

Saturday, July 06, 2013


I've been camping in the yard for past several nights.

The boys found where I was hiding out.

I'm not sure,...
This smells like a trap.

Oh boy!!! it's just the smell of dad.

Dad, you and me,...
Can I sleep out with you?
I'll be quiet. (Ha!)

Everyone enjoyed the shade.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Cruzbike Maiden Voyage

Time for the maiden "shake-down" voyage
of my new Cruzbike Silvio 2.0.

This is a front wheel drive,
moving bottom bracket,
recumbent 700c machine,...

So, there is/will be a significant learning curve,
i.e. I'm not jumping on it and heading out
onto the roads with cars.

Headed out,...

To the car.

Rather sleek, mantis-like.

Nervous to actually go for it.

First mounting (not on the stable trainer),
in an empty parking-lot.


Minding the curb,...

It took a good 5-10 minutes before I could even get my feet
onto the pedals,... the procedure is to "Flintstone" with your
feet for a little while then to progress to

a controlled coast down a slight slope.

Finally, I started to get it and spent about 1 hour
Cruz-ing around the parking lots,...

Note, no clip-in's at this point.

I was wooobly,...

But steadily improved.

It took lots of concentration,...

Glamour shot.

The frame goes right along the body so it
basically looks like I'm floating between wheels.


How arty,...

There I go again.

That is more than enough for now.

I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't feel
an overwhelming amount of "pedal steering."
I was concerned that this would be significant
but it wasn't. Even in my juvenile state of
proficiency, I was able to stomp on the
pedals and didn't swerve. I guess
that my unsteadiness might have
masked it,... >;-)

My maiden shake-down voyage was a success,
I learned, improved my skills and confidence,
and nothing (& no one) fell off.

It will take several more hours of closed
circuit practice before I venture
onto the roads.

Update - the position is comfortable, visibility is better than on
my TT bikes (i.e. very good), the headrest is great, it sits right
at the base of my skull, below my helmet, it is very comfortable.