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The Cats Pulled Rank

I have three cats and one dog. Since today (October 29) is National Cat Day in the United States, the cats banded together and insisted that I post pictures of them and their deceased siblings. The dog objected, but lost the battle.

So here are pictures of my cats.

I call this the “Vampire Bite.”Miko is the cat giving the look and bite. She was just a kitten when the pix was taken; she is now 5 years old and a lot darker and fluffier. The cat getting the vampire nip is Ellie. She died a few years ago.

The above pix is of Peaches (18 years old) and Miko (5 years old). They think it is hilarious to hog my chair.

The above pix is MeiMei. She really liked the warmth of the computer equipment. She also died a few years ago.

The above pix is my Sunni. Possibly my favorite cat as she is a cuddle bug.

The above pix is of all three current cats snoozing on the couch. Peachie and Miko are on the top, and Sunni is on the bottom.

Miko can sleep anywhere.

The above pix is of Miko and Ellie. The size difference is incredible, but Ellie was the boss over Miko. When Ellie died, Miko had a difficult time missing her.

Sunni insisted I include the above pix of her and Ziva, the dog. These two are often plotting against the other two cats.

Miko is very photogenic, but sometimes just doesn’t want to be bothered. The above pix is one of those times.

 

Heavy sigh. The above short video is of Miko showing off her paper shredding skills. And darn Sunni walks by and just ignores her. Five years of Having to keep Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels away from Miko. It’s exhausting!

Happy Cat Day!! In my house, everyday is Caturday!

Getting Ready for Winter

Mornings are getting chilly in the Pacific Northwest. I have not yet turned on the heat in my house. This was the temperature in the house last week.

I have a gas fireplace which I turn on to take the chill off. The cats and the dog appreciate the warmth.

One outside chore is to clean up the flower pots that reside on the deck railing. Look at all the colorful trees in the background.

The only large tree I have to clean up after is my maple tree in the front yard. So far, there are minimal leaves on the ground.

The sprinklers have been blown out, winter fertilizer put on the lawn, the snowblower is out for maintenance, and I am ready for Halloween!

Now to just store the patio furniture and wait for leaves to fall so I can rake them up. Oh joy!

Day Tripping

I recently renewed my passport. Although instructions say it would take 4-6 weeks to receive the new passport, it only took 2.5 weeks. Since I was armed with a new passport, I thought I should try it out.

A friend (referred to as L) wanted to head up to Canada to purchase an antibiotic cream that is expensive in the USA, but reasonably priced in Canada. So a day trip was planned.

I dropped the dog off at doggy day care in the morning. L and I left my house soon after to head north. It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country.

When we reached the Canadian border, the Canadian border guard was a little curt with his questions. For example, he asked if we were bringing $10,000 cash into Canada. Both L and I responded with “I wish.”

The guard glared at us and asked “Is that a yes or no?” Sheesh, no sense of humor. He then gave us back our passports and let us pass. L thought he was supposed to stamp our passports, but my thought was to just leave.

We arrived at our destination and wanted lunch. A local directed us to a restaurant two blocks away – up a steep hill. Nothing says out-of-shape like hoofing it up a steep hill.

We had a wonderful lunch, but noticed some differences. Iced tea was already sweetened. The amount of barbecue sauce on a burger was minimal. No straws came with a soft drink. And we were not asked if we wanted dessert. None of these were big deals, just differences.

Here is a picture of the descent down the steep hill. So much easier going down than up!

We then stopped at a store to grab a snack for the drive home. I grabbed a couple of chocolate bars. When I went to pay for them and opened my wallet, I was abruptly informed “we don’t take American.” Very hostile.

We went to a drug store to purchase the antibiotic cream, no problem. A friend wanted me to get some Tylenol with codeine for her migraines. When I asked about it, I was told that they don’t sell it to Americans to take across the border. Ok, no problem.

We left and headed home. The American border guard was in good humor and chatted with us while searching the car. He asked if we had purchased any Tylenol with codeine. Hmmm, is that a piece of the American opioid problem?

Anyway, after seven hours, a 225 mile round trip, we were back home. I ran out to pick up the dog at doggy day care. Ziva was so tired from playing all day, she has not moved for hours.

One of the cats had to express their opinion on being left alone all day by pooping on the rug in the foyer. I was only gone for 20 minutes and someone had to leave a calling card. Damn cats!!

Although Canada so close, it is a different country. I’ve never felt any animosity before from little day trips to Canada or from Canadians. Makes me wonder if this not-so subtle hostility we experienced is in anyway a result of “Make America Great Again,” I don’t want to have anything to do with it. 😩

However, the bottom line is that my passport works!