Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I have no idea what is in store for me this afternoon. Just getting me to get into my PTU is going to be an adventure. Mom says I will most likely talk all the way there. But even though I will be nervous, I will purr for the vet. Because I am like that.
How many of you have a microchip capsule in your neck?
Monday, August 30, 2010
As I mentioned last week, my Mom was able to visit the Butterfly House during her visit to St Louis. The butterflies are in the large glass conservatory, which is a warm, tropical environment, with lots of plants, and pathwaya where you walk right in among the butterflies. They also had some other exhibits, and a short movie about the butterfly life cycle and how important butterflies are to all life on earth, because they are responsible for pollinating lots of plants.
My Mom knew she would be disappointed about not getting a lot of good pictures from the Butterfly House, because most of the time the butterflies were flying, and not settling on the plants. However she did get some closeup pictures of a couple of butterflies.
She believes this first one is a Blue Morpho. There were a lot of them there, but when they settled, only the underside of their wings showed, and instead of the brilliant blue-turquoise color, you got to see the camouflage side:
She hasn't been able to work out the name of this gorgeous one, but she thought it was truly beautiful. Do any of you know what it is? The plant it was on had orange pom-pom flowers dangling from it, so even with this bright coloring, I guess it was still camouflaged.
From the Butterfly Directory for the Butterfly House, we find that this one is a Scarlet Mormon, from Southeast Asia.
And this picture comes from their website too, showing you what the top of the Blue Morpho looks like. They come from Central and South America.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
When the butterflies reached the stage of emerging from the chrysalis, Dad put the terrarium inside my Funhouse, which became a temporary butterfly house. For the first butterfly, this happened in the garage, because it was wet and rainy outside. By the time the second one was ready, the weather was better and Dad did it outside:
It took a long time from the time the butterfly emerged from the chrysalis until it was ready to fly: apparently they pump blood into their wings to fill them out, and then the wings have to harden some before the butterfly is ready for flying. So #2 spent time clinging to the parlsey and to the twigs in the terrarium. Dad had the flap to the funhouse open so he could leave when he was ready.
Most of the pictures show the underside of the wings better than the top side. For these butterflies, it seems the underside is more colorful than the top. But it is the pattern of yellow vs blue on the top side that indicates whether the black swallowtail is male or female. We believe this guy is male because there is more yellow than blue on the top side of the wings. Though this last photo is a little out of focus, it is the best one Dad got showing the pattern on the back (top) of the wings.
Mom is home now, which makes me feel better - I like to have all my family together. Also she doles out more food for me! I plan to reclaim my Funhouse tomorrow and spend the day like this:
I also hope to get to all my friends' blogs to comment, since I haven't been able to do that as much as I would like this past week.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Before my human brother's wedding, my folks spent a little time in the Smoky Mountains. They didn't go on this trail, though!
They can tell you a story about a shelter and a bear from an overnight hiking trip in the Smokies a squillion years ago, ........... if you are willing to believe them.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
1. Mom and Dad have had a total of 5 cats, with me being #5.
2. Their first kitty, Smudgie, was white with a small black smudge on his head. He was a Manx cat with a short tail and long back legs.
3. When they got Smudge, they had only been married about 6 months and their apartment complex had a “No Pets” rule. The neighbors under them heard the kitty running on the wooden floors and reported them to the management. They had to have Smudge go and live with Mom’s parents for a while.
4. The next apartment they had, they made sure cats were allowed. Smudge used to go for walks with Dad around the garden apartment complex, without a leash or harness. Dad would just snap his fingers for him to follow. Smudge lived with them in both apartments and both houses they have lived in.
5. Of the 5 cats, three have been male and two female. The first female was Kimi, an Abyssinian. Kimi had one accidental litter of kittens, when she got out of the house by mistake. (Mom says she was gone for 2 days but returned with a smile on her face). They were awful cute. After that she was spayed. The kittens were born when my human sister was a baby and she loved to watch them. The kittens all got forever homes as Christmas presents when they were 8 weeks old.
6. It was only after both Smudge and Kimi had lived their lives and died that they got another kitten. Belle was white and grey stripey, and small. After a few years they added kitten Rusty, who was ginger like me, but not floofy like me. He was born in a bodega in Bridgeport, Connecticut and my Dad drove all the way by himself on a snowy February day in 1993 to choose him and pick him up.
7. I am the only cat my folks got as an adult, rather than as a kitten. My first Mom was getting a divorce and moving in with relatives who had a child who was allergic to cats. Somebody who knew her sent out an email at Mom’s work, asking for somebody to give me a home. My first Mom cried when she had to give me up. I was about 1 ½ years old, and am now 8 ½. I don’t know my real birthday so my folks decided it was January 1st, 2002. It was me and Rusty together for several years, now just me.
Since quite a lot of cats have already received this award, I am just going to say that you are ALL versatile bloggers, and so please, anybody who has not yet had it. please go ahead and tell us 7 things about yourself or your family.
Monday, August 16, 2010
and #2 looked like this:
She took lots more pictures as the day went by, but of course today would be the day when it was very cloudy out, and not too good for natural light photos. Anyway, this evening, both of them are brownish, look like the twigs they are attached to - #1 has the following appearance:
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Dad set up a little environment for them within a terrarium, complete with a transplanted parsley, and a bunch of twigs. They are not eating and have settled into a spot on a twig each, and are starting to attach themselves to the twigs with some fine strands of silky stuff (see the lower one in this picture - it looks like a string around its neck).
From what Mom has read, it will be about 3 weeks till the butterfly stage, OR maybe they will become dormant and go all the way till next spring. They will take some pictures and keep you posted.
Dad has been calling one of the caterpillars "him" and the other "her": it will be interesting to see the colors to the butterflies to see whether he is right.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I guess I could post any picture of myself for the theme "orange", or some of our ripening cherry tomatoes. Sometimes when Mom or Dad take a picture of me inside, the color of my furs is especially orange. So I chose this picture for today's Photo Hunt theme.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Mom doesn't know what to do: she doesn't want all her parsley gone, but they are quite cute. What is your opinion: ded them, or let them be? She doesn't use much parsley. And she thinks they will turn into Black Swallowtail butterflies (picture from Wikipedia).
I think I know what she will do.
Update: Mom did a little Googleresearch and it seems by their color that these guys are close to turning into pupae so won't be eating much longer, so they definitely get to stay.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Lots of hot weather and good watering and fertilizer from Dad means that we have giant cherry tomato plants and Mom and Dad have already eaten quite a few cherry tomatoes, although the yield of them compared to the size of the plant is rather mingy. The clusters of little cherry tomatoes are pretty cute, though!
The basil is going great guns too - like Cory, I think I better get onto Mom to make a big batch of pesto (though it gives her indigestion to eat basil in such large quantities). I am explaining to the plant here that it is about to lose a lot of leaves:
Gardening is lots of work, and in this heat, a guy needs to rest and nap a lot.
But in the end, it is time to let them know I need to go inside, where the air conditioning is comfortable, and where I can drop hints for another refill of my food bowl. Happy Gardening All!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
We're down to the wire, folks! As many of you know, Rumblepurr is one of the ten finalists in the New Zealand Top Cat Model contest. As of Sunday, he was the cat who had raised the most for animal charities. Along with two other cats from Wellington, Darwin and Omar, he was featured in the Newspaper, the Dominion Post!
We hope that got him some needed publicity, because some of the other contestants had been featured on television and in the paper, and after that they got quite a lot more votes.
Rumbles was #1 in terms of votes on August 2nd:
but then after the publicity for some of the other cats, he slipped to #3.
Now the voting results are not being publicized during the final week of voting so we have no way of knowing how he is doing. If you want to follow the Facebook page about the competition, you can do so here . You don't have to be on Facebook to do so.
Rumbles and his brother Inigo have been two of my good friends since shortly after I started blogging 11 months ago. I am sure all the kitties in the contest are deserving in different ways, but I am supporting Rumbles and I really want him to win. He is the only one of the kitties in the contest who is a regular blogger in "our circle", and he and his Mum have such good hearts, always leave the sweetest comments for everybody and think of others before themselves. It is, after all, in order to raise funds for the New Zealand SPCA and the Wellington Cat Protection League that Rumbles entered the competition in the first place. His Mum has been baking and having bake sales at her work to help to raise some of the donations. They are so nice about the other kitties in the competition and did a super blog post about Sooty, who is now one of Rumbles' main competitors for the top spot!
So what can we do to help Rumbles in his quest to become Top Cat Model? I know many of you have voted and voted with all your email addresses, but I bet you may have another email address somewhere. For example, my Mom's email account is with mac.com, and for that account she is allowed a bunch of aliases (5, I think) and also every address can be either mac.com or me.com at the end. She also remembered she has a yahoo ID, which means a yahoo email address, even though she never reads it. Same with Dad! And my human sister and brother have a couple of email addresses also so we are going to ask them to help give Rumbles a final push over the top. YOU CAN VOTE ONCE WITH EVERY VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. It is not required to make a donation to vote, but if you wish to do so, that would be lovely. I know that many of you have done so already. But if you can get your thinking caps on, kitties, I bet we can get Rumbles some more votes. VOTING ENDS AUGUST 12TH AND REMEMBER, NEW ZEALAND IS ABOUT A DAY AHEAD OF THE USA so we msut do it before the 11th!!!!! So do it now! HERE is where you go to vote, or click on the Rumbles Button on my sidebar.
Daisy did a lovely blog post for Rumbles yesterday. Dash Kitten has also been working hard to post about Rumbles on his blog. Whiskr and his Mum have donated a beautiful pendant she made, for Rumbles to award as a prize for one of the cats/people who votes for him.
Isn't it amazing?
Rumbles, Mom and I hope you do become the next New Zealand Top Cat Model, but even if you don't, in our eyes you and Inigo will always be Top Cats.
Today is World Cat Day. I think that means all cats ought to be treated like royalty and get to do what they want to do. Anyway, Happy World Cat Day to all my cat and kitten friends, as well as their humans.
So this is how I hope to spend the day:
I have a royal canopy (plastic table) and a royal mat (old frayed towel) so I am happy.