01Aug20: What’s up, Doug?


Andy’s curious. Why won’t I let him come around to the other side? 

Maybe it’s because he has “Itchy Paws” and all I need to start hyperventilating again is Andy to wipe out what little hard won progress I’ve made on the nightmare configuration issues on my new laptop and photo sharing from my smart phone.


Seems like I resolve one issue and bring up twelve more. I’m not kidding about hyperventilation! ( I hope the person who cuts my beard and hair is operating again soon or I might be tempted to do it myself. >self to myself< “Don’t do it, Doug!”) 


Post 1896: The kitty boys are back!


We’ve had a grumpy few days, thanks to a laptop giving up the ghost, but my new laptop means the kitty boys and I can return to regular posting.

What’s going to fall apart next? I suspect it’s time for the smart phone to go belly up. I mean, don’t expensive things always fail close to expensive holidays like Christmas? And it’s about the only bit of technology I use that’s left to croak!

19Oct20: The last fly…?

It showed up after I brought in the groceries….

Andy wanted his shot at it, but the fly never landed where he could strike. (Notice Andy’s “horns” are up!! He really, really, really wanted that fly!)

The fly’s last moments before I told myself I wasn’t waiting for kitty power to rid the apartment of this pest: I took out the swatter and kill, kill, killed the nasty little insect! Andy would have done as much.




17Oct20: Strike!

I need you to do something interesting, Andrew! Do something!

“Yer not the boss of me!”

OK! OK! I’m not the boss of you, Andrew James Thomas!

16Oct20: kitties still don’t like coffee…

“Kuriosity Kat” spots it, a mug of coffee Doug recklessly left on the end table.

Andy approaches the mug cautiously….

Andy has to check it out more closely…. Sniff!

“Hey! Kitties don’t like coffee!” Andy gets right in my face to let me know!

Andy always checks out my drinks and food. It might be good for kitty boys!




15Oct20: …in which I try to stir the savage beast!

I set up objects Andy is known to find “pounceable”.

I call his name. If I toss these one by one, he will chase after them! Well, he has in past.

I have his attention!

Looks like progress! Andy is ready to play!

Or not. Rats! Andy just wants to rest on the lapboard.(Andy got into the spirit of “play” later.)






The First North American Thanksgiving

My Canadian friends get to celebrate Thanksgiving first on the calendar, lucky pups! To all my Canadian friends, enjoy your holiday as best you can in these pandemic days, and we will try to enjoy ours later in November.


12Oct20: After Dougy died…

…I’d look at Andy while he slept, and sometimes have to strain to see any movement. Was he breathing or not? So…

…I’d say his name to wake him up, then reach over, ruffle his head feathers, happy to reassure myself he was still alive. I know it’s silly, but…!

11Oct20: caught off guard…

Andy stopped by the recliner for a rest.

He senses the presence of…

…”The Hand That Rubs and Scritches Andy’s Head Without Asking!” Horrors!

Andy is not amused!


Andy’s eye looks icky in these photos, but he just hadn’t cleaned off eye snot yet. Later in the day, he finished the job.

I took a selfie at the doctor’s Friday. Gad! This pandemic beard creeps me out! No wonder Andy freaks out when I move in to give him a head bump. LOL! I hope the lady who cuts my hair is cutting hair again, soon, though I’m curious how she will do it while I wear a mask. (I’ve thought about possibilities.) In the meantime, I’m the wise old man of the mountain or a mountain man coming off the mountain after too many years….