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!

84 thoughts on “Post 1896: The kitty boys are back!

  1. Good Day to you. It’s good to meet you. I have to use Word Press to comment on Word Press blogs for whatever reasons WP has dictated. I am Katie Isabella on Blogspot. I hope we will be friends. What a beautiful boy I see there today! Looking forward to seeing your kitty family.

    • I’ve recently lost one kitty boy, but Andy, his littermate and brother and I are working through it, thanks to the help of friends here and elsewhere.

  2. Hell, Doug, even my old (never say die tech) is giving out. I been gone a long while and am probably not coming back but i dropped in to check on you and so NOW wish you a Happy BD. dRU

    (a catz lady)

    • I’m in Alliance, Nebraska, in the center of the Western Panhandle. At the time of the post, I was having laptop problems that required replacing one with a new one.

    • Ain’t that the truth!? I remember once I tried to come up with an alternative way to use my time during one, and laughed when I sat down to type letters on my electric typewriter! (Clearly, this was decades ago when dirt was newly invented!)

  3. Bless the internet. Without it, we won’t have blogs like these and pictures of beautiful cats like this. So much hair. Must be a handful to brush. Mine are feral with short fur that doesn’t need brushing. But I had a Persian once. Constant brushing.

    • Dougy loves being brushed, which makes it easy for his groomer when he has his kitty spa day. Andy is a bit less happy being brushed, but will put up with it till he gets bored with it, then he is a terror! (You get very familiar with kitty body language dealing with Andy, or else!)

  4. I saw you comment on Kate’s blog, Views and Mews… I had to come and check out your cats! We are without a cat/cats now but I still love everything about them and I enjoy pictures of them! I am glad I visited. I will browse your blog this afternoon. I see pictures of cats!

  5. I cannot read all the comments above so forgive repetition! I was going to say I have one monthly payment left on my iphone. After that, it will break. That’s what happened to the last one! Planned obsolescence was an old term for it, I’m sure you remember, Doug! Yes that is a grumpy face all right!

    • I’ve noticed that relationship, too. I’m forcing mine to work a bit longer. So far, it’s working well enough for taking and emailing photos, with occasional phone duty.

  6. 2 more installment payments and my iphone is all mine! Will it break or be lost or will I get mugged? I have a selection of obsolete computers that still work at least going to the internet, so we are always able to post.

  7. Well, I did have a slow leak in one tire that cost $16 to fix – and the cause weas a very small nail. Or brad…. when I was waiting for the guy to fix it, he came into the waiting area and told his boss he coulb=dn’t find any problem with the tire. His boss said “Check the wheel for cracks.” I thought, “Yeah, here’s the next big expense – replace the dang wheel on a VW! It will cost an olutrageous amount and onlhy come in sets of four or some such thing!” Fortunately, it turned out he was working on a tractor tire, not mine at the time. Mine turned out to be what I’ve written above. Whew!

  8. Glad you have a new laptop! And fingers crossed that your phone doesn’t die now. My iPhone 6 isn’t THAT old, but by tech standards I guess it is. The battery now unexpectedly drains and the phone will go dead at the worst possible times, like when I need to call for a ride. The Apple Store told me I need to replace the battery, meaning I have to go without a phone for a week or longer. Since this is the only phone I have—I chose to go without a landline so I could afford wireless service—I can’t do that. Hope you aren’t in the same boat.

    • Actually, I am in exactly the same boat on my phone. I haven’t stoppoed by the provider to see if I can get by with a new battery or whatever. It’s the “whatever” that bothers me as the phone is a bit over two years old, which is 354 years old in human terms. You know….

  9. Yep, when you’re throwing money away for Christmas and there isn’t much left is when a camera or tablet decides to kick the bucket. No wonder peeps are so gloomy in January when they have to pay the bills.


  10. what’s that saying; all things in three’s. I hope your phone is not next to go; COD, the prices are ridiculous. My iphone is a 4s and the 6 with the most gigabits is close to 500 $$$……that’s a LOT of cat food !!! 🙂 ♥♥

    • Yes, the one I have was ridiculously expensive. I guess they all pretty much are. Mine is not even the most expensive one I could get. Basdicvally, all I need is one that takes pictures of good quality for this blog and – what’s that other thing they do? Oh yeah! You can call people on it!

  11. I hope the expurr-ation date on your phone has a little extra bonus time, Mr. Doug. The printer at my house decided not to work anymore as of last week. I used to watch it spit out paper with little ink marks on them. Tee hee hee.

    • Yes, the kitty brothers find the printer fascinating, too! Fortunately, they haven’t caused paper jams, but I have had to surrender some printed pages for roosting spots when they knock a page off the printed page tray onto the floor. You know cats (being one…!): even a fraction of an inch higher than the rest of the room is suffiecient to be on the highest spot.

  12. You’re right, Doug. It’s always on the occasion of very expensive parties or celebrations that the expensive objects we use break down! But now everything is normal again: everyone in his place in the apartment! 🙂
    In friendship

    • Thanks! I’m fortunate that I had enough money in a couple “rainy day” accounts I keep for the purpose of this sort of unexpefcted emergency. It shortened the downtime a lot! The new laptop is a much better on than the old one and I managed to get a good price on it.

      • Excellent foresight. We are in the middle of a minor crisis, the 3 year old smart TV power circuit board went bad. Fortunately, Sony had extended the warranty on that model for that problem. Now we must negotiate a technician visit to our home during COVID-19 (the “Trump Virus”).

        • Good luck! I dropped my laptop, breaking the hinge on one side, and am anticipating a new laptop purchase if I can’t work around it. Isn’t it amazing how these things always seem to cluster around times they are the least convenient for one reason or another? Good luck with the smart television issue!

  13. I sympathize with your tech angst. I feel deaf, dumb and blind without my internet lifeline. Maybe check out Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals just in case. Glad your back.

    • Exactly! I only have one bill that isn’t auto-debited, and I was thinking about moving that over to auto-debit before the laptop died. I’ll probably still do it.

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