18Nov21: no surprise here…

Looks like…


…for a…



17Nov21: the new blog header…

I used this photo, a screen print from a video of the kittens playing on a settee, for some time. It seemed time to try something new, and I changed it a few days back. I’m kind of surprised no one commented on the change!

Just a refresher – here’s the video the new header was screen printed from:

16Nov21: no go…

Some days, Andy just isn’t in a cooperative mood.

But he’s a cat, so, well, who knows what to expect? He came back and posed nicely.

15Nov21: …and now to clean up!

Andy just finished his prescription chicken pâté kitty food.

…Now it’s time to… 

…clean up!


Andy’s Hill’s® Prescription Diet® k/d® Kidney Care chicken pâté kitty food is made in Australia, according to the label. Must have better chickens in Australia. Older Persians tend to have more kidney issues, and the prescription chicken pâté kitty food was prescribed to help prevent these issues in Andy.

It actually smells good enough to eat and Andy love, love, loves it. It’s a good thing, too, since it comes in at US$2.37 per 5.5 ounces/ 156 grams. I divide it out into six or seven servings – one can lasts a couple days or so – since Andy also gets too many Greenies™ treats at two calories each and a Royal Canin® dry kitty food that is formulated for and made into a shape suitable for Persians.

I add a little water to the wet food to make it into a slurry that’s a bit easier for Andy to eat and I zap it in the microwave for seven seconds to take the cold off the food after it’s been refrigerated.

Before Andy eats, he expects me to open the kitchen cabinet doors for his “mousie inspection tour”. He prances back and forth. I tell him what a fine kitty boy he is and how there are no mousies thanks to him! I stroke his back, rub his head and face, and “scritch” his chest and underside of his neck when he stops during his prancing, and I feel his low purr in my finger tips.

He also gets kitty grass and home-grown catnip, which makes him a happy kitty boy! 

Is Andrew a spoiled and pampered kitty boy? I confess: Yes!


11Nov21: Veterans Day…

That’s me, Specialist Thomas, on the far right. Yeah, I’m a US Army veteran, so I’m taking a day off today from blogging to observe the holiday. How can that be? I put this together on the 10th.

I was a motion picture photographer stationed in Germany. Here, I was on a mopic job in Greece. 

The Vietnam War was winding down when I entered the US Army in December 1969 or I would have experienced my job – 84C20 or Combat Motion Picture Photographer – in a different way. My time in West Germany was pleasant, almost a vacation, and my job took me all over that country and to some jobs out of country to Italy and Greece.

10Nov21: And some feature two…

Andy’s a bit miffed that he hasn’t been featured exclusively of late.

Even mugs with him on them don’t count, I guess. Of course, this one features both Andy and the late Dougy, watching backyard birds.

“I know where you sleep!”

Andy is a serious kitty.