Eid ul Fitr 2022

Eid ul Fitr is observed by my Muslim friends beginning either today or tomorrow. It marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is observed in many different ways, depending on the country.

“Sending best of the best Eid wishes to you and your family as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end. May you always be smiling and full of happiness and joy. Eid Mubarak to you!”


The soldiers of Australia and New Zealand suffered incredible depredations and losses in WWI. Their sacrifice in that war and all other wars is remembered each year on ANZAC Day. It originally honored those who served and died at Gallipoli.

As a veteran of another era, I salute them.



This film was made about Gallipoli, though it has some inaccuracies, typical of films about historical events. It is, nonetheless, a powerful anti-war film.

Veteran of Vietnam, former Governor of Nebraska and then Nebraska-elect Senator Bob Kerrey sang “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. 



The Holi Festival of Colors is today in India!

This has been the year many, many Indians have signed up for my posts. Though I am unfamiliar with most of the holidays of India, I am familiar (sort of!) with the Holi Festival of Colors because I’ve seen videos showing the activities. And what activities they are! Enjoy the video and read up on the holiday that is today, 18 March 2022!


Best wishes to my Indian friends on Holi Festival of Colo(u)rs!! 

(It looks messy but fun!)


The 18th of March 2022 is a Muslim holiday as well. Lailat al-Bara’ah, begins today as well. I’m not familiar with the holiday, though I know it precedes Ramadan by two weeks. Best wishes for my Muslim friends as they prepare for the holy month of Ramadan!


30Jan22: an anniversary…

On January 30th, 2009, 11 AM, I began my early retirement from Parker Hannifin. I worked there, mostly in Quality Assurance, for just short of 36 years. Only one person had more seniority than I, and it was a running joke we had that I was going to work there till I’d worked one day longer than Mike. It didn’t happen, so I was never Nr. 1 in seniority.

Sadly, five of the people in this photo have passed. I was blessed to work with each and every one in the photo.

I think this must have been taken in the 10th anniversary year of the plant, 1982. Most of us in the photo retired from the plant, which went through major updates in products produced and equipment over the years and became a cash cow for various owners, the last of which, Parker Hannifin, was my favorite to work for. 


Retirement made possible getting my first kitty, Freckles.

Louie came shortly after.

And, of course, the kitty brothers, Andy and Dougy, followed Louie.

I’ve enjoyed my retirement!

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.

02Aug21: dreams and dreamy times; different play approaches….

Another kitty boy meditation….

The kitty boys enjoy a spring snowstorm.

Andy and Dougy play differently.

The zoomies!

Post 1713: moving slowly…

I’ve had a busy week. Dialysis two days, of course, and two doctor appointments. It may seem no big deal, yet it left me knackered! To give you an idea, yesterday was a birthday lunch with friends. I got home around 10:30 AM, sat down, and fell asleep! I woke up at 7 PM, having missed lunch. I watched a little news, then promptly fell asleep again till 3 AM!

(That’s me sitting in the doctor’s examination room. Dougy’s curious about when he will get kitty food.)

I hope I’m back on track by tomorrow! 

Post 1650: more Andy and Dougy from the memory stick archive…


Proof that Andy isn’t always the “nice” kitty boy…!


Clockwise from left: Andy tends to his “precious”; Andy is a pretty kitty; Andy finds the catnip.


Dougy poses nicely; Dougy enjoys the sun while lounging in his – well, Andy’s – grey plastic tub. Yeah, Dougy took the first one for himself. I bought a second one for Andy, and Dougy claimed that one, too!

andy and louie

Taking photos of black cats in low light is difficult, yet it is possible to make purses out of those sow’s ears. Here is an impressionistic portrait of Andy with the framed Captain Me-Ow (the late Louie the ginger cat) picture behind him. 


Yet another fake poster! This time, it’s Andy. Yes, he is very adamant and inflexible about his kitty treat time~! 


Dougy in a box, of course. No box too small, tall, thin, large for this kitty boy! This is the box my laptop came in. 

andy chases rats

RAWR! People might try to rub his tummy to get their way in Congress, but he’d kill their hand! Feed him kitty treats, though, he might cave in. Catnip? Forget about it! He’d sell his own brother for it!


Not a kitty photo, but one of the coolest postage stamps I’ve ever seen.

dutch cow

Of course, this Dutch postage stamp with the leaping cow with outlines of EU countries for spots, flying wooden shoes, tulips, and ribbons in the Dutch national colors is pretty cool, too!