With the soon to be historic playing of the Family Guy Star Wars episode just mere hours away, I wanted to get a post in before the festivities began.
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Manny in my Lululemon bag.
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I’m going to a baby shower today. This is the quilt I made last night for the occasion. . . .The first time Dad-to-be is pretty cool guy, and he loves Corona beer, so the colours in the quilt are inspired from that! Plus it gave me an excuse to buy fabric with FLAMES on it!
Marty, Minou and Manny all approve. . . .
He and his girlfriend are expecting a baby boy in September. . . .
The inspiration :
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Scott came over last night for a little more Colin BBQ action. We made brochettes.
Scott adores Manny. His girlfriend’s cat, as discribed by Scott, is the devil incarnet.
We had Scott and another friend Vlad over on Sunday for a BBQ for Colin’s birthday. Vlad had arrived first, and Manny being the attention whore that he is tried everything to get Vlad to pay attention to him. No dice, little kitty! Vlad isn’t really a ‘cat person’.
Vlad and Colin went out to the shops to pick up a few last minute items, and while they were out Scott arrived.
A few minutes before Scott arrived I was telling Manny that he was coming over. And as Scott’s car rolled into the drive way little Manny was at the door like a speeding bullet doing little circles, purrs and whiirrrrrs in excitement.
He knew Scott would pay attention to him. Manny loves all the attention Scott gives him, and generally Manny follows him around while he visits.
Even last night Manny was ever so excited to see Scott. Its very cute actually.
Colin and I have made an important decision about Manny. If Colin and I die, or end up in a situation or move that means I can’t take my beloved cats, Manny is to go live with Scott.
Scott is even Manny’s friend on Facebook (Yes! My cats all have ‘CATBOOK’ profiles!)
Aren’t they a cute couple?
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I’ve been taking alot of pictures of the moggies, here are a few more.
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Last night we had Scott over for a wonderful Adonis Steak BBQ, and a little Guitar Hero battle.
Scott was telling us about his girlfriend’s evil cat, so we decided to give Scott some of our Premium cat nip to mellow out the devil cat.
We put it in a little snack-sized zip-lock baggie. We were laughing about the fact that if Scott got stopped by the cops on his drive back into the city and they found the baggie, he’d surely get in shit (it was totally more than for personal use, if you know what I mean)
We put the baggie on the counter and forgot about it as we dined on wonderfully prepared steak, baked potatos, grilled asparagus. . . . .
We retired to the basement for some all out battle of the bands in Guitar Hero, then we hear a small crash of a plate hitting the floor and a mad scramble of paws and claws along the wood floors.
Scott and I didn’t think much of it, its a common sound in our house and Colin was upstairs at the time.
About 10 minutes later Scott went upstairs to get Colin (it was his turn to play Thunderkiss 65 on Hard).
Scott discovered 3 Slothy Bob Marley-esque mellowed cats lounging in the middle of the dinning room with a bag of the good stuff ripped and strewn across the floor. I can just imagine the conversations the three of them were having, I’m sure there was some Bevis and Butthead “huuuhuuuu” laughing among them.
(Not one of my cats – but it sets a picture for the scene. . . hahaha)
Quickly after they were discovered they decided to become super-active and run up and down the stairs like mad fools. Chasing each other, trying to nip each other’s tails. There was quite a few little scraps and hiss fits. In the immortal words of the Simpsons, they were certainly ‘Hepped up on Goofballs’
I thought given the antics, perhaps I should feed them their evening meal, this was to ensure they didn’t get the ‘munchies’ later.
They acted the fool for the remainder of the evening. And I got the stern talking to from Colin reminding me that I shouldn’t ‘give’ the cats ‘nip in such high dosages.
I kept trying to tell him that they’d simply helped themselves.
Needless to say my moggies got locked out of the bedroom last night. . . .hopefully they are sleeping off the trip right now and I have normal & well behaved moggies when I get home.
No more ‘nip for a while.
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I started a new quilt today for “Ruby”. Ruby is C&M’s soon-to-be baby, and the sex isn’t even known yet. I have no idea why C&M call their baby Ruby, but all the same, its kinda stuck. Although, talking to C she says if it is a girl, she won’t be named Ruby.
Ruby’s arrivial is probably late June, but I wanted to get a head start on it now while I had a realitivly free weekend.
This is my second quilt, another small baby sized quilt. I’ve tried something a little different than my first. I’m not sure how its going, but thankfully if I decide I don’t like it I have enough time to try it again.
C is a very very talented musician and music teacher, so I wanted to reflect that in my quilt – looking for “music” fabric you often find black and white stuff, so I decided to add a bit of “Ruby” to it, and go black, white and red.
I like the combo, and so does Manny. I’ll update soon when I get the border, backing, and quilting done. . . . .
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One of the most enjoyable parts of blogging with WordPress specifically is the blog stats. I very much enjoy the “keyword search”, which tells me what words people use to surf into my blog. One of the pictures I linked to eons ago was entitled “cute-cat.jpg” and usually I get a ton of hits to my blog for that picture. So to make my public happy, I have complied a whole bunch of “cute cat” pictures for your viewing pleasure. . . .
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For all you out there on the inter-web searching for “Emo Kitty” – I hope I can be of service to you. . . .
an emo girl that is: a) dressed as a cat OR b) a boy/girl magnet
person 1: gawd, shes a sex goddess, shes so scene
person 2: yuhuh, definite emo kitty
here is a link to some Emo Kitty Poetry
Now that I’ve helped you, all you Emos can help me. . . .read here. . . and tell me what the heck Emo is!?!?!
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Manny thought it was very important this morning that he helped me pack my bag. Or at least check out EVERYTHING I had put inside.
We are back to Ontario this weekend for another family function, this time for little Solenne’s Welcome to the World shower. . . .
I’ll post some pictures later from the shower. . .
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- Project Code Name : Sewing Guinea Pig
- Subject : Cat Cushie.
- Mission : Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to sew an additional cat cushion for Manny, your only cat without a cushion of his own.
Marty and Minou were given these wonderful cushions last Christmas from Mrs Graham, since we got Manny he has been a little left out not having a cushie.
Since getting my sewing machine I decided to sew a new cushie for Manny. I got a discontinued, liquidation remenant from WalMart for $2.90 so I figured no better time then now to make a new one.. Anyways, its finished, and we put it out the front window by the door.
Turns out Marty likes new cushie best. . . . .but best of all, all three of them fit on it at the same time.
Here are some pictures. . . . .
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Once in a while you come across something on YouTube that you end up in fits of laughter with tears streaming down your face. Unfortuntaly I cannot explain why the video below is one of said video. Its borderline cruel, but still very very funny.
Part of this video reminds me of the Anti Gravity Experiment entry I made last year.
When astronauts need some additional weighlessness training, they board the “Vomit Comet”, this aircraft soars very high and essientially does a nose dive giving the passengers a trip similar to space. In this video, they’ve taken a cat with them.
At least it can be said that CATS ALWAYS LAND ON THEIR FEET!
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Sometimes something pops into my head, and I think to myself - I’m interested in that, I want to learn about that. . . . oddly my topic for today is Catnip. . . . so I have complied some information I read and gathered today about the topic of CatNip. I hope you all find CatNip as interesting as me. . . hahahahahahahhaha.
Cat Nip is defined on answers.com as:
- A hairy aromatic perennial herb (Nepeta cataria) in the mint family, native to
Eurasia and containing an aromatic oil to which cats are strongly attracted.
- Any of various other mostly aromatic plants of the genus Nepeta, cultivated for their ornamental foliage and clusters of blue, lavender, or white flowers.
But we know it as that green stuff that makes our cats act silly!Since the Middle Ages, the English had called it cat mint, because it belongs to the mint family, and because cats, domestic and wild, go wild for it. Another Middles Ages name for cat mint given by the English nep. A recipe of about 1420 calls for seasoning “with persoley, sauge, ysope, savery, A little nep.”The first evidence of nep in the
Americas was from Massachuetts in 1712. “He boiled tansy, sage, hysop, and catnip in some of ye best wort.” . The word was slightly altered and ‘cat’ was added, thus getting the name we are more familiar with catnip.
Fun Facts about Cat Nip
- Catnip was originally native to Asia and to
Some people theorize that Egyptians, who were known for their worship of cats, might have been the first people to offer catnip to the cats.
- It was introduced to the Americas who cultivated it for food and medical purposes, and as the
New World expanded so did the uses and popularity of Catnip and Catmint.
- Kittens often don’t react well to catnip, and are often repulsed by it. They don’t learn to appreciate the effects of catnip until they are over three months old.
- Only 2/3 of cats respond to catnip, although the ability to detect catnip may be inherited
- Catnip was used in cooking and healing by the Romans
- Used as a treatment for gastrointestinal complaints, nervousness and colds in during the Middle Ages
- Most members of the cat family either wild or domestic react the same way, rubbing up againsit and rolling around in it, in a ‘drug trip’ of sorts.
The NAPETA CATARIA, or Catnip as its popular name is a plant of Asiatic origins, it is a hardy groundcover perennial and a member of the Mint family (Labiatae). The Cataria can grow two to three feet high. The root sends up square, erect, and branched stems which is very leafy and are covered with a downy gray hair. The leaves are heart-shaped and toothed and covered with a soft, close down. This gives the plant a grayish-green appearance, as though dust has blown over it. The white or pale lavender tubular flowers all with purplish spots are in bloom from July to September. The flowers form small light clusters. The plant secretes an aromatic oil, which is similar to that of mint, to discourage insects that would otherwise eat its leaves. The odor of this oil has a strange fascination for cats,NEPETA FAASSENII, the second of the two varieties of Nepeta better known as Catmint grows about 2 feet high and forms soft mounds.. Both varieties of Napeta grow throughout North America, Catnip is a common garden plant now on the continent, but the plant is also found growing in hedges, fence rows, roadsides, railroad tracks, stream banks, and water ditches.
The chemical within the leaves and stem is that the Nepeta plants share is called NEPETALACTONE . The flowering tops of the plant are used in medicine. The other names of the plant arecatnep, catmint, cat’s-play, catrup, catwort,nip, nep, and field balm.
Cat reactions to Catnip
Catnip is easy to grow, and the fresher the product, the more the reaction. Many toys for cats are sold as “with catnip”, which supposedly encourages the cat to play. Personally I don’t find that dried catnip works with my cats, the fresh home grown variety seems to attract them much more. Store bought dried catnip often has been on the shelf for a long period of time. For the catnip-loving cat, sniffing this herb is harmless and non-addictive
A responsive cat approaches the catnip plant and sniffs it. He then proceeds to bite, chew and up againsit it, licking and repeating the whole process. They will headbutt the plant and show their satifcation with purrs. Some cats even meow & growl and they leap and roll all over the plant. It is said that many of the actions and movements cats do in the presence of ‘nip mimic that of a cat in heat. Some have thought that cat nip is even a feline aphrodisiac. Feline catnip addicts are lucky though, because they suffer absolutely no side effects from this, unlike humans do when they smoke cannabis, a “kissing cousin” to catnip. Catnip is not the only plant to have this effect on felines. VALERIAN is another one, plus plants that contain ACTINIDINE. The strange action of these plants though is the strangest thing of all to understand. If any of these plants were given internally, instead of putting FRISK back into the word FRISKY, the actually sedate the cat. It is strange indeed, when they are “uppers” when sniffed, and “downers” when swallowed.
Tea made from catnip has been used to relieve intestinal cramps and gas discomforts, also they havebeen applied to sore breasts of nursing mothers and to the neck for tonsillitis. Recent researches show that consumption of teas containing catnip has anti-cholinergic effects The leaves of catnip have traditionally been chewed as a remedy for alleviating toothaches. The inhabitants of
Southern Appalachia have used it since the eighteenth century as a remedy for cold.. Catnip has been used for relief of insomnia and prevention of nightmares, and has a mild anti-spasmodic effect and is used to treat cramps. The juice from the leaves was used to stimulate menstrual flow. It has been used in the treatment of children’s ailments, such as colicky pain, flatulence and restlessness. The herb has also been used as a cold remedy, for hives, as a diaphoretic, a refrigerant and an anodyne.
Catnip is also sold as an dietary supplement for general well being and to promote a healthy immune system during the cold and flu season.
The flowering tops of catnip yield up to 1.0% volatile oil, 78 % being nepatalactone, the main attractant to cats. Thymol extracted from catnip has beneficial antiseptic uses on the skin and in the nasal and pharyngeal passages.
Obviously the most common non-medical use for catnip is as stuffing in toys for cats. Some less common used for catnip include, using small quantities as a scent in trapping bobcats and mountain lions. Many of the compounds found in catnip oil, namely, citronellal, geraniol, citral, carvacrol, and pulegone can be used as excellent natural insecticides. Thymol extracted from catnip is used as a fungicide.
Growing & Harvesting CatnipCatnip can be grown in sandy soil within a pH range of 5.8 to 7.5 and annual precipitation between 16-51 inches. The catnip plant is very hardy and grows well in full sun
Before planting the shells of the seeds should be softened, this can be done by soaking them in water. You’re your plants start to sprout you should thin them out allowing for space up to 20 inches between plants. seeds should be
When the plant is in full bloom the flowering tops should be harvested, this is done by cutting a few inches above the ground. To quicken the drying time, the steams should be broken in several places.
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