Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sleepy Sunday

I know it is mid day Sunday I am posting a bit late. I took a cue from the kitties and decided to sleep late. Then stayed lazy all morning. This week the cats are everywhere, with everyone spread out in a different part of the house.


                                 Ugly is staked out by the back door.

                           Mittens is on the counter. (Squirrel stopped by)

                                       Mittens moved to a new spot.


                                    The Martian was on my chair.


                           Found a new place after I made him get down.


                                        Lil' Bit next to the cat tree.

                     Pretty in her tunnel with Ugly checking out the camera.



Hope you all have a nice lazy Sunday. Remember to get plenty of cat naps in to recharge your self for the upcoming week.
 
     

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Plea for Votes

I have some updates and news to share, but first a plea for votes. Catster is having a contest on Face Book called “Hey Kitty, Strike a Pose”. I entered Squirrel in the contest, the prize is a flip camera. If I win I promise to post some movies of her striking some of her most interesting poses. Not only that I will also include some of Lil' Bit going wild tearing through the house, along with Girl using her paw to “eat” her milk. Now how can you pass that up, it is a win-win situation.
Winning entry.

All you have to do is click on the link find her picture and vote for her. I am using the above image of her in the contest. If everyone asks their friends and family to vote, then she is sure to win. 
Another pose.

As you may have noticed I now have a badge for a Face Book page. I recently joined FB and have already meet some of you there. If you would like you can friend me there. I am still learning all the ins and outs of it. 

I wish to thank everyone for their comments and suggestions in recent posts. I have taken the advice about creating a fund raiser, and asking for help. A few days ago I created a widget on chip-in which you can see on the side bar. Any one that wishes to post it on their blog I would appreciate it. I also created a page there with info about it http://bryanscats.chipin.com/help-keep-a-place-for-strays . I have been posting and sharing this on Face Book. I also created a page there http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bryans-Cats/107754762655335 that links to the chip-in page. I will also use the page to keep updates on the cats going forward. 
Girl on the Bed.

I don't know what is happening with Girl lately. I think she has lost some weight, she has always been skinny but appears more so. Also her hair is starting to mat, I am not sure if it is because she has lost interest in grooming or maybe something else. I am starting to get worried about her. 
video 
Girl eating milk.

The rest of the kitties are still happy and healthy. With Blackie stopping by more now that it is getting hotter. Ugly and pretty are still sleeping with me. This morning I had an unusual group of companions, Lil' Bit, Squirrel and The Martian were in bed with me. Maybe they are starting to get used to him.


Lastly I wanted to mention that I have been having problems with Java working on my computer. Just noticed this so for the past couple of weeks some of my emails, comments and other communications have not been working. I will try to catch up over the next couple days.
  
    

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sleepy Sunday

Another lazy sleepy Sunday. Enjoy the pictures.
                                        TJ fell asleep while playing.
                                     The counter is a choice spot.
                            The twins passed out while I was cooking.
                                        Can you say comfortable?

I hope you all had a nice and restful weekend. Remember to take your cat nap.

    

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thomas Catticus

Stud.


Tom has been coming by for about 6 years now. He might have even showed up before Girl did. Every bit the tom cat he does not stay in very long when he does stop by. I don't know if he has another home or not, I like to think he has several spots to get a hand out.

Lately I have been trying to entice him to hang around more by giving him a catnip mouse to play with. I have also been using what is left of this stringed toy. At first he was afraid of it when I would swing it near him, causing him to run from it. As you can see now he will play with it. Being a rare treat when Tom will grace us with his presence I do my best to make him feel welcome.

All the girls think he is hot, they just will not leave him alone. I think he is a bit shy, or maybe more of a Casanova as he doesn't really like all the attention. He is mostly a loner and will not play with the ladies, and will hiss at the other toms.


I just had to get these pictures and share. They are not the best, try playing with a cat while taking a picture with the other hand. It is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I just wish I could get more of the others in action. Oh well enjoy Thomas Catticus at play.

      

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sleepy Sunday

Once again everyone is enjoying a day of rest.

                               Lil' Bit woke up as I took the picture.
                             Finally she was able to completely relax.
                                          Blackie came in for the day.
                                        Pretty in her favorite spot.
                                  Squirrel sleeps with one eye open.
                                        Mittens is totally relaxed.
                            TJ and Pretty are not sure what to make of Mittens.

Hope you all had a nice peaceful weekend.


      

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Don't Mess with your kitty


My good friend Mr Puddy asked to hear stories about kitties giving pay back. He also provided this really cool badge to use. If you have not visited him yet I urge you to do so. I also ask that you vote for him as he is up for a blog award. You can click here to vote. Remember to vote often and daily.

I don't have any pictures to share as this was back in the early 90's and did not have a camera at the time. I had a pair of cats that I adopted. I went out to work one morning and they were at my door, barely weened, covered in fleas. One had scratched most of the fur off of her neck. They were named Frick 'n' Frack. (Frick-is-he Frack-is-she). When they were about 6 months old I caught a 3-4 month kitten that was wondering around wild, Socrates, a tuxedo cat.
Best Friends!!

With my job at the time, about twice a week I had to work a double shift. Sometimes I had to just work a few extra hours. I am not sure who but I suspect the first two were responsible. They did not like it when I was not home in time to feed and play with them. Every time I was late I knew what to expect.
I had a niche cutout in one wall with a shelf on it that I placed my phone. On one side was a trash can. When I got home the phone would be in the garbage. Never failed to miss the can, they were good shots. The second thing they did was to completely remove all the toilet paper off of the roll and spread it all over the bathroom. I learned to close the bathroom door, but did not always remember. 

They were always perfect angels, with one sleeping at my feet. Another by my shoulder and the third by my head. I never had to call them to bed. They never got into mischief. They just let me know that I was late and should have been home taking care of them.

     


 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Untitled

I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement. It feels good to know that there are some people out there that care. After having spent so much time by my self it is hard just opening up trying to get to know people. Part of the reason for the blog, that and sharing about the kitties.



Mittens near the computer.

Being a man it is even harder to reach, out especially to ask for help. I have always had to be self sufficient, not having much in the way of family or friends to lean on. It is hard for me for two reasons, it does feel like begging, I hate asking for help. Second I see so many cats that need help for medical reasons, I would feel that I would be taking money away from them. I guess I need to get over that, because if something happened, and I had to move who would take care of these cats. They have no where to go, Girl would not survive in a shelter.

Girl


I don't know how else to do it, to try to raise emergency funds. I did get a Paypal button posted, and if anyone wishes to help out it would be greatly appreciated. I have had a Paypal account for a while, I use it for my Ebay auctions. I have been putting items up for sale, trying to raise some extra cash. If anyone is interested in checking my auctions out you can go to Ebay and search for my listings. Next to the search button click on advanced then on the left click by seller. In the box for sellers ID put cum4tlynum, it will give you a list of what I have for sale.

 
I think she has allergies.


I do promise to pay back any help received. The same way I ask others to when I help. That is to pass it forward, by helping others out when they need it.

I don't have a lot posted right now, a few items might be a bit high. That is because most items only get one bid, if I have to sell them then I put the lowest I would take (especially on the pictures) I also have a couple of stores at Zazzle one is “Cats Castle” which I have linked on here before the other is “Ponderings, Quotes and Sayings”. I also have some Cafe Press sites, there each design is a different store I have most of them linked to each other. Mostly the same designs on each with a few exceptions. You can try this link and this one. I need to spend some more time getting new designs made and posted. Have only had one shirt sell at Cafe Press after having the site over a year. Had several items sell at Zazzle, only opened it this year. I think due to less competition. Some people actually make a living with these two.

Mizz Purrzzy


I have been trying to find ways to make some extra on line. I did start a blog at Wordpress which I linked to my none cat related stores. I have let it fall behind and need to get back at it. I also have Google Adsence and Amazon affiliate. You have seen their links on this blog. None of these pay out unless you make at least $20 which is hard to do.

Mizz Purrzzy's babies.


As to doing a search to earn money on line, most of the results are scams (I have checked some of them out). Wanting money up front. Similar to those preweb adds in newspapers “make money stuffing envelopes”. However I have run across a couple of places (did not search for them) that pay for articles, being a bit unsure of my writing style have not yet submitted anything. Although there are a few subjects I could write about. There is also a web site that if you have an idea they will help to get it produced and sold. What is nice is anyone can join. Those that participate by offering suggestions helping improve others ideas can also earn money. I keep putting off joining, due partly I think to being a bit down.

Can never get a good pic of his face.


I mention these to let you all know about them so you can use them too. Also to promote my sites to encourage visitors. I did join Face Book recently, I post links to my stores there to promote them. If anyone wants to friend me search for “Bryan Buckner” you will see Squirrel's pic as my profile pic. Not very good at setting up this web page so do not have all the links I would like on here.

My profile pic.


Again thanks for your support, if anyone knows anything else I could do or wants to help me set something up I would greatly appreciate it. I hate to admit it but trying to keep everything going I have gotten several hundred behind. Not only behind in electric bill but rent also, that is why I was going to let it go. At least until I got rent caught up. It is hard catching up after having been unemployed for so long. Oh well things can only get better, right.
 
    

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sleepy Sunday

First a quick status update. I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and comments. Also want to thank Rachel for the info, I am following up on it. What happened was that I had gotten an extension with the power company, to send payment out on the first. The same day I mailed my payment I got notice from my bank that they would stop my overdraft protection (I had been to many days below 0). On the 5th I got a cut off notice but on the 6th they received my check which gave me time to make a post. Kept checking balance at the bank and they did cover the check so will get to keep power. Been trying too hard to keep everything going. I might still need to let internet go until I get caught up on rent and utilities. Just do not want anyone to wonder what happened to me.


Priorities are rent first then cat food. That way I can take care of the cats. Then everything else comes after. So I might still disappear but will be back as soon as possible. Until then I plan on keeping the blog updated. So no more depressing stuff and on with the regular Sunday feature.





Girl is spending more time out and about. I did give in being as am only feeding them dry, I started feeding her in the bedroom again. After eating she gets on the bed to sleep, something she has not done for a while. Even better she is sleeping with me now, even with other kitties on the bed. She will go to her corner to lay down and stays there even when Ugly lays down near her.



Squirrel is coming out more also, she had been hiding somewhat because of Mizz Purrzzy. She has started sleeping on my dresser as you can see in the photo.



This is Pretty in the tunnel, she likes to spend time in there.



Best friends holding hands. Couldn't pass this one up, they used to spend a lot of time together.



Finally TJ is in the closet napping. I guess he just wanted to get away from it all.
 
 
I also still have my Zazzle store going you can click here to see what I have up, thank you. 
 
 
     

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monsoon Has Arrived

Well it is that time of year again the monsoon season has started. If the beginning is any indicator we might actually have a good one this year. I sure hope so. Over night Thursday it rained, again over night Sunday. Then yesterday (the Fourth) it rained in the afternoon. It is welcomed, our daytime highs drop from around 116 down to 103, when the rain starts it drops another 20 degrees. Except now the humidity goes from under 10% to mid 50's. Oh well it only lasts a couple of months.



Now what??


It does create its own issues with the outdoor kitties. Do I try to keep them in all day? Rush home to let them in before it rains? If they get caught out in the rain they may not come in to eat that night. Normally rains start around the time I head home from work. So it is a guessing game as to weather or not I make it. Monday I got home about 30 min before it started, and got everyone in. Then they wanted out until I opened the door. LOL. Later they did venture out but did not go far as you can see in the photos.


Ugly left the yard.


Here in Arizona the ground is very hard and does not absorb the water it mostly just runs off or collects somewhere low. Here are some pictures of my back yard after a short hard rain. I did not get any pics of it on Monday, these are from last year, but it was not as bad. So you can see why they decided to wait for a while before roaming too far.


Look hard you can see the slab the cats were sitting on.
I leaned out the door for this pic.


Just a side note I may not be posting for a while. Still have not caught up with all the bills. I might have to let extras like internet and electricity go for a while. At least until I get the rent caught up. I will find out in the next couple of days if they are going to cut off my services. If I do not post my regular post on Sunday you will know what happened. I hope you all keep safe and happy while I am gone. Best wishes. I hope to be back in a couple of months if it does happen.
   

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sleepy Sunday

Here we are with another week gone by. This weekend I actually had both Saturday & Sunday off of work. Rare enough to get two days in a row, little alone it being the weekend. Once again we see the kitties taking a well deserved rest after a long hard week. Tom stayed in over night and managed to explore more of the house than he normally does.




                                 Thomas Catticus on top of the cabinet.


                                     Martian too big for the cat bed.

                                  Mittens & Ugly blocking the hallway.

                                           Blackie on the counter.

                                       Mizz Purrzzy next to her tunnel.



Hope you all have a great weekend, and those in the States a Happy 4th!!