Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Otis knows how to do it right.

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Merry Christmas to all!

Cat lifestyles of the 21st century

One of Otis’s favourite activities? Watching “Cat TV” on my computer.

I’ve bookmarked a couple of videos made for entertaining cats and dogs–videos that feature birds and squirrels, as well as cats playing with toys–and he will sit and watch for at least 20-30 minutes at a time.

Cats sure have come a long way from chasing mice in the farmyard. If, one of these days, he starts typing on the keyboard, I’ll truly be impressed. 🙂

Starring… Otis the Ragdoll Cat

Otis is part of the lineup today at Katzenworld for Tummy Rub Tuesday! Check out all the wonderful cats featured today:

My poem featured today at Katzenworld

What’s ten times worse worse than dumping a full cup of coffee in your lap?

DUMPING THE ENTIRE CUP INTO YOUR LAPTOP KEYBOARD!!!

Yep. That’s exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. I’ve always been as clumsy as the day is long, so I make a point of being extra-careful whenever I have liquids anywhere near my devices.

Except this time, when I bumped the table beside me, my full cup of coffee (with no lid on it) literally flew up into the air and landed upside down on top of my MacBook, which was on my lap. Every last drop drained into my keyboard.

I raced to the kitchen like a bat out of hell, holding the laptop upside down to drain over the sink while yelling every curse word in the English language. Once drained, I shut it down and raced it over to my awesome tech guy, who said he’d do his best to dry it out and clean it up, and we would hope for the best that I hadn’t fried it.

After a LOT of praying, I am so lucky to have my laptop back—good as new, thanks to my rock star tech guy, Phillip of Tomigi Computer Sales & Service in Markham, Ontario.

Anyway, I’m back online and hope to share some of the projects I’ve been working on in future posts. For now, here’s Otis, relaxing out in the front porch.

And here’s a silly joke that gave me a chuckle.

Otis could use a margarita…

Otis relaxes in his basket by the window, wearing his Mexican sombrero as he dreams of white sand beaches and tequila shots.
Happy Sunday!

Hmmm… What to do with some plain old rocks?

Why not turn them into colourful owls!
First, I drew a pencil outline on each rock.
Next, I used acrylic paints to fill in my outlines.
Then I outlined everything in fineline black marker.
Next, I used my paints and a fine brush to fill in each area with doodles and dabs.
Once the paint dried, I sprayed each rock with a matte preservative.
Now, what to do with those painted rocks?
Really, you can put them anywhere—on a table, in a garden, etc.
I decided to frame mine.

Since the owls themselves are so “busy,” I decided that the background should be plain.
I painted a black tree silhouette on a plain white canvas.
Once dried, I used heavy-duty construction glue to glue each owl in place on the canvas.
Again, to keep the focus on the owls, I used a plain black frame to box them in. And there you have it. Instant art from rocks picked up on the Lake Ontario shoreline.
As always, my little partner in crime hung out with me to “help.”

Happy Easter from Otis the Ragdoll Cat

Hello everyone… although I am writing to wish you all a Happy Easter, I am not so very happy right now.

Not after my mother-person tried to force me to wear a dumb pair of bunny ears that she made. Honestly, how incredibly insulting is that to a handsome creature such as myself?Of course, I refused to wear them, making sure to kick and shake my head so that they would not stay put.
Eventually, my mother-person gave up and let them just rest on the floor. I glared at them, thinking that I might like to rip them to shreds.
And what’s with that dumb stuffed bunny she put behind me? Sometimes, she just drives me crazy. But I do love her anyway.

A HOPPY EASTER TO ALL!

A Spoiled Cat Lives here!

I was picking through a bin of my unfinished craft projects the other day and discovered an old cross-stitch picture that I’d done years ago, of Sylvester the cartoon cat holding a frame with the caption “Spoiled cat lives here.”

Of course, with it being a perfect representation of my spoiled fur baby, Otis, I was compelled to frame it for display in my front porch.

I picked up an unpainted wood frame at the buck store and used acrylic paint in three of the colours picked up from the cross-stitch to decorate it. Then I painted some wood letters that spelled out “Otis,” and glued them to the bottom of the frame. Once I stretched the cross-stitch fabric over cardboard and set it in the frame, I had a perfect “warning” for any visitors daring to enter my home. 🙂

Of course, the only way I could paint the frame in peace without Otis trying to dip his paw into the paintbrush water dish was to give him a paintbrush of his own that he could roll around with on the floor. Did I mention that he’s spoiled rotten?

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