Thursday, December 18, 2014

17th GOTCHA ANNIFURSARY!

Me and mai pal Gumby up on the fridge, circa 1999!
It was 17 years ago that Patty and Sabryin came to get me at the Furry Felines Cattery.  I didn't want to go.  I ran everywhere, hiding under chairs and couches and whatever I could find and wherever I could fit.  I ran and ran and ran, but they got me anyway.  The first night they were very good at playing chase me; not so much anymore, 'cause they are getting old.  Ahem.

Speaking of old, this is a very old photo of me and mai pal Gumby.  We had what mai mom calls a "fatal attraction."  The first time I met Gumby, he was so spindly I just wanted to gnaw his little arms off!  It's the feline in me -- those uncontrollable urges.  Mai mom kept trying to put Gumby in places she thought I couldn't go . . . like the top of the fridge.  Guess what?  I got there!  You can see how happy Gumby is to see me. 

PATTY:  What you can't see are the deep fang marks on Gumby's poor little arms.  I had to save him, I had to.  He is now inhabiting a very special spot on the top shelf of the wall to ceiling bookcase, but don't tell Bhu.

Anyway, Happy Gotcha Day Bhu!!  We absolutely love you!  xoxo

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Snow Cold!

This is the place to be on a cold, snowy day!

You know what would make it even better?

Pets from Poppy! 
PATTY:  Can you believe snow already?  I'm just not prepared for this!
BHU:  Whatchu complainin' about allatime?  It's not so bad!
PATTY:  Easy for you to say, with all that FUR! 
BHU:  Your misfortune having been born a furless one. 
PATTY:  Yeah, only in the winter, mister. 

Hope you are all in a warm spot today, just like Bhu.  Hope you get some pets, too!  xoxo

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Feels like Summer; looks like Fall!

Look what I can see from mai fort window:
These leaves were all on the tree yesterday! 


Mai mom's dumb feet in her dumb purple shoes.  No doubt she's gonna drag some of those leaves into the house.

What can I say?  These particular leaves know their place.
 PATTY:  Well, Bhu, you have a very colorful yard these days, no doubt about it!  Guess I'm gonna hafta rake soon.  Today it is warm and lovely, but I know that winter is lurking somewhere north of here!   As for me, I quilted the Key West quilt today and I will talk more about that on "Sew Sew Patty."  Hope effuryone is having a wonderful Sunday!  

xoxo


Friday, October 17, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BHU!

Then, a sweet little kitteh in December 1997.


Now,  a handsome feline version of George Clooney. (Zoolatry graphic)
BHU:  Today I am SEVENTEEN!  By the time I hit the internetz, I was already an adult kitteh and it was so much fun meeting all mai new furrends and visiting their blogs.  I even got to co-star in a soap opurra ("As the Paw Turns") with Sweet Praline, Ginger Jasper, Goma, Maggy & Zoey and who was that other little rascal?  Anyhoo, it's been an excellent time so far (except for some not-so-fun visits to the VET) and the noms just keep getting better and better!  Love mai mom and poppy, miss Sweet P and GJ, still have a heart pitter-patter everytime I see Maggy . . . and I'm planning to hog those sunpuddles for a very long time to come!

PATTY:  Hear, hear!  Happy Birthay, my sweet.  xoxo

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Football Saturday


What's that?
It's moving!  It's on top of my paw! 

Little sweater for a baby!
PATTY:  Pity us because we live close to a university football stadium -- a mile away, which apparently is too close.  Since 7 am we have been "treated" to a preview of the Georgia marching band rehearsing for an 11 am game.  "Check, check, check" on the too-loud sound system.  Lovely.  It's Saturday!!  SATURDAY!  So now you know it:  I hate football! 

BHU:  I think you're making more noise than the band at this point.

PATTY:  Thanks for the snark, Bhu.  Anyhoo, here's a little photo sequence of Bhu's big yarn adventure the other night.  This is a little sweater I decided to make for a PhD student who is newly pregnant.  She's hoping for a girl, but I keep seeing "boy" when I work on this, so . . .  I'm going to bind the neck and sleeve edges with blue, I think.  I was watching the Create channel one day and they were having a Crochet & Knitting programs marathon and I saw them making this stitch that really appealed to me:  cast on 30, single crochet then double crochet and repeat.  I like the texture.

Next week -- the 17th to be exact -- is Bhu's 17th birthday.  Stop by and say hello!  xoxo

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Oh, the horror!

Top:  Me and the 4-armed monster! Left:  Holding my own while being held.  Middle:  The outcome.  Right:  Well-deserved nap time!
BHU:  So, remember last summer when I went to the V-E-T and she said, "You don't have to come back EVER!"  Yeah, well, Poppy found a vet who makes house calls!!  This is fair warning to all you kittehs out there!  You are NEVER SAFE!

PATTY:  You are SUCH a drama diva!  As usual, you complain about the good things we do for you.  As a "mature" kitteh, you have trouble retracting your claws and you keep getting caught in the carpeting.  I told Poppy that I was finding your claws all over the place and I was concerned that they were pulling out and it was hurting you.  We were so lucky to find Right At Home Vet Care and I think it was a relatively painless process for you!

BHU:  Okay, it was.  And, you are right:  I'm not getting caught in the carpeting anymore.  AND she was nice AND she showed you pictures of her kittehs (Walter and Dexter).

PATTY:  And her beautiful woofies, too.  So now, mister, you have to remember to stay well and don't get into trouble because the Vet makes housecalls now!

xoxo


Monday, September 1, 2014

Kitty Labors Effury Day!

Superhero Kitteh Cinnamon
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COLUMBIA, Mo 8/30/14 (Beat Byte) -- A Columbia kitty has made medical history. 

With genetic material from Cinnamon, a female Abyssinian cat who lives and works at Mizzou's College of Veterinary Medicine, 26 genetics researchers from the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Portugal, and Spain this month announced they have finally sequenced the entire cat genome, coiled strands of DNA and RNA that determine the characteristics of life. 
In the works for nearly a decade, the Feline Genome Project promises help with human diseases including AIDS, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, polycystic kidney disease, and some forms of blindness.   Cinnamon was specifically bred to develop retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that famously afflicts Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn.  

Domestic cats share "nearly 250 genetic diseases analogous to human disorders," the cat genome team -- which includes Mizzou veterinary ophthalmology professor Kristina Narfstrom, DVM, PhD -- explains in their August paper for the journal Gigascience.  "Feline infectious agents offer powerful natural models of deadly human diseases, which include feline immunodeficiency virus, feline sarcoma virus and feline leukemia virus." 

An oft-repeated analogy likens the genome to a book.  Chromosomes are chapters; genes are words; DNA and RNA are individual letters.   Sequencing the genome is analogous to finding the type and location of every letter in the book.  Since each cell in the body contains at least one copy of the book -- the genome -- knowing how many times the letter "A" recurs, and where, is powerful information.  

Understanding the cat genome will better help geneticists correlate DNA damage to disease.  A deletion of DNA at one point in the genome might cause blindness, for instance, just like deleting the letter A from every word in a book would create gibberish.   Adding or substituting DNA anywhere along the genome can have similar harmful effects, the same way adding or changing letters in a book could destroy its meaning and contents.    

First reported in 2007 when it was partially sequenced, Cinnamon's genome includes 21,865 genes that code for proteins that determine everything from hair color to personality.   Though she has been in the spotlight since that first report, Cinnamon has two lower-profile male partners -- Boris, from St. Petersburg, Russia; and Silvester, a European wildcat whose DNA the scientists compared to the two domestic cats. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Buh-Bai August!

I think I slept through August! 
PATTY:  Can you believe it is the last day of August?? Holy cow, where did the time go?  And I have very little to show for it!  You, mister, have even less.

BHU:  No worries.  It's all in my job description:  sleep, snooze, hork up, wander perimeter searching for bugs and deporting them or ingesting them, depending on variety. 

PATTY:  Speaking of bugs, blister beetles ate my tomatoes and something is eating my morning glories! 

Notice the pattern of destruction in that lower right leaf!  Grrrrrrrr!
BHU:  Andy Warhol loved morning glories.  You look like him.  Except yer hairz is longer and your glasses are diffurrent.  And you have boobs.  Otherwise, you could be twins.

PATTY:  Alrighty then.  Hmmmmm.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

GNAT: don't do me like that!

Cause and effect:  trap beside lure!  bwahahaha!
PATTY:  If you have tomatoes, you have gnats.  I save seeds because I am (a) smart and (b) cheap . . . and also because I don't want to eat GMO foods.  Ya never know.  The three little tubs of tomato seeds in the process of being saved have attracted their share of gnattery, as have the two baskets of ripening tomatoes not far to the left of this little scene.  I love 'maters and so do gnats.  Now the little peskers are not harmful, but they are annoying.  Although harmful to the gnats, here is one trap that  is harmless to pets and people (and really, really cheap to set up).  This carries the Bhu Seal of Approval.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TRAP: 
Pour apple cider vinegar into a jar.  Use a piece of wax paper, saran wrap, or even newspaper (any kind of paper, really) and affix it to the top of the jar to seal it -- use a rubber band if you don't have a canning jar like I used.  Punch holes in it -- toothpick size holes are too small, but shish-ka-bob stick holes are totally gnat-sized!  Wait and watch.  Soon your jar will look like mine:  a little gnat floating right in the center.  YAY!  [sorry about that!]

The following trap is very effective, but not pet or people friendly.   I've never had a problem with Bhu wanting to drink alcohol, but he is a very intelligent kitteh.

RED WINE TRAP:
Based on personal observation, gnats LOVE red wine -- especially cabernet sauvignon!  This is the simplest trap of all.  Just put some red wine in a shot glass or small jar, add a drop of dish soap and leave it anywhere.  To be honest, you don't even need the soap.  They will drown but they will be so, so happy on the way to gnat heaven!

Zzzzzz.  Purraying for the little gnats who lose their lives due to gluttony.
BHU:  zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

PATTY:  Bhu is having cabin fever today.  It's hot, hot, hot and way humid so we are hanging out inside this afternoon, hoping to stay cool.   xoxo

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Checking In!

BHU:  Hai, it's me again!  Didja miss me?  Purrobly not, right?  Well, anyhoo, nothing much has been going on around here.  It's been quiet, but the weather has been "wonderful" [quoting mai mom] so the 'rents have been spending lots of time outsides!  I keep asking what is the condition of my catnip plant, but I get no answers. 

PATTY:  Well, we didn't want to disappoint you, but the fact of the matter is that every kitty in the 'hood has been butting head into the 'nip and it is beaten down and lookin' sad!  Sorry dude!  Other than that, the garden is doing good thanks to the fabulous compost I make!  And I have been busy saving seeds, too . . . chard, snow peas, mustard and tomatoes, so far.  Beans are growing, turnips need to be dug up, potatoes are almost ready and I still haven't figured out what to do with the Lemon Grass, but HEY, it's lookin' good!

Top:  Glorious sunflowers and the Mimosa in the background.  Bottom:  Madonna Lilies, Genovese basil and the mystery vine that grows in the compost bin every year.  I think it's some kind of squash.  The flowers are pretty.
Hope your summer is going well!  We are only two weeks away from the start of school here, bringing 30,000 more teen pods to the area.  Anybody else live in a university town?  If so, you know our pain. 

xoxo