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The Male Species

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Jean Claude just came back in -again .  I let him out in the back yard  this morning.   He  was  visiting my neighbor’s yard but my other  neighbor let her dog out  and he and Jean Claude are not so chummy these days.     I tend to leave Jean Claude outside and close the door.    He’s a pretty large cat and he can take care of himself.   Roxie, a female  Japanese bobtail, is so tiny I encourage her to come in when I do as she really seems to lack a sense of direction and has been known to run off and stay out all night.   Jean Claude –  I know eventually he’ll knock to let me know he wants to come back in the house or he’ll  cry out.     Bombays, I’ve read, think they are dogs.  Jean Claude certainly fits the mode.  For sure he knows he’s a “male.”     Last night I came in pretty late , around 11,  and he  just breezed right past me when I opened the door and escaped into the night.   I just let him go hang.  I wasn’t chasing him.  Around 2 am I heard him at the front door and came down and let him in the house.  Typical.



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Spent little time working my garden this weekend.   Still too cold at night to plant annuals.  My rosebushes seem to be staving off black spot for now.  I have some salvia that is starting to flower a bit so  I’ll let the rain and the sun do their work.   Hopefully next weekend will be good for planting. 

It’s been a week since I’ve had the pleasure of  daily life with  Jean Claude and Roxie. They’ve spent time enjoying their other residence with their mom CCL.   Roxie did go missing for a brief spell.    She was located behind the washing machine, a favorite hiding place.

This evening I started putting out some of their toys in preparation for their return this week.  Later  I’ll  put out their water bowl(filtered of course) and their dry food dishes. It’s interesting how easy life is when we prepare for the good  – not just the bad stuff .  Busy week this week,  so I made mac and cheese with three cheeses…decided to leave bacon and tomatoes out.  Also  made Mexican pork chops – The recipe follows:

Mexican Pork Chops


Three or four Pork chops (m’ais oui)

One yellow onion

One small can of tomato paste

One cup of water

One can of whole kernel corn

One can of red beans (drained and washed)

Olives(the big kind)

One cup Rice ( I prefer brown rice)


Heat oven to 350 degrees

Slice the onion into rounds and cut them in half

Season the chops with season salt and chilli pepper

 Brown the onions and the chops in a pan or a skillet ( I prefer cast iron)

Remove the chops  from the pan and set aside, leave the onions in the pan

Add to the pan or skillet  the uncooked rice, water, tomato paste, corn(undrained), beans(drained) – Stir, season mixture to taste and then place the chops on top

Garnish with olives(LOTS)  and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

Out All Night

So the first night I brought the cats to my house, it was a nice warm night.  I let the cats out upstairs and Jean-Claude stayed out there ALL night.  He came in the in the morning to get his breakfast.  He is definitely like the the unruly teenage son except that there’s no downside to him staying out.  He likes it, he doesn’t jump off and I still get the nice breeze.

They’ve been at my house where Roxie has been causing a bit of trouble, but they’ve settled down.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to fly to Houston for a few days, but I’m hoping to get to go home early.

It’s been a long few months for me so I’m looking to get some rest soon!

So…where’s Roxie??

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Well, the cats are at their other residence  (their mom’s house) for at least a week.  I went to visit them today.  Jean Claude rushed to greet me and rubbed against me as I entered the house .  Later he instructed me (with three simple pats to the blinds)   to pull up  the blinds to the front window of my daughter’s house.  My daughter had a special cat seat built on  the window and Jean Claude sat there for awhile.  Roxie, who many of you know is always all over me when at her  other residence (my house) was no where to be found.   CCL told me later Roxie did make an appearance.  I’ll go for a visit later this week.

Dusty’s Last Stand

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My friend  Gwen told me  yesterday  the story of her family cat,  a real ferocious hussy named Dusty   Apparently birds were not enough for this tough feline.   Rabbits and other wild animals  were also in the cat’s pervue – their  remains sprayed across the back lawn of the family residence.    Seems  Dusty liked everyone else in the  family but didn’t really take too kindly to Gwen.  The menacing looking critter regularly smirked and growled at  her when Gwen returned home from school and no one else was present.  One day smirking was not  enough for Dusty  who jumped claws out and latched onto Gwen’s leg where he remained for a brief but painful  period of time.  Alas,  Dusty met a rather gruesome end.  While  travelling  the highway one bright sunny day, Dusty, according to witnesses,  was hit by a  semi truck.   Gwen upon reflection believes no mere car could have put an end to Dusty’s furious furry  fury.