Category Archives: Cats

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Dear Diary


Picture of the Moment—Poor snake

When I was in Utah in May, I visited Antelope Island State Park in the Great Salt Lake.

It doesn’t look to be an island when looking at maps, but whatever.

There is a lot of wildlife on Antelope Island, including a bison herd numbering several hundred and, of course, antelope.

On my way to see the bison herd, a black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia, also known as American magpie) was snacking on this snake in the middle of the road.

It was so into its meal that it let me get quite close to get this picture.

Black-billed magpie eating a snake

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

Order proof book—check.

I finished my book this past Monday. I changed the cover from dark green to dark brown.

Jeff Moore’s book, Spiny Succulents, has a dark green background, courtesy of me when I was doing the final editing and design layout, so I didn’t want it to look like I copied his book.

The new cover looks like this:

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

I ordered a proof book on Wednesday, but it will take a couple of weeks to get here. Meanwhile, I’ll have to find something else to do, like, perhaps, playing with Queen Olivia, if she ever decides to quit sleeping.

Queen Olivia

“Cats” – Special edition of LIFE magazine available now!

A special edition of LIFE magazine is now available at your local news stand. I searched everywhere online to try to provide a link to an online source so you wouldn’t have to get all spruced up and go out into the world to buy it. Alas, it looks like it’s available only out in the real world. I can highly recommend it, regardless the source.

The bar code says that I paid $13.99 for it. I didn’t know until just now. It’s not just a magazine, though. It’s a great “book” that will be in my library until the day I die. Well worth the $13.99 (plus tax?), and I’ve only read the first 22 (out of 96) pages.

Best quote in the first 22 pages:

“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”—Abraham Lincoln

Cats, a LIFE special edition

Dear Diary (July 5, 2019, 1st entry)


I discovered that Olivia is keeping a diary.

She just made this entry a few minutes ago.

I found it only because I had gone out to the kitchen and she followed me, thinking she was going to get morning food, without closing and locking her diary.

Trust me.

I would never break into and read someone else’s diary.

Dear Diary 07052019

Olivia's first visit to the vet on July 3, 2019

How old is the little girl?


Olivia had her first vet visit yesterday. Picture below.

Said vet questioned the date of birth, provided by the El Cajon Animal Shelter, as November 21, 2017.

Said vet thought it more likely that it was November 21, 2018. That would make this little girl just 7 months old instead of 1 year & 7 months old. That certainly would explain her small size (7½ pounds) and her boundless energy.

Said vet approved of feeding her whenever she wanted to eat, as much as she wanted to eat, and we’ll see if she “puts on weight and grows up to be a full grown cat.”

Said vet approved of the food I was feeding her, which is not kitten food. Said vet said at her actual age or perceived age, adult food was fine.

If she is only 7 months old, she’s a very well trained and/or smart little 7-year-old. She has learned that she cannot go on the top of the piano, tables, and countertops. She’s not happy about being banished from the bathroom countertops, though. Oh, well.

Next visit to said vet is scheduled for January 3, 2020.

Olivia's first visit to the vet on July 3, 2019