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Zoey the Cool Cat’s birthday presents

Cats

Zoey the Cool Cat has been celebrating her birthday today. We adopted her from the El Cajon Animal Shelter on September 21, 2007, and the vet said she was about a year old, so we use September 21, 2006, as her birthday.

We couldn’t celebrate September 21 because I was feeling really bad. When I can’t even listen to The Beatles, you know I’m sick….

For her birthday she got a new sack….

Zoey the Cool Cat in her new sack

She was so happy, for an hour or so….

That was when she discovered that I also had a new box for her….

Zoey the Cool Cat in her new box

The little queen loves her sacks and boxes, especially if they are placed on the bed. Here are some pictures of past sacks and boxes:

Zoey the Cool Cat in her new sack

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat, Olympic boxing champion

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Zoey the Cool Cat, Olympic boxing champion

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Unknown pet

But what is it?

Gene Mundt, mortgage lender with Chicagoland Mortgage Lending in Joliet, IllinoisThis post is dedicated to Gene Mundt, the guy with the money if you want to buy a home, i.e., he’s a mortgage lender with Chicagoland Mortgage Lending in Joliet, Illinois. I have known Gene for about three years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend him for anyone needing some money to buy a home in Illinois. He might even be licensed in other states, so if you need mortgage money, contact Gene. If he can’t help you, I’ll bet he can point you to someone who can.

Dedications are my way of trying to provide a little extra Google juice for people I have come to know and respect over the years.

Picture of the moment

I’ve been interesed in living, breathing organisms (other than people) since I was very young. I’ve had all sorts of pets — snakes, lizards, cats, dogs, pigs, cows, horses, monkey, all kinds of birds, hamsters, fish, iguana, rats, mice, ant farm, spiders, ferret.

There is at least one pet that I haven’t had, and it looks like this:

Unknown pet

Unknown pet

That pet was at the house where I was doing a home inspection this morning. No one knew what it was and the sellers were not there to tell us. I loved its big ears! It appeared to be friendly but, of course, I didn’t want to test that appearance by sticking my fingers too close. It’s a great climber, too; it had no problem climbing up the wire sides of its cage.

But what is it? I have no idea.

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If you don’t attract the birds you want, switch bird feed

Picture of the momentThe plants in my gardens were planted for one of three specific reasons:

  • They use little water (cactus and native vegetation)
  • They attract butterflies
  • They attract birds, specifically hummingbirds

In order to attract other birds, I supplement the plants with bird feeders. The feed that I had been using was attracting house finches (which I love) and mourning doves (which I can take or leave).

House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House finch

Mourning doves (Zenaida macroura)Mourning doves

A few days ago when I went to Walmart to get some more feed, there was a
40-pound bag on sale for just $17.44. I couldn’t resist it even though I had never used that brand before.

The house finches and mourning doves still come around, but I’m now being visited by bluebirds and cedar waxwings.

Western bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
and three
Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Bluebird and three cedar waxwings

That western bluebird, a female, doesn’t look too happy that she’s outnumbered by the three cedar waxwings.

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Sea lion posing for the camera

Picture of the momentThere are two places to see seals and sea lions in San Diego, one in La Jolla and one at the north end of San Diego Bay near the submarine base. La Jolla is easier and less expensive to get to, but the ones near the submarine base are usually much more active. Unfortunately, in order to get to the ones near the submarine base, you have to either have a boat, rent a boat, or go on some sort of cruise.

Here’s an alpha male sea lion that posed for me recently when I went on a whale watching cruise:

Sea lion in San Diego Bay near the submarine base

 

Seals and sea lions are very similar in appearance, but there is one sure way you can tell the difference: sea lions have external ear flaps; seals don’t.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

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