On Saturday, Hubby and I took a drive from our home in Everett, over to the East Side of Lake Washington, and up to the town of Snoqualmie, via Fall City. In July, the Snoqualmie River there is about three feet deep and pretty slow-moving. The kids put their inner-tubes in the water upstream, and just leisurely float downstream. It was a cool, gray day, but they were making the most of it.
It’s pretty hard to believe that, just a short distance upstream, you find this:
We brought home our new black cat, Kikyo, in July of 2010. It didn’t take her very long to settle in, with her new Staff to cater to her every whim. We bought her a tall cat tree, so she could climb up and watch out the clerestory window in the family room. We bought her a “toy box” to hold all her many cat toys. It’s basically a square wooden box about a foot square and two inches deep, with round holes in the top and sides. If she wants to play with a toy, she has to fish it out of the box first. We also sometimes put treats in the box, so she has to fish those out too. She does have fun with it. Often when I get home from work, her toys are strewn across the family room floor where she left them.
We installed a window perch in our second-floor bedroom, so she can watch out the window into the back yard. She spends hours there, sleeping or watching out the window. Here, then, are ten years of pictures of our Owner, The Lady Kikyo (named after a priestess in Medieval Japan, a character in the anime series InuYasha).
This is the first picture I took of her when we brought her home. Notice the collar and tag. Being an indoor cat, we removed the collar after about a week.
Here she is in what I like to call her “legless position”. Some people call it the “meatloaf” position.
We discovered that she could be quite the little acrobat. How about this balancing act?
Here she is on that tall cat-tree. She can scamper up there in a split-second when there’s a bird in the maple tree outside the window.
How could you resist this face?
Kikyo discovered fairly early on that she could jump up on the banister of our stairs to the second floor, and jump across to the top of the front closet. From there she saunters over to the plant shelf. One day, I caught her sitting on the shelf, snuggled up to a vase in the shape of a cat. Of course, she had no idea that she was next to another cat!
My favorite place to be is on my bed, with a good book or the Wall Street Journal to read. Kikyo’s favorite place to be is on me. When we brought her home from the shelter, she wasn’t much for sitting on people. But I taught her well.
Now, is that relaxed, or what?!
Anyone who is owned by a cat has seen their owner in this particularly hilarious pose. I can’t believe she can actually do this-it’s embarrassing to me! Most undignified!
I brought home a little free bag from my oral surgeon, and for some reason Kikyo likes to sit on it. If I leave it on the bed, she prefers to be on top of it.
She also has a low cat tree, that sits in the kitchen next to the table. This particular pose made a great Christmas card in 2015, with the addition of a Santa hat. This is also the picture on the lock screen of my phone.
Then, there’s her Aristo-Cat pose. This picture is priceless. She sat in this position for a good ten minutes, watching a bird out the window.
When she’s on her window perch, she just looks so relaxed and lazy. Mistress of all she surveys.
This one is more recent. The look says: “You rang, underling?”.
There is Nothing like being owned by a cat. We got an especially lovely one, with a coat like mink.
It has always seemed to me that Hollywood movies these days have been aimed primarily at an audience of 14-year-old boys. I have noticed a steady stream of new releases that are based on popular comic books, young-adult novels, and other youth-oriented subjects. This week, an article in the Wall Street Journal has proven me right.
The article is about famous director Martin Scorsese, and his efforts to peddle his new movie about murders of oil-rich Osage Indians in the 1920s. It has proven very expensive, and the original movie studio is balking at the expense. This is the money quote that proves me correct on Hollywood. [emphasis mine]
Traditional studios have been increasingly shying away from expensive adult dramas, as in recent years the box office has been dominated by family-friendly titles, superhero movies and sequels.
Indeed, many Hollywood producers now look to make movies aimed at adult audiences as cheaply as possible, with streaming-distribution deals potentially representing the difference between a profit and a loss.
So, if you are an adult looking for a new Hollywood movie that appeals to you, you might have to look very hard to find one, if you even can. Our house does not subscribe to Netflix, so we miss everything that appears there. Personally, I don’t think we are missing much. I can do without movies, since I read a lot for pleasure. This week, while I have been out of work on furlough, we watched, again, two of the excellent BBC dramatizations of Dorothy L. Sayers’s Peter Wimsey mysteries (Strong Poison and HaveHis Carcase). And last night, we watched, for the umpteenth time, Spirited Away, an excellent anime movie that we both love.
…and all its attendant ills, both physical and psychological? Are you looking for a place to go to relax, where the pesky virus will not intrude on your mellow?
Well, I have just the place for you.
Hie yourself on over to WizardingWorld.com, and dive right into the Harry Potter Universe! The site is the former Pottermore, with all the features you have come to love. The elves behind Wizarding World will entertain you with quizzes, features, and news from the world of Harry Potter. Eventually they intend to bring back the “explore the story” feature that those of us who really got into the old Pottermore came to love and lose ourselves in. Personally, that’s the part I miss the most about the former site.
Now, though, the additional Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise adds new and fun areas to the site. For anyone who has never checked out Wizarding World should go over there right now! Even now, you can register, get sorted into your House at both Hogwarts, and Ilvermorny (the US school of magic); find out your Wand and your Patronus, and get ready to have fun!
You will not find ANY mention of that Muggle virus at Wizarding World, so you can just relax and explore. You can also go to the Apple App Store and download the app, and do quizzes and read about features on your phone!
So, do it today! You will not regret it for one minute.