Sunday Sunshine Selfie mini-Adventure

This started out as a simple Sunday selfie in the sunshine photo, but it turned into a mini adventure.

I was enjoying the last bits of sunshine at my back door.

Raven screen door

Mom wanted a better photo of my face so Dad enticed me to look up by dangling a feather toy. She got a really good photo of my chin!

Raven on back step

Then I decided to be adventurous and go outside onto the step. I’m much more relaxed inside, so this is a big step for me.

Raven on back step

Then I got brave and started sniffing around the door, so mom decided to put my harness on me just in case I wanted to investigate the yard. But I didn’t want to go anywhere, I just relaxed in the sun for a few minutes before going back inside.

Raven at back door

Unfortunately, my sunpuddle has gone away, but I’m sure it will be back tomorrow. I’ll just relax here by the open door and enjoy the beautiful summer day.

Raven at the screen door

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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The Dalai Lama’s Cat – Book Review

I recently read three books by David Michie:

  • The Dalai Lama’s Cat
  • The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring
  • The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Power of Meow

Dalai Lama's Cat book

Dalai Lama's Cat BookDalai Lama's Cat book





The books encompass stories of daily life, told from the perspective of the Dalai Lama’s cat. After being rescued off the streets of Delhi, His Holiness’s Cat (HHC) lives with the Dalai Lama, listens and learns from the Dalai Lama’s discussions, and lets us see daily life from a cat’s point of view. HHC has many friends in town, and brings their stories to us through her frequent visits to them.

HHC is a wonderfully developed character, and I quickly came to care about her and the human characters in the stories. Buddhist teachings are a theme throughout the books, but they’re presented in a light-hearted and unassertive way. The books are also very well written and easy to read.

If you’re not a religious person, or if you are deeply committed to a particular religion, don’t let the Buddhist viewpoint of these books deter you from reading them. The author is not trying to convert anyone to Buddhism. On the contrary, the author frequently points out that many faiths have similar beliefs that are expressed in different ways, and the various teachings can complement each other.  What I also found enjoyable about these books is that they are relaxing. Obviously that’s a major focus of the  Buddhist viewpoint, but I enjoy reading books that don’t have arguing or violence. 

The only drawback I found in these books was that the third book (The Power of Meow) was a bit heavy-handed in the continued mentions of how meditation has been shown to be beneficial to a person’s health. But the book was still fun and interesting despite the occasional feeling of being swatted with a rolled up “meditation” newspaper.

I recommend all three of these books, and I think it best if you read them in order. I read the second book before the first and it wasn’t too disruptive, but the characters’ life stories will flow more naturally if you read the books in order.  I enjoyed reading about the events in HHC’s life and about bringing happiness to your life and the life all all living beings.

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The Garden, The Stabby Place, and Bootsie’s Auction

Happy Monday everyone.

This is my garden. Over the last few weeks, that sunflower on the right started growing. We think the birds took a sunflower seed from the bird feeder and planted it in the strawberry bed.
My gardenThe flower is really pretty, and it attracted a bee. We hardly ever see bees anymore, so mom & dad think they might plant a bed of sunflowers next year to help attract bees to the garden. Look at how much pollen the bee has collected on his legs!
Sunflower with beeIf you look closely in the photo below, you can see two finches. They enjoy eating the seeds off the overgrown basil. We haven’t seen finches in a couple years (the bigger jays are probably chasing them away) so we’re glad they’re back. Can you see both finches? One is easy to see on top of the wire cage.  The second is one rung down, to the left, with his back facing us.
Finches in the garden
It’s fun and relaxing to watch my garden, but today it was interrupted by a trip to the stabby place. I decided to be brave and explore the counter & shelves.

Raven at the vet'sAfter that, I was stabbed with a rabies vaccine and with some medicine that should help alleviate my itching. My vet is really good at stabbing kitties, so I barely even felt it. Mom hasn’t shared any photos, but I’ve been itching and I’ve bitten all the fur off the underside of my tail, my tummy, and my thighs. I’ve also been licking my tummy so much that I have a couple raw spots. The vet thinks I’m allergic to something and the shot should help.

I’m lucky to have access to great vet care and mom’s Visa card, but not all kitties are so fortunate. If you haven’t already seen the info around the cat blogsphere, there’s a fundraiser and auction for Bootsie to help pay for his medical bills for his traumatized ear. Mom donated some super sparkly earrings so if you like sparkly ears, you can check them out at the link above.  And here’s the info on Bootsie’s YouCaring fundraiser.

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Purrfect Caturday

Raven relaxing in the window
This is how Caturday is supposed to be. Relaxing, giving myself a bath, watching the birds in the back yard, and napping at my open window.

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Caturday Ruined by a Bath

Mom decided today was the day for my annual bath and she thought it would be fun to share my torment with you. You get to see a lot of her big feet, but you’ll get the idea of how she gives me a bath.

Admittedly, the bath isn’t that bad. The water is warm and it’s over in about 5 minutes, but it’s still unpleasant and intrusive.  First, she imprisons me in the shower and closes the sliding doors so I can’t get out. Then she takes the hand-held shower, with an extra-long hose specifically added just to be able to bathe us, and gets me soaked to the skin. Next, she soaps me up using a pitcher of water pre-mixed with cat shampoo. A little rubbing followed by a thorough rinse and I’m clean…or cleaner, because I think I was clean to start with! She squishes the water from my fur, then wraps me up in a towel to absorb some of the water. Being dried off is my least favorite part because I just want out of the bathroom! Undaunted, she follows me around the house trying to dry and brush me.

Now I’ll spend the rest of the day drying and licking all my furs back into place.

I’ll get my revenge in about 5 days when I produce a hairball for her!

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