53 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Haha June 4, 2016 / 9:00 am

    How can do much gorgeousness be contained in one box?

  2. mariana June 4, 2016 / 9:00 am

    I was meaning to ask. does anyone’s cats nose drips/runs when they are being petted?

    • dubravkamcvmd June 4, 2016 / 9:05 am

      No, but on some rare occasions my petting and scratching was rewarded (?) with ecstatic drooling.

      • Ms Can Opener June 4, 2016 / 9:45 am

        I’ve had a couple of kitty droolers as well. I always thought of it as silent purrs.

        • Murray C. June 4, 2016 / 9:59 am

          Which reminds me, has anyone seen/read the book “The Silent Meow”? It’s the story of an older cat teaching a new arrival how to have one over on humans. According to the experienced cat, the silent meow is to be used only in the most urgent of situations, because overuse would render it no longer effective.

          • debg June 4, 2016 / 10:05 am

            If memory serves, it was written by Paul Gallico of steamy 70s TV fame. I had a copy years ago.

            • Murray C. June 4, 2016 / 10:33 am

              Very good! – and the photographer was a woman I had met – she was involved in the New York folk scene and a lot of my friends knew her. Susan…..???? She and Mr. Gallico were significant others, I seem to remember. It was to their household that the kitten had recently gained entrance.

          • dubravkamcvmd June 4, 2016 / 10:11 am

            I’ll have to read that. My Minkette was a proponent of the Silent Meow. I always found it compelling.

          • Haha June 4, 2016 / 11:03 am

            I had a cat that, when my services were required, would look at me and start with a silent meow but after a second of silent meow, would start to make cracking sounds.
            Sp? “k-k-k-k-k-k-k”
            Always 7.

          • dubravkamcvmd June 4, 2016 / 3:37 pm

            Yikes! I just looked on Amazon and the cheapest new paperback is $51.24 and the cheapest new hardcover is $55.48 ( I don’t buy used books sight unseen).

            • Laura June 4, 2016 / 6:37 pm

              I googled it, and it’s available at Barnes & Noble for $1.99. A much better price!

        • debg June 4, 2016 / 10:03 am

          Ecstatic drooling happens with 2 of my 7 felines too. Sadly, it’s not all that rare (I find it icky for me and embarrassing for the cat).

          • allein June 4, 2016 / 11:04 am

            Yeah, Stars drools (and purrs). It’s nice that she loves me, but I could do without the bath.

            • mariana June 4, 2016 / 11:23 am

              now I’m wondering if it’s drool or “nasal discharge”. whatever it is it’s completely clear like water.
              will be on the lookout for silent meows. had to google it, tbh

    • Mr. Sukey June 4, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Yes! Iris and Tiger Lily’s noses both run (and drip) when they’re on my lap and have achieved petting Nirvana. Additionally, Lily drenches me with drool. They’re litter mates so I figured it’s a family trait. A few of the cats at the animal sanctuary where I volunteer are also happy droolers.

      • Smartypants June 4, 2016 / 4:13 pm

        Yes – my cat Elsa was a happy drooler. She was a Himalayan – I don’t know if there’s a hereditary component.

  3. Faye June 4, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Wow, drooling and silent meow bring back sweet memories of previous cats. Current cat, nope to both. Sigh.

    • Murray C. June 4, 2016 / 10:34 am


    • Gigi the cat lady June 4, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      I had a Pavlov cat once, all I had to do was say the word FOOD and he would start drooling.

    • Murray C. June 4, 2016 / 11:09 am

      Looks interesting, must bookmark! Off to the garden for now. Bye-eeee!

  4. Duckie June 4, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Feline marshmallows!

    • allein June 4, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      The dog!! I love it!

    • Faye June 4, 2016 / 12:11 pm

      Wow. Thank you Murray. I wish humans could focus on these positive endeavors instead of all the useless and harmful stuff going on. Sigh.

      Looks like other Robinson Crusoe chapters that went unwritten!

    • Chase June 4, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Wow! How incredible! That elephant is amazing!!!

    • Laura June 4, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      That is amazing! I just watched a video of their performance in London with the giant elephant, and it was just wonderful to see so many people out participating in an event of total wonder! And the tears when the little girl got in her capsule and blasted off showed just how remarkable it must have been to be there in person. I hope they come to the US someday — we need more street magic like this!

    • Gigi_the cat lady June 4, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      I like the animal ones bit the little girl and the diver creep me out.

  5. allein June 4, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Yum! You must have gone to Sam’s Club for the two-pack!

  6. dubravkamcvmd June 4, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I’m reporting results for a recipe for tofu pepperoni that Mike shared a couple of weeks ago. Smells exactly like pepperoni but only tastes like it when cold.

  7. Faye June 4, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I will refrain from ordering my cat loafs sliced.

    I have big plans today: watching tv while I sort, fold and hang mounds of clean laundry.

    Just finished reading Esther The Wonderpig. True account of Esther and her Dads who thought they were adopting a pink mini pig and ended up with a 640 pound pig in a 1000 square foot house.

    They are on YouTube and FB. Eventually they crowd funded to buy a farm and open an animal sanctuary. Great people. Great FB and great read. I highly recommend getting to know Esther The Wonder Pig.

    • Laura June 4, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      That sounds like a terrific book! Thanks for the suggestion. I’m always looking for more good books.

      • Faye June 4, 2016 / 5:09 pm

        Take a look at Esther and you will fall in love with her.

  8. AJ June 4, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Looks like I’m late to the party today. Having a lazy morning, just finished breakfast out on the balcony. Enjoyed watching the birds (maybe starlings or sparrows?) flying in circles above the houses, so pretty. Now to clean the kitchen then maybe run an errand. Tomorrow we have to venture to the laundromat for the first time in years since our washer died last week 😒. Landlord is getting a repairman in but that could take a few days. And no guarantee it’s fixable, and if not it’s on our dime to buy a new one. Tomorrow will just be so much fun. Thank goodness for cute kitties today!

  9. Jakepets June 4, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Vanilla Creme and Vanilla Cream. The Continental Combo.

  10. Puddleglum June 4, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    This weekend is the first time here in Billings, MT where perfect summer weather has managed to align with the weekend. Woo! So after going to a baby shower this afternoon I fully intend to spend every other minute outside lounging in my backyard hammock, and also getting in my first real hike of the season in the Beartooth Mountains. 🙂

    • Em June 4, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Just looked up the Beartooth Mountains, what an amazing place!

    • fkaWaldenPond June 4, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      The Beartooth Mountains look spectacular; have a great hike!

    • Murray C. June 4, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Sounds like it’s time for a name change from Puddleglum to Puddleglee!

  11. amyliz June 4, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Beautiful kitties! I have been having a lovely Saturday. Made my traditional visit to the farmer’s market where I bought some veggies and got to pet some sweet doggies; always quite a few of them at the market.Started reading a nonfiction book, “The Warmth of Other Suns”, about the migration of black citizens, over several decades, from the South to other parts of the country. It’s told through the experiences of four individuals who were part of the migration. Not far into it yet but am hooked!

    • Em June 5, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Amyliz for the recommendation. I looked up the book and found the title comes from this poem by Richard Wright, it’s beautiful. Today is commencement at my school, so I have blooming on my mind.
      “I was leaving the South
      to fling myself into the unknown . . .
      I was taking a part of the South
      to transplant in alien soil,
      to see if it could grow differently,
      if it could drink of new and cool rains,
      bend in strange winds,
      respond to the warmth of other suns
      and, perhaps, to bloom”

      • Faye June 5, 2016 / 12:54 pm


    • Faye June 5, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      I remember that book from the Library. Highly recommended. I have not read it yet. Enjoy.

  12. murkle46 June 5, 2016 / 11:44 am


    • Faye June 5, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      Hahaha. I needed that!

  13. Faye June 5, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    I’m having a good weekend. I folded laundry and all my clothes are hung up.

    I am working toward being fully organized since moving to my friends home after Hurricane Sandy.

    Still need to: Organize all office supply type stuff, hang curtain across storage closet, move a freezer, open exercise bike so I can use it.

    I have twenty bins in my friends basement. Mostly filled with art and craft supplies. That project is the most difficult. I need to go through all of it, sell what I don’t need and organize what I do need to start making jewelry to sell on Etsy. A goal previously deferred for a very very long time.

    Next two curren goals: finalizing the configuration on my MacBook and beginning to do my artwork again. Those are goals for the current month.

    • Murray C. June 5, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Good for you, Faye. I started to move towards an Etsy account, even have a shop name, but have gotten nowhere yet. I get too busy with maintaining a house which, each year, is getting a little more difficult to deal with. Hubby and I are in the early stages – mostly talk – of downsizing. The thing that freaks me out the most about that is having to decide which of my art supplies goes. I do a lot of different things and am an art supply nerd. This and my Christmas decorations are probably going to be the most tragic part of moving into smaller digs. And my husband wants to go to an elder farm and I am NOT ready for that!!!😝

      • Faye June 5, 2016 / 4:44 pm

        An Elder farm!!! Please explain.

        I was never a home owner so the amount of accumulated stuff was somewhat limited. But when I moved due to the hurricane I left all my furniture and 95% of my books and kitchen stuff behind. It was sad but very cleansing.

        All the art supplies came as did my shell collection and family photos. So I was ok.

        • Murray C. June 5, 2016 / 4:55 pm

          Elder Farm: Where people of a certain age take up residence, starting out in fairly good health and independent living (in either an apartment or small cottage) and as health fails the facility provides care appropriate to the residents’ limitations. They can be OK, nicely maintained, beautiful grounds, etc., but limited insofar as diversity, from what I’ve seen so far. I get the feeling there’s a lot of conversation revolving around golf.😱

    • Em June 5, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Good luck to you Faye! I’m rooting for you!

  14. Murray C. June 6, 2016 / 10:20 am

    PS I think it’s very sweet that your shell collection was among “Most Valued”. Nice. How traumatic to have gone through that. I guess it sets your priorities in a way only trauma can. You seem to have come out the other side in good form.😌

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