155 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. dubravkamcvmd April 16, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I’m home with a nasty viral respiratory extravaganza and I wish I had that looooong, soft, striped body lying in bed next to me, available for stroking and snorgling.

    • Gigi_the cat lady April 16, 2016 / 9:34 am

      Sorry to hear that, rest and take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon.

      • dubravkamcvmd April 16, 2016 / 10:29 am

        Thank you!

        • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 1:44 pm

          I just got over one of those – full 2 weeks for recovery. Lots of fluids – obvious but effective. Steamy broth good, too. And tea. With honey. And maybe just a “touch o’ the cratu’r” as they say in Ireland.

          • dubravkamcvmd April 16, 2016 / 1:57 pm

            Right! I’m going down the hall to a neighbor’s for cocktail hour this evening, if I’m at all ambulatory.

    • Alison April 16, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Hope you feel better soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Murray April 18, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      How are you feeling? Hope you’re well on the way to getting over the worst of it.

  2. Faye April 16, 2016 / 9:34 am

    That kitty is stretched in three directions. Stylish too. Knows how to mix dots and stripes.

    My entire goal today is to sit in the back yard with the dog. Before I clean and reline the stove top. Dog first. Chores second.

    • Lurkingduck April 16, 2016 / 11:22 am

      You’ve got your priorities straight!

      • Faye April 16, 2016 / 1:29 pm

        Ok. Check off first priority. Sat out for an hour in backyard and front porch. Gave Bucky, a black Lab rescue, a good brushing while we were on the porch. I used a fine wire brush that tickles him. He was laughing and rippling his skin. I envy dogs and cats being able to wripple their skin.

        • Faye April 16, 2016 / 1:33 pm

          PS: Bucky started my new walking routine this week. He got out of the house!! Made me follow him for two blocks until a neighbor helped me catch him and drove us home.

          Thankfully, I didn’t die in the street from chasing him cause I had no phone or id on me.

  3. Gigi_the cat lady April 16, 2016 / 9:40 am

    No rest for the wicked, today is clean the fridges day. First, empty the upstairs fridge into the downstairs fridge and clean it and then repeat in the opposite direction. I should be finished in time to take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather we’ll have here this afternoon.

  4. AJ April 16, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Gack! You’re making me want to crawl back into bed with your tales of cleaning. I should be cleaning today (both my stove AND fridge need it) but after taking doggy for a nice looong walk, I’m heading out to shop at Goodwill. My wardrobe updating is taking precedence today! Then AHL Hockey tonight, last regular game of the season and then my team heads to the playoffs. YEAH TEAM!!!!

    Oh and cute pic, my min pin does the same thing, he’s a 17-lb bed hog. He moves around so much that I’ve actually ended up on the other side of the bed than where I started from because he NEEDS his space. LOL

  5. Patty April 16, 2016 / 10:26 am

    I’d like to lay in bed with my stripey kitty. I can’t though, it’s moving day at my daughter’s house. Moving, then cleaning, because no one wants to leave grunge for the new owner…except the old owner of my daughter’s new house, who left grunge on the stove and fridge. Sorry, AJ, more cleaning talk.

    • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Today, tomorrow and probably Monday are going to be devoted to gardening. I’ve already dug up about 40 pounds of weeds – no joke – and I have a ton of pruning and pulling ivy, and me with a bad shoulder. I wish I hadn’t heard anything about fridges – I have a fridge and two freezers that need defrosting and cleaning. Yarghhh! During the warm months I liken the relationship of our house and garden to “The Picture of Dorian Grey” – the better the garden looks the worse the house looks.

      • Faye April 16, 2016 / 3:09 pm

        Murray, I ditched my stove cleaning for a massive dusting project instead. Bad left shoulder.

        • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 8:05 pm

          ๐Ÿ˜งMisery loves company, etc.

          I was just kissing the back of my bunny’s head and wondering how your quest was going – did you say it hit a snag? I have bags of bunny fluff from brushing! (tempt, tempt)๐Ÿ˜„

          • 6rabbits April 17, 2016 / 11:19 am

            I have been draping Theo’s bunny fluff on my bushes for the birds to use in nest-making. Wonder what the neighbors think?! Mini-lops molt like crazy!! My lionhead bun doesn’t shed at all, but Theo makes up for it. (Be aware of that, anyone looking to be slave to a mini-lop!) Nice weather Sat meant more brushing and…dun dun DUUNN…nail clipping!

            • Ms Can Opener April 18, 2016 / 3:10 am

              I comb my four spring-shedding cats on the back patio so that the fluff floats around for the birdies to use nesting. Waste (waist) not want not (furry wide-loads).

          • Faye April 18, 2016 / 10:12 am

            My quest is at a dead stop. ๐Ÿ™

            • Murray Callahan April 18, 2016 / 10:18 am

              Oh, Rats! I’m so sorry.๐Ÿ˜” Do you know if there are any rabbit rescue groups in your area? They will often have events at pet stores to raise awareness and funds and often have a rabbit or two with them.

    • Faye April 16, 2016 / 10:50 am

      Andrew I was thinking about Japan too. I just saw video on CNN. I thought of Maru, Shiro cats, the turtle man etc. I feel familiar with the people who become known on the net through the cute. It is frustrating to not know exactly where they live and how they are. And seeing the broken homes of all the other people we do not “know” is heartbreaking as the net has made other countries architecture familiar as well. The net has expanded our connections as humans imho.

    • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      I love the photo of Maru peeping out of what looks like a huge hamburger bun! And, yes, we wish them well and safe, and hope they’re not in the worst-hit area.

      • Claire April 17, 2016 / 12:06 pm

        That huge hamburger bun bed looks just like a toy in a smartphone game I play called Neko Atsume Cat Collector (which I highly recommend to fellow cat lovers)!

    • Laura April 16, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Chances are they’re a long way from the earthquakes. Those happened on Kyushu, which is pretty far south. Tokyo and most of the other major cities are on islands farther north. In fact, that’s how my husband and I first started talking, over the Kobe earthquake — he was living in Japan at the time, and I knew him in an online discussion group and knew he was somewhere in Japan, so wrote him and expressed good wishes that he hadn’t had any problems with the earthquake. His reply? “What earthquake?” He was living in Kyushu at the time, too. So odds are Maru and Hana are far away from the current problems in Kumamoto.

  6. allein April 16, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I got up early and had approximately six inches of hair chopped off. Then stopped for some hot chocolate at B&N, came home and put on comfy clothes. Sorry to say, but I have cleaning to do, too.

    I predict tomorrow I will pour out entirely too much shampoo before realizing half my hair is gone. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Caz April 16, 2016 / 11:13 am

    I was just wondering why my comment on the puffer fishy was deleted? I didn’t touchy tha fishy! ๐Ÿ™

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike April 16, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Caz, that may have been an error on my part. I’ll see if I can restore the comment, but you’re welcome to leave it again. My apologies.

      (Update: I restored your comment, plus a few others that I unapproved by mistake while cleaning up spam. Big screwup on my part, but all better now.)

      • allein April 16, 2016 / 11:25 am

        I’ve clicked on a few comments recently from my email that weren’t actually there when the page loaded.

      • Caz April 16, 2016 / 11:29 am

        I see it now, thank you! Wish it had been a more interesting comment :/

        Well to take part in what everyone is up to today, i will be mainly petting my sheepies and ignoring housework.

        • allein April 16, 2016 / 11:32 am

          You have sheepies?! I wanna pet the sheepies! ๐Ÿ‘

          • Caz April 16, 2016 / 11:37 am

            Three rescued sheepies and a 16 year old goat ๐Ÿ™‚

            The biggest wooled ( um, overweight) loves scratchies and would love to have many hoomins turn up to pet her!

            • allein April 16, 2016 / 11:39 am

              I come touchy tha fishies sheepies! ๐Ÿ˜€

              • Caz April 16, 2016 / 11:43 am

                LOL! Yes! ๐Ÿ˜€

                • allein April 16, 2016 / 11:44 am

                  I don’t suppose you live anywhere near New Jersey with those sheepies..?

                  • Caz April 16, 2016 / 11:51 am

                    Upstate NY, i’ll book a seat for them on Amtrak and send them down for the day ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    Miss Moo appeared on CO a while back, um, dressed as Bob The Builder…oh and they also appeared wearing santa hats!

                    • Faye April 16, 2016 / 12:30 pm

                      Ooo New Jersey to Long Island via Manhattan is a breeze. Allein I’m next on the sheepses.

                    • beemoused April 16, 2016 / 7:20 pm

                      Would they like a trip to FL? I would love to pet the sheepies!

                    • allein April 16, 2016 / 7:24 pm

                      Road trip! Hop in!!

          • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 8:06 pm

            Me, too, me, too!!!

    • allein April 16, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      That’s actually the first post that came up in my search results (I searched for “bob the builder”). Didn’t realize it was the same sheeps. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • allein April 16, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      BTW, how did a sheep come to be called “Moo”? Identity crisis? ๐Ÿฎ

      • Caz April 16, 2016 / 12:13 pm

        It just kind of developed into Missy-Moo, because she is so big, we would joke she was almost the size of a small cow.

        • allein April 16, 2016 / 12:27 pm


  8. Debg April 16, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I will be cleaning internally this weekend for my first-ever colonoscopy Monday! Feel the excitement, people! As I’m also grappling with a drippy head cold and cough, I’m out to buy cough syrup that isn’t red, purple, or green.

    Beautiful kitty cat cheered me up. Thanks, Mike.

    • scoobiesnacks April 16, 2016 / 12:24 pm

      Been there , done it, not pleasant I’m afraid to say. Make sure you let the air out during or afterwards. Lying on your back afterwards isn’t a good idea in my experience to let the air out, so I got stomach ache.

    • Faye April 16, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      Ahhh the Colonoscopy. I have to have one done once a year due to my family history. IMHO this is so worth all the prep and bathroom time. I am determined not to die from Colon Cancer. If it is detected early enough you don’t even need cancer treatment. This year my doctor found five precancerous polyps. Snipped them while I was still asleep. Done and done. Frightening but exactly what a Colonoscopy is for.

      Buy baby wipes and drink lots of h2o. Good luck.

      • debg April 16, 2016 / 1:53 pm

        Thanks, Faye & Scoobie! Will take all your advice. Faye, so glad your med people are on top of your polyps.

        • Faye April 16, 2016 / 3:05 pm

          Me too! Let us know “how it goes” for you.

          This will put your ordeal in perspective:
          Steve Martin, Martin Short, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman would all get together for their colonoscopies at one big house with four bathrooms. They would prep and play poker together. Even go to the clinic together the next day.

          When asked how that worked out Steve Martin replied, “Lots of laughs but the game goes slow. The four of us are not at the table at the same time.”

      • Laura April 16, 2016 / 3:26 pm

        Yup, my husband has regular colonoscopies too because of a bunch of polyps found in his first couple, so now they do them regularly just to be safe.

        And yes, if it’s caught early, colon cancer is no big deal. My grandmother had her first (and I think only) colonoscopy when she was 80, and they found a bunch of precancerous polyps. Treated them, and she lived to be nearly 104. Here’s hoping you guys all do, too!

        • Faye April 16, 2016 / 3:34 pm

          Nice to know!!! And good for her!!

  9. scoobiesnacks April 16, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    What are the best cat toys? So far for me, small furry animal toys and a furry ball with bell in it. I got one of these yesterday, it’s got a pull thing to wind it up which makes it shake and move – which seems to confuse poor kitty http://greatandsmall.co.uk/great-small-jittery-mice-cat-toy

    • allein April 16, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      Well, if you ask our boy, he’d probably say these:

      • Faye April 16, 2016 / 1:44 pm


      • beemoused April 16, 2016 / 7:24 pm

        You are so right! My husband has long hair and uses these and he is constantly having to take them away from the kitties when he needs one! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • allein April 16, 2016 / 7:29 pm

          My mom got him some of his own. He will literally go and dig them out of the toy basket (which is full of catnip mice and jingle balls and other actual cat toys). He knows what he wants.

          If I drop one, I know I better pick it up quick or it will disappear. On Easter I had my hair loosely pulled back, and the elastic fell out. Just as I was realizing it was gone and thinking where to start looking, he came along batting at something that went under the door. Yup, it was my ponytail holder.

          He also has been known to try to steal them right from my hair. Which is kinda painful. ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. Chase April 16, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

  11. Birdcage April 16, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    I’m in Florida at my friends’ house so no cleaning for me. I’m sitting by their pool enjoying some warm (non-Canadian) weather and some iced tea and corn chips. Tis the life. Missing my parrot, though. He’s staying with his gramma this week which I’m sure he’s loving. Oops, out of iced tea – off I go to the fridge!

    • Laura April 16, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      We moved to Florida last fall, but I’m not sitting by the pool today — the pump died a few days ago, and since he’s still not supposed to stay submerged for any length of time after recent surgery, my husband opted to have the pros come in and take care of fixing it and cleaning the pool. Which is rapidly turning green.

      Fortunately, it’ll be a while before it reaches this stage:


      • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 8:10 pm

        oooh, nasty. Mow the pool, indeed! ๐Ÿ˜œ

      • Faye April 18, 2016 / 10:18 am

        I have had that pool in some nightmares.

  12. fkaWaldenPond April 16, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Hi all, cleaning is done– actually got the balcony cleaned free of spiders and their eggs *yueeeuck shivers* before the nicer weather comes. I am on the 17th floor and the spiders on this building are freaking massive. *eghhhhahhwww shivers again*
    Now off to see ‘Eye in the Sky’ with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman *sigh re Rickman*
    If anyone is interested I will let you know how it is. Later!

    • Faye April 16, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Please let us know. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Me, too, re Alan Rickman. But I love spiders, too. (not in the same way, mind)

      • fkaWaldenPond April 16, 2016 / 9:50 pm

        Ohhh the spiders; like you Murray I like an occasional spider indoors, you know the little glassy coloured ones or the leaping Zebra dudes, heck a Daddy-Long-Legs has character but the balcony spidersโ€ฆ I have no problem with one or two out there but it gets so bad here in the summer time, it is horror movie like. You cannot go outโ€”once I opened the balcony screen door and no exaggerationโ€”the tear of nests and webs was not only audible but I felt the resistance when pushing the door open and then, three dropped down.. ugiahahghahghghghaaaaahhh shiversโ€ฆ and they are HUGE. I take it I am one of the few in the building who hasnโ€™t to date used insecticide as I am clearly the go-to balcony but man-o-man I am considering it.
        Ok, the movie? Good, different from other โ€˜warโ€™ moviesโ€”this is not Zero Dark Thirtyโ€”this is slow, awful building tension and well, mixed with farce. As my companion and I discussed afterwardsโ€”we know it on some level that through technology there is the ability to globally work geographically literally across the world but this really makes it clearโ€”very clear. Aaron Paul plays as in BB the local moral compass butโ€ฆ I donโ€™t think the stunt his character pulls would/ could happen. But? What do I know. It is worth seeing.
        Rickman and Mirren do their usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • allein April 16, 2016 / 9:54 pm

          Remind me to never move to wherever it is you live.

          When I was in college we used to get huge black spiders in the landing just inside our door (thankfully they never came up the stairs). We kept a broom at the bottom of the stairs and would stand on the bottom step and sweep them out as hard as we could. I went out once and there was what looked like a miniature tarantula sitting on the sidewalk a few feet from the door. I think he was dead, because I left him alone and when I came back he hadn’t moved. I swept him off into the grass. *shudder*

          • fkaWaldenPond April 16, 2016 / 10:52 pm

            It could have just been faking it until you went away… ๐Ÿ˜€

            • allein April 16, 2016 / 11:20 pm

              Nah, I went to class and came back and it was still there in the same spot.

        • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 9:59 pm

          I think I get it! I just tried to look at a video (it wouldn’t download for some reason) of spiders falling from the sky – they’re tiny but they spin some silk and fly on the wind, wherever it takes them and leave silk all over the landscape! That’s the horror movie you were talking about!!!

          Thanks for the movie report – we don’t see a lot of movies, life seems to get too busy, but if we get a chance to on Netflix, I will suggest it to spouse!

  13. Mariana Paes April 16, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Had a late night last night (had a big party) and am a bit hungover. I can get hungover merely by second hand smoking. And when I say a bit I mean to say that all functions are at minimum level. Reading this open thread was particularly nice cause I felt like being a part of a conversation between friends but without the noise and the need to jump in. Good luck with the house cleaning and the colonoscopy and shopping (both for clothes and cat toys)
    Have a great weekend!

  14. Laura April 16, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Alas, being self-employed, I’m working this weekend. At least that only involves sitting at my computer. And it’s not nonstop; I have to deal with stuff as it comes in, and get some breaks here and there.

    Our silly greyhound Melody, who has fallen in LOVE with the 3-year-old little girl next door, just got to take a walk with her and my husband. It’s clearly the highlight of her day! Well, except for trying to join our mail carrier on her delivery route. Even the mailman isn’t afraid of her. It’s a good thing we didn’t want a watchdog! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Laura April 16, 2016 / 7:24 pm

        Thanks, I’ll listen to it. I’ve actually been working at home for nearly 35 years; I tried working in an office again a couple of times, but discovered that punching someone else’s clock drove me crazy. So these days it’s just me and my computer. It’s not for everybody, of course; you have to be willing to make yourself work. I do best with deadlines that aren’t too far out so I have no excuse to avoid it any more. Plus I can work as much or as little as I want to, and when I want to, which more than balances out the lack of benefits (which I get through my husband anyway).

        • Murray Callahan April 16, 2016 / 8:12 pm

          I get that – I was a free lance illustrator – poor but happy.

  15. murkle46 April 16, 2016 / 4:11 pm


    • allein April 16, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      I never see kids like that when I go shopping.


    • Faye April 16, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Ok. That. Is. A. Cute. Kid. Priceless pic.

  16. Phred's Mom April 16, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Perfect Spring day here in SE Pennsylvania.
    Went to opening day at our town’s farmers
    market, buying coffee, scones and harissa
    for the tagine we’re gonna make. Tulips at
    their brilliant peak now. My fella made a
    delicious mushroom risotto for lunch.
    Tomorrow we go to the Phils/Nats game
    and have cider-braised franks while we
    pray for the Phils. That Bryce Harper is
    a phenomenon. Hope Papelbon is not

    • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 9:35 am

      We live in the same area! We’re west of Phila. Can’t talk about sports, however – not in my purview.๐Ÿ™ƒ

      • Phred's Mom April 17, 2016 / 8:40 pm

        Phils won! The usual Nats bloodbath never
        occurred, and the losing pitcher (tenth inning)
        was Papelbon. Oh frabjous day! And the franks
        were scrumptious, too. Whoo-hoo!

        • Murray April 17, 2016 / 9:07 pm

          Callooh! Callay!

    • fkaWaldenPond April 17, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      You guys eat well. Mmmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Phred's Mom April 18, 2016 / 8:47 am

        Come to the Philly area sometime, FKAWaldenetc.,
        and sample the goodies (many) and the history (much),
        Murray and I will welcome you happily.

        • allein April 18, 2016 / 8:57 am

          I’m only an hour and a half or so from Philly. I have a friend in Boothwyn, too.

          • Phred's Mom April 18, 2016 / 11:30 am

            I believe that’ s closer to Murray C’s neck of
            the woods, but well within reach of Bucks
            County. Y’all come!

            • allein April 18, 2016 / 11:35 am

              I lived in Bucks County (Levittown) for a year, from 2000-2001.

            • Murray Callahan April 18, 2016 / 1:48 pm

              Yes, indeedy!

        • fkaWaldenPond April 18, 2016 / 12:16 pm

          That’s very gracious of you Phred’s Mom, thank you for the invite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Alison April 16, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I’ve cleaned four hamster cages, a turtle tank, bearded dragon tank, hedgehog cage, tortoise box, baby tortoise tank, outdoor tortoise enclosure, filled all the bird feeders, fed the fish, and of course walked the dog. Finally got to sit down for a moment and check out this page. Now it’s off to the gym! ๐Ÿ˜€ Love reading everyone’s post. So many busy bees today! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • beemoused April 16, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Pot, meet kettle! What an ambitious day–how do you have any energy left to go to the gym? **Salutes respectfully**

      • Alison April 16, 2016 / 9:51 pm

        That would be the magic of caffeine, nice pot of tea, coupled with the fact it’s not a work day. That always seems to provide more energy. ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. allein April 16, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    So now I’m getting emails from comments that I’ve already gotten emails from before. Just got one two minutes ago for a comment that was posted at 12:58 this morning and I’m sure I read hours ago. โ“

  19. allein April 16, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    My work’s employee group on facebook has a “Weekend Open Thread” going on right now, too. There are also a lot of cats in there. ๐Ÿ˜บ ๐Ÿ˜ธ ๐Ÿ˜น ๐Ÿ˜ป ๐Ÿ˜ผ ๐Ÿ˜ฝ ๐Ÿ™€ ๐Ÿ˜ฟ ๐Ÿ˜พ

  20. Lurkingduck April 17, 2016 / 1:08 am

    To all Nomm Tommers,
    I wasn’t going to post any comments today, but since this is an open thread: I am going through H-E-double hockey sticks with the government over a disability issue. Feeling a bit down right now. Could use some cute therapy.

    • allein April 17, 2016 / 1:16 am

      I tried posting a hug but my tablet is giving me a hard time with image urls.

      Here’s a cute little birdy, instead. ๐Ÿฆ

    • jerzowa April 17, 2016 / 6:57 am

      Hugs sent to you, Duckie ((())). Stay strong! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Caz April 17, 2016 / 7:47 am

      Big woolly sheepie hugz! Please ignore the wild spring onion breath, they just love that stuff. I hope things get sorted out for you soon!

    • Faye April 17, 2016 / 8:08 am

      I will send victory vibes out to you Duckie. Here is a bit of cute too. ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆ„

  21. Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 9:43 am

    I tried to send a photo of my buns but it said the file was too big (?????) Instead, I’ll send this ๐Ÿค—(That’s the emoji for a hug – I’m glad they explained it) Good luck in your quest.

    • allein April 17, 2016 / 10:30 am

      If you’re uploading a picture it has to be 50 KB or less. I usually make a copy and then resize it in a photo editor until it’s small enough. Your other option is to upload it to an online photo album of some sort, make it publicly viewable, and link from there.

      • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 12:46 pm

        Thanks, I knew there was a step I needed to take but wasn’t sure how to go about it. I have Photoshop elements – I guess that would be the ticket???๐Ÿค”

        • allein April 17, 2016 / 12:56 pm

          That should work. I use MS Office Picture Manager. There’s an edit menu and one of the options is resize. I do it by percentage; maybe start with 50% if your file is over 100KB. After resizing, save and then check the size on the file again. Repeat as necessary (unless you want to be all smart and do the math ahead of time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Once it’s just a little over 50KB, I’ll do like 90 or 95% so I don’t wind up making it too tiny. (This is also why I make a copy, so I don’t alter the original file and make it too small for other purposes I might have. Often I’ll just delete the copy after I upload it to cut down on clutter.)

          • Haha April 17, 2016 / 1:36 pm

            Thank you for the info. (I’m sure NTMTOM thanks you as wellโ˜บ๏ธ)
            If I read this slowly and carefully I might understand it as not a foreign language. I have many other abilities. Computer-abilities are not mine. I might be able to stop bugging NTMTOM when trying to show a pic of my own.

              • Haha April 17, 2016 / 1:57 pm

                Id like to give you a not creepy stalker hug. You are a sweetheart. โ˜บ๏ธ

            • Haha April 17, 2016 / 1:54 pm

              Duh, MS=not iPhone. (Told you it was a foreign language)
              I need someone to hold my hand. Tell me exactly what free app I need to download to resize my home pictures to be able to show them in under 50 KBs on an iPhone. (KB=Kerfluffel Bunnies?) (Would Faye be able to pet a KB?)
              I get frustrated quickly after trying for awhile now with the Google and figuring out this resizing thing.
              I really do have other good abilities. Please no judgment on my computer inabilities. ๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ๏ธ

              • allein April 17, 2016 / 2:05 pm

                Yeah, I only do it on my laptop. I haven’t figured out how to edit pictures on my tablet (which is Samsung, not i). The only i-thing I have is my 5th generation i-pod nano which is getting cranky in its old age.

                KB = kilobytes, but I like yours better. ๐Ÿ™‚

                • Haha April 17, 2016 / 4:25 pm

                  Yep. ๐Ÿ˜
                  Now try and explain what a kilobyte is and watch as my eyes glaze over because I’m imagining a clustered tangle of Kerfluffel Bunnies.
                  Wanders away in the middle of your next sentence happily smiling and humming my new Kerfluffel Bunny song.

                  • allein April 17, 2016 / 4:48 pm

                    A byte is a unit of digital information (made up of 8 bits) and a kilobyte is 1000 of ’em.

                    All this talk of bytes is making me hungry.
                    *Wanders off to the kitchen to find a bit of something to byte.*

                    • Lurkingduck April 17, 2016 / 5:14 pm

                      I’m sorry, Allein, but I have to. Is that “bits” as in rab-“bits”? Because then, Kerfluffel Bunnies would REALLY make sense!

                    • allein April 17, 2016 / 5:49 pm

                      Hmmm….could be! They say the internet is a series of tubes filled with cats, but it could be rabbits…. I think the other thing might just be cat propaganda.

                  • Faye April 17, 2016 / 6:26 pm

                    Are Kerfluffel Bunnies soft? At this point in my not going so good quest I would settle for petting a virtual bunny.

                    • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 6:31 pm

                      I’m telling’ you, Faye, I’d send you a baggie full of bunny fluff!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

                    • Faye April 17, 2016 / 6:57 pm

                      Thank you Murray!! It’s the thought that counts.

                    • Faye April 18, 2016 / 10:26 am


              • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 3:54 pm

                Oh, HaHa, we are in the same boat, let me tell you. And I have other abilities, too, but what I wouldn’t give to be a computer whiz.
                By the way, do you know what a “Haha” is? (in case you don’t) it’s a landscape feature, a large grassy ditch, to keep the picturesque cows in the distance without having a fence to spoil the view.

                • Haha April 17, 2016 / 4:18 pm

                  Murray C, this is awesome!
                  I chose Haha because
                  1. It makes me happy.
                  2. It makes me happy to see it when some random person uses it in any typed sentence.
                  And now 3. Because it will make me happy again with the sweet mental picture you have given me to see in my head whenever I see Haha written.
                  It is wonderful learning new things, especially when they are so fun!
                  Thank you!

                • Gigi_the cat lady April 17, 2016 / 4:39 pm

                  I had never heard of an Haha wall so I had to look it up to see what it was :

                  • Faye April 17, 2016 / 6:33 pm

                    Maybe it’s called a HaHa wall because you can stand on top to throw rocks down at your enemies. Lol.

                    • Murray Callahan April 18, 2016 / 10:55 am

                      You’re probably right, that may be how they began, tho’ now they tend to be used in the deer parks on estates or on farms. And “Haha” is shorter than “Bamboozler”.

            • allein April 17, 2016 / 1:59 pm

              lol…good luck! Don’t know if you’re a PC or a Mac, but in windows, if you just click once on the file in the folder, it’ll show some file info at the bottom. One of those bits of info is the file size. So after I resize and save the file, I just look back at the folder and see if it changed enough.

          • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 6:08 pm

            Here goes an attempt – my 3rd – to send a photo.

            Yay, it worked, albeit a little fuzzy. But then again, bunnies
            ARE fuzzy. This is what I had originally intended to send to Duckie to help her get her cute quotient up. On the left is Fergus “Spats” MacFurry, and on the right is Clementine.

            • allein April 17, 2016 / 6:09 pm

              Yay bunnies! ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿ‡

            • allein April 17, 2016 / 6:11 pm

              The one on the left looks like a Boston terrier bunny. ๐Ÿถ

              • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 6:19 pm


            • dubravkamcvmd April 17, 2016 / 6:22 pm

              Adorable! Do they often snuggle?

              • Murray Callahan April 17, 2016 / 6:28 pm

                All the time. They groom each other, and if I rub his butt, he’ll groom her like mad. He’ll groom anything, come to that, as long as I’m rubbing his butt.

                • 6rabbits April 17, 2016 / 9:45 pm


                • Phred's Mom April 18, 2016 / 8:55 am

                  Kinky, Murray!

                  • Murray Callahan April 18, 2016 / 10:19 am


            • Faye April 17, 2016 / 6:34 pm

              Ooo they are beautiful. Soft right!?

              • Murray April 17, 2016 / 8:57 pm

                Yes, very. But there are breeds that are even softer. Can’ t remember the names right off the bat – chinchilla buns, I do know – but others as well.

                • 6rabbits April 17, 2016 / 9:44 pm

                  Rex rabbits are the softest–like velvet.
                  Is Spats a Dutchie? One of my best buns ever was a Dutch/mini-lop mix. They look so cute together!๐Ÿ’™

                  • Murray April 17, 2016 / 9:54 pm

                    Yes. He’s a Dutch, blue and white – I guess that makes him Delft!

                    • allein April 17, 2016 / 10:00 pm


            • fkaWaldenPond April 17, 2016 / 8:40 pm

              I know very little, well actually nothing about bun behaviour so here goes a stupid question… did Clementine arrange her ear over MacFurry like that on her own or did you place it like that?

              • Murray April 17, 2016 / 8:58 pm

                Yes, very. But there are breeds that are even softer. Can’ t remember the names right off the bat – chinchilla buns, I do know – but others as well.

              • Murray April 17, 2016 / 9:00 pm

                They often end up like that because of her lop ears. It’s awfully cute when they do and prompted my taking the photo.

                • fkaWaldenPond April 17, 2016 / 9:18 pm

                  It is awfully cute but may be awkward in professional settings. ๐Ÿ˜€

                  • Murray April 17, 2016 / 9:24 pm

                    Which may account for our not having long, floppy ears It’s an evolutionary feature.

                    • fkaWaldenPond April 17, 2016 / 9:47 pm


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