December 20th, 2008

trouble, henry trouble

Henry Tudor Cat Rope-a-Dopes...

Just in case we lose power at some point, I'm posting now for Saturday (it's around 4:00 a.m. right now).

I want to share some photos of our cat Henry doing what Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I refer to as Rope-a-dope. (Or rope-a-doping.)

When he was little, Henry used to drag socks all over the house. If he couldn't find used socks that had been tossed on the floor or tucked into shoes, then he'd hunt for clean socks and steal them. (smile)

Then Marilyn gave him a rope to play with, and he started to haul it all over the house. He's ended up with several different ropes (of all sizes and colors), but that first rope is his fave. We used to think it was like a baby blanket for a toddler, but it's considerably more... um... sexual to Henry. (Yes, he's been fixed! But even when a cat is fixed he can still retain a lot of sexual desire. Our deceased cat Indy certainly did!)

Here are three photos of Henry rope-a-doping. So far we've found it impossible to actually get a photo of him with the rope in his mouth. Often he'll hold it in his teeth while he sort of 'humps' on something (like a pillow or blanket). He kneads some surface and focuses on his rope, anyway. It's an interesting thing to see...

Henry rope-a-doping
Going at it. (heh)

Henry rope-a-doping
He has to rest afterwards.

Henry rope-a-doping
Wow, is he pleased...

I guess he's a horny boy. (smile)
3 sisters elf-ing around, elf 3 sisters

Portland Winter Wonderland? Sort Of...

Just a quick entry so I can share more photos...

We walked to the corner store (it's around four blocks away), freezing all the way! At the time it was 22° -- but with wind chill supposedly felt like 7°! (yikes)

We've also been outside to feed birds and squirrels -- and for Marilyn mistressmarilyn to clear the snow off the top of her bushes out front. (It can really damage them...)

So, time for photos!

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - back yard
You can see that the snow is still falling heavily,
even though it's already piled high on our deck furniture!

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - back yard
The snow is piled high in all the flower boxes and on top of feeders.

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - back yard
Snow is falling like a blizzard and is piled on trees.

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - front yard
This is the front of our house. It's amazing how hard the snow is falling!

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - front yard
Here's our lights on the bushes, glowing under the snow.

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - front yard (Marilyn)
Here's Marilyn standing in front of our house!

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - front yard (Charlie)
Here I am standing in front of our house!

Snow in Portland :: Dec 20, 2008 - front yard
Here's tree branches of the huge tree near our garage.

We waiting (unhappily) for the arrival of freezing rain now. (big sigh)