Aaaawwwww!

From a collection of pictures of heartwarming kids and their antics over at Pitsnipes Grips (warning:  that blog is sometimes NSFW, although this post is OK), here’s one that made me smile. There are lots more at the link.  Enjoy! Peter

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Sometimes Nature is just too cool for words

Here’s a wonderful video clip, filmed from a drone, of a blue whale mother and her calf swimming with dolphins off San Diego on June 4th.  I recommend muting the music soundtrack and watching in full-screen mode.  Clearly, the dolphins are treating the blue whale just as they would a ship, and swimming in front of her and her calf in playful mode. All together, now:  Aaaawww! Peter

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It’s a hard life . . .

. . . being a cat.  Here’s Kili, our 8-year-old “rescue” cat, showing her support as Miss D. and I are busy with our daily rounds and common tasks.  (Click the image for a larger view.) Of course, if she decides she needs petting, food or anything else a cat might desire, we’re supposed to abandon whatever it is we’re doing and attend to her needs at once.  As the late Col. Jeff Cooper used to say, “Dogs have owners.  Cats have staff.” Peter

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Worn out

Alma Boykin came down to stay with Miss D. and I over the weekend.  Old NFO, Lawdog and the lovely Phlegmmy joined us for the festivities, accompanied by aepilotjim when he wasn’t working.  Much fun was had eating at local restaurants, shooting at a local range, and working late assembling (or starting to assemble) a large jigsaw puzzle.  Alma’s good company. Our cats enjoyed the visitor, too.  Kili largely took it in her stride, as befits the senior cat, but Ashbutt’s still in kitten mode when it comes to playing (and will be for several years yet – he’s part

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Ashbutt has learned about the treadmill desk

Our Blogorado kitten, Ashbutt (now fourteen months old, fifteen-plus pounds, and every inch and ounce of him a kittenish Maine Coon) has discovered the delights of Miss D.‘s treadmill desk.  She’ll walk slowly on it while using the computer, and has grown accustomed to a black kitten stalking her footsteps on the mat, reaching up to bat at her ankle from time to time when he wants attention. Today he learned how to jump from the floor, to the windowsill, to the top shelf on the wire bookshelf we’ve installed in front of the treadmill, to serve as a computer

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