Monday, March 19, 2018

Five Years

It is 5 years since you had to leave us, Eric.
We love and miss you as much today as we did then and that will never change.
You and your brother will always be our precious boys.

You didn't like to pose, but you should have with your handsome big old fashioned face.

We miss that lovely tummy that you always managed to keep looking so white.

We enjoyed taking you on walks around the fields so you could check out all of the strange smells.

Love you forever Eric.

For those of you who never knew Eric, you can read his tribute from 19.03.13 by clicking on his photo on the sidebar.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Caturday Art - In the Hay Barn.

This week I have 3 versions of the same photo taken of the boys in the hay barn.

This is the original and was taken in 2008 when they were 8 years old.

This version I used Lunapic starting with Edatinasol at 40% followed by Illusion also at 40%.
Then came Red Blush at 50% and finishing with Landscape at 40%  to take some of the extreme red out. I then added the wood edging but think a more classical frame would have been better.

I went back to Dreamscope to see if I had anything there. They take so long that I always forget to check.
I had 4 there but two were so awful I deleted them right away. The other 2 are below. I wish Dreamscope gave the ability to adjust the effects.

I quite like this one. I think I used Winter Solstice.

This one I think is Seaside.

You can see more Caturday Art with Athena, The Cat Goddess.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Caturday Art - A Welcome Rest.

I haven't done a Caturday Art for a few weeks because when I lost everything on the computer when I had to reinstall Windows, one of the very few folders I didn't have saved to my external hard drive was the one that contained art I had ready for the next several weeks. I also had a lot of photos in the folder ready to be made into art.
I need to look through my ext. HD and sort out more photos ready for future weeks.

For this picture I started with Lunapic Sparks adjusted to 35%, then the retro vintage harsh filter, also at 35%. This was followed by Scribble at 30% and ending with 30% Landscape. I then added a bevelled border.
I always seem to add Landscape for the touch of blue. I think I made a mistake using it for this picture as it just looks like reflections on it.

This one I also used Lunapic and started with the weave filter to give it a bit of texture. Then I added the Coffee effect at 30% and then Picasso at 40% and finished with a traditional frame.

This is the original photo.

You can see more art with Athena, The Cat Goddess.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Friday Flashback - If in Doubt.....

First of all some good news. In my post last week I had Pippa doing the Sunday Selfie.
I had an email yesterday to say she has already found her new Forever Home. She was only at the shelter for just over 2 weeks.
Great news for her and her new family.

The flashback this week comes from March 2011 and remembers one of Eric's traditions.
If in Doubt........

Flynn: Hmm, a strange smell. I wonder who has been around here. Well, you know what Eric always says..........

if in doubt, pee on it.

Eric: Hmmm, a strange smell. Who can have left it?

I get a familiar smell coming through with it though. Very strange! Never mind, you know what I always say......
...if in doubt, pee on it!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Selfies - Pippa, (and a belated Freddie.)

I am sorry I haven't visited much lately but I have been without internet and a landline phone for 2 days. I have been trying not to use too much data on my mobile as I didn't know how long it would take to fix and didn't want to start running up big bills.
We now have the landline back, but internet is still very patchy. At least I am getting it some of the time so I will visit as and when I can.

I was going to do a selfie 2 weeks ago of the latest cat in the pen I sponsor but posted Friday Flashbacks instead for the last 2 weeks.

This is Freddie who was going to do the selfie, but the good news is that he has got his Forever Home already.
He was an older boy of 13 who lost his home when his owner died. He was only in the pen for 16 days which is the best news for him.

This week our latest sponsor cat is doing the selfie instead.
Meet Pippa!
This is what they say about her.
 Pippa is extremely affectionate and loves attention. Unfortunately she is a flu carrier and this means that she can be particularly sneezy at times. Pippa is a very curious kitty who loves being outdoors exploring, and in her previous home was reported as having followed the postman and delivery men around the street. She loves to play, especially with laser lights and also likes to be groomed. She will need to be the only cat in the house, but will make a wonderful member of the family offering hours of fun and cuddles.
 Age: 2 years old
Gender: Female Breed:
DSH Colour: Black and White
Location:National Cat Adoption Centre - Sussex.

I don't know why she was surrendered and don't want to jump to conclusions that may be wrong.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if she could find her home as quickly as Freddie did!

You can find more selfies at The Cat on My Head with the Kitties Blue.

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Friday Flashback - The Wrong Pot.

I am doing another flashback this week. It is actually two posts that go well together.
They were originally posted in March 2011.

Eric: What do you mean, I'm in the wrong pot? I must admit it isn't very comfy with lots of spiky things sticking in my butt.

I wonder if that one would be better.

Flynn: He must need his head examined when he has got a nice comfy pot like mine that he could be napping in.

A few days later....

Eric: The other day when I was in the greenhouse, I couldn't get comfortable because I was in the wrong pot. This one is much more comfy.

Flynn says I am still in the wrong pot and should be in the brown one.

He says the green one is his, but I say first come first served.

Flynn: I am not happy, I want to get in my green pot.

Mum can you tell Eric to go in his own pot. No, I don't want to get in his pot, I want my own.

I will sit here and sulk until he moves.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Friday Flashback - Field Patrol.

I haven't done a Flashback since just before Flynn left, so I decided now was the time to do another one. The photos were taken on one of the many long walks I took with the boys around the fields.
The post was originally posted in March 2011.

Field Patrol.

Being a mancat means you have to do lots of hard work to keep your property safe. We thought we would show you a typical Monday patrol so you can see how hardworking we are.

Eric: Any fresh earth piles must be checked out. There may have been rabbits digging here or even a badger. The nice fresh earth is good for pooping in though because we don't have to do much digging ourselves.

If there are any big holes I have to put my head down because you never know, there may be a rabbit down there.

Flynn: Keep your nose low to the grass to make sure you don't miss any introoder smells.

And when passing the pond have a quick look to see if there are any fevvers sitting on it or fishies swimming in it.

Eric: I walk through the daffodils because introoders always seem to leave their smell on them.

Flynn: And when I catch a strange smell, I floof my tail to let Eric know.

There are always a lot of mouse holes beside the stream so I put my paw in to see if anyone is home.

When we are sure everything is as it should be, we make our way back home......

..........and maybe have a quick rest on the way.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Caturday Art - Tired of Waiting.

I am joining Athena the Cat Goddess for Caturday Art again this week.

I had a few pictures ready for Caturday Art, but after a major freeze on my computer, and then having to force it into shutdown when it had stayed like that for a few hours, it refused to reboot properly. I know you should never force a shutdown but I couldn't find any other way to do it.
I tried everything but nothing worked. In the end I attempted to save all my files to discs so I could re-install Windows to factory condition.
After 5 discs I thought it was looking a bit familiar, so watched one downloading right through, and sure enough, each disc was downloading the same files instead of continuing on.

I have all of my photos and important documents (except for January, which may be on my internet security back up) saved on my external hard drive so decided risking a reinstall without backing up first.

It seems to have worked although I have lost some very recent photos and documents including all of my Caturday Art ones.
It is the first time I have done anything major on the computer and took about 7 hours, so I am feeling quite pleased with myself that I have got it running again.

This is the original and was taken in 2008. Both boys liked to join me at the computer and would often be there waiting for me.

As usual I have used Lunapic. I started with Landscape at 50% then added Illusion at 50% followed by Sunshine at 20%.
I didn't really like it, but didn't want to just delete it so....

I added Floating at 25% which toned it down a little and gave it a 3D bricks border at 30 width. I am still not sure that I like it. I should probably have scrapped it and started over.

I prefer more toned down colours so was more pleased with this one. I used Lunapic again and added Psychedelic at 55%, then Quirky at 45%, then Scribble at 45% to tone the colour down a bit and finished with a canvas border at 60 width.