Soft Kitty

Anyone out there a fan of the Big Bang Theory?

If you are the you know when Sheldon gets sick he has to have someone (usually Penny) sing “Soft Kitty” to him.

Where is this going you ask?
Well the other night the rerun I was watching had Penny turning the tables and asking Sheldon to sing to her. I like the little ditty so I was singing along.

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All of a sudden there was a thud as Rocky jumped down from the top of the wardrobe. He raced around the chair and sat down at my feet and stared. At first I didn’t make the connection. (Stupid Human)

The song ended and Rocky started to walk away. As he turned his back I started singing Soft Kitty again. He turned right back around. He lifted  a paw up and gently tapped my knee. So cute.

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So I sang it again. This time he hopped up on the arm of my chair, stretched out on his side and stared at me the whole time I was singing. If I stopped his tail started whipping around like he was very angry. He was fascinated by that song.

I tried it again last night. Same reaction. He just loves that song! He even looks like he’s smiling.

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Other songs don’t  get his attention like that!  Soft Kitty, warm kitty , little ball of fur….Happy kitty, sleepy kitty , purr, purr , purr.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

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My Neighbor’s Cat

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Nala?

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I keep going back to Florida

Boy it’s been busy at work! I’m not really complaining because this is when I make the $$$ that pays for all my little jaunts but I think we’re setting new records this spring! Anyway, that’s why I haven’t had time to post much.

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As anyone who has followed along for any time knows, I want to go to every state  for a vacation. Even some of the more “boring ” states have lots to share if you are just willing to do a little research. As I’ve said many times, one of the best vacations was to South Dakota but when I told people that was where I was going they always asked “What’s in South Dakota”?

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Now Florida is home to the snow birds, Mickey Mouse and the world’s longest stop lights. (That’s so all of us senior citizens with slow reflexes have time to react) Yet I keep going back. If I took all my visits to the Sunshine state and used them toward my goal of visits to every state, I’d be almost done! I go to Florida at least once a year, sometimes more and it never gets old.

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I love the animals, mostly birds. They are colorful and abundant and there’s lots of things to do besides Disney and Universal. I lean toward places like Gatorland and eco-safaris, botanical gardens and airboat rides.

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I’ve spent most of my time in the Orlando area but I’ve made jaunts to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Key West,  St. Pete and St Augustine so I’ve pretty much covered the state and I’m still not bored. There’s still more to see.

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This winter I have a longer trip than usual planned. I know I will miss the kitties staying away that long but it made more sense to do one long trip and save on air fare than to split it up so I’m spending 4 days in the Orlando area and then moving down to South Beach for  7 more days. Can’t wait and can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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For now I will leave you with a few Egret photos from the “breeding pond” at Gatorland.

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Snail Kite

Wow, my work has gone from zero to 60 in .5 seconds. One minute I’m drifting along at a nice slow pace and the next I’ve my nose to the grindstone, no time for anything. My head is spinning. But that’s why I haven’t had time to post much.

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Even with the craziness I try to check my Facebook page at least one a day and what was staring me in the face but a picture of that bird I saw in St. Cloud!

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Wild Willy was right, it is a very rare bird. It’s a Snail Kite (formerly called the Everglades Kite). It’s a Neotropical species found in the wetlands of southern Florida. It’s main diet is snails, snails called apple snails.

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The Snail Kite is endangered in North America so I guess I was very, very lucky!

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Happy Easter

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