Two Poets Have Their Work on Exhibition in “Animal Friends in Art and Poetry”

I’m proud to announce that two Friday Night Writers’ Group poets, Shirley Radcliff Bruton and Debra Davis Hinkle, have their work on exhibit in Animal Friends in Art and Poetry.

The exhibition is from Monday, March 4, 2019 through Friday, May 31, 2019. at the Atascadero Library.


Thursday, March 7, the Atascadero Library is hosting a reception from 5-6 pm so that members of the public can meet the artists and poets and enjoy their work.  Light refreshments will be served.

Atascadero Library
6555 Capistrano Ave
Atascadero, CA

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Repairing a Cat Tree or Scratching Post

With several cats my cat trees seem to need repair periodically. The rope gets destroyed by their claws more frequently than I would like. Of course, this is the trade off for not having damaged furniture.

I’ve had to repair all of the cat trees in my house at some point. I use a u-shaped staple and a hot glue if the underlining material is wood. If it is cardboard I use hot glue and add a staple to the two ends only. I use a nail gun for the u-shaped staples, but you can use a hammer. It’s as simple as removing the old rope and gluing the new rope in place.

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. I always manage to burn myself on the glue. Ouchy.

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Ragdoll Cats

How many people have heard of a Ragdoll cat? When I thought of a Ragdoll, it was always Andy and Annie, the dolls. My mother made a pair once and I watched her. Interesting, but I would never go to the trouble of making a doll. I wouldn’t even want to own one. Enough said.

Back to cats. What is a Ragdoll cat. It’s a breed of cats that have blue eyes and mostly white background. Oh, hell. Here’s a picture.

This is Annie Renfield Hinkle and she is a tri-colored Ragdoll and this little girl is mine.

More information on Ragdolls: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragdoll

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Dac’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Dac’s Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
Someone gave to me
A kitten with extra toes.

On the second day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the third day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Seven koi a-swimming,
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Eight chickens laying,
Seven koi a-swimming,
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Nine crickets jumping,
Eight chickens laying,
Seven koi a-swimming,
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Ten doves a-flying,
Nine crickets jumping,
Eight chickens laying,
Seven koi a-swimming,
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Eleven mice a-squeaking,
Ten doves a-flying,
Nine crickets jumping,
Eight chickens laying,
Seven koi a-swimming,
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
Amazon sent to me
Twelve bunnies running,
Eleven mice a-squeaking,
Ten doves a-flying,
Nine crickets jumping,
Eight chickens laying,
Seven koi a-swimming,
Six balls a-rolling,
Five golden strings,
Four chirping birds,
Three French feathers,
Two cat toys,
And a kitten with extra toes!

Merry Christmas from Dac, again this year.

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Warrior Cat Book Series

Originally published in September 2011.

I just started my second book in the Warriors saga, by Erin Hunter which is a pen name for three authors. I started reading the first one to help me write a book about my cat and give him a voice. The second one, I have to admit

I absolutely love the books. Just call me a child at heart. They are better than “The Cat Who…” series. What’s delightful about the books?

The cat names:  Tigerclaw, Yellowfang, Mousefur and Fireheart to name a few.

The rituals: naming of the cats, meetings between the clans and the clan structure.

Funny or insulting lines: “Sounds like a pawful”, “I’ll have the other clans shaking in their flea-bitten skins”, “Excitement tingled in his paws”, “What’s a kittypet like you doing out in the woods?” and “Just a two-legged pet”.

Buy it for a child and read it yourself when no one is looking Tell yourself you’re buying it to read to a child—just try one book and you will be hooked.

I wish I’d know about these books when I was reading to my nephew, Kyle.  He loves cats and he liked me to read to him before he went to bed.

 

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