Diesel is now a daily visitor at the house. Looks like they are putting up with it. 🙂
This post has nothing to do with the fast and the furious, and no apologies for that.
While visiting my parents in March, I saw a cat in the backyard as I was doing dishes. I tiptoed outside to try to convince the cat to be petting, but she came running right over, and purred REALLY loudly. Mum came out to see her, and said she sounded like a diesel, so that’s what we called here. David decided one name wasn’t enough, so she became Vin Diesel.
She is comfortable coming inside, and has event gotten some treats left over from the last friendly neighbour cats that moved away a year ago. She has been visiting almost daily and usually gets up to some cute hijinks during her visit. She is really big and fluffy, and she seems smarter than usual, so we suspect she is a Maine Coon.
Of course, Diesel can’t be the cutest kitty of all time, since that title is held by long-departed grey kitty (see below). However, she does seem to be the cutest kitty currently.
By now the puppies have all gone to their homes. Aww!
So we arrived in Vancouver for a two-week visit to the westcoast and found it snowy. Luckily it has mostly melted, so we can continue our tour: the city, Maple Ridge, Mission, Seattle, and Victoria.
On Dec 21 there is always a big multi-site solstice celebration in Vancouver, which is one of my favourite events. Professor Banjo and Hot Pluto Jazz trio played, and the grand finale was Urban Haida drum group accompanying fire dance. Perhaps 2017 will be the year I put together my hula hoop and acro-yoga skills and take up fire dancing.
Graham and I also took his parents and our youngest nieces on a tour of the Fraser Valley Eco Dairy. We learned about their bio-digester and methane fuel/compost production, as well as animal husbandry. Linnea was really interested in the robotic milker, and Jasmine was brave enough to let a cow lick her with a long, scrapey tongue.
This statue of a running guys gets dressed up every year. Once it was optimus prime, which was a real favourite.
I took this photo on 4th Avenue by the Pine 84 bus stop. Judging from instagram, this guy is a social media star. Urban basement suites aren’t the best, but how cool to be able to follow your kitty and check up him while you are at work.
This month will see more visits to the pig barns. Our Uni-affiliated research barn has a resident kitty, who catches mice in the offices and generally provides comic relief during the workday. Apparently he also runs around outside sometimes in the summer. This photo shows him chasing prairie dogs around the grain bins.