Category Archives: Cute!

Introducing Vin Diesel

This post has nothing to do with the fast and the furious, and no apologies for that.

Giant Maine Coon sitting on the fence

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 makes herself comfortable on Mum’s recliner

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.

Like she owns the place

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.

Your kitty is great and I’m real happy for you, but grey kitty is the CUTEST KITTY OF ALL TIME

Snow in Vancouver

Snow on the palm trees!
Snow on the palm trees!

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.

Unicorn and dino in the audience of a mummers play
Unicorn and dino in the audience of a solstice mummers play

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.

MyY solstice favourite, the outdoor (shirtless!) fire dance
My solstice favourite, the outdoor (shirtless!) fire dance

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.

A visit to the EcoDairy in Abbotsford with nieces!
A visit to the EcoDairy in Abbotsford with nieces!

Happy Halloween! 

Ironman with with very safe chest and hand lights  (safety points added).  Crap visibility through mask's eyeslits though (safety points deducted)
Ironman with with very safe chest and hand lights (safety points added). Crap visibility through mask’s eyeslits though (safety points deducted)

This statue of a running guys gets dressed up every year. Once it was optimus prime, which was a real favourite.

Prairie fuzzer

Richardson Ground Squirrel in front of the train bridge by the South Saskatchewan
Richardson Ground Squirrel in front of the train bridge by the South Saskatchewan
Close up
Close up
Even closer-up - he didn't seem bothered by me!  This is not a major zoom, since it was taken with my phone.
Even closer-up – he didn’t seem bothered by me! This is not a major zoom, since it was taken with my phone.

Sluggy!

Outstanding banana slug
Outstanding banana slug, photographed from up close in Goldstream Park

Everyone needs a special friend as their pet. I like cats and dogs, rabbits are ok. On the West Coast, one could also have a pet sluggy.

Giant slug coming right at you!! You should either run or just poke him lightly on the eye stalk so he shrivels into a ball for 5 min.
Giant slug coming right at you!! You should either run or just poke him lightly on the eye stalk so he shrivels into a ball for 5 min.

The old Seattle sketch show ‘Almost Live‘ had a series of great PNR sketches about ol’ sluggy the pet.

Cute kitties of August

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This guy was sunning himself in an alley in City Park. He has a self-satisfied grey kitty vibe, and I found a dead bird nearby. Co-incidence?
This is Hunter from the swine barn. He doesn’t look thrilled here, but he does come running for pets when I call him so I think he likes it.
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These are vintage Japanese porcelain salt and pepper shakers. So cute!

#kitty in the window

Loafing it up and people watching in Kitsilano
Loafing it up and people watching in Kitsilano

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.

Hunter the farm kitty

Look at his little tongue!
Look at his little tongue!

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.