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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Caturday Art - Night Time Relaxing.

This week the Caturday art is taken from a photo of the boys relaxing outdoors in the evening.

This is the original.

This one I used Lunapic and remembered again to make a note of what I had done.
First was the Devilish filter which I adjusted to 23%. I couldn't have them being too devilish after all!
Then I used Sunshine at 35% to bring out the colour. I had to use Landscape, I don't know why but I always do, but kept it to 25%. I finished with the floating effect at 25%. Then I added a bevelled edge and then a steel border.

This one I used Dreamscope "Summer Solstice" effect. I wish they would give the ability to adjust the result.

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Caturday Art - Boys in the Field.

This week I have once again been playing around with various effects of the same photo.

This is the original photo.

This one is the Landscape filter from Dreamscope. It is okay, but I would prefer if I could adjust the effect myself.

This one is done with Lunapic. I remembered to take note of what I had done this time.
I started with "scribble" reduced to 35%, then I added "sunshine" at 55%, then red blush" at 30%. I couldn't leave out my favourite filter so added "landscape" at 35%.

This is the same as the last picture, but I added the frame from Pizap.

This one is also Lunapic. I used "fairy" reduced to 40% and then "sunshine" at 33%. I then added Lunapic's bevelled glass frame.

Visit Athena, the Cat Goddess to see more Caturday Art.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Caturday Art - Boys in a Window.

I am taking part in the Caturday Art this week with four versions of the same photo. Two are with Lunapic, and two with Dreamscope.

This is the Moonshine render from Dreamscope.

This is Rugged, also from Dreamscope.

I did this one a few months back with Lunapic and used a basic Lunapic frame for it.

This is also done with Lunapic using several different filters to varying degrees, but of course I had to add about 25% of my favourite Landscape filter to finish it.

This is the original photo.
I have been trying Dreamscope lately but have found the end results are much smaller than they were previously. Probably because they want me to buy the paid for version, but I can't see the point in paying $9.99 a month for something I won't use very often.
I prefer Lunapic because you can adjust how much filter you use and add as many as you want...and it's free!

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

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Caturday Art - Resting, and more Christmas Cards.

I am taking part in the Caturday Art this week and you can see more by visiting Athena the Cat Goddess.

My art this week is using my favourite editor, Lunapic.
I also had a surprise when I went to give Dreamscope another try. I usually get tired of waiting for the pictures to render, but when I went back a few days ago I found 2 pictures I had given up on several weeks ago.
They are also taken from the same photo that I used for the Lunapic version.

This was using the Autumn effect.

This one used the Forest effect. I think the boys blend too much with the background in this version.

I had thought that once I left the site the pictures would be discarded, but apparently not.

I have also received some more snail mail Christmas cards over the last 2 days which I have posted below and will also add to my Christmas Day post.
Thank you to everyone who sent us cards. All of our ecards are on the ecard page below our header. Thank you for all of those too.

Cathy Keisha      Celestial Kitties.
Savannah's Pawtracks
Fur Everywhere.
The Island Cats.
Tripper, Homer, Banzai and Reno.