Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pay It Forward Award

Today I have some awards to give out. This is a very big step for me, because this is an award I invented. I was so touched by all the cats who helped Kon, I want to honor their kindness, generosity, and willingness to help a friend in need.

Here it is: The First Ever "Skittles Pay It Forward Award!"



Most importantly, this award goes to every cat who was purring and praying for Kon! So I give this award to:

The Pet Prayers and Purrs Blog, for keeping us up to date about our fellow felines who need our healing thoughts.

And to all the cats who were helping Kon with purrs and prayers. If you were one them, be sure to copy the award and post it on your blog. Don't be shy! You deserve the award! But I don't know all your names to list here.


Also, I am awarding this to the following kitties who were able to help out with the betternarian bill:

Mycah, Kismet and Packet

nels, ed, nitro, an' xing lu

the Hotties at HotMBC.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy

KC, Missy and Bear

Karl, Mrs. Oz, and TinTin

Seaborn, Sam, Summer, Spats, and Sassy at TaylorCatsssss

Hendrix and Bendrix at SwapNTails

Angel and Taz

Gypsy and Tasha

But you know, there are three ways we can give to others: time, talent, and treasure. So this award also goes to:

Sophia, Orlando and Fiona at Diva Kitty and the Fluffies (for donating an Officially Licensed Snuggle for the auction)

Maggy and Zoey at Zoolatry (for designing the award)

The Cat Blogosphere for updating everyone about the auction

So, how do you pay forward the "Skittles Pay It Forward Award?"

If you know of a kitty in need, and you organize help for the kitty, be it purrs and prayers, or $$$$, then you forward on the award to those who helped out. Simple!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

P.S. I received several donations through PayPal, which identified the humans, but not the cats. I'm still waiting to hear from several humans as to which cat is theirs, so I can list them here.

P.P.S. I'm blushing, because I received an award today.....see below:

I Got An Award

Hey, I received the Cool Cat award from Chance!



I don't think I ever considered myself to be cool, (I'm just a humble tabby) but hey, I'll take it!

I tag the following cats:

Monty Q, & SlyCat,

Auction Winners

The Winners!!!!!!

Zippy, Speedy and Sadie win the Crystal Cat!

KC wins the gorgeous meezer snuggle.

We raised $60.00 towards Kon's vet bills. Thanks to one and all!

See below for Thursday Thirteen

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

WOWY!!!!

I am truly amazed at the love and support from my fellow cat bloggers. Of course I always knew that we cats were loyal and true to one another, but with the internet and scams and all, sometimes you just need to be careful.

BUT!!!!! GUESS WHAT?????

We raised $215.00 to help Kon with his vet bills. It wasn't just the auction, but cats from all over the world sent in donations.

Imagine that!
Seriously, cats who don't even know me, sent me money and trusted me to send it on to Kon's mom and dad. And I will.

So here is my TT this week:


THIRTEEN REASONS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE CAT BLOGOSPHERE

1. I belong to a loving, caring community

2. I have friends all over the world, some I haven't even met.

3. I know that if I am ever in need, I have friends to help.

4. When I am not in need, I can help others who are hurting.

5. Some of you may have inferred this, but my pet human was ill for a long time.....the cat blogging community kept me going while I was comforting her.

6. Paypal is a really cool toy

7. I found resources I didn't know about

8. Officially licensed Snuggles (copyright DKM) look really cool. I didn't bid this time because I didn't want the appearance of a conflict of interest, but MAN O MAN, next auction....I'M IN. Watch out!

9. Did you know there are cats in Australia and Denmark and the Netherlands who like to send money to the US???

10. Well, ok.....getting all the attention was fun

11. Kon's mom and dad get the help they need with the betternarian bill

12. Hopefully, Kon won't break anymore teeth.....(so, like, stay out of the chips dude!)

13. This all helps my wonderful mancat, Sly!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Monday, July 28, 2008

LOLTabby-Tuesday

Starting this week, Tuesday is now LOLTabby Tuesday here at TWKK.


Feel free to submit new captions in the comments box.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

P.S. See below for my newest recipe!

Mmmmmmmm....Good Mushrooms!!!!

Sauteed Mushrooms
Saute baby cremini mushrooms with white truffle oil until browned. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and cracked pepper.

A recipe doesn't get any easier than that! And the mushrooms are to die for!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Yoga Class!!!!!

Good Morning Cat Blogosphere!

I had such a relaxing time last week giving yoga class. I can't believe I have been so forgetful about giving my weekly class.

Let's have a lovely, peaceful, spiritual class today.


Grab a yoga mat if you need one.

Take a deep breath. Inhale......hold......exhale through your nose slowly. Feel your thoughts quiet down

Now, follow along.

Aaaaaaaaah! Doesn't that feel good?

Now the best part! Party!

Ham for Miles..............

Filet Mignon
Grilled Shrimp
Bar-b-que Salmon
And since it's summer.....Fresh Berry Tart with Custard.

Have a lovely week!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Does God Exist?



I'm letting the pet human have my website for one more evening.


This evening I added a new link in my favorite blog list. It is "Impure Reason" written by Carl Sachs, a philosophy prof in Texas. I first ran into him on Kirby Olson's blog, "Lutheran Surrealism." In fact, CS's debates with KO were a major reason I continued to follow LS. At one point CS began his own blog, only to stop posting for a significant time. Well, he's back. Yeah!

I've been cat blogging so much recently, I missed out on a debate that spanned across both Impure Reason and Lutheran Surrealism. The debate touched upon Intelligent Design, Evolution, Fundamentalism, Pragmatism, Pluralism, and culminated in a question posed on LS: "Does God Exist?"

Before any cat goes leaping over to these blogs, I will point out that these gentlemen are philosophy professors, and as such, are inclined to write and argue in formats such as: if a = b and b = c, then a = c. Not only that, many of the arguments presented by both the bloggers and the commenters, are supported with extensive citations.

Well, I don't have a PhD, just a lowly BS, but I do have an opinion.

Does God Exist?

This question has no earthly, human answer. Language is finite, and any attempt to prove the existence of a presence or being that may be infinite, will fail.

Language constrains our human attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God.

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This dilemma reminds me of the Epicurean Paradox regarding the problem of evil:

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?" — Epicurus


For many years I struggled with reconciling my relationship with God and the presence of evil. (And I will say, that on two occasions in my life, I truly believe I saw the devil....which is not to try to explain what the devil is or is not, I just know I saw it.)

When anyone asks me if the glass is half full or half empty, I don't give the typical response. My answer has always been this:

"It depends on how you ask the question. If one does not specify what the glass has in it (it is assumed water) then the answer is: "the glass is always full, because what ever portion of the glass is not filled with whatever liquid referred to, is filled with air, which is also matter."

But if one specifies is the glass half empty or full with water, then my answer is this:

"Why must the glass be half empty or half full? Why can't it be that the water is just at the halfway point?


At some point in time, I realized that the Epicurean Paradox is unanswerable because it asks the wrong question. It is so typically human to point fingers, this time at God, for the existence of evil

A more appropriate question is this:

Evil exists in the world. SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT EVIL WHEN CONFRONTED BY IT?

Reason, senses, and feelings aside, we can never prove whether God exists. Therefore, I believe the question, "Does God Exist" is the wrong question to ask.

WW

Friday, July 25, 2008

Saturday Nosh

My pet human reminded me today that I promised to share some space on my blog. So today, I'm letting her post a recipe. Sheeesh!

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup (perfect for this time of year!)


3 lbs Roma tomatoes
8 cups vegetable broth
1 sweet onion, finely diced
2 leeks, slice thin
1 shallot, finely diced
2 Tbls butter
2 Tbls light olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Herbs de Provence
Sea Salt
Cracked pepper

Roast and Dry the Tomatoes:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Wash and slice the tomotoes in half lengthwise. Squeeze the seeds out. Coat (or brush) with olive oil and lay slice side up on cookie trays. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence over the tomatoes. Place them in the oven and let cook on extremely low heat for approximately 5 hours, or until semi-dry.


Make the Soup:

Saute onion, leek, and shallot in butter and olive oil. Add broth, tomatoes, and basil leaves. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Process the soup in a food processor. Serve either hot or cold.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Kon's Vet Bill Problems Are Over


I am so excited! I received this email today from a nice Christian lady who wants to send me $2.5 million as a donation. I can pay off all of Kon's vet bills, plus everyone else's too!! She sounds very nice and sincere, and she quotes the Bible too. I want to email her, but my pet human won't let me.

I don't understand, why won't my pet human let me help Kon's mom and dad?





From Mrs Susan Morgan

N�[38 Rue Des Martyrs Cocody
Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire
ATTN
DEAREST ONE OF GOD

I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Mr.Abram Morgan, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense account.

Presently, the fund is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence i know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.

I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives is around me always I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.

Contact me on the above e-mail address for more information’s, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your
reply.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs susan morgan

I feel so bad for this nice Christian lady, and she's sick too!

BTW: What's Spam?



Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Google searches that lead to my site (except the extra special Google search that I posted last night, see below)



1. Eating quail upsetting

2. Sex (that one word! from Google in Germany)

3. Road trip yoga

4. St. Patrick's Day Skittles

5. XXXX Rated (oooops!)

6. Famous people eating Skittles (oh, dear!)

7. Moroccan tongue twister

8. Feline psychosis

9. A cat named Freesia

10. Kitty ablounger

11. Four kittens by Walter Anderson

12. Bikram yoga Pye (???????????)

13. Advil given to kitten (do NOT do this to your kitten)


And of course, the ever popular search that leads to The Whole Kitten Kaboodle:

Red rope licorice dispenser

But I may finally have an answer to that mystery. A while back Steveo left a message on a post only about red rope licorice. He said it's from the movie Wayne's World. Apparently Wayne had a red rope licorice dispenser in his car.

But that still doesn't explain how it first led to TWKK.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Only words today. No photos (sort of)

My pet human came to me today. She said:

"Skittles, you know I keep track of google searches that lead to your website. Well, today your site got a hit from an interesting search for images. The search was for "humen humping." (apparently, some person doesn't know how to spell "human.")

But take a look at the search page. It has your photo.

Yes, that's you in the #5 photo. Humping your teddy bear. It was bound to happen sometime. And the link leads right to The Whole Kitten Kaboodle. Aren't you embarrassed?"

No, should I be?


Monday, July 21, 2008

Yoga Tuesday

Oh my! It's been a long time since I gave a yoga class. But today it's a must!

My pet human came home from work, all upset, and saying bleepy bleepidy, bleep a whole lot.

"Those bleepy bleepidy bleep coworkers of mine have zero integrity! They are stealing my sales! They know they aren't supposed to discount the merchandise, but they do it anyway, and the customers know. So I work with someone for hours, picking out tons of Burberry, St. John, Armani, and then the customers want a discount. I say, so sorry! So the customers take the merchandise and give it to my Mollie or Ida or Marcelle, who happily give the customer a discount and take my sale. And my bleepy bleepidy bleep boss is in hot water himself, so he doesn't want anyone to know something bad is going on."

"Calm down," I said to my pet, "keep your integrity in tact. They will get what they deserve eventually. You know there are cameras everywhere, right?"

I've been very remiss. I need to lead you in some yoga. Take a deep breath, relax, exhale slowly



now, do you feel better???


Here, have a glass of your favorite cabernet.

Remember, you've been through an extensive illness, and this is your first full time job in a while.....take it easy, stay calm........












For me, a green Niptini









Ahhhh! Blini Demidoff







And Caille en Sarcophage
(my pet human's favorite meal, from Babette's Feast)











But let's not forget my Pet Human's favorite comfort food of all:

Ruffles!

(yeah, the 36 pack!!!!)






Now, come over here and pet me, because it's scientifically proven that petting your cat lowers your heart rate!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

(sorry Miles, no ham this time....I had to take care of my pet human)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

ManCat MonDay

I was enjoying myself in the back yard. I have lots of pretty plants, coleus, rosemary, mums, basil.....

All of a sudden I heard a noise. WHAT IS THAT????
Is it Sam, The Marmalade Cat?????

Sadly, no. There have been a couple of times when I thought I caught a glimpse of him. But alas....

Still no Sammy Sighting. Maybe he went to Fiji.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

The Mountain Not Climbed

sheesh, gotta let the pet human have the blog today.

The Mountain Not Climbed


Two or three years ago I packed my expedition backpack with supplies for a weeklong trip to the Sierras. I needed some solitude, and I needed to feel the joy and breathtaking inspiration that I find in the backcountry. I took off from Kennedy Meadows, or perhaps it was Horseshoe Meadows. No, maybe it was Lee Vining. I can’t quite recall now. Anyway, I parked the car and paid the fee. Then I broke a cardinal rule. I chose not to register with the Ranger’s office and to file a trail plan with an estimated date of return. Come to think of it, perhaps it was at least ten years ago. I wouldn’t take that kind of risk anymore.

Anyway I started hiking, and as always, I kept a fairly brisk pace. I had no predetermined plans, so I turned at trail heads that looked interesting. Soon I was just east of Sequoia Park, or perhaps it was north of Tuolumne, or maybe west of Mt. Langley, yet I had reached an area of the Sierras that I had never seen. Although it was August, the temperature was very cool, 40 to 45 degrees, and fog layered the moss covered embankments surrounding me. Moss not only covered the floor, but it also hung down from the trees, and dew dripped from the ends. Repeatedly I crossed rushing creeks of icy water. I could not see the melting snow above because of the dank fog. Surely by August all the snow would have melted. I wondered if I had wandered too far north. Perhaps I had gone too far. Perhaps I was in Washington.

Anyway, I wasn’t tired so I continued to hike through the nights. Although the days were foggy, the nights were completely clear and the full moon lit the way each night. Finally on the fifth day I stopped around noon for a sip of water. I looked west and saw a switchback as steep as I have ever encountered. It led to a saddle between two peaks, although I could not see the peaks themselves. Just beyond the other side of the saddle, sunlight broke through the clouds.

I headed across the narrow valley and started up the switchback. Soon night fell, but again I wasn’t tired so I continued on in the moonlight. Morning came, then lunchtime. I had hiked up the switchback a full 24 hours before reaching the saddle.

At the top I saw the most glorious vista imaginable. I saw vivid hues of greens below and blues above, with solid granite canyons slicing through the mountain range. A single peak rose at least 22 to 23 thousand feet directly in front of me, and I could see the easy trail going up a gently sloping ridge to the top. The peak was stunningly beautiful, not craggy or ill shaped as so many peaks are in the Sierras. Although the mountain was granite, it seemed to be a perfectly shaped volcano, symmetrical with a rounded top. The gradations of colors led from deep chocolate browns and cadmium greens to azurite blues and perfect whites.

That mountain had me hooked. I had to bag this peak and see the 360 degree view from the top. I pulled out my maps and tried to find it, but the mountain was not on any of them. Apparently I was the first to discover it! I had discovered the highest mountain on the North American Continent. I would be the first to climb it, and it appeared to be an easy climb! Well, the first to climb it since the Indians, because the trail up to the peak was obviously an ancient Indian trail. Of course I would name it after myself!

I sat down to eat some lunch, and as I did a voice in the wind said to me, “it’s an ass kicker.” I looked across the valley at the peak, and for the first time in my life I heeded the voice in the wind.

“Yes,” I said to myself, “it has to be an ass kicker.” It’s a pretty package, but this mountain could hurt me.

I enjoyed the view while I ate, then I packed up and headed out. By nightfall I was back at my car. I stopped at my mom’s house on the drive home and had dinner with her. She set a beautiful table as usual, with her wonderfully extensive collection of unique dishes.

“How a dinner is presented is just the same as how a gift is wrapped,” she said.

I had heard this before. Usually her obsession with appearances annoyed me. This time I asked her a question.

“But what if the dinner is tainted with e-coli and it could kill you, what does it matter how it is presented?”

“Oh, who cares? What does it matter if it looks this exquisite on the plate? Who cares what’s inside a present if the wrapping is beautiful?” she exclaimed.

I chose not to continue with that conversation, and I changed the subject to something more congenial.

As I headed home I considered her comment. Perhaps some packages aren’t meant to be unwrapped, just as some mountains are not to be climbed.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Kon and The Betternarian

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Dear Friends,

Kon, the brother of my ManCat, Sly, is not feeling well. He has a bad tooth, and has to go back to the Betternarian next week to have it fixed.

Read the story here: click

I feel so bad! So far in my life, I've gone to the Betternarian only once. I am very lucky, because I didn't like it at all! Good reason to stay healthy!

But Kon's Mom and Dad have to pay about $300 for the betternarian. That's a lot of money, and Kon's dad is a teacher assistant, so there's not a lot of work during the summer.

Someone suggested that Sly put up a PayPal button for donations. With everything going on, (there's a bun in the oven!) maybe that's a lot of work for the Mom.


I put up a PayPal button a while ago. I was fooling around with PayPal to eventually use on Ebay. But the button is there and it works.

So if anyone wishes to donate to Kon and his Mom and Dad, you can use my PayPal. 100% of your donation will be mailed to Sly and Kon. My pet human will cover any PayPal fees.

Get well soon, Kon!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

p.s. I know the PayPal address says it's a donation for Skittles and Slycat 2008.....just ignore that....the money goes to Kon's vet bill.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Welcome to Flower Friday!

Today I would like to show you flowers from my vegetable and herb garden.

These are artichokes
Tomato flowers (my pet human gets really excited by these!)
Sage flowers
Eggplant!
Hey! What's going on over at the neighbors?? Is it Sam, The Marmalade Cat?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fun Times At Canon Tajo

I follow a blog written by an attorney in Los Angeles: Women On The Verge Of Thinking.

Today, BarbaraFromCalifornia posted this message. She received it from her aunt, and instead of sending the email on to 12 other people, she posted it to her blog.

I'm now posting it to my blog to send on the message.

Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in 2008, including me if you care.
Try to collect 12, It's not easy!

Never take someone for granted
Hold every person close to your heart
Because you might wake up one day
And realize that you've lost a diamond
While you were too busy collecting stones.

Friendship, life, love and people are so very precious. Gratitude is a gift of the soul.




All of these photos are from Rancho El Topo near Canon Tajo in Baja. I don't see these friends much anymore, Werner, Ali, Jeanette, Mark, Wayne, Muriel.....long story. I miss that big Palomino named Hollywood. I hope and pray that the one person who black listed me changes her mind and comes to value life long friendships and family.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

I'm in the News!

My campaign is totally on fire with a massive grassroots effort to elect me as the next POTUS.

The internet has played an unprecedented role in the grassroots movement. Will this be the wave of the future? You bet!

The American Patriot Cat Party (APCP) provides the leadership of tomorrow today!




Vote for Skittles & SlyCat, 2008!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tabby Tuesday

Sparta, The Mean Kitty

Wowy! This Tabby is becoming quite popular. He's already had almost 11 million hits to his video.



I wonder if I could do a video on YouTube. It might help my campaign.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

P.S. My pet human will be putting out signs with Sammy's photo. Hopefully someone has made a sighting. Thanks to Mr. Hendrix for the idea.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

ManCat MonDay

An Update on Sam, The Marmalade Cat, from WW, the Pet Human.

Skittles, come here.

O hai. Wut? (translation: Hi! What?)

What?

Woot? (what?)

Skittles, stop it with the LOLspeak. You're spending too much time on that website.


kthx! Not! (Ok, thanks. Not!!!)

I went to a neighborhood party on Saturday night.

Iz noz, cuz it wuz lowd. (I know, because it was loud)

Stop! Anyway, I inquired about Sam, The Marmalade Cat. I think you have some explaining to do.

Splaning? (explaining?)

Bob said he saw you and Sammy recently. It was a standoff, and you were hissing and growling, then you charged Sammy, and bopped him on the nose. Then you chased him off. What way is that to treat a suitor?

O, uh, datz afor duz prepoosal. (that was before the marriage proposal)

No, Bob said it was only a couple of weeks ago. What way is that to treat a ManCat who gives you a diamond ring???

Ha, wut u sai? Uz in mid 40's wit no man. Wut u noz bout men? I slaps em around, and gits rings. Taik lessen from me, girlfriend. (You're telling me how to act towards a man? You are in you mid-forties, divorced, so what do you know about men? I slap them around and I get diamond rings. You should be taking lessons from me.)

Skittles, I'm really embarrased. The whole cat blogosphere is worried for Sam.

Bob is Evil Paparazzi Dude, and Iz sooin him. Remember? He is lying. (Bob has motive to lie about me. Remember, I'm suing him for taking paparazzi photos of me)

I won't be satisfied until I see Sam, The Marmalade Cat for myself. Don't go chasing him off. Be a LadyCat. It will impress SlyCat far more than learning LOLspeak. Duh!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Valentines on Villager

Valentine's Day on Villager Peak

In my short story, "Snow Creek Stories," I recount a climb in April of 1998 of Snow Creek on the north face of Mt. San Jacinto. I did this climb with WRL and friends. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto that day. The climb was too difficult for my level of climbing.

But two months earlier over Valentines Day, WRL took me on a climb of Villager Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. We camped out over night at the top. This is a very short story about that climb.



Valentine's on Villager



Saturday, February 14, 1998. I had met WRL a couple of months prior, and we began dating. We both enjoyed hiking, although I learned later that WRL is a world class mountaineer, having climbed some of the biggest mountains in the world. Aconcagua, McKinley, Gasherbrum, among others. I thought it was a big deal to climb in the Sierras in California, where the tallest mountain, Mt. Whitney, is just over 14,000'.

Eventually I became keenly aware of the the differences in our climbing abilities. But while love was new, WRL suggested an overnight campout on Villager Peak for Valentines Day.

Villager rises just over five thousand feet from about sea level, and averages a 14% grade up a ridge for 6 1/2 miles. The view from the peak includes a panorama of the Salton Sea to the east, Borrego Valley to the southwest, and Rabbit peak to the north. This was an unusual idea for celebrating Valentines, but I was charmed and amused. And in honesty, I think I wanted to impress him with my hiking abilities.

We left San Diego around 4:00 am, and arrived in Anza Borrego about 5:30 am. We were equipped and hiking by 6:00 am. To reach the base of the ridge, we crossed Rattlesnake Canyon Wash, which can best be described as a maze of gullies criss-crossing each other. We reached the base around 6: 45, and started on the old indian trail up the ridgeline.


Villager is spectacularly beautiful. But this particular story is not about the scenery. When we left that morning, the sky was overcast, although the clouds did not seem to be storm clouds. As we continued with the hike, the sky darkened swiftly, and the temperature dropped. Soon we were in a heavy fog, so heavy that I couldn't see very far in front of me. Rain began to fall in the early afternoon, yet, we had gone too far to turn back. We continued on.


My equipment, the backpack and my clothing, were not waterproofed, or even water resistant. By the time we reached the peak, I was soaked through and freezing. My fingers were numb, and I couldn't help WRL with pitching the tent. I sat under a pinyon pine trying to avoid more rain.


Once the tent was pitched, I got in. WRL climbed in after me. My shivering grew more obvious, and I sat quietly in the corner of the tent. WRL unpacked his backpack, and his clothes and sleeping bag were dry. He insisted that I take off my wet clothes and put on his dry ones. I gratefully complied with one exception. I declined the balaclava as they make me feel claustrophobic.

Then WRL insisted that I take his dry sleeping bag. I got in and waited for the inside of the bag to warm up.

WRL brought out his MSR stove, and boiled a small pot of water. I don't recall what we had to eat, other than it was a pasta meal in a "make it in the packet" foil container. It tasted fabulous. I think we had hot chocolate for dessert.

WRL took my wet sleeping bag, and I am sure he was freezing all night. But he took care of me, and I was warm.

I am not much of a complainer, although I am sure other women (yes even some men!) would have whined and moaned. So I didn't complain about the cold or rain. To do so would have changed nothing. I could have checked the weather report prior to our trip, yet I don't recall that rain was forecasted anyway. It was just bad luck. It wasn't anyone's fault.

But on that particular mountain, and in that particular storm, I had WRL caring and watching out for me. And that made all the difference.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Flower Friday

(Still no sighting of Sammy........see below)

This is a special edition of Flower Friday. I went to the flower show at the Del Mar Fair. I love the flower show, because I get to see all the unusual varieties of flowers that I never see at Walter Anderson Nursery.

But first: The Latest In Deep Fried Fair Food:


No, not the Oreos. Look closer.....yes, the sign IS correct! Krispy Kreme donuts, sliced in half, stuffed with chicken, dipped in batter, then deep fried. What kinda catnip was the inventor of this heart stopping weird delectation snorting?

Onward to the flowers. Here are blue ribbon winning Dahlias from the Del Mar Fair.






Please continue to send purrs and prayers for Sam, The Marmalade Cat. Hopefully he's just on summer vacation.
Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Dear Friends,

I am very worried about Sam, The Marmalade Cat. I haven't seen him since he proposed marriage. I still have the ring he gave me, and I need to tell him of my decision to let SlyCat court me.



My pet human is worried too. She's been searching the neighborhood for Sammy. And she has put the word out with the neighbors to be on the lookout for him


Sammy has taken off for lengthy periods of time in the past. He would still hang out under Ginny's art studio, but visit other yards instead of mine.


I'm worried that I have really hurt his feelings. I hope Sammy comes by soon. SlyCat was a total gentleman and wants to get to know Sam, The Marmalade Cat better.

Please send purrs for Sammy!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Monday Missive

This morning I was resting peacefully on the dining room table.

All of a sudden, I heard this horrid screeching.

"Skittles, get off that table! NOW!!"

Have I ever told you how my pet human actually thinks she can tell me what to do? But just to placate her, this time I will go rest peacefully elsewhere, maybe on her white bedspread.

Only because I choose to.

And now for some humor, my newest favorite LOLFail: humans are really weird, especially the male variety!


Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pay It Forward Award

Today I have some awards to give out. This is a very big step for me, because this is an award I invented. I was so touched by all the cats who helped Kon, I want to honor their kindness, generosity, and willingness to help a friend in need.

Here it is: The First Ever "Skittles Pay It Forward Award!"



Most importantly, this award goes to every cat who was purring and praying for Kon! So I give this award to:

The Pet Prayers and Purrs Blog, for keeping us up to date about our fellow felines who need our healing thoughts.

And to all the cats who were helping Kon with purrs and prayers. If you were one them, be sure to copy the award and post it on your blog. Don't be shy! You deserve the award! But I don't know all your names to list here.


Also, I am awarding this to the following kitties who were able to help out with the betternarian bill:

Mycah, Kismet and Packet

nels, ed, nitro, an' xing lu

the Hotties at HotMBC.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy

KC, Missy and Bear

Karl, Mrs. Oz, and TinTin

Seaborn, Sam, Summer, Spats, and Sassy at TaylorCatsssss

Hendrix and Bendrix at SwapNTails

Angel and Taz

Gypsy and Tasha

But you know, there are three ways we can give to others: time, talent, and treasure. So this award also goes to:

Sophia, Orlando and Fiona at Diva Kitty and the Fluffies (for donating an Officially Licensed Snuggle for the auction)

Maggy and Zoey at Zoolatry (for designing the award)

The Cat Blogosphere for updating everyone about the auction

So, how do you pay forward the "Skittles Pay It Forward Award?"

If you know of a kitty in need, and you organize help for the kitty, be it purrs and prayers, or $$$$, then you forward on the award to those who helped out. Simple!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

P.S. I received several donations through PayPal, which identified the humans, but not the cats. I'm still waiting to hear from several humans as to which cat is theirs, so I can list them here.

P.P.S. I'm blushing, because I received an award today.....see below:

I Got An Award

Hey, I received the Cool Cat award from Chance!



I don't think I ever considered myself to be cool, (I'm just a humble tabby) but hey, I'll take it!

I tag the following cats:

Monty Q, & SlyCat,

Auction Winners

The Winners!!!!!!

Zippy, Speedy and Sadie win the Crystal Cat!

KC wins the gorgeous meezer snuggle.

We raised $60.00 towards Kon's vet bills. Thanks to one and all!

See below for Thursday Thirteen

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

WOWY!!!!

I am truly amazed at the love and support from my fellow cat bloggers. Of course I always knew that we cats were loyal and true to one another, but with the internet and scams and all, sometimes you just need to be careful.

BUT!!!!! GUESS WHAT?????

We raised $215.00 to help Kon with his vet bills. It wasn't just the auction, but cats from all over the world sent in donations.

Imagine that!
Seriously, cats who don't even know me, sent me money and trusted me to send it on to Kon's mom and dad. And I will.

So here is my TT this week:


THIRTEEN REASONS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE CAT BLOGOSPHERE

1. I belong to a loving, caring community

2. I have friends all over the world, some I haven't even met.

3. I know that if I am ever in need, I have friends to help.

4. When I am not in need, I can help others who are hurting.

5. Some of you may have inferred this, but my pet human was ill for a long time.....the cat blogging community kept me going while I was comforting her.

6. Paypal is a really cool toy

7. I found resources I didn't know about

8. Officially licensed Snuggles (copyright DKM) look really cool. I didn't bid this time because I didn't want the appearance of a conflict of interest, but MAN O MAN, next auction....I'M IN. Watch out!

9. Did you know there are cats in Australia and Denmark and the Netherlands who like to send money to the US???

10. Well, ok.....getting all the attention was fun

11. Kon's mom and dad get the help they need with the betternarian bill

12. Hopefully, Kon won't break anymore teeth.....(so, like, stay out of the chips dude!)

13. This all helps my wonderful mancat, Sly!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Monday, July 28, 2008

LOLTabby-Tuesday

Starting this week, Tuesday is now LOLTabby Tuesday here at TWKK.


Feel free to submit new captions in the comments box.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

P.S. See below for my newest recipe!

Mmmmmmmm....Good Mushrooms!!!!

Sauteed Mushrooms
Saute baby cremini mushrooms with white truffle oil until browned. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and cracked pepper.

A recipe doesn't get any easier than that! And the mushrooms are to die for!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Yoga Class!!!!!

Good Morning Cat Blogosphere!

I had such a relaxing time last week giving yoga class. I can't believe I have been so forgetful about giving my weekly class.

Let's have a lovely, peaceful, spiritual class today.


Grab a yoga mat if you need one.

Take a deep breath. Inhale......hold......exhale through your nose slowly. Feel your thoughts quiet down

Now, follow along.

Aaaaaaaaah! Doesn't that feel good?

Now the best part! Party!

Ham for Miles..............

Filet Mignon
Grilled Shrimp
Bar-b-que Salmon
And since it's summer.....Fresh Berry Tart with Custard.

Have a lovely week!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Does God Exist?



I'm letting the pet human have my website for one more evening.


This evening I added a new link in my favorite blog list. It is "Impure Reason" written by Carl Sachs, a philosophy prof in Texas. I first ran into him on Kirby Olson's blog, "Lutheran Surrealism." In fact, CS's debates with KO were a major reason I continued to follow LS. At one point CS began his own blog, only to stop posting for a significant time. Well, he's back. Yeah!

I've been cat blogging so much recently, I missed out on a debate that spanned across both Impure Reason and Lutheran Surrealism. The debate touched upon Intelligent Design, Evolution, Fundamentalism, Pragmatism, Pluralism, and culminated in a question posed on LS: "Does God Exist?"

Before any cat goes leaping over to these blogs, I will point out that these gentlemen are philosophy professors, and as such, are inclined to write and argue in formats such as: if a = b and b = c, then a = c. Not only that, many of the arguments presented by both the bloggers and the commenters, are supported with extensive citations.

Well, I don't have a PhD, just a lowly BS, but I do have an opinion.

Does God Exist?

This question has no earthly, human answer. Language is finite, and any attempt to prove the existence of a presence or being that may be infinite, will fail.

Language constrains our human attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God.

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This dilemma reminds me of the Epicurean Paradox regarding the problem of evil:

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?" — Epicurus


For many years I struggled with reconciling my relationship with God and the presence of evil. (And I will say, that on two occasions in my life, I truly believe I saw the devil....which is not to try to explain what the devil is or is not, I just know I saw it.)

When anyone asks me if the glass is half full or half empty, I don't give the typical response. My answer has always been this:

"It depends on how you ask the question. If one does not specify what the glass has in it (it is assumed water) then the answer is: "the glass is always full, because what ever portion of the glass is not filled with whatever liquid referred to, is filled with air, which is also matter."

But if one specifies is the glass half empty or full with water, then my answer is this:

"Why must the glass be half empty or half full? Why can't it be that the water is just at the halfway point?


At some point in time, I realized that the Epicurean Paradox is unanswerable because it asks the wrong question. It is so typically human to point fingers, this time at God, for the existence of evil

A more appropriate question is this:

Evil exists in the world. SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT EVIL WHEN CONFRONTED BY IT?

Reason, senses, and feelings aside, we can never prove whether God exists. Therefore, I believe the question, "Does God Exist" is the wrong question to ask.

WW

Friday, July 25, 2008

Saturday Nosh

My pet human reminded me today that I promised to share some space on my blog. So today, I'm letting her post a recipe. Sheeesh!

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup (perfect for this time of year!)


3 lbs Roma tomatoes
8 cups vegetable broth
1 sweet onion, finely diced
2 leeks, slice thin
1 shallot, finely diced
2 Tbls butter
2 Tbls light olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Herbs de Provence
Sea Salt
Cracked pepper

Roast and Dry the Tomatoes:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Wash and slice the tomotoes in half lengthwise. Squeeze the seeds out. Coat (or brush) with olive oil and lay slice side up on cookie trays. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence over the tomatoes. Place them in the oven and let cook on extremely low heat for approximately 5 hours, or until semi-dry.


Make the Soup:

Saute onion, leek, and shallot in butter and olive oil. Add broth, tomatoes, and basil leaves. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Process the soup in a food processor. Serve either hot or cold.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Kon's Vet Bill Problems Are Over


I am so excited! I received this email today from a nice Christian lady who wants to send me $2.5 million as a donation. I can pay off all of Kon's vet bills, plus everyone else's too!! She sounds very nice and sincere, and she quotes the Bible too. I want to email her, but my pet human won't let me.

I don't understand, why won't my pet human let me help Kon's mom and dad?





From Mrs Susan Morgan

N�[38 Rue Des Martyrs Cocody
Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire
ATTN
DEAREST ONE OF GOD

I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Mr.Abram Morgan, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense account.

Presently, the fund is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence i know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.

I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives is around me always I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.

Contact me on the above e-mail address for more information’s, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your
reply.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs susan morgan

I feel so bad for this nice Christian lady, and she's sick too!

BTW: What's Spam?



Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Google searches that lead to my site (except the extra special Google search that I posted last night, see below)



1. Eating quail upsetting

2. Sex (that one word! from Google in Germany)

3. Road trip yoga

4. St. Patrick's Day Skittles

5. XXXX Rated (oooops!)

6. Famous people eating Skittles (oh, dear!)

7. Moroccan tongue twister

8. Feline psychosis

9. A cat named Freesia

10. Kitty ablounger

11. Four kittens by Walter Anderson

12. Bikram yoga Pye (???????????)

13. Advil given to kitten (do NOT do this to your kitten)


And of course, the ever popular search that leads to The Whole Kitten Kaboodle:

Red rope licorice dispenser

But I may finally have an answer to that mystery. A while back Steveo left a message on a post only about red rope licorice. He said it's from the movie Wayne's World. Apparently Wayne had a red rope licorice dispenser in his car.

But that still doesn't explain how it first led to TWKK.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Only words today. No photos (sort of)

My pet human came to me today. She said:

"Skittles, you know I keep track of google searches that lead to your website. Well, today your site got a hit from an interesting search for images. The search was for "humen humping." (apparently, some person doesn't know how to spell "human.")

But take a look at the search page. It has your photo.

Yes, that's you in the #5 photo. Humping your teddy bear. It was bound to happen sometime. And the link leads right to The Whole Kitten Kaboodle. Aren't you embarrassed?"

No, should I be?


Monday, July 21, 2008

Yoga Tuesday

Oh my! It's been a long time since I gave a yoga class. But today it's a must!

My pet human came home from work, all upset, and saying bleepy bleepidy, bleep a whole lot.

"Those bleepy bleepidy bleep coworkers of mine have zero integrity! They are stealing my sales! They know they aren't supposed to discount the merchandise, but they do it anyway, and the customers know. So I work with someone for hours, picking out tons of Burberry, St. John, Armani, and then the customers want a discount. I say, so sorry! So the customers take the merchandise and give it to my Mollie or Ida or Marcelle, who happily give the customer a discount and take my sale. And my bleepy bleepidy bleep boss is in hot water himself, so he doesn't want anyone to know something bad is going on."

"Calm down," I said to my pet, "keep your integrity in tact. They will get what they deserve eventually. You know there are cameras everywhere, right?"

I've been very remiss. I need to lead you in some yoga. Take a deep breath, relax, exhale slowly



now, do you feel better???


Here, have a glass of your favorite cabernet.

Remember, you've been through an extensive illness, and this is your first full time job in a while.....take it easy, stay calm........












For me, a green Niptini









Ahhhh! Blini Demidoff







And Caille en Sarcophage
(my pet human's favorite meal, from Babette's Feast)











But let's not forget my Pet Human's favorite comfort food of all:

Ruffles!

(yeah, the 36 pack!!!!)






Now, come over here and pet me, because it's scientifically proven that petting your cat lowers your heart rate!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

(sorry Miles, no ham this time....I had to take care of my pet human)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

ManCat MonDay

I was enjoying myself in the back yard. I have lots of pretty plants, coleus, rosemary, mums, basil.....

All of a sudden I heard a noise. WHAT IS THAT????
Is it Sam, The Marmalade Cat?????

Sadly, no. There have been a couple of times when I thought I caught a glimpse of him. But alas....

Still no Sammy Sighting. Maybe he went to Fiji.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

The Mountain Not Climbed

sheesh, gotta let the pet human have the blog today.

The Mountain Not Climbed


Two or three years ago I packed my expedition backpack with supplies for a weeklong trip to the Sierras. I needed some solitude, and I needed to feel the joy and breathtaking inspiration that I find in the backcountry. I took off from Kennedy Meadows, or perhaps it was Horseshoe Meadows. No, maybe it was Lee Vining. I can’t quite recall now. Anyway, I parked the car and paid the fee. Then I broke a cardinal rule. I chose not to register with the Ranger’s office and to file a trail plan with an estimated date of return. Come to think of it, perhaps it was at least ten years ago. I wouldn’t take that kind of risk anymore.

Anyway I started hiking, and as always, I kept a fairly brisk pace. I had no predetermined plans, so I turned at trail heads that looked interesting. Soon I was just east of Sequoia Park, or perhaps it was north of Tuolumne, or maybe west of Mt. Langley, yet I had reached an area of the Sierras that I had never seen. Although it was August, the temperature was very cool, 40 to 45 degrees, and fog layered the moss covered embankments surrounding me. Moss not only covered the floor, but it also hung down from the trees, and dew dripped from the ends. Repeatedly I crossed rushing creeks of icy water. I could not see the melting snow above because of the dank fog. Surely by August all the snow would have melted. I wondered if I had wandered too far north. Perhaps I had gone too far. Perhaps I was in Washington.

Anyway, I wasn’t tired so I continued to hike through the nights. Although the days were foggy, the nights were completely clear and the full moon lit the way each night. Finally on the fifth day I stopped around noon for a sip of water. I looked west and saw a switchback as steep as I have ever encountered. It led to a saddle between two peaks, although I could not see the peaks themselves. Just beyond the other side of the saddle, sunlight broke through the clouds.

I headed across the narrow valley and started up the switchback. Soon night fell, but again I wasn’t tired so I continued on in the moonlight. Morning came, then lunchtime. I had hiked up the switchback a full 24 hours before reaching the saddle.

At the top I saw the most glorious vista imaginable. I saw vivid hues of greens below and blues above, with solid granite canyons slicing through the mountain range. A single peak rose at least 22 to 23 thousand feet directly in front of me, and I could see the easy trail going up a gently sloping ridge to the top. The peak was stunningly beautiful, not craggy or ill shaped as so many peaks are in the Sierras. Although the mountain was granite, it seemed to be a perfectly shaped volcano, symmetrical with a rounded top. The gradations of colors led from deep chocolate browns and cadmium greens to azurite blues and perfect whites.

That mountain had me hooked. I had to bag this peak and see the 360 degree view from the top. I pulled out my maps and tried to find it, but the mountain was not on any of them. Apparently I was the first to discover it! I had discovered the highest mountain on the North American Continent. I would be the first to climb it, and it appeared to be an easy climb! Well, the first to climb it since the Indians, because the trail up to the peak was obviously an ancient Indian trail. Of course I would name it after myself!

I sat down to eat some lunch, and as I did a voice in the wind said to me, “it’s an ass kicker.” I looked across the valley at the peak, and for the first time in my life I heeded the voice in the wind.

“Yes,” I said to myself, “it has to be an ass kicker.” It’s a pretty package, but this mountain could hurt me.

I enjoyed the view while I ate, then I packed up and headed out. By nightfall I was back at my car. I stopped at my mom’s house on the drive home and had dinner with her. She set a beautiful table as usual, with her wonderfully extensive collection of unique dishes.

“How a dinner is presented is just the same as how a gift is wrapped,” she said.

I had heard this before. Usually her obsession with appearances annoyed me. This time I asked her a question.

“But what if the dinner is tainted with e-coli and it could kill you, what does it matter how it is presented?”

“Oh, who cares? What does it matter if it looks this exquisite on the plate? Who cares what’s inside a present if the wrapping is beautiful?” she exclaimed.

I chose not to continue with that conversation, and I changed the subject to something more congenial.

As I headed home I considered her comment. Perhaps some packages aren’t meant to be unwrapped, just as some mountains are not to be climbed.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Kon and The Betternarian

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Dear Friends,

Kon, the brother of my ManCat, Sly, is not feeling well. He has a bad tooth, and has to go back to the Betternarian next week to have it fixed.

Read the story here: click

I feel so bad! So far in my life, I've gone to the Betternarian only once. I am very lucky, because I didn't like it at all! Good reason to stay healthy!

But Kon's Mom and Dad have to pay about $300 for the betternarian. That's a lot of money, and Kon's dad is a teacher assistant, so there's not a lot of work during the summer.

Someone suggested that Sly put up a PayPal button for donations. With everything going on, (there's a bun in the oven!) maybe that's a lot of work for the Mom.


I put up a PayPal button a while ago. I was fooling around with PayPal to eventually use on Ebay. But the button is there and it works.

So if anyone wishes to donate to Kon and his Mom and Dad, you can use my PayPal. 100% of your donation will be mailed to Sly and Kon. My pet human will cover any PayPal fees.

Get well soon, Kon!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

p.s. I know the PayPal address says it's a donation for Skittles and Slycat 2008.....just ignore that....the money goes to Kon's vet bill.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Welcome to Flower Friday!

Today I would like to show you flowers from my vegetable and herb garden.

These are artichokes
Tomato flowers (my pet human gets really excited by these!)
Sage flowers
Eggplant!
Hey! What's going on over at the neighbors?? Is it Sam, The Marmalade Cat?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fun Times At Canon Tajo

I follow a blog written by an attorney in Los Angeles: Women On The Verge Of Thinking.

Today, BarbaraFromCalifornia posted this message. She received it from her aunt, and instead of sending the email on to 12 other people, she posted it to her blog.

I'm now posting it to my blog to send on the message.

Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in 2008, including me if you care.
Try to collect 12, It's not easy!

Never take someone for granted
Hold every person close to your heart
Because you might wake up one day
And realize that you've lost a diamond
While you were too busy collecting stones.

Friendship, life, love and people are so very precious. Gratitude is a gift of the soul.




All of these photos are from Rancho El Topo near Canon Tajo in Baja. I don't see these friends much anymore, Werner, Ali, Jeanette, Mark, Wayne, Muriel.....long story. I miss that big Palomino named Hollywood. I hope and pray that the one person who black listed me changes her mind and comes to value life long friendships and family.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

I'm in the News!

My campaign is totally on fire with a massive grassroots effort to elect me as the next POTUS.

The internet has played an unprecedented role in the grassroots movement. Will this be the wave of the future? You bet!

The American Patriot Cat Party (APCP) provides the leadership of tomorrow today!




Vote for Skittles & SlyCat, 2008!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tabby Tuesday

Sparta, The Mean Kitty

Wowy! This Tabby is becoming quite popular. He's already had almost 11 million hits to his video.



I wonder if I could do a video on YouTube. It might help my campaign.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

P.S. My pet human will be putting out signs with Sammy's photo. Hopefully someone has made a sighting. Thanks to Mr. Hendrix for the idea.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

ManCat MonDay

An Update on Sam, The Marmalade Cat, from WW, the Pet Human.

Skittles, come here.

O hai. Wut? (translation: Hi! What?)

What?

Woot? (what?)

Skittles, stop it with the LOLspeak. You're spending too much time on that website.


kthx! Not! (Ok, thanks. Not!!!)

I went to a neighborhood party on Saturday night.

Iz noz, cuz it wuz lowd. (I know, because it was loud)

Stop! Anyway, I inquired about Sam, The Marmalade Cat. I think you have some explaining to do.

Splaning? (explaining?)

Bob said he saw you and Sammy recently. It was a standoff, and you were hissing and growling, then you charged Sammy, and bopped him on the nose. Then you chased him off. What way is that to treat a suitor?

O, uh, datz afor duz prepoosal. (that was before the marriage proposal)

No, Bob said it was only a couple of weeks ago. What way is that to treat a ManCat who gives you a diamond ring???

Ha, wut u sai? Uz in mid 40's wit no man. Wut u noz bout men? I slaps em around, and gits rings. Taik lessen from me, girlfriend. (You're telling me how to act towards a man? You are in you mid-forties, divorced, so what do you know about men? I slap them around and I get diamond rings. You should be taking lessons from me.)

Skittles, I'm really embarrased. The whole cat blogosphere is worried for Sam.

Bob is Evil Paparazzi Dude, and Iz sooin him. Remember? He is lying. (Bob has motive to lie about me. Remember, I'm suing him for taking paparazzi photos of me)

I won't be satisfied until I see Sam, The Marmalade Cat for myself. Don't go chasing him off. Be a LadyCat. It will impress SlyCat far more than learning LOLspeak. Duh!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Valentines on Villager

Valentine's Day on Villager Peak

In my short story, "Snow Creek Stories," I recount a climb in April of 1998 of Snow Creek on the north face of Mt. San Jacinto. I did this climb with WRL and friends. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto that day. The climb was too difficult for my level of climbing.

But two months earlier over Valentines Day, WRL took me on a climb of Villager Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. We camped out over night at the top. This is a very short story about that climb.



Valentine's on Villager



Saturday, February 14, 1998. I had met WRL a couple of months prior, and we began dating. We both enjoyed hiking, although I learned later that WRL is a world class mountaineer, having climbed some of the biggest mountains in the world. Aconcagua, McKinley, Gasherbrum, among others. I thought it was a big deal to climb in the Sierras in California, where the tallest mountain, Mt. Whitney, is just over 14,000'.

Eventually I became keenly aware of the the differences in our climbing abilities. But while love was new, WRL suggested an overnight campout on Villager Peak for Valentines Day.

Villager rises just over five thousand feet from about sea level, and averages a 14% grade up a ridge for 6 1/2 miles. The view from the peak includes a panorama of the Salton Sea to the east, Borrego Valley to the southwest, and Rabbit peak to the north. This was an unusual idea for celebrating Valentines, but I was charmed and amused. And in honesty, I think I wanted to impress him with my hiking abilities.

We left San Diego around 4:00 am, and arrived in Anza Borrego about 5:30 am. We were equipped and hiking by 6:00 am. To reach the base of the ridge, we crossed Rattlesnake Canyon Wash, which can best be described as a maze of gullies criss-crossing each other. We reached the base around 6: 45, and started on the old indian trail up the ridgeline.


Villager is spectacularly beautiful. But this particular story is not about the scenery. When we left that morning, the sky was overcast, although the clouds did not seem to be storm clouds. As we continued with the hike, the sky darkened swiftly, and the temperature dropped. Soon we were in a heavy fog, so heavy that I couldn't see very far in front of me. Rain began to fall in the early afternoon, yet, we had gone too far to turn back. We continued on.


My equipment, the backpack and my clothing, were not waterproofed, or even water resistant. By the time we reached the peak, I was soaked through and freezing. My fingers were numb, and I couldn't help WRL with pitching the tent. I sat under a pinyon pine trying to avoid more rain.


Once the tent was pitched, I got in. WRL climbed in after me. My shivering grew more obvious, and I sat quietly in the corner of the tent. WRL unpacked his backpack, and his clothes and sleeping bag were dry. He insisted that I take off my wet clothes and put on his dry ones. I gratefully complied with one exception. I declined the balaclava as they make me feel claustrophobic.

Then WRL insisted that I take his dry sleeping bag. I got in and waited for the inside of the bag to warm up.

WRL brought out his MSR stove, and boiled a small pot of water. I don't recall what we had to eat, other than it was a pasta meal in a "make it in the packet" foil container. It tasted fabulous. I think we had hot chocolate for dessert.

WRL took my wet sleeping bag, and I am sure he was freezing all night. But he took care of me, and I was warm.

I am not much of a complainer, although I am sure other women (yes even some men!) would have whined and moaned. So I didn't complain about the cold or rain. To do so would have changed nothing. I could have checked the weather report prior to our trip, yet I don't recall that rain was forecasted anyway. It was just bad luck. It wasn't anyone's fault.

But on that particular mountain, and in that particular storm, I had WRL caring and watching out for me. And that made all the difference.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Flower Friday

(Still no sighting of Sammy........see below)

This is a special edition of Flower Friday. I went to the flower show at the Del Mar Fair. I love the flower show, because I get to see all the unusual varieties of flowers that I never see at Walter Anderson Nursery.

But first: The Latest In Deep Fried Fair Food:


No, not the Oreos. Look closer.....yes, the sign IS correct! Krispy Kreme donuts, sliced in half, stuffed with chicken, dipped in batter, then deep fried. What kinda catnip was the inventor of this heart stopping weird delectation snorting?

Onward to the flowers. Here are blue ribbon winning Dahlias from the Del Mar Fair.






Please continue to send purrs and prayers for Sam, The Marmalade Cat. Hopefully he's just on summer vacation.
Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Dear Friends,

I am very worried about Sam, The Marmalade Cat. I haven't seen him since he proposed marriage. I still have the ring he gave me, and I need to tell him of my decision to let SlyCat court me.



My pet human is worried too. She's been searching the neighborhood for Sammy. And she has put the word out with the neighbors to be on the lookout for him


Sammy has taken off for lengthy periods of time in the past. He would still hang out under Ginny's art studio, but visit other yards instead of mine.


I'm worried that I have really hurt his feelings. I hope Sammy comes by soon. SlyCat was a total gentleman and wants to get to know Sam, The Marmalade Cat better.

Please send purrs for Sammy!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Monday Missive

This morning I was resting peacefully on the dining room table.

All of a sudden, I heard this horrid screeching.

"Skittles, get off that table! NOW!!"

Have I ever told you how my pet human actually thinks she can tell me what to do? But just to placate her, this time I will go rest peacefully elsewhere, maybe on her white bedspread.

Only because I choose to.

And now for some humor, my newest favorite LOLFail: humans are really weird, especially the male variety!


Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress