Day at the zoo


The weather has been a bit up and down here lately, mostly down being that it’s still winter, but near the end of January it was actually quite warm. So, since it was a nice day and Katie wanted to test out one of her new lenses, we headed out to the zoo.

First, we went to see one of my personal favorites – lemurs! Specifically, ring-tailed lemurs.

Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemurs

Ring-tailed Lemurs

After those guys, we headed over to see the big cats. I didn’t get many photos of them though because it was quite crowded around their viewing areas. The next ones that I took the most pictures of were the red pandas.

Of course, one of them was sleeping, but even sleeping it was adorable.

Red Panda

Red Panda

Red Panda

Then it was off to another one of my favorites – Rockhopper Penguins!

This guy was posing for everyone.

Rock-hopper Penguin

Rock-hopper Penguin

Rock-hopper Penguin

Those are some of the best ones of the ones that I took, I think, but the rest are on my flickr.

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Phantom Phriday Vol. 17


This week’s Phantom Phriday features Aya! It’s been a while since Aya had one to herself, but of all the cats she’s the hardest to take pictures of (awake anyway) because she seems to be in constant motion.


“Aya doesn’t have time to stay still for you, human!”

"Aya has Aya things to do!"

“Aya has Aya things to do!”

Soon after those shots, she zoomed off to do Aya things, like chase the other cats, scratch at the walls, and attack her reflection. Aya has a busy life!


“Excuse me, minion, this is MY feature of your blog. Why are other cats invading my corner? Next week’s better be about me or you’ll regret it!”

Happy Friday!

Phantom Phriday Vol. 16


This week’s Phantom Phriday is a sleepy one. Earlier today, I noticed the cats weren’t buzzing around the living room like they normally do, so I went back to my room to find Phantom, Sogo, Aya, and Rio all lazing around.





So that left Omi to be the missing one. A short time later, I heard some rustling upstairs in Katie’s room. Sure enough, it was Omi. All 5 now accounted for! He rushed downstairs and jumped up on the table for pets.


I think this is the first time in a long time that I’ve gotten all the cats featured in a Phantom Phriday! Happy Friday to all!


Phantom Phriday Vol. 15


Happy Friday! This week is an update on Sogo. The little calico is settling in more and more every day and, for the most part, gets along with the other four. Aya seems to be the only one that she’s not that fond of, but Aya takes longer to warm up to being around others. Even so, they get along okay and I think they’ll be fine around each other in time.


Sogo seems to be most fond of Rio, our older calico. Rio pretty much mothered her when we first took Sogo in, so I think they formed a bond because of that.


As for us, Sogo seems to have claimed us as her humans. She’s quite an affectionate little one and I’m happy we were able to give her a home.

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Phantom Phriday Vol. 14


This week’s volume is cutting it close, but we managed to get it in before midnight! Tonight we are preparing to make our own cat food so that the cat crew can start their raw diets. They’re not handling the smell of raw chicken and not being able to eat it yet too well.


“What are you doing, human? Why does it smell good?”



“Is that…chicken?”


“Hand over the chicken and I wont shred your face in your sleep.”

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2016 Start


Happy New Year!
I hope everyone’s start to 2016 was a good one. I spent most of the first resting and reading, but we did go out for a couple of hours to survey the flooding in Valley Park. The waters had gone down some, but, as you can see in the photos below, there’s still quite a bit under water.

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

The rest of my evening was spent snuggling up with this cute kitty below.


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