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August 31, 2009

Shades Of Happiness

One small cheap scene and my windows
have their shades. All before noon on
August 31, 2009. Hooray!!!!!!!

August 30, 2009

Soaking Up Rays Once Again

             (click on photo to enlarge)
Clear blue skies all day.
Still waiting for my window shades to be 
hung again. (promised for last Friday).
Have had enough of all the waiting.
Begun setting out belongings unseen 
and unusable since the end of July.
Cat boys helping.....
Shade-hangers had their chance.
Now they will have to work around 
and over.
September coming on Tuesday lifts 
my spirits.

August 21, 2009

Cat Days Of August

Illustration from QUESTIONS (August Afternoon), by
Lee Bennett Hopkins, Harper Collins

Their favorite window perches removed
for renovations. Strange workmen coming
and going, drilling, nailing and spackling.
Short term confinement to the windowless
bathroom where they are safe but not happy.
The Cat Boys world turned upside down.

And one more week to go. MEOW!!!
=^..^= =^..^=

August 17, 2009


C.Croll illustration (click to enlarge)

Long hard day for the Cat Boys.
Taxi rides to and fro.
TZ stayed under Mom's sofa all day,
Fred in the coat closet.
No food or water or litter box call.
Then home again to the great relief of
all concerned.

New Window Inspector Fred
(click to enlarge)

August 14, 2009

Avoiding Cat-astrophe

How sweet. (Until TZ's had enough and
goes for Fred's Aorta)

No windows today, but a little progress.
Replacing the surrounds to the heat/ AC unit
under the windows.
Had to fish the cat boys out from deep cover.

Safely, but not happily, ensconced together in the
bathroom until holes open to the sidewalk
37 floors below are filled once again.

Lunch break. Some treats might help.
Big mistake - big break out.
Second round of catch-the-cat.

If I were more fluent in cat lingo,
I could explain it all to them.

August 13, 2009

Hurry Up And Wait

Fred E. Cat sitting watch on Lookout Mountain

Thursday, August 13, 2009.
Six postponements.
One week and a day.
Blame faulty equipment.
Don't want anyone to get hurt.
Today, rain in Philadelphia.
Looks like this is going into
next week.
If I start finished art for the
book jacket, they will come
and replace my windows
as I dip my brush into color.

August 11, 2009

Maiden Voyage

art from Questions by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Trying to fathom how the illustrations
that left my desk in Philadelphia this
morning arrived moments later
safe and sound on the Art Director's
desk in the UK.

Cyber magic.

What's needed next is a way to zap me
over the pond in similar fashion.

August 10, 2009

Picnic Al Fresco

click on photos to enlarge

Last Saturday a little bird carried this huge
bit of pretzel from the park across the street.
Passersby kept interrupting his enjoyment.
Each time he flew away until all was clear.
Finally returning with a friend.
Perhaps to stand guard.

August 9, 2009

Mountain Weekend

Cat boys stand guard over mountain
range of moved, stacked and tarped
apartment contents.

Every day a new hill to climb and explore.

The only ones having fun waiting for the
Godot/ Murphy Window replacement folks.

August 7, 2009

Tuesday? It Must Be Windows

The 4th and latest update-
Windows on Tuesday Aug. 11.

Annoyed? Who's annoyed? :-(

August 4, 2009

Murphy Calls

Illustration from QUESTIONS, by Lee Bennet Hopkins

Here I sit amongst my belongings piled high
around me. Waiting for the fates to finish
with their latest form of amusement.
Postponing my date with the window
replacement guys.

Yes, that which was originally scheduled for
Wed. Aug 4, then moved to Thurs. Aug 5 has
now gone on to Fri Aug. 6. I'm thinking next
Monday or Tuesday is probably more like it.

The problem, my dear Watson, seems to be
something lacking in the equipment on the
roof that handles and/or supports the sling
apparatus required by the men working on
the outside of the building. While I naturally
want these guys to be safe and secure as they
dangle 37 stories above the pavement, I would
also like this to be over within my lifetime,
preferably before my next birthday in May.

From past experiences, I know the only way
is to convince the Fates, who report directly
to Murphy, patron saint of all things out of
our control, that I don't care a fig about all
the mess and inconvenience. At which time,
they will move on to annoy whomever is next.

PS: Meanwhile, the cat boys are enjoying all
the new places to hide behind and under
tarp covered moved furniture and books.

August 2, 2009

Long Day's Journey

click on photo to enlarge

Orange nasturtiums reach through the
iron fence.
Nurtured by community gardeners.
Brightening my trudge home after a long
hot Saturday.