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About The Canadian Cats

I have been married for like AGES and AGES according to Shoko. A whole 47 years. Shoko is my only young'un. Bill and I have lived in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada for 34 years. Gardening is my passion and also Shoko's passion. Bill's passion is being included as a member of Shoko's family.

Awwww…Monday’s Sparks

Today is the first work day of the week.   Yep, I work my paws to the beans trying to provide a safe backyard for my family.   These here vermin are quick and run like  a bat outta hell…..I’ve watched a bat fly outta hell……..they are quick as a wrinkle.  You mean wink, Tyebe.  No, I mean wrinkle.  You have seen mom with not much sleepYa.  Well, those wrinkles pop up like nip in the spring.                                                               

As I was saying today is Monday and this is time for a SPARK like Anne of McGuffy’s Reader started many moons ago. The idea was to start the week with a positive thought to help us over the hurdles that tend  to destroy our good times.                                                                               

That sounds pretty vague to me Shoko.   Ya right, you think  I can be positive in a crappy situation. Tell me how?  OK, let’s take the example of the masks peeps must wear now when going out amongst others and they can’t keep 6 feet of distance.  Peeps complain the masks are hot, sweaty, cloud up their glasses and they have trouble breathingThat’s all true Shoko.  Yep, they are uncomfortable but and this is one big BUTT…..mol….you said butt……hahaha….  Pull yourself together Tyebe.  You’re acting like a kitten.  You’re funny Shoko!!  Now let’s look at the message peeps are sending out to others when they DO wear a mask.  They are saying,  “I care if you get sick and so in case I carry the virus…..you are protected from it.”  Two sides of the same situation.  One complains and implies negative aspects where the other looks at the positive thoughts of doing the same action.                                                                              We are also joining Comedy Plus blog for Aww…..Mondays. Pop on over and see what’s happening at Sandee’s joint.                                                                Simply click on the Aww Monday’s name and be blown over to their part of the world.  Don’t bother clicking on the badge as it won’t take you anywhere.

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

This morning a visitor stopped  on our vent for a rest.                                                      

 

This is a Northern Flicker Woodpecker.  This is as close as I could get or he would let me get.. We have an abundance of these woodpeckers up in north central BC.  There is no sound as sharp as a woodpecker pecking on a vent of tin. mol  Gets  our attention very quickly.  Sorry, the picture is not good but the dang boid would not pose for me.                                                                

This is a picture of a Northern Flicker Woodpecker.  A particularly colourful and charming fellow as long as he’s not tapping out his favourite tune at 4am.

 

Thankful Thursday for Two Meezers

 

C’mon Tyebe, it’s getting windy as Jack Frost with gas.  Even mom is packing it in for the day out here.

There are so many new smells Shoko.  Well, I’m going home.  You can come if you want.

It’s kinda yucky out here today…..This mud would make great facial packs for the ladies in the Senior Den at Cat Scouts.  It would Shoko.  Who will dig it up for us?  We’ll think of someone.

Today is another Thankful Thursday at Brian’s Home.   Click on the name and be swept over to his joint to see more of yours friends and what they are thankful for these days.                                                                 

We are thankful for everything we have but especially being able to walk with mom in the Lane.  I was lost without mom as my walking buddy.   Now, she can almost keep up with me.

There you are….

I don’t think I’m ready to go in. Let me chase this vole….see ya later.

Wordless Wednesday with Tyebe

All this here is my Meezerdom.                                               

Mine all mine!! Sorry Shoks, my kittenish days have kicked in.

We have joined Comedy Plus for Wordless Wednesday.  Tap on their name and join them.                                                                           

September Sunday Selfie with Shoko

The days are getting colder, Shoko, and shorter.  No more chewin’ the nip with friends after dinner.  After dinner we have to stay inside cause night falls like a curtain now.  I just get out the door and dad’s hassling me to get back inside.                                                               

The smells here….holy nip from the north, it’s going to rain buckets Shoko.  The grass smells like rain.

You’re right, Tyebe….it’s going to be a wet night.  Let me pose for my selfie and then we’ll head home.

              This is the deck the neighbour’s are getting fixed up.  It shows the blue of my eyes so well.

It’s time I rambled on with my Meezerizm.  There are so many wise sayings but today this one is aimed at Tyebe.  I must have a cool refreshing drink first.                                                           

 

“If the early bird gets the worm and the early cat gets the bird…..who gets the feathers?”

 

 

Pirate’s Booty for Rumpy’s Gotcha Day

We’re over at Tomcat Commentary by Tim celebrating Rumpy’s 10th Gotcha Day.  10 years is a real landmark in anyone’s life let alone a kitty.  Come join us.  Click on the blog name and join us for a tasty and fun filled time.

We raided the gold cargo in the dark but also found Nanaimo Bars mixed in with thee gold. Happy Days.

Paris Part 2

This is the continuation of Xe’s story while in gay Paree. We are also joining in Aww Monday at Comedy Central. Leap over and see your buddy’s blogs.                                               

Lucy: So Xena, it seems that your story character Xe has a new friend. What are they going to do? You can’t just leave the story there.

Xena: They’re going to have grand adventures, and another friend is joining them.

PARIS REUNION

When last we met, Xe had just met a lovely French poodle named Gigi. They quickly became fast friends. Gigi offered to show Xe more sites in her home town, so Xe extended her stay at the Air B&B for an extra night. The next morning over café au lait, the little schnauzer regaled her hosts with stories of both her day in Paris as well as her adventures with her BCFF (Best Cat Friend Forever), Tye. Xe and Gigi had just returned to the Air B&B to prepare for anther fun day together when Xe got a text.

“It’s Tye!” Xe exclaimed. “She’s’ on her carpet, hovering over Sacré-Cœur. Let’s go!”

Gigi already knew who Tye was from their long talks the evening before. The pair ran as fast as they could to the stairs to the summit and on up to the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. They only stopped once to catch their breath before reaching the basilica.                                                                               

“There she is! Here I am, Tye! Down here!” Xe hopped up and down and waved frantically with excitement.

Making a smooth four-point landing, Tye had barely hopped off her carpet when she felt Xe’s arms around here with a big schnauzer hug. They grabbed paws and danced in a hoppy circle with excitement. Tye, in her fancy French beret, suddenly stopped as she saw another dog approach.

                                                                       

Gigi, who had been holding back, shyly approached the happy pair.

“This is my new friend, Gigi,” explained Xe when she finally stopped hopping. I just know you two will become good friends too. She has offered to be my – and now our – tour guide in Paris.”

“Meow, meow, meow! A friend of Xe’s is a friend of mine,” smiled Tye.

“Je suis heureux de vous rencontrer,” responded Gigi.

Tye turned to Xe, and whispered, “Uh, did she just swear at me?”

Gigi, who had very good hearing, said, “No, no, mon amie, that was ma langue français. I will speak your language, English, if you like.”

Having come to that agreement, Gigi offered – in English – to take them to the famous horse racetack, the Hippodrome de Longchamp Moulin. She explained that it is a lesser-know attraction where the locals enjoy losing their money. After paying their 2€ each to enter, they found the best seats, right in front of the track.                                                                         

Xe, very confident in her running abilities, stated, “You see those horses? They could run faster if they didn’t have men on their backs. I bet I could even beat them in a race right now.”
“Ah, but you could not beat me.” The little poodle said this with such confidence that Xe couldn’t help but challenge her to a race.
As soon as the horses began leaving the track the three friends ran out onto the racecourse to settle who was fastest. Tye decided to let the race be between Xexe and Gigi, taking on the role of “starter.”                                                             

“Xe! Stop! You’re running the wrong way!” Tye called out as Tye tried to get her turned around.
“Wee!” exclaimed Gigi. “C’est fantastique! Je vole, je cours si vite!” (I’m flying, I run so fast!)

(A little later) “Wow, quelle fun?” Gigi exclaimed. “I have never before been in a race and I have never before been tossed out of a venue. Vous deux savez comment le vivre.” (You two know how to live it up.)

“I thought you said you would speak English so I could understand you,” complained Tye.
“Je suis désolé, er, I mean, I am sorry,” answered Gigi. “My English is actually very good. I just forget, since I was helping Xéxé practice her French. Now, let’s keep exploring.”

“Here is the Musée Picasso. It is a ‘must see.’” This time, instead of paying the admittance fee, the trio slipped in the dock door as the museum was receiving a delivery– something Gigi would never have done by herself.

“How strange all these paintings and statues look,” mused Xe. “That Picasso dude must have had a really warped mind to come up with all of this. Hey, Gigi, we never got to finish our race. Wanna’ try to catch me?” Xe started running with Gigi close behind. Several statues wobbled, almost tipping over. They stopped and listened at the sound of approaching footsteps.                                                                   

Tye, oblivious to imminent company, was still thinking about what to do with the big-nosed man in front of her. “Hmm, this doesn’t make a very good scratching post. Maybe I’ll leap onto his head and take a bite out of that huge schnozzle.”

“Hey! You three, what are you doing in there?” a guard asked as he approached. Gigi quickly translated the guard’s French.
“Nothing,” they all said in unison, with wide eyes and ready to flee.
“Sortez!” He gave them all a stern look while Gigi told Tye and Xe that they were being thrown out of the museum.
The friends ran for the nearest exit, trying not to do any damage on their way. They got outside and stopped at the bottom of the stairs, woofing and meowing in laughter.
“That is two times – deux fois – we have been thrown out of somewhere! How fun!” laughed Gigi. “Let us find our next adventure.”

As they travelled through Paris, they came to the pool of water in front of the Louvre. Xe quickly got out her ball and jumped in to cool down.                                                                   

“Wee! Wait for me!” yelled Gigi. “I have always wanted to do this, but never before had the nerve.” The little French and German-American dogs played ball in the water until – once again – they got thrown out. Tye, not too fond of swimming, watched from the side, and clapped her paws and laughed as they they climbed out of the water. “Here, we will cool you off too,” woofed Gigi as she and Xe shook the water from their hair. “It is getting late,” said Gigi, “and I must go home before Maman wonders what has happened to me. She worries too much.”
“Come on, Tye, we can stay at my Air B&B tonight,” said Xe. “You will like our hosts, and I am sure they will let me stay another night. I have a nice room and big bed we can share. Help me remember to text Mommy to let her know I am OK. She worries about me, too, even though I am a big girl now.”

“Oh, that reminds me,” meowed Tye, “I promised to text Sho when I found you in Paris, and, with all the excitement, I forgot! I’d better do that too.”

And so, another fun day in Paris ended, with plans to meet up the next day.

The Running of the Squirrels

Hey Shoks…nice day.  The Lane’s getting dusty….the best baths in the world are right here in the Lane with warm and soft dustYou could travel the world or at least this area and not find a finer bath, Tyebe.                                        

We’re just dang lucky to be so close to a fine dusting of dirt.

Look at that guy go! What guy? Be more specific, Tyebe. The squirrel that lives in the evergreen behind us.

He does have a purpose.  There must be some yummy squirrel treats he can smell.

 

Yep,his buddy got the goody.

These guys are in great shape.

We are joining The Cat On My Head for Sunday Selfies.  Pop over and admire your friends posing for their selfies.

 


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Saying Good bye

Welcome home girls!  I hear summer camp was a success and you Tyebe were purrmoted to a Cougar at Cat Scouts Yes, I can scare all the mancats with my Cougarness now. mol

MOM…….MAROON
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
SHOKO…..BLACK

Did you read my write up on the Bald Headed Eagle. You really have to listen to their cry mom…..I had a hard time believing it.

Bald Headed Eagle

A majestic bird of prey with a huge wing span of between 1.8 – 2.3 m.  Bald Eagles became endangered in the late 70’s mainly from the use of pesticides like DDT which poisoned their food supply.  They are no longer endangered and flourish through Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico.  Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts.  These birds live to be about 20 years old in the wild.

Interesting fact….It’s a scene you’ve probably seen countless times in movies and on TV: An eagle flies overhead and emits a rough, piercing scream. It’s a classic symbol of wilderness and adventure. The only problem? Bald eagles don’t make that sound.

Instead, they emit a sort of high-pitched giggle or a weak scream. These noises are so unimpressive that Hollywood sound editors often dub over bald eagle calls with far more impressive sounds: the piercing, earthy screams of a smaller bird, the red-tailed hawk. If you were a fan of The Colbert Report, you might remember the show’s iconic CGI eagle from the opener—it, too, is making that red-tailed hawk cry.  Go to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bald_Eagle/sounds and listen to the sound of a real bald headed eagle as opposed to the Hollywood version.

Mom and dad lived up in Prince Rupert, BC which is on the route of the Bald Headed Eagle to Alaska, the Yukon and the Queen Charlotte Islands.  These hangouts for the Bald Eagles saw many a nest.  Mom liked to talk about the family of Bald Eagles that would inhabit a wooden telephone pole at the very tip which had rotted away…..raise their children and be gone til the following year.  Then they’d raise another batch of kids for the world to admire.  Mom was a city kid and this was her first observation of Bald Eagles in the wild.  Just a wee glimpse at a most fascinating bird…..we hope you want to discover more about America’s symbol for strength and freedom.

Where’s Budd?  I gotta tell him how we did at Camp Mau.  He will be so happy for us.  Do you remember how sick Budd was feeling when you both left for Camp?  Yeah, but we thought he’d sleep while we were gone and feel better by the time we got home.  He got much worse girls.  On Thursday dad and I helped him go the the Rainbow Bridge.  He couldn’t eat or drink…..his time had come.  NO!!!!  Not my……   Tyebe he will always live in your heart….furever.  Do you remember how he walked into our lives 2 years ago when he saw you out playing on the deck?  He loved you with all his heart, Tyebe.  You were the little girl he never had,                                                                       

Geez, I remember the first time I hissed at Tyebe to keep her in her place.  You know what I mean, mom.                                                                 

Budd came right up to me and stood over me as if to say….”How dare you hiss at my perfect little girl….you piece of meezer garbage.”  He sure could put me in my place Budd and Tyebe studied the whole backyard together.  Budd introduced Tyebe to nip for the first time.  He was also there so she wouldn’t overindulge.                                                       

 

He had a crush on you Shoko once he got to know you. He thought you were so beautiful and he just wanted to be close to you.

He did, you’re right, mom. He always smelled funny though. Personally, I didn’t like the smell and told him many times. He smelled different cause he was a male, Shoko. He couldn’t help that. He was who he was because of that smell. OH, I never thought of it that way.

He was our angel even back when he first came to us,  I loved him the moment he started to play with me.  He was huge to little me at the time.

This is the picture of Budd we will always remember. He made you into the fine lady you are today, Tyebe.  Budd will be forever in our hearts to guide us through life,

 

I am so sorry, I forgot to put the badge for Budd designed by Ann of Zoolatry down here.  Please forgive me…..I’ve been overwhelmed with the kind and thoughtful statement of folks and their furries.

Chicken Sheet

Everyone got their duties for the dinner?  I handle the chicky boobies.  I look after the beans and  I look after the potatoes.

I did use 1 extra pot to cook the apple and craisin mix for the beans.  We shall start off with this lone pot.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut one apple in small cube size pieces. Any type of apple. Throw the pits out….don’t try growing them in the garden.
Throw in 3/4 C of cranberries or craisins
About 1 Tablespoon butter
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 Teaspoon of sugar
1 Tablespoon water
Cook for 5 minutes.

*NOTE I added a leek from the garden….about 1/2 a leek. DON’T do this! The leek was lost amid the stronger flavours. Thumbs down for the leek!!

I then washed the fresh beans and cut off the stem and broke off the tails. I would say a cup of beans…..guess..mol

The next step is to put the beans in a piece of tin foil which will cover all ends of the mixture.  Spoon about 1/2 to 3/4 of the apple mixture onto the beans in the tin foil and do the tin foil up tightly.  The apple mixture has only been cooked for 5 minutes and will continue cooking in the oven around the beans.

Take your large cookie sheet and apply tin foil or parchment paper so you don’t get a dirty cookie sheet and have to wash it.  Tuck the sides in good so there is no leakage.

Now for the chicken boobies.  There are two peeps so a chicky booby each will be great.  Slice the chicken boob in roughly half lengthwise….not cutting right through the meat….leave part attached.  Sorry, no pictures.  Open up the top of the boobie.  Put in 1 teaspoon of garlic, shredded and 1 teaspoon of shredded ginger.  I put in 3 slices of cheese per boob that were left over in the fridge. 1 slice of monterey jack, 1 slice of gouda and 1 slice of herb and garlic white cheese.  Slice a red pepper in small slices.  Apply 4 slices to each boob on top of the cheeses.  Sprinkle liberally with thyme.

Now you want to tie the booby up so the innards don’t fall out while you are coating the meat.

Dip the boobies in stirred up egg mixture. and then put them in a bread crumb mixture in an empty plastic bag that has 1 cup parmesan cheese and 3/4 C of bread crumbs with 4 Tablespoons of ground rosemary.  Spray oil on the parchment paper where you are oing to put the chicky boobs.

The last step is mine,


Take 3 medium sized potatoes and cut them into 1/2 inch wedges. Toss them with 1 tablespoons of oil. Then lay them out on the parchment paper and salt and pepper them.

Place the cookie sheet into your oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

While the meal is cooking take a piece of feta cheese and cut it into small cubes. Do no use crumbled feta as the taste is not there. Use the feta in brine and let the brine soak off. Much more tasty.

There is your one sheet meal of Parmesan stuffed chicken, sliced potatoes with feta cheese and beans with cubed apple and craisins.


Hey mom….tuna juice for everyone,

                                                                     Bony Petite

 

                                                                           Sheet Pan Shrimp

from the kitchen of Chef Pete Hartley.                                                            

                                                                       

 

 

2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch thick half moons

1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced into 1/2-inch thick half moons

1 medium red, yellow or orange bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks

kosher salt and black pepper

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided

juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails left on, if desired)

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup roughly chopped basil leaves

Instructions

Place one oven rack in the center of the oven, and the other rack 4 inches from the top heat. Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Combine the zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, tomatoes, and onion on the prepared sheet pan and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and the lemon juice. Toss to coat.

Roast the vegetables on the center rack until they are softened and they are beginning to brown on the edges, about 20-25 minutes. Remove the sheet pan from the oven.

While the vegetables are cooking, place the shrimp in a large bowl and add 1/4 teaspoon salt, the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and the Worcestershire sauce. Toss gently. Let the shrimp marinate at room temperature while the vegetables are roasting.

Once you remove the vegetables from the oven, turn the oven to broil. Scatter the shrimp and the marinade over the vegetables in a single layer. Broil on the upper rack in the oven until the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Scatter the basil over the finished dish.

Serve with bread or a side of couscous.

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Reminder for In Purrsuit of Flavours.

Have you decided what we’ll be making for our one sheet pan meal, Shoks?  I sure have Tyebe.  Budd gathered up the veggies so we’re ready.                                                                   

I grabbed some left over veggies in the fridge. What are you calling our one sheet meal? I’m calling it Chicken Shi….Sheet with Cheeses.                                                                               

There’s more than one cheese? Yes, sirry, Boobyface there are at least 3 cheeses in this meal.

Don’t call me Boobyface…….Witchy one!   Budd raises his eyebrows!  That’s enough ladies…..this is a family friendly blog!

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
BUDD……GUTTER GREEN

This post will also show up in Awww…..Monday at Comedy Plus.                                                       

So, In Purrsuit of Flavours publishes on Wednesday so let’s get a cookin’.