Tag Archives: Canada

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt3

So mom and dad had a most enjoyable sleep at the Hilton in Huntsville.  Unfortunately, it was a case of up and out and on the road at 8am.  No more visiting with June and Jim….mom thought of phoning them around 6:30am and thought better of it.  Dad adjusted the GPS on their little car and off they went back to Memphis.  Mom says the car ride was uneventful.

Mom and dad went cruising through Memphis and were crossing a bridge when mom hollered, “We’re in Arkansas! Let’s stop and get a souvenir of Arkansas.” Dad looked at her like she was acting weird again but stopped at a gas station. Mom jumped out….or should I say crawled out…she’d been sitting for over 4 hours. Inside the gas station, she didn’t see anything like a souvenir so asked the man behind the counter. He looked just like a serial killer off of Criminal Minds as he said, “NO..we don’t have that kind of stuff, lady!”

Arkansas gas station attendant looked just like this Criminal Minds serial killer

Arkansas gas station attendant looked just like this Criminal Minds serial killer

Look at that face…he would have scared me.

Mom went back to the car and told dad that Arkansas peeps didn’t seem that friendly so let’s get back to Memphis. Dad set up the GPS. They were back in Memphis very quickly and went to Sun Studios. This is where Elvis recorded his first songs. This place was just a “hole-in-the-wall” type of place.

l-r Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash

l-r Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash

The singers in the picture had their start at Sun Studio.

Mom was anxious to go and meet my friend, Pete Saunders mom for lunch. Pete is the co-leader of the ThunderCats Patrol in Cat Scouts. Off they scurried and had a terrific chat and lunch with Teresa.

Mom and dad piled into the car again and headed to the Civil Rights Museum. The museum is situated right beside the Lorraine Motel…where Martin Luther King was shot.

moments before the shot

Moments before the shot

A charismatic and power leader....what a waste?

A charismatic and powerful leader….what a waste?

One cannot help but get choked up at the plight of the coloured man/woman. It’s hard to believe that this is the United States and not some fascist country!  Can you imagine being in chains and forced to work without enough water or food? Your family was taken away from you and sold to plantations far away. Never, ever knowing where your child ended up…is he alive or dead? In western Canada, we heard some news about the struggles of Negroes and saw some riots on TV but we were not in the climate of anxiety like the southern states were. To do this museum justice, you must spend at least 4 hours combing through the exhibits and write-ups. Fascinating!!

The pawents headed back to the hotel. Mom says she can’t remember if she ate out….although she must have. They were very tired because they did all of these activities in one day. So it was time for a little shut-eye.

Feb 23rd. Monday morn at 4am they were up to catch. “The City of New Orleans,” to Nawlins’. Mom says the strange thing about Memphis was there were hardly any cars on the road. It was quieter than Prince George. She figures it was because of the freezing rain.

Look at the ice on this truck!

Look at the ice on this truck!

Mom and dad went slippin’ and slidin’ onto the train. Hey, this looks familiar, those steep stairs again. The bathroom is downstairs and coach isn’t.  Hmmm.

.

Agh….comfy. Mom brought some sandwiches for lunch and accidentally sat on them. Whoops, she tried plumping them up a bit. A little fluffing here and there….good as new…well almost. The train started up and that was it for mom….

The busy schedule caught up with mom

The busy schedule caught up with mom

There were many sights one doesn’t see here in western Canada. The Spanish Moss hanging from the trees was beautiful. Mom wondered if the moss actually killed the tree or was it just the time of year they saw them.

Spanish moss on this tree...awesome!

Spanish moss on this tree…awesome!

Lunch time. Dad declined the squished sandwiches saying he wasn’t hungry….. ENOUGH. Mom dug into an Italian sandwich…pepperoni, Hungarian salami and cervelat salami…Mmmm. Ohh that’s another thing mom noticed…everywhere there was Coke no Pepsi. The little cafeteria on the train had Coke so a diet Coke it was.

They arrived in New Orleans around 3:30pm and headed straight for the condo. They walked into the building just off of Bourbon St. The facility was under construction…men were scuffling back and forth.  Mom was wondering if they got a “pig in a poke.” Finally they found their floor after going through several doors….which cut the noise down. Mom and dad then walked and walked and walked some more. There wasn’t a peep out of any construction folk by the time they made it to the condo. They were delighted when they opened the door.

Livingroom

Living room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bedroom

Bedroom

Whoohoo, the same bed for more than one night. They deposited all their luggage and headed out for a bite of dinner.

At the corner of Bienville (their street) and Bourbon was a band in the middle of the street. Bourbon St, was blocked off to vehicles. Imagine….Monday night!

After watching the band for awhile the pawents ate and went back to the condo for the night. Their colds were full-blown by now and they slept like babes.

The final part will cover their stay in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.

Canada Remembers

It’s Remembrance Day Shoko.  A day to honour not only our vets but all vets, whether they be 4 legged and furry or 2 legged furless wonders.  It doesn’t matter what side they fought for either, they are all veterans.

Mom and dad were at Omaha Beach with Phenny and his mom and dad from Easy Blog.                                                 

 There are several beaches that saw Canadian and American Troops landing for battle along the Normandy coast.                                                    Imagine a teenager advancing from his boat to climb the hills in order to fight the enemy.  Also, imagine another teenager, fighting for the other side, pointing weapons to kill the advancing troops.  A death struggle, each fighting for their country and its ideals.  WHAT A HORRIBLE WASTE!                                                  The Canadian Cemetery for those killed on Normandy’s Beaches during that fateful attack.  Walking through the rows and rows of tombstones, the ages of the troops was astonishing.  A few were in their 40’s but the majority were teenagers and young adults.  There are no old men in this cemetery. The youth of the era willing to sacrifice everything for their country.

So on the 11th month, of the 11th day at the 11th hour, we will spend a minutes silence in respect for all Veterans service, not only Canada.

KALI…..ORANGE
MOM…..MAROON                                                       

PEACE

 

Gardening Can Be Hazardous To One’s Health

 

I was in the house dining as were mom and dad.  Kali was trying to get up after an especially good dream of Buddy.                                                               

SHOKO…..BLACK
DAD…..BLUE

Dad looked out the window and said, “I think Cow Kitty is  in trouble in the vegetable garden.”  The three of us quickly headed outside to see what was wrong.  As we got closer this is what we saw.

Cow Kitty was terrified and very agitated.  Dad tried to remove his paw but Cow Kitty tried to scratch and bite him so dad told mom to get the scissors and he’d cut Cow Kitty out.                                                                   

     Cow Kitty must have been in some pain also.  Dad cut Cow Kitty’s paw out of the pea netting and off he went.  No limping just happier than hell-o to get out of the trap that had never bit him before.

Mom and dad never thought this pea netting could be  hazardous to any animals but the squares are small and don’t stretch.  Next year will be different as the netting will have big plastic squares so nothing will get caught.

Cow Kitty came and lay under the deck in about half an hour.  He was more relaxed.

Cow Kitty had a collar on…this is new for him.  The collar came off when he struggled with the pea netting.  There was no name on the collar but five bells.  This is a sign of how great a hunter he is.

Due to Cow Kitty’s harrowing experience today we are making him honorary Artsy Fartsy model on Athena Cat Goddess Wise kitty’s blog.                                                                         

Mom used Lunapic and used the Art Watercolour and lessened the effect.  Then she rounded the border.                                                                     Here is our Cow Kitty in all his glory.                                                                     

MOL..Happy Canada Day from us Canucks.

 

Encore of Dash Kitten.Com’s Interview

 

We were so happy with our interview by Miranda of Dash Kitten.Com that we are showing everyone again…et nausium.

Oh Canada! Meet two of our Fave Siamese

Welcoming Shoko home

Welcome to a terrific Siamese cat blog for this week’s worldwide web interview. We have a Meezer focus, and as mum is a big Siamese fan, we are thrilled to add this interview to our roster of international stars.

Today we welcome two of the cats that give us much pleasure online, Kali and Shoko, Meezers at Large in one of our favourite countries – Canada.  Welcome to spokescat Shoko who introduces The Canadian Cats…..

Shokosiamese cat, posing cat, elegant siamese, blue eyed cat, blue eyed kitty,

Hi there.

Welcome to Fort Meezer in da Hood.  It is a royal treat to communicate with others so far away.  Pull up a stool and have a steaming cup of catnip tea fresh from our garden. Um….the catnip that is……not the water. hehe

Where in the world are you?

We, being sister Kali, mom and dad and myself live in the Northern Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada.  Kali and I have never left the city of Prince George so we believe mom.  Prince George is known for sawmills and pulp mills as we are surrounded by forests for miles and miles.  We find this fact boring.  We don’t climb trees and don’t eat bark so what’s the big deal?  So we need to make our own fun.
aaaka

siamese cat, older cat, cream siamese, cat looking

Kali the Siamese Cat

What is your favourite part of creating your Siamese cat blog?

Kali and I would agree that our favourite part of posting is the time we spend with mom.  We lay on the back of the love seat and look over mom’s shoulder as she types. We feel the input mom receives from us is valuable and sometimes mom gets some excellent pictures of our studious behaviour.  We do many activities with mom and one of my favourite is tending the veggie garden.  Every day I water, fertilize and dig in the garden, providing the much-needed nutrients these veggies need.  Our growing season is short so mom needs all the help she can get.  Sorry, I can get a little wordy or become a blabber mouth.  We all love the idea of reaching out and talking with friends from all over the world.

What kind of readership have you discovered enjoys your blog?

The Canadian Cats is not a deep blog that deals with diseases of cats or nutritional requirements.  We offer a mostly humorous look at two Siamese cats and their dealings with life’s events from their point of view.  We would assume most of the visitors to the blog are looking in to see what antics Kali and I have been inflicting on mom.  Life can be very serious and discouraging.  A laugh can change a depressive mood so the obstacles in our life don’t seem as monumental.  If, someone gets a chuckle from our behaviour…..our goal was achieved.
bugeyed Shoko

What are the joys and challenges of being a worldwide blogger?

The challenges of worldwide blogging were obvious right away.  Mom knew little about a computer and even less about the programs.  She had to find out how this here box thingie worked and then learn to take pictures, photo edit and generally familiarize herself with the everyday workings of life in Blogville.  The joys were quick in coming.  The first post we did and it turned up to be visible to others, was a cause for celebration.  Then to find out three peeps actually were interested in what we had to say……well, you could have blown us away.  The one thing we didn’t expect was the close-knit community we were joining.  We now have friends from Hungary to The Hague.  We have become very attached to both the peeps and the pets.

Will you suggest some of your favourite posts for our readers to discover more about you?

I would say to your readers, if you have the time, read them all.  See how mom has improved over the years.  MOL  She did her first post and then was so upset, she never posted again for 3 months.

…………………………….
Thank you Shoko for introducing our readers to your Siamese cat blog, we are big fans and hope our friends enjoy meeting you!

Miranda Kitten
Miranda Kitten Image

 

Shopping Around the World

It’s Shopping Around the World already.  C’mon mom let’s move our butts.

Hello my friends, we were taken a little off guard this month as we are, what are we doing mom?….oh yea, we’re getting ready for New Year’s Eve.  Geesh…I should know that!

ng-cart

This month we were suppose to do a baked goods for Christmas.  Well, what can I say, mom didn’t bake a thing in the sweet department.  However,  we did buy  a baked set of tarts.

6 raisin tarts…..$5.49 at Save on Foods.

I wasn’t sure which picture looked the best so you decide.                                                       raisintarttraysm     I think I like the second picture better as you can see all the tarts……sorry about the other 3….apparently they were good.                                                                           raisintartssmThere you have it my friends.  Now, if we have 6 delectable tarts at $5.49, then we divide by 5…woops, mean 6, let’s see that’s 91.5.  So these gems cost $.92 each when rounded up.  However,  did you know we no longer use pennies in Canada so these little guys cost $.90 each. MOL

Kali and Shoks

 

Legend of the Mountain Ash

.

Did I ever tell you about the power of the Mountain Ash Tree?  I didn’t!  Well ,  grab a nip tea, pull up a blankie, listen and learn my friends.  Comfy, good.  How bout you Shoko?  What do you know about the Mountain Ash?  Not a heck of a lot Kali but mom said it was going to be a bad winter according to the Mountain Ash.  What about the Mountain Ash made her think it was going to be a bad winter?  The berries.  There are like tons of red berries on it.  I wonder how peeps found out the more berries on the Mountain Ash, the harder the winter?                                                                      There is an Objibwa legend that explains how the berries came to be in the Mountain Ash tree.

Before Canada had a name, a severe and terrible winter set in.  The temperatures plummeted to many degrees below freezing.  There were huge drifts of snow wherever one looked.

While in search of food Indian hunters became terrified when they came across hundreds of dead birds and small animals.  The Indians offered prayers to the Great Manitou.

The Great Spirit instructed them to take one drop of blood from each dead bird and small animal and smear it on the tree that meant life or death to their people.  The Mountain Ash was the tree the bows and arrows were made from so they smeared the blood on the Mountain Ash as instructed by Manitou.  The following morning the Mountain Ash bore thousands of berries.  The birds and small animals that had survived were perched on the branches eating the life giving food.

The Indians gave thanks to the Great Manitou who in turn promised that whenever a cold winter was approaching again, he would cover these trees with food.                                                                           

What a tail you weave Kali, thanks for the info.

Kali……orange

Shoko …..black

 

Memories Of A Water Event and Sunday Selfie.

Morning from western Canada my friends.

Yesterday was a hoot at Cat Scouts.  We had a Water Event.  There were so many cool Scouts at the event.

Timmy flyin' high

Timmy”s flyin’ high

Timmy and Einstein of Timmy’s Commentary were having a ball.  So were the other Scouts.

Einstein and I paddled on the duckie.

There were lots of burgers and Timmy developed a secret sauce from Mangoes.

The Thundercats were silly as usual.  This picture I just HAD to show you of Teapartycat water skiing with his ballerina lady friends.  He held the pose and then as the camera clicked his picture….he lost his balance…MOL

Famed ballerinias

Famed ballerinas

If, you want to enjoy some of the Cat Scouts excitement and meet a whole bunch of new friends, just come and join us at Cat Scouts.  Get outta’ the house and meet some odd but always fun cats.

Now, onto the Sunday Selfie for today.  The Cat on My Head is hosting the blog hop once again.  Now, if you click on the blog hop name you will be escorted by Mau and Lisabeth to their blog to see all the other anipals doing their thing.

Let’s see…I press this while smiling….cheeeseeemousssse!

What happened?  Dang…I got my paw!  Wait a moment anipals and we’ll try that again.

Cheeesssemoussse!

   Much better…now it’s my face.

Sunday Selfies