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Shopping Around The World In April…..Seafood Recipe

April is our turn to host the Shopping Around The World for Piglove.  Simply put The Canadian Cat’s URL in your post with your favourite seafood dish.  Piglove’s URL would be nice to include too.


SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI……ORANGE

Hey Kali how’s the ole gal doing?  She’s OK….she’s watching and talking to the TVThe talking to the TV tells me she’s getting better.  What happened anyway Shoko…do you know?  Well, listening to dad and mom yak about her knee, it seems when they went to Omaha Beach after meeting up with Phenny and his mom and dad, mom fell down.  Really!!  Good ole mom, when in doubt, have a bath….sorry, that’s for us not mom.  For mom it would be….MAKE A TURKEY OF YOURSELF!

This picture  was taken moments before mom stood up, heard a crack and fell on her face.  Da Phenny knew it was coming and wanted to get out of there fast so is dragging his mom behind him. MOL.

When they got to London they caught a virus….both of them.  This knocked them so low that they could barely be seen on our cat radar, but I get ahead of myself as all of the residents at the house in Normandy were involved in fixing our recipe of the month for Shopping Around The World.

We peek in at the activities In the house in Normandy that day.

Seems mom was the bossy dudette for our recipe of Fish Cakes made with salmon.  She says supervisor, we say bossy.

Ingredients:

1 tin Sockeye Salmon….150 grams $5.25 in Canadian Dollars

1 onion…. 1.29 euro a pound , $ 1.38

8 small potatoes……very small…1.99 for a kilo,  $$ 2.13 euro

some butter….in cupboard

A true international dinner.

Directions:

1/ Dice onion but not too small.  Throw a teaspoon of butter in frying pan to brown onion.  Put onion in frying pan and cook at medium-high…stirring frequently or your onion will be black as my face. MOL

2/ While the onion is browning, cut up the potatoes and boil them in a pot.

The potatoes are boiling and the onion is sautéing as demonstrated by our model Broomhilda Brush, a charming woman.

With your other hand chunk up the sockeye salmon after you have removed the juice and given it to the pet at your elbow.                                                                 As you see, aforementioned pet is helping Broomhilda get the salmon juice out of the can and telling us to flake off, it’s his juice.

3/ The potatoes are done so smash them like this foreign resident of the house.

                                                                         4/ Turn onions off at this time.

5/ Add salt and pepper to taste and about 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs.

6/  Combine smashed potatoes, browned onions. salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and of course the salmon in bowl.  Mix with hands.  It tastes better this way.

7/ Make patties with your hands.  Put 2 tablespoons butter in frying pan and turn the temperature to high.  Watch constantly. Don’t forget to place the patties in pan. After about 5 minutes turn the cakes over and do the same on the other side.  You want to brown them on either side….not burn them.  DONE!                                                             These are some scrumptious looking fish cakes. Mmmm…perhaps some more potatoes would be wise next time.

A wonderful meal that we all had part in making.  What? Mr. Brush  didn’t do anything?                                                                   Oh yes he did!  Mr. Brush appears to have eaten a little more than the chair could hack.  The chair broke but Phenny was there to the rescue, moving so fast he’s a blur.

Thank you for joining us for April’s Seafood Recipe.  From all of us: Mr. and Mrs. Brush, dad, mom and Da Phenny we bid you a fun and happy day.

Broomhilda Brush and Mr. Brush aka Phenny’s mom and dad.

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It is also Sunday Selfie Day with The Cat On My Head blog.  Well, we just couldn’t miss another Selfie Day so I took it upon myself to show one and all the beret mom brought me back from Paris for me.  Kali got one that is exactly the same.  Where’s the French treats mom….trade ya the beret for the goodies.  MOL                                                         Am I not one sophisticated kitty?  I asked for a green beret but mom didn’t think I deserve a green one.  I tell you…I’m not so sure about that woman.

Please stop by The Cat On My Head and view our friends trying to show their best side.  It’s a riot.                                                             Mom this was a long blog.  I’m bone tired but a little peckish.  Are there any treats in the big Paris bag?  There are?  What do ya mean I have to share them with Kali.  What did she do?  Oh alright if I HAVE to.

 

Wrapping The Investigation Up Like Fish and Chips

I must ask you Sherl, why the get up?  Oh Shoko, I have a horrible headache and the sun seems so bright today!                                                                                 chglassesbowYou look as if you’ve found something new, Sherl.  I have Shoko.  It was right in front of our faces but we couldn’t see it.  The nip amplified my deductive reasoning.  It was elementary, dear Shoko.  Oh really?

We have a photo of Elfin John’s stab wounds.  We compared these to everyone’s teeth and fangs that entered the house over the last month to no avail.  So we have exhausted all possible leads except one.

The evidence:                                                                     suspectteethmarks-jpgSee how the fang marks match perfectly with the puncture wounds.  I see Sherl.  So you know who did it?  It was pure deduction my dear girl.   When all other possibilities have been dismissed, then the one remaining, however improbable is the correct possibility.

Who did it?  It was the ….the…                                                                          dryermonster1smDRYER MONSTER.  You know, the one that eats your dad’s socks and steals face cloths.  Dryer monster why did you bite Elfin John?  What I can’t hear you?  He says cause Elfin bugged him. Believe me Elfin can be very trying but no one deserves to be punctured.  How did he bug you…um..what is your name?  It’s ok you can whisper it to me.  Diego the dryer monster.  Nice name.  You say Elfin would hang by his slippered feet from the top of the dryer and make faces at you through the glass.  Seriously?  Dude that would irk the cwap outta me too.  Still no excuse to puncture the guy.                                                         aamonster-1Tell me Diego, how did you get at Elfin and then throw him in the garbage without leaving paw prints.?  He says one day mom left the dryer open so he grabbed Elfin by his face and flung him into the garbage. He is surrendering to you Sherl.  I will turn him over to the dryer bobbies or as you say here in Canada, the dryer RCMP.  They can reprimand him.

Thank you for your hospitality Shoko and Kali.  We shall meet again.                                                                            chardeleaving

We thank Charlie of samanthamurdochblog for using her deductive powers to discover our culprit.  Pop on over and visit with Charlie.  Her mom is a bit of a crystal nut and always seems to have info about crystals we were not aware of.                                                                         sistersinarmswinter

 

 

 

Come Fly With Me, Sammy

You know whose coming for a visit Shoko?  Who, Mrs. Claus is running away from home?  It’s Sammy of One Spoiled Cat.  He is flying around the world and will be stopping here for a visit.  When?  He’s here Shoko.                                                         comeflywithmeSammy!!  You look refreshed.  The cold air rushing by your ears must sound like an ocean but feeling it on your furry face would be awesome.  Sammy welcome to our house, have some dried nip from the garden.  Mom mixed it with silvervine.  It’s a trip without a balloon, MOL                                                              aaanipshoksmYour operating the Hot Air Balloon so need all your faculties about you.   OK….just let me get a sniff and we’ll look about Prince George.

ballooncatsLook….Even Cow Kitty came to see you off,  You are an icon around here Sammy.  We talk of you often and always yell, “SAMMY” before we eat any bacon we get.  Bye Shoko and Sammy, have a great time.  Quit yakking at Sammy and let them take off, Cow Kitty.

Up, up and away we go.                                                                      aamooseThere’s a moose for you.  It’s a female that probably lives among the trees going up to UNBC.  UNBC is the University of Northern British Columbia.  maybe we’ll fly over it.                                                               013496f3fc194d86b11049b86913be35This is the Fraser River, where mom would walk Kali when they lived in the other house.  They walked along the beach beside the river.  Mom saw 2 beavers swimming about a foot and a half from Kali.  Kali was busy getting a drink and didn’t notice them.  A typical Kali move.  This park is Ft. George Park.

I know it’s really cold tonight Sammy.  The weatherman said -30C.  A wee bit nippy ole pal.                                                                        unbc-campus-aeriel-534This is UNBC, Sammy.  Our pride and joy.  Do you see the yellow trees.  These are pines that were killed when the north was inundated with Pine Beetles a few years back.  What a loss.

See down there and to your left is downtown Prince George.  I was born on the streets of Prince George.  I think that’s why loud peeps don’t turn my crank now.                                                                            pgsm You can see in the background the pulp mills.  Prince George was known for its pulp mills at one time.  The mills had many workers and was the major industry here.  The town stunk of sulphur which is used in the process.  It was a horrible smell mom said but the townsfolk said it was the, *smell of money.*                                                                   aapg  Isn’t this a beautiful mountain and just on the outskirts of town.

Oh look Sammy it’s the Northern Lights.  When we get away from the downtown area we get to see them but only when the sky is clear.                                                                             northern-lightsSammy, you’re looking rather cold.  Let’s go back home and you can get warmed up before you are off to the next town to visit.                                                            kisssammyWe love ya Sammy and Kali wants to kiss you for just being you.  I’m not the mushy sort like Kali but you mean the world to me Sammy.  I am delighted you came to visit our frozen neck of the woods.

Have a safe trip to your next destination Sammy.  Bye!                                                             comeflywithme                                                                         candle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing…Testing…Will it Hang Together?

aacarpenterhatI am much better with carpeted surfaces than wood.  Those little splinters hurt the paw.  So dad suggested I explain what’s happening instead of getting my paws in the way.

We were there to help inspect the new house on the deck.  We have placed four blankets inside the house.  The roof comes off the house for cleaning and tidying.  There are two inches of Styrofoam on the outside which makes the house pink and draft free.  Cow Kitty is secure in his masculinity so no problem with gender typing.

aashokcrNo, the house shouldn’t be so open and that herb has to go.  What kinda herb is it?  Think mom said a Bay Leaf Plant.  It looks disgusting!  No flowers just sharp pointy leaves….yuck.   Back to Cow Kitty’s house.  There is no place for him to sun himself in the morning glow.  The steps lead up to the entrance and then he’d have to hop in like a bunny.  What do you think Kali?  I agree Shoko.  If, he was in a rush to leave the house he may fall down the stairs.  Not a good place to have the house.

aakalihomecrThis is more like it Shoko.  He can run up the stairs and he has someplace to sit if he doesn’t feel like turning in for the night.  The entrance is facing in the opposite direction of the wind current,  This is the place Shoko.                                                                              aackhouseLook he likes his pink house with the Duck tape.  The Duck’s tape adds a masculine look too!

aackhomeHe’s a happy nip stealer if I ever saw one.

SHOKO…..BLACK

KALI…..ORANGE

 

May I  be the fruit in your Looms.                                                                          shoko-dancing-turkey-giflThank you Dezi and Raena…..I dance like a poultry from paradise. MOL

A November To Remember

A lovely day today.  The sun is playing across the sky but the wind is strong and quite fresh.  A lovely day for a stroll.

November and we can actually walk on the sidewalks without slippin’ in the snow.  Can life be any better than this?  Look, our Alpine Willy Clematis is mixed up and there are a few blossoms.                                                                  aaalpwilcrzmA blossom in November. Never seen this before.

Mom and I are headed to the nearest pet store.  It’s a very windy day and the wind is making my coat stand up.  Refreshing!!

aakalistroll♫ Rolling around in my auto wheels.  My pink Fur-ari.♫

Mom was getting tired pushing against the wind.  We stopped at the new industrial development and mom relaxed.

aakalismstFrom Gateway we went into the pet store.  No pictures here.  They gave me some kitties treats.  I was famished and grabbed onto one.  Immediately I spit it out.  Ewwww…it was gross.  Don’t ever buy these mom….awful.  Mom asked what they were.  The clerk said those were freeze dried chicken livers.  We won’t be getting those anytime soon.

Mom got a few Christmas presents and we were out of there.

I settled down after those yucky treats and we headed home.  As we got closer to the house, mom and I heard some hammering and sawing coming from the garage.  Dad was hard at work building something.                                                                        aackhome1What is it dad?  It’s going to be a house for Cow Kitty so he can stay warm during the winter.

What if he doesn’t like it and won’t go near it….what will we do?  Let’s try him with it first Shoko.

aackhousecrThis is where the house will stay for the winter.  Here comes Cow Kitty.                                                             aackhousezm

I think he likes it.                                                                            aackhomeSo far so good.  I can’t think of something for the door….we need warmth in the house but not to frighten Cow Kitty or make him feel trapped.  Should we have clear plastic, a towel or something else.  Please we would like your ideas of how to improve the house.

Busy day today.

May your boyfriend never hiss and tell.

KALI…..ORANGE 

SHOKO…..BLACK

DAD…..GREEN                                                                kalishoko

 

 

 

 

Hangin’ In Da Hood

We are chillaxin’ around the backyard today.  Several new cats have moved into the neighbourhood along with new neighbours for mom and dad.  The good news is the Woofies that barked like idiots on a stick whenever Kali and I walked down the Lane, moved away.                                                                ablack catkaKali greeted the black cat that lives in the house behind us.  There is a young black cat that lives, we think, in the same house.  The young’un’ is about 5 or 6 months and altogether too delighted to see us.  We need our personal space and this young’un’ hasn’t heard of boundaries yet.                                                                  ajunoThis lovely creature is our new next door neighbour, Juno.  She sits and watches  Kali and I on the deck.  She tends to be a tad rude staring at us but I guess she’s not used to such happy and pretty dudettes living next door,

ajunodone Juno did pop round and say hi to us while her parents were having a BBQ with mom and dad.

Of course Cow Kitty is still here and I play with him a bit more.  Cow kitty chases me and I can be seen as a seal colored blur headed toward the nip and from Cow Kitty.  I used to run to the sliding glass door with a puffy tail…that’s when he used to scare me, not anymore.                                                                    ackdomeEvery morning Cow Kitty has a play fight with the pea netting.  We know he’s playing and not stuck because he stops playing and has a tinkle, then goes back to fighting with the netting.

                                          closeup of Shoks face

This is my intense look.

May Good Luck find you around every corner.     Isn’t Good Luck a Woofie, Shoko? Shhhh….just smile real pretty like, Kali. Please take Good Luck home with you.

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Trippin’ On The Keys Pt. 2

ahhOf course this is Ernest Hemingway.  He was only 62 when he went to join his cats from the cemetery at the Rainbow Bridge.

Mom wanted to stay longer at Hemingway’s House.  The house and grounds were fascinating and Walt Disney enjoyed showing mom around.                                                            awaltThe cats have a cat house that is a replica of Hemingway’s House.

acathouseShe had to say goodbye to Walt.  Dad was tapping his watch and saying they had other places to go on Key West before nightfall.

awaltdNotice Walt’s front paws…a true Hemingway cat.  Look real hard at Walt….think he has a stand in.

Off mom and dad went in their flame coloured Fiat.  Heading for the southernmost tip of the USA.                                                                    asouthtipThis is the best picture they could get of the buoy.  See all the tourists…mom says the tourists just kept coming.   The southernmost point was originally just marked with a sign, which was often stolen. In response to this, the city of Key West erected the now famous concrete buoy in 1983. The concrete buoy is actually an old sewer junction that was dug up in the area and found too heavy and large to move, so it was painted up to look like a buoy.  It is 81 nautical miles straight south to Cuba.  The buoy says 90 but its inaccurate.                                                          asmhzm    The Southernmost house in the USA.  Mom said all you can really see are lots of palms around the house.

They drove through the Truman Annex.  How the American government acquired this land from the people is in much debate….even today.  It is worth googling the Truman Annex my friends.  Much of the Truman Annex today is privately owned.                                                                     aa3

The houses are beautiful and most of them are Townhouses.  For mom the main attraction was the Little White House.

alwhTruman’s White House in Key West was the winter White House for President Harry Truman for 175 days during 11 visits. The house is located in the Truman Annex neighborhood of Old Town.

The Little White House was the end of their visit to Key West and it was time to take the Fiat and vacate this Key.

For the next three hours, which were uneventful….dad drove and mom sipped on her free Cokes from Coca Cola Headquarters and stared at the same scenery going back up the Keys.  You can imagine the bathroom breaks!  There were no pictures.  I think mom fell asleep but she denies it.  Finally they stopped on Marathon Key.  There are no pictures as it was as black as…mom’s…um…can’t say that….black as her camera!

Finally they piled out at the Yellowtail Inn.  This Inn was fantastic….individual cabins that had a view that looked  out on the Atlantic, except it was dark and they couldn’t see anything but what was directly in front of them.                                                                     aviewThe inside looked like this:                                            aytThey quickly grabbed some food and had a slice of Key Lime Pie….seeing as they were here on a Key.  They quickly went off to bed at 10pm to get up at 3:30am.  I  can just see mom settling down for the night.  All of a sudden there was a kkkkkfupclack, kkkkkfupckack….on went the light and they soon discovered it was the fridge talking to them.  They figured they could sleep through that so turned off the lights.  The lights came back on…by themselves….went off and then stayed on for a few minutes.  Hmmm….they fell asleep but mom says she was restless as was dad because between the lights coming on and off and the fridge making ghastly noises….it was most unsettling to say the least.   So they got up at 3am and left….both very tired but they had to get to Miami Airport by 7am.  The room looked nice but it was haunted and not by happy tourists.

Finally, they made it to the airport.  In to the rental company  went the Fiat.  Mom and dad sat like statues at their gate for hours.  Dad always likes to be real early.                                                               ajetThere’s their plane.  Delta’s headquarters is in Atlanta and that’s where mom and dad were headed, change planes and off to Seattle, change planes again and off to Vancouver, Canada.

This is my favourite part cause they visited with Nellie while in Vancouver…my mentor.                                                                       nellie2Then it was a prop plane to Prince George and home!

Would you say these two have had enough of travelling for the year?                                 appb  MOL…what a sight!                                                                             appjMOL  These are actually mom and dad’s passport photos but they looked like this when they walked in the front door after their trip.  I tell you it isn’t fair.  They looked way better when they left for vacation.  Now, mom looks like she wants to beat up dad. MOL

I don’t know why they go away, we’re all that matter and we’re so handy.                                                                         kalimedalsmThis is the loudest comforter I’ve seen in our house and mom loves it…..turn it over to the grey side mom.                                                                              Kali and Shoks