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Sunday Selfie with Kali

                                                                catonheadbdIt’s time for The Cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfie.  Come join us at posing or just come at peek at us on The Cat On My Head.

Shoko and I mewed it over and she said I could pose for this Sunday’s selfie.  She seems to be awfully giving for Shoko.  Hope she feels ok.

I took this selfie while helping mom decorate the tree.  I didn’t like how the ornament was hanging and was trying to get her to understand.                                                                 akalisayssmNo mom over to the right.  Not on the same branch as  the reindeer, further over.  Oh to have thumbs!  There…too far…you got it…leave it…..step away from the tree mom.

We have had unusually freezing weather for two weeks now and problems are starting to happen.  The Nechako River has started to freeze  in parts and form a barrier causing the river to flow its banks.  Fortunately, the river is only flowing through a favourite hiking park, Cottonwood Park.  As of today peeps houses are safe but emergency measures have been implemented.                                                                    prince-george-trail-closed This park is where mom discovered the joys of white cranberries.  She picked a bucket of them, (they are teeny), brought them home and made cranberry sauce.  She insisted that dad and her eat the cranberry sauce in spite of it needing a load of sweetness.  None was added…just a touch.  Dad kept declining any chicken if it came with the premature cranberries.  I think dad had a party when they were finally gone. MOL

Have a great day and try Flamin’ Tiger nail polish….. it brings out the wild cat in you.                                                                                   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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barkerville

Finally Barkerville stood on the horizon.  We all leaped out of the car after a long drive drive.  It took two and a half hours to get here.  We all headed for the bathroom.  Much better.  So let’s see some sights.  My word, its cold as charity up here in the mountains.  Let’s go Meiko, Pete, Timmy and Buddy Budd….let’s run and warm up.

Our first stop was the church on the edge of the town.

                                                         Einstein and Flat Shoko sat on the piano and imagined the gold miners and their wives coming to church so many years ago.

Two horses pull the carriage through the main street.  Notice the wet roads.  They’re about to get much wetter.  It just started hailing when we arrived.

Timmy and Buddy Budd just had to run onto the carriage.  They said it kinda smelled funny.

It started hailing again and we ran for cover.                                                          Mom and dad decided it was lunch time so Einstein and I followed mom and dad inside the restaurant.  Meiko, Pete, Buddy Budd and Timmy went looking for Bashful and Chip because we hadn’t seen them for quite some time now.                                                          I loved the Jasmine Tea mom shared with me.  It warmed me up inside.

Einstein had some of dad’s Chinese food but he said it was horrible.  He liked more meat…..this stuff was all noodley.

The hail stopped while we ate so we braved the elements again.  The guys had found Bashful and Chip looking calm as can be beside the towns communal water spout.

DSCN4056Do you notice that Bashful is standing on the top of his stone.  What happened to make him do a stone stand?  Nobody was saying much of anything.

This is a family home in the 1800’s.

                                                                                  The miners that lived by the creek would check into a boarding house when they needed a real good night’s sleep and a bath.  Only $10 a night.

The saloons did an awesome business with all the money and nowhere but Barkerville to spend it.

Hurdy Gurdy Girls

Although the Barkerville saloons already had women entertainers, much excitement was caused in the summer of l865 when there arrived from San Francisco an organized group of dancing partners, complete with musicians.

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Hurdy Gurdy Girls

The girls danced with the miners for a dollar a dance to the rhythms made by two fiddlers who reportedly sang loud so the music could be heard above the noise of the stomping feet.

Starved of women’s company and faced with the troupe’s determination to deal in nothing but dance steps, the men developed a style of dancing that both surprised and exhausted their partners.

The main point of this step, as described by those who were there, was for the man to lift his partner repeatedly as high as he could off the floor, at the same time swinging her feet aloft.

Here we are in the Hotel that featured the Hurdy Gurdy Girls daily.

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Bashful and Chip grabbed a comfortable spot on the shelf to watch the action.

It was hailing again so we all thought it was time to leave.  The Barkerville peeps were inside and away from the cold, hail and mud.

We all piled in the car and dad put the heat on.  We all said. “Awwww” in unison and started out of Barkerville.  I told mom that we hadn’t seen the gold fields or panned for gold.  Mom said it was too miserable and nobody would help us anyway.  The flats would just have to take our word for it.

As we left Barkervile we passed beside Williams Creek….the river that started the gold fever.                                                                         Bye Cariboo…heellllo Prince George area.

We must be getting close….the old mooses sign is back out again.

Here we are.  It didn’t seem to take as long getting home.

We hope you enjoyed coming on our tour of Barkerville.  The weather could have been better but we flats and rocks had a great time.

Mom, Meiko and my furs are stinking up…MOL….sorry I meant our furs are sticking up…right Meiko?  There are bent ears all around too.  Ok, we’ll get them fixed with this special stuff dad gave us Shoko.  There we go every cat looks just about as good as new.  We are tired mom so we’ll call it a nite.  Nite all my flats and rocks.  Anybody need a story to fall asleep?  Not tonight mom…I’m asleep on my paws.