Dazzling

It is odd how things go into fashion.  This bed has been shunned by everyone since about 6 months after I got it.  I was even using it mostly to catch stuff I was tossing aside. Then suddenly  Rhea tossed out the stuff I’d thrown into it and started using it.

Lurkertype asked if I was going to make Zazzle pictures of the kittens.  I did try it once before a few months ago but did not finish.  It can’t quite get all the features of  Rhea quite right – there should be grey under the left ear and orange under the right ear above the eye.

Davout is a little easier.

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Moving Backwards

Davout was playing with a shoestring on the top of the cat tree….

And Rhea was watching from just below.

But before that…..

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Fun and Games

Davout on the top of the tree.

Rhea poses for the camera below.

Family Photo.  You can see all the points Rhea has gnawed on here and on the back.  She hasn’t been as bitey today as yesterday.

Trying to give Davout some fun is hard sometimes when he is in his ultra cautious moods.  I had just got him to think about jumping on the chair when Rhea dived in and got into the action.

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Odd Girl

Davout sits off to the side watching.

Rhea started doing something odd…gnawing on the tops of those white pillars on the tree. She’s pretty intense about it.  I’m not sure if I am more worried about her marring the tree or busting a tooth.

Time to distract her with a toy.

She grabbed it and carried it down to the ground.

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Snake Toy

Rhea will relax the evening away if there is nothing to do.

But all that goes out the window when the snake toy comes out!

“This snake is about as long as I am!”

Davout was content to watch for a while but finally got his licks in.  He managed to pull out the long dark feathers from the end.

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Rolling Around

Rhea watching for the undercover mouse to come close in a low-energy way.

But when the camera noise came, she rolled over to see what was up.

Then she put her paws in the air like she just didn’t care!

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Under Cover

For fun I draped an old cloth cover I have over the white tree and waited to see what Rhea would do.   She started poking at the cover, but desisted in favor of the camera strap once I came up to take pictures.

Eventually she pulled it entirely down, so I draped it right over her.  She seemed unaffected for the most part, and only made a move in order to bat at my fingers when I poked at her.  Her head is in front.

The tower is also good for treat time!

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On Display

The kittens really are getting use out of the white tree.  Rhea can blend right into it with her white fur.  Sometimes the pair use it to play with each other, hang out with each other, or peer over the end and look at me doing dumb old computer stuff.

Davout sometimes goes low to hang out on the base, or very high to the very tip top.

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This and That

Yesterday I moved the old cat tree upstairs to the bedroom.  By this morning the two of them were playing on it after I woke up.  When I got home nobody was downstairs waiting at the door so it is possible they were using it during the day.

But when I get home the new tree gets the major use.  Sometimes calmly but every so often the temptation to attack up or down gets too much to resist.

A bit later Davout gives Rhea a bat on the head.  Not a hard one, but his from paw is resting right on her forehead.  They did quite a bit of chasing back and forth tonight.

The other day I ordered some custom stamps made.  They are nice quality.  The whole order was about 10 dollars more than stamps, plus another 5 or so for postage.  Possibly postage could be mitigated if I ordered more stuff.  But the government stamps I got last time are just embarrassingly ugly.

I even set up a store although I don’t have any items in it yet.

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A Little Experiment…

Davout and Rhea both like the White Tree….of Gondor???

One White Tree

Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three.
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.
J.R.R Tolkien

Constructing the post for Calpurnia reminded me of those times when I used the LED light to help make better pictures in my dark and gloomy house, especially in winter.  Rhea is pretty easy with the light colors and the white…

But the camera, even the best one has trouble bringing out his face and eyes just due to the darkness relative to the white tree or the lights in the background.  With Calla, I sometimes used the LED light with inferior cameras to good effect.  How would it do with Davout?

It does seem to help.  There is a lot more light and the camera doesn’t have to use extreme settings.  There’s a lot more detail in the nose and face, even as dark as it is.  The bright light does seem to make him squint….a bad habit he must have picked up from Julie.  But the eyes do come out much better, squint or no.  The background is a lot more subdued, being darker and browner.

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