January 2022 Sweet, silly Vladimir

Vladimir
August 20, 2009 – January 10, 2022

My silly, sweet, tail-flagging, rumpus-making, handsome ginger boy Vladimir was diagnosed with intestinal cancer after having a bloated abdomen. He was a kittenish boy, which made it harder to realize his actual age. Below is a quintessential video of his silliness. For context, I was away and the large, lidded container holds kibble; the cat sitter had moved it to the front porch. The small plastic container I used as a scoop. Vladimir realized that on some very lucky instances he could dislodge a full, covered container and, if the stars aligned, the lid would pop off when it hit the floor. Vladimir was a lover of the repetitive and could entertain himself for a surprisingly long time by pushing down a cardboard flap on a box that would then snap back up, and be pushed down again and snap back up, and on and on. No pictures give a proper sense of the loveliness of his flagging tail or the sound of him coming down a full flight of stairs in a total of five thumping strides.

Here is a post that spotlighted Vladimir and includes some lovely pictures of him as a kitten. And here is a post about how much of a bedhead he could get with all that lovely long hair.

He had a lovely life and is survived by his whole family: his mother and father, Mitsy and Cousin, and his sister. Claribel. We will all miss him and his sweet silliness.

July 2021 kitty updates

The outside kitties have been so terribly hot in this recent overheated weather. They’ve been draping themselves in the grass. Sidney is very smart and goes under the hostas near to where the hose attaches. I think he rests on the hose when the water is going through it –keeping it a bit cooler under there. The inside kitties are happy about the air conditioning, which I had repaired a few years ago. I am happy about having it fixed too. I think I have used it more this summer than any summer before. The good news is that the heat seems to have broken a bit here and the weather is quite reasonable this morning (time for open windows in the house!) AND there is a decent chance of rain tomorrow –according to the weather reports.

Ok, on to the kitty pictures….

Minnie looking at the sunset.
Minnie stretched out in the lawn.
Martin Frobisher looking handsome.
My svelte little old man, Sidney.
And here is Dekker, the now-very-chubby, previously-stray cat. He is prancing through the lawn like a show horse. Of course he doesn’t realize how round he is.
Here is the handsome Cousin getting some morning cuddles.

And finally, here are a couple of very funny pictures of Vlad taking advantage of my having set this down on the overfull coffee table. This kitty update is a Tiglet-free post, but don’t worry, he is just fine with his talkative little self. He just didn’t show up for the pictures. I’m sure I will have plenty more pictures of him soon.

Vladimir, His Royal Silliness.

July 2021 roses, garden beds, and a new painting

The amazingly overblown state of everything has been a bit astounding. I poked around yesterday afternoon in the garden and tried to tidy up some of the beds. There are some lovely things here now that were not here when I left!

This rose above is the new rose that I feared I would miss. The light yellow flowers have this tinge of pink and they are very fragrant.

This pink rose is blooming again in the front bed —and the number of blooms on it look like it will be quite a show. And I didn’t miss it.

This lily above is on the street side of the front fence and it is a ridiculously extravagant color. It looks a bit absurd next to the yellow primroses and a rather prim white rose, but the lily doesn’t care.

Just a quick picture of Vlad looking extra sweet. The cats seem pleased I am home. Although I have my suspicions about what they got up to while I was away. And I think the cat sitter was giving them the equivalent of fast food…. but I am not thinking about that too much. They are all here and happy.

AND I brought home a new painting. I bought this when I visited the painter Paul Trachtman.

I own this painting of his and it dominates my entire second floor –it is a very large painting (4ft by 8ft).

The new one above is not nearly as large, but it still demands attention. I took loads of pictures in the studios in New Mexico and will write a post sometime about those wonderous places.

July 2021 the awaited large white lily and another that is yellow

The lily in the bed south of the house has started to show off in all its stunning clear white color and rich fragrance. The one by the barn has also opened… and it is a creamy yellow color. I hope it comes through in the picture. What I know won’t come thru is the amazing fragrance. So lovely.

First, here pictures of the white one in the bed south of the house. I am pleased with this bed this year. It is the one I can see from the sofa in the living room.

Here is Cousin also enjoying the view of the flowers.

And here is the creamy yellow one near the barn. I really had thought that this one was also white. But when I look back to the pictures from last year, definitely yellow tint.

Here is Vladimir with his irresistible paws.