California living and adventures in creativity

Jun 7

Visit from a large bird


by Flickr user Steve Byland, used with permission

The other day a very large bird came for a visit and perched in our magnolia tree. I was able to get a picture (not the above picture) and share it with my neighbors to get some help identifying the big bird. Thanks to the many comments from my neighbors, I now know that we were visited by a Cooper’s Hawk. These birds are quite prevalent around our neighborhood and prey on smaller birds :( Upon seeing this large bird (from inside) my cat Newbie was clearly intimidated. Given the size of this bird, I don’t blame him!

A few neighbors thought I might have a Peregrine Falcon in the tree, but I was told by others that peregrines do not perch this low since they are cliff dwellers. Apparently our city of San Jose has a nesting pair who live atop San Jose City Hall, and there is a Falcon Cam! Apparently, Clara the female falcon is currently with Esteban Colbert (yes, named for Stephen Colbert) and they have 2 healthy babies.

tags:   San Jose   birds   cooper's hawk   home   newbie
May 21

Newbie on Martha Stewart!


I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks having an amazing time in France. Once I finish organizing my pictures, I will definitely be adding some France/Paris related posts.

In the meantime, I thought I would share a pretty hilarious Twitter-related occurrence. After over two weeks of being off Twitter, today I decided to take a look. I noticed a tweet from Twitter A Critter (@tweetacritter) regarding funny animal photos. As an aside, I think Twitter A Critter is brilliant as it helps spread the world about the many deserving rescue animals who need homes.

The link in their tweet sent me to Martha Stewart’s website and a photo album of adopted pets who (apparently) look like famous celebrities. I admit to having uploaded a photo of my sweet Newbie to this site a long time ago, but was totally surprised to find that same photo in this album, at #30! Apparently he looks like… Cheri Oteri?

I’m thrilled for my Newbie to have this exposure, but… Cheri Oteri?! I did a search for images of Cheri and found one where maybe I could see the likeness. But it’s still a bit odd. I hope Newbie doesn’t think his masculinity has been threatened.

The entire album is really entertaining. Take a look, and cheers to Newbie’s 15 minutes of fame on Martha Stewart!

tags:   cats   martha stewart   Newbie
Apr 20

Two peas in a pod

I couldn’t resist posting this picture of Newbie and Henry sharing Newbie’s favorite window in our living room. You can see the glorious jasmine in the background combined with the early afternoon sun making this the perfect napping spot.

I’m happy to report that Henry has been fully integrated with Newbie and even Pinky. Pinky isn’t thrilled, but she likes that Henry is giving her the respect she deserves, and Pinky takes her time in evaluating situations. So far Henry has been very good around her….

As for Newbie, he has a loving little brother who likes to be around him at all times, even sharing his favorite window.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my spring giveaway!

tags:   Henry   Newbie   Pinky   cats   home   jasmine
Mar 24

And then there were three

For quite some time we felt that our Newbie needed a buddy. Despite his 2.5 years, Newbie still has a lot of kitten energy. Unfortunately when he has tried to play with our 17 year old Pinky, she makes it clear she is not interested. We knew it would be tricky to bring in another kitty but we were hopeful that if we found the right kitty, it would work.

Thanks to a local cat rescue group, we adopted our six month old siamese mix and have named him Henry. After his isolation of about 10 days, we were able to successfully introduce Henry and Newbie. So far Newbie seems to really enjoy this little bundle of energy and they are pretty much inseparable. For more photos of Henry, check out my Flickr set.

Our next big challenge is to introduce Henry to Pinky….. stay tuned!

tags:   cats   home   Newbie
Mar 3

Newbie’s photo shoot

I’ve been playing around with a SLR camera we have on loan from a friend, and my cat Newbie didn’t seem to mind being the subject of my photo shoot. He’s definitely not shy when it comes to getting his picture taken!

I’m slowly reading through the manual and trying different settings. I’m hoping that this camera will improve my jewelry photography.

What did we do before digital cameras?
tags:   cats   Newbie
Feb 24

Duck sighting!

We had an exciting moment the other day when we saw this sweet duck couple hanging out in our pool!



They seemed to enjoy their little pit stop.



Newbie, our kitty, was entranced by the duck activity as you can see.

tags:   cats   ducks   home   Newbie
Dec 27
Newbie, always the curious kitty

Just a short post with a photo I took a few days ago.  Despite his intense curiosity about the tree, ornaments and lights, Newbie has been well-behaved this holiday season.  We’ll be keeping up our tree through New Year’s so I’m hoping he doesn’t have a change of heart.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Newbie, always the curious kitty

Just a short post with a photo I took a few days ago. Despite his intense curiosity about the tree, ornaments and lights, Newbie has been well-behaved this holiday season. We’ll be keeping up our tree through New Year’s so I’m hoping he doesn’t have a change of heart.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

tags:   cats   home   Newbie
Nov 6
Fall back
I can finally say that I am now acclimated to the time change we had on Monday.  I know this is a sad admission, but I found the change really hard this time.  It’s only one hour out of 24, so why should it make such a difference?  It’s also bittersweet in that we have this additional hour, which is like a gift, and yet it now gets dark so early.  I find myself looking forward to December 22nd when the days will start getting longer again.
The kitties were also confused about daylight savings.  Their tummies, which are like little alarm clocks, are set to go off at two particular times during the day.  The time change left the kitties confused and frustrated.  Newbie, pictured above, had the best solution which was taking an extended nap.  Everything always is better after a good nap.

Fall back

I can finally say that I am now acclimated to the time change we had on Monday.  I know this is a sad admission, but I found the change really hard this time.  It’s only one hour out of 24, so why should it make such a difference?  It’s also bittersweet in that we have this additional hour, which is like a gift, and yet it now gets dark so early.  I find myself looking forward to December 22nd when the days will start getting longer again.

The kitties were also confused about daylight savings.  Their tummies, which are like little alarm clocks, are set to go off at two particular times during the day.  The time change left the kitties confused and frustrated.  Newbie, pictured above, had the best solution which was taking an extended nap.  Everything always is better after a good nap.

tags:   cats   home   Newbie
Sep 3
ball, cat, sleep
Here is our cat Newbie in his most peaceful pose.  It’s hard to believe that only a few minutes prior he was all excited and playing with his favorite ball, and his “da bird” toy.
There is something about watching cats sleep that has a calming affect.  I think we all  are secretly jealous of how well cats have mastered sleep :)  Newbie has been with us for a little over a year, and we can’t imagine what our life would be with out his greeting at the door, his nibbles and licks, his frequent and varied vocal representations, and his peaceful presence when asleep.
If you think Newbie is as cute as we do, you can check out his Catster page here, as well as the newly added blogs he likes.  He is particularly impressed by Modern Cat at the moment.
He also is in a pet photo contest by Dazzled Beader Designs, a fellow Etsian, who gives a portion of her profits to proceeds to the Humane Society.  There are some cute contenders in the contest, but we think Newbie has what it takes to win!  Can he get your vote?  If he wins, the prize money will be donated to our local pet store which is dedicated to rescue animals.
Vote for Newbie!

ball, cat, sleep

Here is our cat Newbie in his most peaceful pose.  It’s hard to believe that only a few minutes prior he was all excited and playing with his favorite ball, and his “da bird” toy.

There is something about watching cats sleep that has a calming affect.  I think we all  are secretly jealous of how well cats have mastered sleep :)  Newbie has been with us for a little over a year, and we can’t imagine what our life would be with out his greeting at the door, his nibbles and licks, his frequent and varied vocal representations, and his peaceful presence when asleep.

If you think Newbie is as cute as we do, you can check out his Catster page here, as well as the newly added blogs he likes.  He is particularly impressed by Modern Cat at the moment.

He also is in a pet photo contest by Dazzled Beader Designs, a fellow Etsian, who gives a portion of her profits to proceeds to the Humane Society.  There are some cute contenders in the contest, but we think Newbie has what it takes to win!  Can he get your vote?  If he wins, the prize money will be donated to our local pet store which is dedicated to rescue animals.

Vote for Newbie!

tags:   cats   etsy   home   Newbie
Jul 21
A warm summer afternoon.
This photo wasn’t at all what I was going for, but like most things unexpected, I’m happier with the result.  One lone dandelion had sprouted in our patch of green grass, and just as I was trying to capture its solitude, my sweet kitty Newbie approaches.   Despite being the ripe old age of 2, Newbie continues to embrace his inner kitten by forever wanting to sniff, nibble or lick most anything that he comes in contact with.  It was a beautiful warm summer afternoon here, not too hot, the perfect temperature.  I guess I can understand why he was intrigued by the lone dandelion.  It was just perfect.

A warm summer afternoon.

This photo wasn’t at all what I was going for, but like most things unexpected, I’m happier with the result.  One lone dandelion had sprouted in our patch of green grass, and just as I was trying to capture its solitude, my sweet kitty Newbie approaches.   Despite being the ripe old age of 2, Newbie continues to embrace his inner kitten by forever wanting to sniff, nibble or lick most anything that he comes in contact with.  It was a beautiful warm summer afternoon here, not too hot, the perfect temperature.  I guess I can understand why he was intrigued by the lone dandelion.  It was just perfect.

tags:   cats   home   pretty things   Newbie

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