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Friday Catshow

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It’s Friday and a joyous time to send out the love because Caturday is around the corner! Woo-hoo!

Here’s a few lazy afternoon images of our cats, Jhumpa and Copernicus!

jhumpi bed

Jhumpa definitely is the queen of laziness. Add this image to her loungy photo session.

perni basket 2

Copernicus still loves the laundry basket…why? Dunno, but he’s sold on it and has been since he was a kitten.
One of his many “buddy guy” quirks.

perni basket

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March 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Jhumpa, Our Other Cat…

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Sentimental thoughts run rampant during this time of year. Looking at pictures of old and reminiscing upon them greatly affects the power of memory and today, as I’m going through my cat photos and images, this blog entry is dedicated to our other cat, Jhumpa (my love affair with the great Jhumpa Lahiri).

This orange tabby comes to us from the same litter as her sister, Cafe Con Leche, from Berkeley Eastbay Humane. We got them both the day Michael Jackson passed away. To this day, thoughts of naming this one P.Y.T. remain on our minds.

Why dedicate one blog to this cat? I feel an unbalance amount of love at home with my two cats; I believe it might be happening online as well. So this goes out to all the orange tabby cats out there! And of course what’s a sentimental blog entry without prefacing it with a song.

Always and forever…Jhumpa.

These two above images really take the cake for the cuteness award. She’s always been the type of cat that lands on our lap or rides on our shoulders and more so now, she loves being there bounced and rocked while we walk around our place.

This cat does tend to sleep 14-18 hours a day. At least, in our minds she does…it’s more about lounging, like the image below that she prefers.

So when Jhumpa is not sleeping, she idles. And quite frequently this cat idles in space that often says to us, leave me be…I’m chilling, alright??? ALRIGHT?!

The below image kind of tops it when it comes to Jhumpa. By far, the lazier girl of the sisters, she really enjoys being on our laps…this time, I think my wife has the most practical use of our cat yet.

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Wall Shelf Master

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The completion of this shelf project for the kitchen means a lot to us. Pragmatically, our counter space is freed up for quicker chopping and dicing sessions. Aesthetically, the stain of the wood (I need to be better at before and after images) complements the wall color and ties into the decor. Lastly, and probably most importantly, I’ve become a master shelf maker. Yes, a “master” shelf maker/crafter…

I dabble in many things…most of them with peripheral attention. Not shelf making though! As Young Jeezy, Weezy, and Money would say: “I’m killing it son”.

For this project, my wife and I decided to head over to Home Depot to find a wood plank and a few brackets. I wanted to find something that wasn’t going to cover the width of the wall, but enough to make a statement of functionality and craftsmanship. We took our time in the lumber area trying to find the right piece. But to no avail; either the lumber was too long, too warped, not long enough, or too trifling to deal with all together. In the next aisle over, we found a few other selections of pre-cut boards…some of them with right angles. The one we decided on had a rounded edge to one long side of the wood, giving it some shape and detail along the eventually decided front side. Moving along, we picked up three brackets and an ebony wood stain.

Why three brackets and not four? Well, given that wall studs are a minimum of 12 inches apart and up to 24 inches apart, I decided to divide the board into three supported sections—hoping that I’d find 3 wall studs at equal distance between the 48 inch board that I had in my cart. (Prior to going that day to Home Depot, I used a stud finder to adequately find and calculate the distance of each stud. By “eyeballing” the distance, I was sure three brackets was all I need….yes, I’m that nerdy, but gifted.)

Back at home, the only problematic issue I had was finding the exact stud distance and transferring that distance to my ebony stained “fancy” shelf. With my wife’s help, we put the shelf against the wall, marked the studs, and placed an “X” on the board to secure the brackets’ positions.

After sanding, staining, drilling, and installing, the result was very gratifying…to our cats!

Total time building and installing: 1 1/2 hours.
Total amount of time writing this blog while killing time at work: Immeasurable.

btw: In becoming a wall shelf master, I now glow like Sho’Nuf.

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The Power of Pussy-Cats

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Nuff said…

(Jhumpa & Cafe Con Leche)

Written by F&W

September 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm