31 August, 2010

The PeeWee arrives!

Et voila...

Uh.. No.. That's not it....

It was a leetle more like this:
Our new PeeWee is white, though. And it came with two of those little bags of litter, and two nice toys, two kibble samples and a bag of treat. Mom also ordered two big bags of litter, so all in all it must have been quite similar to having to carry the Mango's PeeWee home from the post office (or possibly the Mango himself).

We were a bit surprised to find that the pee wee pellets were actually larger than the woodpellets we got that were intended for pellet ovens. But the kitties don't seem to mind. Hopefully we'll get the cheaper ones intended for firewood next time, anyways. (Not that we'll need more for months!)

(Who wouldn't mind having the Mango or even PeeWee over for a visit.)

30 August, 2010

Suddenly Monday

Hello guys!

Suddenly it's Monday again. It's just over 7am and Mom and I have already been out on our walkie.

It was quite dark when we started out. Well.. Not dark, but not sunny either. It was also rather muddy some places. It rained like crazy yesterday. BOL!

The sun came over the hill as we were walking, though! We also saw some pretty flowers. Mom is rather impressed with the macro function on the phone. These are taken up CLOSE with the flowers moving in the morning breeze and Mom's unsteady hand. BOL!

Morning kisses,

29 August, 2010

Does that mean:-)

That I should blog about EVERYTHING I do? BOL

On walkie.

A little test.

Can we steal Mom's new phone to make a blog post?

25 August, 2010

Peeing on the PeeWee..

...or at least sort of! Mom's ordered a PeeWee cat toilet, but while at the field office we attempted to make one of our own.

First - you need two roomy plastic boxes that stack so that there's a gap between the floor of the bottom one and the top one - like here:

Then you drill a whole load of holes in the bottom of one of them - the one who will become the top one. This will allow for the pee to pour through and that the pee soaked wooden pellets, who then dissolve into wood shavings, can fall through. The theory is that the kitties will dig in the box and help transport the wood shavings through, but a firm shake may be necessary. Certain kitties prefer to "dig" at the walls and roofs and such of a litter box...

Then stack the two boxes, add a few of the wooden pellets in the bottom one(to soak up any unaccompanied pee that arrives in the beginning) and a nice thick layer in the top one. There are wooden pellets intended for use with guinea pigs and such, but we use the ones supposed to be used as firewood in special pellet ovens. They are MUCH cheaper, and work just as well.

After a little use and a good shake of the box, this is what we find in the bottom one:
Other than a faint smell of pine it doesn't smell at all, actually. (Except right after #2s)

Virus and Hyssing give it two paws up!

And since any box with pellets is a toilet (according to Virus......) we went and got a lid for the storage box. LOL! A 30 liter bag of pellets will last two cats about one and a half month or so, so it turns out really cheap. And no sand all over the floors. (I've been happily using crystal cat litter until this very humid summer when they started dissolving after half the time, and it just turned out too expensive.)

18 August, 2010

A little cooking...

Okay - first a teeny warning, this post may not be for the squeamish. I had a great evening yesterday, my friend came over to help me study and a lot of stuff finally sunk in. (You've gotta love great friends!) Then I had a lousy night with very little sleep before waking feeling sick and tired.

Had to go shopping for brunch and found all sorts of weird meatables in the meat section. I was very excited to see signs that the lamb season is coming (the boys love lambs heart) and also things like pig tongues, pig hearts, pig ears and tails (raw, not the ordinary dog treat kind)... So I decided to make up a balanced batch of raw food. I've never actually done that before, I've generally kept the different meats separated and mixed and matched along the way.

For a proper pray model raw diet you want 80% muscle meat (including heart), 10% organ (of which no more than 5% liver) and 10% edible bones (you can add a pinch of ground egg shell or use ground bones in the beginning if they're unwilling to crunch bones).

For my muscle meat I used the hearts and tongues I found at the store today, along with meats I already had: ground lamb, ground lean beef, reindeer tongue, pork, turkey, yellow fin tuna, quail and trout. It's not necessary to use so many kinds of meats, I just happened to have it. I made two batches, so each batch had fewer ingredients.

For organ meats I had lamb liver and kidneys.
Kidneys and heart went into the bowl first:

Then some pork tongue... Hee hee...

I soon had to switch and use my large stew pot, as the bowl turned out too small (I made up about 7kgs of food today).
My edible bones came from chicken, quail, trout and frog legs(!). Once again - stuff that I already had. One bone source would have been fine.

Then I stirred it all to mix it and stuck it in boxes - one of these contains food for a day for Bajas, Virus and Hyssing. I now have 14 of them in the freezer, and a little for today and tomorrow in the fridge. Very convenient!


17 August, 2010

Hey! Mom!

Stop that boring reading IMMEDIATELY and scritch me!


16 August, 2010

Good learning vibes, anyone?

Okay... We're going into Exam Mode here at the WriggleButtHome. I'm not sure if I mentioned this this spring, but I decided to postpone one of my exams (I took twice the number of classes necessary and all the exams came at once, so... ) and I'll have it on Friday. Which means that, hopefully, I'll spend all my time studying until then - rather than blogging and reading and commenting and anything fun. Pls send some good learning vibes - I think I need them. LOL!

Here's a few more mountain pix - we saw something sibelishious, too!

15 August, 2010

Silly Sunday

Hee hee hee...

14 August, 2010

Some animals we met.

Here's a few of the little guys we met in the mountains!

A Meadow Pipit enjoying the nice weather.
We set traps to catch some small rodents - here they are being checked in the morning.

Another Meadow Pipit.
We only got Tundra Voles in the traps (but many of them). We just had a little look at them, and set them all back in the area they got trapped.

Pretty cute!

13 August, 2010

A few more from the mountains!

Hi guys! We're back!

We've got fun pictures of our own to share, but Mom's been experimenting today with the computer today so we haven't been able to upload them yet. She's installed Linux - Ubuntu - hoping that it will work well and speed up a somewhat aging computer. It sure is faster, so hopefully it will all work out nicely (and she's just added the Ubuntu, not deleted Windows, and can choose what system to launch when she turns it on). She did a test - from turning on and getting online using Firefox: Windows Vista used 2 minutes 30 seconds and Ubuntu used 49 seconds...

Here are some more mountain pix Mom wanted to share. (You might get to see more later - they are on the camera along with ours.)

The colors of the cottages are perhaps boring - but that makes them blend in nicely.

When it's cold, like high in the mountains, even flowers need furs!

This little guy - well, the guy inside the house - is a larvae that builds a house of tiny rocks when he live in running water. That prevents the larvae to be rushed downstream. In the shallow ponds the same kind of insect larvae use organic matter to build their house with, since there's no chance of getting flushed away. Neat, huh?

We had all kinds of weather other than snow - rain, wind, sun, hail...

This picture was taken only seconds later.. LOL!

08 August, 2010

The very last day

Tonight I'm going home to my boys! Yay! ;) Here's a link to where I've spent the week:


It's been great, even though I've been unable to do all the trips (too much walking).

I tried posting pix, but had to give up... In a week or so we'll be back to normal blogging, though!


06 August, 2010

More from the mountains

Everyone is out searching...

Mom's absolute favourites (apart from US obviously):

So much fluff!

I hope you're all well, I'm having a good time with PA, but hope Mom returns soon.


05 August, 2010

Mom is where?

Mom is here! High up in the mountains.

Lots of birdies, apparently, but somehow we didn't get to come along?

Looks like the weirdo people Mom are with look around for everything. Everywhere.

Sorta pretty, though, with the glacier in the back ground and everything.


03 August, 2010

Feeling Showy?

Hi guys!

Just dropping by tonight to tell you that we're all fine. Just a few more weeks, now, and things go back to normal! Just over a week ago Mom and I went to a cat show. There we had a little family reunion - remember my cute sissy Praline? Well, she came all the way from Sweden! Here she is:

This is my show cage - the blue ribbon is for my certificate - I got one on Saturday and one on Sunday and now I only need one more to gain my first Champion title.

This is the judge I wisited on Saturday - as you can see we got along wonderfully. He and his assistant loved me, obviously. MOL!