Camp Kitty PawPaw

One of my kitties, Bouche, Panning for Gold.

So…it’s summer in Phoenix and it’s hot so it’s time to find some little diversions from “normal” life, if there is such a thing anymore. So this is Camp Kitty PawPaw, where good kitties spend their summers…

Day 1

Summer is here and the first campers are arriving at Camp Kitty PawPaw. Here’s a look at part of the campsite.

The fire pit is ready to be lit for the nightly meow-a-long.

Callie and Bouche check out the accommodations.

“Looks like a one-cat tent to me,” Callie observes.

Bouche kindly lets Callie have that tent and waits to see where he is going to sleep after a fun-filled day.

Bouche doesn’t mind at all just sleeping with his brother, Tufty, under the clear desert sky. “That’s what roughing it is all about!”

Day 5

The day dawned cool at Camp Kitty PawPaw but the temps were going to go over 100 in the afternoon so the campers needed to grab all the gusto while they could.

“Wake up, ya bums, it’s time for breakfast,” yelled the camp bully, Bouche. 

“That was a short night,” Callie grumbled.

“Sure was,” replied Kitt from the Bunkhouse.

“Is camp over yet?” Sadly asked.

“I’m not really a joiner either,” Luke replied.

“I’m a loner, this isn’t my idea of a good time,” said Edie as she sized up the others. 

“I hope it’s not Chicken in Gravy again,” Tufty whispered shyly.

Tabby just learned she is in charge of tonight’s campfire for the meow-a-long.


“Boycats are jerks,” Misty said to no one in particular, remembering the dunking she got in the pool yesterday.

“Some of them are not in the camp frame of mind. Personally, I love a good time,” offered Bouche.

He will, no doubt, be crowned “Most Popular Camper” or “Most Annoying Camper.” He may have been seen poolside around the time Misty got dunked…

Earth Day 2022

It’s my April blog post! These 2 photos were not taken today on Earth Day but earlier this week at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. We had visiting relatives and took them there…sadly, it was HOT!!!!! But we still had a nice time…this is a Gila Woodpecker and a Desert Spiny Lizard. Chihuly in the Desert was also installed amid all the lovely flora at the garden. These are just a couple pieces:

You can see that the desert is in full bloom, too.

It was extremely windy here in Phoenix today and the birds were having a hard time navigating. This Inca Dove was being buffeted about so much that she had to use her wings to stabilize herself while scrounging for food.

And here are a few more photos from my yard a few days ago…

A Bee-fly, Rosy-faced Lovebirds, and a Verdin sunny side up.

Ferguson and Torti are now sporting new peace sign collars:

And Ferguson, of course, is always busy, always challenging himself…with geometry problems and learning to play the piano, ragtime, of course…

…While Bouche and Callie romped in the dirt and flowers on this sunny, windy Earth Day.

March for Peace

Cat of Peace

No, I wasn’t in a March for Peace. I’m not aware of any around lately but I have been thinking about Peace, as I know a lot of us are. Our house got a facelift and this peace sign is now on the front. A guy named Mitch, who did the rest of the work on our house, made it. It’s about 3 feet in diameter.

This is a brushed aluminum sculpture my mom had in her house and now I have it. It was made by John Mishler. It was actually the model for a larger one that my mom commissioned him to make for my parents’ church after my father died in 1997. Technically, it’s the Descending Holy Spirit but now it’s the Dove of Peace.

And even this Curve-billed Thrasher got into it, he’s the Peace Enforcer:

Ferguson is not only the Cat of Peace, he also made a half-hearted attempt to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Some Honey Bees and wasps have been pollinating around now that spring has arrived in Phoenix.

And the Anna’s Hummingbirds have been busy, chasing and eating:

Plus many others including this Curve-billed Thrasher and Gila Woodpecker:

And, lastly, this is entitled: “You’re right, I found my grill.” Starring Ferguson, of course.

So that is my March for Peace…

February 2022

I started this blog on February 13, 2009…so 13 years of blogging…but it has gotten sparser and sparser as the years have gone by. Initially, I posted almost daily, then down to 3 times a week, then weekly, then a couple times a month and now I try to do it at least monthly. I know people don’t read blogs as often anymore and there is other social media that is more immediate but I do it sort of for myself, too, so I can look back and remember what was going on at a certain time in my life. But I do thank anyone who still reads this. So here is a jumble of photos I’ve taken since my last post. More birds~House Sparrow female, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Curve-billed Thrasher, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Gila Woodpecker male, House Finch male, Anna’s Hummingbird male.

And cats…these are the indoor cats…Ferguson, the most cooperative, Torti, the least cooperative, and Bouche, who still can’t totally let go of the outdoor life. He’s a dasher. There are several outdoor kitties, too.

Hope to see you in March!!!!!

A Better Year

It was such a bad year that a fork wasn’t enough, I stuck a knife in it. I hope 2022 is better for all of us.

Here in Phoenix, 2022 started out cloudy, rainy, and cold. A few of the outdoor kitties were smart and stayed where it was nice and dry in the catport, formerly the carport.

Tabby, Callie, Kit, and Misty

Meanwhile the indoor cats were very cozy: Ferguson, Torti, and Bouche:

Bouche is hard to keep inside, unfortunately, he still hears the call of the wild…

Ferguson presented me with a rose…

The Curve-billed Thrasher agreed that cats rule.

Finally, the Arizona sun began to shine again…and the hummingbirds started to chase each other.

And the bees began to buzz and pollinate…I think lavender honey would be delicious.

Happy 2022!