Category Archives: Cats

Winter Birds, Cats, Snow


Photos © Todd Klein.

Yesterday afternoon our cats Tigger and Leo were acting agitated while looking out through my sliding door at the back yard. I followed their gaze and saw an immature Cooper’s Hawk sitting on the rocks beside our small pond. It stayed there for quite a while, clearly a young bird who wanted to catch one of the songbirds coming to our feeders, but not sure how to go about it. I often wonder how many young hawks survive, they seem particularly bad at catching their prey. Probably a lot of them don’t survive. Continue reading

Beach Days


Some of Ellen’s family has been visiting us all the past week, hoping for some good beach days. There were a few, not as many as they might have hoped, but they had fun anyway.  Adam, Zach’s friend, joined them, left, then nephew Zach, Ellen’s sister Ann, niece Ina and Ellen. Ann’s husband Dave was also here a few days. I, unfortunately, had lots of work to do, so missed some of the fun, but I did get to the beach for a few hours on four of the seven days.

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Cats’ Bath Day and Cape May Walk


Yesterday was the annual event our cats hate most — bath day. Ellen bathes them this time of year before summer visitors arrive who are allergic to cats. The bathing cuts down on the allergens. This year I made a short video, which you can see below.

Despite their hate for bath day, they behaved remarkably well.


Later we had dinner in Cape May and went for a long walk on the promenade there, along Beach Drive. We hadn’t been there in a while, and the weather was fine, warm but not too humid.


From the west end of the promenade you can look across to the lighthouse in Cape May Point.


A few of the many historic Victorian inns and homes.


We’d heard about a new place serving organic ice cream, and tried it. Quite good, with unusual flavors, though as Ellen said, not better than Springers in Stone Harbor, our favorite local ice cream place. Still, we approve of the organic ingredients. I had blueberry-lavender and Ellen had blackberry-agave. A nice way to finish the outing.