Seabright cats, a warm day, and remembering those in harms way

This was an amazingly warm and clear day here on the California coast.

The early part of the day was in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz, mostly reading and working, but also enjoying wandering the streets and the area by the beach. I got a glimpse of this cat in one of the apartment complexes near the beach.

This photo is actually from a previous encounter with the “Seabright Kitty”, he/she wasn't in the mood to be photographed today…

Someone else, on the other hand, was quite photogenic:

This is Bella, who resides with my friend and colleague Synthia Payne, whom readers may remember from the UCSC DANM exhibition and Ninjam performances.

Luna of course continues to enjoy her favorite indoor activites:

I actually did take Luna outside briefly yesterday on her harness, and all she wanted to do was head back to the door and go inside. I'm not going to argue.

Like I said, it was exceptionally warm today:

Great for us here in Santa Cruz, but it part of the same warm, dry weather in which the fires in Southern California continue to burn out of control. This years fires in San Diego and the areas in and around Los Angeles might be even worse than the devastiing fires in 2003, with so many people and animals evacuating (over half a million so far) and so many more in harms way.

We at CatSynth want to take a few minutes on this Tuesday to send out thoughts to all the humans, cats, and other animals threatened by this disaster, and hope they make it through safely.

Worthless Kitty Interlude: Summer in February and "There goes the neighborhood"

This is the sort of thing we like to see in Februrary, especially after a fortnight of gloom.

Crack open a window!

A perfect day to spend outside, perhaps in the garden. Things have an annoying tendancy to grow here in the winter, so there's a lot of cleaning to be done. And the notice I got this morning from a neighborhood group concerned about “blight” makes me think I better get the garden nice and clean before some crazy white suburban-types throw bricks through my window.

Speaking of blights on the neighborhood, one of those dog-beasts just wondered by on the sidewalk as I was working out front. No associated human in sight in either direction. We have a lot of cats (and small kids, for that matter), so I don't like to see unattended dogs. Plus, he decided to use the corner of yard for a very unneighborly purpose. 😛 I guess it's time to call in the Biohazard Unit. That kinda dampened my enthusiasm to keep working. I guess at least it gives me something to complain about should I choose to attend the March 6 meeting of “concerned neighbors.”

Maybe I should just go for a bike ride instead…

…ah, now this is more civilized. Relaxing at an outdoor cafe with a beer in 75F weather. Feels like Europe in the summer…

Crack open a window!