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I miss my Cat

Sugar and Patch

Sugar (on left) and her brother Patch.

Readers of my blog know that Tanya and I have a dog, Carson. But I’m not sure I’ve mentioned we also have two cats. Well only one now because last Sunday we had to put our Sugar down.

Sugar was a very special cat. For one, she was an orange female, which I’m told are fairly rare. Our vet, in fact, said she’d never seen one before. Our other cat, Patch, is Sugar’s brother, and the two were totally different. Patch is very friendly; Sugar very shy. But once she got use to you, she could be very affectionate and loyal.When we first brought the two cats home as kittens, Sugar hid under the furniture for days, while Patch immediately started exploring the house (and begging for food). Patch has a loud, almost aggressive purr; Sugar’s purr was quiet and calming. Sugar was actually my daughter, Janelle’s cat. Janelle, who’s now 22 years old, no longer lives at home, and if she had tried to take Sugar, I doubt Tanya and I would have let her go.

Sugar was a great hunter, and when we lived in the wooded suburbs near Gig Harbor, she’d often bring home live critters of every sort (mice, birds, snakes, frogs, etc.) She loved to have her head scratched and would often hop up on the arm of my chair and rub her head under my hand until I scratched it. She also really liked to use her claws, digging in when she was happy. I don’t know how many sweaters of mine she ruined while I was petting her.

Sugar had been sick for a while, with no clear cause. But even while sick, she was still affectionate and active. Then last week she stopped eating and stopped roaming around the house and yard. The vet thinks it was probably liver cancer. She went downhill fast, but I like to think she had a good 13 years. We had a good 13 years with her.

This blog is my tribute to Sugar – one great cat. I will miss her.

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5 years ago – Scotland

Sunset Encounter
Sunset Encounter

Watching the sunset over Loch Ewe near Poolewe, Wester Ross (west coast of Scotland)

Sorry I don’t have anything new to offer. Between getting the Seattle ebook ready for release (coming very soon!) and house repairs (digging up the basement floor tomorrow to replace the drainage system), I’ve had very little time this month for photography or blogging. So, it’s time to look back at photos from five years ago this month when I was in Scotland. As usual, comments are welcome.

Once Knights, Now Sheep

Sheep at Ardvreck Castle, Scottish Highlands

Grave at Cannongate

Grave in the Cannongate Kirkyard, Edinburgh

Another scene from the Cannongate Kirkyard, Endinburgh

Another scene from the Cannongate Kirkyard, Edinburgh

A visit to Edinburgh Castle

Tanya and Janelle, my daughter, visit Edinburgh Castle

Old Town

View of a portion of Old Town section of Edinburgh

Firemore Beach

Firemore Beach on Loch Ewe, west coast of the Scottish Highlands


Quick Shot – Titlow Beach

Tacoma Narrows SunsetI’ve been very busy lately and haven’t had much chance to take any new photos. However, I did go out with the Mountaineers last night for a quick trip to Titlow Beach here in Tacoma. Titlow is on the Tacoma Narrows, just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges. Titlow was the former ferry landing before the first Narrows bridge was built. Today, there is no ferry, but lots of pilings left, some shown here in the featured photo. It’s usually a good place for sunsets. Last night’s sunset was only fair, not great; but it does make a pretty picture.

So, what have I been working on other than photos? I’ve been busy digging up my front yard to replace the side sewer – a necessary job (at least if Tanya and I still want inside plumbing), but not very fun. The other shot here (taken with my cell phone) shows my buddy, Mike, working on the digging up the old sewer line. Unfortunately, we had to dig perhaps half the hole by hand. Oh, and by the way, the yellow line running the length of the trench is the natural gas line to the house. Nice placement, isn’t it? And the project isn’t done. Later this month, we will be digging up the concrete basement floor to replace the drain line connected to the sewer (more non-fun).

But I wanted to post something, so here’s a quick shot from Titlow Beach (and one from the big dig in my yard).

Digging the side sewer