Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Not a Fan of Fall. Not. At. All.

Did we call it, or did we call it?
Note the accusing glare .... and the offending brown leaves.



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: In Honor of Sloth Day





It's October 20. How do you plan to observe it?
(we pretty much observe it every day ....)

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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, October 16, 2017

So not fair. Or is it?

Maxwell: *sigh* He's at it again.
Taunting me, throwing his good fortune right in my face.


Is it really fair that he gets to go out in the harness and I'm stuck inside on my lounger?


Faraday: Well, if you'd let other kitties have some time on that lounger Maxie, maybe I'd feel your pain.  (thoughtful pause)  Or not.

Maxwell: ... don't look. Just don't look .... don't look .... Is he gone yet? Don't look ....


Faraday: Seriouslies, Maxie, you channel Houdini every time Mommy puts you in a harness.
It's not my fault I'm a perfect angel when it comes to walkies.


Maxwell: Angel? Did I hear that right? 
He said angel?
 
Uhh, I think I might be feeling a bit little sick ....

Poor Maxie.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Goodbye, Green. I'll miss you!

This August and September were some of the wettest ones on record for us, and they resulted in lush greenery.


Something tells me Allie's going to miss them ...


I could be wrong.


Nah.


I predict a period of mourning at the first freeze.

Poor girlie.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One Word Wednesday



Reflective.




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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Pretentious Much?






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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, October 9, 2017

Maxwell's Musings





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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Allie's Fashion Faux Paws

Allie: The Fashionable Feline knows exactly how to get the most from a photo shoot.

Note the slight head tilt with wide eyes: The Ingenue Look.


And of course, everyone  knows posing next to a catnip plant is very slimming.


Of course, the catnip plant could be larger, Mother. Not that I question your gardening skills .... *delicate cough*

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Banksy

"Psst! Hey -- you there. Yeah, you!

Got a crowbar or a hacksaw I can borrow? It's not that the slammer's such a bad place, really it isn't. But I didn't do it! I swear!"


Meet Banksy. We're not sure if he was caught when a dye pack exploded after a bank heist ... or if he was spray painted for other, less friendly reasons.

Regardless, Banksy's a bit blue. And as you can see, he's not talking. (Athough he might be singing ....)

Banksy's a 2 year old brown and white (okay, and blue) cat who's pretty chill, actually, for whatever he's gone through.

(BTW, never ever EVER paint your cat. Paint and dye contain chemicals that can harm any pet.)

Banksy's blue fur will eventually shed, and the staff at KC Pet Project are also trying various pet-safe ways to help him shed his colorful statement. Regardless, he'll be back to his brown-and-white self soon enough.


We're hoping Banksy will get a reduced sentence for good behavior, but if you want to head on over we're sure the shelter will remand him into your custody today.

So what are you waiting for? Bansky's is waiting for you to spring him! He's at the Main Campus of Kansas City Pet Project.



https://kcpetproject.org/

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lounger Mousies

Faraday: Hey look, Maxie, a mousie.
Maxwell: Yup, looks like it.
Faraday: Well? Are you gonna get it or what?


Maxwell: Whoops, there it goes.
*stretches paws out*
C'mere mousie.


Faraday: Seriouslies, Maxie. That's NOT how you play mousie. You gotta pounce on it.
Put a bit of energy behind it.

Mommy sez you've been a bit sedimentary lately anyways, so get off your lounger and chase it and stuffs.

Maxwell: Sedentary, boy. It's sedentary. And I could totally dominate that mousie if I wanted to.

Faraday: *scoffing noise* 


Maxwell: Scoff? You dare to scoff at the Maxie Mancat?!?
(cue lounger dismount)


Maxwell: (to mousie) Now go tell the boy that I totally dominated you, hear?


(cue smug look)


#MousieWIN.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Every Dog Has His Day




So shouldn't octopuses, too? Octopi? 
Deep thoughts,indeed. #seewhatwedidthere

World Octopus Day is October 8.

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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, October 2, 2017

Tonkinese in Trouble. Again.

*slow creep forward*


*Quiet crouch. VERY quiet.*


*slowly reaches up to sniff-- *


Allie: Were you sniffing my butt, Faraday???

Faraday: Who, me? Nope. Not at all. Nowhere near you.
Just sitting here minding my own business an' stuffs, Allie. Seriouslies.


Allie: Well, you just be sure your business stays away from mine, understood?
And when I say away, I mean far, FAR away.


Allie: *leans in to whisper quietly into Faraday's ear*
Do I make myself clear?

Faraday: *gulp*
Crystals, and stuffs, Allie.

... moments later ...



Faraday
: What? She never said anything about smelling where her butt was ....

*sigh-h-h* Boys.



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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

International Translation Day #FAIL

Faraday: *snif-f-f-f*


*sniff-sniff-sniff*


The mom: What's your peemail say today, Baby?
Faraday: I thought you said you're not s'posed to read someone else's mail, Mommy.

Besides, it's a cat thing.


You wouldn't unnerstand.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Inverness

"Hullo! Would you happen to have a bit of time ... and a lap I might borrow? I'm a lovely little 1 year old girl, but I had the terrible misfortune to be born as a minority.

You see, we black fur-people are often discriminated against - just for the color of our fur, can you believe it? And the oddest thing is, we're known to be the most congenial, the sweetest, the most chill kitties out there!"


"You may have noticed my name ~ I may or may not purr with a bit of a Scottish burr (you'll have to come meet me in the fur to find out, a girl's got to have a few secrets, you know?).

But if we hit it off, I promise not to force you to watch Braveheart too many times in one year...sound like a plan?

Did you know Inverness is the town bordering Loch Ness?"


"Wait... is that..is that Nessie I see? Holy cat! Grab your camera, quick! We'll be famous!"



Inverness is waiting for you. Come meet her today, at the Main Campus of Kansas City Pet Project.



https://kcpetproject.org/

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Finally ... an eclipse

Allie: Where are my eclipse glasses, Mother?
Quickly! The sun's about to disappear!


(no worries - no cats' eyes were harmed for this photo! this was just a moody shot taken one weekend afternoon, but it makes a fitting introduction for this long-overdue eclipse photo gallery)

Here is what it looked like for us in Missouri, along the line of totality, August 21, 2017
Enjoy!



As we set up, the clouds were still drifting across the sun, (well, okay the moon was, as well!) but they swiftly cleared.



See the red sunspots?



Totality itself was amazing, viewed through the lens. White streaks of light, waving around the edges ... they might have been thought a part of science-fiction movie magic. Nope, they're real.


The red parts are solar prominences. They're not flares, as they're still contained by the Sun's magnetic field.

During totality, the temperature noticeably dropped. It appeared eerie, otherworldly. And in fact, that's a far more apt description than one might realize.

The eerieness comes from the fact that you are experiencing dusk - but at a time of day when the wavelength of light is shorter - and your body instinctively recognizes this.

Normally at dusk, the wavelength of visible light is much longer, and it's coming through a lot more atmosphere on the horizon as the Sun sets or rises. Here, the light is straight overhead and the wavelength of visible light is shorter.

So it truly is otherworldly -- it might be said that this is what visible light might look like if you were standing on a planet much farther away from the Sun than our Earth.


This one, and the next, are probably my favorite. Who knew the Sun was so beautiful?


Finally, as totality reaches its end, you experience the Diamond Ring effect. A photograph truly cannot catch this brilliant flash of light that flares out at you.



At this point, the filter goes back over the camera and the photos return to their orange tint.

(unfortunately, we missed the International Space Station's epic photobomb -- clouds had obscured it!)

simulation of how things appeared during totality

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