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Eppes Crest June 15, 2017

Filed under: Family Crests — Janet @ 11:15 pm

Epps Crest

How’s this for a family crest?  Daniel Eppes was my 9th Great Grandfather, 1598-1630


Do You Love Your Cat – Does Your Cat Love You?

Filed under: Cats,Whiskers — Janet @ 9:31 pm

As regular readers of this blog probably know, I love my cat Katerina dearly.  But does she love me?  She is definitely not a lap cat.  This is a characteristic that I find disconcerting.  Every other cat I have ever known has been a lap cat.  It’s nice.

For example, here’s a vintage family photo and the family cat has chosen my mother.  (The family dog had to be in the photo also.)



Random Vintage Photos

Filed under: Cats,Family memories,Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 7:49 pm

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf013  My cat (and dog) 1950


2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf002  Me imprisoned 1938

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf016  Very proud of my brother  1943

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf024  family gathering   1944   starting from the left -my mother and me, my grandfather, my grandfather’s sister “Auntie”, my mother’s older sister Libbie and her 2 daughters Kitty and Betsy, my mother’s younger sister Alice and 2 of her sons Bill and Bobby


Dearth Of Sparrows

Filed under: Birds,Sparrows — Janet @ 6:32 pm

The flocks of sparrows – little brown birds – have been missing from my garden this year.   But today I felt renewed hope as there was a sustained burst of small birds flying back and forth as I looked out the window bright and early.  Had they just fledged?  In any event, I won’t tell the cat.

5cd2 red fox sparrow


On My Walk……

Filed under: Cats,Flowers,Gardening,Gardens — Janet @ 6:13 pm

On my walk this overcast/rainy morning I noted:

IMG_3465  Doorways in need of refurbishment

IMG_3464  a good idea for supporting sweet peas

IMG_3460  lovely salmon color blooms

IMG_3456  the black and white cat of yesterday – staying inside this morning looking out at the raindrops

IMG_3455  furry looking red foliage contrasting the blue blossoms



Keeping An Eye On Russia

Filed under: Climate Change,Geography,Military Activity,Norway,Russia — Janet @ 5:56 pm

Norway in the news – on the front page of the New York Times yesterday there was an article about a surge in demand for electricity in the far north of Norway.  Specifically on the Norwegian island of Vardo, which is within sight of Russia’s expanding fleet of nuclear submarines armed with ballistic missiles.   The extra electricity is needed to power a radar system to keep track of this increase in Russian military activity  in that part of the world, the Barents Sea.  Russia has increased its activity there as climate change is happening and new shipping routes are opening between Asia and Europe.  There are also prospects of new finds of oil and gas resources.  President Putin has his eye on this joint American-Norwegian funded radar project!

For generations Vardo was sustained by the fishing industry but that industry has mostly collapsed and the population of Vardo has shrunk accordingly.  But now there’s renewed hope for Vardo.