Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Love and Passion

Is it love, affection, obsession
Is it warmth, adores or possession
Could it be communication, or vibration
Maybe a part of visualisation
Friendship, tenderness, fondness
Passion, care and all

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Meet Lolly, Waffle and Munchkin!!!

The latest addition to the family are really cute! After a week plus, two of the little kitties are already opening their eyes and start having their vision. The colour is blue, and will change after a while. Only Loly is yet to open her eyes.Their size is almost doubled now!

Chow-chow time!

Honeybun has been a great mom so far. She always gives in to her litter's demand for milk and never abandoned them. Once in a while, she 'requested' for a playtime in the garden. Ooooohhh.....she's still so young and seems like a little girl, playing with the leaves and chasing after the bees. And now, she's a Mom!

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And a Big Thank You to Katztales and Target and Au for the International Bloggers Community Award for Minty and Honeybun (and for saying that we are cute.....lol!)!

Edited: Update. Lolly's name is changed to Sugar. Lol!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Three Calicos

Honeybun appears in my life out of tragedy, sheer luck and I believe, to an extent, visualization. And of course, on top of it all, God's will. I have repeatedly write this story in several entries, among them, Cat's Story Untold, and a very recent entry, Minty and Honeybun.

But now she is blessed with another surprise that caught me off guard totally.

She is such a sweet tiny little kitten, a baby to the family and we never thought of her other than that. However recently one morning, I almost jumped out of my skin when .....

I heard a loud meowing, not from Oreo, Minty, or even Honeybun. They're little kittens. I looked around and it comes from Honeybun's 'apartment'!

She gave birth to 3 little kittens, 2 Calicos and 1 Diluted Calico. The father is Minty!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

First Outdoor Masterpiece

It may be not a big deal to most of us, infact, not a big deal to moi either...lol. Except, this is my first effort to arrange 4 different plants in a medium-sized pot. The name of plants, please don't ask me. I am the type who appreciates and admire them, but when come to names, especially the scentifically botanic names, I won't even bother to memorize.

Back to my 'masterpiece', this is actually a maiden effort to enhance my garden further. After moving to this house for more than a year now, I feel that this place needs some improvement and more artistic layout. Its time to redecorate and implement new ideas and concept to an already not-so-bad garden....haha!

The other day I invited a landscape designer to plan my garden. She was full of ideas. Among other things she mentioned was this concept, "...don't plant just one plant in a pot, put 3-5 plants together!" So, guess what, at the earliest opportunity we made our way to Sg Buloh and choose some plants as well as some other indoor plants.

Well, I think its a brilliant and refreshing idea and the outcome is beautiful. And if you haven't tried it already, you might want to adopt this concept for your garden! :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Minty and Honey Bun

Quite a number of things to cat-update! All are cute and exciting! I don't know which one to write first!

Ok, ok, I choose this one first, because its more important in sequence, but not in event. So, it will be the finishing of Minty's misAdventures. This time Mommy will finish the story for him because 1. He is out playing right now, and 2. He was not too happy about it to tell you despite the fact that he did find home, at last.

Excerpt from last 'episode';

Mommy...! (Meeoow....meeooww....meeooww!)

Minty? Minty? Is that you? You're not a ghost, aren't you? Is it really you??!!

Mommy...! I am so happy and excited! Oh, I missed home. Home, at last!

But...what's that furry orange little thing doing there? What is it?? What is it doing here??

To be continued....again!


Here goes! On the day Minty was missing, I was so upset and angry with the vet and their staff. The vet was conveniently not around, so the staff gets all my ventings. I was teary and went out to the back lanes to search for Minty for more than half an hour, but he was nowhere to be found. When I came back to the shop, they told me that they would take responsibility by replacing my loss.

It's not the same, but what else can I do? Sue them? I was tempted! However, I am one who believes that everything that happens, happened for a reason. So, initially I wanted a cat as closest to Minty. Blue smoke male persian. But they can't find one.

So I called my breeder friend, and she has available, a Red and White Bi-colour flat faced female kitten. I gave the contact to the staff and they got her for me for about USD400. And that's how I got Honey Bun!

Honey Bun arrived at our home the day before Minty found his way back! Yes, that was the 'orange little thing' that he discovered when he got home!

It was still early in the morning when I went downstairs to see this very strangely familiar cat entering my front door. The cat was meowing loudly and he looked like Minty, but of course I wasn't 'expecting' him. I thought it was a different cat until he looked right at me and ran towards me! OMG, it was Minty! I just couldn't believe my eyes. He was rubbing himself against me but suddenly all his hairs stood up! When he saw Honey Bun!!!

The End! :)

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Strawberry Jam

Suddenly I realised that I had too much strawberry in the fridge for me to be able to finish it before it gets spoilt. Oh dear, I can't be eating them too much since its not exactly sweet for normal consumption.Then I remembered seeing Anna Oleson on Astro doing strawberry jam.

The only challenge is, I didn't write down the recipe. I only remembered that she used 4 cups of sugar and how many strawberries? I tried googling her up but can't find exactly what I was looking for...(not fast enough) as I already cut the strawberries into pieces and put several spoons of sugar on the stove.

So I found the recipe below from All Recipes and its simple enough to follow. Except I didn't follow it 100%. Things like the sterile jar, the runny test, etc...haha. No patient for that. In fact, I can't exactly recall the amount of sugar I put. But you can definitely follow the recipe below.

Well, for tomorrow, you bet, I am having fresh strawberry jam with bread and butter for breakfast! Yummy!

Strawberry Jam
Recipes from: All Recipes.com

2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled
4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (105 degrees C). Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal. Process any unsealed jars in a water bath. If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don't bother with processing, and just refrigerate.

To test for jelling
Place three plates in a freezer... after about 10 minutes of boiling place a tsp of the liquid of the jam onto the cold plate. Return to freezer for a minute. Run your finger through the jam on the plate... if it doesn't try to run back together (if you can make a line through it with your finger) it's ready to be canned!