Also for #NationalCatDay, our current pet cats Paladin and Pippin sharing the cat tower yesterday and today. Normally they don’t like to be that close to each other, except when there’s food involved. 🐈

Paladin and Pippin

Pippin and Paladin

It’s #NationalCatDay and #ThrowbackThursday, so here are some pictures of our former cat Pixel from 2005, enjoying some leashed outside time (he grew up indoor/outdoor in NZ, then became indoor-only except when leashed when we moved to the US). 🐈

Pixel sniffing grass

Pixel with harness and leash

David and Pixel

Pixel and tulips

Pixel and grasses

The sub-freezing snap we’re having has confused the trees; here is a gingko tree that dropped most of its leaves before they had a chance to change from green. 🌱🌳❄️🍃🍂

Gingko tree

Gingko leaves

I have two quotes about voting in my collection, both from Robert A. Heinlein, unsurprisingly. The first is my favorite; here is the second, from To Sail Beyond the Sunset: 💬

A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens … which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens.

If you’re in the US, vote. Make good choices, people.

It’s still below freezing overnight, so unsurprisingly the waterers in the chicken runs are frozen, with some nice icicles. (Don’t worry, they have heated waterers inside the coops.) 🐓❄️

Chickens and frozen waterer

Frozen waterer

Icicles