It's too hot to go outside these days. We're in a protracted heat wave. So Dani has to content herself with playing inside.
As you can see she has plenty of toys to keep her busy. There's her bird's nest, her snail, a couple of rope mice, her floppity fish and a bunch of balls.
She also has her three-track ball tower which she got for her last birthday. Truth be told she's whacked those things around so much, it's not quite so exciting anymore.
One of her favourite toys, though, are plastic springs which are good to chase around or carry in your mouth. It's also fun to push them under furniture and then find them later. It's isn't unusual to see one turn up in Dani's water bowl.
"I ackshully prefers SPRING watah." she says.
And there's nothing better than hunkering down in your cat basket surrounded by toys. Dani likes to keep them all close by.
Dani has always been one to purrsue a bargain. So now that she can get her hair cut again, she's exploring the cheapest way to get it done. Luckily for her, there are a number of dollar stores close by.
As a cat comic, her image is already a little edgy, so why not have the hair to go with it?
Today is the 153rd birthday of Canada. July 1st is Canada Day and Sox has come over to our house to celebrate with Dani.
They are both mesmerized by the fireworks so they're missing everything else that's going on around them.
The porch is decorated with several Canadian flags; a red maple leaf on white banded by red on each side. Dani is wearing a red and white wide-brimmed hat for the occasion as well as a fancy red bow with a bouquet of white flowers and an inverted red maple leaf at her throat.
Sox is sporting a bright red top hat with a white band decorated with maple leaves, and a coordinating bowtie in red and white, also highlighting -- guess what? -- yes, those famous Canadian red maple leaves.
Dani and Sox both have balloons proudly displaying "Oh Canada" (which are the first two words of our national anthem). Dani's is tethered to her garnet bracelet and Sox has attached his to his wristwatch.
Of course no celebration is complete without something to nibble. So Dani and Sox each have a plate of poutine (pronounced "poo teen"). Although you may think this term sounds more like a reference to a teenager who hasn't yet finished toilet training, instead it is a uniquely Canadian dish first created in the Province of Quebec:
"Poutine is a Quebecois dish made of fresh-cut french fries topped with cheese curds and covered in brown gravy. It first appeared in 1950s rural Quebec snack bars. It was widely popularized across Canada and beyond in the 1990s and has become an iconic symbol of both Quebecois cuisine and culture."
Yum! It is indeed a guilty pleasure, and purrfect for a party, birthday or otherwise.
Dani and Sox best pay attention or they may lose their treat. There are two Canada geese taking a gander at those plates of poutine and they're poised to gobble it up! Of course if the geese eat their poutine, the cats can always eat the geese. I think they call this a "two-fur".
All kidding aside Canadian geese are national symbols and are a protected species.
We want them to proliferate.
So to all Canadians and our friends around the world, have a Happy Canada Day!
(while practising your social distancing, of course)
And if you're going to be out and about where you may encounter more people be sure to wear your masks, just like Dani and Sox.