The Cats ARE Smart!

Ok, I just need to share an exciting update.

The cats are learning to use the cat door! Chris and Tom have been able to get OUT of the laundry room since the first day of locking them in. George has been sitting in the room after we lock him in and just yowl, which would make Tom and Chris wait just around the corner so if he did come out, they could pounce.

Well, last night, I confirmed that Tom went IN on his own and after George stalked me whining, I shoved him through the door, heard him in the litter, then a little bit later, he came shooting out of the door, completely panicked all on his own!

There was definitely some concern that George was never going to figure it out, especially after his toe pinching experience, but they all seem to be figuring it out. Chris and Tom aren’t really that surprising. Not saying they are smart, but they are the cats who break into closets, pawing at the bi-fold doors until they can wedge their nose through. George is a bit more laid back and expectant of his humans, well, me.

I have a new camera! That’s also fun for me. I need toys. It’s not a replacement to my Nikon DSLR, it’s a point and shoot for when I don’t want to carry the DSLR, which is most of the time. It’s great for what it is. The trick to picking a P&S camera is knowing what type of photos you want to take most often, because they have certain advantages and they are fixed lenses. Can’t swap them out.

I have the Nikon Coolpix S9100 now. It was a tough decision for me, because I like two things, Outdoor Zoom and indoor low light photography. The S9100 is a great compact zoom. It has a longer zoom than my current longest DSLR zoom. But, it’s not the best for indoor photos. The Nikon P300 is a much better indoor, low light camera. The S9100 is decent indoors. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve taken a bunch of test photos with it and they are pretty good, but it also misses a lot of shots due to blurring effects and higher ISO. It’s taking them mostly at 800 ISO.

Amazon sold another copy of my self-published short story. That makes me smile and giggle and want to finish other projects. I hope they read it and enjoyed it, well at least I hope they chortled or spit out their drink. I don’t know.

I have to say the statistics available to self-published authors is pretty cool. You can think about it too much, but it’s still interesting. I mean, I don’t do anything at SmashWords. I don’t really mention that it is there, but still I get ‘views’ on a regular basis.

I wish Amazon would give these types of statistics, not that it helps anything or changes anything, but STATISTICS!

Things seem to be in a positive place right now. In the next two weeks, I have my 14th anniversary and it seems like we’re going to try for 15 years at this point. I can tell you when we got married, the highest bid was four years. Also, I am going for a camping trip with my buddies from high school. Likely they will try to get me to do a nine mile hike over the white mountains again. I would be risking death. I almost died of fat man hiking over mountain last time. My son is performing in the play he has been practicing at drama camp all summer. So, that’s what I have. Hope you are doing well. Sorry for the boring post about me. Next time it will be an exciting post about me. Or maybe not. I can’t believe you read this far. I started skimming once I got to the fourth sentence.

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