2012-08-28

On Saturday, August 25th, I was in Davis California for the First Davis 'Stache and Beard Throwdown organized by the Mustache and Beard Social Club. It was a damn fun event and I made a bunch of new friends. I also managed to win First Place in the Sideburns Category. But you know what? This isn't about that. Before I was in Davis, I was at my Mom's place and she has two new kittens. Awwwww....... I keep forgetting their names so I call them Turtledove and Lilypond.

Not being a very nice person, I decided that I should really find a way to be mean to the kittens, and thus was born the cat teaser!

Feathers

There are wild turkeys all over the place at mom's, and thus, there are wild turkey feathers everywhere.

While collecting these feathers, I also found what I think is a hawk feather. BIRD FIGHT!

String

Did I ever mention that orange is my favorite color? Well it is. It has come to my attention that I do not have any string or twine at my home, and I should really remedy that problem.

Anyway, a few feet of this orange twine will suit my needs perfectly.

Tie a Knot

It's a good thing that I have a book of knots. Unfortunately, I didn't have the book with me and I don't remember any of the rad knots from the book so I just tied the feathers as best I could.

Branch

When visiting a place where there are more trees than people, it is quite easy to find branches for a variety of uses.

For example, this little branch I salvages from the yard waste pile could easily be a:

  • fishing pole
  • campfire hotdog roasting stick
  • campfire marshmellow roasting stick
  • campfire trout roasting stick hmmm.... I should have a campfire soon. mmm smores.

With my trusty Swiss Army knife, I notched a straight branch and tied the other end of the string into the notch.

Finished Cat teaser

Damn, what a terrible photo. Hopefully you get the point though. Basically, this thing is an easy way to dangle feathers in front of a cat.

You may not find it that interesting, but woooooweeeee, shake those feathers in front of a cat and we are talking hours of sadistic, cat teasing fun. shazaam!

Not a Cat Toy

Sideburns are not cat toys, no matter what those cute little bastards think.

Fortunately for me, a few kitten nibbles didn't hamper my competitive edge.

Comments
2013-08-24 Anonymous:
that is such a cute story, Jez. I love the photo of you with Sorella (Lilypond or Turteldove to you.)
2014-01-24 Verbal:
I LOVE the blog! Thanks! Verbal ( From Chicago)
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