Motor’s brakes: My broken cat

Sorry, that’s the brakes

Motor's brakes (or breaks) 10September2018

My cat, Motor, has to put the brakes on for a while. He was outside a few days ago and when he came in, something was not quite right with one of his front legs. The vet x-rayed him and we were told he had a broken leg.

Motor's brakes (or breaks) 10September2018

We don’t know how he did it, but he is not a happy cat right now. Dogs sometimes get to wear the “cone of shame” for a while but cats just have to learn to deal with it.

Motor's brakes (or breaks) 10September2018

He keeps asking me if he can go out. No, Motor, not for a while. You get to wear that colorful splint for four to six weeks.

I have been a little distracted lately making sure he doesn’t fall off of things. Why does he have to jump to the highest spots?

Motor Kitty Tesla October2017

Here he is during happier times on my lap with our other cat and not-so-tiny dog.

Motor celebrated his 16th birthday recently. I hope he recovers well and is able to celebrate a few more.

Watch out Space Station!

Yesterday I went out early in the morning to see if I could spot the International Space Station going by. I saw it and snapped a quick photo without composing it. I was using the SkyView Free app on my phone. This is the picture I got through the app!

Orion constellation about to smash the International Space Station 16November2017

Orion the Hunter is about to smash the International Space Station. Uh oh.

To find the International Space Station where you live, go to this NASA site – Spot the Station. Type in your location, click the pin on the map, and then click “View sighting opportunities.” It tells you when it will be going by, where to look in the sky, and how long it will be visible. Seeing the station zoom by is an impressive sight.

WPC: Rare opportunity – with a twist

Young Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

Young Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

So I was sitting in my living room when I saw this lizard scamper across my porch. Seeing a rare opportunity to get a good picture, I jumped up, dropped everything off of my lap, and grabbed my camera. The lizard moved fast but I managed to grab it. After it calmed down from the initial shock of being grabbed by a towering giant, it sunned itself calmly in the warm summer rays while perched on my hand.

Young Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

Soaking up some rays

I quickly snapped several pictures as it posed for me. After I felt like I had snapped enough photos, I gently placed it down on the grass. That was when the fun began. It climbed up my pants leg and vanished from sight.

I brushed my pants this way and that but no lizard. I went into my bathroom and stripped off my pants and shook them and turned them inside out – no lizard. I took off my shirt and thoroughly searched it – still no lizard. I got dressed and happened to look in the mirror and saw a teeny tiny head peering over the top of my head. The little sneak! I grabbed it and took it back outside.

Young Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis on my head

“She will never see me here!”

The pictures that you see at the beginning and end of this post are of the lizard after it had temporarily hidden from me. Do you see the look of satisfaction in its eyes?

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rare

Young Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

Young Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis