Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunday Selections #233

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week I am going to start with a mystery.  Hopefully someone will have an answer for me.  

Is this an insect nest, or a home for eggs?  And what type of beastie built it?  It is two or three inches long.  The strands move in the breeze.



And, because I know that insects give some people the squicks, a portrait of Jazz.  Hogging himself's part of the sofa and daring him to try and sit down.  

Jazz stretched out on the carpet - he is a big boy isn't he?


And Jewel, who is nearly as camera shy as I am, curled up tight as a ball on top of her cat cave.  She only gets into it when it is reeeeeally cold.  


 And some more not quite frozen bubbles.  They lose their irridescence, turn white and partially freeze in the temperatures we have been getting.  The weather, while not precisely balmy, hasn't been cold enough for a little while.  I am hoping for a minus eight or nine (C).  I am probably the only person hoping for a minus eight or nine.







 

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  1. Jazz is definitely a full sized cat! And I love your bubbles, and I'm looking forward to some taken in colder weather, too. I think it's making me feel cooler to look at those frozen bubbles. :-)

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    1. DJan: I am pretty certain that when we next go to the vet they will talk about 'fat pads'. I am also certain that none of us will enjoy cutting his food back.

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  2. I'm going to blow bubbles this winter and see if they'll freeze, if we get that cold. We didn't last winter, but the winter before we sure did. I can't wait to try it! Jewel is almost invisible curled in her cozy.

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    1. Strayer: Jewel likes being invisible. She is a supreme hider, and tucks herself away well. Jazz is more into sprawling...
      I am looking forward to your frozen bubbles. Good luck.

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  3. Is that branch of stuff on the sidewalk or hanging from the side of a building? In either case, no idea.
    If there are to be any bubbles in the northern hemisphere next winter, they won't be mine.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The branch of stuff (great description) hangs beside our front door. And has done for a while.
      Perhaps you could coerce a young thing to freeze bubbles for you.

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  4. The bubbles are great. We've not had the temps as low as yours but it's been pretty cold up here over the past few days, but I've just rugged up and kept snuggled up inside with my two furry mates. If I've no reason to go out...I don't. Simple! lol

    Great to see pics of Jazz and Jewel. Jazz, like my Remy is a big fellow...while Jewel, like my Shama is the smaller-framed. Remy was like a little furry brick when he was a kitten.

    I hope the week ahead treats you and the Skinny One kindly, EC...cuddles to the two furry celebrities. :)

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    1. Lee: The skinny one's Brisbane family has retired to bed to wait out the cold snap. It isn't as cold as here, but the houses are not well adapted to cooler weather either.
      When Jazz first came to live with us he was an adolescent and was rather like a giraffe. All legs. And appetite.
      A great week to the three of you.

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    2. Friday was our coldest day here...and I could see no point freezing my butt off, so I, too, like the Skinny One's Brisbane family, crawled back into bed...surrounded by magazines, books, my two furry mates who were also feeling the nip in the air and there we stayed with no feelings of guilt whatsoever. Feeling eventually returned to my fingers and toes...and to their paws! :) The day was spent reading and watching recorded shows and movies on TV....and it was just great! lol

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    3. Lee: I suspect lots of Queensland families have been enjoying doona days. Luxury.

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  5. I have a question (from a dog person). Do cats roll in disgusting things too? Always wondered.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Yes and no. I have never (fortunately) known a cat that liked to roll in dead things. However, one of our cats humiliated a house guest by doing her very best to crawl into the guest's sweaty shoes. The cat was purring and dribbling and obviously loved it. The guest went out the next day and bought new ones...

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    2. One of our cats delights in doing the same thing. It's embarrassing!

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  6. It looks like a caterpillar case that has decayed. Frozen bubbles! I don't think I have seen any here, and I don't really want to.

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    1. Andrew: I hadn't even thought of a caterpillar case. I don't think so, because I have never seen it 'joined together', but it is a thought.

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  7. Dear EC
    What an interesting mystery. Your cats are beautiful and very photogenic. The frozen bubble experiments are fascinating too - who knew that you could do that? Minus eight or nine? Brrrr! We're enjoying 21 degrees centigrade in the UK, which is positively balmy for us...
    Enjoy your experiments (and mysteries)
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: 21 C is pleasant. My sweet spot (where I am happiest) is around 14, but 21 is fine. Sadly our summer will soar past that very quickly. For the moment I am revelling into the crisp, cool days that are our winter.

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  8. you are really on a roll with those frozen bubbles; no idea about the insect, your cat has it all under control.

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    1. Linda Starr: What the cats have under control is me. Both of them.

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  9. My dog does that with the carpet, too! We moved from a house with no carpet to one that is almost all carpet. I keep finding her rolling around on it!

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    1. Stephanie Faris: They do appreciate a bit of luxury don't they? And Jazz demands it.

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  10. It's cold everywhere at the moment, usually no real look forward to spring but this year it will be good for summer and warm days to come.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merlesworld: Not me. Summer can wait. Even spring can wait - particularly because I have spring flowers in bloom.

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  11. Your cats remind me of my Jim cat. He's a big boy and almost all black except for a bit of white under his chin.

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    1. mshatch: I have a huge weakness for black cats. Well all cats, but at least one black cat has shared my life for as long as I can remember. Jazz is completely black (inside and out) and Jewel has about five white hairs between her legs.

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  13. The bubbles in the first three pics look almost perfect! I hope you get your heavy frost (and that we don't).
    Jazz is so self-assured. He knows he's beautiful, doesn't he?

    The mystery stuff looks like a nest to me. Hope it's not going to hatch something nasty! Happy Sunday to the four of you.

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    1. Alexia: As I expected and hoped my mystery has been identified. Not once, but several times. Which is lovely.
      I will happily take your heavy frost. Please.

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  14. look here: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/2009-archive/case-moths/ or here http://museumvictoria.com.au/caughtandcoloured/collectiondetail.aspx?strCat=insect&IRN=1091609&mIRN=212996 for your stick cocoon

    and i love your cats. miss mine so much.

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    1. Things Are Looking U.P: Thank you. Andrew was righter than I was, and you have nailed it. My confidence in the blogosphere was not misplaced.
      Of course you miss Oreo. There are cats who still yank on my heart strings.

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  15. The beastie thing is a bit ugly isn't it? What were we saying about nature not always being beautiful? I am still cheering for those bubbles!

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    1. carolincairns: I was intrigued by it. I suppose it isn't precisely beautiful - but fascinating.
      And keep cheering for the bubbles. I will perfect it. Perhaps not this year but I will get a perfect bubble of ice.

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  16. I see them from time to time here and often wonder if it's a moth caterpillar, or similar, that's made a camouflage home until it emerges safely, perhaps?

    Jazz is so glossy and beautiful, as is lovely Jewel. So nice to see them :)

    Those ice bubbles are so cool! Our bird baths were completely frozen over this morning - and that's saying something, as we live in a forested mini micro climate here on the mountain...
    I'm relishing these moments, because summer will be upon us soon enough. Ugh.

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    1. Vicki: Ugh to Summer indeed. We already have spring bulbs in bloom which worries me.
      Clever people have identified that case as a case moth or bag worm. It has done an Elvis and left the building but I will look out for more.

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  17. You are indeed the only person who hopes for minus eight or nine. Possibly in the world.

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    1. Michael G D'Agostino: Surely not the world. I hope you didn't suffer too much when you were in my city. And now you are safely home again, cross your fingers for my cool day. One or two of them so I can be sure to catch the moment.

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    2. You know what, I preferred the weather in Canberra. In Adelaide it's so windy that it becomes bitter.

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    3. Michael G D'Agostino: The lazy winds - the ones which go through you, rather than round you. We get them in Spring.

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  18. Hi Sue,

    Jazz and Jewel are two of Penny's favourite Australian cats. Then again, Penny doesn't know any other Australian cats. Strewth!

    I hope you get the most frozen bubbles ever! How cool that would be.

    Right then, time for me to actually get some sleep. Yes, time zones!

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: I hope you do get some sleep. Have had some sleep. Insomnia and fatigue live together too often.

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  19. I have to say that the frozen bubbles do it for me.

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    1. Sonya Ann: I am fascinated by them - and more than a little peeved as well. So close, and not quite there. Damnit.

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  20. Because you have such a different environment than I, there is no way that I could guess what those first few pictures show. However, I do recognize the cat species; I had a cat like Jazz and he was a black shorthair.

    I have always loved bubbles. They are a joy in life.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Bubbles, rainbows and balloons. I hope I am never ever too jaded to enjoy them.

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  21. Love the bubbles...and wishing it was cold here. Temp is 41C here right now.

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    1. Karen: 41??? That is obscene. I hope you get some relief soon. Very soon.

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  22. It's a case moth EC, the grubs stick their front parts out of the top and drag the 'case' around with them while they eat. Well found! I come across them sometimes but not as often as I'd like to.

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    1. Kim: So I have learnt. Thank you. I gather they are partial to wattle and I will go and check ours tomorrow. Fascinating critters.

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  23. Yes, a case moth, or "bagworm." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagworm_moth has more info.

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    1. dinahmow: Reading the links that helpful people have given me I gather that the pupae are high in protein and eaten in some parts of the world as well. Live and learn. The moth has flown in this case.

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  24. I love the idea of photographs of frozen bubbles. Photographs, you understand, viewed from the warmth of my study. None of this -8 stuff!

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: Wimp. It is invigorating to be out in the frost at first light juggling with soap bubbles and a camera. Really it is. And one morning I gave up because it was getting too warm - and discovered we were still in the negatives when I came inside. The dread disease has its advantages...

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  25. It does look like a bagworm cocoon; you might want to get rid of it whilst it's singular and before it infects your trees. Once established they are extremely difficult to get rid of. I can remember my grandfather having bagworm burning days... he'd cut the 'bags', which can get rather large, out of the trees, douse them with petrol and set them alight. Pretty awful really.
    I'm enjoying your ice bubble endeavours; please don't stop showing them.

    My daughter had a ginger cat named Sir Thomas Munchalot; I'd say he and Jazz were of a size.

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    1. Jacquelineand...: The moth has flown. I will double check the wattle tree (which I have learnt they prefer) in the morning.
      I really, really hope that I do get a perfect ice bubble. If not this year, next.
      And Jazz could be subtitled Sir Thomas Munchalot. He is a very, very food oriented cat.

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  26. I like your cats and your bubble experiments.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you. I am fond of them myself.

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  27. Just got back from my nephew's 60th birthday party where we wore
    Groucho glasses & blew bubbles--what fun!!







































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    1. fishducky: That sounds like a heap of fun. And I am sure it was.

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  28. At first glance I saw a skeletal hand and wrist, but closer inspection proved me wrong. Bag worms ? Never heard of them, I'll have to keep an eye out in case we get them here.
    Love the bubbles and of course Jazz and Jewel.
    My devilish Angel seems to love the cold, insisting on going into the back porch several times before I turn out the lights at night.

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    1. River: Both Jazz n Jewel demand that I let them out in the morning, and they last less than half an hour most days at the moment. To be fair frost on bare pads would be cold.

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  29. What a beautiful black cat & I bet it's so well loved...
    I guess you might be the only person hoping for a - deg night...but I see fun for you coming with the camera...hope you get your wish..

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    1. whiteangel: Both of the black cats are very well loved. And yes, I do know that most people don't want the negative temperatures.

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  30. We call them case moths here in Sydney and I've known them all my life but never heard or seen that they become a problem. Just a caterpillar that makes a nice silken case covered with sticks, twigs and other interesting bits, that hangs itself up when not busy eating and eventually turns into a moth. Quite rare these days and greeted with great joy when we find on in the garden. I think you've had a lovely visitation, EC!

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    1. Carol: I found it fascinating even before I knew what it was - and am even more intrigued now. Getting rarer? Pesticides, climate or something else?

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  31. Ick. I hope it's for caterpillars as some have said, and not for chomping or stinging creatures. Thank you for the cat chasers to wash away the things I imagined. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: It is caterpillars. A caterpillar with a moveable house, who sticks its head out and munches as it moves. I am sure that you could create a truly scary story from that concept. One that even cats couldn't wash away...

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  32. Bubbles and cats make me happy. Do you follow kenju on Just Ask Judy? She has new cats and it's quite a story.

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    1. Grannie Annie: How lovely to see you here. I hope you are feeling much, much better. I don't know that blog - and will have to explore.

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  33. the squicks:) I love that word! New one for me.....thanks for that:)
    Those bubbles.....swoon:)
    That was a sweet inspire; another thank you:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I hope the squicks have no place in your life. Just bubbles. And colour. And joy.

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  34. Jazz and Jewel are the prettiest cats, and love their comfort just like I do :) Your insect photo is fascinating and how I love blowing bubbles. I have enjoyed your frozen ones but the light caught in the non-frozen ones is very beautiful.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Bubbles are a childhood joy that I hope to never, ever lose. Frozen ones are still a work in progress.

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  35. Lovely cats and clearly loving their pampered lives! Your frozen bubbles are getting very good. You'll perfect the art just in time for spring and summer!

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    1. Craig: Spring is fine, but don't mention summer. Please. And hopefully I will perfect the bubbles by then.
      Jazz n Jewel would tell you that they are underprivileged. They are strangers to the truth.

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  36. Ah, to be Jazz! Cats always look like they are leading the most marvelous life :). Hope you are having a great weekend.

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    1. totallycaroline: In my next life I would like to be a cat. Preferably one of my own so I can be suitably indulged. Difficult that.

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  37. I definitely enjoyed pic of Jazz more than the bugs! Ha, ha.

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    1. Bookie: Oh good. There should be enjoyment in every day. Lots of enjoyment.

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  38. Okay,
    JAZZ is the KING of CATS.
    Just sayin' xxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Jazz would agree with you. Jewel says that she is pretty special too. And she is right.
      Hugs.

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  39. In our winters, you can have all sorts of frozen bubbles. Your creatures are so different, no idea what your mystery is.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Mystery solved. A case moth cocoon. And I do envy you your winters.

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  40. I know nothing to clear up your mystery. Hope it's not termites or something destructive. I love Jazz and Jewel. They must keep you quite entertained throughout the day. I love bubbles too, but I know I'll never make a frozen bubble. I don't like the cold.

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    1. Myrna R.: It is the heat I hate, so freezing bubbles is less challenging for me that for lots of people. If only the weather co-operates.
      Jazz n Jewel are both rescue cats and have given us at least as much (more) than we give them.

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  41. The frozen bubbles are wild.
    No idea on the insect. Rather creepy though.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I hope your holiday was wonderful. I found the insect fascinating - and even more so as I learned about it. The bubbles are a fun obsession too. Not quite cold enough this morning or I would be outside playing again.

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  42. Loving all your photos...so adorable!

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  43. Tell me, what kind of the insect EC, please?

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    1. Bob Bushell: Clever people have told me it is a case moth cocoon. You can find more pictures HERE

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  44. Jazz, Jewel and you bubble experiments are delightful!

    Wasp condo?

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    1. Cloudia: Caterpillar cocoon. Not one I knew, and one I will now look out for.
      Jazz n jewel and I thank you.

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  45. Wow, those bubbles look like amoebae! And the nesty thing looks like the world's creepiest skeleton hand. Nice eye as always, EC.

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    1. John Wiswell: A few of you have seen the skeleton hand. It escaped me, and now it is all I see.
      And the amoebae is also a simile I hadn't thought of. You are right though.

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  46. The bubbles amaze me. I would have never thought to try that. Love the photos of the cats. They are both adorable.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Until a friend sent me an email about frozen bubbles it had never crossed my mind either. I am so glad it did. Frustrated - but glad. Hooray for cat lovers.

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  47. Those bubbles photographed nicely. And your cats are definitely beauties. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: The cats and I thank you.

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  48. The combination of Jazzy and frozen bubbles almost erased the insect nests.

    Have a peaceful week, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Only almost? I can see I will need to put up more antidotes next time I launch into insects...

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  49. Jazz is such a beautiful cat, he looks so much like my cat Windwalker.

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    1. Lon Anderson: Windwalker is a WONDERFUL name for a cat.

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  50. I had never heard of a case moth or a bag worm- but I am glad you have readers who could identify your mystery as such! Your cats are so beautiful - as are the frozen bubbles!!

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    1. Susan F.: Isn't the education we find in the blogosphere wonderful? I am so grateful.

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  51. I'm thinking it's some sort of worm? I've never seen anything like that before! Beautiful cats and glad to see you're still trying to freeze those bubbles :)

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    1. Madilyn Quinn: I am determined to freeze a complete bubble. This year or next. You are nearly right about my mystery. A case moth cocoon - also known as a bag worm.

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  52. So I've read the links left by a kind reader and the comments of other readers and I have to say I'd be a bit worried about those case moths taking over the yard! Hopefully they are just a delightful one-off for you. I never know what the best thing is to do when the bugs are eating the plants and I feel sorry for both.

    I would love as many pictures of your cats as you want to post, by the way.

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    1. jenny_o: There is no sign of them invading the yard. None. I will watch for them though, as the more I read, the more intrigued I become.
      I will post more of the furry tyrants. They rule the house - and my heart.

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  53. I'm not sure what it is - if it's insects it's totally interesting. Well, it is interesting, insects or not. Period. I like Jazz's "bored" look while lounging on the sofa. So, what's wrong with minus eight or nine? It's winter for you after all, isn't it?

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    1. Carola Bartz: I am perfectly happy with winter, and don't mind how cold it gets. I seem to be in the minority. On the other hand I often wish summer away.
      My mystery was identified as a case moth cocoon, built and decorated with things from the yard. Fascinating. I have never seen one - and will watch out for them.

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  54. Nice photos.
    Wih you happy wintertime...
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: I am loving our winter - and hope you are revelling in your summer. Hugs.

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  55. I have no idea what that nest is - strange indeed, your cats are sweet, I once had a black cat named Poncho, your's reminds me of him.

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    1. Linda Starr: I have had many, many black cats in my life. All much loved.

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  56. That is a strange nest. And your cat is adorable!

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    1. ladyfi: It is a fascinating cocoon. I will keep my eye out for more now.

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  57. Awesome bubbles!! Though I don't want the weather that comes with them. I asked hubby what he thought the mystery nest thing was and he said "Is it in Australia? " I nodded yes. He said "It could be anything then." Hahahahaha, watch out for that Jabberwocky you love coming back for it's eggs eh?!

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    1. All Consuming: The Jabberwocky would lay MUCH bigger eggs than that. And guard them well.

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  58. I came here on Sunday, forgot what I was going to say, and went back
    home again. Sorry!

    Anyway, the pics of your cats are adorable, by the way. And the bubbles ... oh, my. Love those :)

    Hope things are good in your little corner of the world?

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    1. Wendy: Lovely to see you out and about in the blogosphere. How is your writing going? Have you killed any publishers or agents yet?
      Things are muddling along here. Which is as much as we can hope for.

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    2. Thanks. No, not killed any agents/publishers (yet), but kidnapping has often sprung to mind .. This writing lark is getting more and more tedious by the day.

      Glad to hear things are muddling along. It's the best we can hope for I guess ... sadly.

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    3. Wendy: Not the writing lark but the lack of recognition. I hope. Writers are my heroes. I need them/you all.

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  59. I'm back, so very curious if you got the correct answer to that very curious nest of sorts. A great mystery indeed! I do like to figure out things like that. Of course your kitty antics are always sweet and still amazed at your bubbles!

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    1. Closest I could find was a moth cocoon. See image here. Slightly similar. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40132175@N06/4704397597

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    2. Karen S.: It does indeed seem to be a case moth cocoon. As far as I can see they will use whatever comes to hand - and no two will be the same. Fascinating. Amazing. And I am so grateful for the education.

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    3. Oh me too, thanks for sharing this photo, it's something I enjoy to do too! I'm still a library person, but I do enjoy having Google at my fingertips instantly!

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  60. Glad your mystery was solved. I've not seen anything like that ever.
    Your cats are just being cats as cats will be for all time and they are both so beautiful.
    Your frozen bubbles amaze me. I'd not have thought of such an experiment and of course it is never cold enough in Perth although of late the temps have been quite low at night. I am so loving this winter weather but as the days lengthen I begin to feel the threat of another hot summer.

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    1. Mimsie: I am not looking forward to summer either. At all. And fear we are heading for another scorcher.

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  61. A moth cocoon - I'd have never guessed! I was mystified.

    Love the frozen bubbles and your cats! So funny that Jazz wants to sit where himself sits. :) I love cats.

    I'm camera shy, too. I do not like to be photographed either.

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    1. Lynn: Mystified sums up exactly how I felt. I am really grateful to be educated. There are more photos of camera shy Jewel than there are of me. Which is a good thing.

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  62. I had no guess, so it's amazing to learn it's a moth cocoon. How inventive, but the insect world is. Those bubbles are cool, I can imagine the iridescence. Cats seem to love the camera, me, not at all. For some reason I always look like me. :)

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    1. Yolanda Renee: Welcome. You have summed up why I avoid cameras beautifully.
      The insect world is indeed endlessly inventive. Architects and builders. Marvels.

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  63. These photos are absolutely amazing. Shows just how intriguing the insect world can be when seen in close up especially. You don't see things like this every day. :-)

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    1. Denise Covey: Thank you. I have never seen a cocoon like this before - and will keep my eyes open better in future.

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  64. I like cats that are friendly. I remember visiting a friends house recently, she invited me in and we sat down at the kitchen table. She made the most amazing biscuits which I ate greedily, lol. Eventually we moved to the couch and thats when Ginger came in, LOL. Ginger circled my legs continuously, purring, growling almost. The cat was jealous!

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    1. Spacerguy: Cats do indeed get jealous. Some of them very jealous. If I kiss himself goodnight while Jazz is sitting with him Jazz complains. Loudly. You are lucky that Ginger wasn't quite growling. Jazz would have been. And his claws belong on a spectacular and evil space monster.

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  65. How patient were you to get the bubble shots? Impressive!

    Jazz and Vasil have GOT to be siblings.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Much as I love Jazz, the thought that he has relatives is more than a little scary. Some aspects of his character are less than stellar. His heart is as black as his fur.

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  66. I'm glad some very smart bloggers were able to solve your mystery for you. (And for the rest of us, too... that cocoon is very interesting-looking.)

    Your cats are beauties, and I really like that cat cave. The way our girls like to burrow under covers and into bags and boxes, I think they'd love it. I'll have to see if I can find a couple of them.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Susan: Jewel loves her cat cave. Jazz not so much. Which, since he is much bigger and meaner, is a good thing. Otherwise he would hog it. Instead he hogs chairs. And the bed.
      I was so very grateful to have the mystery solved. And fascinated.

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  67. Your freezing, almost frozen bubbles are magical! I may steal your idea when winter comes around to my side of the world! Your kitties are beautiful....especially Jazz!

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    1. BECKY: You have much more hope than I do of freezing bubbles. I may remind you when your summer finishes. Jewel says that Jazz is a show off, and that she is every bit as beautiful. She is right. On both counts.

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  68. The bubbles look beautiful and magical- even if you still want it to be colder out for them. :)

    Love the kitty pictures- they make me want to stretch out for a nap.

    Fascinating to learn the first pictures are of a moth cocoon. I learn something new every day. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: I too learn every day. Which is wonderful.

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