Kitchen kitty (“culina cattus” in Latin)… I am pleased to introduce you to Leonard, the newest member of our little household. I chased this formidable tom cat down the streets of San Francisco for a year before I finally caught him! I’d seen him prowling around with a collar on for a while, but it eventually fell off. By the time he let me get close enough to him to grab him I noticed that he wasn’t even fixed. When no one came forward to claim him we took care of that and welcomed him into our home. I am so glad we did, as he is turning out to be quite a character (as can be seen in the photo above). Some of his favorite hobbies are eating, playing string, howling at 6 in the morning, and killing and eating flies (we stop him whenever we catch him in the act). Love ya’, Lenny!
“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” – Victor Hugo
When our beloved rescue lovebird Pepito sadly passed away last year, Keith and I started the Pepito Memorial Bird Garden in his honor. We wanted to help support the wild birds in our backyard, since North American songbird populations are being decimated by the use of pesticides and herbicides, mercury poisoning, climate change, feral cat populations, wind turbines, and radio-frequency radiation exposure.
So, for our neighborhood pigeons, doves, finches, robins, bluejays, mockingbirds, starlings, wrens, cooper’s hawks and hummingbirds we put a bird bath, bird waterer, bird seed feeder, hummingbird feeder, and some bird houses in our backyard, and now we have dozens of daily avian visitors. Our backyard is a veritable orchestra of birdsong and activity.
We couldn’t find any affordable bird seed mix that was organically grown and not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and we certainly didn’t want to provide food for our fine feathered friends that was unhealthy and environmentally damaging… so we decided to make our own! We are lucky to live near the unparalleled whole foods co-op Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, where we are able to purchase organically grown sunflower seeds and millet at great prices in bulk for our little buddies. Here’s the recipe for our homemade bird seed mix.