Sunday, November 23, 2014

Buddy 10 Years and Nandi 11 Weeks

Buddy:  Have you missed us since we were offline a few days last week?  Well, in case you have, here is a picture of me doing one of my favorite things in the world - getting ready to eat a treat. 

Micah:  Yesterday we posted that Buddy turned 10 last Thursday.  Or somewhere thereabouts.  We don't know the exact day he was born, just that he was dumped when he was only three or four weeks old.

Merci:  There might be snow on the nose but he's still handsome and hasn't lost his appetite.

Cameron:  Merci, you're talking about him like he's old and you're young, but you're two or three years older than he is.

Marcus:  I hope I look as good when I'm her age.

Sam:  With the trouble you get into, Marcus, you can only hope you live to her age!

Percy:  On a safer note, we have a very short Sunday Smile for you.  This is Nandi, an 11-week-old elephant at the Reid Park Zoo.  Can you imagine arriving to work every morning and being greeted with such enthusiasm?  She's adorable!

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Cyndi:  Oh, Jan, can I have an elephant calf for Christmas?  I promise to stay out from under his feet.

Rusty:  We hope we are finally out of computer hell and on the road to accomplishing something worthwhile.  So much to do and so little computer time to do it.  :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Buddy Is 10

Buddy  In case you haven't noticed, we have been missing for several days.  First our DSL modem died, then our ISP wreaked havoc on our computer and the next day while online, our computer locked, crashed and ... it broke the mouse  - or mouse driver!  We had 3 working mice (is the plural of mouse still mice for computers) and suddenly not a one would do more than right click. 

Marcus:  Suffice it to say, there have been a lot of tears, some HBO thoughts, if not words, and nightmares. 

Sam:  We are finally back and trying to throw a post together for tomorrow (Saturday).   

Merci:  We missed Buddy's 10th birthday on Thursday, so first we want to congratulate him.

Cameron:  We know you didn't get your daily walk or a celebration Thursday, but you did get to see Mr. Doug two days in a row, so we hope that made your day a little special, Buddy.  (Mr. Doug rescued Buddy.)

Cyndi:  Friday was supposed to be our first Mousebreath post in over a month and we missed it.

Micah:  Thankfully, we were able to post and schedule it earlier this week and it published without us. 

Rusty:  We interviewed Max from The Psychokitty Speaks Out and his "brother" Buddah.  They are very interesting characters.

Percy:  You'll enjoy this dueling duo who actually get along better than they claim in public.  Stop by Mousebreath to read their story, Psychokitty Max and Buddah Pest.

Buddy:  Oh, and we also missed the Pet Parade yesterday, but it isn't too late to join the fun, so if you haven't already, go ahead and sign up and check out some new blogs. 

Cyndi:  We're sorry but we won't be able to do our regular weekend art. 

The Pet Parade is hosted by Rascal and Rocco.  It is co-hosted by Bionic Basil, Barking From the Bayou, Love is being owned by a husky, and us (Jan's Funny Farm).

There are two parts to the blog hop - your url and social media.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Picture Is Worth

Rusty:  Well, yesterday we were going to write a proper post for today, but life happened and now Jan is hopping mad!

Marcus:  Hopping mad?  I haven't seen her hopping.  Creaking and groaning in this too-cold weather, yes, but not hopping.

Sam:  That's just an expression, Marcus.  It means Jan is very upset about something.  She's not actually jumping up and down, red-faced and shouting swear words.

Marcus:  She's not hopping mad because I ripped a hole in the brand new mattress for my crate and pulled out the stuffing while she was gone yesterday, is she? 

Cameron:  Let's just say you are lucky she has something else to concentrate on.  She is very unhappy with you.

Marcus:  So what is she hopping mad about?

Percy:  After she started the computer and downloaded email yesterday, she left the room, came back and our DSL modem was dead.  She did everything to revive it but it had lilies growing out of its chest.  It was that dead!

Marcus:  Why would she be hopping because the modem died.  It wasn't faking, was it?  I mean, when it's your time, it's your time, whether you're a lamp or a modem.

Micah:  Jan knows things die all the time.  Usually when you need them the most, but she's not hopping mad because it died.

Merci:  Ordinarily she would have to order a new modem and wait for it to arrive so we could get back online, but, fortunately, she had a reconditioned backup available.  This one didn't have a software CD with it, so Jan was relieved she wouldn't have to install our Internet Service Provider's (ISP which shall remain nameless for the moment) software like she did in 2005.  It caused her a bunch of problems and she uninstalled it many years ago.

Marcus:  I still don't see what the problem is.  It sounds like everything worked out well.

Buddy:  Jan started to install the modem and decided to call tech support to walk her through it since she didn't have any instructions.  She reached a nice lady who told her that although our ISP  COULD set us up without their software, they won't unless the software won't install.  So Jan was forced to download their software from the internet.

Marcus:  I still don't see the problem.

Cyndi:  It opened IE.  Jan never uses IE, only Firefox and then not only did the software not install, it sent the computer into toxic shock and it went black, gray, had flashing icons in the tray, opened Firefox and Thunderbird, tried to get Jan to take her av bar off IE, etc., etc., etc.

Marcus:  So what happened then?

Percy:  The lady said, "It's locked up your computer.  You're going to have to do a hard shutdown."  (Translation - crash!)   There were problems getting it back up again since it didn't shut down properly.

Buddy:  And after it was up, the lady cheerfully said, "This has never happened before."  Really?  So why do they only do set up from their end when the software won't install?  You guessed it.  She finished the setup (without the software) while Jan checked to be sure the ISP's software was NOT installed on the computer.

Rusty:  Jan is hopping mad because she went through their software problems in 2005 with a different computer.  How up to date is their technology and why do they try to force their software onto customers' computers when it isn't necessary and can wreak such havoc?

Buddy:  Jan won't let us repeat what she said she'd like to do to our ISP for this needless terrifying experience.  But she did say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Note:  Earl and his human mom were featured in Dog's Monthly magazine in May and thus are 1 of 12 entries in the Best Friend contest regarding their special bond and story.  We all know how strong the bond is between a dog and his human.  If you would, please stop by and read his short post and vote for Earl and his human.  All it takes is a one-time short email.  The information is there.  The prize is a 6 month supply of dog food, which he will donate to a dog rescue.  His blog is Earl's World.  (He doesn't know we are adding this to our post, but we think it would be wonderful if he won.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Catzenpup Auto Feed

Micah dreaming of wet food auto feeding.

Marcus: You know how we love to eat! We came across a neat way anyone with a single cat or dog could feed their pet.

Buddy: We keep reading these blog and Facebook posts saying Kitty wakes me up to feed him at 5 AM.  Really?  We dogs wouldn't mind being fed at that hour either.

Rusty:  We don't understand what the problem is with such an hour.  It seems more than reasonable to us.

Percy:  It's a new type of feeder called catzenpup.  The human just sets the feeding timer and Kitty or Fido is fed at the specified time - unless someone forgets to plug it in (we assume it's electric) or sets the timer for PM instead of AM, as Jan sometimes does her alarm clock.

Cameron:  Here, you can see it in action in this video.   This is Amber the cat being auto fed.

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Sam:  Since some of our readers are strictly cat or dog lovers, we are also including a video of Gia the Pomeranian being auto fed.

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Cyndi: It's not available yet, but it is coming.  Catzenpup has a kickstarter campaign launching today at 1 PM EST. 

Micah: Sadly, those feeding stations will be coming to anywhere but this Funny Farm.  Jan says it gives her nightmares to even think of a single container of food being opened around here because we would all rush to claim it and there wouldn't only be chaos, there would be fights. 

Merci:  I don't understand why she would think that.  Who does she think we are - animals? 

Note:  We don't want you to get the wrong idea, so perhaps we should add that this is not an ad or a review, just a discussion of something we came across on Twitter.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bambi Meets Brooke

Cameron:  Sunday is a peaceful day for us.  We have peace and quiet while Jan is at church and then finish our nap when she comes home.

Marcus: At least you have your freedom while you nap.  Jan has resumed putting me in a crate while she goes I have to behave.

Cyndi:  Marcus, you're so full of energy now that it is cold Jan can't trust you not to chew things up while she is gone.

Micah:  It is so peaceful to have you in the crate.  You don't whine and can't try to provoke all of us to play. 

Rusty:  Yes, we love your crate time.  We can't touch the computer while Jan is out and you can't chase us around the house, so we get to nap.

Buddy:  You weren't crated when this picture was taken, Marcus.  This is the black and white version of our weekend art.

Merci: If you missed the other versions yesterday, you can find them in Old Cracked Craquelure.

Sam:  And what would today be without our Sunday Smile?  In today's video, Brooke meets Bambi and is adorably gentle.

Percy:  Brooke is a Boston Terrier and Bambi is a baby deer.  What we'd lid to know is where is this young fawn's mama?  We sure hope they were reunited.  

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The Black & White Sunday blog hop is co-hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Old Cracked Craquelure

Sam:  It's the weekend again.  How should we celebrate this week?

Cyndi:  How about the same way we do every weekend?  With extra naps. 

Micah:  That sounds good to me, as long as there are lots of blankets involved! 

Rusty:  Oh, there are.  I found Jan's blanket stash in the closet.

Merci:  But first we need to take care of business and post our weekend art photos.  

Marcus:  This is the original.  In case you don't recognize me because Jan cropped off my ears, that's me

Percy:  For our Caturday Art, Jan used the Craquelure texture on the black and white version to make it look aged and cracked.  Weird, isn't it?

Cameron:  This is the sepia copy for today's blog hop.  You don't have to ask.  Yes, it's Marcus' favorite because it looks like dirt (his favorite color). 

Buddy:  We are including tomorrow's black and white copy so you can see the different versions.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for our Sunday Smile video.  Every day is a good day to smile but we only post a Sunday Smile on Sunday. 

The Saturday Sepia blog hop is co-hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Earl & Ethel.

The lovely Athena hosts the Caturday Art blog hop.