Timo's Tall Tales

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The Caucasus or the Caucus

June 28th 2011 6:22 pm
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A lot of politicians are visiting Iowa now. President Obama is here today and Michele Bachman was here. Sarah Palin is in Pella with the Dutch people. Pella is a town where lots of Dutch settled. They have windmills and tulips and neat buildings. They run around in wooden shoes (that could hurt if they step on my toes).

Mom says it has something to do with the Caucus, or was it Caucasus? It must be Caucasus. That makes much more sense. I looked it up on the purrnet, I do that when I don't know something. The Caucasus is a region in Eastern Europe. It's south of Russia and East of Turkey. Wedged in betwix the Black Sea (I wonder if the water is really black) and the Caspian Sea. Georgia is in the Caucasus. Funny, I always thought Georgia was in the U.S. of A.

Welcome to beautiful Iowa all you politicians from the Caucasus. I haven't seen President Obama yet. He is visiting the other end of the State. Mom says I could possibly see him soon because we live close to Capital City and he usually comes to Capital City once in a while.

Timo Junge


Are you playing guitar?

June 9th 2011 5:14 pm
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Are you cats playing guitar? There is a guitar at google.com that you can actually play today. You just catch a mouse and move your mousie over it. It’s in honor of this guitar dude Les Paul. I’ve been practicing. You can even record what you play. Just click that black box that looks like a key hole. It’s FUN. I think I’m ready to record an album. Cat Music and Cat Tales with Timo. Oh yeah.

Hey, the Catster tech cat wrote me back on Sunday (yup, he was working Sunday) about that annoying Apache that had gotten into my puter, and the Red Hat club too. He was working on it very hard on Sunday and he confirmed that everything still posted, it was just like - annoying. So then yesterday he wrote again that the Apaches and Red Hat peoples had all been evicted and everything is working like it should again. We might need to give ourselves a treat to refresh the page, so then all will be well again. I think Newman and his law batch might have helped with the Apache.

Those might not have been his exact words but that’s the meaning of it. So I’ve been standing in front of the treat jar but I can’t get the lid off. Mom, the tech cat said I need to give myself a treat.

Have fun playing that guitar. Rock on,


There is a Native American in our puter

June 4th 2011 4:36 am
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Do you get this? Mietzi posted a comment in a friend's diary and it posted, but also this below appeared on the screen. The Mietz was logged in. Since I'm the tech expert in the house, Mietzi asked if I know what that means. It looks like there is a Native American from the Apache tribe in our puter and the Red Hat society has also taken up residence. Our puter has been running slow as a snail lately. Mom thinks she needs to add a Ram too it. I don't see how having a Ram sit on our puter would help. I'm also gonna tell Catster tech cat. This is beyond my expurrtise.

Happy computing everycat,

Authorization Required
This server could not verify that you are authorized to access the document requested. Either you supplied the wrong credentials (e.g., bad password), or your browser doesn't understand how to supply the credentials required.

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Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat) Server at tools01.dogster.com Port 80
Authorization Required
This server could not verify that you are authorized to access the document requested. Either you supplied the wrong credentials (e.g., bad password), or your browser doesn't understand how to supply the credentials required.

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Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat) Server at tools01.catster.com Port 80


Happy Mother's Day - More Beautiful You

May 7th 2011 8:39 pm
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Happy Mother’s Day, dear Mom. I love you. Thank you for picking me in the shelter. I'll never forget the day you picked me up. Happy Mother’s Day also to ALL the Mom’s out there. You rock.

Here is something that is dear to my heart. We just love that first song on my playlist “More Beautiful You” from Jonny Diaz because it’s so true. I copied some of the lyrics below. Please tell a girl or woman in your life this Mother’s Day, that she is beautiful just the way she is. Let’s stop believing the lies of advertisers who want women to look a certain way. Beauty is within your heart! You’re perfect just the way you are.

Happy Mom’s Day also to my furr-Mom. Love you. I think you’re just a few years older than I. So wherever you are, I hope you’re fine. Thanks for all you taught me about finding a good human and about mousies and things.

More Beautiful You – Jonny Diaz

Little Girl 14 flipping through a magazine.
Says she wants to look that way.
But her hair isn’t straight
her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight.

Well little girl 14 I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart.
And you were made with such care,
your skin, your body and your hair
are perfect just the way they are.

There could never be a more beautiful you!
Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops
they make you jump through.
You were made to fill a purpose
that only you could do.
So there could never be a more beautiful you.

Little girl 21, the things that you’ve already done
anything to get ahead.
And you say you’ve got a man
but he’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

Well little girl 21, you never thought that this would come.
You starve yourself to play the part.
But I can promise you there’s a man who’s love is true.
And he’ll treat you like the jewel you are.


Daily Diary Pick yesterday - Reading Kindl today

May 6th 2011 7:41 pm
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Hi cats. Thank you to all who stopped by yesterday and brought gifts and concatulations for my Daily Diary Pick. A special thank you to Big Harry, who makes the most wonderpurr trophies and picture-mementos. I had a nice day and got to go outside with Mom in the evening for half an hour. It was 63 and sunshine.

Official Thank Yous will follow soon. I'm busy reading Mom's new Kindl. Mom plugged it in to charge. She doesn't realize that you can start reading while it's still charging. So she's busy cleaning something and I grabbed it and started reading. It's easy to turn the pages with my paw. Mietzi keeps asking if I'm sure that this is it and I'm supposed to be careful, I might get my tail pulled. The girl is weird sometimes. I downloaded some fairy tales and have to get back to them now.

Thank you again. Hugs. I love you all.


Mom is technology challenged

May 3rd 2011 7:50 pm
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So I always knew Mom wasn't good with technology and things. I mean the woman has a prepaid cell phone and she wouldn't buy me the new iPad2 when I asked for it. I'm just happy that she knows how to turn the puter on and login to Catster.

So there are these new hearts in the giftshop and they are FREE. So I says, Mom let's send them to my friends. That'll be fun. Mom says, Gee Timo, I'd love to help you with that but that's gonna take furrever. So I looked into it and I saw that you can send one gift to a whole bunch of your friends AT THE SAME TIME! There is a button where you can add recipients and Mom never knew that. You just click on the picture of the friends. I showed her. Wow, that was easy, says Mom.

I have noticed that some friends send like the same text to alot of friends, and believe me, I don't mind, because we all know our human's time is limited. They have to do unnecessary things like work and clean and watch TV. But I always thought other furrs just copy and past the text they want to send and then send it to each furr individually. Yes, that would have taken furrever.

I'm glad that I looked into that and showed Mom an easier way. Maybe tomorrow I'll teach her how to write computer code, MOL.

Technocat Timo



May 2nd 2011 5:53 pm
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ding dong dinga linga aling dong
ding dong ding ding dong dinga ling dong

Mom, do you hear that? It's the ICE CREAM truck. Quick, give me a quarter, no a dollar, hurryyyyy.

Meow Meow Meow Mau Mau let me into the laundry room. Hurry Mom. Why laundry room? I bet there is a dollar in your jeans in the laundry basket. Open this door NOW.

ding dong dinga linga aling dong
ding dong ding ding dong dinga ling dong

Wait. WAIT FOR ME. I want some bunny tracks ice cream. Mietzi says she tried it once and there are no actual bunny parts in it. I wanna try. Wait Mr. Ice Cream Man. WAIT.

Awwww, the ice cream truck didn't stop for me *sniff*


May Tree and May Beetle

May 1st 2011 12:25 pm
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Today is May Day. That means putting up the May Tree and dancing around it with all the eligible young Maidens. Many villages in Germany have a May Tree. Mom is from Germany but she's from the northern part and they didn't have May Trees there. A May Tree is a very tall trunk of a tree that gets decorated with ribbons and a crown of evergreens. Then people dance around it. It also involves eating bratwurst and drinking beer. It is mostly meant to be a celebration for the young people. So that they can meet and dance and eat Bratwurst together.

In some villages the young men put a decorated May Tree in every young woman's yard. And in some places the man puts the tree only in the yard of the young woman he is interested in. There are a lot of different traditions aound the May Tree.

May 1st is also Laborday in Germany. It's where we commemorate what the Worker's Rights movement and the Unions have accomplished for the workers.

Last but not least, they have a May Beetle in Germany. See picture on my page. I don't think you guys have that beetle here in the USA, correct me if I'm wrong. Mom says the kids in Germany were always excited when they found one, because they are rare.

Happy May Day everypurr. Next year I want my own May Tree with lots of ribbons. Then you can all come over and we Doods will dance with all the young Maidens. We'll eat Bratwurst and grilled shrimp and drink nip lemonade.

Sing with me:
Schöne Maid, hast Du heut' für mich Zeit
Oh ja ho ja ho
Sag' bitte ja, dann bin ich nur für Dich da, oh bitte
Oh ja ho ja ho

Pretty Maiden, do you have time for me today,
Oh ja ho ja ho
Please say yes, then I will be here for you only, oh please
Oh ja ho ja ho


Zorro - a very special Horse

April 24th 2011 12:39 pm
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Are you all having a pawtastic Easter weekend? I got a catnip mouse from the Bunny and Mietzi got Peeps that don't peep.
I just realized that the title of my diary is “Timo’s Tall Tales”. So I better tell you some tales. Grandma and Grandpa live in Germany and here is a tale about a horse from a newspaper clipping that they sent over. (yes, I will also tell you cat and dog tales in the future)

Zorro is a very special horse. Zorro will celebrate his 25th annifursary on the job in July. He is probably the oldest horse in the city of Bremen. He is at least 36 years old and maybe as old as 40 years. For a horse that is very, very old. If a horse is in his 20s he is considered stone old.

Where does Zorro work? He works at a special project. A nonprofit farm on the outskirts of Bremen, which is dedicated to city kids. Kids from different nationalities learn how to play with each other, they learn about responsibilities and how to take care of animals and also how to ride a horse. There are also three donkeys, two goats and a cat on the farm.

Zorro was the very first horse at the project and over the last 25 years he taught several hundred kids how to ride a horse. He still goes on short rides now but he can’t carry a rider anymore on account of his age. Time did leave his mark on Zorro. He has arthritis, he has no teeth left and he gets heart medication. But otherwise he is doing so great that he is kept in an open stable all year round (winters in that part of Germany are not as cold as in Iowa). He does get a nice blanket in the winter. Zorro is on a special diet, including oil and malt beer (mmmh yum). Zorro has always been a very special horse. He has an even temperament, is very patient with the new riders and even the vet visiting doesn’t make him loose his cool.

His 25th annifursary will be on July 11th and every worker on the farm will come and shake his hoof in appreciation of his work for the project. Zorro hopes that many former workers and also kids that he taught to ride will show up for his special day. Congratulations Zorro. Job well done. Thank you for teaching kids about treating animals kindly.

Purrscript: many workers in Germany get a Golden Watch for their 25th anniversary. I wonder if Zorro will get one too.

copycatrights: freely retold after a story in the Weser-Kurier from April 6, 2011. Author of original story: Ilja Mertens


Purrsday Thank Yous and more Eagle stuff

April 7th 2011 4:58 am
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Dear friends,
I had a wonderpurr birthday yesterday. Mom came home with some special food for me. It's Chicken Liver Pate with Quail Eggs. Mmmh yumm. I had to share one container with Mietzi. Then Mietzei and I got to go outside. The sun was shining and it was 65. Mietzi was in her harness because she is a bad girl and she runs away. So I was showing off in front of her and ran really fast by her. Mietzi can't run in her harness, MOL. I am still waiting for a "real" present. I think I'll look thru some cat catalogues and then whisper to Mom what I want when she sleeps.

Back inside we went for some more eagle watching. Mietzi kept asking Mom: Where exactly is Decorah, Iowa. Because there is a half-eaten fish in the eagle's nest and Mietzi was gonna go and ask Momma Eagle: "Are you gonna eat that?" Good thinking Mietzi. That fish is gonna spoil soon.

I don't know if it's always the Momma Eagle sitting on the nest or if Mom and Dad take turns. It's hard to tell them apart and I haven't seen any change-offs. If he just hunts that is an easy job because they live next to a fish hatchery. And Momma got the tough job taking care of the kids all day long, MOL. You can even see them at night because there is a light shining on them. I hope it's not too bright. I think Momma needs a light switch to turn the light off for nighty time. Can you tell, I love my eagles. They are quite fascinating. I love it when Momma settles into the nest and she does something that looks almost like kneading. Wiggling around until she got the chicks situated just right.

Oh ya, I was gonna say thank you. I almost forgot. Thank you to all my wonderfurr friends for my birthday gifts, well wished and pmails:

MOLLY was here very early in the morning bringing me a party hat.
Miss CHAI LATTE - a lady bug
HOBO, MOOSE - a huuuuge cake (yes, I shared with everybody here and we still have leftovers)
Family of ADAM DYLAN - yummy shrimp and his whole family sang "Happy Meowday to you" to me. Very talented furrs.
Family of ZEEKE - another yummy shrimpie
SAMOA - a lady bug
NERMAL - yumm more shrimp
TROUT TOWNE TABBIS- Shrimp of course, te he
Family of BIG HARRY - a lady bug
SIMONE AND RIVER - a lady bug and an original River Dance
ALEX, FINNEY and LACEY and also GIDGIT couldn't make it over but they sent birthday wishes via pawmail.

Thank you so furry much. Love you all.

Momma Eagle just ate most of the fish and fed some to the babies too. But there are two more fishes and something that might be a bunny laying in the nest. Papa was there to replenish the pantry and to say Good Morning but then he left again. I guess that answers my question. Must be the Momma who is doing all the child rearing.

You all have a pawsome day.
Your Eagle enthusiast Timo

link to the eagles again: www.raptorresource.org then click on eagle cam

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