Contrib: Rusty

Dinah tells us about these many ginger cats she sees at the place where she swims. So we tell her to make contact and bring us proof, not that we think she is making free with the truth, but people do not always have the same perception as we cats; indeed, people are given to exaggerations on many occasions, such as the stories they tell about sporting victories and the reasons for not returning from the Emporium with what we consider to be sufficient supplies of Crunchies and Jellimeat.

It seems there are, indeed, “many” ginger cats.

ginger cats at pool 1Breakfast (Just waiting in case she leaves any…)

playing with a plastic forkA discarded plastic fork provided kitten fun.

after breakfast washA good wash after breakfast is important and if you can find a sunny spot, all the better.

after breakfast snooze…all the better for snoozing, too!

2009_0220snake0004This is as close as you’re getting, Two Legs Person!

Dinah says she has counted 7 ginger cats and I say this is a Ginger Fellowship and the Lady  Boss says there more than 7 and she says it is a Conspiracy! She also says that she would like to catch these Fellows (Ginger Order) and take them to the Person-Whose-Name-We-Do-Not-Speak, thus ensuring that the Fellowship will be limited to present members.



And at this point, I reclaim my blog…

It’s been a run of break-downs and blow-ups and various failures Chez Dinahmow…the microwave (marvellously handy place to hide food from Feline Thieves as they can’t open the door!) ping-ed and arc-ed so I’m guessing its magnetron is kaput. My sewing machine went pffft! and belched smoke yesterday in what could be a blown motor or, more likely, since it’s engineered by Swiss genius, burnt circuit board and the bonnet hinges on the Mustang need replacing.

I felt I could use a little cheeriness…and look what was on my doorstep when I came home from the pool……a parcel of sketchbooks! The exchange we began a year ago. This is my book, all finished except for the cover.

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0001My opening page

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0002…and the facing page.

My book then travelled to Melanie in The Bronx2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0003who added this embroidered piece, picking up my black and red colours and swirls and sent it on to…

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0004Katie Jane, in Cincinatti, who does lovely stained glass work and has made this page a look-alike.

From Kate  it went international again to Ellen in Mission, B.C.  Knowing my fondness for corvids…

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0005…Ellen has added this!

From Canada, the book came back to Australia…

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0006…and  Brigitte, again picking up my swirly lines, gave me this and sent the book to Alison…

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0007…who added this linoprint, plus…


an embossed version of the same plate.(difficult to see here)

Alison passed the book to Heather…

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0009…for her collaged linoprint.

From Heather to Frankie…

2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0010…the first half of Frankie’s spread…

…and the second half…2009_0221mfirsttravellingbook0011

What a lovely collection of friends and memories! I am so glad we did this and I hope everyone else has had the same frisson whenever the postman knocked.

Sure, some of us feel our artwork  leaves much to be desired, but the whole point of starting this exchange was for fun. I’ve had fun and perhaps, just maybe, my sketching is improving.

Thankyou to all of you who added your colourful, whimsical pages to a book I’ll treasure.

I’ll post pictures of the covers once they are added.


What else is happening in my world? Printmaking. Of course. I am, once again, up to my ears in ink. (see what I mean about the human tendancy to exaggerate? – Rusty.)

Perhaps the cat is right. Perhaps the ink is not quite that deep. But I do have a lot on my plate(s) so the blog may be neglected for a while…

But I’ll be paying a few cyber visits. Oh, thankyou so much for asking! Yes, I’d love a coffee. Straight-up, no sugar. A glass of wine? Don’t mind if I do. Shiraz would be fine, thankyou.




And now, for your delectation, a test of your cognitive abilities. Keep in mind (as I try to now that the birthday cake is going into candle-overload!) that the brain will last longer and wear better with constatnt use and stimulation. So, Auntie Ethel, turn off that stupid  TV show and give your neurons reason to fire. Synap out of it, as a friend of mine says!

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 


Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.



The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.



2 How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? 





Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.




3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. 

All the animals attend …. Except one. Which animal does not attend?



Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there.? This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.




4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and 


You do not have a boat. How do you manage it?




Correct Answer:? You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the 
Professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.












  1. Oh I can’t wait to get my sketchbook back too. Lovely to see how it made it’s way around the world. It was a fun project. Glad I got to be included.

    Enjoy your ink, I’m up to my ears in dirt (and prone to exaggeration at the moment too). Need to get back to bloggyland soon.


  2. well here i was thinking you were being really quiet as of late so i checked my reader and found i had subscribed to your old site…so now i have some catching up to do i see! so glad you’re still posting though!


  3. m… sometimes, it’s hard to keep up, isn’t it! Maybe I should just hand it over to Rusty;people don’t seem to mind if animals miss a post or two 😉


  4. marie…I like it too. So will Fibonacci’s Follower, I suspect!

    The pool owner/swim coach and staff feed the Gingers and sometimes a possum who seems to be a roof resident.

    The book was/is great fun.


  5. adaelamoon…thankyou for stopping by. Yes, I did start this exchange, but there several others going around.Some are “closed” groups, but you could do as we did, just start an exchange between friends.
    The simplest way is for a group of people to each have a sketchbook(size is up to you), draw up a list of the names and addresses which you will follow in order. Sketch/draw/paint on the first page of your own book, send it to the name which comes after yours on the list.This Round Robin means that eventually, you all get your own books back with the added artwork of others.
    Whether you want to set up a blog is your choice, but that really only works if all participants are familiar with blogging. It can be simply a postal exchange. Up to you. Have fun!


  6. katiejane…yes, but where are the others??? Still waiting for yours and Ellen’s to come my way.
    And I have been following your group;looking good, considering some of them were hesitant.


  7. What an exciting post! Being the owner of two felines(with attitudes) myself, I frequently hear the same conversations!
    And I’m SO impressed with your book exchange, all the added pages are just beauiful, you have such a treasure here.
    And I’d certainly count for a four year old…I would in the first place want to know why would I want to put an elephant in the refrigerator?
    Love your post.


  8. ronell…thankyou. This really counts as you have been through the exchange dilemma! It is hard at first, isn’t it? But a wonderful keepsake, on so many levels.


  9. Wonderful post, Dinah. I’ve been missing amid the delights of the Tuscan spring and missing your idle thoughts as well.

    Great to finally see that sketchbook of yours.


  10. robyn…a part of me has been “vicariously enjoying Tuscany.”

    And the sketchbook…? I was a lovely moment when I opened that package.


  11. well I am QUITE put out at not being included in your sketchbook exchange, dinahmow! Seriously. Pouting big time. I’ve seen an exhibit of a chock-full of images sketch book that seemed to have circled the world a dozen times with many many images and always thought it would be cool to do.

    And here you have done it, too! Ok, you inspire me to perhaps get one going myself.

    Just a suggestion for the future — the exhibit I saw had each participant not only do a 2-page spread, but extend something of their contribution onto a portion of the next page. In other words, when you receive the sketch book, there is something already started on the first of your two pages, upon which you must elaborate.

    Know what I mean? In that way, each contribution is linked in some way to the prior contributor AND adds something to the next.

    Hmmm may have to start one, too!

    Thanks for all of your wonderful comments to my blog — I don’t “get out” much, but I want to make certain you know how much I appreciate you!

    Victoria – from The Night Shift!


  12. Victoria – thankyou for you lovely comments.
    Yes, I do know the half-page link you mean. It’s how the “Flying Pictures Project” (and, I think, others)worked.
    So…who’s going to start the next round? You? Me? Someone else?
    Too bad I lost touch with some of the London Yardies cos dey mak’ damn fine drawin’s, too.(Well, one of them was arrested for tagging on the subway!)


  13. lindsay…oops! I missed seeing you! Yes, it is a lovely thing and was a lot of fun to do.

    iltv…thankyou. (I’ve bookmarked D.F.N. so when I’m fa niente I’ll pop across ;-))


  14. The ginger cats are so pretty! How cool that your cat guest posts! I need to see if one of our dogs will do a post for me sometime! Thank you for joining the Pet Parade!

    The book is wonderful. What a great idea!


  15. elk…welcome and thankyou. I’ve seen you at m’s blog and checked some of your photos (then hung my head and resolved to try harder!)

    gayle…welcome to you, too. And thanks for hosting the Parade. Your banner made me giggle all afternoon 🙂


  16. What pretty cats! I work for one of those people whose name cannot be spoken and orange tabbies are my favorite. Rusty did a wonderful job, I’m afraid my Sax is just a bit too lazy! And I love your sketchbook, what a wonderful idea. Kathy


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