25 January 2011


The newest resident at Kat's Corner.
This is Vickie, she is sweet and never fusses. She does not scratch the furniture (Neither does Spontaneous) or ever have to be fed. She doesn't actually do much of anything, she is a virtual kitty on my Ipod Touch.
We all need ways to escape from the world on occasion. Play is quite therapeutic.
It helps keep stress related illness and grumpy spells at bay. Physical play, sports, long walks, or even just goofing off are great, but when the weather is wet and cold (again) it is nice to stay inside.
If you have been looking at this blog for very long, then you probably know how fond I am of my computer and my camera. Well, I have added a new tool to the set. My Ipod is both tool and toy. I can read homework on it, use it to post this blog (although typing is a little slow on it), check my email and lots of other things. You can add applications or apps to it to make it do even more stuff. I added a yellow pages, now when we are out goofing off, all we have to do is pull into a McDonald's or Starbucks parking lot (to hitch onto their Wi-fi) and I can look up the local pizza hut or what ever.
Can you tell I am having fun?
This is the virtual cat doing what she does most of, sleeping (one more way she is like Spontaneous). 
 This is another one of the games, it is called "Angry Birds Lite". Lite is the free version. I know why it is so popular. The idea sounds quite dumb, you use your finger to aim and pull a slingshot loaded with a bird. It flys into different structures full of green pigs. The object is to destroy the structures and the pigs. It is amazingly addictive. It is one of many new Physics based games, how you aim and how far you pull back actually make a difference.
While I am having fun, I wonder what my Dad would have thought about it. He loved technology. I remember when I got a transistor radio back in the 70's. It was round with a picture of a peace sign that was also a tree. It had a chain and you could wear it around your neck but it was heavy. It was probably 5 or 6 inches around. Dad took the back off to show me what it looked like inside. He pointed out resistors and how tiny everything was.
Dad was interested in the space program, he said it was encouraging scientists to do things better. He said that trying to make things smaller and lighter for the space program is how they managed to make my transistor radio so small. (For a little more on the space program and my Dad, see one of my favorite posts Space Cadet). No wonder I am a bit of a Geek. I am quite sure that if my Dad had lived a little longer, we would have had one of the early home computers. (We did not have a color TV until 1974 though because the old Black and White "worked just fine". He was thrifty). The picture above shows just how far we have come. I put 96 hours worth of music on this thing and the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes Stories as well as a bunch of other stuff and I still have plenty of room. It is tiny, less than 1/2 an inch thick yet I have no trouble reading on it. Yes, I am enthused. I can and already have been reading other blogs on it too. Several of my favorites are bookmarked. The case looks red, but it is actually pink.
I still appriciate the old fashioned. I can step outside and see sights like this without any technology at all. My home is another of my great stress relievers. I am very lucky to live in such a lovely place.
Technology helps me to share the beauty.
 Have you noticed how much pink is in this post? Good think I like pink.
Early morning Kitty.
This is my relaxation coach.
Spontaneous says toys are ok, as long as I don't stop petting her to play with them.
So, what do you like to play with?


  1. Hmm, virtual kitties would save a great deal on vet bills! She's cute, too. :-)

    Looks like you'll have great fun with your iPod! I'm way behind the times, don't even have a cell phone. :-P

  2. Hey, I totally agree, new toys are always fun!!! Hey, now if we could come up with virtual catnip...

  3. My husband has an ipod touch that I play sometimes (like Angry Birds) but my daughter loves playing with it. Lots of educational apps for her to learn to read and do math.
    Great photos!

  4. nice. i want one...one of the kids i work with has a DS and a game that works with a camera so that you can watch yourself pet the kitty and it responds to your touch...

  5. Minesweeper and Solitaire!! LOL!!!!

    Seriously!! When I need a break from my writing - I'm off trying to beat my 8 seconds of not being blown up by minesweeper!! LOL!!!!

    Awwwww hello to gorgeous Vickie!!! I just know she and beautiful Spontaneous will be the bestest friends!!

    Take care

  6. I like to play with my writing Kat, more than anything else.

  7. Arne't technology toys wonderful?

    I just got a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone. It goes on a 3G network. No more hassle of having to find a wi-fi network. Instant internet access anytime anywhere.

    I want to find a virtual kitty too! So many applications to choose from. But of course, our real kitties are truly much better! ;)

    xo Catherine

  8. Angry Bird is an addiction where I work. Luckily, I do not have an Ipod and am spared. I have my Kindle for my toy ... and my imagination which opens worlds for me and the stories I tell myself.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog today. It meant a lot to sick old me. (Bronchitis sick, that is).


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