A Bengal Cat or a Marbled Tabby? – Photo Story

I saw this cat that looked like a Bengal cat, but I wasn’t sure.  It could be a marbled tabby cat… I couldn’t tell the difference.

So I did what every crazy cat lady would do, asked the cat.

Excuse me, Mr. Cat. Are you a Bengal or a marbled tabby?

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


Mr. Cat said “Don’t bother me. Go away.”

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


Then the cat got up and crossed the street.

I followed but he stopped and said “Stop following me!”

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


Of course I lied and said I wasn’t.. I was going the same way.

The cat went through a fenced in garden, but I could still see him.

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


Then the cat stopped. So I asked again.
“Are you a Bengal cat or just a marbled tabby.”

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


He just turned his head and didn’t answer. I think he felt insulted.

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


“Please,” I said, “I just need to know.”

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


The cat got up and said, “It’s time for my dinner. I’m going home.”

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


Then he stopped and said, “Please stop stalking me or I’ll tell my human you are trying to kidnap me.”


What a mean cat I thought…

A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?
A Bengal Cat or Marbled Tabby?


I am still not sure if the mean cat was a Bengal or a marbled tabby.

… but I know where he lives.


If you didn’t get your Easter Eggs today…

Nearsighted Easter Bunnies, photo by mzrosie

… blame it on these nearsighted Easter bunnies.

I saw these cute Easter bunnies in the window display of an optometrist in my neighborhood here in Toronto.  So cute, don’t you think?

Below is our local community center displaying children’s lovely coloring arts.

Easter children’s art, photo by mzrosie

And below is an Easter egg plant in full bloom from one of my neighbors garden.  Where did you think the Easter Bunny got those colorful eggs?

Easter eggs, photo by mzrosie

Happy Easter everyone!


Can you see it? #4 – A Robin and a…

This American robin was extra cheerful this morning.  And why not?  Spring is almost here.  Can you see the robin perched up on the tree?   No?  Ok, here’s another picture to assure you that the robin was up on the tree.  Do you see it now?  Good.

Now, back to the first picture.  There is something else on the tree aside from the robin.

Can you see it?  What is it?





Answer:  A black squirrel








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A Ferret for a pet, anyone?


Did you know that in the United States, ferrets are the third most popular house pets, next to dogs and cats?  Well, I didn’t know that, did you?

Here in Canada, we don’t have such a study and since most ferrets are kept indoors, I really have no idea.  I had seen a couple of ferrets playing in the park and, that ferret that the owner was proudly walking on a leash in downtown Toronto recently.  But that’s it.

Ferrets, I just learned, are very playful animals.  They are hyper… I mean, they are full of spirit.  They explode out of their cages at play time, leaping and twisting and scampering, with an obvious joy that to the people observing them find totally enchanting.   They open their mouth and hiss (like in the picture) when they are being playful and when bouncing around and so, some people might think they are being attacked.  But this is not so.  Ferrets are friendly little animals, very affectionate to their owners and, they are wonderful pets.

So, who wants a ferret for a pet?

Oh I just want to add that ferrets are not rodents.  They are members of the weasel family.   I don’t know if that is good or bad… to the ferrets.

Please note that the ferret in the picture was not at any time being hurt.  The “Help!” word on the picture is a joke, ok?  I have a weird sense of humor.


Tomatoes on the Street

I found these pretty red tomatoes on the street. Here in my Toronto neighborhood, the residents usually leave on the street anything they don’t need anymore. Things that they think a neighbor might want or need. Like, old furniture, clothes and shoes (usually clothes that their kids had outgrown), toys, pots and pans, dishes, etc. But tomatoes? This was the first.

Now, I was thinking, which I try not to make a habit of, that if a neighbor wanted to give away their tomatoes, they would certainly not leave them on the hot concrete pavement now, would they? They would leave them in a paper or plastic bag or… in a basket. Perhaps in a pretty basket. Aha! Someone could have taken the pretty basket and left the tomatoes on the street. That could be it.

… but… but who the heck would do that?


Two Old Grouch – A Poem

Two Old Grouch

Two old grouch sitting on the porch
Soaking the sun, not a care in the world.

One had long curly hair
with a bushy mustache
The other almost bald
‘cept for one hair sticking out.

They both had flat noses
and their skin was brown
Wrinkled and scarred
for they had both been around.

Although brown on the outside,
inside they were black
For them this was normal,
they’re whole family’s like that.

They had worked really hard
All day long they were out
Rain or shine they tread on
Until they both fell apart.

Now they’re just two old grouch
Sitting on the porch.
Soaking the sun,
not a care in the world.

© 2016 mzrosie


My friends, meet the two old grouch.

Two Old Grouch

Two Old Grouch

Whoever created those old boots planters are very creative indeed.  Don’t you think so too?

Photos by mzrosie.


The Naked Lady in the Garden


One day while I was taking pictures of flowers in my neighborhood, I saw a beautiful lady standing naked in the garden.  She looked quite embarrassed and was trying to cover herself up with a flimsy little towel, but to no avail.  I apologized profusely for being in her garden and was about to leave when she asked for my name.  I told her mine and asked for hers. She said her name was Venus.  She was a Roman goddess.  Her husband’s name was Mars, the god of war, and they had a little boy named Cupid.

On my way home, I thought Venus was a little cuckoo.  A Roman goddess, my foot!  Next she would be telling me that her son Cupid can fly and somewhat expert in bow and arrow.  Yeah right!


Can you see it? #2

Can you see it #2 - dragonfly

I saw this beautiful orange rose inside a fenced in neighbor’s garden.  I couldn’t get a good shot from the sidewalk.  The gate was closed but not locked.  How did I know?  Well, I tried it, of course.  I looked around.. no one seemed to notice me.  So, I quickly open the gate.  Slowly walked towards the rose.. why slowly?  Because I saw something.  I took a quick shot then hurriedly got out of there.

What did I see?  Can you see it?






Answer:  A dragonfly

Can you see it #2 - dragonfly-1






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Meet The Brickman

The Brickman
The Brickman, photo by mzrosie

The Brickman stands tall (really tall) on the Jarvis St. side of the Vu condominium complex in downtown Toronto.

Some people said it was “hideous,” “awful,” “ridiculous”, “a joke” and a young woman heading into the condominium was even overhead saying: “Isn’t that the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen?”

Well, I think it is a tad plain but I don’t think it is ugly.  But I burst out laughing when I found out that the name of this tall sculpture was The Brickman.   I imagined it went like this …

Well, it looks like it’s made of brick and seems to be a man… so let’s call it The Brickman… and everyone said “Cool.”   And they all lived happily ever after.

Gotham City got Batman.  The city of Toronto got The Brickman. Who says life is fair?


Can you see it? #1

Can you see it? #1, photo by mzrosie

I came across this photo in my file and for the life of me couldn’t figure out why I took this shot.  It took me a couple of seconds but I finally got it.

Can you see it?









Answer:  It’s a squirrel









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