Kites & Cats

I started my Saturday off by taking some photos around my neighborhood in Aruba.

This view is always a good way to start the day.

As is this

Kitesurfing and windsurfing are very popular here.

It’s extremely windy here and some parts of the island are especially windy.

The divi trees grow with a bend in them from all the wind.

There are a few shacks where you can get an expert lesson on kite surfing.

I haven’t tried it but I know that windsurfing or kitesurfing are supreme workouts!  Wrestling with the wind above, the ocean below at your feet, while trying to balance on a surfboard. <–  Serious athleticism required and what a workout!

Later in the day I noticed my neighbors cats taking a siesta.

Tough life.

His cats are very well fed well taken care of.

There was also this kitty I featured in my Savoring Aruba picture compilation Friday.

Did you know cats have a sweet tooth?  It’s okay, I have one too.

I wonder if they’d like Coconut Banana Cookie Bites (vegan, GF) ?

Vintage photography, not so good.  Yikes. But the recipe is good.

I’m pretty sure my cats, back in the day, would have tried to steal a few licks from my Peach Banana Colada Smoothie

Or maybe they’d like the Angel Food Cake & Berries from yesterday.  Cats no doubt like whipped topping.  Who doesn’t?

FoodGawker did.


1. Do you remember flying kites as a kid or have you ever been kitesurfing?

As I said in the post, no on the kitesurfing for me, but yes on the kite-flying.  I was never that good at keeping my kites up in the air for longer than 30 seconds or so, but it was fun to try.

In San Diego, I see some adults who are really into it and have quite deluxe looking kites.  Lends new meaning to Go Fly a Kite because apparently some people really like it.

2. Do you like cats?

I love cats!  I grew up with cats and always had cats in my life as pets until a couple years ago when my 13 year old kitty (that I got right before I met Scott) went to Kitty Heaven.

One day in the future we’ll probably get another cat but the problem is that Scott is actually allergic to them.  He does much better with no cats in the house and it seems a bit selfish to get another cat knowing this.

Not to mention, we do travel quite a bit and for extended periods so another consideration.

But I’m sure Skylar will be asking for a pet soon.

And cats are definitely easier than dogs, that’s for sure.  I’ve had lots of small dogs over the years, too.

3. Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I am more of a cat person.

I like dogs, but only small dogs, and not “yippie” small dogs, either.

I admit to having a slight fear of big dogs because I grew up with huge, un-trained German Shepards across the street that were prone to jumping their fence and attacking neighborhood children.  In today’s world, the owners would be sued but back then, parents just told their kids to stay in the house.

I also hate dog “kisses”, i.e. dog slobber/saliva, and sometimes bigger dogs are just so slobbery happy to see you that it just gets, everywhere.   Not a fan.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

51 comments on “Kites & Cats”

  1. Oh that ginger cat kills me! too cute- the face smooshed on its paws sleeping!!

    Well, you know I’m a cat person, but I HATED cats when I was a kid (because I treated them like dogs- running at them screaming- that doesn’t work with cats, I learned about 30 yrs later!)

    glad you seem to be enjoying still! Looks gorgeous!


  2. I just HAVE to share this adorable kitten video that’s been making the rounds of the internet this week:

  3. I don’t think I’m courageous enough to kite surf. I can hardly surf. I think I’ll just stick with flying kites ;) Which I’ve actually only done once in my life, but its a much calmer activity.
    I’d do stand up paddling any day though!…is that a popular sport in Aruba?

  4. I’ve never flown a kite or been kite surfing. I feel like I’m missing out on something.
    I love cats. I have a fat lazy almost 9 year old kitty who is always lying next to me on the couch when I blog.
    I had a dog before my cat, but I’m more of a cat person, or a small animal person. I loved my golden retriever, but I think having another big dog would just freak me out. I like cats and chihuahuas.

  5. Just found your blog, I will be following!

  6. Wow Averie, I’m just loving looking at the photos of Aruba, they’re relaxing to look at on this crazy day in work.

  7. I’m both a cat and a dog person — I love all animals (except spiders)!
    My cat goes absolutely crazy for cantaloupe — when we have it, she nearly attacks us for it and begs until we give her some. I’m not really sure if it’s safe for cats, so I never let her have too much (but I think it’s ok?). She also goes crazy for corn on the cob — not regular corn, only corn on the cob. So when I finish my ear of corn I purposefully don’t clean it too well and I hold the ear for her while she gnaws it clean. It’s adorable.

  8. Haha…those cats have a rough life indeed :-)

    I do like cats– although I consider myself more of a dog person. Ryan and I always throw around the idea of getting a cat some day…I’m sure we will eventually!

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  10. beautiful pictures!!
    my kids would love to get another cat, as ours ran off one day and never came back. :-(
    but, cats are kind of, I’m not sure yet if we will get another one. i guess we’ll just see…
    have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

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  12. I just HAD to comment b/c this post is about my fave topic: cats! I’m definitely more of a cat person; I loooove cats. I grew up with them, and have one now … she’s the love of my life. I noticed you said your man is allergic to cats; so is mine! My fiance is deathly allergic to cats (especially the one I have back at my parents’ house) but I love cats too much to be without. I did tons of research on the “hypoallergenic” ones and just had to take the risk … we got a Russian Blue (which is supposedly a hypo breed) and my man has zero allergies, and he’s in loooove with her. It’s so cute. Maybe invest in one of those breeds and your Scotty will be just as lucky! :) Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  13. I am more of a dog person, but I like kittens a lot, and cats too … just probably wouldn’t get one.

    I remember flying a kite as a kid. We now take our nephew out to fly :-)

  14. Gorgeous pics, I could get used to those views! Kitesurfing is huge if Florida too, I remember when a friend’s hubby got dragged across a bunch of rocks doing it – not pretty! Adorable cats, looks like they have a rough life. :-)

    1. I used to windsurf in Florida, but have never tried kitesurfing.
    2. Yes, we have two rescues and I used to volunteer for a cat shelter which I’d gladly do now if I had the time.
    3. Both I’d say, but I do like my tiny, self-cleaning dog. :-)

  15. Aww, love the kitties… but, err, I think our cats are more taken care of than those, LOL. Two of our kitties are pushing 20 lbs!

    I love kitties. We have had SO MANY of them in the past 10 years, it’s crazy. Growing up, I had ALL dogs. I didn’t have my first cat until I was 16. Since then, I’ve had at least 20 cats and kittens. They’re such an awesome species. And any cat owner will tell you that they own you, not the other way around. :)

    Did not know they have a sweet tooth!! That’s funny. I know our cats are addicted to carbs, so it doesn’t surprise me. hehe

  16. Haven’t tried any kind of surfing, but have always wanted to try hand gliding and para sailing. Might do the para sailing on the next trip to Barbados.

    Those kitties are adorable. The last one (white with a bit of grey & black on his head) looks very similar to one of my kitties. He loves anything watery like: cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, or watermelon. The other cat is all about the meat and fish.

    I love cats & dogs equally. With our current lifestyle it wouldn’t be fair to own a dog. We are sticking with cats for now.

  17. LOVE cats! I have 3 of them! I like dogs, too, but have always been a cat owner b/c they’re easier to care for. Going away for a weekend is no biggie and I think my cats actually like having the run of the house when we go away! LOL

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