Katerina’s Double?

This was written last October. More recently I saw a mostly black version of a Calico cat near one the buildings here – I wish I had had my camera with me.

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A postcard image but she has very similar markings to Katerina

Katerina – my former cat who now roams the neighborhood where we used to live

What prompted this post was my sighting of another cat with similar markings. This was a visiting cat that I had heard about but had not actually seen. I spotted the wandering Calico cat from my 3rd floor window as I raised the blinds this morning. She was walking through the shrubs on a path to one of the other buildings here at Ida Culver Broadview. There is a cat named Oliver who belongs to one of the residents. Oliver encourages other outside non-resident cats to visit. I will name the one I saw this morning Katerina 2 – and think happy thoughts of the real Katerina.

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Missing Cat – Cat Found

Sweet Katerina

A year ago we moved to Ida Culver Broadview, 3.6 miles from our home in Ballard. One of our neighbors kindly said she would provide a safe home for Katerina. All was well I hoped. But then the neighbor moved and news of Katerina vanished. Our granddaughter stayed in our house for a while and Katerina showed up occasionally. so we knew she was well but where was she really living? Our neighborhood cat!

Mystery happily solved! She is still in the neighborhood but one street over. Her name is now “Sweetie”. The new owner/neighbor wants to formally adopt her – make it legal! I am so happy! And it looks as if Katerina is really receiving loving (and luxurious) care in her new home. Her new owner lives within a stone’s throw of our old house but one street over.

How did the new owner find me? Well it was thanks to the microchip in Katerina’s ear. A local vet followed the electronic trail and contacted me on behalf of Sweetie’s aka Katerina’s benefactrice. Clever Katerina, lucky Katerina.

Katerina in all he glory

Winged Samurai Book Review

A rare book for. readers interested in the history of the 2nd World War.

Inch High Guy


Winged Samurai: Saburo Sakai and the Zero Fighter Pilots

By Henry Sakaida

Softcover, 159 pages, heavily illustrated

Published by Champlin Fighter Museum, August 1985

Language: English

ISBN-10: 091217305X

ISBN-13: 978-0912173054

Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 11.0 inches

First-hand accounts of Japanese airmen from the Pacific War are rare in the West; biographies are almost unique. In Winged Samurai author Henry Sakaida presents the results of several interviews with Saburo Sakai, who is recognized as Japan’s fourth-highest scoring ace.

There has been a biography of Sakai’s exploits published in English, Samurai! By Martin Caiden, an adaptation of Sakai’s own Ôzora no samurai (Samurai in the Sky). It appears Caiden took several liberties with the narrative in order to dramatize the account for Western readers. These are not limited to the construction of details and conversations, Sakai himself indicates many incidents related in Caiden’s book never actually happened.

Henry Sakaida corrects Sakai’s…

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