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  1. JoanHelen commented on Ten Cats about 7 hours ago

    It’s great to see there are some Pickles’ fans at Ten Cats. I love it when two comics seem to relate to each other, coincidence or not?

  2. JoanHelen commented on Stone Soup about 7 hours ago

    There is some excellent philosophy in this strip today, thank you Jan Eliot

  3. JoanHelen commented on Ten Cats 13 days ago

    Thank you, Graham, for this tribute this morning. And thank you for this delightful strip. I read it every day and then check it again the next morning to read all the comments that have been posted.

  4. JoanHelen commented on Ten Cats 16 days ago

    Hello, Q of A, of course, you folk in the northern hemishpere are entering summer now. In the hot weather I have a glass of cold milk with a teaspoon of decaf coffee stirred into it. I agree with jessegooddoggy about the sugar but my hot drink usually consists of hotmilk with a sprinkle of nutmeg or decaf coffee stirred into it. I don’t like sweet drinks and never have sugar in my coffee. I take a slow-release magnesium tablet before I go to bed and that also has a calming effect.

  5. JoanHelen commented on Ten Cats 16 days ago

    Hello, Q of A, I’ve found that a hot milky drink and/or a banana help a lot. Watching TV or videos makes the problem worse. I’ve also found that on the days that I have a long walk I always sleep better. Sometimes it is raining and then I can’t get out for a walk. The exercise definitely helps and is much healthier than taking sleeping tablets.

  6. JoanHelen commented on Ten Cats 20 days ago

    I’m only seeing the text in the top third of the strip. The rest of the picture is blank.

  7. JoanHelen commented on For Better or For Worse 20 days ago

    Here in South Africa we can buy milk in bags. It is sold in 1 litre plastic sachets. It is very useful if you buy milk once a week or so and store it in the freezer. It is cheaper than the milk in cardboard cartons or plastic jugs. I always buy the plastic sachets because my husband drinks a lot of milk and we do our grocery shopping on Tuesdays when pensioner discount is available. I can remember when milk was sold in one pint and one quart glass bottles and delivered to the front door, We used to put out the empty bottle the night before and the fresh milk was delivered in the early hours of the morning.

  8. JoanHelen commented on Stone Soup 27 days ago

    Funny in a comic but it’s a mean trick to play on a young person.

  9. JoanHelen commented on Calvin and Hobbes about 1 month ago

    Hi Hobbes, good to hear from you again. Unfortunately the US Dollar rate of exchange to the South African Rand makes the cost of going PRO prohibitive. Also because my browser is considered old I can no longer access the archives. This is very disappointing because I used to love browsing through the archives of my favourite comics.

  10. JoanHelen commented on Ten Cats about 1 month ago

    @ppyfss, I have been following with interest the comments over the last two days regarding meat and water for cats. I have had many cats in my lifetime and two, in particular, had dietary problems while they were still kittens. The first one one was in the 1960s and the second one in the 1980s; different vets in different areas but both said the same thing. Cats do not always thrive on red meat; many cats are much better suited to white fish and chicken. I used to poach the whole young fish in a pan with just enough water to cover. Doesn’t have to be expensive fish. Here in South Africa I used hake. The fish must poach gently at a slow simmer; takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Then allow to cool in the covered pan. The water will set into a thick jelly. I used to give them one small fish in the morning and one at night. I definitely did not use any salt at all; they don’t need it. As Gweedo said, there is no salt in the food they hunt. Both cats went wild over the fish plus the jelly which becomes liquid again soon after it is taken out of the fridge. This does sound like a lot of work, but it’s not really. I used to do several fish at once and store them in the fridge. I just carefully removed the backbone which comes away very easily in one piece. Both cats were adept at finding any small bones I may have missed. I used to find them neatly placed at the edge of their saucer. I varied the fish sometimes with some chicken breast; in those days it was just me and the cats and we used to share the chicken. Neither of those cats had dry food, just the fish and the chicken and vitamin supplements for cats. They never had any kidney or urinary crystals either. I do think the sodium in the processed foods has a lot to do with the problem. The last cat who owned me, a beautful black lady called Ebony had problems with urinary crystals. In her case it was because she was hanging on too long before emptying her bladder. She hated using the litter box and preferred to use the garden. Problem was another cat in the complex used to intimidate her; the result was Ebony used to wait far too long before emptying her bladder. All the same though she lived until the age of 17 and was the most loving and loyal of all the kitties who have shared my life.