Monday, March 31, 2008
To top things off, Mom was wearing her Bad Kitty pajamas.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Here's Maggie, about as high up as she can get in the garage, about bumping her head on the popcorn ceiling. She's given up on that napping spot for a different stack of boxes that has an old comforter on it that Dad set out for us.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Here I am, waiting for Maggie to pounce.
Greco-Roman style cat wrestling.
Maggie's quick ... you can tell because she's just a blur in this picture.
But I'm strong, and if I can just keep a paw under her chin I win. It's my equivalent of a pin.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
One: Number of cats Mom had before me.
Two: Boy cats and two girl cats in the McKitten-Cat family
Three: Pounds that I weigh more than Huggy Bear (I'm 18, he's 15).
Four: Size of the litter that Josie and Huggy Bear came from.
Five: Pairs of rechargeable batteries that Mom and Dad have purchased for the digital cameras since getting the first one a few years back.
Six: Years old that I will turn next month.
Seven: Pounds is Maggie's weight.
Eight: Rhymes with ate, which is what I did just before writing this list.
Nine: Time I'm writing this Wednesday night (but will post Thursday ... yes, I write some posts ahead of time, depending on when Mom and Dad will free up the computer for me to type some.)
Ten: Size of the litter that Maggie came from.
Eleven: Dogs when you count two houses in any direction from our house (and why we'll happily stay inside, thank you very much...)
Twelve: Pounds that Josie weighs.
Thirteen: Different places I could sleep in one day and still want to nap.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Gracie is our favorite sticky person, but she has a little one-year-old sister Clara Ann who visited with Mom last Friday. Clara Ann is pretty cute too and we had fun investigating this crawling thing. Who knows, she may give Gracie a run for her money!
Here she is trying to get a toy out of our new red cat tent. Fortunately Josie decided to leave the tent a few minutes before this little adventure.
She really tried to get in, but I think she realized that this is definitely a cat tent, and not a sticky person tent.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Maggie isn't great about letting them get her harness on, and she likes to roll around and try to attack it, but they used some treats to calm her and get her used to wearing it (Huggy Bear and Josie also benefited from the treats). Then Mom carried her outside and set her down on the deck.
Maggie was a little more adventuresome than Josie when she was on the deck. Josie explored the deck some, but Maggie was more curious about the stairs.
Mom let Maggie go down the stairs to the paver at the bottom of the steps. Maggie looked under the steps but decided against trying to go under (I don't think Mom would have let her go under anyway) and decided to come back up.
Huggy Bear watched Maggie from the kitchen window. I don't think he understood why she was out there. And when the wind kicked up, Maggie couldn't understand why she was out there either. Mom decided at that point to bring her back inside.
I think Maggie had fun exploring the outside stairs, but Maggie thinks the air smells better from the other side of the screen, where there is no harness and plenty of soft couches to sleep on.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Easter is a great time for us, even though we don't get Easter candy or get to chase "the rabbit" (as Gracie, our friend's daughter calls him) we do get to chase the foil wrappers from the Cadbury Creme Eggs. Hope everyone has a great Easter!
I know I keep mentioning Mom and Dad's trips to IKEA, but so much fun stuff came from those trips. First of all, they have to drive three and a half hours just to get there, so when they go it's a big trip, with lots of things bought. Yeah, I like the new desk and the cat tents and the bookshelves that I haven't shown you guys yet, but I think I found my favorite thing from IKEA yet -- the giant blue IKEA bag!
Mom and Dad were doing some work in the garage last night making a cornice for the guest bedroom which meant that we had to snoopervise. That's when I found the awesome bag. I wasted no time hunkering down into it. It's a great place to lay in wait, to hide from a pouncing sister, or just to relax and enjoy the garage.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Huggy Bear was watching out the window on top of Mom and Dad's new metal chest from IKEA that they had to get because their new desk has no drawers. The sunlight lit up his face nicely in this picture...
...but he looks more kittenish in this picture. Today was actually the first time any of us realized that we could get up there, and HB was the first. He's not much of a jumper so it's something for him to get up like this.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Originally uploaded by jenianddean
YIPPPEEEE!! It's finally Friday and we have mom and dad all to ourselves this weekend. We are free snuggle all weekend. It looks like Maggie has already gotten a head start on snuggling with mom.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
1. As demonstrated in yesterday's Wordless Wednesday, I prefer to take the Superman pose and lay on the clean clothes that have made it onto the futon but have yet to be folded.
2. If no clean clothes are available, you can always put your hair on the dirty clothes instead. Although these will face the challenge of the washing machine I've found that certain garments will still retain cat hair.
3. Josie is a pro at rubbing her hair on Dad right before he goes out the door for work. Since he carpools, he will usually have a few minutes waiting, so she makes sure to serpentine between his legs, covering all sides fully.
4. You can always approach the cat-hairing through a secondary vector, like the bedspread. If you put your cat hair on the comforter, when Mom or Dad brushes against the comforter they are sure to attract some cat hair.
5. Of course, we have plenty of cat hair on the couches. These are essentially off limits for Dad before leaving for work. We work hard to recover the couch after every vacuuming to ensure our presence is felt.
6. Then there's just the presence of cat hair in the air. Spring is coming and we are shedding, so if you run quickly you should distribute you hair evenly throughout the house, ensuring good coverage of both Mom and Dad.
7. Maggie uses the sneak attack. She waits until Dad is distracted with his morning cereal and then puts her hair on him ... then she drinks his milk.
8. Maggie also likes to get her hairs on Mom by climbing the back of the computer chair. If you take this approach, I recommend not clawing your Mom's back as this will make her hop away from you and make it harder to hair her up.
9. Huggy Bear has been leaving hair clumps in all his favorite napping spots, kind of like hair land mines to trap Mom and Dad.
10. You can also get you hairs on the bath towels so when they get out of the shower they rub your hairs on their faces. They make work to take that hair off, but their expressions are priceless!
11. Josie likes to sleep against the ironing board so Dad gets hairs on his clothes as he irons. Of course, this will backfire if your beans don't iron.
12. Just get a Huggy Bear, because Huggy Bears are shedding machines and this will guarantee cat hairs everywhere.
13. And my personal favorite is napping in the closet just below the clothes, so my hairs can migrate up onto their clothes. Plus it's a cozy place to sleep.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
She made all kinds of racket playing in the tent and she likes to dart in real quick. I guess she darted a little low and ended up underneath it instead. Good thing for her Huggy Bear or I wasn't in the tent. She'd have been squished.
Mom just loves her little paws in this picture, almost like she'd praying that she's not stuck under the tent forever.
Speaking of cat tents ... Mom and Dad got us a red one just like this one now, so we don't have to fight over just one. Now we can fight over two!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
A very rare sighting indeed ...
Also, yesterday Dad was looking at the stats on our Flickr page because he finds it interesting to see which pictures people look at more, and where people come from to find our pictures. Well, from our stats he found this one site that had used a Flickr hack to use several small pictures to create a big picture of Gene Simmons from Kiss. It's kind of cool, but the cool part is he used pictures tagged "kittens" to do it, which means that some of our pictures were caught in that net. Since Saturday was "I Spy" on PhotoHunters, it was kind of ironic that Dad ended up doing an I Spy on this mosaic to find us. (Mousing over the pictures says where the pictures came from, and this kind of use of our pictures doesn't bother us, unlike Max's issue earlier this week...)
Here's a link to the full sized picture.
You can find Josie 11 rows down from the top, and 6 over from the right.
Maggie is twice, black and white, 13 from the top, 4 from the right, and 14 from the top, 5 from the right.
Huggy Bear was the first one Dad was able to find, 5 from the bottom, 6 from the left.
At first I thought I was left out, but I'm in there too, 9 up from the bottom, 3 from the left.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Back in October there was a sassy squirrel on our deck. Can you see him giving giving Huggy Bear the business?
And back in the summer Maggie spied our neighbor's dog investigating our mailbox. He's a little dog so he's pretty hard to see.
See how little he is? That's not his driveway, either. He likes to visit, and will come and visit Mom and Dad sometimes when they are working in the yard.
But the PhotoHunt theme was really for a "hidden" image, like the old I Spy books. In the picture below there are 10 cat toys. Can you spot them all? You may have to biggify it to see them all.
To see all 10 cat toys, go to the Flickr page and there are notes showing each toy...
Friday, March 14, 2008
Here it is....I'll have mom take some more this weekend.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Neil Gaiman – The Price
1. First, I think it is funny doing a Thursday Thirteen on Thursday, the 13th. Maybe I should be doing something on luck, or unluckiness, but no, too many random thoughts...
2. I think Mom and Dad need to get the cat stroller out of the garage and back in the house so they are constantly reminded that they need to take Maggie for a walk (and give us a brief reprieve). They take it out from the front door because the big garage door made Maggie about come out of her skin the first time they tried it.
3. It would be nice if someone would make an ice crusher that a cat could use so we don't have to wait for Mom or Dad to make crushed ice for Josie to lick, or for Maggie to chase.
4. Mom got us a Furminator and I like it, and the others are warming up to it, but more on that tomorrow on Furminator Friday...
5. I'm glad that we have a new computer, because it's fast and works and Dad fusses about how slow his computer at work is getting (although his work isn't wholly dependent on his computer it's nice for it to do what you want when you want it to.)
6. Having a new computer also means that now Mom likes being on the computer again, which also means that we get to hang out in front of the monitor more.
7. You know, hanging out in front of the monitor when Mom is not trying to do something on the computer is strangely unsatisfying.
8. Coming up with worthwhile Thursday Thirteen topics is more challenging than I thought, but I'm sticking with it ...
9. We are almost as excited as Mom and Dad about new TV shows returning because it means that we can hang out on the couch with Mom and Dad again.
10. They played Scrabble last night while watching Law & Order, but when I tried to help Dad make a word he made me get off the table.
11. (It would have been a good word, too, if only he had a W -- "meow")
12. BTW, Mom always wins at Scrabble, but Dad always agrees to play anyway.
13. All this thinking is wearing me out ... I think I need to go find my box again. Maybe I can get Mom to put on some Cat Stevens, or Stray Cats, for me to listen to while I sleep...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Maggie doesn't know it, I don't think, but this makes Mom so happy when she snuggles in with her like this.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Mr. Yellow eyes
Originally uploaded by jenianddean
Huggy Bear loves to help out. When mom was cutting out the million rubber duckies for Clara Ann's birthday party, Huggy would keep the scrap paper under control by laying on it. Good job!!
The yellow paper really intensifies his beautiful yellow eyes.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Mom and Dad stained the desk legs to match the cabinets, then they all assembled the cabinets and mounted the cabinets and shelves on the wall, put the desk in place, and the cool wire that will soon hold hanging photos of us. Everything came from their IKEA trip two weekends ago, and fortunately Aunt Tiff was coming and was able to bring some of the bigger parts in her Highlander.
We are very excited to have so much more desk surface to lay out on, and I know Mom and Dad are too, because sometimes I like to stretch out on the desktop while they're working on the computer and now they can continue to work (which I guess partly defeats the purpose of me lying out in front of the computer.) Two of us can even fit on the desk without causing a major disturbance in the Universe!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
1. The top of the bed. She likes the aerial attack.
2. Under the bed. Good for a sneak attack.
3. Around the corner ... also a good sneak attack.
4. From between the stools in the kitchen. She'll actually jettison herself off the stools with her feet.
5. Down the hall, usually in a low sprint.
6. Onto your napping spot.
7. On the bathroom counter. She'll even bully you out of the sink.
8. The windowsill, although she will also share.
9. Down the stairs.
10. From the ledge above the stairs.
11. Oh, yes, the top of the desk.
12. Or from the back of the desk chair, too.
13. I could have made this easier by just saying "everywhere" because I think Maggie has a little prankster in her, and she'll pounce you just about anywhere, really...
PS - Look who's featured on House Panthers today...it's my little brother, Huggy Bear!!! YIPPPEEE!!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
It may be up to debate, but I will argue that I'm winning here. The paw to the lower jaw is usually effective against Maggie. But I'm combining that with a good bite, too.
Some may be critical of my technique, but I've always favored the "lay on my back, flail with all four legs" approach to tussling. I think it does OK, although it does seem to expose my soft white underbelly.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Mom and Dad and Aunt Tiff have been working hard re-doing our office, so we were away from the computer all weekend, but we were doing a lot of snoopervising while we were away. They have a few things left to finish the office, but we are very excited by the progress already.