Look at Mom with kittens Max (black) and Ruby (tabby). These are the kittens of our little friends Gracie (9) and Clara Ann (6). Mom got to love on these cuties when they went to exchange gifts. I worry that Mom may have caught kitten fever.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Maggie was the first to investigate the box.
Being the oldest cat I have to set a good example and read the card first.
We got a tin of really cool Christmas colored balls to play with. (You'll see these again...)
And look! Cat grass! We needed this!
Huggy Bear helped me pick out a catnip mouse to play with. He was so excited that he got blurry in the picture.
But really, how could you help but not get excited with all these cool gifts!
Maggie likes to check out the box and make sure Mom and Dad got everything out.
Josie showed up a tad bit late to the opening, but she still got to pick out a ball or two to play with.
There were peppermint striped balls, and green ones, and they jingle when we bat them around.
Josie had trouble deciding.
Huggy Bear had no trouble deciding -- it's the crinkle butterfly for him.
I was partial to the heart-shaped mouse from the tin of catnip mice. I kept knocking it under the dresser so Mom and Dad would have to get up and get it for me. It's a really fun game. I highly recommend it.
And then there was the Catnip Stogie! This this is amazing! It is compressed catnip in the shape of a cigar. Maggie just couldn't contain herself. She licked it and put her stink on it so we all knew it was hers.
There were Temptation Mix-Ups too -- some of our favorites! (I know I got a picture but I don't see it right now...)
Thanks to all the cats at Cat in the Fridge for the great Secret Paws! We are having so much fun with all the awesome toys. We can't wait for the grass to grow so we can eat it.
[We made a mini version of this post on the Secret Paws site.]
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
One of Mom's Christmas presents arrived today: a new KitchenAid stand mixer. We've figured out this online ordering business and ordered her some surprises. And best of all, look at the awesome box! Huggy Bear is in the box (a little hard to see) and Mags is peeking around the edge. I really thought she was going to pounce him but she left him alone and let him enjoy it.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Mom and Dad went to the mountains of north Georgia to the town of Dahlonega two weekends ago. They stayed with some friends up in a cabin. Mom and Dad aren't big wine drinkers, but they went to the wineries and did a few wine tastings and had a lot of fun. It was just enough of each wine for them. They must be short attention span wine drinkers.
There were animals at two of the three vineyards they visited.
This was Pepper, the cat at Three Sisters vineyard. Pepper was supposed to be sleeping on the cat bed on the floor, but she preferred to sleep in the souvenir t-shirts instead. Can you blame her? (This wine was the best, they said, although the setup was just OK.)
There were three very friendly dogs at Cavender Creek winery (two here with Mom and Dad's friend Tiffany -- not our Aunt Tiff). (Their wine was good, but their atmosphere was the best.)
Mom and Dad also went to Frogtown winery, which looked the fanciest, had good win and the best t-shirt selection, but no animals, so by my account they lose.
Oh, and just for fun, I saw this on the Flickr blog. Obviously not us, but this is why we would never be allowed on a balcony, if we had one:
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Here's one of the few pictures where Maggie isn't blurry because she was trying to eat the bells off the collar. She wore it for a few minutes, and even settled down a little bit. But then Dad was nice and took it off of her so she could hunt it properly. It makes a much better toy than a collar, if you ask us.
Friday, October 25, 2013
My first post was very simple, just a little "hello" to introduce myself. What I think really helped me keep going, even before I met other blogging cats, was Josie and Huggy Bear. Back when we were living in our apartment, right around the time I started the blog, I met Josie and Huggy Bear. They were tee-tiny kittens at the time, of course. But it helped to give me motivation to blog. Then came visits from William, and Timothy Dickens, and Ginger, (and I even learned later that Scooby, Shaggy and Scout's Mom was an early visitor even before their blog). The community just continued to grow and grow into a wonderfully supportive family. I'm so happy to be a part of the Cat Blogosphere.
My posts and visits are less frequent than they used to be, and that disappoints me that we've gotten so busy. But even if I'm not coming around as much and commenting, know that I cherish each and every one of you.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
On the way home, Mom and Dad took the scenic drive through the Smoky Mountains. They stopped at one of their favorite pumpkin stands along the way to get some pumpkins for the front porch, and look what they saw there:
This is one of three African Serval kittens that were by the goat petting area. They hadn't had any shots yet so no one was allowed to hold them, which is probably a good thing because I think Mom would have brought it home if she could have. Of course, that breed gets as big as a small dog, so it's a good thing Mom didn't.
This is a panoramic of the Newfound Gap that Dad took on his phone. This is where North Carolina and Tennessee meet in the Smokies. The leaves looked amazing. The white twiggy dead trees you see are the hemlocks that were killed by a non-indigenous wooly bug.
This is the view of the creek (or Little River) that goes through part of the Smokies. The shortcut they take to avoid the traffic in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg takes them along this creek for a while.
Coming out of the National Park on the North Carolina side there is a field where a herd of about 15 elk have migrated away from the larger herd of about 300. The rack on the male here is about 50 pounds, according to the ranger Dad talked to. This was a picture on Dad's phone that was easy to upload. The good pictures are on the big camera.
This is another pretty view. This is of the Chimney Tops, the peaks on the left side.
Even though Mom and Dad were eager to get home to see us, they stopped a lot on the ride through the mountains to take in the views. It is always so pretty, especially in October.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
It was really nice today so Mom spent some time on the deck doing some research for a friend's engagement party. The windows were open and Huggy Bear was doing a little snoopervising. Dad was trying to get a picture of HB and Mom when, in classic Maggie fashion, she popped around the corner and totally photobombed the shot. Sisters...
Monday, October 14, 2013
It actually was OK, although this is one time it's probably best I am declawed in the front, since it is still inflated.
But what really makes this picture special is that I am matching Mom's original cat Fluffy from one of Mom's favorite pictures.
Here he is curled up in the inner tube for the beach. He was a pretty cool cat, from what I understand. He definitely had style. So I'm honored that I was able to do a tribute shot.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Here are Josie and Huggy Bear giving Dad the stink eye for not making a huge big deal about their birthday. I mean, sure it's MY blog, but someone's got to help me type. So it's no my fault...
So Josie and Huggy Bear turned nine on September 15. I really can't believe they are nine, or that we've even lived in Columbia long enough for them to be nine. Time is going by so fast! I have become a better cat because of my brother and sister. Josie joined the family first. Huggy Bear was a foster who stole the hearts of all of us with his kind nature and amazing purr. They helped me learn to cuddle and purr and eat treats, and for that I am very thankful.
We'll all be getting some extra treats for sure tonight!
(On a side note, if you are typing quickly and get off a letter, Bear becomes Brat, which he is not.)
This be one of me favorite days of the year -- Meow like a Pirate Day! Me feisty little sister be a pirate cat, pictured in her "crow's nest" sans eye patch. I hope yer gettin' all kinds of good grub and booty today from yer crew.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
You can see it looks like one of out play tents, only bigger. Josie likes to hang out in it. She's the bravest around The Twins.
She'll play in the tent, but the cars really don't so much for us. In this picture the tent was working as a barricade to keep The Twins in the kitchen (the gate is just a little short for this entry).
Maggie likes the tent too, but only after The Twins are in bed.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sometimes proper snoopervision is necessary. I may be 11 years old, but that doesn't mean I can't start doing new things. Lately, I've really enjoyed getting on the bar portion of the counter between the kitchen and living room and snoopervising Mom as she works in the kitchen. This is her favorite work spot, by the sink and stove where the big cutting board is. She doesn't seem to like it too much when I come over and try to sit on the cutting board (I can't figure out why). I can't remember what Mom was fixing here, but I'm pretty sure I didn't get to eat any of it. (Mom's making a funny face at me in this picture because I was staring at her.)
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Mom is laying on the living room floor watching Breaking Bad (season two). We have her surrounded -- Huggy Bear is behind her, Maggie is up by her head and I'm down by her feet. Josie is keeping watch by the edge of the room. This is the aftereffects of having their friend's twins (18 months old) overnight. (In the picture HB moved around so he could be seen.)
Josie was very brave with the kids. She even let them give her treats. HB and I would visit (HB more than me). Maggie stays clear.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
This is one of Mom's favorite pictures of me as a kitten. This was right when I came to live with Mom and Dad.
I would hide under the rocker so they always had to check before sitting in the chair.
Look how tiny I was! This was my very first portrait.
Maggie's not the only one who would unroll TP. I loved that window...
...and the sink too.
I wish I still fit in this bowl. It was so comfy!
I am very lucky to have landed with Mom and Dad. I can't believe it was 11 years ago!