Monday, December 29, 2014
Secret Paws 2014
Look at all these gifts! She really spoiled us this Christmas!
We didn't even know where to start. That Christmas tree toy is a lot of fun, and the snowman too. And we love all the balls!
Maggie didn't even want to wait until the wand toy was out of the package to try it out. She's impulsive like that.
Josie picked out a piece of tissue paper. The tissue had a nice nip smell to it too.
Look at all these treats! We're stocked. We've really enjoyed the Tumblers!
Huggy Bear says "Thanks for all our great stuff, Samantha!" She was even nice enough to send something for Mom and Dad. Merry Christmas! We love doing Secret Paws.
The morning after...
Dad left the box with the tissue in the kitchen so of course we played with it all night. (The laundry basket on the counter was to carry supplies to a friend's house so Mom could cook dinner.)
Friday, December 26, 2014
We got our Secret Paws package last week from Samantha Black! She did an amazing job putting together some great gifts for us, and even something for out Mom and Dad. I have a bunch of pictures that I will upload this weekend. Family was in for Christmas so it threw off my posting, but I just wanted to acknowledge the great gifts from Samantha. Thanks again! Merry Christmas to everyone!
And an awesome box...
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The truth is in the pupils
There was a talkative Corgi at the vet's right beside me. Let's just say I wasn't liking that dog very much today. Pupils don't lie. I was done. I had to huff at him several times.
And then the vet said he wants me to lose half a pound a month. I'm not sure how that's supposed to happen. Dad said something about putting the food away for part of the day. We'll see. I don't want diabetes either, so I'll do my best.
On the plus side, I'm getting better. But I'm done with these adventures. I'm ready to nap in my box in peace again.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
This is one of my favorite comics...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Not on our tree
Mom and Dad were out shopping and saw this ornament. I'm pretty sure it would last about 30 seconds on our tree before we killed it. I mean, just look at that tail. It's asking to be smacked.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Oh the indignity
Here I am getting some love from Mom. You can see how they shaved my belly too. I had lots of knots in my furs and they were nice enough to clean them up while I was under for my procedure last week. (They had to shave my nether region too, but I'm not showing that off.)
Friday, December 12, 2014
I'm very good at hiding
Jasper: very good at hiding.
Mom and Dad called for me and shook treats but I wouldn't come out so after searching every possible spot they resorted to looking at the storage under the stairs and found me. I was kind of done with Maggie hissing at me and found a nice spot to relax and not be bothered.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
A (literal) pain in my butt
So I had to have a minor procedure to repair it. I had to be put under for them to do what they needed to do, but I'm up and moving around now. I get to come home at 5:30 all patched up and sporting a fancy new haircut for Christmas.
I had to do some investigating of the vet's office once I calmed down some.
After all was inspected and the office was determined to be OK, I settled back in to my carrier. (Mom really had to fight me to get in it at home, but at the vet's I was OK hanging out.)
I think all this had Maggie a little stressed out. She needed to snuggle up in Mom's lap for a little bit. She's a snuggler, but not often a lap cat. (Mom is wearing compression socks because Mom and Dad have been walking to prepare for another 50 mile walk in March.)
Not happy ...
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Happy to have them back
Here's Dad with his grandmother.
Homecomings are wonderful things because we get to put our stink back on Mom and Dad.
Josie wasted no time claiming Dad's lap. Of course, Mom and Dad were also happy to be back in their own space and catching up on TV shows.
My favorite spot is between Mom and Dad's pillows with my head resting on Mom's pillow. They travel with their pillows so it was nice to have these back.
I even let Maggie curl up near me. She was tucked right against Dad in this picture.
Mom and Dad brought back some doughnuts from Dixie Doughnuts in the Carytown district in Richmond. This one was our favorite because it looked like a cat. Unfortunately we didn't get to eat any of them.
Huggy Bear was happy to have Mom and Dad home. He worries a lot about them, so once they were home he could relax in a ray of sun that was hitting the cat bed.
Also, there was a scary clown...
Friday, November 21, 2014
Here I am in a picture that Mom too of me in September. I'm pretty sure this is the same box that is in the bedroom. I have declared the box in the bedroom as "mine" and I will run and hop into it whenever another cat comes in to make sure no one else puts their stink on it (I'm talking to you, Maggie). Recently I heard Mom say something about how it will be a sad day when we have to get rid of my box. I'm not sure what she's talking about because that box isn't going anywhere.
*We noticed when Flickr did their upgrade to their site some of the folders of pictures seem disorganized. When you would think there would be some chronological order or some way to sort them other than manually reorganizing hundreds of pictures. Of course the photostream is still in chronological order, but it's challenging to wade through all those pictures. Time to rethink my folders.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Peace on Earth
Monday, November 03, 2014
Josie's perfect spot
If you ask Josie, she'll say she is a perfect fit for Dad's lap. She likes to stretch out and get comfy whenever he is sitting on the couch. It's to the point that Dad more often than not will sit like this so that Josie can stretch out -- not that he's complaining. She has definitely claimed Dad as hers when he is on the couch. She was so offended the other day when Huggy Bear was on the couch beside Dad. It was actually kind of funny to see her walk by and look at Huggy and Dad.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
"Whatcha doing up there, Huggy Bear?" Maggie is always checking things out and has to know what's up.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
My mom -- officially a "crazy cat lady"
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Happy National Cat Day
It's National Cat Day and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the day than us hanging out in boxes. Josie likes this box downstairs. I have one in Mom and Dad's room that is a perfect fit for me. Mom said something silly recently about getting rid of it, which we all know is crazy talk. Once you find a perfect box you need to hang on to it. Have a happy National Cat Day!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Happy 10 Year Blogoversary to Me!
I can't believe it has been 10 years since I started blogging. I felt like such a big cat at the time, and now looking back I was just a little kitten, really. I enjoy looking back at those early posts and seeing what was happening back then -- Josie and Huggy Bear joining the family as rescue kittens, meeting my first few other blogging cats (this was pre Cat Blogosphere, so it was much more difficult back then). I still remember some of my first visitors were Max, and Ginger, and Timothy Dickens, and Scooby, Shaggy & Scout's Mom even before they had a blog (or Scout, for that matter). It seems I have to try a little harder to blog and visit than I used to. Mom and Dad stay very busy doing Very Important Things (like work), but even though I don't blog as much as I used to I don't have any plans of going anywhere soon. It may only be a weekly post, but I'm going to keep posting.
Speaking of doing Very Important Things -- here is a picture of me doing a very important job. The godchildren Elliott and Eliza were visiting, and they were locked in their rooms sleeping, and I was guarding the doors, just in case. They are good little 2 1/2-year-olds, who we tolerate pretty well, mostly because they are very good at giving treats.
Thanks for all the visits throughout the years. I look forward to many more years of blogging. Here are some interesting stats... I keep my old stat tracker on the blog even though it is technically out of date because it still counts my visits.
Over the last 3645 days, I have had 99208 visitors, my highest day was 136 visits on 10-8-08, and most of my visits are on Wednesday. I'll have to watch to see when I hit visit number 100000.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
One mad cat
Mom and Dad are on the road heading up to watch Tennessee play Alabama (Go Vols!) and they just passed this car with a cat in the back window giving everybody heck. I'm a Big Orange Cat and I love my college football but I'll pass on the trip to Knoxville, thank you very much. That cat is better than me. I would have shedded all my fur by this point of the trip.
It's been a busy week for Mom and Dad. Last weekend they biked 100 miles for the Bike MS fundraiser (50 miles a day). We had two days to hang out with them before they hit the road again. Once they get back I think we will have to pin them down for a while.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Mom and Dad went over around 11:30 pm and hunted around the house inside and out trying to find that boy. He is rather skittish, very fast, and an excellent hider. Mom thought she saw him in a neighbor's fenced-in backyard, and they looked as close as they were comfortable at midnight (after all, they didn't want to get shot).
Eventually they all decided to call it a night, left an outside utility closet door open with some food in it so Rocky could get shelter and safety and Aunt Tiff was going to hit the streets today. Dad was thinking that Rocky may still be in the house because the window Rocky would have made it out of was about seven or eight feet up and the pine straw under the window wasn't disturbed (Dad's no Aragorn, but he figured an inside cat would have kicked up some dirt jumping and running off).
Well, at 4 am Aunt Tiff was awoken by Rocky meowing from inside the closed up guest room. Somehow he had slipped in there and found a place to hide. Now this room is pretty empty, so Rocky must be a Very Good Hider to have stayed away from Aunt Tiff and Dad when they searched the room. He was probably very unhappy with strangers in the house and decided he needed some alone time, and a little excited to be in a new room.
Thankfully he is all safe and with him Mom, sisters, and brother.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Happy belated birthday to Josie and Huggy Bear
Josie and Huggy Bear turned 10 on September 15 and it was such a crazy busy week at our house that I somehow missed posting about it. It's not a lack of love for my siblings but more of Mom and Dad leaving the computer off so I couldn't post. They will get a proper post later but I wanted to get this up. I just can't believe it has been 10 years since they showed up outside our apartment and stole Mom and Dad's heart.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Meow Like a Pirate!
Here's Maggie ready for Meow Like a Pirate Day from 2008. She is the pirate cat in the family. Since she has just the one eye people are always suggesting that Mom and Dad get her an eye patch. I'm not sure how well that would go over.
So to celebrate Meow Like a Pirate I suggest waiting until really late at night to do the meowing. I think that's what a real pirate cat would do.
Monday, September 15, 2014
One of those days
So I'm posting this picture of Maggie sitting on a stool in the middle of the kitchen to help remind Mom and Dad that we are here, looking cute, and ready to de-stress them whenever they get a chance to escape the real world and come back home.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Dad was behind this truck today. If you can't see it real well, it says Got Poop? We Scoop! It's a business named Doody Calls, mobile pet waste removal starting at $15 a week. I know scooping poop for four cats quite literally stinks, but I'm not sure they will be coming to our house. We don't make THAT much poop. I'd be a little embarrassed if we needed a service like this.
Monday, September 08, 2014
New favorite zoo exhibit
Mom and Dad went to the zoo this weekend. Mom doesn't like birds but Dad loves the exhibit where you can feed the birds. Looks pretty tasty, I mean fun, to me.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Veggies to eat
Maggie likes to chew on celery when Mom is cooking but Mom was worried that celery might be bad for us so we did a little searching. Dad found this interesting article, that says celery is ok: http://catsnco.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/which-vegetables-to-feed-and-not-to-feed/
We aren't going vegetarian, but I'm glad to know I can chew on some celery leaves.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Black Cat Appreciation Day
Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. I know I am appreciated every day, but I expect a little extra love from Mom and Dad tonight. Black cats are pretty awesome and deserve appreciation.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Watching TV with Mom and Dad
Here I am on the back of the couch. I kind of blend in to this couch, so I can disappear and just chill out. It is a super comfortable old leather couch, and definitely one of my favorites. This room is also where the laundry is, so it's cool when I get to lay on sorted piles of clothes. (This is also probably why Mom and Dad don't use this room as much -- they feel they should be doing laundry if they are back there. But it has the best AC in the house, too.)
(Also, I can't believe it's been 11 days since my last post. I know I get out of the routine some, but I didn't mean for it to be this long...)
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Mom and Dad's vacation
Mom and Dad both noticed this little cluster of trees as they drove in. This isn't the best angle to get the look, especially from a moving car, but Mom and Dad both thought these trees looked like a cat. They wanted to try to get a better picture, but there never was a good opportunity.
This is Aunt Tiff feeding one of the vishus deer by hand. She was very brave. This deer also helped himself to some of the carrots in the bag.
The deer are everywhere at Fripp Island (well, except on the beach). Mom and Dad enjoyed seeing them and said they were very pretty, but I'm still keeping my distance, just in case.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Cheating on us...
Look at Mom here, cheating on us with little Ruby, their friend Samantha's new kitten.
Ruby got to play on Mom's desk. We've never even been to Mom's office (of course, that would involve the car, and we don't want anything to do with that, but still...)
The window frame is very big, but Ruby is also very tiny. She liked this spot. I'm sure I would fit perfectly there (if not for the whole getting in the car thing...).
Well she is pretty cute though. I guess I'm OK with her visiting Mom, but only at work. I'm not too sure about her visiting us at the house.
Friday, July 25, 2014
That's about all she can take
Here's Maggie in her favorite bed. (I would have sworn this was bought for me to replace a really ragged box that I had to give up -- but now it's pretty much Maggie's). You can see she's covering her eyes from the light so she can sleep a little longer. It's not easy being a little sister some days.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Belated Stinky Goodness Cat
Maggie turned nine back on June 17, but it was almost exactly a month later before she got her cake. Maggie got her taste first, but then she shared with the rest of us. We don't do a lot of wet food, so we usually just have a few licks, then come back later for a nibble. But either way, it was good.
Also, our wall climbing shelves arrived the other day. We still need to order brackets and figure out where they need to go, but at least the shelves are here, and that is very exciting!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
We are winners!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Sometimes we just have to pin Mom down and force her to stop moving. Huggy Bear and I are very good at making Mom stay in bed. It really is a team effort.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Mom's move continues
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Calendar girl Josie
This is one of our favorite Josie pictures. I'm lucky to have such a good sister.
Thanks again to Paula for getting this organized. It is always so much fun seeing everyone each day, and seeing who is next.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Happy birthday Maggie!
Today is Maggie's 9th birthday. This picture from a few weeks ago shows Maggie's true personality -- nine years old and still a kitten. Sure, she may squeeze between the brush and me when I'm getting brushed, and she noses in and "shares" treats with Josie and Huggy Bear, but even if she can be a stinker we are glad she is our sister. We love you Maggie. Happy birthday little sis.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
A busy week
Josie's lip wound has cleared up completely. She's such a good girl, but we pick on her anyway.
It looks like I'm going to have to get a lion cut. I have some pretty bad mats that Mom and Dad have been trying to brush out, pull out, and cut out. Unfortunately, when I ma getting brushed Maggie has to come and get between me and the brush because she is a brat. I get frustrated when Dad tried to pull the knots apart (even though it eventually works them out). And I got snipped again by the scissors, even though Mom and Dad didn't realize until later, and it is healing slowly so they are gun shy to use scissors again. So once things settle down with Mom's work I think I'll be getting a lion cut. At least I already look like a lion, so that should be OK. And this summer is hot hot hot here already, and it's not even technically summer yet.
See, it's so hot I'm having to lay on the air vent.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Better with cats...
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Huggy Bear's calendar day
Thanks to Derby and Ducky we were reminded about Huggy Bear's calendar page. We got behind on our page flips and totally missed it. Ironically this is the pose he is in right now.