Friday, July 29, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: With Connor

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. This week Connor is helping me.


1. One quirk I have is ___________________.

2. My favorite comic strip is ________________________.

3. I am really happy _____________________.

4. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I would go to ________________.






1. One quirk I have is I have to have a blanket over my feet at night even when it’s hot. Sometimes my feet get really cold. And it just seems odd not to have something over my feet while I sleep. (Connor: I wouldn’t call it a quirk, but Mama and Dad don’t understand why I scratch on closet doors and even the kitty room door, which is open.)

2. My favorite comic strip is Get Fuzzy. (Connor: I like Get Fuzzy too. Bucky gives me good ideas.)

3. I am really happy when I’m home with my kitties and husband. (Connor: I am really happy when Mama and Dad are home and when it’s time for breakfast and when Mama runs around for me to chase her and when I run with Abbey and Natasha and when I get a good nap and when I see birdies.)

4. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I would go to Alaska. (Connor: I don’t want any kind of road trip. Road trips mean trips to the vettie.)











Have a great weekend, human and fur friends!



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Chase Bird



Chase Bird, Oct. 25, 2014
Circa 2005 - Oct. 27, 2015






We're participating in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.



Monday, July 25, 2016

Mancat Monday: Connor has been busy






Hello, everypawdy! It’s good to finally get another chance to do Mancat Monday.

I have been a busy boy. Do you know what I’ve been busy doing? Lizard spotting!

That’s right. Over the last week, I have been spotting lizards—little ones with a blue stripe—as I sit at the window and keep watch over my yard. 

When Papa sees me go on alert, he looks out too. If the lizard is right on the other side of the window, he goes out to try to him or her to move so I don’t pound on the window.

Papa says he probably wouldn’t know there were so many lizards out there if it wasn’t for me. He appreciates my lizard spotting. Now he and Mama know to watch that none of them get on the enclosed porch as they go in and out.

They move too quickly to get a picture.

It’s a hard job, but I can do it. MOL!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: With Natasha

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. This week Natasha is helping me.


1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to _________________.

2. Zucchini _____________________________.

3. One Summertime memory I recall is _____________.                                          

4. This Summer, ______________________.                                        













1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to clean my house. (Natasha: I wish I could afford to hire someone to babysit Connor so I could have some quiet.)

2. Zucchini bread is good and the only way I really like zucchini. (Natasha: What is it exactly?)

3. One Summertime memory I recall is eating watermelon outside as it got dark. (Natasha: This is my first summer with my Mama and Dad. One memory I recall is when we got the cat tree!)

4. This Summer, I’m trying to stay out of the heat and humidity. (Natasha: This Summer, I’m having fun watching the birds and the squirrels. Did you know that birds take baths?)






Have a great weekend, human and fur friends!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Cats and Writing


"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near perfect method of writing avoidance.”
~Dan Greenburg


I have the above quote posted at my desk at home and at my desk at work. It rings true for me.

Often, if I’m lucky, I have company while I write at home. A cat walking across the laptop keys. A cat watching the printer, trying to swat the paper as it comes out. Sudden wrestling matches in the next room that call for my attention. Soft fur against my leg, reminding me of their presence.

These visits from my cats “interrupt” my work. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The visits remind me that though I work alone, I am not alone. I have beautiful companions who keep me company and who inspire me.

"Am I in your way, Mama?" ~Connor



"What have you been writing
about me, Mama?" ~Abbey



Abbey and Connor are the ones who most often climb all over the computer and printer. I’ve ended up with quite interesting letters and words on the page because of little paws on the keyboard. I lift the little kitty off the keyboard, give him or her a hug and kiss, and go back to work.


"Why don't you go ahead and
print that?" ~Abbey



"Mama, I have something to tell you
right now!" ~Connor



Natasha is often nearby, watching, waiting for me to look her way and speak to her or get up and give her real attention.



"Just sitting here. Waiting patiently. Maybe she can
feel my eyes bore into her back."~Natasha


Yes, they interrupt me. But I still manage to get work done. And when I return to my work, I do so with a grateful heart.

Note: See the numbers below? Connor decided to take a stroll on the keyboard as I prepared this post. That's what he had to say.

333333333334



What is a good interruption to your work?
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: With Abbey


Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader


1. I prefer ________________ to ________________.

2. ____________________ was much harder than I expected. 

3. One way that I relax is ______________.

4. _________________always makes me ________________.





Abbey, April 2015



1. I prefer winter to summer. (I know not many people feel this way. But I am just not a hot weather person. I feel better in cold weather.) (Abbey: I prefer dry food to wet food. But I eat a little wet three times a day.)

2. Learning to drive was much harder than I expected. (I learned to drive when I was 15 and 16. It looked so easy, but I was never a confident driver until I got older.) (Abbey: Getting up on the kitchen counter without Mama hearing me was much harder than I expected. Her ears are too good!)

3. One way that I relax is listening to music. (Abbey: One way I relax is to lie down near Mama while she listens to music.)

4. Listening to the sounds of my cats contentedly eating always makes me feel at peace. (Abbey: Seeing the Da Bird toy always makes me chirp.)








Have a great weekend, human and fur friends!

Monday, July 11, 2016

How much do you play with your cats?

Our house looks like a daycare for cats. Toys spread over the floor of the den and kitty room. Mousies, jingle balls, plush toys, things that light up, toys that make a crinkly noise. Lots of toys.

We have three young cats. They have lots of toys. So they should be playing with each other, right? They don’t need interactive play with me, right?

When I first became a cat person, more than 16 years ago, that’s what I thought. But as I lived with cats and learned more about them, I learned that cats need interactive playtime with us. “The Importance of Playtime for Cats” and “What’s Play Got to Do With It?” are two good articles that explain why play is so important to cats.

I have been especially reminded of this since we adopted Connor. Sometimes he attacks my ankles or starts climbing on things inappropriately. I find that a round of energetic play uses some of his energy and eases some of the boredom that is probably driving his behavior.

Every evening, at around 7 p.m., the cats start hanging around a room we call the “futon room.” It’s a room that—you guessed it—has a futon it in, my desk and computer station, bookcases, and filing cabinets. The important thing about it is that it’s not carpeted.

If I don’t show up quickly enough, they find me wherever I am in the house and sit and look at me. It’s playtime!



We play together with various toys for about 15 to 25 minutes, depending on their mood. We chase mousies, play with wand toys, chase a mechanical butterfly, and play with track toys. The current favorite toy is Da Bird. Abbey and Natasha especially enjoy it, jumping and snatching the bird and basically having it for lunch.

Connor has a favorite toy that we call the “comfort toy.” Abbey used to drag it around when she was stressed. Now Connor does. But he also likes to play with it. I run around the house with it dragging behind me, getting Connor to chase it.



After playtime, they seem to like settling down for the evening. Connor doesn’t climb all over things and doesn’t attack my ankles. And I know I’ve given them the opportunity to practice those stalking and hunting skills.

My goal is to add more playing in the early morning before I go to work.

Do your cats like interactive play? What are their favorite toys? 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: With Connor

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader


1. ___________________ was easier than I expected.

2. Bucket list: 1) ________________ 2) ___________________ 3) ______________________.

3. I cannot believe ____________________.

4. If I could ______________, I would _________________.






1. Learning the basic knit and purl stitches was easier than I expected (I haven’t been able to move beyond that though). (Connor: Getting on top of the tall dresser was easier than I expected.)

2. Bucket list: 1) visit Alaska; 2) be a contestant on Jeopardy; 3) read an essay on a NPR show. (Connor: Have a birdie friend; knock that picture down so I can see what’s behind it; play guitar on all the window blinds in the house.)

3. I cannot believe that some people think of their pets as disposable. (Connor: I cannot believe that some cats love catnip. I just don’t get it.)

4. If I could be a millionaire, I would build no-kill, lifetime animal sanctuaries all over the world. (Connor: If I could truly rule the house, I would make sure Mama and Papa stayed home all the time.)






Have a great weekend, human and fur friends!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!


We wish our American friends Happy Independence Day! And to all of our friends, have a safe and beautiful week!



Friday, July 1, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: With Natasha

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader


1. I never thought I would miss __________________________, but I do. 

2. Every 4th of July __________________________________.

3. If I knew ______________, I would __________________.

4. I have trouble ___________________________.



Natasha



1. I never thought I would miss living in Ohio, but I do miss some things, like the colder winters and the activities available in a college town. (Natasha: I don’t miss anything from my past before I found a home.) 

2. Every 4th of July I like to listen to the hosts and reporters of NPR recite the Declaration of Independence. (Natasha: This is my first 4th of July with Mama and Papa, so I’ll find out what it’s all about!)

3. If I knew how much living with cats would change my life for the better, I would have adopted sooner. (Natasha: How could you not know, Mama?)

4. I have trouble watching TV and not doing anything else. I have no trouble sitting and reading. I don’t know what the difference is. (Natasha: I have trouble waiting for Mama to finish her work so we can play.)




Have a great weekend, human and fur friends!