Friday, November 25, 2016

A Week of Thanks: Natasha




Since Thanksgiving Day was this week in the U.S., we thought we would use the whole week to talk about what we are thankful for. We are blessed, and we don’t want to take any of those blessings for granted.

On Monday, Connor and I shared some things we are thankful for. Abbey and I shared on Wednesday. 

Today, Natasha will tell you what she’s thankful for. Then I will add to my list.


Natasha says, I am thankful for:

My perch on the cat tree where I can watch squirrels
The roller track toy
Chasing the yellow balls
Chin scratches from Dad
Giving head bonks to Mama
My home, which I didn’t have a year ago
Love




Some of the things I am thankful for:

Movies that make me laugh
Friends who do so much good for animals
Sunshine
Moonlight
A safe place to sleep each night


Thank you for coming along on our week of thanks. We thank you for your friendship.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Week of Thanks: Abbey




Since Thanksgiving Day is this week in the U.S., we thought we would use the whole week to talk about what we are thankful for. We are blessed, and we don’t want to take any of those blessings for granted.

On Monday, Connor and I shared some things we are thankful for. 

Today, Abbey will tell you what she’s thankful for. Then I will add to my list.


Abbey says, I am thankful for:
The fluff beds
The bird toy
Mama leaning close so we can touch noses
Giving head bonks to Dad
The company of Connor and Natasha
Love




Some of the things I am thankful for:
Books
Words, language
Music
Trees
Squirrels


What are some things in nature that you are thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and safe travels!



Monday, November 21, 2016

A Week of Thanks: Connor




Since Thanksgiving Day is this week in the U.S., we thought we would use the whole week to talk about what we are thankful for. We are blessed, and we don’t want to take any of those blessings for granted.

Today, Connor will tell you what he’s thankful for. Then I will add some of the things I’m thankful for.


Connor says, I am thankful for:
Treats
Our cat tree and the beds on it that are way up high
My Dad picking me up and rubbing his face against mine
Mama picking me up and saying I’m her little boy
Mama getting up at 4 a.m. to feed us
Plenty of places to climb
The love in our home


Some of the things I am thankful for:
My husband Larry
Connor, Natasha, and Abbey
The love and goodness that having cats has brought into my life
Never having to worry about where our next meal is coming from
A job I like


What are some of the things you are thankful for?

Friday, November 18, 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 Thanksgiving tradition I have is ___________________.

2. Black Friday _______________________.

3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is ______________.

4. One Thanksgiving, ___________________.




1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is that I don’t really have a tradition. It used to be meals with extended family, but things have changed over the years. For two of the last three Thanksgivings, Larry and I have traveled to other places in Virginia to eat. (Connor: This year I can start making a Thanksgiving tradition.)

2. Black Friday will find me at home. I don’t like to get in the crowds of Black Friday. (Connor: Black Friday will find me at home with Mama—she doesn’t have to work!)

3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is being with Larry and the kitties and counting my blessings. (Connor: I’m going to find out all about Thanksgiving Day this year.)




4. One Thanksgiving, we ate at the Peaks of Otter in Virginia, and they had snow! We’re going again this year, and I’m hoping for snow again. (Connor: On the one Thanksgiving Day I’ve had, I hadn’t been adopted by Mama and Dad yet. I can’t tell you what last year was like. I’m just glad I have a good home now.)



Monday, November 14, 2016

Therapy Cat



Abbey, April 2016


None of my kitties have an official title of “therapy cat,” but I’m sure you understand me when I say that Abbey, Natasha, and Connor, and the kitties that came before, have provided therapy to me and to Larry through the years.

Sometimes that therapy is just staying close by when we don’t feel well.

I was under the weather yesterday. I don’t know if I ate something bad or had some kind of stomach bug, but I felt awful.

In the early afternoon, I lay down. Abbey got up on the bed with me and got under my quilt. She doesn’t usually stay there long, and she didn’t this time. But instead of jumping down from the bed and going elsewhere, she settled down in a kitty bed we have on the bed. Right beside me.

And she stayed there all afternoon. Whenever I turned over and whenever I woke up (once I got to sleep), she was there.

She was such a comfort. She didn’t snuggle with me. She didn’t purr. But she was there.

Thank you, sweet Abbey.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day

Thank you to the veterans who have served the United States.

My late father served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a medic and was wounded in action on Sept. 30, 1944. 

He passed away on July 9, 1997.

This is a picture of him and his mother during a leave home.



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Question for Our Readers


Sweet Natasha


I want to draw on the wisdom of all of you, dear readers, and ask for your opinion.

When I think about adopting another cat, I first think about saving another life because we would adopt from our local shelter. But I also think in terms of Natasha.

Abbey and Natasha get along pretty well. They sometimes run after each other and smack at each other. But they also lick each other’s heads and touch noses, and they usually hang out together in peace.

But Abbey and Connor are close. They hang out together and run and play with each other much more than they do with Natasha.

Larry and I make sure we give each one of the kitties individual attention. But I wonder if Natasha feels left out and lonely because of Abbey and Connor’s close friendship. Sometimes she’ll walk into a room where the two oranges are playing or just looking out the window together, and she looks like she wants to join in but is hesitant. 

Or maybe that’s an incorrect interpretation.

Do you think adding another cat to the mix could help? Perhaps a kitten who wouldn’t seem threatening to Natasha? 

Of course, the new kitten could end up bonding more with Abbey and Connor. And Natasha may not want anyone else around. She may not be lonely. I could be foisting my own fears onto Natasha.

What do you think? Have any of you ever had similar experiences? How have you handled “odd cat out” situations?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mancat Monday: How good do I have to be?





So, Mama came home from the big box store Saturday, and I heard her tell Dad that she saw a sweater that would be perfect for me if it came in my size. On the front of the sweater, it said, “Dear Santa. I can explain.”

Then Mama and Dad laughed. And I’m pretty sure I heard Abbey and Natasha laughing in the other room.

Now I’m worried. 

I don’t know anything about Christmas or Santa, but Abbey and Natasha filled me in a little bit. They had their first real Christmas last year, and they said it was really nice and special.

Supposedly, this Santa dude comes around at Christmas and gives gifts. And he knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Abbey said the naughty kitties get something called coal in the toe of their stockings. I don’t even know what a stocking is yet. I have so much to learn.

Anyway, Mama tells me all the time that I’m a good boy. She gets all mushy and says even though I get into some things I shouldn’t, I’m still a good boy.

But Abbey and Natasha are telling me things are a bit different this time of year. It’s only seven weeks until Christmas, and Santa and his elves – the ones who make the toys—are watching me. So I have to be extra good and lay off the naughtiness.

So how good do I have to be? Mama thinks I’m good even when I do the naughty stuff like climb on counters and on top of desks, rattle the window blinds, make the pictures on the wall swing back and forth—OK I’ve said too much. Let’s just say Mama says I’m good. 

But will Santa and his elves think I’m good? Do I have to start being nice like Natasha? Do I have to limit my engineering and scientific experiments and hold off on the wall picture swinging? Even though I’m nearing a break-through discovery?

So all my kitty and doggy and other pet friends out there: What advice can you give me. Just how good do I have to be for this Santa to visit me and give me toys?

Thank you for your help.

Love, 

Connor

Friday, November 4, 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. This week Abbey is helping me.


1. Peace____________________________.

2. I need to _______________________, but I keep procrastinating.

3. A friend is _______________.

4. I ________________ try to _______________.






1. Peace must begin within each one of us. If we don’t have peace, then we can’t expect anyone else to. (Abbey: Peace is when I am in my fluff bed in the den, warm and safe under the blanket.)

2. I need to do so many things, like clean out my closet and go through my clothes and take some to Goodwill, but I keep procrastinating. (Abbey: There’s not a thing in the world I need to do except be Abbey.)

3. A friend is someone who accepts me for who I am. (Abbey: A friend is someone like Mama or Dad, someone who loves me all the time.)

4. I am determined to try to complete a 50,000-word novel this month for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. Every morning I get up thinking I have nothing to write and what I’ve written so far is not good. But I keep writing. Four days down, 26 to go. (Abbey: I always try to get my beauty sleep each day.)



Have a great weekend, human and fur friends!