Tuesday, June 30, 2009

On Vacation

I admit I've not been a very good correspondent of late. Most days I'm right here, on the bed, sunbathing. Taking a housecat's vacation. Enjoying life to the fullest. Not worrying about a thing. Content as can be.

I'll check in with you all again real soon. Tell me how you're spending your summer or winter, let's compare notes.

Ciao meow!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

No Significant Changes

The nighttime thing hasn't changed appreciably. Wednesday night we all slept together, with difficulty. Thursday night Mom slept on the couch. Last night we all tried it again together, but Mom went out to the livingroom at about 2:30 a.m. so Dad could get some sleep (with me sequestered in the livingroom, of course). So nothing's changed.

Oh well, can't blame a guy for trying, right? At least we're all happy and we love each other and nobody's blaming anybody else for this state of affairs.

Hope you're all having a restful weekend! Ciao meow!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Jig Is Up

I was put on notice today that I had better get my nighttime act together, because Mom's moving back into bed with Dad. Enough with the on-the-couch-every-night thing, her back has begun to bother her and she needs her bed. And Dad misses her anyhow.

So I've got to mind my manners and be good. Let's see if I can do that. The perch is a good thing and has made the overall situation better. The problem is that I have a bad habit of not dismounting the thing the way I get up onto it, rather I take a flying leap onto Mom or Dad's stomach in the middle of the night and then make a beeline for the livingroom.

Something's got to change, and tonight's the night. I'll keep you posted!

Ciao meow!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Late Sunday Evening

It's late Sunday evening and I'm hanging out in the office while Mom does stuff on the computer. She's uninstalling some unwanted programs and cleaning up her hard drive. It's a good opportunity for me to be with her and be still and mellow. I know she likes that.

I spent most of today sunbathing on the bed, sprawled out, sleeping contentedly. We watched more of Inspector Lynley tonight -- Dad was able to get Season 4 yesterday.

I hope we go to sleep soon because I need my beauty rest. Have a good night!

Ciao meow!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Caught In The Act

Here I am trying to get my licks in (literally!) before being shooed off the table. I'm allowed to be up on the kitchen table, but I'm not encouraged to go for the food there. Butter, however, is simply irresistable and I couldn't help myself.

Been kind of slow and quiet around the ranch lately. We had to take forced break from the Inspector Lynley series because Season 4 wasn't available where the folks rent DVDs -- so tonight we're going to start in with Inspector Lewellyn. Meanwhile, we watched two recent movies this week, Gran Torino and Revolutionary Road. Really, it doesn't matter to me what we watch and I don't pay attention to any of that anyway. What's important to me is that the family is all together. I've always said, The family that plays together stays together.

Have a good weekend, hope your weather is better than ours has been here!

Ciao meow!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Good & The Bad, Part 2

Here's me relaxing with Dad the other evening. It's so nice when I can kick back and take it easy. That's the good part.

The not so good part is that I have an allergy problem and oftentimes I spend seemingly hours on end preening myself. Fortunately I'm not like some other kitties who've dehaired themselves with scratching and biting. But it's still a problem that keeps me awake during the night sometimes.

The problem is about protein synthesis, and Mom has to get really expensive food for me that has hydrolyzed protein in it. That means the protein molecules are broken down into such small pieces that they can be utilized by my delicate system. The expensive food doesn't resolve the problem for me, but it makes the situation better than it would be if I ate other stuff, even other good catfood.

I've always been like this. I know it bothers Mom and Dad, because they don't like to see me uncomfortable in my own skin. Much of the time I'm not bothered by itching during the day -- of course it's at night when we're all trying to get a good night's sleep that I'm often kept awake.

In the past the allergy was aggravated by the occasional flea bite...but these days, being indoors only, I never get flea bites anymore. Although lately I'm scratching as though I do. Humm, I'm wondering whether we have a dust mite problem here that may be affecting me? I'll ask Mom right now to discuss the matter with Dad. Although I don't know if there's anything to be done about that. The world has become an extremely dusty place.

Hope you're all having a good day lazing about! Ciao meow!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What A Life

I've gotten so lazy, napping and hiding so much that I hardly have time to write blog posts these days! What's a cat to do?

Except tonight, while Mom and Dad were watching a cool ABBA documentary DVD that Mom just got from Amazon.com, the music kept me flying around the house. Now I'm tuckered out.

Tomorrow's schedule? Recover from being the Dancin' King tonight!

See you soon...ciao meow!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Good & The Bad

The perch is in...yay! That's the good news. I do rather enjoy laying on it and looking out the window, and can't wait to do more. I even took to it really quickly, seeing as it was only installed yesterday, and this photo is from last night.

The bad news? I'm still active as all get-out at night. We all went to bed together last night, but Dad had to go out to the couch at around 2:30 because I wouldn't sit still. So Mom had the bed for a change. But we're back to the old routine again tonight.

Darn, I'll have to get my window watching done during the day. I do love the perch, though. Thanks Mom and Dad for all your effort. It wasn't wasted on me, really!

I guess it's not in my constitution these days to settle down at night. If you can do it, you're a better cat than I am.

Ciao meow for now!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Intent

I was playing with the camera strap when Mom shot this photo the other night. You can see how intent I am on grabbing the thing. My mantra is: Never take your eye of a moving object.

Still no window perch, but the folks have been discussing the best way to install it. It's not as easy as it seems, all considerations taken into account. Oh well, it'll happen when it does. Whatever!

I think perhaps that Feliway gizmo is working, because I'm far less antsy than when I first got here. Full moons hardly even faze me anymore. Maybe I'm just getting older!

Have a good weekend, catfans. Ciao meow!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

International Man of Mystery

I have a global following, I'm a guy, and I've come to love British mystery shows on DVD. That makes me an international man of mystery!

Dad's been into these programs for years, and he's been turning Mom and me onto them. We watch 'em instead of regular TV most nights -- especially during the summer when the only stuff on TV is reruns and very bad reality shows.

Speaking of which, who's reality are they talking about, anyway? I'm quite sure my folks don't know anybody who's reality is anything like what gets shown on American TV. I hope you catfans in other parts of the world get better programming than we do here!

The folks are both pooped, so we're having an early night tonight. Soon as Mom finishes this post, she and I are going to get into bed (couch), and she's going to read her novel, and I'm going to lay on her stomach!

Ciao meow!

Monday, June 8, 2009

House Hunting

There's not much in the way of wild game in the house, but here I am stalking my catnip toy! And since I do this at nighttime, I have on my xray goggles so I can see in the dark. Mom really appreciates my doing this in the middle of the night -- not!

You've heard of coneheads -- well here I am, a conebutt! Thought you'd get a kick out of this picture.

Enjoy! Ciao meow!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lazy Sunday

We're all just laying around the house this morning, and it's about 11:00. Not late by some standards, but late for my family, especially Mom, who usually likes to get going by about 8:00.

I think I'm just going to catch up on my napping today. I'm not needed elsewhere and I have nothing important to do. Maybe I'll help the folks with the L.A. Times crossword puzzle later. That one's their favorite.

For now, though -- yawn! -- ciao meow!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Promises, Promises

Here I am standing on the shelf that Dad built behind the bed. This is the very thing I spend hours and hours behind, underneath the bed. I'm still waiting for the perch I've been promised. Until that's installed, no one knows whether or not I'll be able to settle down at night in the bedroom...

In all fairness, the perch is in process. Dad cut the wood a couple weeks ago, when he built the shelf. They were going to cover it with a carpet remnant, but that didn't look like it was going to work real well. Mom got a piece of 2 inch thick foam this week, and some thick fleecy fabric to stretch over that, and it'll all be stapled to the board. I can't wait. I'm anxious to give this thing a try.

Right now, though, about half my nights are spent on the back of the livingroom couch, looking out that window, and the other half of the night I'm laying on top of Mom or right beside her.

You all sleep tight! Ciao meow!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Up Close & Personal

Here the family's watching TV together last night. I'm loving this housecat thing, nothing to worry about, everything's done for me, I don't have to lift a toe. I couldn't possibly be any happier!

Short but sweet! Til next time, ciao meow!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

When I Feel Like It...

...I can be a big help to Mom. Although I'm usually more interested in being a pain in the butt, nosing into things where I'm in the way -- you know, for the sake of playfulness.

This was me when I deigned to let Mom take me to her studio a couple weeks ago, standing on the quilt she just finished yesterday.

Mostly these days I'm just interested in hanging out, playing the role of contented housecat to the max. And speaking of being contented, I was quite a bit over my distrust of Mom today. For the most part I let her hang out with me without running away from her. I know she's happy about that.

Things have gotten a lot calmer in the house since last week's fiasco. Now that Mom's not trying to get me to be someone I'm not, and just accepting me for who I am, there's an ease and graciousness to life that feels wonderful. Thank Goddess for small miracles!

Ciao meow!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Artsy Me!

I was actually going to title this post "Trust," or something like that, then Mom just took this cool photo of me and manipulated it in Photoshop, and I couldn't resist showing you how good I look digitally doctored.

But about trust ~ I've been thinking about that alot lately. I know Mom doesn't trust me, doesn't trust that I can go out and not run away for a day and a half. Okay, I can dig that. She has good reason to feel that way.

But what Mom is just getting, is that I don't trust her right now...I don't quite trust that when she approaches me in the morning or midday, that she isn't going to capture me, force me into a harness, and abduct me to her studio! The truth is, I know Mom returned the harness and leash over the weekend, so they're history. But still I feel so skittish now when she comes up to me, because I'm afraid to repeat what happened recently, so I immediately duck under the bed.

It's going to take time for me to feel safe around Mom again, in the morning that is. Right now I'm sitting right beside the computer while I'm dictating tonight's post. And I'm not afraid at all. It's just when I think she's about to leave the house that I get really anxious. Maybe I need to see a kitty shrink. Most likely, the fear will just dissipate with time.

I do have Mom wrapped around my little toe already, though ~ she doesn't even bother going to sleep with Dad these days, just beds down on the couch so she and I can sleep together. If that isn't control, I don't know what is!

Have a good one, catfans. Ciao meow!