Okay, so maybe they're not bed sized, but they're still quilts and their meant to be used as such. Over, under, no matter. If you get one of these little quilts and there's cat hair on it, that's my gift to you and mom says there's no charge for the cat hair!
Mom caught me in the act as I fondled and nuzzled an old issue of Country Living. Smelled like it'd been in the country, which is what drew me to it.
The days and weeks fly by, the year wanes. I'm happy that it's been getting colder and mom's in the house during the day more now. We're both waiting for the rain. And would you believe, I just checked the weather forecast and there's 100% chance of rain from tonight right through Friday, with more rain over the weekend. Ask and ye shall receive.
Hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week. We'll likely have chicken instead of turkey at our house.
I'm sorry mom, but you have to stop knitting NOW and pay attention to me. No knitting allowed late at night, this is my time, your hands can only touch me and nothing else. How many times do I have to tell you this? You're simply spending far too much time outside during the day catching what's left of the sun instead of being inside with me. And now you knit at night, on top of all the other things you do during the day that prevent you from spending more of your time and energy on ME!
I spent much of Saturday evening and Sunday morning cozying up in mom's new pile of old linens, fresh from the washer and dryer. Of course, the pile has been ironed and put away by now, and I'm back to my lookout atop the ironing board, until mom decides she needs to use it and boots me off. Then I'll likely be back up on my perch.
It's a rainy day and I plan to snooze my way through it....that, and watch the raindrops fall.
Isn't this nice ~ Mom's making a quilt in MY colors. Do you think it's for me? Do you think she'll let me lay on it when it's finished? If you guessed No and No, you'd be right. I should be so lucky.
Seriously, though, autumn is in the air. We had our first small rainfall last night. All day yesterday I could tell by looking at the sky that rain was a'coming. It's sunny and cloudy today, a beautiful fall day in paradise.
There was something in this bag that compelled me to hover near it constantly when mom first brought it into the house. It had kind of a musty, earthy, outdoorsy scent and I had to keep checking it out. If the contents had been spread on the floor I might've tried using it as my litter box.
Turns out it was a bag of leaves and acorns and other droppings from tanoak trees. Now why the heck would mom have a bag of tree stuff in the house? I swear, I'm beginning to worry about her. She's been brewing up mysterious concoctions of plantstuffs, making bundles of weird things that she cooks, no less, smelling up the house, causing the windows to fog up. I don't know what to think. She's been into this organic chemistry thing she calls dyeing.
I spent much of the morning ecstatically nudging and pawing at one of the books mom brought home from the library yesterday. For like 20 minutes, nonstop, purring, kneading, getting my face in between the pages...
Wow, what a rush! I wonder where that book was before we got it. It's like heaven. Can't get enough of it.
Our lives are becoming even quieter than they were. Mom especially likes not going anywhere as often as she can. And I especially like her being home with me.
It's the Fourth of July today. Mom's hoping there's no fog tonight, because she wants to see the fireworks from the fairgrounds in Ferndale, just west of here...watching them from our beloved bluff at home, of course. Last night I hid under the couch while fireworks were going off in the neighborhood. Not where we live, but just across the road from our (senior) mobile home park.
So anyhow, we're both feeling our independence today, our being as unhitched from the rest of the world as we are.
I'm happy to report that mom's been feeling better this past week. She quit her job 'cause she couldn't do it anymore...so now she doesn't hurt all the time...and now we'll get to spend oodles more time together. Yeah!
So "We Be Free" is our new mantra. It's summer, and mom and I get to hang out together nearly 24/7. And then it'll be fall, and mom and I will get to hand out together nearly 24/7. You get the picture.
I'm still on mom watch. This may not end for a while. I'm concerned about mom, I wish there was something I could do to help her feel better, other than be my sweet, charming, beautiful self and loving her as much as I can.
If something drastic happens to her, I just hope she shows me how to use the can opener so I can make my own meals! (just trying to add a bit of mirth to the situation...)
So, I haven't been around much because mom's my dictator...er, I dictate to her and she transcribes. And she hasn't felt much like it lately.
I'll be in touch again when I can. Thanks for your understanding, catfans. Happy Summer to you all.
I've had my Guardian Angel hat on for the last week or so...watching over mom, who's been having back problems. Yesterday she even left the bed unmade all day and she spent a lot of time laying in it. I kept circling her, keeping watch that she was okay. Then she brought in this electric contraption called a heating pad, and that really piqued my curiosity.
The idea that mom is mortal has had a profound impact on me. I know I'll go before she will, but still, I'm just sayin'. I'll definitely be waiting on the Rainbow Bridge for her after I depart ~ along with Pippin, Aja and Grayson.
But that's a long ways from now. Now, things are slowly getting back to our normal, mom's still in pain but it is slowly dissipating, and at least she's not so darned cranky!
Hope you all have a good weekend. We're in for more wet weather here on the North Coast ~ can you believe the weather this year?!
Every night, while mom gets ready for bed, I get to play with ribbons. These organza ribbons especially entrance me, I like to get myself all wrapped up in them and do arabesques around the room. Makes mom laugh, makes me happy.
And speaking of happy, we're a happy home and a happy family.
Now, if only the sun would come out again...
Have a good weekend, catfans. Hope you enjoy yourselves!
Mom built me a crib this week in the west-facing window. Now I can gaze out at the world in style and snooze in the sun with my backside up against the warm glass. Lucky guy, eh?
We're still waiting for spring to spring in these parts. It's still rainy about half the week and it's been cold. Hardly spring like. Oh well. Guess I'm going to have to learn to embrace it just the way it is!
After a little nest building on Saturday, I circled the basket for a while then plopped myself down for a nice nap.
It was incredibly blustery on Saturday, and I just had to park myself out of the fray and away from it all. This basket is a great place for me to watch Mom as she flits from one room to the other, one project to the other...as is the ironing board, where I'm stationed as we speak.
Hope you all have a good week. We had our spring yesterday, now it's clouded up again and we'll likely have rain for much of the rest of the week. Poop.
Forget feather toys, give me the feather duster. I love this thing, nearly as much as I used to love feather toys. And while I'm batting it around the house, I've been known to dislodge dust bunnies from under furniture.
Yes, I've been lazy...rainy days without end will do that to me.
Mom recently took a bunch of really great photos of me -- she's even been using one or another as her avatar on FB (isn't this identity theft?) -- and she thought maybe I'd like to post a couple here for you to see.
We've been watching a lot of movies recently, more so than usual it seems. Oh, and TV programs on DVD. Here's a sampling of what we've seen...
Nurse Jackie -- seasons 1 and 2 (we loved it)
Big Love-- almost finished with season 4 (OMG, this program is getting SO intense)
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- Mom hadn't seen this since it first came out in the mid-90s
2012 -- just saw this tonight, kind of spooky considering what just happened in Japan
Mad Men -- season 1 only (too depressing to continue, paws down on this one)
Winter's Bone -- dark movie
Welcome to The Rileys -- great movie you probably won't hear much about
several Indie flicks we enjoyed a lot but can't remember the names of at the moment
I got a postcard from my vet the other day telling me it's time for my annual checkup. I've never actually had annual checkups, per se, although it was a year ago that I saw Dr. Jay with major itching and an ear infection. I'm going to get Mom to take me in in the next month or so, it wouldn't be a bad idea since I'm now a cat of a certain age and I want to stay in good health.
Hope you have a good week. It's supposed to rain here all week, so I'll be napping a lot!
...more like climbing the shelves, a new challenge for me. I love finding new places to explore. It's amazing how many cool and unusual places there are to park myself here at Rose Cottage. If Mom only knew what I get into when she's away at work!
I'm happy to report that I'm in better health than I've maybe ever been. I rarely scratch and preen much anymore -- other than the usual 2 or 3 mini baths a day. I'm still a little heavier than I should be, but we've struck a nice balance between my dual issues of weight gain and allergic dermatitis. The weight management food makes my dermatitis act up, the no-grain food has more kCals in it so if I eat only that, my weight starts to go up again. I'm eating 50/50 right now and that seems to be working.
The excessive wax in my ears from mid last year has virtually disappeared, with Mom's weekly ear checks and cleaning. We think the no-grain diet is helping here, as well.
Right now I'm dozing on a pillow next to Mom, on the couch, while she translates my thought waves into text. It was another rainy day in paradise today, likely more of the same tomorrow.
Hope you're all healthy and happy. Purrs & meows from Beeg!
My new haunt...one of Mom's scrap baskets. I'm pretending I'm the Easter Bunny, although he's a ways off yet. I wasn't really feeling as cross as I look in this photo -- Mom surprised me with her camera!
Tomorrow's the Academy Awards, and I'm all atwitter. I'm such a Hollywood guy at heart. Hope my favorites win!
Ah, the weather. More of the wet stuff...hail today, too. What's a cat to do! I have a special hiding place under the couch, replete with Mom's Blahblee. What's a Blahblee, you ask? Why, one of Mom's coveted mummy bags that she sleeps with. And like everything else, there's backstory...
When Mom was a wee little girl, she schlepped around a small blanket, the satin edge of which she rubbed with her left hand while she sucked her right thumb. Maybe more detail than we need here. Anyhow, she couldn't say the word "blanket" yet, so she called this thing her "Blahblee." Fast forward a hundred years, and once Mom was living on her own (WAY before me), she started using an old down mummy bag inside of the sheets on her bed to keep her toasty, and she took to calling the bag her Blahblee.
Now she has Blahblee and Blahblee Junior. Junior is the original down bag, Blahblee proper is not downfilled, but heftier, and so it has become the major Blahblee in Mom's life. Anyhow, Blahblee Junior lives under our couch during the daytime, and I end up spending a lot of time down there schmoozing with it myself.
Since watching all eight seasons of Monk, I've become a lot more aware of my phobias. In addition to my long-standing hatred of vacuum cleaners, I now find that I'm afraid of hail, garbage trucks, music (like Bonnie Raitt, go figure, but Mozart might be okay), visitors...and I don't know, the list seemed longer when I thought about it the other day.
Oh yeah, fear of my kibble bowl being completely empty -- but that's nothing new. I used to have a bottomless bowl of the dry stuff. That was until I started spreading. Now I get fed a small amount twice a day and when it's gone, it's gone. Empty bowl. I use that as a meditation tool. If I look at the empty bowl long enough, eventually it always gets more food put in it. So praying must work!
I couldn't decide which of these two images I liked better, so I decided to post them both. Two photos of my beautiful mug for you to enjoy!
Mom got herself a drafting chair so now she uses her studio work table as a computer desk. At the moment I'm just to the left of her as she takes dictation. I love it when Mom's home -- i.e., when she's not at work. So glad we regularly get to spend four days together, occasionally five, at a stretch.
I love my Mom...we have a good life together. I'm a happy camper!
This year is already getting away from me -- it's nearly February and I haven't posted since the beginning of this month. Sheesh!
The weather has been so delightful in our neck of the woods. I've been able to take afternoon naps in the sun -- how I love that! In other seasonal news, Mom's been bringing over plants from the mobile where we used to live, transplanting them from the ground into big pots. I can see them from the window. Early next week we'll have tubs of big bamboo around Rose Cottage, and I overheard Mom telling Aunty Vicky that she's going to fashion herself a patio area on the side of the cottage. I'm sure my pawpads will never touch ground out there...but if Mom's happy, I'll be content with that. Ask me again this summer, though!
Just another beautiful, cool, sunshiny winter day in paradise...and I'm catching the breeze while Mom makes a collage.
I love the fresh air. What I miss most about not being outside anymore is just hanging out and feeling the breeze in my fur...and catching the scents of whatever's wafting by.
Anyhow, I have to be content these days with whatever comes my way through the window screens. Although I have little hope Mom would ever leave them open far enough for me to attempt to make a getaway.
On the other hand, I don't have to deal with bad weather when we have it -- as in, being out in it. Especially hail, which I learned the other day, to my chagrin, that I dislike intensely! Few things will get me hiding under the couch as quickly.
So you all have a great rest of this week, and enjoy whatever weather you're having, good or bad!