Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Toesie Tuesday

We wernt showin off our toesies much today, but heres what The Big Thing managed ta get annyway...
We got a surprise planned fer next Toesie Tuesday, though...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bloo Pillows

AYLA: I love sittin on bloo stuff.  It makes me feel so pretty.  This past week, The Big Thing started takin stuff out of the guest bedroom (where we haven't been allowed to go lately) and put the two bloo pillows on the regular bed.  I climbed up on them immediately and took a nap!
And I should mention that Iza and I are quite excited about the guest bedroom being taken apart.  Rumor has it (TBT talks to himself out loud sometimes) that it is going to become part storage but mostly a kitty playroom!  I caught him lookin at the walls yesserday measuring where he might put kitty trails on the walls.  And a couple new kitty towers.  That would be SO great!

But annyway, back ta the pillows.  They are in 2 places now.  One is onna bedroom chair what has sheets and blankets folded up on it.  Since I already was sleepin there, he said it was easier ta wash a pillow case than a whole sheet.  I liked it cuz the pillow is UNBELEEFABLY soft (an its bloo).
And THEN!  He put the other pillow on the small bedroom dresser.  There are some bed things folded up on there too, but the pillow is even better than the stack of blankies!  I tested that spot out too.  It is as good as the pillow on the chair (an its bloo).  Now I have 3 places in the bedroom ta sleep on soft bloo stuff (the third is my box with the bloo towel he bought just for me)!

Ooh, I almost forgot that I sleep on the soft waterbed a lot too (but its not bloo).  It is very good ta haf so many good places ta nap, and thats just in ONE ROOM!  

I am a VERY happy kitty right now...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Easy Like Sunday

IZA: Today is UberNapperFest, right?

On my side is the best nappin position...
I really like a paw over the eyes...
Gotta keep the sunlight outta my eyes while nappin.
Dreamin of chasin rattley mousies...
I see ya taking pictures TBT!  Dont think I dont notice...
Im goin back ta sleep now...
NAP ON, KITTIES!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Weird Sink Problem Solved

THE BIG THING: I do routine home maintenance as best I can. I'm not afraid to replace light switches, install a suspended ceiling in the basement, move my cable wires, install additional telephone outlets, etc. Some things I avoid, like plumbing. But even there I will replace toilet flappers and water supply tubes.

So when the bathroom sink stopper seemed to be falling to the closed position, I took a look at it. It is one of those lever types. There is a "up and down" plunger on top of the sink that moves a lever underneath. Sometimes the connections get loose though.

The problem was that I couldn't find anything wrong! I loosened everything and retightened them, tested it, and it all seemed to be working. Yet in a couple of days, the stopper would be closed again! So I repeated the process a couple of times. I was baffled and about to buy replacement parts.

Then I discovered the cause...

I found Iza curled up asleep in the sink! LOL!

Unfortunately, when I went to get the camera, she followed me. I'm sure you can picture it easily enough though.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Let Me In - NOW!

IZA:  Sometimes Im out on the deck an I wanna come in.  Like here, from last week.  It was REAL hot outside.  But The Big Thing jus wanned ta take pictures.   GRR!
Look, I wanna come in, OK?
OPEN THE DOOR...  NOW!  Dont make me haf ta use this...
 Ahhhh...  Coolth!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Garden Thursday

AYLA:  Oh Wow!  I get to do the Garden Thursday tour.  Cuz it is INSIDE the house!

We harvested a CORN today.  Our first (an mebbe only)!  Ya see, The Big Thing has nefer had much luck with corn here.  It is too shady.  But he decided this year that it might grow well against the Southern foundation cuz sunbeams reflect off it.  An the box needed a year off from tomatoes.

So he tried it wif an old heirloom variety called Golden Bantam.  Its smaller an "cornier" than modern corns.  He planted blocks of 9 at a time, fer "succession" (that's where they grow in small groups at different times so there is not too much all at oncet).

Here is the first one!
The Big Thing did cool stuff ta make it "kernal".  He cut off tassels an wiped them all aroun the silks.  When it was real calm, he tapped the cornstalks ta make them drop their "boystuff" dust on all the corns.  That may be the same thing, Im not really clear on the concept...

We werent sure what we would find unner the outer leafs.  But he pulled them off and we saw this...
There was CORNS! I looked em all over real good.
Yep, there was fer sure something there!
I wasnt sure which part TBT was sposed ta eat.  I guessed the green stuff (it looked like fat grass I chew on).  I pawed at it a bit.  It dint smell good ta chew on.

But he said it was the yeller stuffs...
Huh!  I thought those were seeds fer next year...  He is gonna cook it tonite.

Well, I gotta thank ya fer coming along on my inside garden tour.  I dont get out annymore, so it was a real thrill ta be the Garden Tour Guide this week.

An since we are inside, ya all are welcome ta play wif the rattley an fevverbutt mousies and share the leftovers from yesserday wif us!  An we got fresh nip over in the corner...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

4th Blogiversary!

HI EVRYBODY!  Its our 4th Blogiversary today...  We wanna thank Skeeter and LC fer startin it, and The Big Thing for helpin us with it.  But mainly, we wanna thank all our great friends who make it all worth doing!!!

So please come and celebrate with us.  We have all our toys out, there are empty boxes and bags, and we got foods and drinks!


We are servin Niphoppers (nip juice and cream blendered together, with crushed dried nip sprinkled on top).
And PLENTY of fresh NIP, of course!

Also, fer fun, here is the VERY FIRST POST  on the blog...

AND...  We wanna thank Ann fer our fancier new header!

8 PM Update:
Hey, the place is jumpin!  Good friends all over the house. 

There have been THoE runs back and forth in the hallway, King of the Hill games on the Kitty Condo, and the toy mousies and balls have never been batted around so much.  At one point, TBT just stood at the bottom of the stairs and kept tossing them back up every whichway!

The newest game is to leap from box to box and get in all of them while never being in the same box twice.  For the kittens, there is the same thing with bags, but they are allowed to walk from one to another and aren't blamed fer gettin in the same bag twice.

The Niphoppers are going like crazy!  Its the new "IN" drink.  So TBT has been busy at the blender.  Fortunately, he stocked a good supply of cream and Nip juice.  

The ham, shrimpsies, tuna, and chick-hen are holding out well.  We got lots more stashed in the fridge to be warmed in the hotbox as needed.  

Party ON!

10 PM.  More friends comin by evry minnit!  We are tired out from King of the Hill and THoE,   But we are restin up fer stairway races next.  We just need ta nap fer a bit an haf a Niphopper.   We OK an readdy ta start again at the half hour!

Midnight!  The party is still goin!

Come by for the drinks and foods and play. 

Looks like there is about a dozen of us around now.  Box jumpin is the current game again. 

The ham is goin fast, but the Tuna and shrimps are still available.  And the NipHopper cocktails...Wow those are great!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Nappin Contact

We really did it.  Napped TOUCHIN each other!
We're getting better about that.  It wasnt planned or annything, just sort of HAPPENED.  But when it did, neither of us shimmied away...

What's next, a kitty pile?  Dont hold yer breaths...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Easy Like Sunday

IZA:  My turn this week.  This is my favrit chair.  Ya can tell cuz it is all covered wif my furs an there are a coula my toys there.  Ya allus wanna have a coupla good toys where ya nap...
I like ta shift around a lot while I nap.  I dont do that while deep sleepin with The Big Thing, but nappin is differnt.  There are SO MANY good nappin positions...
AAAAHHHHHHHH...............

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bookshelf

AYLA: I love explorin around in the bookcases.  Behind the books there is good space fer pokin around or nappin.
The problem is allus where ta go next.  Some shelfs are more easy ta get around in than others.  This next one looks really narrow.

Id like ta get to the top of them, but I havent figured out the right path yet.  I'll keep looking though.

Friday, August 20, 2010

TP Fun

IZA:  Im not sure what this stuff is, but Im havin a blast with it. 

Ya see, I found it sittin on the floor an I saw there were empty spots init.  So I pushed my paws through the wrapping.  It was great pawing inta the open tubes!  I actally had all 4 paws down the tubes here...

Well, TBT saw that, an gave me more reasons ta play by tossin mousies down the opened tubes.  I had great fun pawing in there after them ta pull them out.
Sorry, Im a bit blurry here, but I was getting REAL active...

He had great fun fer days watchin me poke around fer the mousies he hid in the tubes.

I probaly shouldnt have started ta rip the papers apart though.  They vanished right after that.

The good news is that it gives him a good idea fer a new toy fer me.  Somethin wif a lot of pawy tubes an holes.  Sounds good.  I'll letcha know iffen he actally makes it...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Garden Thursday

IZA:  Well, after the past 2 months of brutal heat, the garden is not in great shape.  The Big Thing spent his garden time watering, so there are more weeds around than usual, and some of the plants are lookin a bit peaked annyway.  But there are some good things ta see.

First, I wanna show off this lovely flower.  I think it is called a Rose Hibiscus, but the label is long gone...
The flower is bigger than my head!  It doesn't bloom for long, but it sure is pretty!

Next, we have more of a visitor surprise!  Dont move suddenlike, or it will fly away...
We like it cuz it is very bootiful, but also cuz it eats mosquiters!

Iffen ya are real careful, ya can get closer an see the very strange wings it has.  They look very delicate...
Here is the best crop TBT is getting this year.  I showed ya the purple ones a few weeks ago.  We are still getting purple ones, but now there are yella an oranj ones too.  Some red ones are comin along soon...
These Black Eyed Susans are holdin up real good.  They been bloomin strong fer a whole month now an dont look like they plan ta stop soon.  For a perenial, thats really impressive!  TBT says he should divide them up an put them in other places so the there is more color next year in the hottest part of summer.  I think he shouldnt mess with a plant what is happy where it is, but ya know how Beins are...

An speakin of long bloomers, these salvia are still bloomin strong after 2 months.  But theyre annuals an sposed ta do that. Still, TBT says he wont use them as border flowers nex year.  They were sposed ta be a foot tall, but are as high as I can reach (about 2 foots).  But he will use them where the height werks better.
Thank ya fer joinin me on this weeks garden tour!  Ya are welcome ta sit in the shade with me fer a while.  An there is good water in the little pond...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rug Wrasslin

IZA:  I love wrassin with the door rug.  It is real good for bein grabby wif claws.  An in the early morning, The Big Things hardly ever catches me at it...
 
But, well, he caught me at it this early morning...
The trick is all in the paw.  Ya gotta grab the mat good and roll the body ta pull it around ya. 
TBT says I woulda made a good crocsodile, cuz they twist like that...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Toesie Tuesday

AYLA:  More toesies...
I love my toesies...
What can I say?  Iza is a tummy girl, Im a toesie girl...

PURRRRRRR!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cleaning

AYLA: A brief cleaning demonstration for the kittens out there.

First clean the ears an head...  Scratch vigorously!
Then clean between the claws well!  Kittens often have dificulty with this.  Good toe spread is essential...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  MY Easy Sunday on The Big Thing.  Yeah, I know Iza is in the pictures too.  But NOT on his lap like I am...
I can really stretch out on him...
An I am so light, he never hardly moves.  THAT is really comfy...
I KNOW he doesnt plan ta move much when he has the slippers on...
I stayed there fer hours.  I normally get annoyed when he moves his legs around, but he was real good about not moving today.  He might have dozed off, I'm not sure cause I was nappin myself.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Evil Skwerrl Brothers

WANTED!  The Evil Skwerrl Brothers...

If you see these guys, do not approach them carelessly.  They haf teef and claws and they can run real fast.  Alert the authorities iffen ya see them.  They eat our apples, dig up crocus bulbs, steal birdseed, and make faces at us through the door!