Saturday, November 30, 2013

Caturday

MARLEY:  Ayla an Iza are complainin that Ive been doin most of the bloggin lately, but I showed them that TBT finally got a decent picture of the smudge unner my ear (which I generally manage ta avoid) an I thought I might as well let him show it...

Does that make me one of those 3-color male cats?

Friday, November 29, 2013

You Wont Belief This...

MARLEY:  After 2 days of rain, TBT let me out at 4 PM Wensday.  Which he normally doesnt do cuz it is close to dark then.  But I was meowing a lot complaining it had been 2 days and he let me out.  Then he made his dinner and got on the puter after.

He FORGOT I was OUT!!!  [TBT:  In my own defense, I'd SWEAR I saw Marley nappin with Ayla on the waterbed at 10PM, but obviously not.  Never confuse a pile of socks for a cat in dim light]

OK, it WAS cold and wet out , but I got to stay out ALL NIGHT and it WAS dry enough under the lower deck!!!  I just curled up tight an I slept fine.

OK, Im no fool, I stayed unner the deck so that the evil owls couldnt get me.  An I watched out fer Vishus Deer (none sighted).  Ayla tells me that, in the afternoon, when TBT realized I wasnt IN, he practically stomped on Iza gettin to the deck door.  She wishes he had better aim.  An *I* hafta admit, I was sure willing ta come in...

I got SO much attention and SO many treats...  I highly recommend trying that.  I would choose better weather though.

Pictures when we figure out why iPhoto isnt werkin tonight...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day

GROUP POST:  

We are always thankful fer all the good things we have in life.  We don't do "Thankful Thursdays" often, but this IS a special Thursday.

We are thankful for food, shelter, love, and attention, of course!  But we want to be more specific...

1.  We are thankful for life; ours and everything's.  We love ours, but would it mean annything if we were alone in it?  "Living" would mean little without all the world's creatures to share it with.

2.  Food is great.  We would eat even iffen we dint NEED to ta survive.  Tastes, textures, smells, appearance; it all matters.

3.  Shelter is special.  We know there are so many who dont have much of it.  The ages may have adapted most creatures to survive outdoors, but surviving and true comfort are very different things.  We are so VERY thankful for our house with the warmth and coolth at the right times of year, and staying dry in rainy weather.  We know that almost EVRYCRITTER doesnt have that.  The wild critters, naturally, but also our homeless/feral brofurs an sisfurs.  We watch nature shows on the TV an see rain-soaked, panting, or freezing "others" just looking miserable.  We might find some friends, catch enough food outdoors, but there is not much that can replace "shelter".

4.  Love and attention are grand!  We have plenty of both.  We get them from each other and The Big Thing here, from our blogging friends all over the world, and from TV shows that tell us that cats are loved in almost all places.

Those are the Big Four.  But there are other smaller ones...

A.  There are Beins that make the toys we love; those things keep our days eciting.  And the workouts are good fer us.

B.  There are Special Sleeping Spots.  Each of us here have their own purrsonal ones, plus there are group places we love.

C.  We are thankful for the good quality cat-food companies.  Our generation of cats is healthier than some who came before.  Plus, who among us would every have tasted a toona or deer or turkey without them.

D.  We are SO thankful fer kitty litter!  TBT tells us sometimes about the old days when ya either got left outside ta "do yer business" (rain or cold) or ya dealt with clay inside that basically stayed wet.  Gives us the willies!

E.  We thank the Beins fer the Innernets!  We would feel almost "the only ones"  without it.

F.  We are thankful fer Real Mice"!  Tasty and Fun!  Enough said...

G.  We are thankful for The-Cats-Who-Came-Before.  Skeeter and LC taught Ayla how to hunt, LC and Ayla taught Iza, Ayla and Iza taught Marley.  Tinkerbelle taught Skeeter and LC; somekitty taught Tinkerbelle.  It is a tradition going back to First Cat.  And SHE probly learned it watching "Nearly Cat".

May you all have a wunnerful day of thanks here in the US, and cats all over the world have it on yer own Day of Thanks...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Up And About...

MARLEY:  Wow, we are still cleanin up after the pawty.  Mostly toys stuffed inta corners an unner chairs an such.  An we dont even recognize this large ball.
Mebbe somekitty brough it with them an lost it.  Or mebbe TBT brought it out fer the pawty.  We'll have ta ask...

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Next Day

Thanks to evrykitty who helped us celebrate our 2,500th post yesserday!
But we are just gonna nap in today...  Whew!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

PARTY TIME!

This is our 2,500th post!

Well, its the BLOG's 2,500th post, we weren't here at the start of it (OK, TBT was, but its not HIS blog).  So we decided it was a darn good excuse fer a pawty and TBT agreed.  We got lots of fun stuff ta do...

We have SCRATCHERS!
We have LADDERS ta climb!
We have BOXES!
We have BAGS!
We have GAMES!
We have TOYS!  Each sorted out in matching bins by type (are we organized or what).  From back left ta right front, thats rattley mousies, balls, stuffed stuff, non-rattley mousies, milk jug rings an assorted plasticy things, and fevvry/yarny things...
We have WAND TOYS!
There are also the 3 cat trees, stairways and hallways ta run, and the big waterbed fer bouncin on or nappin on.

One of the highlights of the day (to be repeated 3 times) will be the treat toss.  Picture a dozen or so of us kitties in the living room with the bare wood floors.  TBT takes a whole HANDFUL of treats and tosses them into the room ta scatter around.  We all get ta immediately charge around eating as many as we can find!

The TV will have Cat-sitter CDs running continuously, for those times ya want ta rest a few minutes but still see something interestin.  And the birdfeeder has been filled.  Ya can expect ta see cardinals, doves, purple finches, goldfinches, sparrows,  titmouses, wrens, nuthatches, blue jays, and (sometimes) a woodpecker!  Sometimes squirrels too, but ya have ta be able ta jump up to a high windersill ta see them on the ground below the birdfeeder ta see them from inside.

And of course there will be foods (ham, shrimpses, an chick-hen) and drinks (meowgrritas, niptinis, an toonapolitans - plus milk an toona-flavored water fer anny kittens), and NIP (fresh an dried).  We figure ya know what all that stuff looks like, so we didn't put up pictures of them.

There will be a brushie station too, 3 kinds of brushies, you take yer pick.  TBT will manage that up on the dining room table.  You hop up, he'll be there.  Yes, he CAN be it many places at once! As far as WE can tell (an we have some years of esperience).  Not saying annythin, but there MAY actually be 2 or 3 of him.  He/they sure surprises US sometimes.  Mebbe he just walks around fast a lot.  But same thing we guess.

Naturally, there will be plenty of (constantly-cleaned) litter boxes.  And (we think) a BRAND-NEW SERVICE ; a Bomitarium (a fresh unused litter box for those awkward moments when ya have had a bit too much ta eat or gotten over-ecited by all the pawtying).  It will be placed in the Human Litterbox Room and "What happens in Las Bomitorium, stays in Las Bomitorium", as they say.  Its a kindness to TBT who will be far too busy tossing toys, filling food bowls, cleaning litterboxes, helping kitties down from the tops of the bookcases, etc to notice small problems like that.  Plus, we are all gonna be runnin around so much WE might even step in it, an it would take precious pawty time away iffen we had ta stop an lick our paws clean!

We were hopin fer good weather fer an outdoors mousie hunt, but the cold windies arrived last night and seem to be stayin all day.  So this pawty will be strictly indoors as far as PLANNED activities go (iffen ya wanna go outside annyway, its OK an safe cuz of the tall fence that is woofie an vishus deer proof, but even a Scandinavian kitty might not like cold 40 mph/60 kph winds).

Guests can arrive in all the usual ways - through the tunnel, the cube, the TV (yes, we've seen that happen), or anny other way ya are used to [surprise us with a different way YOU teleport...]!

Updates about the guests and activities will be made as the pawty progresses.  

Now, LET THE PAWTY BEGIN!

UPDATE:  Wow, only 7:15 and the place is HOPPIN wif about 20 kitties!  Ayla is facing some stiff climbin competition from the Burmese sisters of Punapipurri, and the Fuzzy Tales (Nicki an Derry) are here too.

Hey Brian is here now...  Yay! 

Hey, Scylla and Socks are here now!  Scylla, just hop up on the table an TBT will start brushing you (brush, brush, brush - we hope he is doing it OK).  And Socks, we have it on the BEST authority (yer Mom) that you have to be VERY careful about what ya eat here.  You KNOW what is allowed, so please stick to that...  And have as MUCH of what is allowed as ya want, of course!

OK, now we are gettin busy.  There is a Queen Of The Hill game goin on at the cat trees AND a THOE game down the hallway...   We are gonna wach the Queen of the Hill game an LISTEN to the THoE race. 

Oh and here comes the "Sometimes Cats Herd You" clowder.    Hey all, try the ham, and then go fer the rattley-mouse toys!

10:30 AM and Milo an Alfie have arrived. Welcome guys!  Get some good foods while ya watch the other kitties run around afore ya decide what ya want ta do first.  An speakin of runnin, Flynn has just challenged the Punipipurri ninjas to a ladder-climbin competition.  We think we have an idea how that will werk out... Flynn has good climbing skills, but young ninjas are tough ta beat...

We'll report on THAT later.  

Meanwhile, the Brushie table is quite popular.  We dint guess at that at first (we dont like brushies all that much, but the line is long.  Some are goin fer the regular brush, but the Zoom Groom seems rather popular.  Mebbe we been missin out on somethin...

11:15 AM  Update:  Oh hey evryone, look who just showed up!  The Manx Mews are here.   Welcomes to Ping, Gracie, Jinx, and Boo, please help yerselfs ta some foods an drinks and get a feel fer how the pawty is goin.  Do ya have a favrite kinna toy (ya saw the selections way up at the start of the post right?), or do ya wanna wait fer the Wand toy event coming up soon?

11:30 AM - Cool, Nerissa says she is "revvin up the eggbeaters" an on her way here.  Um, whats an eggbeater?  Well, as long as she's coming to join us...   And we are thinking it will be time fer some major food presentation by TBT about Noon.

12;15 PM   OK, HERE COMES THE SHRIMPSES!  Gather around, gather round...  Whole PLATES of them, enough fer all!  They is a few chopped up, a few left whole in each little bowl, an nokitty will miss out...  WE LOVE SHRIMPES!!!

OK, jump on them!

1 PM -  First, the results of the ladder climb are official.  FLYNN WON,  By leaps.  Really,  his mighty initial leap left the ninjas a bit flommuxed.  Flynn was on the top step when the Punapipuri twins were on the 3rd.  Flynn gets a fresh NIP leaf!  We KNOW that they will get better at this game.  Meanwhile, dont annyone bother Flynn as he enjoys his Nip Leaf at the top of the ladder.

But we cant ignore the stairway-running contest either.  Nerissa and Ping came to a whisker-finish an we are awarding BOTH a Nip Leaf as prizes.  It COULD have been a photo-finish, but TBT was putting out more food (cant exacly complain about that) and he wasnt camera-ready.

2 PM Update - Hey mancats, better groom yerselfs good, Sparkle has arrived at the pawty!   And ya can bet she is lookin ta see smoothed furs and graceful walks!   So try not ta trip on yer toes, MOL!

Seriously, welcome ta the pawty Sparkle!  There is foods an drinks on the right and games on the left.  We are delighted that you could join us.  Iffen ya want to play in the danger zone, there are ladders and cat trees behind where ya came in.  Watch out fer the THoE in the hallway.  The good news is that ya dont have to pose.  TBTs flashy box is BURIED an we wont tell him WHERE today. An HI Binga!  Say hello to Iza over there, bet you have some things alike.

Marley here:  Flynn, dear friend, the day is overcast and raw.  The mousies won't be expecting us!  Hey evrykitty, annyone who wants ta go outside and hunt the mousies in this blowy weather, collect by the deck door!  TBT says we can go out since it isn't dark yet.

 2:30 PM, WOW the place is jumpin!  An good thing TBT put out that Bomitarium box.  Its been used um, twice.  Not sayin I was involved...  ~ Iza

Ayla ~ Must be 30 kitties here at the moment.  One paw, 2, 3, 4, and a few extras.  Yeah, TBT says thats about 30.  The catsitter CD is a hit.  I'd say about two paws of cats are chillaxin watchin it.  And a few agile ones are up on my high windersill.  Which vaguely bothers me, but I wont worry about THAT today.  It'll be MINE again later.

Which reminds me, TBT said I should invent a game, an I thought of one.   Who can jump to the top shelf of TBT's shoe rack from the floor?  It isnt easy, so dont go bragging about it iffen ya dont.  I mean... I mean Marley can jump there from the bed, but can ya jump up there from the floor?  I wanna meet my kinna jump-mates!

 3 PM An welcome ta the Florida Furkids! Welcome friends and "whats yer pleasure"?   Can we innerest you all in some Nip?  Rattle mousies?  Or just look around an decide what ya like.  TBT is here ta serve ya, or ya can ignore him (we do sometimes).  Either is OK, just enjoy the day...

3:30 PM, Oh hey, welcome Shaggy and Scout  with a little exra Zolie on the side!  Pawshakes to you all fer coming.  Yer just in time fer the treat spread...

Ok here's the deal.  We are all in the big bare wood floor living room.  TBT will have a great  BIG heaping handful of various treats.  He will toss it along the floor ta spread them out all over.  

Go fer them!  Cuz we will. An, jus in case, of course, remember where the Bomitorium is...  First room on the right down the hallway...

 4 PM - Time fer some serious wand toy time!  TBT is holdin 2 in each hand an flippin those rascally fevvers/clothies/ratllers around all around the living room.  

Catch them iffen ya can, he dont make it easy!  (a werd ta the wise though, he doesn't make it impossible either).  An he will switch them around (we have 9).  The last one will be a nekko fly.  Dont tell evryone, its a surprise... 

4:30 PM - Kjelle Bus and Mariodacat have slipped in through the tunnel!  Evryone welcome them.  Kjelle Bus says she is quite a good ladder climber, so mebbe Flynn an the ninjas have some competition here.   And Mariodacat is big on gettin into the paper bags!

Things are gonna get innerestin! 

4:45 PM - Got ta say TBT declared ALL going after the wand toys earlier ta be "expert".  He couldnt darn keep ANNY off the floor with you.  Which he assumes won't surprise anny of you. 

5PM - DINNERTIME!!! Come an get it!  Shrimpses. an Nip!

6 PM - We're havin another  treat toss!  Shaggy got the most on that try, but no one lost cuz evrykitty got SOME!  

8 PM - Oops, did we fail ta post that last update?  We MUST remember ta remind TBT that typing is NOT the same thing as posting.  Annyway, Megan has dropped by and is taking over the brushie table (since that turned into a full-time effort).  Not much liking brushies ourselfs, we had no idea how popular that would be!   TBT seems ta appreciate the help.   Ya should have seen a couple of cats pushin her through our tunnel though...   It might be a bit broked.

 8:30 (yeah still PM, MOL! ) - Derby and Ducky, Redsetter, and the Island Cats have come by an have thown themselfs into the THoE games.  I t does seem they have a talent for it...  The whole crew from Jan's Funny Farm is here too.  They seem ta like the boxes a lot. 

9 PM - Wow, we gotta rethink this "brushies" bizness.  EVRYKITTY is linin up fer brushies at the dining table.  Mebbe we're missin out on somethin.     BTW, Prancer Pie and her group have been really holding the dance floor down all afterlunch.. Or is that "up".  We're not sure...  Oh cool, Derby has velcro pawboots and can walk (sort of ) on our stipple ceiling!  TBT tried ta take a picture, but it made him dizzy.

10 PM - Marley here - TBT has more ham and shrimpses on the way.  We are all pretty pooped after more than 14 hours of partying.

Thats odd, Spitty just walked out of the game room.  I dint know he was here.  Hey Spitty!  And here comes Iza too.  What a coinc, ummm...

O. M. C! !! 

11 PM (and we think final) UPDATE!  We were so glad to see the whole Katnip Lounge group show up!  It was SO funny ta see a long line of cats keep comin out of that short tube tunnel.  Like it was some sort of clown car, MOL!  But it sure livened things up again when they arrived; they are a travelling party of their own.  

We had a great time with the wand toys, and some of them are great jumpers and sat up on all the steps of the ladders and the cubbyholes and platforms of our cat trees.   TBT enjoyed carryin around bowls of the table foods ta evrybody... 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Party Prep

We're all gettin ready fer our big 2,500th post pawty tomorrow, so there isnt much ta show today (unless ya like sucky machines and mopped floors).  But be sure ta join us tomorrow!  We should be up an around by about 10 AM Eastern time...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Secrets

IZA: Marley and I were trading tales about TBT today.  Whisper, whisper, whisper
They were REALLY funny.   Whisper, whisper, whisper
Unfortunately, we cant tell you what they were, cuz TBT reads our blog most days an he'd get all upset and then treat-stingy.  But its stuff YOUR Bein probly does too, so you can make some good guesses!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Warm Laundry

AYLA:  We are allus happy to discover fresh warm laundry.  We are just tryin ta help, of course, by absorbing the warmth out of the pile so TBT can put it away sooner!
An TBT says he doesn't mind our furs in his clean laundry, so thats good...
Iza decided there wasnt enough room fer her, so she sat across the bed and mutterred.  We told her there was PLENTY of room, so she shouldnt be grumpy.  
She just sat there though.  Her loss!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Wensday Hidey Hole

MARLEY:  Im not sposed ta fit in here, but I can.  Its mostly Ayla's spot (cuz she is small), but I like to show I can get in there too.
Note the toy.  Its allus good ta have a toy in secret places. Somethin ta play with is allus good.
TBT left me alone after those 2 pictures, so I napped in there.  But then Ayla came along and said she wanted ta be in there, so I squeezed out.  Annything fer Ayla...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Toesie Tuesday

IZA:  I am all toes up today.  And, as often, feet on a wall.  That shoe?  I dragged it off the shoe rack.  I CAN reach up THAT far.  More about that shoe later.
I really do love just layin on my back.  "Feet On The Wall" is just about as good as "Feet On The Floor" ta me.  But the shoe is there fer a REASON.  
Its shoelace exercize time!
Oh, I DO love shoelaces!  They slide between my claws SO lovely, yet they are real an I can bite them.  My purrsonal dental floss!
And notice that I have shoved the door closed!  I wont be bothered by the others while I play my shoelace games...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Planning A Party!

We have been watching our blog stats and we are closing in on our 2,500th post!  We are 7 posts away (not counting this one)...

Since we usually post each day, that would make the milestone post on Sunday November 24th.  TBT says we can have a party and a give-away or two!  In fact, TBT says he will make sure we hit the 2,500th post even iffen he has to cheat a bit (not that we expect he will have to).

We will have all the good foods, boxes and bags, toys, and games.  And TBT says he will set up a ladder in the living room as something differnt!

We are all ecited about this.  An TBT says that when the cats-who-came-before (Skeeter and LC) started blogging, he couldn't imagine what they could say in 100 posts never mind 500.  Parts of the celebration day post will be "the early days", but most will be just having a happy time with all of our friends visiting to enjoy the day with us.

More details as the day approaches.

From all of US to all of YOU...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Easy Like Sunday

MARLEY: We are takin it EASY on TBT this afterlunch.  He sat down ta watch some TV an we were RIGHT on him!  I beat Iza to the lap this time.
So she hadda make a pillow of his ankles, heh-heh-heh.
But TBT says it werked out pretty good...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

That Clean Bowl From A Couple Days Ago?

Evryone guessed wrong!

It was ME...
Me!  Ayla, that is...  You all fergot I am the Princess, the Prancing Queen, The Dainty One!

I would NEVER leave a dirty bowl .  It just wouldn't be polite!  When you are royalty, you simply MUST show appreciation to the servers.  Noblesse Obliage...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Awardie Friday

MARLEY:  I got an awardie!!!
Flynn awarded it to me cuz I am good at catchin mousies.

An here's proofs...

An both in ONE day!

They were gifts to TBT at the deck door, BTW...  Meaning those were only the ones I was too stuffed ta eat myself.

An I'll pass it along as soon as I find other mousers.  BTW its OK to suggest yesrselfs...  Cuz I need a little help at that.

Marley

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Chair To Claw

MARLEY:  We got a new computer chair.  It has a good soft top fer me ta "monorail" on.  But even better, there are NO claw marks on it.  Yet...
An yeah, thats the 'puter room all rearranged so that TBT can can swivel from Mac ta PC without trippin the chair over on the carpet cuz of the small wheels....

Kinna messy, but we are all comfy about it...  TBT says ya gotta like the room yer in.  An he says "House Beautiful" is not his idea of a happy computer room.

We think there should be treats scatterred in there.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weerd Wensday

Guess which one of us allus leaves that clean bowl!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Toesie Tuesday

IZA:  Doin my best fer the day...

On TBT's legs...
Nappin my best...

Did I do good?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

 


From all of us to all who served.

THANK YOU!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Easy Like Sunday

MARLEY: Im takin it Easy in my favrit cubbyhole today.
I like that it has 2 full size openings, so its Easy ta get in an out of.  Iffen some paw comes tappin around in one opening, I can go out the other.
But I wanna get well-rested fer goin out later, so...
I think I'll take a little nappy now.
Have a good Easy!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Saturday Caturday Heights

IZA: Um, TBT saw me looking up longingly at the high place where Ayla an Marley can go but I cant.  So he lifted me up there.  I had ta think about that fer a while.  Scratched my chin a while thinkin about it, ya know?  Never been there before.
Im not so sure that is a good place fer me.    I pretty much like ta be on the floor.  I looked over one edge an it looked a LONG way DOWN...  Ayla just hops down from there.  I thinks she is CRAZYPANTS.
I even felt a bit woozy about the idea.  So I went over to the other side where Ive seen Ayla an Marley (especially Marley)  jump down.
That dint look real good ta me EITHER.  
But there IS the soft waterbed down below an I decided to jump. Here I go, JUMP!  C'mon, JUMP.
Um, no, I dont think so.  Thats pretty far down.  But I cant stay up here ferever...   BAST!  Great!  NOW what?
I hate ta say it, but I need a Big Thing shoulder to walk onto.  And arms to carry me down.  And of course he offerred it; well I commanded it!
Being gently lifted down from horrible heights is a good reason to love him.

Wait, wasn't he why I was here in the first place?  I gotta re-think this. 

It WAS a bit ecitin.  But it wasn't MY decision to be up there.

On the other paw, I dont think I will look so longingly at the high places in the future...