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Monday, September 26, 2022

Mancat Monday

 MARLEY:  OK, I finally caught one.  NOW what do I do?  

Friday, September 23, 2022

Flashback Friday

 This week, we re-visit this week 2013.

The Autumn Joy Sedums were blooming.  They are starting to fade these days but I have clippings that are growing roots in water, so they will start again next year.  Those are zinnias behind them I think.  Those are gone.

Marley was watching a mousie hole under a rock near the pond.  It was a good mousie place.  They had water from the pond, seeds from the flowerbed , and shelter under the rocks.  But Marley figured that out too.

Iza preferred hunting in other ways.  Marley would wait patiently, she stalked.  

She would feel around in any hole.

Sometimes, she would grab one.  Mouisies are kinna dumb.  They tend to follow things like flowerbed edging and Iza learned about that.  Ayla also caught many.  But she would slip into the underbrush and catch them away from their holes.  

Three systems and all equally successful.  None of them were taught (each grew up as an "inside kitten") and none did it being taught be the other Mews.

It was also one of those days when the canned food arrived.  I kept (and keep) them on a pantry shelf, but I always set them on the dining table to alternate flavors and textures.  Poultry, seafood, beef; pate and morsels.  I don't know for sure if The Mews really care.  But variety matters to me, so I do it for them.

Marley was only 3 and Ayla was 6, but look at the difference in size!  And Marley has gotten bigger since then!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Toy Thursday

TBT:  THIS showed up on the living room floor recently.  

I don't know where it came from.  Lori is a real searcher and finds stuff I haven't seen in a while so it is probably something she found in the basement (where many toys go to hide for years).  I don't even know what it was.  In fact, I can only guess it was a cat toy from the black tassle still attached.  The part on the right might have been a head.  I can imagine seeing legs in the lower left.  

My best guess is that it is left over from Iza.  She had a real love and talent for skinning and shredding her toys.  I have a dozen saved plastic mushroom containers.  They are the same shape and color and nest together.  One is full of Iza's skinned rattley mousies.  Seriously, the container of toy mousie skins and the plastic bodies the skins were wrapped around is a happy memento of her essential lethality.

Like a dragon, she watched over her hoard carefully...

I could drop one of those cardboard egg cartons on the floor at night and in the morning, there would be nothing left but shreds on the floor the next morning.  

Ayla seems to enjoy biting cardboard too.  I keep Christmas decorations in those sturdy boxes, and she has chewed off all the corners.   So I have bought 6 matching plastic bins to store them.  Lori likes to chew on cardboard too.  But she is more interested in pulling Kleenex tissue out of the box and chewing on the box corners.  It's always corners.  I suppose corners are easier to bite..

But Iza was a champion!  She was the one who shredded any cardboard, unrolled the toilet paper, and  destroyed toys with a vengeance.   I can't count the number of rattley mousies I bought over her years, but she might have kept some company profitable, LOL!

Marley and Laz never do that.  Is it a womancat thing?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Twosday Turbo

LORI:  OMC, OMC, OMC, Sandy Claws made an emergency delivery here.  He must have heard that I wanted more Turbotrack, and HE CAME!   TBT said he was surprised too (but not quite as surprised as I was)...

I got a 2nd Turbotrack moons before Chrissymouse Time!  TBT opened it up and was amazed.  OK, mebbe a little amazed than I was, but he immediately started to make my current one bigger!  I have no idea how that works .  And neither did he.  

I was seriously worried.  There were parts all over the floor.  And I had no idea how they should go back together!

TBT:  Yeah Lori adores the Turbo Track.  So I arranged with "Sandy Claws at Amazon" to bring another early.  I thought 2 would fit together having seen 2 combined "somewhere once".  Actually, I thought it was on the box, but those are just different arrangements of one set.  

One funny thing is that the 2nd set was described as "green" but was "blue".  Well, who cares about that?  I turned it to a color advantage.  

But connecting all the new parts to the old parts was quite a challenge.  I started by connecting pieces to see where they might connect at the end, but that didn't work well.  So I disconnected all the pieces and started arranging them unconnected.  Moved them around a lot unsuccesfully, but I finally found one and caught on to a few ideas (for anyone who wants to make a bigger Turbo Track).

1.  Reversing curves helps.  Like make an "s" shape of 2 curves.  

2.  The straight pieces (and the bridges are straight pieces) are few and valuable.

3.  Leaving all the pieces loose allows a general shaping easy to move around.  But keep the bridge parts attached as they don't work in halves (I may cement them together).

4.  As I had green and blue parts, I alternated them.  It looks better than random.

5.  As soon as I had one working attached 2 set combo, I took a picture.  Next, I'm going to try for other arrangements, knowing I can repeat at least one.

I seem to recall seeing a site once that showed various ways to combine 2 or 3 sets.  I can't find it now.  If you know of alternate arrangements (or a site showing some) I would like to know.  Lori seems to like compact ones and the only one I've figured out is rather large.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Mancat Monday

MARLEY:   I love my hammick.  I hadnt been on it in a while (not that there were fleas or anything), but TBT took it apart and washed the cloth part.  Well, it smelled better...  OK, it actually smelled like "nothing" which was good.

There was too much "me" on it before.  I like it better now.  And I appreciate that it is big enough for me to fit on.  

Edited ta add...

But I have to Meow Like a Pirate today.  Arr, I feel good a sleepin here in the hammick.  The ship's rocking is soothed by the swinging motions of the hammick.  An it makes ta bilge rats a git groggy and easier ta catch.  That bein me only grub here, I precities that.  It why I'm here after all.  Otherwise the crew would just toss me over the gunnels.  I know how ta servive on the ship.  Catch rats.  

Me catmates foller me guidance.  Aye, catchin rats and mice.   But making the crew happy too.  They love us close ta them on the cold nights in their small beds.  

We shipmatecats all have our spcilties at keepin the crew happy.  Princess Ayla sits at the front posing as a beauty (which joys the crew greatly).  I show them the rats I catch and get good treats.  Laz and Lori entertain the mates bein runnin full tilt all around the top boards.

We get by, but we DO have to show them we catch rats.  Ya gotta earn yer spread on a pirate ship!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Caturday Saturday

 TBT:  Here is what I see when I want to get into bed at night...

No, that isn't altered.  Laz weighs 9.2, Lori has reached 7.4, and Marley weighs between 16 and 18 lbs (it varies).  He is a really big cat!  If you look at Laz and Lori (and consider that they are both curled up), together they do just about equal his size...

Aside from that, getting into bed involves disturbing them.  Sometimes, it is easy because it is time for their last meal of the day.  They are happy to go to the kitchen for that.   But sometimes it is after that meal and I have to peel back the blanket slowly.  They grumble about that, but they do move.  

They call me "The Big Thing" because they can't do much about it when I want them to move.  It is as if we lived with creatures than were 50' tall. But it means I am also gentle about it. 

They could always just move slightly, but they have their pride.  Lori returns first, Laz 2nd.  Morning usually finds Marley asleep in a corner of the bed.  Ayla doesn't want to be near any other cat these days.  Spends her time in the Mews Room, on the bathroom windowsill, or under the bed.  So I give her extra attention wherever I find her.  And when the others are out, she joins me at the computer or sometimes the dining room table while I eat lunch.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Back to this week 2013.  

MARLEY:  "OK, now what to I do with it"?  These cold wet things are more Iza's playthings.  I only caught one cuz Iza said I couldnt.

Detante.  Or maybe a movie "The Good, The Bad, And The Calm".

Iza is watching a bird who might get careless...

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Thankful Thursday

LORI:  I love my Turbo Track.  And we all love bags.  I combined them!  I got into a bag nearby and felt around for a ball ta whap.

I couldnt reach one, so I pushed out a bit further.

Well, of course, it was hiding too far away...

Obviously it fears me.  I need to keep it closer to my bag!

Speaking of the Turbo Track, I am asking Sandy Claws for another one so TBT can make it bigger.  I want something more complexicated compilicated fancy.  I'm sure he can, he can do strange stuff. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

TurboTrack Tuesday

LORI:   I adore my turbotrack!  I love batting the ball around.  And sometimes TBT adds a 2nd one.  Well, he kind of has to cuz I know how to pull them out.  And then I whap them all around the house.  I'm really good at that.  Sometimes it takes him days to find them!

That may seem like a sad thing for me, but I have lots of things ta play with in the meantime.  And TBT always finds the balls eventually.  Some of my favorites are old shrimpsies Marley tells me Iza used to enjoy.  There are also fish, moles, rattley mice, some weird woven thing with fevvers on each end, and some big mousie with bells on the tail.  

I'm the only Mews here that has figured out how to beat the turbotrack ball over the raised part.  Laz has watched me do it, but cant quite do it hisself.  Well, he catches mousies outside and I haven't gotten good at that so a little  "something" I can do is nice.  TBT has hinted that I may get more turbotrack from Sandy Claws at Chrissymouse time.  That's like 3 Big Moons away and seems hard to wait that long.  Marley tells me that sometimes Sandy Claws delivers some stuff early.  I sure hope so...

Monday, September 12, 2022

Mancat Monday

MARLEY:   I think I will just go with this pic today...

It may not look it, but TBT brought out the wiry brush and I LOVE that.  He pulls so much loose fur off me and the scratchy wires feel SO good.   And he checks my brushed furs for ticks and fleas too.  Never finds any, but that is good to know, right?

But just between us the other Mews are gonna get flea-combed soon because he wants to make sure of no problems between vet visits.  They don't like that as much as I do.  Lori seems particularly unused to that.

None of the other Mews like it at all.   Well, mebbe I'm tough.  But my furs are a bit longer than theirs and I appreciate it.  I hardly ever have a hairball these days and I sure appreciate that too.

TBT can barely even Zoom-Groom the others.  They don't know what they are missing!

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Easy Like Sunday

Well, Laz and Lori and back together again.  I'm glad to see that; they seem to have a very special relationship and I hope it continues through all their years.


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Caturday Saturday

Trouble in Paradise?  Laz and Lori napping apart!  I hadn't seen that before.  Well, sure, sometimes in separate rooms, but never near each other yet not cuddling!

Maybe somecat ate too much grass and then farted...  

Friday, September 09, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Today, we revisit this week in 2011. and there are some good ones!

The 3 Mews at the time actually shared close space!

Ayla loved Marley and he loved her.

Ayla sometimes slept in the big doggie bed.

Iza loved hiding under towels and she could nose under them (which baffles Lori so far).

They would all spend time near each other sometimes.  I had forgotten that.

Marley loved his chair tent.

Remnants of an Iza attack on a cardboard egg carton.  She was dedicated to shredding cardboard.

Ayla and Iza got along then.  It was sadly too brief (though there were some exceptions later).

Even a friendly lick sometimes...

Marley used to spend time near the TV.  Maybe it was warm...

He spent time in the cat tree huts too.  I don't see that often enough now.

Iza like the mid-level platforms...

Ayla always liked the highest one.