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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Easy Like Sunday

TBT:  It's a calm peaceful day.  Laz likes to lay on his side at my eye level.  The 3-shelf bookcase in the bedroom and the shoe rack are favorite places.  But even on the bed, he flops over when he wants attention.  He always gets some, of course...

Marley's life revolves around food and laptime these days.  If there is food anywhere in the house, he will find it.  Ayla learned years ago to request her meals out of the kitchen and Laz has begun asking the same.  Marley will just "hoover" into any bowl, sort of like a Brontosaurus in a field of ferns.

Unlike Ayla and Laz (who only eat what they need), Marley (like Iza) will eat more than he can "keep in".  I have a plastic dustpan and a squeegee cut to fit it for that.  So, I try to keep him on many small meals a day.  It's tricky.  He's a BIG cat and guessing whether he is getting too  much or too little is "iffy".  But a plump kitty is happier than a thin one, so I indulge.  Though I DO sometimes push him outside and say "go catch a mouse".

He is not fast on his feet these days, so the exercise does him good.  Laz runs around the backyard a lot and sometime he and Marley chase each other, which is also good.  But Marley (only 10) seems to be aging faster than I would like.  So if he crosses The Bridge fat and happy, that is better than skinny.  Skeeter crossed The Bridge old and skinny and unhappy.

He spends a LOT more time on my lap after dinner than he used to.  Of the 3, he is most lapcatly.  Ayla is 2nd.  Laz has to be picked up and set in my lap on his back.  He doesn't like the picking-up, but once set, he seems pretty happy about it.  I look forward to the day he voluntarily hops up.  

And he left a whisker behind yesterday.  One more for the collection bottle.  It's the first I definitely know is HIS.  I really HAVE to post about the whisker collection soon.  It's been a few years...

Ayla is always peaceful.  And starting a month or two ago, started hopping up onto my lap often.  I'm not sure why.  Her habits change suddenly sometimes.  Like, last year, she wouldn't go outside and this year she charges at the door (unless Marley or Laz are dithering there - then she waits).  She seldom leaves the deck, but lately has been sitting on the stair to the lawn.  Ayla is aging too.  She will be 14 in a few days (17th).  I can see the tendons on her back legs these days and she has that thin look to her abdomen from above.  But she seems healthy and active, so maybe she will stay around a few more years. 

And another picture of Laz.  It's odd how sometimes his eyes just don't show up as blue.  On bad days, he is a bit aloof and assertive, but on most days is winsome and attention-seeking.  He has mostly adjusted to the house, me, and Marley and MOST day is fine with Ayla.  But there are regressions.

If I had kept careful track, I am sure it would show is is better every month.  But all I can say is that it SEEMS that I hear Ayla hiss fewer times as months pass.  I seldom see who starts a squabble, but I suspect Ayla starts it from bad memories when Laz gets too close.  

And they DO get along better.  I often DO see them lick foreheads these days and THAT sure never used to happen.  I should be happy.  I've read on some blogs that one cat is a target of hostility and sometimes that cats have to be separated by physical barriers in the house.  So I may be spoiled by a history of The Mews getting along pretty well.  Maybe it helps that I am home all the time and intervene quickly when hissy-fits erupt.

But for today, all is calm, peace reigns supreme, and each of The Mews were on my lap at one time or another, purring...

I can't have a better EASY than that.  May all the Beings and kitties have the same...


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Caturday Saturday

AYLA:  I was on The Lap.  I do that more often these days. Don't know why, it just feels right.

Laz pulled all the blankies from the back of the Easy Chair yesserday, so TBT just tossed them on the Otto Man.  Marley liked that.  Which meant I had The Lap.
My whiskers go all over the place.
I am getting better at him moving slightly.  I weigh the least, so I am easiest on his knees.  He can sit in one way longer with me than Marley.  Marley makes his knees bend,
I don't know why my nosie looks funny here, but even I laffed.
But the best thing is when I fall asleep on The Lap.  I sure don't do THAT often.  I feel safest there I guess.
I guess because it was such a peaceful day.  And we had ALL been outside fer hours and needed naptime.
I mean, he even MOVED his legs around and I stayed nappin...  I usually hop off when he does that.

How can it get much better than THIS?

Friday, June 11, 2021

Flashback Friday

Let's go back a bit less this time this time.  This week in June 2014...

Iza was showing off her grooming skills.

Such a long tongue...
And wiping her ears too.
Nippin at fur mats...
But then a bowl dropped and she went all poofed!
The next day, we received The Hammick.  Marley and Iza checked it out.
Marley decided it was HIS.
And napped there for days...

Iza got her turn at it too. Laz has been on it a couple times, these days.  But I have never seen Ayla on it.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Garden Tour Thursday

AYLA:   Well, we finally have enough to start Garden Tours again.  It was a cold dry May, so it took a while for some flowers to show up...

Please come along with me as I guide you around the yard.

First, we have some nice yellow flowers in the meadow bed.  I dont know the name.
There is a rose in the veggie bed.  TBT says he should move it to a more "formal" spot.
This is a Tithonia.  We planted them 2 years ago and they are finally blooming.  Some flowers take a while.
Our 1st purple coneflower of the year.  There will be more.
I don't know the name of this shrub.  The label is buried.  I think the flowers open yellow.
The Stargazer lillies are beginning ta open.  More later, but one has to come first.
The backyard Stalla D Oro are getting ready ta bloom.

The deck Mums are growing nicely.  But flowers fer them come much later.
The lettuces and such are loving the deck.  They get clipped daily for TBT ta eat but they grow back.  I mostly just admire the colors.  Not like I'm gonna eat lettuce...
The deck bin of Star-Gazers are blooming.  It will be FULL of flowers soon.
The mailbox Stella D Oro are blooming.  They get more sun out there.  And they do good there.  They can take dryness.  TBT doesn't ezactly water the mailbox often.
Another view of them.  And our fishie sign.

So that's the Tour for this week.  It was nice ta do it again.  Iza used ta do it better, but we are gonna take turns ta decide who is best at it now.

Now lets go up on the shady deck an just sit around an meow.  TBT and Marley are decidin what ta bring out.  Marley chose fresh-crushed Nip leafs and who can object ta THAT?  TBT chose some minced ham, some minced shrimp, and ooh, some turkey.  I think he is tryin ta empty the freezer but those all sound good.

Thanks fer comin along on out Garden Tour!

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Womancat Wensday

 AYLA:  Computer time with TBT...

On his lap while he fixed our typos on the blog.  And yes, I checked the screen before he hit "send".

And I watched out for Laz.  Things WERE going well, but he annoyed me to "hissing" twice this week.   Not as bad as it used to be but still annoying.  So I stay watchful.  And Im allus safe near TBT.

I wish I weighed a few more pounds.  Laz would never bother me THEN!  Some good news is that TBT is gonna try clipping Laz's front claws.  That would help a lot.  Especially if he leaves MINE!  I need SOME advantage...

 And of course Im showin off my Meezer Colors today!

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Twofur Tuesday

LAZ:   I like bein near ta Marley.  He tells me stuff I need ta know.  Mousies, birdies, about-to-rain, TBT, why he noses into my food-bowl (he is bigger and hungrier than me), stuff like that.

I never had a brofur before.  I'm still learnin how to get along here better, and he helps.  

I've learned he is basically unattackable.  I would have to get LOTS bigger, and it seems I wont.  I weigh today what I weighed when I arrived a year ago, so that isn't going to change.  I mean, when we wrassle, he just sort of plays with me and then holds me down when he gets tired of the game.  

But he is kind.  I've experienced "mean" and he isn't that.  So I appreciate him a lot.  Having a brofur like him is great!

Monday, June 07, 2021

Mancat Monday

MARLEY:  I found this box on the floor last night.  It was obviously there for a cat to sit in.

I declined.  Way too small.  Ayla could sit in it.  Mebbe Laz, but I'm not sure.  We Mews are rather different in size ands it's not like I particuarly know Laz's butt size all THAT well.  I mean, we sniff each other of course, but I don't exactly measure it or annythin.

Size:  Me 18 pounds.  Laz 9.5 pounds.  Ayla 6.5 pounds...

But TBT did better later. 

OK, that WAS better.  It could use taller sides.  And I want another paw-width all around though before I can curl up in there.  I wonder if Amazon or Chewy just sells boxes of specific sizes.  Wouldn't THAT be funny? Getting an empty box shipped in a box almost the same size...  

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Easy Like Sunday

LAZ:   So yesterday afternoon, I was walkin the deck rails an then sitting ta watch and listen fer a mousie or a skwerl.  

An then I heard a noise in the flowerbed.  So, of course, I just jumped down...

Why not?  I'm big and strong.  Iffen TBT wants ta have a heart attack about it, thats his problem.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Caturday Saturday

 LAZ:  I walked right.

I walked left...
I walked further left...
I sat.
I waited.  No evil skwerrels or mousies in sight.

Some days are just like that...  Sometimes all ya can do is just be awesomely handsome an make the Bein love you...

Friday, June 04, 2021

Flashback Friday

Today we flash all the way back to this week 2008!

Here Skeeter and Ayla nappin close together...

And Skeeter, LC, and Ayla all in one picture...


I had also gotten small ceramic figures that matched each of them. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Twofur Tuesday

LAZ:  Marley and I are sharing the day.   

MARLEY:  So I get MY turn right?  

So I was walking on the deck.  And Laz told me there were incoming control signals from the CIA (Cat Inspection Agency) and I had better get unner cover or they would take control of me.  

I had never heard of THAT, but it is good ta be careful.  So I went unner a mesh chair.  That should help, right?

Then he said "June Fools".  Well, OK, that was clever, but I really gotta take the kid aside and explain that "April Foolies" only happen on April 1st...

On the other paw, he is PRETTY SMART AND CLEVER.  I'm older and more experienced than him, but he thinks of stuff I dont sometimes.  I suspect my Good Brofur Laz and I will be trading thoughts for the next few years.  His cleverness for my experience.

I taught him ta hunt mousies among planty stuff by listening and pouncing.  But he does it a differnt way.  He stalks through the plants, careful paw-moment by careful paw-movement.  He is better at it than I am.    

Hey, it doesn't bother me ta recognize mousie-catching talent.  I have it; he has more.  He caught 3 shrews in a couple hours; it took me 2 days.  

I had in my own youth a habit of catching many mousies a day too.  But I'm heavier on my paws than I used to be,  so things change.  One nice thing about Laz is that he actually likes me and brings me one of his catches for a bit of playtime.

And I appreciate the way he likes ta nap near me.  TBT says there have never been Brofurs here before; just Sisfurs and a single Brofur.  He has become a good member of The Mews.  

Peace reigns...  And that is what I am here for.  I create peace among other cats.  Not the only reason I am here of course.  TBT and I have a special relationship.  The day he walked into The Lady's condo and she called me downstairs, TBT sat on the floor and I crawled right onto his lap.  I KNEW he was the right Bein (and Lady was allergic to me).  

She saw me go onto his lap and cried in relief, knowing I had made a choice and seemed happy with him.  She had been SO worried she would send me off to a "wrong" Bein.

If choosing "which corner of the bed" as the best place to sleep for the night, and you are safe and secure and loved, it means you are a very fortunate cat.  As I know most of you are.