Sunday, September 30, 2018

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  We are having wonderful weather today, so we are having an Easy Sunday outside.
Except for Iza, who wont get off her heaty mat inside...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Flashback Friday

IZA:  Our flashback today is from this date in 2012.   TBTs Dad was here with us then.  Ayla and Marley were a bit cautious around him, but I went right up to him the first day he arrived.  I used ta sit on the arm of his chair and purr loudly, which amused him.
And whenever he got up, I would keep his chair warm for him til he came back.  He was always sure ta compliment me on my soft floofy tummy, too.  I liked him.
Sadly, he had to move away a year later and then crossed his own Bridge after that...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  Lots to show today, some bad, but mostly good.

TBT found this unusual mum at Walmart.  Top view...
Our cat-level view...
 The volunteer marigolds are growing well...
And these are all volunteers too.
The BEST volunteers!   There are hummingbirds around them all the time.  Except of course when TBT or we are out there close,
The Venus Fly Traps are thriving, with lots of unlucky flies...
 The Autumn Joy Sedum are beginning to color-up.
The little pond is looking very good.  I told TBT to clean it in Spring and he did.  There are frogs and goldfish in there.
The a\Asters are blooming, but with all the rain, they are floppy.  TBT will put a a string between poles to lift them.
The butterfly meadow just utterly failed.  We pulled the dead plants out, but vines are growing.  TBT will have to pull them out.  My paws aren't strong enough.
The meadow flowerbed isn't looking good either.  But I think we can overseed in late Winter and try again.
The Mums in the garden beds are doing well.  
 There are red and yelow ones too.  They need a sunnier spot for next year.  I'll let TBT know where that is is by resting in the sunniest spots this week.

Now, lets all go sit in the enclosed garden area.  TBT has left the door open for us.

Toaday, we are having treats.  We have 6 different packets of them and TBT has brought out pates of them, some just one kind and some plates mixed all up.  So we can choose.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Toesie Tuesday

IZA:  A bit differnt from my usual toesie pictures.  TBT is constantly amazed at the odd positions I can be comfy in on his lap.  Well, Im a cat and he's not...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Easy Like Sunday

MARLEY:  Oh YAY!  TBT opened up a drawer as we collecting to go to sleep.  An because that drawer was a bit thin of comfy undershirts, he put the bathroom mat on top (it fits perfectly).  I claimed it immediately!
I DO know ta cover my eyes though.  A cat in a drawer is a flashy-magnet...
I stayed there ALL night.  Time for a morning stretch (I know what it LOOKS like, but that was the start of a stretch).
See?  I was purrfectly happy ta sit there!
OK, it DID give me ideas (and I HAD been there ALL NIGHT), so I ran down ta the litterboxes.  None of us would do THAT in a drawer.  Iffen somekitty did, we doubt we would ever see one open again...

But waking up so comfy and rested made this a Very Easy Like Sunday!

BTW, Happy Fall to Northern cats and Happy Spring to Southern ones...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Silly Saturday

AYLA:  TBT saw me getting ready ta jump down from the top of the shoe rack.  He had the camera in hand.  The camera was on.  He had it pointed along where I would jump through...
Both he and the camera are TOO SLOW!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Flashback Friday

Today we have this date in 2011.  It was a rare time when we were all in the same spot. 
And the otto-man doesnt have much room for 3!
Ayla was in a mood for grooming.
Marley was just over a year old then, and acting like a kitten forced to endure Mom's cleaning habits...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Womancat Wensday On Thursday About Mancat Monday On Tuesday

IZA:  The other evening, I suddenly noticed Marley nappin in one of MY spots!  I thought maybe I should go over and tell him to move.
 But I WAS on TBTs lap.  And Ayla was watchin ta see if I left it.
I guess I'll let him stay...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Meow Like A Pirate Day

Cap'n "Mousiedeath" Marley here:  We be sailin the refurbished 'Cat Tree' sloop this season, headin fer fair winds after the hurriwinds be spent.  We be 'spectin a lot of ships leavin the ports now.

We trade in Nip.  Meaning ya "trade" us yer Nip and we wont shave yer scurvy heads.  We got electric razors an we dont be shy 'bout using them!  An ye'll give us yer mousies too iffen ya dont want yer ears bit!  An mebbe shave yer tails too...

I gaze forward seekin fer a flag on the horizon.  First Mate Ayla cats the Poop Deck  (an she better not up there, cuz me precious cabin is directly below).  Crewmate  Iza is scouring the belowdecks, cuz she tried a mutiny ta other day.  Iffen we be not so short of paws, she'd been leashed ta the mast overnight, I be settled fer spritzin her several times an makin her keep her paws wet in soapy water fer a day.
We be figured a trick ta lure the Nip-Mercantcats close.  We hoist the distress flag and have our sails a-painted like they bein ripped an all from storm an set a bit flappy.  THAT gets the lubbers close.  So when they be close an all concerned-like, Ayla tightens the sails and we be on them like a shark smellin Stinkey Goodness in their wake!

The looks on their faces is t'nough make yer sides split as we toss our fancy iron claws ta be catchin their gun'els and pull them close as wrestlin krakens!  We hit their decks as puffed up as Meowlaween cats and they all fall on their sides...

So be warned iffen ya see us comin. 

Our shipsong:   (To the tune of 'Sixteen Tons' by Tennessee Ernie Ford)

If ya see us coming, better sail away.
If ya dont, yer gonna have a very bad day.
Our left claws are sharp, and the right ones are sharper,
If ya dare ta fight, you'll end up damper.

We got a big full sink aboard our ship.
We'll make ya throw yerself into it!
You'll stay there all day til ya bark like a dog,
And ya wont get kibbles nor no Nip-grog!

An when we let ya out, we'll set ya free 
On a island with mousies bigger than thee.
If ya scuppers get off, it will stay in yer head
Ta think of the crew of the 'Cat-tree' with dread!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mancat Monday On Tuesday

MARLEY:  I noticed that none of us had been nappin on the plant stand shelfs.  So I decided to spend some time there.

A bit alert at first...
 Then head down on paws and asleep.
A little rearrangement later...
And finally some thoughtful gazing out into the night...

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Not So Easy Sunday

AYLA:  So we went out on the deck and just stood around together amazed it wasnt raining.  And we stood there.  An TBT suddenly realized it was a good picture to take.

So we all moved away...
That was the best he got...

Well, at least we were all out on the deck, so he liked that. 

Shame about the picture though,  He-he-he...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

No Picture Saturday

I don't have the camera nearby and if I got up to get it, the Mews would follow me, ruining the shot anyway. 

But Iza is sleeping on the floor next to me, Marley is on the back of my chair monorail style, and Ayla is sitting on the windowsill looking out at the night.  

They might not be as attached to one another as they are to me, but they are comfortable around each other wherever *I* am and that is good enough for now...

I am grateful they get along.

Sometimes "good enough" is good enough.  A peaceful household is worth a lot.  Ans I know that, later when I go to bed, they will all slowly gather around me. 

Iza will slowly push her way against me until I lift the covers so she can crawl under and drape over my hip.  Marley will lay on a corner and then ask to come under the covers near dawn but not push against me.  Ayla will come around several times during the night seeking the only 2 spots she wants at night. 

Mostly, she wants to find me laying on my stomach because she loves to sit on the backs of my calf muscles.  Sometimes, to stretch a bit, I pull my legs under me (it's a waterbed thing) and she waits for that in order to hop on my back.  I have no idea why that attracts her, but it does.  She treads then.  The pressure on my back feels good, but she mostly sits there and treads on the bed over my back. 

On rare occasions, she treads on my back (no claws).  Oh that feels great!

But eventually, I have to lie down on one side or another.  Ayla rests in the crook of my knees.  Sometimes, they are all so close (but never touching each other) that I can barely move.  I'm aware of that when awake, but not when I'm asleep.

They all come and go during the night (nature calls, I assume).  But they are usually all there when I finally have to get up in the morning.  I know they are all hungry, but they are patient.  They know when I really get up (turning on the lights and stuff) it is first breakfast time for them.

They get small amounts at first (in consideration to Iza who has to eat just a little to keep it down first thing in the morning).  That's why there is 2nd breakfast an hour later.  Iza can handle that better. 

And there is first and second lunch so that Iza doesn't lose weight.  As she is up and around, she can eat more.  And Marley and Ayla get more. 

Ayla and Marley eat just what they need.  Their weight seldom changes.  Iza can go up and down a pound in a week because feeding her what she can keep down is tricky.  Marley is a very routine 13 or so pounds, Ayla is ALWAYS 6.4.  Iza can go from 9.4 to 10.4 in days even when it seems she is eating normally.  I never know what she will weigh in the morning (I weigh her daily).

And it is time to go to bed. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Flashback Friday

AYLA:  Todays flashback is from this date in 2011!  (Side note:  See all that stuff on the floor?  Iza had just finished tearing apart an egg carton) 

I was feeling unusually friendly that evening.  I joined Iza on TBTs lap.
And even stayed there after she moved around some!
Then a little later, I went over and gave Marley some power-grooming.   He has a nice smile when happy, doesnt he?
I really got into it...
A possible problem with these pictures, though.  TBT is now noticing how nice we looked with our colorful collars!   I hope that doesnt give him anny ideas.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  We haven't done this this year.  It was bad fer flowers here.  But we have SOME.  And guess what?  They are all volunteers from last year...

Except for this first one.  TBT put out some tomato seedlings in July and they are doing great!
All these grew themselfs!   Oh wait, not the Venus Fly Traps.
But the marigolds...
 And Salvia did it all themselfs...
The hummers LOVE those.

So let's just chew some fresh Nip leaves an admire them fer coming back.  Pee Ess, watch TBT fer some tossed treats...  Marley says he has a pocketful.

Update:  BTW, yesserday's pictures were of the Mews seeing a big orange cat strolling through the yard  in search of our NIP!  Ayla was all "ears forward".  Marley watched carefully (there is plenty for all).  Iza went on the attack!

Bast honors that womancat!  He skedaddled, tail low.  When she returned to the deck, she was sniffed and honored!

TBT stayed inside, but was ready to go screaming out if required...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018