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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Another Round Number

TBT here:  I didn't notice it at the time, but we passed 4,500 posts earlier this month.  I can hardly imagine it...  After the first few back in 2006, I wasn't sure if I could post for more than a month.  What could I possibly have to say after a month, after all?

I did a quick calculation, and it seems the cats were good for an average of 28 posts per month (and that includes "vacations from the computer").  I never had a goal of posting everday.  I'm not that disciplined.  But I guess I've double-posted enough times to make up for the days when inspiration didn't strike (or the next hardly existed due to playing games all night and sleeping away the next day), LOL!

I credit the cats for being so unrelentingly interesting and friendly and actually rather camera-tolerant (even of the flashy).  I fully admit I don't understand the attraction of some other pets.  What do people post about like, lizards?   "Got up this morning.  Its still green.  Ate the grasshopper I tossed in the cage".

But I also credit all of you who read the blog.  Commenters and  Lurkers both.  I wouldn't have kept it up without people reading.  I love the comments, I know you.  But I also love the Lurkers.  There are some readers who have visited the blog over 500 times and I have no idea who they are.  Mysteries are neat!

And, no, this isn't a sign-off..

I'm just thinking back to when I first clicked on a button that said "Free Blog" and gave it a try.  I had been a Lurker on a couple cat blogs for 2 years, had been retired for 6 months, had grown tired of a couple of discussion boards that I didn't fit well with any more, was missing the ability to be creative (I liked my job but suddenly realized that I was working for half-pay given the annuity and eliminating commuting costs AND I was becoming technologically outdated, was tired of solving the same problems every day, and just wanted to stop having to get up a 5 am each morning).


The cat blog saved my mind.  No one truly knows what a cat thinks.  I bought a cheap digital camera.  That made a difference!  I could look at the free pictures and recall what was going on at the time.  I could finally imagine what THEY might be thinking.  I considered how THEY might view ME. 

That helped me understand cats better than I ever had before.  Blog or no blog, that would have been an enlightening experience.  But when I retired, I was the last person to leave the office.  I locked the door, carried my box of personal stuff to the car, and drove home. 

When I arrived, I looked a Skeeter and LC and said "Well, guys, I'm home forever".  "Forever Home" works for people too.  Skeeter and LC were both elderly, but their days became better.  They got outside more, they responded to my presence, they gained weight, we slept on the bed together more.

I regret they had only a couple of years that way.  But Ayla came and they all got along.  Skeeter lingered, struggling because I didn't have experience with old cats.  LC left overnight. 

I am not one to stay without cats.  Iza followed immediately after LC left.  Marley a year later.  When one door closes, another opens.

I'm rambling...

Wish us a Happy 4500 Posts...




Easy Like Sunday

IZA: Im doing the Easy right today. 
Nappin...
Seriously nappin...
Gloriiusly nappin...
Relaxedly nappin...
Tummily nappin...
Its a shame only the top mat is heated.  But the softness of the failed 2 is still good...