Friday, April 30, 2021

Flashback Friday

THE MEWS:   Today we visit the past, but, for once, only a year ago.  Well, sometimes change is good...

TBT had finished building the marker for Iza's.  The brass letters arrived later.  It was the last of the brown resin cat threesome (and he cant find more) so ours will be different (many years from now).

Marley temporarily loved the doggie bed.  No doggie ever slept in it and he was 18 pounds, so it seemed a good fit.
TBT painted some terra-cotta pots bloo. And Ayla posed behind them showing her approval...  She allus loves bloo.  
TBT tried cross-grafting some tomatoes.  It failed.  Hid paws are too unsteady with a razor blade.  But he still tries every year.  He thinks he lets them get too large before trying.  He is doing it earlier this year.

We'll go back ta older stuff in the future (isn't "older stuff in the future" an odd thought?), but we liked these pics for today.

PS, Happy Tabby Day.  We (Marley and Laz) are "sort of" tabby.  We will claim enough to celebrate the day.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Mancat Monday

LAZ:  Ive never much played with toys.  There werent actually any when I was a kitten.  Or it might be more accurate ta say *I* was the toy (dogs and kids).  So I never learned about toys foe ME.  Well, OK, TBT tried some every couple months...

Bouncy balls, rattley mice, springs, plastic rings, MEH!  TBT told me Iza loved the rattley mice, Ayla loved the plastic rings, and Marley liked wand toys.  I don't get it.  I liked the wand toys some, but just liked to chew the strings until they broke.

I wanted ta catch real stuff like voles shrews.  Anyway, SOME kind of "mousie".  I did catch a couple birdies once, but TBT wasn't happy about the ones I caught, so I stopped.  Well, that's a bit of an argument.  I say I stopped because he asked me to; he says they got smarter about seeing me on the ground after they realized I sat there.  

I'll go with whatever one makes me seem better ta you...  When life starts hard, ya get careful about things.

But after I caught those 3 shrews in one day, I got a little bored in the house.  And I found a little stuffed bunny in a corner and pulled it out.

I got all suddenly excited about it...

It was like, all of a sudden, it seemed real!  I beat it all around the TV room.  But the camera is slow, so there are only a few pictures.  The last one is best.

I grabbed it and tossed it around.

I circled it ta show control over it.

And then I really went after it.  I had a wunnerful time with it.

And I say I haven't given it anny attention since!  The fact that TBT sees it in different rooms from day ta day certainly has nothing ta do with ME.  Must be Marley or Ayla...  Yeah, them.  Even though he hears a cat running around the halls and rooms where it ends up is just coincidence while Marley and Ayla are on the waterybed with him makes no difference.  It wasn't ME!  I don't like toys.  They don't mean annything to me...

Sunday, April 25, 2021

National Pet Parents Day

Since today is in honor of our Beins who took good care of us, we thought we just show pictures of TBT/Dad.  With US of course...

And, the whole him...

And finally, the Grandparents.  Cuz they were Pet Parents too...

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Caturday Saturday

LAZ:  It was tree-time.   Not the big tree with the ladder TBT fell off, just a small one.   I don't want him to damage himself again.  I mean, we only got kibble for a month!

He called me.  I came down.  He says I am learning...  Well he DID say "dinner" and my tummy was grumbling a bit.  I know THAT werd...

Friday, April 23, 2021

Flashback Friday

We are looking back to this week in 2009.

LC was watching the cutout for the floor vent.

Iza put a paw in...
And tried to crawl inside.  What was going on?   ...
Ayla had snuck in to take a private nap!

Iza did it later and found a gumball to grab.

Yeah, Iza had to squeeze a lot to get in and out.  

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thankful Thursday

AYLA:  We are thankful today because TBT has always loved cats.  From the 1st (Kenani) when he was a child, to us here now. 

We talk to him sometimes about The Cats Who Came Before.

Kenani was a female Siamese.   The picture is lost.  Hai Yu was another.  That picture is also lost.  Gramma loved female Siamese cats and it stuck with TBT.

The only time he didn't have a cat in his life was while in college.  They weren't allowed in the dormitories...

When he escaped college and joined an apartment of other male Beins, he was offerred a stray.  Of course he took it and a 2nd.  Ralph and Sport-Sport.  Both grey tabby females, but hey, we are all cats.  He had trouble feeding hisself, but he always made sure the cat was fed first.

There were several grey tabby females.  He got a house with Mischief and later, Tinkerbelle  (Both grey tabby females).  Mischief was a sweet little cat who died at 12.  Tinkerbelle was wounded in the spine by a dog attack before he got her, so he stroked her very carefully and she appreciated that.  Meanwhile, he found Skeeter and LC.  Tinkerbelle vanished one day.  He went around calling for her for a week.

Skeeter and LC stayed for 16 years each.  TBT found each of them at a small local pet store a year apart.  Skeeter adored him and LC adored Skeeter.  It was deliberate.  TBT was gone most of the day, so Skeeter needed a companion and TBT kept it that way.  Skeeter was TBT's cat and LC was Skeeter's cat.  It worked.

He retired in 2006.  Skeeter was happy, but LC didn't quite know what to do around him all day.  She just stayed by Skeeter.  TBT found me (Ayla, unwanted as a Queen by a breeder because I was too small) early 2008.  He finally had a Siamese female again!

Skeeter went over The Bridge in Dec 2008.  I loved him as a good brofur, but LC felt abandoned.  I was always a lapcat but LC didn't know what to do with herself after Skeeter left.  She had allus had Skeeter.  After a couple moons, she finally went up on TBT's lap and purred.  

I didn't mind.  I liked LC.  She was kind.  Sometimes we shared The Lap.  But she missed Skeeter a lot and left us to join him 13 moons later.

So TBT went looking for a friend for me.  He found another Siamese female cat.  She had papers and everything (just as I did of course) but she wasn't.  The kitties at "A Tonk's Tail" told us she was a Tonkie.  Which TBT dint know of so he looked it up on the puter.  And there was a picture of a female Tonkie looking just like Iza!

Sadly, we dint get along great, so TBT went looking for another orange/white male like Skeeter (such a calm peaceable cat) and was finally guided to The Right One.  A lady had been given a cat but discovered she was allergic.  

When TBT went to her house, she called Marley downstairs and he settled right into TBT's lap!   That kind of decided things.  And he liked the name so Marley stayed Marley.  Marley settled right into the house.  Orange/white male cats seem to be peace-keepers and he did that for Iza and me.

Iza and I even napped together afterwards, so long as Marley was between us.  Iza and I got along mainly but we needed Marley when things got hissy.  He was allus there to sit between us and remind us ta get along.

It was a shock when Iza went over The Bridge.  It was sudden.  She wasn't eating, an TBT had a vet visit scheduled one morning.  But that morning, she was suddenly bleeding out her backside and we all knew it was Her Time.  

She was only 12 so that made me worried about being 13, ya know?  TBT assures me she lived her life fast and I have more years.  Well, Skeeter and LC both reached 16+.  So I guess that's OK.

He got Laz as a rescue from the place I came from.  He was unwanted.  Well, so was I and Iza too.  And Marley (from elsewhere), come ta think about it.  Wow, even Skeeter and LC too.  Gee even Tinkerbelle was and the others.  Maybe that's why we are here.  TBT has a soft spot for cats like us.  

He says we have a new kitten arriving in August.  It will be the first he has ever asked for to wait and get.  She will be a Tonkinese like Iza, but mebbe look a little different in furs.  She better be nicer than Iza was to me.  I'll be kind, Marley will (of course) be kind.  Laz better be nice to her or I'll bite HIS ear!

I'll want to protect a young sisfur.  4 Big Moons from now I think.  It will be innerestin...

Mischief on the left, Tinkerbelle on the right.  The one in between was the Gramma's cat Jeremy who stayed with the TBT when the Granparents went to Florida each Winter.  

We like it when TBT tells us about the Cats Who Came Before.  It means we know we will stay here with him all our days...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Werdy Wensday

TBT HERE:   It seems time to answer a few questions.  So here we go...

Summer mentioned (about the mirror kitty) that That looks like fun! Sparkle hated mirror kitty. I think she is pretty!  We thought she meant Ayla's mirror kitty at first.  Then realized she meant her own mirror-kitty.  Yes, Summer, your mirror-kitty is beautiful!  As you are.

Memories Of Eric And Flynn mentioned The boys had ping pong balls in the bath which they used to bat around. We soon learned to take them out at night!  

We did ping-pong balls in the tub too.  Same results.  The sink made it much quieter though.

The J-Cats said “my brothers mostly go there when there are dishes with tasty food remnants there, waiting to be washed up.”

I just drown all the dishes at night and put them in the dishwasher the next morning when I’m lazy.  The Mews don’t get to lick them much.  I use a lot of spices and I’m never sure about what spices are safe for them.

Several readers were concerned about Laz falling 12’ from the deck.  Well, he lands better than I did from the ladder and on 4 feet.  He is fearless.  He willing jumped off the deck to chase a squirrel a day before.

Neither event bothered him in the slightest.

“Easy Like Sunday” had many people happy.  I was happy too.  It was a rare event.  The good news is that Ayla is asserting herself.  And I am beginning to thing that Laz mostly just wants to play but hasn’t learned how with Ayla.  

Things seem calm again.  When Laz gets too close, she hisses.  Lately, he backs away after that.  They will never be friends, but maybe he is learning not to be so aggressive.  Laz and Marley get along great!

And yes, food is soothing to all…

Many commenters asked about “mousies” vs “voles”.  The Mews consider ALL of them “mousies” in the generic sense.  The distinctions are minor (small, furry, grabbable, and pouncable).  But I learned about some differences I had NOT understood before.

On Twofur Tuesday, several people mentioned the warm laundry or the bloo towel in the drawer.  I do not mind cat fur on my clothes.  After years, cat fur is part of my life.  Though I do sometimes put a towel over the underwear drawer when I offer it for cat-naps.  Cat fur on the outside of my clothes is just such a routine part of my life, LOL!  I don’t even TRY to avoid it anymore.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Twofur Tuesday

 AYLA:  Who says ya have ta wait for warm laundry ta be dumped out of the basket?

LAZ:  That's OK, I like the drawer...  Cozy, sheltered, comfy...

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Easy Like Sunday

Look and be amazed.  The Mews eating together.  You won't see that often.  Ayla is recovering her Right to be around in the house.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Caturday Saturday

LAZ:   TBT pushed me off the deck rail today!  I was rollin on a doormat draped over it and he just PUSHED ME!

TBT:  I did NOT!  You just rolled off the edge...

LAZ:  But you were RIGHT THERE.  You must have had something ta do with it.

TBT:  I opened the deck door to tell you it was dinnertime.  You were so happy, you just rolled off...

LAZ:  It was 12' down!

TBT:  Not my fault Dude!  You rolled over on your own.  Maybe I shouldn't have left the door mats draped over the deck rail though.  I know you like to roll around on them.

LAZ:  SEE everybody?  He admits it was HIS fault!

TBT:  C'mon Dude, I didn't even laugh.  And I gave you treats and some Nip and then tuna when you came in.

LAZ:  Bribery to sooth your guilty conchus conciensus, mind!

TBT:  Would you rather I had given you broccoli for dinner?  Or I could leave the deck door closed all day tomorrow...

LAZ:  OK, OK, I'll "claim" I rolled over on my own.  Happy?

TBT:  No, I was quite worried watching you fall.  I even (unsuccessfully) grabbed at the doormat you clawed at and dragged down with you as you slipped over.

LAZ:  Really?  

TBT:  Yes "really".  

LAZ:  Well...  OK.  But why dint ya take a picture?  And a video would have been better.

TBT:  Laz, It was too sudden.  I don't take pictures just by "looking", ya know.  I need a camera gadget. But I have the picture in my mind.

LAZ:  Sometimes Im not too sure about that!

TBT:  Trust me.  I still remember when LC rolled off the deck once, and I didn't have the camera then either.  And that was a LONG time ago.  I remember things without having camera pictures.

LAZ:  LC did that too?

TBT:  Yeah, but not as far.  She was asleep on the deck and forgot she was at the edge.  Fell right off!  But she only fell 8'.  You set a record here!

LAZ:  And you remember that.  Why dont I?

TBT:  It was way before you were born.  In fact, it was before Ayla was born, I think.  I'd have to look at ancient pictures, 15 years maybe.  But yeah, we Beins remember things without camera pictures.

LAZ:  Wow, I don't remember last year very well.

TBT:  Well, since you mention it, your Gotcha Day is coming up soon.  I will throw a special GOTCHA LAZ DAY PARTY just for you.

LAZ:  I saw Marley and Ayla had one a few Moons ago.  I didn't know I would.  I know I've done a few bad things...

TBT:  You and me (and US) buddy...  Mark And The Mews...

LAZ:  (Whew) OK.  Could ya at least put up ONE picture though?

TBT:  Here you go, Laz.  You and Me...

Friday, April 16, 2021

Flashback Friday

Today we go back ta this week in 2010.  Ayla had discovered that playin with toys in a sink was great cuz they couldnt escape very well!

She dint like that strange kitty in the glass watching here though...