Category Archives: the littlest tornado

Morning Coffee with Sushi

The Can Opener left me all alone to go to work. She’s going to hear about it when she gets home!

The Can Opener cut my grooming short

She said she had to go to work- I know she won’t be gone too long, but the problem is that she’s leaving at all! I don’t like it. She finally finished all her classes yesterday (which is why I couldn’t get her to type for me)- but today she still has too many distractions (like work, baking, important calls and appointments to make, and getting ready for the Critters to come tomorrow for the day). The usual unimportant stuff.

In other words, everything but poor, abandoned, adorable me. I’m going to pout now- but boy, is she going to get an earful when she gets home today! I’m going to realign her priorities whether she likes it or not!

Until then- I’ll be busy plotting….


It’s the Critters’ Fault

Poor little Barbie had no idea what was about to happen.

I think the “Working out” bug has bitten the Critter

Not only has my Can Opener started working out again- but even the tiny One has started copying her Mom and Dad much to Barbie’s dismay.

Sushi was kicked off the big, cushy pillow on the desk because “Barbie needed a nap”- and no sooner had Sushi objected and left than Barbie and “baby” were all comfy in “their” bed.

But their nap only lasted about 16 seconds before “Barbie” decided to ditch the baby and workout!

Somewhere along the line in that 15 seconds, Barbie also changed-dramatically!

I’d say Barbie is already working out too much- I’ve heard of feeling a little “stiff,” but if that’s what it does to people, I think I’ll stick with my cat naps!

Holiday Busy-ness!

Image by Stefan Maderbacher from Pixabay

No time to think!

There have been back-to-back birthdays to prepare for, (including her own this week)- Critters to teach, referee, and entertain, hubby not feeling well, Psycho Sheba (cat) next door trying to take over our house, Christmas gifts to make (and wrap)- baking, planning, and cleaning.

Then there’s Sushi and cute little me. The schedule has changed, routine has changed, and everything else on earth has changed. No wonder the Can Opener rarely takes time to play with me!

I know you’re busy, Human. But it’s raining and I’m BORED! There’s not even a Christmas tree to knock over!

BUT she did yesterday! She knows I love paper bags, and sparkly, shiny things and ribbons and bows and GOLF BALLS – and BOXES!

I had so much fun- I was sure that when I kicked the golfball to her on her yoga mat today as she was getting ready for her workout- (not yoga)- that she was going to tell me she couldn’t play with me yet. But she DIDN’T!

Psycho Sheba gets locked out of her house and then pushes her way in our door and hunts for our treats!
This is how I feel when the Critters are here all day.

And right when I start to think she has forgotten to take care of herself, she starts to work out. Great. I’d rather play. But she tells me that she can’t afford to not work out with all the stress in her life and I try my best to give her the look to make her feel guilty….

And that reminds me of how special she makes me feel and how lucky I am not to be a stray anymore.

Maybe I’ll stop making her feel guilty… for now.

She gets mad at our human when she’s not allowed to eat our treats and growls and hisses at her- then gets escorted out.
The Can Opener has been playing games with the tiny Critter too.

Sometimes I think our Human is so busy taking care of everyone else that she forgets to take care of herself too.

Then I remember the new bed she bought me that I still haven’t used. Because I like hers best.

Sushi’s Monday Musings

There’s been so much activity around here, I’m exhausted!

Wake me next week- Or not….

Our human has refused to take dictation for us for several days now. There’s a whole bunch of family birthdays coming up (not to mention Christmas), and she’s been busy doing stuff to prepare for that. She spent hours helping the little critter make crafts for her Mom’s birthday this weekend, and she’s been staying up late at night. She’s teaching the critters lots of fun stuff to make though…

Making a birthday card…
With Autumn leaves!
And felt kitty cats ….and wrapping gifts…

Also, she’s been baking, working out every day, and taking extra time to groom me and Twilight, because she’s so busy with the critters every day, that we don’t get much playtime. So Twilight and I decided it’s okay with us if she skips a day typing for us in order to give us extra love. But we’re not going to let her get by with it for long… because we don’t know how to type.

And tea parties abound…
Found on Pinterest!
I still haven’t seen that rabbit eat any of those treats.

Take time for the things you enjoy and Be kind to yourself.

Maybe they don’t like “healthier” treats.

Make time for your relationship with God, with your family, and your friends. There is already too much division and loneliness.


Found on Pinterest

The Sushi Diet Chronicles

Oh, I LOVE you, yellow dangly thing!

“One Ounce at a Time…”

The Can Opener appears to remain conveniently “out of order” except for two meals a day while I waste away on dry cereal that she calls “healthy weight management” food. She has switched my treats from the fun kind to the “healthy” ones- and unless the Tiny One and the Bigger Critter are here, I only get a few of those a day. She doesn’t have a scale for me, but she says she has to help me keep losing weight. Really, I try my best to tell her I’m only actually 6 pounds- and the other 10.03 pounds is cattitude.

But she’s not buying it. Although she does say she has to wonder sometimes. Whatever that means. I sure hope the Critters are here tomorrow, because the biggest one sneaks me roast beef and sausage chunks and Cheetos too -(unless the Can Opener happens to catch her). The Tiny One “accidentally” drops part of her bacon or hot dogs into the rug for me while the Can Opener is running around in the kitchen, and if it were’nt for them, I’d swear I’d be down to 6 pounds by now.

But, at least she makes time to play with me more now. Today she even teased me into going outside with my dangly yellow thingie- and we were having a blast- that is until the creepy guy next door came out and distracted my human. Gee, thanks.

After the neighbor made me nervous, we went back inside and the human was going to put my yellow dangly thingie away, but it looked at me the wrong way, and I had to teach it a lesson- so she let me go for it a little longer and then gave me some “healthy” treats! She says they’re healthy, but they can’t be because they’re so DELICIOUS!

But, the Critters will be here tomorrow, so I’m already excited! Know why? This should explain it… Today, the Tiny One and her sister stayed home with their Mom and the Tiny One wanted to be helpful while Mommy was working so she fed Serafina.

Lucky for Serafina, she left her OWN spoon in the (open) can, and put it back under the counter where they keep the cat food.

Then the Big Critter discovered it, and took this video…..

I’m so excited the Tiny One will be here tomorrow!!!!!! I’ll get to gain back the other 10 pounds of “cattitude!” I can’t wait!


Image by GraphicMama-team from Pixabay

A Sleepy Morning

I’m not getting up yet, Mom.

Breakfast? Why Yes, Mom- Make it Redi Whip with a fresh mouse garnish, please.

Mom got up at 4:00 this morning and wanted to cuddle me. But I’d stayed out til 2:00 and just wanted to sleep. I had no plans of getting up just to get snuggles (I can get snuggles anytime)- But I heard Mom go in the kitchen, and Sushi told me the Tiny One was coming. All of a sudden I was starving. I ordered breakfast, but the Can Opener never gets it right. She sometimes gives me the Redi Whip, but she NEVER remembers the fresh mouse garnish. And, she makes me eat food first. Who told her I was a toddler?

You ARE a toddler, kid. Listen to the Can Opener.

I wonder why Sushi always thinks I need her opinion. Soon after breakfast, I heard the giggle heard around the world and the loud BUMP that follows it through the front door and I ran out the back as fast as possible. The next thing I knew, the Tiny One and an even TINIER one was out in my yard haunting all my favorite spots.

Well, There goes my duck hunting.

Since it wasn’t safe to stay outside, I came in for a long nap – and when I woke up from that, the Tiny One had fallen asleep (finally)! I went out to practice my duck hunting and came in later after they had gone home and found my human getting into a book of Brain puzzles she got on Mother’s Day… “Find the Cat.”

Looks like she found the cat!
She didn’t have to strain her eyes to find THAT one! MOL!

A not-so-Whiny Wednesday

Photo by Magda Ehlers from Pexels

I had already decided to do a Whiny post today-

But then the Critters showed up. The Big Critter and the Tiny One made me so happy the minute they came in the door. Their faces light up so much when they see me, and they race to me and pet me and compete to give me treats- and they make me happy. I guess I just have to admit I love the noisy little turkeys.

I keep a watch on them (for the human Can Opener) while she’s busy making breakfast and lunch and treats for them- and I help when she helps them with their schoolwork- (although I do fall asleep sometimes).

What I think I like most about them is the laughter and joy they bring (even if they do bring a lot of noise with them at the same time). And I like watching the Tiny One play.

I like a lot about them -(especially when they fall asleep)…

But this drawing the Big Critter did today says it all….

Yeah- I think I love the Tiny One- just a little bit.


How to Train your Human

I DID IT! I have the Big Critter fully trained to do my bidding!

Well, I’ll be darned. Twilight’s methods WORK!

This diet the human Can Opener has me on has gotten old. I got desperate and Twilight and I had an emergency consultation. She gave me a few hints, and I applied every single one of them Tuesday when the Critters were here last.

I very carefully timed my plan, and just as I’d hoped, around the Tiny One’s naptime, Tuesday, I saw the Can Opener starting to rush around to finish up lunch and get things ready for nap-time, and since the Big Critter was at the desk attending her live classes, I wound myself around her feet, and let her know I wanted to be put on the boppy that is on top of the desk to “keep her company” while she did her schoolwork.

Of course, this worked like a charm, but what she didn’t think of, is that I could see the bag of treats had been left on the desk earlier. I had a plan to make sure she noticed it and put “cat” + “treats” together, and got the right equation. You know, that girl is good at math!

First the treats,….
Then, she asked – “Sushi’s hungry, can I feed her?”

As I had hoped, the Can Opener had lost track of time while helping the littlest Critter with her schoolwork, lunch, and getting ready for naptime, and said yes…

Oh, that’s better now.
Thanks, Critter!

Sushi’s Report: Twilight

I’m giving Twilight a break today-

Twilight’s not herself today. She’s giving me a break.

She isn’t feeling well. I knew something was up yesterday when I saw The Can Opener put her in the carrier. I happened to be laying on the couch next to her when she went in (complaining loudly). And I got worried – even though she annoys me all the time trying to get me to play. But before I could ask her what was going on, the Can Opener picked up the carrier and headed out the door.

Oh well. Back to my nap.

She came back about an hour later with a fresh bag of treats from the vet and much calmer than she was when she left. The Can Opener gave her some food and her new treats right away and then she loved on Twilight a little, Twilight warned her not to ever do that again, then she went out to play.

Hmmmm. She went to the vet and came back calm, with a new bag of treats and got spoiled right away. I think I need to see the vet. NOW.

Twilight played outside and visited her her (still feral) Mom and made sure she got loaded up on food, then came in around midnight. She kept the human up til midnight when she needed to be up at 4 am this morning like any decent cat would.

Then at 4 this morning the human stumbled out of bed and headed for the Keuring in her sleep, and 2 cups of coffee later, she noticed Twilight was nowhere to be found. She also didn’t come racing when she heard a new can of food being opened, or the bag of treats being shaken- (I was of course, willing to eat Twilight’s food and treats since she wasn’t interested, because it’s the right thing to do).

The Can Opener knew something was wrong, because every morning Twilight immediately runs up to her, trilling, and sticks her butt up in the air waiting for the back scratch of her dreams. So she looked for Twilight and knew she had to be under the bed where Human #2 was still sleeping.

And then…

The Live Entertainment arrived. I think I’ll go join Twilight under the bed.

Quiet is NOT going to happen.
“Let’s spend the day outside!”

All day long, the Can Opener never saw Twilight leave the bedroom. She wouldn’t eat or drink. She didn’t throw up and didn’t seem to be in pain, she just would’t eat and wanted to be alone. The Can Opener decided to take the Critters outside as soon as possible to give Twilight a chance to rest peacefully.

Twilight didn’t have a fever, and hadn’t thrown up, so the vet said it’s likely just a reaction to the shots she had yesterday (although this has never happened to her before when she got her shots).

After the Critters went home and Twilight still didn’t come out, the human picked her up and cuddled her and tried again to get her to eat. She still wouldn’t eat, but she was clearly wanting to be held and cuddled and kept kneading her paws. That seemed to really help, and when the Human put her down, she finally went outside- and stayed out until the evening so she could have time with her Mom.

The vet says, as long as she doesn’t start getting sick or get a fever, she will probably be back to normal in the morning. Then she’ll be harassing me to play again, and it’ll be my turn to hide under the bed all day.

I think I’ve changed my mind about needing to see the vet.


I want a Refund!

Where do I go to get a refund on my day?

My kingdom got infested with CRITTERS… and that was just the beginning!

I stayed inside this morning when the Can Opener got up at 4- because I stayed out late last night to hunt with my Mama. A handsome siamese from a few blocks away keeps coming over and stalking me even though I tell him I’m not that kind of girl. Last night, my Mama came and the Can Opener fed her and a few minutes after she went back inside, he growled at my Mama because he wanted her food! Lucky for Mama and me, the Can Opener heard it and came out and chewed him out for messing with “her babies!”

Well, that was last night. So since our playtime and hunting was interrupted, I stayed out later, so when the Can Opener woke up at 4 this morning, I wanted to sleep.

But, Instead of waking up slowly with her coffee and her Bible and journal, this time the human started cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer, and I got nervous (I have 4 open cans of food in there and I didn’t want her to throw it out)! I decided to stay inside and figure out what was wrong with her.

Then the Critters came bursting through the door and all of a sudden the human decided to start breakfast way too early. We were studying her wondering what happened.

Cats don’t like routine changes- or infestations in their kingdom.

Immediately after breakfast, we discovered why our whole morning had been turned upside down. There was a grocery delivery that suddenly appeared right as the Can Opener had finished cleaning up after breakfast.

Then, she turned the Critters loose to go run outside and ruin my kingdom! They slid on my slide, and played in MY tunnel, and swung on my swing and then put huge PUDDLES OF WATER everywhere that sprayed water out on me and got me wet! Not only that, they scared my Mama away from coming to play with me on the playset! And, another Critter came to chase the Tiny One around and play ball with her- so, I had to go back inside to stay dry, and avoid getting hit by a flying ball (or airplane).

Right when I thought it was safe,…THE VET!

Then, the next thing I knew, the Critters were picked up – and SO WAS I! I was put in my carrier and the Can Opener took me to the vet to rattle me a little more. I was poked, prodded, had my claws trimmed, my ears and mouth stared into, a thermometer put in a very inconvenient place, and then, I got TWO SHOTS and was surrounded by big, barking dogs on my way out the door! All I want to know, is how do I get my money back for this day?

*Just you wait, human. I’ve got a nice BIG Mother’s Day surprise waiting for you!*