This morning I bolted outside as soon as my Can Opener got up, and after playing by the stream for a couple of hours, I came inside to find Sushi freshly groomed and medicated, snoozing on Mom’s lap. I could tell Mom had been through a battle to give her the eye medicine, and probably could use some stress relief.
I noticed Mom’s coffee cup was empty (unthinkable!), so I sniffed at it to suggest she get up for a refill. Once she had successfully moved the boulder (Sushi) off her lap (as it complained and growled), I ran ahead of her into the kitchen where the blue feather thingie she just bought for Sushi happened to be laying on the couch. (*Hint, Hint)*
She had to wait for her coffee to brew, so she took time to play with me! I’ve missed playing with her so much!
I could tell she’s missed playing with me, too. But things have gotten very crazy around here lately, and it’s been hard for her to have the opportunity. I was so happy, when her coffee was ready, and she kept on playing with me instead of getting back to what she had been doing!
I’m so happy that we finally had some time to play together. The Can Opener enjoyed watching me have fun and I enjoyed hearing her laugh at my friskiness. Just so you know, you humans are all wound up lately and your kitties (and Creatures)- can feel it too. Give yourself a break for a few minutes every day to stop for a bit and just enjoy them. It’s medicine for both of you.
Twilight has been running around with Romeo again. Oh joy.
Somehow she thinks I want to hear all about her romance with Romeo, the siamese down the street. I could care less. Now, if she wants to tell me about a handsome calico cat, or a persian, I might want to hear about it. But I’m not interested in her boyfriend and his “purrfect royal blue eyes.” Geez.
We more experienced felines are more concerned about the important things in life- like food, catnip, treats, and the best napping spots in the house.
We’re different. She loves to run wild outside, chase mice and butterflies, climb trees and hunt ducks.
I love a nice, warm lap to nap on. Especially if it comes with a nice long grooming, a massage on my head and shoulders, followed by treats, and accompanied by a teddy bear with a blanket tucked around me.
I’d rather melt into the Can Opener’s lap and purr myself to sleep any day. Oh! It’s time for my grooming now! Goodnight!
Today was just too perfect for even Sushi to stay inside. I woke to the sound of birds chriping in the lilac tree outside the bedroom window- and I darted across the Can Opener as she slept until I finally got her to wake up and head to the Keurig.
I didn’t even want food- I passed up my dish and headed for the door! The ducks that hang out behind our house had a bunch of new ducklings, there were hummingbirds hovering near the lilac tree, and Sheba was already outside ready to play chase with me.
I spent the whole day outside – and my Can Opener, of course, haunted me with the camera.
Sushi preferred to stay inside and nap until things quieted down outside and she could tell no one else was out doing lawn work, or riding scooters, or calling to their neighbors- then she decided to go outside and enjoy the hot pavement when the human went out to read.
Now is about the time when Sushi will be ready for her evening brushing and grooming. While she’s getting spoiled, I’ll go wait under the bush for my Mama to come after sundown to eat, then we’ll go hunting until Midnight!
We all have things to be thankful for – Here’s some of mine:
With things going crazy like they have been for months now, my humans keep saying that it’s more important than ever to look for the blessings in our lives and be thankful for what we have.
Here’s some of the things I’m really REALLY thankful for:
Sushi (yep). She has proven that mountains REALLY CAN move.
Coffee and the Bible. Yep. That’s the only thing that the Can Opener slows down for.
The Can Opener. That’s because she and the Backup Can Opener gave me a home when I was just a little kitten and was always hungry and cold. Now I’m spoiled rotten and I plan on keeping it that way.
The Critters. They lavish love and treats on me every time they’re here, and they don’t care if I’ve already been fed or have already had “too many treats.”
Bugs, Birds, Butterflies, and Mice. They give me something to chase and play with when the Can Opener is too busy with everyone else to play.
Amazon boxes. Amazon was made for cats. Cats love boxes- Amazon sends my food in boxes. Human adds thick, soft blanket and sticks it under the bed, and *poof!* Instant hiding spot when the Critters come.
Paper bags. Another great hiding place and fun to pounce on!
Sushi. (Again). Everyone needs someone to play fight with- (but she’s not usually playing).
And I’m thankful for all of you who visit my blog every day! You make me very happy!
"I leave the gift of peace with you-- my peace.
Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world,
but my perfect peace.
Don't yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts-
instead, be courageous!" John 14:27
Sushi was sound asleep in the bedroom where she had been for hours while I used my time constructively to shred the toilet paper, shed fur on the pile of clean laundry, knock a few things down from the top of the desk, and zip past the water dish just close enough to tip it over and I was so proud of myself for my hard work.
So I went to the living room to ask the human for a treat or two – (or a bag). The human is a sucker for my blue eyes, so she always gives me treats. But then as soon as she picked up the bag, a walking boulder came out of the bedroom and started not so politely demanding that she get treats first.
The Can Opener had already given Sushi her share of treats- but I take my time with mine, while Sushi gobbles up whole handfuls at a time, so she gobbled all hers up and had eaten them all before I ate half of mine. Then she kept inching her way over to finish mine for me.
Lucky for me, the Can Opener picked Sushi up and moved her to the couch so I could eat my treats in peace. No wonder her back hurts.
But before she could get her pout going, she fell asleep. “Hey, Mom- how about sneaking me some more treats, since she’s asleep?”
Sushi told me that she posted that I wasn’t feeling well the day after my vet visit. Those shots are no fun at all. It wasn’t so bad the first day, but the next day I felt like I’d fought off an attack of wild bulls. I just wanted to be left alone so I stayed under the bed in my special box with my favorite blanket.
I wouldn’t let the Can Opener take pictures of me because I hadn’t brushed my fur, or my teeth, or bathed or anything. And my collar was all covered with fur. My human called the vet, and was told that I’d probably be fine the next day and to bring me back if I got worse. Lucky for me, I was feeling great the second day.
But they can’t take a picture of me if I’m gone, and I was. I couldn’t wait to go out and hunt again, so I went to visit the newborn duckies by the stream. Their moms weren’t happy to see me though, so they wouldn’t let me near the delicious little darlings. Anyway, by the time I got tired of wishing watching, and got hungry enough to go home and eat, the Can Opener was getting ready for bed. I’ll have to remember this trick the next time I want to avoid her camera.
Cute little me- All better now.
Today is Mother’s Day- So I have to go back out and hunt. Sheba caught a baby duck and surprised her Mom with it yesterday, and that’s all I’ve been hearing about. For some reason, Sheba’s Mom wasn’t at all happy and got upset. Maybe she just didn’t like Sheba bringing it into the bed. She hadn’t even had her coffee yet.
I’ll wait til Mom gets her coffee first and try to bring her a better one than Sheba brought her Mom. After all, it IS Mother’s Day! Geez, Sheba! Get it RIGHT!
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.
The Live Entertainment arrived. I think I’ll go join Twilight under the bed.
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.
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!*
I should have known today would be a weird day, when the Can Opener didn’t seem to be her usual self when she woke up and headed for the Keurig. I couldn’t put my paw on it, but something felt off. So, as I usually do, I bolted out the back door to look for Mama or Sheba or some nice, juicy baby duck to play with.
When I came back inside about 2 hours later, the Critters and their parents were there visiting! My human was back to her cheery self and the kcup supply was diminishing rapidly, so I knew everything was going to be okay. She must’ve just woke up with a headache.
The Critters ran out into the backyard to play, and the Can Openers visited with their grown up Critter (Jazlyn and Lily’s Mom)- and had coffee and then made butterfly shrimp and french fries for everyone and discussed Mother’s Day plans. Soon it was time for Lily’s nap, but all the excitement had her too wound up and they decided to go home.
And then it happened…
After they left, Sushi gave our Can Opener the look that said, “I don’t appreciate my nap being interrupted, human. Don’t let it happen again.” Then she headed for the bedroom to take her nap without further interruptions, and I settled down on my human’s lap and was being snuggled, and brushed and was just beginning to fall asleep when suddenly we all heard a roar in the distance that got closer and louder- and things started to shake- and I tried to bolt- I could tell my humans were afraid-
The noise was SO LOUD and it sounded as though something was about to crash into our living room before we could even move! The Can Opener tried to hold onto me and calm me, but I flew off her lap and ran for cover. The two Can Openers could hear the jet long after it was out of sight, but the whole neighborhood was shaken and wondering what was happening. All I wanted to know was whether or not it was safe to come back home!
And on the way back to their house…
Our Can Opener searched the news stations for any mention of a planned Air Force flyover (like they do sometimes for the 4th of July)- but there was no mention of anything anywhere she looked. Everything settled down after that, but everyone was wondering what was going on- especially considering the problems in our country right now.
Things soon calmed down after a while, and all the neighbors went back inside, but the Can Opener thought about the Critters and their parents- who had only been about 10 minutes away from our house when it happened. She called to find out if they had seen and heard anything, and they had. The jet had flown over them as they were going over a bridge- and the first thought was that there was some attack happening- but it wasn’t. Still it unnerved everyone- especially because of the suddenness of it- and Jazlyn (the Big Critter) was afraid the bridge they were on might collapse and they would go into the water.
They made it back home, and things returned to normal, but we were all struck by how sudden and how loud and scary it was. (Except for Sushi- who somehow managed to sleep through the whole thing).
Speaking of empty tummies, I’m going to go talk my human into opening a can of tuna to calm my nerves…..
And who ever heard of a cat being thankful? But my Can Opener always says everyone has something to be thankful for if they’re just willing to take a second to honestly think about it.
So, I’ve decided to be thankful today for everything I can- because when she sees me showing appreciation for things she does, she loads me up with treats. And I’m hungry. And it’ll make her happy- (and then she’ll give me more treats because she’s happy). Either way, I win.
So, Here’s some things I’m thankful for today -(I hope Mom is reading this)…
Thing 1)- long grass and sunshine to nap in.
Thing 2)- the Tiny One’s naps.
Thing 3)- Twilight. (bonus treats for that one).
Thing 4)- Sheba lives next door.
(If she lived with us, I’d have to eat her.)
Thing 5)- My favorite spot in the carpet- right in the walkway.
Thing 6)- My cozy spot on the desk
Thing 7)- That I can finally stop thinking of things to be thankful for.