The Viking's Tale

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Not again!!

March 1st 2014 2:28 pm
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We have big snow in the forecast again, and Mom is so not happy. Her back and shoulders are in bad shape from chipping ice and shoveling snow. She still has just enough space in the driveway to pull in, make a K-turn and park facing out so she doesn't have to back out onto our sometimes-busy road.

But she has been to the grocery store to stock up, and we have plenty of food and litter. There is gas for the snow thrower if she can get it up the back slope to the driveway, and the car tank is full in case Dad has to get to the hospital. Not much more she can do, except pray for spring to get here.

Hoping all of our friends are prepared for Winter Storm Titan. Stay safe and stay home if you can.


Dad is home! And we're getting settled in at Cathugger.

February 8th 2014 1:00 pm
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Good news! Dad got to come home from the hospital yesterday. We were so happy to see him. He actually had to shut me out of the office for a while so he could catch up on some paperwork, because I would NOT stay off his keyboard. Can't help it. I'm a devoted fan of Dad.

The only hard part was getting from the street to our front door, because Mom made a tactical error in not hauling out the snowthrower as soon as it stopped snowing Wednesday (well, it was dark by that time, after all).

Thursday morning, the driveway was 6 inches of snow under 2 inches of ice. The snowthrower just rolled over the top -- couldn't even break through it. It took Mom three hours to break the ice and shovel it away, a little at a time, ahead of her car to get it out. And even then she needed the help of two strangers to stop traffic and help her "rock" it out of the driveway and onto the street.

The driveway is still impassable, but she chiseled out a pathway from the street to the door for Dad, and sanded it down. Going to be a while before we park in the driveway again.

Today, Mom got us signed up at Cathugger, and we've already seen some of our friends there. They have some fun games to play (Kibbles is already winning trophies for his Word Game skills!). Mom wiped out at the Cyberhorde game, and is No. 21,900 or something on the leaderboard for another game. Maybe she'll get better. Maybe not. She's really there to stay in touch with our Catster friends.

We hope to see more of you there soon, but if not, we hope you will let us know where you will be so we can reach our good friends.


Purrs for Dad, please? Mom could use some, too.

February 5th 2014 6:28 am
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This has been a pretty awful week for our humans. Dad is in the hospital for the second time in three weeks, because of bad side effects from his chemotherapy. Mom is fighting the snow and ice and trying to see Dad and trying to get to work, and is feeling a bit frazzled.

She's also trying to spend some extra time with us, because we really miss Dad. But she leaves early in the morning so she can see Dad before she goes to work, and doesn't get home until 10:30 or 11 p.m.

Today she is working from home because the roads are solid ice again, so maybe we will see a bit more of her. I know she'd feel better if she'd let us snuggle with her a little.


Where to next?

January 20th 2014 1:41 pm
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Nope, Mom won't budge on Facebook. She says it's a principle thing. We joined Macy's group ( and will also join, at the free level for now. If we see a lot of our friends there, we may become paying members. It seems to have many of Catster's features. (I think if Cathugger is smart it will offer discounted memberships to any Catster members who switch over.)


Say it isn't so!

January 16th 2014 3:07 pm
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No Catster community? This is a sad, sad day indeed.


Safe at home, and staying there!

January 3rd 2014 7:56 am
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Dad and us waited and waited for Mom last night. It was snowing and blowing and cold, and she should have been home much earlier. Finally we heard her car pull into the driveway, and it was way after midnight!

She left work a little earlier than usual, shortly after 9 o'clock, and it took her more than three hours to drive 40 miles! She said the antilock brakes wouldn't even stop her when she approached a red light, so she just looked both ways and ran the light, hoping the police would be forgiving if they saw her.

Big lumps of ice kept forming on the windshield wipers, which then wouldn't clear the windshield, so she had to stop several times on the road to break off the ice. It was snowing so hard that, a mile from our house, she missed a turn and drove onto a side street that hadn't been plowed at all! Fortunately she was able to back out and get on the right road.

Today our driveway is drifted over and the wind is still blowing the snow around. Mom is working from home today. We wish she had done that yesterday (and so does she).


Gledelig Jul!

December 24th 2013 1:07 pm
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That's how we Norwegians say Merry Christmas!

Mom says if we were really having a Norwegian Christmas, she would have spent a couple of days making fattigman cookies and cream cakes and rommegrot with country ham for breakfast, and we'd have lutefisk, all stewed up with butter.

She says she hates lutefisk and used to smoosh it around her plate on Christmas Eve until it sort of broke down and disappeared. But it's whitefish, so I'm sure I'd find it delicious, especially with butter!

Our family hopes that your families all have a warm and wonderful holiday, remembering your Bridge members with love and thinking tenderly of those who, as our good friend Ka-zar says, "are doing it tough."

We're sending special wishes to the Catfather and his family.


Aw, thanks, everybody!

December 17th 2013 8:02 pm
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Thank you for the DDP congrats, and especially for the cool pix I got to add to my page.

Mom added another one, too, that Dad found on his computer. It's me, when my humans first came to see me, before I was old enough to go home with them. My eyes hadn't even turned green yet, and my name was Byron. I think I like Bear better. I don't really look like a Byron.


My kind of weather!

December 10th 2013 1:39 pm
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There's snow outside, and ice on the fish pond, and temps in the 20s. It's heaven! I wish I could persuade Mom to let me out, or at least put on that Led Zeppelin song about the land of the ice and snow.

I'm sure I would want to come back in pretty soon, but it would feel sooo good to sink my claws into some crusted snow. What's the good of having built-in crampons if you can't use them once in a while?

My less well-insulated sisfur and brofur are spending lots of time snuggled up next to me. Dad even invited me under the covers last night, but that was WAY too warm for me!


What's wrong with my sisfur?

October 25th 2013 1:48 pm
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Geez, we only have one girl in our house, other than Mom, and I can never figure her out.

Vicki is a pretty good sisfur, I guess. She's always up for playtime, and even I have to admit that she's an awesome mouser. But her behavior is kind of odd sometimes. For one thing, she shamelessly makes up to the humans. When they pick her up, she goes all limp and happy and lets them hold her just about any way they want, like she's a sack of sugar or something (unlike Sev and me, who know how to put out the stiff arm and squirm when we want the humans to keep their distance). Mom says that's because she's a Ragdoll and that's what Ragdolls do. Whatever.

But lately it's been really weird. She's prancing around the house purring to herself and humming, and flipping her tail around like she's the Queen of Sheba. Just the other day I caught her looking dreamily out the window and singing softly "I feel pretty, oh so pretty..." Huh?

I asked Sev what he thought. He shrugged and said, "I think she's in love."

Good grief. How are we supposed to put up with this?

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