December 27th 2010 4:21 pm
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It all started with the blizzard. We got almost 2 feet of snow over here! Luckily mom was able to stay home, so I was all amped up and ready for some fun. Mom filled up the bird feeders, and a feeding frenzy began. They came in droves! All types- even a hairy woodpecker (don't you love that name) and another bigger woodpecker with a pretty red head. They were pecking at the seedcake. At the feeder that sticks to the window, a big wild pigeon settled it's fat body down and started eating. I leaped up and put my face and paws right there, and the pigeon didn't even fly away! That pigeon and I were eye to eye for like 10 seconds! I was so excited! I've never been so close to a bird that big. it was so plump! Mom thought it was smart to know that I couldn't get through the glass, but i think it was pretty stupid because it came back later and sat on the clear plastic hood and started pecking at it. Mom got the idea to pour some birdseed on the windowsill, and I had a blast jumping at the birds there too. I spied on the birds and jumped at them for hours. Whenever the pigeon came, I got a wild maniacal look in my eyes.
At one point, mom got bored and started doing stuff in another room and left me to my hunt. Suddenly, mom heard the crash of a breaking dish and ran into the kitchen. I took off running away from the scene of the crime. I gave mom a very funny look: it was like- "d'oh!" See what happened was, I felt like having a snack. Mom didn't put away her dish from lunch, which was coated with roasted garlic olive oil. Mom doesn't let me eat that because she heard garlic isn't good for cats, but I love that stuff. This is not the first time I got caught licking it. Mom yelled "Toki!"
I ran into my old pyramid bed and stared at mom. I actually looked pretty worried by that crash. She felt bad and said, "Its ok, it's not your fault Toki." She picked up the large pieces and put them into a paper bag, then got out the vacuum. I stayed in my pyramid and watched her vacuum the whole kitchen. Finally, she got down on the floor and peered under the refrigerator. I watched with interest. My stuff always disappears in there. Mom gets all agitated when I start digging around under there. I can reach really far with my long front paws, and mom sees me in there up to my "armpit" and stops me. It's warm and dark under there, and I can feel crumply things. and when I pull my paw out it has some strange grey dust on it. So anyway, here's my mom peering into the dark crevice under the refrigerator, where I'm never allowed to go. It's too dark, so she gets a flashlight, and when she looks under the refrigerator, she screams. She gets a yardstick and starts sweeping stuff out from under there and screams some more. I see grey thick dust and sandy stuff. like a mummy's tomb. I see crumply things. Mom said it looks like garlic and onion skins. It looks to me like ancient spices. I see dusty mice, my missing pipe cleaners, and other cat toys. In my head, I'm connecting the dots. It IS a mummy's tomb! It's a portal to ancient Egypt! Why else would it be filled with my cat toys, sand, dust, and ancient spices? And it's warm and mysterious. I'm dreaming of Bastet and my glorious past. Hey Pharaoh Loki! It's here! Come on over!
Meanwhile, my mom is fiddling with vacuum cleaner attachments. Before I know what's happening, she starts sucking up all the dust and ancient spices. She vacuums my mice and other toys and throws out my pipe cleaners. She sticks the vacuum attachment under the refrigerator, and it's all over.
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She just got the ancient remnants...the portal itself remains! Pharoah Loki knows this metaphysical stuff better than me,but I'm sure...THE PORTAL REMAINS! Hey...maybe your Mom should make you an Ancient Egyptian High Priest costume!
This was such a great diary entry: Mom was laughing so hard she had tears in her eyes. MOL Wow you sure got alot of snow. Sounds like you had a pretty great day watching the birds. My sister Maedia likes to put her toys under the fridge and under the chest in the front room; so Mom gets on the floor at least once a week with the flashlight and yardstick to get out all the stuff (mice, food, nuts, rings from milk jugs, plastic springs,pipe cleaners, twisties, clothespins, magnets from the fridge, and yes even the evil dust bunnies!) Purrs, Skylar
TOKI! Garlic IS very bad for you!!! Both garlic and onions! So stop that right now. And I agree, we'd like to see you in an ancient egyptian costume.
Don't worry Toki, the portal is still there, you can still use it! I once got stuck under the fridge though so be careful, it was very scary. My big big paw got caught under there and I got so scared and started trashing. Luckily mommy was home and she got me out without too much damage, but it was scary! So, when you go looking for the portal, don't get hurt!
Under that fridge and also the range...are the best tombs fur our toys...they get nicely warmed and even perhaps roasted as they make their journey to the inner sanctum of an old royal cat mummy...then when they are thoroughly dehydrated and properly entombed, we can go on an expedition with our yard sticks and other gear to raid the tombs...and hopefully know the codes for escaping the curses of opening these sacred caches of the nether world!
I think maybe that redheaded woodpecker may have been a red bellied sap sucker...they are quite large and not too shy of civilized areas. We have a lot of them in our area, too. They make very loud calls, and drum a lot on the old trees here and on telephone poles, too. When we still had wood siding they even came and did some work on our house for us...
Or it might even have been the less common red headed wood pecker...it is very black and has some white on it too, and the whole head is red. The sapsucker is more brownish grey and only the top of the head is red. A red headed woodpecker is smaller than a hairy one...and the sap sucker is about the same large size as the H-wp... Are you sure it wasn't a Downey woodpecker? They are far more common, and not nearly as shy as the hairy ones...and they are hard to tell apart, the biggest difference being the length of the beak..the Downey's is not nearly as large as the hairy's...and the Downey woodpecker is not that large, either...
With all that bird life you should ask your mom to get a nice bird identifier/field guide so that you will know what you are trying to ambush, and what you are licking/chattering your chops after! My meowmy uses the 'Golden Field Guide to the Birds of North America' as it uses easy to see drawings, and it is not hard to use...it is fun to get into bird watching, but you already know that!
Stay warm and safe in all that massive amount of snow!
We only had a few flurries, here, but it was cold & windy.
Hi guys! My mom is used to poking a yardstick under the other furniture for my toys, especially my rattling mice, but under the refrigerator was no-mans land before. It's a good place for a portal! Many of my mice are still missing. Mom buys me those rattling fur mice all the time, but they disappear. Now I know they are just going to our ancestors through the portal.
Mom was thinking of getting a bird guide! Mom is pretty sure the little black and white one with a red dot is a hairy woodpecker, because she looked it up, but she can't find the name of the other woodpecker yet. It is bigger and white with black and white checked looking wings, and a red head. Mom likes the little tufted titmouse (another funny name) because they are cute, but I don't like that they fly away too fast when they come to the window feeder. I want that pigeon!
The red bellied sap sucker is not what meowmy meant...it should have been the red bellied woodpecker!Here is a link to the front page of a bird guide...
Woodpecker page link
you can scroll down to the index and click on the page for wood peckers, and then search for your bird...or any other you might like to check on. You might want to bookmark the page! This is the book that I use the most, in fact I have a copy that is so well worn it is falling apart!
Wow, Toki, how exciting! If you put together an expedition, I'd be happy to pad along with you and help out! Who knows WHAT artifacts we'll find? MOL!
My MomKatt's scared to look under OUR 'fridge ...
Nice diary entry, Toki. Mom used to put out food for the birds in the winter too. Samsara and I had a great time chasing them off the windowsill. Yeah, I sent a few plants to the bridge before their time, but Mom stopped and it wasn't all because of us either. (Did you know that the birds are really good at melting the snow from the window sills?)
Mom was worried about the squirrel family in our back yard. They were getting more than a bit too forward. There were a couple of times that were really comical. The squirrel and Mom startling each other and both taking off in opposite directions. But worse, they built a nest on the fire escape above us and were beginning to make indoor visits.
Oh yes, the toys under the fridge. (Most of mine end up under the bookcase.) Did you really want them? They're pretty gross when they've been there that long.