March 26th 2015 11:36 pm
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Once again it was at night when mum was peacefully sleeping. Josie woke me - "Watch this!"
She went and stood by my mum's head. She often does this on a cold night. Mum lifts the duvet up and Josie squiggles under the duvet and nestles against mum. She finds it wonderfully warm, she gets headrubs and feeling mum's breathing and heartbeat she can forget the cares and responsibilities of being an adult cat and feel like a tiny kitten again, all safe and warmedly.
(Mum interrupts here - Just what cares and responsibilities do you two have? You, I tell her, you are deficient in many aspects and we worry about training you properly. From her face she hadn't expected that. Don't worry, I reassured her as I am a kindly cat, you are making progress.)
Anyway Josie woke mum, up went the arm under the duvet and Josie jumped up onto the arm. There was a pause while mum registered what had occurred and Josie remained suspended and then the arm lowered a sniggering Josie to the bed.
"What was that about?" asked my mum. But Josie isn't hot on explanations and given that the most likely explanation would be 'I thought it would be funny' that's probably for the best.
March 25th 2015 11:39 pm
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We were all sound asleep last night when I was woken by a gentle scrabble. I looked up and saw Josie poised on the chest of drawers.
"Shh!" she whispered, shooting me a warning look, "There's a mouse or something under mum's duvet and I'm going to get it."
With that she bounded down on to the bed and grabbed the lump she had seen, full-blown hunter mode, she grabbed the top with her front paws and struck forcefully and repeatedly with her hind legs.
"Josie - I'm pretty sure that's..." I started to say.
"Ouch! That's my hand," interrupted my mum, pulling her hand away from Josie and tucking it under her, out of reach.
I swear Josie was sniggering as she ran out of the room without so much as an apology.
"Well there's a new and unwelcome way to wake up," said my mum, not looking best pleased. Lucky for Josie mum has a forgiving nature.
March 24th 2015 11:48 pm
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Once someone vacates a seat that seat becomes available for any cat that wants it. That is the rule and it applies even if it is my mum doing the vacating and even if she's having a bad morning.
Yesterday started well. She did not go to work and we like that. She was explaining that she took the day off as she had an event to attend in the afternoon and a dentist appointment in the morning. Only the afternoon thing had been cancelled.
Then the phone rang - the dentist was sick, that was cancelled.
"So I took a whole day holiday for nothing," she sighed. "Maybe we'll all just veg in front of the TV...hello - why is the telly box showing that code?"
She phoned the telly box people and they had her pushing buttons and switching things to no avail. It was while she was busy doing all that that I seized the moment and her chair.
"No, no," I heard her say, "I'll be working. He'll have to come Saturday."
It was when she put the phone down she saw me. "Toby! Really? Now even my cats are conspiring against me."
I did feel sorry for her but rules is rules and the cushion was so very comfy.
"I shall spend today wallowing in misery," she announced. We all spent a few minutes contemplating such a day. "Actually no I won't," decided my mum, "I don't think I would enjoy that."
Funnily enough once she turned her attitude around her day turned around - the dentist rang back - another dentist had a cancellation, would she like an 11.15 appointment? Yes she would. The telly box people texted - it was a fault in the area not in her box and would be all fixed soon. And other things fell into place.
And I spent most of the day on the cushion and it was dleightful.
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