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Curtains

December 18th 2012 10:36 pm
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I love curtains. I cannot lie. Sometimes I like to test the bounce in my legs and spring from a standing position and see how high I can go. Sometimes I give myself a good run up and scramble to the top and enjoy seeing my world from the ceiling.

My mum is less impressed so I decided that rather than climb the sitting room curtains where she woulod see me and get upset I would try the bedroom curtains. They aren't as tall but I am willing to make these sacrifices to keep my mum happy.

All was well initially as I made my leap but then I heard a scary sound and I only just managed the heroic leap onto mum's bed before the curtains came crashing down.

I thought it probably safest to vanish under the bed as mum came rushing in.

"Toby!" came the cry.

"It wasn't me. They just falled down" I peeked out.

She gave me a look that made me decide to stay right where I was for the time being.

She did manage to get them up again but said they are frail so I am by no means to try and climb them again. Challenge accepted!!

 

"The Cat Expert"

December 17th 2012 10:29 pm
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Mum had Secret Santa at work and Santa gave her a book which is called "The Cat Expert". I was quite relieved that someone had realised she needs help and we need proper care.

She brought it back and read bits to us.

"Do not spoil your cat."

"That can't be right. Read it again"

But it read the same. Must be a mis-print. How unfortunate.

"How do they suggest you spoil your cat?" I was keen to know thinking my mum could get some ideas.

"Don't let your cat sleep on your bed at night."

There was an indignant squeak from Josie. "I thought you liked that."

"I love that" mum was quick to reassure her so there won't be an end to bed sharing.

"Then it says not to do everything for your cat as they ask otherwise they'll come to expect that."

"I do expect that" Then I thought about it. "Cats are borned expecting that."

So Josie and I think we are better off with our mum's making it up as she goes along and loving us than the Cat Expert after all.

 

Friends again

December 16th 2012 10:36 pm
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My mum was as good as her word and stayed home with us most of the weekend. I got my snuggles and I let her rub my tummy and we are friends again.

I most enjoyed helping her wrap presents. Where she goes wrong is not nearly using enough ribbon so I helped by pointing this out and tapping the ribbon and chewing on it to create a decorative effect. Everyone likes to get dangly ribbon on their parcel so they get a game along with the gift.

My mum did go out awhile on Saturday claiming that people would give her money to sing. We've heard her sing. They won't. But she said there would be enough other voices to drown her out and that it was for charity so hopefully people would support the cause if not the singing. And she reckons that's what happened. People must be very kind.

 

Play Time

December 13th 2012 10:37 pm
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Our mum was out AGAIN last night but she didn't come home too late so we had play time. Mostly cat dancer and I did some pretty impressive leaping and Josie joined in too. But all too soon mum said she was tired and wanted to go to bed.

I said that was Ok- I would carry on outdoors but if there's one thing my mum won't budge on it's not letting me out late at night. So for a while I carried on by myself but it's just not the same.

I put on my most piteous meow. "Come back and play. I'm bored."

Silence. Louder meow. "I'm really bored"

I heard a muffled call from the bedroom. I caught my name but the rest could have been anything.

"Bored! Bored! Bored!"

Mum emerged and looked at me and I darted off to show her what I meant.

"There's nothing actually wrong is there, nothing life-threatening?"

I think boredom is an extremely serious condition and I'm disappointed mum doesn't share that view.

She went back to bed and I gave up and settled on my chair - still no snuggles for our negelctful mum. (Josie is snuggling but she says that's because it's so cold).

It is Friday and mum has promised to make it up to us at the weekend.

 

What we don't like so much

December 12th 2012 10:40 pm
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Other than the cold outdoors we don't like this time of year as my mum is so busy. She comes rushing in and out, throwing things in bags and Josie gets turfed off mum's lap just as she's getting comfy.

But last night mum had a phone call. "I see," she said. "No, that's OK. I understand" and she was suddenly not going out at all.

"Excellent news, cats" she exclaimed. "We have a whole evening together."

Does she really think she can neglect us that way she has been and be forgiven like that? In vain she patted her lap and called Josie over. Josie said she was quite comfy where she was thank you. And then mum tried to get some snuggles from me but I ignored her too.

We hope she has learned a valuable lesson in not taking us for granted.

Josie did forgive her enough to nestle in her arms last night - she said it was because it was so cold and mum's arms make a cosy nest. I am still holding back.

 

Our Exceedingly Clever Plan

December 11th 2012 10:33 pm
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When our mum came home from work and went in her bedroom and saw what we had done she burst out laughing.

"Really, cats?" she said, "You really think this will work? I'm tempted to leave it there and see what happens"

I'll explain. As everybody knows in a couple of weeks Sandy Claws will come and all the good cats will receive toys and treats but there will be none for the naughty cats. Trouble is that being good is sadly over-rated. We don't like it one little bit. Naughty is much more fun.

Josie and I were talking about this and I said I wished we had our stockings now and we could put them out and maybe Sandy Claws would come early and fill them and we could go back to normal again - and enjoy all our presents. Then Josie said she knows where mum keeps our stockings - they are under the bed with other Christmas things. And Josie's bed which is how she happened to see them.

It wasn't the easist task to fetch the stocking and leave it by the end of mum's bed and we agreed we would share the contents rather than do two but when mum came home that is what she found - an empty stocking waiting to be filled by the end of her bed and that made her laugh.

We were naturally very excited this morning but turns out Sandy Claws doesn't come just because the stocking is there. It has to be the right date too. (Mum did say maybe Josie and I had been too naughty and that is why it's still empty but that can't be right!)

Just under two more weeks of being good to go.

 

Things that I should not eat

December 10th 2012 10:35 pm
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I came in the room yesterday and my mum looked at me and suddenly leapt up "Toby - are you foaming at the mouth?"

"No - I'm just having a little trouble eating this."

She took hold of me and saw the strands of silvery threads that I was trying to swallow.

"Where did you get it?"

"Found it."

There followed an undignified tussle as mum was pulling at the silvery things one way and I was really trying to chew them down the other. She own. Turns out they were trimmings from her Santa tunic and not meant for cats to eat.

"How would I know that?" I grumbled but mum seemed more surprised that I would want to eat them.

The other thing I am not meant to eat is Black Treacle Cake. Mum made some and I don't normally like cake but this smelled good so I made my move. It was delicious. Sadly things with sugar in are on that list with silvery strands and I'm not to have that either. So all I am left with are my biscuits, my chunks in jelly, my treats and not sugary stuff that my shares. Hardly enough to keep a cat together.

 

No Sandy Claws for Josie

December 9th 2012 10:36 pm
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Mum was very busy at the weekend. She was in; she was out, she was in; she was out. She did wrap some parcels up with string. String and cats are a natural combination. When she got grumpy with me chasing it I pointed out just how many pictures she has of cats chasing string and she had to admit it's a thing us cats do.

One time she came in and she put her bags down.

"I'm exhausted," she said. "I'm having a cup of tea and a sit down before I do anything else."

So she did.

She had a lot of bags in the hall.

"Is there anything in those for us?" I asked.

"Maybe" said mum.

But Josie had decided to see for herself. Not only did she find the treats but she started to open the packet. She would have gotten away with it to if they didn't make those bags of crinkle. Mum heard the crinkle crinkle and went to see and found Josie, having hoicked our treats out of the rest of the presents was in the act of biting through to get at the tasty nuggets inside.

Mum told her she was naughty and I said no Sandy Claws for her but I was happy in the end as mum could hardly save our bag for Christmas - damaged goods you see, hardly present worthy, so we had some treats there and then.

Who says crime doesn't pay?

 

It's still cold

December 6th 2012 10:33 pm
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The snow has gone now but it's still really cold. Josie and I are eating loads to pad up against it and have our own insulations.

At night I decided to sleep nestled up against the warmth of my mum and she seemed happy with that too. Trouble is that when she is asleep she wiggles about. Now I'm not complaining. I'm very good. If she shifts along I shift along with her. But she woke up at about half three wanting to know why she was clinging to the very edge of the bed. She seemed to think I had pushed her there but I hadn't. I just followed her. I did not want her to fall out of bed so we had a big re-arrange.

I love her lots right now anyway as she gave us a new treat we never had before which is called Lik-e-Licks. It's in a tube and mum squeezed some in my bowl and some in Josie's and asked us what we thought. It was so delicious I licked all mine up and then licked all round the bowl in case any got spilled. I love Lik-e-Licks! josie liked hers too so mum says if we're good she'll let Sandy Claws know that we would like to see that in our stockings.

 

Snow

December 5th 2012 10:37 pm
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It was Josie who noticed it first. She didn't quite believe her eyes and kept going back to our door. Mum kept opening the door but Josie had absolutely no intention of going out in it.

Mums don't see so well in the dark as us cats so she didn't see the snow and my mum was getting grumpy with Josie. "I'm not opening that door again," she said.

Then we did my blog and I settled down for a snooze while she looked at the news.

"It says it's going to snow," she noted. "I hope not," but she was hoping too late.

Yesterday in my blog I said being a cat rocks. It so does. Josie and I stayed in the warm and dry as mum bundled herself up and stepped out into the sludge and snow. "Don't worry about us. We'll nestle up and stay toasty" I reassured her. She gave me a look that said she very much wished she was staying home with us and I thought how good us cats have it soemtimes!

It has all gone now but it's really cold outside so we're staying in again.

 
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