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Jigsaw - an unlikely pastime

December 3rd 2012 10:38 pm
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My mum produced a box with a picture on. The picture has a cat in it, a little like Josie actually. But when mum opened the box - disaster.

"Oh no!" I said. "Some idiot has cut the picture up into hundreds of pieces.!

"That's OK," said my mum. "That's how I bought it."

"oh no!" I said. "Some idiot has bought a picture cut up into hundreds of pieces."

But mum reckons this is a good pastime for a winter afternoon. As you know I'm always keen to learn so I settled down to watch.

At first she flipped through all the pieces and threw most back in the box. She said she was looking for straight edges. I can do that. I pushed my paw in the box and stirred the pieces up and mum was right. That is a good pastime.

Then I noticed that she was picking out some and lining them up so I grabbed a piece and jumped under the table to arrange it how I had seen her do it.

Apparently this is a bad thing. For all that mum had hundreds of pieces for herself she couldn't spare even one. I did keep trying. I thought maybe if I chose a smaller piece or a different colour then that would be alright but my mum is so greedy she kept grabbing them back.

The jigsaw is not finished. Not by a long way so whilst mum has carefully covered everything up for now I reckon I can have another go. You wouldn't think that cutting up a picture could be such fun but it is.


Still cold

December 2nd 2012 10:36 pm
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All three of us were indoors most of the weekend keeping cosy. I had a visitor on Saturday. Victoria from next door came to see me. I think she had enjoyed feeding me so much while mum was away last weekend that she was pining for me. She had some cover story about thanking my mum for a thank you gift mum had dropped off but she came in and gave me some strokesies so I think it was really me she came to see.

I did go out of course but just for short run arounds. On Sunday Josie went outside too which surprised my mum but Josie had a very specific reason for wanting to go in the garden. When you have a sore tummy it feels really good to eat some grass and that helps clear your tummy so that's what Josie did.

She ate the grass, came back in - now where would feel comfy and safe for the unpleasant part of emptying her tummy? Ah yes, mum's bed with fresh sheets newly changed that morning. Up came the grass, up came the ikky tummy stuff and Josie felt marvellous.

Mum was less marvellous when she saw her bed but I was delighted. I love to help change the sheets. I had helped earlier and thought the fun was over for the weekend but mum changed them again. And I helped again of course.


Josie can't hibernate

November 29th 2012 10:36 pm
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Fair play to her. She gave it a good effort, snuggling in her bed and only coming out for breakfast and dinner. But yesterday suddenly she emerged.

"My legs need to bounce" she announced. So we did.

Mum actually seemed quite pleased that there were once again two cats greeting her when she came home from work so she didn't mind too much about the lamp that had unexpectedly joined in our bouncing.

Mum said maybe Josie just needed to aclimatise to the cold.

Then we played all evening together. I am still so tired.

Normally when mum types my diary I am an extremely active participant and help with the keys and everything but today I'm dictating it from my curled up relaxed position next to her. She says it would be quicker actually except I'm leaning against her left arm so it's a one hand type.

I can feel sleep coming back so will end here.


Mum's new tin

November 28th 2012 10:32 pm
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My mum has been shopping for Christmas presents and has brought home a rather fine tin. It has pictures of cats on it and sayings and the one that I find to be most true does say, "I'm only a cat and we'll get along fine as long as you know I'm not yours, you're all mine".

I'm not sure about being "only" a cat as I don't see what could be more magnificent than that but I do think my mum should remember who is the real boss in this relationship!

Mum says she is going to bake some cat shaped cookies and wrap it as a gift for one of her many cat loving friends but I think we both know deep down that she won't be able to part with it and they'll be getting something else.

Lucky for Josie and me that mum doesn't like to munch on Dreamies or play with little mice and balls or I don't think we would ever get anything.


It's getting cold

November 27th 2012 10:28 pm
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My mum opened my door for me this morning and a chilled wind rushed into my face.

"I think I'll stay indoors" I announced.

"I don't blame you" said my mum.

Josie reckons she is going to hibernate. I didn't know what that was so I asked.

"You find the cosiest, warmest place you can, curl up and go to sleep and don't wake up again until Spring time - when it's warm again."

Mum reckons cats can't actually hibernate but Josie is going to give it a jolly good try. Mum says it can't be good for a cat to be quite so inactive so I am helping out by chasing Josie around.

I don't wish to sleep until Spring. Think of all the treats and snuggles I would miss - to say nothing of my Christmas presents!


Happiest day ever?

November 26th 2012 10:37 pm
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It started with mum telling me that my Cat of the Week picture has made the Page and I can bask in my glory now. Then the post came and there was something for me. My mum's niece which is called Ariane had made me a book all about their cat Thunder. Mum took a picture of me reading my book and put it on my page so Ariane can see how much I like it.

Thunder and I have much in common - he likes to hunt and he likes to snuggle when he's sleepy and he was telling me all about that.

Then I had lots of running outdoors but later it started to rain so I went in. I found Josie and mum watching Merlin. Josie was curled up on mum's lap and I could hear her purr. That meant the arm of the sofa was all mine so I curled into a cosy ball nestled against my mum's arm and I dreamed about being one of King Arthurs's knights riding out to fight for good.

I'm not sure life could get any better than that!


Mum went away

November 25th 2012 11:36 pm
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Friday started happy when mum said that Catster HQ did e-mail her and say they are running behind but have promised me I will get my full week of picture when they catch up. Then my mum didn't go to work so I thought that was good. But then out came Big Bag.

We were valiant in our efforts. Both Josie and I sat in the bag for a while and in a master stroke Josie leapt on mum's lap when she sat down briefly. Everyone knows cat on lap cannot be moved. But mum went away with Big Bag.

Victoria from next door gave us our meals and mum came back on Sunday evening.

We told her that we had been starved but mum looked at the nearly empty box of cat food and asked where it had gone if we hadn't eaten it.

"Victoria ate it" I said but mum wasn't convinced that Victoria had taken a fancy to our rabbit chunks in gravy and did not give us bonus food to make up.

Then Sunday is the day mum empties our tray and cleans it and it was extra smelly as we had been in all weekend and then Josie had got over-excited and was sick so mum had to clean that up. Mum said she had missed us all weekend when she was away but now she couldn't remember why.

Lucky for her she has another day off work today so she can look after us and make up for that remark!


The Furminator

November 22nd 2012 10:37 pm
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Mum and I were having happy snuggles and she said, "you are shedding a lot young man. Are you moulting?"

"I am indeed. Time to shed my light summer coat and grow my snuggly winter one."

She looked at the handfuls of fur drifting to the ground with each stroke and said she had found something she had forgotten she had - the furminator.

It looked like an instrument of torture and I wasn't sure I wanted it anywhere near me but when she got going...

"That is FABULOUS! Furminate me all over" I loved it. I extra dribbled. And mum got lots of fur off me - she says I am now silky smooth.

I am so ready for my picture to be Cat of the Week but we haven't heard back from Catster HQ. Mum said maybe they were busy celebrating Thanksgiving - and they have a lot of cats to be thankful for. In her e-mail mum had said it looks like I'm having another one of my fantasies when they don't put it up.

"What do you mean 'another' one?"

"We don't really have dragons in the garden."

"That's what you think!"


Being kind to our mum

November 21st 2012 10:30 pm
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When mum gets home from work she picks up the post - but it rarely makes her happy. Often she sighs at her bills and no-one likes Bank Statement Day! So yesterday she picked up her post and it was all wet. She looked up to see if she had a leak. No. So she looked down and realised... what was on her post was best described as kitty tummy gloop.

My mum makes some interesting noises at times like that and she ran to the bathroom to wash her hands.

Josie thought if she coated the post in stuff then mum wouldn't have to read it. Mum said it was a magazine she did want to read and a mail shot from a chocolate company. Nothing scary today except cat sick!

Oh well - she tried.

My picture still isn't on Cat of the Week so mum double checked and although Gysmo is a fine cat he has had his week and it really should be me so mum sent a message to Catster HQ to remind them. My week is running out and I haven't got to see myself yet.


Cat of the Week

November 20th 2012 10:44 pm
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When my mum told me I didn't believe her. It is such an honour. I feel all squiggly inside. In the e-mail it said I have control of the Scratching Post so I hereby declare and decree that all cats can sharpen their claws as much as they like! (I was worried that one or two of my friends no longer have claws but mum says as it's a virtual scratching post they can sharpen their virtual claws so it will be OK.)

I think Cat of the Week should get lots of extra loving so I woke my mum up nice and early so she could get plenty of stroking in before she goes to work. Actually Cat of the Week people should really stay home and honour their cat but mum says she's on a course so she can't.

I am always fascinated by the crazy things my mum learns - never useful stuff like 'Advanced Snuggling Skills' or even 'How Not to Pick the Food in Gravy Even When it's on Special Offer!'

"Go on then. What is it this time?"

"Project Management"

"What's that?"

"You have a large thing you need to do that is new and other people have to help and it's how you plan and track it."

"Is that not the same as when you learnt Strategy?"

To be fair to mum she did try and explain the difference but first my eyes got tired and then my ears and I fell asleep dreaming of a project that would teach Smudge to leave little cats alone!!

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