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It did NOT rain!

July 15th 2012 10:42 pm
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For a whole day! We had forgotten what that was like. Best of all it was Sunday when my mum was home all day so we had the doors open and were in and out making the most of it.

Mum was doing housework and stuff but because the ground is still so muddy we could replace our pawprints on stuff as fast as she was wiping them off so that was good.

In the evening she reckoned she had worked hard and would have a nice, relaxing bath. She mostly stands under a personal rain shower to wash but sometimes fills the bath with warm water and just lies there with her book. I know! It's most peculier. I go and look in on her every now and then just to laugh. And yesterday..

"Why are you lying in soup?"

"It does look a bit like that it's true but this is my home-made Lavender Bath Soak."

"It looks like soup."

There were herby bits and stalky bits and I wouldn't even dip a paw in for fear of what else there might be.

But when she came out she said she felt wonderfully relaxed, "As relaxed as .." she searched for the most relaxed thing in the world. "As relaxed as a cat." And you don't get more relaxed than that. (Although she had to have a shower to wash all the soup off after the bath so I'm not sure she'll make that again.)

Anyway we are back to normal this morning and it is raining again.

 

We can be good cats

July 12th 2012 10:37 pm
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just not at the same time it would seem!

Last night it was raining too much to play outdoors so mum got out Da Bird. I did so much chasing and catching and being generally amazing that da bird kept falling off the stick. Mum kept tying it back on but her Girl Guide Days are far behind her and the knots she was doing were no match for the skill of the Tobester.

Then I had a go on the catnip banana. I don't know what it is with that thing but it makes me feel all Extra Toby and I had to run more and bounce more.

So when mum said it was time for bed I was nowhere near ready. While Josie trotted sweetly to her own bed and settled down I kept ambushing mum's legs and attacking noisy things to try and show mum what she was missing by being sleepy.

BUT this morning I was sleeping nicely like a good cat does and at half past four Josie announced, in a loud meow, that she was bored. I know my mum doesn't like to be woken that early but Josie didn't care. Poor mum got a paw in the face, pounces on her hands and when all else failed Josie just curled up on mum and purred at her.

So mum says between the two of us she hasn't had much sleep and she's not so happy with us but I was good and Josie was good so I don't see why she is grumpy like that.

 

On top of the World

July 11th 2012 10:39 pm
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Every morning my mum asks me what I have done that I would like to remember for my Diary. Yesterday I climbed right up to the roof of the garden shed. It is a perilous and steep climb but so worth it for that feeling when you reach the summit and can see for miles.

"Toby - you cannot see for miles. We live in Enfield, a flat London suburb, not half-way up a mountain."

"Have you ever done that particular climb yourself?"

"Strangely enough, no. I have never felt the need to scramble onto the shed roof."

"Then you know not of what you speak and you will write I could see for miles."

So that was my best adventure yesterday. Other than that we had more of the really splishy rain that comes out of nowhere and I was very kind to Josie and only made her swap breakfast bowls three times this morning. This morning once again it is beautifully sunny so I am off for a run now. It is so sunny that Josie reckons she might come too although mostly when she says that she loses her nerve at our special door and ends up staying in with mum.

 

British Summer

July 10th 2012 10:38 pm
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When mum came home yesterday she was full of excitement as she said when Victoria got back from work she was off to meet Leo the Kitten next door. Off she went a bit later and came back full of how soft he is and how cute he is and how small he is - but time will fix that. We won't get to see him for a while but eventually he will be allowed outdoors.

Talking of outdoors it was so sunny and lovely when mum got back that she opened the big doors and out I went to play. It wasn't that much later that I heard the door close and it wasn't that much later still when I felt big splashes of rain on me. Not drizzle which I have learnt to ignore but massive drops that could wash the fur off your back.

I ran to the back door and scrabbled frantically to be let in. Mum came - eventually - the rain had been so sudden she hadn't even realised it was.

There was still quite a bit of play left in my paws so although I tried to settle down and be a quiet boy in the end I had to go and pounce on Josie and once she was over the shock we had a good chasing game. And it carried on raining and raining and raining outdoors.

It's dry this morning so I'm off to take advantage of that.

 

Sleepy Day

July 9th 2012 10:46 pm
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On Sunday my mum had some friends over and I was much admired of course. I did plenty of leaping about for them and showed them just how impressive I can be. And Josie was brave by her standards and came out to say hello and I think one of them did manage to touch her tail. All my mum's friends love cats; one of them has just acquired her fifth. They asked where she got him and she said he just arrived through the cat flap. They had him checked over and he is chipped but he was registered in a town a long way away so it looks like his owners moved and never updated the details and they haven't reported him missing so there's no contact details.

He will be OK as my mum's friend will look after him. Given her last two also arrived through the cat flap uninvited she hopes not too many more will turn up though!

Anyway it was a late night and an exciting day so yesterday all I wanted to do was sleep. And that worked out fine as mum had taped the Wimbledon Final and taken a day off work as she thought she would be tired too so the three of us were all on the sofa enjoying the match - until mum groaned. The match had over-run the scheduled programme so the end wasn't recorded. Luckily it wasn't hard to find out who had won - she had been putting off writing my diary so she didn't login and find out accidentally.

I am feeling much more lively today after my sleepy day. It's raining again so I think I'll go frog hunting. I'm sure mum wants one really. Maybe if I find her a smaller one she'll like it.

 

A Momentous Day

July 9th 2012 4:49 am
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On Saturday mum said she was off to cheer the Oh! Lympic Flame which was passing by so off she went and that is quite a momentous thing. When she came back she was extremely wet though as it was raining.

And some creatures like to be out in the rain and I caught one. Yes, my very first real live catch (that wasn't a worm.) I caught a big fat frog. I was so excited and couldn't wait to take it in to mum and Josie. Ah, problem. He was so big I couldn't pad on the door and keep hold of him so I put him down, told him to stay put, and I summoned my mum.

When I saw her come I picked up the frog so she could see him. She was very excited, lots of yelping and squeaking, but she was so excited she forgot to open the door. So I put the frog down and padded again. She got it, the door was opened, but when I reached for my frog she forgot all over again and the door closed. Well this went on for a while. The prospect of playing with a real live frog seemed to have messed up her mind and she couldn't seem to have the door open when I had hold of the frog.

Eventually I came in without him to explain but she shut the door.

"Stop, let me out! He's getting away!" I called, but to no avail. He hopped back to where he had come from and by the time I got out again he was long gone. Sigh! But I am Toby the Mighty Hunter.

The other news is that next door have got their new kitten and his name is Leo but we haven't met him yet as he is too little to be out and about.

 

The Leader

July 5th 2012 10:43 pm
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Yesterday mum was late leaving home and she told me she was off on a training day about Leaders.

"What are they then?"

"They are the ones that have a vision and inspire everyone to work together to acheive it."

I considered this. "So I'm the Leader of this flat."

"How do you work that out?"

"Remember when I learnt about Strategy and I had a five year vision of sitting on the sofa chatting and I have inspired you to go to work every day to pay the bills and make it so we are indeed here in five years."

If I could work the video on mum's camera I would have filmed her face as she worked out that I am right but she wouldn't admit it, just kept putting things in her bag and off she went.

When she came back I asked how it had gone. Had she learnt about the important role cats have to play in Leadership?

She said they were talking about great leaders of the past, specifically Sir winston Churchill.

"And what did Sir Winston Churchill think to cats?"

She said some things about inspirational speeches and hard work but was forced to admit that this great leader of history loved cats and at his peak had a cat called Smokey asleep on his bed most nights.

My point was made.

And I have some news on tabby cats. I hadn't seen my tabby mate in a while. I don't think he cares much for rain but he was here this morning so he is fine. And the other exciting news is that next door went to the Animal Shelter yesterday and met a tabby kitten they are very taken with. He is reserved for them and they go back today and if they still like him and he likes them he's coming home with them. They have had a sad year with cats so we are purring for it all to work out as he will get a very happy home.

 

Ambush Cat

July 4th 2012 10:42 pm
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Mum went out yesterday evening so when she came back I still had a lot of bounce to use up. She said she was tired and would go straight to bed so we had our supper and mum started brushing her teeth. Then Josie slipped away.

I thought to myself that I knew where Josie had slipped off to and went to look. I was right. She was using the tray, thinking that I was busy eating.

One thing that really makes me laugh is ambushing Josie when she's on the tray. Mum gets really grumpy when I do that though and she saw me and mysteriously knew what I was thinking so mum stood between me and Josie and when I moved she moved until Josie was done.

So unfair but I had a plan to get my own back. Hee Hee!

Mum got up in the night and went to the bathroom. If I couldn't ambush Josie I would ambush mum. I ran really fast and leapt up on the side of the bath to reach her.

If you ever jump on the side of a bath in a hurry make sure there isn't something like a dry flannel on the side. My impressive attack suddenly became a whirring mass of sliding paws and mum saw my face appear, my paws appear and then all of me disappear.

Us cats are never wrong of course. I ran away really fast so she would think that was exactly what I meant to happen and this morning I am denying everything. "Did you perhaps dream it?"

 

My mum is jealous of me

July 3rd 2012 10:41 pm
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It's too rainy to be outdoors this morning so I've been amusing myself indoors. Sometimes I'll be strolling along when I'll see a tasty snack just lying there waiting to be eaten. Or is it? It could be a corner of a treat that Josie didn't quite finish or a little bug or other good thing or it could be a little stone off mum's shoe or a scrap of plastic off a wrapper that mum didn't see fall or other bad thing. One way to find out - munch it.

Mum is jealous of my ability to find snacks on what she thought was clean carpet so when she sees me chewing nowhere near a food bowl she grabs me, "What are you eating? Spit it out!" and that happened this morning only I was able to swallow fast so mum will never know.

"Don't blame me if you get poorly sick from eating that", she said but I won't.

And her other reason for being jealous is me being a Diary Pick of the Day. "Did you ever get picked?" I asked her. I know the answer to that question and that's why I especially enjoy asking it. She looked at me. "I expect I'm your Pick of the Day though, aren't I Toby?"

"Most days" I answered and then could see from her face that was the wrong answer but some days she takes me to the vet or gives me flea treatment and some days my other friends visit and bring treats and new toys and they would be my pick. How to get out of this one? I thought fast. "Some days it's Josie."

Good answer Toby! Good thinking. But I think I had best give her a moment to think about that one while I face the rain and I'm sure she'll have mellowed by the time I get back.

 

Hitchhiker

July 2nd 2012 10:48 pm
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It has been raining here but I love to be outdoors so much that I have been darting about in the undergrowth, being an intrepid explorer of the long grass and making full use of the cover of the trees and bushes.

It's very important that the creatures don't see me coming so I put on camouflage of mud, twigs and leaves. The other good thing about having an outer coat of mud and twigs and leaves is that mum is much less likely to pick me up for a cuddle when I come back in. Once she did that just before she went to work and she was wearing a lovely pristine white top. Not after cuddling me it wasn't. She looked like she was trying to be in camouflage and she didn't think that would go down too well at work.

Yesterday, among all my stuff was a small slug. He had disguised himself as a blob of mud and he hoped to escape the damp and dirty world outside for the glamour of an indoors existence . Once we were safely through the door he jumped down. Unfortunately for him he jumped a bit too early and my mum saw him. Thinking he was mud she scooped him up and then dropped him almost as fast making that high pitched eeky sound that she does sometimes.

Sadly for slugs one thing they can't do is run with any particular speed so he was in the dustpan and flying out of the door about thirty seconds later.

It was a brave attempt my friend - although maybe not thought through enough.

I have been out this morning again but it is still wet and Josie wants to play indoors this morning so I have to go and chase her now.

 
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