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Christmas is over

January 5th 2014 10:39 pm
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Mum took down all the decorations yesterday and she was sad to so that. Josie wasn't - there have been cards in many of the places Josie likes to sit and now they are hers again. I was when I saw mum bundle all the baubles and tinsel and tree ornaments in a bag but luckily we had removed our favourite and she had missed it. We have a green felt star that is an excellent toy and it was behind the armchair at the time so we get to keep it.

Mum sighed and said she will miss Christmas but we reminded her that she can give us special food and presents any time she likes so she doesn't have to miss it too much.

It is still cold and wet here but we've seen poor people flooded out of their homes and we've seen the snow-storms in America and it doesn't seem so bad really.

Mum baked cookies yesterday and then watched an old musical while Josie sat on her lap and I nestled next to her and winter may not be so bad really. Cosy is good!


People noses

January 2nd 2014 10:29 pm
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I was sleeping on my chair this morning when I heard mum say, "Josie?"


"PLease stop doing that."

A pause.

"I mean it. Stop right now."

Mum thinks she likes to sleep on her side so Josie waits until mum is asleep and then by dint of patient nudging and pushing rolls my mum onto her front. Then Josie likes to sleep on mum's back - it's soft, warm and mum breathes nicely giving Josie a gentle rocking. Mum grumbles about waking up with a sore neck but hasn't worked out a way to stop Josie so it's all good.

On this occasion Josie wasn't asleep. She was awake and contemplating the mysteries of life when she spotted one - why are people noses so big and funny? Josie reached out and patted mum's - several times to be sure. Apparently claws on your nose is a horrid way to wake up. Mum's fault for having a comedy nose of course.

Mum rolled and Josie hasn't worked out how to stop her doing that so she jumped off. I would call that a draw as neither got what they wanted.

It's nearly the weekend again. More mum time. Hoorah!


Keeping our New Year Resolutions

January 1st 2014 10:31 pm
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Oh yes - we're all doing really well.

Mum just looked at me funny. "I saw you beating up Josie yesterday," she said.

I did do that, it is true. "I thought that was one of yours," I replied.

"Why would I have a resolution about not beating up the poor poppet? I've never done that."

"You might have seen me do it, thought it looked fun, decided to give it a go and then resolved not to," my explanation makes perfect sense.

But mum said she has never attacked a cat and never wanted to. Oh - so maybe that was one of mine.

Oh well - might as well start 2014 as I mean to go on. Anyway it wasn't my fault, it was the cold, wet weather. I did try going out but after a couple of minutes was all miserable so I came back in the warm and dry. I was still full of pouncing energy though and I saw Josie and the rest was inevitable. To be fair to me I think Josie needed a good run as much as I did so really I am the kind and thoughtful cat in this situation.


Happy New Year!!

December 31st 2013 11:04 pm
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Mum came home from work early yesterday. I was only up to Chapter Eight on her New Year Resolution list but she seemed to think it was a good thing I didn't have any more time.

For me the happiest part of New Year is the first day when we all believe we'll stick to our resolutions (and the fireworks are stopped!) Mum is all tired, the forecast is rain all day and it's a holiday so that looks like a happy snuggle on the sofa day to me. They are the best days!!


New Year Resolutions

December 30th 2013 10:29 pm
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I especially love this time of year. We can be as naughty as we like - Sandy Claws will have forgotten all about that by next year. This morning Josie was chasing her own tail on mum's bed when my mum was still trying to sleep. Josie pointed out that she had first tried to wake mum up to join in but mum hadn't wanted to so Josie was forced to amuse herself making it mum's fault really.

Mum suggested Josie might like to chase her tail somewhere else but Josie said she had to do it right there as that's where her tail was.

I've been up the curtains. Mum said I am too old for that but I'm not. Then mum said maybe that could be my New year Resolution - No More Curtain Climbing.

Excellent! I had no idea we were writing each other's this year. Good thing mum is going to work today as this could take a while. I wonder how many I am allowed. I have many suggestions that will make mum and Josie better housemates.

And Happy New Year to one and all. I wish you a 2014 filled with tasty snacks, happy games, cosy naps and most imortant of all - love and health.


A Changed Cat

December 29th 2013 10:34 pm
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We had unexpected visitors yesterday which was Paul and Cheryl from next door. They were worried about me and wanted to know if I am OK.

Mum said I am fine and nothing has happened in my life that would upset me. I still beat up Josie, climb the curtains and enjoy a tummy rub of the morning. However it is true - I used to enjoy chatting to my friends from next door when they came to feed me on those occasions when my mum abandoned me but over Christmas I left Josie to do the sociable bit.

Mum said I did get less confident when Smudge was beating me up but we haven't seen him in months - since it went cold he has been glued to his fireside.

They came in and Paul picked me up but I'm not even always keen for my mum to do that so I made my views known and he let me go.

Josie and I have done a bit of a character swap. She's being more brave than she was and goes outdoors more; I stay home in the warm and snuggle with my mum. But I'm still Top Cat. I ate Josie's breakfast this morning (it was with gravy and everyone knows licking the gravy off the chunks is the best bit. I left her the chunks.)


Sussed the gift

December 27th 2013 12:29 am
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It was rather unChristmassy of her but once we had all our presents open our mum just grabbed Big Bag bag and off she went abandoning us on Christmas Day. She came back last night.

We were happy to see her in our own individual ways. Josie wanted to sit on her lap and I wanted her to entertain me with laser pointer and Da Bird. Luckily she can do both although Josie found it hard to sleep with all that going on.

I was also keen to demonstrate how I have learned to enjoy my new present. I jump in and around and I tear at the paper with a claw and it's a brilliant present.

"That's the box it came in," said my mum.


"Have you been anywhere near the actual present?"

Not as such.

Anyway we have a lovely present from mum's work today. They closed the office as a bonus Christmas Day and mum is home to make it up to us that she ever left. I intend to make the most of this. Mum intends to get us using our new thing. No contest!


Merry Christmas Everyone

December 24th 2013 11:27 pm
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We have a new thing which is for us to rub against only we haven't yet and we have lots of treats only mum says we can't eat them all right now and we have lots of new toys and some delicious special food.

I've been snuggling with my mum so much I've been dribbling and so far I am loving Christmas!!

And I've had so many wonderful gifts from my amazing Catster friends. Thank you all so very much. I'm purring fit to burst. I hope you can hear me.

Wishing everyone lots of love and fun today!!


It was a dark and stormy night

December 23rd 2013 10:32 pm
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Mum said she was very happy to be home from work as it was extremely wet and windy and not nice for driving. We were happy she was home as our tummies were empty and not nice at all.

Then after supper Josie said she would like to go in the garden.

"I don't think you would," said my mum but she opened the little door for Josie and Josie stuck her head out. Not only did she not want to go out in that wind and rain she couldn't believe mum had let her put her head in it. Brrggh!

So cosy night in for all of us. Mum settled herself down and patted her lap. "Come on Josie," she called, "Come and be cosy lap cat." But Josie does not perform to order so lurked on the warm pipe in the hall instead.

Then much later Josie decided it was lap time and scrambled on mum's lap whilst I knew it was play time and started climbing the curtains and my mum wanted to know how we so accurately know when she is about to try and go to bed.

I also tried to vestigate our presents under the tree but every time I did that mum grabbed her camera and I didn't want my picture taken like that so I left them. One more day! Just one more day and they'll all be ours!!


Excited about Christmas

December 22nd 2013 10:39 pm
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On Saturday morning my mum was up bright and early tidying and cleaning as she said a friend was coming.

"A friend who likes cats?" I asked.

"So much so when I suggested we meet half-way as she has quite a long drive to do she said she wanted to meet the pair of you," said my mum.

"I like her already."

Mum was all happy as she hadn't seen this friend in months and there was a knock on the door. Mum flung it open with a loud and cheerful "Hiiyyaaa!" - and the postman looked at her funny. People aren't usually quite that pleased to see him.

Mum was a bit embarrassed but he was handing over a large parcel so she couldn't be worried for long.

"It's from Uncle Bill" she said, opening it. She pulled out a large wrapped present. "Oooooh! What can it be?"

She examined it excitedly, then read the tag. A disappointed tone. "Oh - it's you and Josie."

Excellent. Mum delved back in the package and found the undeniably smaller gift that is for her. We love Uncle Bill.

I was very taken with mum's friend as well when she arrived as she gave me lots of strokes and told me how handsome I am which I know but never mind being told. Josie did join us but didn't want to be stroked.

It's really not long until Christmas now. We are getting very excited and I'm not sure how much longer we're going to be able to resist all those presents under the tree. And I include my mum in that statement!!

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