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Sleeping on a hot night (or not)

July 15th 2013 10:36 pm
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By the time mum came back from dance class last night our flat was all oven hot. She has this crazy idea about all being indoors at night so we just had to make the best of it.

I settled on my chair and mum tried to settle on her bed. She kicked off all the covers and spread out like a star fish. She put her fan on so the warm circulated better. Much sighing and re-arranging. Then she got her special smelly (she says to say scented) spray and sprayed her pillow. Some deep breathing, more sighing and re-arranging of limbs. Then she got her sleepy time CD.

This is one of the most ridiculous things ever. It plays plinky plonk music and a lady says "It's sleepy time. Go to sleep." and my mum does.

Then just as all went silent I heard Josie nudge my mum.

"How did you do that?"

"Fygneech" mum muttered.

Josie persisted. "How did you get to sleep like that with all the hot?"

Mum sat up and looked grumpy. "I WAS asleep. Now I'm not. It took me ages."

Josie considered the situation and then carefully nestled herself against mum. Usually a snuggle cures everything but strange to relate it didn't make either of them cooler. Eventually Josie gave up and started twanging the wardrobe door. I was quite enjoying being the well-behaved cat for once.

Eventually we did all get to sleep. It's still hot this morning. Mum reckons despite the heat she'll get so exhausted she will sleep - but she wishes she was still on holiday! I've given her extra head rubs this morning to help her be more happy.


Mum is back

July 14th 2013 10:33 pm
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We were happy to see her again - mostly because it means we can go outdoors again. It is still being stremely hot so outdoors is where we want to be.

I did ask my mum if she had a happy holiday. She sais it was perfect; she had been at the seaside and had been on outings and all sorts. The only downside was missing Josie and me.

"Were there no pets where you were to look after you?" I asked.

"None," she replied, "although I did see some relatives of yours at the zoo. There were lions and they looked like just you only rather larger and yellow."

"Did you rub their tummies?" I wanted to know. I think they would have liked that.

"No, strangely enough they kept us well out of arm's reach. Imagine wacky paw or a friendly nip scaled up and you'll see why."

Only I am allowed to give my mum wacky paw so I'm glad she didn't touch the lions. And we are happy she is home to play games and have snuggles with. I have heard that some cats sulk when their people go away but we are just happy to have her home.


Still hot hot hot

July 8th 2013 10:30 pm
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Yesterday mum set off like normal but much to our surprise came home an hour or so later. She explained that she is on holiday all this week. Actually she had gone for a blood test and now she was home and at our beck and call.

I'll be honest - I am a cat who thoroughly enjoys the weekends and makes the most of them. By Monday I'm ready for catch up sleep. I did go out some but I also slept more. You'll know how tired I was when I say mum did some card making and I didn't help. Normally I love picking out the things for her to stick on.

When a cat stretches out in a sunbeam, all contentedly, he does not necessarily want his tummy kissed. Mum said sorry but she just couldn't resist. Actually I did purr. I've been out so much I haven't had many snuggles with my mum and I had forgotten how good they feel.

"So you'll be home all week, just available for tummy rubs and snack times?" I asked.

Mum looked shame-faced - and well she might - for this morning out came Big Bag and she's started putting things in it. Swimming costume, sun tan lotion, camera....these are not the things she will need for a quiet week at home with Josie and me. It looks horribly like she is off away so don't worry if there's no diary for a time.


Hot Hot Hot!!

July 7th 2013 11:04 pm
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All weekend it's been hot and sunny. I can hardly bear to be indoors. Sadly no succesful hunts to report. Mum makes me come in just as twilight falls and the hunt gets good. She has no appreciation of the art.

Josie and mum cope with the hot by lolling about a lot. They watched the Wimbledon Final together although Josie said mum did some watching and soem covering her eyes saying, "I can't look!" Then opening them after a cheer and re-winding the point to watch when she knew it was safe.

Happy ending for us anyway. We were due a Champion!

One really important thing in hot is to drink plenty of water so when mum was carrying our water glasses to bed last night Josie and I were trailling her, very excited that we would finally be getting a drink. We both tried to push our faces in the glass at once in an attempt to get that delicious water.

Mum laughed and reminded us that we also have a bowl but it tastes better out of a glass I think.

I am not going to say how hot it is here as compared to some places it probably won't seem hot at all but for us it is. We don't cope well with snow and we don't cope well with hot!!


A Happy Day

July 4th 2013 10:35 pm
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It began with my mum being at home extra long so I got more garden time and still time for a tunny rub. I thought maybe she wasn't going to work at all but she said she was on a course that started a bit later.

"What will you be learning?" This is usually good for a laugh.

"Presentation Skills." I was not disappointed. I've come across that one before.

"Isn't that just telling people stuff?"

"In an interesting and engaging way," my mum said.

"So you mean yes." I pretended to give the matter some thought. "Don't you already know how to do that?"

"You can always learn a bit more," said my mum.

This is one of the many wonderful things about being a cat. We know enough and we're there, already perfect.

Anyway it meant she left a bit later and came home a bit early and she seemed happy that she learnt good stuff.

Then she logged on and Josie and I saw that we have loads of fireworks on our pages. The very best sort of fireworks that soar and sparkle but never go bang. Thank you so much to all our lovely friends.

And I was a Diary Pick. Life is truly good for this boy!!


My mum is wrong. Again.

July 3rd 2013 10:38 pm
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She says she doesn't want cats any more but she does. My mum without cats is unthinkable. It would be like morning time without breakfast, like a purr without a head bump. It just couldn't be.

I'll explain why she said what she said.

I caught a bird and brought it to the back door. It was only a little one and I didn't try and bring it in so I don't know what all the fuss was about. Josie wanted to bring it in and mum asked me if it was actually me that caught the last two that Josie had and yes, I am proud to say I am that mighty hunter.

Mum says she doesn't want me catching birds but they are such fun to chase.

Then Josie barfed up all her supper and mum had to clean it up and this is when the hurtful comments came. Mum reckons she doesn't want to be clearing up dead birds and barf.

I'm pretty sure mum doesn't really want us to move out. She takes quite a lot of looking after so I don't think she would get by without us to supervise. But just in case we were both on best behaviour for the rest of the evening and this morning I think she's forgotten.

Happy July 4th to all my American friends!! I'm wishing you all plenty of barbecue food and sunbeams to sleep in after and safe places to hide when the fireworks start.


The fox

July 2nd 2013 10:23 pm
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Yesterday morning I was innocently trotting about my garden seeing what I could see when there was a bang behind me. I looked up and there was an enormous fox, he was bigger than any animal has a right to be.

I did what any cat would do in such circumstances. I made myself big too, sideways on and every hair at full stretch. We stared at each other.

Then I heard my mum call me from indoors. I appreciated the thought but there was no way I was turning my back on that thing. I concentrated on being big and watching his every move.

Then my mum shouted at the fox. He glanced at her, "You and whose army?"

He was rather less brave when mum made good her threat and came rushing out in the garden. He was gone as suddenly as he had come. My mum walked up to where he had gone and saw a hole in the fence. Actually that's my hole for sneaking into next door's garden. I didn't think it was big enough for a fox if I'm honest.

Mum says she'll nail something over it.

"Leave a Toby sized hole when you do that," I requested.

We came in and gradually I brought myself back to normal size.

"Your tail was as big as the fox's" commented mum.

"All of me was as big as the fox," I corrected her. She started to say something but I fixed her with my beady stare and she didn't.

Naturally I am extremely brave but I hope I don't see that fox ever again. I think it would worry Josie too much.


I was here!!

July 1st 2013 10:39 pm
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Last night mum came home from dancing and Josie and I popped out as usual for a sniff of evening air and then we came home. Mum said, "hello Josie", put some supper in a bowl and put it in the sitting room where we both duly went. Then mum shut the door.

"I'm off to find the boy," she called, "and I want to know you are safely in while I find him" and out she went. I heard her calling and calling me from outdoors and rustling enticing sounding bags. At one point she came in so I scrabbled frantically at the closed door.

"I'll let you out in a moment, Josie," said my mum. "I can't go to bed until he's safely home."

But I was safely home.

It was some time later I heard mum come in and sigh heavily. "Drat the boy" she said. She shut the front door which had been open all the while and opened the sitting room door.

"OK Josie. We'll give him a moment...Toby? You were here all along?"

"Yes I was."

She was very happy to see me and said she took back all the things she had muttered about me while she had paced local gardens looking. She said she had seen Leo and Smudge from next door but they had both said they hadn't seen me. Of course they did. I was here, where I was meant to be. Mum just hadn't seen me come in.

Sighs heavily. Mums aren't very bright sometimes.


The sun is here

June 30th 2013 10:40 pm
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People were saying it wouldn't come but I knew my friend Laura Belle had parcelled some up and sent it so it would.

Our new washing machine is here too. What a swiz! It came in polystyrene blocks and no box. It is smaller than the old one and we can walk right behind it easily (although we haven't had much of a chance to do that as mum has been washing pretty much constantly since it arrived and we don't like the way it whines.)

I asked mum if it is true that European washing machines are smaller than American ones and she said she did some work for Maytag a while back and she's pretty sure we couldn't even get one of their machines in our kitchen so yes, she thinks they are.

It was a pretty exciting weekend all in all as we had a visitor to stay. I was sleeping when mum was making up the bed in the spare room so Josie helped. I heard mum saying, "You crazy cat, that's your own tail." I haven't chased my tail since I was a kitten but Josie chases hers sometimes because it makes mum laugh and that's what she was doing.

The visitor was Nicky who comes this time every year and she and my mum go off to Wimbledon to watch the tennis. Nicky has known both of us since we were small but this was the first year she has been able to stroke Josie which shows just how brave my sister has become.

I caught a frog for Nicky to play with but mum didn't notice and accidentally shut the door before I could bring him in. I put him down to explain and off he hopped and I couldn't catch him again.

The sunny is still here (thanks Laura Belle) so I'm off out to enjoy it.


Soggy feet

June 27th 2013 10:41 pm
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Last night mum came home from her dance class and Josie and I popped out to see what had been happening which is what we like to do. Josie went back in as it was raining but it wasn't raining hard so I stayed out.

Mum called me but I pretended not to hear her. Then she popped her head round the porch and saw me.

"Come in now, young man," she said.

I sniffed some extra interesting blades of grass.

"In a minute," I said.

"No, now," she said and came out to get me. If I'm honest I wasn't too sorry to be going in as it was quite damp so I let her round me up and in we went.

"Yak!!" she exclaimed, "My feet are all soggy". So keen was she to reach me she hadn't stopped for shoes. She peeled off sodden socks and put them to dry. When they are dry they'll go in the basket and then the machine - when we have one again. People are funny like that. All those jobs to do whilst I just sat and gave my paws a good washing and they came up all dry and fluffy.

Mum was watching me and said she was glad she didn't have to lick her soggy feet but I like knowing I am properly clean and am glad that I do.

Today is a happy day as mum has holiday and the machine is coming. I got excited when I read what cats said about the box it will come in and I asked mum if we can keep ours. She said we'll have to see as the flat is already pretty full of things for our entertainment. (It isn't. Not enough anyway!)

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