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June 20th 2012 10:39 pm
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Yesterday Uncle Bill came to stay. He is working in London and would normally stay in a hotel but they are all full on account of a thing which is called Lympics and it must be very special as everyone always says Oh! Lympics and it is happening not so very far away from us. It isn't happening yet but people are arriving it would seem.

As they weren't paying for a hotel his people had said he could take my mum out to dinner but they would rather stay home with us cats so they had pizza instead. And we had a brilliant evening running in and out and even Josie was leaping after bugs in the garden.

Mum was telling Uncle Bill about my little tabby friend and then she said "there he is" and there he was. He came indoors again, just a little bit further this time and I watched him. Then I went out and we were playing and it was fun.

They talked until it was late so we could make the most of the fine evening and I am glad we did as mum was right. In the night it started to rain again. I woke my mum up to tell her but she wasn't as grateful as you would think.

I haven't been outdoors this morning on account of wanting to stay dry. On the plus side mum and I had a snuggle and we haven't done that in a few days.

Mum has put some new biscuits down for us so I have to go and test them out now.


Having friends over

June 19th 2012 10:42 pm
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I loved yesterday. Mum came home from work and it was dry and sunny so she had the big doors open so we could tun in and out and then there was a knock on the door. As mum went to answer it Josie was paused in the hall trying to decide if she would stay or hide and mum didn't see her and kicked her as she walked. Not hard but I thought that was funny!

It was my friend Dee and later my friend Alison came too and they admired me lots and it is true I'm very handsome.

But mums aren't the only ones who have friends who come to call. A small black cat was in my garden. We watched each other awhile and agreed that we would be friends so we sat under the tree together.

Mum said, "That's what he did with that little tabby cat that I haven't seen in a couple of weeks" and the tabby cat arrived in the garden and said, "Did you mean me?" and mum did. I have known the tabby cat longer than the black one and he heard mum say she has a soft spot for a tabby and asked me if it would be OK to go in my flat.

I assured him I was fine with that so he stepped indoors and had a good sniff round. Mum and her friends watched him and were saying hello and he was quite relaxed about them. Josie wasn't quite so sure about him though and she asked him to leave and he did. It was all very polite though, no hissing or yowling, so I hope we see a lot more of both cats.

Today is all sunny and lovely again so I have to go and run outdoors now. Mum says to make the most of it as those bad weather men have more rain planned for us soon.


My strategy

June 18th 2012 10:41 pm
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Mum was home a bit early yesterday and she said she had been on a course and learnt about strategy.

I have an enquiring mind so I asked what is strategy. She said you think about where you want to be in, for example, five years time and work out your plan to get there.

"How old will I be in 5 years time?"


"Excellent. I'll be older than Josie and that's just what I want to be."

"You won't because she'll be 5 years older too."

I really can't see the point of that then. But if mum says it is so then it probably is. I had a good think about it and announced I know exactly where I want to be in 5 years time and mum asked me to tell her.


"On this sofa?"

"Yes, I like it here. With you, chatting about stuff and having my head rubbed just like that."

"So your plan is pretty much to stay put?"


Strategy all done. Mum has brought back a whole book on strategy but I think mine is better than hers.

And I forgot to say with all this learning stuff and mum rushing around but I love being a DDP and I was again and thank you to everyone for my kind messages. I have such a great life - why would I want to change any of it?


Big bag is bad news

June 17th 2012 11:31 pm
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Friday started so well. It looked like mum had decided not to bother with work so we had playtime and we had cuddles - but then out came the big bag. I know what this means. Lots of things went in it and I climbed in too but mum took me out and without a backward glance off she went.

Days went by and there was no sign of her. I think she was gone about a month. Luckily we have lovely neighbours who have been feeding Josie and me, otherwise our case would have been quite desperate.

Then last night there she was, home again. She says she was only gone for the weekend. I said it felt like a whole month and she said she missed me too.

Her friend's cat had looked after her though. She had been asleep when she heard a scritching at the door and a whispered, "it's me, Charlie, can I come in?" so she opened the door and he said he thought she might be missing her cat so would she like him to snuggle with. She would so settled back to sleep although she said he woke her up several times for more head-rubs. She does do a good headrub, my mum.

I asked what Charlie is like and he is mostly black like me although more white patches and he is so big you could nearly make two of me and he is very brave. They also have a dog which is a very big dog and the house is half for the cats and half for the dog as the dog says he would like to eat the cats and Charlie likes to tease the dog by being just out of reach and seeing how agitated he can make the dog. Mum thought foolhardy rather than brave but he has been doing it for years apparently and come to no harm.

But mum did say it all got very noisy so she is pleased to be back with us quiet cats and we are pleased to have her home with us.


Sharing the bed

June 14th 2012 10:47 pm
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I was woken by mum in the night.

"How do you do that?" she asked.


"I went to sleep on my own, all comfy and spread out. I've woken up with you right on the middle of the bed with the feathers from the duvet all in one lump under you and I'm trying to squeeze around you under empty duvet."

"It's a cat thing."


"The feathers love me. They like to be near me"

Josie was watching all this from her vantage point on one of the pillows. She has lately taken to sleeping on one so she can be close to mum but not get rolled on. She suspects mum is jealous. Josie can fit her whole body on one pillow and mum can only manage a head. Mum says she isn't jealous but why does Josie always go for the one closest to the bedside table? It's not like she has to reach out for the lamp/alarm clock etc.

Anyway Josie was quite interested to see how the whole duvet thing would play out. I was very comfy so not minded to move and we have my mum pretty well trained on that kind of thing. Mum sighed and tried to fit herself under the parts of the duvet I had left for her and we all tried to go back to sleep. Sadly mum's wigglings and squigglings got too much for me and I did have to move over in the end. She can be a little thoughtless like that.

This morning is still sunny so I have to go and run outdoors now,


Most Annoying cat award!

June 13th 2012 10:40 pm
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I am so happy that it still isn't raining. I do hope the rain has gone where it is needed. Yesterday I was outside a lot, chasing bugs and having a marvellous time. I do like to keep checking in on my mum though so she doesn't worry about me. But she said I am the most annoying cat as she had to keep getting up and letting me in. You would think she would be glad to.

Josie then had a go at the most annoying cat title. I heard her in the night saying to my mum that she didn't feel quite right so could she have a cuddle and that was fine but then the cause of her discomfort became clear.

"Ack, hack,eck,eck!" and more like that. And them out came a furball. Josie looked up. "You cannot believe how good it feels to get that out!" she said. "Celebrate!"

I didn't need asking twice and the games were on. We love to celebrate things by running as fast as we can and seeing if we can fly.

At one point mum asked if she could join in so I obligingly pounced on her toes. Then she wanted to know how I could mistake "Let me sleep" for "Let me play too". I'm sure I heard right that she wanted to play. Who wouldn't?

Don't worry about us. We'll catch up on our sleep today, we're forgiven mum for her harsh words and we think it's honours even on which of us is most annoying.


We're back

June 12th 2012 10:33 pm
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On Monday morning I went to help my mum with my diary and she just sat there and didn't get the computer out.

"No diary?"

"No diary"

"Is that because you're sad on account of all the rain and don't want to bring everyone down?"

But turns out we had no internet for a couple of days. Then yesterday mum was on the phone for nearly an hour saying "no" and Hm" and "How do I do that?" and then "The light is's's's on." and eventually bingo! - we are back in the land of the interweb.

I'll have to catch up with everybody's news. We have none except lots and lots of rain. But this morning not only do we have internet but we have sunshine so maybe everything is going to be OK after all!


Better safe than sorry

June 7th 2012 10:32 pm
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Once upon a time there was a mum and she started to feed her cats. She got out the bowls and she picked up the food but then something terrible happened. She completely forgot what she had started doing. She didn't feed her cats and they starved to death. The End.

Mum says she is pretty sure that never happened and Josie says our mum always finishes what she starts but I say better safe than sorry so as soon as mum picks up the bowl I start meowing to remind her that I am there and I am hungry. Josie just patiently waits but I don't dare take that risk. I meow and meow right up to the very moment my bowl is put in front of me. It always works; we always get our food.

It is really wet and windy here today so I haven't gone for my run. By rights mum should entertain me instead but she said stupid stuff about needing to eat her own breakfast. Some people are so selfish!


The corpse of my prey

June 6th 2012 10:35 pm
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I left it right in the middle of the kitchen floor where my mum couldn't miss it - and she didn't.

"Where did you get that?" she asked as she bent down to pick it up.

I never disclose my secrets but the mighty hunter has his ways. I found that little bird, stalked it, grabbed it and it will chirpy chirpy cheep cheep no more.

Mum thinks it is the little toy Easter chick that she got given with a bag of chocolate eggs back in April. At first she couldn't think where she might have left it but then she remembered. She tucked it on a shelf in the kitchen, thinking it was out of our reach. She has this crazy idea we might swallow stuff.

It is fluffy and actually from the kitchen sides (which of course I would never be naughty enough to climb up on to) you can stretch a paw and reach and hook with a claw. It was fun and best of all it didn't fly away like the outdoors birds always do. They are so mean. I only want to have some fun with them.


Flea treatment turned me white!

June 5th 2012 10:44 pm
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Yesterday was another happy day as mum was home all the day and we helped her do some clearing out and then she dusted and we love the feather duster more than any of her other toys.

But then it was flea treatment time. Mum was using a new brand as it's cheaper than the one the vets sold her. I didn't really notice it go on but later Josie said it smelled wrong and tried to lick it off. Mum stopped her as it isn't good in cats' tummies she said.

Then this morning mum noticed all white on my fur where it had gone on. She thought she had bleached me and it took a lot of tummy rubs to make me feel better about that I can tell you. Only all the wiggling about rubbed the white off so I am OK again and back to my normal colours in the normal places.

I reckon I would rather have fleas!!

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