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Love Is

February 14th 2007 2:04 pm
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♥   ♥   ♥

* a clean litterbox
* a soft bed
* a bowl full of food
* fresh water
* toys
* friends
* windows
* belly rubs
* making biscuits
* a lap available on demand
* a home that's safe, warm and dry
* a mom (and/or dad) I can always rely on

♥   ♥   ♥


Basil Said It Best

February 9th 2007 12:53 pm
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I did matter. And I will not be forgotten.

And I guess that's all any of us creatures (human or feline) can really hope for. To have mattered somehow, and to have memories of us live on. Still, I find it sad that a number of my friends (Cooper, Basil, and Keiser, among others) have had to go to the Bridge already. I wish they were still with us on earth!


My Latest Nickname

February 3rd 2007 5:48 pm
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Piggie Pie

*rolls eyes*



What's In A Number?

January 30th 2007 12:50 pm
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My Catster ID number happens to be 151997, a perfectly acceptable number, and yet my mom wishes she had waited a few minutes before registering so that it might have been 152000, or at least close to it. Why? Well, every time she sees that number she has this urge to be able to round it off, something she can't do of course. I can only attribute this longing to her OCD tendencies, which even though I regularly make fun of, are quite real. In her case it's an almost extreme need for symmetry so that everything is neatly lined up, matching, and once in their proper place, not moved again. And preferably rounded off if it happens to involve numbers. Now this tendency doesn't hurt as much when it comes to things like interior design (although it means that furniture never gets rearranged!) or producing documents that have to look professional, but can interfere when taken to an extreme. So mom, get over the ID number already! :)


You may have noticed as well that mom has removed some of the "widgets" on my page, and that's because ever since Catster has been trying to improve their site, they no longer sit where they used to and it's been driving her crazy. Blame her OCD tendencies again! And of course the fact that we're plain old fuddy duddies who just don't like a lot of change, especially when change seems to be happening on this site all the time. To be honest we don't really like how the page looks anymore (especially the left hand column) and it makes us not want to visit as often. (Which is why I didn't post the above entry earlier even though I wrote it almost a week ago.) Sigh.


All Is (Or Is Not) Revealed

January 21st 2007 4:35 pm
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In answer to Keiser's Rosette question, "the mouse was a great gift KJ, but why the litter box?" all I can say is, indeed. Mom wondered the same thing. Well, if truth were told, after I stunned the easily overpowered mouse into silent submission, I remembered why I had wandered into the kitchen in the first place. So I went and did my business, covering it up nicely as cats are wont to do, but since I didn't want to cover up the evidence of my superior but unfortunately-not-exercised-often-enough hunting skills, I decided to leave my gift in full view right next to the litter box where the final face-off had taken place. A study of contrast if you will. In fact, if mom had taken a picture as she really should have (aren't humans actually obliged to display the artwork of their progeny/prodigy on fridge doors?) I could have proudly added proof of my artistry to Mouseworks. As it is, they'll just have to take my word for it. Sigh.

As for Scootie's question in a private catmail about this matter? Sorry Scoots, I ain't tellin'! Snort.



January 16th 2007 3:28 pm
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So how was mom rewarded yesterday for walking to her cleaning house while braving Ontario's first winter storm (ice storm to be exact) in order to earn money to buy me Greenies and the other necessities that I so highly deserve? If you guessed finding a dead little mouse right by my litter box when she got back, then you guessed absolutely right. Oh, but that was before she had to ring the doorbell of her landlord/friend's unit and enter the house through his entrance as the handle on our back door had frozen shut! Good thing he was home, huh? Snort.

And what did she say to me upon seeing her carefully chosen and well-deserved reward? I hope you gave that little mousie a good run for its money, Kitty Kazoo, but you didn't lick it, did you? Eeeewwww! As if.

Hmmm, she could have taken a picture though....


Wish Mom Would Remember To Do This More Often

January 14th 2007 5:47 pm
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"Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?" —SHIRDI SAI BABA



January 12th 2007 9:58 am
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Thank you, everyone, for helping to make that possible. Made my unpaid research assistant do a bit of checking, and here are a few things she found. Did you know:

* that each neuron in the human brain is said to be connected to about 10,000 others?
* that Land of 10,000 Lakes is the nickname of the state of Minnesota?
* that there are approximately 10,000 species of birds?
* that there's a mechanical clock called Clock of the Long Now designed to keep time for 10,000 years?
* that there's a museum called The Museum of Ten Thousand Wonderful Things?
* that walking 10,000 steps is approximately the equivalent of walking 5 miles?
* that the Goddess Isis was also called Isis of Ten Thousand Names?
* that in Zen Buddhism "10,000 Things" is a term meaning all of phenomenal reality?

Gosh. Does this mean that I'm now officially part of phenomenal reality too? Snort.



January 10th 2007 6:25 pm
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A few flakes! Snowflakes that is. Snort.


Happy New Year!

January 1st 2007 1:35 pm
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I thought I'd end the month of quotes and begin 2007 by talking a bit about what I haven't seen yet out here. It's been unusually mild in Ontario and unfortunately we did not enjoy a white Christmas (in fact, we've only had one light dusting so far!), so to make up for it I'm going to share some quotes and facts about the lovely stuff we're NOT getting. Come to think of it, could some kitty in New Mexico have hijacked our snow? Snort.

Did you know that a snowflake's descent could take several hours, as even the heaviest flake falls no faster than one mile per hour?

Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. —ALICE CHILDRESS

Did you know that each snow crystal can have up to 100 separate features which means that there are 1000 times more possibilities than there are atoms in the universe?

Did you know that Wilson A. Bentley was the first to suggest that no two snowflakes are ever identical? A farmer and amateur scientist, he created more than 5000 snowflake images between 1885 and 1931.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand—and melting like a snowflake. —MARIE BEYON RAY

Did you know that snowflakes are clear but snow is white because light bouncing off the crystals scatters into a white glare?

And finally, a saying that mom has used in her blog before, but is perfect for this entry and one that I like very much:

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. —ZEN proverb (Well, SOME cats might argue with that, LOL.)

Well kitties, I hope you enjoyed my collection of holiday quotes as I certainly had fun picking them out! I'm going to take a bit of a break from my diary though, while mom spends that time figuring out how to support me in the lifestyle I most certainly deserve. Snort.

Happy New Year everyone!

Back soon.

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