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An unwelcome visit

July 31st 2011 6:18 pm
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Meow, meow, a very unpleasant day today! Aunt Susane, who I hardly know, was here for a visit, and she wanted to pet me--I was absolutely scandalized by her audacity! (I made sure to stay at least six feet away from her at all times.) And she said I was overweight! (Nonsense!) And mom and dad spent hours talking to her instead of paying attention to me! When it was time for me to dine, I had to meow and meow to get mom to attend me to my food dish. And afterwards I meowed myself hoarse to get dad to get up and open the basement door for me. What a nuisance! I'm so glad she's gone! I hope mom and dad will ask my permission before inviting anyone here again for a lunch visit. And my permission will not be forthcoming. It's so nice when the three of us are here in my palace by ourselves--why ruin perfection?



July 5th 2011 8:03 pm
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I keep trying to train my humans to be house humans and not to roam around outside my palace, but it's a difficult job. They do stay home a lot, but sometimes they break out and go away on a day trip. I want them to understand how much I worry about them when they're away, though, so I always scold them severely when they return! Today, when they came back from a day trip to Block Island, I wasn't shy about letting them know how I felt. But I didn't have the heart to scold mom too much because I could see she was sad. She told me that there's a street near the ferry terminal on Block Island that's called "Aldo's Way," and when she saw the street sign she remembered my Catster furriend Aldo, whose poor mom, Laurel, died a couple of years ago. We spent some time remembering together--how Aldo was rescued, along with a doggie sibling, but how his kitty sisfur disappeared. We wonder if she was ever found--it's so sad. . . .


A good nap

June 20th 2011 12:06 pm
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What a good nap I had yesterday on dad's dirty laundry! Dad came in from working outside in the garden--he was putting in sod to cover a bare area in our lawn where two overgrown juniper bushes had been removed. When he went to take a shower, he dropped his clothes on the floor. A great opportunity! I sniffed his clothes--an interesting mix of dad and garden smells. What they were missing to be purrfect was any scent from me, so I lay down on my back and carefully rolled all over them, up and down, side to side, over and over. Then I went to sleep and didn't get up until it was time for my evening treat!


An Interrupted Nap

June 9th 2011 7:39 pm
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I can't believe how sneaky mom is! She waited for me to lie down and relax on the coffee table and then, just as I was drifting off to a nice nap, she started fooling around with some of the fur near my tail, trying, she said, to "untangle" it! Untangle, indeed! There's nothing wrong with any of my fur. It's purrfect! The only thing tangled around here is her brain, obviously.

I jumped off the table and ran off to the loveseat in the loft, my top choice for an uninterrupted nap. But I had to keep one eye open, in case she tried the same trick again, so it really wasn't as refreshing a nap as I would have liked. Pesty humans!


My DDP Day

April 11th 2011 9:49 pm
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What a lot of fun I had being a Daily Diary Pick today! Riley and Skippy gave me some pretty spring tulips and made a lovely memento picture for me--with lots of pink, of course! Jason Hopper gave me a beautiful blue ribbon, and Hazel Lucy and Tate Cottontail gave me beautiful decorated eggs! Besides that, I got greetings and concatulations from a lot of furriends, including Buddie and his family, Fluffee Bush, Daytona, Gleek, Pigeon, Merlin, Alfie Chinacat, Twix, Felix, Dusty, Ginger, and Mr. Sam. *lies on back and rolls happily from side to side* I'm grateful to you all!

And at home, of course, I got lots of extra treats and attention, especially from dad, who was thrilled to hear that my latest diary entry had been about him! *giggles*


Poor dad!

April 6th 2011 11:17 am
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Poor dad! I had to spend a lot of time comforting him with soothing rubs and purrs yesterday.

When mom and dad were driving on the highway past Ikea, the big department store, dad saw a big sign: "Swedish meat balls - new low price $3.99!" Dad loves the Swedish meatballs at Ikea, so he wanted mom, who was driving, to get off the highway for him to stop and get some. True, he'd just had lunch already, but no time is a bad time for a treat (I should know!). But unfortunately there was a lot of traffic and mom couldn't get to the exit in time. So dad didn't get his Swedish meatballs, and was disappointed; he told me about it when they came home.

I could imagine just how he felt. I don't like missing out on a treat myself! Meow, I wonder if I should offer dad a few of my brunch treats? They look like Swedish meatballs, only smaller. Maybe he would like them. . . .


April 1st 2011 1:27 pm
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Meow! What a great jumper I am! I jumped up to the second shelf of the linen closet all by myself, without any help from mom. There was only a narrow opening at the top of a pile of towels, too--but I zipped right in as I landed, without even hitting my head at all. My judgment of distance and direction were exactly right. I'm so purrfect! *lies on back and rolls happily from side to side*


March 26th 2011 11:42 am
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Last week was my Gotcha Day. I was going to write an entry about it, but I was feeling too sad because it was also the day that our beloved Hazel Lucy died. (We will all miss her so much!) So I didn't.

But I should say something about my Gotcha Day. It was a real "gotcha" for me all right *giggles*, because I got a lot of ribbons, hearts, and other prezzies from lots of furriends on Catster, and that helped to cheer me up. And in addition to giving me some special smoked salmon, my humans got me a new catnip banana! I love catnip bananas, and what made this one really nice is that they have finally learned not to take away old toys right away when they buy me replacements. Yes, I know the old ones, whether mousies or bananas, are often shredded almost beyond recognition, but that just shows how much I love them! So I don't want them removed until the new toys have gotten a few dents and wounds of their own. Seeing the old toys disappear right away makes me nervous. *flips tail anxiously*

The day after my Gotcha day was my humans' Gotcha day (their wedding anniversary). So the whole week was a Gotcha festival for us!


March 7th 2011 5:08 pm
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Mom and dad got takeout food from a local Chinese restaurant for dinner tonight. Along with the food came two fortune cookies--and it was pretty clear that the fortunes in them had nothing to do with mom and dad, but were directed at ME.

The first one said, "Your courage does you honor." Of course! I wasn't the least bit afraid when mom and dad took me to see that silly vet a couple of weeks ago. Angry, yes--afraid, never. As a princess with my own palace and slaves, I do not need to be afraid of ANYTHING.

The second fortune said, "You have an iron will and it's the key to your success." Indeed! Training humans isn't easy, let me tell you. They are inattentive, careless, and just not particularly bright. Success requires, first and foremost, sheer determination--something which, as the cookie noted, I have in abundance!


February 26th 2011 4:16 pm
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Meow, Aunt Sylvia was telling my mom on the phone about how messy Aunt Sylvia's daughter's house is. My mom was upset, because she likes everything to be neat! I decided to make extra efforts at neatness so mom would feel better. So for the past couple of nights I have taken special care with the catnip mousies I bring into the bedroom and sing to while mom and dad are trying to sleep. Instead of scattering them around the room, I've been lining them up in a row near the foot of the bed. What a good kitty I am!

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