May 5th 2011 6:20 pm
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Mom made an awesome supper tonight. We had a chance to sample some of the ingredients and we proclaim it "Muy bien"! Mom made Southwest Pasta Skillet.
It has :
1 lb boneless skinless chicken cut into bite size pieces
1/2C Green Peppers
1 Jar of salsa (or a can of diced tomatoes)
1 Can rinsed and drained black beans (or 10 oz frozen corn)
1 tub (10 oz) Philadelphia Creme Cheese Sante Fe Blend Cooking Creme
2 C Hot Rotini pasta (cooked)
1 C Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (we just used cheddar)
You cook the chicken and the peppers in a really big non-stick skillet (medium-hi, 6 or 7 minutes or till the chicken is done.
Add the salsa, black beans, cooking creme and stir 3 more minutes
Add the pasta (see you really do need the big skillet, Mom!) and 1/2 the cheese, stir till cheese is melted
Top with the remaining cheese. Remove from heat, cover and let stand till cheese is melted.
May 7th 2011 7:36 pm
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Yep...Mom did not get much sleep last night. I was so sick. I don't know what happened...if it was something I ate or a virus or what. Mom was really worried. I threw up about 6 times last night into this morning. At first Mom did not want to give me anything for nausea...she felt that if something needed to come up and out...it should. But after trip number 4 out of bed...Mom decided to give me some of Rusty's nausea medicine. It eventually helped...and I got some sleep. I did not have an appetite till supper time and Mom only gave me a little bit. It stayed down and later she gave me some more.
I think the rest of the family is mad, because Mom took the crunchies away while I was sick. Although I heard them crunching while I was "sleeping" and when I went in the kitchen the crunchy bowl had mysteriously vanished. Poor Ivan thinks he is going to melt away without them for a day or two. So I think Mom has been slipping them some when I am not around.
Well I'm gonna have another lite snack and then snuggle up to Mom...maybe we will both get a good night's sleep tonight.
Speaking of Moms. Happy Mother's Day to those who care for us and love us and do their best for us and always have us in their heart.
Thanks Mom...for everything!
May 8th 2011 7:06 pm
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Mom knew right off that I was feeling better and much more like my old self today. Right after we all got up I started teasing Rusty, then I pawed at the ham in the fridge, ate all my breakfast, played in the cardboard box and then followed Mom everywhere around the house...even sat on the toilet and waited for her to finish her shower. I don't know where all that sickness came from, but I sure am glad it is gone.
Thank you for all your care and concern... you guys and gals are awesome friends! Mom got really worried to. I do get the occasional hairball, but nothing ever like this before.
Mom took her Mom out today for Mother's Day. They tried to go to Olive Garden, that is Grammy's favorite. But the wait would have been over an hour. She knows that Mother's Day is always a busy day for restaurants...so they went in the middle of the afternoon. I guess everybody had the same idea. MOL. They went to Red Robin instead. Mom promised Gram an Olive Garden trip when it would be less crowded. This is okay by me....maybe next time they will stop at Petsmart (which is right across the street)!
Hope everyone had a great day! Purrs, Skylar
May 17th 2011 7:19 pm
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This was brought to my attention by my friends, Zachery, Zoey and Tink. I have been in touch with Daniel's Mom. Having a houseful already; we cannot take in additional kitties. We are aware that it is "kitten season" and many of the shelters and rescues are full. If anyone is looking to give a kitten a forever home (or two...they make wonderful playmates for each other) or if you can offer transportation, a foster home or know of a rescue that has space, please send us or Daniel a pawmail. Also, please keep this family in your purrs....they need the power of the paw for a happy ending here.
My friend (and almost twin) Daniel needs your help. The following is an excerpt from his diary.
"While I'm here I beg of you kitties or humans....my gamma needs help! She brought in a booful stray calico kitty whom she named "Susie". Susie was pregnant when she was let in the house Saturday night. She's being kept in the master bedroom. Unfurtunately, because gamma can't bend ofur or do much of anything (she's 81, has a fractured spine and is very frail) she can't find where Susie & her kittens are...or if she has given birth yet. Gamma already contacted the rescue groups in her area and they are all full. :( And gamma already has 4 kitties. She lives in Ulysses, PA which is in Potter County, which is in the upper north central part of the state. If you can help please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please let us know. We want Susie and her babies to be safe and get homes!"
May 24th 2011 7:24 pm
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Wow...My secretary has been very lax lately...it's been a while since we wrote a diary entry. What's new here? hmmmm
We have been greatly amused by the ants that found there way into the kitchen. (Mom is not amused!) Mom says it happens every few years, especially when it is really rainy. We like to follow the ants and poke them with our paws. Mom bought some ant traps and has them cleverly hidden where they are out of our reach. Darn....I bet they would be great for our floor hockey games!
Ivan had to go to the VET today. He was a good sport about it though. He has miliary dermetitis and it has come back with a vengence. He got a cream to put on the sore on his neck and more steroids to take again. Mom says he is the best cat to give a pill to that she ever had!
The weather sure has been ugly. All those tornadoes....makes Mom very sad. We have had alot of rain, but nothing serious. There was four tornadoes yesterday/last night in central to eastern PA. The closest one was about 18 miles away; it did some property damage but no one was hurt.
I'd like to send out a thank you to "anonymous" for the hugs and kisses. Thanks...that made me feel terrific!
Aunt Anita will be coming for another visit soon. Mom is going to another bowling tournament. We are busy planning our cat antics to keep her amused. More on those plans in another entry.
Purrs and hugs to all my friends...stay safe! Skylar
May 28th 2011 7:22 pm
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Mom is going away again to another bowling tournament...so that can only mean one thing....Aunt Anita is coming for a visit! Yippeee! We are planning something special for her visit. We will be hosting the Cat Olympics at our house to entertain Aunt Anita.
The first event will be the High Jump. That is my specialty...I can jump about 5 1/2' (or from the floor to Mom's head or shoulders) I have never done this for Aunt Anita...but maybe I will try on Monday.
The next event will be swimming. Skittles loves a good splash in the sink...several times a day.
Ivan and Percy will demonstrate their wrestling skills with several matches throughout the weekend.
The 15 yard dash will be held in the upstairs hallway. Maedia is a sure bet to win!
Roni will be showing off her volleyball skills...as long as someone will toss a ball for her. Oh Aunta Anita....
Mrs. Murphy will be in an event which is new to the Cat Olympics. She will be competing in the laser pointer challenge.
And finally Rusty will conclude this weekends events with a probable Gold Medal in "hide and go seek". (He actually seems to understand this game pretty well and can play both roles. If Mom hides and yells "Come find me" he will search for her and give her a nudge with his nose when he finds her...then he runs off and hides, gives a call, and Mom goes to look for him. I wonder who has who trained....hmmm
We'll let you know how things turn out. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend! Purrs and Thanks to all who serve or have served our country!
June 1st 2011 7:34 pm
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Wow! Life is Good! The Cat Olympics held their closing ceremonies; Mom came back home; and I was a Diary Pick today.
Here are the results of the Cat Olympics. Some events were postponed due to the heat and humidity. A) High Jump I did indeed get a Gold Medal in the high jump, Roni got the silver and Skittles got the bronze. (No records were shattered, for I did not jump on Aunt Anita's head or shoulders!) B) Swimming - Skittles got the Gold, but there were no other competitors!
C) Volleyball was not held- Aunt Anita does not toss a ball like Mom does! D) Wrestling did occur- there were many matches- Percy got the gold, Rusty the silver and Ivan the bronze Roni gets an honorable mention for getting right in there with the boys and giving it her all - maybe in the Fall.
E) Maedia got her Gold for the 15 yard dash - she ran from Aunt Anita several times! F) The Laser Pointer Challenge was not held because it was just to darn hot to chase a light across the floor! And Hide and Seek was also not held ---with the heat, Rusty kept dozing off in the middle of the game!
It was wonderful having Aunt Anita here. We watched movies and snacked and got lots of attention. Poor Maedia had it rough though. She is not quite sure if she likes Aunt Anita or not and to make matters worse A. Anita kept taking Maedia's favorite toy and sticking it on the kitchen table (not realizing it was her toy- it is a long, thick, bendy wire that Maedia loves to bat around the kitchen) Poor Maedia had to keep sneaking on to the table to get her toy! As Payback...Maedia hid the toothbrush that Mom (and Aunt Anita) uses to clean our "Squishy food" dishes!
Thank you to all my friends for your comments, gifts and pictures for my Diary Pick today! Your love and friendship mean so much to me! Stay Cool! Purrs, Skylar
June 9th 2011 7:04 pm
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As you may know...we are from Northeastern PA. We border the Pocono Mountains. We usually have lots of snow (from October till April). Our school kids had 7 or 8 snow days to make up and just finished school this week. Our summers are usually pretty mild, with temps mostly in the high 70's to low 80's. Sometimes in July or August we may hit a day or two in the 90's. As local cats, I think we have adapted to our climate. We love to snuggle and be cozy in the winter and we enjoy the days in summer when we can sit on the windowsills and enjoy the fresh breeze.
But come on weatherguy...what's up with this 90 degree stuff????? It is much too soon! Last Friday it was in the 50's and Mom was wearing a hoodie...now she is in flip-flops!
It seems we all mind the heat very much. Mom worries about me the most because of my heart...but I take it easy. The little girls have so much floof on their bellies...they look like tiny ladies in oversize fur coats. Mrs Murph even left her room over night to sleep in the hallway (it was cooler out there). We were so tired from the heat, we didn't even tease her once!
So what do we do here to beat the heat? We don't have AC (we would probably only use it 5 days a year at most). Mom puts ice cubes in our water bowls (we all love to drink water and the cubes just add to the fun!) We snooze on the linoleum or the hardwood floors (carpet is just too warm!) Skittles took a swim today in the bathroom sink. She was curled up in it, Mom turned on the water and Skittles took a luxurious bath (I swear I heard her say "Ahhhh") Mom wets a washrag and will cool our paws, face and ears. (So refreshing!) She sometimes even wets our brushes and will give us a nice cool belly brush. Mom puts toys in the tub and some water and we splash around or just lie in the tub because it is nice and cool.
How about you guys? I know many of you enjoy the heat. If I could; I would send you some! But the rest of you...how do you keep cool?
June 19th 2011 7:05 pm
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Mom was out for a while today and when she came back I noticed there was something different about her. Hmmm, she was smiling and humming, there are dark hairs on her shorts, her hands smelled like cat treats, and her ankles smelled like....OMC another cat. Oh oh! Where was Mom? Where is that other cat? It better not be coming here to live! Uh uh, no way! I hit her with a thousand questions before she could even have her dinner!
It turns out...one of Mom's friends went away on vacation today. They took their dog with them but asked my Mom to watch their cat and feed their fish. (I asked Mom if the rest of the note said "don't forget to feed the fish...to the cat!) She said it did not say that...it just said "Feed the fish". So Mom will be checking in on "Silly" twice a day. "Silly" is a dark, fluffy long haired cat with really big paws. Kinda shy, but very talkative. She talked to Mom from the top of the stairs but was not really sure about coming down and visiting with Mom, but eventually did. My Mom stayed a while, talked to Silly, fed the fish, checked the litterbox and then left.
Mom is worried about the fish. She has never taken care of fish before. She hopes she don't find any floating before the week is up!
So all is well with me and Mom. No jealousy, there is not some new love in her life. I am still her favorite (at least, that is what she tells me).
Happy Father's Day to all you Cat Daddies!
June 22nd 2011 7:25 pm
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No...I didn't have homework for cat school...Silly is the name of the Cat who Mom is cat-sitting for this week. Everything is going really well. The fish are doing fine and Silly likes to spend time with my Mom. They play, they sit on the couch together and talk. They had a treat party. Silly talks and purrs and if Mom doesn't keep petting her; she will reach out and tap her with her paw. Mom is keeping a diary for Silly's Mom of the events of the week. Tonight she came home with a funny story.....
My Mom and Silly were on the couch and Silly was rolling around in ectasy because Mom was petting her (on the head, around the neck, down the back) and Silly rolled off the couch.....not once....not twice...but three times! Mom thinks she might know how Silly got her name!