September 8th 2011 4:06 pm
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Well it surely has been a while since I have gotten Mom to write. In her defense, she has been busy with Nana's after-surgery care & trying to catch up work, and such. So let me tell you about my summer...
I have enjoyed countless walkies, and I also sat outside while on my leash. It gets hooked to this little pole, but a human is still outside keeping an eye on me. We have this metal live-mouse trap by the garage, and one afternoon, I was fussing by it, so Mom looked inside it, and there was a teeny toad in there. So she set it down & opened it, thinking I would maybe paw or sniff it. OOOOhhh nooo - I grabbed the thing & would not let go. Mom had to actually scruff me & kinda shake me to let it go, and just at that time, it must have spewed it's toadie juices, cause I started to gag & stick my tongue out & spit. Ahhh so then Mom got the bright idea of trying to wash my mouth out. Right - have YOU tried to wash a cat's mouth out...with water?...a cat that does NOT like water? Mom wore more of it than anything, and I was just fine.
A few days later, again, I was by that trap, & Mom saw nothing in there. When she opened it, well, there was a mouse & I got it so fast & ran. Unfortunately I played a little too hard with the mousie, and well, he went to mousie heaven before Mom could get it away from me (I had alot of fun though - Mom sighs)
One Saturday all of a sudden we started to get water seeping in our basement, after a very light rain. This never happens - only once when we had days of rain. It was coming from under the baseboard, and through some small cracks in the floor. Poor Mom shop vac'd every 2 hours round the clock & put towels down for a week until we found out that when the neighbors on the one side abandoned their home, they left the water on in the basement, and there was 6 feet of water in there, and it seeped over to us. It only stopped because some worker guys hooked a gas pump & pumped it out next door. After we have now had to rip out a bunch of tiles, and will have to replace some drywall. But Mom says it is nothing compared to those that have lost everything in the flooding, but it still is pretty crummy.
Right now, our human brother & sister are on a long-planned trip to London. They are very close & worked for this trip for a long time. Next week is our annual end of summer shrimp boil. mmmm perhaps we may get a teeny bite o shrimpies mom? This year it is in honor of our human sister - she is moving far away all the way to Seattle. Far from Chicago! She is hoping to hear on a job at the zoo there. She does environmental education & mammmal education. Momma is very sad, but happy for her too. I have been feeling great - no potty troubles. Except for my little spritzing incident. But Mom is ordering a calming collar & getting some feliway spray to try. I just do not like that feral cat that she is feeding. Well actually there are 2 that get fed, but only one is nervy enough to stroll around MY YARD. Well, I should leave some news for Maizy & Smitty to tell, so I will sign off for now.
A very big thank you for the well wishes & gifties on my gotcha day. Mom says the bestes day was when I ran to her so fast, I almost knocked her down! It was love at first sight!
purrs, a happy toad-licking, mousie-catching Tigger.
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Yeah,you gotta be careful with those toads. Nasty doesn't even begin to describe the taste. Mouses? That's a whole 'nother thing!
Those are bad neighbors to leave the water running. Why would they do something bad like that. I hope they're caught and have to pay for damages.
Hope you get some shrimp! And good luck to your sister!