Thursday, August 05, 2021

Mortal Enemy

I was explaining to Alias how the vacuum cleaner works. “It sucks.” He totally agreed as he ran and hid under the bed.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021


For all those years, Theo’s favorite toy, much to Diego-san’s chagrin, was Diego-san’s swishing tail. Theo would swat at it, chase it until Diego finally had enough and would get up and leave. Now Norma has discovered her new favorite toy… Theo’s swishing tail. 

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Another Olympian

Theo’s speciality is the parallel bars. Nobody’s better (or at least cuter).

Monday, August 02, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Day at the Beach

For Theo a day on the bathroom mat is the same as a day on a beach towel on a beach although he admits he’s never actually tried the latter. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Theo’s Haiku

I am getting old

Food guy doesn’t believe it

We are very old

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

I Admit

Ok, I might be biased but yes they can be pretty darn cute…

Monday, July 26, 2021

New Brothers

It melts my heart that Alias is looking for a way to bond with Theo. He continues to seek Theo out when Theo is spending so much of his time alone. Theo seems to appreciate it too… often spending some aggressive grooming time.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Ho Hum

Weekend plans? Norma’s not too concerned she doesn’t have any.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lil Monster

Not sure what caught their attention. All I saw was a small chipmunk who obviously looked more ferocious to them than it did to me…

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bunk Bed

Of all the cats who have lived in this house, Theo is the only one to ever take advantage of the bottom bunk of this wicker bunk bed I bought for Thompson and Diego-San. Theo also enjoys the top bunk. The boy has great resting place versatility. 

Monday, July 19, 2021


Norma and I are still trying to figure each other out. There are times when I’m merely walking in her direction and she’ll turn and run away. Then there are times, like last evening, when she’ll take a long nap on my lap with her belly exposed which shows some serious trust. We’ll figure it out…

Friday, July 16, 2021

Her Turn

It looks as if Norma thinks someone is hogging the box.

Thursday, July 15, 2021


Norma obviously doesn’t blame Theo for giving her the sneezes.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Energizer Siblings

As things are reopening, Norma and Alias are already having difficulty adjusting to my new schedule. I went to a couple of Twins games last week and didn’t get home until after 10 p.m. Last night I attended an event and didn’t get home until around 9 p.m. They must have slept the time I was away because all three nights for an hour after I got home they were going full speed 100 mph, racing up and down stairs, leaping on and off furniture and hurdling poor stationary Theo.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

On the Mend

I think everyone’s on the mend. Alias was fine. Norma had one bad sneezing attack but other than that she seems fine. Even Theo resumed his box inspecting duties…

Monday, July 12, 2021

Sick Household

Many years ago when Theo joined Thompson and Diego-San, he tried hard to get his older brothers to accept him. Within a short few weeks after joining our house he began to have sneezing fits so I brought him into the vet. He was diagnosed with feline herpes, a respiratory virus. Sure enough Thompson soon got sick. He became very lethargic and sadly lost his voice (he was our talker). He would try and meow only no sound came out. Then Diego-San got sick. He too got lethargic and lost his appetite. Then Theo got sick again. And then Thompson got sick again. And then Diego-San got sick again. After round two (which took about a month), all three recovered. The same thing happened a few years later. Again, the virus went around twice and started with Theo having sneezing fits.

So when Theo began sneezing a couple of weeks ago, I was concerned about it being herpes again. Then Norma threw up consecutive days, the second she made a horrible shrieking noise as she was vomiting. And Saturday Alias began sneezing non stop. He sat most of the day with his mouth open. I was worried he was having trouble breathing and monitored him closely.

Alias and Norma comforted each other and took long naps together. Yesterday they seemed a little better.

Friday, July 09, 2021

They’re Very Close

For the first time (at least that I know about), Norma urped up a meal. Alias immediately tried to eat it up. If I hadn’t held him back, I’m sure he would have which in retrospect would have made cleaning it up easier. Norma is otherwise acting like herself so hopefully it isn’t anything other than an urped up meal.

Thursday, July 08, 2021

The Great Unifier

These two don’t hang out together very often but I guess the sun can bring anyone together.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Tuesday Activity

This is how Theo spent a rainy Tuesday. Truth be told, it likely would have been how he would have spent a sunny Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Napping with Norma

Norma enjoyed an extra limber nap over the three day weekend.

Monday, July 05, 2021

Limited Explosions

Fortunately for Alias and Norma, their first Fourth of July holiday was relatively quiet and firework free.

Friday, July 02, 2021

Alias’ Weekend To Do List

1) Meal time

2) Find a sun puddle to sleep in

3) Meal time

4) Find a sun puddle to sleep in

5) Meal time

6) Find a sun puddle to sleep in 

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Pin Cushion Part Two

Theo had his second acupuncture appointment. Actually the appointment was supposed to be last week. I was at a meeting back in my real office and was delayed in getting home so I had minutes to round Theo up, put him in his carrier and bringing him to the clinic. We got there five minutes late… or so I thought. I had written down the wrong time so we were actually over an hour late and the appointment had been canceled. So we returned home, Theo voicing his displeasure the entire time. I rescheduled the appointment and this time we made it on time. Theo again was quite vocal until we got into the lobby where there was a very large dog who also was very vocal. Theo got quiet very quickly. He did OK during the treatment. When he was in his carrier with the needles stuck in him, he kept trying to nudge the door open with his nose. And similar to when I bonked him the other night, this caused him to sneeze. 

I think the treatments have helped. He’s been much more like his old self including spending time in the evening in the bathroom with the door closed. He used to do that nearly every evening but hasn’t done it much the past several months. I hope it’s a sign he is feeling better.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Paw Bump

If you don’t have a paw to bump, Norma accepts fist to paw bumps as well.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021


I was in a video on meeting and Alias found a new place to rest to my left just off camera. I thought he looked so cute that I almost shut my video meeting camera off so I could sneak a picture of Alias. Fortunately he stayed in the box until after the meeting was over…

Monday, June 28, 2021

So Sorry Lil Buddy

I didn’t see Theo sitting behind me and I swung my arm bonking him in the nose with my elbow. He spent the next minute sneezing. As if his life isn’t hard enough…

Friday, June 25, 2021

Sure Enough

The ear position indicates one thing is forthcoming… let the pouncing begin…

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New Desk

Bought and assembled a new desk. Alias and Norma supervised the process and then thanked me for their new desk.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Box Boy

No matter how he’s feeling, Theo has always felt better sitting in a box.

Monday, June 21, 2021


I keep telling Alias he can learn a lot from his older brother. That said I’ve never seen his older brother resting on his back in this position with arms and legs in spaghetti formation.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Theo’s Puzzle

Theo wants to know how many cats you can find in this picture…

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Norma Jean’s Question

Norma is the first girl to grace our man cave. So when I talk to her and Alias about all the great boyz that came before, she has to wonder where the bleep are my role models!?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Pins and Needles

Theo had his acupuncture appointment yesterday afternoon. He voiced his displeasure quite loudly when I put him in the carrier. He was pretty vocal at the clinic. He didn’t seem to mind the needles but was not happy when he was placed back in the carrier to allow the treatment to take effect. It’s too early to say if it helped, especially since he has been much more social and like himself the past week. But when we got home he spent the entire evening on the couch with me. He hasn’t done that in forever. He has another appointment next week.

Monday, June 14, 2021

We Got the Hots

We continue to have a stretch of hot and humid weather. Alias didn’t seem too impressed when I told him how when I first moved into the house with Mr. Max, we didn’t have air conditioning. On sweltering days we relied on a fan. Max would sit behind it because he didn’t like the air blowing on him, which meant he probably was sitting in the hottest spot.

Friday, June 11, 2021


One of Alias and Norma’s favorite spots is sitting in the big living room picture window. Yesterday I was outside with a hose watering the big ash tree. I turned the spray onto the window and they didn’t think that was at all funny. When I came back inside, I didn’t see them for an hour. I suspect they hid upstairs underneath the bed.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Needles and Neck Cracks

A chiropractic and acupuncture center for animals recently opened within walking distance of our house. In doing some research, some of Theo’s increasing ailments are what the alternative treatments are meant to address. Having great personal success with acupuncture and having gone to a chiropractor for many years, I decided I’ll see if it can help Theo too.

His appointment is next week. Theo’s actually had a pretty good week showing more energy and interest in things than he has for a long time. He even spent some time yesterday morning looking out the window, something he hasn’t done at all since Diego-San died. His appetite has been more Theo like as well. He even did the go crazy after using the liter box thing he used to do all the time. Hopefully the center will find effective treatment to help him feel better more often…

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Hot and Humid

It’s been unusually warm here with our weather more like late July or early August. There also seems to more bugs flying into the windows. Norma and Alias haven’t given up hope of catching the bugs even though there is glass between them and their prey.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Mousie Time

Theo wants to know if anyone wants to play with his mousie with him.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Friday, June 04, 2021

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Farmer Theo

Theo wants to know if anyone would like a carrot from his carrot tree.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

The Window Sill

The basement well window was one of Diego-san’s favorite spots to sit. Thompson and Theo had no ability to get up that high, so that might have been why it was one of Diego-san’s favorites spots. Norma and Alias have discovered they can jump up into the window sill. They both enjoyed a snack of cobwebs, something I never saw Diego-san partake in…

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Play Three

Theo spent some time playing with his siblings last night. Yay (forgive the mess in the background, it was laundry day…)

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

Theo and I spent some time remembering the many great years we got to spend with Thompson and Diego-San…