Monday, October 18, 2021

Conserving Body Heat

The crisp, cool fall air arrived last week. By the weekend all three of my housemates spent most of the early morning sleeping at the end of my bed. That was nice although it left me little wiggle room. I don’t remember them ever doing that last winter. Norma even slept some underneath the covers with me, reminding me of my dear Diego-San… Warmer weather arrives the beginning of this week.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Places Please

The weekend may be about being pinned down to the couch. I think I’m OK with that.
 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

On Two

Now that they’ve seen some football games, they decided the best part of the sport are the huddles.
 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021

Friday, October 08, 2021

Covering Our Bases

Our household weekend plan? To look at things from different angles.
 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Catnip Toy Boy

The winner of The Who Will Ultimately Claim Ownership of the Catnip Carrot? The master of course.
 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

I Should Have Bought Three

The clerk at the pet store said her cat loved the catnip carrot. When I got home, there was unanimous agreement with the clerk’s cat’s assessment.
 

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Feline Wonderer

Norma is always curious about just what’s around the corner. 
 

Friday, October 01, 2021

Annual 2

Norma and Alias had their first annual physicals. I tried a different vet, a clinic I took Thompson to a couple of times to get a second opinion. This was a much better experience than Theo’s earlier in the week although poor Norma was clearly frightened and Alias bellowed in anger. Both checked out healthy.
 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Sun Bath

Just a lazy afternoon in the sun. Life is good (although a snack or two wouldn’t hurt).
 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Annual

Theo had his annual visit to the vet. Our neighborhood clinic got bought out by a national chain. I think we’re going to start going to another clinic. He came through it like a trooper though. He was really unhappy when I put him in the carrier to bring him there… And he must have gained some interesting smells because Alias and Norma spent the afternoon smelling him .
 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Snubbed

Alias: “Norma can you hear me? NORMA? Can you hear me? NORRRRMAAA!!!!”

Norma: Geez.
 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Subtitle Boy

Alias and I were watching a Japanese movie. Alias thought he had a hard enough time understanding me but the voices coming from the TV completely had him baffled.
 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Made Ya Look

Believe it or not, they are not looking at some goofy thing Norma is doing. She was in another room. I’m not sure what was fascinating enough to get both of their attention.
 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Master

Alias and Norma tend to ignore Theo (although he’s been much more engaged with them recently on his end). They’d be wise to learn from their older brother. Tricks like throwing up in places he knows I’ll step in. These are essential tools for any cat.
 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Anniversary

One year ago today I first met Norma and Alias in their foster home. It was love at first sight…
 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Artwork

We’re going to send this one to the Smithsonian or Louvre… there’s so much going on in the picture, it’s a masterpiece.
 

Fee Fi Fo Fum

They asked for the password before they will let me proceed upstairs. I tried “Pawsword123” but apparently that wasn’t it…
 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

My Lil Buddy

Theo is having a harder and harder time jumping up on things. But he can still lick his tummy so there’s that.
 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Challenge is On

Theo’s challenging everyone to a blank look contest. He’s gonna be hard to beat.
 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Growth Spurt

Alias let me know that he’s concerned that one leg seems to be growing much faster than the other leg.
 

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Sibling Outreach

Norma isn’t sure what to think of Theo’s newest effort to bond with her.
 

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Sun Puddle For 2

This is Norma and Alias’ favorite kind of sun puddle. Big enough to share.
 

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Goofy Gal

I think the three day weekend made Norma even goofier than usual.
 

Monday, September 06, 2021

Alias Time

Alias spent a lot of time over the weekend on my lap when I was working at my desk. And he spent a lot of time napping on my shins when I was laying down watching TV. I was quite OK with both.
 

Friday, September 03, 2021

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Basket Boy

It was laundry day and Alias made sure he was all prepared.
 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Mat Attack

Norma’s “under” attack by her favorite scratching mat.
 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Kaboom

We live within walking distance of our state fairgrounds. The state fair began last Thursday and continues through Labor Day. At the end of every night, they shoot off fireworks. Norma and Alias are not fond of the noisy sky.
 

Monday, August 30, 2021

Brothers

It was a brothers weekend… More and more Alias enjoys Theo’s attention (and cleaning detail).
 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Weekend Plans

Alias’ plan for the weekend? Practice being handsome… So far, so good.
 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Imitator

Alias is doing his best to blend in with the cats on the mat. 
 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Aftermath

I had an unscheduled day off because I/T had to install some updates on my computer and I needed to leave it with them. After avoiding me most of the weekend (the screaming and hollering clearly frightened them), Alias and Norma helped me do some writing on the kitchen table and then later napped on my lap as I read a book. Peace in the valley.
 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Wits End

Norma and I had a serious confrontation over the weekend. I have the great cats that led the way, Mr. Max’s, Thompson’s, and Diego-san’s ashes and clay paw prints stored on a shelf in my bedroom. Norma, my first cat who needs to do what I’ve heard is a common feline thing and  knock things onto the floor, knocked all my tributes to my late feline loves onto the floor. I WAS PISSED…Angrily upset… I yelled at her knowing she coudn’t possibly understand her sin, hours after the fact. I slept through the desecration.
 

Thankfully none of the ashes or clay paw prints  memorials broke . But I’ll admit I’m at my wit’s end about Norma’s behavior. How do any of you deal with a cat that is obsessed with knocking things off their normal location onto the floor? I may need to move such sentimental things to a more secure location but that sucks. Ideas?

Friday, August 20, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Guard Sister

Norma is guarding Alias as he naps. She’s even making sure he doesn’t float away in his dreams…
 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Surprise Gifts

Norma’s trying to figure out this mysterious system where once in a while I’ll open the outside door and bring in a new box for her to sit in. It’s almost magical.
 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Routine Boy

I worked back at the office most of last week, onboarding a new employee. Norma and Alias were pretty wound up by the time I got back home. The big news however, was Theo was his pre-2020 self, greeting me at the door and following me around until there was food in his dish. I knew last year was really hard on him with the loss of Diego-San and the addition of two new siblings. What I realize now is the hardest part of all was the complete change in the routine. He never figured that out,,, 

Back working at home again…

Monday, August 16, 2021

Sleepy Hollow

Alias is wondering if anybody has seen his body anywhere.
 

Friday, August 13, 2021

Cat Whisperer

I told Norma the other day that one of the things I miss most about Diego-San is nearly every night we were together he slept right by my side, head on my shoulder or arm. He even had a signal that he was cold and wanted to climb under the covers (he’d paw the blankets and sheets until I lifted them for him to climb underneath).

Norma must’ve understood because ever since then when I turn off the lights, she has lay down next to me. She doesn’t stay there long, five minutes at most, but I appreciate the extra time together. I guess I’m some sort of cat whisperer…

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Norma’s Haiku

I give you my paw

But if you grab it beware

Claws are razor sharp
 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Celebrity Move

Alias has learned the ‘I’m gonna block your camera” anti-paparazzi move.