Friday, April 12, 2024

Norma has discovered Kenta’s favorite place in the house is on my lap. She also knows that Kenta spends much of the evening looking out the living room picture window and that’s her chance to sit on my lap. So she does that every evening I’m home.
 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Bonding

Kenta loves his brother. His brother appreciates Kenta as well.
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Stunned Disbelief

Don’t know what Norma said but obviously it caught Kenta off guard.
 

Monday, April 08, 2024

Great Weekend

Kenta and I had a great weekend taking a lot of long naps together.
 

Friday, April 05, 2024

Absence

I have an extremely busy schedule in front of me in Apri so my housemates will be spending more time alone than they’ve known thus far. I think they are more than ready for it.
 

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Hairballs

Kenta’s hacked up a couple of hairballs recently. This doesn’t surprise me given his long fur and his love of grooming himself. I may start giving him that goopy hairball stuff and comb him more often. I did notice that after I removed the mass of the hairball he cleaned up the soiled carpet with his tongue.
 

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Tunnel Vision

The new tunnel toy is a huge success with all three of my housemates.
 

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Perspective

You know… I’ve  had a rough few years. And then I see this and I think, I’ve had a great few years with these two. I’m glad they got to know Theo. I’m glad they’ve accepted Kenta.
 

Monday, April 01, 2024

No Fooling

Saturday morning I was reading on my living room couch. Just as I was about to get up to grab some lunch, Kenta came over to sit on my lap. So I didn’t want to interrupt quality lap time. Four hours later we were still napping together, with me skipping my lunch. He’s such a cuddler. 
 

Friday, March 29, 2024

Weekend Plans

Norma is hoping for a warm weekend in front of the space heater.
 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Missed Meal

I went straight from my therapist’s office to the Timberwolves basketball game so I wasn’t able to stop home and feed my housemates their middle meal. I heard plenty about it when I got home after the game.
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Blizzard

We’re getting our biggest snowstorm of an unusually mild winter this week. It started last night and is continuing through tomorrow night. Alias and Norma thought the sky was falling.
 

Monday, March 25, 2024

The Culprit

The great toilet paper unrolling culprit was caught in the act. Since the first two incidents occurred I’ve been solving the problem by leaving the bathroom door closed at all times. This prevented a toilet paper shortage from occurring in the house. Yesterday morning I forgot to close the door after my shower. I went down to get my coffee and when I returned upstairs, Kenta was playing with a shredded roll of toilet paper on the steps.

I scolded him and told him toilet paper doesn’t grow on trees. But I guess in reality it probably does. 
 

Friday, March 22, 2024

Suspects

Someone has started unrolling toilet paper rolls. The obvious suspect is Kenta because this never happened before he joined us. I came home to a completely unrolled roll at the bottom of the stairs last week. Yesterday I came home and someone had shredded half the roll. Kenta isn’t the only suspect though. Norma loves to investigate everything in the bathroom.
 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Belly Rubs

When he wants me to rub his belly, Alias will do a tuck and roll. This is the beginning of that process.
 

Monday, March 18, 2024

Embracing Her Femininity

I think Norma has done a remarkable job in finding her way as the only female in our man cave. She forever holds her own.
 

Friday, March 15, 2024

Stand Up

Norma is the most vertical cat that’s ever lived in this house.
 

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Common Connections

This was Thompson’s favorite place to rest. Kenta has discovered why Thompson loved it so much. Wait until it’s warm enough to crack the window open a bit.
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

DST

I didn’t know Daylight Savings Time began last weekend until Sunday afternoon when I got into my car and the clock was one hour behind my iPhone. I’m surprised Norma and her brothers let me sleep in. The predecessors in our house never would have let that happen.
 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Monday, March 11, 2024

Queen Sized Bed

Kenta doesn’t seem to mind at all that the bed may not be big enough for him although let the record show Norma and Alias have taken naps together in the same bed.

 

Friday, March 08, 2024

Angel

I told Alias he’s my little angel. He’s looking for his halo.
 

Thursday, March 07, 2024

Kenta’s Sister

Kenta and Norma have an interesting relationship. Actually she likes to do the same thing to me, putting her paws under my chin.
 

Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Discovering Less Stinky Clothes

I was putting away my laundry and stepped away for 10 seconds. When I returned, this is what I saw.
 

Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Monday, March 04, 2024

Remembering Theo

Norma shared this same space and warmth with Theo. I’m glad she’s now willingly doing so with her new brother .
 

Friday, March 01, 2024

A Winterless Year

We got snow Wednesday and it’s supposed to be over 60 degrees this weekend. Alias is starting to think Minnesota has the goofiest winters in the country.
 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Bus Stop

Kenta is fascinated by our neighborhood’s student bus pickup. He wonders when he will get to go to school.

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Brothers

Kenta really likes his older brother. He often does whatever Alias is doing.
 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Once Upon a Time

Spent much of the weekend napping with the boys. Norma stayed upstairs by herself. I let her know I wished she had joined us. It’s been a while since she napped on my legs, tummy side up. I miss that.
 

Monday, February 26, 2024

Kenta’s Friend



Kenta’s favorite toy is the brown furry thing that he carries all around the house in his mouth. Wherever I find it I bring it upstairs and place it in different spots so Kenta too has to find it again. And he always does. We’ve had the toy for many years but none of my housemates have ever had any interest in it. When Kenta began playing with it, I wasn’t sure what it was but guessed opossum. Then I Googled what opossums look like and they look nothing like Kenta’s toy friend. So I started calling it his porcupine. Recently I ran across the picture of a hedge hog and I think that’s what it is. Meanwhile for some reason I started asking Kenta where his kangaroo was, which makes no sense. But it’s stuck so somehow Kenta’s toy is now his kangaroo.

 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Box Sitting

Norma shows she takes the back seat to no one when it comes to box sitting.
 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Thompson


 I found this poem I wrote when Thompson died in 2018. It made me cry because it was written in total rawness of a really significant loss. He was a great cat, and he inspired me every day we lived together.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Fitting Right In

I love how quickly Kenta found his place in our house. He loves both of his siblings.
 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Friday, February 16, 2024

The Food Lady Was Great But…

Norma has been extra cuddly since my return from my business trip. I think she actually missed me some.
 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Rumble

Alias has a fairly deep wound next to his eye. I’m not sure which of his siblings is responsible but I’m guessing Norma since I’ve never seen Alias wrestle Kenta. Kenta has a wound on his ear, just a little cut. I guess Norma is showing the boys who’s the best brawler in the house.
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Evaluation

Here’s what Emily, my Rover.com cat sitter wrote about my housemates:

Kenta: Very food motivated!

Norma: Norma was super shy, but warmed up after a couple of days!

Alias: He took a minute to warm up but was so sweet.

I don’t disagree with any of her observations…
 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Welcome Mat

Kenta sleeping under his favorite mat. I think he has learned napping with either Alias or Norma has been at this point, a short term endeavor. This is the next best thing. 
 

Monday, February 12, 2024

Trip

Spent most of the week (Tuesday afternoon through Saturday night) in Washington DC at a conference. Hired a new food lady from Rover.com, the previous one moved out of state. Extremely thankful all three of my housemates accepted this new visitor (Norma on Norma time and terms). Really really glad to be back home. I missed the three, our routine, and our continuing connection. 
 

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Help

Kenta is trying to escape the jaws of the new cat bed.
 

Friday, February 02, 2024

Wrestling Mat

One of Kenta’s favorite things to do is to wrestle with this mat. It’s his wrestling mat. It’s usually located at the top of the stairs covering a hole in the carpet that Theo started and Norma finished. After Kenta is done I find the mat on the stairs or at the bottom of the stairs. It finally dawned on me why he likes to wrestle the mat- because his siblings are on it but he is not. So we remedied that.