Silent Unspoken Words
Understood only by those in the know 😊
Feline Friday – Friday Fun
I’m fascinated by this video which is doing the rounds at the moment
I’ve seen cats use their paws to ‘steal food’ from a tin or ‘catch water’ from a tap but this is different. Pulling/dragging the bowl away from each other.
Did this come naturally or I wonder were these cats were trained to do this?
And blow me down if I didn’t find another one very similar on youtube. Must be natural behaviour
This is purely a ‘selfish’ post – one for me to remember a loved one who has been gone for a while.
Looking through some old photo folders the other day i came across these taken early in 2010. Kiera (our brown girl) is the last cat to come into our household and for most of her long life (16 last December) she has always had other cats for company. Her absolute favourite companion has been Leroy – a chocolate Burmese. As you see in these two photos wherever he went, she went 🙂
Leroy was one of those special cats that loved people. As he got older he loved to sit on the deck watching the world go by or just close his eyes the way old fellas do. ‘Not sleeping just resting his eyes’ lol Yet the minute he heard voices he was there wanting to know what was going on.
And THAT was the look that told you that was just the right place to scratch 🙂
During the long hot summer 2009/2010 he would spend lots of time snoozing peacefully under the table on the deck and during early winter that year at just over 18yrs we said goodbye.
Vale – Farewell
Double Grand Premier Neuter Brookwood Bonnie Laddie
known to us as
Sire Adina Kavaier – Dam Brookwood Ranee
24 April 1992 – 13 May 2010
Loved – missed – will never be forgotten
The past week has gone in a sort of haze – a painful haze at that. The Dentist – a lovely man but not my favourite person played a large part in it. Kiera – who is one of my favourite ‘people’ also played a large part in it.
Soft and warm and comforting she kept me company as I ‘recovered’ from a tooth extraction. Yes, I’m a big sook and my jaw was sore and tender and I needed something to cuddle, although she did get a bit annoyed at times when I seemed to prefer using the iPad rather than playing and giving her attention.
Now that Friday has arrived it’s time for fun and here by special request (well I’m sure that’s what she whispered in my ear in loud vibrating sounds) are some Feline Funnies For you to enjoy 🙂
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And to finish something I wonder if all of us wonder about at times
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And Kiera – what of her now she’s no longer needed for pain relief therapy.
Looks like she’s back on duty in her favourite spot on the back deck.
Here’s hoping your Friday is Full of Fun 🙂
cartoon source – Andertoons
There were lots of solitary onlookers :-
Some with no regard for history 🙂
But the ones I liked best were those who looked you right in the eye and said ‘we own this place’ :-
We saw so many cats with no obvious home – catch, desex and release was often spoken about but we sometimes wondered if it actually did happen. This little one can tell you it does.
I’m sure you all realise we saw these and many more during our recent trip overseas
All photos will enlarge with a click.
It’s time for the letter F in mum’s weekly alphabet blogging challenge
And today is going to be Fun Friday
In fact it’s going to be Feline Fun Friday!
Q: What colour is a happy cat?
Q: What is a cats favourite dessert?
A: Mice pudding
Q: What kind of work does a weak cat do?
A: Light mouse work
Now this one could come under the heading of:
For cryin out loud!
but do watch this short video because in actual fact
it is just Feline Fun on Friday for your enjoyment
Next Friday the letter will be E – Perhaps you’d like to join in
After I cleared up the dishes from the tea party the other day I had a wander round the garden and noticed there were Marguerite Daisies (argyranthemum) and Lavender x Allardii ready for picking along with the last of the tiny blue flowered Forget – me – nots (Myosotis). Click the gallery to enlarge
Isn’t it funny how when you look at something from one angle everything seems well blended and complete – then when you move and have another glance it appears separated and empty. A bit like the flowers in the vase above 🙂
And the cat nick nacks were gifts from grandchildren given many years ago.
Jud Strunk once wrote a song about daisies
And each time I pick some from my garden
the chorus goes round and round in my head
I’ll give you a daisy a day dear
I’ll give you a daisy a day
I’ll love you until the rivers run still
and the four winds we know blow away
So guess what I was humming on Sunday
And guess what I’ll be humming today?
Flowers – songs – memories?
Is it like that for you too?
Changeable weather = time spent mooching about on the computer especially youtube. And as lots of us know using electronics and the like can be fraught with danger when there’s a cat in the house.
A favourite way of mine to while the time away is to watch Simon’s Cat.
And this is a favourite episode involving the hungry cat and his manipulating tricks that I’m sure most cat owners will relate to 🙂
Cat and Mouse
She wouldn’t dare – would she?
There’s something deeply satisfying
About being in the arms of the one you love!
Hello – it’s Kiera here………..you know, the apple of her eye……….the Beautiful Brown Burmese that lives with – you know……The Special One whose name starts with C and The Golfer.
You know the more I think about that statement about the one you love the more I agree with it – I don’t mind being in or even on anything belonging to the Special One or even The Golfer 🙂
I’ve found that since they came home I’ve been able to twist her round my little claw, sorry paw and I get to sit really really close to her whenever I want – maybe it’s a case of the guilts at leaving me for all those weeks – but hey – I’m not going to complain am I 🙂
The Special One has been really busy this week – if she hasn’t been out in the garden ‘ trying to ‘get everything up to scratch’ as she says (whatever that means) she’s been filling the freezer and cupboards with necessary bargains – although, after all the muttering I’ve heard this week about the extra weight she gained and how she will have to start her daily walk again as well as go back to the gym I wouldn’t have thought chocolate ice creams were necessary even if they were a bargain lol Then when The Golfer mentioned something about liking his women soft, round and cuddly I thought it wiser maybe even safer if I left the room 🙂
Oh I must tell you this – on those cold wet days last week we spent some time together in her armchair – she was knitting and listen to this – I thought I’d try and be clever and move forward just a little bit to get more comfortable on her lap ‘cept her knitting was there – yes it was white and definitely off limits to me (something to do with my brown hairr getting all over it) but that didn’t stop me trying. There was one small moment there when I thought she was going to growl but not a word was said. Wow she really must be feeling guilty 🙂
Click on the gallery to see larger photos
Oh dear I’m feeling sleepy again – so it’s Bye for Now
Oh and my Special One says Thank You to all of you who have left comments on the last few posts – she’s hoping to have time to pop in and see you all in the next few days.
Well it’s been a couple of the coldest weeks of the winter so far – nights that had me cuddled up to The Golfer – and days that were almost like summer. Freezing overnight and up to 17c/ 62f some afternoons!
One of the day started with one person leading the country (Julia Gillard) and finished with another – not a brand new one but a recycled one (Kevin Rudd) – all done legally and with no blood letting either (well that we could see that is!).
All is square in the Rugby League scene after the second State of Origin match – this time round Queensland beat NSW so the decider will be played in Sydney on July 17.
Rugby Union has been in the limelight with the Wallabies (Australia) taking on The British and Irish Lions. It was even stevens after two tests and the series went to the Lions after the Sydney game – The Lions only tour Australia every 12 years so there is a bit of a wait for those who can’t get overseas to see them play before then.
Now we all know the population is getting top heavy with more older people than younger – lots of government services are starting to feel the demand – it seems that demands are also going to be felt in other parts of our community. Lots of our ‘prison community’ will be elderly and last week this idea of ‘Prisons for the Elderly’ was suggested. How do you feel about that??
With all the high winds we’ve had over the past week or two next door’s old oak tree had finally lost all its leaves – and I’ve discovered that there is one messy part of the garden near the side fence to be dealt with. That fence line looks so bare yet when the tree is in full leaf you hardly notice it. We need some dry days so I can finish raking all the leaves and moving the bits and pieces back to where they normally live.
I had started the clean up this morning and look what I saw – spring bulbs are on their way up. There are heads on some and I even picked one bloom that had flowered.
Not much else in the garden except my trusty helper – and she tends to ignore me half the time lol
Thanks for all your recent comments – hope life has been good for you this past couple of weeks!
All photos can be enlarged with a click
Well it would appear Autumn has finally arrived – its so much cooler (cold even) overnight – the hottie has come out from summer hibernation and the woollen blanket is on the bed again. Bert and Cheryl’s trees are turning and the other day I noticed the lovely big one at Montrose (whose name escapes me) spreading a carpet of leaves in the car park near the kinder. Looks like heaven just waiting for little ones making their way to Mum’s car – you can just see them messing about kicking the leaves in the air lol
There have been some wettish days
– not pouring rain but what I call inconvenient rain –
mostly overnight which is much more convenient 🙂
So far this week there have been
and hopefully will be more of the BOM promised dry sunny days.
What do you do on those days – decisions decisions – garden or sit and read (am in the middle of Gone Again by Doug Johnstone so you will notice the absence of the H word lol) – No not this time – after tripping over something and realising I could have really hurt myself – I chose to clear out our continuously in a mess garage.
It’s large enough for one but for the 40 years we’ve lived here I can’t ever remember a car being garaged in there – it’s been used as a ‘play room’ for various kids over the years – the table tennis table just fitted as long as you didn’t get too exuberant! – nowadays there are lots of ‘things’ stored out there hence ‘the no room for a car’ but its possible Lance could squeeze in if I rearranged things a bit.
Out I go and at times felt a bit like Leroy
the year we babysat our big girl’s cockateil
Wondering and then Discovering
Just what was in there lol
Certainly I discovered after opening previously ignored boxes, then removing and sorting it all, I had far more knitting wool/yarn than I knew I had. Looks like my charity knitting is ok for the next year or so. Watch this space!!
Whilst I’m away
Here’s a few of my favourite kind of funnies!
Q: What colour is a happy cat?
Q: How is cat food sold?
A: So much purr can.
Q: What is a cat’s favourite dessert?
A: Mice pudding.
Q: Why did the silly boy try to feed pennies to the cat?
A: Because his mother told him to put money in the kitty.
Q: What kind of work does a weak cat do?
A: Light mouse work.
Q: Why did the Mama cat put stamps on her kittens?
A: She wanted to mail a litter.
Q: What kind of baths do cats like best?
A: Milk baths.
Q: Which game did the cat want to play with the mouse?
Q: How do you mail a cat?
A: Use fur-class mail.
Q: When does the weather go splash! splash! meow! woof?
A: When it’s raining cats and dogs.
Q: Why did the cat like to go bowling?
A: He was an alley cat.
Q: What do English cats drink in the afternoon?
Q: Why did everyone like Tom Cat?
A: He was very purrsonable.
Q: How do you call a barber cat?
A: Yell…”Hair Kitty?”
Now don’t forget to be nice to each other
and I’ll come and visit you when I get home next week
Bye for now
Now you all know about my love of and affinity with Cats
Over the years I/we’ve owned many
and in their own special way they have ‘owned’ us
It’s nearly 3 years since we said goodbye to Leroy
A very special chocolate Burmese in so many ways
He and Kiera we inseperable until the day he died
I called this photo
‘Wherever you go – whatever you do’
and you can see why 🙂
Whatever he did she would copy
Like this for example lol
And almost as a tribute to her old friend
Kiera continues those learned bad habits
Always in the way
well not in her eyes maybe.
How many of us suffer from ‘in your face’ cat
Heres another of their true to life ‘catty’ cartoons
Change the in to out and I tell you if I had a dollar for every time I’ve stood at the door and muttered those words I’d be rather well off
You too? lol
Taking a wander round the little village of Corinto in Nicaragua
that we visited at the end of last year
I discovered there was more to see than churches lol
A beautiful parrot called Rosa just hanging around outside her house.
Lovely to talk to even if I couldn’t understand a word she said
Unfortunately she was in the shade
and there was no way i could get a good photo 😦
And happily playing nearby in the gutter
A free roaming tortoiselle and white moggy
Who was far more interested in what might be coming down the road
than saying hello !
Not sure what she saw but it certainly held her attention lol
Camera Critters can be found here
I haven’t taken part for while but do
Pop over and see who else might be there
I’ve spent the past couple of weeks in a bit of a daze – Living life but not seeing much of what’s going on around me. Certainly haven’t been in a chatty mood but that I’m sure will pass.
A few weeks ago there were moist eyes at the passing and saying goodbye of a dear friend – she accepted the terrible illness that was thrust on her about 19 months ago and was so fearless right to the end even organising her own service that certainly celebrated the very full life she lived. Bye for now Peg – I’m sure you are stunning them wherever you are with your beautiful smile and lovely nature.
Then I felt my eyes glaze over earlier in the month when a birthday came around – not one I really wanted to see and tried desperately to avoid – the head in the sand approach doesn’t work though does it! Three score years and ten rolled around and now the day has been and gone – all the cheerful greetings and the lovely lunch with Dh on the day and another a few days later with some of the family didn’t help – I was quite cranky for a while and to be honest I wondered what all the fuss was about – forgetting it was their way of saying they loved me – or at least I hope it was!
Now I’m using my eyes to try and finish a wedding sampler in time to take with me to Perth at the end of next week. Silly me decided it would be a fabulously easy gift for the daughter of my cousin – silly me only started it when we got home early in September! It is an ‘easy’ pattern I’ve used several times before, mainly wording with a side border along with a little bit of design and I moved along quite quickly with the sewing – until I came to the places I have struggled with before.
On each side of the top ‘banner’ are two birds representing the blue birds of happiness. Only each time I sew this sampler these ‘bl…. birds’ are anything but the giver of happiness. White on white and a very pale blue thread next to the white is a pain to stitch – especially when there are only a few stitches involved. They have been stitched and unpicked several time accompanied by quite a few words my mother certainly didn’t teach me! I think all is well now – just have the names and date to add and it’s finished.
One year I even put a little bit of silver thread in with the white thinking I’d see it more clearly. It had been a special order for the daughter of a friend, certainly stretched my friendship and I won’t be doing that again lol
Theres one good thing about the good weather over the past few days and that is that I’ve been able to stitch outside where the light is much better and a certain ‘person’ has been my constant companion. Mind you she doesn’t see much ‘cose her eyes are closed most of the time!
For some reason my eyes have been ‘playing up’ whilst I been sewing – not had this problem before but I suppose theres a first time for anything isn’t there. They were itchy and irritable, hard to focus at times almost like I had double vision, needed to squint, sometimes I needed enlargers on top of my regular glasses to see the right spot on the aida cloth. By coincidence it was time for my eye check at the opticians and when I mentioned it she just went ‘Hmmm’ lets have a good look. She said the itchy irritable bit could have been to do with the wild windy weather – but the rest of her delivery had me floored. Seems I now have to go and see a cataract specialist – ‘the beginnings’ I knew about two years ago have developed to ‘needing to be seen about’ now.
Never a dull moment in our house is there??
What the fuss was about!
It all started with a little scratch
I lifted my back leg and scratched my belly
Then I did it again a little while later
Well I had an itch and thats what you do
And from there it all went downhill!
Out came the brush and comb
That part isn’t too bad because it gets rid of all the dead hairs
‘Cept she kept saying thats not what she was after.
Then she got a little tube from the packet that lives in the laundry
And the wet stuff got squeezed on the back of my neck
Happens every month about the same time
Don’t like that – it’s cold and makes the hair on my back bristle!
Then my lovely warm fireside bed and the cushion I lie on went into the wash
Water as hot as possible
with a little bit of disinfectant as well as the washing powder
Had to be dried on the line outside
Luckily it was a dry sunny day
Out came that thing that makes a noise and sucks up dust and fluff
And anything else left on the floor
It must be a great place to play Hide and Seek
because when its being emptied all I hear is
“so that’s where you’ve been hiding’
Anyway, I could tell she wasn’t happy about my scratching
because she kept muttering about going away soon
and she’ll have to ‘bomb’ the lounge
Whatever that might mean!
Doesn’t want to come home in two months time to a carpet thats alive
Whatever that might mean!
and even tho I like my fireside bed this is my preferred spot
Yes – right here slap bang in the way
no one else can stand in front of the fire when I’m here.
But look what happened to my cushion
It’s ripped even more – no I didn’t claw at it!
You know those things she was looking for?
whatever they may be
Well – I wonder if they came out of there?
Oh hang on a minute
I’ve got another itch – I’ll have to have a scratch!!
28/30 June Post a Day
There are times when I am not the tidiest of people – there are times when I choose the easiest of ways. Which accounts for the build up of stuff that was outside the back door. Most of it was destined for the garage which means taking it down the steps round the corner of the deck and in through the garage door.
Sounds simple enough doesn’t it – but not for Catherine when its cold and possibly wet.
You know the expression ‘when I get around to it’ (which some days is used a lot by me) well, my mother often told me to ‘do it now’ and not wait till I got ‘around to it’ – unfortunately neither ‘now’ nor ‘around to it’ have been uttered at our house recently.
Words like ‘when I feel like it’ seem to have appeared more frequently- hence the build up of stuff outside the back door. 🙂
She also used to tell me to do my jobs/homework first, then I could play – don’t you hate being told that, I know I did. I’ve got a daughter battling with her daughter over the same issue so I can see it from both sides. Its always the easiest things that get ticked off my lists – Jobs and Home/Housework are often way down the bottom – hence the build up outside the door 🙂
So, seeing all that and knowing there was a lovely warm fire inside and things to play with (not the fact I tripped over something on my way out the door) I knuckled under the other day and put it top of the list.
I had found the time to get a ’round tuit’ and put it to good use lol
Voila! One tidyish deck with no obstacles ready to jump out at my feet lol
So yes Mum, there are times when doing my jobs first is a good thing
and doing it ‘now’ is better than waiting till I get ‘around to it’
Now where was I – you want a cuddle – how can I resist!
Did you know that:
In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time’
Who would have guessed. Not sure how I can change my procrastinating ways. Anyone have any interesting (easy) ways?
1/30 June Post a Day
Could be titled ‘Sleepy Time Girl’
But more likely
‘The sleeping habits of a cat!’
I’m trying out something different today
I’m trying out the photo gallery feature
I’m hoping its going to work and there isn’t a huge blank space
down at the bottom of this post lol
On a recent autumn day when the leaves were starting to turn
The clouds came down making the nearby hills barely visible
So a certain feline made the decision to change her sleeping arrangements.
She moved from the ground floor
– her favoured outdoor spot during the warmer months –
(as can be seen here in this post and also in this one)
And went up a level to her favoured spot for the cooler months.
Look below and see what happened
as she became re-acquainted with the igloo
If you click on a photo they enlarge and form a slide show
Wonder what she was dreaming about??
As I said above
Its all right for some – nothing to do and all day to do it in
Able to sleep the day away – not a care in the world
Some people have all the luck!
I don’t know about you but next time round I’m coming back as a Cat lol