Friday, July 31, 2009

Finally Friday

It's Friday! It's the last day of July! For a lot of beans, it's payday! (Which means you can buy your kitties toys and treats and noms!)

We think we'll celebrate by - what else? - napping.

Happy weekend, y'all!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday Things

This, that and the other on a thoughtful Thursday...

So, the window perches were a big hit yesterday! Indeed, I do spoil my kitties rotten as much as I can; they're worth it. To answer a couple of questions that came up in the comments: No, I didn't make them, I bought them (I ain't that talented ). Don't remember where exactly, might have been eBay actually. They're almost like this one but I won't swear it's exactly the same. They have the same kind of eggcrate foam underneath the sheepskin covering that that linked one apparently has.

On another question, the pictures show the use of two different perches; Bugsy, Sassy and Roxy were in the left-hand den window perch, and Pixie and Callie were in the right-hand den window perch (obviously not at the same time ). I don't think I have any pictures of any of them in the front living room window perch (which is the same kind, just a different window and view), although it does get used; just not as much. They really are good at sharing and taking turns!

Now, I'm afraid I must confess and disappoint you kitties, and let you know that, despite my kids' best efforts, the loud noisy vacuum monster did in fact get unboxed, assembled, and - yes - USED this past weekend. They were devastated. But to show again what a good Mommy I am and how much I spoil them, I then weighted down the box, resealed it and put it back where it had sat for 10 days. Why, you may ask? Well, Bugsy especially had grown very fond of napping on top of it. I mean for hours at a time. And he, as well as Pixie and Callie, seemed to enjoy using it as a ladder to be able to look around the curtain of the door's window (as shown in Callie's Tuesday post) to see what's going on outside on that side of the house. Not to mention, how cute has it been to come home and be greeted with a kitty face peeking at me out of the curtain as if to say "Oh hai, Mommy! Welcome home!" least for awhile, it'll stay there (not like I'm using that space for anything else anyway!).

Woke up this morning to dark skies, rumbly thunder, and rain. As I was warm and comfy under the covers, it really made me wish I was a cat and could just yawn, stretch, and turn over for another nap. Alas, I had to get up for the "work" thing...

And last, but certainly not least, our dear friend Jasmim has given us the "Blog Like a Pearl" award - thank you so much!

According to Jasmim and her mom, the words on the picture translate to: "Your blog is like a pearl, rare, delicate and charming."

That's so pretty! The rules for this award are:

1. Post the link of who sent you.
2. Submit to 6 blogs that you think is a pearl and emotion.

I do so hate choosing who to give awards to (I like everyone!), but I also don't really like to fall back on the "hey, anyone take it" option either. So I guess I'll give this to the following peoples (but everybody, know that we love you all!):

1. Baby Patches
2. Daisy the Curly Cat
3. The Island Cats
4. Hansel and Tesla
5. Cory Cat Blog
6. Ginger Jasper

Enough ramblings for today. If only the weekend would get here a little faster!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday Window Seats

The windowsills in our windows are very skinny. We can sit in them but can't really lay down for any length of time - definitely not good for napping or extended snoopervising. So The Mommy installed window seats in two back windows and one front window. The front window gets sun in the morning and the back windows get it through the afternoon and evening. We all love laying on them, but are pretty good about sharing (gets kinda warm after awhile in the back windows).

Most of the time we only fight for space if the back windows get opened when the weather is nice (front window never gets opened, the screen is damaged) -- and that doesn't happen too often 'cuz we go so quickly from too cool to too hot and vice versa and don't get enough "just right" weather for that!

So today is Wednesday Window Seats day to show us off on our window seats...

Bugsy Boy:

Sassy Sweet:

Callie Boo:

Roxy Doll:

Pixie Darlin':

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tortie Tuesday

Oh hai peoples! Callie here on a Tortie Tuesday, just checking in. I've been taking care of important things, like exposing my belleh, taking naps, laying in sunbeams, taking naps, eating, taking naps...all those pesky chores a cat is responsible for.

And of course, checking to see what's outside while continuing to guard the box of the new loud noisy vacuum monster so The Mommy can't assemble it...

I think I hear a nap calling my name now. *sigh* A cat's work is never done.

Bye peoples!

PS - We just heard that our friend Franklin at Mishkat is feeling poorly with bronchitis, so please send out some purrs for him!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Manic Monday

So, The Mommy's alarm didn't go off this morning and she's running around a little bit like a chicken with its head cut off (not that we've ever seen one, but the description sounded appropriate), muttering, "so *this* is how the week's gonna be, eh?"

Luckily, she usually sets the alarm earlier than she really needs to get up, so she has plenty of time to eat breakfast, surf a few of the blogs for us, pamper us, and kind of ease into the morning before she finishes getting ready to go to that "work" thing. And she must have kind of a backup alarm in her head, 'cuz she still woke up in time to eat breakfast and pamper us a little bit and get ready, just without the surfing and easing part. So she only left the house a few minutes late.

It's just the principle of the thing, y'know?

Welcome to Monday, y'all...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jungle Cats Part 2

The mighty panther jungle cat inspects the bush to ensure he has cleared it of all prey...

And then settles in below for a rest, baring his tongue and fangs to warn away other predators.

(The Mommy sez: Sorry the last pic is so grainy/blurry, it's *way* zoomed in, but that expression on his face is just so great!)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Jungle Cats

We are mighty outside jungle cats...hear us roar!

(Well...even a jungle cat has to curl up on his warm comfy blankie sometimes... )

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday Things

We posted a few days ago that Bugsy was going to have his eye removal surgery today; for those that remember that post and may wonder/worry, that has been rescheduled and now won't happen until Aug. 13.

So without that to be concerned about today, we found ourselves a bit at loose ends as to what to post, so we decided to go simple and post Roxy's version of yesterday's "Wordless Wednesday"...


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Twinkle Toes Tuesday

This is Bugsy. He's laying on top of a cabinet. This cabinet is over The Mommy's litter box in the master bathroom.

To get on top of this cabinet, he has to go in the shower, jump up on the built-in seat, jump up and balance on the far end of the top frame of this glass shower door shown here, walk on the itty bitty thin frame over to the other end of the double door, and then jump up on top of the cabinet.

Pixie likes to do this, too, so he was kind enough to show how it's done while the flashy box thing was in use. He also was kind enough to stick his tongue out at Bugsy (you may need to bigify the picture to see that).

This usually only happens when The Mommy is getting ready for the "work" thing in the mornings, and the way the bathroom is set-up, her back is to the shower door and it's not reflected in her mirror. So the first she knows of it is with the loud rattling of the door in its frame when the leap from seat to door occurs. Always makes her jump, which is good for bonus points!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Mommy Monday

The kitties are generously giving me Monday to make a post; worked out well for an "M" on Monday too, since we already had things lined up for Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

So Katie at Mishkat tagged me to do a personal thing; I can "either (1) post 7 facts about yourself AND photos OR (2) post 10 facts about yourself with no photos, OR (3) post a childhood picture of yourself." (She was doing a combo of all 3 due to being tagged by different people.) Well, I hate posting photos of myself, and I can't find a childhood picture handy (who has all of those I wonder? my mom or my brother or my sister?), so I guess I'll go with (2).

1. Although I'm divorced now, when I got married back in 1993, we got married on a riverboat out in the middle of the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia. His family lived there and couldn't come to Texas, where we lived, for a wedding, so I figured if I was going up there for a wedding and it was going to be small, I was going to do something fun and different.

2. I've visited many states in the U.S., but I've only lived in two states, Texas and - briefly - Florida.

3. My mom taught me to read when I was 3 or 4 years old and I've been a reader ever since. When I was in 1st grade, I was reading at the 4th grade level, and had special permission to check out school library books from the "big kids" section.

4. I've worked with the same boss for nearly 18 years, although we're at our 4th employer (improving firms as we've gone).

5. I've only been out of the U.S. one time, for my honeymoon to Puerta Vallarta. Oh wait, twice - when I went to San Diego one time with my sister, we went across the border to Tijuana, Mexico, just to say we had been. But that was so short, I'm not sure it really counts.

6. I still remember my address and phone number from when I was 5 years old, even though we moved to another town hundreds of miles away that year. My mom and dad must have *really* drilled it into me.

7. I've only ever been called for jury duty one time in my life (even though I'm duly registered), and that was just after I moved from Texas to Florida so I couldn't serve anyway since I wasn't in Texas any more.

8. I've worn glasses since I was 2 years old, other than a couple of years here and there after having specific surgical procedures. But my eyes are too goofy for the lasik type procedures.

9. Just this past week I applied for a passport for the first time in my life, as I may have to travel to Canada for work soon. And who knows, maybe I'll go wild and take a trip overseas some day! At least it'll finally be possible without that being a cause for delay.

10. I like bright colors and jewel tones, but I'm not much into browns, oranges, or earthy tones.

Okay, so now you know some goofy things about The Mommy! I'd like to tag the moms behind the following bloggies - whose names I don't even know - to play along. But if you don't feel comfortable doing so, then please don't feel any pressure. It's just a fun thing for those who want to.

1. Daisy and Harley's mom
2. Parker's mom
3. Hansel and Tesla's mom
4. The Crew's mom
5. Reese's mom

Even though Katie's rules were combining three different tagging games, we'll just go ahead and carry them all forward. So remember, you must either (1) post 7 facts about yourself AND photos OR (2) post 10 facts about yourself with no photos, OR (3) post a childhood picture of yourself. Or not do any of them if you don't feel comfortable.

This just in, yesterday we were given two awards, and I just want to do a quick mention and thank you for those; later in the week we'll do the following-of-the-rules and passing-on-to-other-blogs thing.

From Loki, we received the ""Blog of the Estimaçã" award, which they received from Jasmim. I have some trouble sometimes with online Portuguese-to-English translators, and I keep getting "estimation" for "estimaçã". Not sure that (when coupled with the rules as they're translated) makes complete sense to me, but we appreciate it nonetheless!

Then, from Eric and Flynn, we received the Kreativ Blogger award, which they received from Ginger Jasper.

So thank you Loki, and Eric and Flynn, for those awards! We appreciate so much those that visit and read us, and leave comments (and even those that don't ), and getting awards is just icing on the cake to let us know you like us! You really like us!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Smorgasbord

This and that on a lazy Sunday...

First off, The Mommy says thanks to everyone that gave food advice on the Friday Food Fest post. Some good info, very much appreciated!

Next, following up on a post from a few days ago about the death of the previous loud noisy vacuum monster, we're sad to report that a new one has arrived. We've come up with a good plan though...if we continually lay on the box, The Mommy can never unpack it to assemble and use it! Aren't we brilliant?! Okay, Callie and Sassy, you go first!

Now Bugsy, you take Callie's place!

It almost seems too easy...

A couple of days ago, Bugsy showed off his blue laser eyes, something not often seen but which he was inspired to do after seeing Milo's blue lasers when he was playing ornament cat. Now, we have something that we think might be even rarer, or at least something we've not seen so far out there in bloggie land -- gold laser eyes! Yes indeed, Miss Roxy is pleased to present her gold laser eyes just for you kind kitties and peoples!

Also, Pixie had a grand ol' time playing "hunt the spider" on Monday evening, tracking it across the kitchen floor, into the dining room and across the living room -- accompanied at various times by Bugsy and Roxy -- before finally losing it. Or losing interest, we're not sure which. If you bigify and look close, you can see the spider just a few inches from his paw.

Finally, if you're still with us, our friend Jasmim gave us the "Your Blog is Satin" award this past week. Thanks, Jas!

We're going to change the rules for this one just a little bit from what she listed though, as it included giving to 10 people (we're cutting it to 5, feel free to do more if you want) and also required a raffle/donation to someone needing help for kitty care in...Portugal?...not sure of the country, and that's difficult to do as a bank transfer from the U.S. and we're really not comfortable requiring anyone to pay anything for the award. We hope Jas understands, and that those folks get the help they need. So, with that, we're going with these rules:

1. List 5 details (things, people, features) that make your life "satin" (we'll translate this also as "shiny" or "good").
2. Pass on to 5 other bloggers that have not already won.

Our list is this (one for each of us!):

1. Bugsy says: Going outside!
2. Sassy says: Laying in a sunbeam.
3. Callie says: Napping on a hairy blanket.
4. Roxy says: Snoopervising The Mommy while she gets ready for that "work" thing in the mornings.
5. Pixie says: Being picked up and held like a baby by The Mommy while she gives me skritches (I'm the only one who likes to be held like that!).

We'll pass it on to these bloggers, none of whom appear to have gotten this yet (at the time the post was written anyway):

1. Samson and Delilah at The Monkeys
2. Tristan and Crikey
3. Ernie, Wally and Zoey at The Island Cats
4. PoppyQ
5. Huffle Mawson

So there ya have it, a little smorgasbord of things to round out the week...from all of us here at The Kitty Krew.

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