Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Toesday with Minnie

I'm checking out our new hallway scratchy-climber.
I'm rubbin on the corners to make sure everycat knows it's mine.

Do you like that pic-sher?  Mom didn't do a really good job when she took it so I added that antique filter effect.  Kind of gives us an idea how our scratcher might look after we've gotten our clawrs in it, mol!

I put some kind of film filter effect on this pic-sher too; I just
clicked around 'til I saw something I liked!  It really brings out
my leg stripeys!

Do you know, though, that we really don't scratch on furniture?  The wood parts, I mean.  We all like sissal and carpet (and Hollie likes cardboard, too).  Since our house has wall-to-wall carpeting scratchers installed, we're pretty happy!
hee hee!

Have a great Toesday!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Woo hoo!  It's MONDAY!

Let's go, let's go, let's GO!

***** or *****



Sunday, November 27, 2011


Minnie on the look-out

We had some rain on Thanksgiving and since then the weather conditions have been ripe for fog.  Yesterday it gave way to sun, so I'm hoping for the same today.  I'm on the lookout!

We're mostly taking it easy today.  It's our mom's last day of holiday.  We've had a busy weekend, though.  First we had to help mom with some chores, you know, laundry an all...

No, really, we are helping!

Our mom  was on a bit of a clean-up-and-get-organized bent.  She took away the scratchy climby thing we had in the hallway and ordered a new one; one that she could store stuff in too.  It came yesterday and I helped her put it together.

Not bad!

Pretty cool, huh Pip?

Mom let us play in the box for a bit before taking it out to recycle.
Mom, you should recylce this into a cat toy for us!


So now we're all waiting in our own way for the sunshine still.

We hope you're all enjoying a nice weekend and SUNday!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Hang on...I'm doing some computer work here.
This is mom's work lap top.  Her company has a IT policy that says she's not allowed to let anyone else use it.  Not even family!

I don't think they mean family cats...

I'm collecting my thoughts...

We're just usin it to watch some movies anyhow.

Now which key do I push to get it started again?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Strange Behavior

Oh, I know what your proly thinkin...  "What's that Minnie doin this time?"

Well, it's not me...really!
It's our mom!
All this past week she's been, well, how do I put this?
Well behaved.
See, she's been attentive to our tummy time and when she got home from her work place, instead of taking time to herself to relax wasting time, other than a bit of play time with Wriggley, she prepares our dinners right away!  Even today, Caturday, we got our dinners on time, maybe a little early, even.  It's only been a week so we'll have to see how things go.  Maybe we should reward her with some extra cuddles and purrs, to be sure.

I'm not sayin our mom is perfect, now... breakfast is a whole 'nother story.  I'm not gonna say too much on this cause it's been cold here lately, and to be honest, I'm kinda reluctant to get up too...hungry or no!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Have a Nice Day!

Smidgen and I sit here at the front door and see our mom off to work.

Smidgen, if we move fast, maybe we can scoot out the front door too!

Bye mom!  Have a nice day!

(9 hours later...)

Well, it's about time!  Where's my dinner!?!

Feed me now!  Yow!

 ...I mean...Hi mom!  How was your day?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Remember Me?

Um...hai!  Remember me?  Yeah...Hollie!

A cat can't get a blog post in edge-wise around here.  I just wanted to be sure you know I'm still here and doing ok.  We're not all the best of kitty-friends around here.  I exchange hisses with Smidgen and Minnie from time to time, and that's about as far as it goes, at least.  We kind of have a time share going with the house.

Here I am exploring the house on my turn.

I think I mentioned before that I don't sit still for the pawparazzi...some things don't change, mol!

um...ok...well, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna check out the view from the big screen patio window...

You're welcome to join me if you want...maybe there will be something good on bird tv...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Bit of Fall Color

Our trees finally have some fall color.  It seems like they were late to change this year.  This is what I see out of my window.  We have a Silver Maple in our front yard.

The insets on the right are from the Liquidamber tree in our front side yard.  I can't see that one from my window but its leaves get some nice yellow color.  Usually, mom turns off the yard sprinklers as our weather cools down,  and the leaves on the Silver Maple just turn brown and drop.  This year, she left the water on for a bit longer and we also got some early rain, so we get to see a bit of color from that tree this year.  As you can see, mom has a bit of raking to do...

This is a kitty-eye view of our back yard from our big screen patio window.

In the foreground is our Bradford Pear.  Out of all of our trees, this one holds its leaves the longest and gets some nice red and purple color.

It also produces little pears that the birds like!

So our mom likes trees and maybe went a bit crazy in our back yard...
This is our Chinese Hackberry:
The picture isn't very good but it's beginning to turn yellow.  There is a certain aphid pest of Hackberries, the Hackberry Wooly Aphid (go figure...) and our tree gets them every year.  Often it will drop its leaves early on account of the aphids.  Mom doesn't like to spray harsh chemicals; sometimes she'll hose the tree off or spray with soaps and oils.  A healthy tree can withstand a certain amount of pest pressure and then natural enemies can keep the pest population under control.  Our tree stayed strong this year!  Oh, check out all of the Pyracantha berries in the background!  The Mockingbird has staked out our yard for those, and sometimes we see Robins and Cedar Waxwings!

We also have a Chinese Pistache and a Chinese Tallow Tree in our back yard.  The pistache hangs on to its leaves too.  Then we'll get a few days with a strong north wind and all of the leaves will drop :). 

Whew!  I don't know about you, but I'm a bit tree'ed out!
Thanks for visiting our yard with me!

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Always Something!

la la la
 Oh, don't mind me, I'm just doing a bit of computer work.

What's that, mom?
What do you mean, you can't type with my tail on the keyboard?

ok, ok!  I'll move!

What!?!  My tail's not in the way any more.
What more do you want?

You know, my mom seems to be whining a lot lately, something about a stiff neck and shoulders.  Something about this desk set-up not being ergonomically correct...


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Second Thoughts

Sunday sure was nice, what with that "fall back" business.  We all put that extra hour to good use with some bonus sleeps!

Since then though, I'm not so sure...I'm beginning to have second thoughts, even.  See, suddenly everything has been an hour late (and by everything, I mean breakfast and dinner).  It's like mom is sleeping in every morning!  And she gets home from her work place around six five, but by the time she gets to making our dinners, it's more like seven six, if not later!

Usually I don't make a big deal of when mom comes home, but this week I've been at the door, hollerin, even.  I'm hungry!

Enough with the flashy box, all ready!  Get moving on our dinners!
Forget daylight savings time and standard time...mom needs to get on our tummy time!