Mom said we have to be serious today.  Shakespeare, do you think you can handle that?


Shakespeare, today is the day we honor all the humans fur people who have fought and served for our country.

We fight, does that mean we’re getting honored?

Shakespeare, I told you this was serious.  All the service humans and service fur people have fought over the years for our freedom.  Because of them, Mom lives in a free country and she was able to adopt us and take care of us.

That also means we get treats and food, doesn’t it?


This is Hemingway's "Red, White and Blue" pose.

This is Hemingway’s “Red, White and Blue” pose.

Today we all want to honor the service humans who have served, are serving and will serve for our country.

We also want to send lots of purrs and soft paw fats to the service fur people.  They are awesome!

veterans Day

This afternoon I was trying to take a nap next to Mom.  I was all curled up and purring and I was so happy.  Shakespeare was off somewhere probably looking for food so I had Mom to myself.


The only problem was that she was watching something called football.  I don’t understand why she gets so excited during that stupid game.  I would be quietly dreaming about chasing butterflies and all of a sudden she would yell, “Go! Go!!”  At first I thought she was yelling at me and telling me to run faster after the butterflies.  Then I opened one eye and saw that she was yelling at the TV!!!  Now what good does that do?  Every time I would try to fall asleep, she would start yelling and clapping her hands and stuff.  She can definitely not watch football quietly!!!

Nov 8, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings

She did apologize for yelling and waking me up.  She also said something about me getting used to it.  Good grief.  Yep, she loves those purple guys!!

Do the rest of you have that problem with your humans?

I’m going to wait until she watching a movie before I snuggle up with her again.  She almost always falls asleep watching movies!



Hemingway Hiding

I’m going to hide here so Mom doesn’t see me.  She’s mad!

Shakespeare Hiding

I better hide, too!  Why is she mad?  Did you do something naughty?

No way!  She’s not made at either of us.  She came home from work and started shouting about all the stupid road construction.  Then she was mumbling things about orange cones and orange barrels.

What’s wrong with orange?

Beside the fact that it’s not black and white, I’m not sure.

I think her brother said something about being hot under the collar.  Was she wearing a collar?  Why didn’t she just take it off?

I can’t tell you.

Is it a secret?

No…..I mean I don’t know so I can’t tell you.

Did she remember to feed us?

Of course.

Then nothing’s wrong.

From the Mom:  Boys, there’s still something very wrong about road construction!  It’s everywhere.  Be thankful you can’t go out of the back yard and aren’t allowed to drive my car.  Sorry you had to hear my temper tantrum.

But can you still get to the store for our food and treats?

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Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with us!

Mom said today is Halloween.

She told us the little humans go out dressed as all sorts of things….

….including cats!

Then they go to houses and say, “Trick or treat” and the grown-up humans give them candy.

If we dress up and say, “Trick or Treat, can we get catnip treats????



Shakespeare…..I think I found the secret door where we can order our own treats!


What do you mean, I don’t know the password???  Why do I need a stinking password???

From the Mom:  The boys let me take over their blog today so I could talk about something serious.

When we turn the water faucet on, the water comes streaming out.  We think it will never end as it splashes over our hands.  Then one day we turn on the faucet and one tiny drip comes out and then nothing.  What happened?  Did we do something different?

I just lost a dear friend.  He died alone at home and wasn’t found right away.  How long was he there by himself?  How did he die?  Did he know he would not be seeing his friends again?  Why did the water that was his life suddenly stop flowing?

I have many questions and very few answers.  What were his final thoughts?  Did he know he was dying alone?  Were the angels there to help him?  I have a strong feeling that they were.

He was a nice man and a wonderful friend.  He loved helping others.  His gruff demeanor could scare people off at times, but it was all an act.  He had a heart that reached out to those who were in need.  He had a great laugh that he didn’t always share with everyone, but those of us who heard it loved it.

Now I wonder if I was good enough at showing him how much value he had.  Did he know he was a special person to many friends?  Did he know he was loved?  He wasn’t one to talk about feelings or show much emotion, but those are usually the ones with hearts as big as all outdoors.

Our time on earth is brief.  We don’t fully understand the impact we may have on others.  That’s why we need to respect those around us.  We need to make our fellow humans feel they are worthy.  We may not be able to like everyone, but I do feel that we can love them through God.

Tell your friends you love them.  Hug your family members.  Don’t forget the fur people in your lives.  That love is what keeps the water flowing.  When it stops and there is no water flowing, we are alone.

This column is dedicated to Dave Webb.  I pray the angels are dancing with  you as you meet up with other family members and friends.  You were special to me and your friendship meant a lot.  You will be missed by those of us left behind.

Over the weekend we were sitting outside discussing fall.  Well, I was discussing it and Shakespeare was just looking around!


Want to know why I love fall?

I guess I’m supposed to say yes now.

Just look at me and the leaves.  See how the leaves are trying to copy my beautiful fur.  I have FALL FUR!

Well, I have NIGHT FUR then and that’s even better ‘cuz nights happen all year long.

Mom says we can’t ignore our friends and fans any longer.  We have to sit down and write to everyone.

If we do that, will Mom give us treats?

Shakespeare, you know that you get treats all the time!

So what should we talk about?  WAIT………….I know!!!  Mom’s no longer a tent!!!

Hemingway Praying

People…..do you see what I have to put up with???  Mom is no longer a temp!  She was never a tent!

Fine!  So what’s a temp?

It means that Mom is now working for the company and no longer working for the agency

So?  She still leaves the house every day and leaves us alone.

But now she has benefits from the company.

She gets treats?

Well, she did tell me that there are lots of food parties there.  However, the benefits she’s talking about include vacation time so she can play with us and medical and dental insurance and stuff like that.

I don’t like going tot he doctor’s house.  I would need lots and lots and lots of assurance.

No.  Insurance.  It helps pay the bills.

Does she have insurance on us?

No.  She said she’s counting on us being healthy.

Well, I can’t be healthy without treats!

Readers…………do I really have to put up with this????

We finished with the puter.  Now where are our treats?

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Mom goes to work almost every day and she says she works with a computer and  phones.

We stay home and wait for her to get back from work.

Then it’s time to eat.  I just can’t wait for Mom to put her things down so she can put food in our dishes.

After eating, we’re ready to play but Mom says she has to get busy and fix supper for her brother and herself.

If she would just put some cat food in dishes for the two of them, then she wouldn’t have to do any cooking.  Wait……I just thought about that.  If they start eating our cat food then it will disappear faster.  This is declared a BAD IDEA.

Shakespeare, you’re hung up on food again.  We’re supposed to be thinking about work.

How can we do that when we don’t go to work?

Well, if we did, I wonder if we would have to dress up.

Would there be other fur people working?

Can we apply for jobs ourselves or do we have to have Mom do it?

What do humans do at work?  Would fur people do the same thing?

You know…………Mom said we can’t go out of our yard so how could we go to work?

Well, I’ve heard about working from home….

That sounds ridiculous.  Home is for napping, playing and eating.  No working at home!!!  EVER!!!

Hemingway's tail does not fit


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