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Hemingway!!  Come here.  Quick.  You have to help me.  It’s very important.

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Steinbeck…………hold down the noise.  Can’t you see I’m helping Mom?  Remember she has to work from home now so I have to help her with her stuff so she doesn’t work too many hours.  If I didn’t help her, she’d be working for elebenty billion hours.  Now what is it you want?

I want you to come here!  Right now!!

Ok………fine………I’m coming.

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So why am I here?  What am I supposed to be looking for?  What are you so excited about?

Tell me if you see any corn or iris.

Why on earth are you asking me to do that?

“Cuz I keep hearing on that TV all about the corn and iris and how dangerous they are.  I wanted to check the freezer to see if Mom had any corn in there, but she wouldn’t let me.  I figured I better check our yard.  I don’t want any corn or iris around here.

Steinbeck, you’ve got it all wrong.   It’s not corn and iris.  It’s coronavirus.

Smarty pants……..how do you know?

Mom told me about it when I asked her why she was working at home now.  You must have been sleeping as usual.  She said it’s a serious sickness and humans have to be really careful so they don’t get it.  Mom is staying in the house as much as she can so she doesn’t run into any of those germs.

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I’m so glad you’re my big brother and can teach me things.

Steinbeck, there’s also this rule about social distancing.

What’s that?

It means…..don’t invade my space.

Well, be that way.  I’ll just move over here. imageedit_11_5121849023

I just hope I don’t dream about corn and iris.

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Mom let us go out on the deck over the weekend and I talked to Mr. Outdoor Cat.  Then I walked around and checked out the property.  Of course I could only walk on the deck ‘cuz there was still some of that white stuff and some wet stuff around.  I wasn’t about to get my feet wet!!  But, guess what…………Hemingway walked off the deck and into that white stuff.  He obviously lost his mind.  I got rather angry with him ‘cuz I just knew he was going to bring those wet cold feet into the house.

Well, getting angry was a BIG mistake.  Mom was standing on the deck looking at Hemingway and I just had to tell her how angry I was.  I looked at her and hissed and spitted.  She just looked at me and told me to knock it off.  You mean I shouldn’t be mad about what Hemingway was doing?

I don’t get it.  Now she’s calling me Mr. Crabby Apple Pants again.  I don’t think that’s a proper name for me.

Nope, I haven’t been outside since.  Mom says I can’t get angry.  Oh well……….

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Mom said I could “fancy up” my selfie today.  I was so excited.  We all got to go outside.  I decided it was the perfect time to use my body to clean off the deck.  There were little twigs and old leaves and little bits of this and that.  I managed to get them on my fur.  MOL!!!  That’s why Mom said I should “fancy up” my selfie.  I hope everyone had a very good weekend and is ready to start another week.

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Everyone knows my name is Hemingway.  No, I don’t have six toes.  Mom chose that name ‘cuz she liked the author.  Then she got another kitty and she named him Shakespeare.  He wasn’t with us that many years and then she brought another ginger kitty home and named him Steinbeck, after another one of her favorite authors.  She had decided she wanted us to have a blog and wanted us to have literary names.  She also didn’t want us to have names that everyone else had.  She’s strange that way.

Enough of the background information.  My question to all you readers is:  if I have the name Hemingway, why does Mom insist on calling me other names?  Do the rest of you have the problem?  I call Mom, Mom.  That’s all I call her.  I call my little brother, Steinbeck…….well, maybe sometimes I call him Brat……but that’s another story for another day.

Here’s a recent picture that Mom took of me.

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One of Mom’s friends likes to call me Mr. Regal ‘cuz I’m always dressed in my finest tuxedo, ready for a party.  When Mom took this picture, she decided it really did show me as Mr. Regal.  I think I look quite like a king in that picture.

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She also has another crazy name for me.  Would you believe she calls me, Inaway?  She said she came up with that name ‘cuz I’m always in the way.  Can I help it if she wants to walk wherever I stretch out on the floor?  I say it’s her fault.  I say that I get a vote on this and I’ll go for Mr. Regal instead of Inaway.

What do you think?

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Tell me a story, Hemingway.

I don’t know if I have any stories ready to tell you.  Aren’t you sleepy enough?

Not really.  My mind has been going in lots and lots of circles.

Why?

I’ve been thinking about the weather and I’m getting tired of all the snow and cold.  Did you watch all those flakes falling down Monday night?  I’m glad Mom got home before it got bad.

I know Mom is not real happy with winter.  Even though this has been a really mild winter for this area, all the gray days make us feel sad.  At least now when the sun shines it bounces off all that fresh white snow and that makes us happy.

Yeah………as long as we’re on the inside looking out!

I guess so.  What else is on your mind?

Ya’ know when Mom was talking about those Halloween Goblins in her blood?

You have nothing to worry about ‘cuz she said they are still doing good.

Yes, but she said now she doesn’t have enough iron.  I’ve been looking for nails for her to chew on and I can’t find any.

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Steinbeck…..nobody mailed us nails!  You have to learn to relax a little.  You don’t need to worry so much about all of us.  You and I are taking good care of Mom and she knows it.

But what about what happened at work last week?

Well, we couldn’t do anything to protect her from that but she’s fine now.

**Mom inserts here:  The boys are talking about when I was ready to leave work on Friday and start my weekend.  The elevator had just arrived when all the alarms started going off and we were told to exit the building and not use the elevators.  I knew this wasn’t a drill but I really did want to take the elevator.  I didn’t.  I walked (or hobbled) down eight flights of stairs and out into the cold night.  Turns out a pipe burst in the lobby area of our building and there was water everywhere.  It made quite a mess and they are still working on getting it cleaned up.  As for me, I spent a very painful weekend dealing with my knees and ankle.  Both knees are fake and usually don’t bother me.  My ankle has a triple fusion and needs to be replaced so it bothers me all the time.  It was much worse after all those stairs.  However, I have recovered.

I guess you’re right.  Do you think Mom has left some treats out for us?  Oh………….and what about my story?????

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Leave me alone.  I’m lying in my sun puddle.

 

A very strange thing happened over the weekend.  It happened briefly on Saturday but happened again almost all day on Sunday.

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We had a bright light in the sky!!!

We haven’t seen that bright light in days and days and days………… Well, you get it.

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Still, I knew exactly what to do!  I plopped myself down in the biggest sun puddle I could find and I flashed my sparkly green eyes at Mom to let her know that I was very happy.  Mom said that she liked how my black whiskers showed up in the photo.  However, she didn’t like my messy bib so I did get a brushing later.

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I was busy telling the Cookie Jar Kitties that they should get in the sun puddles, but they weren’t moving.  Oh, and I also got a brushing even though my bib wasn’t messy.

Mom is actually the one who needed instructions on what to do when the sun shines.

She said she needed to take a class on how to put on sunglasses.

Of course first she had to find them!!!

It was a fun weekend.  What about yours?

We haven’t done this for a long time so we’re kind of rusty.

Hey…….you’re black and white.  I’m rusty!!!

Sigh……I always get interrupted.  At any rate, here is our Caturday Art entry for the day.  We hope you like it.

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Here’s the original:

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As you can see, I was sort of yelling.  I was trying to tell Mom that Steinbeck was going to wash my face again.  I already washed it so I didn’t need his help/

But I saw a spot on your face that you missed!

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Check out the other art that our friends did today.  Just click on the box.

Long ago and far away we had a human who listened to us and wrote down what we were saying……….and/or thinking.

What do you mean?  Mom’s still here.

Yes, but she sure has gotten lazy in her old age.

Well, it’s true that she doesn’t spend as much time playing with us as we would like…….and sometimes our supper is late ‘cuz she’s stuck at that work place.

That’s it!  The work place thing.  It’s taking all of her energy!!!

Wonder if we could do anything to help.

Mom doesn’t mumble things about us getting jobs whenever she has to go buy our foodies.

I don’t want to get a job.  It’s cold outside and I don’t want to go there.  Besides, I know she wouldn’t let us drive her car.

Of course not……..we can’t even see over the dashboard and I’m not real sure which pedal is which and how long you have to hold them down.

Could we get one of those jobs where you do things at home on the computer?

She’s not going to leave the computer on for us.  She doesn’t now and I don’t see her changing her tune about that at all.

She’s singing???  I know she keeps practicing to sing.

Sigh…………

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If I could figure out how to back into this box, I would be a cute model!

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And if I could figure out how to sleep in this bed, I would be a good model.

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Give it up Hemingway.  I make a better model in the bed.

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Are you sure???????????

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What day is it?

I don’t know.  I thought you were keeping track of that.

I think we all got lost in some crazy time warp.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were helping Mom wrap Christmas presents?

As a matter of fact, it was!

So, what happened to my birthday?  I got older one of those days.

Don’t you remember Mom singing to you?

I guess my memory is fading ‘cuz I’m getting older.

Just like Mom.  MOL!!  I bet our readers wonder what happened to us.  They might be thinking we got buried in snow ‘cuz we live in the frozen tuna.

Steinbeck, that’s tundra.

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What’s a tundra?  Is it another kind of fish?  I think frozen tuna is good.

You amaze me.  Sometimes you start off with a brilliant conversational topic and then you just fall apart.  Your brain turns to snowflakes.

Does not!

Well, I’m going to tell our readers that we’re all fine and healthy.  We just have a major problem with our human and the puter.  She just hasn’t been turning it on for us, so we haven’t been able to write.

Can I tell them about my dreams?

No.  They don’t want to know about you chasing balls and bells in your dreams.

Last night it was cotton balls.  They were so soft and fluffy, and they bounced all over the place….

Steinbeck get serious now.  We need to tell our readers that we hope they all had a wonderful Christmas with their humans and fur people….and even the ones who have fins and/or feathers.

Now where’s my New Year’s cup of tuna water?  I want to practice toasting 2020 so I get it just right.  Do I need that toaster thing to toast????

I need a nap.

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Me too!!!!

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Guess what……..guess what……….guess what??!!

I’m so excited.  I got my own mail today.  My very own!!!  After supper, Mom showed me the envelope. It’s my very own envelope.Tooth Fairy 1

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Here’s my very own note from the Tooth Fairy.  It has my name on it!  I’m so happy!!

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Look at all my toys and my note!  Could any cat be luckier than me???

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MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Steinbeck is in my very own envelope!!!  His name isn’t even on it.

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It looks like he picked out his favorite.  I think it goes nicely with his furs.

What a wonderful day!!  Thank you Tooth Fairy.  You made all of us very, very happy………especially ME!!!

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