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That’s me!!!


I’m the brave one. I went outside in the cold airs and I even sat down on the really cold deck.  Mom, you could have cleared a bigger space for me.  I barely fit all of me in this spot.  See the wood?  That’s so we can have fires in the house and make it cozy.  The wood man came last weekend with his really big truck and unloaded wood for the house.  We were both scared of him ‘cuz he doesn’t come that often, but we were all thankful he was here.


I’m brave, too!  It’s just that my toy wanted me to stay inside with it and sit in the sun puddle.  I didn’t want to hurt the toy’s feelings so I stayed inside where it’s warm.  I didn’t want my ginger toes touching all that cold white stuff.  I sniffed the cold airs and decided the angels had left the freezer doors open way too long for me.

Mom had the day off today so we both got extra play time with her.

She had to go see the dentist and get her toofies cleaned.  She told me that they use root beer flavored cleaning stuff.  What’s root beer?

It’s a flavor you probably wouldn’t like.  They would have to use catnip flavored stuff for us.

My toofies are fine so I don’t need to be going anywhere no matter what flavor is involved.

And you were talking about being brave?

Never mind…………..


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Mom was late getting home from work today because she said she stopped to vote.

I smelled food on her.  Didn’t she know we were home starving?

We decided to let you know what we thought of the voting thing that humans do.


I take this voting thing seriously.  I wore my badge all night and was proud of it.


Not me.  I yanked that sticky thing off of me and stomped on it.  Don’t ask my why.  I just had the feeling that’s what I was supposed to do.

That’s the youngster showing up in Steinbeck.  He doesn’t understand the importance of voting.

As long as the gingers win, it’s fine with me.

How can the gingers win if you don’t even vote?  Besides, the tuxedos are winning.

You’re asking mighty difficult questions on my empty stomach.  I can’t think fast enough.

Well, all I can tell you is that if you were running the election, everyone would be eating instead of voting.

There’s something wrong with that?

I give up!  Mom, you try talking to him.

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Why are you insideSteinbeck, won’t you come outside?  I could use your fluffy tail to help Mom paint these windows.  I don’t want to get white on my regal black tail.


Hemingway, nobody is using my tail as a brush!

But look, you already have white in it.  Are you sure you haven’t been in the paint?


I haven’t been in the paint.  I’m too busy checking on all these plants that Mom brought inside.  I guess she thought they were getting lonely so she brought them in so we could keep them company.  Mom is always thinking of others.

And so ends another typical day in our household.  We each seem to do our own things and then we all gather on Mom’s bed at the end of the day.

The Boys Being Good

Hemingway, don’t breathe on me…..you’ll mess my furs!

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amber door


Mom, why do they call you an Amber Door at work?

Oh Steinbeck, you don’t have it quite right.  I volunteered to help with a new reward program at work.  Those of us who volunteered are called Ambassadors………..not Amber Doors.  It’s a neat program and it gives me a chance to recognize coworkers who are in other countries.  Now we can say thanks to anyone in the company for a great job and everyone can see that thanks through the special recognition board.

Can you recognize kitties?

We don’t have any kitties working for the company.

How about the other humans, do they have kitties?

I know some of them do.

Well, you can recognize those humans for being kind to their kitties.

We’ll see.


Mom?  Can we send Steinbeck to school so he can learn to listen better?

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amber door

Steinbeck, what’s that?

It’s an amber door.

So why are you putting it on our blog?

Mom said that at work she’s an amber door and I just don’t understand.  I thought maybe some of our readers might.

Steinbeck, I’m sure you didn’t hear her right.  MOMMMMMMMM……….are you an amber door?

She says she’s busy and doesn’t know what I’m talking about.


Oh well…………let’s play.

But what about the amber door?

Maybe if our readers tune in tomorrow or the next day, they might find out.



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………on this cool autumnal day! The scenery is changing, we must say. The leaves they fall and the ducks all fly away……and the ground will soon be frozen hard as ice.


Steinbeck, what on earth are you doing?

I’m singing Mom’s favorite song, “My Old Kentucky Home”.


Well, that’s where she was born and she likes it and it makes her think of her dad who was also born there.

I meant, why are you singing, but more importantly…..those aren’t the words.

I’m being creative.


Oh give me a home, where the carrots grow tall……..where the catnip still grows in the fall……..where bunnies and squirrels don’t tease me at all……..and the sunshine still warms all my furs…………


If you can do it, so can I.

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We are all in shock here so we’re not posting a “normal” Sunday Selfie.  Just take a look at this.  Our star today is Outdoor Kitty……….and he’s not happy!!!!


MOM!!!  Why is that white stuff out there?  Did you spill flour again?

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Happy Caturday, everyone.

We have sunshine!!!

It’s been forever since we’ve seen the sun shining.  We’re all loving this bright light.

It’s about time someone changed the batteries so the sun could shine again.

So, Mom took this picture of us and turned it into this piece of art for the Caturday Blog Hop.

We hope you like it!  Mom thinks it shows we must be related ‘cuz some of my ginger furs seem to leak over into Hemingway’s furs.

We are NOT related.  I’m a Tuxedo and I’m regal.  You’re a Ginger and you’re crazy.


Don’t forget to check out our other friends and have a wonderful weekend!

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Hemingway, come look at this:


This leaf doesn’t look normal but I can’t reach it.  What has happened to it?


Steinbeck, am I going to have to explain this to you every fall?

Probably.  I have a short attention span.  MOL!

Look at the deck.  Notice that there are lots of leaves that look like that and they are scattered all over.



Why aren’t they still in the trees?  Do they feel bad that they are no longer green so they jump off?

No.  The Painting Fairies come along and paint the leaves so they change colors for the humans to enjoy in the fall.

They seem to be rather limited in their choices of color.

Not everywhere.  They use different colors for different trees.  Look off in the distance.


Oh………that’s pretty.  But you know what, Hemingway?



Those Painting Fairies are going to have mighty wet feet with all the rain we’ve been having.  I bet Mom won’t let them in the house with their wet feet!

Oh Steinbeck……………….

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Hemingway, why did Mom go to the vet the other day?

Steinbeck, I’ve told you that Mom doesn’t go to the vet, she goes to a doctor.

Well, if the vet is good enough for us, why isn’t it good enough for Mom?



You still haven’t answered any of my questions.

Fine……..now listen.  Mom had to go have something called a stress test done.

Does that hurt?  Will we have to have one?

Mom said it didn’t hurt, although she did have all sorts of reactions to the chemicals.  The nurses gave her diet cola as soon as they could after the restrictions were lifted and she started to feel better.

Why did she have to have that test?  Did she study for it?  Will she get paid more money for passing it?

Steinbeck, it’s not that kind of a test.  This was a test to see how Mom’s heart was working.

Oh nooooooooo!  Is her heart going to stop?

Not at all, Steinbeck.  Remember how much stress she was under when she was starting her new job?

I sure do.

Well, some of the things happening to her body then could have been some heart issues so her doctor wanted her to get it checked out.  Her doctor told her that the tests show no blockages and that’s very good.  She’s also feeling better now that the stress has died down some.

Wow.  Humans are complicated beings.  Are we supposed to keep testing Mom so she doesn’t get stress overload again?

Somehow I think Mom would say we test her enough, especially you.


I’m going to tell Mom that once again you’re not being nice.

From the Mom:

Yes, I did have a stress test a couple of weeks ago.  Several years back, I went to a Lifeline Screening.  I just figured it would be a good thing to check out even though that’s something I would normally never do.  In fact, on my scheduled day they had a power failure so they couldn’t do the test.  Ordinarily that would have been enough for me to forget about it but I didn’t.  I made sure they got me rescheduled.  Know what?  When they did the tests, they discovered that my right carotid artery was 95% blocked and I had no symptoms.  Just a few days later I was in the hospital for surgery.  Since that time, all of my scans have been clear.  However, I was putting my body through so much stress with the new job that I was having shortness of breath and I was sweating like crazy.  Since I seem to avoid showing symptoms, I agreed with my doctor that we should check it out.  I’m doing fine now.  I’ve noticed that I don’t have the shortness of breath and the sweating that I did so the stress has lessened.  I am getting more comfortable with my job and feel like I know most of what I’m doing.  My word to the boys’ readers is to get the Lifeline Screening done if it’s in your town.  Those are tests I never would have had at my doctor’s office ‘cuz I didn’t have any symptoms.  They saved my life.

By the way, the boys may bring stress into my life at times, but it’s all surrounded by love.  How can anyone be stressed out by a purring ball of fluffy fur?


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