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Where’s the snow?  It’s cold out there but there’s no snow.  That seems like such a waste of cold.  Aren’t we supposed to be conserving or something?  We have no snow and it’s cold.  That’s not conserving in my mind.  Besides, there’s not even any sun!!!  If we can’t have snow, can we at least have sun?

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Steinbeck, will you quit your grumbling and watch for the squirrels, bunnies and birds?  With all the racket you’re making about no snow, they’re going to get scared and stay away.

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Fine, maybe I’ll go help Mom make the bed.  I know she can’t do it without my help.

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Steinbeck, come look.  The squirrel is hanging upside down from the bird feeder again.

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Hemingway, it’s hard to tell, but he’s looking right at me!

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Did that make you forget about the fact we have cold and no snow.

Not really.  But at least it gave me something else to do.  Besides, I found my kicky-throw-in-the-air toy and that always makes me happy.

Sigh…….It’s a good thing Mom had today off from work.  I get so tired taking care of this little one!

 

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It’s Sunday and at least the sun is shining.  However, if you look at my selfie, you probably won’t see happy eyes.  That’s because it’s COLD!!!  We were even in the hole when it came to temperatures this morning.  I don’t know who we were supposed to pay, but I sure hope someone pays soon so we can get some temperatures back!

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Mom is staying inside the rest of the day and she’ll probably be reading so that means I can curl up by her and nap.  Steinbeck will probably do the same thing once he gets out of the sun puddle.

We both hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  If you have any extra temperatures, don’t forget to send them to us.  MOL!!!

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Steinbeck, what are you doing?  Do you belong up there?

I belong everywhere!  Besides, I’m admiring the lovely picture Mom has of me on her puter.  I sure was adorable when I was little!!!   I’m also trying to fix things ‘cuz Mom told a big fat white lie!!

What are you talking about?

Remember how she said that after the holidays she would have more time so we could chat with our friends and tell them about our adventures?

Now that you mention it, I do remember something about that.  However, I haven’t noticed that we’ve been able to post anything on our blog lately.

She hasn’t even turned the computer on for us!!  Harumph!!!

Well, she has been sort of….kind of…..busy…..  Wait a minute……….she’s been taking naps with me!  She did tell a big fat lie.

See?  So, I’m trying to figure out the computer so we can go ahead and tell the world about her.

Now Steinbeck, is that the best thing to do?  Remember all the naughty things you and I have done?  Does Mom go and rat on us………

RAT?????????????

Slow down.  Does Mom go and tell on us to all our readers?

Sometimes, but it’s usually when it’s something silly like when you try to hide and leave your tail sticking out for the world to see.

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But she doesn’t really tell our readers about the bad things like when I broke the lamp shade, or we both ate all the treats.  She lets the readers think we are little angels with only a few tarnished places on our halos.

Are you saying that I shouldn’t tell the readers that Mom told a big fat white lie?

Probably not.

Can I say she told a big fat “Tuxedo lie”?  MOL!!!!

Nope, but I’ll tell everyone she told a big fat “Ginger lie”.  MOL!!  MOL!!!

the boys being good

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Happy New Year, Readers!

Glad to see you made it into 2019. I had no idea we were going from one year to another.

I knew because Mom put a new cat calendar on the wall. She said the calendar is kind of sad this time ‘cuz it’s the last time she’ll get one from her friend. She got a call today and was told he passed away last night. Mom says it really puts a damper on celebrating a new year.

However, Mom also said that we have no known schedule that tells us exactly how long we have on this side of The Rainbow Bridge, and that goes for us fur people as well.

We don’t mean to be all down and sad today, but we do have to face facts. People and fur people are still hurting. There’s fighting, even between me and Steinbeck.

But that’s not real fighting. I just like to torment you to get your attention.

MOL!!! I know that. But there is sadness in the world and we can choose to focus on it, or be thankful for each moment we get and try to spread happiness.

I like that option. Each day of cold snowy weather gets us closer to summer when the catnip will be growing again.

Yes, and each smile you give to someone else, gets passed along to others.

Don’t forget hugs and scritches.

Right you are. See, that’s focusing on good things that make us happy. If we’re happy, it will spill over onto others and they will be happy.

Mom doesn’t like it when I spill things.

That’s not what I mean. This is something you would like to spill. It’s like looking outside, seeing the sunshine bouncing off the winter landscape, and being thankful you’re inside by the fire. It’s that warm cozy feeling you like to share with others.

Mom, we’re sorry you lost your friend. Maybe he’ll find Shakespeare and tell him hi.

For now, we’ll soak up the sunshine and let it spill all over the place and maybe some of it will reach you, dear readers.  May 2019 be gentle and kind to all of you.

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I love how the sun warms my tummy.

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I love how the sun warms my furs.

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Hi, Readers!  Today is my ninth birthday.  That’s almost two paws!!!  Mom says the time has gone really fast and she can’t imagine what it was like before she adopted me.

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I think I look quite distinguished for being almost two paws old.  I keep my tuxedo nice and clean for all the ladies.

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I told Mom that I was sure there were some things in this bag that were for me.  I didn’t think I should have to share with Steinbeck, but Mom reminded me that we always share ‘cuz that’s the nice thing to do.  Well, what Mom doesn’t know is that Steinbeck and I got into this package last night while everyone was sleeping and we helped ourselves to some treats.

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Mom, if you just move this particular thing over just a little, you can see where the treats were.  Steinbeck and I had a nice time enjoying the treats.  It was our own little private party to celebrate me getting older.

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I’m sooooooooooo glad Hemingway had a birthday so we could get extra treats.  Don’t I look cute when I’m smiling innocently???

 

 

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So, the other night we were all relaxing, watching a Hallmark movie.  We had all had a good supper and it was time to relax.  Suddenly there was a knock at the door.  I took off and hid under the couch.

I stayed out where the action was and got a really big surprise!

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Look at that little black thing!  My head is about as big as he is!  Mom said his name is Ozzy and he’s my new cousin.  We watched each other and once when we got close we made some spitting sounds and played “slappy paws” but we didn’t chase each other.  I just let Ozzy explore the house and watched him to make sure he didn’t take any of our toys.

I stayed under the couch and wanted nothing to do with meeting this new cousin.  I figure Hemingway will protect me in situations like this.

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Here’s a close-up of the little terror.  Notice that bit of paint on his right ear?  He was helping his “dad”  kind of picked up a souvenir.  Mom says he’s still really young and has lots to learn.  I think he was pretty well-behaved considering he was in a strange house.  I guess I’ll accept him.

I’m going to stay under the couch until he’s gone.  Can you make sure to slide my food dish under the couch?

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Hemingway!!!  Come look!!!  The angels were baking and they spilled flour all over the place!!

Footprints

That’s not flour.  It’s snow.

Why can’t it be flour?  Wouldn’t the humans….especially Mom….be happier if it was flour?

Well, I think cleaning up flour might be more difficult.  If it rained, then the flour would turn into a sticky, icky mess.  With snow the humans just have to wait about six months and it’s all melted.

Six months?????  That’s forever in cat time.

Mom says it’s forever in human time too, when it comes to snow.

Well, I’m just going to believe that’s flour and that the angels are busy making me catnip cakes and pies.

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The Boys Being Good

US?????????????  We’ve been really good today.

Well, we did play one little trick on Mom.

We knew she had to go to work early today and we also knew she was really tired when she went to bed last night.

We don’t always join her right away ‘cuz we have to patrol the house and make sure everything is ok.

And you have to bring all sorts of toys into her room.

I think her gentle purring helps calm the toys down.  Sometimes they get afraid of the dark.

Hemingway, you’ve been hanging around me too much and your thinking is sounding like mine.

Anyway, Mom actually heard her alarm clock go off this morning!

We didn’t wake her up ‘cuz we didn’t even go in her room

Poor Mom.  She was so confused and couldn’t figure out what that noise was. We were in the hallway giggling.

She thought we were both sick ‘cuz we NEVER wait for breakfast but this morning we did.

Mom told us that she was confused all day.  MOL!!!  Readers, we have to warn you not to tell Mom what we did and why we did it.  We don’t want Santa Paws finding out about it.

Santa Paws?  Is he that big fat red kitty who brings us catnip and toys?  Is he coming here again????  I thought the turkey was coming first.

The turkey is coming first, but Santa Paws will be here before you know it.

Oh great!  You helped me be naughty.  Way to go Big Brother!

 

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That’s me!!!

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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.

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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.

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

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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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