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Oh boy……we haven’t joined our friends at the Blue Kitty House for a long time.

Steinbeck, it’s the Kitties Blue.

Are they all blue?

Just explain your selfie to the readers.

OK.  This was taken to prove to Mom that my ears were clean.  MOL!!!  Of course my messy bib shows, too.  Mom is always combing and brushing my bib but somehow I manage to mess it up rather quickly.  Anyway we wanted to join our friends today so don’t forget to stop and say hi to them, too.

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We’re so excited!

Mom said we could do Caturday Art today and we could each do one.

Me first ‘cuz you already got to practice yesterday.

imageedit_5_2376522637I think I look pretty cool here.  Maybe I should show you the original.

Mr Hemingway

Yep, I’m still looking pretty cool.  MOL!!!

My turn.  My turn.

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I was outside talking to Mr. Outside Cat and we came up with this design.  Here’s my original photo.  I’m handsome no matter what!  MOL!!

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Mom was so happy to get a picture of me with my eyes open.  Usually I shut them when she shows up with the flashy box.

We’ve got lots of friends doing the Caturday Art Blog Hop so please check them out.

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Someone (whose name starts and ends with an “M” and has an “O” in the middle, has made us miss all sorts of Caturday Art times.

We decided to protest tonight and we told her we needed to practice.

So, she let us practice on this picture of Steinbeck in his bed.  I didn’t want my picture up there ‘cuz I’ve put on some extra furs and I didn’t want people thinking I was big.

But you are big, Hemingway!

Enough.  Here’s the picture you might remember from our last blog:                                                                                                                                                                                        imageedit_3_8380916357

Now here’s what we created (with a little help):

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Steinbeck, have you ever thought of dying your furs like that???   I really like you with blue whiskers and blue ear fur.  MOL!!!!

Harumph!       

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Look what my little brother did most of the day:

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So what are you saying?  Mom got me this new bed so I’m supposed to sleep in it.

All day?????

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Why not?  Look at how beautiful my furs look against the sparkly blue.  It makes my gingerness look gorgeous.

The only reason you are in that bed is ‘cuz you stayed out in the back yard too long last night and Mom got mad at  you. And then you got really tired.

I told her I was busy counting the flowers.  Look at all I found.

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There was this pretty vine by the honeysuckle.

Look at that.  It’s red.

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And look what was growing on the honeysuckle.  Isn’t it pretty?  It would be fun to bat around on the sidewalk.

And it’s red.

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Then here’s some grrrrrrrrrrrrraniums.

Once again, they are red.

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Then there’s this pretty flower I found by one of my hidey places.

Amazing.  It’s red.

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And then I found this one also by my hidey place.

Hey………..it’s not red.  How did you manage to find that one?  So, what was your excuse to Mom for staying out so late.

I told you.  I told her I was counting flowers.

Only the red ones?

They were easier to see in the dark.  I really had to strain my eyes to count that black piece of tuna.

Steinbeck, I don’t appreciate you staying out late ‘cuz Mom gets worried and then both of us have to stay inside.

But I wanted to count flowers………………

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We try our best to make Mom laugh when she comes home from work.

We both have our traditions and if we don’t do them, Mom knows something is wrong., like when I got so sick.

I like to sit in the side window in the living room and watch for Mom to come home.  Mom usually looks at the window to see if I’m there.  However, I know what her car sounds like so I can tell she’s there before she pulls into the driveway.  She always starts laughing (or so she tells me) ‘cuz she can tell I’ve been waiting for her.  See, when she pulls into the driveway and looks at the window, if I’m not there, she can tell I was ‘cuz the blinds are moving in all sorts of directions.

I make Mom laugh when she gets to the door.  She has her key in her hand but she looks in the door, and there I am reaching up for the doorknob to “help” her.  She thinks I look so cute that she can’t help but laugh.  Then when she finally unlocks the door and opens it, I take time for a quick “mew” and then I’m off racing into the back yard to see what I’ve missed.  I usually do come back in again to check on my food dish, but I like to spend as much time in the back yard as I can.

Then, once we’re both inside, we have to take a nap.  Usually we’re both on the couch with Mom.  We watch TV or read or maybe talk on the phone.  It’s our together time and sometimes we get to chase the red dot.

When it’s almost time for Mom to go to bed, she goes out to the kitchen where all the food is and she gets us some treats.  Hemingway sits up and begs for his treats but I don’t have time for that so Mom just lets me have mine.

So, we have greeting time, outside time, together time and then treat time.

Guess what comes next?

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Hemingway, do you believe what Mom told us?

Not really.

Man, she came home from work today all excited to tell us something really cute.  

At least she let us go outside for a few minutes before she told us that crazy story.

Readers, this is what she told us:

Boys, I want to tell you all about a friend of mine at work who had a rather unusual pet while his kids were growing up.  He said they had been begging him for a dog ‘cuz they wanted a pet they could teach tricks to, sleep with and pet their fur.  So one night this man went to the store and got something.  He came home and told the kids he had a surprise for them.  Then he took this thing out of the bag and said, “Meet Coco.”

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Boys, this is a coconut and he became the new pet of the household.  They could pet his sort of fuzzy shell, they could let Coco sleep with them, and they could teach Coco tricks like roll over.  The kids thought their dad had totally lost it.  However, as the months and years went by, Coco became more and more a part of the family.  The kids had to take him out at night before bed so he could go potty.  They took him on vacations.  One time Coco ran away and they had to post signs all over the neighborhood.  When Coco finally returned, she had little coconuts a few weeks later.  Then they had to find good homes for the baby coconuts.  Yes, Coco became quite famous and everyone in the family fell in love with her.  Coco is still living with the family and is about 15 years old now.  Would you boys like a pet coconut of your own?

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Mom, I love you dearly but you’ve totally lost your mind.  I don’t think you should be working with that crowd.

Racing Steinbeck

Oh boy!!!  We’re getting a coconut.  I better go check and make sure we have enough treats for the coconut.  Finally there will be someone younger than me.

Mom………..look what you’ve done to Steinbeck!!!

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Steinbeck, can you believe all we’ve been through lately?

Well, not much has happened to you, but I’ve had a very adventurous month or so.

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What all happened to you?  All I know is that you disappeared for a few days and I missed you.

You did?  That’s so nice of you to say.  I’m not sure what all happened to me ‘cuz the doctor ladies and men told Mom but they didn’t tell me.  Mom did try to explain some things to me.  She told me I was blocked and couldn’t go potty.  The doctors did all sorts of things to help me but I got that ugly cateater thing out of me all by myself.  My doctor said she had never seen any kitty do that before.  I keep telling everyone that I’m special. 

Is that when you spent the night away from home?

Yes, and then I got to come home the next day but Mom thinks that was too soon ‘cuz I still couldn’t go potty.

That’s the day Mom had to go to the hospital herself, right?

Sure is.  Then I went to another doctor’s house and spent the night there.  I didn’t know anyone there, but they were all nice.  They did a really good job and I got to go home the next day and this time I was so much better.

Meanwhile, Mom was busy going to doctor appointments and having all sorts of tests.  Then she noticed that I wasn’t my normal self again so she took me back to see the doctor lady.  They did some tests and said I was too stressed out and had blood in my urine.

How did that get there and what were you stressed about?

I was stressed that you would hide all my favorite toys while I was gone.  I was stressed about getting new kitty food.  I was stressed about Mom having to get more Halloween Ghosts in her blood.  I was stressed about summer going away.  I was stressed about my furs that were being cut.  Will they grow back the same color?

Man, you really were stressed.  How do you feel now?

I feel great.

I’m so happy to hear that.  Mom is feeling good too and they didn’t find any bad things in all the tests she had.

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Isn’t it nice to have things calm down a little?

Yes.  Maybe now Mom will let us update our blog more often.

MOL!!!

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Mr Hemingway

Hi Readers!!!  This is me enjoying the cooler weather outside.  It’s been a real whirlwind around here this weekend.  First of all, look who’s home:

Mr Steinbeck

Oh man…….why are you putting that picture of me in the blog???  This was the first time I came home on Thursday night and I still wasn’t good.  The doctor lady thought I would be okay ‘cuz I had peed on my own.  However, I did that just so they would let me out of there.  Once I got home I wouldn’t eat and I didn’t do too much moving.  Mom was getting pretty concerned when she left for work Friday morning.

Mom had been at work for a couple of hours and suddenly the phone rang.  She was really surprised to hear her neighbor’s voice.  She didn’t think anyone knew her work number ‘cuz half the time Mom doesn’t even know it!  Anyway, our neighbor told Mom that the police were looking for her.  I promise that I didn’t call them claiming abuse for not getting enough catnip.  Mom couldn’t figure out what was going on and was afraid something had happened to her brother and nephew who were on a road trip.

Before Mom could call the police and find out what was happening, the phone rang again and it was her clinic.  Turns out Mom had really low Halloween Goblins (Hemingway, that’s hemoglobin).  Anyway her doctor told her she had to get to emergency right away and get a blood transfusion.

PANIC!!!!  Mom got home and called the vet to see about taking Steinbeck back since he wasn’t doing good and her doctor had told her she might have to stay in the hospital.  Steinbeck went for yet another ride over to the vet’s and Mom gave them her cell phone number and her neighbor’s cell phone number and told them she was on the way to the hospital.  Her neighbor drove her over there and she got checked in.

When they were hooking her up for the transfusion, there was a knock on the door and the nurses asked Mom if she was expecting anyone.  She laughed and said she gave at the office.  Anyway, turns out it was her neighbor.  Steinbeck was having problems and they wanted him in a clinic that was open 24 hours.  Mom, our neighbor and the vet all talked it over (while Mom was getting blood) and our neighbor said she would take Steinbeck.

Another crisis settled.  Then Mom’s niece, who is a nurse at that hospital, called her and luckily she wasn’t working so she could come and get Mom and bring her home when they were finished.

Mom got home and then had to go over to the clinic to see Steinbeck and sign some papers.  Finally she got home and stayed put.

Yesterday she got together with some friends from her old job.  She was glad she was able to make that.  However, when she got home, she ended up taking a two hour nap.  Today she’s been running around doing stuff, but she did manage to find time to spend in the hammock.  The dizzies and stuff are still there and she knows she has more tests ahead of her now but at least she’s not white like my feet any longer.  She has a little color now……..other than gray!

Steinbeck came home again last night and this time he’s doing better.  He is hiding under the couch ‘cuz he’s afraid someone is going to take him to another doctor.  He has been seen walking around the house and going down to the litter box.  He even ate some in the middle of the night.

See……..that’s why I like having a dull life.  Look at all those two have been through this weekend!!!  They both said they really appreciate the prayers and concerns expressed by everyone.  They are both on the way to healing so that’s a good thing.

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People….it’s true.  I’m surrounded by sickies.  I’m so thankful that I’m healthy.  It seems everything started falling apart last week.

Let me explain.  First of all, let me tell you about Mom.  She went to see her human vet this week ‘cuz she was having a few issues.  Now she has to go have pictures taken of her brain.  She said first of all she’s going to have to find a brain and she’s not sure where to look.  According to her, this thing called Amazon ran out of brains.  Guess she’s in big trouble.  The other night both Steinbeck and I had to laugh right out loud at her.  She was sleeping soundly and next thing we knew, she was on the floor again!!!  Remember when she did that before?  Some of her friends have told her she’s going to have to pile pillows up around the bed.  We both think that would really be neat!

This morning, Steinbeck was yelling.  Yep…he was actually yelling!!!  He always squeaks and that’s the only noise he makes.  Not this morning.  He woke Mom up super early and she was very concerned.  She decided she was going to take Steinbeck to see the doctor lady before heading to work.  She sent a message to her boss and told her she would be late.  When I heard her talking about the doctor lady and that building, I knew I wanted to hide ‘cuz I sure didn’t want to go!

Mom dropped off Steinbeck at the hospital and I haven’t seen him since this morning.  I asked Mom about it when she got home from work and she explained that he has to stay in the hospital until Friday night.  She asked me if I wanted to get some flowers to take to Steinbeck in the hospital.  I just looked at her and shook my head.  Mom stopped by the hospital tonight to see how Steinbeck was doing.  This is how he came into the room:

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Mom didn’t get all of Stephanie’s face ‘cuz she was concentrating on Steinbeck.  I must admit I started to laugh when I saw him with that cone head thing on.  MOL!!!  Turns out he had a urinary tract infection and was plugged up.  No wonder he was howling!!  He was in lots of pain and was so confused.  I felt bad for him when Mom told me.

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Here’s Steinbeck showing off his messy furs.  Mom wanted to brush him but she knew he wasn’t interested.  I think he looks kind of cute all “ruffled up”.

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I see that Steinbeck has a red bracelet on.  I remember when I was in the hospital place and they put a bracelet on me.  Right now I can’t remember what color mine was.  I told Mom to tell Steinbeck that he looks very dapper.

At the vet4I think Steinbeck is thinking about escaping and is planning his route.  He’s my brother and I can tell things like that.  I better stay by the door tonight so I can let him in.

From the Mom:

Yes………it’s been an exciting time here lately.  I’ve been having trouble breathing and have been getting dizzy again.  This is not the vertigo I went through a few months ago.  This is different.  My doctor wants to make sure she’s checked out everything so I’ll be having some scans next week.  I’ve never been a smoker so that’s not what’s causing the breathing problem.  When Steinbeck was howling this morning I really got scared.  He never makes noises like that unless he’s in the car on the way to the vet.  He looked miserable and wasn’t doing much moving.  When I visited him tonight he wasn’t as stressed out but still wasn’t interested in eating.  Hemingway has definitely turned into Velcro Kitty and won’t leave my side.  I’m sure it will be a happy reunion when the brothers are together again.  Thanks for reading and thanks for any prayers you might want to send.

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Mom……I’ve decided I want to be a TV star.  I can earn lots of money so you can buy more food, treats and toys.

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See how good I look on the screen?

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And Hemingway could be Mickey Mouse.  We could have adventures with other kitties.  Maybe we could be”cattectives”…..you know, solve mysteries and things.  Like, why doesn’t the catnip grow inside the fence?  Or why do some doggies think they have to bark at us?

Maybe we could do a reality show.  We could have “Catchelor” and “Catcherlorette” and match up fur kitties with their perfect partners.  We could let them go on fabulous dates to the sushi gardens, or the pet food store.

Maybe we could host a variety show like Mom says they used to do in the “olden times”.  We could have kitties tap dance, sing, fetch toys, beg for food and all sorts of things.

Maybe we could have a show like “To Tell The Truth”.  We could have doggies on that show and make them tell the truth.

Well, I’m about out of ideas for now.  I think I’ll go work on my acceptance speech for an Oscar Tuna.

 

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