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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!!!!

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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.

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

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Hemingway, come look at this:

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

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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.

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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.

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

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What?

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?

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Sigh………

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.

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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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We didn’t think Mom would ever get our picture posted on the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop.  It’s just not possible to get good help!

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Steinbeck, why do you always have squinty eyes?

I’m trying to look sophisticated.

MOL!!!!!!

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It’s Sunday again and that means we were busy telling Mom to post our Selfies for the Blog Hop.  She decided to play with one of our pictures when we were playing together.

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And lo and behold, when Mom got through messing with it, the picture turned out like this:

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We are really enjoying the super nice weather we’re having this weekend.  Mom has let us play outside in the yard while she’s been busy doing stuff inside.  She says that weekends just go by too fast.  She’s still trying to get used to working full time at the new place.  She comes home from work really tired so she doesn’t get on the puter all the time.  We’re trying to help her as much as possible.  We’re always happy to see all our friends out in the blog universe.

Hemingway, why do you always do all the talking?

Do you have something to say?

Nope.

That’s why.

 

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That’s what Mom said this morning.

Yes, but first she thought it was Tuesday so when she finally realized she was wrong, she turned a deeper shade of blue.

Steinbeck, she wasn’t turning colors.

Well, maybe she wanted to.

We had to spend lots of time on our own over the weekend.  I sure do get tired of taking care of my little brother.  However, Mom said it was important that she be gone lots.  You see, the church where she sings in the choir was having their 75th Anniversary.

That’s more years than any of us!

Here’s a picture she took when they were practicing.

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She said former choir members came to sing and there were around 125 voices singing praise to God.

I can sing the song of my people VERY loudly.

We know.  Mom said she got to see two of her former choir directors and the senior pastor who started just before she started going to that church.  She likes to tell the story of how she judged a couple of his books.  She used to do book reviews and then got on the team that did the first round of judging for the yearly writing contest.  She said that she didn’t like to look at the author’s name when she started reading the book.  However, she could tell right away when it was a book he had written.

Mom said the celebration was really great and she got to see so many people that she hadn’t seen for a long time.  She said she was very thankful that we behaved so she could be away.

Hemingway…………we have to tell the readers what happened today.

We had just finished our thirtieth nap for the day and we looked outside and it was dark.

Street lights were coming on and we thought we had slept the day away.

Here’s what Mom saw:

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She said they were very “bumpy” clouds and it felt like they were banging into the windows.

Mom says her office is on the 8th floor so that’s taller than trees……….and much taller than me!

Here’s a couple more pictures:

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Looking northwest into the clouds. The reflection on the picture is from the lights on inside the office.

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This is looking northeast as the storm is heading over to St. Paul. It was very dark where we were.

Mom, we stayed away from the windows to be safe.

Doesn’t look like you did that!  Do we have to have a talk with you?

So, Mom’s excitement over the weekend continued right through today.  I think she’s hoping for a nice calm Tuesday.

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Mom decided to take this picture of us eating our dinner……

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Before we show you what Mom did to the photo, we should quietly explain that according to this picture, we are not eating out of our own bowls.

Yep.  Somehow we switched places.  MOL!!!

Here’s the “artistic” version.

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Please join our other friends at the Caturday Art Blog Hop.

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Why did Mom put that title on there?  She’s going to be talking about you and your antics!  I’ve been very good lately.

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Hemingway, when you get to the end of this blog, you’ll find out why Mom gave it that title.  I’m not the only who sort of got in trouble.

It all started on a calm, Tuesday night.  Mom came home from the work place and started acting kind of funny.  She got out this carrier thing and then she put some toys in it.  I thought maybe she was taking Hemingway for a ride.  But NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  She was after me!  I quickly looked at the calendar as I was running through the house and I saw my name on it.  Why hadn’t I looked at that before?  I played, “Catch me if you can” for a really long time.  Finally when Mom’s brother got home, he helped her capture me and put me in the traveling box.  I was not happy!

Mom says I’m supposed to apologize to all of you for the poor quality of the pictures in my slide show.  She didn’t have her usual camera and things were just not working right.  I don’t think she should have been taking pictures at all.  However, this slide show will give you an idea of the trauma I went through!

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It was so scary.  Even the doctor man said that I was super duper scared.  He gave me some “calm down” pills to take the next time I go.  Got news for him.  I’m not going again!!!

You won’t believe what I heard.  Mom and the doctor man were talking about giving me a mani and a pedi and something called a sanitary shave.  I thought maybe I was going to a spa and I would be in a real clean room without any Hemingway furs!  No way!  I won’t even tell you what they did when I was back there!

The doctor man said I actually was very good and wasn’t aggressive.  I may have scratched Mom once or twice but she’s used to that.  Now my nails are shorter so I can’t hurt her.

Oh, and the good news is that I lost a little weight.  I now weigh 11 pounds and am fit and healthy.  The doctor man even got out some mats that I wouldn’t let Mom touch.  She says I’m super handsome now.

Now…….about the Hemingway bad behavior.  The next night when Mom got home from the working place, she let us out.  Of course Hemingway goes in and out, in and out, in and out.  He’s always checking to see if he has new food in his dish.  I was having way too much fun watching the silly squirrels and chasing bugs.  (I’m knows for bringing bugs in the house to show Mom.)  Anyway, Mom got Hemingway in the house but I didn’t want to go in.  She tried everything and nothing worked.  I was afraid she was going to grab me and make me go see the doctor man again.

Hurry up and finish.

Well, Mom tried one more thing.  The red dot!!!  It worked and she got me in the house but then Hemingway decided to sneak out again.  She went out several times with the flashlight and he wouldn’t come in.  Mom kept telling him that he knows he can’t be outside when it’s dark.  He didn’t care.  Finally she got him to roll over on his back in the grass and with great difficulty she managed to get his huge body over her shoulder.

Huge?????

Mom was huffing and puffing so your body must be huge.                              

The next night neither one of us got to go outside.

From the Mom:

I’m sorry the boys have been so quiet for so long.  They keep telling me to help them with their blog and I keep telling them I’m just too tired.  A month ago I started a new job and it’s been very stressful trying to learn all the new stuff.  I expected to pick it up right away and do it perfectly but there was no way that was happening.  So, I beat up on myself and came very close to quitting.  I like the company and I love my view from my desk.  We’re up eight floors and we can see all around us since we have the entire eighth floor.  We’re right by the airport so I see planes taking off all the time.  The people there are really nice and I’m slowly getting to put the faces with the names.  So, I really haven’t felt like doing much of anything once I get home.  I’m hoping to keep the boys “in sight” more often as I let them talk about the goofy things they do.

Goofy?

Who said we do goofy things?

Well, I guess we all better sign off for now.  Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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imageedit_1_9833726570Ladies and gentlemen.  I want you to meet someone.  I am here to introduce you to Mr. Cranky Pants.

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What are you talking about Hemingway?  And what are those funny letters on my orange furs?

Let me tell you what Mr. Cranky Pants did last night.  When Mom got home from that work place, she opened the door so we could go outside.  She also put food in our dishes so then we had a dilemma.  Go outside or eat?  I think  Mr. Cranky Pants was more interested in going outside, so of course I headed for the food dish.

After supper, when Mom let us both back in the house and closed the door, something happened.

What?

You know what.  You went all crazy whacko on us!!!  You were hissing and spitting and growling and carrying on like an idiot.  I decided to stay away from you, especially after you actually screamed at me!  Mom just stood and stared at you and so did I.

Maybe I got a bad batch of nip.

There’s no excuse for being Mr. Cranky Pants.  Mom didn’t know if she even wanted you sleeping in her room last night, but you finally calmed down.

Maybe I had a bad dream.

You were wide awake.

Well, then it must have been my evil twin!

Well, see to it that you don’t let your evil twin come around here again.

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