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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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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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Hemingway, I was wondering about something.

You usually are.

Just ‘cuz you’re so MUCH older, doesn’t mean you know everything.  You might not even know the answer to this.

Bet I do.  Try me.

Well, you know how weather’s been nice lately?  I mean, we haven’t had wet air and Mom’s hair hasn’t gone all frizzy.

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Yes……..so what?  Oh, and by the way, Mom’s not going to be happy you drew that picture of her.

I was listening to those weather people with Mom, who happens to love my drawings,  the other night and the weather people said we’ve got wet air coming soon.  I don’t like wet air ‘cuz it might mess up my furs.

What are you going to do about it?  I could shave off your furs if that would help.

No way!!!  I have a very simple solution.  We get the angels to turn on their ovens and dryers and open the doors.  That should help dry the wet air.

Won’t that make it really hot?

Well, the humans always say it isn’t the heat, it’s the wet air, so my idea would make the hot air dry.

Now you’re quoting humans?  What’s happened to you?  You should be quoting Garfield, Grumpy Cat and Waffles.  I bet they have lots to say about wet air.

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Don’t you readers think I have some great ideas???

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Oh good grief.  What more can I say??

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Why are you so cranky, Steinbeck.

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I’m not cranky.  See, I’m smiling.

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That doesn’t look like  a real smile.  It looks like you’re forcing it.  In fact, you look kind of silly.  MOL!!!

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Man…….you just won’t leave me alone, will you?  I think I’ll talk to our readers instead.  Guess what I heard Mom say.  She said she was going to have to shrink me.

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Does this grass make me look too big?

 

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I can still fit between the doors so I don’t need anyone shrinking me.

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Oh Steinbeck, you still have so much to learn.  Mom isn’t trying to shrink you.  She said she was going to take you to a shrink if you didn’t stop being Mr. Cranky Pants.  A shrink is a doctor who can figure out what’s going on in your little cat brain.

Nobody’s touching my cat brain!  I’ll stop being Mr. Cranky Pants if everyone stops picking on me.   And Mom……………you’re still not going to shrink me.

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…..for this very important announcement.

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Actually, Mom already is the Crazy Cat Lady but we love her for that.  Steinbeck picked out this picture ‘cuz he wanted me to get in trouble.

I did not.  It’s just that there weren’t any really cute ginger pictures.  Someone needs to post more pictures of me!

Steinbeck, this post is not about you  This is about Mom and her birthday.  She’s even spending the day with us instead of going to that work place.

She’s been kind of interrupting my naps, but that’s OK.  Is she going to have catnip cake?

I don’t know.  Let’s tell the people what Mom did for her birthday over the weekend.

You mean when she left us home all alone with nobody to talk to?

Steinbeck, quit whining.  You know her brother was here to feed us and take care of us.

Oh yeah………..I forgot.

Mom’s trip to Alexandria, MN let her see and do some of her favorite things.

There were the flowers:

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Mom said all these flowers were in her girlfriend’s yard.  She thought they were so pretty.

Then she also got to see some dead buildings.  I still don’t know why she gets so fascinated with them.  It must be a human thing.  The only reason I might like a dead building is if there were mousies in there.

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Then there was shopping at Country Consignments.

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Mom said she had a great weekend even though she didn’t take us with her.

I’m kind of glad she didn’t ‘cuz I don’t like riding in the car.

Believe me, we ALL know that.  You sing so many songs of your people that you should go hoarse.

I am not a horse!!!!

Anyway………….

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!!

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Steinbeck, do you see what Mom is doing with our blog?

No…….I haven’t been watching her.  I’m trying to figure out if any of these windows will open enough so I can sneak outside.

Forget about sneaking outside.  Mom already told us we’re not going outside since she got home late tonight.  Now check out what she’s doing!!!!

Hemingway with Cookbook April 2010

I was trying to help Mom pick out something to make for supper.

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Oh Mom!!!!!!!!!!!  Don’t tell me you put that picture in the blog!!  The doctor’s office took that after they treated my ears.  I look awful.  I hate those helicopter ears.

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I was cute…….even when I was in trouble.

Baby Steinbeck

This was the picture Mom first saw of me on the Humane Society site.  She knew she had to adopt me and I’m glad she did.

Hemingway and Ebony April 2010This was my “bestest” friend when I first started living with Mom.  Old Ebony was a kind old dog who helped show me the tricks of getting the best treats.  I miss Ebony.

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This was me when I was first starting to learn about going outside.  I wasn’t very brave at first.

Well, we hope you all enjoyed the stroll down Memory Lane.  We’re going to go look for some of Mom’s baby pictures now so we can post them.  MOL!!!!

 

 

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Yep.  Here I am in jail.  Actually, I’m trapped between the two doors.   I don’t know why Mom did that.  I’m giving her the evil eye ‘cuz instead of letting me out, she’s got that flashy box thing out.  Stop it, Mom!!!

 

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Mom……that’s enough.  Hemingway is laughing at me.  Don’t you dare put these pictures on our blog.  I forbid it!!!

Note from the Mom:  I must admit that I laughed when I came back by the door again.  I had just gotten home from choir practice and of course the boys were right at the door to greet me.  I thought I got both of them out of the way, but after putting some stuff away, when I came back into the room, there was Steinbeck, between the doors.  Rather than let him out right away, I confess that I did go get the “flashy box”.  It was too priceless.  Here are some pictures of their outdoor fun this week.

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Hemingway, why are you staring at the dirt?

Because I can.

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Hemingway, why don’t you get up and practice your stalking like me?

Because I don’t want to.

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Hemingway, look at how pretty my tail looks in the grass.

So?

And Mom calls me Crabby Pants????

 

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Do do doodle dooo……..I think I’m going to “rebrand” myself as a lion.

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Steinbeck, what on earth are you doing now?  What’s this talk about rebranding?  Where did you hear that?

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Look……………this makes me look like a lion.  The rebranding worked!

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Well, I look like a jungle cat here and I didn’t have to go through any “rebranding” stuff.  I just sat out in the bushes.  I still have no idea what you’re talking about.

Don’t you ever listen to Mom?  She’s been talking about all the “rebranding” they’re doing at work.

Oh, do you mean when her company changed their name?

That’s it.

She did say she was getting confused when she answers the phone, but that happens all the time.  I don’t think she was talking about “rebranding” us, though.

Maybe not, but at least I’m ready!   RRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

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We’ve been having some lovely weather lately and Mom’s been letting us go outside with her.

She even found us some humongous, really big catnip leaves to enjoy.

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Actually, I was a little more interested in my food dish.  Mom interrupted my supper with the chance to go outside.  I ran out quickly to see if there was anything interesting.  Then I figured it was best for me to get back in the house so I could eat Steinbeck’s food.

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Hemingway……..you stay away from my food!  I planned on eating that later.  Notice that I have a very determined walk…….and a rather stern look on my face?  Hemingway……I mean it.  That food is mine.

It’s a good thing we both went back inside because before long we had visitors.  Our “cousins” all came over.

There was Stella the Goofy Newfie.

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Who me???

Then there was Static the old man.

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Who are you calling old???

Then there was this new guy they called Sunny.  Well, it might be Sonny.  Mom forgot to ask!

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Sure, I’m the new guy but I’m really cute and I have lots and lots of energy!

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Stella had to show that her black furs show off all the dirt……..just like Hemingway.

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Sunny likes to cuddle.

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And Stella likes to stick her tongue out.

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Steinbeck stayed hidden while our cousins were visiting, but I was curious so I went right to the door and looked out at Sunny.  He wanted me to come out and play but everyone said I had to stay in the house.  He’s real new and they didn’t want him scaring me.

So, our quiet evening got pretty rowdy and now we’re all ready to go to sleep.  Hey….our cousins didn’t get into our catnip, did they????

 

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