My Year in the Country

I am the light of my adopted parents' life after generously allowing them to take me home. I adopted them at Hoboken Animal Hospital where I was having a "spa treatment" (deworming, ear mite removal, and minor plastic surgery after my injured tail was removed) because they looked so pathetic when they saw me. Now these two have gone off to China to teach English for a year, so I currently reside with the adopted grandparentals until they return. They live in the country, so there are lots of new things to see and do. I have agreed to pose for many endearing pictures and to recount my days' events here for all to purr over.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

There's White Stuff Now

I awoke this morning to the sights and sounds of things going on outside. My keen eyesight saw that there were a lot of white flying saucers coming in for a landing around our house!!! I was told that it is snow - of course, I knew that. Big Ma was excited because she likes snow, but she said it was rather early in the season. In any case, the snow is doing a good job of covering things up.

Even the orange blobby thingie outside is wearing a snowcap.

Big Ma's car is covered, and she said she wouldn't drive in this weather. Even the plumber who was supposed to come today cancelled because the roads are so bad.

Ma couldn't leave if she wanted to because the driveway is covered by lilac bushes that broke from the weight of the snow.

Here are more broken branches from the maple tree. Big Ma had to drag them in off the road. You'll notice that there's no traffic on the road because the police had closed it by our house. A car was being loaded onto a wrecker up the hill from us.

Our lights have dimmed and gone off a number of times because a snow-laden branch is weighing down our lower power line which you can see in the picture. Big Ma's fur got all electric over this, and she called the power company right away. ...they have not come yet.

It's a very pretty sight, but Ma spent a long time outside knocking the wet, heavy snow off various trees and bushes. There are many broken lilac branches by the driveway and in the side yard.

Friday, October 17, 2008

More Orange Blobbies

Everything is so orange here!
Actually, orange offsets my own beautiful coloring nicely, don't you think? You'll notice that some of those orange blobby things have smiley faces on them.

They are just waiting for me to play with them, so I give them a good SWAT with my paw when inspired and other times I play with them like soccer balls and send them flying.

This one thought it could get away from me. Orange blobby thing, feel my wrath! In truth, I am giving blobby a gentle hug.

Too much play leads to exhaustion. My big blobby orange thingie keeps me company when I snooze.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Orange Thingies

Meow... Orange blobby things have started appearing around the house. I don't know what to make of them, but I aim to find out!

Hmm....let me check out these leafy things and those bright shiny lights first.

The logs in the fireplace are wobbly. Plus, I can't reach those orange thingies from here!

Oh, well. Time to rest. I'll have to investigate more after a nap or two. Purr.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm a Brave Boy


Other Mother is a stealthy cat; I must keep a better eye on her. When I was least expecting it, she scooped me up into her normally loving arms and craftily backed me up into my carrier before I knew what was happening. I didn't even put my legs out to prevent going in, but just sat down in the box. What a scam! She had the lid closed before I could start meowing in protest. Where to next? I had no clue, but gave her a piece of my meow all the way there!

So, we arrived at a place that smelled of .... other furry creatures. This was not reassuring, but Other Mother spoke softly to me and told me it was ok and that I was a good boy. Purr. Next, somebody took me out of the box and plunked me on a large thing that weighed me...13.3 lbs! Everybody crowed over what a big boy I was. Then I got put back into the box, protesting a little bit this time, and taken into another room where a lady examined me all over and cleaned out my ears and poked my belly and checked my teeth and clipped my claws and told Other Mother that I was a very expensive Manx. Ha, ha. According to the lady, I am a brown classic tabby, the best kind in my book.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot...I got two shots in my heinie (rabies and distemper). Meow! Ow! I was very brave and only hissed a few times. Then it was back into the box again and back in the car. By that time I was so rattled that I had an "accident. " Other Mother opened the car windows on the way home. Once home she put me in the laundry room and closed the door so she could assess the mess before I spread it all over the house. I wouldn't do that! Instead I headed for the back of the dryer again until I got my nerve up to come out. Other Mother gave me some food and then wiped my fur a bit, but I did the proper clean-up, cat style! It was no time before I was back on my paws and this was just a distant bad memory. The shots did make me sleepy, so it was a restful end of the day. Other Mother was relieved that this was all over, too.