By cataff on Dec 3, 2016 at 9:35 AM
What 'Muricans know how to do is create fud that gives us health issues but gets our taste buds addicted. You are rightly taking the high road in regard to the beekeepers. I'm not so kind when I feel I've been abused, but your way is better. I have no doubt that Heather loves the cats and does the best she can for them, but it's not good for anyone involved when it is a strain to do that and the caregiver is dependent on outside help to keep going. I admire those who rescue critters but not when they go beyond what they can do well. Donna can probably afford to care for those ten Maine Coons. I once had ten cats, all rescues. However, I had the means to provide them quality food, lots of attention, and good vet care. I would not have taken on more than I could do that for. I don't think Heather intends to take too many, but as you say, she's Cat Crazy but without the ability to say when she's hit the point of all she can handle well. It's a hard to say no to sweet kittehs, but I've had to take more than one to the good no-kill shelter in this area, make a big donation (my idea, they didn't ever require it), and let them find them good homes, which they did. Two of the absolute sweetest young cats I've ever encountered came to me when I already had ten inside cats, and it hurt me deeply to give them up. I did take them to the vet for check-ups first, and the mom of one of the vets (she worked part time in the office) fell in love and adopted them herself. That took away a bit of the sting of letting them go. However, I knew that they weren't ferals and would be inside and that ten was my limit for multiple reasons and held to that. Based on past history, I don't think Heather can do that. However, since you are going to help her, hopefully all will be fine for all. You almost killed me today. When I saw those wasp nests, I nearly had a heart attack. Deep in my mind I was telling myself that they were empty because you wouldn't send a nest with wasps in it, but my totally panicked self was fully in charge. That little jerk Prudence was laughing the entire time. Now she will push a nest in my direction and smirk. All my life I have steadily reacted a bit more to each bee sting I've had. The doctors fear that eventually I will go into full arrest due to the allergic reaction. I've managed to avoid being stung for many years now and hope to keep things that way. I can't control my fear though. Prudence fanks you for da show.
By SovaPlum on Dec 2, 2016 at 11:47 PM
Ohai cataff! Wow! you MerryCans shure know how to Fud! I totally know what I'm asking Santa for this year. *drools* ___ I'm trying to look on the tolerant side re the Beekeepers. I was pretty cross last night - came home started the whole job applying routine again. But! At least I got a weeks work and have decided to allocate my wages as "For Catmus". __ I like your rhetorical question. Currently she is saying NO! when the shelter calls her up to ask her to foster MOAR orfuns (give it time. . . .). She's peeved with them but, when I pointed out to her that the fosterlings aren't really fosterlings any more she laughs and shrugs. The one thing I don't think we need fear is that she isn't giving quality TLC to all. __ I've decided to be her not-so-secret Santa and give her a sack of Noms for Catmus. She tells me her parents have been sponsoring her rescue efforts for a while now. That whole family is Cat Crazy. H's sissyfur Donna, has ten - thats right TEN!! - full blooded Main Coon cats. That's like 20 normal cats! Her other sister, Paula, has adopshuned one of the goggies, Titch. Who is now running free on a farm of adopshuned goggies. I like this family. They're my kind of Crazee. :-))) ___ So far I have tripped over 4 piles of plastic rings today. I think some furbody has a new hobby! Maybe it's Tabini. He seems very taken by the pyramids on Game of Thrones. Or maybe it's the dragon roars that keep him clued to the screen? __ I have been hunting wasp nests the last couple on nights and found some abandoned ones that are just right for batting around. Bella has selected a few good sized ones just for Prudence. *arranges wasp nest cones in a shoe box, places on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Dec 2, 2016 at 9:17 AM
You're welcome to the cider and chokky covered tater chips. Chef Pumkin didn't do this. Lay's, a huge snack company in the US, did it. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/11/taste-testing-lays-new-chocolate-dipped-potato-chips/) That is awful that these people hired you as if you would be a full time employee but knew they didn't have enough work for a full time employee. Anticipating instead of having is never such a good idea, and I'm so sorry you now have to go job hunting again, especially since this seemed like an interesting job and was so close to your home. May you find an even better job nearby so that it will turn out that it's a good thing they couldn't keep you full time. I'm glad there is much better news about Fanta. I'm relieved it's only a strain and that the pain medicine has made a big difference. I don't think you are being selfish in being happy that a neighbor you like will most likely continue to be your neighbor. I also understand that Heather truly cares about the cats and would miss them terribly if she actually re-homed them, but my concern is she will end up adding to the number and that she is not capable of taking proper care of the ones she already has. You are in a position to take on two more and help her out, but what will you do when she adds even more? (That's a rhetorical question.) As I said before, I do hope all will work out for the best for all humans and cats involved. Prudence is in the bedroom popping away. Listening to all of that makes me want to stop everything and start popping too. I hear faint pops from outside as well. I don't know what the neighbors think. LOL Thank you for all this joy. Here's a big bag full of milk and juice container rings for your kittehs to bat around.
By SovaPlum on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:06 AM
Ohai cataff! FANK yew fur teh chocolate covered potato chips!!!! And cider! mmmm. What a marvellous recipe. Did you get it from Chef Pumkin? I believe I sense his exquisite touch! I'm going to need them to console me because - Nawt Such Gud Nus. They said were pleased with my work this week but have enough work around the shop and workshop to offer me ongoing work. It will be on an on call basis only. *le tragic sigh* I don't think I misunderstood them when they sounded as if they intended to keep me more or less full time for the summer. I also don't think they were misleading me. My impression is that they were hoping for more orders to come in ahead of opening day (today and we had ONE customer! WIN!) but, alas, not enough came in. *bigger le tragic sigh* Disappointing that I wont smell like honey every day. :-( So on with the hunt for part or full time work. ___ Gud Nus! I took Fanta to the vet and it was Cathy! Our favourite Rabbi wut wus Tabini's Foster Mum. So, of course, I brought her up to date on Tabini's mighty eel hunts and generous sharing. She said there's no sign of injury or infection in Fanta, that she thinks it's just a strain. She gave him some tasty stuff to help with the pain and aid muscle repair and sent us on our way. The pain meds worked quickly. He's been his usual self this evening. I'm delighted. ___ I don't Think I'm being purely selfish to be glad that Heather's probably staying. I know - and I know she knows - that if she gives up all but two pets she will be able to afford the extra rent to be next to her parents. But I believe it would break her heart. All she needs is just a little help. And I can afford two more cats that we can pretend are mine not hers. Just like Katsanova and Bella. __ I scored a HUGE sheet of bubble wrap from work today! Some for me, some for you, some for CL, some for each kitteh to jump on and POP! *neatly snips bubble wrap sheet into one metre segments, rolls enough to fill one banana box, places box on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Dec 1, 2016 at 7:59 AM
Congrats on your Hotdog FP! I'm sending you a brand new VC. It's a bag of chocolate covered potato chips. They actually are good but quite bad for one's health. Fortunately the bags are small.
By cataff on Dec 1, 2016 at 7:48 AM
I'm sorry about Fanta's limp and hope it is just a bit of infection. I'm glad you are going to have the vet take a look. If you are happy that Heather is probably staying despite a marvelous rent arrangement and being close to her family and work, then it's a good thing. I'm a little concerned that this will only give her license to take on even more animals despite the fact she isn't able to care for all the ones she has properly. May everything work out well and without a lot of burden falling on you. I hope you new neighbors are nice and tolerant of cats. That's great that avocados are part of your fringe benefits. Thank you for sharing. Avocados equal Guacamole--yipee! The cider presses in Virginia have been busy, and I hope you like apple cider as much as I do. Here are two gallon containers of it. The kittehs can play with the rings from them.
By SovaPlum on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:25 AM
Ohai catslarfs! Alas Fanta is still limping. I'm going to take him to the vet on Caturday. Hopefully a few antibiotics will do the trick. ___ The crickets you sent escaped! They are bwavely asploring the sunny outdoors. I can hear them harmonizing with cicadas who are a little late this year but revving up nicely. ___ Eggsitin Nus! Just as I was schoozing with Viv next door we notice people moving into Jayden's next door! I'm looking forward to introducing myself. I hope they like the place. I haven't noticed any sign of repairs going on, but then I have been away all week. I hope they're nice and want lots of cats to come live with them. ___ Gud Nus! *crosses fingers* Heather might be staying. Barry is selling the house to his - I think I got this right - step son. It's already in writing, confirmed by email, that Her rent is to be tied to the mortgage and not market value. Much though H wants to live next to her parents, even at Mates Rates, Orewa has become a Very Expensive place to move into. Sad for her but good for selfish me! __ I think I may adopt one or two any way. I don't really want to be a 5 cat household. But let's face it, the shelter isn't going to take those Fosterlings back. They can't. And H isn't going to abandon them. So those orphans are forever homed by default. She loves them so. But she needs help! ___ Moar Gud Nus. One of the places my new employer has beehives is an avocado farm! Our Beekeepers are allowed to harvest anything that has touched the ground and they came in with a big tray of avos. I put some on my windowsill to ripen and I reckon they are just about ready.. I hope you like avocados! *arranges six avocados in a basket, places on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Nov 29, 2016 at 10:58 AM
I'm glad Fanta's limp has become less and that he went after Patches with Tabini. He's no wimp! Prudence and the ferals have been having lots of fun with the training equipment, but there is no progress on working together. I don't think they are team players. The biggest outdoor cat, OC (for Orange Cat) did catch a bunch of crickets for your team so they can get lots of protein. Here they come singing away.
By SovaPlum on Nov 28, 2016 at 9:09 PM
Ohai cataff! I don't know if they do medicinal honey. I have sooo much to learn! Tomorrow I am being inducted into the mysteries of "The Dipper". But only AFTER I have finished cleaning the floor in the retail. I will scrub and scrape very fast as I'm keen to find out. ___ Fanta's limp in improved but still noticeable. None the less, he bwavely aided Tabini in putting that Patches in his place, this afternoon. If Patches doesn't watch out he will be relegated to a benchwarmer during the Pillow Fyte! Do you have a team? ___ *sight* I think it's time I forced myself into the shower. I don't want to, I smell like honey. Tabini is sending Prudence and the Ferals some training equipment. He's getting really gun-ho bout Captaining a Pawsum team! *places cardboard box filled with toilet paper rolls joined by ribbons to sparkly balls on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:21 PM
It was sad that the old ICHC owners dropped a lot of employees and then the new ones cut even more. It really shows. I'm glad IE is working and hope it will keep doing so. Hopefully after all the expansion is done, you will be harvesting honey. I had no idea that a mated queen is worth so much munnies. Wow! That's great that one of your co-workers is a cat fan. That will make things more fun for both of you. I hope the Grand Opening will go splendidly. Do these people work with the medicinal honey too? The Wildlife Center has had great success using it to get deep wounds to heal. Eatin' those scrumptious choccynanners was no problem at all. I'm sorry Fanta is limping and hope that will stop soon and that Patches' ear infection will clear quickly. What a grump! That is a great Pillow Fite team you have. Good luck to them.
By SovaPlum on Nov 27, 2016 at 9:01 PM
Ohai cataff! Of all the things you suggested the only one I hadn't tried was using another browser. So I fired up my IE aaaaaand it werkede! So thank you! I think part of my browser problems stem from some thing I'm regularly picking up here in Cheezeland. If I have multiple Cheeze tabs open and if I'm here for about 40 mins or more. . . .CRASH! Regular disc cleanup and defragmenting helps. As does purging my search history and cache. The message I regularly get is about a shockwave plugin not working but everything I've tried has not had lasting effect. *sigh* the things I put up with for Cheeze and Funneh. I hear you re the Cheezelords ignoring us. There used to be one who answered my every newbie query with patients and humour. But she's gone now.___ I've just got home from my first day at work. A little stiff and sore after *counts on fingers and toes* 4 months and 3 weeks of mostly sitting activities. I spent the day assembling boxes for beehives and cleaning. The company is expanding and are opening the front of their building - used to be a showroom - for a retail area. Its a MESS. And guess who cheerfully said "Sure! I don't mind doing the jobs nobody else wants to. What else are newbies for?" They seemed both amused and relieved. Looks like I wont be harvesting honey any time soon. The Grand Opening is on Flyday and then there will be more and much more boxes to assemble. Apparently the honey is just a sideline for them. They cultivate hives and sell them to businesses that focus primarily on the honey. Did you know that a mated Queen goes for 1,500 munnies? (0o0) ___ Guess wut! The guy I was making boxes with is a Crazy Cat Laddie! I'm home!! ___ I'm glad you liked the cereal and I hoped you managed to eat all the choccynanas ___ Tabini shared eel again last night. I know because nobody ate their breakfast. Alas, I arrived home to a limping Fanta. I expect he got into it with Patches again. Heather says P has an ear infection which may account for his recent Bad Boy conduct. Turns out he's attacking everyone Over The Fence. Even Teh Ebil Teddy Bear! __Se you at teh Pillow Fyte!
By cataff on Nov 27, 2016 at 8:36 AM
Fanks for the healthy breakfast. That's a meal I usually skip, but the cereal was good this morning. I see that you did make some Pillow Fite LOLs. How did you get the builder to work?
By SovaPlum on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:38 PM
In that case you'll need something to make you V.Cs breakfasty. *places box of healthy cereal on transporter, sets to SEND In 7 hrs, presses Make It So* Nyty nyte!
By cataff on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:32 PM
Oh, wow, the VCs smell and look delicious. I am setting them in a safe place until daylight. It's 1:30 A.M. right now. If I eat the VCs now, I will have a major upset stomach. I can't eat things just before I go to bed anymore, which is really a good thing. I shouldn't be eating just before going to sleep anyway. Now I have them to look forward to tomorrow. Thank you!
By cataff on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:26 PM
Try Chrome until you figure out what's wrong with your Firefox. Have you cleared everything from the cache? That often helps. Do you have extensions that recently had an update? Sometimes the update has a problem and can mess up everything. Try disabling your extensions one at a time and see if things work when one is disabled. If so, leave it disabled for a few days. Usually the developer will fix the problem by then. All these things are wonderful, but it's the pits when they don't work. I have yet to figure out why the Beta builder won't work with my Chrome when all the other builders we have left do. Don't waste your time asking ICHC. They are no help at all. I know how frustrating all of this mess is and hope you get things straight soon.
By SovaPlum on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:25 PM
*sprints down the hall, snatches up three bananas, bangs a pot to the stove, sets to high, tips in cooking chocolate, opens packet of glaze' orange peels, tips into half melted chocolate, dices banana, tips into chocolate pot, adds table spoon of paprika for that Mexican taste, stirs briskly, tips out onto pudding dish, garnishes with mini marshmallows, carries bowl down the hall while blowing gently on the Victory Chocolate, places on transporter, slaps Make It So, wipes brow, goes to fetch a glass of wine*
By SovaPlum on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:20 PM
*gasp* I just EDed you have moar F.Ps! I counted 3 on the first page so I'm whipping up 3 Victory Chokkies for you. Don't go away!
By SovaPlum on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:14 PM
Ohai cataff! OOOH am I ever cross about this! I assembled a bunch of pics to use for the Pillow Fyte and. . and. . and I AM using Firefox!!!!! It has crashed 3 times this afternoon. And several times yesterday. *sob* I had just finished my Black Friday Funnehs when I had to give up. *snivel*
By cataff on Nov 26, 2016 at 9:18 PM
ED what you said about the builders not working. Try a different browser. The Beta builder has never worked for me in Chrome but does in Firefox. Weird.
By cataff on Nov 26, 2016 at 5:27 AM
I don't bother with Black Friday shopping. There are a few great bargains, but there are few of those items in supply. They go to the people dedicated enough to spend the night in the parking lot awaiting the opening of the store. The US has the most greed of any country in the world, I am sad to say. I'm sure the stores are going to come up with other big shopping days to keep those profits rolling in, and I will ignore those too. Congratulations on your new job!!! That's marvelous that it's so close to your home, and I hope you will like the work. Prudence, who has never before seen an eel, wasn't sure exactly what to do with that wiggly, snake-like creature. Soon, however, some deep inner programming took over, and she had that eel ready for consumption in no time. She did share with the ferals, but kept what she considered the tastiest portion for herself. She said that was because she took all the risks of dispatching such a monster. All the cats are sleeping off the eel feast now. I'm glad Bella has a good supply of fur and is over her snit. Thank you very much for the delectable chocolate cheesecake! I do love cheesecake, and if it's chocolate, that's even better. Prudence is sleeping too hard to send anything, so I gathered some more leaves for your kittehs to chase around outside. To celebrate your employment I'm having a bottle of Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2010 sent to you. Cheers! I hope you find some great lights at the sale next Thursday.
By SovaPlum on Nov 25, 2016 at 10:36 PM
ERMERGERD! A Main Features Page F.P! Kongratzulashuns! Hair comes a V. C. *carefully rolls flat a large wedge of chocolate cheesecake with chocolate mint topping flat with rolling pin, slides into fax machine, presses SEND*
By SovaPlum on Nov 25, 2016 at 9:27 PM
Ohai cataff! Happee Dansin fur Fanks Gibbons & Black Flyday! Did you eat until you Fud Comma'd? Have you Shopped Till U Dropped? We NZers have begun to have Black Friday sales. Just because . . . .SALES! Spend all the munnies!!!! This year, more noticeably than any previous year, the MerryCan B.F has signalled the start of the pre-Xmas sales. STOOPY me didn't read the fliers correctly and thought I had missed the half-price Xmas lights etc sale. So I have already spent my allotted lights munnies *grumble, grumble, whiiiine* BUT many retailers in NZ kick off on Thursdays. If I have gotten it right, now *blush*, I can go to the Farmers Big Thursday Sale after . . . *drum roll please* WORK! I have a New Job! Starts on Moanday (no moaning anticipated this time) as General Dogsbody for the honey company one minuets drive away from my house! If I'm god I'll walk so I probably wont, it's on the other side of a *gasp* steep hill. I'm so pleased. I know it's only been two months since I officially started job hunting but I've been feeling antsy. Can't settle down to anything as I feel I OUGHT to be gainfully employed. Lovely though it'd been the Real World can't be ignored. ___ Tabini caught an eel and shared, so al is forgiven. I helped by giving Bella a vigorous stiff fingers full body skritching. She leeeeaned into it, wiggling her butt and biting gently whenever I stopped. By the time we were done there had to have been 200grams of fur drifting about. Fanta helped too. He had an All Out Bout with Patches. Patches got more scratches (HEY! That rhymes!) but Fanta shed moar furs. So Bella is well supplied. As I type the bois are ruff'n'tumbling so there'll be even more shortly. ___ Everyone sends Prudence - and the ferals, if P is feeling generous - a fresh eel caught this morning. Tabini's realy on a roll. I'm going to need some more carpet cleaner soon. *coils eel into oven dish, pours water over eel, latches cover into position, places on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Nov 21, 2016 at 9:18 PM
Prudence has no tolerance for foolishness, and she doesn't mind letting others know it. I have felt her wrath more than once myself. Furtive Tabini is quite the inventor. That marvelous suncatcher is going to make things much more comfortable around here. Prudence loves it too, and I think she's ready to forget what Tabini did with the fur instead of giving it to Bella. She was laughing about the fun with the leaves too. She sent me outside to catch some cold wind in a soft blanket so everyone can have a cool spot to lie on. Have a good night.
By SovaPlum on Nov 21, 2016 at 8:20 PM
Ohai cataff! Just back from plastering the scratches Bella left on me when she took over the keyboard. Wow! I knew she would be cross when she found out Tabini had been keeping back some of his fur but I wasn't expecting this. Tabini had better catch another eel. And soon! __- Please tell Prudence that I have passed on her message to Bella you said "Phooey!" too. __- I came by earlier to say how successful those autumnal treats you sent have been. The leaves have been sun dried, rolled in, punced on, rustled through and crunched up and trailed through the house. I has inspired Tabini to invent a new kind of suncatcher. He slit open a windcatche, lined it with tinfoil then taped it back up. Fanta and Bella helped with the taping. Then he had me swoosh it about at the hottest time of day catch beams and warms at the same time. I think he meant to send them earlier but was being so furtive (geddit? FURtive? *groan*) about the scarf tat I think he rushed to get it sent without Bella seeing and commandeering the scarf. So here it is! *places rock on transporter, ties wind-suncatcher to rock, presses Make It So* __ P.S. I added the violets to the vase of red and yellow gerbras I got from the local florest. The look lovely, thank you! (^,^)
By cataff on Nov 21, 2016 at 8:05 PM
Hey, Bella, this is Prudence. Sumtimes bois can be very stoopie, but we gurls are way smarter than they are. I'm tellin' your human rite now not to giv either of those bois a bite of bonito flakes until they give you all the rest of the furs but to give you all you want and make them watch while you eat. Phooey on bois!
By SovaPlum on Nov 21, 2016 at 7:44 PM
Ohai castsewo g *shoves human aside, takes deep breath, presses mouth to interweb tube* IZ ME BELLA! I MAKE STUFF FRUM FURS!!! TABINI SPOSED TO GIVE ME ALL THA FURS!!! tABINI NO GIVE ME ALL THA FURSS!!! I NO FINISH SO SOON NOW!!! I GO MAKE TABINI GIVE ME ALL THA FURSS. THEN I FINISH!!!!! *launches off human, stomps down hall lashing tail*
By cataff on Nov 21, 2016 at 7:35 PM
Great choice, Fanta! Hope your food time comes soon.
By SovaPlum on Nov 21, 2016 at 7:14 PM
Arenteecataff!Arenteecatff! Iz MEH Fanta! Eye picked teh funneh paper! iz frum Nummees Catmusstuff box. She bort it kaws iz oringe andpritte like MEH. i choosed it kaws it is teh nycest won. Ai karnt open teh bag u sended tabini wont open it hesayed iz nawt eats time an sew ai hastew nawt haf snax kawse ai pukez up if i eatsto muchfuds sew i iz wayting fur fuds tyme. kthaxbai!!!!!
By cataff on Nov 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM
What a wonderful scarf! The orange and yello wrapping was lovely, and the scarf feels nice and warm. The purr rows are calming. Thank you very much for such a thoughtful and terrific gift, Tabini, and thanks for helping with the wrapping, Fanta. I will very much enjoy this all winter. Here is a large bag of bonito flakes for you two and Bella to share.
By SovaPlum on Nov 21, 2016 at 6:53 PM
To Aunt Cataff. I has nitted a ska. . .scarf. It is for you. It is maid fru. . . from my fur. Nummy helped me with the counting so it is nearly straite. I hided my furs from Bella so I could make a scarf. Is won row of plain and won row of purr. I putted it out in the sun all dae todae so it is very warms. Fanta helped me with the rapping. We used orange and yello. *drops package wrapped in crepe paper on transporter, pushed button marked SendToCataff* From Tabini.