By cataff on Sep 26, 2016 at 7:54 AM
I don't why it always seems to be Moanday, but here it is again in the US, but you are into Tuesday. We have gone to cool, cloudy weather. I don't mind getting rid of the heat, but I would like to see the sun more. It rained most of last week and looks as if it could start again any minute. I'm glad you are taking some time to relax and read and do what you want to do. That's great that Bella has shared the couch with everyone else and hope that has continued. It's sad that Yogi and Patches are pretty much outdoor cats now, but they are lucky that you do let them in when it rains. Prudence thanks you for the lizards, which have been greatly chased, and I thank you for the gorgeous spring flowers. It will be a long time before it's spring here again. It's always depressing to me when the days get so much shorter, and it always seems as though the longer days aren't around as much as the shorter ones even though I know that's not the case. Prudence has become quite the complainer. I think she's trying to be herself and Woodee too. Woodee would loudly let the world know when something didn't suit her. Prudence would mouth off when she wanted snacks, but now she goes on about all sorts of things--didn't get petted immediately, wanted a different flavor of food, didn't want to be combed, wanted to sit in a lap sooner, etc. She can really screech too. Here's the last of this season's fresh catnip for your kittehs and a vase of the last hydrangea blooms for you.
By SovaPlum on Sep 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM
Ohai cataff! Erhergerd! Where'd the larst mumf go? it was around here somewhere, I SWEARS! ___ The sunwarmed blankets you sent have been put to good use. The early spring warms have been replaced by steady drizzles, so I have been snuggled up on the couch. Rung, cat, coffee and a book. Spring Cleaning has been replaced by a read-athatlon! I think I may have caught your procrastination bug. Teehee, so glad I'm not immune! ___ Gud NUs! Bella has now had ONE evening sharing the couch with the whole family! Bella was the first one to the couch for a change. Followed by me, carefully into one corner so as not to disturb her. Then Tabini, diplomatically waiting until she was snoring before tippy toeing up onto the far corner. Later Fanta surprised us all by migrating from my knee to plonk himself between me and Bella. Who didn't budge! She did stop snoring though. It's the first time in her two years with us that I've known her to tolerate a BOI touching her while she sleeps! I had such an AWWWS! ___ Nus frum over the fence! The Yogi and Patches bid to take Teh Ebil Teddy Bear's Alpha status has failed. All the older cats got together and have all but driven them from the house! So now they are trying harder than ever to move into Casa Plum but mai kittehs aren't having a bean of it. Nuh UH! But I felt sorry for them, stuck outside on rainy nights, so I leave the laundry window open but the inside door shut. Not enough for pPatches though! He has taken over the catbasket on the deck. He's there right now, nervously peering in at Tabini who is ignoring him in favour of sleeping the damp day away on his throne (aka the footsool) of comfy. ___ But enuff of my Nus. Wuts ur Nus? *places a jar lined damp grass hidding half a dozen lizards freshly caught this morning on transporter, adds bucket of daffodils, lilies and freesias, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 29, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Glad u like the recipe. These are sum gud noms. I need to catch a fall cleaning virus or something. I just can't get into that mood. I do a bit here and a little there and then procrastinate for a good while. I'm glad that Heather has fewer cats than u thot. I do hope lots of kittehs will find gud homes before the spring kittens come. The bee population is decreasing everywhere, mostly due to humans. We need many more folks like your nyce to try to save them and us. Many butterfly species are in decline in the US too, again due to what humans are doing. We are our own worst enemy. Thanks a lot for teh chilly windz--feel so gud. Here are some nice sun baked blankets and rugs for you and teh kittehs. It doesn't sound as if you will be needing them much longer though with your early spring. Prudence is sending a collection of cat nip toyz for Tabini. Fanta. and Bella. Have fun steppin' on 'em. LOL
By SovaPlum on Aug 29, 2016 at 5:07 PM
Ohai cataff! That V.C recipe you sent was Divine! Oh my C.C, I put on a stone just reading it. And best of all, it will be easy to do a vegan version for my lactose intolerant Nyce no.4. I can't wait for the next family gathering so I can make a big batch of it! (0o0) ___ Spring sprung early in my little corner of the world and I have been bitten by the Spring Cleaning Bug. It's been AWFUL! No matter how many closets I clean, wood I polish and decks I scrub; there's MOAR to be done. Everywhere I look *whispers* I see dirtiness. *shudders* Must. Ressist. Urge. To. Clean!!!!!! ___ Gud Nus. I did count some of Heather's fur bebehs twice. I asked her "Do you actually have 18 cats at present?" And she nearly fell over in HORROR. Not only did I miss count, since I last counted TWO of her fosterlings have gone back to the shealter! I think that may be the first time I have known Heather to hand over one of her darlings without Jack twisting her arm! I hope they find Forever Homes soon. The shelters are still crammed with last summers extra kittens and the spring kittens will soon be arriving. Let's hope we have a nation wide increase in Christmas Adopshuns, this year. *crosses fingers*. ___ Sadly there have been no late frosts. Not only have I been unable to harvest frozen lawn for you, the bees have arrived so I mustn't hope for more frosts as NZs bee population continues to decline. Nyce No.4 is doing things with bees and pollination for her honours degree at Uni - she's not sure if she'll finish her Masters as she is getting tired of studying and wants to work - so I'm hopping that she will contribute to the increased scientific monitoring and nurturing of hives that is going on here. ___ There have been days of stillness and sunshine and days of chilly winds, so guess what I have for you! *pulls on mittens, ties windsocks bulging with cold winds to large rock, places rock on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 27, 2016 at 11:43 AM
Fanks. Dat wuz refreshin'!
By SovaPlum on Aug 26, 2016 at 10:01 PM
Ohai cataff! Kong Ratz fur ur Browser Kitteh F.P. Habs a Victory Chokkie wif dat. *places chilled white chocolate and blueberry muffing with white chocolate and lemon icing on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:33 AM
Congrats on yet another Lolcats FP for Teh Pwommised Cat! Here is a thermos of hot chocolate to go with your chocolate French toast.
By cataff on Aug 21, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Congrats on your Lolcats FP for the unbribable Grumpy!! Your V. C. is hot chocolate French toast. In case you are not aware of this delicacy, here is a recipe with photos: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/best-ever-hot-chocolate-french-toast/
By cataff on Aug 18, 2016 at 6:33 AM
That's great that Bella has made so much progress in sharing the couch with Tabini. Hopefully, it won't be long until Fanta will be there with them.
By SovaPlum on Aug 18, 2016 at 2:49 AM
Ohai cataff! FANK YEW for the nommy V.Cs. Hot treats in my tummy really helped drive away the winter chills. The wind dropped and mai kittehs and I sat out side and enjoyed warms. Tabini and Bella even found some sun-warmed pathway to spread themselves over. Bella managed to disguise her weight loss by spreading her belly out maximising warmth absorption from above and bellow. It's only when she's running about that you can see that she's merely plump now. __ Gud Nus! This is Bella's second winter in Casa Plum and she has been slooooowly joining the family on the couch! At first she would Nawt share the couch with a boi. But she has been cautiously hoping up when no bois are around, then she stopped hissing if a boi so much as looked at the couch with her on it. Then she started staying provided I was there - her in the middle of the couch and a boi or two on my lap/knee/shins. Kind of owie actually. But tonight! She let Tabini curl up on the end of the couch with out me to protect her. Tabini has been patiently working on her, he's such a charmer! After I reclaimed my spot Tabini hopped onto the other end of the couch. Carefully eyeing Bella, he curled up Right Next To Her and she didn't move a muscle! I was so proud of the both of them. :) ___ Then Fanta came in and claimed a chair. It's clear he wants to reclaim his spot next to Tabini but I think he's going to have to earn it gradually. Teehee. ___ There's a nip in the air tonight, cataff. I've left some trays of freshly mowen grass out in hopes of a frost. If so I'll send you some trays of crispy frozen grass to enjoy. Even enough for the ferals! *crosses fingers*
By cataff on Aug 17, 2016 at 8:10 AM
Congrats for puttin' Coach Bellbottoms on the Lolcats FP! Here's a container of fudge with walnuts and a thermos of hot chocolate to celebrate with.
By cataff on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:53 PM
Oh, the cold concrete and the cold air are indeed just the thing! We have yet another heat advisory tomorrow. I have everything insulated for now so I can sit on them concrete tomorrow and let the icy winds blow on me (and CL and Prudence). This heat is getting old, but there's still plenty of August left. Glad you had a productive day in the garden despite the cold winds. It's bad enough mowing in the heat, but if I had to do it in the cold too, I would be very unhappy. Our winters are cold enough that the grass goes dormant in the fall and comes back in the spring.
By SovaPlum on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:07 PM
Oh Boi! HOT air! That's just what I need. The last few days have been clear and sunny but with icy winds! I have been cowering indoors following the sunny spots around the house. today I braved the carden and got much done. Fanta encouraged me with ankle strops, boops and purrs as I mowed and weeded, but it was tough going. I'm gonna let that hot air out once I have shut up the house. ___ Have I got just the thing for you! I was going to give you them later but you deserve to have them on tap! *places several chunks of cold concrete on transporter, ties windsocks bulging with icy winds to rocks, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 15, 2016 at 9:42 PM
Thank you for the Kong Ratz and the delicious V Cs! It's so hot here that I had to eat them all at once to save them from melting. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Here are some more insulated bags of hot air for you and the kittehs.
By SovaPlum on Aug 15, 2016 at 9:26 PM
Ohai cataff! Kong Ratz fur ur Happee Ower Fp. Habs a Victory Chokkiie wif dat. *arranges selection of choclate liqueurs on a plate, folds piece of cardboard in half, writes "1/2 price @ midnight" on one side, places on dish, places dish on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 13, 2016 at 8:16 AM
Ohai, Tabini! :Poodence here. Good on u for catchin' thoz burdies n fanks muchly for sharin' one wif mei. Teh stoopy hoomins here woan let me go catch any, n they nebber catch any for mei. This is quite a treat. Here is a big bag of fresh catnip for you, Fanta, n Bella. At least the hoomins do bring me that from outside..
By cataff on Aug 13, 2016 at 8:10 AM
Many thanks for the delightfully cold ambrosia! I didn't know whether to eat it or stick my face in it, but my stomach won. We stay under heat advisories now. The weather folks save time by having the advisories cover multiple days. That's our typical August. Here are some more sacks of hot air and some warm fleece pads fresh from hanging in the sun. Tabini, Fanta, and Bella should enjoy those.
By SovaPlum on Aug 13, 2016 at 1:59 AM
Dear Arentee Cataff. I court a buride. I court a burdie yesterday. and one the day befour that and too the day before that and one the day befour that. And I eated them. Nummy was very happee . . .happie. I only left sum feadd . . .feathers for Bella. I have knott eated the burdie I court today. Is for Ms Poodence. *drops bird onto transporter, presses button labelled "this one for cataff" From Tabini.
By SovaPlum on Aug 12, 2016 at 10:56 PM
Ohai cataff! Fank yew fur the lubbly congratz! As I am spending so much time sitting around not exercising (one peddle down the street and back *ahem* MOST days) I only ate half the ambrosia. The other half I put in a dish in my covered cake stand and put it out on my deck rail. 1/2 an hour later it was nearly frozen. Just right! Sending it back to you for a hot summer treat. *dons woollen mittens, carries cake stand to transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 12, 2016 at 8:50 PM
Congrats on your LOLCats FP! Have a vase of fresh calla lily blooms and a bowl of ambrosia to celebrate.
By cataff on Aug 12, 2016 at 6:48 AM
I'm glad you like the poem. The lady who wrote it is quite talented but won't try to get her poems published. She has a disability that has led to her being ridiculed most of her life and has a family that isn't the least bit supportive when it comes to creating poetry. Despite this she is a very kind person and is able to put herself into others' shoes and advocate for them. I haven't made anything funny for a while and am not feeling funny now either. Sylvia will be greatly missed for sure. I'm glad Cats has revived her profile and that he and a couple of other folks will use it as a memorial to her. Lots of hugs!
By SovaPlum on Aug 12, 2016 at 2:04 AM
Ohai cataff! I really liked that poem you did for Sylvag. I've been hover over Cheezeland all day today. It's amazing what a wide range of friends she has. I miss her so much already. I've decided I'm going to do a bunch of Lolympics funnehs in her honour tomorrow. I've a bunch of ideas hanging around as I haven't felt like making funnehs much while she was so close to the end. *sigh* Me wanna hug. *HUG*
By cataff on Aug 9, 2016 at 8:49 AM
Many thanx for the Kong Ratz and the delicious V.C, especially the V.C. Yum!
By SovaPlum on Aug 9, 2016 at 3:31 AM
Ohai cataff! Kong Ratz for your politics FP. I didn't even know there existed a Politics F P. The new Political Pundit at last! Habs a V.C to go wif! *carefully ices a double dark chocolate muffin half strawberry half blueberry, uses banana icing to add a question mark, garnishes with crushed nuts, places on transporter, presses Make It So*
By cataff on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:34 AM
What an adventure! I'm glad that all involved escaped unharmed, other than the need for the lizard to grow a new tail. I've had a lizard run across my bare foot once, but that is nothing compared to your adventure. That was a great job of keeping your wits about you so that you didn't give your neighbor a show.
By SovaPlum on Aug 6, 2016 at 2:52 AM
Ohai cataff! Have you ever had a lizard run up your trousers (o.k. baggy sweats)? So there I am enjoying a rare sunny winters afternoon. I'm sitting in the doorway of my deck sheltered from the wind in a pool of sunwarms. Head in a book and glancing up, now and then, to watch Fanta stalking an early lizard through the wet, shaggy grass (2 1/2 months and still unmowable). ___ Next thing I know there's a lizard racing in the door, Fanta letting him get just far enough ahead to think the poor wee thing has a chance. Fanta POUNCES! Lizard sheds tail! Fanta is not fooled mwahaha! Lizard dashes across the mat I'm on and DISAPPEARS!! ___ At first I thought it edged around me. Fanta thought so too. He sniffed and peered then looked all confoozled. Then I felt it. Something cool brush against my skin! ___ DETERMINED not be a movie stereotype I did NAWT leap up, dance about nor yank down my pants. Good thing I didn't my neighbour's back door looks straight across to my deck. Instead I caaaarefully slide my hands down my pants until I'm sure I've got the tailless wee Houdini isolate. Then I slooowly peel up the pant leg until THERE it is! I swear it was glaring at me but I decided to be magnanimous and gently capture him. Fanta,still trying to find that wascely wizard, doesn't notice a thing. __ So I take wee Houdini to a particularly shaggy cluster of weeds and grasses (reeealy need to do some mowing) and let him go. Fanta had followed me so I picked him up and SNOORGLE attacked him until he escaped and ran off indignantly. ___ Who needs daytime t.v soaps when you've got cats?
By cataff on Aug 5, 2016 at 6:11 PM
Latest Sylvia update: http://cheezburger.com/8967504896
By cataff on Aug 1, 2016 at 5:11 AM
Hope you are sound asleep at the moment, but when you awake, you will find a tin filled with cookies. We're having the same stormy weather. I'm tired of hearing the beeping for storm warnings. May your weather improve soon.
By SovaPlum on Jul 31, 2016 at 10:20 PM
Ohai cataff! Wildlife Cyootness gone to bed. I'll check in on it in the morning. Meanwhile I will reeeeeeeely enjoy my Victory Chokkies! Its raining here. Been raining and pouring and thundering and lightning(ing) and HAILING and winding(ing) all over the show, here. I'm knee deep in muddy paw prints so I definitely deserve some chokklit therapy! __ Found ANOTHER F.P goggie this morning! That's seven now!! *ahem* would seven hot chokklit cookies be too much greedy? *hint, hint*
By cataff on Jul 31, 2016 at 2:42 PM
Multi FP congratz!!! Here's some hot choklit n raisin cookies. Bear cam is following bears rite now: http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/critter-cam-2