Messages between SovaPlum and cataff

By cataff on Oct 23, 2016 at 1:23 AM

Hope you are enjoying your Sleepy Hollow marathon and soon won't be feeling light headed at all. Sun and heat can do that and worse. Please be careful to take it easy tomorrow and drink lots of fluids. Your dinner sounds good, especially the Wedges while watching TV.

By SovaPlum on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:44 PM

P.S. Still kinda light headed. The sun sure got me good, today!

By SovaPlum on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:43 PM

If I get into a bath now I'm dooomed! I'll go to sleep and wake in the middle of the night a chilled gerkin. NAWT a good look! Maybe after my morning paddle around the street on my bike. heheheheh.___ We may have open fires but only at certain times of year and under certain conditions. I used the parking spaces between me and Viv for my concrete base. I had to be done well before she got home. Damp down the ashes and hose the area where she parks so her car's tyres don't melt on the heated concrete. Good thing I finished when I did. She came home early. I could still feel heat coming up from my side where the ashes are now. __ Just popped out to fetch me some dinner! Now way I'm cooking tonight. A small wrap from PitaPit and a Snak Box of Wedges for dessert. Yum. ___ I'm a bit surprised there weren't any cats soaking up warms. But Bella did mistake my next kindling pile for the Neo Litter Box. Oh well. ___ And Now! For a Sleepy Hollow Marathon while I eat my dessert.

By cataff on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:33 PM

I'm tired just from reading all those things you did today. That was a lot of activity! I'm sorry about the sun burn. That is really uncomfortable. One of the most difficult things about spring is that the grass grows so quickly. When the grass needs mowing every single week, I get grumpy. We aren't allowed to have open fires here, so we make brush piles at the edge of the woods. and the birds and small mammals love them. It's too bad the neighbor's son didn't want any cats. I love what you did with Buddy's photo! Maybe that will become an FP. That would be cool. I've never managed to get any photo from the Wildlife Center onto the FP. I hope you won't have as much to do tomorrow. You need a break to let the sore spots get back to normal. That's good that Fanta is getting used to Patches. A cup or two of Epsom salts in comfortably warm bath water is a good soak for sore muscles if you have a tub. I bet you sleep well tonight.

By SovaPlum on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

Ohai cataff! When The Rain Stops by Sova Plum. . . This morning I 1) rode my bike 2) moved my lawns - AGAIN 3) petted Fanta elebenty times while trying to mow 4) started burning my tree prunings from last autumn 5) started sawing my medium logs into small enough logs 6) swore like a sailor when I found my soft woods had gotten wet and were mostly rotten so I couldn't burn my hardwoods until I had dried enough kindling for a bigger fire (^*^%#@#^&$#@!!!!!!!!! just saying) 7) got sore shoulders from all the sawing 8) got sore butt from all the biking, mowing etc 9) got SUN BURNED! First time in years. 10) had dizzy spell; realized it was 3pm and I hadn't eaten. 11) decided that was enough work for the day, went, ate, showered, chatted to neighbour asked her son if he would like a cat or 2? Did he know any one who might?. ___ That was today! WOW! ___ No I haven't gotten an enclosure for Patches (who has been around all day and TWICE didn't get growled at by Fanta - progress) and Yogi. We're going to leave that to the last minuet. The mission to find Forever Homes continues, though it's early days yet. ___ I'm delighted the suncatchers were so useful. I would send you a batch from today but everything got smoked. Including my neighbours washing on her line. Fortunately she saw the funny side and is always glad of some ash for her garden. So I've made you this lieu of sunny stuff!

By cataff on Oct 22, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Glad you had a break from the rain. You certainly got a lot done after the rain stopped. That's great that the Moyles are happy in their new home. I hope the potential forever homes for the cats come through. It's a shame that the shelter is wasting an opportunity to get good enclosures free. Did you get one for your porch? I hope all the cats have good homes soon and that H can deal with the stuff she still has so she won't have to keep leaving early in the mornings. Thank you so much for the sun-catchers. They were so well loaded that they gave the entire East Coast three days of summer-like weather. We just went back to feeling like autumn again yesterday. The cats were all stretched out collecting the warmth. Thank you for more gorgeous lilies too. Woodee is sending some cans of tuna for your kittehs so they can stop taking your treats, and there is a pumpkin pie for you.

By SovaPlum on Oct 18, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Ohai cataff! THREE DAYS without rain! O.k, o.k two and a half and counting. But still. AWESUM. So much laundry air dried! So much lawn mowed (took four tries to get the whole swamp done)! So much gardening done! So much MOAR to do! __ Whilest spraying weeds I bumped into Heather and got all caught up with her Nus. The Moyles LOVE their new place. H is leaving an hour and half earlier each day to see to their needs. She has a line on several potential Forever Homes and is angling to get her fosters settled in pairs. Good for her, good for them. She's exhausted though. With all she has to deal with I sometimes wonder if she ever sleeps. With all the Stuff from the last storage unit in and around the house, she has become shy about letting people into her house. Even me who happily climbs over Stuff to get to a couch in order to be climbed over by her legion of fur babies. Which is a pity as I was hoping to have another go at counting the wee speedsters! ___ Of Course Yogi and Patches have had their Purmitzvahs! H & J are/were Strictly Orthodox in these matters. NO kitteh leaves that house unPurmitzvahed! H has many enclosures still. The shelter that she offered them to still hasn't sent anyone to pick them up and H is about ready to sell them. I'm probably the only person who knows how much less cluttered her place is. When H & J moved in they had about 4 times as much Stuff to deal with as H has left. __ ALAS! Somebody/s beat me to the Cheesecake! I can't be certain but Yogi was looking extra smug this morning and Tabini barely touched his breakfast. Hmmm. __ As soon as I saw that Bald Eagle I thought. I bet that's from the Wildlife Centre. That is one splendid burdi! And now. Something for your house and something for under your house so the ferals can enjoy too. *dons dark glasses, packs sun-catchers into box, places box on transporter, adds vase of green goddess arum lillies, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM

I see you faved the photo of handsome Buddy, the bald eagle. There is a captioned version too if you're interested:

By cataff on Oct 15, 2016 at 1:01 AM

Wow, Helen's family doesn't waste any time. I'm sorry they had to move in the rain. I've done that--no fun. That's great that Donna will not let Jayden get away with not doing his part and is getting evidence to present at the Tribunal hearing. He deserves everything they do to him. I hope you will end up with an enclosure on your deck for Yogi and Patches. They are neutered, aren't they? Even so, the adjustment of your three to them and vice versa is going to take a while. The thought of warm Bella fur is nice as the weather turns cooler and will be cold before long. That's great news that you got a follow up job interview! That's always a good sign, and I hope it won't be long before you are back among the employed. Lizards have run into every nook and cranny, and Prudence is like a young cat again going after them. She has been saving the rings from juice bottles and is sending your five kittehs a generous supply. Be careful going bare foot in the dark. Thank you for the delicious sorbet and the beautiful lilies, which have been placed where Prudence can't get to them but I can enjoy looking at them. Here's a Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake for you.

By SovaPlum on Oct 14, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Ohai cataff! I'd just sat down to say "Ohai!" when I heard a car next door and shot out to say "Cherrio!" to the Moyles. It's Moving Day! And I missed them completely! It's been bucketing down so I'd been waiting for a gap in the rain. Yesterday Heather's SIL came and packed the house. What an asset to have a pro House-packer in the clan. And today, they moved. Plan A was to be finished and having lunch at the New Home, but - raaaaain! They pulled out about 1:30. I couldn't wave them off as I was *ahem* making a pit-stop at the time. I got to say Hi-Bye just now to Donna and co. as they finished up, turned off the power and took photos for the Tribunal Hearing. Jayden STILL hasn't done what D stipulated as the acceptable minimum - I adore D, she's relentlessly Cheerful, Organized and TUFF - so he's in for it. I shamelessly claimed rubbernecking rights during the photo shoot. It was worse than I remembered. And that's AFTER all the Ms fixed themselves. __ Bella just came and gave me a warm furry hug for you. She wants you to know she has is busily shedding (she's just left a layer on me) and is saving up fur for knittwear. ___ I don't know how we're going to teach mai bois and H's to Get Along. Half the mornings I find Yogi or Patches in my laundry. The other half I hear/see one of mine LOUDLY denying them access. I'm going to have to fix this if I'm to have a 5 cat household. H and I have discussed putting one of her enclosures on my deck but she's been so busy that nothings happened yet. I think we should wait till after Spring Fever has passed. The fur is literally flying! I'm proud of how mai bois play gently rough with Bella. And I proud of how her Panicked Screams have reduced through Indignant Shrieks all the way down to Unladylike Language. But adding two more bois right now may send her back to hiding in the carrier cage and I can't have that. ___Too bad your weather sounds just like ours. So very over the Big Wet. __ GUD NUS! I got a follow up job interview and I think it went well. Oh! I hope I didn't just jinx it. *crosses fingers* __ Those crickets Prudence sent have Significantly Contributed to the Fun Factor at Casa Plum. As did my treats! Is for you :) *places shoe box full of sun-warmed lizards on transporter, adds tub of coffee sorbet, fills vase with green goddess arum lillies, adds to transporter, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Oct 10, 2016 at 1:21 PM

I agree that the struggle to get people to spay and neuter pets is frustrating. There is absolutely no excuse for not doing so. Every area has opportunities to have it done free for those who can't afford it. That is disgusting but not surprising that Jayden didn't do what he was supposed to. Leaving so much undone that he had promised to do said a lot about the kind of person he is. I'm glad he's in trouble with the tribunal. We went three whole weeks with only one day of sun, and it was horrid. I hope your rain has ended. May your job prospect turn into reality. That's great that it's so close to your house. Thank you for the delicious ice cream and the beautiful tulips. It's great to have a touch of spring as we go into the dark days of fall and winter. Prudence had great fun with the toy. She and it disappeared under the sofa, from whence many sounds of scuffling emerged. Eventually she came out with a soggy and bedraggled ribbon and shreds of cardboard from the roll, all of which she deposited in the middle of the floor and went off for a victory nap. Later she herded a bunch of crickets toward me, and here they are secure in a jar with holes in the lid. There are also a vase of various colors of chrysanthemums and a pint of black cherry amaretto gelato.

By SovaPlum on Oct 6, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Ohai cataff! I have wondered, now and then, if Greasers was foreign for Boodgies and Woodgies (aka The Milkshop Cowboys). Good to have that confirmed. ___ You needn't worry about Heather, she is an old hand at the Rehoming Game and knows every trick. And OF COURSE she wont just leave them! She and Jack rehomed about a hundred cats in the year they had before having to move from their last place. That's not counting the 26 kittens they sent to a shealter. ___ I, too, have been putting the word out. ___ I know what you mean about being annoyed by the way Heather has be taken advantage of. But I find it MOAR annoying that so many hoomins wont give their kittehs purmitzvahs! ___ OTHER NUS! Jayden is in trouble. He didn't lodge the Moyles rental bond and that's an automatic ten thousand dollar fine! H says her sis Donna says that the Tenancy Tribunal is now investigating and has already found multiple infringements thanks, in part, to D's documenting etc. They have offered D a list of options from which to proceed. H says the Moyle Clan just want their outlays back and aren't fussed about the Bells and Whistles they could add to the Tribunal Action that J is going to have to face one way or another. On top of which all the people the agent has bought round to date have been put off by the work yet undone. And this in one of the fastest selling Wards in (just) the city! Oh dear. Even though it's his own fault, I can't help but feel sorry for J. If only a bit. ___ It's raaaaaaaaaaing here! Everyday I patrol for muddy paw prints to wipe away, but, theres sooooo many! *sob* my house is not safe for bare feet! At least it's Musical Lap Sits. I am being kept in place by Applied Awwws so I shan't despair! AND I have a job prospect on the horizon. Walking distance even - if it ever stops raining, that is. ___ My tulips have flowered! Only two so far. Here's one for you along with a treat. *places two teacups filled with feijoa ice cream on a serving tray, drizzles a tablespoon of vanilla Galliano over each, adds two teaspons, cuts a toilet roll into a spiral, attaches a sparkly blue ribbon to one pointed end, adds to tray, places on transporter, adds vase with single red tulip, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Oct 4, 2016 at 7:04 AM

We called Boodgies and Woodgies Greasers here and had no separate names for males and females. That is mixed news about Heather's situation. The good side is that she will be close to her job and in senior friendly housing with a very good rent as well. The best part is she will be allowed only two pets. That also is the worst part because I fear that a lot of healthy furries are going to be euthanized. I have no respect for that shelter. They gave way too many fosters to someone they had to know wasn't able to properly deal with so many and even tried to add to that number. Now they won't help out even knowing the consequences to the animals--shameful. Are there no other shelters anywhere not too far away she can appeal to for help? What about spreading the word that 14, assuming you will be able to make things work with Bella, Yogi, and Patches, pets need good homes. She could take pictures of them and post them with some information about each pet on social media and ask that everyone spread that post. She could also have all her friends and co-workers spread the word. I do hope she won't just leave them. Even euthanasia is better than being turned loose to fend for themselves. I hope that somehow all of them can be placed in good homes. Bless you for doing all you can to help Yogi and Patches.

By SovaPlum on Oct 1, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Ohai cataff! Them calories, they DO sneak up on you, don't they? The FIENDS!!!! ____ Your Prudence and my Bella have much in common. She may be the vocalist kitteh that ever owned me! She and the well named Boodgie. Did you have the Boodgies and the Woodgies in MerryCan Land? They were right menaces here in Kiwiandia back in the 60's I hear. Bodge and Bella go yakity yak! I want FOODS! Pet ME! PET me! SHTAP PETTING ME! Bois are STOOPY! Gurls are STOOPY! I'm sure you get the idea. Tabini is a quiet gentalman. He sayes MIAOW when he wants foods and squeeks when he play fights and roars like a lion when it's for real. Fanta almost silent. I almost never anything but purrs from him. Oh, and hisses when he tries to act tough. ___ Yogi and 15 other cats are officially In Need Of A Good Home. This sorry state of affairs has arisen thanks to the Return of Jayden. After a year incommunicado, he resurfaced last week with an Assessor in tow. Even with all the things he - Jayden - left undone, excluding all that Heather's family HAVE done, the value of his house has shot up. So he's selling! H's parents - indeed, the entire Moyle Clan - are fed up with J and wont stay no matter who buys it. Luckily, H's sister, Donna - who has been meticulously documenting all their J induced problems - has found them a new place already. AND it's two minuets away from H's workplace (bus depot) AND it's set up for retirees AND it's in the heart of a Senior Friendly town (Orewa) AND it belongs to D's boss who has spent 30 odd years building up a portfolio of Senior Friendly rentals (getting ahead of the Baby Boomers' Retirements) AND he dropped the rent to Mates Rates AND has promised the next available unit to Heather!!!! ___ He must really like Donna. ___ BUT it's *GASP* TWO PETS ONLY! ___ Poor H now hasapprox 3-6 months to rehome 16 cats and 3 dogs! H has tried to get the shelter to take back her fosterlings but they wont. They still haven't found homes for all of the late summer orphans. Infact they tried to get H to take in MOAR. *sigh* Things are looking grim. Any cat with health problems will probably have to be sent over the Rainbow. Ceiling Cat help the rest of them. ___ I'm going to try and get Yogi and Patches to NAWT be mean to Bella! Then they can stay with at Casa Plum. Maybe in one of H's fancy enclosures with weatherproofing and heated blankets out on my deck. *scratches head* This is going to be work! __ MOAR NUS TO COME!

By cataff on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:32 AM

I don't eat snacks while watching video. I get into too much trouble with too many calories that way. Lol I'm sorry that we aren't in the market for another kitteh. It's too bad Yogi had to be such a pest to the other cats, leading them to gang up on him. I honestly don't know how Prudence would react to another cat and have no plans to find out. The weather folks say we will see three or more inches of rain before we see sun again. The yard will be a mushy mess, and we won't be able to rake the falling leaves. This seems to happen nearly every year. Hope Yogi was able to get back into his home after his mom got home from work.

By SovaPlum on Sep 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

Oh that's too bad. I hope you have good Sports Snacks. I find good munchies a great consolation when my team is struggling. A full stomach makes for Good Sports(wo)manship! ___ Yogi is hanging around my laundry right now and wants to know if you would like another kitteh. He is all wet and muddy but is scared to go home cause his Mummy is gone to work and can't protect him for the older cats ganging up on him. Hardly surprising as he has been a wee menace - Oh! Bella just stropped my ankles (she's wet now, too) and says you're welcome to take him! - to all and sundry Over The Fence. Do you think Prudence would like a big little bro to boss around?

By cataff on Sep 27, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Things aren't going well with the game. My Dodgers are losing badly, and it's their last chance to bat. That's a cute video of the kitteh and puppy. It has been raining here off and on for a couple of days and is supposed to keep doing that the rest of the week--very gloomy and depressing. I hope you will have sun tomorrow.

By SovaPlum on Sep 27, 2016 at 9:59 PM

Something for the next add break!

By SovaPlum on Sep 27, 2016 at 9:46 PM

It's been raining ALL day here! About half an hour ago - 5pm ish - mai kitteh woke up from there after breakfast naps and are now entertaining me tearing around the house in a running battle. It's pretty quiet so it's all friendly so far. They're all ....................WHOA! Bella just skitted across the pootering desk and then threw a loud hissy fit at Fanta. Must be time for noms. How's the game going? Have you a team to cheer for?

By cataff on Sep 27, 2016 at 9:23 PM

OHAI! I'm watching a baseball game and looking here from time to time.

By SovaPlum on Sep 27, 2016 at 8:49 PM


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:

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.