Messages between SovaPlum and cataff

By SovaPlum on Dec 25, 2015 at 10:16 PM

*giggles* As soon as I saw it I knew I had to share Teh Miracle!

By cataff on Dec 25, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Oh my, that IS a surprise! ROTFL

By SovaPlum on Dec 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM


By cataff on Dec 24, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Wow, I wonder what the surprise is. Haha! Thank you very much. Merry Christmas to you! Hugs, Brenda

By SovaPlum on Dec 24, 2015 at 6:07 PM

Ohai cataff! Meowy Catmus.

By cataff on Nov 7, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Many thanks for the sunwarmed socks! Each has been claimed by a kitteh and is being put to good use.

By SovaPlum on Nov 7, 2015 at 9:01 PM

Ohai cataff! I found two socks on my cloths line this afternoon. . . .that aren't mine! Have mai kittehs bin stealing washing again? *puts two sunwarmed socks on transporter, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Oct 28, 2015 at 7:36 AM

That is a young eagle as my avatar.

By SovaPlum on Oct 26, 2015 at 11:13 PM

Ohai cataff! Who dat burdie as your new avatar?

By SovaPlum on Jul 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Sad Nus. Jack passed away yesterday. Sudden massive heart attack. Not really a surprise but, of course, a shock. I'm going to be helping Heather for the next few days. We'll catch up later.

By SovaPlum on Jul 19, 2015 at 12:29 AM

Ohai cataff! Them cherries were delish! I had them with some Fangelico - for that hazel nutty taste - while huddled on the couch in front of a heater while engaging in a GoT marathon. Good times! ___ Alas! Tabini and Fanta are now both sick. I'm very afraid it was all my fault. I saw Petal from next door stuck on the fence. She is functionally blind on sunny days and Not Allowed Outside. Plus conjunctivitis is going round over the fence. She was very obliging about coming to me and letting me carry her home. But when she snuggled into me she may have left some of the ooze from her poor red eyes on me. And from me to mai bois. Tabini is sneezing alot and Fanta a little. Bella is her usual wheezy self so I'm hoping she's o.k. Rabbi te Vetinari said it was a form of herpes, hence the sneezing as well as the weeping. My Poor Boys. It's icky stuff down their throats followed by MOAR icky stuff into there affected eyes - one each. So they are punishing me for my bad hoomining by withholding awws until it's cold. At which point they unbend enough to OCCUPY! the centre of the bed. Bella is serenely ignoring it all. I guess she is accustomed to such drama. 12 + cats and 4 dogs means Someone is Always getting teh Icky! next door. __ All three have been enjoying the June bugs the ferals sent. Fanta meticulously threw-up a batch under the bed! I gave the box to Yogi and Patches who have been visiting alot lately. ___ I must do something for poor Booboo. When he visited last night Bella had a FEARCE and chased him out into the cold. Which is what happens when a kitteh sneaks past Jack when he's trying to bring everyone in. You miss out, you stay out! ___ Yesterday it Bucketed Down and today the breezes were on the Nasty Side of Icy. So Here is a refreshing assortment of wind socks for all to enjoy. xoxo. *places half a dozen rocks on transporter, attaches a windsock to each with silver and purple ribbons, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jul 13, 2015 at 8:44 AM

I'm sorry about Tabini but am glad he has recovered. Have Heather and Jack spoken with their vet about medication for T.B.? Sometimes aggressive cats can be calmed down by the right med at the right dose. I hope your truck drivers all get hired by the other company and get good raises. I'm glad you should have job security no matter what, but I'm sorry the pay won't increase. Maybe a better contract will be negotiated and your present company will take it and give some raises. We can always hope. Everyone is very grateful for the frosted socks. The humidity is horrid, and simply breathing results in much perspiration. Those socks work wonders. The ferals are stretched out sleeping on theirs. Here are a bunch of sweet black cherries that are chilled from being in the refrigerator. The ferals captured a number of June bugs and put them into a box with air holes for your kittehs to enjoy chasing.

By SovaPlum on Jul 11, 2015 at 2:04 AM

Ohai cataff! Much Nus! Tabini has been in a fight - I'm assuming withthat Ebbil Teddybear - and caught an infection. A trip to the vet and he bounced right back. Just like Bella did. I consulted with Heather About T.B and I learned that he has been going backwards. Where his sister Sweat Pea continues to improve. It is becoming more and more apparent to Heather and Jack that T.B is going to be one of their rare failures. T.B. may have to be sent over the Rainbow Bridge for everyone's safety. :((( I doubt Jack will give up easily but . . . ___ Developments on the contract front. We didn't get the transport part of the 10 year contract. Ironically this might work out well for our truck drivers. By industry standards our company doesn't pay well. But the new contractor - as yet unannounced - will likely be looking to acquire our drivers. Fingers Crossed! As for my Transfer Station. We're still up in the air. The one year extension will finally make this contract profitable for our Parent Company. But I seriously doubt Head-office will want another 10 year contract on these terms. I'm guessing that the council will simply manage us themselves in which case we - the staff - will simply get absorbed in to Council Staff. Job security yes, decent pay rises ummm. Let's Wait And See. ___ It is COLD in NZ. I'm lucky. Too far north for snow and not in a flood prone area. Best of all, while mai bois are snuggled up on the couch next to me, I have been able to persuade Bella that those Stoopy Bois wont bite her if she sits on my knee! Twice so far. Bliss! ___ Those plushie mousies have been a Huge Success! Some even wound up next door. I could hear the ruckus all night! In appreciation mai kittehs and the neighbour kittehs - except You Know Who - stole all the left socks on the street and laid them out in shallow puddles last night. They got all frosted! I packed them into chilly bins before going to work this morning. If you lay some out in the shade your ladies and the ferals can enjoy patting them with their feet and rolling in their coolness. You and C.L can make yourselves some Anti-swelter Scarves! *places large chilly bin on transporter, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jul 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Oh, the cold foot bath feels so good! It's not exceptionally hot here at the moment, but the humidity is suffocating, and any movement at all brings on much perspiration. That cold water makes everything feel better. Many thanks to Tabini. The flower shop sounds like a great addition to your town, and I hope it is a success. Prudence and Woodee are so happy that I've stopped complaining about being so uncomfortable that they are sending Tabini and his furry friends 48 plush mice packaged in a container that looks like a wedge of cheese. There is nothing on the mice that will hurt your feet when you step on them in the night. LOL

By SovaPlum on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:38 PM

Ohai cataff! Those pink and white calla lilies are going purrfectly with the pink and crimson flower arrangement I bought myself the other day. I had no idea having a flower shop open in my wee town would have such a cheering affect! I hope she lasts. ___ I see you a coming to grips with the learning curve (hey! Is that a mixed metaphor?) of your tummy owie condition. It's good the learn! And Preventative Medicine is the most Cost Effective! It will also allow you the most Little Treats. And we all know how important those are, hehehe. ___ Drats I forgot to look for sun bears this morning. I've only seen them a few times and splorted on each occasion! ___ I hope you find time for some leisurely Summer Reading soon. Now that we are in Winter Hours I have been having to fight tooth and claw for every Reader Moment! ___ How then! Tabini has been pushing the footbath out every time it rains. It may be an Icy Shock but this is for you (I'm sure Tabini wont mind if you share). *puts foot-bath filled with rain water on transporter, Presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jun 29, 2015 at 7:16 AM

I've read about some of those endangered animals being declared sacred,and I think it's marvelous. That would never work here. The only thing sacred in this country is the all mighty dollar. I'm glad you are enjoying reading the books again. I need to read those and others again but am not to that point yet as far as having time. I'm sill in the restoring order mode and will be for quite a while. I take plenty of breaks though. The doctor's visit went fine, and all the lab work looked good. I got more lectures on getting help at the first sign of any return of the diverticulitis. I would have gone sooner the first time if I'd realized I was sick. I saw after the fact that I had been ill before the major pain came and just didn't realize it, having never dealt with diverticulitis before or even knowing I had diverticulosis in the first place. I will be on guard all the time now and will make a bee line to the doctor's office at the first sign of trouble. Thanks for the delicious wine. That always makes things better. I'm sorry you haven't caught the bears when they are active. They run around like crazy and get into everything they can, but they also climb way up into the trees and take long naps afterwards. Here are some white and some pink calla lilies to make you think of summer. Prudence and Woodee send greetings and a box of crickets (air holes included) for your kittehs.

By SovaPlum on Jun 27, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Ohai cataff! I like the idea of Matariki, too. Ten years ago hardly anyone had heard of it but a few iwi (Tribal folk) decided to Reclaim Teh Nu Year!!!!! Maori culture has been making a steady comeback all through the 2nd half of the 20thC. That it has gained a special momentum is proven by the fact that we are increasingly turning to it willingly rather than as force fed political correctness. Speaking of ecological messes. Maori culture has begun to make a pro-environmental impact. Such as declaring endangered animals tapu (sacred) for a specified time frame (7yrs +) to prevent hunting. AND having it work! ___ Meanwhile in Westoros! So much Awfulness! Such Funs! I'm currently re-reading the books. So much detail to take in. I'm having plenty of "OH! I forgot that!" Moments. I leave the books on the breakroom table and come back to find the TV GOTers pouring over the maps. Cue discussions. Over cheesecake! Good times. ___ I'm glad the ladies are enjoying your retirement. Bossing you around and being the centre of your Adorashuns. Please extend my gratitude for the cheesecake they sent. I heroically refrained from scoffing the lot myself and took it to work to share. When I told my workmates where it came from they gave me funny looks and asked if those nice men in white coats running around were anything to do with me. I told them Yes! Those guys are searching for rare butterflies and I told them that good ones were to be found here. More funny looks. ___ How'd the Dr's visit go? Do you need some medicinal red wine? Perhaps you'd better have some on hand just in case. Maybe you could drink it while watching the bears play (they're STILL eluding me!) as a stress reliever. *places bottle of red wine on transporter, ties windsock to bottle with curly silver and green ribbons, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jun 24, 2015 at 6:07 AM

We have to bring in the potted plants when winter comes too, and they take up a lot of room. I like the idea of Matariki. It is wise to honor the Maori traditions. In this country the culture of our natives is pretty much ignored, which is very wrong. If our arrogant ancestors had paid attention, we wouldn't be in the ecological mess we are now. Sorry you've had no time for Thrones, but you do have it to look forward to. The elderly ones have been making inconsiderate demands for years. LOL They very much like their gifts. They removed the Glad wrap before I even realized what had materialized and snarfed down the snapper as if they hadn't been fed in days. Then they napped. Now they are batting the little pillows around. I will open the collapsible sticks and play with the ladies later. I have to get ready to go to a doctor's appointment. I wanted to watch the bears a bit, but they are asleep way up in the trees above the viewing area of the cameras right now. The elderly ones have ordered me to send you a chocolate raspberry cheesecake, so here it comes.

By SovaPlum on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:15 AM

Ohai catff! Oooh what pritti flowers! Good thing I forgot to stop at the flower shop on my way home yesterday. Or they might be fighting over who gets the sunshine. My house is a bit more flowered than usual right now. We had below zeros all over yesterday. So I've bought my frost tender pot plants in door. Just in the nick of time, too. My impatiens took a chilly pruning this morning! Thankfully I live in the "winterless" north. Elsewhere: Flooding, evacuations, snow dumps, cut off areas and - the ever popular - Snow Days. Yup. It's Matariki alright. ___ Matariki - a constellation known to Pakeha (persons of European decent) as Pleiades. It appears near the winter equinox (yesterday) and lasts about a month. To the NZ Maori it heralds the New Year. There is assorted ceremonial goings on. And LOTS of parties to Sillybrate Life and Stuff. I use bringing cheesecake to work. You can see how cultured I am! ____ I have yet to reach GTO :(( Since getting a nu pooter I have been in Cheezeland so much that I have a backlog of Silly Vision to behold before I may behold GTO. *sigh* so much funneh, so little time. ___ Please wish your ladies happee burpstays from me. Are they playing the Grand Dames card? Lording it over everyone? Graciously making inconsiderate demands? I once had an cat reach 19. Ororo ( black and white, named in honour of Storm of the X-Men) was sweet and affectionate to me - especially at Noms'o'clock! But she was could barely tolerate the well named Bodgie - remember the Bodgies and the Wodgies? Not that Bodgie cared. A very confident larikin to the end, he was. Anyway. After dusting of my memories, I have assembled a gift basket for them. *places basket on transporter, layers in two small shawls with tassels, small pillows of pot-pourri, two large glass ashtrays filled with finely diced snapper protected with glad wrap, two collapsible sticks with feathers and bells, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jun 21, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Many thanks for the cold breezes and the delicious soft ice cream. We were actually comfortable for a bit and our taste buds had a real treat. We had line after line of storms yesterday evening and into the night, but they didn't lower the humidity at all nor lower the temperature much. We were fortunate and didn't have the strong winds and hail many did. Lots of people were without power for hours. Hope you enjoyed GOT. I had planned to enjoy a baseball game, but the lightning made me turn things off. Today is Woodee and Prudence's birthday (nineteen years old), so they got a can of white albacore tuna, a treat they greatly love but are allowed only on rare occasions. I thought today qualified as one of those. Both gorged themselves and now are snoozing and digesting. Here is a big vase full of sunflower blooms and two cans of toona for the kittehs.

By SovaPlum on Jun 20, 2015 at 11:45 PM

Ohai cataff! I hope you had a nice snooze. Those were some srsly nommy choccie cherries! I took them to share as movie snacks with my nyce and nefus. We are experimenting with our own snacks as the movie theatre ones are approx double retail. Hmph! While I was out mai kittehs fought fearsome battles over the toasty meowie wowie baggie. It was scattered all over the house and all three of them were sprawled about the couches mumbling and twitching in their sleep. Until I opened the fud door. Then they all came running for munchies! ___ You're in luck. Sorta. The lower half on the North Island has be afflicted with Awful Storms all last week. We were braced for the worst up here. I put out my toughest steel windsocks for my Northern Hemisphere friends. But the storms all blew themselves out before they got here! The heavy windsocks were limp as noodles. BUT. Today was fine. So I put out my lightest socks on the line before I headed off to the movies. And Ta Daaaa! Some gentle but icy breezes! You enjoy them while I enjoy my lavender pillow as I watch GTO. oooh and try some of this. I had to ask for it specially but my supermarket now sells limoncetta cheesecake icecream! It's been softening as I type. *ties bobbing windsocks to a basket, weighs down basket with two bowls of soft icecream, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jun 20, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Congratz on your AC FP! Now I'm very sleepy for some reason. Take these chocolate covered cherries before I totally zonk out.

By cataff on Jun 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Hooray that Bella is even better still and that she now can both come in and go out through the catflap! It is so hot and humid that it's hard to breathe, but we put out a soft cloth pouch filled with meowie wowee and let it absorb the heat and are sending it for the kittehs. For you there is one filled with lavender. I love the Game of Thrones LOL. At this point I would love to roll in some snow. That's great that your computer is a Dell. All the techs I know say that HP is good but Dell is better, and I'm not about to disagree. My Dell products have served me well. I hope the ten year contract will be signed before long. All that one year stuff is hard on the nerves. We are in line to get hit by the remnants of a tropical storm that has caused lots of trouble in the middle of the country, and we're under a severe storm watch until 11 tonight. I hope most of it will miss us. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

By SovaPlum on Jun 20, 2015 at 5:08 AM

Ohai cataff! Bella all better and better still. Gud Nus! It took a couple more weeks but now she can go OUT through the catflap! So proud of her. ___ Glsf you liked my GOT4Cs.. I'm onna roll! I just keep on thinking of them all day at work. It sure helps the day go quicker if I'm thinking about something that makes me smile. My work-mate are accustomed to me smiling and chuckling for no apparent reason. They gave me up for a nutter years ago. btw we finally got confirmation that the contract has been extended your one year. Also that Headoffice is in negotiations for the next 10 year contract. Good to know. ___also btw Guess wut! My new pooter isnt a HP like I was expecting. It's another Dell! When I made my order that didn't get made up I asked the First Guy for the best 2nd hand pooter in stock and he told me about the HP I was telling you of. But when I went back I got the Other Chap. Who asked me which one did I want. And I said "The best one you have." And he set this up for me! Looking a the specs I have to agree. This one is better. It has slightly less RAM but a faster processor and better graphics card. YAY! Better YouTube! ___ Bella has arrived. She sends you a wide eyed stare and a swishy tail. - She's still really not got the hang of pootering yet. ___ Had to pause a while. Bella demanding attention. Luk! Moar gud wae to pass nasty coldz!

By cataff on Jun 18, 2015 at 3:41 PM

That's great that Bella is so much better! It's too bad that we can't get kittehs to understand that the "nasty" medicine is the reason they are feeling so good. I've had LOLs clearly marked for an FP take over a week to arrive there. I don't know what the hangup is. I find more negatives than positives in the changes, but I don't think ICHC really cares what we think. We'll just have to get used to it if we want to stay. I love your new LOL and would give you a few spare hours if I had that power (even without the bribe). I know the money is nice, but all those hours wear a person down, and to me winter is the most difficult season of the year anyway because we see the sun so little. May the winter hours go by quickly for you.

By SovaPlum on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:22 AM

Ohai cataff! Bella is much improved. The next morning she hardly had a limp. None at all by the time I got home that night. Yay! Of course, she's really shirty about taking her antibiotics. Just because they're pink she's not going to be suckered into thinking they're tasty! __ Even though I nommed that nommy velvet cake - have you noticed velvet cake/cuppycake is every where these days? - I've yet to see it on Animal Capshunz. Maybe I should have waited on eating my cake? NAH! Perhaps my Soothing Funneh got lost in the new ICHC reshuffle. What do you think of the new set up? Some features I like. Like the faster loading pages and the fewer panels of upvotes etc. But it's frustrating when I can't find things. Like the community made stuff seems to be all cats and goggies. Where's everyone else? And why are the pics cropped? And blurry? And. . . meh. time to change the subject. ___ We have slid into winter hours at last. Looooong shifts. MOAR MUNNIES. Perpetual shortage of time. - House work? Wuts dat? Now that you are a Lady of Leisure can you spare me a couple of hours a week so I can watch Game Of Thrones? Here comes bribe!

By cataff on Jun 16, 2015 at 6:54 PM

I'm sorry that Bella had to go to the vet after all. I do hope she will heal quickly. Prudence and Woodee are sending her one of their favorite human foods--canned chicken breast. They have sent several large cans so all the kittehs can have some. I hope you will catch the Critter Cams. Those bears are a hoot! Congrats on your swift FP! I just saw it in your Stuff, and it's marvelous and deserved to go right to the FP. Here is a big slice of red velvet cake to celebrate. I had seen and faved Anxiety Kitteh previously--another great LOL. That's a neat way to use the Christmas lights. The ferals will have a lot of dance parties with those. Thanks.

By SovaPlum on Jun 15, 2015 at 10:59 PM

Ohai cataff! Poor Bella was afflicted with a car ride today, alas! My Fav Rabbi Cathy was there. No broken bones, foreign objects or sprained muscles. Just a nasty bite that has gotten a little infected. Poor Bella. She squirmed, growled, bite gently and cast about with panicked and reproachful eyes. I feel a heel. When we got home the bois were all over her with concerned butt sniffs and head rubs. I think they know a visit to Rabbi Te Veterinary comes with treats after! Sure enough . . . ___ I missed the critter cams again. I think they go off 3-3:30 ish my time so I have to be quick. ___ Gud Nus! The funneh I made last night to get a flash player loaded made F.P! It hasn't been loaded onto Animal Capshunz yet. I seems to take 24hrs, mostly. Although I made one that was on the lolcats about 4 hours after I made it. You ever see this? ___ I tied some of those crickets you sent to the airing rack set up in the Kittehs' Room (originally it was Kitty's Room, but then I got Moar!) and chased mai bois out so Bella could enjoy them without straining her chubby self. She rolled on her back and battered them with three paws. Meanwhile the rest of the crickets made a daring escape leaving mai bois scrabbling at the door of the Kittehs' Room. But Bella wouldn't share. So There! __ Of course I nommed all them tasty brownies toot sweet. Fank Yew! At work today I found a box of tangled Christmas lights that still go. I think they'll make a fine disco light for the ferals to enjoy on those warm summer evenings I hope you are having. *puts box of lights on transporter, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jun 15, 2015 at 9:06 PM

That's rotten that you had more technical problems. That shouldn't have happened. I hope Bella will be just fine with no need for the vet. As much as cats zoom around in wild abandon, she could easily have stepped into something that caught her paw. I hope you got to see the bears some today. They love being in the trees. Thanks for the pretty flowers. Here are some fresh crickets in a jar with air holes in the lid for the kittehs and warm brownies for you.

By SovaPlum on Jun 14, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Ohai cataff! Just when I thought I was all set up! Yesterday I awoke to NO interwebs!!! Oh #@^@!#!!!! (<<< rRage Face) I thought I had forgotten to pay my phone bill. Or accidentally send the munnies to the power co instead. --- Yes, I have done that before. So I paid both just to make sure. But that wasn't it. Noooo. It was MOAR technical problems. A nice chap name of Colin got me sorted and here I am! Fuming about that and fretting about Bella. She met me at the door with an injured paw. There is a small amount of blood but no gash or bulges that oughtn't be there. So I applied Kitty's Party Mix and she is rustling comfortably on a nice pile of plastic ziplock bags. I'm running through a list of Likely Suspects. The Ebbil Teddy Bear, of course. The Meanest Kitty. Although I haven't see her for months. But who else? Tabini has been teasing her a fair bit lately. I suspect because I have been petting Yogi and Patches a lot. It makes him feel insecure. But I can't see him injuring her intentionally! Maybe she took off and landed wrong somewhere? Perhaps . . . oh, I'd better stop this. Or I'll just go round and round and round. Hopefully this wont result in a trip to Rabbi Te Veterinary. Bell loathes car trips. No matter how nice her Rabbi is. ___ On a cherrier note. Than you for the Cubs Moving Day link! What squee little chaps! I got my flash player sorted on Caturday. Right here in Cheezeland! But, by the time I was back online this afternoon, the Critter Cams were off for the night. Better luck tomorrow. btw Tabini obliged Fanta with a truly Epic Battle. It was Long, Loud and Exhausting. Then they snuggled up and tried to push me off the bed! Cats, eh? *puts selection of lizard free posies on transporter. presses Make It So*