Messages between SovaPlum and cataff

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*

By cataff on Jun 12, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for me, and although I like 8, I can tell I will like 10 even more. Yes, the veterinarian is the one I mentioned before. His most worthy successor is over a half hour's drive from here, so i don't consider that we have a permanent vet at the moment. I'm not very happy about the situation. You do need Flash to see the streaming video from the Center. You can get it here: If you use Chrome as your browser, it will keep Flash updated for you once it's installed. Most streaming video requires Flash, I hope Tabini finally decided to play with Fanta. Have a good weekend.

By SovaPlum on Jun 12, 2015 at 8:12 PM

Ohai cataff! Windows 10? I plan to avoid going through this again for as long as I can. ___ Yes indeedy! That NOVOpay (I think) got the contract again was controversial, to put it mildly. I was please to hear, at the time, about all those businesses helping out. There was news of some banks assisting with auto-payments, 0 interest loans and cancellation of fees and fines. Also of some supermarkets extending credit and other help. It's nice to see evidence of decency and kindness. You so often only here the bad news. ___ hmph! I keep hitting the wrong keys. The buttons on this board seem fractionally smaller. How odd. ___ I think I remember you mentioning your favourite veterinarian retiring and having to find a worthy successor. Something about a small animals specialist? I hope he and his wife will come on your tour. I've had no luck viewing the web cams today. If memory serves I'll have to download the correct flash player. Just when I thought I had finished all the setting up! Well I'll have to do it later as it's to much work typing around Tabini. Who is sending you some purrs *holds interwebby tube next to Tabini's chin, skritches chin for louder purrs* He sayes to please tell Ms Woodee "Fank yew fur teh nommy gushie fud." He's giving me pins and needles, he is. I'll fetch you some fresh posies when I go do my shopping later. But first I'll go put those pretty flowers you sent into a nice stable vase some place mai kittehs wont knock it over. Well . . first I'll ease out from under Tabini. Fanta has arrived and wants someone to play with but Tabini is pretending not to see him. TTFN!

By cataff on Jun 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Hooray for the new computer! We'll both get to relive setup when Windows 10 is released. That's terrible that your teachers didn't get paid correctly for a while. It was nice of the businesses to defer payments and give discounts and freebies. I'm not sure if that would happen in this country, but I am sure there would be a lawsuit over a debacle like that. It's stunning that the company at fault got a contract renewal. We are supposed to get our date to go to the Wildlife Center (yes, it's the one with the bear cubs and vultures) Monday. It has been a chore getting a list of dates that suit all of us so I could give it to them. I do have an excellent gastro doctor, although I wish I didn't need one at all. I suspect he is much too busy to go though. However, when I get the date, I am going to invite my beloved retired veterinarian and his wife, a vet tech. I hope they can go. They know most of us who are going, and they both love all kinds of animals. Wow, Fanta is a rare cat when it comes to gushie fud! Of course that leaves more for Tabini and Bella, so they should be happy. That's great that the florist is doing all right, and it was nice of you to buy extras to share. One of the lizards got out before I could remove the flower, and Woodee and Prudence were after him in a flash. They were a blur running down the hall. All I could hear were claws scrabbling against the wood floor. Then Prudence made a bold leap and ended up with a mouth full of flower. Woodee was so excited that she made a grab for the flower, and she and Prudence got into it. The lizard got away, and the flower got the worst of things. I had to get out the Suck Monster. LOL A friend is doing the flower arrangements for her church this month, and she bought all sorts of flowers for this Sunday. She had many more than she needed, so she shared with me, and I am sending some to you. There are daisies and carnations of all colors. Prudence is sending some of her favorite kibbles, salmon flavor, for Fanta. Woodee is sending cans of shrimp and chicken gushie fud for Tabini and Bella.

By SovaPlum on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Ohai retired gal! Comming to you from my Brand New Second Hand Pooter. After 2 trips back to the pootering shop and only one phone call to my ISP and with nearly half my hair still on my head, I'm All Good! *crosses fingers* ____ Your red tape sounds much like our red tape. At least you're getting your munnies. 2 years ago our Entire Public School System's Munnies got BORKED! It was a software problem that is ONGOING! When it first flared up we had teachers that didn't get payed correctly, or even at all, for over a month. All sorts of businesses were being very good about it. Deferring payments, waiving fines and even giving discounts and freebies to teachers. Still it was a frantic time and the whole country was demanding answers. Which weren't very satisfactory. I'm still amazed the company got their contract renewed. Must have something on the Prime Minister, aifinkso! ___ How's your tour of the Wildlife Center coming along? Hey! Maybe your Dr would like to come. He (she?) sounds like an excellent sort. Would this be the Virginia W.C with all it's wee bears and vultures? I'll be able to view their critter cams again! ___ Surprising Nus! Fanta doesn't like gushie fud. He's the only cat I've ever known to look at gushie fud an go "meh". Tabini gobbled his down so fast that I put down some bikkes for a top up and Fanta ponced! Tabini polished off Fanta's plate with gusto! Meanwhile, Bella chowed down hers with loud purrs and some dribbles. ___ Fank yew fur teh lubbly magnolias. My magnolia tree isn't flowering at present. I've been brightening up my house with posies of flowers from my towns First Ever Florist. I wouldn't have thought a town so small could support a florist but she sayes she's doing o.k. To help out I've bought some extras to share. And Tabini has been helping Bella improve her lizard hunting skills. So we have been tying lizards to posies with pretty ribbons. Enjoy! *places basket of posies with lizards on transporter, presses Make It So*

By cataff on Jun 8, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Technically I'm not fully retired. I officially retired last Thursday as far as the Federal government is concerned, but my retirement date for the Virginia Retirement System is July 1, although I will not be doing any work--contract has ended. It's all a bunch of red tape caused by the fact that teachers have a ten-month contract but have the salary divided into twelve payments so we get checks all year. America--the land of complications. LOL I'm glad you are earning extra money, but I know it's hard to work all those hours, and I know that break down was as welcome to you as a snow day is to teachers. I'm sorry you forgot about the computer in all your glee though. Could he deliver it to a neighbor for you? After all , he was the one too busy to set it up when you were available. Hooray for all the free samples, and the ladies thank you for sharing the bounty with them! Thanks for the Health Food, which is pretty much the only sort of food a diverticulitis patient is supposed to have. I have a kind gastro doctor, who said no one can be good all the time and that a treat on occasion won't kill me. I will be celebrating retirement by touring the Wildlife Center that I've driven past a zillion times going home to the mountains to see family. I can have up to 18 people for the tour, so I'm working on getting available dates from them so I can call the Center and set it up. I can tell now that I never would have made it as a travel agent. LOL Here is a huge vase full of magnolia blossoms. Now you are part of the American South. Woodee and Prudence have added a box (air holes included) of grasshoppers for your kittehs and their pals.

By SovaPlum on Jun 7, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Ohai cataff! I'm glad you like your Retirement Funneh. I've bben want to do something with that kitteh too. Intellectually I know that those dilated pupils means something along the lines of "Pounce Imminent" But she just looks so gleeful! Soooo! Will Moanday be your first official day of retirement? Can I come too? Pweeeese? ___ Last week we did Looong Shifts every day. Winter Hours = MUNIES! I couldn't get to the pooter shop. Which is why I tried So Hard to get it done the week before! BUT Today we had a break down and were all sent home at about 11:30am. I was so happy I drove Straight Past the pooter shop! Didn't even notice until about 5 to 5. Ah well. At least I got lots of greets from Yogi and his new besty Patches. Then I mowed the lawns. Which meant Fanta followed me around and around demanding at least two pets for every lap of the lawn. It's a great incentive! ___ Gud Nus! Last week Whiskers started their cycle of free samples! That meant LOTS of baggies of bikkies AND gushie fud!! The icing on the cake came on Caturday when someone dropped off BOXES of samples at work! One of my workmates put one aside for me. Boyoboy, am I ever popular with mai kittehs right now. tee hee hee! And now I pass on the Gud Karma to your ladies and the ferals. And some scientifically Health Food for you and CL. You MUST take care of your health! *tips half the box of samples into a bucket, places on transporter, opens bottle of red wine, sets in ice bucket to breathe, places ice bucket on transporter, adds serving platter of selected hand crafted organic Swiss tradition chocolates, presses Make It So*presses

By cataff on Jun 6, 2015 at 12:32 PM

I'm so sorry you still don't have your new computer. I would have been in the shop pounding the guy with a stick by now. Thank you so much for that perfect retirement LOL. I have loved that face from the first time I saw it but couldn't come up with any captions that I hadn't seen already, but you certainly did!

By SovaPlum on Jun 6, 2015 at 12:45 AM

QUIIIIIICK! Afore the crashing starts again!!!!!

By cataff on May 31, 2015 at 5:43 PM

I couldn't add more RAM to the old computer--no more slots. Your new HP is going to be really fast! I like Windows 7 Pro (we use that at work), but I went with 8 because it has some features I like that 7 doesn't have, and I've had no problem using a mouse with it. The reviews by those who have been beta testing Windows 10 are very, very good. If you liked XP, you should love 10. I will let you know what I think when ti comes out and is available as an upgrade. Woodee and Prudence are asleep in one of the warm boxes with full stomachs from pigging out on the party mix. I'm quite relaxed with a glass of red wine tinged with cinnamon. I hope it will help me sleep well tonight. I am finding it difficult to believe the morning will be my last school Monday. I hope you got the vacuuming done and enjoyed a good movie. Here is a vase of blue hydrangea blooms and some small pillows filled with some strong meowy wowie.