Posts Tagged 'cats'

A New Definition of Insanity

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I’m such a GOOD girl – I NEVER give you problems!

We all attribute to Albert Einstein the saying that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results” (even though it’s fairly certain he never DID say that). I have a NEW definition of insanity, one with which I think many of you will agree.

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spurned

The definition of insanity is “expecting cat behavior to make sense or conform to prior cat behavior”. My cats are in league to drive me crazy (or crazier than I am already). I absolutely MUST get healthy and get OUT of the house and AWAY from them.

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We’re sisters. We like hanging out together. Sometimes.

Cat beds. I will never ever again buy a bed for a cat. My dog was wonderful. I bought her a bed and she used it. She was CONSISTENT in where she slept and what she did. She was, in hindsight, perfect.

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I’m so cute

BC spent the day today in what I have been calling her bed in front of the fireplace. GC spent the day on the red couch, in my husband’s seat, keeping company with the WC, who was in HER familiar spot on the back of the red couch. Until we went in and spoke to them. Apparently THAT changed the aura in the house.

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I’d forgotten how much I like the radiator

WC is now comfortably ensconced in the ORIGINAL cat bed – the one that was hers, until GC gave it cooties. BC – in her bed. GC – on the radiator. My husband saw her approach what we thought was now her bed. GC saw WC in the bed and turned around and went to the radiator. (Actually she went and sat on MY work chair because I was not in it at the moment. When I chased her off so that I could sit she headed to the radiator.)

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What? This is MY bed now. Again. Sometimes.

3 cats. 3 beds. One might think that every cat could have a bed. But apparently that is NOT how cats think. Apparently the original bed no longer has cooties. Apparently the newest bed is unappealing. Apparently WC has a new game – driving me bonkers. I do not care HOW ill I feel next week – I am NOT working from home!!!!

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Except for when it is MY bed. Now. Sometimes.


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WHY do cats sit with their faces against a wall?? I don’t think this is a healthy pose. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Cat Beds, part 4

Or “Post In Which I Give Up Entirely”

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This bed thing is IN MY WAY

Last night I tried yet again to give the new cat bed to WC. Why? Because when SHE owned the first bed, she seemed to really enjoy it. Remember she gave up her perch on the red couch in the sunroom to be in the darker living room IN THE BED. I took that to mean that she liked the bed and the concept of ‘bed’.

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Okay, at least it doesn’t smell

Before I settled in to read, I tossed the new bed on the floor in front of the fire. That had seemed acceptable the night before. Indeed, WC went over to check it out. First she sat next to it for several minutes. I pretended to not notice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fine. I’ll try.

I watched her stand in the bed, sniffing it. No cooties – GC has not yet sat in this bed. WC sat in it. She faced the fireplace, she turned around and faced the chair. I could see the discontent on her little furry face. So expressive. She never curled up in it. After a few minutes of sitting, and finding it lacking, she walked away. She returned to her perch on the red couch. All the rest of us (GC, BC and I) were in the living room, enjoying the fire. But not WC.

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I thought you said the bed was MINE

This morning the bed was still on the rug in front of the fireplace. My husband remarked that BC was in the bed! I got up to see for myself. Indeed, BC was curled up in the bed. WC was standing there next to her. You can see by WC’s expression that she is NOT pleased. (Contrary to what I post here, there ARE occasions when WC IS pleased. Usually, however, they involve her in my lap being brushed and not only is it hard to take a picture of her when I’m brushing her but my primary view is of her back. Sometimes she turns a blissful face towards me.) BC has now spent most of the day curled up in the bed, except for a little while when she was on my lap. WC is in the sunroom on the red couch, GC is on the couch in HER bed in the living room. Fine. You can all sit wherever you want. This is no longer MY problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you, Mommy! I LOVE the bed! Look how CUTE I am

Cat Beds, part 3

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A very dubious expression

I thought I’d ‘won’. Finally! I was sitting in the living room chair reading. GC was nowhere to be seen. WC approached the ugly brown couch where TWO cat beds were situated – one on either end. She jumped up on the couch and began sniffing the new bed. I pretended to ignore her. ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew if I LOOKED at her it would spoil EVERYTHING. NO LOOKING!!! WC has very strict rules. I held my breath as she actually stood on the bed, then sat. I didn’t think it was going well – she had a distinctly dubious expression. She began sniffing the couch. Are there cooties here???? The sniff test seemed to go well but then fate intervened.

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Can it pass the sniff test?

GC jumped up on the couch, between the two beds. I don’t know if it is because GC smells ‘wrong’ (she is not in great health) or if her presence was merely offensive in and of its own right, but WC, who is not really known for being aggressive, hissed loudly. GC looked at her. This was apparently also a mistake. WC batted at GC several times and jumped to the floor, stalking off. I quickly took the ‘new’ bed and tossed it on the floor in front of the fireplace. Heaven forbid GC sniffed it or touched it in any way!!! I don’t know if it was the bed, or the fire, or merely asserting ownership, but WC DID deign to sit in the bed in front of the fire for awhile. It didn’t last of course. WC will NEVER make our lives easy.

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I may be in this bed but I’m not happy. And it’s YOUR fault.

Before I went to bed I tossed the new bed onto the chair next to the fireplace. This chair does not have much appeal – I almost never see any of the cats on it. My goal was to keep GC out of this bed. She seems to be extremely happy with HER bed on the couch, but knowing GC she might easily go sit in the new bed just to annoy WC. Sisters, you know. I suspect the new bed will languish, neglected, on the chair. But I think that is where it is going to stay. WC can either sit in it there or not. I’ll try to remember to toss it on the floor if there is a fire going. It is very, very difficult being staff to cats.

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Barely used cat bed available to complacent cat

Cat Beds, continued

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Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting

I went out yesterday and bought a second, IDENTICAL cat bed. I did this despite my weakness due to the continuing PND[*] ย syndrome from which I suffer. I came home weak, exhausted. I showed the new bed to WC repeatedly. My husband also took the bed and showed WC that we had bought her a brand new, uncontaminated, pristine bed. WC merely looked at us disdainfully. We tried putting it on a different chair – the one by the fireplace – for awhile. No one has even SNIFFED at the new bed. Not BC, and certainly not WC. Whatever the dynamics are among my cats, apparently a new bed will not remedy the problem. WC has retreated to the red couch in the sun room.

*ย  post nasal dripย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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I will never make it easy for you.

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Unforeseen Consequence

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This is MY bed (nightime)

I mentioned a few days ago that I picked up a ‘treat’ for the cats – a new bed. I actually thought that GC would adopt it, or that I would use it to replace the make-shift bed I made for her on the couch. GC and WC are both getting on in years – they are 17.5. The vet reminded me yesterday that we brought them in as little kittens in August of 2002. They both have thyroid issues and GC has kidney issues as well. We bring them in for their yearly checkup and do as little as needed, the goal being to make them comfortable. They are happy girls – moving about the house easily, covering all 3 floors. *laughing* Almost LITERALLY covering 3 floors with cat hair and kitty litter.

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I like this bed (Daytime)

I put the new bed on the floor near the fireplace where it was ignored. I moved it elsewhere on the floor and it was ignored. I picked it up and tossed it on the couch where WC likes to hang out on occasion. As we all know, WC LIVES on the red couch in the sun room. I thought maybe GC would come over to that couch and curl up in the bed. I showed you photos of both BC and WC testing the new bed.

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Definitely MY bed

It never occurred to me that WC would forsake her perch in the sun room (where she has height, windows and sun) and move to the living room. But that is what happened. Since I tossed the bed on the couch, WC has ensconced herself there. She can always be found in the bed on the couch. BC doesn’t seem to care. She has a fairly limited attention span (or more energy) and she moves about from place to place during the day. Radiators, the stair landing, the floor in my husband’s office, my lap while I’m working – those are all good places as far as BC is concerned.

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What IS this?

GC spends most of her day (when she isn’t eating) either on the flowered couch on her makeshift bed or upstairs on my bed. Even if she is upstairs she is well aware of what is happening down here, as evidenced by her near immediate appearance when my husband begins to make tuna fish sandwiches. WC is hard of hearing these days – he often needs to wave the can near her so she knows what’s happening.

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Hmmm. Okay, I see possibilities here

Last night GC finally decided that she would check out this bed-thing. I love GC dearly and think she is actually a very smart cat, but I think she had difficulty grasping the point of the new bed. First she sat there next to it staring at it. Next she lay down half-in and half-out of it. WC often utilizes it the same way, so that wasn’t too surprising. The next time I looked over she was between the bed and the back of the couch. I think my favorite part of that was how she also had her face shmushed up against the couch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is quite cozy

While GC was occupied with analyzing the bed, WC was simply beside herself. I was sitting in the chair opposite the couch, reading. Often WC will come and sit in my lap when I’m in that chair. Not last night. WC wandered around the floor, meowing, shooting angry glances at GC. WC would jump up to my lap, walk across me, and jump down. She went into the sunroom, got on HER couch, but a few minutes later reappeared in the living room, pacing.

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Now THIS is VERY comfortable

At one point she jumped up on the arm of the couch and looked down at GC and the bed. You could see that WC was trying to determine if there was room enough for her to squish in there as well. Apparently not for WC jumped back to the floor and continued pacing.

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Look! Look! Don’t YOU want to play too?

Next she headed over to the cat toys. I’m sure she was thinking that if she acted as if playing with the balls was SO MUCH FUN that she could lure GC away from the bed and then WC could take over.

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Is it working? Is she coming over yet?

WC is adorable but playing with the toys did NOT lure GC from the bed. When I went upstairs for the night, GC was still in the bed. BC was still in the chair next to my reading chair. WC was still sitting on the living room floor, glaring at GC.

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Look at me! I’m a pretzel!

Obviously I need to get another bed. Because, after all, my life IS about what makes my cats happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We are NOT amused

Not Quite the Holiday I Envisioned

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Yes, I have bins full of paper goods for all occasions

Good thing for me that I follow the Jewish calendar and the New Year starts on Rosh Hashanah, which happened back in September. Although there were some bumps in the road then, too, I got to spend a wonderful holiday in Arizona with my son, welcoming the new year. I have a zillion photos that I’ve been meaning to share with you about that, sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚ But even if Rosh Hashanah is “my” new year, I love to party with the rest of the world when the calendar switches from December 31 to January 1. Of course by now you should know that I just love to party. ๐Ÿ™‚

The first decision is always HOW to party – throw a party, go to a party, quiet party, loud party. You might remember that last year was my party-to-end-all-parties – the unveiling of The New Kitchen!! That party took at least 4 blog posts to describe. *grin* This year I decided that I was a bit worn out and wanted a quieter celebration. We decided to go back to our traditional NYE party – a group of friends over for dinner. We have a group of friends that I call “the gang of 8” – us and 3 other couples. Sometimes it’s the gang of 9 when my son joins us, sometimes it’s the gang of 10 when my sister and her husband join us, but for many, many years I have used the shorthand of ‘gang of 8’ to describe us (as in over 20 years, I believe, maybe getting close to 25 years). Anyway, we opted for dinner for the gang of 10.

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I seem to remember much smaller hens – do they shrink in cooking?

Originally I thought that we’d make the 18 pound turkey we have in the downstairs freezer. Of the possible 10 eaters, 2 are vegetarians. That’s a lot of turkey for 8 people when you figure there will be side dishes as well. Then I was reading Jinjer’s blog and saw she was making Cornish Game Hens. Wow!! I haven’t thought about those in YEARS! There was a time when they were the ‘in’ food and EVEN MY MOTHER cooked them (my mother never cooked if at all possible). *smile* I thought that individual game hens was MUCH better than 18 pounds of turkey. My husband found frozen game hens at the local grocery store and a decision was made.

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NOT the usual counter displays I share with you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I have to tell you that planning dinner for the gang of 8 is a challenge. There was a time when we were all much younger when we had fewer food issues. Now – well now I almost think the challenge of preparing a menu and dishes is almost as much fun as getting to spend time with my friends. *grin* But that is definitely another post. Anyway, I had a great menu planned. Then I woke up on the morning of December 21 with congestion and a fever. Okay, I can deal with this: liquids, more liquids and rest. Except I kept getting worse. I was working that week (or at least nominally working) and was hard pressed to concentrate on the monitor. Definitely a fever. Definitely a hacking cough. Definitely SICK. All week. I was sleeping in a chair for 3 days until I threw my back out. So even though I felt better Thursday, I couldn’t move from the pain. We had a major party to attend on Saturday evening. I spent Thursday and Friday horizontal on ice packs. Saturday came. Yay for decongestants, cough drops, Advil and nose spray. We made it to the party and back again. I even managed Sunday morning to do all the grocery shopping for NYE dinner. And of course I picked up a treat for the kitties (obligatory photos included). Made it to my sister’s and brother-in-law’s for a phenomenal Sunday dinner of standing rib roast and the most amazing potatoes ever and heavenly salt stick rolls.

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How DO you take good photos of black cats?????

Woke up Monday morning realizing that I was NOT healthy and NOT feeling like there was anyway I could throw a party the next night, no matter how relaxed. When I saw my husband taking the hens out to defrost I told him to put them back. Monday night I sent out an email and rescheduled our dinner to Saturday, January 4. I was in bed (in the chair again) on NYE by 10 pm, with decongestants, nose spray, cough drops, tissues, advil. The ball dropped at Times Square without my help. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last night, January 1, my husband said “I’m going to take a dip (in our hot tub) because I’m feeling a little congested.” Oh no!!!!!!! It was inevitable but still horrible – now he is sick. I know several people who have gotten this chest congestion and coughing and misery. It seems to last FOREVER. With any luck my husband will shake it off faster than I did, okay, I still haven’t. In my head I figure Saturday night dinner is not happening.

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Sigh. A lot of this dinner party food is perishable. And this is only the downstairs refrigerator.

This is not the best way to start a new year. On the other hand, maybe if we get all the germs out of the way NOW, the rest of the year will be healthy. One can only hope!

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Better slightly blurry cat pictures than photos of waste baskets full of tissues!

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First night of Chanukah 2019

Happy Chanukah! We got our chanukiah up and lit and placed in front of the window. I probably should have wiped down the soil there after I moved the plant from that spot. I was more concerned with making sure that the cords for the blinds were out of the way. Please forgive the dirt.

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Cat on a Winter’s Day

I was looking forward to Christmas, too, because I have that day off. I had planned to bake and cook and read. Unfortunately for me, I woke up Sunday and thought “gee, I don’t feel all that well”. I was worse on Monday and really worse today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I don’t anticipate much baking or cooking in the near future. My day revolves around heating hot water for tea and filling a tall glass of iced water. As my mother would have said, I’ve drunk enough clear liquids to float a battleship.

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It’s VERY difficult to get good pictures of monochromatic cats in bright sunshine

I have lots of role models, however, to help me figure out how to spend my time. I made a little nest for GC on the couch. I took the fleecy liner from the cat carrier and an unused door-draft-blocker and made her a spot. I appear to have been successful in pleasing her as she has been curled up there since its creation. WC even left her red couch to join in for an afternoon cuddle. BC loves the box on the radiator. It’s been there for years now. GC likes it too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen WC in that box. She definitely likes cushioned comfort.

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Another adorable monochromatic cat in sunshine

A blog is a piece of the internet, and we all know that the internet is all about cats. From all of us being relaxed and slow. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season!


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