Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Meezer Rule Confession

So I have a confession to make. Monday morning, our last morning at our mountain house, Mom took Kavan and I out in the back yard. We both had our harness on. Mom put Kavan on his lead to make sure he wouldn't go over the fence, but not me. I'm a "good girl". He kept looking up on top of the fence, like there was something really neat there. I just had to find out what he was looking at, so yes, I'm embarrassed to admit, I jumped up on it. Mom yelled at me to stop. I did, but I got scared, I didn't know what to do. I was tetering on the little skinny flat spot on top of the lower back fence. I couldn't figure out how to go back, so just as Mom grabbed for my harness, I jumped to the other side. I regretted it immediately, it was very scary. I didn't recognize any of it. Mom looked over, and my eyes were as big as saucers! I wanted to get back! Mom threw Kavan in the house, and came back (she knew I wouldn't go anywhere, unlike meathead). She called softly, and kept telling me to jump up, so I tried. I jumped back up on the fence, but over on our neighbors side. This picture from last spring shows the low back fence and the the higher fence that separates us from our neighbors. On the other side of the high fence, our neighbors back fence is lower like ours.

I couldn't figure out how to get to Mom! I tried walking on the very top, even though Mom tried to get me to walk on the flat board just a few inches down, but I got scared again so jumped back down. So she called me down to a place I could crawl under the fence. I was so happy to get back into our yard! And now I know about going under instead of over! Unfortunately, now that I know about that, I may never get to go out in our backyard mountain house again without my lead. But I'm usually a good girl, and in the summer if there are lizards in the back yard, why go anywhere else?

Meezer rule: It is not true that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, it is really just scary. Your own yard is always the best.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Home at last

It's so good to be home. We love the mountain house, but we love home too. The trip home went better. I, as usual, was really good. I talked and complained a bit early on, but settled into my seat between Mom and Dad, and just had a conversation every so often, you know, to ask if we were there yet. Poor Kavan clearly gets car sick. It might be because of the ear infection and ruptured ear drum he had as a young kitten. Anyway, he slept most of the way on Mom's lap, but did make a trip to the BIGGER litter box ON THE BACK SEAT, to yack and poop at least once. But at least he didn't make a mess this time. I felt so sorry for him I licked his head a few times. Then I felt like grooming Mom, and licked her eye lid. I'm sure she liked that.

When we got home, I crashed upstairs on my balcony in my Millie bed, and Kavan crashed in front of the fire place. I over heard Mom and Dad at dinner time:

Dad: So much for big man cat, I know how to put him in his place

Mom: Poor thing, it certainly knocks him out

Dad: Yeah, must be hard on his ego

Mom: Ego? Do man cats really have an ego?

Dad: Are you kidding? You think all that strut is for nothing?

Mom: And then he had to put up with Tara feeling sorry for him and licking his head

Dad: Maybe he will feel a bit wimpy for a while and be nice to Tara

Mom: Don't count on it

PS: Don't worry Pepi, Mom closed the screen after she took this picture.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Meezer Monday: Hunting Woes Continue

Well, yesterday's hunt was a bust, other than the alien (it was that green shiny metal thing in the third picture, Mom said it was just a squashed soda can, but I knew better). Today, things got off to an encouraging start. I couldn't believe, Kavan found a fly!

I had to show Kavan how to with it correctly. However, it wasn't very challenging, it was moving like molasses...even Kavan could catch it. Just because it was 40 degrees outside was no excuse not to play properly! But then, I heard something very exciting and looked up, when I looked back, Kavan was licking his time, had to run over to the wood pile to see what the noise was...

Look at this huge bird! I couldn't believe my eyes!

Kavan and I ran over to the far corner of the yard. Mom was still on the other end near the wood pile........

Then it happened. Kavan couldn't stand it and jumped, yes JUMPED, onto the edge of the fence facing the open space! (It is lower than standard so Mom and Dad can see the view). Mom screamed NO KAVAN!!, dropped her coffee, and ran towards us, with all sorts of bad words coming out of her mouth. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Well, that's all it took, over he went. More bad words about Dad not putting a gate going to the open space. I've never seen Mom move so fast, she hauled her fat jumped over that fence like a gazelle, thats right, a gazelle. Which was interesting, as she was in her Burkenstocks with fuzzy gray socks, black sweat pants, a heavy green coat, green fuzzy ear muffs, brown mittens with white snow flakes on the knuckles, and a black ball cap that said NEW YORK. Once he got on the other side, Kavan couldn't believe what came over the fence towards him, so started to hide in the rabbit brush, but was a little scared of it. Mom scoped him up, then dropped him back over on our side of the fence. Then I watched as this alien come over the fence towards me! I needed to protect Kavan! I fluffed up as big as I could and GROWLED! You can't convince me that was Mom, she was abducted in the open space! This green alien in fuzzy ear muffs scoped both of us up and hauled us inside, saying words like "No more outside for either of you for a while". Then the alien peeled off all of those strange clothes, and gave Mom back to us. This was all Kavan's fault!

We better get to go outside again, you little woose!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday Hunting

I am SO disappointed! After that terrible trip up here, I can't find ANYTHING to hunt! I have checked every bush and woodpile. No lizards, no chipmunks...

Sweetie, its 40 degrees outside, and it was below 20 last night. They are hibernating for the winter.

I don't care, its not fair. Wait, what's this? Kavan, quick, come check it out!

Tara, what is it? An alien?

I think it is an alien! Stand back Kavan, I'll protect you!

We need to bury it in this giant mountain!

And don't even think of coming back!

Yes Kavan, you can sleep, we are safe now.

Protecting the world is hard work. Time for a good long nap.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Great Turkey Day Road Trip

I hope every cat had a great Thanksgiving! Sorry I couldn't get around and visit on Turkey day and wish each of you a great day as much as I would have liked, but we had, uh, one of those days...

Mom and Dad spent all morning doing weird stuff, like putting clothes into boxes, weird stuff like that. I knew something was up. Then they left for a few hours with some pies and wine, said they were going to Grandma's house. Ok, no problem, time for a nap. I had been catching a cold, so I needed some down time. Things got really weird when they came back, started putting their boxes of clothes in the back of the green moving box. Then I saw them put our PTUs in the back of the green box, I knew, we were going to the mountain house. I really don't like that drive up, for some reason Mom and Dad can't figure out how to just teleport us up there! Kavan had no clue what was going on, I tried to tell him, but even I couldn't decide if I wanted to go or not.

It started off OK, Mom put our blanket over the back seat, with our two cat beds (the one from Monty and the Millie Bed from Latte). A litter box was on the floor, but it was covered by Mom's fiddle. We each had our harness on. We cried a bit, but settled down pretty quickly. Then it started. Kavan started yaking. Mom had taken our food from us that morning, so it was just yucky looking watery stuff. Mom had her "emergency kit", but it was in the back too. So Dad had to stop so she could get it out. The yak wasn't too bad. We kept going, but Kavan kept trying to tell Mom he was not feeling too well. He yaked some more, Mom cleaned it up. He tried staying on her lap, then said "Mom, I gotta go" and let out a bit fart! Dad said "Did he just fart?" about the same time Kavan went into the back seat into the Millie bed. Mom screamed "Pull over, pull over!" cause Kavan started scratching in the Millie bed, the litter box was buried! Well, too late. So, out came the emergency kit, the bed got cleaned up as best could be done on the side of the road, and both beds were thrown into the back of the box. Fortunately, the blanket on the back seat was OK, except for a little Kavan yak. Mom put the litter box on the back seat.

So we started again. A few minutes down the road, Kavan started yaking in the back seat, and I started yaking in the front seat. Dad just kept driving, Mom just cleaned up the yak. Kavan then went to the litter box, but it was a kitty litter box, so his butt hung over the edge. REAL SMART MOM!! Mom again screamed "Pull over, Pull Over!" Again too late, but fortunately there wasn't really anything left in Kavan at that point, so no real harm done. All of this in the first hour and a half of the of the trip! And two more hours to go! Kavan curled up on Mom's lap, I curled up on my seat between Mom and Dad. I felt so sorry for Kavan I groomed his head. I think that made him feel better. He went to sleep.

A ways down the road, Mom kept getting spots of water on her hand, couldn't figure out where it came from. Then she looked over and could see wet spots on the vinyl around my seat. She accused me of drooling! How dare she! My nose was running, and I couldn't get it to stop, so I shook my head every so often. So the rest of the trip, she wiped my nose every so often, complaining of Tara snot. Fortunately, no more yaks or litter box crises. Were we ever happy to get here! My Gizzy quilt makes me feel a little calmer....

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Day Memes

Happy Thanksgiving every cat! I hope you are all spending quality time with your families. Mom and Dad are leaving us for a few hours to have turkey over at Grandma's house. Then we are all heading up to our mountain house! I love our mountain house, although the drive up can be a bit trying.

Its a good day to catch up on a few memes I've been meaning to do. Queen Snickers tagged me me for the 7 random or weird facts. This has been around a while, and to be honest, I don't remember if I've done it or not, but I thought me and Kavan could do it together.

Here are the rules:

*Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog;
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself;
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post & include links to their blogs; and
*Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I love going for walks in the cul-de-sac in my harness.
2. I'm not very vocal for a meezer.
3. I'm very moody.
4. I need to be around Mom and Dad, but I'm not much of a lap cat.
5. I get very irritated when Kavan jumps in when I'm playing with Mom or Dad.
6. When I sleep on the bed, it is always down by Mom's feet.
7. I am ALWAYS waiting by the door for Mom and Dad to come home from work.

1. I love everyone!
2. Laps are the best!
3. When I sleep on the bed, it is either snuggled close to Mom's side, or on the pillow or her chest near her face.
4. I have to play with EVERYTHING!
5. I love my sister Tara, even if she only tolerates me.
6. I love going outside in the cul-de-sac in my harness too, but Mom doesn't take me out as much as Tara, I'm not sure why.
7. I know how to open every cabinet in the house.

There is also a meme going around started by Miss Peach, that is very appropriate for Thanksgiving Day, called My Box of Life. This is what I would put in my box:

1. Mom and Dad. I love them for all they do for me and Kavan.
2. The amazing friends we have made in the Cat Blogosphere. This is such a special community.
3. One of my nine lives to give to a kitty in need.
4. The warmth of a fire on a cold winter evening.
5. My pretty purple harness and lead for eternal walks with Mom.
6. Kavan. He irritates me, but I love him.
7. Quiet time sitting with Mom as she helps me blog.
8. Our mountain house.

This has made it around to most by now, so I tag anyone who still wants to participate.

Snuggle with your family today.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Meezer Rule Wednesday: Playing with Fire

No brains, I tell you, no brains! Our first fire of the year, and he thinks its something to play with. Mom about freaked out, Dad just laughed. Mom finally closed the the screen because she was convinced Kavan was going to stick his paw right in the flames.

Meezer Rule: While curiosity might not kill you, you might end up with singed fur. Which would be good for giving Mom a nervous break down. And it might even match your points!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tin Whistle Tuesday

Dad was practicing his tin whistle the other night. It sounded like an some poor creature was getting tortured! I was convinced that I needed to call animal control.

I couldn't take the noise any more, so I hid in my tube.

Then I gave Dad the laser eye to try to get him to stop. He laughed at me.

I usually like his whistle playing, but he usually plays a bigger one that sounds lower. There is a reason they call that little one a TIN whistle!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Meezer Monday: Raising our Paws

Gaius the Cat has a great contest going. He is challenging all of us to raise our paw for our favorite cause. Of course, Mom had to bribe us with Temptations.

Here is Kavan...

Kavan is raising his paw for The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. They use a science-based design to identity high-priority places that if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term. Then, they work to outright purchase or obtain conservation easements to protect these wonderful places.

And here I am...

I'm raising my paw for the American Cancer Society. Cancer runs very deep in my Mom's mom's side of the family. She has lost several aunts and uncles, as well as both grand parents, to this terrible disease. The aunt she went to Hawaii with (herself a cancer survivor) helps organize the local American Cancer Society walk-a-thon every year. Mom has participated a few times.

Thanks Gaius for such a great contest!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunspot Sunday

This morning is foggy and drizzly. We are all sleeping in. I'm dreaming of this sunspot I got to sleep in yesterday. Maybe one will come out later. For now, time for snuggling in bed.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Mom's FINALLY home! She got home last night. I was really mad at her, and I let her know it when she got home. I glared at her, and let her know in no uncertain terms I was not happy she was gone. Kavan, on the other hand, acted like nothing had happened, and it was business as usual. Well, Mom gave me some Temptations, and then, even though it as 9 pm, she put my harness on and took me for a walk in the cul-de-sac. Well, I broke down and forgave her. I rubbed all over her, got tummy rubs, and just some great love. Dad took good care of us, but I am so happy mom is home.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Meezer Movie Monday

Kavan loves to watch nature shows. Unfortunately, he likes to do that on the top level of our scratching post, which of course is mine.

Kavan was teleporting his thoughts to Dad (well, maybe missing the bad words). Good for him he finally got of my top spot.

Mom is leaving for New York and DC today. She will be gone until Friday. The nerve! She just got back from Hawaii. Never mind that it is to earn green papers to keep me and Kavan in the style for which we have become accustomed. She should be home!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Kavan knows better than to get into the bed I won in Monty's contest. Smart boy. He does, however, feel that he can use my Millie bed from Latte. Well, I guess I can share a little.

Thoughts to all the Veterans out there this Veterans Day. Dad is a Vet. We say Thank You.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Photohunt: Flexible

Kavan here. This week's theme is Flexible. As a young meezer mancat, I'm very flexible. It takes flexibility to get up here......

And here....

Of course, Mom is never happy when I do this.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Monty's HOME!

YAHOO, Monty is home!!! Where on earth have you been? This better be one really good story!! Did you have too many niptinis at my party, and wander off in a stupor? That must have been one good hangover.

Monty Come Home!

Both Kavan and I are snuggling into the bed I won in Monty's Doin' the Q contest, purrin' hard for him to come home! He has to come home, I have a present for him for winning a door prize at my party. I'm going to send it to him to show faith he will make it home.

Please come home Monty!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Gotcha Day Party Picture Contest Roundup

Thank you everyone for attending my Gotcha Day Party! Boy did I have a hang over yesterday, it was a good thing all I had to do was fly my Peace Globe.

Now I finally know what those two pictures were on Mom's camera when she got back from Hawaii. It was lots of fun reading all the great guesses! So I'd thought I'd do a a roundup for each picture.

Here is Picture #1

After a lot of niptini's at the party, here is what some kitties saw in that picture....

Queen Snickers: "Looking down on Merkitty bonfires with the smoke billowing thorough the waves"

Chairman Mao: "a satellite image"

Parker: "a wiggley rainbow that fell out of the sky and landed in some water"

Monty: "How the world looks through Tripper’s eyes"

Chey: "it's Jack Bauer after Momma pushed him in"

Creatures were very popular....
Rosie and Cheeto: "a huje fishie with arms and legs and a hard bak"

Dragonheart: "a turtle, swimming under the water!" (Kimo and Sabi agreed with this)

Maggie and Zoey: "The Loch Ness Monster... a long, long way from home!"

Beau also said it looked like the Lock Ness Monster (wasn' t it great of him to visit when he is not feeling well?)

Tamra Maew: "clearly a turtle cycplose in an oil spill. As you can see it has just one eyeball and spikes on the head!"

Samantha and Tigger: "A wrecked UFO and it's leaking the aliens green blood!!"

Casey: "A water ghost"

Marie: "a ginormous yellow catnip mouse stalking your mommy underwater"

Mr. Hendrix: "A PB&J fish swimming by"

Victor Tabbycat: "sum kinda fishy swimmin unner an oil slick"

Captain Jack and Dante: "after too many niptinis, what happens when kitties lean over the boat and yak in the water (Jack) or a school of swimming ginger catfish (Dante)!!"

Pumpkin: "creechurs in the TV show Invasion frum last yeer that gotted canceled"

Gemini: "looks like Kaze in her mermaid outfit underwater--except I doubt Kaze would be happy underwater"

Persephone: "a conversation fish"

One-Eyed Jack: "the skin from a Selkie" (check out his post on his and Persephone's answers, and the great story of the Selkie!)

Jake and Bathsheba: "A spotlight on an aardvark picture in the sand"

Zed Monster: "a pool of SeaMonkey's that escaped from Daisy Curly Cat and swam over to visit with sunken pirate ships. You know, to haul the booty back to Florida"

Abby was the first one to actually get this right, it was a picture of the oil still leaking from the USS Arizona as it lays on the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Zippy and Daisy were close in saying it was an oil slick, as was Beau Beau and Angie who said it looked like an oil slick from a sunken ship, and Pixel thought it looked like an under water plane. So close, but no catnip cigar.

After too many niptini's, it was really hard to select a winner for the most imaginative wrong guess. I'm going to give the nod to One-Eyed Jack, as the skin of a Selkie is such an interesting thought, shimmering there in the sea above the Arizona. However, honorable mentions must got to Monty and Captain Jack! The vision of the world through Tripper's eyes, and what drunken kitty yak in the water might look like both still make me giggle.

Now, for Picture #2
Zippy was the first to get this right, it is the view through what would be the dome of the Capitol building in Honolulu if the Capitol had a dome! The building itself is very interesting, and when you stand in the middle of it, you look up, and this is what you see.

But a lot of drunken kitties saw something else:

Litter boxes were a popular theme……
Rosie and Cheeto: “its a ginormous, modurn, luxurious, openned roofed litturbox!!!”

Victor TabbyCat: “lookin up frum a litter box that's got sum kinda cool fence round it fur privacy”

As were prison boxes….
Jake and Bathsheba: “A vision of freedom from inside the prison box”

Mr. Hendrix: “obviously a bamboo and metal prison built to keep my evil alter ego Bendrix in line. He does need sunbeams and fresh air tho so the ceiling is high.”

And human PTUs……..
Kimo and Sabi: “might be da view from da inside of a human PTU?”

Latte also thought it looked like a human PTU, but gave a bit more detail: “One that tortures humans for not helping you blog when you need them too. You can dangle things up there they might want (like food, electronic toys, cat purrs) and they have to sit on the bottom and worry about going to a 2 hour VET visit where they get shots and only a prescription for something they already take (not that Meowmy knows or anything....)”

And human litterboxes……
Chairman Mao: “the view frum an outhouse without a roof”

Beau Beau and Angie: “lookin up from da hole in da ship dat goes to da human baffroom”

Then there were balloon rides….
Parker: “I think your Mommy took a ride in a hot air balloon and had a few glasses of wine, then she laid down on her back and took a picture of the sky!”

Queen Snickers had a similar thought to Parker: “Sitting in a box kite, looking out at the sky, while in flight”

And views from beds….
Maggie and Zoey: “a super special hotel room, with a big kingly postered bed, and overhead a skylight to watch the sunset and stars!”

Derby: “the view your mum had when laying in her bed!!”

They got a bit wild from there….
Monty: “It's a big hole with teeth! Big pointy teeth. IT'S A VISHUS HOLE!”

Tamra Maew: “obviously a meezer chasing a mouse!”

Tybalt: “looked like you were looking up from the middle of a japanesy temple”

Casey: “Middle of a courtyard”

Donny the Astro-Kitty: “Did they trap you in a dungeon??? Do you need to be rescued??? I can rescue you from space if need be!”

Marie: “I think you must be in the middle of a launch pad for a space you want to be an astro-kitty too??”

Captain Jack and Dante: “The generator for the biggest sunbeam any cat ever slept in (Jack) or the launch pad for the space shuttle (Dante)”

Gemini: “what a bug sees when I stretch out my claws to attack!”

Persephone: “the view from inside a nip tin outside!”
One-Eyed Jack: “the smoke-hole of Valhalla!”

Zed Monster: “Of course, this must be the view the Bad Kittens Three will have once I catch them and trap them.….They will stay put in the black hole for annoying kittens and remain. Notice the spikes at the top? But at least it's a pretty view.”

Daisy’s was really sweet: “the tunnel that all cats must eventually travel through to get to the Rainbow Bridge”

This one was really, really hard. I'm going to give it to Monty, a vishus hole is just too great! But Gemini and Daisy also get honorable mentions. A bug looking through claws to a blue sky is a perfect huntress thought, and a concept of a path to the rainbow bridge is precious.

Abby, Zippy, One-Eyed Jack and Monty, leave me your email address so I can contact you for your snail mail. As Honorable mentions, leave me your contact as well so I can send you a token of my appreciation!

Everyone, thanks for coming to my party! I had SO MUCH FUN!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Anastasia's Dare!

Here is Anastasia’s last Dare in her own words:

“I Dare You All to Dress Up Your Staff. Dress up your humans in the most ridiculous, silly, weird, comical, insane, funny, humiliating, splendid, outrageous outfit you can imagine, post their picture on your blog and put your name and the link to the post in the Mr. Linky box below.”
And please, Dare your nomss friend and if you don’t have one, make one!

Finally you can get revenge: Let your humans experience what it feels like to be dressed up for public display!!!

I can't decide if she looks like an Irish Yoko Ono, or a mad leprechaun!

Dona Nobis Paceum

Meezer Rule Wednesday: Love your brother and your sister

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Gotcha Day Party!

Mom and Dad have had the privilege of my presence for an entire year now! They should consider themselves very fortunate to have such a royalty in their midst (and then they had to go and get Kavan....). This is what I looked like one year ago today, I was 11 weeks old.

Because Mom rightfully felt bad about missing my birthday, she is slaving hard on my gotcha day party!

The backyard is still ready from the road trippers visit. We have ham...

and niptini's......
and growing in our backyard we have a plant that looks something like this.....

although Mom is not sure it is catnip, I really like going over and smelling it.

Now for the door prizes. Here are two pictures that were on Mom's camera when she got back from Hawaii.

Picture 1. Mom says this should be pretty easy, Kavan thinks it looks like a water alien....

Picture 2. Mom says this might be a little harder.

You need to be very, very specific on your guesses.

The first kitty, woofie, or bun to figure out Picture 1 gets a great boogie mat!

But if you don't know, guess! The most imaginative wrong answer will get a calming mat, which should help settle down your nerves from trying so hard to figure it out.

For Picture 2, the first one correct gets this very cool tunnel in a handy carrying case....

And for the most imaginative, wrong answer, a cat sack!

And of course, all winners get Temptations!

One guess (per picture) per kitty, bun or woofie. And only one winner per kitty, bun or woofie (so if you get both of them right, you only get the prize for the first guess). And I can change the rules at any time, because of course it is my party. I'll announce the winners on Thursday, so get your guesses in by Wednesday (Nov 7) by 9 pm PST.

UPDATE: Okay, Mom was a dope and put captions on the pictures that you could see when you biggified them. She changed that, but the identities have been guessed. But the most imaginative guess is still up for grabs. If you don't want to know what they are, don't read the comments, but put in a good guess! Abby got #1 and Zippy got #2. I should say, Zippy got#2 without seeing the caption, and the caption on #1 was not as specific, and only Abby got it right.

Have fun everyone!