Thursday, May 31, 2007

a new relationship to celebrate!

Oscar has very charmingly asked me to become his daughter. you can read his announcement by clicking here. because i have so much love to give, i happily agreed. now we're making it official!

allow me to introduce my dad!

thursday thirteen

thirteen good reasons to be on vacation - according to suzanne and mama!
1. no alarm waking us at 7 am every morning with music blaring
2. lots of cuddle time...mmm, tummy rubs!
3. lots of naps...mama's worked so much over the past few months that she needs to catch up on her sleep
4. lots of time on the computer...let's blog!
5. good things to eat...stinky goodness, fresh asparagus, temptations, cantaloupe, roasted chicken, shrimp, cheese (suz, are you hungry? yes, mama...let's have temptations!)
6. more temptations...just rattle the bag
7. staying home...mama's best vacation is at home with me!
8. sunshine
9. sitting on the deck
10. watching movies! mama's going to see pirates of the caribbean 3 tomorrow
11. more naps
12. more good things to eat
13. spending time with my dad

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done!!!

the second audit is done...mama's home, showered and thinking about dinner.

it's a gorgeous day here...about 75 with a blue sky! a nice change after all the rain we've had this spring.

audit number 2

today is the second of the two audits mama's been working on for several months. everything's ready. mama says it's going to be good to come home at the end of today and be finished! we'll check in with everyone tonight...and get back to a more regular post/comment routine.

Monday, May 28, 2007


american holidays like today bring up all sorts of memories...both for those in the military who have lost their lives, and of family members who have crossed the rainbow bridge (feline, canine, rodent, and human).

today, we remember:
grandma, grandpa, arthur, jenny blacktoes, max, jellica, silky, sophie, ralph, isaac, hum, benjamin 1, jack, tobey, elliott, uncle rich, kathy, lawrence, alex.

who do you remember? (please leave a list of those you remember in the comments section...)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

True confessions

Monica tagged me for the True Confessions meme. The rules are simple and loosely interpreted: tell about the naughty things we do--as many as we like--and tag as many friends as we like.

my naughty things mostly include food: food i eat, food i've stolen, and food i've thrown up

when mama is having something for dinner that i want, i sit next to her and touch her arm until she shares (sometimes with claws!).

if mama isn't paying close attention, i'll steal food from her plate. i've taken whole chicken breasts, steaks, pieces of pizza.

i've thrown up on/in the cable box; mama had to pay for a new one. i've thrown up on the bed: on the comforter, on the sheets, on the pillows. i've thrown up in the middle of the night and mama had to strip the bed right then. i've thrown up on window sills and down walls. (there should be a way to set my vomiting to a dr. seuss-type rhyme! mol)

let's see, i tag parker, yao-lin (although i'm sure he believes his naughtiness is his right), marie, miss peach, mu shue, obi (hi obi!), oscar, and anyone else who reads this and wants to play too!

Friday, May 25, 2007


audit number 1 is done. passed with 97%! there are a few corrections...things mama's known about for to get the team working on them.

audit 2 is on tuesday. almost all the prep work has been the weekend is shaping up to be peaceful and relaxing.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cat of the day

wow! i'm kat's cat of the day! i feel so honored.

mama's audit is going pretty well so far. she found out that there are only 10 files being reviewed for the other audit next tuesday. and three of those 10 are being reviewed this week.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

8 favorite things

i was tagged by Marilyn Monroew for the 8 favorite things meme. i think i'm going to open it to answers from all of us here at our place.


Time of Day:
s=any time that i can convince mama to cuddle into bed with me

b=breakfast, snack, dinner, snack, tummy rub, scratch my ears, play with me. i like all those times!

m=the time right before falling asleep

Day of the Week:
s=saturday. mama sleeps in, and i sleep in with her.

b=any day. i like to get up. it's breakfast time!

m=sunday. quiet, peaceful. mine.

Season of the year:
s=winter. i can snuggle under the feather comforter all day long!

b=fall. my coat is almost grown back and i'm getting cozy.

m=spring and fall. i love sweater and sweatshirt weather. (ben doesn't know that he's getting another lion cut in late june or early july.)

s=new year's eve. if we're having company, it's a quiet evening. dinner is every purson's favorite meal...whatever that is.

b= advent and christmas. i love to play with the decorations and wrapping paper.

m=halloween has been one of my favorites. i was married to someone who didn't like the holiday, so i stopped decorating and enjoying it (not married to him anymore). and then my brother-in-law went to the human rainbow bridge this past halloween. those kinds of anniversaries have always had a big impact on me, so i'm curious to see if i can retain my enjoyment while remembering rich.

s=not my kind of trip, thanks.

b=nope, i've not been to the beach, but i think i'd like it! sand!

m=any beach in washington state. wild ocean, wind, salt air, shells, waves that chase you half-way up the sand!

s=hmmm. i don't really like music. my ears are too sensitive.

b=i like when mama sings 'you are my sunshine' when she takes me out in the ptu.

m=i like lots of kinds of music. lately, i've been listening to norwegian fiddle, and some toby keith.

s=anything i can eat.


m=stargazer lillies

Talk show:
s=i only watch tv if i'm cuddled on mama's lap, and she doesn't watch talk shows.

b=i'd watch geraldo if he was still on.

m=no thanks.

s=i could more likely tell you the ones i don't like! mol

b=any movie that has mom on the couch making a lap for me!

m=lots and lots and lots of movies. 'clue' for folding laundry. 'hunt for red october' for packing and unpacking. 'miracle on 34th street' for cookie baking on the day after thanksgiving. and adventures, romances, comedies, musicals, dramas, and thrillers!

s=no thanks.

b=i don't like flea soap.

m=i liked the old comedy called 'soap'. most of the time, though, i avoid them.

s=cold fresh water

b=half and half thanks

m=diet coke over as much ice as will fit in the cup/glass

s=hmmm. don't think so. not even the smoothies mama makes.

b=no thanks

m=raspberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, apples, tangerines, tangellos, clementines, watermelon.

s=dairy-flavored temptations

b=any flavor temptations

m=diet coke and something chocolate (peanut butter and chocolate is best!)

s=cheese, sour cream, ice cream, chicken...whatever mama's having.

b=sliced chicken stinky goodness. i don't like human food. never have, never will.

m=chicken, turkey, beef, mushrooms, onions, popcorn, chocolate, eggs, cheese, chocolate, gluten-free goodies, chocolate, diet coke, chocolate, teriyaki, mexican (corn tortillas please), chocolate

s=k's teriyaki, or any place where mama buys a roasted chicken

b=the kitty food aisle at fred meyer

m=taco bell, wendy's, azteca. restaurants are a little more difficult for a person with celiac disease.

and we'll tag:
1. jeter harris
2. perfectly parker
3. willow
4. oscar the puppy cat
5. mr. hendrix

that's enough for this time!

it should be tummy tuesday

i know it should be tummy tuesday. ben2 knows. you know. even mama knows. but mama's neck deep in case files! the kitty sprawls on the carpet in the sun, and the camera sits untouched on the table. oh the horror!

Monday, May 21, 2007

munchies on monday

Mama's often mentioned that she has celiac disease. It both a digestive disease and an auto-immune disorder. There's lots of information available about celiac disease. instead of telling you about the disease, we're going to show you some of the things that mama eats.

Ener-g Foods is a local bakery that ships their products around the world. They have a small store front about 3 miles from here. mama buys tapioca bread, pretzels, and egg replacer there. (you can order directly from their website)

Namaste Foods is a company based in Idaho that makes mixes for some amazing snack stuff--brownies, pizza crust, etc. Their products are sometimes are hard to find, a little spendy, and totally worth the search! (you can order directly from their website)

One of the things that someone with celiac gets used to is an expanded food budget. For example, typical mac and cheese--at $1 a box or less--is out of the picture because the mac is made with wheat flour. Gluten-free versions frequently cost in the $3 to $4.50 per box range. The crackers (above) cost $3.49 for a 7 ounce box. Pretzels are $1.89 for a 4 ounce bag. A 1-lb (or less) loaf of bread is over $4.

Two of mom's favorite stores are Trader Joe's and Fred Meyer. Neither store is completely gluten-free, so shopping can take some time, but there are some mighty tasty things at both. A lot of the Indian fare at Trader Joe's is gluten-free. The salsas, especially our favorite corn salsa, are available there. They have chips, nuts, sauces, rice, rice pasta (which can--surprisingly--be used like regular wheat pasta, and tastes darn fine!), fresh fruit and veggies, as well as frozen fruit (mmm, smoothies).

Fred Meyer has a health food section, with a four-foot section of gluten-free foods. Four feet doesn't sound like much, but they have the basics: crackers, bread, pretzels, brownie mix.

The few places I listed are only a few of them that mama uses. There are lots that you can find on the net. And of course, there are some local places in many large cities--like Seattle--that specialize in gluten-free foods. They are places to be treasured!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

cat in a hat

mama and nana carol took pictures of me in my birthday hat. (thanks again, jeter harris)

we've got a visitor today

mama's friend carol is coming to visit today. mama will pick her up at the airport this afternoon. it's only an overnight visit as carol has to go home (to aberdeen...mama's home town) tomorrow. i plan to let carol pet me. (maybe mama can hold me and carol can take the picture of me in my new birthday hat?)

i call carol 'nana carol' because she's the closest thing i have to a grandma. she'll be 75 next friday! she and my mama have been friends since mama was 14 years old (that's almost 30 years!).

here i am, waiting for nana carol to get here: (i've got laser eyes!)

Friday, May 18, 2007

a day of rest

whew! i spent most of wednesday and thursday resting after the excitement of my birthday on tuesday!

i haven't had that much fun in...well, i don't know how long! there was cake and good things to drink. i had lots of guests, and so many happy birthday wishes.

thank you for making this my very best birthday ever!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

happy birthday Mr. Tasty Face

Our friend Skeezix has an amazing Food Dude. Today is Mr. Tasty Face's 50th birthday! Please stop by Skeezix's blog and wish him a very happy birthday. Be sure to read Skeezix's poem to Mr. TF, too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

have some cake

even though my real birthday party won't happen for awhile, mama thought there should be some cake for me and my friends today.

get a plate (and a fork if you use one). there are lots of things to drink: milk, water, diet coke (with lots of ice), cranberry juice, half-and-half. make yourself at home!

the video clip below is a birthday present from Miss Peach. it's neat, and i wanted you to see it too!

tummy tuesday

bring on the tummy kisses...even the tummy raspberries!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mancat Monday

I'm working hard to get mom to give me at least equal space with Suzanne. There will probably be more pictures of me...'cuz I'm so photogenic. And I'll sit still. Here's my picture for the day.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

ben2 having fun

Friday, May 11, 2007

TWO birthday presents!

wow...the mail has been full of fun stuff as my birthday gets closer! cousin daisymae maus and her mom (and the feline americans) made me a hammock bed. my great friend jeter harris sent me a LOVELY pink New York Yankees hat! thank you thank you!

and because of our new camera, here are some pictures of me (and ben2):

i had to smack ben down as he tries to intimidate me...

this is after i got down...

and here's me and ben2 checking out my new hat. i've never worn clothes before, but i'm willing to give it a try...after i know the hat a bit better!

Huge birthday thanks to DaisyMae Maus and Jeter Harris!

7 Random Things about me - by Suzanne

ben2 got tagged for the '7 random things about me' meme by our cousin daisymae. i got tagged for it by caesar and prinnie.

like daisy, i'd like to invite everycat who is interested to write their own '7 random things...'

1. whenever mama leaves for an overnight away from home, i worry that she won't come back.

2. i sit on the table next to mama and convince her that for every bite of chicken she gets, i get one too. i'm very persuasive (or at least good at guilting her into sharing).

3. i can ooze into or through very small through doors that are hardly open at all. maybe my name should be oozanne?

4. i am very clean, and give myself good baths. i also wash ben2, and have started washing mama's face. it used to be that i would give small affectionate licks. now i wash her face all over.

5. i love cheese...except fresh mozzarella! i don't know why i don't like it. mama says it's a real treat. hmmm.

6. i've traveled a lot, and i hate it. it's marginally better if mama will carry me inside of her sweater or sweatshirt instead of the ptu.

7. i get weighed on the digital kitchen scale once a month. i weigh 4 pounds 15 ounces.

many purrs to caesar's and prinnie's mom who has to go to the doctor today!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday Thirteen for my mama

With a nod to Jeter Harris for writing about his mom, here's 13 things about my mama:

1. mama was born in aberdeen, washington. this is a small town about 20 miles from the pacific ocean. it rains a lot there.

2. her birthday is on a day you will likely never forget: 9/11. (she'll be 44 this year.)

3. she's a social worker who supervises a big group of psychotherapists. she loves her job! as soon as her audit is done, mama is going to work on developing next year's internship program.

4. mama has 3 older sisters and an older brother. she is closer in age to daisymae maus's mom (mama's niece) than to her own sisters.

5. mama has played the piano since she was about 10 years old. she taught piano lessons while she was in graduate school.

6. she has celiac disease. she can't eat foods that have wheat, oats, barley or rye. when she was diagnosed last year, she gave away 13 bags of foods that were no longer safe for her to eat.

7. mama loves polar bears, and even has a small one tattooed on the inside of her left ankle. she says 'it hurt!'

8. mama's creative--although she's not necessarily talented. she used to run an art group as relapse prevention for women who were in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

9. she loves to drive fast. she doesn't usually do it, though, because she likes the insurance rates of no tickets. sometimes, though, she thinks 'tawanda!' ('face it girls, i'm older and have better insurance')

10. mama got a lot of our furniture from craigslist.

11. when mama has long distances to drive, she day dreams about winning big with the lottery. she likes to plan how she will spend the money--share it with family, endow a few programs, provide funding to local libraries, and create big funds for the care of animals who haven't yet found their forever homes.

12. she likes to nap, and would love to be able to take a nap every day!

13. she loves me as much as i love her!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Seven Random Facts About Me

Seven Random Facts About Me by Ben2
My cousin DaisyMae Maus tagged me!
Here are the rules for this meme ...

Each player starts with seven random facts about themselves. Cats who are tagged need to write on their own blog about the seven things and the rules. You need to choose seven cats to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

Seven Random Facts About Me:
1) I love to bunny-kick catnip mice.
2) I will knead and purr really loud on almost any blanket that mom leaves out for me.
3) I get a lion cut once a year because I have trouble keeping my undercoat free of mats.
4) I might act humiliated when I get my lion cut, but I really don't mind. The new 'do is much easier to care for. I'm all about 'wash and wear'!
5) Mom's not sure if I'm a himalayan-siamese, a maine coon, or some combination of several. We all know I'm very handsome.
6) I don't like to be picked up, but I like to be held. I climb into mom's arms and crawl up to put my paws on her shoulder. Sometimes I put my nose in her ear and purr. She stops whatever she is doing and sighs 'cause she likes it so much.
7) I tell Suzanne that I don't like her, but I don't really mean it. I even let her snuggle with me!
I will be tagging ...
a. Kimo and Sabi
b. MuffinMidi
c. Perfectly Parker
d. Obi from Forty Paws
e. Prinnie from Caesar and Prinnie
f. Sara from the Morning Scratch
g. Yao-Lin

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

tuesday morning meeting

the ceo (cat ever optimistic?) is meeting with the management team from mama's office this morning. he suggested a local shop that belongs to a major coffee company. mama chuckles because it's likely that he's the only one of the team that will drink coffee (why would a ceo--using my definition--want coffee?). mama prefers her caffeine from a can with fizz!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

mancat monday

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Sleepy Sunday

I think this picture says everything that needs to be said:

An early birthday present...

i received a a beautiful birthday card hand-made by miss peach's mom (miss peach is the second member of the sweet sixteens!). miss peach and her mom included a small bag of oh-so-excellent 'nip. here's me opening the card and enjoying its contents!

(the last picture is of ben checking out the envelope...)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Friday Feast

Name something you would not want to own.
a tarantula. even writing that word is kind of icky.
Describe your hair (texture, color, length, etc.).
very thick and somewhat coarse. medium length, medium brown with LOTS of silver, bangs. i need a trim!
Finish this sentence: I’ll never forget ___________.
the day Suzanne fell behind the hot water heater. she fell face first into the tiny triangle made by putting something round into a corner. we had to drain the heater, use a dolly to move it out of the way, and hold the ankles of a skinny 15 year old boy who went head-first behind the heater to scoop her out. i think that used one of my lives.
Main Course
Which famous person would you like to be for one day? Why?
julie andrews, pre-vocal surgery. i would love to know what it felt like to have a singing range that spanned so many octaves!
Write one sentence about yourself that includes one thing that is true and another thing that is not.
i like to laugh, and i really like coconut.

100th post

friday, friday is our favorite day! and it's even better because this is my 100th post!

so let's see, who's the winner of this contest? MIDNIGHT (of Grr, Midnight and Cocoa fame) guessed 8:00 pm on May 4th. That's the closest one!

Midnight has a choice of receiving a gift pack of temptations (all flavors plus dentabites) or a $15 gift card to any kitty-related store that mama can visit on-line to buy the card.

Yay Midnight!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

a new member in the family...

she's here! she's here! our new squillion is here! she was waiting for us when we woke up this morning. we're not going to waste any time before we introduce her...!

her name is delphine--mama's mama's name. grandma crossed the human rainbow bridge about a month before i was born.

grandma's name refers to the delphinium flowers...or to dolphins!

i like this one too!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

research day

while mama was at the office today, i started researching birthday party themes. being well-educated (i've accompanied mama through 2 masters degrees and part of a doctorate), i do have fun exploring the internet. my biggest challenge is using the space bar...opposable thumbs would be good.

party themes are fun to research. since the party will likely be in june (although the date isn't set yet), maybe we'll go with something summery--a luau? i'll have to ask the poiland tribe for suggestions...although they may be back stateside by then.

can you see a group of kitties playing this luau-themed version of 'twister'? (heh)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

weird words

mama's throwing around words and phrases like 'data accuracy' and 'data timeliness', 'file review', 'quality assurance', and 'come back here and fix your file!'

i'm a little nervous that i won't get much of a 16th birthday party because my birthday is right in the middle of all of those weird words. maybe she'll throw my party when she takes a week of vacation after the audit. will you come?