Monday, June 30, 2008

Meezer Monday

We don't quite fit the way we used to. But it is still fun to try to squash in here together sometimes.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Snoozin' on Sunday

This is my new favorite place to take a nap. It is Mom's hope chest, and it is very comfortable for napping.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

So Tired

We partied our little hearts out. We want to thank everyone who came to our party yesterday. We had so much fun with all of you.
Thank you again for coming and helping us celebrate.

Friday, June 27, 2008

It's Party Time

Welcome to our Party.We have ham.
Prime Rib. Shrimp.
Steamed Fish.
Tuna Punch.

Milk. Fresh water.

Niptini's for the adult kitties.

Some nice beds to sleep in when we get tired and need a nap.

And some cat grass and catnip to eat and play with if we want it.

Don't forget, the link to the party is here. And the password is camieskitties. We can't wait to see you all.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

You are Invited

Hi All,

Mom said we could have a get together tomorrow, so she helped us set up a chatzy room, and we would like to invite you to come.

Where: Chatzy Room - Birthday Boys

Password: camieskitties

When: Friday, June 27, 2008

Time: 2:00 pm PST until everyone goes home.

This is a come as you are party. We will provide refreshments. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Boys

Happy Birthday Boys 2
Myspace Glitter Graphics

Happy 15th Birthday Boys. I love you very much!

Here is how my 2 boys came to live with me. About 15 years ago, I was the proud mom to 2 Siamese boys who were fast approaching their 20th birthday, and were in failing health - Tinkerbell - who turned out to be a boy and was renamed Tinker and Toby. Tinker was very skinny and his kidneys were failing and at the time, there wasn't much they could do for kidney failure, especially in cats that old. So, the very difficult decision was made to put Tinker to sleep. I still remember it was a Wednesday, and since I was in college and working full time, and still living at home, my mom made the appointment and went in with him since I had classes. Well, Toby could not live without his litter mate, and was absolutely devastated without his brother. They were inseparable anyway, and he spent the days after just wandering the house looking for Tinker. Toby had had problems regulating his body temperature for a couple of years and every once in a while would start to shiver, so I would wrap him up in a heavy baby blanket (like a baby) and hold him until he warmed up again. On the Friday after his brother went to the bridge, I had come home between classes and work, and Toby started shivering, so I wrapped him up, warmed him up, and tucked him into bed next to my mom. When I came home 4 hours later, he still had not moved, so I knew something was the matter, but as most young people who had already lost one beloved member of the family tend to do, I put it aside. I went to bed that night and when I woke up the next morning, I went looking for Toby because he always slept with me and he wasn't there. When I found him, I knew he had given up on living. He was sitting in a puddle of his own urine with a blank look in his eyes. I cleaned him up, and sat and held him and sobbed until my parents came home. My mom took one look at me and immediately knew what had to be done. This time, I couldn't not be there (it was hard enough not being there with Tinker). I held Toby as they helped him over the bridge, and then our vet wrapped him up in his baby blanket, and we took him home and buried him next to his brother that he couldn't bear to be without. (I still cry thinking about my first 2 boys who trained me).

It was a bit of a stressful time for our family because not only did we loose two babies within 3 days of each other, but my brother was getting married a week or two later, and we had lots of family coming in from out of state. I cried myself to sleep many nights during that time because of how much I missed my babies. The day all of the company left, I called my mom and asked her if we could get two more cats because I couldn't bear not to have any in my life, and her reply was that she was already working on it. In the midst of the craziness of the wedding (and I was thrilled my brother was getting married, but seriously, weddings are stressful) she was thinking of me too and how much I was hurting. That weekend, she took me to meet my boys. The breeder who owned their mother always placed the mother and kittens with foster parents so they could be raised "under foot." My mom and dad had already been to the house and picked out two boys, but she said I could pick any two I wanted if I didn't like her choices. My problem wasn't that I didn't like her choices, I just wanted a third to go with them. It was pretty much love at first sight. And home they came. They were 2-1/2 months old by then, but still rambunctious, and they found more ways to get into trouble than any human toddlers ever could. They figured out how to squeeze under the door and then eventually how to open it. They also quickly figured out how to open the food cupboard to knock down the dog food so they could all feast. They are by far the best gift I have ever gotten from my parents, and I have treasured every day I have had with them. I call to check on them every day when I have to leave them for my annual trip to Washington DC, and I am fortunate enough to get to come home during the day to take a short half hour nap with them at lunch. I don't think I could make it through the day if I couldn't come home at lunch for our snuggle. They have given me far more love and companionship than anyone who isn't a cat person could ever understand. So, Tiki and Tavi, Happy 15th birthday! I have loved every moment I have had with you, and can't wait to see what you have in store for me next. Love, Mom

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tabby Tuesday Meme

I am slowly getting settled in. As you can see, Mom has decided to feed us on top of her dresser. Her hope chest is right next to the dresser, so Tiki can jump on that and then up to the dresser without any problems. The hope chest is also right under the window, so we can easily jump thru the blinds to get to the window sill to look out, or stand in front of the air conditioner to steal all the cold air.

I got tagged for a meme from Tybalt. Thanks Tybalt.

Rules for the meme:

Be honest

Tag other people

Have fun!

  • What is your name? Cody
  • If you could change your name, what would it be? Hmmmm - I kind of like the name Cody - kind of mancatly, not too fussy or exotic like some cats I could name.
  • What is your pet's name? She actually has two names. We call her Mom, but most others call her Tara.
  • What is your brother or sister's name? My kitty brothers are Tiki and Tavi, and my woofie sister is Camie. I also have a kitty sister/cousin named Dharma but she doesn't live with me anymore.
  • If you could change their name, what would it be? Well, since they are getting older, they are kind of grumpy old men, but they really act more like they are part of the mob or something - so Tiki would be the Don because he is the one who runs the show, and Tavi would be the Enforcer, because he is the muscle. Actually, they are great brothers and after the first two nights in our house, when we were all a bit freaked out, they have been their usual great selves to me.

Now, whom to tag??? I would like to tag Monty, Skeeter, and Victor Tabbycat

Monday, June 23, 2008

We're Back

Here we are exploring our room in our new place. Even Cody came out to explore.

Here is a bed we kind of forgot we had, but we really like it. It is really comfortable to nap in.

Here we are trying to keep cool. It has hit over 100 degrees outside, with it reaching over 90 inside. So Mom got us an early birthday present.....
She got us our very own air conditioner for our room. It was installed last evening, and we slept so much better since we got it. It is a little bit loud, but we will take the noise in order to have it cooler inside. Mom is going to let us have a get-together Friday and Saturday for our birthday. It is actually Wednesday. We are going to be 15 years old. Mom will put up an official invitation on Wednesday with the date(s) and times. We've missed you all and can't wait to get caught up on everything that has happened.

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Quick Update

Hi All,

We are so sorry we haven't been around lately, but we still don't have the Internet at our (new) house. We have been settling in well. Cody has been eating Temptations out of Mom's hand again, but he won't eat it if he can see her face, so she sticks her hand under the bed while she is laying on top of it.

We have all been really good about not keeping Mom up at night after the first 2 nights. The second night/morning, Cody fell behind Mom's dresser (at 5:00 am) and couldn't get out, so he started crying. When Mom moved the dresser for him, he hissed at her as he went running by - mol. She thought that was rather ungrateful of him.

Other that it being unbearably hot things have been going really well. We are hoping to have Internet in time for our 15th birthday next Wednesday (the 25th). We try to sneak on and visit you when Mom is at work, but it isn't always easy. We miss you all.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Goodbye Kali

Tyler , Cookie, Sophie, and Jake, we are going to miss Kali. We know you are going to miss her even more. Our thoughts are with you during this time. It is hard to loose two friends in such a short period of time. We think the poem we published yesterday says it best.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Goodbye Storm

Weep Not for Me
Weep not for me though I am gone into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my souls at rest.
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed.
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.

Constance Jenkins, c. 1992 All Rights Reserved
We are really trying hard to follow what the title of the poem says, but it is very hard when we are so very sad. We know you are in a far better place Storm, but our hearts are hurting right now because we know how hard you fought, and how you surprised everyone with your will to live. You are our Hero! We will see you again some day at the bridge. We love you!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Update

Sorry we don't have any pictures today. Mom had to work late yesterday, and she left the camera at Papa's house. We kept Mom awake most of the night Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Tavi was mad that Cody was upset. So Tavi would get in a hissing, growling mood where he wanted to be left alone. Mom opened up the PTU and put our blanket over the door so it was a private hide-away for him, and that settled him down. Cody went from hiding to trying to find new places to hide. We think he has to scope out all of the good hiding places so he knows where to run to. His favorite right now is behind Mom's TV. She moved it over to one side so he has an easier time jumping into her TV armoire to get there. As for me (Tiki), Mom said I did the best. I still had a few periods where I didn't like it that Tavi was mad or Cody was scared, so I joined in the crying to keep Mom awake. But, we have all settled down. Mom comes home every day at lunch and has a nap with us, and yesterday, we were all quite calm and relaxed, so she thinks we are getting used to everything. As for Camie, she is fine where ever she goes, as long as she has her bed to lie on and Mom close by, she does well.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Meezer Rule Wednesday

This is how we moved... and we each have a meezer rule today.

Tavi: When you are moving, make sure you check out everything to make sure it is okay.

Tiki: Let your brother check out everything while you take a much needed nap.

Mom here: Cody is still a bit freaked out. When I checked on him this morning, he was hiding on the closet shelf. Tonight when I brought the other 2 boys over, he had gotten behind my TV armoire and was hiding underneath it. He has now had the opportunity to explore a bit, and seems to have calmed down, although I haven't seen him since I let him out into the rest of the house (at least he isn't crying anymore). Hopefully he will come back into sight tonight.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Terrified Tabby Tuesday

I am one seriously scared kitty. Tonight Mom saw me in our room, and saw that I was really far from the door, so she shut the door. She knows I hate the door being shut. How else can I escape from her if the door is shut? I ran around for a while and tried to hide from her and she tried to tempt me with Temptations. I wasn't having any of those. I kept hissing at her, and I finally tried to hide behind the shears. She got our crocheted blanket that is a squillion miles big, and threw it over me, and wrapped me up in it, and shoved me in a box. I couldn't really see where I was because there was no way I was coming out from under the blanket. It was the only thing keeping me safe in there. I could hear her getting some stuff together and then the box started moving. It moved for a couple of minutes and then it was put down, and the box door was opened, and Mom started to move the blanket. She moved it enough for me to see I could escape that horrid box, and I ran and hid.
Here I am hiding under this big thing on stilts. It is a good place to hide, but Mom can still see me under here. Fortunately, it doesn't look like she can touch me tho. As you can see, I am telling her to go away and leave me alone. It is very scary and I am all alone.
Mom left me alone for a while and came back with some more stuff and opened a can of food for me and then just laid down on top of the big thing on stilts. She would talk to me every once in while, and she kept trying to tell me how sorry she was for scaring me and how bad she felt, but that I would be okay. She would also get off the big thing on stilts every once in a while and look at me. She tried to give me Temptations, but how do I know that they aren't poisoned or something.
See, you can see she has scattered some around for me, but I am not going to fall for those again.
In other news, Mom made a big mistake. When she put me in the moving box and took me to the other room, she forgot to put the lid on our treat jar, and Camie helped herself. If you remember what this looked like in the after shot on Sunday and how it looks now, you can see that she needs to get us some more Temptations.

Mom here: I feel horrible. Cody was crying and hissing at me when I shut the door, but it was the perfect opportunity to get him. He got very calm once he was in the PTU and stopped crying, but as you can see from the top picture, he did cry a couple of times in my room in my new place. I put him in there because I do have roommates and there is a strange woofie he hasn't had the chance to meet yet. I will be moving the rest of us in tomorrow. I can't leave him alone longer than a night. He truly hates being shut up, but until I can be there to make sure everyone knows the rules about closed outside doors, it is for the best, and I will feel horribly guilty until then.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Meezer Monday

I am annoyed. We had a woofie come over to visit us today. I was crying to go out, and so Mom picked me up and took me outside to meet the woofie. I hissed, and I never hiss. I am the most easy going of all of us kitties. I am the first one to accept a new friend. Fortunately, the woofie never did anything to me, and never tried to bark at me or touch me or anything. In fact, when I hissed at her, she tried to move away from me. I am a fierce mancat.

(The worst part is that mom says we are going to be living with the woofie. She is introducing us in small doses).

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Before and After and Some Fun Along the Way



Cody helping himself.

After they got all mixed up.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Worst is Over

When we aren't snuggling with Mom and keeping her company when she comes home and falls asleep, we are taking turns sleeping in our D.F.S. approved Ham-micks.
Mom came home last night and we barely finished helping her finish her dinner before she fell asleep (with the lights on and the TV going). It is a good thing that one (of 3) of her alarm clocks is always set, or else she would have missed going to work today. She said to tell anyone that works at a school, the end of the school year is the stupidest time to move possible. She finished the last load from her storage unit tonight, and says there isn't as big of a hurry to move the stuff from Papa's house, so the worst is over with. Yea! She is hoping to make it official on Sunday!
We will be happy to have Mom staying up 'til her usual 12:30 or 1:00 am so that we can get all of our visits and snuggle time in. Thanks everyone for visiting us even if we haven't been able to visit you as much lately.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

1. Cody, willingly going into the PTU - He actually went all the way in and turned around but Mom didn't have her camera close by.
2. Camie likes the ham-micks too. Mom caught her laying her head in one last night, but she moved before Mom could get the camera.
3. Mom has been too tired to help us read our friends blogs much. And we've barely been able to comment at all.
4. Mom has been falling asleep about 4 hours earlier than normal, and then waking up to take her shower, and take Camie out. This wakes her up enough that she can't get right back to sleep which disturbs our sleep.
5. Mom has 3-1/2 more vacation days to use before the end of June - when is she going to stay home and sleep with us?
6. Do you think Mom will get the rest of her stuff moved this weekend so that will mean we will move too?
7. Do you think Mom will go to the store tomorrow to buy more Temptations? Her Cody training is using them all up.
8. Why can't Mom stay awake longer than about 20 minutes when she comes home in the evening?
9. What is Papa going to do when he needs a cat or dog to pet?
10. If we are fussy enough with our food, will Mom continue to get us different kinds of food to try?
11. If we purr loud enough, and cry enough will Mom open up a special can of Fancy Feast for us for a midnight snack?
12. Do you think anyone will notice if we stop our list here?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Blog Blast for Peace & Meezer Rule Wednesday

We wish everyone and everycat PEACE today.

Meezer Rule Wednesday
We got a package today!Even the outside smelled wonderful.
When Mom opened it, there were some funny sticks inside...but it still smelled good.
Mom spent a few minutes playing with the stickes
Until she ended up with something that she said was just for us! She said we had our very own Dorfington Fish Stanley approved Forty Paws Ham-MicksThank you Tyler and Tyler's mom for our Ham-Micks. We love them. You really didn't have to do this, but we sure are glad that you did.
Our Rule: Treasure your friends, and get your own ham-mick, 'cause we aren't going to share.