Monday, June 24, 2019

What Table Manners?

I'm not allowed up on countertops or tables, but on one recent evening I was being so gosh darn cute that mom couldn't help herself and let me keep my paws on the edge of the table. 
As you've seen countless times now I live for laps, and this occasion allowed me the perfect distance to stretch out and rest my paws.

The only thing I'm not sure of is why I forgot to reel my tongue in, especially once I saw dad's phone in his hand.
Oh well, makes me extra cute, right?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sleepy Kitty on Dad

I guess there's really not much that needs to be said here-
Well, sort of sleepy...

Monday, June 17, 2019

Some New Friends

     Here's a selection of photographs of some friends dad's made while out and about at work.  The alligator nearby was cool and the goose family up the road is fun to watch as they hold up traffic, but these guys were found hanging around outside the office/pool area here where we live. Dad says the moth is an Imperial moth, the beetle an Eastern Hercules beetle and the katydid (dad thinks) contributes to the fascinating chorus of sounds out here at night.

A late addition to this post, this black widow was spotted near a front door and is most likely a female as two red dots on her back, which are just about impossible to see in this photo (excellent photography skills, dad), will tell.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Why Me?

I'm not really sure what's going on in the top photo.  Since dad says I don't like being held like "normal" cats (he rarely knows what he's talking about, so I just let that go) this is one way he has of holding me. 
Don't worry, he does support what he refers to as my considerable heft, and on this particular day I think we were just watching mom working in the kitchen. 
Do I LOOK comfortable?  Please. Put. Me. Down!
No, it wasn't Halloween.  This, umm, colorful outfit is just dad's lazy loungewear.  I understand old Orbit used to love settling over dad's shoulder, but not all cats like the same things.  I wish he would get that.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


The big old guy likes to say I have cattitude, but he can have his bouts of his own 'tude if I'm honest.  So my bumbling boneheaded co-blogger and I recently put together what I thought was an entertaining post about trips he and mom made recently out to Lake Waccamaw and Green Swamp Preserve, a couple of beautiful places within an hour's drive from us. I made sure he put up some wonderful photos, added captions and I helped him plink out the best words and phrases.  And then he woke up the other morning with a severe case of  I don't like it-tude and immediately deleted the post we'd worked so hard on.  I'm not sure what his problem was that day, but while he was at work I retrieved some of the photos we were going to use and put them here so you can at least enjoy them even if they don't include our original words. The gator is one they saw on the way to Lake Waccamaw, and was floating lazily in a swamp just off the side of the road.  The carnivorous plants, including the fascinating Venus flytraps, are all over the place at Green Swamp, and are absolutely beautiful.  Mr. Pissy Pants will likely give me a load of crap for posting this, but he'll have to get over it.  Enjoy-
Can you spot the gator?

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Out in the Neighborhood

These guys have been spotted down the street from us by a small pond over the past few weeks.  Occasionally traffic gets held up when they decide to cross the street, and so far as mom and dad have seen most drivers wait patiently, some with smiles, as they (the birds, not the drivers) waddle their way across. Dad says this area should be named "Land of a Thousand Roundabouts".  These poor creatures have to be extra careful since this is right near one such roundabout, requiring them to make several road crossings in one journey.  Dad bitches about how many roundabouts, no left turns and U turns there are around here.  Seems these days he can find just about anything to bitch about...

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Out on the Patio

Our patio is one of my favorite places, even if it doesn't get much sun.  I've been rolling around and lounging out there, with the exception of a few days this past week when dad didn't want mom to let me out because it's been one hundred billion  degrees out.  Mom and dad have a couple chairs and a small table out there, and enjoy the fresh air and cooler nights with me.  Mom makes fun of me and says I'm an old busy body since I like to people-watch (like dad) and check out every little thing that goes on outside.
Ooohh, who's that?!

And what's that?

Oh look, a bug!

The Patio Queen gets some mom love

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Librocubicularists One and All

Yes, that's supposed to be a real word.  It means someone who reads in bed, and that pretty much describes mom, dad and me.
Let me know when you're ready for me to turn the page

Sure, we also read in chairs, on the patio, in the woods, at the park, while camping and hiking,
Ahh, I love the smell of books...

doing laundry, on the toilet and of course while mom sits in the magazine section at the library while aging a few decades waiting for dad to pick out a selection of books.  She usually has him go by himself so he can take as long as he likes.
Hey mom, wouldn't you rather be looking at me?

The bed is one of our most favorite places to read since it's the most comfortable.  How about all y'all?  Where's your favorite reading spot?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Funny and So True

Seen on someone's refrigerator recently
I censored it.  Gotta keep this clean.

Do you suppose it's true?  Do you think I care?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Downtown, Finally

Dad took a few vacation days this past week, and he and mom finally got to spend some time wandering around downtown Wilmington for the first time in ages.  There were some exciting changes, they visited some old favorites and the Riverwalk had been extended since the last time they were down there. I'm glad they had a good time and got in a lot of walking, but it's funny how dad didn't include in this post any comments or pictures of the food, ice cream or beer they encountered along the way.

The old Courthouse
The Riverwalk
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Fountain with mom @ Federal Building/Courthouse
USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial

More Riverwalk
Horse Drawn Trolley
Making a Friend at Slainte Irish Pub

Thalian Hall in the Background

Santa Maria Replica Docked at Port City Marina
More Riverwalk facing the Isabel Holmes Bridge

The Battleship at Sunset

 These last 3 aren't exactly from downtown.  They walked around Greenfield Lake Park again on the same day.  I knew I could smell something on them when they got home!  This was some shaggy little thing they met.
Yep, mom gets her Diet Coke, mom sings out with glee
Hey, that's MY lap!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Mother's Day Photo Mom-pilation and Poem, With Love

Laps are for naps, it's no secret to most;

Dad's is okay, but not for this post.

For Mother's Day I want to pay tribute to her,

the woman who brings out my best snuggling purr.

Her voice is so soothing, the style of her play,

the way that she calls me when food's on the way,

compared to my dad with his taunting and toying,

I love him and all, but he's kind of annoying.

So mom, here's to you for providing for me-o

Happy Mother's Day with love,
Your dear old girl Cleo.