Friday, October 15, 2021

Big Thanks and Outdoor Freedom

First off, dad says a big Thank You to all y'all for your birthday wishes.  Betcha can't tell from this load of loot what flicks his ticker.

The only thing not in the picture is his new umm, delicates, let's say.  You can't see the detail, but the t-shirt says "
60 Today", and dad wore it proudly all day, including going out for a birthday breakfast.  Dad's favorite things in life are:

1)  Beer

2)  Food

3)  Coffee

4)  Mom

5)  Me

     and not necessarily in that order, but I live with the guy, so . . .

And of course, what's a birthday without the giftwrap aftermath (there's another "say that three times fast" for you.  Go on, try it).  Dad may have gotten the gifts, but I get to revel in the refuse.

    Going outside is a treat, but mom gets pretty stressed because I've had a tendency to wander, which is a no-no.  Dad's had these pieces of lattice he grabbed from a while ago just lying around in the basement, so he decided to enclose the front steps so mom doesn't have to worry about me taking off and I can enjoy the fresh air and sun puddles at my leisure. 

I'd already mastered the magnetic screen thingy, so mom can leave the door open and I can come and go to my heart's content.  
Mom and dad rarely use that entrance, and we have two other ways in & out of the house.  And yes, that's that little Norfolk Pine that was our Christmas tree last year.  At the rate it's thriving it looks like it'll be getting decorated again this year.


Lynn said...

Cleo, which one of you really got the best presents. You or your dad? Looks like he did hit the mother lode and that's wonderful for his birthday. You're looking good on the porch that was so thoughtful of him to put fence up so that you can go outside anytime you feel like it. Enjoy all the sunshine you can get

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Happy Birthday to dad!

And what a nice little catio he made you!

Sandee said...

You're so precious Cleo. Very beautiful too.

Have a purrfect day and weekend. My best to your peeps. ♥

pilch92 said...

Glad he had a nice birthday. Shouldn't you and your mom be 1 and 2 on the list instead of 4 and 5 though? :) Great idea with the lattice, we use that as a gate in some parts of the house to separate cats.

Summer said...

You have your own little porch, Cleo!

Brian said...

It looks like your Dad had a very nice Birthday. You sure look happy out there sweet Cleo!

Greg_1948 in_WA said...

Yes Cleo the paper wrappings are the best part, and how nice to go out on the porch on your own! Just behave yourself out there!

Eastside Cats said...

60 is the new 40!
I love the impromptu catio for Cleo.
Everything we ever created for The Outside Cats were made of found-in-the-garage stuff, or dumpster-dived!

The Island Cats said...

Looks like your dad had a great birthday. And how fun that you get some outside time, Cleo.

Saku said...

Nice catio Cleo! You must have it good there, cuz you don't try to escape.

Wow your dad sure scored on his birthday. Only thing missing is catnip.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

I don't think you dad would have lasted in the house so long if your mom and you weren't higher on the list.

Katie Isabella said...

Now Cleo..I have some envy! LOVE that catio your dad made for you. I think now I might not leap over the fence if I had one. I don't jump like I did. Happy Birfday to your Dad and many many more to arrive right on time for him.

You look so beautiful lying there in the sunpuddle Cleo. If my mom was passing by, she would have to come up and smooch you. Wait! To do that, she'd have to jump the fence. That might make your parents roll on the floor laughing.

My Mind's Eye said...

60th bday!! Woohoo there was a ton of fun had by all. The best thing though is the paper and ribbons. I bet there were there boxes to explore too!?
Cleo what a clever dad to make you your very own special Feline Sun room. I love it and it has a view and cool mountain breezes!!! WOW
You master the magnetic door too. Well obviously some of Dad's cleverness rubbed off on you too. You are living your best life.
Hugs cecilia

meowmeowmans said...

Cleo, we are sure glad you got so much wrapping paper for your dad's birthday. That's the best part, for sure! :)

We like your enclosed porch area. YOu sure are clever, figuring out that magnetic screen thing.


Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

Angel Nellie Bellie was the wrapping paper destroyer! The 32 of us leave it alone, what a haul your Pop got! And Cleo, we are glad that you can go out for wiffies! There is nothing like the sun on the furs and the breeze blowing exciting smells and the bird songs and the mouse skitters...
But I digress, we shall song your Dad the song (even though we are late)
¸¸.•*♫♫♫ Happy Birthday Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Day to you♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Day deeeeeeeeerr Cleo's Daaaddddd!!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Your outdoor spot looks amazing, and I'm so glad your dad had a great birthday!

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

That lattice idea is a good one!
Glad your dad had a good birthday. A milestone!
Let's see, what else was I going to...oh, reveling in the refuse, was it? I tried saying THAT really fast! Meow!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

cleo, we hope dad getted bout 60 jarz oh maple syrup ta go with that beer !!! ☺☺☺ bye de way, yur catioz awesum and sew iz all that wrappin papperz !!! ♥♥♥ stay gorgeouz ~~~

Kwee Cats and Art said...

Cleo, you are very pretty! We like that front step, outdoor, situation you got there. We’re too frady of all the sounds and motions going on outside. To us, outside looks best through the window. Belated Happy Birthday to your Dad.

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

That looks like a lovely place to hang out, Cleo!

Tama and Benny

cat9984 said...

Pawsome catio! Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Cleo, you definitely have it made!

The Indulged Furries said...

Happy belated birthday to your Dad. Looks like you all had a great day - your Dad with gifts and you with a pile of wrapping paper.

Darla M Sands said...

What a great little enclosure! You have it made in the shade... er... sun puddle, Cleo!

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Created in July 2011 this blog chronicled the everyday life of a well-seasoned house panther named Orbit, who made the move with us from Massachusetts to North Carolina. He was a nearly constant companion for almost 22 years, and ruled our roost until he passed away in December 2014 which hit us like a ton of bricks.
After more than 2 years without a live-in feline friend we found this senior Tortie gal at Orange County Animal Services in Chapel Hill, NC and just couldn't leave without her. Cleo certainly came with an abundance of purrsonalitude, and has staked her claim on our hearts and in our home since day one. It took some long, deep thought, but I decided to pick up where Orbit left off and let Cleo tell her stories. Of course from time to time I'll add some non-Cleo posts, but she'll get over it.