Monthly Archives: May 2011

Daddy’s Flying (no he’s not a bird)

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It’s gonna be another hot one today….even with the heat, Dad just left for the airport to give his airplane a bath.  Yep.  Seems even airplanes have to go through that procedure at least once a year.  Better the plane than me is what I say!   I’ll probably lounge around on the front porch in the shade with Mom a time or two but I just might stay INSIDE in the cool today.  Like Mom says, it’s nice to be retired!!

Two people found me in that picture Mom and I posted in my blog yesterday – – good for you two!  Here’s a highlighted (I’m the STAR!) area of that photo so you can see where I was hiding out….

See me?  I'm pretty tiny but I'm there!

See me? I'm pretty tiny but I'm there!

I guess it’s still hard to see me but close to the center you can see me – looking to my right, white neck/chest and in the picture I look dark orange or light brownish (although I’m a RED tabby!)….got my eye on a chipmunk I bet!

This morning my girlfriend Stevie showed up for a handout.  We hadn’t seen her for three or four days but I know she has other spots she visits AND a home somewhere.  Mom gave her some fresh water and food….she munched down, drank some water, then off she went.  I wonder what it would be like to just roam around anywhere I want to…..but then again since I’m a nervous kind of guy, I prefer staying close to home with my parents.  When I was a little guy – maybe one year old – Mom let me wander down into the woods by myself….just because she wanted me to know how good I had it in my nice comfy house!  Well, it wasn’t long before I was running back to the back yard and up to the back door and crying to come inside……!!   Scaredy-cat?  Maybe….but at least I know that by sticking close to home, I won’t become some other animal’s meal as many around here have.  No sireeeeeee…….I’m happy to be a “house cat” ! 

Sam, One Spoiled HOUSECAT!

Hot, Steamy Monday

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It’s ALWAYS hot on Memorial Day…..just seems like every year by now it’s pretty darn icky outside.  SO, I plan to just hang out with Mom on the front porch OR inside where it’s nice and cool and comfy.  The front porch is cement and that seems to stay nice and cool.  If my tummy is all spread out on the cement, it keeps the REST of me cool……..now if I had a pool, I could hang out by the pool I guess like the little boys next door.  I was watching them yesterday – they have a little blow up pool and were having a lot of fun jumping in and out of it.  I asked Mom if I could have my OWN pool too but she reminded me that the one and only time I ever had a bath (when she and Dad brought me home from the shelter) I totally HATED getting wet.  Hmm….well, I’d like to think I’ve learned to appreciate water by the ripe old age of eleven BUT maybe just walking through the wet grass after a rain shower is close enough????

Anyway, I’ll also hang out around the garden today – it stays nice and cool back in the shade of the back yard.  Speaking of that, here’s a test….see if you can find ME in this picture???  I’m there……admiring the blossoms on the flowers. 

 

Test your eyes!  Look carefully - I'm there!

Test your eyes! Look carefully - I'm there!

 

HA!  You can just barely see me…this photo is a little blurry but I’m there!

Cats Love Laps!

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Lap Naps Are GREAT!
Lap Naps Are GREAT!

So here I am – at a very early age – learning the fine art of lap-napping as ALL cats eventually learn.  I didn’t quite have my positioning right, but Dad didn’t mind.  I just kind of slid down from lying across his waist but he was just happy to have me there in his recliner no matter what!  Anyway, we cats are truly MASTERS of the fine art of napping.  I can find some really great spots to catch a nap.  I have some window perches Mom and Dad put in some of the windows that are great, but I also like falling asleep in the sunshine on a bed or the couch and now that I’m “a cat of a certain age” I have been known to nod off out on the front porch while Mom’s sitting in the rocker keeping an eye on me. 

Mom’s got a lot of pictures of me napping – why?  Maybe because I do a lot of that around here….but that’s just because I am so happy to be part of my family and feel so relaxed that I frequently nod off.  It takes a lot of energy to be a cat….so we have to recharge our batteries more frequently than humans do.  As soon as I wake up from a good nap, I stretch my legs, give a BIG yawn, and run off to find some mischief to get into.   Life is great – especially after a good nap. 

Hey....hand me my sleep mask will ya?

Hey....hand me my sleep mask will ya?

 

 

Sam’s Memorial Weekend

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Ahhh…Saturday morning….Mom and I had a nice cruise around the yard early in the cool of the day – sure was nice!  I ate some grass, chased a couple of moths, then rested with her on the front porch for a little bit before Dad found us out there and joined us with his cuppa coffee.  Anyway, here we are listening to all the traffic out on the highway…people going somewhere for the holiday weekend or going into Washington, DC to various activities for the holiday.  We’re staying home! 

About Memorial Day…..I never met my Mom’s Dad but he was an Air Force officer and Mom says he loved being in the service more than anything.  He liked being part of the armed forces and was very patriotic (big word but I know what it means!).  Mom used to go to National Cemetery on Memorial Day to put flowers on his grave and she said the sight of all those American flags at each and every grave of someone who had worn a uniform or served their country in someway was really something.  I bet it was.  We live too far away for Mom to visit these days.  But in honor of Memorial Day, Mom said we could post this picture of her on the day she married my Dad, with HER Dad taking her down the aisle.  It was the first time he’d worn his old uniform since he’d retired and it still fit him like a glove!  Happy Memorial Day Granddad – I never knew you but I’m proud of you because Mom sure is……

Mom With Her Dad In His Uniform

Mom With Her Dad In His Uniform

Sam’s Friday Thoughts….

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What a day yesterday!  My Aunt Carol visited and after she left to go home back to West Virginia we saw on the news that there was a tornado warning right where she lives….we were all hoping that she’d gotten home to my Cousins Mollye and Toby (who hate storms like I do) and thank heavens she did.  They had huge hail and lots of scary wind but at least they were all three together and waited out the storm together.  NO TORNADO right there but bad wind, etc.  The weather has been so strange for everybody but some people have really had it so bad. 

Mom read me a story about a dog in Alabama who had survived the tornadoes down there but had been hurt badly – he was able to crawl back home with his broken legs to find his family after three weeks…..we love our families and our homes so much that we will find a way.   When the storms come and people take shelter, sometimes they can’t take us with them to safety so we are on our own.  It’s scary but we know sometimes we just aren’t all able to stay together but if we can, we will come home and if we can’t, we rely on the kindness of strangers.  We love YOU as much as you love US.

Anyway, that story about the dog just made me think – AGAIN – about how happy and lucky I am.  All of you humans who read my blog who have a pet in your lives – go give them a hug right this minute!  We love to be loved.  Honest we do!

Happy Friday from Sammy – One Spoiled (and loved) Cat

Aren't I Cute???

Aren't I Cute????