I’ll make this one SHORT and SWEET !!!
Happy Saturday! I’m letting Mom take over again just like I SAID I would earlier this week…….Isobel of IsobelandCat suggested that Mom tell a bit about some of her past kitty cats. Today, Mom’s going to tell you about someone who looks JUST LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi All….thanks for the intro Sam. Sam and I were going through photos looking for likely Tuesday Teasers for next week and I came across this photo of a sweet and darling cat named Charli who owned me many years ago.
Charli was a cat I who was with me through some big changes in my life. I adopted her from a home where their cat had a bunch of kittens and the owner was looking for homes for them. A friend and I each adopted one!
They were VERY tiny little things and Charli was the only red tabby and the most active of the bunch so I took her home. My husband at the time and I weren’t sure if the kitten was male or female (duh!) so we called it Charlie…….soon thereafter we found out SHE was a SHE so we decided to drop the “e” and just leave it Charli – short for Charlene. This was back in the mid/early 80s.
We were living in a rented house at the time – the first house we’d lived in vs. apartments so it was also our first YARD. We also already had two other cats (I’ll tell about them another time) – Ricky and his sister Linda Sue. Ricky was ALSO a ginger tabby and he and his sister were around five or six years old. Both of them had always been indoor cats for obvious reasons living in apartments.
Charli would have NOTHING of being inside all the time……she insisted on exploring outside right from the start. We had a screened door on the kitchen out into the fenced back yard and she’d climb the screen constantly and just hang there sniffing the smells of outdoors. We decided to let her out in the yard and she loved it. She stayed in the yard too amazingly enough. There was one HUGE and very tall tree in the back yard and she decided to climb it one day – quickly – too quickly for us to catch her – and she climbed almost to the top of it and began screaming to get down. LOUDLY. She was way up there too! My husband and I tried to coax her down over about an hour’s time to no avail. I was scared to death that she’d just let go and fall and she was WAY up this tree……….she figured out that she could come down to a branch but she would come no further. My husband climbed the tree – which was tough since there were very few branches…………….but he got her, tucked her into his jacket and down she came – still screaming!
She was always very adventurous and that got her into trouble once……..we had eventually moved from that house into another house closer to the hospital where I worked. Charli wore a bell on her collar and we’d formed the habit of my shaking a bell out the door and she’d respond to the sound by coming home from WHEREVER she was. She ALWAYS did this – for years. This house had a higher fence than the last but she figured out a way to climb it and go over the fence and explore the neighborhood.
One day I rang the bell and Charlie didn’t come……and didn’t come……and I went out looking for her with my bell. I walked everywhere and called her……..nothing……….eventually I posted notices on all the phone poles, in the local library, called the local vets and shelters – NOTHING. Then about a week later a miracle happened!
We had a “cat door” in a window in one of the unused bedrooms that Charli used to come and go. I was watching television one night when all of a sudden there was Charli. She hopped up on my legs and just stood there like nothing was wrong – staring at me……!!! She had a minor limp and I’m thinking she’d been injured somehow and COULDN’T come home or someone took her in to care for her and she “escaped” and came home. Anyway, I was so happy to see her………she was a very loving, happy, creative, funny, sweet girl and when her time to go to the Rainbow Bridge came, I thought life would never be the same.
We always do, don’t we……….think things will never be the same…..but then we find another little soul to take care of that needs US as much as we need THEM.
So that’s the story of little Charli………..who looks so much like Sam it’s amazing!!
Pam (thanks Sammy…..you’re a pal for loaning me your blog space!)
What IS this fog stuff anyway? It’s so foggy outside this morning that not only can I not see anything out ANY of my favorite window spy spots, but Mom said even if she wanted to go somewhere in the car – she wouldn’t! Just too foggy. We’ve already heard police cars or fire engines or sirens of some kind out on the main road near our house this morning…….I’m sure everyone who HAS to go to work this morning wishes they didn’t!
I’m glad to be inside. You know me. I’m not afraid of much (well, maybe foxes and great big dogs) but when you can’t SEE what’s there, it’s a little bit nerve-wracking!
How do I know it’s foggy when it’s still dark outside at this early hour? Well, our little neighborhood “bum” cat who visits us and everybody else when she doesn’t like what’s being served on the table at HER house, was by this morning. When Mom took her a bowl of food and some water out to the front porch, I took a quick peek out there and couldn’t see our driveway lights OR the lantern light that’s in the front garden which is only about 15 feet away from my porch! That’s pretty thick fog stuff for sure.
Mom said it’s because it gets really warm during the day, then cools down a whole lot at night, and it makes this FOG stuff happen. She said to just wait a while and when the sun comes out, it will burn it away. Now normally I know that “BURN” is a dangerous word but in this case, I’ll be glad for the fog to burn. I would miss out on a lot of bird-watching, people-watching, and squirrel-watching if this stuff hung around all day.
That would NOT be good.
Mom confused me even more though by saying that when she doesn’t get a good night’s sleep she feels like she’s “IN A FOG” the next morning. I thought fogs only happen OUTside…..what’s with that????????
Well, whatever…..I hope you peeps have a nice UNfoggy Monday where you are and don’t forget, tomorrow is TUESDAY TEASER!!!! Brush up on your geography!!!
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
Yep that’s me…..snoring away in the library on Mom’s sunny recliner. Unfortunately, even though it was WARM outside yesterday (strangely enough) I just didn’t go out much. Why? Wind……again. I bet you’re tired of hearing about my problems with the wind, right? Well, I’m tired of DEALING with the wind. Sigh.
I know it’s almost spring and not just because the time change is happening this weekend, and not just because it’s warm outside, and not because there’s buds on the trees and tulips poking out of the ground but because today, Dad put the snowblower in the basement. Yep – he was disappointed that he didn’t get to push that thing all around the driveway removing tons of snow this winter. Mom says that since he’s gone to all the trouble to move the snowblower from the garage “at the ready” to the basement for storage, that probably means it’s going to SNOW now. 😉
Poor Mom hardly ever gets to use her chair in the library though – at least not all morning when the sun’s coming through the front windows. Dad’s chair is out of the sun so he’s there reading a book and if Mom shoo’ed me out of HER chair she could be there too – reading with Dad, but I just look too darn cute when I’m asleep (on purpose of course) and she can’t bring herself to shoo me so I get the sunny library seat. Lucky me.
So are you getting an early spring too or is winter still hanging in there where you are? If you’re an indoor kitty you don’t really care WHAT season it is, but if you get to go outside once in a while – what’s YOUR favorite time of the year??????
Sammy……Younger Than Springtime (haha)
Well, it does look swell but poor Mom took her sweet time getting down to the bottom of the hill to take this picture……with that coating of ice on the snow and traveling DOWN the hill – let’s say it’s a good thing she has a lot of padding on her (eeeek….did I say that out loud???). The sun finally came out but it stayed in the mid-30s and the ice didn’t melt. We really didn’t mind at all though – it was really cozy in the house.
I didn’t see many people OR animals out there today – most everybody stayed inside and stayed safe. Mom ventured out into the backyard and put sunflower seeds in the bird feeders – boy oh boy did THAT cause some excitement. There were ten squirrels chasing each other all around getting the “spillage” from the feeders when the birds arrived. We had lots of cardinals (don’t they look GREAT in the snow???), and some small finches but a bunch of blackbirds flew in and chased everything away. Pretty soon a gray hawk arrived though and when he did – the blackbirds flew off. I just kept watching and when the hawk finally left all the squirrels and cardinals came back. They know when to disappear and when to reappear that’s for sure!
Anyway, I spent most of the day sleeping……no surprise there huh? It was just a nice day all the way around. My parents stayed home of course since it was icky outside and I had Mom’s lap ALLLLLLLLL to myself!
Should be interesting watching Mom go down to the mailbox at the bottom of the driveway to get the Sunday paper tomorrow morning though……..(insert evil giggle here).
This picture is a little blurry but you get the idea. Mom was in her studio yesterday so I came upstairs to hang out with her. This afghan was made for my Grandpa by my Aunt Valerie. After Grandpa went to heaven, my Mom kept it and it’s one of my favorite things to snuggle up in. When I’m in Mom’s studio she takes it off the chair where it “lives” and puts it on the couch…..I’ll stand on it and knead it for a while then curl up in it. BUT sometimes I like Mom to put it over the back of the couch and make me a nice cozy tent! Just like this!
I stayed in this tent for about two hours while Mom did stuff on her computer and wrote some notes and sketched……I like to keep my Mom company.
Another way cool thing is that this morning – while it’s still nice and dark outside – Mom and I went for a walk out in the yard! I guess it’s been quite a while since we’ve done that but I felt like cruising around this morning so Mom put my harness on, bundled herself up in her coat and hat, and out we went. It was cool but not really too cold….and VERY VERY QUIET. Lots of stars shining too. We went around the whole perimeter of the house…..I’d stop occasionally for a munch of grass (what little there is anyway!!)……Mom would look up at the sky for her favorite constellations (at least that’s what SHE said even though I have no idea what a constellation is!!)….then we’d move off to another spot for me to sniff around. Anyway, we went everywhere – even down in the front yard a little ways along the edge of the woods. Then our neighbor opened his garage door to head off to work and when it squeaked open it scared me I pulled on the leash so hard Mom let it go and I ran SUPER FAST back to the basement door until Mom arrived and we came back inside.
She got a cup of coffee to warm up and I had some of my breakfast. It was nice to be outside after being inside for so long though. I guess that’s what Mom means when she says she’s getting “cabin fever” !!??
Just another day in my personal paradise………… 🙂
I’m proud as a peacock (although I’m not entirely sure I know what one of those is) because I have ANOTHER blog award! A great big kitty hug to Dianna at These Days of Mine for this pretty award with all the stars flying around. Mom had to help me BIG TIME to come up with the goodies to comply with the terms of the award. My blog is different maybe from a lot because it is – after all – written by ME and I’m a cat! Most of the other blogs we follow have beautiful photography, and meaningful messages and stories…..mine is just plain fun!
Anyway, we needed to read my old blogs and find one for each of seven categories…..so here we go!
1. Most Beautiful: that was a toughie but I decided the one I wrote about my Mom’s painting of the Cape Cod lighthouse where my Dad proposed to her fit the bill !
2. Most Helpful: I’m always ever so helpful and here I was explaining how to train your human:
3. Most Popular: I’ve not been blogging a long time BUT my first Christmas post about our tree had more hits than any other post (so far):
4. Most Controversial: A toughie…but because this was about my love of some food that’s not really GOOD for cats, perhaps controversial:
5. Most Surprisingly Successful: My vacation snapshots! 🙂
6. Most Underrated: I think this true story about our little garden gargoyle statue is way cool….but not many people read the post!
7. Most Prideworthy: That was easy – my Mom wrote this one about my Grandpa:
Now, we’re supposed to nominate SEVEN blogs to receive this award should they decide they’d like to have it…..I know lots of people don’t really want awards for their blogs and of course we understand, but just in case – and if you’d like to post the pretty award on your blog – here are my nominees (sorry there aren’t QUITE seven – I don’t visit that many and I know some of my favorite blogs don’t accept them):
Whew! That was a lot of work…..my little paws are pooped – I think I need a nap…………….
Big Hugs and tomorrow – back to holiday celebrations!!!!
Sammy, One Happy Blog Award Winner
I heard him say it….honest I did…..this morning on the news the guy said “chance of snow next Tuesday” and Mom heard him too (although she pretended she didn’t!). Now this picture isn’t my front yard NOW – it’s my front yard last year when we got an early snow……but just LOOKING at this picture gets me all revved up! I have a feeling Dad won’t be too revved though…..even though he loves his snow thrower it’s still a very looooooooooooong driveway – 250 feet down to the road – so it’s a lot of work for the old guy.
Now, granted, Mr. Weather Dude isn’t always right….in fact very frequently he’s not right – something about Warrenton being right between the mountains and the ocean….blah blah blah….makes it hard to really predict the weather accurately. Uh huh….sure. Excuses, excuses. For all I know, it’ll be back into the 70s next Tuesday.
Pssst…..don’t tell anyone……but I’m really hoping for some snow! Everybody says they bet I won’t want to go out in it – I’m getting arthritic and older and on and on and on – but I just might fool them. In fact, I’m adding a snow sled and skiis to my Santa Paws Wish List!
So there! 🙂
Sammy, One Snowcat at Heart
I had a lot of fun with the comments you guys posted yesterday….Mom and I got Daddy’s Christmas shopping all done but you also had some good ideas for ME!
My Cousins Toby and Mollye sent me a link to a way cool thermo-pad thing that I can curl up and take a nap and it’s not electric! Someone else sent me a link to a nice, safe heated bed! Then there were a couple of nice fleecy dog sweaters that MIGHT fit – and even a sweater that said “Tough Guy” on it (even though I’m an old softie!!).
So it got me thinking – I have animal buddies who read my blog that live in all parts of the US of A and Europe – – – – I’d love to know what YOU do (if you do anything) to celebrate the holiday season AND most especially, what are YOU asking Santa Claws for this year? Maybe it will give me some more ideas……I’m always UP for more ideas……there’s plenty of room left on my list for other stuff – and there’s always that kitty stocking I hang by the fireplace – it needs to be jam-packed with goodies (what kind of snacks do you recommend???).
‘Tis the season…….well, it isn’t QUITE the season but we’re getting closer and closer and closer and you just shouldn’t wait until the last minute. Santa Claws has lots of humans AND animals to shop for you know. LOTS!
Yesterday it got up to SEVENTY THREE degrees outside. Huh? One day we’re watching the leaves hit the ground and it’s cold and windy and all that wintery chill stuff – then whammo – here’s a warm and sunny day. What’s with that? How’s a guy supposed to figure out which coat to wear??? Am I supposed to keep growing in my extra thick fur for the cold or what?
Oh well – gotta go with the flow huh? Can’t exactly do much about the weather……besides, what a GREAT day yesterday was for me to be in the yard. Mom and Dad were out there doing various things (Dad stacking firewood, Mom filling birdfeeders and sweeping leaves off the deck) so I got to wander around on my own (well with watchful eyes of course). It’s always fun to watch the squirrels getting sunflower seeds out of the feeders – – – so I did that for a while……then I took a “mini-walkabout” down into the woods. Haven’t done that in a long time. About 20 feet down the trail out back is a very old tree stump lying on its side. When I was a baby I’d go there and climb up on top of it and sit – I could see better! Yesterday I revisited Mr. Stump…..he’s still there (although slowly rotting away) and I found a large hold at the bottom of it. SOMETHING has dug a big hole there. I also found a lot of small holes ON the stump – which may explain why we see chipmunks around the stump all the time. They were smart enough to stay away from me yesterday though while I sniffed and checked the old stump out.
We all were outside for over an hour I suppose……eventually I decided it was time to come inside and get a drink of water and a snack. But it sure was wonderful for a while – getting another little burst of spring or summer – – – today we’re supposed to get some rain and it will be cooler. I’m thinking there’s still time to talk Mom into a nice long “OUT” this morning though before the wet arrives.
I’m looking forward to snowy days (well, WATCHING the snow from inside of course) and cozy fires in the fireplace but the little burst of warm weather was mighty nice yesterday……best of all, my arthritis didn’t act up! Now that’s a REAL treat! 🙂