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Oh Yeah!

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Goodie Goodie!   Bacon Day…………….I have to admit that Mom spoiled me extra this week with a couple of “non-scheduled” bacon mornings and I was very grateful for that…………nothing like a little surprise bacon to set your day off to the right start!!

These guys know how to get bacon on a Saturday (or any other day probably!)

These guys know how to get bacon on a Saturday (or any other day probably!)

We’re baking in the sun again today but had a super nice rain shower last night – sort of cooled things off for a little but this morning STEAMY…………OK by me – I’ve been hunkered down in the nice cool dining room under the table and specifically under my Dad’s chair!   Very near an A/C register –  I’m no dummy!

Keepin' Cool INSIDE!

Yeah this is a cool spot under Dad’s chair!

Did you know that June 4th is HUG YOUR CAT DAY?   Well that’s certainly a day to celebrate.   My parents are always picking me up and hugging me and I have to say I tolerate it for a few minutes then I get VERY squirmy.   Dad says he thinks it’s because I think I’m either (a) getting my nails trimmed, or (b) being wrestled into the car to go to the doctor.   HA!   I just like having all four paws on the ground – that’s all.

bighug

I hope you have a nice Caturday and if it includes  bacon, all the better I say!

Hugs,

Sam the Baconator

Furrriday!

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It’s here!  The end of the week…..housecleaning day……I get brand new tissue – and I need it this week.  It was an exceptionally messy week of play for me and I may have done more tissue shredding than usual.  Thank heavens my Mom keeps a large supply of the stuff on hand.  It’s almost my FAVORITE toy EVER!

Sam loves newspaper and tissue - go figure!

Tissue and newspaper…..nice and CRINKLY!

Yesterday it was 103 degrees outside and with the humidity factored in, the weather dude said it FELT like 110.  Well, I can vouch for that because I asked Mom if she’d pretty please let me go out on the front porch once – JUST ONCE – and indeed it was a real “scorcher” outside.  The nice crunchy grass looks like it’s been deep fried…..leaves that shouldn’t be falling yet are fainting right out of the trees…..even though Mom watered the gardens this morning they are LIMP and SAD looking this afternoon.  But me?  I asked to go outside to see for myself so good old Mom took me. 

Sam enjoying the front porch on a pretty fall day

Yikes! It’s HOT out here! I’d better stay in the shade or I’ll get french fried feets!

Next week’s going to be mighty interesting around here.  I heard Dad on the phone this afternoon arranging for our driveway to be re-sealed.   I know what that is and I distinctly remember the LAST time this happened and it was noisy ALL DAY LONG with equipment, trucks, strangers in my yard – a real mess.  Of course the driveway looked swell after it was done but still…….talk about noisy! 

 

It’s always something isn’t it?  Just about the time you feel like you can relax – your humans throw another wrench into the works.  Although I suppose putting up with the noise is a small price to pay to live in the lap of luxury like we all do – right?  Hmm??  I’m right now aren’t I ????

Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😀

HAPPY FURRRRRRRRIDAY!

 

Gone Camping

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TGIF!  Hi Peeps……thanks to everyone who commented on my blog yesterday that they liked my “illuminating” story about humans adopting animals and how I came to live with my OWN personal human entourage!   🙂

Thursday was an incredibly HOT day – again.  We’re certainly on a roll with hideously hot temperatures and because of that I’m on strike – I won’t go back outside again until we get below 100 for a high temperature!  I TRIED to go outside this morning on the shady front porch but honestly it was just too HOT.  Sticky hot.  Yucky hot.  Fry-your-pink-toesies-on-the-porch hot.  I’ve spent a majority of the day in my afghan tent which I politely asked Mom to make for me in her studio after my frustrating attempt to get some fresh air this morning………..I don’t look TOO miserable – do I ???

Fooled ya Ma! Turned away from the nosy old camera at the last second! Tee Hee!

 

This afghan tent thing is getting to be a daily habit of mine.  Mom insists on “un-making” my tent every evening on her way to bed.  You’d think she’d figure out that I will be using it EVERY DAY wouldn’t you?  I pretend like I’m camping out – which I understand involves a tent and “getting away from it all” which humans usually do in a campground or park or something but I prefer to do in a nice, cool, air-conditioned house!  I’m still camping OUT – only I’m IN – right?  😀

You might remember this other tent of mine – I still have it but really I prefer being up in Mom’s studio in my afghan tent.

Hey...this thing isn't just good for camping - it's good for HIDING toys too!

My “other” tent…..this was one of the first toys I had when I came to live here….so it was before I discovered the joys of afghan tent camping!

 

Now if I can just train Mom to bring me some treats from time to time, and maybe put an extra litter box up here in her studio so I don’t have to go ALLL the way down two floors to the basement to use “the facilities” ……I’d have it made……the ultimate camping trip.  😉

How are you  keeping cool if it’s super hot where you are like it is here?  Have you ever gone camping indoors like I do????? 

Kitty hugs, Sammy The Camper

Cool Cat

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It’s FRIDAY!   It’s also going to be a super hot day here leading up to a super hot weekend so yours truly is officially “ONE COOL CAT” in addition to being one spoiled one!!  I’m going to be lounging around indoors today you can bet on it.

Keepin’ cooooooooooooooooool !

Mom and Dad went out to dinner last night.   They actually haven’t done that in a while so I was glad they had a “date”.   They talked earlier in the day about where they should go.   The winning restaurant (haha) was the local Chinese restaurant.  I ran to the desk in the kitchen and pulled out the takeout menu from this particular restaurant and scanned it for any takeout possibilities I might be interested in – so they could bring something yummy home for me.   Then I heard Dad say he might get some FRIED MICE!!!!  That got my attention………that is until Mom repeated what Dad had said and I guess I misunderstood – Dad said FRIED RICE.  Dang!   (note:  I hope I didn’t offend any of my “rodent-related” friends ;)….teehee)

Anyway, when they got home they didn’t bring me any leftovers.  Mice or no mice.  Rice or no rice.  Oh well…….

Sam Saying HI To The Camera

What? No leftovers?

So I guess other than today being the “monster out of the closet” (aka cleaning) day, there won’t be a lot happening in my world.  But there’s no complaints from me in that department – we retirees spend a lot of time just kickin’ back and enjoying life.  That’s my plan today.  What’s yours???? 

Kitty Hugs, Sammy

Too Hot To Handle!

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Hi everybody from the coolness of INSIDE my house in Warrenton, Virginia…….It was in the low 100s outside yesterday so I spent the whole day inside.  Mom gave me a chance to go out with her a couple of times but did I?  Heck no!  Stayed inside – stayed cool as a ginger colored cucumber in fact. 

Looking cool aren’t I ??

Mom went out yesterday morning to do the grocery shopping and Dad went to the airport but they did those things EARLY – before it heated up.  The people on the morning news even told everybody to keep an eye on their pets outside – make sure they had water, etc.  Well, NO PROBLEM here – I was inside with plenty of water and food and treats and of course a lap available to me!  I’m no dummy.

My Mom HAD planned to mow the lawn yesterday but with the air quality being awful, she decided not to add to the problem with her lawn tractor – maybe today – MAYBE.  Wonder what kind of mowing pattern she’ll choose next?  I’m thinking back to squares.

My Dad got to fly EARLY before it heated up.  I’ve shown a picture of him in his hangar before but just in case you missed it and wanna see him:

 

Dad putting the plane away in the hangar after flying
Dad “parking” the plane in it’s hangar after flying……

He said it was a little bit hazy when he was up in the sky – probably already starting to heat up out there.  He just stayed up about an hour then put his “baby” to bed (haha) and came home.

What am I up to this morning?  Nothing yet – it’s too early to get into trouble do much of anything yet.  I’ve had breakfast and my post-breakfast wash-up and Mom hasn’t let me have a sniff of the great outdoors yet to know whether it’s HOT or NOT.  If NOT I’ll see if I can get her to take me down the trail to check things out.  I heard her tell Dad that so far the deer haven’t eaten her plants.  That’s a GOOD thing.  We don’t want Mom to be grumpy now do we?

What kind of things make your human grumpy?????????  Now come on – there must be SOMETHING????!!!!!

Happy Thursday……….kitty hugs, Sammy

 

Happy FRYday….!

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Me in a Santa Hat......

I'm just being silly! It's 100 outside but I'm just reminding you that COOLER days are ahead!

Friday….or FRYday as I’m calling it because it’s going to be around 100 degrees today.  YUCK.  I’m staying inside and going to pretend it’s winter and Santa Claws is coming to visit me soon.  I’ll dig into my toybox wagon and drag out my “holiday collection”…..I have some Christmas toys like a stuffed candy cane toy, and a stuffed Santa – you know the kind of toys I mean.  Anyway, I’ll just make believe – I’m good at that.  Whenever I look out a window today I’ll imagine snow.  Beautiful, COLD snow. 

You folks who have cats know that we have great imaginations.  Ever seen us look up at the ceiling or in a corner with BIG eyes and our ears back – “on alert” ??  Kind of like we’re seeing a ghost?  Guess what!  We are!!!  We see stuff you can’t.   

So, if I look out a window today and act like I am watching squirrels or birds playing in the snow……maybe I AM seeing it in my mind’s eye. 

I know this for sure…….I’m going to be wishing it was snowy out there because it’s been way too hot for me to even go outside these last few days and if there was snow out there – I’d be having a ball outside RIGHT NOW!   Sigh…………..instead, I’ll just try to enjoy my

FRYday !!

Sammy, One Spoiled Cat Dreaming of SNOW

 

Mr. Cranky Pants

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Can you believe it?  That’s what Mom called me all day yesterday!  Just because this weather is getting to me….it’s getting to everybody I think.  I kept checking at the front door though, hoping that something miraculous had happened and there would be a nice cool breeze out there……but every time Mom opened the door – YUCK! 

Funny Face Sam

Do I look cranky? I think I look CUTE!

I know that some cats love the hot weather…..I can take it for maybe ten minutes at the most and that has to be in the total shade.  Like yesterday afternoon, Mom went out to fill up the birdbath with more water so I decided to come out with her.  I seriously thought about asking her to spray ME with the hose but decided that wouldn’t be dignified!  I stayed in the shaded area of the garden and watched her…..the minute she finished coiling up the hose again by the back door I QUICKLY flew to the door and told her to please open it ASAP!!  We both came inside and boy did that nice cool basement feel great………Whew!

Mom started calling me Mr. Cranky Pants because I got really bored yesterday – so bored I resorted to driving her nuts by asking her to let me into closets, pantries, the garage…..every time she’d sit down I’d ask (nicely of course) for her to let me through some closed door SOMEWHERE.  When she’d get up and come to where I was asking to be allowed entry, I’d run off….tee hee….she was not amused.  The other thing I did was pretend to be a tiger taking down its prey in the Serengeti – I’d wait for her to walk by me and leap out and bite her ankles.  Again, she was not amused. 

Mr. Cranky Pants????  Well, maybe a little………

Sammy, One Spoiled Cat (ready for this heatwave to be OVER!!)

Dog (cat??) Days of Summer

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Cousin Toby cooling down in his pond

My Cousin Toby has the right idea - keeping cool !

Now this is what I call a great way to stay cool on a hot day!  We’re going to be into the 100s today and I’m kind of thinking Cousin Toby is one smart shih-tzu in figuring out how to be comfortable if you’re in the great outdoors.  Cousin Toby and my Aunt Carol (and my other Cousin Mollye) live on top of a mountain in West Virginia.  Aunt Carol had this way neato pond and mini-waterfall in the backyard and it didn’t take Cousin Toby long to discover if he plopped down on his belly in the pond, he’d get cooled off. 

We don’t have a pond…..but we DO have a woods, and it’s a lot cooler down in the woods.  Mom and Dad made a path down to a little patio that has a bench that swings on it and it’s a nice spot for me to hop onto and keep an eye on things sometimes.   Still, on a day like today is going to be, the best place will probably be INSIDE the house.  I can just sit on my perch and see all the other creatures out there in the heat……..

What a view!

Staying cool inside...watching everything else out in the heat!

I do feel bad for all the cats and dogs who have no home to stay cool in…..they have to do the best they can to survive.  Mom keeps a big bowl of water on our front porch for any cats who need a drink as they make their way around the community – and there are several of them who know it’s there and come to sit on the shady porch and enjoy a cool drink of water.  I’m very lucky to be “off the streets” and living in my nice home.   I think about that EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Remember on hot days to make sure your pets are inside as much as they can be, but if they are outside, they need plenty of fresh water and a safe, shady spot like I have!

Sammy, One Spoiled (and lucky) Cat

Sam’s Cool Thursday Thoughts

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Boy oh boy is it hot outside already this morning.  Mom opened the door and reached down to put my harness on and I just baaaaaaacked away and looked at her like she was nuts.  It just should NOT be almost 90 degrees at 4:45AM ! 

First of all I came upstairs and woke her up a little bit early this morning….well, usually I’m right on time at 5AM quietly calling her just loud enough NOT to wake up Daddy.  This morning, I pushed my luck and decided to go for an earlier cat-call.  She was not amused but got up anyway and made coffee then we TRIED to go outside.  I figure why should I go out in that heat when I have this nice, cool, comfy house I can stay in?  I didn’t know it was going to be so awful out there although it was up to 100 yesterday afternoon and I only went out for a few brief visits to the shady, cool concrete, front porch. 

Makes me think about how lucky I am really.  There are lots of homeless animals who just wander around hoping someone helps them with a drink of water or a bit of food….and those in shelters who hope someone will see them and fall in love with them (like my Mom and Dad with me) and take them home to take care of them. 

Anyway, I’m probably going to stay inside and just LOOK outside today.  We have lots of windows and I can keep an eye on things from the comfort of my many perches and favorite spots – IN THE AIR-CONDITIONING! 

Keepin' Cool INSIDE!

Keepin' Cool INSIDE!

Sammy, One Spoiled (and COOL) Cat!