Anyhoo, yesterday, Thursday, I did have to go out, and oh joy! It looked like Boris had found his way out of the bath. I turned on the taps at shower setting and, remembering a previous Boris incident, gingerly lifted the non-slip mat. *Shudder*, there he was, clinging to the bottom of the mat and looking a bit wet and bedraggled. "Aaach", I screamed quietly, while dropping the shower and turning off the water. Boris climbed onto the shower-head and so I picked it up by the hose and swung it out of the bath onto the floor. Boris crawled off it and made his way slowly towards the window. He crawled up the wall and disappeared behind the radiator.
I had my bath.
This morning I noticed a web spun between the left side of the window and the radio (which sits on the windowsill). No sign of Boris, but there were several dead flies (yes, I'm still fly-wrangling) on the sill... Good job Boris! Happy New Year!
Last night, or in the early hours of this morning, I was watching TV, keeping an eye on Facebook and playing Bubble Island (as you do) when, "Mrrrreeeww" and a white cat sprang onto the arm of the settee, as often happens. I turned to greet him and, "Arrrrrrgh, where have you been Alfie? What have you been up to???"
I got up and went to the kitchen, knowing Alfie would follow me. He did, and while I was wetting a cloth he jumped up to his feeding station and stared at his empty bowl. I approached him, wetted cloth at the ready, thinking he would not appreciate being washed, but no! He purred and purred as I tried to get the black stuff off him, to no avail. The cloth only darkened slightly.
Goodness knows what this stuff is, but it's not oily, doesn't flake off, and is odourless and tasteless (yes, I know... I did... But I was worried it might be poisonous...).
After my washing attempt:
I watched him very carefully, hand poised over the phone ready to call the emergency vet, but so far there seem to be no adverse affects.
Paws crossed. But I think Alfie will be piebald until the stuff grows out...
It's our first Gotcha Anniversary (well, it was yesterday, but the Mummeh forgot until yesterday evening and then she got Skyped so she ran out of time).
But we'se having a pawty! Everypet and bean is welcome! Help yourselves to da fuuds and drinks. Sorry der's not too much drinks wot will appeal to da beans, but hey, we needs sober beans to clear up, innit!
This makes me very sad. My nephew and two nieces all sailed on this beautiful tall ship and received part of their education on her. The schooling was good and the experience was wonderful for each of them.
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And now for Easy Like Sunday!
Guess who? In he strolled, cool as a cucumber, straight past me and up into the chair! He's been there for a couple of hours now and obviously feels quite at home as he's been fast asleep for most of the time, only waking to change position now and again.
I sort of feel I should discourage him (and I do when I catch him trying to eat the Caramels' food) but he does seem to like our toys and climbing pole so much I haven't got the heart to chuck him out. Besides which, I don't think he gets much affection at home as he doesn't seem to like being petted much.
Hope you're all having a great Sunday, all easy-like!
This arrived in my inbox the other day. Just had to share it with you...
This gives a new meaning to cat and mouse games…
The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded by the mouse’s behaviour. He said: ‘I have no idea where the mouse came from – he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself. But the leopard was pretty surprised – she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared.' In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened...
...but even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill.... ‘It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked – he said he’d never seen anything like it before.’ Project owner Jackie James added: ‘It was so funny to see – Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.’ Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four onths old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie's late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent’s forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests...
...So the mouse continued to eat the leopard’s lunch and show the leopard who was the boss. Just proves no one can push you around without your permission.
On a graver note, I've been getting so many spam comments I've had to turn on comment moderation. Please don't be put off by this, I welcome all genuine comments, even if you don't have any accepted account and have to comment as "Anonymous". If you look at the comments on my last post you'll see how many I've deleted - though I've left a couple of the more "interesting" ones for your amusement: America causing the earthquake in Haiti? Ha! Of course! Before this I only ever had a couple of spam comments over a long time-span. Why the sudden splurge? I know I'm not the only "victim". What these spammers hope to gain is beyond my ken...
Have a peaceful week my friends.
I've had a comment from the photographer saying that his photos are copyright, so I may have to take them down. I've emailed him. I received them by email so clearly they are already "out in the wild".