(for those tuning in late, we moved in late February, and have been doing a lot of landscaping and home decor work ever since. For the first time in my life, I have a room of my very own that is not a bedroom. It’s exciting!)
The GirlCave is coming along. Yesterday my chaise arrived! Of course, I have to share it with Chives.
I still have a lot of blank wall space, and a stack of plastic bins that need to be elsewhere but just haven’t been ‘elsed’ yet, so you don’t get full-room pics as it’s just not shareworthy yet. But here’s a few teasers. There were three plain wood shelves on the wall, attached with utilitarian metal supports and brackets. Looked awful, so I attacked them with LACE.
And the most important spot in the room, where the writing happens, is quite pleasant, especially on days like today when I can have one or both windows open.
Good Day, Humans! My name is Chives and I’m a special guest blogger today. Don’t tell Ceejay, she’s already jealous enough of my quick wit and classically handsome looks.
Anyway. I’m here to bring you an important message from the Cats Lofty Association of Whiskered Society. You may know us as CLAWS. You may also recall our last educational campaign, “Tuna: Get It Out Of The Sea And Into Our Bellies”. Our current campaign is “Catnip: Better Living Through Herbs”. Be good to your feline friends, give them catnip often! Really, it’s like you drinking that herbal tea, right? That’s healthy for you, right? Same thing, my friend. Same thing.
My humans have been well-trained in the art of Feline Herbology. In fact, this Christmas (which fell on January 17th due to something called an “Ice Storm” back in December), my human aunt gave me the most thoughtful present anyone could ever give a cat. Let me tell you about it, with pictures, since really, the internet needs a LOT more pictures of me. Speaking of, if you just can’t get enough of me, Like my Facebook Page!
Today I want to demonstrate the benefits of giving your cat the best gift of all – catnip. Note: All photos were taken by Caribou Ken, who laughingly thinks he’s the Alpha Male of the house. Due to my quick movements and thrashing about, many many photos were attempted. These are the ones that did not blur.
I was presented with a festive gift bag from my human Auntie, filled with wonderfully crunchy paper. Inside the paper was a small plastic zipped bag. I knew I needed to get to work to find out what was in the little plastic bag.
When opening gifts, NEVER overlook the opportunity to fully explore and celebrate the packaging. As you can see, I have located the gift, but it must wait until I’ve finished with the bag.
Moving on from the bag, I picked up the plastic wrapped item. My sharp eyes have detected that it is a mouse, somehow trapped inside. I must free it!
SUCCESS! I have freed the mouse. Through cunning use of technology, the beast has been taxidermied and stuffed with Mother Nature’s finest gift to felines – CATNIP. My joy was beyond measure. The mouse is made of something called ‘felt’, perfect for snagging deftly with one’s claws to toss joyfully in the air and then give chase to. I find that catnip mice are perfect for throwing down a staircase, chasing after, and bringing back up again. My humans were a bit alarmed at my facial expressions, but rest assured I am acting perfectly normally, considering I am now stoned out of my gourd.
This is one of those shots that might haunt me later in life, especially if it ends up captioned on that ‘Cheeseburger’ site. But the joy and bliss MUST be expressed!
Eventually I sobered up. But I’m not letting go of the mouse. No way. MINE. Although, occasionally it vanishes and I longingly await it’s return. I’m not sure where it goes, but sometimes I see a mysterious mason jar that I have noticed contains something mouse-shaped. After a time, the mouse is returned to me for more wonderful bouncy fun playtime!
In conclusion: If a cat shares your residence, buy it a catnip mouse. A fat one. Made of felt. You will enjoy the antics, and your cat will be ever so grateful for your thoughtfulness.