Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tabby Tuesday: My stripes

(with apologies to the Black Eyed Peas)

"What'cha gonna do with all those stripes?
All those stripes that are on your furs?"

"I'm a-make make make make you purr, make you purr, make you purr!"


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Two GREAT reasons to celebrate

Great reason to celebrate number one:
26 January is always a day for celebration in Australia, because it's Australia Day, which marks the anniversary of cats coming to Australia. 220 years ago today, the first kitty set a paw on this wide brown land. And I'm glad they did, because I couldn't think of a better place to live (although I'm sorry that the Europeans who brought the cats to Australia didn't ask the traditonal owners of this land if it was ok for them to live here too. That's just Bad Manners).
So in honour of the 220th anniversary of cats coming to Australia, I'm gonna teach you all an Aussie chant. If any of you watch sports like cricket, tennis or swimming, you will have heard this call-and-response chant before from Australian fans in the crowd. It needs a Chant Leader (me, in this case) and then a Crowd (that's you, everycat). So, it goes like this:

Pablo: Aussie! Aussie Aussie! Everycat: Oi! Oi! Oi!

Pablo: Aussie! Aussie Aussie! Everycat: Oi! Oi! Oi!

Pablo: Aussie! Everycat: Oi!

Pablo: Aussie! Everycat: Oi!

Pablo: Aussie! Aussie Aussie! Everycat: Oi! Oi! Oi!

Awesome! Now you're all honorary Australians.

Great reason to celebrate number two:

It's Lucy's birthday!!

Lucy the cat lives with a friend of mine named Sue, who comes to feed me sometimes when Nick and Kate are away. Guess how old Lucy is today?


Seriously. Twenty years old. She's amazing. Still active, still snuggly. And she even got special birthday mail from her friends:
And her mum gave her a special party this afternoon with tea and scones! (I hope there was chicken, too!) Please join with me in wishing this lovely Aussiecat a great birthday, and many, many more!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Fur for Trip Friday...

Mostcats will know that my tabby brother from another mother Tripper lost a lot of furs from his back a few weeks ago after attempting an under-fence mancat manoeuvre.

Well, I've been thinking.

There are quite a few of us brown tabbies in the Cat Blogosphere (Merlin and Dobby, Joey, Monty Q and SophieKitty to name just a few), and I'm sure that we all have a bunch of loose furs to spare. Here's just one tuft of my furs that Kate brushed off the guest bed last night (don't tell Nick I was sleeping there, please!!!):

If all of us brown tabbies sent Trip a tuft of our furs, his Food Lady could weave them in with his other furs... problem solved! Food Lady, you might have to sort the furs into their colours first to achieve a truly realistic effect.

Whaddya think, Trip?


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Farewell to a mate...

The Pablo Fan Club and the Cat Blogosphere have lost another friend to the Rainbow Bridge. We'll miss you, Caesar. Lots of love and purrs to Prinnie and your family at this very sad time.

Thanks to Skeezix for the lovely graphic.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Faster than a speeding bullet Friday

Too quick for Nick! Happy Friday, everycat!


Monday, January 14, 2008

Me and my shadow Monday

The weather has cooled back down to normal in Hobart, which makes spending time outside a lot nicer. Here are some pictures of me and my shadow having some good times in the late afternoon sun:

Good times!! And Mao is home and Annie has been seen!! Yippee!!!


Friday, January 11, 2008

A bit of housekeeping...

Ok, so I'm running behind on a few memes and a few other bits of news, so I might kill two birds with one stone in this post (although why you'd use a stone to kill birds when you've got perfectly good claws and fangs, I'll never know).

First, SophieKitty and Gypsy and Tasha tagged me for the 7 Weird Things Meme. I'm sure I've done this one in the past, but even I can't remember my answers, so I'm happy to give it another crack...
1. When I've finished my morning and evening meals, I have this little ritual of pawing at the wall, or the nearest vertical surface (like the refrigerator or the rubbish bin), for a minute or so. I'm not really scratching, just pawing. I don't even know why I do it. It's instinctive.
2. I don't like being patted (I think you Americats say 'petted'?) by anyone, really. Except for Nick and Kate (and even then I don't like it much). I also make exceptions around mealtimes, when I'll let anyone pat me if I think there might be food in it for me.
3. I bite Nick and Kate if they try to pat me when I'm hanging out in the garden. If I let them, someone might see, and that would ruin my tough guy image.
4. I hate having to do #2s in my kitty litter. I'm not allowed outside at night (WHICH SUCKS!!!). If I have to go #2 in the middle of the night, I have to sing a very loud song about it just to let Nick and Kate know that it's not an ideal situation for me.
5. Like mostcats, I make biscuits when I'm settling down for a nap. But Nick and Kate don't call it 'making biscuits', they call it the 'Step Reebok'. That's weird!
6. I really don't like the musical Cats. I'm sorry, I just can't relate to it. Humans pretending to be cats? Please.
7. I have a kind of a hero crush on my Uncle Simon. I follow him around whenever he comes to visit, especially when he goes outside to make smoke. I even lick drops of water from his fingers!!

The rules of this meme are that you link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. You share seven random weird facts about yourself, then tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

But I feel like everycat has had a crack at this meme, except maybe for a few newbies. If you haven't done it, consider yourself tagged!!

Second, my good friend Yoggie tagged me for a New Year's Resolutions meme. Here are the instructions from his blog:
When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we seem to fall into four categories:
1. quite serious about them,
2. be flippant about them,
3. do it because we feel pressured to, or
4. do not do them.
So, the purpose of this little game is to let us know which category you are in.

Hmm. I've always been in category #4. I've never made New Year's Resolutions in my life. Let's see how I go:
1. I'm going to try and make some New Year's Resolutions. (Tick!! Hey, this is easy!)
2. I'd like to try and raise my profile in the local media a bit more, try my paw at a few commercials...
3. I'd like to try and spend some more quality time with my Uncle Simon. I think I need to find out what his interests are and get interested in them.
4. I'd like to recruit some newcats to the West Hobart Tigers Football Club. I haven't met many newcats since we moved house.
5. Speaking of which, I'd like NOT to move house this year. Or ever again. I need to find a high-paying job and help Nick and Kate to buy a house so we don't have to live at the whim of landlords forever. Maybe achieving resolution #2 would help. Any other ideas?

Ok, that's enough resolutions. I made five resolutions, so I'm gonna tag five cats to do this. I tag:
MoMo, Trip, Phoebe, Monica and Joey.

Big post, sorry. At least I'm catching up.
Oh, and one more thing: GO HOME MAO!!!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

WAY too hot for cats... and Kates...

Boy, was it hot last Saturday! Officially, the top temperature was 35C (95F), but Kate told me that the digital thermometer on a building in the city said 38C (just over 100F!) at 6pm. This is what Kate and I looked like at around 11pm that night:
For the record, she copied me. But I was too hot to care.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

More cards from my blogging mates!!

As well as my AWESOME Secret Paws gifts and card from Poppy Q, I've also received some GREAT Christmas cards from my friend Adan in Taiwan and also from Gypsy and Tasha in Melbourne, Australia! Adan's card just arrived yesterday.

Wow! That's Adan on the front of the card.

... some kind words from Gypsy and Tasha!

I LOVE having blogging mates interstate and overseas! Love it.