This blog began in 2006, after the adoption of
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Copyright 2019, Simon Teakettle Ink
February 16, 2019:
I spent Valentine's Day curled up on the bed, with my paws crossed. It was too cold to sleep in my round fur bed in the guest room (which I claim is MY room), because it's on the north side of the house. You can see how much snow fell during the week from this photo Bobbi took of the front porch. Bobbi loves it when I cross my paws, but in this case, it was to wish that the snow would stop!
February 9, 2019:
I had a terrific birthday, and here are some photos of me with the contents of my gift bag and two cards I received in the mail. Notice that Hammy and Red Mouse are inspecting my presents:
This week we also celebrated the Chinese New Year. It's the year of the pig, but my lunar sign is the Wood Horse. That means I'm full of imagination, look at everything from a unique perspective, and always want to express my ideas. I'm also "emotionally sensitive" and pair well with the Wood Dog, which is Bobbi's sign.
February 2, 2019:
My birthday is tomorrow, but Bobbi wouldn't let me open my gift early, so you'll have to wait until next week to see what's in the bag. I'm sure there are balls and springs. I have lots of those, but they are easily lost as I play with them, and end up under pieces of furniture, behind things, and even in the closets that have sliding doors.
Like Terzo, I learned how to open these doors and often hide toys inside. Terzo liked to keep his collection of toy mice in one closet. Every so often Bobbi would find a mouse she hadn't seen for a while in the middle of the den floor, after he took it out of the closet during the night.
He had a favorite bear he always made sure was in the den or bedroom at night for safe-keeping. He would carry it around in his mouth, like a newborn kitten.
I do the same thing with my hamster. I'm not happy if Hammy ends up in the living room or kitchen at bedtime. I make sure to find him during the night and Bobbi often finds him in the hall or den in the morning.
You can see how much I love Hammy if you scroll down through the photos on the right side of this blog.
January 26, 2019:
I'm very excited about my Big Birthday next weekend. I'll turn FIVE on Feb. 3, and celebrate four years since my adoption on Feb. 4. I had been spayed on Jan. 19, so had just been put into a cage in the adoption room, after my stiches were removed. Then Bobbi arrived!
There's a gift bag sitting on the couch in the living room, with a big birthday balloon tied to the handle, and my huggable teddy guarding it. I'll make sure Bobbi takes photos of what's inside the bag, along with any cards I received, and post them next week.
Meanwhile, here's the present, along with a photo
that made me laugh this week. It's of one of the deer on Steve
Pitt's property, getting his tongue stuck on the bird feeder as
he tries to snitch some of the seed Steve put out for the birds.
That'll teach him to settle for the seed Steve scatters on the ground
for the visiting deer.
January 19, 2019:
2019 is featuring five eclipses, a rare planet transit, one of the best meteor showers and a super blood wolf moon, three supermoons, a blue moon, multiple meteor showers, and a close approach by the moon and Jupiter.
I'll be sitting in the bedroom window tomorrow at midnight, to watch the first total eclipse and the Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Meanwhile, we have snowshoe hares in our back yard again. I sometimes get a glimpse of them, but they're pretty elusive and the only way Bobbi knows about them is that Don (my pal and our handyman) has seen their tracks.
January 12, 2019:
Over the holidays we heard from Fran Shaw, a past-president of the Cat Writers' Association and a close friend of Bobbi's. She and her husband are planning another winter adventure, and may be sending us Fan Club members from Belize and Ecuador!
Things are quiet here, and Bobbi has put all the Christmas decorations away. But I noticed that she has a bag of large and small plastic balls, straws and springs that she's keeping out of my reach. Do you think that bag may be my Birthday Present?
I noticed that the book Bobbi is currently reading is called Ghosts and Legends of Prince Edward Island. If was written by an old friend, Julie Watson, who asked Bobbi to review the book contract for her. See the book on our Recommended Books page, and also check out the neat website of the photographer, John Watson (Julie's son).
January 5, 2019:
It's a New Year, and time for a new blog. I decided to redesign this page for a couple of reasons. First, I'm turning FIVE in less than a month, and took over the previous blog shortly after I was adopted four years ago.
We've moved the long list of charities and rescue groups we support from this page, as it's easier to find those links on the Fan Club page.
We added many new species to the Fan Club in 2018. In the process we discovered that there are 40 species of cats, 17 species of penguins, 18 species of seals, and an astounding 300 species of squirrels. Who knew?
We're fortunate to have several friends who travel widely, as well as a great photographer who lives on Lake Talon, near North Bay, Ontario, and send us photos regularly. There are many birds who visit Steve Pitt's feeders, lots of squirrels and deer, as well as a family of otters who lounge on the shore! He's also spotted ruffed grouse, geese, a snapping turtle, and many others.
We usually post to this blog every weekend, so stay tuned!