Kittygate: Finding a Way Out

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela Dear Mr. Gibbs, Did you ever think this was not going to happen? I love you to pieces, but there are days and times when deviousness and the desire for food outweigh your common sense. The area past the carpet is forbidden and that does not change when my back is turned or I am otherwise occupied with straightening the rogue hairs that occupy the left side of my head. It’sRead more

Attack of the Catnip Banana

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” -Charles Schaefer- Gibbs the cat loves his catnip banana. Gibbs enjoys playing “attack of the catnip banana” with the human. The human obliges with a hint of mischief, a bit of delight, wary of the claws that don’t always land on the banana (if you know what I mean) (I mean skin piercing and blood could be involved if notRead more

SoCS: An Acceptable Medium

This past week has fallen in the middle. Somewhere between a sad low and peaceful, playful highs. In the medium category. This past Monday, my beloved fur baby and Queen of the castle, Ziva, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She had kidney failure of the kind that could not be fixed and I was not going to let her suffer. So, I let her go, sobbed my heart out, and began to fill the hole with pieces of fond memoriesRead more

SoCS from the Pod: What’s Old is New Again

*sniff, sniff, sniff* “Hello? Are you new around here?” “Huh? What? Ummm…no. Been here before.” *sniff, sniff, sniff* “Oh, hey Ziva. Where have you been?” “In hell.” “Where?” “In prison.” “Prison?” “Are you going to keep asking stupid questions?” “Not if you don’t. I am only wondering where you’ve been the last four days. I thought something was missing and now I realize it was your blaring snores.” “Well, I’m back. Mom rescued me from prison.” “What’s a prison?” “ThatRead more

Baby Girl – Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge

“This week our topic is Pets and Farm Animals. Be creative if you feel like it, and fun with this challenge this week. Remember your photos needs to be black and white, desaturated, sepia (brown tones) or selective color.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up. Feel free to take new photos or dig through your archives.  The main object of this challenge is to have fun.” This photo of my baby girl, Ziva, was taken five yearsRead more

Go Away

I see, said he. What do you want of me? To play in my tree? To speak softly with glee? To be in my face rather than feeding me? I have an answer to all You, human, are my devotee   What shall I make of this? Your camera bliss You have run amiss with your misplaced hubris You created a crisis A supreme antithesis of sleep and rhyme I shall need psychoanalysis whatever the $%#@*&% that is To endRead more

Love and Affection

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Romans 12:10 Whether you are religious or not, I think we can all use repetitive words of love and affection in these crazy, unsure times. The Bible scripture comes from 3-Minute Devotions for a Cat Lover’s Heart. (If you know me, you would not be surprised at all that I have a cat-themed devotional. If you don’t know me, welcome to the land ofRead more

Stripes, Shadows, Light

“I asked the Zebra, are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits?” ~Shel Silverstein~ “Your identity is like your shadow: not always visible and yet always present.” ~Fausto Cercignani~ “I’ve earned my stripes; I don’t need to prove myself to anyone.” ~Stacey Dooley~ “The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.” ~Gregory Maguire~ “WeRead more

SoCS from the Pod: The Word

Hey Gibbs? Hang on a minute. Finishing up some business in the sandbox. I hope you’re not leaving a stinker again. Maybe. Make sure you cover. Why? I like the smell of me. Yeah, but mom doesn’t. Be considerate for a change. Whatever. Okay, I’m done. What do you want? What are we supposed to be writing for mom today? I think it has to do with a stream of something and a word. I did that in the box.Read more

SoCS: If He Could Talk

“Oh boy…” “What is it Gibbs?” “Why don’t you ever stay home?” “I am home, sitting here in my pajamas.” “I mean all day.” “Oh…” “It’s one of those two days when you don’t have to earn money for kibble.” “Yes it is.” “Then why don’t you stay home?” “Because I have other things to do.” “Like what?” “Like shopping for food, my own kibble if you will. Or shopping for clothes, having lunch with friends, going to church, ridingRead more

#WATWB: Purr-adise

If you were watching CBS Sunday morning on September 16th, you may know this story. The Lanai Cat Sanctuary of Hawaii is on a mission to save feral cats and their prey. “We wanted to find a way to love and protect the cats, love and protect the birds, and help the community.” Keoni Vaughn and Kathy Carroll are doing their part to house 600 (and counting) feral cats and keep them fed. They’ve also opened up the sanctuary toRead more

Looking Up

Natasha came into my bedroom on Saturday morning, while I was getting ready to meet a friend for breakfast. We started talking about the heat outside and the A/C inside and then Natasha looked up and saw something crawling across the ceiling. She thought it a spider, but it wasn’t, and never mind about that. Ziva was laying on the bed, per standard, and Natasha said to her… “Why aren’t you looking up?” The admonishment continued… “You should be lookingRead more