A winter wonderhell

My thanks to Feminine Vestige for her wonderful post, upon which I based my title!

We are sick

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of snow,

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cold weather, and ice,

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of which there is at least four inches on our front and back walks. (P.S. Yes, that’s the power line to the house.)

We’ve had some sunny days

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but mostly the cats don’t give a darn about the snow, ice, and cold,

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except maybe this creature – the catsquatch –

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who has some pretty sharp claws

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which have drawn blood from the humans.

The end.

Quotes of the Day

Now is the winter of our discontent. (William Shakespeare)

Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.’ (Robert Byrne)

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. (Hal Borland)

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The Longest Cat in the World

He’s so long, giraffes bow down in awe of him.

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His body can’t fit into one cat tree.

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He is…

the longest cat in the…

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Oops, no, wait, that’s Kobi and Bo together!

Quotes of the Day

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. (Edgar Allan Poe)

In waking a tiger, use a long stick. (Mao Zedong)

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. (Buddha)

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Because I’m happy

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say….

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We’ve had our cutey pies for over a year now. They are such a source of joy and happiness, and they both smell exotic, of cinnamon and coffee. Kobi loves his furry mousies and will play “fetch” with them. We throw the mouse, and he brings it back for more throwing. He is more aloof than Bo, but he does love attention! He will run up the cat tree to get affection from us.

Boba “Crazy Eyes” Fett runs around the house like an absolute maniac. He loves to cuddle on the bed, on the sofa, under the covers, under the blanket – everywhere. His eyes make us crack up.

When we first got them, I knew it would be awhile for them to settle in and for their personalities to develop. I even knew that it would take time for me to love them. They definitely own the house, and they are very comfortable here. They greet the dog by rubbing against her and they trust us completely. We love our cats.

In honor of our lovely cats, we post this inspirational video:

(Video by Catmantoo, Robert Dollwet, Malibu Dog Training Channel.)

Quotes of the Day

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. (Henry Ward Beecher)

I think that being happy makes the biggest impact on your physical appearance. (Drew Barrymore)

I feel I am lucky. I am grateful for this life that God has given me. I am happy, as I am getting to do work that I want to do and enjoy doing it. (Sonam Kapoor)

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The mind of a cat

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of cats?

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Perhaps the Shadow knows?

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Quotes of the Day

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there. (Agnes Repplier)

If you would know what a cat is thinking about, you must hold its paw in your hand for a long time. (Jules Champfleury)

If cats had wings there would be no ducks in the lake. (Indian Proverb)

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Bold, adjective (from Dictionary.com)

1. not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
2. not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent:
He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
3. necessitating courage and daring; challenging:
a bold adventure.
4. beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative:
Einstein was a bold mathematician.

Beautiful, adjective (from Dictionary.com)

1. having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind:
a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
2. excellent of its kind:
a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
3. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.

Which cat is which?

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We may never know!

Quotes of the Day

Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become. (Angelina Jolie)

Freedom lies in being bold. (Robert Frost)

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful. (Zoe Kravitz)

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Sun-soaked cats

Busy old fool, unruly sun, / Why dost thou thus,

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Through windows, and through curtains call on us?

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Bo and Kobi: We’re glad the sun calls on us!

Quotes of the Day

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. (Max Muller)

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. (Joseph Addison)

Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine. (Jack Ma)

The first two lines of this post are from John Donne’s poem, “The Sun Rising.”

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Bo’s daydreams

Bo: I’m a good cat. Really I am. How could you not believe this face?

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Kobi: Puh-leeze. What a glory hound!

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I think the video tells it all.

Quotes of the Day

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering. (Steven Wright)

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. (Edgar Allan Poe)

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.(e.e. cummings)

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Inquiring minds want to know!

Is this a catnip-induced haze, or something else?

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What’s going on here? Is Kobi trying to sleep, or is the photographer intruding, or both?

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And here: Is Bo saying to his brother, “You’re stealing my limelight!” Or is it the start of another battle of the brothers?

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I guess we’ll never know! ;)

 Quotes of the Day

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. (Horace)

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it’s on your plate. (Thornton Wilder)

Lt. Commander Data: Inquiry: the word… ‘snoop’?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, how can you be programed as a virtual encyclopedia of human information without knowing a simple word like ‘snoop’?
Lt. Commander Data: Possibility: a kind of human behavior I was not designed to emulate. (Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint”)

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Yin and yang

Yin and yang in Culture (definition)

Two forces in the universe, according to a Chinese theory: yin is the passive, negative force, and yang the active, positive force.*

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Pshaw! We think we’re both active, positive forces!

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* From The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Quotes of the Day

The dance between darkness and light will always remain—the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars. (C. JoyBell C.)

It’s found on Earth, and on Hain-Davenant, and on Chiffewar. It is yin and yang. Light is the left hand of darkness… how did it go? Light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male. It is yourself, Therem. Both and one. A shadow on snow. (Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness)

There’s eternal opposition between yin and yang. No third party at all, but treason occurs sometimes. (Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut)

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The showdown

Bo: I don’t like to share my cushion.

The sofa chair is also mine (I’m “allowing” the dog to use the chair – this time).

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But Kobi and I are best buds when we want to be!

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Quotes of the Day

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. (Elbert Hubbard)

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. (Bill Watterson)

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