Apologies for the belated post. Life continues chaotically here. With a little luck, we can get back on our regular schedule next week.
In the meantime, however, please enjoy this picture from my archives. Why this one? Mostly because it enabled the post title, and I couldn’t resist.
Sachiko at approximately five months, discovering the joys of her very own catnip toys.
Sachiko has laid claim to the condo just outside the bedroom and can often be found snoozing on one of the upper platforms. It’s a convenient height for drive-by pattings, after all.
And if it allows her to show off her luxuriant whiskers and darling toe beans, so much the better.
Even though every condo in the house has at least two levels, it’s rare to see more than one cat per condo.
So it was a surprise to look upstairs a few days ago and see Lefty and Sachiko sharing the “microwave” condo.
It didn’t last long; about fifteen minutes later, Lefty wandered into the bedroom in search of snuggles. But it was nice to see them getting along in close proximity, however briefly.
Not a lot to say today beyond the rather evident fact that Watanuki can be very protective of his toys.
He is forgetful, however. A few minutes later, he wandered off to swipe some food from Lefty’s bowl and abandoned the catnip ball.
* A note for those of you who make a habit of looking at image Alt text: I usually change Word’s guess at image content to something that borders on accurate–or delete it altogether. Today’s, however, was so wildly off that I just had to leave it alone.
Rhubarb wishes me to clarify that, last week’s post notwithstanding, he is not a frequent blepper. He is, he assures us all, a dignified gentleman of a certain age, not given to hijinks and friolity.
He may indulge himself with a little blep from time to time but–
Rufus was, and probably will always be, the champion blepper of the household.
Fortunately for those of us who love a good blep, Rhubarb is highly accomplished in the field.
(Thanks to Maggie for the photo.)
A master class talent, wouldn’t you say?
And the 3/4 inverted head adds more than a trifling measure of charm.
It is, however, the freckled nose that really sells the blep.
This was originally going to be titled “Birds of a Feather” but second thoughts prevailed.
I’ve long held the opinion that every home requires a meezer.
We are currently blessed–if that’s the word–with two. Kokoro is, naturally, the undisputed* empress of the household and queen of all she surveys.
* In her own mind, at least
Emeraldas, on the other forepaw, is the most recent addition to the clowder, and by far the least integrated. She spars vigorously with Lefty, stares at Sachiko with deep suspicion, and retreats precipitously from humans. (Contrarily, of course, she snuggles vigorously with Yuki, and..um…nevermind.)
So the Meezer Ladies don’t spend much time together. Kokoro stays in Maggie’s office, with occasional forays to the bedroom to hang out on my lap, and the kitchen to raid the empty gooshie fud cans. Emeraldas has recently relocated herself from the library upstairs to the living room downstairs–physically a journey of a mere couple of dozen stairs, but far more distant psychologically.
And yet, the twain do meet. And even pose for an occasional photo op.
Lefty, being his handsome, charming self.
See? You didn’t really need that explanation, did you?
Because she was somewhat overshadowed–literally–last week, I decided that today I’d remedy the situation.
I present Her Imperial Majesty, Empress of the Meepasaurs, She Whose Toenails are Ever Pointy, Ms. Blue Eyes Herself:
Not counting occasional brief forays into the upstairs hall, Kaja and Rhubarb stay in Maggie’s den. Kokoro is more adventurous, spending an occasional afternoon or evening out and about, but returning to the den overnight.
Herewith, a peaceful portrait of The Denizens.