Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kitty Update

The Dude says "Hi".

Here he is sitting on the kitchen counter, where he's not allowed. At least, in theory. I pointed out this transgression to my mom.

Mom: [tickling The Dude behind his ears] No no! You're not supposed to be up here!

Me: Mom, I'm beginning to doubt your commitment to disciplining these cats.

She just laughed. Although later in the day she mentioned that they've been lying on their backs under her bed, chewing holes in the underside of the box spring mattress. I think they must be part termite.

Stinker was too hyper to sit still for a photo. This slightly blurry shot was the best one I managed to get.

Mom and I were planning to have a computer lesson on Sunday, but the weather was against us. It was TOO NICE out! The first plan (the most sensible one), was that I would come over after lunch and we'd put our heads right down and get to work. Then my mom had the thought that maybe we could meet and have lunch together. Then it turned out that the place we planned to eat was closed for renovations, so we went for a walk around the neighbourhood to find somewhere else. We lingered over lunch, which was prolonged further still by my mom's ritual insistance that I get "a little something" for desert. Of course I gave in.

Finally the dishes were cleared, the bill was paid, and we were out the door. Just a few blocks' walk to my mom's house, and we could get right to work. But then there was an open house that we just had to see, of a rare million-dollar condo in a historical building...

We got to back to my mom's place exactly 11 minutes before I was supposed to leave again to go meet a friend. Then I had to take a few pictures of the cats...

Maybe we'll do better next week!

Right now my priority is making sure my mom enjoys our time together, since she's still pretty blue from my step-dad's departure. From that perspective I can say: Mission Accomplished!


Leighann said...

I kinda miss having cats around. I married a dog lover and my kids are pro-dog! So they and the fact I'm allergic are all playing against me!

That sounds like a wonderful day with your mom!

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Quality time with mom beats computer time with mom any time. Way to keep your priorities straight.

Karen said...

You are a good daughter. Distracting mom is from her troubles is you job and you seem to have done it perfectly.

unsigned said...

I bet your mom secretly knows all about computers. She's probably owning noobs online playing team fortress or something.

Nilsa S. said...

Quality time spent with mom is worth it. No matter what you do.

jameil1922 said...

yay for hanging with mommy and keeping her cheered! that's so important. i wish i could do that more often. hug your mommy since i can't hug mine k? thanks.

Keera Ann Fox said...

I say "hi" back to The Dude. And to echo others: Quality time with Mom is good.

whatigotsofar said...

Wanna see some more million dollar condos? That piece of land on Yonge st. that used to be Richmond Hill's notorious Fantasia strip club is having million dollar condos built there. Who would have seen that coming?

Dianne said...

the cats are so adorable!!

I'm glad you and your Mom opted for fun instead of computer time, computer will always be there

you're a good daughter :)

Sparkling Red said...

Leighann: I've never lived with a dog. I think it would be a big adjustment. I like dogs, but they're really... different! Well, I'm soft-hearted, so I'm sure I'd be a convert, given the chance.

Ron: Thanks! Word to Big Bird. :-)

Karen: Thank you. :-) It's a tough job being taken out to lunch and for "retail therapy", but someone's gotta do it.

Unsigned: Obviously you've never met my mom.

Nilsa: The cool thing is that I'm getting more quality time with my mom since my stepdad skeddadled. He used to dominate all the conversations. I'm liking the opportunity to bond. :-)

Jameil: OK, I'll give her an extra hug or two (or three) special from you. :-)

Keera: I'll let The Dude know next time I see him. I bet he'd love to come over to your place to chew on your cables. ;-)

Whatigotsofar: Seriously? I hope they're calling the development "Fantasia Manor", or "Boobie Mansions". If I'm in that neighbourhood when there's an open house, you can bet I'll investigate.

Dianne: Thanks! The cats are lucky they're cute, or they'd be out in the street by now. Adorable little troublemakers...

R.E.H. said...

Cats are not easy to discipline or teach anything really - they do as they please ;)

Still, I prefer cats over dogs. Cats don't bark! ;)

Jenski said...

Those cats look mischievous! My old roommates cats clawed their way into my box spring and then would sleep in there. I'd be under my bed trying to squirt them with water through the lining. Not so effective. Duct tape didn't help either.

Sounds like you did accomplish your mission!

Aurora said...

Yes, laughing is a great way to discipline a cat. But really, it's great that something makes your mum laugh. We all need fuzzy meowing laugh machines.

mex (aka Syb) said...

yay for pet pics!

Claire said...

So cute! Man, I want a cat so bad now.


Sparkling Red said...

R.E.H.: I like cats' independence. They don't have to be bathed or walked. No one expects you to train them to sit and stay. Once they're over 2 years old they get fat and nappy and snuggly. Like big, friendly pillows. :-)

Jenski: The cats were nesting in your box spring? Did they lay a clutch of eggs in there? That's crazy. I'd better warn my mom. Seems like her cats have almost penetrated her box spring.

Aurora: True. It's better for her to have those two loveable clowns breaking all her stuff than to be all alone in a silent, perfect house.

mex(aka syb): :-)

Claire: Yeah... Everytime I visit the guys I miss having cats of my own. Could you get a cat? I can't - my husband is allergic.

nicole said...

What sweeties :D

I'm glad you two have a good time!