01Aug20: What’s up, Doug?


Andy’s curious. Why won’t I let him come around to the other side? 

Maybe it’s because he has “Itchy Paws” and all I need to start hyperventilating again is Andy to wipe out what little hard won progress I’ve made on the nightmare configuration issues on my new laptop and photo sharing from my smart phone.


Seems like I resolve one issue and bring up twelve more. I’m not kidding about hyperventilation! ( I hope the person who cuts my beard and hair is operating again soon or I might be tempted to do it myself. >self to myself< “Don’t do it, Doug!”) 


Post 1896: The kitty boys are back!


We’ve had a grumpy few days, thanks to a laptop giving up the ghost, but my new laptop means the kitty boys and I can return to regular posting.

What’s going to fall apart next? I suspect it’s time for the smart phone to go belly up. I mean, don’t expensive things always fail close to expensive holidays like Christmas? And it’s about the only bit of technology I use that’s left to croak!

25Sep23: Wanna watch a video, Andy?

“Do you want to watch a fun video, Andy?”

Andy checks it out – nope! Not interested!

Not interested in finishing his Greenies either. 

Off he goes on important kitty business. I bet it’s watching birds out the front door or, maybe, from the north bathroom window where the yellow heirloom rosebush is.

22Sep23: ~~tickle! tickle!~~

Andy stops by for Greenies.

After he eats most of his treat, he senses an “oh-oh” moment’s coming on….

~~tickle! tickle! ~~

“We are NOT amused, Douglas!”

Andy moves on.

Yes, the recliner is beyond the easy reach of Doug, so Andy is safe from unwanted attention!


20Sep23: He does more than sleep, doesn’t he?

Yes, he woke up, stared a bit at me, then took a kitty bath!


Decluttering continues. Ugh! I’m ready, now, to run a lot of papers through the paper shredder. I bought an office-level shredder several years ago when I got tired of a little one that took forever to shred and you put it on the edge of a trash can. Just getting that out of the way makes a big difference. Papers and books are the worst clutters, I think. They accumulate and require almost a paper-by-paper check to determine if they can go or not. 

Anyone who has followed me forever will recognize this as my original blog photo heading. Once kitties became my thing, the heading needed to reflect that. I like the current one a lot!

19Sep23: Hey, Andy!

“Hey, Andy!” I call Andy by name.

He responds to it and…

…assumes there are Greenies in it for him. (Of course, he got some!)


I took several bags of cat litter (used – ugh!) to the dumpster. I’d put it off for too long, assuming they’d be a hassle to lob over the rim of the dumpster once I got them there. They turned out to be easy enough to put into the dumpster, thankfully, so that was an incentive to not accumulate them in future, thinking they’d be a hassle. The hassle was having so many piling up inside, taunting me! LOL!

I double and triple bag the used litter for security purposes. I single-bagged one once and it developed a leak when I picked it up. Of course, that was a delight to clean up off carpet.

I put Andy’s litter box “contributions” into a small container that grocery store plastic bags fit over. When it’s full, I slip a plastic bag over the container, invert it, let gravity transfer the waste into the bag by lifting the container out. Container out, I tie the bag off. Lately, instead of trying to stuff a full bag into a second one, I’ve doubled empty bags to save the hassle. I think I’ll start bagging “it” before the container is full in future, though, to make them easier to handle. A full bag must weigh 20 pounds/ 9 kilos!


Decluttering continues. It seems endless some days. Perhaps it is! The goal is to be more careful about buying things that seem to be necessary but turn out to be minimally useful. I tend to be a sucker for those sorts of gadgets! Cat toys are an especially good example of things that are money wasted. Andy is very fussy about toys, rejecting most of them.

16Sep23: Andy poses for the camera, sort of…

Andy and I didn’t do anything constructive today. For the record, Andy’s “horns” are up in the last photo. I think kitty “horns” are too cute!