09Apr20: odd positions…


I can’t believe the positions Andy gets into when he sleeps!


This one takes some time to sort out, too.


But this one…! Two weeks ago, they were beating each other up for the other kitty lounger, now, with both loungers up front in the front room, they sleep together like the little angels they are or can be!


08Apr2020: voting early by mail…

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I recently got this application to vote early by mail. I’ve voted by mail for years, but this is the first time the county clerk’s mailed out an application. Before, I printed out the Nebraska Secretary of State’s form, which required more information and had to be hand carried or mailed to the county clerk’s office.


This new version can be emailed, which I did the day this arrived in the mail. I’ve voted in every election I’ve been eligible to vote in since I turned 21. Dougy couldn’t care less, but I regard this process to be an important part of citizenship.

02April20: shift change…

A big moment in the Andylandia vs. Dougylandia kitty lounger wars!

A nonviolent shift change! Dougy yields to Andy for time on the second kitty lounger and there was no squabble or posturing beforehand.

31Mar20: The kitty boys sharing the lounger…what?!?!?


Dougy stopped by and used the lounger for a little quiet time, then…

20200329_03161420200329_031719…Andy stopped by. No fight. No head bopping. No wild chases. Just a change from one kitty boy to the other. It’s the first time in weeks I didn’t have to plead, “But he’s yer brudda!” (I speak differently when talking with cats.)

29Mar20: La Grande Expérience

I’ve had it! The Grand Experiment is today. I moved the second kitty lounger over to where the new box was and the new box to behind the glider. Dougy is confused (of course!) but finally tries out the second kitty lounger at its new location. Of course, he first scratches on it to establish his claim. Whew! 

Andy watches from a safe spot on the walker. Dougy’s on the second kitty lounger and seems satisfied with the change. He even scratches a second claim on it just in case Andy missed the first performance. Once Dougy’s settled in, Andy returns to the disputed kitty lounger, hopeful, as am I, that the kitty lounger wars are history!



A Few Minutes Later: Uh oh! Is that…

…Andy?! Yes. And he stays just long to scratch his message into the second kitty lounger. Now Dougy will know “Andy was here, you scruffy alley cat! HA! HA! HA!” 


28Mar20: Awwww! Sweet kitties!


I looked back to find photos that show how sweet the kitty boys are…

..and there is photographic evidence to support…oops!  That kitty lounger dispute is an old one. Bad kitties!


27Mar20: tale of two kitties…continued

Yes, they are letting be!

Aware of each other, but, meh! Are the kitty lounger wars over, finally?


It’s looking positive for detente!

Then Andy decides kitty food sounds good. He slips past Dougy and Dougy gives him a light slap. >Boop!<


24Mar20: a kitty lounger challenge…

A little video – Andy claims the kitty lounger (on left) and Dougy challenges him. Click on the picture for best playing results.

Act Two: The boxing match! If seems Dougy is on top for now.

Andy watches from the safety of the stacked carriers while Dougy scratches the lounger to announce it is his! 


Yes, that is Dougy’s tail as he leaves the lounger. Did he win or not?


And that’s Andy, wary but in full possession of the kitty lounger! I guess Dougy had to make an effort to secure ownership of the kitty lounger, but now he’s napping under the chair in the bathroom, his usual “favorite” napping spot!


I get the question from time to time: Do the kitty boys get along? Sure! Except when they don’t. They are like any siblings.

23Mar20: fighting stress…


Dougy is beginning to feel the stress Doug (the human) feels after watching the grim news.


He thinks he’ll leave Andy alone today.

Dougy is muy restless. Mr. Grumpy needs a nap!


Not to worry. After a sweet nap, Dougy was his old, rascally self. He even chased Andy!




21Mar20: important kitty boy business…


Dougy wants some adventure, so…

…he looks behind the end table, where, as all kitty boys know, the kitty toys are kept…


…and a lot more. (Thanks for showing the world my mess, kitty!)

Dougy just knows there are more interesting places to go. He considers the box, then comes back to tell me something very important before he moves on: “Meow!”

Yes, kitty boys do trash dive. Now I understand what Dougy meant by “Meow!’ He asked for permission! (Andy wants me to call Jackson Galaxy to report a cat from hell so he, Andrew James Thomas, can meet his hero, but Dougy resists knocking the wastepaper basket over…this time.)


Sorry, Andy. Maybe someday. Don’t cry!


After a brief adventure in the kitchen – I’m afraid to check – Dougy realizes what he wants to do all along is clean his “precious”.