Post 1338: the brothers have a “discussion”….

So it goes. One cat wants the recliner footrest, so the other one decides he does, too. They are about to have a “discussion”, with emphasis on “cuss”!

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Intense! Then one of them ran into the guest bedroom…Andy!

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No, by gosh! Andy won this one. See, even I mistake which kitty boy is which!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post 1325: Dougy ‘s busy morning…

The kitty boys finish breakfast, then sort out the rest of the morning. Dougy’s usual post-breakfast is to be brushed. After that, anything goes!

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I brush out a brush full of hair. Dougy flexes his paws, purrs, and really, really, really enjoys the activity!

I brush out a brush full of hair. Dougy flexes his paws, purrs, and really, really, really enjoys the activity!

What!? What!? What!? Dougy hops on the recliner because he senses Andy wants to take it over. (Andy’s just resting behind the recliner, but Dougy’s kitty sense tingles with the impending probable move by Andy!)

Dougy gives Andy a chase, but loses him. Where’d that rascal go? Dougy suspects Andy hid in the guest bedroom.

Andy got away, it seems. Dougy heads for the guest bedroom.

Hee! Hee! Andy’s back where he started, and Dougy’s out of the way. A pleasing development!

Post 1322: Dang! Can’t a kitty watch videos?

Andy hints broadly that he wants to watch videos. I, of course, immediately stop everything I am doing and set him up for viewing.

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Andy wants to be entertained!

I set the laptop up for viewing videos for kitties, and Andy has a little window of viewing pleasure…

Then, Dougy interrupts! Andy moves to another spot where Dougy won’t bother him, and I move the laptop to the end table. (Andy tries to get on the laptop to catch a bird, and knocks it off the end table before I get a photo of him watching the video in the new position…!)

Andy moves to the recliner, so I move the laptop again. Dougy comes back to his ottoman, but Andy feels secure enough to watch the video a bit longer before he hustles off for a light snack of dry kitty food.

Gad! Kitties sure can complicate simple activities, but Dougy didn’t approve of Andy being so close to his ottoman. You know. Boundaries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post 658: the faux pas…

The blue carrier is Andy’s favorite spot to lounge, catch a little sun, and, when the back door’s open, watch the birds in the fir-tree.

This morning, I noticed something not quite right:

Typical scene, looking toward the blue carrier. Cat enjoying the sun, the view.

Typical scene, looking toward the blue carrier. Cat enjoying the sun, the view…

 …except…

...the cat is Dougy!

…the cat is Dougy, and he’s a little too nonchalant about perching there, a little too comfortable!

Good thing Andy isn’t in the front room or there’d be a “cattitude adjustment action” and the roar of one cat chasing the other into the spare bedroom. (That is, out of my view, where Andy can kick Dougy’s tail for his faux pas.)

Post 450: up all night

I rarely have it happen, but tonight was one of those rare times when my mind kicked into overtime and kept me up all night.

It started with a review of every boss I ever had. What!? I’ve had a few, some wretched bastards, most OK, one or two exceptional and inspired leaders. Of course, my brain focused on the wretched bastards and every single thing they ever did that upset me! Hey, I was surprised how much suppression my brain works under!

Andy at two months of age.

Andy at two months of age.

Yep, those people are history, out of my life, dead or dying, hit with fate’s fickle finger, basically taken care of by the vicissitudes of life. That is, my brain needn’t work up any more terrible and tragic things to happen to these people who don’t exist in my life anymore. Let it go, brain!

I tried thinking a positive thought or two, side tracking the brain from its endless focus on negativity. Tomorrow, for example, Andy and Dougy turn three years old! The Big 3! That’s fun! And my brother and I decided we’d celebrate the birthdays by ordering Blizzards at Dairy Queen. No fun for the cat brothers, granted, but they truly don’t care about birthdays. I’m convinced of it.

That helped.

Then I decided I might as well just get up and hit the computer, maybe write my post for the day, though I have little or nothing to write, unless you enjoy ready brain revenge fantasies about people you don’t know! Probably not.

Besides, when I get into this mode, I come back to one of my favorite quotes, something that is a healthy slap back to reality:

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Oh, this blog is about retirement and two cats. Did I mention Andy beat the crap out of Dougy yesterday morning? Bad boy! But they were best buddies and best brothers forever by later in the day. I think it was a dispute over Dougy’s wanton use of Andy’s favorite place to lounge by the front door. Dougy yowled and hissed even. No blood, though. Andy got his point across…for now!

Post 373: “…then everything broke loose!”

I no sooner posted yesterday’s whine about nothing was happening here, than Dougy committed the most foul of things: He actually spread out on Andy’s new favorite thing, the mailer from Adrian Smith, Nebraska 3rd Congressional District Representative.

Andy was aghast!

You remember the mailer, right?

You remember the mailer, right?

Andy's still defending that Smith mailer.

Andy’s still defending that Smith mailer.

There he was. Dougy noticed Andy’d stepped away from the Smith mailer for a potty break, and plopped right down on “The Mailer”!

I assure you, THIS is not Andy!

I assure you, THIS is not Andy!

La-la-la! Quite pleased with himself, too, that little rascal!

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Andy is about to settle Dougy's account!

Andy is about to settle Dougy’s account!

Things began to happen faster than my little point-and-shoot Nikon could keep up — notice how less focused the story becomes once Andy pops up!

"Look here, Fluffybutt! I'm going to rip that tail off!"

“Look here, Fluffybutt! I’m going to rip that tail off!”

Andy was not amused. The routing was on, Andy Victorious! RAWR!

Andy oversees the mailer. No Dougy in sight!

Andy oversees the mailer. No Dougy in sight!

Just before Andy got bored guarding his territory and ran off to bird watch out the bathroom window....

Just before Andy got bored guarding his territory and ran off to bird watch out the bathroom window….

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Shortly before I finished this, Andy and Dougy were working as a team to track down and eat some sort of flying insect that slipped in through the open door, most likely through one of the holes Andy (my screen climber) made in the screen.

They have their priorities! Mostly it is to just get along with each other, sleep, eat, wrestle, play “Catch the Antelope”, and to avoid upsetting each other.

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Also, I picked Dougy up this morning, noticed a lump on his butt feathers. Yep! A big mat that managed to slip notice when he was groomed or formed after. I didn’t have anything to trim it out, so pulled gently on the hair till I found the start.

With a small protest from Dougy, I managed to pull it off in one piece since it was mostly made up of loose hair that tangled on a few attached ones. Don’t worry! I was careful to minimize Dougy’s discomfort.

Ordinarily, Dougy is very interested in mats or hair removed from a pet brush. I don’t know what the attraction is, but he’ll eat cat hair if I don’t catch him first!

Post 372: not much happening today

The door’s open, and birds (including some blue jays) stopped by to take baths in the little bird bath.

I hoped to show the boys enjoying the bird show, but they are off doing other cat things…sleeping, opening cabinets, eating dry cat food and ignoring the wet, acting like they’d rather not play with me today, acting like they want to play with me today…erg! Just being cats!

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How bad is it? I had to dig out the photo above from yesterday to show something.

You might recognize Andy (on left) because this is the photo I cropped to get a picture of Andy walking over to the door yesterday.

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What’s Dougy doing in the top photo? Darned if I can figure it out. He was on the cat lounger staring at the wall. Spiders? I hope so, or he’s going “nutz” on me!

Andy's still defending that Smith mailer.

Andy’s still defending that Smith mailer.

I did get something on record for today’s cat activities, such as that is. Here’s Andy not doing much. His horns are up, but I’m not sure why. The mailer’s still contested territory between the boys, but Dougy isn’t interested in it today, not now.

Not much happening today.

Post 337: Andy is of a different opinion…

Andy suspects Dougy's up to something... [Dougy is in front.]

Andy suspects Dougy’s up to something… [Dougy is in front.]

Andy's fears confirmed: Dougy's headed for Andy's new tub! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Andy’s fears confirmed: Dougy’s headed for Andy’s new tub! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Hunh!? Doesn't Dougy see Andy watching him from below!? One small step for Dougy, and he's in!

Hunh!? Doesn’t Dougy see Andy watching him from below!? One small step for Dougy, and he’s in!

Dougy is pleased with himself! You know it!

Dougy is pleased with himself! You know it!

Andy rushes to the cat lounger by the door to assess Dougy's perfidy and total disregard for territorial rights!

Andy rushes to the cat lounger by the door to assess Dougy’s perfidy and total disregard for territorial rights!

"Dougy will feel the brunt of my mighty will, SOON!" Andy is steamed! Dougy, in the meantime, is oblivious to impending doom...!

“Dougy will feel the brunt of my mighty will, SOON!” Andy is steamed! Dougy, in the meantime, is oblivious to impending doom…!

Our bad boy snuggles in for a snooze.

Our bad boy snuggles in for a snooze.

Andy plans his attack!

Andy plans his attack!

Andy has catty remarks for his brother!

Andy has catty remarks for his brother!

A tussle ensues!

A tussle ensues!

"Be gone you bad kitty!" Andy is adamant! Andy is in no mood for Dougy's  cattitude today!

“Be gone you bad kitty!” Andy is adamant! Andy is in no mood for Dougy’s cattitude today!

Dougy runs to save his tail. Andy chases to make his point: "That is MY tub, you scruffy rascal! MINE! MINE! MINE!" Andy makes his point with tooth and claw.

Dougy runs to save his tail. Andy chases to make his point: “That is MY tub, you scruffy rascal! MINE! MINE! MINE!” Andy makes his point with tooth and claw.