I’m Surrounded by Sickies….


People….it’s true.  I’m surrounded by sickies.  I’m so thankful that I’m healthy.  It seems everything started falling apart last week.

Let me explain.  First of all, let me tell you about Mom.  She went to see her human vet this week ‘cuz she was having a few issues.  Now she has to go have pictures taken of her brain.  She said first of all she’s going to have to find a brain and she’s not sure where to look.  According to her, this thing called Amazon ran out of brains.  Guess she’s in big trouble.  The other night both Steinbeck and I had to laugh right out loud at her.  She was sleeping soundly and next thing we knew, she was on the floor again!!!  Remember when she did that before?  Some of her friends have told her she’s going to have to pile pillows up around the bed.  We both think that would really be neat!

This morning, Steinbeck was yelling.  Yep…he was actually yelling!!!  He always squeaks and that’s the only noise he makes.  Not this morning.  He woke Mom up super early and she was very concerned.  She decided she was going to take Steinbeck to see the doctor lady before heading to work.  She sent a message to her boss and told her she would be late.  When I heard her talking about the doctor lady and that building, I knew I wanted to hide ‘cuz I sure didn’t want to go!

Mom dropped off Steinbeck at the hospital and I haven’t seen him since this morning.  I asked Mom about it when she got home from work and she explained that he has to stay in the hospital until Friday night.  She asked me if I wanted to get some flowers to take to Steinbeck in the hospital.  I just looked at her and shook my head.  Mom stopped by the hospital tonight to see how Steinbeck was doing.  This is how he came into the room:

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Mom didn’t get all of Stephanie’s face ‘cuz she was concentrating on Steinbeck.  I must admit I started to laugh when I saw him with that cone head thing on.  MOL!!!  Turns out he had a urinary tract infection and was plugged up.  No wonder he was howling!!  He was in lots of pain and was so confused.  I felt bad for him when Mom told me.

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Here’s Steinbeck showing off his messy furs.  Mom wanted to brush him but she knew he wasn’t interested.  I think he looks kind of cute all “ruffled up”.

At the vet1

I see that Steinbeck has a red bracelet on.  I remember when I was in the hospital place and they put a bracelet on me.  Right now I can’t remember what color mine was.  I told Mom to tell Steinbeck that he looks very dapper.

At the vet4I think Steinbeck is thinking about escaping and is planning his route.  He’s my brother and I can tell things like that.  I better stay by the door tonight so I can let him in.

From the Mom:

Yes………it’s been an exciting time here lately.  I’ve been having trouble breathing and have been getting dizzy again.  This is not the vertigo I went through a few months ago.  This is different.  My doctor wants to make sure she’s checked out everything so I’ll be having some scans next week.  I’ve never been a smoker so that’s not what’s causing the breathing problem.  When Steinbeck was howling this morning I really got scared.  He never makes noises like that unless he’s in the car on the way to the vet.  He looked miserable and wasn’t doing much moving.  When I visited him tonight he wasn’t as stressed out but still wasn’t interested in eating.  Hemingway has definitely turned into Velcro Kitty and won’t leave my side.  I’m sure it will be a happy reunion when the brothers are together again.  Thanks for reading and thanks for any prayers you might want to send.

I Hate Tuesdays!


Be it known by all my readers.  This is NOT my happy face!  The day started out just fine.  Hemingway and I had breakfast and then we had time to romp around while Mom got ready for work.  Then Mom left for work and she didn’t realize that she had shut me in the bathroom!  All day in the bathroom with NO toys, NO food and NO litter box.  I was a wreck.  When I finally heard Mom come home I started yelling like crazy.  She heard me and came and opened the door and she and Hemingway were laughing!  I told her in no uncertain terms that I didn’t enjoy my day at all.

Know what happened next?  She got out my carrier and put me in it.  Oh no!!!  I didn’t realize that I had to go see the doctor lady again.  Nobody told me.  I “sang” all the way to the doctor lady’s place.  I even made up some words ‘cuz I was so mad.  Mom told me I was going to be a horse when I got there.  That’s silly.  I’m never going to be a horse.


The good news is that I checked out just fine.  They all said I was healthy and really adorable.  I now weigh 3.4 pounds so I’m gaining like crazy.  They gave me some shots and cleaned my ears again.  The doctor lady said I was unbelievably good when they cleaned my ears.  Mom was so proud of me.  Well, I’m going to take a nap now.   zzzzzzzzzzzz


I had a MARVELOUS day!!!!

Mom………not again!!!!

I was calmly playing with my toys when Mom got home from work.  She walked in all nice and friendly and stopped to talk to both Hemingway and me.  Next thing I knew, I was at the doctor lady’s house again!


I was thinking that if I jumped in that little box thing, I could weigh as much as Hemingway!  Mom was happy though ‘cuz now I weigh 2 1/2 pounds so I’ve gained some.


I don’t like what you wrote on that paper so I’m leaving!


Do you really have to gang up on me???


Can someone come rescue me?

So, the doctor lady and Mom talked.  I had been sneezing and the doctor lady said I have an upper restory infection.  Is there such a thing as a lower restory?  Anyway, I got some meds and so far I’m taking them real good for Mom.  The doctor lady said she was real glad my lungs were clear and that I didn’t have nomeenomah…..or something like that. Hemingway and I both have to take some meds for parasites and for this bacteria thing. Hemingway is fine but the doctor lady said he could catch things from me.  Believe me, I’m not throwing anything at Hemingway!

So, they took a picture of me after they cleaned my ears.  They said they wanted it for my file at the clinic.  They even sent the picture to Mom and when she saw it, she laughed.  She said I look like ET!!!  Who’s ET????


Mom says she’s never seen me look so grumpy and she thinks the helicopter ears are silly.

SO DO I!!!!  They better plan on taking a better picture of me so all the other fur people don’t laugh at me!!!!


Guess What I Did???

Steinbeck’s first visit to the family vet.


Mom told me we were going for a ride.  The last time I rode with her, she was bringing me to my furever home.  I rode in a cardboard box, and I “sang” the whole way home.  This time I got to ride in a soft carrier.  However, I still “sang”.

Mom fixed up a little slide show of me at the Doctor Lady’s house.  Everyone said I was adorable and that I did real good.  I weigh a whopping 2 pounds 3 ounces!!  What’s a whopping????

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I sure got held by lots of people!  I think they did that to keep me from “singing”.  Mom said I did lots and lots of that!


Mom……….you won’t believe what they did to me back there!  They cleaned out my ears!!!  Please don’t make me go back there again.


This is the nice lady at the front desk.  She knows Hemingway and she knew Shakespeare and even some other cats Mom used to have.  She told me I was adorable.  I guess I am!


Mom….do I get a treat for being good?  Will you help me dry off my fur where it got wet?  I want to go home now and see Hemingway.

I Survived……………Barely!!!!

“Here’s my story sad but true……….”

Notice that I don’t blend into Mom’s car like Hemingway. Also, Mom finds it necessary to put me in a carrier. I’m singing the “song of my people” here!
Mom, can’t you tell by my very big eyes that I don’t want to be at the doctor’s house? What kind of Mom are you?
Mom, can’t you tell by my helicopter ears and frown that I’m not happy?
I actually enjoyed this little basket, but if you notice, I’m still singing the “song of my people”.
Lady, don’t even think of trying to take my temperature. I know how that’s done!
I wonder if Hemingway went through all of this.
Here’s the Doctor Lady and she told me I was very handsome. Then she went and told Mom that I was too heavy and need to lose some weight. Well, if they wouldn’t have put my tail in this box on the scale, I would have been fine. I’m athletic and have a runner’s body. Doesn’t the Doctor Lady realize that?  Besides, I’m only 15.9 pounds so I’m 7 pounds lighter than Hemingway.  I deserve a treat for that!

Have I Got a Tail for You!

It seems we’ve been gone for a long time again.  Blame it on Mom, even though she’s trying to blame it on me!

Remember a little bit ago when I got sick?  Well, Mom got sick about the same time.  She said she caught her epplezoodix from ME!  In the first place, I don’t know what epplezoodix are …. or is.  In the second place, I do not throw things!  I knock them off of things and then move them around but I don’t throw.  So Mom had me all confused.

I sat down with her so she could explain.  She said epplezoodix was a word her Dad made up to describe when a human wasn’t feeling good.  Now I understand!  NOT!  I still didn’t throw anything.  Anyway, Mom was not feeling good for about a week.  She said it felt like she was swallowing razor blades.  Now in my opinion, that’s a pretty stupid thing to do.  She’s finally better and seems to have more energy again so maybe she’ll have the strength to turn on the puter for us more often.


Now, the reason I’m in a rather snarly mood is that Mom took me to the doctor’s house again!!!!  I was just there.  Why did I have to go back?  She made up some excuse about me needing my checkup and shots.  SHOTS?????  I didn’t sign up for that!

Here’s what happened on my trip to the doctor’s house tonight.

It started with a ride in Mom’s car.  See how I blend in?  I’m invisible!
Here I am calmly sitting on a chair while Mom signs us in.
How humiliating!  I had to be weighed again!!!
Dear God, please let the numbers be good.  They were!!!  I lost about half a pound!!!
Does this table make me look fat?
Poking and prodding.  Are you almost done?
Mom, if I promise to let you cut my nails, will you not make me go through this again?
This is my stink eye look!
Finally!  Here I am waiting to go home while Mom pays for this stupid visit.

I got home and had something to eat and now I’m napping.  What I didn’t tell Shakespeare is that he’s going to have to go through this, too!  I can’t wait!!  Oh, and the doctor person said I was very healthy and had recovered from my epplezoodix.  I still don’t know what they are!!!!

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night…..

Believe me………I DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Shakespeare, I think this is for you!

Hey Shakespeare, I think this is for you!

Are there treats inside?

Are there treats inside?

Mom!!!  You brought me to the doctor lady's house, didn't you?  Whatever you do, DON'T open that door.

Mom!!! You brought me to the doctor lady’s house, didn’t you? Whatever you do, DON’T open that door.

Mom!  You're letting the lady doctor do something to me!

Mom! You’re letting the lady doctor do something to me!

Are you sure this scale isn't rigged?

Are you sure this scale isn’t rigged?

Oh no....don't tell Mom how much I weigh.  She'll cut out my treats.

Oh no….don’t tell Mom how much I weigh. She’ll cut out my treats.

I can't believe Mom let them give me a mani pedi!  I'm so humiliated.

I can’t believe Mom let them give me a mani pedi! I’m so humiliated.

I will continue to sing the song of my people long into the night.  Mom is not going to forget what trauma and drama went on tonight.  Yeoooooooooooow

I will continue to sing the song of my people long into the night. Mom is not going to forget what trauma and drama went on tonight. Yeoooooooooooow

From the Mom…..There’s no way I will quickly forget tonight.  Shakespeare is not a happy camper when he has to leave the house.  I almost fainted when the doctor lady told me I have to bring him back in three weeks for a booster shot!!!!  I may need to be hospitalized!  However, the good news is that both boys are healthy…a little too healthy.  Hemingway is 20 pounds and Shakespeare is 16 pounds.  They both need to lose a little but as the doctor lady said, “They are very big boys!”  She was amazed at the size of Shakespeare’s feet and his fluffy tail.

The Horrible, Awful, No Good Day

It was such a nice day.  Mom was at work so Shakespeare and I were watching bird TV.  We had a nap or two in a sun puddle.  We just enjoyed the peace and quiet.  Then Mom came home and next thing I knew…………this is where I was!


Why am I sitting in Mom’s car???


Oh no!!!!!  She brought me to the v-e-t!

P1040661 Hey mister!  How about if I put you in this little litter box thing and tell you how much you weigh???


OK.  So the doctor lady is not all that bad.  She called me handsome!!!


Mom, how come I had to go and not Shakespeare?


The Mom Speaks:  Shakespeare, next week you and I are going on a field trip!


P1010398No field trips for me!  There’s no negotiating………….


I Didn’t Ask for This!!!!!

Copy of P1030558This can’t be good.  Mom has the moving box thing out.  I know Hemingway never gets to go for rides in this, but I do.  I don’t think I want to go for a ride today.

Copy of P1030564I knew it!!!!  That moving box thing brought me over to the doctor man’s house.  Mr. Jeff……..I don’t want to be weighed.  I don’t care if you have a nice watch on, get your hands off me!

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 Now that you’re done humiliating me, I’ll just calmly walk off this stupid contraption and forget it ever happened!

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Yes, I see that treat you tried to bribe me with, but I’m not interested.  I am not speaking to that treat!  It’s not working.  You took my temperature in a really embarrassing way and then you gave me two shots.  I don’t want that stupid treat.

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 Dr. Kris……….what part of “I don’t want to be held” don’t you understand???  Just put me down so I can go see Mom.

From the Mom:

It’s always an adventure taking Shakespeare to see the Doctor Man.  He really didn’t want Jeff to weigh him ‘cuz he was afraid he would be told he had to stop eating so much.  Well, he weighs a little over 15 pounds which is exactly the same as last year so he’s doing great.  He had an excellent report and was told that he’s very healthy.  He wasn’t excited about getting his nails trimmed and told everyone in the clinic about it.  To make matters worse, when we went to the doctor’s house it was raining and he didn’t like to hear the rain hitting his carrier.  He didn’t seem to care that the rain was drenching me.  When we got home, he gave a big sigh of relief and shortly after this is where I found him:

I'm just going to take a quick nap, Mom.
I’m just going to take a quick nap, Mom.

Kitty Konfusion

Why did Mom fall on a tree last Saturday?

I don't believe how much you mix things up!!!
I don’t believe how much you mix things up!!!

Shakespeare, what on earth are you talking about?

Remember when she told us she was going to be gone most of the day ‘cuz she was going to fall on a tree?

Shakespeare, get the catnip out of your ears!!


Mom said she was going to volunteer.  She helped out at her clinic’s health fair and block party.

A healthy fair with party blocks?  That sounds very strange!

No.  Her clinic had games and things for the kids and they had other doctors and people come in to tell the adults about different health things.

So they wouldn’t have to go to the vet as often?

Remember how I told you that humans don’t go to vets?

Oh, right…..  Did Mom have fun?

She said she had all sorts of fun and met some really nice people.

Do you think our doctor man might have a healthy fair with blocks?

I wonder if they would have catnip and treats at our healthy fair party block....
I wonder if they would have catnip and treats at our healthy fair party block….

You can ask him.  I happen to know that you’re going to have to go see him soon.

Not fair!!!!  You aren’t supposed to tell me things like that.