Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New S-toy! Yayyy!

I finally couldn't stand it - the broken S-toy just really bothered me, although Audace and Ruse seemed to think it was fine. Anyway, I couldn't resist getting a new one. I missed the beautiful, perfect S-curve this toy is meant to have! Grandbeans helped me get the new one yesterday - we had a discussion about color - it had to be different from the first one! This one has more gray in it. Audace and Ruse don't really care! They just love it!! Well, mostly Audace - he's pretty hoggish about this - doesn't share well!

And here's a wonderful little video of Audace breaking in his new toy!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tummy Tuesday

Our beautiful Grace shows off her tummy -- a rare occasion!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Audace's owie!

Audace has an owie above his right eye. It's not very visible in the first photo unless you click on it to "biggify"! But it's clearly there in the second photo.

He and Ruse have been tusseling a little too roughly lately, I guess. (Grace's claws aren't long enough or sharp enough to cause something like this.)

What a little toughie!!

UPDATE (Sunday morning, Dec 21): Audace's owie looks much better today. Gotta get Grandbean Austen to help clip all their claws TODAY!!

UPDATE #2 (Monday, Dec 22): All claws were trimmed late yesterday afternoon, and the owie is healing up just fine. Whew! Gotta keep better watch on those little needle-sharp claws, obviously!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Still trying to keep warm!

They just look like a tangled pile of kitties! Hard to tell where one ends and the other begins!




If you go to my other blog, it'll be clear why they're having such a tough time staying warm, even in the house with the furnace on. A very freaky storm is bringing a light snowfall to the Houston area. Very weird, indeed!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Keeping warm

How Grace, Audace, and Ruse keep warm on cold days and nights -

Ruse isn't very good at finding warm cozy spots on his own. He needs his brother or mommy to help him. Otherwise, he ends up sleeping like a doughnut!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Well used, for sure!

Remember back in September when we first got this wonderful toy (scratcher, lounge chair, whatever you want to call it!)? Oh, that beautiful S-curve! Ruse and Audace and Grace admired it and loved it ...

... and Audace loved it so much he broke it! Well, it's not really broken, I guess. Just bent! Almost flattened at one end!!

But they still all love it, poor thing!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Getting ready for guests!

We're all getting our house ready for guests. My son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter will be visiting us for the Thanksgiving holidays. This means, however, that Audace and Ruse have to give up "their" room so that Simone has a place to sleep. Grace is trying to help Ruse get used to snoozing elsewhere, as you can see in the photos below! (Audace has already staked out his domain in my room - a nice comfy reading chair with a blankee on it to snuggle up in.)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Easy on Sunday!

Grace and Audace were lounging around near each other, for a change. Usually, Grace is on the couch and Audace is in another room for his long afternoon nap by now (12:30 pm Central time!). So this was a surprise for me.

But wait! Where's Ruse? He's usually snoozing deeply by now, too, but near me or Grace somewhere. Nope -- HE'S the one who's in the other room, almost snoring!

Always unpredictable, these li'l darlin's!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

For Auntie Deb

All of us here are purring and praying for Auntie Deb -- that the surgery on Tuesday goes well, that there isn't too much pain, and that her recovery is not only fast but "gets the job done." She's been in pain from this problem for too long now, and we will be purring and praying that this fixes the problem.

We love you, Auntie Deb.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

After Ike

MomMarilynn has posted some neighborhood photos of the past week -- the first week after Ike. We all know how fortunate we are -- no damage, water's fine, power finally restored after 7½ days. There are millions in the Houston area who are nowhere near recovery. And please don't forget about the pets affected by Hurricane Ike.

Stay safe out there, y'all!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

We are OK!

We have no new pictures or anything yet, but we just wanted to post to say we're all OK. The hurricane was noisy and wet and frightening, but we got through it and are doing OK so far. We haven't had electricity since about 3 am last Saturday morning, but our water supply is good. We go to bed earlier than normal -- don't want to waste those D cell batteries that are so hard to find right now!

Grandbeans are beyond bored! They have a few homework assignments from Thursday last week, but of course have made little progress. They are finding out what life without TV and video games is like! They're doing lots of reading, thank heaven.

We're basically just sitting around waiting for electricity to be restored, which we learned today won't happen until Monday or later next week ... drat! But everyone's safe and well fed, and those are most important!

PS -- The only reason this is being posted is because of the grandbeans' generous neighbor who has run a line from his generator to their house. Yay for good neighbors!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Go away, Ike!

We agree with KC -- we DON'T like this particular Ike, and we just hope and pray that everyone around this area will be safe. See you on the "other side."

A little humor -- very little humor!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Audace's own spot!

I've been adding a few more toys and scratchers to our collection, mostly to see what Audace might be interested in, something that would keep him out of Grace's way! Well, I found this wonderful S-shaped, carpeted creation with a sisal scratching square on it at Petco. It's amazing.

Grace had to check it out, of course, but since then she has had little to do with it.

Then Ruse had to check it out, and he likes it ... sorta! He really prefers the couch or the floor -- within five feet of anywhere I am in the house!

Audace, however, just LOVES it! He sits in it; he lies down on it; he scratches all over it! We have a winner - something that Audace prizes more than his mommy's special spot on the couch top!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Figuring it out!

Audace and Grace are still figuring it out -- whose territory is the 360-degree-view end of the top of the couch, anyway? They're battling it out -- end to end! (Ruse still stays out of the way!) Grace finally prevailed, but it took her a day or so to win this battle!

Monday, August 25, 2008

"Not the Mama" Monday!

Morgen (Mo) - aka "Not the Mama" - has done so much for kitties and their humans, and we want to recognize him for all that he's done - rescuing strays, fostering, fundraising, donating, working so very hard with the CatBlogosphere, helping his local rescue organizations, and being the kind-hearted and wonderful guy that he is.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Audacious Audace!

When I first noticed this little scene, I thought, "How nice! They're being all cuddly." But then I noticed what was REALLY going on -- Audace had audaciously taken over Grace's spot on the top of the couch -- the spot at the end, from which she can see everything that's going on!
What a bold boy, and she let him know about it, too!

Ruse, smart boy, was staying out of the way!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Another new toy for the crew!

Here's a new rocking/scratching toy I found at Walmart for the crew. Audace took immediate control, and Grace has had her turns, too, but Ruse doesn't care for it much. He prefers the couch!

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Grace, Audace, and Ruse were not happy with me for a while. I had the audacity to take my grandbeans on a trip to visit their great-grandparents and great-uncle, and we were gone for six days. A wonderful young man who lives nearby - named James - made sure that no kitty in this household went hungry or had a dirty litterbox. He even expected to play with them and their twine toys and such.

However ... time after time, when James came to our house, all three kitties were in hiding. My grandbeans' mom came over on Saturday and managed to find Grace and Audace, and they greeted James after that, but Ruse stayed in hiding the entire time.

Once I returned home, they all came out to see what was happening -- all that luggage, you know, with those INTERESTING smells all over the place! They gave me their backs for a while, but by the next morning they had forgiven me. Or maybe they just got hungry, I'm not sure. Anyway, we're pretty much back to normal now ... whatever normal is around here!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ruse ... practicing being cute!

Ruse loves to practice being cute - especially when Austen has moved all the chairs when the floors are being mopped. Same ol' chairs, different placement = FUN!

Grandbean Parker took these photos. He's getting good at this!