4-24-20 Friday

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Chipmunks fly?

This one did! Although I don’t know that it was really flying – it was more the poor thing flinging himself off the screen toward an object it thought it might land on that was closer to the ground. Instead, it bounced off the object (my face) and landed on the ground.

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What are the kittens personalities like individually.. who is more content to go off by themselves and who is the social butterfly and which one keeps tabs on where mama is and what she maybe doing? Who is more curious about you and comes up and investigates what you are up to…etc .does one like to sit and gaze out of a window.( if a window is available for them to sit by and ponder the outside world)

They’re all pretty interested in what I’m doing, though Alejandro is hands-down the nosiest of the bunch. They’re all so accustomed to me sitting on the floor and giving them probiotic or Churu that as soon as I sit down, they come over to check if I’ve got something for them. Diego and Carmelita don’t mind going off by themselves – Carmelita, especially, is often the last one to the plate when it’s time to eat because she’s off keeping herself busy doing something else. (But then, she’s just as happy to pile up with her brothers, too.)

Diego doesn’t like to get in the middle of a crowd – if they’re all clustered around me for their probiotic or Churu, Diego is almost always either a few feet away, or at least at the edge of the crowd. (Which now that I think about it is funny since his “spot” at the milk bar is exactly in the center, so he’s used to being crowded.) I think he’s the thoughtful observer of the litter, and he’s most like his Mama in that I can put a tie or hat on him, and he doesn’t immediately fling it off. (To be fair, most of the kittens are pretty good about the hats.)

Javier is the kitten most likely to track what Mama’s doing and where she is. He doesn’t snuggle up with her any more often than the others, but he likes to know where she is.

All of the kittens like to sit and look out the window – Carmelita was the first to do it, but they all like to watch the trees and the birds.


Robyn – are any of the kittens – at this point – ‘lap kittens’? You know, the one or ones that willingly walk right over and curl up in your lap and watch the mayhem and shenanigans? Is it too early for that? I love the hopping skittering clips you share and this group looks pretty ‘up on their shenanigans’ – they all seem to participate equally. Oh, and Carmelita seems to certainly hold her own with her bros!

None of them are really lap kittens, but in my experience kittens who are with their mothers don’t get to be lap kittens until they’re separated from their mother/siblings. I will pick up and snuggle the kittens when they’re sleeping, and in fact I managed to pick up Alejandro yesterday while he was sleeping without waking him, and held him until he woke up 10 minutes later. I fully expect that these guys are going to all take after their Mama and turn out to be lap cats.

By the way, the same is true of kittens purring – they rarely purr for me while their mom is still with them. I’ve gotten them all to purr a few times when I pet them while they’re sleeping, but that’s it. I expect they’ll all purr as loudly as their mother does, though.


Diego in a tie. I can’t even… is that the same one Sugarbutt used to wear?

Nope, the one that Sugarbutt and Tommy wore says “Woof” on it.

You can see more pics of those two in that tie in this post from 2013, along with their devoted interns, Barney and Bitsy Beans.


Seriously though, do you have to be a facebook member to join the auction shenanigans? I’m not (facebook creeps me out) but badly want in on the fun.

Unfortunately you do have to have a Facebook account to bid, though I THINK you can see the pictures and could theoretically ask someone else to bid for you. I would love to be able to do a non-Facebook auction, but the auction software I’ve looked at is expensive and requires an ongoing membership that would cut too much into the profits.


So, Khal has met the kittens? What did Carmelita think? I mean two floofy panthers!!! That’s worth a pic! Though, a pic of Diego and Khal would be awesome as well…. Big Floof / Little Floof.

Khal’s only seen Diego a few times – we’re now at the age where I need to make a concerted effort to bring the kittens on field trips to the downstairs so that when they go to their new homes they aren’t quite as shocked by the fact that other cats exist!


Alejandro, laughing maniacally.

Javier in the sun. Such a pretty, pretty boy.

When they’re side by side like this, you can really see the size difference, eye color difference, and the subtle coat difference between Alejandro (left) and Pablo.

Carmelita the meerkat.

Javier and Pablo are takin’ over Mama’s scratcher.

Carmelita is just so darn CUTE.

“What doin’ weird lady?” Pablo wonders.

Pablo in the sun.

Such a pretty boy.

Alejandro’s all “Wahhh! I’m a pretty boy TOO!” Indeed you are, little cutie.


Archie looks almost sweet here, doesn’t he?


2019: Mary’s pretty sure she’s all grown up and wonders if she can borrow the keys to the car.
2017: Nola’s Cajuns are 3 weeks old!
2016: I think I’m going to buy a shorter scratching post, because these goobers seem intent on giving me a heart attack.
2015: Paws up, y’all!
2014: TBT: Tubby
2013: His lights on, no one home expression is cracking me up.
2012: “I SCARED it down!”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: “Hey! You! Guys! She’s got the camera out AGAIN!”
2008: Kara’s kittens, named.
2007: It’s very squirrelly in our back yard today.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



4-24-20 Friday — 16 Comments

  1. An acquaintance of mine has been keeping me up to date with Los Mewchachos, so I dashed off the following bit. Hope you like it!

    Coming soon to Netflix, it’s Los Mewchachos: The Fast and the Furriest!

    Alejandro: The driver. If it has wheels, he can drive it. If it has wings, he can fly it. Once managed to evade state troopers when his RV was clocked at 110 MPH. Loves him some h*ckin mariachi. Lusts after Carmelita’s mint condition 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible.

    Javier: The idea guy. Lady-killer deluxe. Carmelita’s boy toy. Three girls asked him to prom and he said yes to all of them. He lived. Got straight As in school despite never turning in homework or taking a test.

    Pablo: The nerd. Gave up 36 x 36-square Sudoku because it was “too easy”. Never met an alarm he couldn’t disable, a safe he couldn’t crack, or a lock he couldn’t pick. Thinks Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace, and Grace Hopper should be canonized. Appears to be loopy, but actually is thinking about five things at once and can’t understand why you aren’t.

    Diego: The muscle. Big, gruff guy with a heart of gold. Got kicked out of the Boy Scouts for beating up the other members of his troop…all at once. The only guy allowed to tease Pablo and he’ll dust anyone who tries, except for Carmelita. Addicted to baking shows.

    Carmelita: We all know who’s in charge here. Does all of the engine teardown and rebuilds for Alejandro’s machines. Likes Javier, but doesn’t know if she wants to make it permanent or if he’s just a placeholder while Diego makes up his mind. Touch her car and die.

  2. I have been watching a lot of “Simon’s Cat” on YouTube lately, and I just LOVE the kitten character. It occurred to me last night that little Pablo is the “live action” version of this cartoon kitten. Fluffy and gray and a little bit o’ the loon in his face! Maybe you should e-mail some of his looniest pictures of him to the author; he’d probably get a kick out of it.


  3. I spit coffee on my computer when you screamed at the chipmunk… Just like when you had the snake at Crooked Acres… FRED ANDERSON!!

  4. Thanks again for sharing these sweet floofy & fun loving kittens! I look forward to your posts every morning. After my husband’s death, this gives me a heart smile & a grin. Bless you & all you do.

  5. Flying chipmunk!!! And the blurred Fred made me realize that, although i have a picture of Fred in my head, I have no idea what he really looks like! 😉

    • Man of Mystery! 😀 I used to say that people were going to start thinking I’d made him up because they NEVER saw him.

  6. In my world Archie is the sweetest boy in the world and would love nothing more than to cuddle at my neck as I work. Because the sky is purple and I would never eat more than one cheeseburger in a sitting.

    Ah, Mr. Cullen and Mr. (Sugar) Butt and their fashion faux pas…

    • Archie has his sweet moments and he would cuddle for approximately 1 minute before he got overwhelmed and stomped away, hissing.