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Would you guys do me a quick favor? Could you go to this entry (it’s from 2005) and if you cannot see the pictures in that post, would you let me know?

Flickr has changed the way they’re doing things, and the pictures that I uploaded and used their “share” code from 2005 for have stopped showing up (they changed where they’re hosting the pictures, I think). I’m thinking that I’m going to self-host the pictures that you see here, and then link to the same picture at Flickr. In other words, you won’t (hopefully) notice that anything’s different, but if Flickr arbitrarily up and changes the way they have their pictures hosted/ coded in the future, at least you’ll see the pictures in my posts instead of the ugly “this picture cannot be viewed” box.

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2012-07-11 (1)
Stompers likes to pick fights with Kennebec.

2012-07-11 (2)
Kennebec was like “Seriously, you want to mess with me?”
And Stompers took a swipe at Kennebec.

2012-07-11 (3)
Kennebec said “No, really. This is the road you want to go down?” and gave Stompers his best Hard Look.

And Stompers said “Oh, I think I see something over THERE that requires my attention!”

2012-07-11 (4)

2012-07-11 (5)
Stompers and Kennebec, fighting through the “bars” of the basket condo.

2012-07-11 (6)
They really like that basket condo.

2012-07-11 (7)
Kennebec jumped up on top of the basket condo and said “WOW. Look at all the stuff floating through the air!”

2012-07-11 (8)
“Lots of dust and cat hair!”

“I wonder where it’s all coming from?”

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What Happened.
by Caspian

2012-07-11 (10)
“So, I was eating my snack, and there was some sort of commotion going on over by the door, and I heard the lady open the door and say ‘You coming in, Mouth?’, and then it was quiet, and I kept eating my snack. Wellington jumped on me and bit me on the butt, and I just ignored him, because if you respond to him, it just makes it worse.”

2012-07-11 (11)
“I was eating and eating, and I don’t know what everyone else was doing, I guess playing or whatever.”

2012-07-11 (12)
“And then I was thirsty, so I went across the room to get a drink, and I looked up, and there was Mr. Stripey, and he was sniffing at Sungold, and I was all ‘Whatevs.’ and got my drink. I was drinking and drinking, and then a tiny little voice in my head said ‘That wasn’t Sungold Stripey was sniffing. Sungold is big, but he’s not THAT big.’, so I looked, and saw that the little voice was right. That was NOT Sungold. It wasn’t Sungold at all!”

2012-07-11 (13)
“I put on my Stranger Danger floof, and I arched up and I gave the STRANGER a look so he’d know not to mess with me.”

2012-07-11 (14)
“I was like, ‘STRANGER, I will MESS YOU UP, do you see my ears? Because I am NOT kidding!'”

2012-07-11 (15)
“And Dingwall Scotty saw me with my floof on, and he floofed too, and he said ‘What?! Where?! Who?!'”

2012-07-11 (16)
“I said ‘Dingbat, there is a DANGEROUS STRANGER in this room, and you best keep your floof up, because we need to scare him badly!'”

2012-07-11 (17)
“That STRANGER kept moving around the room, sniffing stuff. MY cat tree, he was sniffing!”

2012-07-11 (18)
“And Wellington was all ‘Doopy-doo, I’m takin’ a bath!'”

2012-07-11 (19)
“Dingbat was all ‘I do not know what is happening’ and he put his floof away.”

2012-07-11 (20)
“I had to LEAD him over to where the STRANGER was sniffing around our plate, and I said ‘Dingbat! Sungold! That STRANGER is eating the crumbs off our plate, the crumbs we was saving for later!’ and then they put on their STRANGER DANGER suits, too.”

“I do not like STRANGERs. At ALL. I gave Dingwall Scotty a Hard Look to drive this thought home.”

2012-07-11 (22)
“So then I was telling my brothers that STRANGERs are BAD and should be STOPPED at all costs or they will EAT our food and SLEEP in our beds and PLAY with our toys!”

2012-07-11 (23)
“And then I felt sniffing around my nether regions, and I was like ‘He’s behind me, isn’t he?’, and my brothers were too scared to do anything but nod.”

“Which is when I lost my mind and yowled and screeched and the lady put down her camera and picked up the STRANGER and said ‘You gotta go, Mouth, sorry.’ and put him out of the room.”

2012-07-11 (24)
“Then STRANGER was out there on the other side of the door, all yelling ‘Let me in! Let me in!’, and you know? When I could only see his front legs, he wasn’t so skeery.”

“But that doesn’t mean he was allowed back in. Because this is OUR room! He doesn’t belong in here!”

(FYI, the STRANGER was Kennebec!)

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2012-07-11 (25)
Stinkerbelle on the cat tree in the front room, keeping an eye on her Tommy.


2011: That’s quite the little pile of kittens, no?
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: I adore this picture, because it looks like Zoe is airborne, that the purple thing is the rug and she’s in a mid-air Matrix move.
2007: Break my heart, why dontcha?
2006: No entry.
2005: I swear, Oy bounces around so bright-eyed and full of energy that it’s hard to get him to stand still.



7-11-12 — 66 Comments

  1. Hello, Robyn, greetings from a first-time commenter from Szczecin, Poland. I’ve clicked the link to the 2005 post, everything is OK with it, I can see all the lovely pictures:)
    By the way, I LOVE your blog. Everyday I can’t wait till noon, because this is when a new post arrives. If I lived somewhere closer to your time zone, I bet I would get up at dawn just to take a look at the lovely cats and kittens of yours 9or under your care) and your gorgeous garden. You ROCK! Thank you for all the joy you bring to my life πŸ™‚

  2. I can see the post just fine. no worries. I’m coming to you from Nova Scotia, Canada by the way.

  3. Oh dear me, Caspian is so tiny and precious! And a good story-teller apparently. πŸ˜€

    (And I can see the 2005 pictures just fine. Does it matter that I’m in Greece?) (Of course I’m joking, I know it doesn’t matter.)

  4. Oh the scary huffle of a teeny tiny little black cat!
    Sweet little angry scrap of floof.i ROFL

    • “Stranger danger suits!”

      This post put me very close to snorting aloud at work, I’ll have you know!

  5. I can see the 2005 photos on my computer and on my phone. I think you’re good πŸ™‚

    Oh my gracious, I love little Caspian in his STRANGER DANGER suit. I love how his ears flatten, his claws come out, and the poofy little tail. I love how he calls his brother “Dingbat”. But most of all, I love that in those pictures, with those expressions on his face, I can see my old man Norman as a kitten. Caspian… he’s my favorite. Just don’t tell the others because they’re my favorite too.

    The entire story made me smile, but Wellington’s “Doopy-Doo, I’m taking a bath” in the middle of it made me laugh out loud (not LOL, I even write complete sentences when I’m texting… I’m older than I am)

    Hooray for Stinkerbelle! Another adventure down from the kitchen cupboards? Way to go!

  6. I just snorted coffee out of my nose at Caspian’s story. How you get anything done around those adorable monsters, I’ll never know!

  7. For me, even this post isn’t loading well. I am getting 1/2 pictures or not picture such as “Stompers and Kennebec, fighting through the β€œbars” of the basket condo.” and Kennebec jumped up on top of the basket condo and said β€œWOW. Look at all the stuff floating through the air!”
    Perhaps it is just my PC today?!

    HOWEVER, I loved the sorry telling and enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the smiles!

    • It could be your PC, or it could be Flickr (Flickr likes to get the hiccups every now and then). I hope things pick up for you – slow-loading pages drive me nuuuuuts.

  8. I nearly peed from laughing at that entire Stranger Danger story! There’s something so hilariously cute about a poffed up kitty.

    (Oh, and I can see the old 2005 pix just fine πŸ™‚ )

  9. Pictures are showing up just fine. The amount of floof in this post is amazing. Caspian is adorable, with or without the floof. I agree with some of other posts. Your blog is ‘must see’, in my morning routine.

  10. Yep I can see picutres just fine. Lots of space ships and aliens, right?

  11. Indignant kittens are hilarious. Caspian has the “Halloween Cat” look down.

  12. “STRANGER, I will MESS YOU UP” I am still laughing. My co-workers think I am loony. Please thank Caspian for the great story.

    Since I haven’t been reading your blog for very long, I always read the older posts. The one today about you taking Maggie and her kittens to Petsmart. Oh….tears. I don’t know how you do it. I understand that they will get wonderful forever homes, but I would just be a MESS. I would end up with 150 cats. You are very brave.

    • Well, you’ll note that we currently have three times as many cats as we did when we started fostering. πŸ™‚

      • Never EVER let my husband hear that statistic. He’s already muttering that there are too many cats here. Of course, I’ve taken on more than I originally planned. Tommy is going home in August and Penny will be on her way shortly. After that, I’ve decided that we can only handle what can live in the foster room. Simba is quite displeased.

          • I should add that three of them (Maxi, Newt, Rupert) just showed up – it’s not like we went LOOKING for more cats to adopt because, y’know, that would be crazy. Heheh.

          • Who had that quote about 6 cats bringing down a government? I wished I had paid better attention to the whole thing. Anyway, there are 7 cats in my house right now. Granted three of them are in quarantine, but how can I be sure they’re not slipping notes in code under the door? πŸ˜‰

  13. Ha! That story was hilarious! I was laughing so hard reading it!

    I miss Cap’n Floof. πŸ™ I wish I could adopt him.

  14. The 2005 pictures worked for me! And is there anything funnier than a black kitten going POOF?! I thought you had another orange boy there and then remembered that was Grump before he left. The 3 noms, Grump and Floof are still waiting for their new homes, but all doing well last night. And boy oh boy do those Noms love the treats. I thought Newberry was going to climb up my leg to get to the treats I wasn’t giving him fast enough!

    • Lisa-Thanks for the update. I wonder if there is a way for you to get us a pic of the Noms (especially Newberry). Thanks for giving him some kisses for me too.

  15. STRANGER DANGER FLOOF! Now I know the correct terminology. The story CRACKED ME UP!! Thank you. Oh, and i saw the photos on the old link, too.

  16. Kennebec’s “hard look” and tiny angry Caspian are strong contenders for Cutest Things Ever.

  17. Robyn-2005 pics came through fine. Now I need to go back and read some more about Edgar and his buddies. They are just as cute as the current fosters. Speaking of which, Caspian’s story was the best. He is such a good brudder to inform the others about Stranger Danger and teach them how to be safe. He needs extra kisses and snacks for that!

  18. Kittens in STRANGER DANGER suits are the cutest thing in the world, aren’t they? And Kennebec’s all “yeah yeah save it for someone who cares”.

    Caspian is a great storyteller, thanks for the laugh.

  19. hahahaha – now mom has to pick herself up off the floor after reading Caspian’s story…. too funny!!! (oh – and we can see the pictures just fine)

  20. I think the Stranger Danger Floof story would work well as a kids book!

    (And I can see the 2005 photos.)

  21. oh, the Stranger Danger Floof is beyond adorable. So much floof on so little a kitten. Pictures from 2005 fine for me too.

  22. LOVE the kitten floof, stranger danger floof, it’s hilarious!
    sorry, didn’t check the post from 2005, trying to rush too much…
    thanks for the pics, as always!

  23. Oh, this reminds me of one of my favorite posts, back in August of last year, when the Peppers were all “Stranger Danger” and floofed up because one of the big cats was visiting! Love black poofy kittens practicing for Halloween! And Caspian’s face when he is getting sniffed in the nether regions – hilarious!!

  24. bahahahahaha STRANGER DANGER suits! hahahahahahaha

    I am SO going to bookmark this entry for days when I need a big laugh!

  25. I have to ask, simply because I can’t see the pics (it’s not the ‘net, it’s my eyes!): Who’s visiting the kittens that’s got them all going ::floof:: everywhere? Sorry, but I’ve utterly forgotten whose nickname is ‘Mouth’.

    • You know, I don’t think I ever mentioned that his nickname is “Mouth”, but the visitor was Kennebec. He’s a hungry, hungry boy and he has excellent hearing – if a can of food is opened anywhere in the house, he hears it! πŸ™‚

  26. Reading your blog every day always makes me smile….and sometimes I snort from laughing too much πŸ™‚ Your floofy kittens are just too precious!

  27. Wow – Australia, Greece, Poland, Canada, and everywhere in the US! Robyn, you are famous! Deservedly so, I might add.

  28. Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments and for letting me know that the pictures are showing up for you all. I figured they would, but I wanted to be sure before I switched to posting my pictures like that!

    And Teughcats, not only do I have readers from all over, they also just so happen to be the most awesome readers on the planet! πŸ™‚

  29. Oh. My. Gawd. The little mohawk in the “I will mess you up” picture is killing me. I suppose it’s probably his tail behind him, and not the hair on his “forehead” floofing up (as it appears) but in either case that pic is one of the funniest things ever. AWESOME shots, all.

    Also, I saw this and thought of you, even though it is about dogs and not cats; still reminds me of your “voice” somehow. http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/02/she-doesnt-answer-phone.html (safe for work and all)

    PS In about 6 hours, Huntsville will have a new resident. If you spot a tall gangly kid with glasses and enormous feet, give him a hug for me? *snif*

  30. Robyn, I’m not having any trouble seeing your pictures, either.

    The floofing pictures cracked me up today! πŸ˜€

  31. OMG, I laughed so hard I cried. My teenage son’s friends think I am nuts. Seriously nuts! She has a floofy mohawk. And floof. And I laughed. I almost peed. But that isn’t knew

  32. I saw photos on the old post…and they also have your watermark. Is it retroactive or am I not seeing the Flickr ones?

    You can really see Kennebec’s gorgeous changing eyes in the β€œI wonder where it’s all coming from?” photo.

    • I put the watermark on there before I uploaded them to my host last night before I changed the html – basically, the picture you’re seeing is hosted by my host, with the Flickr link code wrapped around the picture code. So if you click on the picture, it’ll take you to the same picture at Flickr, but the picture on the post is not hosted at Flickr. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but me. πŸ™‚

  33. I could see your pictures on the old post too.

    Stranger danger suit! Oh my gosh, I’m dying! What a bunch of floofed up scaredy babies! Poor Kennebec.. all he wanted was some snackage..

    Stinkerbelle is such a beauty!

  34. Coming from Manchester, UK. I saw the pictures on the entry.

    Floofy “dangerous” kittens are adorable. I can’t help but smile – everytime.

  35. Alton, Illinois and I can see the pictures! Robyn, you nailed it… the look on Caspian’s face and the “he’s behind me…” I am still laughing. Too cute. Love them all!

  36. I can see them from work and home!

    Love the narration – you’ve got a real talent!!

  37. I too saw all photos from 2005 just fine and I’m in Oz. and Caspian has a future as a bard, i reckon, quick apprentice him somewhere appropriate. excellent tale!