Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Synchronized Window Whiffing

WAFFLES:  How many seconds before we turn, Boss?

KATIE:  On my three.

WAFFLES:  On your three what?

KATIE:  On my three. You know... 1, 2, 3.




WAFFLES:  Four!

KATIE:  Waffles! We're supposed to turn together. That's what synchronized window whiffing means. Without the synchronized, it's just–




WAFFLES:  Window whiffing? What's wrong with window whiffing?

KATIE:  Did you not see the headline on our blog today?

WAFFLES:  Yeah, but that one word is really big and I can't read it.

KATIE:  Well you can count, can't you? 

WAFFLES:  Duh, Boss. I can totally count. 1, 2, 3, CHICKEN!




KATIE:  Well that's actually a robin, but close enough.


About Today's Photos
After nearly a week of rain, the sun is shining and the birds are tweeting. It's that short-lived time of year here in Minnesota, just before the a/c weather kicks in, that brings Katie and Waffles together. It's pretty rare to spot them only inches apart and not engaging in some high-spirited patty cake. Spring is most definitely a magical season.



Monday, May 2, 2016

What's the Craziest Thing YOUR Cat Does?

WAFFLES:  Do I look weird, Boss? Well, do I??



KATIE:  Seriously? That's like asking if the sky is blue or if you like chicken. 

WAFFLES:  So that's a yes then, right?

KATIE:  It's a yes, but the real question is why?



WAFFLES:  I'm giving our friends at Zee & Zoey my weirdest cat habit for a new book they're publishing.

KATIE:  Well you're certainly not short on weird, Waffles. In fact I'm thinking you could fill a book the size of War & Peace.

WAFFLES:  We could name it Waffles & Katie!

KATIE:  You mean Katie & Waffles. For the record, I don't have any weird habits. Living with you is weird enough for me. But I suppose you need help figuring out what to submit for the book.

WAFFLES:  Can you think of anything I've ever done that's weird?




KATIE:  Really?


Litter Room Looting
KATIE:  Well there was the time you turned our litter room into a crime scene. You ripped through those bags like they were buckets of chicken. I don't know what was worse, the litter carnage on the floor or the deconstruction toilet paper art you left in our litter box.

WAFFLES:  Glogirly says I'm really creative.

KATIE:  I don't think creative was her word of choice that morning.

To see our original post: Monday Morning Crime Scene: Litter Room Looting



The Powder Room Obsession



KATIE:  And then there's the whole powder room thing.

WAFFLES:  I like my quiet time. That's not weird.

KATIE:  Ok for starters, shutting yourself in the powder room repeatedly is most definitely weird. You go inside, stand up on your back legs and shut the door.

WAFFLES: Yeah. So?

KATIE:  Then you make all sorts of noise in there. Meowing, chortling...

WAFFLES:  I'm signing.

KATIE:  You mean yowling. And then when Glogirly goes to let you out (for the hundredth time) you're just sitting in there on the toilet lid staring at us.

To see our original post: Waffles and His Powder Room Obsession



What's the Silliest, Funniest, Weirdest Thing YOUR Cat Does?
Here's your chance to share a little crazy with the rest of the world. Our friends at Zee & Zoey are taking submissions for their newest book and they're waiting with bated tuna breath to hear from you.
It's super easy. Just write a a few sentences (75 words or less) describing either the weirdest habit your cat has (or had – this can be an angel cat too), OR the weirdest habit YOU have as a result of being a cat parent. Look out Glogirly, this has YOUR name on it too!

Then email your story to Zee & Zoey at info@zzppublishing.com for consideration.

For more information about submissions and the upcoming book, visit Zee & Zoey's Got Cat Weird.



Before You Go...
What Do YOU Think We Should Submit?
Vote for your favorite or if we've missed something, just let us know in the comments!

Friday, April 29, 2016

What Kind of Tabby Cat are YOU?

WAFFLES:  Holy Mackerel, Boss! Did you know I'm a Mackerel?



KATIE:  What. You mean like a fish? 

WAFFLES:  I'm a FISH??? 

KATIE:  You just said you're a mackerel. That's a fish. Ergo–

WAFFLES:  Where did the air go?

KATIE:  One topic at a time, Waffles. I swear you've got the attention span of a gnat.



 WAFFLES:  But a handsome gnat, right?

KATIE:  Let's get back to this mackerel business. I think what you mean to say, given tomorrow is National Tabby Cat Day, is that you're a Mackerel Tabby. 

WAFFLES:  Cool! I have my own day! 

KATIE:  You and about 50 million or so other tabby cats.

WAFFLES:  Yeah, but I'm a MACKEREL. 

KATIE:  And you've got the signature M on your forehead that most tabbies have.

WAFFLES:  Wait. M??? I don't have an M. I have a W on my forehead. For Waffles. See?



KATIE:  M.



WAFFLES:  W!!!



April 30 is National Tabby Cat Day!
... and Katie is still trying to figure out why Waffles gets his own cat day, he gets National Waffles Day AND he gets every Waffles Wednesday. Guess we'll have to lobby for a National Tuxedo Cat Day.

We did a little looking into the different kinds of tabby cats. Despite our own experiences, there are not tabby cat categories like goofy, trouble maker, noise maker, red dot chaser... we did find that there are typically four types of mixed breed tabbies.


The Mackeral
Waffles is indeed a Mackerel Tabby. He's got the signature rings around his (15") tail and legs. He's got both solid and broken stripes around the rest of his body. Though we don't often get photos of him sitting perfectly straight and facing the camera head on, his markings are all surprisingly symmetrical from one side of his body to the other. Many Mackerels are not orange at all, but a beautiful blend of both deep and light browns or grays, like our friend Brian from Brian's Home. We're pretty sure he's a Mackerel too.





The Classic
The classic Tabby sports a pattern made up of whorls that take on a target-like shape on their side. Sometimes Katie feels like she's got a target on her back when Waffles is close by, but she's not a tabby. *wink* Sometimes Classic Tabbies are called Blotched Tabbies.




The Spotted
Spotted Tabbies have bands of spots as opposed to stripes like Waffles. Their spots come in all sizes and some of them are so large they look like broken up stripes. We've seen some cats that have stripes on their backs and spots on their tummies. Perhaps those are Spotted Mackerels! 






The Patched
Patched Tabbies are often called Totoiseshells, like our Tortie friends Allegra & Ruby from The Conscious Cat and Mudpie from Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries & Meows. We love the gorgeous mix of browns, grays, reds and orange they are known for. We hear they have a personality that rivals a certain orange mackerel. *ahem*




Purebreds
There are also many purebred cats that are considered tabbies too like our friend Summer from SparkleCat. She's an Abyssinian. (Correction!!! She's a Somali!) They can also be called a "Ticked Tabby." (Nothing to do with personality by the way!)

American Shorthairs, Maine Coons, Orientals, Ocicats and American Curls fall into the tabby category too. 

No WONDER there are millions of tabbies!

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