Monday, September 17, 2018

Nice Antlers, Neighbors

WAFFLES:  Do you see what I see, Boss?

KATIE:  Considering I'm looking at YOU, I'm going to say that's a No. 

WAFFLES:  No, Boss! Out the window do you see what I see?

KATIE:  Why? What do you see?

WAFFLES:  It's our neighbors. One of them's got HORNS. Big ones.

DEER:  That's right, Waffles. They're huge. And by the way, they're antlers, not horns. 

WAFFLES:  *GASP!*  He's looking at me! He's looking at me! Do you see, Boss? 

KATIE:  Nevermind those antlers, look at that unibrow!

WAFFLES:  Yeah, he looks like that Frito lady. 

DEER:  That's Freda Kahlo, Waffles. The artist. Not Frito.

WAFFLES:  So does that mean you don't have any Fritos? How about Cheetos? 

DEER:  Wow, Katie. I don't know how you put up with this one. 

KATIE:  You have NO idea.

About Today's Photos
Last week it was squirrels, this week it's the deer family! It's unusual for the deer to come so close to the house. But just a few days ago, Glogirly planted some asters out by one of our hummingbird feeders. She had to cut down lots of wild grass and bushes that were close to the house as part of our fire mitigation project. It was leaving things looking a little bare in some spots, so a couple of potted plants seemed to be the answer to make it look more inviting.

Little did she know, the deer took that as a serious dinner invitation.

When she saw Mrs. Deer chomping the little purple flowers, she popped her head out the kitchen door and let her know that these were not on the menu. 

Mr. Deer was not far behind and didn't seem to care about the pretty blooms or even Glogirly's orange buckets filled with flower trimmings. He just casually meandered by towards the back of the house where the wild raspberries grow. 

Glogirly never gets very close to the deer, at least on purpose. They're typically very shy so she likes to be still and quiet so she can watch them from a distance. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Squirrelly Acrobatics

WAFFLES:  Boss! The neighbors are here for dinner.

KATIE:  Those aren't the neighbors, Waffles. Those are squirrels. 

WAFFLES:  Did you invite them over or something? Because they're eating our tree.

KATIE:  They're not eating the tree, Waffles. They're gathering pinecones for winter. 

WAFFLES:  Like for decorating?

SQUIRREL:  Decorating??? You're kidding, right?

KATIE:  I'm afraid not, Mr. Squirrel. Apparently, you've never met Waffles.

SQUIRREL:  Well a squirrel's gotta eat. It's not like we've got pizza delivery up here, you know. 


Our Friendly Neighborhood Pine Squirrels
When Gloman was home recently, our squirrels put on quite the show for us. We were all mesmerized by the dining room window. He grabbed Glogirly's camera and caught ALL the action.

This tiny, little squirrel was jumping from branch to branch like an acrobat on our tallest tree. He was grabbing the pinecones with his hands and mouth and tossing them down to the ground. He was moving SO fast, it looked like it was raining pinecones.

Did you know a single pine squirrel can clip HUNDREDS of cones per hour? The harvesting starts in the late summer and continues through fall. This was the first time we saw it first hand. And right outside our window.

Once he's dropped his bounty, he'll wait until the coast is clear to come back and gather all the clipped cones, one by one. He buries them in middens, which are loose piles of cone scales, cores of eaten cones and fully intact cones. These middens will get him through the winter. Whenever he's hungry, he'll just dig up a cone and nibble away on the scales and protein-rich seeds.

Special thanks to Gloman for his mad squirrel-photography skills!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Katie & Waffles on Gratitude, Loss, and 9/11

This post appeared on our blog on September 11, 2016. We reread it yesterday, hoping to find the right words to share with you the day after this year's anniversary. But we realized the right words were already here. We hope you don't mind us republishing Katie and Waffles' conversation about the day our hearts stood still.

WAFFLES:  What are you thinking about, Boss?

KATIE:  I'm just thinking about how lucky we are, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  Really? Did we win a prize or something? 

KATIE: You could say that. 

WAFFLES: Did it come in a nice box? You know, that I can fit in?

KATIE: No Waffles, what we have doesn't come in a box. 

WAFFLES:  No box??

KATIE:  Waffles, the things that really matter don't come in boxes. Things like friends, family, freedom. Most of all, love.

WAFFLES:  I love YOU, Boss. And Glogirly and Gloman and chicken. Oh, and wand toys! Definitely wand toys.

KATIE:  Waffles, long before you were born, even before I was born, our country suffered a terrible tragedy. Lots of people, animals too, lost their loved ones. Nearly 3.000 people died. And all because of things like intolerance and hatred.

WAFFLES:  Intoler-what? I don't know what those words mean, Boss. 

KATIE:  That's ok, Waffles. I hope you never do. 

In honor of those who lost their lives, and those who live with that loss.
We will never forget.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sleepypod Superpowers

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WAFFLES:  *shhh!* Be very, very quiet. 

WAFFLES:  *whispers* I'm practicing my invisible superpowers. 

WAFFLES:  *whispers* The Boss has NO idea that I'm–

KATIE:  Waffles, you DO know the white Sleepypod is mine, right?

WAFFLES: *whispers* Boss! I'm not really here on account of I'm invisible. 

KATIE:  Seriously Waffles, I can totally see you.

WAFFLES:  You just THINK you see me, Boss.

KATIE:  No, I totally see you.

WAFFLES:  SEE! It works! It works! My invisible superpowers work. I can make you THINK you see me. 

KATIE:  That's a great trick, Waffles. How about you use those super powers to make me NOT see you?

About Today's Photos
Katie and Waffles may have checked ' √⃞ It's Complicated' for their Facebook relationship status, but we have photographic proof that may not be 100% accurate.

Every morning after breakfast service and drinks at the fountain, Katie and Waffles meet up at the white Sleepypod on the big blue ottoman.

Whoever gets there first has dibs. Whoever gets there late, assumes the position just outside the pod.

Although skirmishes break out regularly during the morning meal service, it's all sunshine and rainbows at the pod.

Sorry, Waffles. We think the Sleepypod is the one with secret supers powers.


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This post was originally published August 24, 2015 and has been edited.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy Sweet 16 to the Couple that put the GLO in GLOGIRLY

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss? 

KATIE:  Waffles?

WAFFLES:  What's it like to be an old married couple? 

KATIE:  How would I know, Waffles?

WAFFLES:  Because you're old and we're a couple?

KATIE:  Watch it, Waffles. You're on thin ice. 

WAFFLES:  Ice? But it's not even winter yet. 

KATIE:  Tomorrow is Glogirly and Gloman's 16th wedding anniversary. THEY'RE the only couple around here. You and I are not a couple. Got it?

WAFFLES:  Are you sure? Maybe we could elope or something.

KATIE:  Waffles, we can't elope.

WAFFLES:  You mean like melons?

KATIE:  *sigh*

WAFFLES:  Is a wedding anniversary the same as a Gotcha Day? Did they gotcha each other? Like from the shelter?

KATIE:  I'm pretty sure they didn't get each other at the shelter. They met by chance, on a doorstep.

WAFFLES:  They got YOU at the shelter though, right? Isn't it your Gotcha Day too? Will you tell me the story again, Boss? Will you?

KATIE:  Fine, Waffles. If you promise to behave. No food stealing, no fur sniffing and no meowing back.

WAFFLES:  Got it, Boss. Food, fur, meow.

Once upon a time...
KATIE:  I bet you didn't know that this is the photo that started it all. It was the picture we used on our very first blog header way back in 2009 when I started every blog post with, "Hi Everyone, Katie here."

I was an anniversary present. A nice man with kind brown eyes and a deep voice adopted me for someone he said was very, very special. This special someone had no idea what he was planning. It was going to be a HUGE surprise. He'd been hinting around ... telling her that he was working on her anniversary 'kit.'

She was thinking maybe a kit for washing her car, or a kit of accessories for her iPod or something.

Little did she know, 'kit' was short for kitten.

It was love at first sight.

Gloman's given Glogirly some very special anniversary gifts over the years. He's always really creative and silly about how he gives her presents. Sometimes he'll hide cards by her toothbrush or tucked inside her makeup bag. One year he hid a beautiful watch in the refrigerator next to the milk and butter.

But the most special gift of all was a little black and white kitten with a purple bow around her neck and a tiny little tag that read, "Happy Anniversary."  

The Story Behind the Story
Over the years we've shared the hopelessly romantic story of how Glogirly and Gloman met. And how they came to be Glogirly and Gloman. If you're new to the blog and like a sappy love story, turn off the Lifetime channel and click the story link below. If you already know the story and want to read it again, well that's your problem. 

Their story is proof that love is everywhere. 
And when you least expect it, love might just tap you on the shoulder.

This post was previously published September 8, 2017 on GLOGIRLY and has been edited.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guest Books & Vacuums - Invasion Imminent

KATIE:  The guest book is out. You know what that means.

WAFFLES:  And Glogirly's doing a LOT of vacuuming. She almost vacuumed me right off my chair. 

KATIE:  Your chair?

WAFFLES:  Well, my blanket ON my chair. 

KATIE:  Perhaps if I hide the pen, no one can write it the guest book. And if no one can write in the guest book, no one can sleep in the guest bed. And if no one can sleep in the guest bed–

WAFFLES:  But I already called firsties on bed making and luggage inspections. 

We're expecting more visitors this week. They're flying in all the way from Nashville. Waffles might have to put on his Elvis vest to welcome them.

We're not sure if they're cat people, but not to worry...they will be by the time they leave. That is, they'll have plenty of cat hair in their luggage to bring home with them.

Monday, September 3, 2018

All Dressed Up for Labor Day

WAFFLES:  On account of today being Labor Day and all, I'm working extra-extra hard at laboring. The Boss always says it's important to look professional and stuff when you go to work, so I'm wearing my very best business tie. 

I bet you're wondering what I'm going to do at work today. 

WAFFLES:  First things first. Paperwork. Lots and lots of paperwork.

WAFFLES:  And then I have to work on the computer. You know, watching cat videos and messaging my girlfriends on Facebook.  

WAFFLES:  Wait, what??? I'm not supposed to be watching cat videos and Facebooking when I'm working?  But isn't that what everyone does at work?

Happy Labor Day to our US Friends & Readers!
... and Happy Labour Day to our Canadian friends! Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day honors the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of their country.

It's also a great day to go shopping for mattresses, toilet paper and TVs.

And for many, it's a day to catch up on some of these –

KATIE:  Labor Day? I got this.

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