Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Cat's Work is Never Done

ELLIE:  So Mr. Waffles? Aren't we supposed to be working and stuff? Helping Gloman with his zoomies calls and organizing his paperwork?

WAFFLES:  Working? You mean, like...working???

ELLIE:  Gloman needs help with all his papers and stuff. 

WAFFLES:  Gloman probably needs a break from all that working. So I'm thinking we should be setting a good example for him. 

ELLIE:  You mean like showing him how to take a break? 

WAFFLES:  A good manager leads by example, Ellie.

About Today's Photos

Ellie and Waffles have a daily home office routine. At first we thought they loved hanging out in the office everyday because it gets so much sun and warmth. It also has prime bird and chipmunk viewing windows. But the recently spring snowstorms we've had have proven it's not the sun, not the wildlife, not even the occasional window whiffies. It's definitely Gloman.

Ellie and Waffles spend every single day with him in the office while he's doing his conference call meetings, answering emails, and writing smart stuff for his clients to do. They're favorite spot is a big blue chair that sits next to Gloman's desk. 

They're VERY dedicated to their work. LOL!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

He Must Work Out

WAFFLES:  Time for my daily workout. Gotta maintain my mancatly physique for the ladies. 

ELLIE:  I didn't know you worked out, Mr. Waffles!

WAFFLES:  Duh. Of course I workout, Ellie. This kind of handsome doesn't just happen. It takes dedication. Commitment–

ELLIE:  But Mr. Waffles, your legs aren't long enough to reach the pedals on that bike.

About Today's Photos

Now that ski season is winding down,  Glogirly's starting to spend a little more time in the workout room. She took today's pics with her phone while she hopped on and off the treadmill. It's one of Waffles and Ellie's favorite rooms in the house with all sorts of things to climb on and under. Plenty of windows for bird watching too. 

Waffles most favorite spot though is on the exercise bike seat. It's a challenge to leap up and land in just the right spot, but with a little practice he's perfected his technique. Ellie hasn't tried it yet, but we're sure she'll give it a shot very soon.

Just because it's spring, doesn't mean Glogirly has put her skis in storage. She managed to get in a couple of fun days at Loveland Ski Area, which is still open and at nearly 13,000 feet, has absolutely beautiful snow conditions. 

Spring Slopes

Just because it's spring, doesn't mean Glogirly has put her skis in storage just yet. She managed to get in a couple of fun days at Loveland Ski Area, which is still open and at nearly 13,000 feet, has absolutely beautiful snow conditions.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Super Secret Magic Look

ELLIE:  Mr. Waffles? Is this the super secret magic look? 

WAFFLES:  Super secret magic what???

ELLIE:  You know, the super secret magic look that gets you anything you want?

WAFFLES:  Oh....that look. Why didn't you say so?

ELLIE:  Uh, I kind of did. 

WAFFLES:  It's usually best to flip your head upside down. That always works for me. 

ELLIE:  Like this, Mr. Waffles? 

WAFFLES:  Well that's kind of more sideways. But I suppose you can try it. 

About Today's Photos

Gloman took today's photos of Ellie. It's become pretty clear that she's got "the look" down. Little Ellie, or Ellie Bean as Gloman calls her, has woven her way into his heart. She's a total CatDaddy girl. 

And this CatDaddy girl has her Gloman wrapped tightly around her tiny paw. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Ellie the Black Hole Bandit

WAFFLES:  Hello, 119? Is this 119? 

OPERATOR:  This is 911. What is your emergency?

WAFFLES:  911? Are you sure? I swear I dialed 119.

OPERATOR:  This is 911. Please state your emergency.

WAFFLES:  Emergency? Well, it's not a major emergency or anything. But Glogirly is freaking out. 

OPERATOR:  There's a girl GLOWING???

WAFFLES:  Glogirly's freaking out. Ellie is stuck in the wall.

OPERATOR:  There's a glowing girl AND a girl named Ellie stuck in a wall???

WAFFLES:  Glogirly isn't glowing. I said she's freaking out. And Ellie is a CAT. Well really more of an inexperienced kitten. And she's stuck in the wall.

OPERATOR:  How did this Ellie cat get stuck in the wall?

WAFFLES:  She climbed through the hole. 

OPERATOR:  What hole?

WAFFLES:  That's what Glogirly said!

OPERATOR:  So we're back to the glowing girl again?

WAFFLES:  Nevermind. Me and Gloman are going to rescue her.

OPERATOR:  So there's a glowing MAN too? 

Wait, WHAT???

Ellie has a new name. The Black Hole Bandit

Last weekend, Glogirly opened the door to our tiny triangular shaped storage closet we have in our master bedroom. Gloman keeps all his tripods, camera cases, and stuff in there. She wanted to grab a spotting scope and tripod to look out the window at a brush fire that had started up in our canyon just a couple of miles from our home. Firefighters were already on the scene and working to keep it contained. She and Gloman were concerned though and wanted a closer look. 

When no one was looking, Ellie slipped into the closet and started rifling around through the camera bags. 

While Gloman watched the fire, Glogirly did a quick cat check. (shaking a bag of treats throughout the house to quickly establish Waffles and Ellie's whereabouts. Waffles was Johnny-on-the-spot but Ellie was nowhere to be found. 

The last place Glogirly had seen or heard Ellie was in that tiny closet. She started moving everything out of it, looking inside camera bags, calling her name...but still no Ellie. 

The back of this closet is opposite our fireplace in the living room. And inside the closet close to the ground and in the way back is a vent that leads from the outside, through the closet, into the wall and behind the fireplace. When she got on her hands and knees, she discovered a small hole in the wall under that vent. The vent is round and the builders must have cut a square hole for it to fit through. And tiny Ellie made her way into the hole. 

A flashlight revealed a fairly large space inside the wall between the fireplace and the closet. Probably about 4' x 6'. The flashlight also revealed you-know-who. But to Ellie this was just a fun game. Glogirly and Gloman tried luring her out with everything they could think of. Her favorite wand toy, treats, her plastic bottle cap fetch toy...she'd reach out to grab them, but would quickly pull her paw back in and wouldn't come out. Glogirly could reach her hand into the hole and pet her, but it was in such an awkward position, there was no way to pull Ellie out. It was such a small hole too, Ellie must have squeezed her way into it.

Meanwhile, back to the fire watch. 

Although a few trees were still engulfed in flames, (very scary!) we'd learned the fire was successfully contained and everyone and their homes were safe, Kudos to our amazing volunteer firefighters! Glogirly and Gloman continued trying to coax Ellie out. Had any sort of evacuation been necessary, Glogirly was ready to cut a gigantic hole in the wall, jump in herself, and get Ellie out. 

Nearly two hours passed and Ellie was clearly not going to budge from her hidey-hole. 

So Gloman took the vent apart and removed a section of it to open up the hole. It had been blocking Ellie's view of the outside world and possibly causing her to be scared to jump back out. With the vent piece out of the way, she could see all of us. Especially Waffles. 

Waffles to the Rescue!

Waffles meowed and purred like crazy. It was like he was telling Ellie it was ok to come out. 

And so she did. The Black Hole Bandit was out. And her hidey-hole is now permanently blocked.

ELLIE:  But I liked my new hidey-hole.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Cat PEEPS!

ELLIE:  So Mr. Waffles? Did the Easter Bunny bring us these Peepsy things?

WAFFLES:  Yeah, I thought they'd be marshmallow Peeps, but they're just stuffed with a lot of nothing.

ELLIE:  Not even catnip??? 

WAFFLES:  Not even catnip. Maybe the Easter Bunny messed up and brought us DOG toys. 

ELLIE:  Well they're kind of fun, Mr. Waffles. 

WAFFLES:  If you like DOG toys. 

WAFFLES:  Should I not like dog toys?

WAFFLES:  Well are you a dog???

ELLIE:  Would that be wrong?

Happy Easter!

We hope all of our friends and readers who celebrate Easter had a wonderful holiday weekend! Ellie is still trying to figure out why her stuffed Peeps don't smell like catnip and Waffles is sulking over the lack of marshmallow filling. He's got a CRAZY attraction to Glogirly's marshmallows. Since they're not exactly one of his approved food groups, she has to keep them under lock and key.

We heard these Peeps toys came in both dog and cat versions. Despite the cat packaging, we're thinking something got mixed up in the Peep packaging factory. Hopefully Ellie and Waffles will learn to trust the Easter Bunny again. LOL!

Speaking of the Easter Bunny...

There was an Easter Bunny sighting at the local ski area this past weekend. 

We think a certain someone needs to find some CAT ears for her ski helmet.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Gargoyle Cat

ELLIE:  So Mr. Waffles? 

WAFFLES:  Ellie?

ELLIE:  What's a gargoyle? 

WAFFLES:  A what???

ELLIE:  Whenever I sit here on the red chair, Glogirly says I'm gargoyling. 

WAFFLES:  I think a gargoyle is a statue that sits up high on a building and guards it and stuff.  

ELLIE:  So I'm sitting here like a statue guarding the red chair then?

WAFFLES:  Well I'm sitting right here... so how's the whole guarding the red chair thing working out for you?

ELLIE:  Fine. How's the whole red chair thing working out for you, Mr. Waffles? 

WAFFLES:  Hey, wait a minute! How did I end up down here and you're still up there???

ELLIE:  Guess my gargoyling really IS working out, Mr. Waffles! 

About Today's Photos

Our red chair is turning into the so-called office water cooler for Ellie and Waffles. Lots of conversations and negotiations take place there. One of Ellie's favorite new things is balancing on the arm of the chair. It's only a couple of inches wide, so the more she grows, the funnier she looks perched there with her legs hanging to each side. 

Sometimes she forgets her precarious positioning and tries to give herself a bath. She may or may not have tumbled into Waffles side of the chair in the process. We're not telling!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Snowmageddon Aftermath with Ellie & Waffles

ELLIE:  Mr. Waffles, should we go check out all that snow and stuff? Mr. Waffles?

ELLIE:  Mr. Waffles?

WAFFLES:  Sleeping, Ellie. Sleeping.

ELLIE:  You're sleeping? Are you sure?

WAFFLES:  Barely. 

ELLIE:  Barely sure or barely sleeping?

ELLIE:  The snow, Mr. Waffles. Shouldn't we–

WAFFLES:  Go back to sleep? The snow will still be there when we wake up. 

ELLIE:  Promise? 

WAFFLES:  Zzzzzzz....

Snowmageddon - The Aftermath

When we published last week's blog post, the snow was still coming down. We knew it was going to be a big one, but we had no idea we'd be waking up to 3 FEET of the white stuff! We haven't had a really big snow like this all season, so for us it was pretty fun! 

There's nothing quite as visually spectacular as fresh mountain snow. It's almost like living in a beautiful snow globe. 

And the sunrises...they're incredible. 

For Glogirly, this all means lots and lots of skiing. 

This is the view from her favorite run, called Muleshoe, at the local ski area. 

So what about that DRIVEWAY???

This volume of snow means we have to call in the professionals for our driveway. 

So far so good...not a single Fed Ex, UPS, or tow truck has spent the night stuck on it. But this is Colorado and there's likely to be plenty more spring snow. 

In fact as we're writing this, the snow is falling and we expect to wake up to another 6-7" of fresh powder.