Sunday, September 25, 2022

Visiting the Fairy God Kitties

ELLIE:  Mr. Waffles, do you know where Glogirly is? She said, "see you soon, kitties," like a hundred years ago.

She's visiting the fairy god kitties in Boston, Ellie. She'll be home soon.

ELLIE:  What's a fairy god kitty, Mr. Waffles.

WAFFLES:  I'm not totally sure. Sounds a little like a cartoon or something. But she's visiting her godmother. And her godmother has kitties. 

ELLIE:  Are they fairies? Like with wings and sparkles and stuff?

WAFFLES:  Pretty sure they just have fur like us. 

ELLIE:  I think I want to be a fairy with sparkles and stuff. 

WAFFLES:  Do you think you could be a quiet fairy, Ellie. I'm trying to sleep here. 

It's the Fairy God Kitties!

Glogirly has been cheating on Ellie and Waffles. She's been shacking up with her godparents and their TWO cats. She's going to be coming home with all sorts of suspicious fur on her clothes and suitcase. 

RUSTY:  Suspicious? I don't look suspicious. I'm innocent, I swear.

BUDDY:  What you mean, Rusty. You're ALWAYS suspicious. 

RUSTY:  If I'm so suspicious, how come YOU'RE the one that has to get locked up in the bathroom for breakfast. 

BUDDY:  Exactly. 

That's right, Rusty can't be trusted around Buddy's breakfast. So why is it that Buddy is the one in the bathroom?! LOL!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Ellie: "I Wanna Hold Your Paw" ♩♬


ELLIE:  And when I touch you, (Mr. Waffles) I feel happy...inside. ♩♬

WAFFLES:  That's great, Ellie. But I'm kind of sleeping.

ELLIE:  It's such a feelin' that my love...I can't hide. I can't hide. I CAN'T HIDE! ♩♬

WAFFLES:  Heard you the first time, Ellie.

ELLIE:  I wanna hold your paaa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aa-aa-aa-aw. I wanna hold your paw. ♩♬

WAFFLES:  Sleeping, Ellie. Trying. To. Sleep.

ELLIE:  I wanna hold your paaa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aa-aa-aa-aw. ♩♬

WAFFLES:  Trying. So Very. Hard. 

ELLIE:  Where'd you go, Mr. Waffles. I still WANNA HOLD YOUR PAAAAAWW! ♩♬

Just Another Day in the Office

Monday through Friday, plus weekends too, Ellie and Waffles show up for office duty. Their primary workspace is the blue chair next to Gloman's desk. Doesn't even matter if Gloman shows up for work, they're always there. 

So very dedicated. 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Happy 20 Years to the Couple that put the GLO in Glogirly!

ELLIE:  Hey, Mr. Waffles? 

WAFFLES:  Ellie? 

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

WAFFLES:  How would I know, Ellie?

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

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

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

WAFFLES:  Last Thursday was Glogirly and Gloman's 20th wedding anniversary. THEY'RE the only OLD couple around here. And you and I aren't exactly a couple. Got it?

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

WAFFLES:  You mean like melons?

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

WAFFLES:  I'm pretty sure they didn't get each other at the shelter. The story is that they met by chance, on a doorstep.

ELLIE:  They got YOU at the shelter though, right? And they got ME at a shelter! Will you tell me the story about how Glogirly and Gloman gotted each other? Please!!!

WAFFLES:  I'm not a super good story teller, but the Boss was. That's Katie. She's the kitty that came before you. So I'm going to let her tell the story. 

WAFFLES:  Thanks, Mr. Waffles. I love stories. Especially love stories.

...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.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Waffles On Labor Day


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

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 all 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 –

ELLIE:  Labor Day? I got this.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Glogirly and the Masquerade Ball

WAFFLES:  What the heck is THIS??? Some kind of crazy cat or something? 

WAFFLES:  I didn't approve another CAT. And not one that looks like THIS!

ELLIE:  Pretty sure it's a mask, Mr. Waffles. Glogirly's mask. For her masquerade ball and stuff.

WAFFLES:  Doesn't smell like a cat. 

ELLIE:  That's account of it's a mask, Mr. Waffles. 

WAFFLES:  Doesn't taste like a cat either. 

ELLIE:  Mr. Waffles doesn't really listen much, does he? 

Glogirly and the Masquerade Ball

Lots of excitement here last Friday evening! If you've been following our blog over the winter months, it probably comes as no surprise that she's fallen in love with skiing. So much so, that she became a volunteer alpine ski instructor with an organization called Ignite Adaptive Sports

Their mission is to ignite personal growth, independence, and confidence in people with disabilities on the Front Range, and in surrounding mountain and Northern Colorado communities, by providing caring, safe, and fun adaptive winter snowsports opportunities. 

Glogirly had the pleasure of attending (and SPEAKING at!) the Ignite Adaptive Sports Masquerade Benefit Gala. It's their once-a-year major fundraising event. It was a wonderful evening surrounded by people who share a passion for this great organization and the athletes they serve. Glogirly was invited to share her story of skiing with Anita, a blind skier who has made a huge and lasting impression on her. We hear it went super well. And we're told she made grown men cry. 

There was a super fun photo booth made out of an old gondola. Glogirly and her dear ski-friend Holly who came with her to enjoy the evening together,  had lots of fun posing inside. 

A few of our friends have asked us to share her "speech" here on our blog. It's not really a speech though, more of a conversation. It's not super long...about a 4-5 minute story. 

We hope you enjoy it as much as she enjoyed sharing it.

"Hello, my name is Debbie Glovatsky. I’d like to tell you about a woman. Her name is Anita.

(Lights go dark)

But first, I’d like to ask you to close your eyes.

This is what Anita sees…every day. She’s a 67-year-old Navy veteran. A mother and grandmother. She’s full of love and light. And yet…she’s totally blind.

Imagine flying down Muleshoe, a favorite black diamond run at Eldora. Feeling the fresh corduroy under your feet, catching your breath in a rush of mountain air. Both exhilarating and challenging. Now imagine doing that without your sight. That’s what Anita does. And that’s just one of many things she lives for.

I’m a new volunteer with Ignite, an assistant alpine instructor. And that sunny Thursday morning when I had the honor of skiing with Anita, I became a first-time blind skiing guide. We skied in a tight line of three. I took the lead in front, Anita followed, and Inge, a very skilled and experienced instructor followed in back.

Anita followed the sound of my skis. I know…it almost sounds crazy, right? The only time I yelled out a word, a warning, was just before coming to a fast stop, like where there was a major change in terrain.

I’ll never forget her giggles and smiles at one of those stops we made. She said she was in her “happy place.” And I was in awe.

A few of you have had the pleasure of skiing with Anita, so this will come as no surprise. Anita likes to ski FAST. Like REALLY FAST. Blue runs are fine, but her heart is with the black diamonds.

(Lights back up)

I only came back to the sport two seasons ago, after a 30-year hiatus. I was doing wedge turns down the green runs that first day back. But I fell in love and worked very hard on building and practicing my skills. By the end of that first season, I started noticing the neon green and blue jackets in the chairlift lines and on the slopes. I thought to myself, “wow…what an incredible thing these people are doing. What an amazing experience for the skiers and riders they’re helping.” The more I saw them, the more I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could help in some small way. I’m no expert skier, but I’d become proficient enough that I hoped there could be a role for me. So, I signed up, took the training, and got to wear one of those blue and green jackets.

Leading Anita was one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I’ve done ever. Let alone on a pair of skis. I had to focus like never before. Keeping my turns consistent, predictable, and quick. Anticipating other skiers, signage, trees… All the while skiing at the very top of my ability and pushing my speed on some of the steepest terrain. Oh, and maintaining complete control, there’s that.

When we finished and said our goodbyes, she gave me a huge hug. She was so gracious. So grateful. I told her how much I admired her. That she was my new hero. She just smiled and laughed.

On the drive home I had a chance to reflect on my experience with her. Her courage, confidence, and pure joy were so inspiring and a priceless gift that I carry with me today."

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Waffles and the 12' Ladder and Smoke Alarm Drama

WAFFLES:  Uh oh. Uh, Glogirly? Um, this ladder is really high.

Like really, REALLY high. 

Like Rocky Mountain High.

ELLIE:   What are you doing up there, Mr. Waffles? Do you even know how to get down?

WAFFLES:  Down? Of course I know how to get down. 

ELLIE:  Are you sure? On account of that looks really, really, super high. 

WAFFLES:  Yeah, maybe I'll just stay up here for awhile. Like forever. 

ELLIE:  Ok, I'll just wait down here. 

WAFFLES:  Can someone bring me a snack??? GLOGIRLY!! HELP ME, GLOGIRLY!!!!!!!!!!

Waffles and the 12' Ladder
We had a smoke alarm incident over the weekend. It was of course the hardest to reach, 14' up in the air, smoke alarm. Glogirly was using a LOT of HBO words on account of she had this same smoke alarm replaced less than THREE years ago with one of those 10-year smoke alarms that are all self contained and supposed to last for 10 years. That's why they call them a 10-year smoke alarm.

The unsuspecting people at First Alert are going to have some "splaining" to do when she calls them tomorrow.

Gloman was out of town and the alarm was screaming non-stop so it was up to Glogirly to maneuver the enormous 12' ladder into the house. Again, lots of HBO words. 

She first tried knocking the smoke alarm down with the big stick she uses for washing the windows outside. She managed to push the button with her stick to make the screaming stop. That worked for about 60 seconds. Finally she inched her way up to reach the beast with her bare hands. Fortunately it came off pretty easily and she found a deactivation button on the back to make the screaming stop. Well, it at least stopped the smoke alarm's screams.

Once the raucous was over, she thought about whether to just leave the ladder up until she could get help taking it down. But Waffles had other plans. So she had to rescue him from the top and then muscle the ladder down and back into the garage.

Good thing this all happened at 2am when she couldn't call for help. 

WAFFLES:  Can we do it again? Can we???

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Hunka Hunka

ELLIE:  Mr. Waffles and I have been hanging out on Glogirly's quilt. Well HE'S been hanging out on the quilt and I'VE been secretly joining him when he's not looking.

WAFFLES:  FYI...I'm looking, Ellie. 

ELLIE:  Oh hi, Mr. Waffles. I didn't realize you were here. 

WAFFLES:  You mean you didn't see an incredibly handsome hunka orange mancat laying here?

ELLIE:  Well I did see an incredibly large-ish hunk of something. 

WAFFLES:  Large-ish??? 

About Today's Photos

Most days, Ellie and Waffles can be found hanging out in the office with Gloman. But every once in awhile, the softness of Glogirly's quilt is just too tempting. It usually starts with Waffles hoping up for a snooze, and soon after, Ellie can't resist joining in. She loves curling up with her big brother. Emphasis on big. LOL!

You may notice Ellie's fur has been shaved on her leg. That's from some bloodwork she recently had done. She's going in for a procedure this week. It's all related to those patches from her dental work back in April. She's doing just fine, and is such a good and brave girl when it comes to the Jeep ride and vet visit. We'd sure appreciate your good thoughts and purrs for our sweet girl. 
Thank mew so very much. 💕

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Boyz and Girlz


ELLIE:  Mr. Waaaaaafffles! Whatcha doing down there? 

WAFFLES:  You know, the usual. Just looking handsome for all my girlfriends.

ELLIE:  Can I look handsome with you too?

WAFFLES:  It's kind of a mancat thing, Ellie. 

ELLIE:  A mancat thing? 

WAFFLES:  You're kind of know, like Glogirly. What with all that eyeliner and all.

About Today's Photos

Every time we share one of Ellie's photos, we hear about her beautiful eyeliner. It's pretty hard to be jealous of a little kitty, but Glogirly sure would sure love it if she could apply eyeliner as purr-fectly as Miss Ellie! That's one of those elusive makeup tricks Glogirly has never been able to master.

It just so happens that Ellie's little pink nose is the color of Glogirly's lip gloss too.  Glogirly may be part cat, and Ellie sure is part Glogirly. 💕