Friday, December 29, 2006

Hogmanay

A few blogging cat pals have asked me what Hogmanay is. Firstly, it has nothing to do with hogs which are sort of big pigs. Hogmanay is completely different. This is what happens.

At midnight it is traditional to sing
"For Auld Lang Syne" by a human called Robbie Burns (published in 1788 - so it's very old). Then loads of fireworks go off like these ones over Edinburgh Castle (the humans really like this but us cats and dogs sometimes find it a bit distressing).

Then it's important to welcome friends and strangers with warm hospitality and a kiss to wish everyone a 'Guid' New Year. This is to ensure a clean break with the 'auld' year and welcome in a fresh New Year.

Finally, the best bit is "First footing" (the "first foot" in the house after midnight or "first paw" if you're a cat). This is done to ensure good luck for the house. The first foot should be male, dark (believed to come from Viking days when blonde strangers arriving on your doorstep meant trouble) and have with them symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky. These days, however, whisky and perhaps shortbread are the only items still prevalent (and available) - although if you're coming to our house you could consider bringing catnip or cat biscuits as well.

I certainly hope everyone has a happy 2007
Love Faz

All is quiet on the Wimbledon front

Not much happening today. The girl human is in Scotland until hogmanay (which is Scottish for New Year apparently) and the boy human is at work. I am taking the time whilst they are away to draw you a map of my territory so I can put in on the blog in the New Year and show you all my favourite places. You may think cats are unable to draw? Well, you probably thought cats couldn't blog either? Yet I have many blogging cat pals to prove you all wrong.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

I am so embarrassed



I somtimes wonder why I bother with humans. For some reason they think dressing me up to look like some sort of perverted reindeer is vaguely amusing. No wonder I look so discombobulated. I trust, dear friends, you will sympathise and not make fun of how I look in this photo?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Celebrations

The humans had their party on the 23rd December. They actually moved all the furniture in the front room to the back room to make space. People started arriving at about 7pm and didn't leave until hours later. It was quite scary because everyone was standing around talking and I had to sneak through their legs without getting stood on. There was also a couple of very small humans who insisted on trying to catch me. Fortunately they weren't very stable on their kitten legs. Human kittens are so clumsy.

Christmas Eve was very quiet as the humans were out all day so I had plenty of recovery time, then Christmas Day was relatively quiet too. Just three people and they didn't do too much except relax and eat - they could have been cats really.

Friday, December 22, 2006

two exciting things to tell

Yesterday morning a big truck stopped in our street pulling a machine behind it. Four men jumped out and started pollarding all the plane trees that line the footpaths. Then they put the branches they had cut into the machine and it turned the branches into snow-wood. There's snow-wood all down the street now and, with all the fog, it looks like proper snow. The best bit is the whole street smells like the inside of trees which is a really wonderful smell.

The second exciting thing is that the girl human often works in Geneva (which is not in Wimbledon but somewhere called Switzerland). Sometimes she brings things back with her. Last time she went she bought back a glass jar with something called Rillettes de Canard inside. She had it on french bread last night and she gave me a tiny morsel to taste. Ecstasy!

Christmasy Hugs - Faz

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Not bad for a cat - huh?

You Are a Practical Gift Giver

Your gifts are useful, appropriate, and custom tailored to each person.
In your opinion, the best gifts are gifts that someone will actually use.
Your gifts may not be the most glamourous, but they are always appreciated.
p.s. got this via one of my favourite blogs - Skittles' Place (see Links)

P.S.

It's very foggy so you can't see the end of the garden. It's been like this for a few days. It's also ZERO degrees because of the freezing fog. At some point, yesterday, the heron flew off and is no longer on the pond on Wimbledon Common. Do you think he ate all the fish and frogs and that's why he left or do you think his feet got too cold?

Good news everyone


The humans will be here for Christmas. The suitcase belongs to someone who is staying with us for the party. They are very friendly and really like cats and let me sleep with them on the sofa bed when they go to sleep. Also, even though we don't have a tree, we have this great big decoration made from pine and pinecones and apples and something called cinnamon which smells rather good.

I am feeling much more relaxed now. Faz


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Not again ...

Oh no! I went into the front room this morning and the suitcase is packed again. My plan is to sleep inside and try to go with them. Do you think they will notice?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Home Alone!


Guys, I can't believe what happened this weekend!

They left me alone overnight and went to somewhere called Italy without me. I was a bit suspicious when they packed a small case and went off early Sunday morning. At first I didn't worry too much as they left plenty of food and water.

Then it got dark, and the heating and night light came on as normal. They also left a special cat bowl with food in it but it had a funny lid covering it up. It was a bit of a shock when I was sniffing it at about 7.30 PM (which is my normal supper time) and it sprang open and bonked me on the nose.

It was quite good having the whole bed to myself at first but I did get a bit lonesome at about 4 AM with no humans to snuggle up to.

The next morning some really nice humans called Bob and Miriam, who live two streets away, came and visited me. We played games and then they left me some more food for breakfast and dinner but I ate it all for breakfast.

At midnight on Monday the humans arrived home at last! I purred and purred and purred and rolled over and showed them my belly. I was so happy to see them.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Five of my Favourite Foods

  1. Tuna (of course!). Canned is fine but fresh is best
  2. Chicken Flavoured Cat Biscuits
  3. Luscious Little Mice
  4. Grass
  5. Parsley (except the girl human gets a bit fussed when I eat it off the pot on the window ledge in the kitchen)

Cat's Diary versus Human's Diary


Human's Diary:
Dear Diary, I haven't seen Faz all day, hope she's okay. I really worry about her wandering around on the common and crossing the roads. I know she crosses the little side road near the house but I really hope she doesn't cross the big main road as well.

She never seems to spend much time in doors in this mild weather. She just comes in to eat or sleep. Maybe she's found another human who feeds her as well?

I know I am not home much during the day so she must get lonely on her own.

I particularly worry when she goes out early in the mornings. I've tried keeping her in but she really needs to get out an explore before the day starts. She could get chased by a dog or anything.


Faz's Diary:
Great day, went out early. Came home. Ate. Slept.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's official



Humans who own pets live longer, have less stress and fewer heart attacks. Makes sense to me.

Today's view from the cat flap

Well the heron in the pond has now moved about 3 feet.

The foxes and squirrels are as active as ever but still no sign of prickly hedgehog (I hope he's okay as I hear they're a bit confused this year due to the unseasonably warm weather). I also hear they quite like eating cat biscuits but I am not sure I am prepared to share.

Little robin redbreast is doing his thing and we have a small band of green finches hovering around the holly.


Not much else to report. Hugs Faz


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Another Faz Fact




Did you know that the 'love of cats' is called 'Ailurophilia'. I call it 'completely understandable'.

Cats and Trees



Calling all cats who love playing with Christmas Trees and Christmas Decorations. Isn't it great fun? Well you can imagine my shock when I heard the humans say they weren't getting a tree this year!

I am now going to lie down on my sheep skin rug and sulk for the rest of today.

I am insulted

The humans have a machine in the kitchen which they use to cook their food. It's called an oven. Why they feel the need to cook their food I do not know? Anyway, it hasn't been working very well lately so a man came in to fix it yesterday. When he pulled it out from the wall he found a little mouse nest and assumed their had been a mouse living there. Fortunately it was long gone.

The humans blame me of course because they think I brought it in from outside and let it escape. That may be the case but I am sure I didn't let it hang around for long enough to exploit the situation.

Faz

p.s. The heron is still there and doesn't even look like he's moved. He's just like a garden ornament, standing exceptionally still for long periods of time in the shallow bit of the pond. Not my idea of a good time - not moving with my feet in cold water - but each to their own I guess.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Frosty Toes


I know I am obsessed with the weather but it does affect my life enormously. Friday night was dry and cold so we had a big frost Saturday morning which was a bit cold on the old tootsies. It's hard to sneak up on prey when the grass is crunching. Went up to the common at dawn and their was ice on the pond for the first time this winter. Sunday was rainy again and when I went up to the pond again this morning it was full to overflowing for the first time in my two and a half years on this earth. There was a big grey heron standing on the edge like a pond ornament not moving - scared the life out of me! It was bigger than I am.

Faz

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fascinating Faz Fact

Did you know that a cat's normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees fahrenheit? This is warmer than humans which just goes to show why we are so cute and cuddly.

View from the cat flap


What a night! Even more rain and then, about 5 am, the most terrible sound like a baby crying. I stuck my head out the catflap to see what was going on and braer fox and another fox I have never seen before where having a big scrap.
I have no idea what they were fighting about but they were definitely not happy with each other. They even woke the humans in the houses next door.
I am not one for needless violence - sorry - what am I talking about - I am a cat so I am absolutely one for needless violence but, that aside, I would definitely not want to get on the wrong side of braer fox!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Cat Facts from Faz

Did you know that the oldest cat on record was from England? She was called Puss and she died one day before her 36th birthday in 1939. I plan to live to be at least 40 cos I heard the humans say "Life begins at 40". I will be 3 next year, so I have a bit to go yet!

p.s. I found this pic on www.foalfarm.org.uk who look after older cats and dogs who don't have anyone to love them

Let it paw, let it paw, let it paw ...

My goodness, the weather is getting worse. Last night we had gale force winds, battering rain and hail. The weather man said that it's due to the abnormally warm weather we are having for this time of year (most days it's around 12 degrees and it should be 5 or 6 degrees I've been told). Apparently we can expect 2 months more of rain and blizzards. Great for mousing but not so great for staying dry maybe I will turn myself into an umbrella like the one above.

Oh well.
Faz
p.s. It's really exciting cos now I am a member of the Coats of Many Colors Crew (see my badge right)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It's party time

It's been raining again, so I spend all my time looking out the cat flap waiting for it to stop. There is good news though. The humans are getting ready for their annual Christmas Eve party. 4 crates of champagne arrived yesterday and they've made me a cave with the boxes. It's so exciting, you can sneak inside and go to sleep and nobody even knows you're there. I hope they keep them!

Love Faz


p.s. What do you all think of Video Blogging? I've just mastered typing with paws.

p.p.s. Are there any other cats out there having trouble uploading pictures to their blogs?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The weather outside is frightful


I've been stuck in all morning but at least the rain has stopped now. I'm enjoying the fresh air, just sitting here, keeping an eye on things. Wood pigeon is sitting on the fence watching me watching him, all fluffed up because of the wind. Robin Redbreast is staying out of my way. Cheeky Squirrel is sitting opposite me eating a nut she's dug up, doesn't seem the slightest bit perturbed that I am here watching her.

Quasimodo


"The bells, Esmeralda, the bells!"

I don't believe it, they have now put another bell around my neck. There is a little robin redbreast in the garden again this winter and last winter I got hold of his brother and ate him. Consequently the humans are not taking any chances with me this year.

What do they expect. Catching birds is entirely natural for us cats and the little Robins are hoppin' and boppin' all around the ground just asking to be caught.

Oh well, at least bells are seasonal. I can pretend it's Christmas decoration.

Three Bells Faz

Monday, December 04, 2006

Panic Over

Well chaps, after a rather scary Friday and Saturday I found out I was worrying for nothing. As you may have read in Friday's blog, I overheard the humans say they were "going out on Saturday and getting a black cat". Now, I didn't want another cat in my home so I was in quite a state by Saturday evening.

Anyway it appears I heard it all wrong, what they actually said was they were "going out on Saturday and getting a black cab" (that's like a yellow taxi for all those who live in the US). What a relief!

In addition to that little misunderstanding, it's been a busy weekend. Here are the top five highlights:

1. two mice (yum yum)
2. big wind blew the wood pigeons' nest out of the tree (they didn't seem too bothered as they tend to use it in the spring only). It smelt good though - just like delicious baby pigeons.
3. one big fat jay tempted me all weekend but I couldn't catch her
4. no foxes (although I did spend most of the weekend in bed to try and calm my nerves)
5. nearly caught one of the cheeky squirrels - got within inches of her tail.

all in all a very successful weekend methinks.

with love from Faz

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dear Humans

There is an alternative to getting another cat. See Little Faz right. She's virtual, doesn't need feeding, a litter tray or a cat flap. Love Faz

Scary news


Sorry I haven't written for a few days but I've had some rather scary news. I overheard the humans say they were going out this Saturday and were going to get a black cat.

I am a nervous wreck!

Why do we need another cat? I am beautiful and furry and therefore everything a human could possibly need.

What am I to do?

Yours in panic
Faz