Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sgian Dubh

Everyone has been asking me about my Sporran (gaelic for purse) which was originally an everyday practical item and is now a decorative part of Highland dress. This is another part of highland regalia - my sgian dubh (pronounced skeen doo). Sgian means knife or dagger, dubh means black.

The sgian dubh and was carried in the upper sleeve or lining of the body of a Scotsman's jacket.

Courtesy would demand that when entering the home of a friend, any concealed weapons would be revealed. It follows that the sgian would be removed from its hiding-place and displayed in the stocking top held securely by the garters. It is also important for Scotscats to keep their claws sheathed. McFAZ

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A tribute to Caesar

On Sunday our dearest curly-bucket friend Caesar left us quietly, in his sleep. His loving sister Princess is missing him so much. Both Caesar and Princess have been funny, sweet and kind friends, sharing their lives with us through their blog Caesar and Princess's Happy Place. We can't bear to think about how much we will miss him. Buckets of Love FAZ

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Faz Olsen - Cat Reporter

The Times Newspaper 10/01/2008

A pet dog missed the family’s dead cat so much that he dug up his grave and brought the body back into the house.

When Oscar’s owners woke up the next morning they discovered the dog curled up beside Arthur, the late cat, in his basket.

His owners, Robert Bell, 73, and his wife, Mavis, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, believe that the dog had licked the cat clean before falling asleep.

Mr Bell said that the two pets were constant companions. Arthur, who was a large cat, used to help Oscar to climb on to the sofa.

Oscar, an 18-month-old Lancashire Heeler, had watched Mr Bell dig a grave in the garden and then lower the cat into the hole.Mr Bell said: “He had managed to climb out through the cat flap in the night, obviously with the intent to get Arthur back. Bearing in mind that Arthur was a huge cat, Oscar must have used all the strength he could muster.

“Then he pulled him into the basket and went to sleep next to him. Arthur’s coat was gleaming white. Oscar had obviously licked him clean. It must have taken him nearly all night.”

Arthur is now reburied in a secure grave. And Oscar has a new playmate, a kitten called Limpet.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fazfucious says

For a man to truly understand rejection ...
he must first be ignored by a cat.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Fazfucious says

My furrend Yoggie honoured me with the above award. In order to prove he is correct I have decided to share some of my great thoughts with the world.

The truth about cats and dogs is that ...

a dog will sit beside you whilst you work ...

where as a cat ...

will sit ON your work.


Friday, January 11, 2008

My Karl and Ruis Shades

I don't look as cool as they do but I still look pretty cool. See what they've been up to HERE

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My Coat of Arms

Apparently my name, Fazakerley, comes from an ancient Anglo Saxon word which means horrible, flat place or something like that, but at least I have my own coat of arms.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Recipe for Haggis

Some felines asked me what haggis is. This is a recipe I found on the internet here
  • 1 sheep's lung (illegal in the U.S.; may be omitted if not available)
  • 1 sheep's stomach
  • 1 sheep heart
  • 1 sheep liver
  • 1/2 lb fresh suet (kidney leaf fat is preferred)
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal (the ground type, NOT the Quaker Oats type!)
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup stock
Wash lungs and stomach well, rub with salt and rinse.

Remove membranes and excess fat.

Soak in cold salted water for several hours.

Turn stomach inside out for stuffing.

Cover heart and liver with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Chop heart and coarsely grate liver. Toast oatmeal in a skillet on top of the stove, stirring frequently, until golden. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Loosely pack mixture into stomach, about two-thirds full. Remember, oatmeal expands in cooking.

Press any air out of stomach and truss securely. Put into boiling water to cover. Simmer for 3 hours, uncovered, adding more water as needed to maintain water level. Prick stomach several times with a sharp needle when it begins to swell; this keeps the bag from bursting. Place on a hot platter, removing trussing strings. Serve with a spoon. Ceremoniously served with "neeps, tatties and nips" -- mashed turnips, mashed potatoes, nips of whiskey.

YUMMY (it really is I promise)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

McFaz says ...

... anyone fancy some haggis for supper?