“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”

Today is already warm at 75˚. It will get to the 80’s, and I’m glad for that as it’s movie night! I have already made one dish: cornbread tomato salad. Next I’ll do the other appetizers then set the stage for tonight. I have to haul my antique wooden ironing board outside. It took me a long time to find just the right one to use as a buffet table when I have many guests as it keeps the table clear for plates and stuff.

The animals are lazy this morning. Cat1 is lying in the sun by the front door while Henry is sleeping beside me on the couch. Cat2 is still hidden.

Every one in my family except for my nephew Ryan has cats. He has two dogs. Three of us have a dog and cats. My two sisters have cats but one did have a dog, a great dog named Lucky. Cats are hard work. The litter box has to be kept clean so that means scooping every day. I also need to vacuum around the box where the cats have kicked out the litter. They eat twice a day, but if they don’t like the food that means tossing out the food already in the dish, putting the clean dish down with new food and then washing the dirty dish. Cat1 needs to be groomed frequently. His fur is puffy and knots form. There were several when he first arrived, but there are none now. He likes being brushed, and he didn’t mind when I had to cut an enormous knot. Cat2 must have knots as well but brushing her fur is a long time in the future. I have to see her first.

My neighborhood is quiet for a Saturday. I don’t even hear a mower. My den is still nice and cool as the sun has yet to make its way here.

I’m done for today and am done until Thursday. I’m going to visit my Peace Corps friends in New Hampshire. Someone will be here to take care of the cats, and I’m taking Henry. I bought him some calming tablets for his car ride. It’s a long one. I’m bringing paper towels he case he doesn’t make it.

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14 Comments on ““I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Woke up this morning to a cool steady rain which is very unusual in August. The temperature might get to 92 degrees which is a cool spell.

    We never had cats in our family because we are dog people. People can train dogs but cats train us. 🙁 My parents never had any animals. My father used to say, “Why do I want pets, I have you kids”. I assumed he was joking. There have been times when I would have gladly traded my two kids for gold fish. Dogs require too much attention. 🙂

    Have you thought about getting a seatbelt for Henry. If you get in an accident your medical bills are covered by insurance but his aren’t. The last time we flew home from Florida on Southwest Airlines someone had a cat in a crate under the seat a few rows away and it put my wife into an asthma attack. All pets traveling by air should go in the baggage compartment. After all, they have peanut free flights. They should also have animal free flights. If you can’t be separated from your animal for a few hours then drive and don’t fly. Some idiot tried to board a flight with his pet miniature horse and tried to claim he needed it for his mental health. Thankfully, the airline refused to board him and his horse.

    So, no Coffee until Thursday? How will we get by without your words of wisdom and great music? Bring your iPad and keep us informed. Have a safe and great trip.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We haven’t had rain lately here though north of Boston had a devastating storm with thunder, lightening and hail. There was a micro burst at Logan airport.

      We have always had both cats and dogs since we were kids. When my mother was older, she just had a cat as she couldn’t walk a dog.

      Henry gets anxious if I leave the car for even a minute. I can take him on short rides. I think a seat belt would exasperate his issues. He’d feel shut in and being unable to move would bee bad for him.

      Some airlines have killed animals by putting them in cargo where it was too cold. Others have lost animals or the animals got free in the baggage area. There is a list of acceptable airlines.

      Thanks, Bob!! I’ll try to write when I can. There won’t be music as it does take a while and I do want to spend time with my friends. Maybe I’ll write at night.

      I aim looking forward to the trip!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We have a lazy thunder storm here right now. It gives away the odd lightning every now and again but it sort of does it because of duty, not because it likes it 🙂 🙂 It is nice outside though, sunshine on one side of the cottage and deep blue-grey thunder clouds on the other. No rain though.

    I think I’m the only one with dogs in my familay at the moment and I know my nephew has at least one cat but that’s it. We all used to have either dogs or cats.

    Teodor is short haired but he still get lumps in his fur. It’s the same two spots every year but he does allow me to cut them off. I have no idea wwhy they are there and I’ve tried to see if he has any injuries in the skin but I can’t find any 🙂 🙂

    Have a great trip! Perhaps it is so long that Henry gets used to travel in the car and doesn’t mind it that much in the future.

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer
      The humidity is back so my AC is on. The house got hot quickly. I had to do an errand, and outside is ugly with the heat and the roads filled with cars.

      I had just a cat until I bought my own house then I felt comfortable getting a dog.

      My cat1 has such long fluffy fur that it easily gets knotted. He had some really big ones I had to cut off. I was surprised he let me asI hadn’t had him all that long. I combed one out yesterday. I’m hoping cat2 doesn’t have the same problem, but I suspect it does.

      Thanks! I echo your wish about Henry. My friend Bill loves walking my dogs so maybe Henry will allow it.

      Have a great day!!

  3. Idle Mind Says:

    As improbable as it may seem, I’ve never heard of cornbread-tomato salad before. After looking up a few recipes, it seems even MORE improbable — that’s about as southern as you can get! Of course, now I’m hungry for it. Found a great recipe that includes avocados, but I’ll have to forgo the evil cilantro. Enjoy movie night on the deck.

    • katry Says:

      Idle Mind,
      This is the first time I have made the recipe, and it is delicious. The recipe I used, besides the corn bread, has tomato, a half pepper, bacon and celery. What surprised me is the cornbread is crumbled. This is not the only time I’ll make this salad.

      Does Southeast Massachusetts count?

      • katry Says:

        Corn Bread Salad
        Ready in: Under 30 minutes

        INGREDIENTS:
        1 (9″) pan of cornbread, cooked, cooled and crumbled,
        
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp

        1/2 bell pepper, chopped

        1/2 medium purple onion chopped

        1 tomato diced
        1/2 rib celery, diced

        1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

        DIRECTIONS:
        Mix all ingredients and put in large salad bowl. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. This salad keeps for several days in the refrigeration. It is even better after 2 days.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Every thing is better with bacon. I’m not a fan of cornbread but I can eat bacon around it. 🙂

  4. Idle Mind Says:

    BACON! No need to say more; I’m there. I’m thinking maybe I’ll add some chopped or shredded cheddar also.

    • katry Says:

      May I suggest Irish cheddar. It is the best I’ve tasted in a while. It is an appie for dinner tonight.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope Henry swallows his car ride stoically and maybe even learns to like the car.
    Have a great vacation.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Caryn,

      I also have high hopes that Henry will survive his trek. I’ll let you know.

  6. Birgit Says:

    Have a great movie night, Killer Klowns from Outer Space sounds perfect. The ironing board reminds me of our 60’s Space Patrol Orion TV series. The budget was low and irons, water faucets and other common household stuff was used for the spaceship cockpit.

    We went to another free open-air concert today, a group from Réunion. The music was bad, boring and far too loud. I want my money back 🙂

    Enjoy your vacation!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      The crowd clapped at the end of the movie. They all agreed they really enjoyed it. I am always surprised at what movies they never heard of.


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