THE CATNIP DIARIES

 

THE CATNIP DIARIES

The First Year

(Copyright 2013-2014)

With

Sparkles and Mommie

PREFACE

This book was written by Sparkles (the cat) with Mommie’s help.  All ideas and entries are from the mind of Sparkles.  Side commentary is by Mommie.

When Mommie talks or has her ideas they will be in italics.  Everything else is MINE!

JULY

It was a regular Tuesday at the Pound.  I heard Mommie tell the caretaker she wanted an adult female cat that purred.  She walked right past me.  Luckily for me there were only two such animals in the shelter and neither of the cats measured up to her purring standards.  On her way out Mommie glanced at me and stuck her little finger into the cage – I guess to tease me or something.  That’s when I went into my LOUD purring mode. 

“Love at first sight.”   Mommie reached in and held me to be sure the purring didn’t stop.  I could have pur-r-r-r-ed forever if it meant getting out of that prison.  Mommie told the caretaker she wanted a cat today and if I were available she wanted ME.  Just think, someone really wanted me!  I guess she didn’t care that I was only five months old and male.  She just wanted a cat TODAY. 

In the office when Mommie was filling out the papers, she asked if I had a name.  Of course I had a name, I just didn’t know what it was.  Mommie took another look at me as I scurried under the desks looking for something, anything, to go for a run away from the cage.  Mommie told the caretaker about someone called Woffier* and then she said I brought a sparkle to her eyes, so she called me Sparkles which sounded good to me.

*Woffier was Mommie’s beloved 11-year old German Shepherd who died six weeks earlier.  Mommie was really sad about that.

 

IRRIGATION CIRCLE 

On the way home we stopped at one of Mommie's high school friends. Luckily Mommie called ahead and we had a good dinner – the three barn cats and I got side bites. 

The barn cats were friendly and very nice. I thought anyway. After we played a few cat games, the other cats decided that I should go snipe* hunting with them. They described the snipes and explained where they stayed during the day because they went out at night. It sounded like snipes were rather tasty. They said the snipes stay in the corn field during the day nestled near the bottom of the corn stalks.

The cat leader said he saw one earlier in the day about 20 feet into the corn row. I went down the row he pointed out but I didn't see any. All of a sudden he yelled to me “over in the next row to your left”.

All of a sudden I got drenched. Soaking wet. I had been so intent on finding that snipe that I didn't hear the irrigation pivot coming. The ground was a little damp when I went into the field, but not wet enough to pique my curiosity. Bad oversight. You know how I hate cold water and that well water was C-O-L-D. Brrrr. 

When Mommie picked me up to get ready to leave she noticed how wet I was. She toweled me off and put me on the floor in the back seat so I wouldn't get everything else wet. She didn't know what had happened. I wish I could have told her about those mean old cats. 

* Snipes – They are imaginary animals. When city kids come out to the farm, the farm kids explain that to be a real farmer you have to get a snipe while hunting. It is sort of a “rite of passage” for city kids when they visit their farm cousins.

REMOTE

On our last night at a motel during our trip to Colorado, the people were watching TV amd I was trying to get hours 17 and 18 of my sleep for the day.

I was fast asleep on a pillow when I was awakened with something hard jabbing into my back legs. When I stretched, Uncle Ron, Aunt Helen and Mommie all yelled at the same time – who changed the channel? They had been watching a show which had cute dogs in it and it switched to professional wrestling. Ron accused the ladies of changing the channel so they could ogle the muscle-bound men. Since they couldn't find the remote right away Mommie got up and changed the channel manually (how quaint!) back to the dog show.

A serious hunt for the remote began after the third channel change. Aunt Helen had the “ah ha” moment when she patted the blanket and found the remote under my back legs.. Mommie called me a cutesie name, Uncle Ron just sighed, and I went back to sleep.

Jul. 8, 2014
Look at the new messages from readers on the last page. Go ahead and leave a comment if you like. Look forward to hearing from you!
Jul. 8, 2014
Just to clear up things: Mommie is my people mommie and Momma is my cat mommie (biological).
Mar. 28, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
May. 2, 2014
TO OUR NEW READERS. Some of the entries won't make any sense unless you read earlier entries.

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TO OUR NEW READERS:

To get the most out of your reading, please note that some of the daily diary entries might not make much sense unless you start at the beginning of the diary at DIARY BEGINS HERE. The top entry on this page is the beginning of the diary, the story just above this is the latest entry. 

Three or four diary entries are added each week.  No diary days are posted on Saturday or Sunday because some of our readers only have access to the internet at their work.

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Dizzy Jean | Reply 25.07.2014 11.14

Sparkles, are you a trivia buff or a philosopher? You ask some of the most unusual questions most people wouldn't even think about. My question: why is that?

Dusty | Reply 07.07.2014 09.33

Have a great vacation! We will read you when you come back.

Jeannie C. | Reply 26.06.2014 06.02

Sparkles, You should be more sympathetic towards Sissy regarding the high water bill. After all, you probably taught her every thing she knows.

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25.07 | 11:14

Sparkles, are you a trivia buff or a philosopher? You ask some of the most unusual questions most people wouldn't even think about. My question: why is that?

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07.07 | 09:33

Have a great vacation! We will read you when you come back.

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26.06 | 06:02

Sparkles, You should be more sympathetic towards Sissy regarding the high water bill. After all, you probably taught her every thing she knows.

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27.10 | 10:52

Mommie says to go to wloltigerlolw2 on YouTube to see a video of cats getting baths. I thought it was funny because I wasn't the one getting the bath. Ha ha.

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