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.

M E M O R I E S

(From when I was a baby)  

THE BIG BOWL 

There is this big bowl that Mommie keeps on the kitchen table. Sometimes for supper all she eats is popcorn out of this big bowl. Sometimes when she is gone I get up on the table and fold myself into that bowl. It is just the right size to feel snug in.

Yesterday I got up on the table and got in the bowl. It smelled like popcorn (which is a good thing). What I didn't know is that it still had the popcorn grease all around inside. It was ok when I was in the bowl, but when I got out my fur was greasy (yuk).

When Mommie came home and reached down to pet hello to me, she discovered the grease on me and then the cat fur in the big bowl. I was almost pleading with her to do something about the grease. Of course, she wanted to do something too so I wouldn't spread the grease around the house. (Like lay on the couch or on the bed or something to get it all greasy too.)

She took rags and wiped me off first. Then she sprayed warm water on my fur with some grease-fighting dish soap in it to get the grease off. Pretty soon my fur was back to normal although it was still a little damp.

I am considering that bowl off limits to me forever. Mommie said from now on she is going to put the bowl upside down when she is through with it. 

Mommie didn't say any words. We were ok when we went to bed at night.

MILLERS TASTE GOOD

Last night I was chasing a miller around the living room. (For those that don't know what millers are, that is just another name for moths.)

Several times I had to jump pretty high. I tried not to jump that high when Mommie was around because I didn’t want her to know how agile I really am. That miller actually dived at me one time.

All at once he landed on the floor. He must have not seen me because I came up behind him and CHOMPED down. He went down pretty easy even though he was kind of "furry" on top. I really didn't realize what I had done until Mommie yelled just before I chomped -- "No don't do that!" I didn't even need to get a drink of water afterward. He tasted pretty good.

Mommie was the one that almost threw up when I did that chomping.

Oct. 9, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
Oct. 9, 2014
THE END "Almost"
As you may have guessed by now, there are almost 365 entries -- where has that year gone. Sparkles is still being Sparkles and he gets into lots of trouble even as a "grown up" cat. But, mostly he has matured and manages to stay out of trouble most of the time.

In regard to this, Sparkles has taken a look at his life and has decided he needs to pray every day. (In his case maybe several times a day.) Mommie is recording his prayers as "Devotions with Sparkles" and this site will continue to be here with his prayers.
Oct. 9, 2014
NOTICE ! ! !
SPARKLES SEZ: Beginning this week entries will be done on Tuesday and Friday. Mommie says she has too much to do on the weekends and that she has too many irons in the fire. What does that mean? I hope she doesn't get burned.

MOMMIE SAYS SHE IS SORRY THAT SOME OF THE POSTS HAVE BEEN A DAY OR TWO LATE. SHE SAYS SHE WILL TRY HARDER BEGINNING TODAY TO KEEP THE TUESDAY - FRIDAY SCHEDULE GOING.

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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?

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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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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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