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Fe-line Pa-ral-y-sis

20171106_231720Dear Furiends,

My word for the week is Fe-line Pa-ral-y-sis. It is a noun and the definition is: a condition in which humans are unable to move due to the presence of a cat on their lap/s.  I admit that I need to work on this skill…. Mr. M is as masterful at it as he is a purr-therapy. <sigh> I don’t know why the things he does, which he claims are ‘proper feline conduct’ seem so difficult for me to learn. I wish my calendar had tips on how to become a propurr cat!20170226_095637

Purrseidon >^.^<

>>>>> Just look how skilled he is at this – he even looks like he enjoys lounging there and doing nothing.

Planning for Spring…

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I’m planning for spring because three very important things have happened: we’ve received seed catalogues; we’re having a cold spell (do NOT listen to the idiots who claim global warming!); and I miss our insects and butterflies. As you’ll recall, the humans sprayed poison to kill mosquitoes that might carry zika virus, last year & apparently that dreadful stuff killed off a lot more than those mosquitoes. I’ve been able to count the number of birds and butterflies I saw last year on my two front paws… I have four toes on each paw.) M and I really, really miss watching birds and butterflies, so I’m planning to plant flowers that butterflies love. In order to know which seeds to buy, I referred to this chart, which Mr. M discovered on Pinterest, and thought you might find it useful, too.

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Did you notice that catmint was on the list?!? I didn’t know butterflies were such connoisseurs.

Purrseidon >^.^<

 

Friday Fillins

20161007_1002271. My guiding word for 2018 is patience…. and believe me, this is truly something I need to cultivate to live in this multi-species household where my feline sisfur acts like a otter and I’m expected to view prey (Halo) as a brofur instead 

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of the main ingredient in hasenpfeffer stew…. I shall not even attempt to articulate my thoughts on the humans and their infernal habit of hauling me to the v e t or ‘sisfur’ Sphera, even though she can be more of a scardy cat than Purrseidon….

2. A house is not a home without cats!

20170318_1438073. I look forward to planting our garden this year and I’m purraying there won’t be another ‘nip-stealing hurricane this year.

4. I really need to start my seeds indoors, because the weather has turned unexpectedly cold. Would you believe that we’ve had frost for the past couple nights?!? This is unheard of, at least for my latitude!!! The news acts a lot like Chicken Little and yelling ‘the sky is falling’, but after all, it IS winter, so cold weather is supposedly expected. I think the problem is that many reporters also buy into the global warming concept, but blizzards sort of make me wonder about the accuracy of that.P1180042

This post is purrticipating in a blog hop hosted by McGuffy’s Reader & 15andmeowing Yesterday, they asked these 4 fill in the blank questions: I’m also linking this post to //www.blenza.com/linkies/loc_en.js//www.blenza.com/linkies/opt_defaults.js//www.blenza.com/linkies/misterlinky.js//www.blenza.com/linkies/autolink.php?mode=standard&owner=comedyplus&postid=01Jan2018&meme=10165” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Comedy Plus’s Feline Friday.

1. My guiding word for 2018 is _____________________.

2. A house is not a home without ________________________.

3. I look forward to ___________________this year.

4. I really need to ___________________, because _______________.

Listening

m3Dear Furiends,

Living in this multi-species household, I think being listened to is something we each need to strive for in order to co-exist. After all, good communication starts with listening, so listening and trying to understand what the other individual is trying to say is something to be thankful for. That is why this post is purrticipating in Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Let me begin by sharing the definitions Google gave me:

lis·ten ˈlis(ə)n/listen

verb: give one’s attention to a sound.

synonyms: hear, pay attention, be attentive, attend, concentrate; keep one’s ears open, prick up one’s ears; take notice of and act on what someone says; respond to advice or a request, take into consideration.

In this tom’s opinion, prick up one’s ears’ seems to be the most accurate. I admit that sometimes, I should listen a little better, and I don’t think I’m alone in needing to improve that. So, I am also thankful that I am objective enough to realize listening is something I need to improve.

15749589_10207957609074095_1962851687_nGetting back to why I say listening is important... Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood…. So, settle down and have that conversation because if there is one communication skill you should aim to master, then listening is it. Listening is so important that many top employers provide listening skills training for their employees. It’s important to know why others react to things the way they do and listening to what they say is a good way to do that. I also caution that if an individual’s words don’t match their actions, this is also cause for alarm and caution.17 - 1

Mr. M =^.^=