Humorous Kitty – Thankful Thursday

This morning, after returning home from my morning walk with Sissy, my cat Usako was super energized. She was running all over the house and then outside when I came home and left the door open. She runs in and out now and then.

She runs here, there and everywhere and never stops to think.

image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone

I’m grateful for my kitty, even when she’s tripping me up all over the house.

Make sure you check out the original Thankful Thursday as well.

Family In All Shapes and Sizes – Thankful Thursday

It’s that time again, but this time I think I’ll focus on a few little things once more instead of just one theme. Not because there aren’t big things or people that I can focus on, but because there are a lot of little things I can think of at the moment and I want to share them.

This week I am thankful for:

Company during filing
image: older family phone
image: older family phone
Tommy
 
The best of friends
image: old family phone
image: old family phone
Tommy and Oz
image: old family phone
image: old family phone
Tommy and Oz
 
Peace at home, goodwill between cats and dogs
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Usako and DA
 
Comfy places to sleep
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Cotton

 

 
Companionship
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Sadie and Sammy
 
Curiosity is better with siblings
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Dora and DA
 
Random camera shy cat
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Usako
 
Adorable puppies
image: sister's phone
image: sister’s phone
Dora

Really, I’m grateful for animal family members today, both past and present.

For the original Thankful Thursday post today: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/thankful-thursday-the-goodness-of-life/

Sunday Morning Stillness

The air is still,
No worries here.
Rest and watch
The sun heat,
The sky blue
The wind still.
And yet…
There’s so much more here.
 
Tall grass rustles:
Cats stalk through,
Dogs following, curious,
Snakes moving to get away…
Ducks quack,
And birds chirp,
Don’t let the whistle fade.
 
Flowers grow,
Their scents sublime
And yet I want you to be mine.
image: from martha0stout's phone

image: from martha0stout’s phone


Not written for any specific prompt, just a little something about this morning around the house. The picture is my cat, Usako, finding my eldest niece’s paper flower and checking it out. She’s a curious little thing who also likes to ambush people

Work It Out Kitties

I know that you’re scared
Right now you’re not prepared.
It will get better, don’t you fret.
So don’t run away just yet.
Why can’t we be friends?
Usually you’re just a pest
So of course you’ll want to be the best.
At least try to let her in
Kindly will you try to begin?
Oh I wish you’d try to get along…

Two kitties learning to get along while the third just watches and waits in the wings to see what will be the fallout.

I wanted to use this for this week’s Traces Prompt (http://tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/traces-prompt-3-opening-the-door-to-your-heart/) because when I thin of open doors lately, I think of my cat learning to get along with my sister’s cat. It’s going to be tough going for the next while. Cotton, the eldest cat, is just observing the interactions between Iris (sister’s cat) and Usako (my cat). In the end, Cotton is the Alpha cat while the other two are figuring out whose the second top cat.

Dust Bunny, Hop Hop – Poetry Prompt 14

Dirt will puff with the lightest of touch
Unless of course the scent comes out
So don’t complain when by she will slouch
There really is no need to shout.
 
Because she will rub up against you
Until you smell as dusty and she does.
Next her mother will come on around,
Necessary it will be, for she will tongue bath you.
Yes she will try to reach all around, but still you’ll smell dusty.

Written for another of Pooky’s poetry prompts: http://pookypoetry.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/poetry-prompt-14-describe-a-smell/

My cat’s name is Usako, which means baby bunny, as she had rather large ears as a kitten would spend most of her time jumping around. As an adult, she likes to roll around in the dry dirt out back and then come in. It’s not always easy to tell when she’s done this as she’s a grey and orange and white cat. (She’s mostly grey.) So, she’s my little ‘dust bunny.’

Layabouts – Day Twenty-Six

You sleep in bed all morning long,
Waiting till the last to join the throng.
You say you got to bed quite late,
And that is why the rest must wait.
So every five minutes you hit the snooze
Because your sleep you don’t want to lose.
 
Well that will change sometime soon
Because you see, we have a boon.
You shall awake because it’s late
And I shall not continue to wait;
 
Wake up!
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image: from martha0stout’s phone

Written in honor of my sister’s kids every morning that they don’t have school. They’d sleep until 1:00 pm if I let them. The picture is of my cat, Usako.

Also using today’s NaPoWriMo prompt: http://www.napowrimo.net/2014/04/day-26-2/

Now!

Now, I want it now!
Are you listening to me?
Pay attention!
If I have to ask one more time…
I will push this lid closed!
I’m doing it!
Fine! I’ll pretend,
I never wanted it at all.
So I shall sit and sulk.
Humph.
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Picture: from martha0stout’s camera

Written for today’s Daily Post prompt and in honor of my cat, Usako (who tries every day to close my laptop on me).

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/daily-prompt-now-2/

Animal Family Members

Not all families are the same. Some have all boys or all girls for kids or some kind of mix, unless there is only one child. Some children are adopted and some are fostered if they’re not born into it. And then there are the ‘children’ that aren’t even human.

My family has always had some kind of animal family member in residence if we were at all able to do so. The times when we didn’t have a non-human in residence were usually the worse times for any of our health, mental, emotional or even physical. this is kind of true even after my siblings have grown up and moved out on their own or even started new families. They have taught us patience and compassion even when they are being their most trying.

My current non-human child is a tortoise-colored cat (I hope I got that right, I spent a few years under the misapprehension that she was a calico laughs at self). Her name is Usako which means bunny because when she was born, her ears were as big as they are now that she is a full-grown cat. They did not grow, she grew into them. She also had this habit of jumping higher than you’d think even a cat could jump. She works hard to train me to be more patient and considerate of others as well as pay more attention to what it is that I do normally during a day.

I had a friend’s family dog nip at me today, which is kind of what prompted this post. He had already warned my sister and I that he wasn’t up for people being near him. I was foolish and ignored his silent warnings and body language. He headbutted my outstretched hand and barked at the same time. I had a bruised knuckle that is still sore, but has finally gone down enough so that I can use the hand better. He could have bitten my hand and done some actual damage. He didn’t even break the skin on my knuckles. After he’d given his final warning, he allowed me to back off, but kept a wary eye on me the rest of the time I was there. I finally smartened up and took his warning.

I don’t blame the dog at all. I wasn’t the best little girl around this friend’s cats growing up. I wasn’t the worst, but as a child I liked to startle them. They never clawed or bit me for it (unless I managed to get my hands on them, and even then, they only clawed enough to escape.) I ignored this dog’s warning and so he had to give me another one. He could have hurt me, but he didn’t and I’m pretty sure he did so on purpose. He was as much a part of his family as my cat is to mine. He’s person whose boundaries I had ignored even after being asked to back up and give him some space.