Thursday, August 30, 2007

u has fluffy literachur

oh, hai. we were just going through your library, looking for some good books. it's important to start reading to the youngsters early on.
can't have them growing up to become illiterates who es-chew [es-shoe?] the classics.

On the bright side, they've all moved out of the bedroom [yesterday], completely, which means that I can shampoo the carpet, move the bed [now that it's not sheltering terrorists], and put up the last set of bookshelves. Also, mom cat has eschewed the kitten-sized litter pans I had put out, and has them using the big-cat litter boxes that I've installed in the library [which would be the breakfast nook in a normal person's abode].

Allowing them to scatter their toys and my books all over the library floor seems a small price to pay in return for the increased efficiency in toilet training and and the fact that the dog, curmudgeon cat, and I can finally sleep in peace and quiet with the bedroom door closed.

On an entertaining note, mom cat has also introduced them to the dog-and-big-cat water bowl, which is now serving double duty as a tiny-cat wading pool.

17 comments:

Archaeopteryx said...

I'd be made afraid by the fact that these cats all seem to be reading murder mysteries.

Watch your back.

Steve Bates said...

Charming beyond words! (But of course I have some anyway...)

Classics... Christie and Sayers... and contemporary... Adamson and Evanovich that I can identify: I'd say those kittens could take their place in bookstores when they grow up. Good for you for introducing them, and for tolerating the occasional misplaced book. (Shoes are of course a different matter. I do hope they eschew chewing the new shoes. "Pardon me Roy...")

hipparchia said...

steve:

there's some joan hess, ngaio marsh, dick francis, rex stout, marcia muller, and tony hillerman mixed inthere too. plus some fluff.



arch:

i'm ahead of them. i've already all those murder mysteries. hence the relief at having a closed bedroom door now.

Steve Bates said...

I [heart] Ngaio Marsh and Rex Stout. Haven't read the rest; I need to branch out. So many authors; so little time...

Thanks again for the truly sweet cat pics.

[yyunxfe - yes, yes, you need feline encouragement!]

hipparchia said...

hillerman writes the joe leaphorn / jim chee series, set on the navajo reservation. i recommend them.

dick francis was a top steeplechase jockey, and his books are centered around horse racing. i've always loved the excitement of horse racing, and have ridden a couple of retired racers back in my horse show days, but now i'm mostly just appalled by the dark side of the sport. i still enjoy the books, though.

joan hess is a trip. she's got two enjoyable series, but for pure over the top, backwoods hick hilarity you can't beat maggody.

Steve Bates said...

Thanks for the recommendations; I'll check them out. Maggody sounds like fun.

Back in 2001, I actually met the author of the Joe Grey cat mystery series, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, on a train along the West Coast. No, she doesn't write the Mrs. Murphy series; that's a different talking-animals series by Rita Mae Brown, who also writes horseracing and foxhunting stories, apparently from firsthand experience in upper-crust Virginia (?) circles.

hipparchia said...

i have all of rita's books [very upper crust virginia]

Steve Bates said...

I have five or six of Rita Mae Brown's, all from the Mrs. Murphy series except one. She writes very well. Her human characters strike me as slightly deeper than those in most cat mystery series.

hipparchia said...

i've never thought of hers as cat mysteries, in spite of the roles that the animals play. the animals get lots of face time in the books, but their characters aren't as well-drawn [or perhaps not as complex] as the humans are.

i kind of like midnight louie, and of course irene.

Steve Bates said...

Oh, yes, to both Louie and Irene. I've read most of the Midnight Louie mysteries (and the one short story I found in a collection, with one of Louie's ancestors in ancient Egypt as a principal character). And I just started the Irene Adler series a few months ago... I now own them all, and will read the rest gradually over time. Good stuff, all of it. (For a guy, I even tolerate the romance-novel aspect pretty well. :) ) Carole Nelson Douglas can spin a tale, can write, and can occasionally make godawful puns. What more could one ask!

Keifus said...

I think it's the guilty looks in the top two pictures that are doing it for me.

Bryan said...

I second the recommend on Hillerman. He has done his homework on the police side as well as the Navajo.

The Juvies don't look happy about the invasion of the crumb snatchers. They probably want something done about them.

Kittens have an annoying habit of not just wading in water dishes, but sleeping in the kibble. If you have a round basket or bowl just big enough for all four to fit in, they will migrate to it and use it for sleeping.

Looks like a lot of interesting things will be deposited in your shoes.

hipparchia said...

crumb snatchers! that's one i hadn't thought of. there are 6 of them, not 4, and their most memorable feature is that i no longer walk through the place, i shuffle, the way you do to scare off the stingrays.

the 2 almost-cats in the pictures are still enjoying their self-assigned auntie roles. the 2 you don't see have turned into carbon copies of curmudgeon cat. the dog still runs to help anybody who's in distress, but he's tired of having weightless balls of fluff leaping on him while he's asleep.

i've rescued the shoes, and the food bowl lives on a table.


i figure about 100 cans if you're a pro, considerably more if you're not.

hipparchia said...

steve, i'll allow a token amount of romance to creep into my murder mysteries, but for a grrrl, i don't tolerate it very well. good writing and god-awful puns will most definitely win extra brownie points from me.

hipparchia said...

keifus, aren't those expressions priceless? i remain unconvinced that cats have active enough consciences to feel guilt though.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wonderful! I love this post!

hipparchia said...

you're welcome!