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Preparing for the Holidays . . . with Cats


It used to be that the holiday season started with Thanksgiving but everyone knows that retailers have pushed it back to about mid-July. In my house, it starts when the Hallmark Channel starts showing Christmas movies. You know the ones. Girl has good job in New York, travels to small town, meets man, falls in love, quits job, stays in small town. Anyway, that is when my wife starts to get excited about the season.

This year there is even more of an urgency to prepare for the holidays. Rose’s son and his girlfriend, who is not his girlfriend (it’s complicated), are flying in tomorrow. They will stay for his birthday on the 18th and for Thanksgiving before leaving the following Friday. So, obviously, it is important to have things ready.

The first thing to prepare for was the annual cookie bake extravaganza which includes pumpkin rolls and Chex mix. Before that could be started, Rose had to set the oven to “clean.” That caused our house to be a bit stinky so I opened some windows to air it out a little. Of course, that did not go unnoticed by our cats.

cats looking out window

Next was our Christmas tree, which I kept stored in a large zippered bag. before I could even finish unpacking it, Chris managed to crawl inside. Naturally, that got the attention of Floki and Frankie.

Then we had to get out the decorations which meant plenty of opportunities to investigate or just lay in a box.

cats into Christmas decorations

Finally, because of or in spite of all the help, we finished our Christmas tree.

Next, I have to put lights outside. I must admit I am a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to decorating but I especially don’t like stringing lights outside the house. It is something that mostly only gets seen by the neighbors so it seems like it is done solely to impress the neighbors and I don’t care about impressing the neighbors. I do want to make my wife happy so I string lights.

What are your thoughts on decorating for the holidays? Am I wrong about the outside lights?

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New Calenders


I thought I would do a bit of self-promoting today and mention that I added two calendars to my Zazzle store. The first is a Bad Cat Chris calendar featuring, you guessed it, Chris.

  Bad Cat Chris Calendar
Bad Cat Chris Calendar by workingcat

The second features funny photos and text from my other blog, Just Fur Laughs.

Just Fur Laughs' 2016 Calander Calendar
Just Fur Laughs’ 2016 Calander Calendar by workingcat

Then there is one that features both cats and kittens.

Cats and Kittens Calendar
Cats and Kittens Calendar by workingcat

Finally I have a new Christmas card featuring Frankie.

What do you think of them? If you are interested in these or anything on Zazzle they have a special this weekend if you use code CRAZYWEEKEND. That gives you various discounts including 30% off calendars and 50% off cards.

Getting Ready for Christmas


Today we had the pleasure of putting up our Christmas tree… with help from the cats, of course.

cats and Christmas tree

Chris managed to get into the bag before I got tree tree out.cats and Christmas tree

Frankie was there helping me put the pieces together while Puck supervised. Unfortunately, Puck’s pictures did not come out well.cats and Christmas tree

The tree looked great after Rose decorated it,

Christmas tree

It definitely met with Chris’s approval.

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I put up lights around the windows after the tree was done and Frankie was there to help every step of the way. I asked Rose to take a picture of us but when she did she called Frankie to look her way but he jumped down and went to her instead.

Who else gets extra help for the holidays?

This Toy is the Cat’s Meow


A little over a year ago we introduced our cats to the “Cat’s Meow” cat toy (read about it here). They loved that toy but we were not the best at remembering to take it out and turn it on. We ended up giving it to someone with more cats than us.

This Christmas we decided to buy them another one and hopefully be better about using it. Frankie was not around for the last one and found it quite fascinating, as did Chris. Puck missed out on the first round of playing because he was hiding under the bed, but he did get a paw in there a little later.

Chris had it figured out pretty quickly and was under the cover working at the mechanism.

Cat's meow cat toyI got a nice Christmas gift too. It is a Canon EOS-M digital camera that I took the video and photograph with. All in all, it was a very nice Christmas

Space Invaders


Since we put the Armour in the spare bedroom, all the cats like getting on top of it but Frankie has somewhat taken over that space as his own. Since our living area is somewhat limited, lately Frankie’s space has been invaded by Christmas related stuff. We needed a place to store gifts and other stuff while preparing for Christmas. As you can see, Frankie was not too thrilled about losing his spot.

Frankie and Chris

The good news is the gifts are all wrapped and under the tree. The bad news is we have a visitor so other things are being stored up there for the moment. Oh well. At least it is temporary and things should be back to normal in a week.