Friday, August 17, 2007

Is Gandalf Really That Silly?

"Need the catnip...skirt's in the way...oh...catnip...come to papa..."

Catnip. The only example I can think of where Mae completely looses her dignity.

"Oh sweet, sweet catnip...oh! ...I see fairies..."

Atticus went off in a corner to contemplate the meaning of life after his roll around the catnip.

I couldn't find him.

So, I was asked recently - is Gandalf really that silly?

Oh yes.

He's a goof, but an absolutely loveable one. He loves being around others, whether it be Mae or Atticus or people. He's curious, sometimes to his own detriment - sailing down the stairs while sitting in the litter box lid; falling in the toilet (ok, Atticus did this too); getting locked in the shower stall because I didn't realize he had snuck in to explore. Oh, and of course the day he snuck out between my legs as I was leaving for work one morning and ended spending the whole day outside. Atticus sitting on his head in some kind of feline wrestling move when he was smaller. His way of saying - stop. sniffing. me. One time when I was puppy-sitting my sister and SIL puppy Finnegan, I turned around to find the two of them napping happily side by side in Finnegan's crate. (Of course, to get to this point, Finnegan had to generously offer up his puppy food, like some new kid at a new school. They were all great friends after they scarfed back his food.) He is the only one of my guys who will let me pick him up, and give him hugs and kisses, and he'll put up with. Mae will put up with only so long, and Atticus will only put up with if he wants to.

*staring into space*

"Lalalalalala...Ooooo, I wonder if Atticus will be ok with me waking him up...maybe I should go check out the food situation in the kitchen...yarn? Is that yarn?... lalalalalalala...Oh, wait, didn't I want to... cool, I think Mom's going to watch Animal Planet... I want to be a lion when I grow up... no, an elephant, no one messes with them... I wonder if Auntie Lorraine is going to come for a visit?... doodeedoo lalalalalala...Uh oh, Mom's coming over...she's gonna give me a kiss again...aw geez...! Mom!"



Meanwhile, back on the couch...


Mermaid grows. What you see there is the left front, underarm, and start of the back. And you know - it is nowhere near as difficult as it looks. As long as you pay attention, and trust the knitting wisdom of Hanne Falkenberg. I have also been making up some kitty blankets for the Annex Cat Rescue, which is why she's been a bit neglected. I am really enjoying it!

Thanks for all your kind comments about Kiri! I haven't had a chance to block her yet - I'm hoping I will be able to this weekend.

And then - pictures!


25 comments:

Jewel said...

Awww... Gandalf is so sweet. I just love his face. We have two other cats which Lorraine says I never talk about. It's because they're closet nippers. Meems could care less about catnip.

Rachel H said...

Ya gotta love the goofy little black cats. Except for the 'hey look, TOES to bite and scratch!' phase they don't seem to grow out of.

Oh, and Happy Belated 100th Blogday. Can't believe I didn't get my comment on that actual post. I'm so slipping.

Sonya said...

Mae is seeing fairies! I'll be chuckling over that one all evening. Our cats haven't had the catnip pleasure in a long time. In fact poor little Graystar has never had any. This could be our weekend entertainment!

Chris said...

LOL! Brilliant captions. I think Gandalf and May channel each other - altho she hates to be picked up and snuggled...

Mermaid looks great!

Anonymous said...

Wow,you're ripping along on Mermaid.

Gandalf is an adorable silly boy kitty. Hez likes catnip which was more than Sheba did. Sheba was a complete teetotaller. You could practically hear the sniff and the temperance lecture.

Jaquetta said...

Uh oh. That was me.

Fairies? Mae sees fairies? LOL.

Carrie K said...

WHAT? THE? HELL? Jaquetta? Anonymous? I kind of like Jacquetta though. Alas, and JUST. In. Case.......Carrie K.

Bridget said...

This made me laugh out loud - especially the captions!

Nicole said...

How cute! I love hearing about other people's cat stories. It makes my sillies seem normal. (Not because they don't do silly stuff, but because so many other cats do silly stuff too.)

Have a great weekend!

Lorraine said...

Bridge- Boy, Mermaid is really swimming along. I haven't heard the Siren call yet.
(I've been reading too much Rainey Sisters!)
Gandalf is adorable, they all are. They each have their own wonderful personalities.
(I have a soft spot for big old Atticus).

Brenda said...

What a fun post! Gandalf is a sweetheart in addition to being a goof.

Mermaid looks spectacular! Have a great weekend!

Marina said...

Wow! Mermaid has grown quite a bit. Lovely colours!

At least Mae doesn't look half as zonked as Chaos or May, when they're high on catnip!

bev said...

Gandalf is the shiznitz! Don't ask me what that means; just rest assured it is a good thing. And, Mermaid is awesome! I am living vicariously through other's knitted items. I have too many UFOs to even think about another...well...maybe. Come on cool weather, I wanna see pictures of people wearing hand knit sweaters!

Sachi said...

Heehee! Kitties!

That Mermaid is really something!

miyamojo said...

Goofy Gandalf - what a character!
Endless entertainment!

Mermaid looks great!
Love the vertical striping and color!

Glad you understand cubicle life! :)

Anni said...

Your Mermaid looks great (I know you love all the short rows :)). I really like that colorway.

barbp said...

Love the Dudes! The mermaid is fannnntastic! Great job - I can't wait to see it completed.

Shannon said...

Gandalf is a cutie pie! I want another kitty, but will have to wait...Mae seeing faeries is too cute!

Carrie said...

I love how mermaid is coming along! Really, really pretty. And catnip was the only time my cat ever got silly, but it was fun! I should have grown some in a pot. She'd have liked that =)

Debby said...

You totally captured the thinking of the kitties in that caption!! Well, except for Charlie who is, as we say, a human in a catsuit. But that is very Tim, all those thoughts!

Mermaid looks great and I love that you chose sea colors to knit her with.

Marji said...

LOL, I just scanned your comments before posting and did a double take when I read that Carrie should have grown some pot. ...
Love the mermaid. I just saw a Plisse today too that Ann over in England just finished. The HF siren song is getting stronger.

Shannon said...

Although I haven't been reading your blog much too long at all I can't help but imagine Gandlaf sailing down the stairs any other way besides using the lid as surfboard type thing and having fun. I know that he didn't do it on purpose, but Gandlaf strikes me as being so goofy that he fits well with my imagination.

Traceyleezle said...

I love your kitty posts. I miss having a cat. I really love that Mermaid pattern. I can't wait to see it.

Rebekah said...

Cats just crack me up! I really wish I could have about 18. although i am a dog person now too, I would just like to have a bunch of them all.

Mermaid is looking absolutely lovely!

Dipsy said...

I had such a great laugh reading through your cat-stories - one could write books and books about those furry beings! I would have loved to see Gandalf sailing down the stairs in the litter box, what a scream! ;)))
Mermaid looks awesome!