Saturday, September 17, 2011
Herman Goes Nekkid
Karen Jo: My apologies. I am still trying to get used to my new schedule, or rather a lack of one. I fall prey to the lure of the TV much too often, then fall asleep watching and don't blog. I am also going out more. I love having a social life again. Working nights and weekends meant that I had barely any social life at all. I promise to do much better. Herman, don't complain about your shave too much. You know that you feel much better.
True, I am running around and playing much more, now that my flanks don't hurt from the nasty mats.
Karen Jo: I was about to offer you a ride down, but you handled it all on your own.
One of the things that I don't like so much is that Mom changed our lunch time. We used to get fed at 1:30 every afternoon. Now we have to wait until three or four.
Karen Jo: I was throwing out so much food that you didn't eat between breakfast (any time between 8 and 10) and lunch that I decided to space out your meals more evenly. Now most meals get eaten almost completely. You still get breakfast and supper at your regular times.
You are not giving me enough treats.
Karen Jo: I am only giving you one treat at a time and only several hours apart now. You need to cut down on treats so you can lose weight. You need to go in for a weighing again fairly soon.
Rats. Hey, maybe I lost weight when I got shaved, so I will weigh in at less this time.
Karen Jo: That's possible, but you are still not getting more treats.
Rats again. At least I still get nibbles from your meals.
Emma: Mom has started giving me a treat when I take my Interferon, but I still run from her when I see the syringe.
Karen Jo: I don't know why you don't like it. It's just a little squirt of cold water in your mouth.
Emma: It's the cold I don't like. It makes me shake my front paws and sometimes give a little shiver.
Karen Jo: Sorry about the cold, but the Interferon has to be refrigerated. Herman likes it.
I still shake my front paw right after I take it.
Karen Jo: Emma is still having a lot of fun chasing the ribbon tied to my Happy Retirement balloon. It's Mylar, so it still floats. Today, she was playing with it in the living room when I left to attend a meeting. When I returned several hours later, Emma was napping on my bed and the balloon was in my bedroom, too. I am guessing that she grabbed the ribbon and took the balloon with her. The windows were closed, so it couldn't have drifted there on its own.
Emma: I am not saying a word. It is really fun, though. I am also still very partial to my new wand toy, though I still like Da Bird best. We are getting more play time, though we aren't always interested when Mom wants to play.
Mom went on a toy hunt the other day. I love watching her lie on the floor and try to reach the toys we have batted under the couch. She found a bunch of balls and a couple of mice. Mom has been watching me pounce Emma. I jump out and try to grab her with my front paws. She always gets away, though. Sometimes I chase her afterward and sometimes I don't. I like to keep her guessing.
Emma: I don't know why Herman wants to grab me. I don't mind it, or the chasing. I can always get away from him. He won't follow me if I go up high or if I duck into any of my hidey-holes. Herman can be fun with toys, too. I whapped a ball near him and he whapped it again and I chased it. He lost interest after that, but it's the most play with toys interaction Mom has seen between us.
Karen Jo: The two of you seem to be getting closer and closer. Most nights both of you sleep with me on the bed, though not close to each other, usually. The other night Emma beat Herman to his favorite spot next to my chest where I pet him. I was petting Emma when Herman showed up. He just lay at my feet, out of whapping range from Emma and went to sleep. I kept expecting him to try to get his spot back, but he never did. I didn't even try to pet Herman, because I know how Emma reacts when I switch my attention from her to him, even if I pet both of them at the same time. The upshot is that Herman is no longer jealous of Emma, but Emma still gets jealous of Herman. What was really unusual is that Emma stayed by me all night. She usually moves during the night, then Herman reclaims his spot. I had both kitties in bed the whole night, which was really great.