9/3/12

Tall Tails

Hello there.  Smitty here.  

My mom told me to be sure and wish you a Happy Labor Day.  She says she read that Labor Day is the "official" end of summer, even if it isn't technically the end of summer.  I hope not because I've been having fun outside.  There is a LOT for a cat to do around here.  For instance, I need to keep the catnip swatted free of bumblebees.  My mom keeps telling me I'm flirting with disaster.


It's true that I am a flirt.


This is my frenemy, Gracie.  I flirt with her all the time.  She growls at me, but I don't mind. That's what frenemies are for, right?


She's getting used to me though.  Sometimes she'll even sit on the same patch of ground with me.


I like it when she comes out because she knows all the BAD THINGS that could hurt a little cat like me.  When she's on alert, I'm on alert.



And when there's nothing there, I stick out my tongue and say, "Neh, Neh, Neh!  Fooled ya'!"



Maybe that's part of the reason she doesn't like me.  But I'm still working on her.  I think she's real pretty, and I tell her so all the time.

  
Last night, she sat in my Mom's lap with me.  These iPad pictures of us are very flattering, don't you think?  


She gets mad when I bite her tail though.  She says a cat's tail is their most personal appendage.

And speaking of tails...I have a serious problem with mine.  It follows me everywhere.  No matter where I go, there it is.  Every time I turn around it's there.


I've tried chasing it and biting it.  It just doesn't get the message.



Even when I run away as fast as I can, it follows.


I mean, what's a cat to do?  Maybe that's how Gracie feels about me.  I do follow her around wherever she goes.  And sometimes I just can't help myself...I have to bite her tail.  Isn't that what she wants me to do?  Who wants that thing following them around everywhere they go.


Yes, there's lots to do outside.  I've been catching mice like crazy.  I caught two yesterday alone.  A few days ago, I caught a bird.  My mom says I should leave the birds alone, and she definitely won't let me bring anything in the house.  I'm not sure why she doesn't like the gifts I bring her.  There's no accounting for some people's tastes.

Sometimes she goes down in her greenhouse to pick tomatoes, but I don't like it in there.  I whine and cry when she goes in there.  I just want her to come back out.  Yesterday, I stayed up on the deck with my protective shield between me and the greenhouse.  A cat can't be too careful.


It's a lot more fun to just stay in the weeds and catch bugs.  And did you know?  Bugs are absolutely dee-licious.  I like mine with a little nip on the side.



And do you see that big weed there next to my tail?  That's a sunflower that a squirrel planted.  My dad says he wants me to catch squirrels, but for now, they're as big as I am! Maybe next summer I'll go after the bigger game.


For now, I'm just going to keep on smelling the flowers.


I hope you're having a relaxing weekend.  As far as I'm concerned, summer can stay as long as it likes.



27 comments from clever and witty friends:

Crickets Corner said...

I love hearing about Smitty's adventures, he's just so cute! Kittens are so much fun. My Cricket is just like Smitty in catching bugs,mice and 2 inch lizards. I think it's because they are the only thing little enough for them to catch. She brings them inside thru the cat door and knows very well that it's going to get taken away and put back outside but keeps bringing them in anyway. Gotta love em!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

What a fun post - made my day and made me smile!

Simplesmente Silvinha (Simply Silvia) said...

Cats are beautiful by nature. Elegant and beautiful.
good week Barbara
hugs

greelyrita said...

In the pic before the red begonia? smitty has his tongue sticking out just a tiny bit (and some grass too). I love when they forget to take in the tips of their tongues. So cute. I can't believe they were both on your lap at once!! That's never happened here, I'll tell you!!

Winona said...

Awww, I loved this post. Your kitties are just beautiful.

Kate said...

Smitty such a cute character. Thanks for sharing his antics.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Hey Smitty, I have some chipmunks you can come over and catch. Just your size, too! Maybe I can teach both you, and my smallest dog not to chase bees. At least neither of you have caught one yet.

Betty said...

Smitty is so cute! I have a 4 month old named Greyson that looks very similar. He loves to chase bugs and squirrels with his brother, Blackie Boo. Watching kitties play is so entertaining!

Julianne said...

Oh kitty cats, they are just so fun and loveable and entertaining. I myself am a sucker for a calico so Gracie is right up my alley, she is one gorgeous girl! Smitty is hilarious...and your narration is fantastic...such fun to read about them, you also made me smile! Have a good week!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Very pretty! Remember, don't bite tails unless it's your own. (She may decide to bite back!)

sunny said...

My my Smitty - you've been a very busy boy! I'm so happy you posted today, and gave your mom a break. Hope to hear from you again soon.

WoolenSails said...

I had fun with Smitty today, he sure has beautiful markings.

Debbie

Frog Quilter said...

YOur post brought a smile to me. Thanks!!! Love my kitties.

Teresa in Music City said...

Cute post and an even cuter kitty =^..^=

Junebug613 said...

Smitty I just love you!! I'm sure in time that Gracie will too. My Bob agrees about the mice. He and your Dad would be great friends, because he likes the way squirrels taste, even though I tell him to leave them alone. Thank you for the action packed post!

quiltzyx said...

Thanks for showing us around the yard Smitty! I'm with Kathy U. though - you should only bite the tail that is attached to you. Gracie is just trying to teach you the best manners, you know?

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous!

Dana Gaffney said...

Wow, Smitty you were with Gracie on mom's lap? That's amazing, I knew she would come around and please tell her she's as beautiful as ever. Watch out for those bees, they don't taste good I wish I could tell you how squirrels taste, but they are way to fast for me, I've tried.
Your friends,
Maya and Brady

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I just saw that you are one of the winners over at the Quilting Gallery. Congrats!

Snoodles said...

Aw, Smitty, you are so handsome! What a fun post....started my day off with a smile -- thank you!!

karen608 said...

You do know that cats leave mice etc for us to teach us about hunting, don't you? They think we are so bad at it and give them dry bits of food which are not mouse flavored.

My five boy kitties are chasing mice, locus, moths, and anything that moves.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, the young lad is growing up so hansome! A very pretty couple in your yard. And great snuggle buddies.

Siri Tullerusk said...

My puppy Skip sends his regards to Smitty, as he has the same problem with tails (both his own and his brother´s). It does not matter how fast he spins around, the tail spins just as fast. He also would like to tell Smitty to stay away from wasps and bees! They are not as nice as they look...

Denise :) said...

What a fun, fun post this was!! Smitty is quite the darling! I hope Gracie warms up to him soon -- I'm sure it's just a matter of time!! :)

LethargicLass said...

why Smitty you little devil you! I can't believe you got Gracie to allow lap sharing time! You sure are something :)

roccagal said...

great post-I am a crazy cat lady and your kitties are adorable!!!!

Lee said...

Oh Smitty, I am smitten ;) You'd like my Raven, but she's a strictly indoor kitty. She likes to catch mice too....pink and black striped ones filled with stuffing. I throw them, she brings them back and meow-chirps at me until I throw it again.