Reflections from a roving retirement
Don't cats love boxes and I have one who just loves to chew the edges of newspapers.
Ours would play for hours in a cardboard box, Susan, and usually end up shredding it. :-)
What is it with the cats and boxes? They all love them, don't they. Thanks for the laugh, brings back memories of our late Paddy Paws :)
We no longer have cats, Patricia, so this brought back a lot of memories for me too. Not having them does make the move easier though...
So cute and typical of cats.It brought to mind your little kitty friends in Normandy Perpetua.. wonder what they are up to now!! Having 5 dogs, I cant have cats.. but i do love them and we had them years ago.xx
Completely typical, Val. I imagine the kittens in Normandy are growing fast and finding their food around the farm next door to our cottage. One day I'll have cats again, but not while we do so much travelling.
We DO have one, Perpetua. I had to empty a box in which Sybille had packed some of her papers because Šárek kept sitting on it and trying to scratch it open. Now it's empty, it's become one of his favourite places to curl up in, after he's had a good scratch first!
That is so typical, Ricky. :-) At least Sarek's box is still in one piece, but I do wonder how long it will remain so. I still remember the time I tried to take a cat to the vet's in a cardboard box. We bought a cat carrier the very next day!
I do love Simon's Cat. It is always right on. Hope your move adventure is going well, and you don't find any sweet kittens in your boxes.
The move itself will start once we get the keys next Tuesday, Bonnie, but there's such a lot to do to get ready. Simon's Cat provides some beautifully-observed light relief. :-)
Here's hoping you have enough boxes and all goes smoothly x
Thankfully the boxes can be filled, emptied and refilled as often as necessary. We're only moving a couple of miles and are taking our time over it, Annie.
I love the way the little horrors play with something just long enough to render it totally useless, then walk away bored.May your boxes remain feline free, and all go well with your move.
That's it in a nutshell, Ray. :-) If we had a cat I'd be even further up the wall than I am already. Actually, this is the relative calm before the storm...
Loved that video. Simon's got it down to a 'T'. If those four little kitties had managed to stow away in your camper van when you came back from Norway wouldn't they have had a whale of a time 'helping' you with your packing. Hope the move is going well.
It's superb, isn't it, Molly? I would so loved one of the kittens to have stowed away, but it would probably have been the last straw. The house will be ours on Tuesday and then it will all start...
Hari OM...all too familiar &*> YAM xx
I know, Yam. They do it every time. :-)
Purrfect! Reminds me so much of the cat we had when I was growing up. She was extremely dignified - unless there was an empty box lying about. I remember her inside one in the hall: eyes like soup plates, fur standing on end, purring so hard that the cardboard vibrated. Oh, and the swiping paws which flashed out of the handle holes! I agree that it would make packing quite a challenge!
Isn't it just! One of the many things I love about Simon's Cat is the memories evoked in people whose cats have exactly the same idiosyncrasies. :-) His work is so well observed. Our cats always adored playing in and with boxes.
Love it! Hope the move is going well xx
It's brilliant. :-) The move proper starts next week, once completion has happened, but the preparations are bad enough. Still, we'll get there.- eventually...
Hilarious! He's got it taped with cat behaviour, has Simon.
Exactly. He is such an acute observer of cats and obviously loves them and their quirks. :)
Wonderful - and so true to life! One of my former felines used to dive into crackly plastic bags (or brown paper ones) and end up with paws out of the bottom of the bags, after much sliding round the floor!!
It's just perfectly observed, Helva. Our cats loved boxes and bags and anything they could hide in or attack. Every time I watch a Simon's cat cartoon I see one or another of the cats we've had over the years.
Back when we used to have cats, they would always have fun with boxes and bags - especially when we were moving. :) Love this installment of Simon's Cat.
Yours too, Penny? This particular cartoon summed it all up so brilliantly and brought back so many memories of much-loved cats and their antics.
Dear Perpetua, I hadn't laughed out loud today and so you've just given my innards their treat! What a delight and so perceptive of "Simon." He does know cats so well, even their tendency "to lick when in doubt," which is what Mary Sarton said about them. When the cat crashed down on the turned-over box and smashed it I just roared. Thank you. Peace.
You're very welcome, Dee. A good belly-laugh does us all a power of good and I too laughed out loud at this super cartoon. It's one of my vary favourites.Simon's affectionate accuracy of observation is a constant delight.
My grandmother used to say that if you couldn't find the cat just put a cardboard box in the middle of the room and wait!We experiencing similar scenes here in France, having just got a kitten to deal with the large numbers of mice. I had quite forgotten how much fun a kitten can be.
Your grandmother, was a wise woman Jean. It works every time. :-)How lovely to have a new kitten in France. Will this become a travelling cat, coming back to the UK with you, or will someone else care for it in your absence?
Hope all is going well and you are not killing yourselves. Moving is horrible.When it’s all over perhaps you could watch a cat like Simon’s having fun. Utterly relaxing.
No that's a good idea. :-) We're very lucky to be able to take the move in stages, rather than as one horrendous upheaval, but will still be glad when it's all over and we can relax.
So none of those little kittens came home with you from France? :They could be entertaining you while you pack. :-) I do hope the packing and moving isn't becoming too burdensome. I look forward to soon hearing all about your new home and knowing that the move is behind you!
Sadly they all stayed safely in France, Debra, which is probably a good thing or I'd be getting nothing done at the moment. As it is we are starting to make some progress with the move, though most stuff still has to migrate from here to there. At the moment we wrestling with the phone and broadband reconnection.... ;)
Yes, thank heavens you don't have a cat. You are dealing with much now. I hope the moving and the unpacking has not left you too tired.
It would be lovely to have a cat for light relief, Sally, but would probably waste a lot of time. :-) The move is just really getting underway as we're doing it ourselves and taking our time over it. It will probably take most of the month at this rate!
This Simon cat is so funny – he truly is a total cat. We have two cats, so I can tell. I hope the move is going smoothly.
You're so right, Vagabonde. Simon Towler must have watched his cats very closely indeed over a long time to produce such a wickedly accurate cartoon. The move is going as well as can be expected and we're taking it all slowly.
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