Zoo

Look at who's back!

WINNIEEEEEE
Marvin is going to Michigan for the 4th of July and I am cat-sitting for my own cats. MY KITTIES ARE BACK!!!

Insaneinthemembrane
I love this picture. I have officially gone around the bend. Look at the chaotic, cat-filled room behind me, and I am holding poor traumatized Henry completely against his will. He has annoyed feets.

Winston came in and was all, "Hey." in his usual unflappable Winnie fashion. Henry, who GOT ALL BIG and doesn't even look like himself, was less than thrilled with coming back.

Henryhate
I don't know why.

So, my kittens' quiet world was kind of rocked by this whole thing,

Calm
and I even said to Marvin, as much as I want to see my cats, wouldn't it be better if they stayed at his place with the automatic feeder or something? But apparently his apartment, his swinging bachelor pad, gets hot. What with the bevy of babes coming in and out. So really it took about seven seconds before I was all, okay yes. BRING MY CHILDREN BACK TO ME.

The first kitten to notice the fact that large cats were here was Roger. Winston was all, "Oh hi. I'm Winston." And Roger FLATTENED OUT like an OTTER and said,

"HSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!"

Oh, he was an unwelcoming host.

Admiration
But it took Roger about 17 seconds to realize Winston is totally the coolest feline on planet Earth, and now he is following Win around like a shadow. You can tell he wants to be Winston. I'll come home tonight and he will have painted on stripes.

Standoff
Not so much with Anderson. He's all, "why roger get big?" I think he is confused. And really, let's talk about how mellow Winston is. He comes home, I have replaced him with younger models, his brother is dead, and he sits in his old window like nothing happened. We should all take a page from Winston's book. "Litter happens, mom."

Outisdebetter
I let Henry go outside with me, so he could get his bearings. Does he look big to you? Seriously, he looks huge, if you ask me.

At any rate, everywhere you walk in my house right now, an animal is in your way. IT IS FABULOUS. And I'm so annoyed, because I have Peg's porch party tonight, and I am going to Winston-Salem tomorrow night, and oh! good. Saturday Chris and Lilly are coming here for a BBQ. Fortunately they live on a FARM so my house of hair won't seem so jarring. My point is, all I want to do is sit here and look at my former cats. But life calls. Stupid life.

Wish I had nine of them.

Edsulluffcatz

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

178 thoughts on “Zoo”

  1. Hulk (Hulkette is going up north with her mom today for the weekend. She has already called me three times to tell me she misses me. TEAM HULK!) says:

    You know, I can’t follow all these stupid little rules…don’t say this, don’t do that. Isn’t there a chick out there that isn’t all drama, likes sports, is hot and likes sex?
    Or is that a stupid question?

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  2. Hulk (Hulkette is going up north with her mom today for the weekend. She has already called me three times to tell me she misses me. TEAM HULK!) says:

    You know, I can’t follow all these stupid little rules…don’t say this, don’t do that. Isn’t there a chick out there that isn’t all drama, likes sports, is hot and likes sex?
    Or is that a stupid question?

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  3. Hulk (Hulkette is going up north with her mom today for the weekend. She has already called me three times to tell me she misses me. TEAM HULK!) says:

    You know, I can’t follow all these stupid little rules…don’t say this, don’t do that. Isn’t there a chick out there that isn’t all drama, likes sports, is hot and likes sex?
    Or is that a stupid question?

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  4. I like your circus June. And now I have the vision in my head of June’s backyard overflowing with barbecue smells, neighbors, and tow headed little kids (re: Paula) running around the house peeking in through the window screens at the Animal Island.
    (I think you should fix up one of your Editor-Proofreader friends with Hulk…didn’t you say he was a news reporter or something like that?..i dunno where I got that impression).

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  5. And I am sure always saying “chick” TOTALLY helps my cause…

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  6. And I am sure always saying “chick” TOTALLY helps my cause…

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  7. And I am sure always saying “chick” TOTALLY helps my cause…

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  8. Sadie didn't even notice the earring tree and princess phone until Kathy and Texas Kari mentioned them. All I saw was June and her animal convention. Took me several looks to see Anderson in the litter box. Finally, saw his tail. says:

    Anita, thank you and your 3rd cup of coffee for explaining how that picture was taken. I’m nothing if not observant.

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  9. Sadie didn't even notice the earring tree and princess phone until Kathy and Texas Kari mentioned them. All I saw was June and her animal convention. Took me several looks to see Anderson in the litter box. Finally, saw his tail. says:

    Anita, thank you and your 3rd cup of coffee for explaining how that picture was taken. I’m nothing if not observant.

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  10. Sadie didn't even notice the earring tree and princess phone until Kathy and Texas Kari mentioned them. All I saw was June and her animal convention. Took me several looks to see Anderson in the litter box. Finally, saw his tail. says:

    Anita, thank you and your 3rd cup of coffee for explaining how that picture was taken. I’m nothing if not observant.

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  11. Yeah, I wouldn’t really be offended. I would assume you were right, I do look like crap and then dwell in that space all day. But it wouldn’t make me like you any less. In fact I would think “that Hulk is a pretty upstanding guy, always telling me like it is”.
    And honestly, after the age of 35 anyone calling me a “chick” was my best friend. And now, at my current age, any man who acknowledges me at all is my hero.
    And Anita, thank you. I thought of every possible way that she could have taken that picture herself and ignored the obvious. Naturally.

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  12. Lisa, it is useless making a PSA for men and telling them to say ONLY nice things to women. I believe they want to follow through, but there is only so much RAM…and sports takes up most of it. You can leave the socks on the floor and tell me that I look tired…just remember to give me a hug every day. I’ve learned to deal.

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  13. What I like about Henry is that he not only positively DRIPS with personality, but of all your pets there, he’s the best looking accessory for you. Fabulous color coordination.

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  14. Look at the line and form in those last 2 pictures. Look at Henry’s shape from nose to tail, with his right paw up on the railing and look at the elegant line on Edsel from the top of his head to the tip of his tail.
    Are you sure the title is Edsulluffcatz and not Edsulluffcatzfud?

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  15. Hulk (Not sure why I was screaming "Hulkapalooza" in my last post...but June is bringing leftover BBQ.).) says:

    I didn’t mean she looked like crap! That was the thing. She looked as nice as she always does, except that she looked tired! You know, eyes half-closed, moving slow…tired. It was 8 AM. I was flippin’ tired and I had been at the plant since 6 AM.
    Now do all women look for some hidden meaning behind every utterance a person makes? Because I usually take things at face value? Therein could lie a huge problem…

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  16. Winston! The most magnificent cat! I’m so glad he’s back for the weekend. Little Anderson is so tiny next to him. And Henry is so big!
    Lauren, welcome to the world of divorced women with an FH (former husband) or those who are separated and have an FFH (future former husband). The world became so much calmer when my FH took me up on my invitation to move out!

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  17. I’m never offended when someone says I look tired…because I usually am and it means someone actually saw me and how I was feeling. On the other hand, my husband is highly offended by that remark. At that time of day and situation I truly would not have been offended, Hulk. However, if it had been a gala night out and I was dressed up and someone said it…well, not so happy about it. But an 8 AM meeting? No offense taken.

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  18. Men DO take things the wrong way! I’ve been saying “no”‘for years and all hubby hears is “maybe! Just ask me twenty more times!”

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  19. If June is bringing NC BBQ to Hulkapalooza, you know it’s going to be some good stuff! Is she also driving a van and picking up the BBP peeps along the way?

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  20. Hmph, I really need to remember to refresh the page before commenting. Damn you, Anita! You took the words right out of my mouth!

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  21. L. in CA...sux to have my days off in the middle of the week, feeling so adrift without my coworkers (a big fat fib) I am now inventing titles for blog pics says:

    ohhh Siren, now I get it. June IS in front of a mirror with Henry. …it kinda looks like she’s saying to her cat “I’m going to take a picture of Mama’s baby……say cheese!”
    I just adore that photo, “Cat Still Life with Animal Circus in background.”

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  22. Yay! Nothing like having all your loved one’s under one roof! You’ll sleep well tonight!
    Is the pink princess style phone for them to call Marvin toll free while he’s away?
    Have fun at Peg’s party. Hope you’re takin’ a date. God knows you have enough to choose from. Bahhhhh!

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  23. Yay! Nothing like having all your loved one’s under one roof! You’ll sleep well tonight!
    Is the pink princess style phone for them to call Marvin toll free while he’s away?
    Have fun at Peg’s party. Hope you’re takin’ a date. God knows you have enough to choose from. Bahhhhh!

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  24. Yay! Nothing like having all your loved one’s under one roof! You’ll sleep well tonight!
    Is the pink princess style phone for them to call Marvin toll free while he’s away?
    Have fun at Peg’s party. Hope you’re takin’ a date. God knows you have enough to choose from. Bahhhhh!

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  25. Sadie - If you are bringing the cheese puffs, guess I'll bring watermellon salad. Cut up watermellon, add feta cheese and chopped fresh mint to taste. Sounds weird, but it is good. June, shall I leave the feta cheese off your serving? says:

    June, what time are we all supposed to show up to Peg’s tonight?

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  26. Sadie - If you are bringing the cheese puffs, guess I'll bring watermellon salad. Cut up watermellon, add feta cheese and chopped fresh mint to taste. Sounds weird, but it is good. June, shall I leave the feta cheese off your serving? says:

    June, what time are we all supposed to show up to Peg’s tonight?

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  27. Sadie - If you are bringing the cheese puffs, guess I'll bring watermellon salad. Cut up watermellon, add feta cheese and chopped fresh mint to taste. Sounds weird, but it is good. June, shall I leave the feta cheese off your serving? says:

    June, what time are we all supposed to show up to Peg’s tonight?

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  28. Hulk, I get you. Sometimes it can seem like *some* of us of the female persuasion are somewhat sensitive. Here’s a hard and fast rule that will help some,tho. It’s often not *what* is said, it is within who’s earshot it is said. (i.e. embarrassing/no good come-back for “you look tired”.) Might be totally received as loving/caring if it were uttered one on one. It’s all about timing, baby. See what I mean?

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  29. Depending on how this weekend goes, you should negotiate for every other week visitation. WIN! HENRY!

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  30. Depending on how this weekend goes, you should negotiate for every other week visitation. WIN! HENRY!

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  31. Depending on how this weekend goes, you should negotiate for every other week visitation. WIN! HENRY!

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  32. I loved this post! Henry has brown soooo much. The photo of Winnie and Anderson in the window is priceless. The Eds checking out Win just cracked me up.
    Hulk, so glad you aren’t dead.

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  33. Lynn, that was hysterical. I’m totally going to do that with my cat to my husband. That sounded dirty. Next time my husband is out and I am home alone with the cat, I will call him up and say, “Cinnamon wants to talk to you!” And then in the background he’ll hear me say, “Say hi to daddy!”

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  34. Winnie’s big grey face on my iPad this morning made me smile. 🙂 And I LOVE Hen’s “annoyed feets”.
    Can’t wait to hear what mischief the big cats teach the little ones….

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  35. I have heard of this watermelon and feta with mint salad – sounds just odd enough to be delicious. Is there some kind of dressing that goes on it as well? I could google it I suppose… nah! Just tell me!

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  36. My best friend (at work) and I used to tell our co-worker she didn’t look so well when she would come in to work. We had bets as to how long she would stay. She never stayed past 10:30 a.m. and she didn’t arrive until 9:30 a.m. Hulk, this could be a new game at work. We would just ask, “do you feel okay?”
    Sadie, is that a Southern Living recipe for the watermelon salad?

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  37. Lauren, I hope you’re hanging in there. We all adjust whether we want to or not.

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  38. I don’t really like being told that I look tired, because in my head it translates to “You don’t look good”. But I actually had a coworker tell me one time that I look like shit today…to his excuse, I was sick and feeling bad, but still. I was ready to snot on him so he could experience the joy of being sick.

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  39. Tee and Lisa, I don’t remember how I found out about the watermelon, feta and mint salad. That is all there is to it, no dressing. The watermelon makes its own juice and ends up dissolving a lot of the feta. Knowing me, I probably add freshly ground pepper.

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  40. Sandra, I’m with you. I work at a construction company with a bunch of men and my boss on more than one occasion has said, “You look tired today.” Thanks dude.

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  41. June, I loved seeing Hen and Winston. I hope you have a blast with all of them this weekend.

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  42. You have officially been blocked at work by our fancy dancy blocking program. The reason it gives: Sex. Damn my boobie comment yesterday! I blame Hulk
    I am glad you got visitation rights and it is so good to see Win and Hen again. And Hen is HUGE!

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  43. Mother, I agree! These are cool cats, they need air conditioning, at least a couple of days a week. And msybe a bit of mothering, too.

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  44. thanks for all the well wishes everyone. after awhile of being treated like shit you get tired of it.
    hulk – i’d love to be called “chick”…

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  45. Ok. So I came back to ask that very question. If Marvins swinging bachelor pad is too hot for the cats when he’s not home, why is it also not too hot for the cats when he IS home?
    See how quick my brain works? Only took me like twelve hours to come up with that one.
    I hope Pegs party was all you dreamed it would be and then some! Was there a theme?

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  46. Tee~Thanks. Me too.
    Lauren~glad you are using your “real” name…and it does get better.
    I leave you all with one of my all-time favorite movie quotes:
    “Hey Yankees… you can take your apology and your trophy and shove ’em straight up your ass!”

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  47. Tee~Thanks. Me too.
    Lauren~glad you are using your “real” name…and it does get better.
    I leave you all with one of my all-time favorite movie quotes:
    “Hey Yankees… you can take your apology and your trophy and shove ’em straight up your ass!”

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  48. Tee~Thanks. Me too.
    Lauren~glad you are using your “real” name…and it does get better.
    I leave you all with one of my all-time favorite movie quotes:
    “Hey Yankees… you can take your apology and your trophy and shove ’em straight up your ass!”

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