Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tender Tortie Tongue Twister

 Little Princess Buttercup Mesi can make some of our mancats melt. Pekka is very well and truly under her spell.
She is making sure her whole face is washed clean by him.
She is a very quiet girl, but her purrs were rumbling away.
Isn't this just the epitome of tenderness ? Pekka - you are going soft.
 Okay, I didn't mean that. As you were. No need to give me the stinkeye!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday ?

It's okay, we have it covered. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tutored Tuesday

On Sunday Ruska had a good sniff of Sampo, to say farewell to his crown jewels.
Sampo tried to show his claws in readiness to oppose his 'tutoring' but he failed. Yesterday he was carted off to ystävämme eläinlääkäri and now there will be no little Sampos in future.
All went well and he spent yesterday evening asleep on Äiti's lap. Mesi snuggled with him. Äiti did not take photos as he was really  wobbly and woozy, and she wanted him to have a little dignity.  How dare she talk of dignity after what he had just had done! Pöh.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Not Me Meme Monday

A couple of weeks ago, we were challenged by Mom Trish at the Katnip Lounge to do a meme called The Writing Process Blog Tour. She introduced us as 'multi-cat blog written by a person who is one of the most wonderful ex-pat English people living in Finland I know' which we do not take as a compliment as we are the ONLY multi-cat household served by an ex-pat Brit in Finland that she knows. Pöh. So, being unimpressed, I have refused to participate. And this post is not about me, Punapippuri, King Kitty Cat of Finland (North). Äiti, however, is English and too polite to refuse so this so she is stealing the blog for the day. She has thumbs - I cannot stop her.

So, what are the rules: 

1. Introduce the blogger who sent you the request - that'll be the magnificent Katnip Lounge crew whom I am sure you all know. If not, pop by their blog to see a place that is fantastic for cats. Their catio has given me many ideas.

2. Answer the three questions listed below

3. Pass it on to another blogger.

Question 1. What am I working on ?
I am not totally sure what this means, but I am always working on making this place, aka The Castle, cat-friendly. The gang live here 24/7 so are here more than I am, so I consider it theirs. They have a catio and a balcony, and shelves all over the place. Plus a huge choice of litterboxes which I wish they would use! So there's a lot of work clearing up after them. I am also working at training for a marathon next year, and continuing feeble attempts to learn Finnish.  I am pretty busy and just don't seem to get the time for loads of commenting on other blogs -I feel bad about getting more comments than I make, and am very grateful to the Loyal Readers for their, erm, loyalty.

And another big thing I am working on is running a half-marathon next Saturday. Those Loyal Readers who have followed the blog for a while know I have changed my life a fair bit in the last 18 months with a lot of weightloss and now I have a new hobby of running. I want to raise money for the UK mental health charity MIND and welcome donations

Question 2. Why do I write what I do ?
I started a blog for me when I was moving to Finland, and then a friend suggested I do something that was more creative. I have always enjoyed photography and the idea of Punapippuri's blog came to me. I'd not really read many cat blogs then and just started it up. His character seemed to fit the process, and it was a fantastic excuse to share photos of cats - which was what the internet was created for, afterall. Also, I know that there are many Loyal Readers from Finland, and many of them read the blog to keep up with Punapippuri and to improve their English. I have met many people locally through it, and it does amaze me how this virtual world fits with the real world. Meeting Flynn's humans was fantastic too. 

Question 3. How does my writing process work ?
When I am not working I will take photos pretty much every day and write blog the night before, to come online at 5am EET. I am normally awake soon after then, and will comment on some of the US blogs published at about that time. In school term-time or when I am away (not often!) I may prewrite a load of posts ready for publication. I do lose track of photos I have posted, especially those in long sequences. I do try to give 'fair coverage' to the cats but inevitably cute little kittens get more pictures, and Seppo is very popular.  They are all so wonderful and photogenic, it is often hard to choose!  If I were more creative, I would think about some longer term themes. I really enjoyed the April Fool post this year which the Katnippers and Angel Prancer Pie joined in with - that took some planning and was great fun.  But in general, I just look at what's on the camera card from the day before or so. With 14 cats, I am never short of material - provided no one tires of the same old photos!

Okay, so now the meme goes to.......Spitty !  Hehehehe.

And please today keep paws crossed too as Sampo is in for his tutoring, erm, neutering.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Autumnal Sunday

So our vegetable harvest is nearly over and Mesi is confused - why are these tomatoes still green?
Mirsku chews on some basil! Very strange.
Stran guards the kissanminttu. His palate is more feline than Paksu Poika's.
And we are all hoping to harvest a few feathers......
And as the darkness returns, so do our friends from the rainbow Bridge. On Friday night/Saturday morning they were waving their tails across the night skies. All is well, and the newcomers are dancing up there with the old timers. Too many friends have gone over to the Bridge since we last saw the northern lights, far too many for our liking but they are in good company.   Äiti was very pleased to see these old friends; she has never before seen such vivid red as on this shot.