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Oliver Beep and some non-sequiters

Before I give an update on the Beep sitch, I’ve got a bit of housekeeping to do. First off, if you haven’t already figured it out, I’m on the Coast and will be until at least Wed (when I see my specialist), I have to come down a few days beforehand so that can take blood and urine samples (well actually they take the blood but I give the urine). So you won’t bee seeing my humorous and insightful comments on your blogs until I get back to computing civilization (which ironically is in the middle of nowhere and about as far from actual civilization as you would want to be).

Secondly, I’m not participating in this week’s Fun Monday, it’s not that the topic is no good, in fact it’s a very good one, it’s just that my memories of holiday traditions aren’t so good and I don’t want to be a wet blanket. Fact is, the only holiday tradition my family ever had (and it goes back to when I was an infant) is that every Christmas someone in the family had to fight someone else in the family. When I was a kid that meant the older generation; my day and his siblings or my mother and her mother in law, or any combination thereof. If it was my dad and his brothers it would be physical, if it were his sisters, my mother or my grandmother it would be verbal.

When I got older the responsibility fell to the next generation, and I can’t remember a Christmas without me and/or my brothers and/or cousins getting into it. Now that my parents are both dead, and I haven’t spoken to  (or in fact even seen) either brother for many years, this obviously no longer happens, plus I stopped the cycle by not having children myself. So no, I don’t have any holiday traditions I’d like to write about.

Now, on to current events… Well, the adoption process went off without a hitch yesterday, I actually wrote the post before the event knowing that I wouldn’t get a chance to post once I left the farm, as it’s a three hour drive and then I’d be caught up with human interaction. Oh, speaking of a three hour drive (how come all of a sudden I have an image of Gilligan in my mind’s eye?), I forgot how noisy Beep was in the car, which is strange as she’s not usually a talker. I had three hours of nonstop meowing! It was the same when I took her up to the farm when I first got her, but I’d forgotten about that. Beau, on the other hand didn’t make a sound. If you’re keeping count, that would be 3 dogs and 2 cats in the car for a three hour trip.

It was actually a bit embarrassing really, I felt like Mr Bumble dropping off one of the orphans at the new, rich foster parents’ house. They had gone out and bought just about every cat toy ever made, plus one of those scratch pole deals with little hidey holes and sleeping quarters, sheesh! And to make matters worse, that little bitch of a cat went straight to the cat food and chowed down like she hadn’t eaten in a week, even though it was actually only about three hours since she last ate! And it wasn’t like it was special food or anything, it was the same crap that I give them!

But wait there’s more. While the little bitch was stuffing her face and acting like she’d been mistreated, Ruth, who had also bought one of those cat grooming gloves, decided to try it out by giving her a quick brush. She came into the room where Joel and I were watching TV and held up what I initially thought was Booey (who I haven’t seen for a few days), but which turned out to be fur that Beep was no longer wearing seeing as how it was now summer. Ok, I’ll cop to that one, Beep didn’t get all that much individual attention, plus all the other cats have sleek fur so I tend not to brush them (not to mention the the fun I have watching them trying to dislodge furballs). But it did look pretty bad for me. Oh well.

So as it turned out, Beep settled in immediately and made herself right at home, it was almost as if she were relieved! On the other hand, Beau the most friendly and gregarious cat I’ve ever had, hid under our couch for the first five hours, go figure.

Have a good Fun Monday if you’re doing it.

BloMeDown post #5


29 Responses

  1. farewell, little beep.
    you’ll live forever for us in the sidebar….

    WT, you’re not showing up in bloglines again.

  2. First of all, good luck with all the giving and taking at the specialist. “Specialist” sounds bad. Are you OK?!

    Secondly, having a Monday without a Fun Monday from you is going to throw off my whole week! All week I’ll be asking everyone what day it is!

    I’m sorry the holidays sucked for you. That makes me mad. You deserved better. Unfortunately, I think holidays are like that for plenty of families. For us, a holiday was a usually good day, because we actually left the house and Dad would be social instead of sitting and drinking all day. That is, unless Dad came up with enough excuses for us not to go and to sit home instead.

    I’m glad Beep joined right in with her new family, though I can understand your mixed emotions. Kids can be so embarrassing! Sounds like she’ll be well cared for.

    A three hour drive with all the pets, LOL, wow! Glad you made it safely!

  3. Everybody’s family has their own fights during the holidays. Sorry yours were screwed – bet you pets have an awesome holiday! Hope everything’s OK at the doctor’s.

  4. There are benefits to growing up an only child, with no family for over 1,000 miles in any direction.

    Glad Beep found a good home!

  5. Hey, Peter, hope all goes well at the doctor’s office.

    Our holidays are actually good with the exception that my Mom’s hubby sits outside most of the time since he can’t smoke in my house and my BIL rarely makes family appearances and we talk trash about him. Don’t feel sorry for either one.

    You should see me run when I hear the heaving coming from my cat. I sprint to the papertowels and then I follow her and lay the towels down in front of her vomiting mouth. Sounds gross, but not as gross as having to clean up AFTER the fact. BN just laughs his ass off the whole time.

  6. I hope that you are fine, and the results from the doctor are good. I will miss you for Fun Monday. You usually are my first visit on Sunday night while I am finishing my own post. I am sorry that your holidays were the pits, but now you have all those wonderful pets to keep you company on holidays and the other days as well. Take care, Peter.

  7. Hi WT, just one question, wouldn’t they take Belle? only joking, good that Beep has found a home more suited to her nature.
    Families and holiday times can be a bad mixture, not that mine were bad, i’m missing fun monday in a vain effort to catch up with “normal” blogging after being away again.

  8. Maybe Beau hid because he was worried that you were going to leave him there – so he wanted to remain aloof to the new people.

  9. You know, seeing how much you care about your pets makes me think you’re probably great with kids. (Wasn’t there a dollhouse you made for someone’s child, too?)

    I’m glad you don’t have to deal with toxic family members any more, but I’m sorry you don’t have better memories. You’ve got your own little family with YDW and the whole gang now, so that’s an opportunity to *make* good memories for the future.

    I hope everything goes well at the doc.

    Thinking of driving three hours with 2 cats makes me sneezy and thinking of driving with 3 dogs makes me want to open some windows around here. Our least stinky dog is also the one who gets car sick. Here’s hoping for a non-stinky, non-sneezy trip back for you:o)

  10. It sounds like Beep will be a very happy kitty, they really went all out for the big arrival. I hope all goes well with you at the doctor’s and that your trip home is an uneventful as it can be in a car filled with animals.

  11. 1. I had to look up non-sequiter … not as bright as I thought I was …
    2. Perhaps you and YDW could go spend Christmas with Mark and Marnie, should be good for a laugh or seven. I’d invite you over to NZ but my mother-in-law is coming … we won’t be fighting at all but she needs jokes explained to her so …
    3. I hope your blood comes back clean and your wee-wee as pure as fountain water.
    4. We sent your fudge, maybe it’ll be there when you get back. Now THAT will make you happy.

  12. Good luck on Wednesday. And remember, the pee goes IN the cup.

  13. I’m glad Beep settled in fine. Hope everything is fine with the Doctors, we’ll miss you!

  14. Karmyn – Beau didn’t even meet the new people! I was going to leave him there to help Beep settle in, but decided against it. He hid under the couch at our place. Mind you, it’s the first time he’s been here.

    Melissa – Now that you know all about non-sequiter, it’s time to move on to segue.

  15. Hope you make out all right at the Doctor’s. Glad the adoption went off without a hitch. I have many holiday memories that sound very much like yours. And, they still happen. Which isn’t good. My Fun Monday will be food related so no one will want to fight about it.

  16. Hey I actually know that word. If you think of a clever line, you could segue into the next post …

  17. ah, well, that’s how the cat fur flies…she’s obviously meant to be in a one cat household (and totally spoiled.) You were the means to get there!! Boy, don’t you feel used??

  18. Dear willowtree. pfft over zealous first time parents, don’t worry bout em. Hope everything’s fine.

  19. Hey my family had the same tradition! Whata ya know? Nice thing you’re doing for Beep. Good man.

  20. I have pretty good holiday memories, I’m thankful for that.

    Beep is a beautiful cat and sounds like you’ve found her a palace of a home.

  21. Glad Beep has settled, sounds like she is going to very loved (not that I’m suggesting you didn’t.

    It’s falling out over Christmas something everyone does at sometime~ it’s suppose to be a very stressful time all those relatives under one roof!!

  22. WT I hope you are ok.

    Glad Beep settled into her new home so nicely. Pets are like children, they try to embarrass you no matter what.

  23. I hope Beep does well in her new home.

  24. The least the wee beastie could do was pretend she’ll miss you. Glad she adjusted well.

    Good luck at the doctor’s!

  25. don’t worry WT we all know your a good daddy to your kids… spoilt though they may be;)

    hope everything goes well with the doc…

    toxic families, gotta love em don’t ya;P

  26. Ahhh. Beep beep. Beep beep. Beep.

  27. hmm, you’ve just reminded enidd that stalin hasn’t been brushed since 1967. and the person attempting it lost an arm. ah well.

  28. Sorry to hear about your past family gatherings. I’ve never had that experience…ever. Hope your future ones are better.

    Glad Beep has gone to a better place. Hope your tests go well.

  29. Maybe your family’s stuff was the inspiration for Festivus….

    I wonder if the other fur babies will even notice Beep’s gone…somehow I doubt there’ll be any tears shed.

    Since I’m posting late to this, hope all your bodily fluid samples test positive.

    That’s kind of like “break a leg” in show business 😉 (I meant it as a GOOD thing 🙂 ).

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