Snuggles

Today it was colder than usual, at least in October in Florida. I was cold all day and all night. I had to snuggle with the Kit Housefolk in her bed for warmth. Even worse, when I got up to complain or use the litter box, the terrazzo floor was making my paws turn into ice! So today I have been snuggling against anything soft and warm. Right now, even at the warmest part of the day, I’m still cold!

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My Mommy Housefolk says I’m “Snugglebug-ed in.” Whatever this Snugglebug is, 1 is it edible and 2 can I kill it?

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*Sigh* Why can’t it be a nice, perfect 95° F at all times of the year? My Housefolk say it’s comfy now. Ha! I laugh to those words.

Well, I’m going to go bury myself in blankets now. Hopefully someone doesn’t sit on me! I blend in a little too much sometimes…

Be seeing you,

-Midnight Star T.S.L.M.

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Cat on a leash

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Ah, outside. A place of lizards, birds, and interesting smells. I love it out here, where I can be a jungle cat and hunt in the kinda-long grass.

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But most of the time, it’s my go-to relaxing place. I like to roll on this concrete pathway sometimes. It’s refreshing.

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Ahhhhh. So good to stretch out and be one with nature. I don’t mind the harness and leash much anymore, but I prefer to be without it (better for hunting).

Be seeing you,

-Midnight Star T.S.L.M.

Hurricane Irma Report

 

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It could have been so much worse. Everyone was very scared Irma was going to be a direct hit as a category 5 hurricane aimed right at Miami and going right up the coast on I-95 demolishing every major city on the east coast. After that doom filled forecast, most people evacuated to the west coast, but that’s where Irma eventually hit directly, but as a weaker storm. Thankfully, our house never took too much over Category One wind speeds (approx. 90 miles per hour) and there was not much damage other than a few things I will list.

The most annoying part of during the storm is you lose electricity! If you’re lucky, the electricity will stay on ’till past lunch. It went out for us at exactly 7:55 A.M. My father watched the electrical sparks fly down the power wires in our backyard. I had seen some sparks from the previous night when the winds were picking up. It looks like something out of a movie! We have lots of trees in our neighborhood, so many of them fell or sparked the lines, causing power outages. A lot of transformers blew and you could hear them exploding and see the flashes all night long. For some reason, my throat hurt during the storm and a day after. Maybe it was because of all the dirt and dust flying around? I’m still not sure… The wind/rain was whipping for days, it was like being in a washing machine!

The funniest part: Our outdoor cat Shadow showed up for food during the storm. When we let him inside, the wind and rain blew into the house, but he was dry and fluffy! Almost like he’d been under a blow dryer, he was warm and fluffy-soft. “Where have you been hiding out there dude?” He didn’t tell us.

Our indoor girl cat Midnight was frightened and wanted to stay near us/on us the entire time. She’s an emotional little love.

After the storm was over, we checked out the damage. It was very common to see fallen large trees blocking the roads. Everyone I know complained about the heat, but our house is old and does not have central air conditioning (it’s very open; big windows everywhere) so I’m used to it. We have a charcoal grill and a propane camp stove, so everyone living in the house was well-fed. My mom made some killer-delicious burgers, as well as other yummy food. The worst part of it, at least for me, was the cold showers. And no lights on at night. That was very annoying.

Damage was meh in our neighborhood. “Meh” means some houses got a little damage, and some had nearly none. Our neighbor had a tree fall on one side of his driveway and a concrete light pole on the other.

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And the concrete pole still has not been removed…

Here’s some more damage:

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Lots of very large trees fell in the older neighborhood near us.

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We had many things to occupy us the day of the storm; Clue, Monopoly, card games – all sorts of fun stuff to keep us from thinking “Is our house flying away?” and “That wind sounds really bad.”

Our local shopping plaza has fallen trees in the parking lot:

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Publix (our local grocery store) was useless before and after the storm. They didn’t have enough water or bread before the storm because they said they sent all their water to Houston. After the storm they had no ice (NO ICE!) for over a week because they sent all of it to Houston. Poor planning. The photo below of empty shelves was taken in the week after the storm, it’s been very slow to restock.

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The East Coast of Florida is super lucky we didn’t get hit directly. I feel really bad for the west coast and the Keys; most of the people live near sea level over there. Some people still don’t have power! I couldn’t imagine going for that long with cold showers and no electricity…

I’m thankful my family and friends are okay. I really hope the Caribbean fixes everything up soon.

~Grace

Update: photos of Solar Eclipse

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It was amazing. Even though we only got 80% coverage, it was a unique experience. Weird lighting, too. Very cool.

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The shadow of round/paddle shaped leaves look like crescents! All the tree shadows were like this. Very cool.

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It was unreal. I wish it could happen more often. It cooled everything down and made it look like a light-bulb was lighting up the world.

It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

~Grace

Solar Eclipse

Hi all!

Today is the solar eclipse and I cannot wait! My dad experienced one in the 70’s and took photographs of it- he knows he still has the photos but forgot where he put them…

I am very eager and I am a big science buff; so therefore, I will be recording this in my science journal. We don’t have the glasses, but we do know where to get them (local park doing an event). My dad knows how to make those paper-eclipse-looky thingys. (I honestly have no idea what they’re called. LOL!)

We get 80% coverage of the eclipse, so not full, but it will still get pretty dark.

If it’s a cloudy day or you are not able to see the eclipse, you can go to The NASA Channel or Science Channel and they are live-airing it. Right now they are stalling and showing the eclipse path, but at 1:00 P.M. EST the eclipse will start. I honestly think the solar eclipse is a very cool thing.

I will post what happens later.

~Grace

It’s a good life.

Hello to all cat lovers and felines! Midnight here, loving my new favorite spot:

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Don’t worry, no one shut me inside. 🙂

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All furniture is cat furniture. 

It’s so nice and cozy in there. It smells of wood scent. It’s the best spot.

My ballet shoes are still very interesting. I love playing/killing my ballet shoes frequently.

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It tastes and smells of leather, dirt, and the Kit Housefolk. The best aroma/flavors ever!

 

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So, in all, have a nice Sunday everyone! Give us treats, pets, good outside time, and lots of catnip!

Be seeing you,

-Midnight Star T.S.L.M.

The Cat and the Ballet Shoes

Hello! Guess my new favorite item in my possession? Heavily used, old Ballet Shoes. My Kit Housefolk is a ballerina and has some left-over ballet shoes. She went to put them on yesterday but they didn’t fit! So they became my ballet shoes.

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Ah, yes. They had strange smells on them of strange places. Places I will probably never go. And they were reeking of Kit Housefolk smell. They smelled so good! So, I played with them and loved them and slept on them. She had to go to her ballet “classes,” but I held down the fort while she was gone.

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But before she left, I got lots of nice attention from the Kit Housefolk. It was nice.

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I love my Kit Housefolk and I know she loves me. Her shoes are the best thing ever. So is the human herself.

Now I shall beg to go outside. I see lizards that must be hunted.

Be seeing you,

-Midnight Star T.S.L.M.

Midnight at Midnight

I’m exhausted today!

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Night time is truly the best time for mischief and fun. Last night I was very active, running around, making offerings, meowing, jumping up on the keyboard and nearly encrypting Mommy Housefolk’s entire computer… And all because of them! They won’t get up at 3:30 AM to give me attention and feed me. They won’t come out of their little room or their bed to play with my mice. It’s all their fault!

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These are my most precious possessions. I left them outside the bedroom door for my Mommy Housefolk. All my VIM and still no attention! What is wrong with them?

But I will say, I am getting some attention with this photoshoot.

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I just love when my Housefolk take pictures of me (unless I’m doing something embarrassing).

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I am so beautiful.

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Okay, in that one I was being silly. But even with my mouth open, I somehow still look good in a photo.

Born to be photographed.

 

Be seeing you,

Midnight

 

Mouse King

My Housefolk got me a new mouse yesterday! But it wasn’t regular mouse size. The other mice are really tiny compared to the new mouse. This mouse is the King of all Mice. I shall call him Mouse King.

At first I was a little afraid of him because he looks like some big, horrible rat (and I still kinda am, silly me) but he’s actually great to bite, kick and play with.

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This tasted better than I expected.

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I can really sink my claws into it! My back legs can really kick it too! How satisfying!

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I got so crazy, the rest of the photos came out blurry. It was so much fun. I will do it again soon. Thank you Housefolk for my new toy!

Be seeing you,

-Midnight Star T.S.L.M.

Cat Nap

Sleeping on the window ledge is so relaxing. Especially with my Mommy Housefolk petting me.

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I use this metal thingy as a pillow. A little hard, but it works.

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The best part is, if there’s a bird/squirrel/lizard outside the window, I can hear it and wake up to hunt it! My dreams have come true! Now I need to find a way to break the window like Shadow did, but the opposite way (so I can go in and out at my leisure).

Be seeing you,

-Midnight Star T.S.L.M

P.S: There was a squirrel outside the window just when I finished the post. 😮 Good thing I was at my window spot!