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November 16, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Note the box

Yes, yes, the box remains – in a chair in clear sight of the counter. As a lesson to the new arrival. We shall get to that.

Make yourself useful since you are here: chop that canned tuna a bit to stew chunks and add a drip or two of warm water – No, Dunderhead, We said stew not mush in broth. Now you’ll have to add more tuna. There. At least adequate if not epicurean. In reward, you may remain in Our presence and watch Us dine as they did with Marie Antoinette.

Sad what happened to her, you sigh?  She hung around too long – cut it too close. A smarter monarch would have shipped herself out with the jewels. Or been wise enough to make more cakes. Always remember: good manners and commonsense means if you bring something, bring enough for all.

No, you may not snack on the leftover tuna in the can. The nerve to ask.

Boxed about the ears. What? No We are not suggesting punishment. It’s obvious there is a box at the table – and before you are foolish to ask, it is not  boxed seats like at the Opera. That cardboard monolith with the green lettering. It is there as a warning: We have the box AND the receipt.

And as you see, the old coffee machine still remains – also in plain sight….as if Staff would allow more unexpected, disruptive leaks – Worse than DC…How disgusting.

Both The Molly and Ourselves were quite offended that Staff would even consider that puddle of water beside the cabinet had any connection to either of Us….obviously, The Molly’s unfortunately food bolts are deposited at the back door and for Ourself, when attention is required or We wish special pity foods, We leave liquid notification in either the bathroom or bedroom doorway for immediate results…

Ah, so nice of you to stop by to provide an audience as We dine for a visit.

Cat on fleece blanket in window. (© image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted

Ah, yes. A heated blanket and sunny window. All right with the world…but We shall keep and eye on the new machine until it has warmed life in the Realm. (© image)

Staff? Oh, as it is sunny and a birthday, We have been forced to let her wander off unattended and without a supply list insisted she-who-feeds journey to Gulfside for fun, sun, and seafood.

Everyone likes seafood and We slipped a note in requesting all left overs be boxed and returned….so we sample out of concerns – to make sure the fare was appropriate… Additionally, as Ruler of the Realm, We take care to take care of Staff: natural light is well acknowledge for health and for maintaining good eyesight….Staff must be able to see the puddles and have sharp vision to interpret the puddles accurately.

While Staff is on approved R&R, We shall keep an eye on the new replacement coffee machine – making it aware that if performance is not perfect, We have the box.

Ah, you are yawning.

It is tedious work to sit and stare without end. We understand your short attention span frail nature.

Out of gratitude you may leave your tribute can of tuna or salmon by the door.

On your way out.

We graciously acknowledge your tears of happiness.

You are thrilled. We can see that.

Now carry on. Our paw has waved!

Audience fini


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  1. Kate Crimmins / Nov 16 2018 11:34 am

    Have a great trip and don’t worry. Seems the cat is watching the box carefully. Maybe.


  2. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Nov 16 2018 1:26 pm

    Happy Birthday to RC’s most dedicated Staff! RC mentioned R&R was permitted without a supply list– all here in the Northern Realm hope she recalls that detail when you report back on duty. 🎂🎂😺 (Reenie, Ted, Splash, Milo & Otis wish they could help RC watch the box, too)


  3. Spinster / Nov 16 2018 1:42 pm

    Pretty cat. 🙂 (Unrelated side note – finally made short post.)


  4. Curt Mekemson / Nov 16 2018 3:15 pm

    The cat does look well-fed and catty, um regal. No insult meant. –Curt


  5. Ally Bean / Nov 16 2018 3:38 pm

    It is tedious work to sit and stare without end. So true, but thank goodness someone is available to do it. Where would be without those who observe?


  6. shoreacres / Nov 16 2018 6:41 pm

    Well, if you thought you could slide that little birthday announcement into the middle of your post without any of us noticing — you failed! Happy birthday (is it today?) and best wishes for the coming year(s). You had a fabulous day to head to the Gulf; it couldn’t have been nicer. I hope you had wonderful food, and plenty of time to just roam around.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2018 4:40 pm

      It was a glorious day – crew of the Elissa were “working” but mostly enjoying the sun. (You made it to the top, yes?) Thanks for joining the party crowd


  7. Beth / Nov 17 2018 9:13 am

    I listened to the NPR piece about the jewels and wondered if they might fetch a bit more considering their historic significance. There was a lot of talk about the pearl, how there were portraits of her wearing it, how the person interviewed got to try on some of the jewelry, and how she was much like Cleopatra. The last statement made me quirk a brow and think either I need to reassess my views of Marie Antoinette or Cleopatra, then resolved to carry on with my current views and declare them incorrect. 🙂

    Enjoy your vacation! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all in the realm!!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2018 4:37 pm

      Got a chuckle over Marie’s pearl summoning up Cleo’s image. It is something of a wonder to see jewels previously seen in paintings of actual people during an era (another reason I enjoyed that MFAH show). The story of the pearl and the jewels is interesting, too – history is made up of little stories of people. (Hope some young anti-history textbook people became intrigues and suddenly got interested in what happened next and later and later after that. …)
      We only took a few hours off to head down to a non-tourist occupied Galveston for lunch – a nice time of year for beach going.
      Thanks for the best wishes and hope your Thanksgiving festivity’s are a day of delight


  8. sustainabilitea / Nov 17 2018 9:17 am

    Happy birthday, happy Thanksgiving, happy trip, and happy everything else! Happy cats/dogs, happy life. 🙂 Whoops, that’s actually “Happy wife, happy life”, but whatever works.


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  9. ShimonZ / Nov 18 2018 1:10 am

    This is probably after the event, but maybe while you still vacation. Best wishes. As all cats know, absence makes the stomach anxious. Hope all is well when you return.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2018 4:30 pm

      Ah, just the thought of a vacation is relaxing. We lived about 30 min. from the bay and are able to swoop down there to enjoy – especially nice when school is in session or when tourist season is over. We did enjoy a late lunch/early dinner – eating out is rather rare – you know beach and tourist towns can get pricey – it’s the atmosphere you pay for HAHA. But dining with a water view – and in this case a large historic sailboat – is pleasant – especially if the outdoor deck is sunny and warm. We just didn’t tell the cat about the shrimp…
      Thanks for the best wishes


  10. Jay / Nov 18 2018 6:47 am

    Happy Birthday !!!


  11. LordBeariOfBow / Nov 29 2018 12:57 am

    They’re such arrogant creatures, bring Madame la Guillotine for felines WOOF Grrrrrr
    🐶🐾 🐻


  12. cat9984 / Dec 1 2018 9:14 pm

    We love you RC. You are the epitome of cattitude. We hope the servants realize how lucky they are. Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty


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