Tuesday, September 29, 2015


OcTOBER is just around the corner, so I figured I'd better wake from my long summer's nap and maybe post a "hello" to everyone.


I was napping 10 seconds before this was taken.  *squint*
We have had a crazy busy summer around here.  The youth department outdid themselves and invited all kinds of people, animals, and even a giant CAT to the library during the summer reading program.  (I have an autographed picture from the CAT!  Will see if my minions can find it and post it later.)  The Humane Society for Boone County brought a really noisy slobbery dog here and tried to get him adopted.  He woofed and woofed and woofed.  Seriously.  And we had balloon-twisters and a screech owl and a hawk and the Colts-in-Motion trailer and a really great box maze and the fire department and police department and EMS people visited to show off their fancy trucks and cars and teach children about the importance of being heroes and taking care of one another.


So I got really behind on blogging.  But you guys are used to that!  

My staff decided to make it up to me by making me the centerpiece of our Festival of the Turning Leaves float.  (Last week was Festival of the Turning Leaves/Book Sale/Carpet Cleaning/Mess Week.) 

BUT they were being Lazy (yes, with a capital "L") this year and didn't want to make a huge float on account of being Lazy, so they made a teeny-tiny Tober-sized float.  

My float had the fanciest tractor!
Isn't it the greatest?  Here's another picture:

My stunt-double.
AB Christine was super-excited that it fits on the library's elevator and she didn't have to struggle with petal paper in the windy, windy outside.

I'm super-excited because, if I get really lucky, one of my staff will forget to lock up my tiny float and I'll get to chew up all of those crunchy silk leaves and urp them up on the clean carpet!  It's only a matter of time. . .

AAB Phyllis made a real big float this year, with people on it and stuff.  It was for the Thorntown Heritage Museum and went along with the parade's 1915 - Oh What a Year! theme.

Winner winner, chicken dinner!
It won 1st Place - Theme!  It had a bunch of basketball players on it, and they did cheers and waved their very best waves for the parade crowd. The float theme was "Inspiring a new generation of winners."   

The secret to a winning float?  Lots of tape.  

Now--back to napping. . . but hopefully shorter naps with more blog posts!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Best Seat in the House

This is one of my most favorite spots to nap during the morning.

It is under a window in the YA Room, which is short for Young Adult Room.  (Young Adult is the long way to say Teen.)  Teens seem to sleep in during the summer. . . so I use the opportunity to sleep in their room.

This chair was reupholstered by our friends at T & L Upholstery Shop here in Thorntown.  (It is a lot prettier with the new book-themed fabric.)  

This napping spot has the perfect combination of quiet location, proximity to a window, comfort, and morning sunbeam exposure.

I sure hope no one needs anything.



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Heroes & Villains

Summer Reading begins on Monday!  This year's theme features heroes of all kinds:  super-heroes, animal heroes, and everyday human-heroes.  My staff have worked extra-hard at setting up special programs that everyone will enjoy.

One of the programs is called Pacers, Pets & Pizza.  Boomer, the Pacers mascot, will be here, along with representatives and adoptables from the Humane Society of Boone County.  We'll also have vendors selling fun pet items, and a Papa John's trailer will be on-site selling delicious pizza.  There will also be contests for well-behaved leashed pets.  It's going to be a lot of fun!  (And, thank goodness, in the Parking Lot where I won't have to meet any strange creatures!)

Our Humane Society Heroes have a wish list of supplies that will help them rescue and care for foster cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and other critters in need.  We've set up a donation box in the lower level lobby and printed out copies of the wish list for folks to take shopping with them.  AAB Barb made my Stunt Double a super-hero costume and AB Christine made a special sign about the HSforBC wishes:

Don't I (well, Stunt Double) look Heroic!?!

One of the donations we received was a great big bag of cat food.  AB Christine was quick to get it off the floor and onto a counter. . . so I wouldn't find it. . .

That was yesterday afternoon.

Last night a did a Very Bad Thing.

I was bored, and I could smell the smell of fresh cat food coming from inside the bag.  I just wanted a little taste!

(All of this would have been perfectly fine if I had thumbs.  I could have cut the bag open nicely with scissors, sampled the New Food, and then put the bag back together with tape.  I blame this on my thumblessness and AB Christine's carelessness.)

When she discovered what had happened, AB Christine said "Shame on you, Tober, that food was for kitties who need it a lot more than you do!  You have plenty of food and treats and love."  But she said it nicely while she hugged me.  (Did not give me treats, though.)

So we bagged all of the food into gallon zip-lock bags for now.  AB Christine said we'll see if I can eat that and we will use my special Tober Fund to buy a nice replacement bag of food for the foster kitties who really need it.

I mean, seriously, who leaves an unopened bag of cat food around ME?  This isn't the first time such a thing has occurred.  Treat-bags need to stay in closed drawers around here, for Pete's sake! 

Some humans are un-trainable.  

Heroically yours,


Friday, May 1, 2015

April Showers (and Becki) Brought May Flowers

Today AAB Becki decided to celebrate May Day by decapitating some flowers and bringing them to me.

Flowers:  Hey, Spring is here!  Woo-hoo!

AAB Becki:  *snip*

AB Christine thought she could get some good pictures of me sniffing them.

Well, she got one good "sniff" picture--which is a lucky thing--because I'd rather BITE on flowers!

Don't worry.  No flowers were harmed during this photo shoot.  (At least not any worse than what Becki did to them!)  I only got one partial bite in before AB Christine snatched them away and put them where (she thinks) I can't get to them.

I gave her The Look.  This is a terrible way to treat a Boss Cat, especially on May Day!  But she may have saved me some from uncomfortable urping, so I guess I'll forgive her.

Happy Spring Time!


PS - My staff drew horse names for the big horse-race thingie tomorrow.  I drew a horse named Materiality.  I'm not sure if Materiality is a boy-horse or a girl-horse or even what its name means--but I sure hope it wins!  I'll get a special prize!!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

National Hairball Awareness Day

"Happy" National Hairball Awareness Day, everybody!

I would post a picture of a hairball in its natural habitat, but since many of you are Cats and Cat People, I'm sure you're all competent hairball identifiers.  (Just so you know, AAB Ritchie needs some training in that regard.  He has called my hairballs "poos" in the past.)

My staff is preparing me for Hairball Awareness Day by administering a nice Furmination:

I will *not* smile for the camera.
I know I don't look especially happy in the photo above, but I am purring and purring.  I love a good Furmination.  Takes care of those itchy, hard-to-reach spots!

Still not smiling.
I hope to celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day by NOT experiencing a hairball.  See all that Fur that AAB Britta extracted from my coat?  That is at the half-way point!

Now that I'm freshly Furminated, I'm all sleek and smooth and ready for more pettings and belly-rubs!

I hope you all have someone to brush or Furminate you so that you aren't plagued by yucky hairballs.  Especially you long-haired kitties--wow, keeping up with those fabulous fur coats must be a lot of work!

Have a happy, hairball-free day!


PS Thanks to AAB Barb L for bringing this special day to my attention.