Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Forecast: Cold & Sunny with a Chance of Naps

Brrrrrrr!  It is very good to be an Indoor-Only Library Cat right about now, even if it does mean I get chased by overly excited toddlers from time to time!

When the days are sunny and crisp (that's a nice word for freezing cold), the birdies outside my office window are extra active.  If only AB Christine would open the window just a crack. . .


I even got my staff to make a movie--it's been a while since we've done that.  The movie features 2015 Dancing Baby, a present from my Across-the-Street Neighbor Mr. Wilson.  Dancing Baby is really enjoying the sunshine!

video

Earlier in the day, the birdies were all lined up on the ledge where I'm standing in the video.  At first we thought the birdies were interested in watching 2015 Dancing Baby.  On further investigation, AB Christine discovered that they were just waiting for the window-ledge snow to melt so they could drink it.  (CSI:  Thorntown.)  Oh, and they pooped on the ledge a lot, too.  

I find all of this business pretty exhausting.


I hope all of my friends are staying safe and warm during these awfully cold days!  Hoodie Hoo Day can't get here fast enough!

Warm purrs,

Tober

Monday, December 29, 2014

Holidays, holidaze

I hope everyone had wonderful Thanksgivingses and Christmases!

For the record, the very first Christmas card received at the library was addressed to me.  Oh, and the second one!  Then the holiday wishes for the humans started in a few days later.

As always, the holidays here were pretty busy.  We had the super-big library Christmas party on Monday, December 1 this year, and 300+ people showed up!  (I hear) it was crazy!  (I napped in the safety of my office and visions of cat-treats danced through my head.)

Here is Clarice the Reindeer with her human, "Candy Cane Chris".  (I have a suspicion that "Candy Cane Chris" is NOT the name on his driver's license.)  Clarice is the highlight of the Silly Safaris animal show, but I don't get it.  She isn't even litter-box trained!  See that tarp she's standing on?  She peed right on that mat, like, three times!


I have to give Clarice credit, though.  She's brave.  Anybody who can stand there and get petted by over 100 children is One Tough Cookie in my book.

My library staff partied on a Monday night in mid-December.  The wildest parties happen on Mondays!  They ate a lot of stuff that they seemed to think was tasty but didn't interest me too much.  Veggie pizza.  What is the point of that?

My library is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that my staff can spend those days with their pets families pets and families.  Since I live in the library, I got some extra-special visits from AAB Karen.  She helped me open my stocking so I could see the catnip, treats, and stinky food that Santa left for me.  We spent two whole hours together on Christmas Day!

Now Christmas is over and we are looking forward to a New Year.


Purrs to a wonderful 2015, filled with catnip, treats, belly-rubs (if you're into that sort of thing), and stacks of Important Papers (for sitting on),

Tober

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ideal

November is Turkey Time, right?


Well, here at Thorntown Public Library it's also Take Tober to the V-E-T to be Prodded and Stabbed Examined Time.

I had my Annual Examination with Dr. Jon and his minions at the Thorntown Veterinary Clinic. TVC has a dedicated staff of animal-botherers; you can visit the website and see all of their smiling mugshots.  

This visit was especially Awful since traitors AB Christine and AAB Karen reported to Dr. Jon that I've experienced some hair loss.  It's been a super-itch-inducing fall, so I've been grooming a lot extra. I guess I overdid it a bit, because I have some little bald patches.

This, apparently, was an invitation for Jon to poke, prod, smoosh, mash, and manhandle me even more than usual.  And I got an extra shot in the rear-end!  (That was AB Christine's fault.)

Here's how I greet Dr. Jon:

So.  We meet again.
Other than some less-than-furry patches, I am, again, a Picture of Feline Health.  My treat consumption of as-many-as-I-want per day is just fine, thankyouverymuch:

Ideal = Perfect

Do you see what that says?  Let me help:
5:  IDEAL    Well-proportioned; observe waist behind ribs; ribs palpable with slight fat covering; abdominal fat pad minimal.
 That's me!  The Feline Ideal!

So I guess the V-E-T isn't all bad.  Even though Dr. Jon insists on calling me a "senior" cat.  As long as that "senior" designation doesn't come with extra pokes, prods, and rear-end stabbings, I'm fine with it.

Not really.

Ideally yours,

Tober

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finding Day 2014

Well, guys, it turns out that my library staff DID have a Finding Day Celebration planned for me!  We observed my Finding Day on Monday, OcTOBER 20th, which is okay I guess.  AAB Karen came in on Sunday and we celebrated then, too.

Here's a good action shot of me getting ready for my Finding Day gathering:

Struttin' my stuff!
Look how sleek and trim I am!  Lookin' good for an 8-year-old!  (Even though Dr. Jon and his Thorntown Veterinary Clinic henchmen have deemed me a "senior" cat.  Huh.)

I chose a nice window/under-table area to occupy while examining my loot.

Wow.  A ball with feet.  Thanks, I guess?
I wasn't sure about this green mousie.  Pretty sure I already owned that and some Cheap-o was attempting to re-gift me my own Feline Training Device.

Smells like MINE.
Finding Day, even belated, was pretty awesome after all!



Happily beginning Year Seven (7) of Librarycatdomhood,

Tober

Friday, October 17, 2014

NOTHING

Today is October 17.  My Finding Day is in two days, and do you know what my staff has done to honor me?

NOTHING.

They've been all busy doing stuff like Festival Parade Float Book Sale Carpet Cleaning Mess Week, and making sets and backdrops for the library's Centennial Play, and celebrating the retirement of one of my Assistant Assistant Bosses.

Let me show you.

Here is our Award-Winning "Quack Open a Good Book" float.

It's all fun and games until you wind up with a "beard tan."
Here I am supervising the Mess-making.

Yep.  This is going to be a mess.
After all the Floating, Book Sale-ing, and Mess-making, AAB Linda W. decided that she had had enough and was ready to retire.  Here is a picture of her pretending to be sad about retiring:

Not sad.  Not one bit.
We will miss her, even if she had to force a sad-face for her retirement photo.

Here are a few great pictures of the Centennial Play and the actresses:

Backstage with the actresses!
Gretel writing in her 1912 diary
Mrs. Norris selling the property to F.B. Long and the committee
Our Centennial Play is called The Diary of a Library and was written by Lillian Smith to commemorate the library's 100th birthday.  (No one has offered to write a play to commemorate my Finding Day.  Just sayin'.)  We held the World Premiere here at the library on October 11.  The play ended with AB Christine showing of our Brand Spankin' New plaque in honor of Frank B. Long.  He was the superintendent long, long ago and was the one who wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie asking for money to build a library for Thorntown.

At the end of the play, AB Christine presented the library's Centennial Quilt.  This quilt has been in the making for a year and a half!  It's a sampler quilt made up of 20 unique blocks (by 20 unique quilters) that all share one common "theme" fabric.

Ta-Da!
I would like to point out that no one has made a special quilt for me.

SO--as you can see, it has been very busy here, but 99.9% of the busy-ness has been non-LibraryCat-related.  I've had to work to get everyone's attention.

I was especially disappointed by AAB Kathy who, as you may remember, is one of the better-trained ones.  I had asked her, like, SIX times to give me a treat (or two).  She ignored and ignored me, so I had to resort to this:


FYI, knocking things onto the floor (and almost into the toilet) is a great way to get your human's attention.

On Wednesday they celebrated Grouch Day by eating cake and taking a photo.  (Around here we celebrate days ending with "Y" with cake.)  They aren't even Grouching correctly!  Look!

All smiles!  (Cake does that to people.)
Here's how you look Grouchy:


Even if my staff has gotten complacent and decided not to throw me a big Finding Day Celebration, I'm still glad that I got Found and have this awesome 100-year-old library for my Forever Home.

My official Finding Day is Sunday, October 19, and AAB Karen, my official Finder, will be spending extra time with me, so I guess I really haven't been Forgotten and Ignored.

Really, I'm so handsome it would be nearly impossible to Forget and Ignore me, RIGHT?!

Celebrating 6 Years of Being Loved,

Tober