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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day

Today my library staff decided to play a big April Fools' joke on our custodian, AAB Ritchie.

Ritchie is generally a good sport about these sorts of things.  We pick on him all the time, and sometimes even to his face.

For April Fools' Day, the staff decided to dress up just like Ritchie.

Ritchie's work uniform consists of jeans pants, tennis shoes, a tee shirt (usually gray, and either Menard's or Evergreen Indiana), and a flannel or some sort of overshirt.  OH--and suspenders.

So today we had 11 AAB Ritchies running around the library.  It was insane.  Right now we have the cleanest toilets in Indiana.

AAB Ritchie was absolutely astounded and honored by all of the extra attention:

So overwhelmed he had to sit down.
Now, there are a few people missing from this photo:  AAB Myrtle, who's off vacationing and is probably Not At All Sad that she missed the photo; AAB Alec, who was not scheduled to work and is probably relieved that his missed the photo; and AAB Phyllis, who was actually off WORKING and giving a tour of the museum while the rest of the staff was goofing off being photographed  in the library meeting rooms.

Of course, there's one other notable omission.  ME.  Which was fine by me, since I do not wear jeans pants, tennis shoes, tee shirts, flannel shirts, or suspenders.

Anyhoo, AAB Phyllis didn't get a picture with the staff, and didn't even get a picture with AAB Ritchie, who was so overcome by all of the excitement that he had to leave early to go to Menard's and purchase cleaning supplies with a rebate coupon.  I offered to be in a picture with Phyllis, seeing as how AAB Ritchie and I are both redheads.

At least they didn't try jeans pants.
Please notice the lovely and smiling AAB Phyllis restraining holding the very grumpy and UNsmiling Tober.  Also notice the paper suspenders taped to me.  This is worse than a collar!

The things we do for love.

Joke's on me, I guess!