Sunday, December 28, 2008


Mrs. B: *sings* Madness has a boyfriend.... Madness has a boyfriend.

Madness: I do not!

Mrs. B: Madness has a boyfriend...

Madness: Mom!

Mrs. B: *snickers* And not just any boyfriend. A MANCAT boyfriend.

Madness: I don't want no Mancat boyfriend. Mom, tell them!

Mom: OK, Madness calm down.

Madness: But Mom I don't want no mancat boyfriend. Ahhhmm, he hasn't even had his ... you know.. his "big boy" operation! Tell everybody I don't want no boyfriend like that. I'm a good girl.

Mom: Yes internets it is true. We have the neighbor's un-neutered mancat hanging around the house, calling for Madness. He is OK, except for the "man"cat part. I was afraid that he and Bubbles would fight, but they get along fine. However he does have his eyes on Mandess, but she wants nothing to do with him.

Here are some pictures of him on the porch trying to get her attention. For now I'm just calling him "Boyfriend". Yes, very original.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Toy

Mom bought us a new toy! It's like a real tree right inside the house! And it has little toys hanging from the branches for us to play with! Our Mom is the best!

Bubbles! No!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


At last I let the cats out. At first I only let Bubbles out so I could watch him and then later I just opened the door so Madness and Mrs. B could also go out. Bubbles and Madness were very excited and I think they climbed every tree in the yard! Mrs. B just sat in the door and watched. They were good kitties and did not go very far and came in by themselves.

I'm so relieved that is went so well. They were supervised and I made sure to talk to them all the time so they could hear where I was. They will only be allowed to go outside when I'm at home and can watch them - that means only on weekends or holidays. It is a big change for them since they were used to going out every day, but I think they will be OK with that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I "fenced-in" the deck at the back of the house so the cats can get some fresh air. Here are all three of them enjoying the great outdoors. Don't worry, they are strictly supervised.

Bubbles: I think Louisiana is that-a-way...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Settling in

The cats are exploring the new house and finding all kinds of interesting places. Madness have to be wherever Bubbles is. He doesn't seem to mind.

Bubbles is seeking out all the sunny spots. He doesn't like cold weather at all. And off course Madness is close by. On her Gizzy quilt!

Later this week I will post some pictures of their outdoor adventure...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

We moved!

Hello internets. We have not posted for a while because we were busy organizing our move. Last Saturday we moved from Louisiana to Georgia. All three cats were stuffed in their pet carriers. Mrs. B was not worried at all and did not even give one meow. Madness cried for about 1 hour and then settled down. However Bubbles went a little crazy and for the first couple of hours tried to claw his way out of the carrier and for the other 8 hours he meowed pitifully. He was not a happy guy.

Once we arrived I settled them into the main bedroom and Bubbles and Madness spent the first couple of days hiding/sleeping under the sleeping bag. Can you see the 2 lumps in the picture? That's them.

We've now been here 5 days and all our furniture and stuff finally arrived. Madness settled in fine and is now running around like the crazy little girl she is. Doesn't she look very happy with her new bigger home.

Bubbles is still not happy. Although he is walking around, exploring the house he is still very nervous.

Mrs. B was not disturbed in any way. She just carried on as if nothing untoward happened at all. Here she is just wondering why she is not getting more food. The vet gave me a stern talking to about her weight when I took them to get their check-ups and shots before the move. I'm trying!

Today I took Bubbles outside on his harness. He was not afraid at all and made a beeline for the woods behind the house! We live in a suburb and there is a small wooded area behind the house. We even saw deer in the back yard a couple nights ago.

He hates the harness, but for now that is the only way he will get to go outside. And here is where I need you advice. How long do I need to keep them inside/restrained before it is safe to let them go outside? I am afraid they will try to go back to Louisiana. Any advise from beans that have moved long distance with outdoor/semi-outdoor cats will be much appreciated.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Gustav - Pictures

We have internet back! I cannot believe how quickly it happened. We are very lucky since most people still don't have electricity. Here are some pictures of the aftermath of Gustav.
Our courtyard.
My neighbor's roof.
My roof! Now you can see why my apartment is leaking. You can also see where I parked my car to try and protect it.
Here you can see the roof tiles/shingles (mostly from our roof) all over the road.
The 2Bs are not worried.
The courtyard (again).
Bubbles, inspecting the damage.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

We are OK

We just wanted to let everybody know that we are OK. Baton Rouge was severely affected by Gustav. Most of the city does not have power and might not have power for several more days, maybe weeks.
At my apartment we were extremely lucky to get power back within 24 hours. However we have no internet. At the moment I'm posting from my office on the LSU campus. Most of the campus also lost power, but some buildings got power back yesterday and we have intermittent internet on campus.
Thanks for all the good wishes. We were pretty lucky. We lost a lot of tiles from the roof and it is leaking in the bedroom and living room, but it is not too bad. At least we have power!
Once the internet is more reliable I will post some pictures. I'm not sure how much you see on the news, but Baton Rouge have a lot of damage. There are long lines for gas, ice, food and tarps. More than 90% of residents are still without power.
Well I will post more once we are "connected' again.

Monday, September 01, 2008


We are still here (and connected!). So far we have only had rain and some wind gusts, but nothing serious. They say that we will probably lose electricity soon, so I just wanted to post before that happens. Luckily it looks like the worst will miss Baton Rouge and pass to the south of us. We hope so.

UPDATE: We are still here and all is good. Bubbles wants to go outside!

UPDATE: The weather is getting much worse. It's a wonder we still have electricity. More than 30,000 homes have already lost power in Baton Rouge. It looks like the eye of Gustav is going to pass very close to BR. We are expecting to have very high winds and a lot of rain in the next few hours.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Waiting for Gustav

Hello Internets. We here in Baton Rouge are just watching the Weather Channel and preparing for Gustav. This is the current projection.

This is what the weather looked like this morning in the direction of New Orleans.

We had no serious damage during Katrina or Rita, we just lost electricity for about a week every time. So we hope it will be about the same this time. I will post more pictures during the storm if the electricity and internet stays on.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

It's 8 pm. Do you know where your kitty is?

Years ago there was a National Geographic special about cats, called "The Secret Life of Cats". During the intro to the program this is the question they asked: "It's 8 pm. Do you know where your kitty is?"

About a week ago I woke up to Madness and Bubbles growling. They were looking through my window, so I got up to see what it was. Outside I saw a ginger cat sitting and looking at them. I've never seen this cat around here before and it just hung out in front of my apartment for quite some time.

Eventually I got up and took some food outside. It ran down the stairs, but returned to eat the food once I went back inside. So a few days later, I saw a sign close to my apartment about a missing orange cat. I called the number and the people said they moved away, but I should send them a picture and if it is their cat they will arrange to get it to them. Unfortunately the cat only comes by at night and runs away when I go outside, so I had a lot of trouble getting a picture.

So naturally, the geek in me decided: Motion detection camera!

So I set up a cheapo wildlife camera and here is what I got.

Unfortunately it turns out that this was not the missing orange cat that the owners were looking for. In any case I set up the camera again last night in the hope to get a better picture and I got: Another cat!

And a little later this cat. Remember him?

And eventually the ginger showed up also.

It's amazing how the other two found out so quickly that I put out out some food! I don't usually put out food right at my apartment (the landlord and some tenants complain about it), but I guess I'll continue to feed them until I move away at the end of September. Anybody want a stray kitty? Or three?

Monday, August 04, 2008

Mancat Monday

I know Mom likes to post cute pictures of me, but I'm a very fierce Mancat.

Just look at my muscles as I climb this tree!

Here is a close-up. I hope the lady cats don't faint.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It runs in the family

Apparently love of condensation runs in the family. Those of you that have been around the cat blogosphere for some time will remember my brother Dobby aka LT. Well, he liked to lick cans and I like to lick bottles.

Mom thinks it's very cute. Well, she thinks pretty much everything we do is cute.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Gizzy Quilt

Madness here. My Gizzy Quilt arrived from our good friend Millie! Remember I kept stealing Bubbles' quilt? Well, it seems he is paying me back!

Bubbles: No Madness, I'm just testing it for you. You know, to make sure it is safe (snickers).

The Smell Test
The Stress Test
The Roll Test
The Wash Test
The Stretch Test
(notice Madness in the corner?)
The Nap Test
Jeez, is it safe now? Can I get on MY quilt now?

Oh, Millie smells so nice. And look at the pretty colors! And it is an African theme! Grrrrrr.

Oh, this feels so good on my tush.

Oh yea, this is so comfy. Don't I look pretty on my quilt?

Ahhhh, my very own Gizzy Quilt. Now all is right with the world.

Thanks a lot Millie. We LOVE the Quilt.