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Perspective: Little Jet-Black

2013-10-28 10.17.10Do you have a pet? Describe your house from the perspective of your pet.

I have a number of problems responding to this prompt – 32 to be precise. To arrive at that number I had to run a census on the current dog, cat and fish population of Baskerville Manor (my rather grand title for the family homestead where I presently serve as chief bottle-washer to my ever-growing pet population).

Pets of the furry variety have each got their own blog which can be found listed under “Welcome to Baskerville Manor” on my menu.  My sanity is grateful that I have drawn the line at blogging for furries and have not progressed to individual sites for the residents of my 6 aquariums and 4 nano tanks. Even with that limitation, it was quite hard to decide who of my fab fuzzy five should feature as my guest fur-blogger.

Anyhow, because he’s one of the latest arrivals, and he hasn’t had much opportunity  lately to keep his own blog up to date, I’ve nominated Little Jet-Black to describe my glorified kennel. He’s only a little guy, so be nice to him…

Little Jet-Black:

I moved into my new home last with my brother Mr Kit-Kat last October.  The move came as quite a surprise to me, especially when I found that there were three HUGE dogs in residence already.  The week we moved in there was another one staying there while his guardians were on holiday. It was pretty daunting, let me tell you.

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The first night we stayed in a place called “attic” which was away from The Dogz, and that suited me very well.  There were all sorts of interesting things to check, and even better, there were mice to hunt down. This place was supposed to be our home base so the human left lots of toys and plants that we like to make us feel at home.

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In attic there are all sorts of strange-looking things that the human refers to as gym equipment.  They are just brilliant for climbing, swinging and jumping. There are boxes to hide in and wicker crates to perch on. They do pretty well as scratching posts too.

However, we are cats, so the very next night,  when everybody else was asleep, we snuck around the house to see what we could see.  There were several different rooms to check.  We especially like that if we go into the cupboard in the utility room, we can sneak through a hole at the back and come out under the stairs – it’s really convenient.

During our explorations, we found a place that we prefer to “attic” – it’s called “guest room”. There is a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom, and a commanding view of the street outside, so we appropriated it.  The human took it quite well, and even erected a thing called “baby gate” so we could have some privacy from The Dogz.

In the hallways there are sparkly things that tinkle hanging from the ceilings – I learned they are called “wind-chimes” – I’m going to figure out some way to catch one of them, I swear.


According to the human, for our own safety, we get room service instead of dining in the kitchen with the wuff-waff, which is quite nice. In the evenings, when the human comes home from work, we each have a shelf on either side of the fireplace where we can relax and give the feline finger to our canine housemates.  For our entertainment, she had pre-installed these glass box things full of water with bright coloured creatures that dart around inside them. This gives us hours of fascinated contemplation, and we often get so hypnotised by these things that we have to take a snooze on top of them.

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Out back there is a large garden that is pretty much a big soggy jungle at the moment. There are lots of shrubs and trees, and sheds and green-houses we can explore, although the human doesn’t want us to go into the shed where something called “robins” nest, so that door is mostly closed. But spring is coming, and that lawn mower is going to have to come out sooner or later. We can wait. In the mean time, we play Angry Birds to keep sharp.2013-11-15 00.03.53

At night it is getting a little boring as the mice seem to have left, I have no idea why, we were having such fun with them.  Now we are working on how to open up those glass boxes to get those coloured things.  So far no success, but the human can’t watch us 24-7, and we are very enterprising felines.

2013-11-03 10.15.44We are clearly VIPs here – two of The Dogz give us the utmost respect and every time the third one tries to chase us, the human tells her off.  The human also provides rides on her shoulder to help us avoid the recalcitrant canine  – as if we need help to outwit a mutt!.

All in all, I’m glad we moved in.  I’ll have to sign off now because Mr Kit-Kat has just beaten my Angry Birds high score – can’t let him away with that.


7 February:

Thrilled to be reblogged by the lovely MR in ALL creatures are beautiful

By request:  Magpies for Margaret Rose

NaBloPoMo February 2014Roundup

Perspective: Alien

220px-Spock_2267You meet an alien and need to explain to it blogging. Explain what blogging is (and what blogging means to you) without ever using the word “blog.”

Hi Mr Spock, thank you so much, I will very much enjoy living long and prospering. You want to know what I’m doing right now? OK, well it’s called writing a post.  No – a post is not always a thing that supports a fence.


It’s a means of communication

Spock to Enterprise …

No, not using that little bleepy thing of yours.   If I want to actually talk  to someone, I’d use this device here.. see – it’s called a mobile phone – anyway, we’re digressing.  What I’m doing could be compared to keeping a diary or journal.


You know the sort of thing, where you write down ideas, or impressions or opinions about something, tell a story, show a picture, anything…. maybe to show somebody else, maybe just for your self  –  yes, like that “Captain’s Log” thing your pal Jim is always reciting.

Captain’s log, Stardate Unknown

Actually it’s Wednesday, February 5, 2013.  When you’ve completed the post, you publish it on the internet for other people to read and comment on.

Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.

I see what you mean.. well there is a goal here.  If people like what you have to say, they will follow you and maybe even share your posts with others.

Without followers, evil cannot spread.

NOOOO that’s not fair – I’m not evil, I just like writing about stuff and posting it.  I want to improve my writing, get feedback and ideas from other people, if they follow me, then I know I’m on the “write” track.  Here – sit down at my laptop and have a try

“You’re asking me to work with equipment which is hardly very far ahead of stone knives and bearskins.

There’s no need to be rude – you were the one who wanted to know what I was doing and here I am trying t explain it to you.

I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.


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Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now

Write a post entirely in the present tense.

2012-10-07 12.44.58 (2)Look, human, you know I haven’t got opposable thumbs. I need your help here.  My Facebook friends need an update.  There are no new posts on Princess Chloe the First.  My fans don’t know what’s going on. You’re spending far too much time writing your own stuff and messing about with those widget things on your blog. What’s the point of you getting to be a hero from zero while the world is waiting to hear from me?

I appreciate that you are working hard on improving your writing skills, but I don’t get why I am not your principal topic. Remember that I am a senior dog and I deserve some priority.  I’ve managed to open up my page so please write here, write now and don’t disappoint me.


(Occasional Stuff is closed while negotiations about the hierarchy in  Baskerville Manor are in progress).

Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now

Daily Prompt: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.

This is a hard one.  Yes, I know how to do a certain number of things well (don’t we all) but what, among those things, would be of interest to my fellow citizens of the blogosphere?

Would anybody like to learn how to knit? Make an Access 2007 database? Spoil dogs? Develop a skill for proscratination?  Make spaghetti carbonara in the Venetian style? (My friend from Venice told me the Venetian style is different and superior from any other. Well, he would, wouldn’t he? It’s the way his mama makes it.)

There are so many people out there, so many interests, what, if anything, do they all have in common?  Blogging, right?  So today, although I can’t claim that I know everything there is to know about blogging, I will share something I learned this month while engaging various challenges.  That something is, if you include a picture with a cute animal in it, you are going to get a whole lot of likes!  I knew already from all those who are wise in the lore of blogging that no blog post is complete without a picture that draws the eye.  I think this  story proves the case. 

While working through the Zero to Hero lessons every day, I kept an eye on my blog stats, and sure enough, every time I posted with a nice picture, the views and the likes went up.  I’ve used different types of pictures, but without even counting the responses from visitors, I was sure that if I looked into the numbers, the top rated posts would be the ones with pictures of my pets.  I did wonder whether the dogs or the cats would be more popular, and I got my answer today when WordPress kindly gave me notice that I had reached an all-time record for my blog of 36 likes in one day.

Allowing for time differences, although I got the message today, I think the likes counted were for posts I made yesterday. What did I do yesterday?  I posted two pictures of members of my fluffy family. I saw the message mid-afternoon, and, feeling the need for more love, I added a short post about this – 36 Likes in One Day.  Almost immediately, I got a really encouraging message from Michelle W at King of States, and another 4 likes to add to the pot for today, so I am feeling very loved, thank you all for your kindness!

Checking the stats for yesterday I found the most popular post was Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition, featuring my very serious, formal, kitty friend – Mr Kit-Kat, observing some nervous fish. This beat my post  Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Shiloh’s Snack , featuring my gorgeous large labrador Shiloh eyeing some rice-cakes, by a whopping 75%.  Does this mean that cat pictures are more popular than dog pictures? Is it because rice-cakes are not that appetising?  I’m not sure yet, so I’m throwing this out to you. Honest, modest, Shiloh is waiting anxiously by my side, hoping he hasn’t been overlooked in the rush to admire the glamorous Mr Kit-Kat. Mr Kit-Kat, on the other hand, is snoozing complacently in his little bed, pending room service being delivered by his human staff.


Lesson for today:  Don’t forget, a good, well-composed picture that suits the topic will bring you even more kudos. 


Daily Prompt: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well – Picture from WeBit Informatika

Most likes in one day…

imageOK, so thirty-six likes probably isn’t a very big number, but you know what, it’s only 15:30 Irish time and a lot can happen between now and midnight.

Also, it’s been a long week and the weather is cold and wet today so I’ll take any affirmations available and be glad to have them.