Read my considered thoughts and opinions.
I am continuing the blog of Diamond, cat sage and haiku poet.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Glamour Puss

This is one of my enhanced photos. There was one version with pink tinged fur, but I thought it gave a false impression of my appearance.
Does this make me look artistic?

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Listening to Mozart

After Lynettea returns from her hunting trip for my special dental crispies, I settle down to listen to some Mozart piano concertos.
It has been a busy morning, with an electrician coming to install an extra light in the kitchen/dining room.
'It looks like sunshine inside, now!' says Lynettea.
It was nice and sunny when I took her out, earlier. I settled down for a spot of grooming on top of a clump of sprouting bluebells leaves - so soft and pliable under the furs. She stood there for a while, then requested me to let her go out to get my foods, so I came inside.
'We can't do everything, Sasha. We have to pick and choose.'
But there is definitely an imbalance in who gets to choose.
Anyway, the music is relaxing ...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Landscape painting

When my human saw this in her photos,  she thought at first it was a landscape painting!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Night Games

Here I am playing with one of my toys in the dark. As it is dark, you can't see me very well.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Wrapped in Winter Rugs

The weather has turned cold. I think I will stay indoors.
I can hear Lynettea asking, 'Give me a smile, Sasha, for your blog photo!'
Not yet, I think. It is too early. I might snuggle down again.
'It's nearly midday, Sasha!'
As I thought, far too early.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Morning cuddlie

This morning I stood on the table in front of my human after she finished breakfast.
'Oh, Sasha,' she said, 'What do you need? You have your food!'
I butted my head up to her and gave her a snuggle.'
'Do you want cuddlie?'
We sat on the lounge and I let her hug me while I purred. She gave my coat a going over with the massage brush and baby brush while I lay against her. She likes this. Humans need a cat cuddle in the morning.
Then I fell asleep, tired after all my philanthropic work.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

I am not a dog

Sometimes she tries to order me around.
'Sasha! Come on, Sasha. Where are you? Do you want your food?'
or, 'Finish up your food, Sasha!'
or, 'Hurry up if you want to go walkies!'
She gets desperate for me to take her out. She waves the lead around, as if I don't know what it is. I KNOW! You want me to lead you around.

Sometimes I answer.
Sometimes I don't answer.

That is called intermittent reward. Cats have mastered this training technique. It drives humans crazy. It makes them try harder to please us.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Lynettea persuaded me to include a few candid poses that show off my long legs in a discreet manner, while preserving my natural elegance. At least that is what she told me.
I am not sure that I agree.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Camera Shy?

'You could demonstrate a few of your grooming moves and I could put them on your website!'
That's private.
'Come on, Sasha!'
She fastens the camera on me.
I freeze.


Sleeping is one of my favourite activities.  I think of it as a necessity rather than a hobby and I practice it often.
Here are two views of me asleep on the bed this morning.
Lynettea woke me briefly, saying, 'Oh there you are, Sasha! I was looking for you.'
But it's too early for a game, or taking her for her walkies. I prefer not to be stressed at this time of day. I'll let her know when she needs to do something for me.

Sunday, July 28, 2019


I have always had the same nest, except when I first left my cat mother's home as an apprentice pet. It was strange here at first and my human was quite nervous. What a lot my human had to learn! Often I wondered who was the apprentice.
My apprentice nest got too small for me, but I kept it anyway and put a few of my toys in it.
Then I moved to my larger, adult nest on the lounge. It always stays there, even when I am not using it, and humans have to sit at the other end. Everyone is then in their rightful place.

Friday, July 26, 2019


At night I am forced to play games with toy rats and mice. It is very undignified.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Impawtant duty

One of my most impawtant duties is leading my human to the food stack and back to my dining area.
'Lead me to your plate,  Sasha,' she says.
It is a wonder she doesn't remember, after all this time.
'Don't trip me, Sasha,' she says.
And then there is the delightful squishing sound of my favourite jelly food slipping into the plate.
'Don't gobble, Sasha,' she says. But I am eating neatly and quietly as usual.

200,000 visits

Welcome to our next visitor! You will take the blog to 200,000 visits. Which cat will it be? We won't be able to tell, but welcome!
We can have a game rushing through my new tunnel.

Friday, July 19, 2019


Grey hair,
grey coat,
grey scarf,
grey cat.
Green eyes.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Attacking the Cat Dander

'The vacuum cleaner is going to attack the Cat Dander this morning,' says Lynettea.
What!!!I had better hide in the bedroom.

Where is the Cat Dander anyway? I can't see anything. I will go to sleep on my nice rug on the bed. Maybe it is just a TV show? I prefer to go to sleep rather than watch.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Intrusive bear

If your human is out most of the day across the other side of the city, then when she gets home she puts a bear on top of your furs, would that annoy you?

'This will keep you warm, Sasha,' she says. 'It's  cold outside,' she says, pulling off her raincoat and her warm jacket and switching on the heater.
I am already warm! But it is nice to have cuddlie.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Let's go for walkies

It's sunny. Let's go for walkies.  Right now! A cloud may come over. Oh no! There's a cloud. The wind is cold. Do I want to go?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Good Morning Sunshine

My plates are empty. My smorgasbord is all eaten. Don't throw me off the bed.
I deserve better. I have guarded the house all night. Give me my breakfast and I will sleep.
'Hang on, Sasha! Don't rush me. There is plenty of time.'
No! I need my breakfast now!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Fresh air and sunshine

I have been helping with the vacuuming. I am not sure how helpful I have been, really. Lynettea does most of the work. And I supervised the fishfeed. The fish were happy to see me, I think.
Lynettea said, Don't interfere with the fish, Sasha,' in the voice she uses to tell me off.
But I wasn't going to worry the fish. I just like to see them darting around eating their tiny foods. The water is so clear I can see them all and try to count them. The three dark fish seem to be getting more orange looking.
Now I have the window open and am sitting on my bench in the sunshine.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Waiting for food

No I am not starving! But I did notice my plate was empty.
'Oh, Sasha! Am I the Cruel Mum? You still have some crispies to eat. Jelly food is it? You want more of that? And I ate my breakfast first.  You are patient. It is lovely to have you sitting near me.'

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Cat Expressions

We cats have our own body language.

Why did you wake me. Everything is still blurry from my dream
I am not sure I am going to cooperate

Something is going on outside!

When is she going to finish the photoshoot?

Maybe I can settle down now.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Pond fish video

The pond fish requested me to let my friends know they have finally managed to put their video on their website. They are not very web literate.


We have a new monster. It has a flashing light and makes a loud whirring noise. Lynettea says it will keep the dust down.
The dust is already down. She must mean whirling it up into the monster.
I stand there with fur bristled, silently wishing it would keep quiet.
'Look at your mock grass, Sasha,' she says. 'It is much cleaner already!'
She empties a big heap of fluffy dust into the bin from the monster's pouch. Where has all the dust been hiding?
Next the monster attacks my velvet house.  Just as well I have gone to the bedroom.
I don't like it!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I am ready

I have my claws freely available for attack from this position.

Monday, June 24, 2019

A disrupted day

I started off my day by grooming myself on the bed. Then after Lynettea made up the bed with a cosy nook for me, I curled up while she went out.
When she got back, she said, 'Where are you, Sasha?'
I had jumped into my velvet cosy, which is good for a winter snuggle.
Then a friend came around and I got up to check her over and was told not to walk in front of the TV while Lynettea and the friend watched it. They weren't even watching a proper program, just a PowerPoint presentation Lynettea had made for a talk on Friday.
Then I got back in the velvet cosy. I am still there.

Early Bird

This morning I sprang up early, ready to settle down on the bed for a spot of grooming.

It's cold outside at 3°C, but I instructed Lynettea to put the heater on so I could stretch out and fluff up my furs in comfort.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Relaxing while listening to classical music

After my long day yesterday, guarding the house while Lynettea was out, I stretch in the sunshine and let my thoughts drift.
I have my radio on the classical music station.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Something's Up

I knew it! Early to rise with the alarm going off while it is dark outside, my toys shoved around the place!
   'We have to get things done, Sasha!' she said. Always a bad sign. I hate disruption. I jumped on the bookshelves in the hall and jabbed at her head as she went past.
   'Do you want your food, Sasha my love, ' she said, dodging out of reach.
   Then she put gravy food in my bowl, which was not my favourite this morning, so I ignored it.
   She kept on 'tidying', as she calls it, stacking away my equipment. Then she went outside to check something.
   Then she ate breakfast and after that started looking for me.
   'Where are you, Sasha? Good kitty!'
   She kept calling out from room to room.
   'Oh. He must be outside,' she said.
   She opened the back door and there I was, walking back into my play area. It was nice going out by myself for once, instead of having to supervise her all the time. I enjoyed my stroll in the garden. But it is warmer inside.
   She made a big fuss, as if I can't look after myself.
   Now the gardener has come to do our yearly pruning of the grapevines and quince and crabapple trees.
   And I think someone else is coming to do work too.
   I am getting a bit nervous.
   I am now under the bed. Waiting.

looking out on a rainy day

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Newsflash: fish back in pond

Finally I was allowed out. I haven't inspected fully yet but the fish are back in the pond.