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I am continuing the blog of Diamond, cat sage and haiku poet.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Free books of haiku for download. Not of cats

Lynettea wants me to tell my kitty friends that she has uploaded free PDF books of haiku on Echidna Tracks website. Diamond was a haiku master. I am intimidated by his legacy. Maybe I should try?

https://echidnatracks.com/books/


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Who is this toy for?

When my cat food arrives this morning by courier. I run under the bed.
After an hour, when I decide to check on her, Lynettea says, 'There's a special toy inside the carton for you, Sasha. Shall I open it?'
Why ask me?' I wonder, since she is going to open it anyway.
She attacks the sticky tape with scissors,  wrenches back the cardboard flaps and pulls out a light green ball with fronds. I remember seeing it in the online store. Some of the reviews were good, some poor.
'Here! Catch it, Sasha,' she says.
But I don't want to catch it. I really came out to remind her to fill the food bowl.
Oh!' she says, 'Lets try again.'
I jump on top of my pole to get away from it.
She starts throwing it up to me. I push it off. Next time I bat it off. Then I grab it in my jaws and drop it. I am enjoying seeing her so excited, scrabbling after it on the floor. Humans are a good pet.
Now, where's my food?


Monday, October 7, 2019

Labour Day

It's a public holiday celebrating the right achieved by workers to an 8 hour working day. An Australian first in the mid nineteenth century.
'That's right,  Sasha. And an international day too.'
Well, what are you going to do?
'Clean the house?'
Spoil sport. It is supposed to be a holiday. I thought we could go on a cruise.
'What cruise?'
I'm sitting on it. Look at the paper.
'You hate water, Sasha. And you won't even go near the window now a cool breeze is coming in.'
Oh well. I might take a short nap, now I have eaten breakfast.





Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sasha has Woken

I am up for the start of daylight saving. Lynettea says it is bad for your body clock and very stressful. She woke up really early and then got up late.
I had been waiting for a long time, as my food plate was empty. She rushed to the kitchen to fill it with my favourite jelly food.
I wonder what the rest of the day will bring.




Saturday, October 5, 2019

My Day

Napped a lot of the time. Too hot to go out until late in the day. Then took Her out down the street for a short walk. Someone had parked a purple car nearby and I sniffed it thoroughly. You need to be sure no aliens have landed. Went in suddenly when a teenager on a mobile came past.
Then a short game with the laser toy. (I have a minute or two with it, only). Couldn't catch the thing and fell down exhausted.  Then a spot of pole gymnastics to finish the day.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sasha the Model Cat

Lynettea says I am so beautiful, I could be a model cat.
She says she may be biased. Leonardo and Gauguin would have appreciated me, she thinks.
Using LunaPic.



Drawn in Lenardo mode.

Painted in Gauguin mode

Summer is coming

Last night I decided to move onto my futon, as the house is warm.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

View of the climate action rally

Since I wasn't allowed to attend the climate rally, Lynettea said I could show some of her photos.

No cats attended. It was noisy, with lots of shouting and waving signs. Lynettea brought her sign home. It was a small sign on cardboard saying 'renewable is do-able'. She didn't make it. It was a spare when she met the Australian Conservation Foundation people.

She told me she waved the sign a lot for both of us. As she was representing two, she had to shout and wave twice as hard. I was pleased she didn't get trampled in the crowd.





Friday, September 20, 2019

Great. You're back

I'll just throw this chip packet on the floor!


Good Luck

Come back safely to me precious human!
'I am only going out to a march, Sasha!'
Well make sure you are back in time to fill the feed bowl and perform your other cat carer duties.
'Yes, Sasha. I will.'
Go well!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sleeping for Climate Change

I am supporting my human by sleeping to support climate change action.
Because I am not allowed to go to the march.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Listening to cello

The two of us are sitting here listening to cello music.
I am wondering whether I will leap down and play with one of my toys.
My calendar is just behind me and my bear collection is on the other side.
Lynettea probably wants a game, but I may just sit here for a while.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Going out on a sunny day

I am ready to go outside, but I am a bit nervous as to what I will find. With all these colour effects on my photos, will I find my enclosure has turned into something surreal?


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

High Up

Today I am high up.


Me in my hammock

It has taken many months for me to get used to my hammock, even though I helped build it when it came as a gift. Yesterday I spent the morning lounging there.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

me as part of a mountain range

Lynettea thought this was clever.
I helped her make it in LunaPic.


Relaxation day at the beginning of spring

I spent the morning, after taking my human for walkies, on my hammock in my sunroom.
One of my mock fur rugs added a note of luxury to the hammock.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Who is the Guardian?

Bear says he has been watching over me all night!



We used Rembrandt PhotoEffect from LunaPic on our photo.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Am I Cuddly?

Gorgeous, gorgeous cuddly cat.
No! I am not a toy. But I don't mind being appreciated.  Does that mean you will be my obedient slave all day?


Sasha as a Van Gogh from Lunapic


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Who is in charge?

She thinks she can pat me whenever she likes, even if I am asleep.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Russian Blue chasing his tail

I have a new video of me on YouTube. Sorry I can't upload it to my blog. It shows me trying to play with my tail while sitting on top of my tall scratching post. It shows off my agility and strength and my shapely form.

https://youtu.be/gm_QCaMjaHk

I hope some of you will take a look.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Freaking Out

I am writing this to tell you about a bad experience.  Lynettea bought me a new toy called a laser pointer. We played with it for a short time on a couple of evenings. The morning after our second session I couldn't stop meowing and and staring up at the walls in an agitated manner. Lynettea didn't know what to do.
This went on and on.
Finally I insisted on sitting on top of the bathroom toilet and wouldn't leave the room.
After a long time I felt a bit better and I now feel calm again. I am usually a very calm cat, unless something frightens me.
Lynettea says we won't use the pointer toy again. I have plenty of other toys we can play with.
She doesn't know if the pointer caused my agitation, but the instructions had a warning about your cat's behaviour changing and taking the cat to the vet if there was a problem.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Supervising the Cooking

Waiting to see if  I can lick anything. Peanut flavoured tofu, maybe?


Monday, August 26, 2019

Reluctant

She tried to force me sit in this cosy. She knows I won't sit in it. She forced me to stand in it while she gave me a cuddle.
When she let me go, I sprang straight out.
I prefer to sit on the filing cabinet, or the newspaper, or the floor.
No I don't care how many street kitties might love to sit on the white fluffy cushion.




Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Modern Cat

The word 'modern' describes me. I am modern in both thinking and behaviour. My attitude is thoroughly modern.

My human might be described as 'vintage'.

'What's that,  Sasha? Did you say something?'

Not to worry. She has a very elementary understanding of cat language. I am forced to paw at her or meow to get her attention. No subtleties of expression are possible.

Here is my portrait as a modern cat. I like the forcefulness it shows. It is very evocative of my purrsonality.


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

Grooming

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.