Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Popping Corn iWith Drizzle

Cyndi: I haven't napped in two hours and yet I can't get to sleep, Marcus.  You're a guy with stories.  Tell me a bedtime one, please.

Marcus:  Okay.  It was a semi-dark and overcast, and drizzly morning yesterday.  Jan was fixing our breakfast when she heard the faint but clear sound of popcorn popping.  She checked the microwave, even pulled the plug.  It wasn't the toaster; the coffeepot wasn't dripping, neither was the tea kettle.  It had to be the gas stove.  You know about a gas stove, Cyndi.  If it was leaking, it could go KABOOM!

Cyndi:  *leaps into air*  I asked for a bedtime story, not a nightmare!

Marcus:  Jan moved everything including the metal burners from the old stove and lifted the top.  Wow, was it crumby in there!  She stopped investigating to do some cleanup.

Cyndi:  Is she crazy?  She stopped searching for the source to clean under the stove top?  What if the popping corn had exploded?

Marcus:  You know how easily Jan is distracted.

She started pulling things away from the wall.  She rolled away the plastic drawers and then the microwave cart.

Cyndi:  Let me guess.  She grabbed a broom and started sweeping back there!

Marcus:  No.  She looked behind the cabinet and stove.  The area was dry and there was no sign of popping corn.

Cyndi:  I know!  Mama mouse was in the wall popping corn while her little ones watched mini TV.

Marcus:  Stop interrupting me.  You know if there were mice, all of you cats would have been back there trying to punch a hole in the wall.

Jan glanced out the window..  Raindrops were bouncing off the igloo doghouse near the window in time to the popping corn.  Relieved, she moved everything back where it belonged.

Cyndi:  And then she finished fixing our breakfast?

Marcus:  Not yet.  Jan got to wondering why that igloo had been near the house for several years but it had never popped corn before.  It wasn't the igloo.  She went back to the window, leaned closer for a better view, and  -  You'll have to excuse me.  I need to go pee. Must be all this talk about rain.

Cyndi:  Marcus, come back here!  You haven't finished your story.

Marcus:  I'm sorry.  Jan forgot to come right back to let me inside.  Where was I?  Oh, yes, Jan leaned closer for a better view and saw the plastic storage bin she had been using to haul leaves to the curb upside down beside the igloo and the raindrops falling from the roof onto it did sound like popping corn.  The mystery was solved.

While Jan had been dawdling, Rusty had calmly munched half of Merci's kibble.  Jan refilled Merci's bowl and finally served us all breakfast.

There, now you can go to sleep.

Cyndi:  How?  I'm wide awake after your bedtime story..

Marcus:  Would you like me to tell you another one?

Cyndi:  Are you kidding!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Triple Blur Candy Cane

Marcus:  I don't know why Jan was complaining I act like a whirlwind.  Obviously I was being such a calm boy.

Micah:  Oh, excuse me.  I didn't mean to snort, but that took me by surprise.

Marcus:  The picture was taken after three weeks of being cooped up with no exercise while Jan had the flu.  That proves I'm a calm boy. 

Micah:  Then what does this picture prove?

Marcus:  That Jan is a bad photographer?

Micah:  This picture proves you wrong.  It was taken about ten seconds before the other one.  She offered you a stuffed candy cane.  You ripped it out of her hand and shook it so violently it's in the picture twice! Or is that three times?

Marcus:  Wow, I am good!  I bet you've never seen a triple blur candy cane before.

Micah:  I doubt anyone has.  You then rushed around into your crate to guard it from the rest of us.

Marcus:  Yes, I have to guard everything around here or one of you would steal it.

Micah;  But we didn't want it!

Marcus:  You could have told me that then.

Micah:  You didn't ask. 

Percy:  This week we Funny Farmer Felines interview Marv from the Marvelous is Marvelous blog.  Doesn't he have a sweet smile?

Cyndi:  You can read the story of his special rescue in Handsome Happy Marv on Mousebreath.

We are joining the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal and Rocco and co-hosted by Bionic Basil and Barking from the Bayou.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Imitating a Goofball

Marcus:  What a handsome dog that is.  He looks like he just won the Dog Treat Lottery.

Taylor:  Marcus, you aren't supposed to flatter yourself.  You're supposed to compliment others.

Marcus:  I am.  Oh, wait - you mean that's me?

Taylor:  Of course it is, you goofball.  Who else would it be?

Marcus:  I don't know, but I think I resemble Dr. Dreamy from Grey's Anatomy more than a goofball.

Taylor:  You wish.  Besides, he was killed off a while back.  You don't really want to imitate a corpse, do you?

Marcus:  No. I guess I'd rather imitate a goofball. 

Taylor:  Then you should be very proud of yourself.  You appear successful at it.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Merci Was Sleeping


Percy: Shhhhh!  Merci is sleeping.  You'll wake her up.

Marcus:  She should get up and come outside to play a rousing game of fetch with me. 

Percy:  She's old.  She needs her rest, not a rousing game of fetch.  One day you'll be old and want to sleep all the time too.

Marcus:  No, I'm never going to get old and sleepy.  If I do, who will keep Jan awake when she starts nodding off at 1 a.m.?

Percy:  I think the question would be more like, when you are old, who will awaken you at 1 a.m. so you can annoy the daylights out of Jan?

Marcus:  Don't worry.  I'll read the directions to learn how to reset Jan's alarm clock.

Percy:  And I suppose you'll borrow her glasses to read them?

Marcus:  But I have perfect vision.  Oh ... you mean when I supposedly get older.

Percy:  Yes, when you grow old, you will have to borrow Jan's reading glasses to see the dial and wear a hearing aid to hear the alarm.

Marcus:  Then I definitely don't want to grow old.

Percy:  You don't have a choice.  If you live long enough,  you will grow old.  By then you won't mind.  You'll have accepted it.   Merci did.  Where are you going?

Marcus:  To apologize to Merci for yelling when I entered the room.

Percy: But she's sleeping.  You'll wake her up!

Cyndi:  Spyder and Gracie are our interview subjects this week.  They don't have a blog yet but plan to.  You can read Presenting Spider and Gracie at Mousebreath.

We are joining the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal and Rocco and co-hosted by Bionic Basil and Barking from the Bayou.