Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Domino is outside on a cold December day -- the last day of December as it turns out.  And what do you do when there's a NIP in the air?

Why warm yourself up with a a spot of tea, of course -- CATNIP tea, that is!

"I'm a liddle teaPET
Dere's no doubt!
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout:
Tip me ovah an'
I'll knock yoo out!"

As you may have noticed from Domino's rendition of "I'm a Little Teapot", she can get rather steamed up from imbibing said tea (CATNIP tea, that is).  And when she's like this she tends to get rather aggressive and takes it out on others in rather untoward ways.

"If yoo noes wot's good fur yoo, yoo wont make me repeats myself.  Cat fawts is reeeeely smelly!"

And there's nothing like another cup of tea (CATNIP tea, that is) after letting off steam.

"Ah, dat calls fur a liddle reFUReshah!"

Air FUReshener, that is!

 This'll put a little SPRING back in Domino's step, as well as into your nasal cavities.
  (There's nothing like plugging those plug-ins, especially when they're your sponsor.)

Monday, December 30, 2013


Dylan decided he wants to take up snowshoeing.

 He figures "if a snowshoo wabbit kin do it, why cant I?"

Dylan had asked Santa for a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, so this was the perfect opportunity to try them out.  It was a beautiful day -- what could possibly go wrong?

"I froze my toes!" sniffed Dylan.  "I fawt dey wuz a paira shoes dat wood protect my feets from da snow, so I took off my socks an' boots before I startid."

And then in typical Dylan fashion ... wait for it ...

... he yelled at the top of his lungs.  "Yeooooowwwwwwwwww -- dat hurts!"

Yes, frostbitten toes can be very painful.  Better get back home and let mama warm them up. 

 A nice hot water bottle should do the trick.

"No more snowshooin' fur me", says Dylan.  "I fink I'll trade dem in fur a tennis 'racket' ...  

...Yoo gets ta play wif little green balls, an' yoo kin make as much noise as yoo want ... 

 ... an' dey is even good fur swattin' flies!"

Looks like there'll be lots of fly-bys in Dylan's future, along with lots of racket!

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Frankly, it hasn't been the best Christmas.  In fact, at times it seemed like a horror show.

You may recall that the 3-D Frankendaddy had thyroid surgery just one week before Christmas.  He had to take it really easy.  In fact, for several days all he did was snooze.  He would wake up from a nap in his favourite chair in order to go lie down in bed and sleep. 

Walter wasn't allowed to drive until his 'stitches' came out, which was supposed to be on Christmas Day.  So we had to rely on others, in the meantime, to pick up anything we needed at the store.  We had tried to stock up on most things, but of course, there are always those perishables -- including the Christmas turkey.

My neighbour and best friend, Susan, who lives right across the street offered to pick things up for us.  She was going shopping for her own turkey, and asked if we wanted one as well.  Of course, I jumped on the offer even being pre-warned that she was going for a utility turkey.  I could have specified otherwise, I'm sure, but I just thought I'd go with the flow.  After all, how bad could it be?

Well, let's just say that life imitated life on this occasion, and I literally had to stitch my turkey together with toothpicks!  For the Frankenturkey effect, I have added bolts digitally.

I want to emphasize that none of this was my friend's fault.  The turkey looked perfectly viable when it was frozen and in the package.  However, once thawed and out of its protective covering, it was obvious that the skin was missing entirely on both breasts, from the neck end right through to the butt end!  Not only that but there were some nasty hematomas, dark purple in colour, on the breast meat itself.  This unlucky turkey had really been brutalized, poor thing!

Anyway, I did what I could to avoid total disaster by removing excess skin from the neck end.  In fact there was so much skin just hanging there that I was able to cover most of the breasts, as you can see.  I also used what they call the "Pope's nose" (which is quite fatty) to cover the rest.

In the end, we were able to salvage our turkey dinner (which we had postponed until the 26th).  My son was supposed to come over on Christmas Day but he was ill with some stomach ailment which had very unpleasant side effects.  My brother joined us on Boxing Day for the turkey meal, but my son was still under the weather.  The turkey meat was a little dry, but not as bad as it could have been, and when drowned in gravy (which turned out to be the saving grace) it was entirely edible.

Walter was somewhat alarmed when black stuff oozed out of the turkey breast as he was carving it (the cooked blood from the hematomas no doubt), but soldiered on and around the damaged parts.

So between surgeries, illnesses and Frankenturkeys, it was not the best of Christmases, but we got through it with our sense of humour intact!

And it's over now and things are back to normal including Walter who actually went to work yesterday, sans stitches and he survived.  All I can say is 'Hallelujah'!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Dylan and Domino are both in love with their significant others.  You may recall that Dylan and Halle became officially engaged last New Year's Eve.  Domino and her honey, Milo, are still dating but it's been quite a long-term relationship already.

This is Dylan's Christmas card for his beloved Halle:

 Dylan isn't kidding when he says what HE wants for Christmas!

 And, it's exactly what he got, too!
On the other paw, he has something special in the box for Halle.
"Ushually I likes ta fink outside a da box, but in dis case I made an eckcepshun!"

Dylan's inside thinking was all about the house that he and Halle are going to buy once they are married.  It's quite a 'global' decision, but Halle agrees that this is indeed their dream home!

And here is Domino's card to her darling Milo:

 Oddly enough, Domino had a similar idea about what SHE wanted for Christmas, but in this case it is named 'Milo'.  She's got her reindeer antlers on ('cause she's feelin' a little horny) with mistletoe hanging right smack dab in front of her face.  No confusion there!

Domino is whisPURRing sweet somethings in Milo's ear.  I'd sure like to be the fly on the wall for that one (or the spider on the tie, as it happens)!

 As well as gifting Domino with his presence, Milo has given Domino this stunning garnet lavalier necklace!  Domino thinks it's absolute PURRfection.

And knowing Milo's penchant for bowties, Domino has purchased this designer silk red-and-black paisley number for him.  It comes complete with it's own spider.  Quirky, just like her beau-beau!

Now down to more urgent business ...

"Is yoo reddy fur a liddle womance?" asks Milo.

Well, deck those halls -- and each other, too!


Dante and Domino are all dressed up in their Santa's HelPURRS outfits and are ready and waiting at the front door for Santa to arrive.

 "We noes Santa has a long way to come, but dis is ridickulus!", says Domino.

 "We bin waitin' so long we're startin' ta fade away!"

 They took a seat to continue their Santa vigil.

 "At leest wun of us needs to keep an eye out at all times",  says Domino.

 "Well, yoo keep yoor eye out", says Dante.  "I wanna keep mine IN!"

 Domino is getting a little restless.  "I needs ta stretch", says she.

Then suddenly up on the roof they heard such a clatter!

"Yoo stay heer", says Domino.  "I'm gonna see wot's da mattah!"
"OK, bettah yoo dan me", says Dante who is content to stay right where he is.

Why it was Santa and two of his reindeer doing a Christmas jig!

When Santa finally spotted Domino and Dante all he could say was ...

"Hey you two -- get JIGGY with it!"

Domino needed a moment to get her eye back in place, but ...

... Dante hopped right to it!

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Today Dylan is making an appearance as the aPURRition known as "The Ghost of Christmas Present".  He didn't think he would ever have a ghost of a chance at representing such a Christmas icon, so it's quite a 'mice' surprise.

He is, himself, wrapped as a present in a green bow with red trim.  I'm sure his fiance, Halle, will enjoy unwrapping him come Christmas day.  "I downloaded sum unRAP mewsic speshully for de occashun", says Dylan.

Dylan is also standing atop a pile of Christmas presents, and is centered between two big whopping Christmas gift bags.

In true keeping with the spirit of the season, Dylan wants to reiterate that Henry Van Dyke quote that says:  "It is not the gift, but the thought that counts." (Henry Van Dyke was an American author, educator and clergyman in the latter half of the 19th century.)

"Howevah", says Dylan, "if yoo THAWT it was wot yoo wanted, an' it's not -- DEN, dere's a problem!  Dat's ware I come in."

You see, as a ghost, Dylan can transport anywhere instantaneously -- like the North Pole, for instance.  Even Santa makes mistakes every now and then, so if your gift disappoints, just tell Dylan and he can let Santa know that a gift exchange is needed.  And there's no receipt necessary!  That an especially good thing when you got something you didn't want to receive anyway.

"It's a good fing sumwun has da PRESENTS of mind", says Dylan, "or else dere wood be an awful lotta unhappeh folks on Christmas Day."

Before you even think of calling 'The Ghostbusters", just remember that Dylan only has your best interests at heart. So, even though he may have PURRverted Henry Van Dyke's original meaning, the end result is still a PAWSitive one, and who can argue with that?

So, Dylan and I hope that our tale will put you, too, in the Christmas SPIRIT!
And you don't even need to BYOB.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Dante, Dylan and Domino's Dada had thyroid surgery yesterday.  Fortunately, it was just day surgery and he was home late in the afternoon.  He had half of his thyroid removed and one of his parathyroids which had been causing an overproduction of calcium in his system.

Some of you may remember that the 3-D Dada had pancreatitis last Spring.  Once he recovered, they did multiple tests and the thyroids seemed to be the culprit.

The surgery went well, but the 3-D Dada is very sore and quite exhausted from the ordeal.  So, if any of you would like to send him healing messages, I am opening this post for comments.

Of course with my twisted sense of humour, I just couldn't resist 'doctoring' up the photos.

Walter, we hope your recovery will be lightning fast!

Sometimes 'being in stitches' isn't all it's cracked up to be!

And there goes Walter, MUGGING for the camera again!!!
What a show-off!

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Domino looks good in any colour, but red really lights her up!

 With her green eyes and red white-trimmed dress, Domino just screams 'Christmas'!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013