stealth

The kingdom is full of ninjas.  Full.  Of.  Ninjas.

One minute you are alone in the room and then you look over your shoulder and there is someone standing there watching you.  You jump.  Your heart stops for a second.  Time stands still and your life flashes before your eyes for this is the moment of your doom…

What happens next depends on which ninja it is.

If it is one of the cat ninjas, they usually lick a paw and then walk away as quietly as they arrived, content in the knowledge that they could have destroyed you if they didn’t have more pressing matters, like a nap.

If it is a baby ninja, however, all bets are off.  Chaos and adventure will likely ensue.  What else would you expect from a baby ninja?

So quiet.  So stealth.  Appearing as if from thin air.  Yet still capable of absolute devastation…

It is truly remarkable I have lasted this long.

How much longer will my luck hold?

I may need reinforcements…  Any volunteers out there?

Be My Guest: Matticus Kingdom

Arden put out a call for guest bloggers to keep her piece of the blogosphere company while she tackled NaNoWriMo. I was compelled to send in a post (or two). The kitties made me do it! Not sure what I’m talking about? You better go check it out! And make sure you spend some time catching up on all the other awesomesauce that Arden has going on over at Musings of a Dancing Wino.

I’ve had it up to here!

Dear Dog Owners,

I have been trying to forget that I feel this way for quite a while, but I can’t pretend anymore.  I am really quite put out.  You know when you get to take your pups with you everywhere?  Well, let me share how that makes me feel…  When you show up at my favorite store, dog in tow, I feel cheated.  Not so much jealous or even envious, but really, really slighted.  It makes me want to take my cats with me everywhere I go too.  I would like to think that I am not the only one who feels this way.  As a matter of fact, you know bird owners?  Well they told me that they don’t like the special treatment you get either.

You know what they say:  If one person says you’re a pet owner receiving special attention, you can forget it.  When two people say you’re a pet owner receiving special attention, you might want to consider it.  When three people say you’re a pet owner receiving special attention, you might want to pay attention.  It’s about that time for you to consider how that makes the rest of the pet owners out there feel.  Think about that.

Since we are being so honest, there are a few other things I would like to air.  I hate it when you let your dogs roam free.  It makes me freak out, a lot.

I also hate the way you allow your hounds to do their business in public.  Every time you walk down my street looking for a good spot I want to return the favor in your front yard.

Also, the vet is not your real friend.  Remember that secret that you shared?  Well they shared it with everyone.  Now everyone knows you let your dogs lick your face and they all laugh at you behind your back.

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea.  I really like you.  I value our relationship.  But I cannot go on pretending your special treatment hasn’t happened.  If you care enough about me and this relationship, I am sure you would agree to fight for other pet owner rights as well.

Still friends?

Fondly,

Cat Owners

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This bit of silliness brought to you by UndoverL.  She created the blank open letter and has asked us all to fill it in with some humorous odds and ends.  (All the words in red are what I added and everything else is what she provided to work with.)

I don’t actually have a problem with dog owners (well, most of them), but I know that UndcoverL harbors a not so secret grudge against cats, so this is completely a dig at that.

You know you want to play along with this crazy ad-lib game too.  Head over to her site (linked above), grab the blank form, copy into your dashboard, fill it out, link it back, post, and let’s keep this fun going!

true friends

Anton wrapped up his speech and waited for the applause to wash over him.  When he’d practiced his delivery, timing and content, at home his friends had all thought he’d done splendidly.  They’d given him the confidence to step out on the stage and present his findings to his peers.  However, not a single clap echoed up to him in the auditorium.  In place of cheers and whistles he received only silence.

Afterwards, his Incantations Professor approached him in the recesses behind the stage.  “Anton,” he said frowning with disapproval, “that was extremely weak.  Did you even bother to read the material?  Did you test your findings?”

Hanging his head in shame, Anton mumbled apologies in reply before making a quick exit out the back.  He hadn’t read the books and scrolls.  He hadn’t actually tested his theories with experiments or practical applications.  He’d been so sure he was on the verge of a major breakthrough.  The magic had all been so crystal clear within his mind.  How could I have been wrong?

Safely hidden in his room again he dissected his arguments and easily found flaw after flaw.  His ideas had been preposterous at best and without a doubt impossible based on current knowledge of the arcane subjects.  Anton cursed his friends for not having pointed any of that out during his trial run.  Then he chuckled and cursed himself.

“Maybe it’s time for me to find some new friends.”

But, as he sat down on the edge of his bed, the first of his multitude of cats jumped into his lap and began purring.  The edge of his shame softened, his determination crumbled, and he knew he’d never get rid of them.

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Word Count: 284

*sing song*  “Monday, Monday (La La, LA LA LA), so good to me.”

Sorry, my coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.  Anyway, this was my response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

1: lacking strength: as
: deficient in physical vigor : feeble, debilitated
: not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strain
: not able to resist external force or withstand attack
: easily upset or nauseated <a weak stomach>
2a : mentally or intellectually deficient
: not firmly decided : vacillating
: resulting from or indicating lack of judgment or discernment
: not able to withstand temptation or persuasion <the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak>
3: not factually grounded or logically presented <a weak argument>

Remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.

just a lazy afternoon

The whole family was there,
The jester, the queen, the prince,
Sara and Belle too,
Delicious smells from the kitchen were wafting in the air,
And they all knew just what to do,
Curling up together on the couch after kicking off their shoes.

It was a gezellig afternoon,
With no place they’d rather be,
And nothing demanding their immediate attention,
They knew the evening responsibilities would come along soon,
So in the meantime they soaked up the rays of the sun,
Streaming through the window, and the minutes seemed to lengthen.

Comfy, cozy, perfectly snuggled together,
Legs intertwined, the prince sleeping, and the kitties purring,
Sprawled across laps,
Everything was just right: the family, the setting, the weather,
And they all joined the prince for a nap,
That wondrously evil couch had once again sprung its trap.

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Another Prompts for the Promptless from Rara, or should I say the amazing minds of the Queen Creative team of Rara and Dave:

prompts for the promptless, forthepromptless, rarasaur

Wednesday, June 11, 2013

Gezelligheid is a Dutch noun meaning the comfort and coziness of being at home, with friends, with loved ones or general togetherness.

  • Gezellig is an adjective that the noun is based on.
  • From wiki:
    • A room can be gezellig. (meaning cosy or inviting)
    • A person can be gezellig. (meaning entertaining or pleasant)
    • A party can be gezellig. (meaning fun)
    • A visit to ones grandparents can be gezellig. (meaning togetherness)
    • A set of curtains can be gezellig. (meaning pretty or nice).