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How to Build a Cave – Part…um…2013

Step 1 – Realize that you took down the cave in preparation for a party in June. Decide that autumn is cave weather.

Step 2 – Choose a location.

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Step 3 – Pull out the cave material. Note that it is pre-haired from last season.

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Step 4 – Enlist help. Attempt to take picture of help. Sigh and move on to step 5.

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Step 5 – Anchor bottom of cave under the OutTV perch.

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Sneak picture of helper while he inspects your work, the look innocent when he suspects your actions.

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Step 6 – Tuck top of cave into the arm of the couch.

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Step 7 – Take pictures as the helper goes through the punch list.

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Super Cave

Wyoming finally got some real and true snow this week – about seven inches of snow overnight here in Cheyenne. It inspires…snuggling. It inspires…creative reasons to not go outside to work meetings. But I did go to those meetings and left Oliver alone under the quilt on the couch.

When he got up to go upstairs for his afternoon nap, the quilt slid partially off the couch and created the best phenomenon EVER.

SUPER CAVE.

The fairly rigid quilt met the edge of the sheet cave and Obi was able to run from one to the other quickly. This meant that he could watch for someone unsuspecting to come his way from the quilt and then attack from the sheet cave. This is so much easier than sitting still and focusing from inside the sheet cave, using sound and feel to decide when to attack.

In case you aren’t familiar with the cave attacks: Obi sits in wait by the couch and when someone comes by, “unsuspecting,” he lunges through the sheet and gets their feet. If it is me, he gets a belly attack through the sheet. If it is The Boy, he gets a head pat. If it is Oliver, a Thunder follows.

Oliver is very good about being “unsuspecting.” He’ll walk by several times if that is what it takes to get attacked. He’ll even go over on command if he doesn’t realize that Obi is waiting and we ask him to: “Oli, go be unsuspecting for your brother.”

Today, Oli was unsuspecting over and over and over and there was much in the way of Thunders. Then, suddenly, I realized the Thunder had stopped. I found the brothers upstairs, napping in a pile of fluffy on the bed.

Just as I suspected.

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It’s Thunder Thursday! Today, a call for photos. Leader Otis, from the Cult of Otis, is calling for photos of your cats enjoying boxes this gift giving season. You know, those boxes that used to hold presents for your cats. Presents they’ll forsake for the cardboard box in which it came.

If you have a picture for them to share on Box Day, send your contribution by 3 p.m. on Christmas.

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Late breaking addition! DUDE! The Aluminium Foiled My Plans has posted a blog! Baby pictures – ALL THREE TINY TOTS – and their first tree.

My stick

Lately, Obi has been bringing his feather stick up onto the couch at snuggle time. It’s his favorite toy this month. After snuggle time he’s up for a game of “I’m throwing the feather stick on the floor – well I’m bringing it back onto the couch.”

What he does NOT want, The Boy found out, is to have someone play with the feather stick. Obi wants to play with the feather stick. Not with The Boy and the feather stick. Attempting to play with Obi won The Boy a big fat dirty look this evening.

Luckily, The Boy made a new cave for Obi over the arm of the couch. This cave has blanket bunched up on the floor so it is comfy for laying in wait. And, should a brown kitten need to run at break-neck speed across the house and into the cave, the opening of the cave is pretty easy to access.

Good save, Boy.

"Stay away from my cave. And my feather stick."