Holly staring at the ottoman where Frodo is laying down

Our weekend over all was nice.  Friday night I watched Dr Who and knitted away, later in the evening I chatted with my mother in law on the phone.  As you can tell by the photos, Holly has been 'active'.

I just don't understand, she doesn't like Frodo barking at her yet she sits and stares at his under the ottoman space, mentally willing him to come out (he does eventually).  He seeks her out, she hisses and swipes, he barks and she gets all huffy about it.

She is instigating every single time, so I'm guessing this is a strange cat game.

All you cat lovers can you tell me if this is true?

squishy yarn for me!
 Saturday morning after some noisy 'how do you dos' between the animals, I blitzed a task list.  I wrapped some gifts, paid some bills, tidied up the counters.  I even found a summer vacation rental.  In the evening, we attended Saturday night Mass and was asked by the priest to light the first advent candle.

I was completely thrilled.

Frodo watching Holly, who is watching Frodo
 Today, I've been trying to finish my last gift cowl but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.  Maybe tomorrow?

Throughout the weekend, I've been reading Washington.  I'm in the midst of the Revolutionary war and can't get enough of how utterly bleak it was.  There's a lot of losing on our side in the beginning.

Holly getting closer and closer to Frodo under the ottoman!
 How was your weekend?


  1. Sounds wonderful, Karen - a peaceful (well, except for the cat!) beginning to the season. and what a blessing to light the Hope candle!

  2. I don't have much cat experience so I can't tell you if this is a strange cat game, but it sounds like it's both irritating and amusing! What an instigator Holly is!

  3. Our cat loved to tap our dig on his nose and then run like crazy. Yet later in they would be sleeping next to each other. Holly doesn't seem to be the kind to sleep with the dog. Frodo may not allow it since she torments him. You cat and dog games are normal. It took mine almost 3 years to become good friends.

  4. That Holly is a case. Weekend weather storm forced us to cancel a trip to Iowa to get together with my brother and his family as well as my sister and brother-in-law. Rain changed to snow. Snow fell last night and sifted down today and we are on the edge of the storm. Disappointing as the cancellation was, I got some chores done around the house, made a pot of soup, and dusted enough to do a little decorating. Knitting on a cowl this evening.

  5. When I was a kid, we watched our neighbor's Siamese cat. Our dog would lay under the coffee table. Their cat would sneak under the sofa and swipe our dog's backside and then run like crazy and the chase was on. Yes, I think it is normal cat behavior. LOL

    Glad you had a great weekend. Lighting the advent candle is quite an honor.

  6. Wow, reading about the Revolutionary war. You go on that. LOL about Holly and Frodo; poor Frodo, I'm sure he finds her puzzling at times.

  7. Sounds like a good weekend ! How nice that you got to light the candle !
    Well, from the photo's I see Holly sitting up on closets, and I know cats enjoy to sit higher up, so they can overlook everything, makes them feel safer. And that behaviour... Recognize that here ;) Apparently, when cats are about 1 year old, they are in what for humans would be puberty. That does explain some things, I'd see... Trying a lot, provoking, finding out where the boundaries are...

  8. It was good... I love the first Sunday in Advent - it is such a wonderful way to ease into the holiday spirit!

  9. That Holly is a little sneak! So cute. I think it is just their way of "playing" together.

  10. I think I shall never get a cat. Mylo is quiet enough. Your weekend sounds product and lovely. I need to tackle my to do list today!

  11. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I love the Advent season, it really helps me to slow down and not get caught up in the commercial aspect of the season. Hope you have a good week!

  12. I read a book on Jefferson's daughter and I felt the same way.. so bleak and depressing.. and considering it was told from the point of view of a woman the level of depressing just doubled.. so glad to be born in this century..


  13. What a thrill to light the advent candle. We have a advent ring that we get out each year, so there are lots of wonderful memories to reflect upon when we light the candle.

  14. Lighting the Advent candles is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. As for Frodo & Holly, they sound like typical siblings to me. It's the pet version of "She's touching me!"

  15. Aw lil Holly. I can't explain the cat antics. I just know that Miss Pie can get all the other cats going when she wants to be crazy. Our weekend was really wet and the Christmas parade was done in the rain in the nighttime. Poor kids who walked and poor folks who would have liked a nice event. But, many, like us, stayed in!!

  16. Holly is so gorgeous. I have friends with a teenager dog and a cat just a year younger and they loathe each other. The cat beats up the dog when they cross paths. But what do I know, that's like saying I know something about food, I eat. Hmm maybe not the best parallel. Anyways, your home is so clean. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

  17. love your tree and your kitty...have a wonderful rest of the week..


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