Growth – Is it necessary?

       Daddy, why is everyone always talking about growth these days?

      I didn`t think they were Mr Midnight. It never really occurred to me but thinking about it, I think you must be right.

When reading the newspaper, watching television or dabbling about on the internet, one notices quite a fascination for all things related to growth.

       But always wanting to grow is not normal is it?

      I suppose you´re right Sir Winston. We human beings seem to have fashioned the art of always wanting (and needing) to grow.

       Well, I don´t think you humans have “fashioned the art” of growth at all daddy. Just look at the state the world is in at the moment. Your growth fascinations seem to be wrecking the planet at a considerable rate.

       We pussycats like to grow as well as you human beings, but there also has to be times of consolidation and stagnation. Otherwise things are going to get out of paw.

       I agree with you. We do seem to have lost our way a little as regards living in a balanced environment. I suppose a lot has to do with the fact that the individual does not seem to believe that their actions also play a small part of the development of society and our planet. We all conveniently, seem to disassociate ourselves from the very thought of our behaviour also having an effect on our societies and environment.

       I suppose it´s a human thing daddy, but such an approach does appear rather radical, especially as the human race appears to place so much emphasis on believing that it is superior to all other beings.

      If the worlds citizens carry on pushing their figures for more growth year after year then our worlds resources are not going to be able to cope with such behaviour much longer. The only growth I like is spiritual growth.

      The planet seems to have already started to “go on strike”. It´s no wonder really. Perhaps planet Earth is learning something from you human beings as well. Is there a message to be learned?

      Many of us human beings love playing the victim of society (especially when our chips are down) but if we think about what we already have accomplished, most of us could be quite satisfied, at least those living in our part of the world.

      You all just have to get your thinking caps on and get the planet in a better state. One often talks about fairness and how important it is to leave the planet in a better state for your children but to be honest, I don´t think anyone really gives a monkeys about such a notion. Behavioural patterns dictate a different stance to life.

      Oh well, at least there is something other than Corona to occupy the mind – if anyone has the time at least.

Meow, meow from me.

       Purr, purr from me

       And kind regards from myself.    🙂

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Cat musings about Covid19

      I was talking to Ivan the Russian Blue yesterday Sir Winston, and he informed me that the humans are still struggling with their vaccination programs. Their virus thingummy seems to have them all under control, the poor dears.

     Well, Suzy the Siamese told me that she had heard in her native part of the woods, a place they call Asia, I believe, that they had things under control as regards their virus. I think their Chinese people invented a vaccine to help the poor humans.

      Ivan said that his native people had also invented a vaccine which they have named ‘Sputnik V`.

I am not sure what a ‘Sputnik’ is but I’m sure Ivan knows what he’s talking about.

      I was under the impression that a ‘Sputnik` was some kind of satellite. It must have been difficult creating such a thing to put into the bodies of humans.

     I don’t know what a Sputnik is either, Sir Winston. Human beings do have fancy names for their things, don`t they.

      Perhaps you should ask Ivan if he knows what a Sputnik is. After all, initially, he does come from that part of the world.

      Can you remember Karen, the British Shorthair cat, Sir Winston?

     Oh yes, I know her. What is she up to these days?  She`s a great laugh.

      I met her as I was creeping around the back of the  next-door neighbours shed a couple of nights ago. After a general chit chat, we also got onto the subject of Covid19.

      Well, you can’t go about your daily routine these days without hearing something about Corona. I think the humans have banished all other illnesses and we only have one illness left these days.

      You’re right there Sir W. Anyway, Karen told me that in her country, the UK and Sweden had invented Astra Zeneca to help the poor humans. What’s an Astra? What’s a Zeneca?

      How about asking Marius the Norwegian Forest cat who lives two streets away?  He’s not from Sweden but Norway I believe, is near enough. Perhaps he knows.

      I don’t see him very often because he`s always in the forest. I’m afraid of the forest. It’s too spooky for my liking.

      I had heard on the grapevine that Astra deviates from the  Latin word ‘Astrum` , which means star, and that Zeneca means ‘one from the stars’.  I think they called it that because their Corona, as the name suggests, is shaped like a star or crown. I could be wrong though. You know how vague things are on the grapevine.

      It’s amazing that the humans can see the Coronavirus thingy. I thought we cats had good eyesight but the humans must see much more clearly than we cats. By the way, I would much prefer a bowl of milk to a grapevine, Sir Winston.

      Bob, the American Shorthair and Persian Afra said that there was also a vaccine called Moderna on the market. It seems to be working quite well. I met them both last week as I was playing with the leaves in the school garden over the road. They also mentioned  substances called BioNthech-Pfizer and Johnson& Johnson.

      Those two are very knowledgeable. They are always very well informed.

I must say, the humans seem to be getting their act together. Personally, I would be thankful when I am not inundated with Corona news every day. It’s serious stuff, but life still has to go on as normal as possible – at least for pussycats.  🙂

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Go your own way!

A small path ran up to the main entrance to Mr Midnight’s and Sir Winston’s place of abode.  Across the road directly opposite,  large boulders had been placed in a large half-circle in which to help make the parking bay at the school  look a little nicer.

In warm weather, Mr. Midnight loved to lay on top of the boulders, especially the ones directly opposite his house because he had a great vantage point of what was happening around where he lived. From his vantage point,  Mr Midnight could see  Sir Winston having what looked like  a nap on the porch entrance steps.

Sir Winston must have had some inclination that Mr. Midnight was watching him because he suddenly raised himself from his comfy sitting position on the porch, stretched himself and wandered over towards Mr. Midnight.

DSCN0647       I wonder what Mr. Midnight’s thinking?  I´ll go over and find out.

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Sir Winston sprang down the steps, trotted over the garden in a zig-zag fashion, darted behind the garden shed, scurried under the hole in the hedge, raced across the road and after having sniffed around some of the parked cars, he clambered up the slight hill and sat on the boulder next to Mr. Midnight.

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MM-Avatar       You took your time didn’t you?

SW-Avatar       Well, I have all the time in the world.  I only came over to find out what you were up to.

MM-Avatar       Nothing much.  I´m having a lazy day.  I was just observing the occasional stranger passing through my territory.

Did you know that Mr. Dog always cuts across the garden when he wishes to visit our house?  He doesn’t use the pathway up to the door.  I don´t know what his master thinks about it all. It’s terribly bad manners you know.

I’ve also noticed that you tend to take a purrrculiar path when you leave and enter the house.  Do you always nip behind the shed with which to get to the main doorway of our house? It seems a lot of messing about. I would have thought you would have taken the easiest path.

SW-Avatar       I like going that way. Nobody else goes that way.

MM-Avatar       I always prefurrr to take what seems to be the lightest path in life – you know, the most direct path.

I’ve observed that Mrs. Squirrel often goes about things from above. She loves going up and down those tall, greeny, bendy things all day. She must have loads of energy.  We cats tend to like lazing all day instead.

SW-Avatar       Yes, she climbs the tree and runs along the guttering to reach the house door.  What a funny creature.

MM-Avatar       Look!   There´s the yellow man.  Which path will he take?

SW-Avatar       That´s a postman Mr. Midnight.  They´re always in a hurry.

MM-Avatar       Look.  He´s carrying that large parcel and look!   He´s making a short cut by crossing daddy´s green stuff  and approaching the house from the other side.

SW-Avatar       I think it´s because of his heavy load.  Daddy is always purchasing postage stamp parcels from his auctions. Poor postman. You have to feel sorry for him don´t you?

The thing I like about our observations is that everyone seems to go about things differently and I must say, that´s quite unusual for human beings.  They don´t really believe in individualism like us cats because they tend to copy one another most of the time.

MM-Avatar       Well I can´t understand why you take the paths in life you sometimes take  Sir Winston but I must say that it is most important for “beings” to go their own way in life.

If you go your own way you will be more balanced and a happier “being”.  So watch out humans.  Get your act together and start believing in yourselves and do what YOU find to be true for yourself.

Go your own way!

(C) MAGS 2021

Mr M. and Sir W. discover some funny cat sayings

      I don’t think we should be doing this, Mr Midnight. It was foolish of daddy to leave his computer switched on when he left the house this morning.

      Don’t worry about it, Sir Winston. He won’t find out. He’ll be gone for ages, which gives us a lot of time to use the thing. Especially because it’s not really constructed for cat paws.

      The internet is a great source for information, but won’t he notice we’ve been using it because of the cookies?

      As you well know, Sir Winston, I only like the cat sauce in those shiny metal tins daddy produces once a night and as for cookies – well, they’re a little bit difficult to digest for my sensitive stomach. I’m not eating any cookies, Sir Winston.

Look, here’s a quote from a Christopher Hitchens who is an author. It reads;

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God”

      Mr Hitchens must be a very wise guy, Mr Midnight.

      And here’s another great piece of advice for humans from a Bill Dana.

“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”

      This internet thingummabob is quite good, isn’t it?  I never realised that there was so much wise stuff out there.

      You’ve just got to know where to look, Sir Winston.

How about this great saying; “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”

A Mary Bly said that.

      She must be a very observant person.

Can I have a go Mr Midnight? Perhaps I can find something of interest.

      Sure, just move your paws around the keyboard thingy and try not to hit two keys at the same time. It’s not easy with paws.

      Mr Stephen Baker wrote, “Cat’s hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other”.

Great stuff.

Here’s another; “If cats could talk, they wouldn’t”. Nan Porter was obviously, also very wise.

      May I have one last look Sir Winston?

Look at this one from Arthur Bridges, it’s fantastic; “A cat isn’t fussy – just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.”

This guy, Arthur Bridges must also have been a very wise man but obviously, not very good at building bridges. What’s the point of building half a bridge? You couldn’t get to the other side, could you?

      You shouldn’t drop your “h”‘s when speaking the English language Mr Midnight. Every cat knows that.

I think it’s time to go and look for our pretty patterned saucer to see if it has got any milk in it.

Come on, let’s go.  🙂

 

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Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winner

      A bit of an unusual posting for my liking but anyway, daddy thought it appropriate that we inform some of our devoted followers that daddy, Sir Winston and myself, managed to get a Bronze Award at the 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Being a cat, I am not sure what this all means, but daddy seems to be quite pleased, so that is alright with me.

      And it also means that because of this Award thingamabob, Mr Midnight and myself also get extra food rations. The whole business cannot be so bad can it?

      I like winning awards if it means more food sticks. What a great life. Obviously, a few good people are actually  interested in reading our stuff.

      Our book is apparently, available at most online websites, so if you’re interested just pop over to one of them and type “A Helping Paw by Allan Gilmour” and see what comes up on your display thingy.

A few popular websites to find our book are Amazon.com, co.uk, de. Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, or wherever you may find literature at online book stores.

     Anyway, we’ll write a ‘proper’ blog in the near future and once again, thank you to all of those who support us on our blog. We love to hear from you and are most thankful some of you have stuck it out for so long with us.  😉

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Human “groomin”

      Sir Winston, have you also noticed that human beings sometimes appear to lack the art of looking after themselves properly.

We cats are always grooming and washing but some humans obviously appear to think it not so important, at least from what I´ve seen from my observations from the top of the boulders overlooking the school.

      I believe humans do like to get stroked and that they want to care for themselves properly but for some reason, possibly the “time” thingy, washing and caring for ones general appearance doesn´t seem to be high on some human agendas.

       Well, I haven´t seen many pussycats looking straggly and in poor shape. Obviously, wild cats are different but then again, they have to look wild don´t they?

I think it´s a bit of a shame because the human race likes to class itself as being at the top of the evolutionary ladder.  It´s a good job that “sights and appearances” are not part of the concept of classifying oneself as being at the top of the evolutionary ladder.  The human race human wouldn´t stand much of a chance of winning such an award as “Top of the Evolutionary Ladder” if such a contest was based solely on appearance, would they?

      I suppose one shouldn´t judge. Everyone must go through life as they see fit. After all, we cats are not perfect either are we?

      You´re right Sir W. We cats have many faults.

I suppose I noticed so many ragged-looking people simply because as a pussy cat, I like to look at beautiful things. I was a bit shocked, that was all.

Of course, everybody should do what they want and wear what they want.

       In my opinion, grooming not only stops at presenting oneself properly. For me, it also means that I have polite manners and am aware of how I interact with others in my immediate surroundings.

       Quite true Sir Winston. Manners and respect also appear to be traits of yesteryear.

Perhaps manners and respect among humans were also not so high on the agenda in times past but judging from the escapades of today,  values certainly appear to have done a dive.

I mentioned in a previous blog the importance of positive role-models. Orientation seems to be directed towards lower levels of habitation these days. A shame really, especially because it can be so easy to stand-out and be an individual if one applies basic etiquette and humanistic values to one’s life. I try to be a positive role model for other cats myself and although it´s often difficult, through perseverance, I know I can better my character.

       We cats have a lot of time on our paws for “perseverance” Mr Midnight. Humans are so time consumed by their electronic gadgetry. Perseverance requires effort. That´s why it´s easier for us than for humans.

Still, I often see people looking nice when they pass my vantage point, so not all is lost, is it?

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The end and the beginning

      My, my. What an interesting week we had not so long ago.  The humans had their Easter thingamabob again. Apparently, it is the most important date in their Christian calendar.

      Put the poor humans couldn’t celebrate as normal because of their virus thingy still going around. Still, at least for us pussycats, the virus thingummy and Easter mean we house cats get stroked a little bit more often.

      It’s easy to work out why Easter is so important for the Christian humans – it’s because it’s the end and the beginning of a lifetime.

      I don’t think Christian humans see it quite like that Mr Midnight.

That Jesus chappie managed to get himself killed on Good Friday and then on Sunday, he got up out of bed and was resurrected. A great guy don’t you think?

      A shame he had to get himself killed first though, Sir Winston. Still, nothing’s changed very much since those days. One cannot compare people with that Jesus bloke because he was spiritual, but people who generally, have a lot of good stuff to say on a major scale in society usually, become removed because they are seen as being a danger to those in power. It appears to sadly, be the way of human existence. Thank god we cats have nothing to do with such happenings.

And what’s that thing about Good Friday Sir Winston?  Forgive me if it doesn’t appeal to my sense of humour, but calling a day “Good Friday” for the death of an inspirational, spiritual leader doesn’t quite fit in with my common sense.

      I’ve read in one of daddy’s books that the term “Good Friday” comes from the obsolete sense “pious, holy” of the word “good. It sounds a bit wired but there must be some truth in it. It’s sometimes difficult for a cat to understand human logic.

      Well, I think Easter is a fantastic thing.

One dies and then one is reborn. That’s total animal logic.  🙂

      Oh no, Mr Midnight, the good Christian people believe otherwise. One is born and then, one dies, usually going off to a place of fluffy clouds, harp strings and happiness in the blue sky, or if having been a bad human, one is sent to a very hot, dangerous place forever.

      I’ve heard all about those places and have mentioned once before that if such beliefs are true, then there doesn’t appear to be much hope for the human race does there? It looks like it’s going to get quite full in that hot, dangerous place of eternal suffering.

As all animals in the animal kingdom are aware, such places of eternal bliss or suffering are not a part of our conception.

At some stage, we all die, and then we come back again to further master our soul’s skills. For an animal, it’s common sense really.

      Well, everybody may believe what they wish Mr Midnight. There is nothing wrong with that but as for myself, I think I’ll carry on believing the way we animals believe. After all, nobody really knows, do they?

      It’s common sense, Sir Winston. You know, the sixth sense.

      I was aware Mr Midnight but as an Al Murray once stated, “Common sense is not good enough as it used to be, nor is it common enough”.  🙂

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Pussycats and the virus

      Oh, dear. Look, Sir Winston, daddy has started purchasing those yellow and red metal cat food containers again. It looks like we’re going to have a rough ride again.

      I don’t think he means to give us that stuff Mr Midnight. I think it’s simply a case of his finances dwindling due to the virus situation.

      Yes, you must be right Sir W because usually, he is very kind to us.

      Those virus thingamabobs are sometimes, quite dangerous, and that is why the whole world has been brought to a grinding halt with which to sort itself out.

Who would have believed that the whole planet would suddenly grind to a halt just because somebody in Asia had decided to make bat soup. At least that is what is being said in the animal kingdom.

      I was talking to our two cat neighbours, Russian Blue and Siamese Sue the other day, and they were also of the opinion that the latest virus challenge is in place because the planet needs to change its course.

      I heard about that to Mr Midnight. The rumour going around the animal world is that the virus has now arrived with which to force the human race back onto the right track.

The poor things have been destroying our planet for far too long, and because nobody has really done anything about changing their way of life, the virus has been inserted from the universe with which to change the human course so that it can evolve in a healthier way.  The virus is not here in which to destroy and kill everybody.

      If its mission was to destroy the humans then a much more dangerous virus would have been created.

I believe the humans will now eventually get the message and change their ways and at the end of the day, life will become that much more precious. Positive values and compassion will become important again and the human race will find better solutions to treating our planet.

A lot of humans now have a lot of time on their paws. Perhaps one or two of them will now want to read our little book with which to pass the time. It may even cheer them up.

If you google “a helping paw allan gilmour” on Amazon.com you will be able to find it, although it is available at any other Amazon Store or online book store, or so I’m told.

      It’s still all quite frightening though, isn’t it? Everything is now all up in the air.

      Well, I’m quite happy to help the human race (and daddy) by not being rude when he dishes up that horrible stuff out of those red and yellow metal containers.

We all have to suffer a bit at the moment and I think that even cats can contribute to the human effort to get things back to normal again.

      You’re correct in your assumption Mr Midnight. I will also sacrifice my feeding habits for a while if it helps the humans find new solutions and get happier again.

After all, everyone can contribute to getting things back to normal again can’t they?  Even us cats.   🙂

 

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A bit of civility

Mr Midnight ran up the hill which overlooked the house and called out; “Catch me if you can Sir Winston”!

      I can’t run any quicker Mr Midnight. Slow down a bit, will you?

Mr Midnight suddenly came to a grinding halt and waited for Sir Winston to catch up with him.

     I’m glad you made it Sir W.  You certainly took your time.

After both having finished their cat washes, they then both sat next to one another and admired the view.

      It’s great up here isn’t it Mr Midnight. I love admiring the view. It’s especially nice sitting next to you so that we can enjoy the view together.

      The feelings mutual Sir W.

I have a lot of respect for you, especially as you had to clamber up that great big hill with all your weight with which to admire such a wonderful sight.

I know you’re not as nimble as myself so I appreciate your effort in wanting to sit next to me on this beautiful green hill.

      Thank you for being so civil Mr Midnight. Civility is a special attribute in this day and age.

      I’ve also noticed that Sir Winston.

The Western world is not undergoing an immoral age as some may suggest, but in fact, it appears to have lost civility.

      A deficit of good manners is quite apparent.

Moral values are higher than they have ever been but there seems to be a decay of what makes the human social machine function – there is a breakdown of mutual tolerance and respect that allows room in a complex plural society for individuals to live their lives in peace.

      I’m glad I am a pussycat. I live my life in peace. I love sleeping!

      I think civility is based on etiquette and politeness which aid to treat one another with consideration. It creates social and psychological space for people  (and cats!) to live their own lives and make their own choices.

The loss of civility means that social feeling has been replaced by defensiveness, with groups circling their wagons around ‘identity’ concepts of nationality, ethnicity and religion, protecting themselves by putting up barriers against others. Society fragments into sub-groups whose members hope thereby to shield themselves against the abrasive, selfishness and disregard of others.

      My goodness. What a world we live in.

I will continue to be civil to you Sir Winston. We cats can at least try to share a bit of civility about a bit.

I’m sure one day, civility will become important again for the humans. I have noticed some of them trying to be civil.

      We cats are patient beings. As always, we’ll just have to wait and stick it out Mr Midnight.

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Merry Christmas !

      Thank you for having read some of our postings through 2019.

      We very much appreciate it and hope you enjoyed some of our little escapades.

      And because we are so thankful, Sir Winston and I decided to spend the whole day trawling your internet thingamabob and we managed to find this little video.

      We dedicate it to all people of the planet and to animals all over the world.

     I hope you all have a very merry Christmas with your loved ones and a great 2020!  Hope to see you in the new year.

Thank you for looking at our blog.

Kind regards and meow, meow.