In response to one-word prompt : Visceral
I’ll tell you a story of our two felines,
I think they are better than canines.
Raphael says our friend, ‘he is Visceral,
But Gabriel he says, ‘I think is Cerebral.’
We wanted to see, how far it’s true,
We must watch them to get a clue.
One day I showed Raphael how to open a door,
Next day he showed me it’s not a chore.
Opening doors was his favorite pastime,
He opened kitchen door during lunchtime.
It was so bad we changed the doorknob,
To open the new knobs was a hard job.
While we know Raphael is a natural,
We’d like to know which one is Visceral!
Write a new post in response to the one-word prompt.
Our feline Raphael loves to play the game of, ‘Hide and Seek,’ he has a green , narrow object shaped like a pencil, he can play for a long time if we agree to play with him. He likes it because he is able to carry it in his mouth. When we stop playing, he lifts the corner of the dining room rug and goes in deeper to hide it so his feline brother wouldn’t find it.
When he runs off with it to conceal his favorite toy, he is unaware his brother is watching him hide it. Some days Gabriel would lift the rug to find the hidden toy, but he’s very good tempered, when his brother comes near to take it, he gives it to him.
Whenever we want Raphael to leave us alone, We say,”Rafa where’s the green thing?”
He’d run and look for it, some days when he cannot find it, Rafa comes back to us and let’s out a loud, ‘MEOW.’
Raphael and Gabriel
Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal, or another person.
There are times I think about the two felines, Raphael and Gabriel. We first brought Gabriel to our home, he was a tiny baby scared and insecure, after a week we had a change of heart why not we get his brother from the same family.
After we brought Raphael Gabriel’s change was unbelievable, he was sure of himself and was not scared at all.
We watched the two of them esp.Gabriel who showed his brother how to climb the stairs. They are a little over a year now. Their personalities are completely different. Gabriel is calm behaves well around us and Raphael is the exact opposite. His temperament is sweet but beneath that is one naughty feline.
I’m wondering what Raphael thinks day after day when I spray him with water for a number of things he does wrong. He chews my books, I spray him with water, he knocks down our pictures he gets sprayed. This morning he is in a sour mood, I found him lying on one of the dining chairs, he did not attempt to come to my room.
He could not help but to come in to my room when the door was open and took possession of my chair where I sit to use my computer.He could not resist the temptation. I stood there looking at him hoping he’d vacate my chair. But he was unconcerned about me. So I sat on the edge of the chair, he moved a bit hoping I’d leave but when I didn’t, he jumped down and went to the dining room I could tell he was disgusted.
I went twice to see where he was, he is comfortably sitting in front of my sewing machine, perhaps anticipating me coming to drive him out of there. As long as he does not chew the box I’ll let him stay where he is.
Raphael must be sick of not having his way, he I’m sure does not have good thoughts about me. Every time he hears my footsteps he must think, “here she comes again with her bottle, one of these days I’ll chew that bottle, so she cannot use it against me, you’ll see that day is not too far.”
I can sense what he is thinking I smile and say, “really Raphael you think you can do that, let me see you try!”
Today’s Prompt: Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar, or tell about something you find in a pile.
Today’s Twist: If you’d like to continue our serial challenge, also reflect on the theme of lost and found more generally in this post.
In your “lost and found” tale, tell us something larger– a life lesson, perhaps—about finding and losing something.
Third Time’s the charm: This is a story about our pet felines, We had three rescued by my daughter in her first year university. We could not warm up to the idea as there would be a lot of changes we’d have to undergo.
Where to place the litter box was one problem,what to feed them and their yearly check up at the vet. Our daughter would not give up so we had to give in and adjust.
Every year we discovered we loved something about these felines and finally agreed we made the right choice.Then the worst happened the first one we lost to cancer, second one to diabetes and the third one also to diabetes. It was an emotional experience to watch them go.
I made up my mind I wasn’t going to have any more pets, to me the loss was tragic. I was able to stick to my decision for a while.
My daughter’s friend complained of mice, he was advised to adopt a feline. He got one, a Siamese, but his frequent travel outside the city was an ongoing problem, he had to ask my daughter to take care of it while he was away.
While my daughter did not mind taking care of the felines occasionally, she developed a fondness for the kittens and wanted to have her own.
We tracked down a woman breeder, who had five kittens she wanted to sell. We got one who we named Gabriel, a week later we noticed Gabriel was terribly insecure, we felt sorry for the little one and bought his brother, we named him Raphael.
Gabriel and Raphael are two very naughty felines, when I get too frustrated with their antics I use the water bottle to spray them.
Losing the three female felines was heart breaking for us but finding Gabriel and Raphael filled the void, now we are happy we decided to have these two rambunctious felines who keep us busy.
Whether a person,a pet, an object or a place , write about something or someone you connected with from the very first second.
About a year ago, my daughter and I decided to adopt a kitten. It is a beautiful Siamese and Himalayan breed .When we got the feline ,he was only six weeks old.
I remember it was a Sunday,my daughter brought him home. He was a very scared feline,next day my daughter went to work, I was curious, I went to check how he was coping.I was concerned when I didn’t find him in the room.I knew he was too scared and little to move.
I picked the covers, there he was with his paws folded trying to make himself smaller. I picked him up and brought him down to my room.
I had some emails to reply to , I laid him on my bed he was insecure he meowed quietly. I felt guilty picked him up and wrote my email with him on my lap.
We named him Gabriel, even after a week he didn’t settle in, we then made up our mind to get his brother who was the same age as him. His personality changed dramatically , his brother was feeling insecure, he licked his brother, showed his brother the stairs, but the brother was afraid to climb up.
Gabriel led him towards the stairs and went couple of stairs to show him how to go up, it took them both only a few days to adjust. We named the second one Raphael.
Yes we have two Himalayan Siamese breed. We got them from the same litter when they were a few weeks old.
We are very fond of them, they are very demanding, they always want us to play with them. While I can get away not entertaining them, Selina cannot, as soon as she comes home,they complain, one of them about me, how I neglect them and I do not let them go wild.
Gabriel is known to complain, first when Selina comes home, he meows to let her know she came home late, he did not have a good time because I did my own thing and ignored them.
Raphael however does not complain but will do things he’s not allowed to, only to get attention. I love watching them when I’m not busy writing or doing my usual household chores.
These two felines mean a lot to us, we play with them ,feed them and use the spray bottle when their behavior gets unmanageable.
Time we spend watching them relieves us from the stress of day to day problems we face, right now it’s the weather, the snowstorms, the huge snowbanks and the impassable roads are some of the worries lately.
The best thing about them is they communicate by meowing which is not that difficult to bear, compared to the constant complaints of the humans. I think they are good company and without them we might spend time talking about who did what, which is gossiping and that’s really something I dislike. I do believe in the phrase,”An idle brain is the devil’s workshop!”
You wake up one morning to find a beautifully wrapped package next to your bed. Attached to it is a note : “Open me, if you dare.”
What’s inside the mystery box? Do you open it?
The warm bright sun attracted the attention of our two felines, Gabriel and Raphael, they were meowing so loud to sit on the window sill I had to get up to open the blinds, when I opened my eyes I saw something shiny and colorful right beside my bed. This thing was beautifully wrapped, I thought this person is an experienced wrapper, then I saw something, a note there is a note I exclaimed, I took the note and started reading it, strange what’s this, I told myself, “open, if you dare.”
I could not understand why anyone would leave a gift for me and dare me to open it. It was not making much sense. I am a curious person, I made up my mind to open it, surely there is nothing wrong opening a gift is there, at this point I was curious and afraid as well.
I picked up this mysterious gift and with hands shaking started to open it, I had to forget about fear, no one wants to hurt me I kept telling myself.
I opened the lid of the box, I found a dried rose on top, it was laid on a shiny green piece of paper, is this all I said I was disappointed, but I could see something else under, I carefully picked up the paper with the rose and put it aside.
There I found a red folded paper, I opened it, it’s a pack of dried catnip leaves and a recipe too.
I began reading the recipe: Catnip is most often drunk as a tea to calm an upset stomach or help with sleep.
1. place 1–2 teaspoons of dried catnip into a cup and add hot( not boiling) water.
2. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
3.Flavor with honey or lemon(optional).
Catnip can also be used as an aromatic herb in cooking and salads.
I sat on my bed and wondered who gave me this gift, it’s useful I thought and put away my mystery gift. I waited for my daughter to come home to show her my strange but useful gift.
For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked and a song you love.
Raphael and Gabriel my favorite felines were happily eating their food I gave them for lunch, I thought while they’re busy eating, I’ll check the Youtube to listen to the narrator about the Moors in Spain. I was busy listening and enjoying watching some of the cities in Spain. Suddenly it dawned on me I have a book on Spain let me check if I can find some of the places in Spain the narrator is talking about. To my utter disbelief I found Raphael pulled out a book from my bookcase, he had a part of the cover in his mouth busily chomping it.
I carried Rapha and put him in the hallway. On the other side of the living room Gabriel knocked down my table lamp and cracked and broke a few pieces, I carried him out and told both of them, they are not allowed in the living room the rest of the day.
I was very upset with the felines, I thought I must listen to my favorite song, it will at least make me forget about the felines for sometime.
Here is the song, I hope you’ll like it,it’s by our Canadian singer Celine Dion.
Textures are everywhere.The rough edges of a stone wall. The smooth innocence of a baby’s cheek. The sense of touch brings back memories for us. What texture is particularly evocative to you?
When I see an unknown thing,I feel I must touch it to know if it’s safe. There are times I turn on a new appliance , I touch it to know if it’s working, sometimes the light alone is not sufficient.
I remember when my daughter was a year old she was learning to walk, every time she was off balance she’d touch the wall, gradually she reached the kitchen, the oven was on, I was unable to reach her fast enough to keep her away from the stove, she did the inevitable she touched the oven door, it was hot, she had both her hands on the door and looked at me she was extremely scared I took her away from it and said, “it’s hot!” From that day onward whenever I said it’s hot she moved away.
I know it’s a terrible way to learn, I did not plan for her to feel the heat, it happened, I felt very guilty.
I stay away from touching anything before I know how it feels, I ask before I touch. Seven months ago we bought a kitten from a breeder, his mother is Himalayan and the father is Siamese.He was two months old when my daughter brought him in the house, he was very scared the first day. He hid under the covers in the bed, my daughter had gone to work. I went upstairs to check what he was doing.
At first I heard nothing, then I took the covers off, I found him very scared and unable to move. I picked him up, brought him down to my room. It was the first time I touched an animal, his coat felt smooth and silky, I knew he was too little to hurt me.
We named him Gabriel, we realized he was lonely , so we brought his brother, Gabriel was extremely happy, if he could speak I am sure he’d say, “thank you.”
Today both are confident and are very curious, they’ve managed to tear some pages of my books, they do not feel any kind of remorse.
I confidently pick them up and put them outside my room when their antics are beyond control. I’m not afraid to touch them!