Today you are two years old. We celebrated with a stinky meatcake and lots of scratches. Pepper, I love the way that you stretch out beside me when we take a nap together, your expert bug catching, and the little trills you make when you jump up on things. Mint, I love your clicks when you spot a light on the ceiling, your sleepy belly, and the way that you stand up on two feet to grab your treats. Happy Birthday to the Kitten Sisters, thank-you for joining our family and filling every day with Supercute.
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Monday has brought the end to my rainy four day weekend. Although the rain caused chaos and tragedy in many parts of Belgium, here at chez moi it was quite welcome. Blue sky days are quite a burden to me – there is so much to see and do in this country. There is a constant bombardment of festivals, carnivals, expos, markets, regattas, fairs, exhibitions, parties, walks, tours, openings, cruises, sales, demonstrations, processions, and shows. Some festivals only happen every five or ten years, so missing a day could mean waiting another decade to experience the event. It is exhausting.
So a rainy day is a wonderful excuse to curl up on the couch with a good book, a chocolat chaud, and two sleepy kittens by my feet. In English we call this vegging out, but en française, c’est cocooning.
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Pepper and Mint are nearly nine months old, and they have been with us for nearly six months. They are cute and rascally and still quite wild. Whenever a stranger enters the house they will run and hide, perhaps cautiously slinking out for some food. We still cannot pick them up. However, I like to think that they have become rather fond of us. They follow us around the house, sitting nearby and observing our actions.
Pepper likes sitting on Adrian’s laptop, and stealing tomato stems to hide under my desk. She will still ruthlessly chase the green laser dot even though she has never caught it. Every morning she jumps onto our bed and demands ear scratches.
Little Mint loves to hide underneath our doona, and will slip behind any cupboard door that is open more than an inch. She will wear herself out so much chasing the feathered fish toy that she ends up panting like a puppy with her tiny pink tongue hanging out.
I am glad we got them both. While occasionally their games can get a bit rough, they seem to enjoy each others’ company. If one of them has found something interesting, the other will bound in to help the investigation. They are a constant source of cute delight.
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Our kittens have started to display an intense fascination with the bathroom. Pepper (above) now refuses to drink from her water bowl, and instead licks the drips from the bathroom sink from a very uncomfortable position.
They are also very interested in the bath, both when empty and full. However, this ended very badly for little Mint last week. I was filling up the bath when I heard a dreadful splashing, only to see a sopping wet creature running from the room and hiding under the bed. The poor thing, she must have fallen all the way in while walking across the rim, and was completely soaked from ear to paw. She looked miserable, and was attempting to lick herself dry with her tiny little tongue. Luckily, it was warm inside and she dried off quickly, her fur sticking every which way.
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