Monday, January 28, 2008

ManCat Monday

To assume a cat's asleep is a grave mistake. He can close his eyes and keep both his ears awake. - Aileen Fisher
Mum took these two pictures just a few seconds apart. My ears heard the flashy box going off, so I figured I better open my eyes and see what she wanted. Do we really need to do a photo shoot right now?

My buddy Icon Baxter Bently wanted pictures of those of us who have tents. Happy to oblige. I have four of the tents that are hooked together and they go along the back of the chair mum uses to watch birdies from, sort of an L shape the the long side you can go through in a straight line.
Sometimes I just nap.
Other times I play hard and put them on their side then..
crawl right back in or...
tunnel under them.
Coming through! I love these as I run through them and hide from mum and sometimes ambush her as she walks. Makes her go 'eeek'.
About the soup mum made on Saturday. She got this recipe from her aunt Mary in Ioway a few years ago when she and Grampie were visiting. Her aunt served it for lunch and both mum and Grampie liked it. Mum says it is easy to make. To cut things up she uses a little hand machine to chop up the stuff. Faster than actually dicing things, plus mum likes the smaller pieces rather than big chunks.

Potato Soup

6 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced onions (mum uses more, she likes onion)
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
2 Tbsp parsley
2 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
Salt and pepper

Put all of the above in a big microwave safe container and cook, covered on high until veggies are tender. With a 1000 watt microwave that is 25-30 minutes.

1 pound Velveeta cheese cut into cubes
4 cups milk
2 Tbsp flour.

When the veggie part is done cooking, dump in the cheese. Add the flour to the milk, stir up good. Then add to the veggies

Cook another 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Stir well and dispense into containers or serve. This soup freezes very well. Makes 10-12 one cup servings.



  1. Oh Derbs, that first picture of you makes DKM just go awwwwwwww.

  2. Derby you look so comfy there. I love that tent. I would love to have one of those and NOT use it.

  3. That soup sounds yummy!

    Your connected tents look like great fun!

    Luf, Us

  4. Wowww.....I haven't seen this type of tent, so so special~!!! I love it!

  5. Those are great connecting tents, they look such fun.

    Thanks for the recipe for the soup, it sounds so awesomely delish I might give it a go, even though I don't like cooking:) xxx

  6. You are a very smart kitty. We think Mom should go buy us some tents so we can hide on the Birdies better.

  7. Derby, that was rude of her to demand a photo session when you were so comfy.

  8. I love the color of your tents! I have the exact same sort of tent, but mine is a royal blue. And I only have two of them.

  9. Derby, those first two pictures of you are gorgeous! You should be a modeling mancat. I love your cubes, too. I'm trying to get more . . . I only have one right now.

    And mommy said that soup sounds YUMMY.

  10. We like to play in our cubes all those ways too! Though our's aren't hooked all together like yours - we'll have to get mommy on that!

  11. We have two of these in our home, and the new intruder, called Max, gets inside them and flails around. The people call it his "bouncey castle." I avoid it, as I do not engage in tomfoolery.

  12. Oh, Derby! You look so sweet asleep on the top of the sofa. And I love your tents. I see a lot of kitties have them...hmmmm I better go ask mommie if I can have one too.

  13. Wowie! Four tents??!!! What a great set-up you have there, Derby! And, great Mancat Monday photos.
    Mr. Chen & Ollie

  14. this is one of the greatest Mancat posts I've ever seen!
    The first two pictures and quote are perfect (and the quote is so true) and your tunnel adventures are fabulous. I am so envious!!

    Mommy is going to make your soup this week. nom nom nom cheese...

  15. The camp looks really fun and comfy. I bet the Spice Cats would love them too!

  16. Gee Derby, I like what your Mom's done with your place!

  17. I am jealous of that tent. I want one too!!!!!

  18. Derby, you are so handsome in the top 2 photos!

  19. Very, very cool cubes, Derby. We still only have 2.

    You're right about the flashy-thing noise. I think that's why Mom always seems to catch me with my eyes half open!

    Max S

  20. Those look like so much fun, Derby. We did not know there were kinds that you could hook together. We have one that kind of looks like a jungle gym. It looks like a hammock.

  21. Wowwwy...can we come play with you in your fancy schmancy tents?
    Very truly yours,
    The Whiskers & Purrs Gang

  22. Purrrrrs, such a dreamycat.

    Your tent looks like soooo much fun. I can wait to visit and play in it.

  23. What a great quote!

    I love your tents, Derby - they're a pretty color!

  24. Stay warm, Derbs! If it gets much colder, I may HAVE to snuggle wif Bonnie.

    Ok, so the house is kept no lower than 63... but it's COLD outside!

  25. man! Doze tents are outtasight! I can'ts beleev whats a wonderful playground you haz. Can I come oevfur & takes a loook see? I yam droppin' my jaw at how well your momee takes care of you.

  26. Those are some great tents! And you have so many!!! What a lucky cat you are, we don't even have one. Come to think of it, we haven't even seen them in the stores here. I wonder if they even sell them in Italy. We have noticed that people don't seem to spoil their pets here as much as they do in Italy; which means the pet stores are VERY limited on what they sell. Oh America, how do we miss thee!

    Love Your Pals,
    Opus and Roscoe

  27. Dearest Derby,

    I am so totally in love with my SlyCat, but I must admit, you are still a studly cat!!!

    And my pet human started drooling over the potato soup recipe. Man, it's ugly when she drools.

    At one time she had started a food blog. It was sort of humorous, sort of serious...Lutheran Recipes.

    She's no longer Lutheran, (she's a Pressie now) but she is most definitely a FOODIE!!!!!

    Perhaps you, and DKM (also a foodie) and I can start adding in a food day! Oh, man......we need to share recipes!


    Skittles, The Huntress

  28. p.s.

    My pet human says she has relatives in Iowa who say Ioway, and not Iowah....


    Skittles, The Huntress

  29. I make mom put my tent so it has one whole on the top. I think it is the most fun that way.

    shelby aka the fatman


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