Saturday, 12 August 2017

Balls Too!

Balls, the story so far.................


"Right, nothing else for it but to engage in some sporting activities with the peep. Lets have a look in my diary and see whats coming up in the calendar for this year.....

Hmm maybe best to skip January as far too dark and cold. Ah-ha I've got it, February is Super Bowl month. I'll play some football..."

Sometime later, in February........


"What Ho, peep. Today we'll be playing football, American football that is, so I expect you to get padded up and ready to go in 5 minutes, and before you ask, no there isn't padding for you derriere, I think it's quite capable of protecting itself."

AND..............

"And wheres the ball? I told you to bring a ball not a pack of premium pork sausages....

Now look, peep, when they said 'pigskin' they weren't referring to sausages, no matter how tasty, they wouldn't last a time out, let alone a first down!"

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And now, for your cinematographic delight in glorious TC™ & DMS™ (Tuxedo Colour, and Dubious Meowround Sound),  Albert R. Nipolli presents:-


Balls Too,  the squeakuel! 


Sometime later,  in June.......


What Ho, peep ol' bean, anyone for Tennis? I've got my best white fluffy bits on, and I'm ready to rumble! But that shouldn't put you off as the rumbling will stop once I've had lunch!

Now what do you say? A quick knock up on the front lawn is just what the Dr ordered, and if you put that protective clothing on I'm sure you won't feel a thing, but I have got you a racket to use this time and the Tennis Association assures me that catching the ball in your teeth isn't necessary these days.

No? Oh well, I shall just watch the highlights on TV. Wimbledon was soo exciting, and I just love to see those brightly coloured balls flying around the place.

I just can't help but think they're missing a trick though. I mean if they took that net out the way it would be way easier and they could just roll them balls around, like they do in bowls. And if you loaded each ball with a mouse you could get them to do all the leg work and the players could have a break and put their feet up. The winner could be first player to get their mouse powered ball to the far side.

Now I know what you're thinking, that sounds way too easy, and quick, so I've come up with the perfect plan.... Ball Dogs. Yup, instead of Ball Girls, we could have Ball Dogs whose job it is to chase the balls and return them to the owners before the mice cross the line. Of course each player provides their own Ball Dog, and they'll need to redesign the court to allow for fire hydrants and trees for the dogs but they could act as obstacles, them and the water and bowls, and the Umpires Cat Tree.

Whats that peep, you fancy the Open Golf? Really? I never thought of you as that sort of person. I know the Germans make great cars, but convertibles play havoc with the hair not to mention the seagulls around here would just love to......

Whats that peep?  Oh I see you mean hitting that small white ball into the hole sort of 'Golf'. Gotcha, well if you fancy a walk around the grounds there are a fair few mole holes you could use. In fact I dare say we could make 139 hole course no problem. And if we leave the mounds of soil around the hole we can up the difficulty level too.

But I will need to get some special safety gear made, fluorescents and hard hats, in teeny tiny size for the moles in the holes, I wouldn't want them being injured now. Of course I might meet with some mole community objections, but if I offer free membership and own nightclub facility and the right to 'Play Through' at night, as I believe the expression goes, I should be able to swing it.

And whats this with all the clubs they carry around with themselves? I only have one set of claws, with extensions for social events, so why don't they have just one club? I mean if they cant reach the holes then surely they need to be moving them closer?

Mind you, getting rid of clubs could have an adverse impact on employment in the golfing world. Drivers would be forced to take up taxi work, and the Irons would need to go back to to doing laundry. As to the Putters, well they could resort to putting themselves about a bit, doing the odd DIY putty jobs for pin money until as those Olympics games came round every fourth year.

And as for the caddies, well seems like they have quite a job. Not only do they look after the tea, but they have to advise as to the correct place to hit the ball, and what colour and clothes to wear!

Not that colour choice would be an issue for you, peep ol' chubby one, they do a lovely range of size Plus Fours, Plus Sixes and even Plus Eights! I think the latter is really only for the likes of our Kraken though.

Anyways, for all that advice, and selection of metal sticks, the golfers still seem manage to lose their balls. So I think I have come up with a solution, string, string tied to the balls!

Not that I invented string, heck no, that was some very smart kitty way back when, who wanted something to give their peep to play with. Knitted from mouse fur I think the first ones were.

And so a whole industry in a cottage was born. Alas that cat's peeps rather got the wrong end of that string and used it for other things, leaving the kitty out without a toy for their peep to play with him with.

Now it wasn't until a the invention of lengths of wool by a bored indoor cat called Tweed, from the Isle of Harris, Harris Tweed to his mates, that things started to take off again, and cats once more had something to engage their peeps with.

Such was the demand for this new toy among the local cats, that Tweed used to send his peep out selling these lengths of wool for a penny-mouse a time. For convenience and display purposes that peep used to hang the lengths from his waist belt. News spread, and soon he could be seen roaming the highlands and islands, the multicoloured threads dangling in the breeze, a quality that also served to deflecting the local midge population.

And so my pals, the kilt was born, from a humble toy to midge repelling skirt.

Now as that there kilt didn't have any pockets, the mouses had to be kept in a small leather pouch worn around the waist. But, I hear you say, what if there were more sales than normal, where would the mice be put?

A good question in deed, and the simple answer was stockings. Yup, on a good day, and when the sporran's capacity was exceeded, the peep could stash the mice down his stockings, hence the need for the garters around the top.

Of course that practice wasn't without its risks especially if the mice broke loose and ran up the threads, as mice are want. Rumour has it that it was one such incident that gave rise to what later became called the Highland Fling!

Now back to the game at paw and those golfers, do you think they'd be happy with a piece of string tied to their balls, should they get lost?

Or should it be wool? I could do some wool, far less hassle and I've a huge selection to choose from for the well dressed golfer, angora, cashmere, argyle and even some silk. Of course we'd have to charge according to length, a mouse a yard seems reasonable with a discount for cheap acrylic threads.

What say you peep,  this is an ideal opportunity to get rid of all those old garish seventies and eighties tank tops and those cardigans that are issued when you become a pensioner!

Of course there is one small task you will have to do in return for this participating in my money making scheme... how do you feel about mouses down your stockings?





                                                       To be continued..............



A special thank you to Bionic Basil's PA, and some very brave mice, for undertaking the reenactment of this highland kilt tale.



It's Sunday Selfie time!



Please join me now as we enter the Sunday Selfies hosted by the fantastic 

Kitties Blue: XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, and Cooper Murphy, from The Cat on My Head blog 












The Sunday Selfies is a wonderful weekly celebration of blogs and bloggers from across the world, and shares stories and pictures for others to enjoy. 


Why not join the fun, by adding the code from our hosts, (a link is on their page) and posting your own selfie.It really is that easy. 


Today's selfie is entitled:- 


"The moment you realise that there was a reason why you don't let your human take you camping!!"



To see what all our pals have been up to this week, please click the links/images below, and enjoy the HOP!







47 comments:

  1. That's a nice selfie there. You stand out among the sea of red.
    Yael from PlayingInCatnip.com

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    1. Thank you. It's also great for seeing my mouse guests on too!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  2. I think I'd prefer eatin pigskin to watchin it!

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    1. What about the mice? They're way more fun to play, and eat too!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  3. * helpless giggles from New Zealand*

    Oh my what a story! I had no idea that's where kilts came from.

    The model sure as heck looks erm... interesting... ;-)

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    1. Ah well, we try to blog only educational stuff, made up by only the most informed of mice. MOL
      Yes, we were lucky to get such a fine peep to participate in the photoshoot... I mean the number of applicants that baulked at having mice run up their kilt was strangely high?
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  4. Nice selfie Princess! Hey, I hope I never see my Dad in one of those kilt things, yikes!

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    1. Yup, them mouses needed danger money just to approach that dude! Mind you better legs than a lot of peeps I could mention!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  5. We love your selfie Erin, and we can't stop giggling at your kilt/mouse story!!
    xoxo
    Jakey & Arty

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    1. Oooh I'm glad you liked it! A lesser known piece of Scottish history, though most kilt makers will deny any mouse or cat involvement!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  6. Great selfie! We don't think we want our Daddy to wear one of those kilts!

    The Florida Furkids

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    1. Not at all practical in a breeze or when out mouse hunting in the undergrowth, but with the right add-ons, can be made into an interesting parasol for the snoozing cat!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  7. Oh ERin, we luvved lookin' at all your gawjus fotos. You seem to be all over the sports place. Like we know anythin' 'bout sports. We don't think our mommy could keep up with any of 'em. MOL Da mousey kilt skirt looks like a pawsum invention. Just think of da huntin'. MOL We're so fankful you're our furiend. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Between you and I, neither does my peep! But we have to try and we always have fun doing it.... well I do anyways. MOL
      Have a great week.
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  8. Great selfie!
    Have a super Sunday...

    Noodle and crew

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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoy the week ahead.
      Purrrs
      ERin

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    1. A whole mythology and tourist thing has grown up around kilts and what was worn beneath, when in reality it was all about wool and mice. I do prefer my true version. MOL
      ERin

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  10. Mouses down your stockings? Well better that then up your pants... I mean, skirt... I mean, kilt, I suppose. MOUSES!

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    1. Yup it accounts for the prevalence of Highland Games in last century and as the mice have declined so have the games. Well it was that and the invention of trousers and waders. But that is a whole other story....
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  11. Thanks for teaching us the history of the kilt, very interesting. Nice selfie. A princess can't go camping, you need to be pampered. XO

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    1. Thank you, I just had to set right years of poetic licence and touristy stuff. As to camping, well under my hedge is as far from luxury as this Princess wants to go!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  12. Who wouldn't want mice in their stockings? I know my cat Jake would be thrilled if I kept his mice in my stockings. I will just say no to the kilt though a little too breezy for my taste.

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    1. Well, my thought exactly, it's what garters were meant for. MOL
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  13. Wonderful selfie, Erin! We always wondered where kilts came from. But we never ever imagined they had such an interesting history!

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    1. Thank you, and glad you enjoyed our little history insight..... though you won't find this in the tourist guide! MOL
      ERin

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  14. Harris Tweed was a cat? Wow! There is so much about history that we did not know. Thanks for setting us straight, Erin. That idea about mice and ball dogs in tennis sounds much more entertaining than the current game. Nice selfie too! :)

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    1. Oh yes, quite a guy, and a typical Scottish entrepreneur. Alas history has been somewhat overtaken by the humans who as ever got the wrong end of the wool. MOL
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  15. Lovely selfie of you, Erin. You are such an entertaining storyteller too :)

    Thanks for making my mum laugh.

    Purrs xx
    Athena

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    1. Thank you, I'm really pleased you enjoyed our alternate history lesson, every word true, if you're a cat that is. MOL
      Purrrs for a good week to you both
      ERin
      PS If you ever check a Scotsman's sporran and find wool or cheese, you'll know why!

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  16. What a tale -- one that could only come from a cat!! Erin you would look great in a kilt!

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    1. Thank you, you see we cats do speak the truth, it's just peeps always get the wrong end of the string.... or wool. MOL
      Purrrs
      ERin

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    1. A mighty fine specimen, for sure, and the mice seemed to enjoy it too, leastways they should have the amount of cheese they got paid. MOL
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  18. ERin...de food servizz gurlz dad; aka R gram paw used ta play golf....whoa...ya never hurd such werd age come outta a purrsonz mouth when a ball went mizzin....him waz feeerce !!! all most az feerce az when one taked a dive in two a neer bye fishin pond :) :) ♥♥

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    1. Oh my! Clearly the whole situation is worse than I thought. I best get my best waterproof wool out and start a special ranger for golfers that pitch their balls in ponds. Having said that, maybe you could use the ball to catch a trout or two for your supper? Knock it on the head on the way in and pull it out with the elastic on the return. Of course there could be a lot of golfers getting slapped in the face by wet fish! Best arrange for a knitted helmet too!
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  19. Don't worry, Erin...you probably wouldn't like camping at all. ;)

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    1. I was definitely NOT travelling in THAT, I can tell you! I wouldn't even have a front seat! MOL
      ERin

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  20. MOL MOL...you always find a way to put in all your mousies, Erin. I only can imagine how they flew from one racket to another...MOL :D I always wondered what was going on under the kilt...MOL :D Your pictures are double cute this week. Pawkisses for a wonderful day :) <3

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    1. HI Binky and Granny, yup you just have to have mice in stories, a really long tradition from times gone by.... well actually it was written into their contact for this blog, that and danger money for the tennis balls! MOL
      Purrs and pawkisses. ERin

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  21. What a great history of golf, Erin! Grandma has some of that tweed fabric to make a kilt & one of those bags, too, she got from travels several years ago. Uh oh, I wonder if the mousies are still in the bag?! I'll have to go and collect! Dad played golf just last week, but had he stuffed mousies in his balls I bet his team would've won a trophy! I bet your sense of humor keeps your peep rolling with laughter! Tee hee hee! Kisses to you, my princess. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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    1. My dearest sweet Valentine. The use of mouses is alas banned in some countries, apparently they can't get the insurance these days. Well if you have one of those sporran then it is well worth checking, who knows you may have a whole colony living in it, which would be great sport (better than golf even). The peep isn't that amused by all my humour, though the peep has been seen rolling around the floor but only if I bring the mice home to 'run through and around' some of my latest tales.
      Purrrs and pawkisses, to you oh sweet floofiness of my life.
      ERin

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  22. Wool is awfully itchy ... and my Momma certainly doesn't have the legs for it. I wonder if the Peeps keep mice in their socks ... I'm going to check ... or have Ellie do it just in case. ~Bear Cat

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    1. Now what your peep should try is mouse wool, very soft and luxurious..... problem is the claws do tend to get in the way and you'll find your socks have a habit of chasing cheese. MOL!
      Purrrs
      ERin
      PS. A sure sign of mice is bad and erratic dancing!

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  23. I want you try Camping...are you sure you don't want to come too?xx Speedy

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    1. As long as I don't have to travel in a rucksack then I'll give anything a try and with such fine company too. Campfire songs and freshly caught food.... takes me back to my youth. MOL
      Purrrs
      ERin

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  24. Erin that woolly legend was pawesome, we luffed it, but we want to know:- do they do custom colours and blends? Also can we get cashmere? Or baby Alpaca wool? MOL

    Big hugs

    Basil & Co xox

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