Saturday, 22 October 2016

Duvet time!

Ahhhh, just what the Dr ordered, a nice cool, freshly laundered wool duvet, rich pink in colour, and smelling sweetly of the natural odour of.... hmmm, not sure quite what this smells of. Could be mountain breeze? Nope, no mountains round this way and the last one I saw in peep's glossy magazine had spitting llamas, and snow, and all manner of nasties, and there's no way any Llamas, snow, or snow covered Llamas are sharing this bed! Mouses.

Right, the first thing I do with any new duvet, wool or otherwise, is have a roll. Nothing like a roll on fresh linen, to put me in the mood for a sleep. Also, in this palace, as I'm the official tester of wool duvets, their thermal efficiency must be tested rigorously, and completely across their length and breadth, and any lumpy bits flattened out, or hollows filled. 

Not an easy task I know, given the Palaces 9 bed chambers, but one I do take seriously, well at least once a day. purrs 

Anyways, when I am not blogging or chasing mouses from the door, those that are trying to escape that is, I can be found checking each and every one. I do also carry out spot checks, my favourite spot being where there is a sun puddle. purrs 

As to rolling, well some peeps do think that this is merely a way to shed hair! Can you believe it? Well I kid you not, I have been accused of that very crime. Mouses! 

It takes a skilled practitioner to master the art of duvet rolling. The ability to size up the exact spot in need of flattening, or in need of teasing open with the claws to allow more air to circulate.

This has been confused with some sort of ritualistic dance, or even napping! I have to say that it is skill that no peep has yet mastered, though many profess to having made sleeping being an art. 

No, to discern not only the lumps and dips and then to be able to even these out across a whole surface is a skill us felines have to master from an early age. As proof of such skills, as certification of a job well done, I do leave a signature quantity of my hair. But even then, to get the balance between my white floofy bits and the richer dark black takes a deal of athleticism beyond most peeps, well mine at least. purrs 

OK so there are times when things have gone wrong, I have to admit, but that was all down to peep spending some extra time in bed. How was I to know theat the lump I was jumping up and down on was peep's tummy? I mean I did hear some air escaping. Mouses!

Anyways, all said and done, I do think a duvet has to be tested, rolled, plumped and teased and all the smells released, so that once more a harmony, and essence of feline, can be achieved.

Is that the time? so much to do, another 8 duvets in fact, and so little sleep. Mouses!

Now before I go, I will just say, I am writing a paper on how to get your peep to move in bed, so if you have any new ideas, or tried and tested methods, like the old claw in the nasal cavity, please do not hesitate to send me an ERmail at the Palace.

Until next time, may all your wool duvets smell sweetly, and be llama, mouse, and lump free. purrs ERin

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It's Sunday selfie time, hosted by the fantastic Kitties Blue, over at the Cat on My Head blog.


This weeks selfie was snapped, in the early hours, whilst doing an elevated patrol for stray mice. I may have my eyes closed but that is only because of the flash!

To see what my pals are up to this week, please click the links or images below, and enjoy the HOP!



































56 comments:

  1. yep the flashy box will do that ,xx Speedy

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    1. I was thinking I may have to have some of those sunglasses if it carries on the way it has been. purrs ERin

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  2. We haz no doubt you are a very accomplished Duvet Tester, Your Highness. AND you are a modern princess too - royalty with a career. How pawsome is that?? PS: we find a paw on the lips will have a most satisfying result.

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    1. Thank you, I think I should apply for a certificate, to pin on the wall? I shall add a Paw to the Lips to my list, the colder the better I am guessing? purrs, ERin

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  3. You are an excellent duvet tester. Eric had a sure way to get my mum out of bed to feed him. I am sure it would work just as well to get the peep to move over. If she wouldn't wake up he used to bite her dividing thingy in her nose. I think she called it her septum, but that is nothing to what she called him when he did it. She would wake up with a scream and have tears running down her face.

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    1. Thank You. Oh my word! That sounds painfully in deed. I shall add that to the list under "For Emergency Use!" MOL. ERin

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  4. We love snuggles, aka duvet testing and priming fur the peeps too:)

    Nice selfie!! Did you spy any mousies??

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    1. No mouses that night, but give it time! Yes one should never forget heating the bed for the peep, a very important job, especially around the toe area! purrs ERin

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  5. We are kind of glad that fall is here but we would gladly skip the winter thing Erin!

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    1. Hi Brian,. Me too, the rain is so annoying, along with the snow and wind. We seem to have it for 80% of the year, and even I don't want to rest on the duvet that long! purrs ERin

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  6. Hi pretty Erin! You look cute testing the duvet. I always close my eyes when the camera comes out, flash or no flash. Evening out those lumps & dips is truly a skill. I can get the lady out of bed quite easily. I just have to meow.

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    1. Thanks Annie, nothing beats a comfy duvet for a selfie! Tell me, do you shout at your peep, or is it a little whisper in the ear? purrs ERin

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    1. Thank You Jeanne, you too. purrs ERin

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  8. Great job with that duvet testing, ERin. It's very important work! As for waking up the peeps, usually walking on top of them and singing the song of our people right in their faces usually works. :)

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    1. Hehehe, I don't often sing to peep as I don't want to show peep up, but I think if peep did a recording and played it back as a sort of alarm siren, it would have the desired effect. Mouses! ERin

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  9. Mee onlee did 'claw inn nasal cavitee' once ERin!!! Mee gotted put out inn hallway an thee door closed on mee!!
    So now mee goess fur thee 'smotherin' approach...saunter over an start head rubbin yur sleepin Hu'man an then get closer an closer to thee nose an mouth! Once they can not breethe thee Hu'man WILL move AN they fink yur givin them LUV~~this iss what mee callss a win-win!!!! ;)
    Yur shelved seflie is beeuteefull deer Purrincess....
    ***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

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    1. Thank you, Siddhartha Henry, ever a Gentlecat, and I blush so. I do like your tactic, I shall try it soon. I have only been locked out twice but that was more to do with a mouse delivery issue, if you know what I mean! purrs ERin

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  10. Working hard, as always, Erin! The least the peep can do is appreciate your duvet monitoring services! And sheesh, what's he doing sleeping and using the duvet ... like they are there for his benefit! Hmph. I think not. ~Bear Cat

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    1. Yup, got to keep the paws of industry turning, between naps.... er I meant between testing sessions! Peep buys ME a duvet and then goes and ruins it by lying under it. I mean have you ever tried sorting out those sort of lumps and dents? Mouses!

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  11. I need a belly like that, Erin...MOL...that was some kind of testing too...MOL :D Btw That duvet sounds so soft and warm and wooly...I consider that the fleece goes out and the wool comes in :D Warm Pawkisses for a snuggly day :) <3

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    1. Hehehe, it does take some moving, for sure. I thope if I keep bouncing on it peep will eventually get rid of it! Definitely worth having a go at a wool duvet, far easier than having the sheep or the feathers lying about the place. purrs ERin

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  12. You are a professional bed roller-I hope they pay you in cream. Cute selfie.

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    1. Well I keep asking for a pay rise, but peep just keeps moving my bowl further up the stairs... I think maybe I shall just have to put my paw down and go on strike, between naps, of course! purrs ERin

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  13. Good job checking out that duvet! Nice selie!

    The Florida Furkids

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    1. Hi guys, duvets are my speciality, after mouses, cream, and sparrows, of course. purrs ERin

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  14. We like how you're furring up that duvet, Erin. Good job!

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    1. Thanks, I pride myself in being consistent! Mind you I dont want to do it too much else peep has to change the duvet and I get a horrid brown colour one, which really isnt my colour. purrs ERin

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    1. Thank you, yes, it has a few uses, including the cross bed chamber transit way. I think though I shall get peep to make a small cushion for it, then I can hold court during the summer months... purrs ERin

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  16. Erin getting a duvet cover just perfect takes skill and I can tell you have it!
    Great selfies this week.

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    1. Thanks guys, I do like to keep the Palace just so, and if it takes an extra hour or two in bed, then I will go the extra few feet to make sure each bed is just so! purrs ERin

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  17. We love your sense of humour, Erin!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. High Athena, hi Marie glad you like the duvet article, which was a bit shorter than usual as I had to do a bit of research, if you know what I mean! purrs ERin

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  18. Oh Erin, you be lookin' quite bootyful. Dat duvet rollin' must be good medicine. Not dat you aren't just as purretty every other day. As fur gettin' peeps to move outta da bed, we have da bestest mostest sureset way ever. Let me tell ya', works every time. You see, you just get your purr motor goin' so as to ketch your peep unaware, and then start massagin' da lower tummy where da bladder is. Yep, even without usin' claws to dig in, peep's gonna have to move really quick. Big hugs all 'round. Have a great week.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Hi Dezi and Raena, rolling those duvets does help the figure, for sure. Now I must applaud your ingenuity I would never have thought of that way of rousing peep that way, sheer genius. I shall try and let you know how I get on. purrs ERin

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  19. AMARULA: I can't wait until it gets cold enough for mom to bring out the duvet!

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    1. Here's hoping it is very soon. In fact there should be an International Duvet Day for bringing out duvets, just like Christmas, with lots of fun games and special duvet food. purrs ERin

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  20. There's nothing quite as satisfying as a job well done. And it sounds like you take this blanket rolling to a whole new level!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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    1. Thanks Jean, I try never to do things by halves, especially when it comes to checking duvets, in fact i oft' do unpaid overtime to ensure things are just right. However I do make exceptions for mice, as peep will no doubt attest to. purrs ERin

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  21. Hee hee hee--there's NUFFING I love better than rolling around on the fresh clean sheets or a freshly-washed quilt! There's nothing that beats taking something the Human has gotten all soapy-smelling and making it look (furry) like ME and even better, SMELL like me!

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    1. I totally agree, all things need to smell like cat, and bear a certificate of approval. Trick in this Palace is to make it last long enough that peep doesn't wash the duvet too often. There is only so much of my floof to go around. Mouses! ERin

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  22. Wow that skill, what talent, what fun for you. Peep is not alone in being jumped on. Our Aunty Sienna does it to Dad and OOOHBOY does he get erm... annoyed.....

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    1. Hehehe, I cant get away with it too often, but I just say it was part of my monthly CPR training, and that usually works. purrs ERin

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  23. Oh, rolling around on fresh bed sheets can be such fun! But it sure sounds like you have your paws full, Princess Erin, with so many beds in your domain. Be sure to take lots of snoozies in between bed rollings! You deserve it. As for waking up that human in your life, my girl Thimble says that repeatedly poking them in the face (aim for the eyes), or trying to rip their hair out with your teeth, is the way to go. Purrs!

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    1. Wow, I can see Thimble takes her job most seriously. I hadn't thought about actually pulling stuff out, though I do occasionally get my claws into peep's bedclothes and end up having a tug of war! purrs ERin

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  24. You have definitely mastered the art of duvet rolling! You'll have to teach my kitties your duvet rolling ways!

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    1. Happy to, I'm sure we could set up some classes, just bring along your/their preferred duvet, or should that be pre furred duvet. Mouses!

      purrs Erin

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  25. Well OF COURSE you've gotta leave some fur behind. That's how your peep will know that particular duvet passed inspection. MOUSES!

    Purrs,
    Seville

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    1. Now I'm glad that someone else can see the merits in my method! It was either that or I leave dark paw prints everywhere, and I know that won't go down well. Mouses!

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  26. Erin, like mew we have many duvets, blankys, plump silk cushions and all other manner of sleeping/ slumbering paraphernalia to comfort-test on a daily basis, this task can be quite strenuous and most arduous on one, thus resulting in many, many, many, many naps to counteract all the draining effects of such hard wurk.... in fact I've just seen that the P.A. has a whole batch of freshly washed linens and blankys that are calling our names.... and so the wurk begins again.... zzzzz.... zzzzzz.... zzzzzzz.... Basil... zzzzz.... &.... Co.... xox... zzzzzz

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    1. A cats work is truly never done! Do you have name labels sewn on your blankets or just some sort of rota system between you all? purrs ERin

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  27. If one doesn't leave a bit of fur as a sort of 'after thought' then how in heavens name will the human ever know you were there—to inspect the work, correctamundo??

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    1. Oh I agree, it is very important to leave that personal touch/ signature of approval. If it is really good I may also leave claw holes and a shed claw too! purrs ERin

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