Sunday, 8 January 2017

Of Boxes & Nuts!

One of the great things about Christmas, even a late Christmas, is that there are nearly always boxes.

Boxes of all shapes and sizes, even tubular boxes....

Hmm... can a box, which is square be a tube, which is round? In fact more importantly can a tube be a box? Oh my, can you imagine all the changes that could be made to the world if things no longer had to be square!

Designers could start to think out of the box, and could create Town Hall Rounds. In fact that expression would have to change too. It would have to be thinking out the tube, or the circle.

And anomalies such as boxing rings, which are square, could be properly renamed boxing squares or better still the square rings made into rounds.

In fact you wouldn't be able to fight your corner as there would be no corners to fight in or own.... Hang on, have I just found the secret to world peace?

In fact the more I think of it, there are many tubes in the world, like tunnels, the ones trains and cars pass through and I'm fairly certain I've never heard any peeps describe them as boxes or that they'll be passing through a box. And if they are boxes, these tubes, why haven't us cats been advised. I mean, it is mandatory for cats to try all boxes, be they tubes or not. Maybe this is one of those big cover ups, like that TV series called the Y Files.


Whats that peep? X files you say? X as in unknown!

Hmm I think this is one for Miss Description, for sure, as seems pretty daft to me as X stands for so many things all of which are very well known. Like former, chromosomes, exchange, extra, ten, kisses, strike, exact spot. So why call the unknown X when Y says it all. purrs

Anyways, now Christmas is over I find it so very sad that so many really useful boxes just go to waste, cut up and burnt, crushed or just left to roam the streets. Worst still is the fact that some of these boxes get recycled into other boxes! I kid ye not, they take perfectly good boxes and shred them up and do all sorts of things then make them into more boxes. Why not make the boxes, of whatever shape, stronger and long lasting? Then they can be reused once us cats have finished with them, if we finish with them.

Anyways, I got my own personal new office at Christmas, a prize from our pal Brian at the Brian's Home blog, so I sent my old box off to be recycled. Not sure if I'll see it again, but if I do I'll be praying it will be a box of cream. purrs

Of course there are many other things that get left over at Christmas, spare wrapping paper and tape, spare cards and not least tons of food. Seems like everyone goes nuts and buys way too much of everything including nuts. Mouses!

Take here at the Palace for instance, your average Palace, nine bedrooms all en suite, well there is running water of some kind, but once we have funds I'll have the roof mended, for sure. purrs

Anyways, the Palace fridge before Christmas was full of things festive from Brussels sprouts and parsnip, to jelly, chips, cheese, and a salad in a bag. There was even a gigantic bowl of nuts, though I hasten to add that wasn't in the fridge, I do draw the line at peep's nuts in there, take up way too much room and always rolling off or falling through the shelving. Mouses!

Now all of this is traditional, peep says, even though I'm fairly certain none of the aforementioned ever appeared in the bible, especially sprouts, unless of course it was under the heading of things NOT to take on the Ark, but apparently this is what peep's parents had to celebrate Christmas with, so tradition became writ. Sadly, and I kid ye not, watching things go out of date is not traditional, and I have to watch things get thrown away, one by one, like the twelve post days of Christmas only this time where the true love empties the fridge of things that her peep bought and didn't use. Mouses!

The last to go however is the large bowl of nuts. There they will sit, smirking at us, relaxed, and safe in the knowledge that peep can't throw them away as they don't have a sell by date on them. So it remains to yours truly to disperse said nuts as best I can. This year I'm planning a sort of trebuchet catapult display, get the whole lot gone in one swoop. Now all I need is for peep to get that Neko fly within paws distance of the bowl and it will work, and an innocent accident will send the lot flying to the many corners of the great hall, safe in the knowledge that peep won't ever find them again.

Oh well, best get on and get this new year in hand. Time stops for no Princess and I can get one of my New Year resolutions sorted straight away, now where was that advert.......


****** Rustling of newspaper pages ******

Hmm.... Ah-ha! here it is, "The Squirrel Nutkin Cleaners. No cleaning job to big to crack; branches throughout your kingdom!" Looks like I just might not have to do any running around chasing nuts after all. I wonder if they do pre-emptive clearances of Brussels sprouts from fridges too? purrs


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 It's Sunday Selfie Time! 

We are joining the Sunday Selfies this week, hosted by the delightful Kitties Blue from The Cat on My Head Blog.

 This weeks selfie is of yours truly pondering if that was a mouse I spotted, or really just another leaf.....  

To see what all my pals have been up to, click the images/links below and Enjoy the Hop!




56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous selfie, Erin. I hope it was a mouse! Do you have an agreement with the Kraken? It seems she'd be competition for that type of prey. Or maybe feed her the leftovers so she leaves you the mice? I suppose you don't have any left over cream, right? That'd just be sad. Have fun with your Peep's nuts ;)

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    1. She, our Kraken, is mainly partial to deliverymen, though not the milkmen as she is lactose intolerant, says she likes the uniform, though I'd have thought it would have got caught in her teeth. MOL Anyways she isn't keen on greens so we have to try and re-home the Brussels each year to the needy who don't have a sense of taste! purrs ERin

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  2. I'm glad you like your new office Erin and your selfie is terrific!

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    1. Thanks Brian, I'm looking forwards to writing some good things in the office, well at least dreaming of them. purrs ERin

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  3. Oh those nuts! Lovely selfie Erin. That is a nice viewing station you have :)

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    1. We have spare nuts, if you want, and Brussels sprouts too! Any takers? Yes I get a good view of the Lowlands from that window, and can take quite a good leap should the mouse arise. purrs ERin

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  4. Aren't new places fun to investigate Erin??
    WE just love your lovely selfies!

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    1. Thank you, gardens do change year on year and season on season, but sadly this year things have become overgrown and drab, and the mice have deserted us. Come spring and the greenery things will be more fun. purrs ERin

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  5. Oh dear, smirking nuts are the WORST!!

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    1. Little blighters, for sure. Now if you have room for a few, or know of a nut rehoming charity, I'll be happy to post them on their way! purrs ERin

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  6. From Boxes to Nuts! Yous has totally covered everything that mes could even possibly thinks of (and more)! And your Selfie -- PAWSOME!!!
    Last time wes had nuts like that, Mommy tooked a hammer to them and put them out for the Squirrels.
    Mes LOVED watching them finish opening the nuts and taking them away!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. Hi Nellie, the idea of a hammer and feeding to the squirrels is brilliant. But around here even they seem to have disappeared off skiing for the winter season, so looks like I'm stuck with the nuts for a few months yet. purrs ERin

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  7. But is a box a cube? My mom said there was always a bowl of nuts at Christmas when she was little. We don't see that here. And Santa put nuts in her stocking!

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    1. Hmm not sure on that cube question, were the corners round? It did make me think on whether a round box could fit in a square hole, or vice versa? Nuts in the stockings sounds more like torture to me MOL. Have a great week. purrs ERin

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  8. You look wonderful as always Princess Erin. Imagine all the mouses and squirrels you could bait with those nuts.

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    1. Thank you, I was aiming for the action shot. purrs Ooh now that's a thought, all I need now is to teach peep to sit very still holding the nut! purrs ERin

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  9. NUTS, mew haven't had a squirrel invasion have mew Erin, not aftur that wildly exciting mouse adventure, and one can neffur have enough boxes!!! MOL Here's to oodles of cream niptini's, bags and bags of nip and a soft bed to sleep it off in! MOL Happy Sunday

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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    1. Sadly it seems to be a Nut sit in! No mice or squirrels left around this way, nothing to chase bar ambulances, and the Kraken is getting fed up of that too! Roll on spring and warmer days... or more nip and cream filled duty free bags after a long holiday in the sun! purrs ERin

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  10. I hope that was a mouse. They are in short supply around here lately and my mum tries to blame me for catching too many earlier in the year. As for nuts, I think she is the one who is nuts! She has them every day for breakfast with a slice of melon. Then Christmas she went and bought a huge bag of them, then decided she eats them every day so wants a change for the festive period. They are still sitting there untouched because she has decided to eat porridge for breakfast instead.They will probably still be there waiting for her until the warmer weather comes.

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    1. Oh no, seems like you have a nut surplus too! MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs had a great suggestion, below, we could use the nuts to have a friendly Nut Battle over the Ocean! Sort of like an ocean wide game of Battleship. What say ye, matey?
      purrs ERin

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    1. I shall try my best, and in fact MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs suggestion below may well the world solution to a global post Christmas Nut glut, and provide some fun to boot. MOUSES!
      Purrs ERin

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  12. Nuts are nuts! MOL We love your selfie in the window. We're hoping you saw a mousie.

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    1. Sadly no mousie, not even a whisker or a whiff! Times are hard, in fact I might have to resort to chasing a Brazil nut with a feather a pipe cleaner attached if it gets much worse. Mouses!
      Purrs ERin

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  13. We cant wait to see what you do with those nuts! Amarula says she has a slingshot you can borrow!

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    1. That is brilliant, thanks for the offer, Amarula, and following on from MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs comment below I think I might just be able to get an edge on the upcoming ocean Nut Battle. Mouses!
      Purrs ERin

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  14. Great selfie, Erin! We love how you've got a plan for those nuts. We would really enjoy seeing them go flying in a Neko Fly-induced launch skyward! :)

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    1. I shall see if peep can catch the moment in slow mo, it could look quite spectacular, if a mite messy and possibly destructive. Aww, what the heck, it would be fun! purrs ERin

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  15. We have a bowl of nuts in the dining room...your looks quite furmiliar, MOL! Hmmmwe could have a nut battle over the ocean! OMC!
    Your selfie is a pondering beauty! Maybe too, you were pondering/meditating upon boxes and their fate?

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    1. Ooh I like the sound of that, sort of Nut based version of the game of Battleships! I think maybe I need a bigger catapult. Mouses! Well in truth it was less the box and more the mouse, though if the mouse had been in the tube then it could have been a very interesting ponder! purrs Erin

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    2. Ooh...waht fun,a mouse n a tube!! And a kitty at each end...that mouse has a dilemma!

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  16. Those nuts could make for fun toys! Nice selfie, Erin...though it probably was a leaf that got your attention.

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    1. Hi guys. I have to admit you're right, it was a false alarm on the mouse front, but that leaf will never darken the Palace grounds again! MOL. ERin

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  17. ERin.....ya noe....ewe bringz up a veree good point bout boxez with de hole shape issue
    coz de food gurl waz seein em in everee shape N size ya can think of thiz yeer.....well, oh kay; knot like a box that tooked over de werld kinda size...but ewe noe ~~~~~~hope 2017 izza happee healthee yeer for ewe N yur peepulz ~ ♥♥♥♥♥

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    1. Thanks guys, it's one of those X or Y file things for sure. Maybe if that box that held the world was actually a tube, we could all slide out the other end?Anyways, have a happy healthy and haddock New Year! purrs ERin

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  18. Hi Erin! Sorry we're so late. I really like your selfie! I'm always a sucker for a kitty in a window and you always look so pretty. I want to believe that was a mouse you spotted.

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    1. Thanks, I does like a window seat, especially in the summer..... Me too, but alas as things worked out it was just a leaf, and a none mouse shaped leaf at that. More hallucinations I fear! I'm even checking the second hand columns in the newspapers just in case! purrs Erin

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  19. Oh we love your selfie pic, it is lovely to see you!!

    We love your Christmas story - we have had disasters and odd days and we end up with nuts too, although we think you are one up on us with Home Office from Brian tho'

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    1. Thank you, I does like a room with a view, especially if there is a mouse to be seen! You know I think Charles Dickens missed out on a good book opportunity when he didnt publish "The ghosts nuts of Christmas past and yet to come!" MOL
      Brian office suite is a delight though peep has already loaded the penthouse balcony area with junk!

      Purrs Erin

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  20. MOL..going nuts, huh? Well, at least it is something after the boxes..MOL :D Great that you have your own office now, Erin, it looks like it has your color too! Your Pondering Selfie is purrfect, you find out whatever it was, just be patient :D Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead :) <3

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    1. Would you believe it, but as soon as I move in, peep goes and puts loads of boxes on top.... talk about un regulated redevelopment. Mouses! PS No mice as yet, but I have spotted ten different types of leaf! purrs ERin

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  21. DID YOU REALLY SAY "CAT-APULT"? Pretty nifty idea with all those nuts around. Er...not your mama, that is, the REAL nuts.

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    1. Hehe, I sure did! I think it could catch on, especially in the squirrel community. Although peep said there were a few at work that would really like to catapult out too, but I suspect the squirrels wouldn't like them landing on them. Mouses!
      purrs ERin

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  22. Believe you me, I KNOW ALL ABOUT the recyclin' of boxes... MOUSES!!!

    But funny you should mention these tubes. And THE TUBE. Box cars came to mind. And box cars involve trains. And trains run through tubes. So... There be boxes in tubes after all! MOUSES!!!

    Purrs,
    Seville

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    1. Oh my yes, peep had forgotten about the box! Maybe we could send you an inflatable rolled up box, in a tube? Once you had filled it, you could deflate it and roll it up and send it back! purrs ERin

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  23. OMC We have a headaches Erin. All dat pawnderin' was just too much. think we need a nap. MOL You be lookin' just luvvly there in da window. Good luck with those nuts. big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Thanks guys, best offer we had on the nuts is to have a game of battleship with them. Failing that I can use them to fend off invaders and unwanted sales peeps! Have a blessed week, purrs and hugs. ERin

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  24. Love your selfie and those nuts make really great toys, don't they?

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. They would be fun, but peep kept treading on last years and they do rather smart on the old paws once they get broken. Still, if I could get them all into a trebuchet, we could fend off storming army with them! purrs ERin

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  25. Happy Mew Year, Your Majesty! We got some of them boxes at our house too. Lots of fun until they suddenly mysteriously and forever disappear. I think it's the Phantom Box Stealer. We also got (and still have) a bowl of nuts sitting on the kitchen counter. My pawrents are not much on nuts. In fact, I saw Mom smacking them nuts with a hammer and pitching them out the back door for the skeerls. Oh! Tell your Peep that one of the highlights of our holiday was enjoying tissue paper on the floor, along with a warm string of white lights. In fact, we still have the lights as The Wonderpurr Gang signed a petition to keep it after the holiday mishmash was sent packing back to the attic. Nothing like quiet meditation while warming self on a string of lights each night. Give it a try.

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    1. Ah, therein lies the rub. We don't have trees or lights here, nor tissue paper and the squirrels seem to have run away with the mice. Mouses! I do have a very warm new chair, courtesy of peep and peep has a new footstool. Purrfect meditation. MOL ERin PS if you want to add to your collection of nuts I can offer ours!

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    2. PPS Happy New Year to you and your peep too! purrs ERin

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  26. We love boxes over here, too! Just so much exploring to do - deep in the recesses of the boxes. And that's a very nice selfie! I hope it was a mouse.

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    1. Boxes are definitely the best,alas round here there aren't any mice left to put in the boxes, and nip mice just don't have the same chase factor! purrs Erin

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  27. We're not sure whether boxes should be tubes or round or just sat in... actually they should just be snoozed in whatever the size or shapes and mom says could you please pass the nuts... MOL.

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    1. MOL. With pleasure. We have Brazil, walnut and hazelnut or can send all three if you wish? Oh yes,snoozing in a box is excellent,snoozing in a hedge in a box probably is the best! purrs ERin

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