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Blog: Living Cheap in Kansas

The Girls from Japan

Thursday, June 10, 2010

We have two cats.  Actually they belong to my middle daughter (Marisa) who currently lives in England with her husband Chris (who is in the Navy) and their two daughters.  Their two cats, Momma Kitty and Tiki, live with us.

These are well traveled cats, both returning with Chris & Marisa when they moved back to the States from Japan a little over four years ago.  MK is a Japanese Bobtail and Tiki is just an average Domestic Shorthair.  Both were adopted in Japan and then spent three years in Nevada before coming to Kansas.  Chris & Marisa send me $35 a month for "cat support".

Although I've always been a "cat person", I was hesitant to take on pets - having been happily petless for several years.

We've had the "girls" since last summer.  They seem to be happy - living in a quiet house and being able to go outside when the weather is nice.  We have a fenced backyard - not that it keeps them in - but they love the bushes, grass and birds.  MK particularly likes sleeping in the deck chairs in the sunshine.  Tiki is the traveler.  She actually likes to snooze on the neighbor's deck.  Our neighbor has a cat which looks almost exactly like Tiki and their little girl (age 3) has a hard time understanding how their kitty can be inside and outside at the same time.

Both cats have some idiosyncrasies however.  Momma Kitty likes to carry socks around.  Since my husband isn't particularly good about putting his dirty socks in the hamper, he gets to retrieve them from the living room, the basement and generally all over the house - haven't found any outside yet.  Tiki is our alarm clock.  We tell her what time we want to get up and she hops into bed a few minutes before and starts meowing and poking us with her cold nose.  Works every time...

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AnnieM (Contact)
Olathe, Kansas USA
About Me:

I've been a cheapskate just about all my life. In doing so I've learned to do just about everything. I can sew, paint, hang wallpaper, install tile and flooring, pull and replace toilets, sinks, garbage disposals and faucets. Remove and replace ceiling fixtures and fans, replace outlets and switches, I've installed windows (both on houses and on computers!), I can rehab almost anything from furniture (repair, reupholster and refinish) to computers (I built my husband a good laptop using three broken ones that I got for free)! I've taken cheap to a whole new level!

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