Miss Marble writes:
Does anyone want to come over for a mousie feast? Daddy just finished mowing the lawn with the new riding lawn mower, and there are all kinds of fat, juicy field mice running around! I just caught two really good ones. *licks lips* I was inside while Daddy was mowing, because Mommy wouldn't let me go outside then. I tried to tell her I wanted out, but it didn't work. I'm actually glad I wasn't out with the lawn mower, but I saw the mice jumping out of the way and wanted to chase them.
The raccoon with the bad eye (it's mostly blind in one eye) was also out in the yard hunting, but I think she was mostly interested in the salamanders. It was good hunting for both of us! The raccoon is one of the litter that's the same age as me, and this one is named R.K. (Raccoon Kitty) because she has learned how to behave like my sister and me! She curls up on the deck like us and reaches up to the door handle like us.
I sleep on the bed now when I'm inside. I love curling up on the cozy blanket, especially if Mama Freya is up there to snuggle with me. I also like attacking Mommy's feet under the blanket, but I have to remember to use soft paws (claws in), otherwise she tells me I'm hurting her and snaps her fingers. If she does that, I run away and come back once she is quiet again.
Yummy mice! It was scary watching the daddy on the loud monster, but fun watching the mice scurry away from it. I'm hunting, too, but staying back from the mown parts of the yard for a while. I don't want to have that monster come and get me, too, even though no one's riding it now. It's just sitting quietly by itself, so I think it's alright. That's what the one next door does, and it's safe when no one's on it.
I've invented a new game! I play it with the mommy! She sticks her hand out the sliding window-door, and that's my cue to slink along the wall. I get almost to her hand, then crouch down and reach my right paw up to tag her fingers. I sniff them, then touch them again! I'm very brave! I even let her touch my ear when I'm eating sometimes, and other times just let her have her hand out toward me while I'm eating close by the door. My sister wants to know why I don't just come inside again and let the mommy and the daddy pet me, but I'm not that brave yet. I've seen how much everyone else enjoys that, but I'm not ready for that yet. I do enjoy my game with the hand, though!