I thought I'd share a few more photos of the cats before I "go back" to Venice. I am still trying to get my photos and thoughts organized, and now that the Blog Everyday challenge is over, I'll have time to mess with my trip photos some more.
Here's Maria doing her impression of The Sphinx:
Cuddled up for a long winter's nap on a cold day. For the most part, they are getting along great. Occasionally LuLu has to remind Wild Child Maria who's boss, and she'll take her right paw and lightly bonk Maria on the top of her head. Maria gets this very indignant look on her face and then they have a staredown, and eventually Maria backs down. Only rarely do I hear any hissing and that's when Maria is really getting on LuLu's nerves. But LuLu has much better success keeping Maria under control than I do (when I say "no" to Maria, she thinks it means "do it again"!). Maria has calmed down some but she's still a little whirlwind. :)
When Maria isn't tearing up the house plants, stalking her toy mice, trying to make LuLu wrestle or play chase with her, searching the kitchen for food to steal, or sitting in the window chirping at the birds, she gets on the floor and rolls around. I call it Kitten Yoga.
LuLu is the world's most laid-back cat. It's so interesting how different their personalities are. LuLu has never met a stranger and is instantly friends with everyone, while Maria is little bit shy and skittish, and when someone new comes to the house, she runs away and hides under the bed. Eventually Maria will come out and make friends, but she's a bit wary at first. LuLu's favorite thing to do is to sit on someone's lap, usually mine but she's not picky - she loves everyone. Maria is much too busy to do much lap sitting but occasionally she does come get on my lap to sleep; I bet she'll do more cuddling as she grows up and calms down.
Sometimes Maria looks like a little gremlin. This is her sitting on the kitchen counter talking to me. I think she was telling me about the squirrel that keeps getting in the bird feeder. She is so talkative and her little voice is hilarious....she chirps and squeaks and squawks.LuLu is a very quiet cat by comparison although LuLu has this little trill she does everytime she walks into the room; it's her way of letting me know, "Here I Am."
When I adopted LuLu, I had two dogs, and LuLu loved those dogs so much and modeled some of her behavior on them. The dogs would always come to the door to greet me when I came home from work, so LuLu started doing it too. Then when the dogs went to the Rainbow Bridge, LuLu continued to greet me at the door everyday, and now she's taught Maria to do it too!
So when I pull up in the driveway, I look over and see two furry faces looking out the window at me and by the time I get to the door, both cats are standing there waiting for me to walk in. It's so sweet!
Here are a couple more from the Snow Day yesterday. I was in another room and heard Maria talking up a storm so I went in the kitchen and found her trying to climb up or over the window:
Here is what had her all riled up - two of them!