You know... even a cat like me has to have a hobby or two. Something to keep the mind occupied and the paws out of mischief. A little something to bring pleasure into my life in a constructive sort of way.
Of course, I have my blog. But Nerissa's Life isn't a hobby. No, it's my career. And I have my peeps who seem to need constant tending but that's... well... that's just family business. Then there are my fur sibs and my aunties and my dad but again... that's just more family stuff. Napping and the accepting of tummy rubs and whatnot constitute an important part of my daily life but I wouldn't call those hobbies. They're more like just things we cats do like breathing and eating and whatever else comes naturally. I do have a lot of supervisory responsibilities around the house and garden but again, those aren't hobbies. I'm not quite sure what I'd call those things. Just stuff I have to do, I suppose.
So, I was thinking to myself about this hobby business. I've noticed some cats on the Internet have starting painting and things. That could be kind of fun. I bet I could be good at that. Really, I do. But then... I don't have any paint. That could be a problem.
Then one day, I overheard some peeps on a television show talking about bird watching. They seemed to think that this was a hobby. I'm pretty sure that's what I do when I watch Bird TV. That's not a hobby. That's just entertainment! Hmmm....
The first peep is going to be starting her weekly caterwauling practises again in a few days. I could possibly join this group of caterwaulers. I'm already a cat so... all I would need to learn is the... er... waulering part. Right? Then I thought to myself, "No, caterwauling is the peep's domain and nobody - and when I say nobody I mean NOBODY - caterwauls like my peep!" I wouldn't want to infringe upon her territory or anything. Might make her jealous.
But that's when I realised... I ALREADY HAVE A HOBBY! Yes, I've had one for quite some time, in fact. I am a collector of pens. I have quite an extensive collection, you know. I keep it under the refrigerator. Shhh... that's a secret. Wouldn't want the peep to go on one of those cleaning frenzy thingies and clean out my collection. Nor would I want a thief to come in and steal my collection. I'm sure it's very valuable. After all, I've been collecting pens for years now. I'm pretty sure I have some vintage late 90's disposable editions. I know I pushed some under there a few years back.
And from where do I obtain my pens, you ask? That's a very good question for which I have a very good answer. I find them! Quite often I'll find a pen on a counter top or sometimes the kitchen table. The coffee table in the family room has proven to be an excellent source. I can usually count on obtaining a pen from there on a weekly basis. I know there are pens in the peep's purse but that thing is a black hole of sorts. Things go in there never to be found again. Wouldn't want to endanger my paws, or anything. I need them for stuff like typing up my blog and whatnot. Occasionally, the peep will take a pen out of that black hole purse of hers (which actually, isn't black... hmmm... odd) and that's when I strike. I wait for my moment when she ever so carelessly leaves the aforementioned pen lying about somewhere. Then with lightening fast paws, I grab that pen and roll it into the kitchen and tuck it safely under the refrigerator, adding it to my collection.
Oddly enough, my supply seems to never run dry. There's always a pen to be found. I believe the peeps bring them into the house every now and then after time spent shopping. I say, you keep bringing them and I'll keep on collecting 'em. Just don't tell anyone where I keep it, okay? Remember, it's a secret. Shhhh....
Oh Dog! June Buggie has has a collection under the refrigerator too, but I don't think it's just of pens.ReplyDelete
Oh Nerissa we thought it was just us that had a collecting hobby. Our is the tops of milk containers and we use them to keep Mum mind and body active - she's getting quite good at finding them under the bed or the sofa - we put them there lots of times to keep her on her toes (or should we say tummy) while trying to squint underneath for them.ReplyDelete
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
I like to collect clothes pegs. Mummy gives them to me to play with and then I like to push them under the sofa (and sometimes refrigerator)to hide them from her.ReplyDelete
Don't worry - we won't give up your secret. we don't get pens - mom keeps them in a container ON the fridge. drats....but we have been known to hide cat toys behind the fridge....ReplyDelete
Oh my, we have the same hobby and I keep mine under the fridge too. I think it keeps them fresh don't you ;)xxReplyDelete
Your secret is safe with me mate,SpeedyReplyDelete
if your hobby makes you happy then it is perfect.ReplyDelete
That's a pretty cool hobby, Nerissa! My hobby is hunting crickets - and I am pretty good at it!ReplyDelete
BTW, thanks so much for sharing Dot's video - I think she is an awesome kitty and I'm so happy there is somewhere like Tabby's Place that can keep her safe and maybe even find a home for her!
That's a great hobby! yeah, pen's keep appearing around here all the time. But Star has her eyes on only one pen... One of these days, I'm afraid she's going to get it and then we'll never be able to take another message from the phone next to the bed again!ReplyDelete
My Pen collection is gone, defunct, no longer exists...sigh...me too used to steal pens and hide them under Mommy's dresser. It was a great spot. But alas, Daddy moved it when he dropped his watch behind the dresser and found themReplyDelete
Good choice of hobby Nerissa! I tried pens, rubber bands, paper clips but my peeps always found my hidey holes and put an end to my collections. I'd use your idea of under the refrigerator but it seems my peep already USES that spot for her obviously secret collection of dust bunnies! We have a deal - I won't tell on HER if she won't tell on me!ReplyDelete
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
We sure won't tell but you sure brought a smile to my Mom's face today! My Grandpa Bobo was a pen collector from way back! He would scale the tallest dressers in his quest for pens! Mom had forgotten about it til you reminded her. I never witnessed him do it cause I wasn't born yet but I will take her word for it. I may have to start that hobby too Nerissa! Love, CodyReplyDelete
Years ago my mom had a couple kittehs who collected the plastic rings from milk bottles. They would carry them in their mouths and eventually the rings would end up under the couch. One time Mom's friend had her kids over, and they found the stash of milk rings and dragged them all out. Mom said the pile was embarrassingly high. But when I came along Mom threw the rings away instead of giving them to the kittehs cuz...ahem...I chewed them to pieces and she was afraid I'd...ya know...croak!ReplyDelete
My career is, of course, being mews to my writer mom. However, my hobby is toad hunting in my yard. I loves how they hop. I think it takes finesse to wrangle them toads into a corner without Mom seeing what I'm up to, cuz the moment she sees one of us kittehs has a toad...she takes it. Yep! Steals it right out of our paws. We never eats the things, just like to paw it around and make it squirt! MOL!
Another fine blog post, Niss! Yay!
Your pens are safe. We'll never disclose their location.ReplyDelete
; ) Katie
Its great to keep good battable stuff in hidden places.ReplyDelete
We have a very diverse collection under our refrigerator.. we'll try and add pens to it also now to keep up with your hobby.. hugs and purrs :)ReplyDelete
Pen collecting is a fine art and a great hobby!Well done you!!! Take careReplyDelete
Maxwell: *intrigued look* OOOH a new hobby for me to try out! SCORE!ReplyDelete
I have been collected fountain pens for 7 years, and I always would like to find some stuff which can improve my knowledge and skill of collecting.ReplyDelete