Friday, February 12, 2016

Guiness and Norma

Norma the Cat, Guiness the Cat, The Guiness Blog by Guiness the Cat
Norma the Hula Dancer and Guiness the Cat

Editor's Note:

This is Huckleberry the Kitten, the new editor of The Guiness Blog. I've been digging through the Bubblews Archives Box and found this today. It's something my mama wrote on Bubblews when she first started writing there. I knew I had an older sister, but I didn't know she was a hula dancer. I'm learning a lot from this editing business.

Sincerely, Huckleberry the Kitten


Adapted from a post originally published on Bubblews August 28, 2013. Photo and content (c) Debbi Craton

When my niece's family outgrew their condo and put it up for sale, she called and asked if their cats could stay in our basement while they cleaned their basement up to show the house.

The cats came. They never left anything but the basement.

I hadn't had cats in years, and these were the first strictly indoor cats I'd had. I quickly fell in love with them. Coincidentally, two of my favorite cats from when I was a kid were a black and a tabby. If I was going to go out tomorrow and pick another on looks alone, it would be a black or a tabby.

I lost Norma to cancer almost five years ago, and I still miss her. I've got hundreds of photos that I periodically go back through and look at, so I'll probably share some more in the future.

One good thing about tabbies and solid black cats is there are so many of them who look like my cats. What's really unusual, though, is to find someone with twins of both my cats. I've found a few, but I'd love to see more. If you have a pair of cats that look like Guiness and Norma, I'd love it if you'd post a picture and tag me.

This photo is of Norma having one of her recurring dreams of being a hula dancer, and Guiness, who is totally unimpressed, that I originally posted in a blog post about another pair of Guiness and Norma look-alikes.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Introducing Huckleberry the Kitten, New Editor of the Guiness Blog

Huckleberry the Kitten, Huckleberry the Cat

Hello, my name is Huckleberry the Kitten. Some of you may know me as the Heir Apparent to Guiness the Cat. When I came to be Debbi's kitty, I inherited the couch, chair, bed, litter box, Debbi's clothes, some cat food, and lots of leftover Guiness hair, which comes in very handy because I just don't have the volume to shed that Guiness did.

As some of you know, my mama has this thing about cats who claim to be famous writers but can't spell or scratch out a grammatically correct sentence. It's been very frustrating for me because she made me wait until I had enough kitty homeschool to pass a composition exam before she would let me write more than the occasional Facebook comment.

Mama has finally decided I'm ready to start my own blog, so I'll be revealing that as soon as it's live. In the meantime, she said that editing The Guiness Blog will be good experience for me.

When Guiness the Cat passed away, he left some unpublished manuscripts and lots and lots of cute kitty pictures. He also left a wealth of material left homeless by the demise of Bubblews, as well as some good stuff on Persona Paper, which will soon close. Mama has given me the job of editing and archiving all that good stuff on the Guiness Blog.

I'm very excited about all this. Not only do I get to learn from the Master Kitty Blogger, I get to do all the explaining about all the behind the scenes stuff.

I also get administrative privileges to The Guiness Blog by Guiness the Cat Facebook page. That's going to be fun. I've been having tons of fun on my own page, Huckleberry the Cat, Kitty Blogger. If you haven't liked our pages yet, be sure to do that so you'll know what's going on at our blogs.

I need to go take a nap now so I can get to work on The Guiness Blog as soon as I finish my homework. So much responsibility for a growing kitty!

Sincerely, Huckleberry the Kitten, Editor and Kitty Blogger