Now one of the best times of the year is definitely Catmas with its Catmas tree. I am sure it has been invented for cats specifically. It takes into account all our hunter instincts, ability to climb and chase, the skill of making stealth attacks and vanishing acts.
Let me explain to you what I love most about Catmas.
You guessed. The Catmas tree, of course. The ultimate decorated scratching post experience. For this I give the humans full points. A beautiful tree right in the middle of the living room is wonderful in itself for a feline explorer, but the fact that all sorts of toys are hung on the branches for us is almost too good to be true.
Mommy and Daddy used to have a real tree for a few years, and I did not quite enjoy it like I did enjoy the fake tree. The reason is obvious - the needles of the real tree pinch your paws. The fake three, on the other hand, is like a ladder - the branches spread out like there were several umbrellas on top of each other, and the green stuff is soft You just get to the lowest branch and then climb up nice and easy (and fast, if you have just been to the sand box and feel the fire in your hinies still).
The only bad point is the decorations make tingling noises, which alarms the humans to your whereabouts, but if you have already managed to climb high enough, and are safely near the tree trunk, and under the net of lights and strings of pearls, and a layer of easily breakable decorations, the humans have great difficulty in digging you out.
Quite often they revert to food in this case, to get the cat out of the tree, which is mission accomplished from the cat’s perspective, of course. (In time they have learned to place the yummies at the root of the tree to make the cat climb back down - or else a cat flies out of the tree like Batman, with decorations hanging around its neck in its hurry to reach the kitchen. And don’t tell me cats can’t climb down trees. They can manage a decorated scratching-post-ladder any day if the incentive is strong enough.)
In this family we have come to an agreement with our humans - usually we don’t climb up the tree as long as there are baubles hung just for us in the tree. These are placed in the lowest branches and are of plastic so they don’t break when we flip them out and play hockey with them. Of course the element of food comes into play too. If we haven’t been given enough munchies, we know how to use the Catmas tree to get the humans’ attention.
And as an additional bonus - what could be more fun than chasing noisy baubles through the house in the middle of the night? Or climbing up the Catmas tree just a little, to make the decorations make noise? It gets the humans out of bed at respectable hours, before sunrise,. Which is when we lead them to the kitchen to feed us, which is what life is about, isn’t it?
Now I have heard of this tendency to celebrate Catmas twice a year - in the summer too. I totally support the idea! I only ask you to consider the idea of making edible decorations…
This book travels with the King Tut - Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition on his world tour of ten cities from March 2018 onwards
Tutankhamun: In My Own Hieroglyphs tells the story, for older children, of the life and afterlife of the famous young pharaoh in his own words. Tutankhamun tells us about the trouble he got into as a child in Akhenaten's palace in the new city of Akhetaten, and how he became a boy pharaoh. As we learn, his life changed a lot when he died as a teenager, and long years of boredom started in his tomb with only his pet monkey Fingers and his treasure for company. He did meet some of the Egyptian gods, of course, and had fun scaring off tomb robbers, but it was mostly rather dull. Then one day, some new and strange people, including a Mr. Howard Carter, arrived and began to take all the treasures out of his royal tomb. Fortunately, through the eyes of his beautiful golden mask, Tutankhamun, could have fun again traveling around the world
An ancient friend of mine, Mr Mummific dictated a book about how he became a mummy - and I was his scribe and artist. The book is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
On my other website www.ancientagypt101.com he continues his stories about life in ancient Egypt.
Another hilarious adventure for children with Mr Mummific, the mummy with attitude. He now tells the story of his mishaps, misunderstandings and misadventures as he leaves his tomb through the False Door to embark on the complicated and dangerous journey to the Afterlife aboard the magnificent Ship of Millions.
Find the book at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
The first book in an epic fantasy series based on human mythology. The search for the mythical Watchers, the angels who fathered the Nephilim, the half-angels. A story that moves on three levels - our times, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt.
If you are looking for demanding coloring, check:
Online Coloring Books Magazine - No.1
It shows you step by step how to color this pretty Abyssinian cat with flowers. Each page has a color sample, and all the techniques are explained.