Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Disney Animation Redux

So the other day, I asked Bailey if he knew what the Disney Classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Wind in the Willows, Jungle Book, Aristocats, and Robin Hood had in common. He had no idea, which kinda makes sense, since the only Disney movie he has ever been interested in enough to watch was Finding Nemo. (Couldn't even get him to sit through Little Mermaid)

Well, the answer is, easily enough, identical animation scenes. Snow White=Maid Marion=Duchess in the same way Baloo=Little John, Kaa=Sir Hiss, and the monkeys=the weasles, etc. Don't know what the heck I am talking about? Don't believe me? Don't care? Of course you care, so I have included a 3 1/2 minute video clip that explains it all below.

(This clip has existed for a number of years, and this version includes a French rendition of a Snow White song... and since Aristocats takes place in France, this clip seems appropriate from this cat themed blog, right...?
Just go with it)

Disney Animation Redux video (3:29)

So, could you identify these movies: 
  • Snow White, 
  • Wind in the Willows, 
  • Jungle Book, 
  • Aristocats, 
  • Robin Hood
How about these movies:
  • Sword in the Stone, 
  • 101 Dalmatians, 
  • Sleeping Beauty,
  • Beauty & the Beast?
If you couldn't, no worries, Bailey couldn't either. Actually, he couldn't care less.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cats, The Musical

Tonight we're off to see Cats.  It has been 25 years since I last saw it and I am really looking forward to seeing it again.  Mike has never seen it. 

We decided to make this show extra special.  We will be having dinner at the theatre beforehand, and we got tickets much closer than we usually do (Orchestra J, seats 1 and 2; our usual seats are twice as far away) to make this an evening to celebrate Kira's life.

I have decided that Simba was part Mr Mistoffelees (amazingly talented) and part Skimbleshanks (kept our house on schedule).  His personality was so big, he embodied two characters.  He might also embody Growltiger (adventurer), but since Growltiger fights the Siamese that may be a conflict for Simba.

Bailey and Sidney are definitely Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer (stealth, trouble-making duo).  They get into trouble night and day.  Bailey gets blamed for most things, but I think Sidney is equally guilty--he is just smart enough to play innocent.

Even though she isn't really one of our cats, 
  • FluffySox reminds me of the Old Gumbie Cat, Jennyanydots (neighborhood caretaker).
Other neighborhood cats, if they were in Cats, would include 
  • SuperFluff as Bustopher Jones (cat-about-town), 
  • 50/50 as The Rum Tum Tugger (the sexy tom cat), 
  • BrilloCat as Gus (aging, with stories to tell), 
  • and Felix as Macavity (mysterious cat burglar).
I expect the conclusion with Grizabella will remind me of Kira, so I am bringing tissue.  Kira worked hard at maintaining her dignity and glamour up to the end.  She was a little boney and thin at the end, but she was always a loving, beautiful girl. 
Tonight's show is in her "Memory".

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bailey Is Four

Today is Bailey's Fourth Birthday
Happy Birthday Bailey!!!

Happy Simba Day!!

Today is the day to remember my awesome Simba.  It was four years ago on this day when I said goodbye to him.  Here is one of my favorite pictures of him
And here is a picture of Sidney two days ago.  Hmm...

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Other Grey Girl

Shortly after we moved to Portland, we met Dan and John, and they quickly became our valued friends.  Let me be clear here...  Dan and John are very nice, but their dogs, Digby and Rupert had all the personality!  ;-) 

At the time, we just had Kira and Bailey...  sweet grey girl, Kira and hyper young boy, Bailey.  Dan and John were always out and about with the dogs, Digby and Rupert...  sweet grey girl, Digby and hyper young boy, Rupert. (I have to admit, I was extremely jealous that Digby and Rupert socialized so well--- and we had cats)

Other than species, this pair of dogs was so similar to our pair of cats, that I adored them immediately. Both girls were "little" old ladies who were battling old age and both boys were young and fearless.

We were informed this morning that Digby had passed on last night.  We knew she wasn't doing well, but it still makes Mike and me sad to know she is gone. We will miss her, too.
So here's to Digby...and tell Kira we miss her.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thank You, Mr FluffySox

It has been more than two weeks since Kira passed, and I have to admit, my enthusiasm for posting here on the BaileyBlog has been somewhat lacking. The Boys are in the prime of their lives, and while they love us immensely, they are pretty self-sufficient-- I am definitely missing the daily grind/responsibility of meeting Kira's needs.

The same afternoon Kira left (a beautifully sunny day), I got home to find FluffySox on our front steps sunning himself. He hasn't been around much since the week of his captivity in December, but as the weather has improved we have seen him more often. It was really nice to see him on this particular afternoon, as this home certainly benefits from a feline trinity.

Silly Bailey, made no secret that he enjoyed the full access upstairs that had been denied to both Boys, for Kira's benefit.  While Sidney has been enjoying upstairs more fully by utilizing the entire space, Bailey made his appreciation evident by moving in to Kira's empty bed the very first day it was available.

So, in the end I return to my appreciation of having FluffySox "on our porch".  He is not ours, but I feel strongly that he feels comfortable with us, as he has been spotted in all areas of our yard, front/back/side, sleeping or lounging as if it were his own home.  Despite being an independent soul, he does provide a sense of comfort in the midst of our loss...