Writing Outtakes Episode 2 Crazy Cat Lady


Writing Outtakes Episode 2 Crazy Cat Lady

My girl has done it again. Another video with the cats and featuring her doll as a crazy cat lady.

Ali meets her friend she hasn’t seen for some time. Featured book: Honoring the Cats in My Life Where to buy: https://books2read.com/u/md66wW Copyright © 2022 by Ali Noel Vyain. If you like this video, feel free to subscribe to her YouTube channel to get updates for upcoming episodes. For more information check out: https://alinoelvyain.wordpress.com

The Royal Hunt


photo by Clarabelle Fields

Summer is the height of his highness’s annual hunting season, during which he goes on many thrilling and exciting expeditions around the house. Valiant and brave, every year Emperor Julius adds more insects and creepy-crawlies to his victory count. And usually it is a good year, giving him many stories that he can brag about by the fireplace come winter. 

His highness has honed his hunting skills over the years, learning when exactly to leap at the glass windows. He knows how to tear down blinds at just the right moment, how to swat at dust bunnies with elegance, and how to stare into space at night in just the right way to scare the humans when they’re home alone. 

His tastes have also evolved with time and experience. He now knows not to bother with most bugs, saving his energy for the juiciest and best. Dog can take care of the boring, plebeian daily fare…pill bugs, june bugs, house flies, the average spider just trying to mind its own business in a quiet corner. Ticks and mosquitoes are the humans’ department. The truly dangerous ones — wasps, though they buzz so delightfully — the humans can deal with too. 

His highness saves his razor-sharp claws for just the right catch: the challenge, the speed, the temptation of none other than the fruit fly. 

Stealthy and quiet, this adversary poses a delightful challenge. He has to stay on his toes, all four paws at the ready. Sight and precision is essential here, all the more so in dim evening light. He must leap, track, and wait, eyes dilated to their full murderous potential. Humans and Dog watch him in awe, amazed by his predatory dance. How he leaps! How he bounds! The fruit fly is just within his royal reach! 

Sometimes the blinds come with him. Sometimes the curtain. Sometimes mementos on the mantle. But thankfully his Highness always walks away unscathed, ready to hunt another day. 

As he curls up in his window-bed, he sharpens his claws and dreams of the next time. One day, the fruit fly will be his. Until then, he naps. 

An unexpected change


photo by Clarabelle Fields

Happy July, dearest subjects. 

We are now halfway through the year, and your royal Highness thought he was getting a lucky break this past month. It has now been sixteen months that your feline leader has had to cohabitate with Dog. Although relations with the slap-happy Dog have improved in recent months, the imperial jester and man-at-arms still can prove to be quite a nuisance in his highness’s imperial  schedule. 

Except for brief hours of reprieve during things called “walks”—the mere mention of which makes Dog froth at the mouth—the canine has remained a near-constant companion for Emperor Julius for all these many months. And while his highness has made the best of it, Dog never fails to annoy after long enough. 

But last month, something changed. Dog went away in the car. Dog often goes away in the car, but he almost always returns before his highness can even get a good nap in. Dog was gone for a long time. It seemed as if he might not return. His highness was hopeful, but he knew he had been tricked in this way before. For two days and one night, he reigned supreme and alone, just as he used to.

When Dog returned, he was different. He didn’t annoy the emperor or chase him or try to sniff his tail. He was tired, and he smelled of The Place of Troubles—the vet whose name shall be unspoken. His highness had never seen this side of Dog. So quiet, so tired, in need of comfort. Dog slept for three days, and his Highness found his heart moved. He slept next to Dog, keeping him company. Emperor Julius knows well the Place of Troubles, and he felt for Dog. 

After those three days, he found he felt different about Dog. He no longer was repulsed by Dog’s smell or belongings. In fact, he began to find some comfort in Dog. He now counts Dog’s bed among one of his own.

Dog is feeling better now, and is on the road to being his annoying self again. But Emperor Julius will never see him the same way again, and now they have more to share. 

Writing Outtakes Episode 1 The Beginning


Writing Outtakes

My girl has been busy learning how to do short films. This is the result. The first episode of her series entitled Writing Outtakes. It features one of her books per episode and of course several cats. Oh, and it includes herself and a friend of hers and a few others who show up from time to time. I know I’m excited to see how it will turn out. I do know that I will appear in the series at least once. Perhaps more.

Details on the first episode:

How Ali & her four cats get to Fairy Tale Heights.

Featured book: Scientist in Training Gone Mad

Where to buy: https://books2read.com/u/3RLLwR

Copyright © 2022 by Ali Noel Vyain.

If you like this video, feel free to subscribe to my girl’s YouTube channel to get updates for upcoming episodes.

For more information check out: https://alinoelvyain.wordpress.com

Summer at Casa Julius


photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash (NOT a photo of Emperor Julius)

It has been several moons since our dear readers have received a missive from his royal highness Julius. Seasons are once again changing at Casa Julius, and his Highness has completed his transition from his winter to summer quarters yet again — an arduous annual journey from his blanketed chair by the living room fireplace to his blanketed window basket in the summer sun.

So far, this summer has been a quiet one at Casa Julius. There have been no sightings of coyotes in the nearby woods, and the turf wars of last summer with the neighboring cat-kings has yet to resurface. Perhaps that is the influence of Dog, his Highness’ live-in court jester and man-at-arms. What there have been are plenty of birds, and snakes, and frogs, and little insects that scurry around in the garden outside. His Highness has taken to watching their motions throughout the day as his royal entertainment. It is great fun for him to watch inferior creatures travailing in the summer weeds, while he is content and comfortable inside his air-conditioned palace.

Sometimes the sorry little creatures find their way into the house, and his Highness will dispose of these intruders himself, personally. Hunting them is like sport for him — the more dangerous ones, of course, are handled by his soldiers without him even having to lift a paw. But the insects that present no real danger, only fun, definitely are the sport of the emperor. He has taken a great liking to hunting them in the evenings. There is nothing better than engaging in a riveting indoor hunt followed up by a tongue-bath and a little sip of milk. It is not becoming, of course, for an emperor to eat what he has hunted. (Such is the habit of the peasantry.) But his man-at-arms is happy to accept whatever his Highness presents. Another benefit of having a dog in the house — Julius now has a live-in vacuum cleaner as well.

From his summer basket, His Highness sends his regards. He hopes that his followers are having a pleasant opening to summer just as he is.

Top 5 YouTube Cats: Garden Edition


photo by Marnhe du Plooy on Unsplash

April showers have definitely brought May flowers to casa Julius this year, dearest readers — a world that was swept with winter and bitter cold just weeks ago has suddenly begun to transform into a realm of green.

Every spring season, the emperor dutifully supervises from the top of his seven foot cat tree as his imperial gardener works her magic in the soil and transforms his winter view into a luxurious summer one. Soon, Julius’ sights will be full of beautiful displays of blooming trees, budding flowers, and singing birds. (The birds are probably the most important feature.)

Being an indoor emperor, Julius himself does not get his paws dirty with gardening. However, at casa Julius we do have admiration for the intrepid cats who take matters into their own paws and get to work shaping their gardens into personal havens complete with endless napping spots, plenty of hunting opportunities, countless snacks, and, perhaps best of all, unlimited litterbox access!

This month, readers, we hope you enjoy our list of our favorite YouTube cats in the garden!

#5. Gardening around a cat…

If you ask me, it sounds from the title that this human isn’t appreciative of the important assistance their feline sage is trying to offer. It’s vital that everything is checked and approved by the cat before it goes into the ground. There is so much to do — testing soil quality, eating weeds, and more. Silly human!

#4. Cookie Cat and Honey Cat

These two are taking matters into their own paws — the best kind of landscapers and gardeners that you could possibly hire. You won’t have to worry about weeds or too-tall grass anymore with these two around.

#3. Energetic Cat Helps Out with Gardening

No, human, you must have my assistance! Faster than lightning, this cat immediately knows where he’s needed. Sensing his human’s incompetence, he wisely decides to rush in and save the day by offering his gardening guidance and expertise. This will probably be the best garden of the year!

#2. Cat’s Day in the Garden

To call this a mini movie doesn’t honestly do the video justice. With beautifully edited footage, gorgeous scenery, and adorable actors to boot, this movie will offer great inspiration when it comes to designing and creating a perfect garden for your feline royalty. Endless opportunities for rewatching, both for relaxation and inspiration. And this channel offers even more gorgeous cat/garden goodness if you want to see more.

#1. Oscar the Garden Cat

Finishing off our list is none other than the courageous, all-knowing, all-doing Oscar the Garden Cat. Oscar is a bonafide gardening expert — if your cat would like a blueprint for how to become the best garden helper there is, Oscar is definitely a must-watch. I have no doubts that any plant he touches grows wonderfully, blessed by wise Oscar’s whiskers! And if you couldn’t get enough of Oscar the first time, don’t worry. There’s a part two!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are completely my own. Neither I nor anyone at Sir Socks Le Chat has any association, affiliation, or other such relationship with any of the YouTubers/YouTube channels listed in this article.

Kittens


graphic by Ali Noel Vyain

Can be quite annoying until they grow up. Can be too playful. I had to raise one and he adored me from the start. I couldn’t stand him at first. He wanted to play all the time. Yet, I know I was a kitten once. I did play then too. But I don’t think I was ever as bad as Spot was. I’m just not silly enough to have been like that.

Kittens have so much to learn. I know I learned a lot as a kitten. I also taught Spot how to be a good cat. He learned from me and he also picked up some weird behaviors from my girl too. If it weren’t for me, there’s not telling how different Spot would have turned out.

I do know kittens are necessary or else cats would disappear. So, fine have a few kittens, but don’t bother me with them.

Cat Quotes 4:04


By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer. —Colette

Of course we are richer with love and affection from a cat. A cat’s blessing and approval are worth gaining as real riches. Who could say no to that?

Intelligence in the cat is underrated. —Louis Wain

Perhaps it’s because humans tend to underrate those who are quiet and thoughtful. Cats don’t feel the need to demonstrate their intelligence. They aren’t looking for approval from anyone. They know they can just be and that is everything to them.

Top 5 YouTube Cats: April Fool’s Funny Edition


photo by Biel Morro on Unsplash

Welcome back again, dear readers, to another installment of my and Julius’ YouTube favorites. Today we are taking advantage of the propitious date of this post to bring you some extra special funny YouTube offerings. There is no more appropriate day for unexpectedly funny cat videos than April Fool’s — for cats, with all their regal drama, every day can be April Fool’s day, a perfect opportunity for hysterics, antics, troublemaking, and, most importantly, good, funny surprises.

Internet April Fool’s jokes can range in tone from terrifyingly lean to annoyingly harmless, but you don’t have to fear any mean jokes here– it’ll just be good, straightforward feline hilarities ahead!

#5. Reverse Card

We all love our cats here at Sir Socks Le Chat, but the near-ubiquitous feline habit of cutting into their human’s early morning beauty sleep can be undeniably annoying more often than not. April Fool’s is the perfect day to consider planning a prank that will turn the tables — perhaps Kitty never appreciated what being woken up at 4am is like?

#4. There can only be two of us

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction — I don’t know how I would react if someone brought home a doppelganger of me, but this cat handles it remarkable well. Hopefully it isn’t having existential nightmares later.

#3. Behind you

You never know where surprises are going to come from! You have to keep your eyes wide open at all times — and look out behind you too!

#2. Off-season surprises

It might not be Christmastime anymore, but pranks (intentional or unintentional) can happen at any time of the year. If I were this cat, I would have been startled too — pretty terrifying home decor! Skip to 0:45 to see the big event if you’re short on time.

#1. The infamous Lucifur

To round out our April Fool’s list, there’s nothing better than the best-timed sneak attack…who better to know this than feuding feline brothers? This video is worth watching all the way through. The coup de grâce is everything!

Until next time, let us know what you’re doing for April Fool’s in the comments below. Have fun!

Top 5 YouTube Cats: Spring Edition


photo by Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash

Happy March, dear readers!

It is starting to feel like springtime at casa Julius, with a warm buzz in the air and blue skies and little delicious flower buds sprouting from the soil. (Sadly, Julius’ primary human has yet to give in and grow a catnip plant in the garden — maybe next year. The petition continues.) Despite the lack of royal catnip, His Highness always manages to enjoy the spring. Long hours sunning himself in open windows, breathing in fresh air, watching birds…spring is a special time for kitty-cats!

While Julius watches birds and smells the flowers this season, what are other springtime cats doing? Here’s our list of 5 YouTube cats to watch when we want to feel the spring spirit and enjoy the warming air like Julius is!

#5.

Cats seem have impeccable taste when it comes to finding the perfect flower to delicately sniff…and perhaps do a little more to. In this video, we see two feline flower connoisseurs carefully smelling and sampling the latest that spring has to offer. Nothing is cuter than watching those little noses inspecting the latest offering.

(Be safe, obviously, and don’t leave your pets unattended with plants. Many flowers are toxic to cats.)

#4.

Cat video lovers will probably be familiar with this channel (walter santi), which is bursting full of videos showing the little cat haven the creator has made for so many adorable and wonderful kitties. Here, we get to see the walter santi crew enjoying themselves in their best feline fashion in the warm sun — playful, happy, and carefree.

#3.

What list would be complete without an appearance from our favorite, Butters the Bean? Some cat connoisseurs specialize in flower-tasting, others prefer to sample spring in other ways, such as modeling. Here we see the handsome Butters showing off some high spring fashion. Who doesn’t look good in a flower crown?

#2.

Some cats really want to share the love of spring — and love in general — with others. Some secret admirers might be off-putting or worrisome, but I can’t think of a better one than a sweet-hearted, generous cat.

#1.

As beautiful as spring might be, sometimes we might not be entirely in the springtime spirit yet. This final video is a lighthearted note to end on for those of us who might not be entirely pumped about the arrival of spring. Sometimes we just need six more weeks of hibernation and staying warm and cozy inside!

Regardless of whether you are welcoming spring or still settled in winter, Emperor Julius sends his good wishes and hopes all of you stay warm and well. Talk to you next time!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are completely my own. Neither I nor anyone at Sir Socks Le Chat has any association, affiliation, or other such relationship with any of the YouTubers/YouTube channels listed in this article.

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