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Scratch in the Pot by billyboy

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1503 views, 93 faves, 20 features – May 2013


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OK, so I know I haven’t posted anything in absolute yonks. And I’ve been thinking’ about doing all kinds of stuff to get inspired like maybe taking a mere 15 minute drive to one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe… or going out in the back yard and exploding a watermelon before my wife tells me we need to clean up the patio furniture for the BBQ season…

But as either of those options would involve a shitload more energy than I’ve actually got at the mo, I decided instead to pour myself a Delirium , rip open a bag of vegetable chips (with SEA salt natch!), look through my B&W negs… and I fell upon this one of our Scratch. Taken about 15 years ago on Ilford 400 ISO film on my EOS-100 SLR… it got me thinkin’ about the little guy and how he’s amazingly put up with my incessant teasing and name-calling throughout his life. And I started wondering about just what we are actually gonna do when he’s no longer with us?
There has never been a cat who’s had that much power my soul… who can melt me right down through the floor boards by just looking at him staring at me and telling ME how stoopid I look.
So with this poor excuse for an inspired image, I’m simply taking a moment to tell you all how much I love him and how much he’s needed in my life.

Now please excuse me while I go cry my eyes out. And pop open another beer :-))

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    This kitty is drivin’ you to alcoholism lol – contact your local AA before you’re too far gone.
    If you think .. I’ll post a warning in Cat’s Pajamas – where I hope to find him in a jiff
    lololol you are crazy and that’s a compliment ☺

  • Yes Kira, coming from you… this definitely IS a compliment :-)
    And yes I’m gonna go and dress Scratch in his Cat’s PJ’s as a very first item on our agenda tonite (hic!)… and btw, did I eva tell you how cool your new avatar is??
    Hugz for the compliment … and the fave (burrrp!!)
    Sorry Keera, thaz jus’ da beer tawkin’ :-)))

    – billyboy

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    He looks too sweet and seems to be liking the spotlight! Either that or that is his potty pot LOL! ha ha ha

  • Deb, leave it to YOU to make me spit my beer all over my iMac!!
    I never actually looked in the pot after I pulled him out (and hey, it wasn’t even easy)… and I remember I had a cold at the time so neva would have smelt nuthin’
    And we actually hated that pot cause it was a sickly green that would have been perfect to use as a vomit pot, so it now lives in the cellar with my wine making stuff.
    SO… gonna go down there n ow and see if you were right.
    If I’m not back up in five, please call 911…
    In the meantime, cheers for the fave. And for making me LMFAROMSB!!

    – billyboy

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 2 years ago


  • Thanks for that Charmiène… and lucky for you ya kept yer comment simple cause I’m still a bit high. Kira and Deb took the full brunt unfortunately…
    Cheers for faving :-)

    – billyboy

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

  • Kira? It so doesn’t matter how long this has been around… it’s pure classic, and it made me LMFAROMSB. So that makes TWICE today that’s happened.
    Bless you for showing me this :-))

    – billyboy

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago


  • Grazie Guendalyn così tanto. Spero che la tua giornata è magica :-))

    – billyboy

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenover 2 years ago

    Love this image just so soft lovely details and sweetness everywhere…now pass the beer LOL. :)Pat

  • Jeeze Pat, don’t know if maybe your comment’s melted me deeper through the floor boards than Scratch…
    Cheers for the fave !
    and are you SURE about the beer? One way or another it’s gonna make ya smell :-)

    – billyboy

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 2 years ago

    Ha, ha, cheers my friend !! Lovely portrait of your Scratch !! What a cute little creature in a pot !
    I really understand what you mean Bill, I also love my two old catfriends to pieces and can not stand the tought of loosing them… love, anna xxo

  • Hey Anna, so cool to see ya! Was the weather in Aarschot today as shitty as it was in Brussels?
    You know, it kinda creeps up on you. They vomit and make a mess and drive you nutz with their whining and constant demand for your full attention… but then yer sitting there watching TV and he’s right between us watching along with us and he even agrees if one of the singers on The Voice is crap and you realize that this is totally an integral member of the family that even makes up a big part of its identity and character.
    I’m so glad you get this.
    Love to you too :-)xo

    – billyboy

  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    there is none who could tell a story like you BB, and especially when you open a beer and your heart? hehehe… what an incredible image and I can see why you could not deny this one anything. I won’t relate back to me boyo, cause I don’t want to start with the tears…

    love them while you can in ‘for real’ life and when they do decide to jump [ova} the other side, you will still feel their warmth… for with images like this it will bring you even more truth of that never lost connection!
  • Lina, you know I rarely tell a story without totally opening my heart. But yeah, I guess the beer sorta helps me punctuate :-)
    As for not denying Scratch anything, I only wish he could be a bit more appreciative. But maybe when he goes out and gulps down a clump of grass and comes back in and jumps up on the kitchen counter and vomits on the draining board making sure nobody’s put away the dishes… maybe that’s just his little way of saying thanks. (sucker).
    I will do my best to follow your lead and love him to absolute bits (AND smile as I clear up the vomit) cause I’m gonna need a pretty powerful connection to keep me warm when he jumps.
    I’m actually working on something to put in his crocks that will make him live forever… just hope I don’t take the jump myself before I’m done…:-)
    Cheers for the fave !!

    – billyboy

  • Zi-O
    Zi-Oover 2 years ago

    Aaah so cute!

  • Cheers for that Zi, cool to see ya :-))

    – billyboy

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 2 years ago

    Awww…sweet little booboo baby!!! Hugs and kisses to the sweetie!!! :o)

  • OK Dawn, just did what you said and got a mouth full of fur…
    But the hug was worth it. In fact he always hugs me back tighter when it’s from somebody else :-/
    Cheers for the appreciation, and the fave !

    – billyboy

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