Monday, February 09, 2009

Too Much By a Half

Okay, some serious cute is required to drive the dreary dismals from this day!

Perhaps a story to trim:

"I always thought you were a cat, said our cat, but I wasn't sure.
In heaven all things are revealed, said God. This is the form in which I choose to appear to you.
I'm glad you aren't a dog, said our cat. Do you think I could have my testicles back?
Of course, said God. They're over behind that bush.
Our cat had always known his testicles must be somewhere. One day he'd woken up from a fairly bad dream and found them gone. He'd looked everywhere for them -- under sofas, under beds, inside closets -- and all the time they were here, in heaven! He went over to the bush, and, sure enough, there they were. They reattached themselves immediately.
Our cat was very pleased. Thank you , he said to God.
God was washing its elegant long whiskers. De rien, said God."

This is from a story by Margaret Atwood about her cat being raptured up into heaven (Our Cat Enters Heaven, from "The Tent")

If that is not enough:

Didn't know ducks had tippie toes did you?

Couldn't find a cute duck story . . . I finally have a duck story, but it is pretty literal:
These two ducks walk into a bar, which is odd because you would have thought that the second one would have seen it coming!


  1. temporary, temporal - diversions all are we, in the end. time being a construct of the human mind. just glimpse at the heavens - count the light years traveling from your favorite star ... and know that possibly you are witnessing its end ... or its beginnings. one never knows. traveling mercies, goatman.

    btw: i like the ugly ducking story. it always resonates with me.


  2. what a cute story and even cutest photos.
    i have had a love-hate relationship with the ugly duckling story :)

  3. Love the duck! "Dare to be Different!"

  4. cute :-)

    "He'd looked everywhere for them -- under sofas, under beds, inside closets -- and all the time they were here, in heaven!"

    the least the cat knows what to find. sometimes myself, when i look, i don't know what i'm hoping to find and when i leave, i don't know what i'm leaving behind.

  5. I was always the black sheep of the family so I LOVE the little yellow duck....... fanks for making my cute buttons get pushed this cold afternoon....


  6. I love this post and the adorable kitty and baby duck cuuutttee!

    I have a black cat named after the character "Lizzie" from Pride & Prejudice.

    Thanks for making me smile today Goatman...:o)



  7. what a funny story--thanks-- brightened up my morning!

    Eddy is still looking for his. But he feels optimistic because he's till young. the others have given up hope.

  8. all my favorite duck stories are actually cartoons--Daffy.

  9. Came over to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day...and look what a barrel of cuteness I found! Thank you!

    The Ugly Duckling's childhood was very much like's one of my favourite stories. I tell it to my grandkids, just as I did to my kids.

  10. Lord...
    Because love always perseveres…
    Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others.
    Thank you for this day when we celebrate love,
    and for showing us what that word really means.

    Happy Valentines Day

    Angel Feathers Tickle Me

  11. how wonderful

    I could well have believed you wrote this, but it confirms my views about the greatness of Margaret Atwood.

    Almost unbearably cute pictures

  12. (¯`v´¯)
    ( ¸¸.* Anna-Lys

  13. THAT cat and THAT duck made me smile.

  14. Hi Goatman,

    That cat and those ducks are too cute by half. Thanks for sharing the Atwood.

    Phoebe, my Black Cat, is reading the Atwood as I type---she is fascinated!

  15. Tnx and in response ;-)

    Hej Goatie ;-)

    A nice example!
    But, if someone "stole" all the verbs, it could be a fun playlearn, as long as it was introduced and handle as a game of detective process (problem-based), not a competition that is evaluated and graded. Before the game all the pupils has watched "The Name of The Rose" with Sean Connery. The book written by Umberto Eco is the best example of learning/pedagogy (or more learning to learn, meta-learning)
    I ever have experienced ... I use it myself from level 0 to uni.

    (( hug ))

  16. and Eco works in the footprints of the greatest American ever; C. S. Peirce :-D

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog. cute cat!

  18. The kitty joke you posted reminded me of a kitty joke I had read some months ago.

    Sorry for taking up so much space in your comments, but I just have to share:

    One day a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven. There he meets the Lord Himself. The Lord says to the cat, "You lived a good life and if there is any way I can make your stay in Heaven more comfortable, please let Me know." The cat thinks for a moment and says, "Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor." The Lord stops the cat and says, "Say no more," and a wonderful fluffy pillow appears.
    A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident and go to heaven. Again, there is the Lord there to great them with the same offer. The mice answer, "All of our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we're tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so we don't have to run anymore?" The Lord says, "Say no more," and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.
    About a week later the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow. The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, "How are things since you got here?"
    The cat stretches and yawns and replies, "It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those 'Meals On Wheels' you've been sending by are the best!"

  19. Thanks, I love Atwood but haven't thought about her in a long time.
    I think your kitty ate the mouse and is happily sleeping it off.

  20. Ooh--cat hair on the computer--I have that problem, too...

    Love the ducks--do you know what kind are the dark ones?

  21. hi dear new friend
    thanks for dropping by my blog and your nice comment...

    every friend is a new world... and i found this new world here so beautiful...

    don't know why but the cat story made me sad!!!
    it's just a chronic disease i've got:
    can't enjoy most of the jokes!!!

    but your ducklings filled my heart with such joy, i called out to my daughter to come and share it with me...

  22. A little award for you, to thank you for your friendship!

  23. Loved the story and those photos...too cute!
    You defintely made me smile...thank you!


  24. Hi dear!

    this is so funny and really cute. i love cats' eyes and the waggling little tail of ducks. nice story ;)

    thanks for making my day!

    take care always!

  25. This was cheering me up .. I need a bit of this

  26. This kitty kat is adorable and brings to mind a litter of Persians that I raised years ago. They were abandoned by their mother and I had to feed them with a tiny bottle.

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