Crunch Time – #1LinerWeds

Our daughter was out of town for a few days last week, and I handled some of the cat-sitting duty. The boys and I had our usual “discussions” as to how often, at what time and how much they are fed, but all in all, it was a good visit. I spread their evening food out across two smaller servings, which kept them from asking for breakfast at 1:30 am. Breakfast was served at 5:00 am, which is when I normally get up, so we were doing well.

One evening, I stopped at the bar – to conduct research for those Saturday conversations – and I was planning to eat dinner there, as opposed to fighting sharing with Moncton and Preston. I knew I would be hungry later, but I didn’t want to stop at a grocery store for snacks. I took a bag of chips and some Tostitos cheesy salsa with me. Later that evening, I opened the salsa and the chips and I went to get something to drink. As I returned, I could hear Moncton saying:

Oooh, thanks! – I love crunchy stuff!

“Mmmm, this looks promising.”

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.


The gallery includes the usual suspects, as well as some pictures from the early morning ride home through the area of Farmington, Connecticut known as the meadows.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. According to Faith, Moncton likes anything crunchy. Preston likes playing with the crinkly bag. They are quite the team. I enjoy staying with them. It’s so funny when I pile up my bedding, and Preston acts like I just made him a new bed.

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    1. Thanks Judy. I normally get take-out from that restaurant, so when I eat there, I order things that wouldn’t travel well. The lobster sauce was excellent.

      I’ve been driving by that tractor for years saying “I really should take a picture of that thing” but…

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa – Those are the scenes that remind me that there’s more to travel than just getting from point A to point B.

      Moncton can be annoying, but he’s so cute that it’s hard to get angry with him.

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      1. When we’re busy commuting, we miss so much. That’s why I enjoy random road trips in my downtime. I discover people and places.

        If Moncton and I lived together, we’d do battle for the potato chips 😄! And I looovveee Tostitos’ cheese and spinach dip. I’m convinced they’re deliberately addictive. I can never have a little. I eat the entire bottle at once!

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    1. These guys are pretty easy to deal with, as long as you understand why you’re there – to feed them and make them happy. It’s downhill after that ;-)

      I love driving through the meadows early in the morning. It’s just so pretty. I always expect to see 5,000 homes going up, but it’s been farmland for a while.

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    1. It’s funny Pam. I piled up the pillow and one blanket and he jumoed up. I realized I had left the other blanket in my car. I got it, moved Preston and added the second blanket. He jumped back up, as if to say “you’re right, this is better.”

      I love fog.

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  1. What’s yours is also theirs, huh? Or at least Moncton says so. Gibbs is a chip eater too…except last night he rejected one as if to say, “Is that all you have? Thanks, but no thanks.” He might have preferred lobster ravioli.

    Nice photos, Dan. Have a great Wednesday and have a bag of something crunchy all to yourself.

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    1. Remember: “what’s yours is mine, what’s mine’s my own” – I think that must be the cat mantra. There was no way I was going to take seafood to go to that place. The last time I was there, I had Wings, and I had to pick one apart, wash the BBQ sauce off and dole it out to those two to keep them out of my plate.

      I hope your week is going well, Mary, thanks!

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        1. I have texted Faith, saying “if you weren’t a vegetarian, your cats would be fat.” I picked up a salad and a sandwich one time. There was a small container of bacon bits for the salad – Moncton knocked that off the table and he and Preston gobbled them all up.

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      1. Maddie is gorgeous, but it’s always nice to see the kitties too.
        Sigh they did bring donuts and coffee — but I could have neither — darn my allergies and inflammation.
        An embarrassing moment for my boss though. A manager (not in my management chain) stood up and recognized my efforts, when my boss did not. Oops! Sigh… Onward to Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Lois. He is a handsome boy, and there’s no sense in trying to keep him away from the bag. I think his answer is “if you don’t want me in the bag, then take a few out for me.”

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    1. Apparently, it’s anything with a crunch for this guy. Our cats would walk by a bowl of chips without so much as a glance. The dog would hoover them up, but…dog. Thanks John.

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    1. Thanks John. The reason I ate the ravioli in the bar was to avoid that battle. The previous time I was cat-sitting, we “shared” an order of wings (after I washed the BBQ sauce off several pieces). These two are very special – I do enjoy hanging out with them.

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    1. Thanks Frank. I was really struck by the layer of fog. By the time I got to the other side of the meadow, it was mostly gone.

      I did work off the assumption that once I dipped a chip in the salsa, any germs from the cat were deactivated – I wasn’t tossing a bag of chips.

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  2. Those guys could keep you entertained for hours! I also thought of “The Princess and the Pea” when I saw the photo of Preston on top of the folded blankets. Great shots of Moncton stealing crunchy treats out of the bag. Lol. But I really love the shot of him pressing his head to yours. Adorable.
    🔹 Ginger

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    1. He’s a sweetheart, Ginger. I should have included the previous picture of Preston. I had left one blanket in the car. I moved him off, added the blue blanket and he got right back up – looking even more pleased. Thanks!

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  3. Just the other day, Bella got a pack of cookies from the table and before I realized it, she had eaten more than half the cookies; chocolate and vanilla cream. Diarrhea soon kicked in. Other than that, she’s fine.

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  4. Preston likes playing with the crinkly bag.

    Whenever we leave the house, we have to make sure the house cats are not trapped behind a closed door somewhere, cut off from their litter box. For this purpose, I use a cat-caller, in other words, a crinkly bag. It works every time.

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  5. Hi Dan – supper looks good – but the cats had the better deal I’d say … no planning – it just turned into their lucky night! Animals are wonderful … cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Deborah. The day before, I had driven home via a different route, and I hit some fog. I thought, I bet it’s foggy in the meadows, so the next day I made sure to go that way.

      The cat has good taste. Bad manners, but good taste :)

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  6. I am so glad you got to add something to the cats’ lives, since they really know you and you get a chance to relax in a different, yet cozy, familiar setting! I think its such fun to see them acting like they do!
    I bet Maddie is missing you when you are at Faith’s place.Those scenic photos are always a welcome sight for me, thanks for sharing them. It has been foggy here but my photo releases are not always going through on my posts. Oh well! I hope by the time July comes, I can share an awesome, patriotic collection called, “The Eyes of Freedom” which rolled into town for only three days. It has traveled the country. . . we were blessed to be one of the cities shared at our local Armory. Smiles, Robin

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    1. I’m glad you liked the fog pictures. The boys seem to like it when I stay over with them. I don’t think Maddie minds too much, as I get home before 7:00 am.

      I look forward to your 4th of July post!

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  7. Moncton and Preston are just too adorable! My daughter’ cats love crunchy food too. Our cat in Paris enjoyed licking our yogurt containers :) It was so funny to watch him using one his paws to hold the container and the one one as a spoon. He also did it once with an almost empty glass of Bailey’s left on the floor after a party. Fortunately I caught him before he got drunk!
    I love how Preston picked a perfect bedding. Cats are comfort experts, for sure.
    Gorgeous fog and sun photos too.

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    1. Thanks. Those two are fun to be with. Preston will always migrate to a soft spot. Our first cat was a big fan of Bailey’s. He didn’t get much, but he was always around if we had any.

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