Bengal Cats, Books, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convos: The Floor is Lava


Hiyu: What are you doing?

Me: Sorting my books

Hiyu: You’re making huge piles of them. Hey, guys, look at the gigantic stacks of books in here.

Loki: Why? Why are you changing things?20110905-60d-0209-small

Me: Because I’m a bibliophile. Every now and then, I’ve bought so many books that they need to be sorted and integrated on the shelves.

Kuri (in awe): Those towers of books are so tall.

Hiyu: The floor is lava!

Hiyu gracefully jumps to the top of a large stack of books.

Me: Oh, no! Stop! Don’t!

Kuri: Here I go.

Crash! Thud! Boom!

Kuri: I didn’t do that.

Loki: I’m on the cat tree.

Hiyu jumps to an empty shelf. The floor is lava! The floor is lava!

Loki: I’m safe on the cat tree.Five books

Kuri jumps on the shelf with Hiyu.

Kuri: Where’s the stack of my poetry books?

Me: They’re already on the shelf.

Hiyu: I see epic fantasy. Watch me go.

Hiyu successfully makes the leap.

Loki: I’m still safe on the tree.

Kuri: I’ll take that stack of mythology.

Crash! Thud! Boom!

Me: How about we move some chairs and a sheet into the living room and you can play the floor is lava in there.

All three cats jump onto the chair I’m moving.


Eventually the books will be sorted


Kuri on a Horse



Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday


Kuri: Where have you been?

Me: Traveling. You had exemplary care.

Kuri: You left. Then you came back and then you left again.

Me: I picked up some wonderful stories, some great new mythologies, and some fantastic pictures.

160207-6D-9419Hiyu: You didn’t have our permission.

Loki: What’s more fantastic than us?IMG_4504-small

Me: You’re all fantastic.

Hiyu: The dog isn’t well and you left for almost a whole month.

Kuri: I’m glad your laptop broke. That’ll teach you.

Loki: I’m not glad. I like to snuggle with the laptop. It’s warm.

Me: I’m back now. Laptop is being fixed. Dog is being taken care of.

Hiyu: I think she’s really sick.

Me: I know.

Loki: Where did you go?

Me: Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Palm Desert, New York City.

Loki: Why?

Me: One has to live life if one wants to write about it.

Loki: So where are all the pictures?

Me: After I get the laptop fixed. Then I will have lots of stories to tell.

Hiyu: What about the dog?

Me: She’s very old. She’s my top priority now.

Hiyu: That’s fair. For now.

Me: Thank you.

Kuri: I’m glad you’re back.

Loki: Me too.

Me: And I’m glad to be back.




Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

Apple BlossomLoki: There’s a wolf at the door.

Kuri: I saw it too.

Loki: We live in a brick house, right? A wolf can’t blow it down.

Me: A wolf can’t blow our house down, but there’s no need to worry, we don’t have wolves around here.

Hiyu: Look out the window.

Me: That, my dear cats, is a coyote.140530 -  - medium

Kuri: What’s he doing by our house?

Me: Looks like he’s sunbathing.


Loki: Can a coyote blow our house down?

Me: No, not even a full-grown one.

Loki: Please make it go away.

Me: After I take a few pictures. He’ll disappear soon enough.140530 -  - medium-6

Kuri: Are coyotes as dangerous as wolves?

Me: To you, yes, but rest assured, there are no recorded instances of a coyote blowing down a house, not even one made of straw.

Loki: Can we read a different fairytale tonight?

Me: I think you three will enjoy the story of Puss-in-Boots


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Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

Kuir and Loki over the dragonHiyu: Do you hear what we hear?

Me: I hear Arna snoring.

Loki: Not the dog.

Kuri: Listen!

Me: Are you talking about the bird song?

Hiyu: Of course, we are.

Loki: We want to go out and play.

Me: Sorry, you have to stay on this side of the glass.

Hiyu: See that little bird? I bet I can catch him.Hovering Hummingbird

Me: That’s a hummingbird.

Kuri: What about that bird over there. He’s big enough to play with us.

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Me: That’s a bald eagle. He’s big enough to eat you.

Kuri: How about one of those red-tailed hawks.

Me: Same thing.

Peacock StrutLoki: How about that big bird over there.

Me: I’m sure the neighborhood peacocks don’t want to play with you either. Hi there

Loki: How about a robin or a sparrow? Can they come in and play?

Me: Why don’t we just enjoy their songs while we play with your toys.

Hiyu: You better make it challenging cause I’m in the mood to hunt.

Kuri: Me too.

Loki: I just want to make more friends.


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Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

151208-6D-8556Kuri: Hmm…you’re home.

Hiyu: Is it really you? You’ve been gone so long.

Loki: Yes, so long.

Me: I’m back. How have my kitties been?

Kuri: What do you care? You left us.

Loki: I’m not even going to look at you. Do you see how made I am?

Hiyu: You don’t really expect us to make fools of ourselves like the dog?

Me: You do know the dog has a name?

Hiyu: Who cares. You left us. We’re mad.

Loki: Yeah, we’re on a cat strike.

Me: As you wish. I’m going to take a bath and then collapse for some well-earned sleep.

Kuri: Bath?

I fill the tub with steaming water and foaming bubbles. The bathroom door shudders. I can hear Kuri bashing away at the door down.

Hiyu: Try the handle.

Kuri: It’s locked.

Loki: Hurry up and get through. We can’t let her disappear again.

I leave the bath and head towards the bed. It’s always nice to return to one’s own pillow. The dog joins me. Kuri joins me. Loki joins me. Hiyu cuddles up against my ankles.

It’s good to be home.


A pari of bengals

Cryptozoology, Mythology, Rainbow Hill Meanders


150620-SX50-8795Hawaiian mythology doesn’t have its fair share of cryptoids.

I think that’s mostly true because everything is or can be mystical. In Hawaiian mythology, there’s just not that much outside the normal.

I collect sasquatch/bigfoot/ wild man legends. Every state in the USA has its own such legend – except for Hawaii.


Oh, well, at least Hawaii has the Mehenune . Menehune are small, even dwarf-like people who hide in the forests and jungles from humans. They are astonishing craftsmen who can build great feats of engineering in a single night.

The best description of the menehune I’ve found is at the fatemag site.

“the menehune are… two to three feet tall, stout and muscular with hairy, dark or dark-red skin, large eyes and long eyebrows, a protruding brow, very long hair on their heads, a short thick nose, sharp ears, a small mouth, broad shoulders, and a round stomach. Living in forest caves and emerging mainly at night, they speak via a series of deep growls or whispers…”

Here’s hoping I will one day meet a few.


Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

Loki: The dog is being mean.

140412 -  - medium-14Me: Arna is never mean.

Kuri: Yes, she is. She said you had a suitcase out.

Hiyu jumps to the top of the dresser.

Loki: She can’t trick us. We know it’s April Fools.

Me: So you looked at the calendar?

Kuri: It took a while to get the calendar to the floor, but it is definitely April Fools.

Hiyu: Um…guys…look.

Loki: That’s a suitcase!

Kuri: You’re meaner than the dog to pull that… that suitcase out.

Me: I’ll just be gone a little while.

Loki: Look! I can fit. I can go too.Bengal in a box

Kuri: Look! I fit too!

Me: Don’t worry, guys. Alicia is going to look after you. She spoils you more than I do.

Hiyu: I’ll never forgive you.

Kuri: I bet I can claw this suitcase to smithereens.

Me: Not going to happen and you guys are going to be fine.

Loki: You’re sure it’s not April Fools?

Me: It’s not a trick.

Hiyu: Hey, you guys, let’s go catch those giant spiders in the kitchen.

Me: April Fools?


Hiyu: You’ll see.