Ninja cats?

I have been writing in some form for my whole life, but for various reasons never shared what I wrote. In recent years, it became apparent to me that I actually had some skill with words, and others might appreciate what I have to say. I decided that maybe it was a good thing to share and start writing on a regular basis.

This was the beginning of my journey in the blogging universe.

It started with just a series of writings … sometimes simple creations, sometimes rants, and sometimes attempting to share a message …  essentially an online journal. At first I had no intent on gathering an audience; I just wanted to make my creations available in an easily accessible place. But I soon began interacting with other bloggers, and learning THE POWER OF THE BLOG. So I started investing more time into it.

A blogging friend of mine notice that The Odd Ramblings has a tendency towards deep and philosophical issues, even if sometimes presented in a humorous or light manner. This is fine because I am a deep thinker. But I am also a fun guy with a strong sense of the ridiculous. And there is so much humor in everyday life that it is a shame not to share anything that puts a smile on your face with others. And so the seed was planted …

Just to be clear, this site is NOT about cats. It is a dedication to the joy of life. A sharing of smiles generated in the everyday incidents we all encounter. But just like a cat, these moments of humor and joy can sneak up on us totally unexpectedly. I used to live in a house run by three sneaky cats, each with their own personalities. I shared a post once that featured these three, said post the ultimate inspiration for this site. So meet the cats:

MEET THE NINJA CATS

The Masters

Gracie - The power of experience.

Gracie was an older cat. She was very set in her ways, but could be very affectionate … when she wanted to be. She used to be a wanderer, but has eventually set her territory within the house and rarely strayed from it. It is possible she was Squeak’s mom; he deferred to her and she occasionally groomed him … and she shared his voice. She had a bit of arthritis, but seemed content. Gracie posts are dedicated to tradition, wisdom, and the inevitability of aging.

Lucky was aptly named. She was originally the only cat in the house. She once disappeared for several months, only to eventually be brought home by Squeak, alive but a little worse for wear. She was an extremely affectionate cat … to a fault sometimes. She was afraid of everything new, but adapted eventually. She also liked to talk. Lucky posts are dedicated to the humor of the unexpected and the wonder of luck.

Lucky - Her name explains it all.
Squeak - The spirit of adventure.

Squeak was a wanderer. As a kitten, he began visiting the house after the disappearance of Lucky. At first he just ate the food offered, but eventually he moved in. He had an adventurous spirit, an opposable thumb which he was not afraid to use (he had an extra claw on each front paw), and a mighty roar that is apparently supersonic (hence his name). He did not know how to take no for an answer. Squeak posts are dedicated to adventure and perseverance.

The Apprentices

It became apparent that three Ninja Cats was not sufficient to cover all the bases. So they decided to accept apprentices to expand their options. A couple from my sisters household jumped at the offer, so here are the apprentice cats:

Jasper - Youthful energy.

Jasper is and always will be the eternal puppy. He has boundless energy, and loves to explore. Unfortunately he sometimes bites of more than he can chew! Jasper posts are dedicated to youthful energy and having “eyes bigger than your stomach”.

Lizzie was my oldest “niece”. She was a smart dog who knew how to get what she wanted. Rare was the visit that she did not have someone giving her treats galore, even though they fought tooth and nail to resist her wiles! Lizzie posts are dedicated to the art of persuasion, and getting what you desire.

Lizzie - The art of persuasion.
Sarah - The creative spirit.

Sarah, my only two-legged niece,  has been raised in a family that could easily have its own variety show. She is an active and adventurous girl. She loves all things creative, whether it be dancing or drawing or writing. And she is always willing to try something new.  Sarah posts are devoted to spontaneity and the creative spirit.