7.15.2010

Buried Treasure

Last year my arty and talented friend Seth Apter of  The Altered Page had a challenge to post your favorite post of the prior year. I met some delightful friends and of course I wanted to do it again. Last year I re-posted my favorite of that year, called And The Moon about a human variety of the celestial body (otherwise known as Mom's lily-white tush).

This year was hard too because I had so much fun with so many posts. I was going to do one of my posts from Cat-O-Lympics from February, but I decided that was too soon, and dug farther back. So I chose a post from Hunt Week called The Ham Safe. Please enjoy.


As soon as I hear her in the kitchen, I get very excited as I know she'll be opening the doorway to our hunting ground. Many of you know it as The Ham Safe.

Mom stands at the doorway, viewing the bounty within.


I run from any corner of the house as I join her for the hunt. I can always tell it's her, and not him, by the tentative and joyously slow way she lingers, surveying her possible kill. The cold wind blows through my floof, as I rest my paws on the bottom edge. I catch the smells of all the possibilities.

"You hungry?" She asks.

"Mew! (Yep. How about a snark of ham?)" I reply.

"Nah. Too... meaty. What about cheese?"

"Mew! (Perfect! I prefer the string cheese.)"

She dives down deep into the meat drawer. Her mighty paws thrusting away the rejected options. She holds her prey up to the light. Victory. She places her foot under my belly and unceremoniously drags me gently back from a kill of my own. The door shuts, cutting off my own hunt.

I lament the cruel injustice of it all, as I watch her try to rip into the plastic wrapper like a bear with a picnic basket. Wait, there's still a chance of victory for the small floofy huntress... will she make a drop? Which do you think I want more? The cheese or the wrapper?

34 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

Great choice Fin! We still maintain you want the wrapper.

Sweet Praline said...

I'd go after the wrapper!

MoMo said...

I'd go for the cheese any day. Did you get what you want, or both?

Jacqueline said...

We hope you got both!...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Sparkle said...

Cheesy wrapper is way cooler than actual cheese.

The Paw Relations said...

Why settle for one, when you can have both?

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

We love this post :)

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

BOTH! So yoo can eat the cheese and then play wiv the wrapper!

the casbah kitten said...

Hee hee hee. We love this! We think you should have the wrapper with a chunk of cheesy goodness clinging to it.

The Monkeys said...

We love that post! The Ham Safe is one of our favorites too

The Island Cats said...

We hope you got a little of that cheese...and ham woulda gone with it nicely!! Great post!!

Marg said...

Glad you got in on the hunt. We hope you got a little of both but we betcha, you only got a little cheese. The wrapper might be bad for your digestion.
Have a great day.

Marit said...

Love to read your story! It's so nice to "meet" all the different people through this treasure hunting, glad you joined in!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Of Fin you just missed a treat we have had some chopped up ham with little dices of cheese for our lunch - it's all gone or you could have teleported over for a share.

MrCachet said...

We've one cat still alive that we've had for sixteen years, and we started with a total of five... He runs the house. ;o)

Brian said...

I agree with lots of the others Fin, both would be purrfect!

Cory said...

What a classic dilema Fin! I think I'd go for the cheese as the main event and the wrapper for dessert!

Simba said...

Oh, what torture to have to choose I hope you didn't and got both.
Fabulous post.

JC said...

Wrapper City Baby !!!

Eric and Flynn said...

We remember this post. Go for the cheese, you can always try for the wrapper later.
Your 'Moon' post is our most favourite ever. We still laugh about it now.We will have to go and read it again and then we will never stop laughing.

Mr. Hendrix said...

I remember the Moon post. ah still makes me laugh and laugh.
Although if you got the cheese or ham that would be awesome, it would be fleeting. Wrappers are plastic so they are forever. Go for the wrapper!

Cheri said...

I never knew there were so many blogging cats! Mine hijacked my blog for a day, but doesn't make regular posts.

Caroline Gill said...

I'm with the Paw Relation on this one!

Greetings from another Treasure Hunter - I'm in Wales, UK.

p.s. Thought you might like this blog about my friend Camilla the cat...

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We think you might want both - the cheese for a tasty snack, and the wrapper to play with afterwards!!

ABBY said...

We hope you got both!

purrs
Abby

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Fin, we would certainly hope for both!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Wrapper!!!

Jana said...

We like the cheese, but the wrapper lasts longer. We bet you FIN-agled a way to get them both.
~Casper and Angel~

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is the first time I've been to your blog. I laughed so hard, I had to call Bleubeard in to help me decide. He thought he would first devour the cheese, then hide the wrapper so he could play with it later. Hope you did, too.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Interesting perspective!

JiLy said...

What a fun post and you have such a beautiful writing style. Thanks so much for sharing your top favorite with us!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, Fin has got to be a Maine Coon? I have 3 Maine Coon cats and they are so precious. Fin is gorgeous. Marcy
mantle@piedmontcenter.com
www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com

Anonymous said...

Sorry I called Fin a Maine Coon, after I read more of your blog I saw that she is a Norwegian Forest Cat. They look very similar. She is a beauty no matter what she is!
Marcy
mantle@piedmontcenter.com

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

You are a talented writer, Finny! You make an everyday occurance something intriging and exciting to read about (oh, we too know about that foot under the belly move!)