6 April 2014

Take that look from off your face

So after John's last post, Maf came and had a little word with me.

She thinks I've set a bad example, putting up photos where John doesn't look his best. So I'm very sorry for that. She said she wasn't very happy that he'd put up that pic of her looking a bit unwashed. I told her I'd sort it out...

But I did also tell her I might put up a photo of her stuck in the sofa cushions, or trying to lick her own bum...

Told John the same thing ;)

So here's their response:





Yup, look at those identical glares. Well, slight horror from John, a bit of derision from the moglet. With a side order of plotting my death.

Anyway, that's her looking clean and fluffy and not all dirty and covered in bin juice. She's a lot more confident, but she does now own John, which is sad. I mean, sad that I don't think I'll even keep my part share for much longer - as soon as she's big enough to jump on the bed, that's my time gone! She can scale John's body just like Sherlock can climb mine (although he's too big, really.)

I've no idea how John's going to have enough energy to keep up with Sherlock these holidays. He's a bundle of energy. I'm going to take some extra time off...but then he'll just have the energy of 2 adults to feast upon.

I also need to go and see my Mum.

117 comments:

Acacia Kelly said...

Awww! Wow, Sherlock sounds like he's really growing up! Amazing how that sad and wonderful at the same time.

Greg Lestrade said...

Both Sherlock and Mycroft are growing upwards fast, as well as growing 'up' fast. Two fine young men.

Sherlock bemoaned the other day that he was 'nearly in double figures'.

Sherlock said...

She can't talk and you're silly.

pandabob said...

Those are scary glares indeed ;-)

It's scary how quickly little boys/girls grow into young men/ladies but at least you have all the memories to embarrass them with when they are actually grown up :-D

Acacia Kelly said...

Sherlock, dog and cat glares and claws speak VOLUMES. Especially the claws.

Desert Wanderer said...

...you have photos of Doc licking his own bum?

Greg Lestrade said...

You're surprised that I might have such photos?

Desert Wanderer said...

No. Just surprised he'd let you admit it in public. What level glare did you get for that? And what's the opening offer to get you not to show them? I'm sure we could match or better it...

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't think he's noticed yet. He and Maf are buying half a cat accessory website I think. She's snuggled up on him, one paw on his laptop.

Desert Wanderer said...

"Pick this one. No, you dolt! Not the pink one, the orange! You think I'm a large? Medium, thankyoumeowymuch."

Anon Without A Name said...

DW! I shouldn't be at all surprised that the correct incantation to summon you mentions John licking his own bum :-D

Lestrade - that's an impressive glare from your lovely husband; I think I prefer the previous photo of him :-p

John - that's an impressive level of personal flexibility 0_0

Acacia Kelly said...

I bring my dog with me to pick out his new toys, does that make me better or worse, insane owner-wise?

Acacia Kelly said...

Personally, I'm just extemely impressed and jealous asto the Doc's flexibility...and intrigued.

Greg Lestrade said...

It's all the physio he's done. Very flexible now. Would bend over backwards for you...

REReader said...

She can't talk and you're silly.

You say it like that's a bad thing, Sherlock!


He and Maf are buying half a cat accessory website I think. She's snuggled up on him, one paw on his laptop.

Awwwww. :)


DW--hee!


John H. D. Watson said...

...I swear I only looked away from the internet for five minutes and when I get back...

Greg Lestrade said...

5 mins is a lifetime in the internet age.

Desert Wanderer said...

I feel like you could take that sentence and insert lots of nouns in place of "the internet," Doc. Like "the dogs," or "Sherlock" or "Lestrade" or "the pot of water"...

Acacia Kelly said...

You can get a lot done in 5minutes John...

Greg Lestrade said...

You mean like "...I swear I only looked away from Lestrade for five minutes and when I get back...Maf's playing with his eyeballs on the floor"?

Acacia Kelly said...

Wow, that phrase went really scary, especially for the Sherlock bit. Doc, can you givecus some examples of things he's managed in 5 minutes where you were busy doing something?

Acacia Kelly said...

Greg, I can't tell if your afraid of that kitten, or just jealous of the attention John has been paying it....

John H. D. Watson said...

L - to be fair, I think eyeballs would be quite difficult to play with. They'd keep sticking to her paws.

The worst thing Sherlock has done when I look away for a moment is completely disappear. Takes much, much less than five minutes. He can do it in under two seconds.

Acacia Kelly said...

That's a talent all children have. Scary as hell though.

Greg Lestrade said...

But they'd have those stringy bits like tails, and they'd roll about enough to keep her occupied.

And yeah, Sherlock's disappearances - or occasionally appearances, can be silent and swift. And you've no clue if he's behind the sofa or dangling by his fingertips from a window ledge.

But in 5 mins he can easily be setting fire to something, emptying every cleaning product into the sink, seeing if dogs eat toothpaste, finding out if you can fill a balloon with shaving foam...

REReader said...

I have to say that some of those sound like quite interesting experiments... (Hey, I'm not the one putting ideas in his head! ;))

Acacia Kelly said...

As a former babysitter to a kid who liked fire, only the cleaning products ine scares me, and the window of course.

Desert Wanderer said...

Lots of people find themselves occupied seeking round things with stringy bits as tails. Sometimes they're just hard to see, is all. Practically microscopic.

Greg Lestrade said...

RR - cleaning products = building evacuations and lectures. Dogs do eat toothpaste and balloons can be filled...sort of...with foam.

DW - maybe Maf and I do have something in common...

REReader said...

Acacia, on one memorable occasion I actually did find my (15-years-my-junior) brother playing with fire on the windowsill in his room. He'd carefully created a little foil nest for his matches so as not to scorch the wood sill--and totally ignored the cotton curtains not six inches away.

O_O

REReader said...

L, I shall make note of the results.

I have to say, I'm thinking the last, at least, could use with a try at replication... *wanders off in search of a balloon*

Acacia Kelly said...

My dog is obsessed with mint, so I'm not surprised. That would be a very dangerous experiment though, because while toothpaste is fine in small amojnts, large amounts are dangerous because of the chemicals involved.

Desert Wanderer said...

Bits of grey round your whiskers, keen ears, enamored of a certain doctor? I'd say more than one 'something,' Lestrade. ;)

Acacia Kelly said...

RR, the kid I babysat, made a blowtorch while I was there.

Greg Lestrade said...

Moglet isn't grey! Disgustingly fluffy and new-looking, if you ask me ;) But we do both like to paw at John.

She just yawned. I'm sure she's not tired, given she's done bugger all all day, but just wanted to show off her sharp little fangs.

Acacia Kelly said...

Its only time to worry if you wake in the middle of the night and she's starring at you, licking her chops.

Desert Wanderer said...

Or if she's licking yours.

Greg Lestrade said...

There's a reason I don't encourage her to be sleeping on our bed! One day I'll be the one in a box on the floor. Not necessarily in one piece...

Acacia Kelly said...

Awww, poor Greg. Death by kitten is such a horrible way to go. So embarrasing, due to those that don't see their evil.

Desert Wanderer said...

Would the Yard have to investigate murder by kitten? What a feline-dish plot!

Greg Lestrade said...

Of course we'd give the case a thorough investigation, hoping we cat-ch the purrpetrator. Gotta uphold the paw.

Desert Wanderer said...

I'm disappointed you didn't say "the litter of the paw" ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

I survived the night. But my neck hurts. I think Maf looked very pleased with herself, sitting on John's feet and washing herself this morning. She probably did something to me in the night.

REReader said...

Now, L, why should she go to all the effort of doing anything when she can get the same result by just looking pleased with herslf?

Greg Lestrade said...

Hope you boys have found a way of having fun and staying dry. Typical it's Si miserable with the holidays starting.

Sherlock said...

Maftet got out on the window ledge and started getting away and John had to get her back with tuna and he said it was like Mycroft getting on the roof except I don't think Mycroft would have come back for tuna and then she was wet and John had to chase her with a towel.

REReader said...

Well, that's sounds like you've been having an exciting time!

(No, probably not tuna. ;))

Greg Lestrade said...

Glad John managed to tempt her back. Although I misread it at first and thought he'd enticed her with a tuba.

John H. D. Watson said...

Might've worked...anything strange she can climb into and go to sleep attracts her like a magnet.

Greg Lestrade said...

Was she protesting at losing out on her time with you to two interlopers for the holidays?

Anonymous said...

why should she go to all the effort of doing anything when she can get the same result by just looking pleased with herslf?

RR, I'd say you have some experience in cat psychology.

Hope there are good holiday times with The Dogs, The Cat and The Boys today. And work is/has been reasonably productive, to compensate for its sins.

fA

Acacia Kelly said...

Sherlock,sounds like your holidays have gotten off to a rather excuting beginning! I'm sure they will be fantastic though, because that nanny and that DCI of yours sure seem to know how to keep you entertained.

Lancs. Anon said...

Two of my cats, in their youth, jumped from an upstairs window-ledge. First we knew was a cat going past the living room window at speed. I was sure they were going to be dead, They were fine but it took years off my life.

Small Hobbit said...

We once opened our bedroom window and knocked the cat off the window sill. Cat survived but rapidly learnt to wait by the other window to be let in.

Greg Lestrade said...

AK - very kind of you, promoting me, but I'm afraid I'm only a DI.

Acacia Kelly said...

Oops! Been watching too much Inspector Lewis!

Becca said...

I used to live with my sister and her cat. The landlord painted the windowsills with anti-mold paint and I forgot to close the door to keep her out of the bedrooms. Cue chasing a seriously displeased cat to get the paint off her paws before she licked it off.

Greg Lestrade said...

AK - maybe one day I'll get there. (But I'm not moving to Thames Valley!)

Maf is sitting in the fruit bowl. watching the dogs snuffle about with disdain.

Acacia Kelly said...

Still, sorry! I'm sure you'd do a wonderful job at it if you were a DCI!

As for the moglet in the fruit bowl...eww. I just keep thinking about how cats walk through and in where they go to the bathroom, and the don't even wipe.....

Greg Lestrade said...

The fruit bowl contains no fruit, and will be washed before use!

Although given Sherlock's penchant for taking a few bites and returning things to the bowl, or 'borrowing' things for experiments, then returning them... I think Maf is the lesser of two evils!

REReader said...

Sherlock's penchant for taking a few bites and returning things to the bowl

Quality control? Not as hungry as he thought?

Greg Lestrade said...

Who knows. Distractions, not as tasty as he thought, only hungry enough for a few bites? He may be a genius, but sometimes he's still just a kid - like trying to microwave the entire 4 pints of milk to get warm milk, instead of just a glass for himself...

REReader said...

*blinks* You must have a very large microwave!


RR, I'd say you have some experience in cat psychology.

fA--I have some friends who live with cats (I hesitate to say "own"), and I get along with them very well; cats mostly seem to like me. :) (Until my sinuses start objecting, anyway!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Tragic news about Peaches Geldoff. Her poor family - and her two kids - must be incredibly hard to bear, especially given what's gone before. Really does seem like such a waste when a young life ends.

Anonymous said...

There is can be so much of pain in life. It is amazing what people bear.

fA

Acacia Kelly said...

Only 25?! Whoa... How tragic.

REReader said...

That is very sad.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sal has just presented me with 'a friend' for my desk.

A cut out model of a 'cockney fox'.

I'm tempted to think she's taking the piss...

Becca said...

I got another cast change yesterday - bright green - and came home and promptly fell asleep for the next 16 hours. Narcotics withdrawal is no fun.

Sally, on the other hand, definitely is taking the piss.

Anonymous said...

There is no way the esteemed S. Donovan would tease you, is there? ;-) So you KNOW that couldn't be what's happening.

Becca! Been wondering how you were doing, but figured you'd speak up if you felt so moved. Glad you got a better-fitting cast out of the day, anyway. And I will hope for more sleep rather less lying awake in pain or the restless creepy fidgets.

Onwards, all.

fA

Kestrel337 said...

Been away with crafty projects and headaches and whatnots.

DW, glad to know you are safe and getting some time home. I wish you all the best with your upcoming life changes.

Maftet sounds to have settled in quite nicely, picking her own spots to sleep and getting into mischief, mind melding with the human to get all the best toys and things. Will you get her a cat tower, do you think? Or will she just have to make do with people furniture?

REReader said...

What's a cockney fox?

Becca, green is appropriately spring-like! I hope the med hangover is short-lived.

My nephew's wedding is this afternoon/evening! I'll be off in a couple of hours. :) I hope everyone is having a good day.

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger, forgot I made a docs appointment for this afternoon. Going there then I'll be free to join you in the sunshine!

pandabob said...

Does that count as an early finish Greg or does the appointment counteract the benefit?

Have you and John and Sherlock had an interesting day Mycroft?

Greg Lestrade said...

Early! I'm done, I've even been to the chemist and, as the yoofs say, scored me some sweet bread*


(*they probably don't actually say that at all these days)

Sherlock said...

We had ice cream and played ball with the dogs in the park and I wish Maftet could come with us too.

Joolz said...

That sounds like a fun day, Sherlock, glad you're enjoying your holidays already.
I'm sure Maftet would love to play with you too, maybe you could get her a ball of wool to play with when you get home or is that not hi tech enough to go with all the Internet toys John has ordered. ;)

I'm obviously not hip enough, you've got me on the sweet bread analogy, Greg, is that a drugs thing?

Enjoy your evening together. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Joolz - yeah, John got me to try some new ones for my migraines, and they worked! But at £8 for 2 pills....that hurt almost as much as the migraine ;) so now I have some on prescription - and 99 repeat prescriptions!

RR - it's...a fox dressed up in a silly way. Maybe John will post a picture. I sent him one earlier from my phone.

Anonymous said...

Handy having expert medical knowledge around the house like that!

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, definitely. I've always survived on whatever painkillers I had to hand, really. But this stuff works differently. Apparently makes your arteries/veins in your head shrink or something. Sherlock wants to know if I took loads if my head would implode.

Then he found out taking loads makes your blood go green...so he'll probably be slipping them into my food, given half the chance.

Sherlock put Maf to sleep in John's bike helmet earlier, and she's still there. I might poke her in minute to check she's alive and not stuck...

Acacia Kelly said...

That's....actually really cool! I can understand his urge. I would obviously never actually try it, but the knowledge that it could....

Acacia Kelly said...

Awwww! I had missed that last part of your comment! That is absolutely adorable.

Anonymous said...

Green?
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
Green.

I have an unusual degree of sympathy for Sherlock, suddenly. I will soothe my rabid curiosity by Googling to find out what the mechanism is. But . . . just in case there IS a medically unsanctioned experiment, if you live through it, PLEASE post a photo of your blood. Or have Sherlock do it.

fA

REReader said...

I would love to see a picture of the cockney fox! :)

Is the migraine med sumatriptan? I think I read something about that--it's the medication I use, so I sort of remember a story about it causing green blood in someone in...maybe Canada? But the guy was taking it daily, which I don't, and a dose about twice as strong as my doctor prescribed for me.

The image of Maftet sleeping in John's bike helmet is adorable! (I like that Sherlock put her there to sleep--a bit like a cradle, no? It would rock, surely!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, that's the one RR. Comes with dire warnings not to take it daily.

Small Hobbit said...

Does this drug also make your ears go pointy?

Greg Lestrade said...

I think it just makes ears fall off, actually. But then I could get prosthetics that were pointy. But that would make Maf think I was copying her...

Nicky said...

The photo of John and Maftet has reminded me of something ever since I first saw it. I just realised what.

Maftet looks like a Bond villain, John looks like his pet!

Nicky said...

Her pet. Sorry Maftet!

John H. D. Watson said...

Well, she does eat souls, apparently... Pretty good supervillain power.

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger, I'm off tomorrow and Fri, going to visit mum on Friday. Nicky says we can all stay if we wanted. Thought I better ask your lord and mistress first though. Will you let him come, Maf?

John H. D. Watson said...

She's purring...that probably means yes.

Greg Lestrade said...

Probably means she'll smother me in my sleep tonight

Acacia Kelly said...

I do believe that is an accurate translation Greg.

Greg Lestrade said...

I think she's brainwashed John.

Acacia Kelly said...

You poor thing. Are the boys safe from her powers?

Anonymous said...

I hope that secretly, deep down under the rational mind which I imagine is ignoring us quite determinedly (as long as you do not unfairly impugn his dogs' characters) there is a bit of Mycroft which is entertained by the fact that all it takes is one cute kitten and both his adult guardians and a significant subset of the Internet loses its collective grip on reality.
:-)
fA

John H. D. Watson said...

L - she's not big enough to smother you in your sleep!

REReader said...

Probably means she'll smother me in my sleep tonight

I'm sure it translates, rather, as "All you male types are nice, but I won't mind a little girl time." :)

Acacia Kelly said...

Boy Doc, are you in for a surprise tomorrow morning then, if you believe that! Greg, you were an amazing officer, you will be greatly missed.

Greg Lestrade said...

She is plenty big enough!!!

Anonymous said...

If she is as attached to John as you represent, she will no doubt spare you, Greg, as a favor to him.

fA

Anonymous said...

Off topic, under the heading of "you guys have leaked into weird spots in by brain"...I'm listening to a China Mieville audiobook. It's a fantasy/police procedural, told from the POV of the investigator in charge. Even though it takes place in Eastern Europe, the audiobook's narrator is British (as is Mieville), and my perception of the main character is very definitely Lestradey.

Ella

Acacia Kelly said...

Or, fA, kill Greg to get rid of her competion for affection.

Greg Lestrade said...

AK - I feel you understand the situation perfectly.

Becca said...

Oh, I love China Mieville! Ella, I hope you're enjoying.

Anonymous said...

Since you seem convinced of Maftet's extreme jealousy and murderous intent, we shall just have to wait and see what each morning brings. If you live till Friday, despite your nefarious plot to remove John from the flat, she can be deemed merciful.

fA

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying, becca, thanks. :) I'd heard good things about him but am surprised by how surprising and good he is.

Lestrade--have you looked into maybe making a sacrifice to the goddess? I think they like that.

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Ella - I'm a bit worried about what 'Lestradey' is like..

And, see, John's there ahead of you....he's going to sacrifice me to her.

Acacia Kelly said...

How bad is the glare you're getting?

Anonymous said...

Mostly he looks like you (in my head). And seems to conduct his job...compassionately discompassionate, if that can be a thing.

And I think one of the essential qualities of a sacrifice is not just that it's something dear to the sacrificed, but that it's something that the deity in question would want. So I think you're safe. ;)

Ella

Anonymous said...

And, see, John's there ahead of you....he's going to sacrifice me to her.

I suppose I've heard less likely statements. But not today.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

I think you may all be brainwashed too.

He picks her up, brings her home, lets her sleep on the couch (and everywhere else), lets her move in ... the last living being he did that to was me! So it only follows that she will soon be taking my place in every other way too.

I'm going to ask Anthea about John's past. He's probably a serial killer, replacing each spouse with the next, killing them off for the insurance money.

You wait, any day now they'll be up the aisle ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

He's probably a serial killer

I thought you'd given up on that theory...

Anonymous said...

So it only follows that she will soon be taking my place in every other way too.

I think it's YOUR mind that's been clouded somehow. Or am I mistaken in thinking you bring a few . . . skills . . . to the table that Maftet is simply not equipped to replicate?

fA

Acacia Kelly said...

Whoa! John! That is disgusting, abusing a pussy that way. ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

John - mainly given up. But sometimes...

fA - she does have a very rough tongue.

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