New Kids on the Block

Himself is going through a period of adjustment right now… a month or so ago, the downstairs people and their two cats moved out, and new people moved in, very awesome people who we are happy to share with, two women and a man, and no cats.  Our leases specifically state “no cats- except Raymond.”  No lies, he has his own clause in this binding document.  As Raymond believes that he is the overseer of our entire street (a private no exit street, perfect for errant felines) I’m sure you can imagine what he is like with our property and the comings and goings of both flats… it is all his business, he must have access to both flats to make sure that everything is in order, and it is vital that he is accepted and loved by all members of the house!

On the weekend, KB and I went to the downstairs people’s flatwarming, it was a relaxing and fun afternoon, and a couple of hours after we arrived, Raymond appeared… it’s strange socialising with your cat, especially when he is working the room far better than you ever could, shamelessly accosting the people eating spicy chicken drumsticks…. He pretended he didn’t recognise us, especially when we were growling at him to get off the coffee table…

In the end KB put him outside, he didn’t like that at all. (translate he was chucked out of the party for being an out-of-control party animal)

Lucky for him, he is particularly attractive and has a very enigmatic personality and seems to be welcome wherever he goes…  And as I said to the lovely downstairs people, you can never own a cat, they just live with you and sponge off you until they decide there is somewhere better to be.  KB and I find his popularity amusing, we are fascinated by the different perfumes he comes home smelling of, and roll our eyes when he shows up mid-afternoon after a long sleep on someone’s couch… we hope that others get as much enjoyment out of him as we do… just please don’t feed him spicy chicken! 

Have a lovely end of your week… I’ve just finished cropping photos of a very exciting post and tutorial, I can’t wait to show you, see you Friday!


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I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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44 Responses to New Kids on the Block

  1. MeredithJean says:

    Ah Raymond Raymond – the world through your eyes is a Wonder xxx

  2. Oh Raymond you are lovely, I used to have a Siamese Cat and she was so intelligent, she answered me whenever I called her, so I always knew where she was.

  3. Lesley says:

    Oh Alice, thank you. It was so lovely to wake up to your post and have a wee chuckle. Having spent a life time being used and sponged off by cats, I can totally relate to what you are saying! They are a law unto themselves but oh sooooo necessary. This is my first time commenting on your posts but, believe me, I am an avid follower and am always inspired by your crochet & knitting and you, of course! X

  4. Kirstin says:

    Dear Alice,

    Raymond is the boss. Quite clearly. And this feels also well and properly in such a way. The photo is great. It is royal. Thus it should be.

    Affectionately yours for you and Raymond

  5. Tickety-boo says:

    Ah Raymond The Wonder Cat you are The Original Party Animal!
    I laughed so much thinking of him schmoozing the newbies. Brilliant.

  6. Susan Wright says:

    Hi Alice and Raymond,

    What a lovely post. Life without Cats and Dogs is unimaginable oh and Hens.
    I have never been owned by a Siamese though and think they are a different kind of feline altogether.
    Look forward to fridays post and tutorial, you have inspired me to make some socks and i have found some Opel yarn. xxxxx

  7. Sherry Buenrostro says:

    So enjoyed your post!! Really nice that Raymond can go out in the neighborhood. I have a cat named Sheba and she’s been with us nineteen years! We can’t let her outside, it’s dangerous! A lot of traffic and feline infections. Sheba is my crochet buddy.
    Best Wishes,

  8. Peeriemoot says:

    Haha, I can just imagine the scene at the housewarming😀.

  9. Lynley says:

    Hi Alice and Raymond,

    Dogs have owners, cats have staff!!!!

    Warm greetings from Jazz and PG, 12 year old brother (cats) who run my life!

  10. julie says:

    oooh Alice ,cant wait until Friday!xx

  11. katie says:

    Delightful! We are cat-less for the moment, and though we have a dog (whom we love to pieces) there is just something about the antics of a cat that makes for a nice giggle. Thanks for continuing to share about Raymond. I’m sure it suits him perfectly that he has his own web presence.🙂

  12. Raymondo you are a scamp!!! I can just imagine him cruising the party and ignoring you🙂 My furbaby of 15 years passed on today 😦 She will be missed but she is no longer suffering and I felt her following me out to feed the horses tonight and she was young and agile again.

  13. Mar says:

    I can just picture all this through Raymond’s eyes. It must bring a chuckle to his face everytime he melts someones heart.
    I have a kitten too now, my female dog has 5 puppies that some of them are leaving this week. Last week my oldest daughter brought a kitten that she found on her way home from school, the little thing was wet and hungry. We learned from the vet that he was only 3 or 4 weeks old. So Molly enbrace him like one of her owns and is feeding him. This gracious thing is so cute, I’m very tempted to keep him but I keep questioning, what am I going to do with 3 dogs and a kitten? I have the female, the male dog and now because of the kids cutie patootie faces we are keeping a puppy.
    I’m still evaluating!

  14. José says:

    Dear Alice,

    great to read your post, as usual.. !
    Put a wide grin on my face.. I can vividly imagine that scene at the coffee table.. 🙂

    And as said above; I agree in finding your blog very inspirational, big ups !
    Though I am currently trying to crochet a bag and we are going onwards to summer, I’d just love to knit my own socks now !

    Warm spring greetings,

  15. Liz says:

    Alice I just LOVE reading your blog and catching up on your craft news and also stories of Raymond. It’s so inspiring. I am knitting my first pair of socks, hopefully they turn out as nice as your opals!
    love Liz from sydney

  16. Sara says:

    Animals are so brilliant. We own a cat and two dogs, they have such distinct personailities just love them.


  17. Karen says:

    Oh Alice, that is a seriously good photo of Himself! And I’ve giggled my way through your description as it seems have all of us here, imagining the scene downstairs!!! It’s such fun to hear about him and I always look forward to Raymondo posties! Looking forward to your Friday post, yippeeee! xxxx

  18. Melissa says:

    Haven’t you realized, you don’t have a cat, he has a couple of slaves? Oreo is quite vocal and has no problem letting us know his displeasure if we are not meeting his need properly. Smokey will just wake us up at 3 am🙂

  19. Julie says:

    Cats rule here too, visitors have been known to sit on the floor instead of moving the cat out of the chair!!

  20. Michelle says:

    Raymond sounds like “That Darn Cat” Disney movie cat! I completely agree with you. I have a beautiful Blue point Siamese, and Jinxie refuses to have anything to do with my DH after 3 years! They have their own personalities and their own minds. My baby is an inside cat, and she doesn’t like new people due to past abuse by previous owners. However, she is quite happy with her momma. LOL! I just love the colors of your projects. I noticed that you added some new ones lately. They are so pretty!

  21. Raymond reminds me of Zora our downstairs neighbour’s cat. Before we adopted our dog Alf, Zora used to sit on our window ledge until we opened it, then would inspect the flat before settling for our sofa, our living room rug or, even occasionally, our bed. She would either leave of her own accord or we would chuck her out when we went to bed. She almost had a heart attack the day we came back with Alf. She has been sulking ever since!

  22. Sarah says:

    Cats are purrfect. One visits us most days and has a wander around the place,then takes a nap upstairs before returning to his rightful owners (their garden backs out on to ours). They don,t seem to mind sharing him.

  23. Raymond is clearly the master of schmooze. If he were a goat, he’d have ALL the Peanuts. Of this I have no doubt. By the way, that is a remarkably wonderful photo of himself, and a stunning backdrop. Just look at all that lush green a goat could browse through!

  24. Penelope says:

    How brilliant is Raymond! I love the fact that he chooses to be fickle in ignoring you and KB and then comes home smelling of various perfume scents, just brilliant! really made me smile :0) Looking forward (as always) to your friday reveal xox

  25. Virtual Lintu says:

    He is a very handsome cat …. and evidently, he’s well aware of it! x

  26. Samantha H says:

    We’ve just got a new kitten called Poppy, and she already rules the house! She’s too little to venture outside yet, but I’m sure she’ll rule the neighbourhood when she can get out! Its a shame they will never meet…

    Samantha xx

  27. Eve says:

    Yes, Raymond most definitely is the King. He is positively gorgeous.. and I am sure his personality personifies that!
    My wee one moves in with us tonight! I am so excited! I will be blogging about her very soon!

  28. Teje says:

    Hi Raymond! You look very hansom and I’m sure you can keep your neighbourhood in order! I think you have found it – best moments of the day in each home!
    Lots of sunny wishes from Nelli
    Ps. I’m Nero’s cat, if you don’t know me.

  29. Liza Flores says:

    What a lovely picture of the King of the hill!!!! No wonder your work has a ray of happy colors you just need to look out your window and there lies your canvas. Take Care and have a good day.

  30. Jillian_R says:

    You’re ‘da man Raymond!!!
    My daughter has a yorkie-poo that does the same thing. Such a lovely picture. It looks very pleasant. Enjoy your day!

  31. Ruth says:

    Raymond working the room – I’d definitely like to see that!

  32. Sarah says:

    Alice, you write so well I can almost smell the perfume on Raymond. He is a very lucky cat but then he has so much personality. I can see why he is so loved. It just come across in his pictures.

    Come on now, start crocheting something wonderful so I can get out of my “crochet funk” and copy it. Sarah in HOT, DRY Texas

  33. Anki says:

    King Raymond rules😀

  34. Heather says:

    He looks so innocent in that photo. Aw.
    Did you ever read the book “Six Dinner Sid”? If not I will have to send you a copy🙂

  35. Sandi says:

    Go Raymond, what a cat….I did think to myself, it’s just as well your new ‘downstairs’ like cats, although it sounds like Raymond can weave spells of love.
    x Sandi

  36. penelope dubois says:

    Hilarious! Quite the personality!
    Life isn’t complete without animals! They give me so much pleasure.
    That’s a mighty Big Mouse you favoured on Rave! Maybe for the Big Boy?

  37. Meredith says:

    Alice, I think all your neighbors should take pictures of Raymond when he comes for a visit. You can write a children’s book on his adventures and KB can illustrate it. I know I would buy it.
    Love to you, KB and of course the star, Raymond.

  38. Pammy Sue says:

    Have I told you lately that I love me some Raymond? I do. Enjoyed your post.

  39. Mary says:

    Alice….Absolutely Outstanding Story & Picture of Raymond……!!! He looks very Regal, perched there, atop of his abode. I love the lush greenery. Very Grand…!!!!!!
    I am looking forward to your next Tutorial…
    Loveland, Colorado

  40. Maria says:

    I can just picture the regal Raymond schmoozing the new neighbours, house rules or Raymond rules, Raymond every time. Super pic of a very handsome boy thanks, and looking forward to Fridays post. Thanks Alice for the humour, warmth and inspiration.

  41. Diemie says:

    Hi Alice,
    I just wanted to let you know that I always enjoy reading your blog.
    Your work is wonderful, especially your lovely tea cozies!
    I also like to read about Raymond’s adventures, since I have a cat myself I know how enchanting their personalities can be!🙂
    Have a nice day Alice! Love, Diemie from the Netherlands.

  42. Marlene Bailey says:

    Hi from Cape Town South Africa. Alice I am a newcomer and just love reading about Raymond and ofcourse the knitting/crochet. Thanks a million for generously sharing your knowledge with us all over the world so that we may increase our skills. You will always be remembered for this. What caught my eye when I first landed on your site was the exquisite red cushion that Raymond is sitting next to, is there any way I can get hold of this pattern nevermind the cost involved.
    Marlene Bailey

  43. Hello Alice,
    wonderful tale about his Royal Highness, I never, ever tire of reading about his antics, you could write a book about them and I’d be the first to pre-order it on Amazon. I’m sorry I haven’t commented on your last week’s posts, it was one of those weeks which was a struggle to focus on anything, I’ve got so much on, I’m reacting by burying my head. Still, you and KB and Raymond are always in my thoughts.
    Love Vanessa xxx

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