Friday, February 26, 2010


This has been the kind of week that has me thinking the second drink on that list has my name written all over it. We're buried in two new feet of heavy, wet snow, and a local meteorologist has just predicted hurricane force winds for Vermont beginning this evening. I'd say that's better than a stick in the eye, but if I venture out tomorrow I may have a chance to test the validity of that statement. Just last evening a twenty foot tree branch dropped in our driveway - tragically far from the neighbor's cat dangerously close to the garage. I jest, of course - but am actually concerned for what tomorrow will bring. A mountain rises from our back yard, and the potential for damage from trees falling has me nervous. So before we batten down the hatches let me get to the point.

It's party time.

If you played along Monday, thanks! I know I made the games utterly annoying, but that's all me. Would you have expected anything less? Or more? Either way, I have to tell you that the e-mail responses I received were a laugh riot. It has been impossible to reply to individual messages, but know that reading them made my week. And for those who asked, the answer is yes - the squirrel really exists. I'm not that cruel. Just ask these ten people. Not only did they find that little bugger, they also answered all questions correctly and had the highest total score (combined height and distance) in the Cat-a-pult. Let's meet our winners! For the sake of simplicity I'm just going to list Cat-a-pult scores for each, since the answers to the pic quizzes were obvious.

1st    Linda M.  from Montreal                   139,330  Yep, you read that right. I'll include a pic below to fend off disbelief. I have never even come close!
2nd   Kristin G   from Virginia                    53,126
3rd   Cynthia G  from Connecticut              41,384
4th    Hannah B from  Oregon                    27,839
5th    Heather C from Georgia                    20,486
6th    Huskee and Hershey from Singapore 14,468
7th    Maryann P from  New Jersey             13,600
8th    Andrea J  from   Ohio                        13,113
9th    Christine W from Maine                     12,141       
10th  Traci L from California                       11,628

Nice going players! I have to tell you that I wish I had enough prizes to send to all who played - you made this more fun than work for me, so thank you! Winners - please drop a comment here to acknowledge that you've found yourself in the list. An e-mail will follow.

Now let's look at two quick pics.

First, that high score. Impressive - despite what the cat may have to say.

And for the haters - that elusive, furry little rodent that had you squinting and cursing me is right...

Thanks to all who made this such a fun exercise. I cannot wait for the summer Olympics when we can do this again. And I'll make this promise in advance - no squirrels!

Have a great weekend and hug your dogs for us.



  1. Holy crap that is a high score!!! Good job everyone. By the way, what was the answer to that first silly question?

  2. how did i miss this? what olympics? screw checking FB by phone. i miss everything.

    i'd pay to see a greyhound have sex on a bichon.

  3. Wow, that looks like some awful weather where you are, best to stay in that bar where it is warm and cozy (wink wink).
    Hmm, those games look very interesting, well done to the winners.

  4. Yuh, Momma ventured out last night and had to dodge branches on the street all the way home. Hopefully today's weather will be a bit tamer.


  5. Christine W from Maine6:42 AM

    Wahoo! Top 10! Thanks for the smile this morning.

    The wind and rain had me sleeping on a dog bed last night trying to calm a very frightened hound. I'll be joining you in the bar later if this weather doesn't improve.

  6. Cynthia G from Connecticut here - I'm thrilled! It was a lot of fun, and if I never play Cat-A-Pult again, it will be too soon. :)

    Sorry to hear that you're getting our weather. We had tons of rain yesterday, a "flash freeze" last night (sounds so "Day after Tomorrow" to me!), and now it's snowing like crazy with high winds.

    Good luck with your weather and trees, and thanks for making this a fun week for me, too!


  7. Gah! I hate that catapult! :P I hope you guys don't get buried in the snow and the trees hold up. We would be lost without our Nigel fix!

  8. Congrats to all the winners! This was fun, and I can't wait for the summer games to roll around. Be safe in the snowstorm. High paws from Dixie & Grace!

  9. Looks like a ton of fun, congratulations to all the winners!

    I'm pretty happy to NOT be anywhere close to New England, right now! I hope this next storm's bark is worse then it's bite.

    On the bright side, you'll be seeing crocuses pretty darn soon!

  10. Congrats to all your winners - Mom says her eyes are too far gone to try that one. Hope your weekend is safe and fun, no power outages, no wind damage, and maybe a puppy visit:) Actually can we all come, we so need some snow.

    Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  11. Mama just hugged me...I am worried.


    PeeEss...Your sight helps make blogging fun! Thanks for all your hard work!

  12. Well done to everyone.

  13. Hi all,
    We heard about all the new snow you have...we cannot imagine that much snow since we are in the South but we can certainly identify with hurricane force winds....and on top of all the snow. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prays in hopes the winds aren't that bad.
    Madi and Mom

  14. Now that looks like a bar I could get into!

    Congrats to the winners! Awesome scores! I didn't have time to toss the cat but I have to brag that it only took me 2 seconds to sniff out that squirrel.

    Watch out for those big fallin' sticks, LWD!!!

    Chester ;0=)

  15. Yikes! this winter has to be bad when you VTers throw in the stick (um Towel).
    So my FURend Baxter posted a grrrreat recipe today. Perhaps you would like to try it. It DOES require some Two Legger ASSistance.
    Snow Truffles
    Ingredients: One TREAT and Snow
    Have the T.L. cover the Treat with Snow and pack tightly. Then you get to Chomp In!!
    Let me know if you try it.
    PeeS LOVE the drink Choices. Was Normie there???

  16. Wooohooooooo!!!! Cannot believe we actually came in 6th!! OMdoG it's amazing that our game score was 'good enough' to even qualify (mom's still nursing an aching finger and throbbing head.. Darn squirrel!!!)

    thank you, thank you, thank you for organising this!!!

    Have a lovely weekend and I hope you get some sunshine.

    Huskee& Hershey

  17. Stay safe East Coasters !

  18. Around here, 'we' drink to evfurrything and anything!

    Cheers to those might hunters!

    Watch out fur them stikhks!


  19. Wheeee! We came in 7th!!! Had a lot of fun playing, but never dreamed we'd be in the top 10!

    Nigel is Henderson's idol (a corgi can always dream!)

  20. Hope you guys weather the storm up there!! Batten down the hatches!!

    Woofs and Kisses!

  21. Cheers! We'll have a few more drinks ofur here fur you!

    Sam & June

  22. Congrats to the winners! I too am going to have some drinks :)

  23. Stay safe and cozy this weekend!

  24. I'm thrilled by my 2nd place finish! Congratulations to the other winners, and everyone that participated. It was great fun!
    I hope you all stay safe this weekend, and the storm takes it easy on you!
    Kristin G.

  25. First, a big congrats to the winners! I must apologize... I forgot about Monday's events. {head hanging in shame} I swear I need a reminder for everything in my life lately...

    Second, do stay safe this weekend and keep all the furkids away from any of those big mean trees... I'd say it's the perfect Friday night to stay in and have a few hot coffees with Bailey's and whip cream. Yum, wish I had some Bailey's here, but alas, we're supposed to get up to 50 degrees this afternoon and tomorrow, so maybe I'll have a long island iced tea instead. ;-)

  26. Agh!!! more more cold winds.... make it stop!

  27. Stay warm and safe; hope you don't lose power.

    Congrats to all the winners!

  28. (squinting piteously.)
    I can't read black background blogs:(
    Humungous bummer.
    Thanks for commenting on my patheticness!

  29. Nigel, you are the kind of bartender I would love to have! Mix me up a drink!

    Be careful in your treacherous weather. Hope you all stay safe and cozy warm!

    Congratulations to all the winners! Good job! I guess it is good that my human missed the deadline. She found the squirrel but her Cat-A-Pult score leaves me hanging my tail in shame.

    Have a furry fun - and snow safe - week-end!


  30. WOW! We came in first!! Another gold medal for Canada!!

    This was lots of fun, even if I'm feeling very sorry for that poor cat.

    We had the same weather here but that's just winter blowing itself out. Take heart - spring is on the way!

  31. Oh, dude, I can't believe I missed my chance still. This was an awesome contest. As for the top shot: priceless. I'll take a Cat-a-Tonic please.

  32. Dearie, I didn't get the other puzzles either. Okay, the one with the notorious people, yes. But the first one with the pictures. Sorry, you know I'm blonde.

  33. We are bummed we missed it, but congrats to the winners!!

  34. Hmm... we missed out on all the fun and games - congrats to the winners!