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The only winning move is fusen

Friday, November 24th, 2023 Alive 19,204 days

Annie staring down a sumo wrestler

Takayesu may be big, but Annie is quick. Sheʼll run between your legs, and next thing you know — okuridashi.

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Stalker and skulker

Sunday, December 4th, 2022 Alive 18,849 days

Annie stalking Tina

I donʼt always know when Tina is skulking around the garden, but Annie always knows.

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Hardy Boys rule

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 Alive 18,844 days

Annie hiding in a bookshelf

New from Scholastic! Itʼs Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Hidden Cat!

Look for it in a bookmobile near you!

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She just wants to help

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 Alive 18,817 days

Annie ignores the computerʼs “Rub out” button, and does it herself

Itʼs O.K., Annie. I have a button to do that.

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There's no porch light. Is she doing trick-or-treat?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 Alive 18,774 days

She's in there. Snoring.

Annie spends so much time sleeping in the closet that I decorated her front door for Halloween.

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She doesn't even have thumbs

Saturday, September 10th, 2022 Alive 18,764 days

Annie trying to use a TRS-80 Model 100

“Whadda ya mean there's no Facebook Messenger on this thing? I have to call my bookie to beat the spread!”

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Sheʼs in for a surprise

Monday, August 22nd, 2022 Alive 18,745 days

Annie tucks tighter than Thomas Daley in the men's 10 meter synchronized platform event.

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Laser focused

Sunday, July 24th, 2022 Alive 18,716 days

Antoinette staring directly into your soul

I thought I was being all clever, using my phoneʼs camera flash to see what was making that noise in the dark.

It turns out, I donʼt want to know.

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Saturday, January 1st, 2022 Alive 18,512 days

Annie watching Oliver, a cat in another window
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 Alive 18,392 days

Annie eating peanuts out of a can

I really should stop this tomfoolery. But I also want to find out if sheʼs dumb enough to get her head stuck in a peanut can.

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Time for a break

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 Alive 18,390 days

Annie obstructing the use of my ThinkPad

Annie has decided that Iʼve done enough work for today, and I should turn my attention to smaller, furrier needs.

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If you need some help, Iʼll be asleep

Friday, August 20th, 2021 Alive 18,378 days

Annie observing from on high

Annie has found a safe location from which to observe the Grand Unpacking of All the Things.

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Asleep in the deal

Friday, August 13th, 2021 Alive 18,371 days

Annie sleeping in a shopping bag

Annie is half in the bag this morning.

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“Youʼre like a miniature Buddha, covered with hair.”

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 Alive 18,369 days

Kitty in the kitchen

Annie reflects on her day.

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That looks comfy

Thursday, August 5th, 2021 Alive 18,363 days

Annie asleep on the heater

Annie relaxing at the Aloft Hotel in San Antonio.

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East bound and down, loaded up and truckinʼ

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 Alive 18,362 days

Annie keeping an eye out for bears

“Dude, there's a Smokey on your tail. Floor it!”

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Roaminʼ cat lick

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 Alive 18,362 days

Annie on the prowl

Annie surveys our room at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Fort Stockton, Texas before settling down to sleep on top of the refrigerator.

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Such great heights

Monday, August 2nd, 2021 Alive 18,360 days

Annie sleeping on a pile of furniture

After a busy day surveying the packing of all of our things, Annie snoozes high atop the pile of stuff in our living room.

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Wicker does that to her

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 Alive 18,347 days

Annie sleeps in a sunbeam in our library.
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Bess friends

Sunday, July 18th, 2021 Alive 18,345 days

Annie creeping around on a bookshelf

She canʼt read, but Annie sure digs those Nancy Drew books.

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Monday, July 12th, 2021 Alive 18,339 days

Sunday… interrupted
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Sheʼs stalking you

Monday, April 5th, 2021 Alive 18,241 days

Annie peering at me from behind the orange chair
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“Whatʼs your password?”

Monday, March 29th, 2021 Alive 18,234 days

Annie taking my job

Iʼm tired. Annie is going to work for me today.

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Like nothing at all?

Monday, March 15th, 2021 Alive 18,220 days

Annie sniffing a flower

I wonder if a daisy smells the same to her as it does to me.

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Oh, to be a cat

Monday, March 1st, 2021 Alive 18,206 days

Annie being happy

Annie doesnʼt worry about money. She doesnʼt worry about COVID. She doesnʼt know there are bad people in the world.

All she knows is that she has a full tummy, and an attentive friend. And thatʼs all that matters to her.

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Mice are not dependents

Sunday, February 28th, 2021 Alive 18,205 days

Annie doing my taxes

“If youʼd get me a computer of my own, I could finish your taxes a lot faster.”

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Sunday, February 21st, 2021 Alive 18,198 days

Annie being bored

“The boredom. I has it. Play with me.”

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Cats dig skills

Sunday, January 31st, 2021 Alive 18,177 days

Annie ignoring a game of Pong Sports

Annie is not impressed by my mad Pong skills.

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Saturday, January 30th, 2021 Alive 18,176 days

Annie in silhouette

“Does this sunlight make me look fat?”

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Good idea

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 Alive 18,165 days

Annie inspecting our supplies

“I see youʼre got enough toilet paper to last for the rest of the year. How about stocking up on kitty treats? The good stuff, none of this house-brand Safeway crap.”

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Saturday, January 16th, 2021 Alive 18,162 days

Today Annie sat in the bathroom doorway and watched as I cleaned my toilet. So naturally, I felt obligated to clean the cat box next.

I think just got guilt-tripped by a cat.

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It is the desert

Monday, January 4th, 2021 Alive 18,150 days

Annie reading the newspaper

Today I learned that Annie is in the market for a whole-home water treatment system. I guess I should clean her kitty bowls more often.

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Cheap date

Saturday, December 26th, 2020 Alive 18,141 days

Annie in a box

“Thank you for the box. Itʼs just what I wanted.”

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Just put that everywhere

Friday, December 18th, 2020 Alive 18,133 days

Today I learned that when you see a vacuum cleaner making perfect clean lines through a patch of dirt in a television commercial, itʼs not actually dirt. Itʼs 20 ounces of freshly ground coffee.

I learned this by accidentally dumping 20 ounces of freshly ground coffee on the kitchen counter. And the floor. And the cat, who bolted out of there like a four-wheeler at the start of a cross-country mud race, spewing coffee everywhere.

Still, the vacuum works pretty good. And making perfect clean lines through the debris is very soothing.

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Real rules

Friday, December 4th, 2020 Alive 18,119 days

Annie showing zero interest in the Christmas tree

I got a Christmas tree.

When we lived in apartments in Chicago and Houston and Seattle and elsewhere, we always had real trees. Then when we moved into the big house here, we always had fake trees. Counterintuitive. Now that weʼre in an apartment again, I went real once more.

Darcie sent a picture of the tree to her sister, and sheʼs convinced itʼs fake. Itʼs sad when people are so used to fake things they think the real thing is inferior. Iʼm guilty of that, too. Banana-flavored ice pops tastes way better than actual bananas.

Annie shows zero interest in the Christmas tree. While I appreciate the lack of mischief, she really is a poor cat.

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What a mug

Saturday, September 5th, 2020 Alive 18,029 days

Annie on a bag of coffee

Todayʼs coffee is Kitty Coffee from Populace Coffee in Bay City, Michigan. Of course, your coffee can be Doggie Coffee or whatever you want, since Populace will print whatever you want on the bag. Upload a photo, and add some text, and youʼre done.

The price is pretty reasonable, considering that itʼs a one-off printing. I think itʼs around $22, including shipping.

That said, even though the coffee is good, this is an operation to avoid. When I shop online, I use a different e-mail address with each merchant. Thatʼs how I know that Populace sold my e-mail address to spammers, and also sold my phone number to text message spammers trying to push coffee grinders on me. This is not how you win a repeat customer.

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Adore me!

Sunday, August 16th, 2020 Alive 18,009 days

Annie telling me that itʼs time to stop reading ther newspaper and time to start scratching her belly

Sunday, interrupted.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2020 Alive 17,959 days

About the only normal thing these days is the cat. She eats. She poops. She licks herself. All the normal things a cat should do. Sheʼs never been very bright, so she doesnʼt know anything is wrong. The last cat was very empathetic. He knew when something was wrong, and would comfort us. If he heard Darcie cry or yelp or swear, heʼd run to her side. Now she only has me. Itʼs not the same thing.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2019 Alive 17,421 days

A curled cat

Happy cat, or dead bug? You decide.

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Sunday, December 16th, 2018 Alive 17,400 days

Annie inside the Atari cabinet

Whenever I break out the wood grain wonder, Annie comes to join me.

She doesnʼt always set up camp in the cabinet, though.

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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 Alive 17,392 days

Totally not a scratching post

Santa dropped off a present for the Annie and Henri today. Hopefully they donʼt figure out what it is.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 Alive 17,389 days

Annie and pizza in bed

I hurt my back this morning, so when I got home all I wanted to do is sit in the bed, watch TV, and eat a pizza. Now I have a furry little nurse to make sure Iʼm OK.

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 Alive 17,376 days

A mostly immoble Annie

Watching the dog show on TV was really inspirational. I think my animals may have a chance.

Annie, for example, is a shoo-in for “Best in Slow.”

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Monday, November 5th, 2018 Alive 17,359 days


This is not a still frame from a video of Annie rolling over. This is just how she lays on the floor these days.

She really is the strangest thing on four paws.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 Alive 17,354 days


“Happy Halloween!”

Annie getting her Halloween on.
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 Alive 17,312 days

A snoring cat

I have a California King bed, six pillows, and four inches of memory foam and I will never sleep as soundly as this cat on the fake wood floor.

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Saturday, September 15th, 2018 Alive 17,308 days

Annie having a grand old time

The catʼs frolicking in my dirty socks. I guess laundry will just have to wait until tomorrow.

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Monday, September 3rd, 2018 Alive 17,296 days

Annie and her shiny friend

One of these cats is an inanimate object. The other is a brass statue.

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Saturday, September 1st, 2018 Alive 17,294 days

A grumpy cat

The face you make when the fitted sheet swallows everything else in the dryer and turns into a giant laundry ball thatʼs toasty warm and dry on the outside and crusty wet on the inside.

At least thatʼs the face I make.

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 Alive 17,290 days

Cabinet critters

I should probably clean out my bathroom cabinet. Itʼs starting to attract vermin.

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Friday, August 24th, 2018 Alive 17,286 days

A monorail cat

“Monorail Cat has reached the terminal station. All change for Roomba service to Tunaville, Darcieʼs Snugglebus to Leaky Sink Central, and Express Sprint service to Litter Box Town.”

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 Alive 17,285 days

Not a kitty drink

I donʼt know if this is a tiny intervention, or if she wants one, too.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2018 Alive 17,281 days

Annie trying to take a bite out of a cactus

Annie is cute. Not smart. Just cute.

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 Alive 17,277 days

An angry Annie

Itʼs not resting bitch face. Thatʼs actual bitch face. Happy birthday, Annie!

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Saturday, July 21st, 2018 Alive 17,252 days

Annieʼs belly

Sunlight. Moonlight. Whatever warms your belly.

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