Christmas magic :)

MM-Avatar       That´s an odd looking spiky thing daddy.  It doesn´t smell like one of the things from out of our kingdom.  It´s nice though,  what with all those shiny papery bits and bright coloured balls hanging on the ends of the stick things.

I can see my face in the ball and look – the ball´s starting to move – let me get my claws on it!       🙂

author-Avatar       Mr Midnight will you kindly stop messing about.  Of course the baubles are swinging from side to side – I´m trying to  put these fairy lights on the tree!

MM-Avatar       Baubles?   Fairy lights?  Do you still believe in fairies daddy?  Are fairy lights kind of like “landing lights” for fairies?  It looks like we´re going to pawwwwty!

author-Avatar       Fairy lights are all part of the magic of christmas.  Some households use candles instead of fairy lights to decorate their christmas tree but with you two moping around the house,  candles are out of the question.

MM-Avatar       Well the tree certainly looks pretty.  I like the dangly, silver shiny stuff  hanging from the stick bits.

SW-Avatar       Your funny bright tree doesn´t smell or look like the ones out in the garden.  Does it have something to do with the fairy lights?

author-Avatar       No Sir Winston.  I always use an imitation Christmas tree and the fairy lights were  invented by an American guy (Mr Edison) in 1882.  I´m not sure why the lights are called “fairy lights” – possibly because from a distance, they resemble fairies dancing about.

MM-Avatar       So you have seen a fairy then?

author-Avatar       Aah, I see what you mean Mr Midnight.  No I`ve never seen a fairy but I imagine them to look something like the lights on the Christmas tree.

SW-Avatar       . . . . . . and I suppose you like imitation things because of your English upbringing?

author-Avatar       As oppose  to the  German Christmas tradition of using a real fir tree for a christmas tree,  my English roots seem to dictate that I use an “authentic”  imitation tree.  I always find it a shame that immediately after christmas,  loads of unwanted christmas trees are then  thrown out to be gathered by the local refuse company.  It all seems such a waste.  At least our imitation tree surffices for a few years.

MM-Avatar        . . . . . or a few decades! Some of the prickly-sticking-out things are protruding at outlandish  angles.  The thing seems to have seen better years.  Still, I suppose that it´s original what with nobody else having such a strange, antiquated  thing in their living-room.

They have loads of fir trees here in the Black Forest.  It´s no wonder  they´re practically giving them away when people like daddy always intend to  use tat like he´s putting up.  I happen to like “tat” – it rhymes with “cat”.    🙂

author-Avatar       If the both of you were a bit more patient you would  find  that the branches will be properly sorted when I´ve finished decorating it.   The poor things only been out of the box for ten minutes!

SW-Avatar       Are you  going to remove  the dust from the branches daddy?

author-Avatar       Yes Sir Winston.  When I get round to it.  Christmas can be rather stressy, especially with you two keeping  a careful eye on things.

MM-Avatar      What´s this “christmassy” thing anyway?   I noticed the same fuss last year.  Humans suddenly started being nice to one another and a buzz of  magical energy filled the air.  It was great.  I think you even gave me some food out of one of those golden tins.

SW-Avatar       Christian humans celebrate Christmas because of that famous chap having being born.  Birthdays are so nice.

MM-Avatar       You mean that bloke who´s responsible for the terrific din everyday? You know, all that banging and clanging of metal at all hours, night and day.  We cats can´t get any shut-eye because of his goings-on.

author-Avatar       I´ve told you before Mr Midnight. It´s called Church bell ringing  and the person in who´s honour we celebrate  Christmas is called Jesus.

SW-Avatar       He seems such an agreeable type.  So sympathetic.  I like the way you humans celebrate Christmas.  Roughly four weeks a year,  apart from when humans have their football world championships,  “modern” people are really nice  towards one another and are happy instead of being grumpy or  disatisfied.   At this time of year, most seem to find some peace in their hearts and allow the “magic of life” to surround them.

author-Avatar       I´ve noticed the same thing Sir Winston.  Collectively, humans do have it within them to achieve great things but most of the time, we tend to winge and moan about all things under the sun.

MM-Avatar       If only it was possible to capture the energy of Christmas, or the energy surrounding football world championships, with which to use that positive energy throughout the year.  The human race could achieve  almost anything.  What a great life we would ALL lead.

For the moment, I suppose we will all have to remain content with just  four weeks a year of positive insight.

SW-Avatar       I can´t quite fathom it.  Most of you celebrate the spirit of Christmas but the majority of you do not abide by what you celebrate.  Do you not listen to the wise wisdom of your teachings?   What´s the point in wishing for peace on earth at the end of the year when the majority of you seem to not live with peace in your hearts.

Oh yes,  the majority of humans  may believe that they have peace in their  hearts but without judging anybody,  their behavioural patterns throughout the year and daddy´s newspaper dictate a different picture. Prejudice, egoism, jealousy, materialism,  lack of tolerance and broad mindedness, greed for money and power and a disregard for basic manners to name just a few characteristics.  Even though you may not be aware, to some extent,  most of you humans seem to be  corrupted by some of these characteristics.

Doesn´t this Jesus chap  give you an added  incentive to really want to change your ways in which to give peace a real  chance?

Peace on earth can only occur when the last man  (human) on earth has found true peace in their hearts.  You will truly know when you´ve discovered that peace because it will then be impossible to disrespectfully think bad things towards others or  act selfishly.

MM-Avatar       Wow Sir Winston,  that would be a great Christmas present wouldn´t it.  You know, the humans not just talking about peace but actually  managing to find true peace in their hearts and acting accordingly.  🙂

I´ll not give up believing that someday, this dream may happen.  Until then I think I´ll help daddy with that long, thin, silvery stuff.

author-Avatar       The human race is on its way boys.  The path it decides to take will be the correct path, however it turns out to be.

SW-Avatar       Precisely, one receives what one needs.

Can I have a go at putting the star on the top of the tree?

MM-Avatar       I would rather plonk an angel on the top of the tree.  What do you think daddy?

author-Avatar       After I´ve finished decorating the tinsel I suggest we place the angel on the tree top one week  and the star the following week.  Would that be OK for you two?

MM-Avatar SW-Avatar       Fine daddy.  A good idea.  🙂

MM-Avatar  SW-Avatar  author-Avatar       We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.  A very special thank you to all of you who have followed our adventures in 2013.  We wish you all the very, very best in the festive season and look forward to continuing our adventures in 2014.

In Peace, Love and Respect from your Mr Fred Midnight, Sir George Francis Winston and myself.

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Are you deprived of holiday?

author-Avatar       It´ll  be holiday time very shortly.

MM-Avatar       And what holiday will it be this time?

author-Avatar       Christmas Mr Midnight.  Christmas is the time when Christian humans celebrate the birth of Jesus.

MM-Avatar       You humans love taking time off don´t you.  It sounds like any old excuse to have a pawty – but I´m game for that. This Jesus guy is quite an important figure isn´t he.

SW-Avatar       You all seem to like celebrating which if kept in healthy balance, is good for the soul.  By the way daddy, don´t get irritated by Mr Midnights sly remarks about you having another holiday.

He should talk – we cats are always on holiday!

MM-Avatar       That´s true Sir Winston,  but I thought that  humans had made so many rules and that  one of them stipulated that humans HAVE to go to work.  It seems that the humans in our neck of the woods are also,  always on holiday.  Don´t they like abiding by their rules?

author-Avatar       Sadly, many humans do not enjoy going to work. Work can be quite pleasurable but many (European) humans don´t seem to like working. I suppose they feel over-worked, underpaid and deprived of time-off.

SW-Avatar       That´s rather sad daddy.  I believe that humans have to go to work for approximately 40 or so years before they are allowed to stop working.  That´s a very long time – especially if you don´t like working.

author-Avatar       Which is where all the dissatisfaction comes in. Many modern European individuals still want to ignore the fact that the majority of us will thankfully,  live much  longer than in times past and that the present retiring age MUST BE extended if we all wish  to continue enjoying our comfortable social systems.

Obviously, most modern individuals will disagree with my above statement and will want to blindly,  carry on as though everything is still all hunky-dory.

MM-Avatar       ………a chunky what?

SW-Avatar       He didn´t say anything about “chunky” things Mr Midnight. You´re always thinking about food.

author-Avatar       I´ll go and see if I can find some food for you in a minute Mr Midnight.  Please hold your horses.

MM-Avatar       I´ll do my best, although I only have four spindly legs.  🙂

author-Avatar       The 2013 Vacation Deprivation Study from Expedia and Harris Interactive paints quite an ugly picture  as regards what European individuals  feel about their vacation time and reality.  By the way, here is a link to the survey.

(http://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/2013-vacation-deprivation-study)

For example, most Europeans, especially from countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain, feel that they are the most vacation-deprived than anybody else. However, when reading the survey one will find that in actual fact, European countries have more vacation time than any other country in the world.

France has a whopping 30 days a year vacation with 90% of the French believing that they do not have enough holiday.

The US worker receives 14 days a year (and will take 10) and a South Korean receives 10 days a year (and will take 7)

SW-Avatar       But you all need to take time off work otherwise you´ll get poorly.

author-Avatar       Absolutely true Sir Winston and indeed, there is nothing wrong with taking a lot of holiday. The problem seems to be that the majority of Europeans believe that they are “deprived” when in actual fact, and compared to the rest of the world, we Europeans are very well off.

I just get tired of hearing everyone  (Europeans) moaning and complaining about how bad they feel they are  treated in the workplace.  Obviously, the workplace cannot always be perfect and unfortunately, there are those who suffer,  but we Europeans are still quite priviliged to be able to have so much holiday,  get paid when we are sick and have a generous sprinkling of Bank holidays into the bargain.  The continual stance of  always wanting to get  paid as much as possible will also bring about negative tendencies of possibly. having to work more for ones extra salary.

MM-Avatar       But at least there is one similarity between you European humans and us cats.   We are both, very spoiled.

author-Avatar       At least you acknowledge the fact Mr Midnight.  Modern humans seem to always take things for granted and are quite ignorant of their surroundings.

SW-Avatar       Are you not thankful for what you have?

author-Avatar       Some of us seem to be but when things get too comfortable in life (one doesn´t necessarily have to conciously be aware of the fact), modern humans tend to become disatisfied and then want even more.

Modern individuals love playing the role of “victim of society”.

MM-Avatar       Puurrhaps you European people should take a bit of time to read the study daddy informed you about and then you´ll realise how lucky you all really are.

SW-Avatar       According to the study, you´ve all got a lot of time coming up. When you´ve finished celebrating this Jesus guys birthday, perhaps you could find  time to read the survey and then be thankful for what you already have.

MM-Avatar       Happy reading. I´m off to get a food-stick.

SW-Avatar       And I think i´ll join you Mr Midnight. We´re both thankful for the time we´ve been given  on this planet.

Enjoy,  and please European humans – relax a little !    🙂

Kick the habit!

DSCN0673      Why don´t you just ignore it Sir Winston?  You´re always up to your old tricks.  Staring at it for ages is not going to change anything now is it.  Use your noodle and a bit of logical common sense.

By the way, noodles are quite difficult for us cats to eat.  I can´t see the fun in slurping down long spaghetti noodles. They tend to get wrapped around my whiskers and then daddy complains about the awful mess. Still, I´ve got to give him something to moan about haven´t I!     🙂

SW-Avatar      One can also use the word  “noggin” or  “noddle”  as oppose to  using the word “noodle” when referring to the head or brain Mr Midnight.  You´re also trapped within your habits – you´ve always got food on your mind.

MM-Avatar      I´d sooner have food in my stomach than on my mind.   🙂

I can´t help thinking about food.  You´re right – it must be  a habit.

SW-Avatar      Be quiet Mr Midnight, the twig´s  changed position again.   It could spell danger.

MM-Avatar      Well to calm your nerves, lets go and investigate. The way some cats go on!  You´re  getting to be just like a human.

SW-Avatar      But I´m afraid.  I think we should just wait a while and then go and  see if anything has happened.

MM-Avatar      Come on, lets strike while the irons hot, as English people often say. I´m not hanging around out here in this windy weather.  It keeps ruffling my fur and I´ve only just finished styling my cool furstyle.

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The wind  had started to pick up and the  rustle of garden  leaves  gave the garden a magical, mystical,  slightly scary  atmosphere.  The late Autumn evening was illuminated by a full moon and fast-moving clouds made shadows dance across the lawn.  An owl hooted  far afield in what seemed to intensify the atmosphere.

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MM-Avatar      Mr Midnight thought:-

Blooming heck.  That flying thing´s making a hell of a racket.  It´ll frighten poor Sir Winston.  He´s under enough pressure as it is without him getting burnout from a noisy flying thing.

Actually, some of the time I feel like I´m a flying thing  –  I believe a pigeon is what humans call it.  Some days  I feel like a pigeon,  and on others,  like a statue, as the human saying goes.   Oh well, that´s  life.

With Sir Winston  it seems to be  the other way around.  He often believes  that he´s a statue and seldom a pigeon.  Apart from daddy,  he allows virtually anything and everybody  to  get him down. He lets people, and strange objects!, walk all over him.  It´s about time he concentrated on throwing away his negative past habits and fears  and started to  buck his ideas up a bit.

SW-Avatar    I´m ready when you are Mr Midnight.  Just go steady and take your time.

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Without much thought,  Mr Midnight crept straight up to the pile of twigs and started prodding them with his paws.

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SW-Avatar      Is it safe?

MM-Avatar      Of course it is.  It was only the wind blowing the hard, prickly things. There´s nothing to worry about.

SW-Avatar      I knew all the time, I was only testing you.

MM-Avatar      Yeah, right Sir Winston.  Only testing me.  Always excuses.

You´re slowly turning into a human.  Humans  have their  habits and most of them are terrified of  casting their past, negative habits aside.  If they only new what lay in store for them if they ceased being led by their negative thoughts and  habits.

SW-Avatar      Well I´m trying my very  best.  At least I´m aware that I have a problem.  My fears often arise in such scary  situations.  I think that my fears are from my past and that over the years, they have become much  larger.

MM-Avatar      That´s precisely the problem Sir Winston.  Your fears are from the past and  not necessarily, part of  reality.  Your fears are a “recording” of your experiences from a similar occassion in the past.  Your fears create a world that is not real,  but don´t worry Sir Winston, at least you acknowledge the fact in which case, I may be able to help you.

The pattern of your behaviour is just a habit which needs to be kicked.

SW-Avatar      Thanks a lot Mr Midnight.  It´s nice to have a friend who stays by your side in whatever circumstance.  I really want to kick the habit of diving under the hedge everytime the sticks move on what seems, their own accord.  It is very stressful.

MM-Avatar      I´ll help you step out of your established disposition of the mind.  You can rely on me.  I´ve learnt a lot from watching the humans.  Most of them seem to be totally out of their minds – blindly following their established habits and negative trains of thought.

If a habit is pawsitive – keep it. If not – get rid of it before it gets rid of you.  Negative habits disguise the true self because whether you believe it or not – all living beings,  when left to their own devices, are free of negativity.  I know, it´s hard to believe, especially when observing humans, but bad habits eventually eat away the soul and create a living hell for the “being” involved.

SW-Avatar      Wow!  Heavy stuff Mr Midnight.  I can certainly learn a thing or two from you.   🙂

MM-Avatar      Well if you didn´t dive under the hedge everytime you saw a human, you´d know as well.  Observation is one of my main pastimes.  There is always something to learn.

First, we´ll have to find a way with which to boost your self-confidence and then we´ll go on from there.  I´ll help you “kick the bucket”!  🙂

SW-Avatar       Sorry. . . . . .   “kick the bucket”!  Didn´t you mean “kick the habit”   You´re a right boost to my self-confidence Mr Midnight.

MM-Avatar      I wanted to slip a little pun in so that you don´t take  all  this too seriously.  Life is not serious you know.  Humans tend to  take themselves far too seriously when in actual fact, their lives would become  much easier if they avoided taking themselves too seriously.

SW-Avatar      OK,  I´m game if your game.  Let´s go for it!   Lets kick the habit.  🙂

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