Festivus and the Airing of Grievances.

Pia's Christmas card - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Pia’s Christmas card – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

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Not wanting the Niblets to get all the holiday attention, Pia insisted she have her own Christmas card this year and… that might have had something to do with wanting to share with her boyfriend Dexter of Cherry City Kitties. In that case, D’s going to see it twice because Pia demanded Mom post it on Facebook last week. So here it is (again) for everyone else.

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Today is Festivus, a parody holiday sometimes celebrated here at Colehaus. We generally forgo the official dinner, setting up an unadorned aluminum pole, the labeling of easily explainable events and the feats of strength unless insisted upon.

But we don’t pass up the Airing of Grievances. Someone or many someones often have things to say here so this is their big chance to let loose on all those year-long stored up complaints.

Maxx complains about drab crates - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx complains about drab crates – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx complains: Just because I’m a big boy doesn’t mean I should always get stuck with the battleship-gray crate.

Our comments: Actually, it does mean just that, Maxx, because you’d get stuck IN our colorful smaller crates. But we understand your point and we’ll work on changing that next year. Colorful Sharpies or stickers, perhaps? Next!

Miss Newton doesn't want to complain, but... - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton doesn’t want to complain, but… – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton says: I don’t want to complain but… I don’t think I get enough online air time.

Our comments: Fair enough. Just remember who doesn’t like the flashy box the next time Mom has it out, okay? Next!

Tessa doesn't like cleaniness - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Tessa doesn’t like cleaniness – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Tessa complains: Someone, whose name begins with M-O-M, keeps taking my pee. I know just where I left it and then, suddenly, it’s gone. Why is that? Don’t you know I’m putting my pee where I think it should go? And maybe more importantly, where IS it going? Somehow, I don’t think it’s being used for anything more important, and this place just isn’t the same without my pee. So I’d like my pee back, please. All of it!

Our comments: You’ve got to be kidding. Tessa, your grievance is over removal of urine? Next!

Pia withdraws her grievance because her holiday card was posted twice. Whew! Missed a bullet there!

Quint and Olivia say... - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint and Olivia say… – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint says: Step away from my train, Olivia. It’s mine! I’m commandeering this thing.

Olivia counters: I think your train is short a caboose!

Our comments: So, no real complaints here, we take it? Anyone? Anyone? Okay, next!

Ruby's complaint - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby’s complaint – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby mentions: Not really a grievance or anything but could I share something other than just a stunningly gorgeous photo of me? Something with a little artsy pizazz?

Our comments: What, a semi-blurry photo of you at your morning yoga not cutting it, Ruby? Okay, consider your request done.

Ruby's complaint fixed - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby’s complaint fixed – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Erinn Zuzu has no complaints - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Erinn Zuzu has no complaints – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Thankfully, Erinn Zuzu didn’t have a single grievance to share especially since she’s been getting daily time away from the Niblet girls. She says: I wasn’t here for a whole year. Plus, I was taken care of while I had kittens. Nope, no complaints. I think you should take all those other grievances with a speck of kibble.

Our comments: We’ll do that, Erinn Zuzu!

As for our own grievances, Dad has a cold and Mom is trying hard not to catch it before visitors arrive tomorrow. 2013 was a big year and we’ll recap all that next week. And with that, it looks like we survived another Festivus! Hope your grievances are aired and properly addressed!

25 responses to “Festivus and the Airing of Grievances.

  1. I loved this..but what’s new there? <3

  2. Mauricio’s life is nothing but grievances. “I don’t get enough food…attention…petting…outside time…inside time…alone time…snuggling…kisses…cuddling!” He could go on and on. The rest of us are pretty content. MEOWY CATMESS! MOL, HO, HO, HO! Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia ,Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Callista Jo

  3. Happy Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  4. Tessa’s complaint, in particular, cracked us up. 😀

    We certainly have no grievance with your photography–it’s wonderful. It’s a treat to stop by and visit.

    And we’d like to wish you all a wonderful holiday and merry Christmas now, in case our power does go off with the ice storm aftermath. Take care!

    Purrs and peace,
    Nicki and Derry

  5. MOL! Festivus for the rest of us!!

    The only complaint we have is that there were no Niblet pictures today. 😉 But that’s okay…we LOVE seeing the Colehaus cats, complaints and all.

  6. Love Festivus and as always your pix are stunning. Grievances aside we hope dad is better soon and mum doesn’t catch the cold.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Oh, we are sorry your ‘rents are sick! Hopefully that will be gone sone.

  8. We hope you have wonderful holidays! Quint, your train box is fabulous! And Maxx, Tucker can relate to having plain crates. . .

  9. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday!

  10. forget complaints it Christmas Time!xx Speedy

  11. Oh I loved Festivus on Seinfeld! “Festivus for the rest of us!!” xoxo

  12. da tabbies o trout towne

    guys…well…lets see…ya noe if we start airinn grevvee sentences bout burds we will bee heer til next christmas sew we will say hope itza merree one N we will try knot ta diz burds in 2014
    yea, rite

  13. We need an Airing of Grievances session. It may take all day, though! 😉
    Enjoy a lovely holiday week!

  14. Binga has been airing grievances all year!

  15. Never heard of Festivus until the internet. We are waiting for Christmas, or Crismouse, or Crimbo – (take your pick MOL!!)

    Good to see you guys, have a good Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy 2014.

    Merry Christmas!!

    Harvey, Miranda and Silver

  16. Pia, your card is lovely.

  17. Why didn’t anybody tell us we could air grievances? We just barf on the bedspread. This seems much more productive.

  18. It’s good you all had a chance to air your grievances so you can enjoy the end of the year on a positive note.

  19. Oh kitties, we liked your Festivus! Love Pia’s card too! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brings you lots of goodies, kitties!

  20. Pia’s card is lovely! We missed our chance to lodge complaints? Darn.
    Here we write them on little pieces of paper and burn them in the fireplace on New Year’s Eve.
    Happy Holidays!

  21. Mom Carol, you can post Pia’s card elebenty hundred times… the whole world should see just how beautiful she is!

    Hey Maxx, let’s say you and I think about a New Year’s resolution… I get the “big box” too…

    Happy Catmas everyone!


  22. Wait, we could have been observing Festivus all these years and didn’t KNOW about it? *grievance #1*