Here’s to Nip and the Cats Who Love It.

I tell The Fluffy One that it's hot and he should come in. "Eh, go play with your kitten," The Fluffy One tells me. He's laying in catnip, and gets excited about crunching the leaves. "The nip, it opens the magical portal! Yes!" In the third panel, The Fluffy One purrs in the sun with the spirit of his bro purring nearby.

Man, if catnip could do that I’d let it grow AAAAAAALLLLLL OVER THE PLACE. (Hi, Mum!)

Yesterday was 16 years since we adopted the Ninja Twins, and I wish they still had each other (here, in this world. X-Files taught me to specify when I’m making wishes). The universe ain’t been right without the double stuff.

The Ninja Twins lounging in the sun near some catnip.

The Ninja Twins in 2015, enjoying some sun and nip.

Happy gotcha day, buns. Double treats for Fluffman and nip for everyone! (Except my Mum, she knows why.)

The Bright Side

The Slinky One continues his message. "Okay, I'll see you when I see you. You're all gonna die and I'll have slept on all the good stuff first." Four hours, twenty-four minutes, and three seconds into his video, he announces that he's now gonna sing some songs. In the third panel, we're all watching The Slinky One on the computer, singing Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

I have to admit one month later, I can’t find the bright side of losing my Slinky Son, but I started this year listening to Eric Idle’s audiobook Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: A Sortabiography. I credit the Pythons for keeping me alive until black cats came into my life, and for the first week of 2019, one spent some time in my ears on those cold mornings when I was horribly aware of what was coming. Did I do my Slinky son justice? Only here in the comic. Would this be what he’d do? Obviously I think this is what he’d do. He was always singing, and sang this more than once over the years. Hell, I want this song played at my funeral.