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Mondays With Merlin: Starting Over Sucks

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If you’re a subscriber or saw our last post, you know we lost all posts since Sept. 21. Our website had a major restore (4 times!) but they could not restore those dozen posts. That includes all my birthday posts, all your loving comments Layla and I treasure. Thank goodness there are some cached files but most of the comments and shares, poof, gone! Starting over sucks, but we’ve begun to replace the missing posts best we can. That’s virgin territory for even an old cat like me, so bear with us. Any advice welcome. Even all the images from those posts disappeared so the replacements may not be the same ones. Actually, there are some new ones which are cool. Silly Layla smartened up and will send back-ups of the website to more than one remote location from now on.

Honestly, I’m getting a bit old for all the drama. Between the colder weather, my last bath ( well at least sun-drying outdoors), Layla leaving me to gallivant in the city and being picked up in big, black cars, and the whisker curling website shenanigans, it was very stressful at our house. Odin did his drooly biscuit-making thing on our dad. First time ever! Yes, we have the coolest dad. And, yes, that Odin is a sucky baby. He doesn’t really care about me. It’s no fun being old and smelly but he’s still young and we all know youth is wasted on the young.

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I’m not the least bit interested in 404s, redirects, permalinks, SEO, alt tags, and other web thingie talk filling the air. I just want to snuggle under the covers or walk in the garden. I wandered over to Gris Gris’s grave and Layla had the nerve to suggest a spot for me by the bench. She asked my opinion and it’s a nice enough spot but it’s like buying cemetery plots in advance, don’t you think? Some might call it practical or is is morbid? And yes, I’m looking Halloween skeletal, sigh…

Merlin cat burial plot garden- circle quote


Can I ask you a favor? Could you leave a comment at my birthday post and share like you so kindly did before? Thanks, your wise and slightly cantankerous host,



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  • Angel Ms. Phoebe's Family

    Sweet soul nephew, how awful so many special thoughts and words from those who love you were lost. This happened to me once when the cloud on my phone was erased by mistake and I lost hundreds of precious photos and videos of my fur babies.
    I was able to retrieve some that had been shared on Facebook and with friends and family, but it was devastating losing all the ones no one had.
    I can understand your annoyance with your younger fur sibs not understanding the worth and strength offered by seniors. The young do not appreciate the knowledge and experience that accompany age and often feel invincible with their health, aging, etc. I don’t think the intention or lack of interest/attention is not meant to insult or hurt us, we just have to remember with age comes wisdom and those who have wisdom rock!
    Never underestimate or question the treasure you are darling nephew, for in my heart you will forever be.

  • meowmeowmans

    We are very sorry you lost all those posts, Merlin and Layla. We hope that the positivity of the loving comments left by so many friends will live on in your hearts, even if you don’t remember the exact phrasing of each and every one. Much love to you.

  • ellen

    Old cats needn’t worry about the internets. You go enough on your mind.

    You look good, you feel good, youre even still snarky and those are all positive things.

    You know that place by the bench isnt all that bad, it would give your LayLa a place to sit and think oof you. I have a feeling when she thinks, she might havve some mist in her eyes sometimes, and you know how tough it is when you cant see. Mull it over, you would be doing herr a favor. Nothing wrong with shopping around though before you settle on one spot, its not like anything is happening soon.

    Love seeing you every Monday .

  • Annabelle

    Merlin all that webstuff is super duper stressful for our humans.
    But you have the right idea and we know how disappointing it is to lose comments. When blogspot went to their own comments (you used to have to have a 3 party widget for comments) then we lost ALL of ours up to that point which is like 3 or 4 years worth. So we do understand. But then it’s gone POOF and over. NO need really to stress just move on and go to the next thing.

  • Skeeter And Izzy

    We are soooooooooo sorry that you wound up loosing stuff.
    We need to donate to the cause and post Merlin another birthday wish!! We think you will pick your spot in the garden Merlin. We truly hope that need is a long way off!
    We luvs you sweet cheeks!
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & The Angels

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    guys…we iz mega sorree thiz happened; it sux….big time; we lurned ta copee all R blog posts then send em back ta R selves via email, sew if blogger goez ba zonkee, we at least haza copee of de post……merlin ….dood….we sended sum more wishez yur way; pizza & cake two β™₯β™₯β™₯

  • Sammy

    So sorry this happened Merlin – your birthday posts and photos are priceless especially at this time of your life so I’m really SAD about that. Love the photo of Odin biscuit-making on your Dad though – that’s sweet! Merlin, you’re a wonder…….I think you will leave on your own terms AND I think you will guide Mom Layla to whatever spot your heart desires in that garden to be your final resting place but not for a LONG TIME…….we need you spreading your magic dear friend!

    Hugs, Sammy

  • Kathryn

    Scary and sad realities about computers, but am so glad you’re here with us, Merlin.

    Cool photo of the famous cat daddy! And Odin’s cute, too.



  • Tamago

    I’m so sorry that so many of your posts are gone. That’s terrible πŸ™
    But how wonderful Odin made biscuit on your dad for the first time! Yay for cool dad πŸ™‚

  • Hannah and Lucy

    We’re sorry some of your posts were lost – we can’t believe what happened. I can’t imagine how upset you are about it and know I would be ballistic if it happened to us.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy’x Mum Sue

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