Being famous would not be nearly as much fun without the help of my personal assistants, Burnell and Betsy. It leaves me more time to do what I do best: playing piano, of course, but also looking beautiful while doing it. Lately, however, I’ve become somewhat suspicious of Burnell’s motives as regards his photography, especially his photography of me. Why, today he went so far as to lay a Mandarin orange next to me as he began snapping away. I mean, what’s up with that? It has nothing to do with my piano. But he seemed so satisfied with the result (as I’ve said before, humans are so easy to please), that I’ve decided to allow it for the time being. He calls these silly images art photography. I guess it’s a small price to pay for the help he has given me over the years. I would, however, like to hear from my fans about this, so I’ve included his latest photo with this post. Please let me know what you think. (Click image to view larger.)
Oh, and there’s one thing I will never ever do: I will never pose with clothes on! I am a diva, after all.
Hi. My name is Burnell and I share the honor with my wife, Betsy, of being a personal assistant to Nora The Piano Cat. In addition to being Nora’s chief videographer and photographer, I also maintain her website/blog, her store, and her Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as provide materials to members of the press and, on occasion, allow myself to be interviewed. Oh, and I am also in charge of feeding not only Nora, but Max, Gabby, Rennie, Clara, Ellie and Jenny. Which leads me to the last and least glamorous of my many tasks in the service of the Diva – changing and scooping the litter.
I’ve tried a number of different brands of litter over the years and they all work to one degree or another. Some, however, just don’t quite live up to their claims – especially the claim of being 99% dust free, which is very important to me since I have seven and sometimes eight litter boxes to scoop (four of them being in the computer room). I used to have to use eyedrops after scooping, and a fine layer of gray dust would end up on everything. But not anymore. Several months ago I discovered Dr. Elseys’s Cat Attract litter. And I must say it is amazing. The odor is way down and it is truly 99% dust free. We had also had an issue with one of the cats (certainly not Nora) peeing outside the box. Well, not any more. I am overjoyed! Cat Attract is more expensive than most of the litters I have tried, but it is well worth every penny.
When Nora asked me to write a guest post on her blog, I doubt that she meant for me to write about her litter. I mean there is so much about her that is amazing and worthy of comment and if she asks me back, I will no doubt get into those other areas. But let’s face it, we all poop (yes, even the Diva) and a good litter can make a good day a great day – especially for the one all hunched over with a scoop in his hand.
For those times when nothing but a cat nap will do, I find that no place is better than Betsy’s guitar case, even when it means sleeping on top of notebooks and sheet music. Betsy’s case has such a fine plush interior and so many curves and pillowy areas, that I could spend hours snoozing comfortably. Unfortunately, Betsy is very good about putting her guitar away after playing it or after a lesson, so I usually only get an hour or so, tops. Then it’s off to one of my other hideaways, like the cabinet where the yoga mats are stored or in the clothes hamper. Hmmm. Makes me sleepy just thinking about it. You can click the thumbnail if you want to see a larger version.