My name is Thunder (although my lisa-mom calls me Trouble) and I got chosen by the rest of the Rainstorm kids to tell you all about us now that we’re getting bigger. Oh yeah, that Rainstorm name? I used to be really jealous about all of us being referred to by Rain’s and Storm’s names. Then I heard lisa-mom tell someone that we’re all named after a rainstorm because we were born during one. Now I just tease Rain and Storm that they each have half a name! They don’t like that much.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, all about us…

Our Shira-mom decided that we had to be born in lisa-mom’s closet. It’s a cozy place with lots of places to hide. We especially like hiding under the shirts because we can jump out and scare each other. Lisa-mom tried to make us all move to the nursery downstairs, but Shira-mom was having nothing to do with that idea. She moved us all back into the closet. So here we are. Rain, Storm, and I have started trying to explore the world beyond the closet door, but Shira-mom gets so mad at us. She stands in the doorway and tells us, “Come back here now!” Sometimes we even do that before she comes to drag us back. She says there are lots of scary things out there like a big, crazy dog and Maggie Mayhem, the mean big cat. But I just know there are lots of fun things to get into… Umm… I mean to learn about and explore… out there.

Storm is the biggest of us. He is black and white and looks a bit like a cow. At least that’s what lisa-mom says. Since I don’t know what a cow is, I have no idea what she’s talking about. All I know is Storm is the one who runs around the most in the closet and tries to escape most often. Lightning, who is the littlest, likes to try to tackle him. She looks pretty funny when she plops down on him. She might be little but she tries to be ferocious.

Lightning has also decided to be the mountain climber in our family. She keeps getting in trouble for climbing up the sleeves of lisa-mom’s shirts. She says that there are things to discover way up there in the top of the closet. I keep looking up to see them, but it looks like clothes to me.  They are boring. I prefer to investigate the shoes. They are fun to hide in. Then when Jeremy comes by I can pounce on him.

Lisa-mom calls Jeremy and me the twins. But if you look closely at us you’ll see we really aren’t the same. And we act different, too. Jeremy isn’t very adventurous. He’d rather watch everyone else to make sure nothing bad is going to happen before he joins in. I’m usually in the middle of whatever is going on. He mostly likes to play with things like Ken-dad’s shoe strings and the little toys lisa-mom gave us. I have seen him bite Shira-mom’s ears, though. She got mad at him and groomed him until he settled down. We all like Shira-mom’s ears – they are nice and big and easy to bite. We like her tail, too.

Midnight is pretty quiet, too, although when lisa-mom isn’t watching (I don’t think she is anyway) Midnight is nearly as rowdy as Storm and Rain. She just pretends to be a lady when lisa-mom is around. Midnight loves our lisa-mom. Anytime lisa-mom comes into the closet, Midnight starts purring and wants to be close to her. I like to crawl up on lisa-mom’s lap – her fingers are almost as good to bite as Shira-mom’s ears. Of course, I purr while I’m doing it so she’ll know I’m just playing.

Rain is nearly as big as Storm and looks like a wooly blue bear. (What’s a bear? Lisa-mom is going to have to take us to meet these cows and bears and things someday.) He likes to run from one side of the closet to the other. He says it’s fun to run, but I don’t see much point unless you’re going somewhere – like to pounce on someone or to eat. 

Speaking of eating, lisa-mom gave us some baby cat food last night. Lightning said it was yummy, but then Shira-mom pushed us all out of the way so she could eat it. I didn’t think that was very fair. Lisa-mom says Shira-mom is going to have to keep feeding us forever if she won’t share the food. But then, lisa-mom also thinks we’re going to live in the closet forever ‘cause Shira-mom has a fit every time we leave. That wouldn’t be so bad – we have fun in here – but like I said, I know there’s more to the world than this closet.

Uh-oh, gotta go. Storm is plotting to pick on Rain and I think I’ll join in. Rain squeaks really loud when we pin him down and bite him. After that we plan to make another escape attempt. Maybe we’ll get as far as the bathroom door today before Shira-mom makes us go back to the closet.

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(Please note that you will see a number of photos of our cats and kittens that I've taken outside in a natural setting. The LostWoods cats do NOT go outside unsupervised! When we do go outside for pictures and occasional adventures, there is always one person and usually two watching them closely. We do have an outside, fully enclosed run to which the older cats are allowed access, but even then we check on them often.)

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