Monday, June 16, 2014

Mancat Monday

Carmine: The other day, I heard the Mom reading something.  As is mes nature, me went to see what hers was doing.  Hers was running hers fingers over a blank paper.  Me thought hers isn't doing anything important, so me jumped up on the bed and laid down on the blank paper.  

Then me thought "This is strange."  The paper had little grains of litter all over it!  Me wondered how the Mom was "reading" litter.

The Mom told me people who can't see learn to read Braille.  Hers said all the litter dots on the paper were Braille dots that made letters and words and numbers.  The Mom said hers taught herself to read Braille in high school because all hers friends read it and hers wanted to be able to type them notes and read their notes to hers.  

The Mom says hers is slow at reading it, but it is useful.  

The Mom says you and your humans can see the Braille alphabet and numbers here.  

By the way, today is our dear friend Wally's 11th Birthday!  You can wish hims a Happy Birthday at his blog, The Island Cats.  Today is also our wonderful friends Hannah and Lucy's birthday.  You can wish her a Happy Birthday over at Hannah and Lucy.  

Happy Birthday, Wally, Hannah, and Lucy!


  1. That's very interesting about braille, Carmine.

    And thanks so much for mentioning Wally's birthday today. We'll be partying all day!

  2. Thank you for your birthday wishes to us Carmine. Mum was interested to read about blind people being taught to read braille as her Grandfather was blind due to an accident.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. Well that is great that the Mom learned to read Braille. We have been by to wish Wally and Hannah and Lucy Happy Birthday. Hope all of you have a great day.

  4. That's very cool that your mom and her friends learned to read braille. ...we bet it feels a little tickley on your paws!

  5. What a beautiful picture today!!
    We've never seen braille before very interesting.
    hugs madi your bfff

  6. Mom's friend Lou (she passed a year and a half ago) was blind all her life. So she had a stencil thingy to take down phone numbers and stuff, and a braille typewriter. But she liked to have her hands free to knit and crotchet (she was retired, so she did this for a nursing home and some charities)so she listened to her books.
    The running joke she said was "hey, I can read in the dark and you can't".

  7. We are so impressed that your mom taught herself Braille! It looks like it would be hard to learn, so kudos to your mom!

  8. Litter reading sounds darn impressive to me!

  9. Wow, I bet that if you walked on your human's Braille reading after using the litter box, you might get her all confused!

  10. Now dat be vewy cool. And yous lookin' gweat Catmine.

    Luv ya'


  11. That's so neat that your mommy can read braille! Very cool. Did she teach you how?

    P.S. Mom is almost finished with your bowtie, Carmine. The bright orange is going to look GREAT on you!

  12. That would be a very useful skill indeed, as would learning to sign. Good for your mom!

  13. We're impressed ! It looks like you need to develop a fine sense of touch for doing it ! Purrs