It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the little whirlwind entered my life. Raising a kitten has been such a wonderful and fun experience, and I love this cat with all my heart.
Here she is last Memorial Day weekend:
And here's a recent shot. My friend Joan saw the photo below and said, "Maria is becoming quite a beauty, isn't she?" It's true. Maria is now in a stage somewhere in between goofy kitten and adult cat, and when I see her hanging out looking all gorgeous and regal, it makes me do a double-take.
One minute she looks grown up and beautiful and then two seconds later, she snaps back to her funny kitten intensity:
Her little head-tilt just melts my heart.
I love this photo of the two of them. They both love to "help" me do laundry, and here they are in the linen closet while I was trying to put stuff away. I can see the wheels turning in Maria's head....how did LuLu manage to get up to the top shelf?
And these nap photos crack me up. Both cats are heat-seekers and move around the house looking for sunny windows to snooze in. One Saturday I walked in the living room and found Maria asleep on the back of the sofa in a sunbeam. She looks like a teenager who's recovering from a wild night out.
LuLu in her sunbeam:
Maria reaching down to grab LuLu's tail:
Maria has calmed down a lot but she has a long way to go to be as laid back as LuLu. They are best friends, and it makes me happy to know they have each other when I'm not home. At least once a day, they have a rowdy play and chase and wrestle session; it's a lot of fun to watch them.
Maria still gets in trouble every once in a while but not quite as often. But even LuLu has little spells of mischief. I keep their cat treats in a drawer in the kitchen, and I walked in there yesterday and found both cats on the counter - LuLu was hanging down trying to open that drawer while Maria sat there and watched her intently. Partners in crime!
Relaxing in the basket:
Nearly everyday, these cats do something that makes me laugh - you can't ask for better companions than that. I love coming home from a long day at work and seeing two furry faces in the window so happy to see me.
And then there's the purring....my favorite sound in the world. It's the best. :)