Comfort and Joy Archives

October 26, 2007

Introducing LuLu!


I was a confirmed dog person until this little creature showed up on my back porch about four years ago.

She doesn't like churches, Venice, or traveling, by the way.

February 3, 2008


Remember Art Linkletter and “kids say the darndest things”? This is one of those stories.

Last weekend I was playing Wii with my nephew, Mason, who recently turned 7 years old. I’m a novice when it comes to video games – he’s much better than I am. So I got to a place in the game where I was flummoxed, and I said out loud, “I don’t know what to do now.”

Mason said matter-of-factly, “Use your intuition, Aunt Anne.” It just cracked me up! I immediately wondered, are they teaching that in North Carolina public schools these days? So I asked him where he’d learned about intuition.

His answer was, “From Scooby-Doo.” (!) He went on to explain that there’s a character in the cartoon named Daphne who talks about using your intuition to figure things out and that intuition is kind of like a feeling. Go figure!

It was good advice too because when I stopped trying to figure Wii out and just went with the flow, I began playing much better.

May 19, 2008

A Kitten!!!

Oh my gosh, this is so unbelievable. I seem to have a new kitten! Yesterday I had a big playdate planned with my nephews – my brother was bringing them over to my house, we were going to spend the whole day together, and then I was going to take them home last night (they live about 45 minutes away from me).

Well, when they arrived at my house yesterday morning, they had brought a kitten! On their way to my house, they saw this tiny little thing in the middle of a very busy highway; they saw her almost get hit by a car. So they pulled over and my brother managed to grab her. I’m calling her “her” though I’m not 100% sure about that.

So they brought her to me because my sister-in-law is allergic to cats. The little thing is absolutely adorable, black and white with blue eyes. My nephews are madly in love with her and I think I am too. She is very sweet and cuddly and purrs every time I pick her up.

BUT….LuLu is not happy at all about having a kitten in her house. She is very stressed and tense, and is hissing and baring her teeth at the kitten. I don’t know if this is going to work out, but Stan told me to give them time. I’ve been thinking about getting a second cat for a while now, so maybe this is the one, but if LuLu really prefers to be an only child, I may have to find another home for the little one.

I moved a bunch of junk out of my guest bedroom, and hopefully it's safe and kitten-proof; that’s where she is right now while I’m at work. She’s very smart….already using the litter box, and she’s eating and drinking. I have an appointment to take her to the vet tomorrow. It’s so exciting but I am kind of freaking out! Going to try to get my work done asap so I can leave early today. Photos coming soon!

Oh, we are calling her Maria. I said a bunch of names that I like, and that’s the one the nephews chose. Davis had learned a Spanish song at kindergarten about Maria, and he started singing it to her. Yesterday, I told the boys that we were going to have to change our playdate plans since we couldn’t go off and leave the cats alone. Mason said, “That’s okay, taking care of a life is more important than playing” which was so sweet and really, a very profound thing for a 7-year old boy to say.

May 20, 2008

Here she is...



What a crazy day. I woke up to a flood in the bathroom but managed to get a plumber fairly quickly and was only two hours late for work. Now I'm rushing since I have to leave early to take the kitten to the vet this afternoon. Oh, and my home computer has died. Crazy!

The kitten seems perfectly content in her little safe room. She purrs every time I come in and just melts my heart. She's doing very well and it's so much fun to watch her play - she's kinda gawky and her pounces end up being flips and somersaults!

And LuLu seems a bit more calm, though we did have a bit of hissing outside the door this morning. I'm just going to keep them separate for a while and give LuLu time to adjust to this big change in her world. I think she will come around.

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May 21, 2008

It's a girl!

IMG_1836Well, the vet confirmed that she's a girl, so Maria is definitely her name. She weighs 1.6 pounds and is approximately 6 weeks old, so we gave her a birthday of April 1. And she's healthy! She was so good in the cat carrier and in the car - she just seems pretty calm and unflappable for a kitten. She didn't object to the vet messing with her either.

She's too young to start getting her shots, so I'll take her back in three weeks. Now we've just got to bring LuLu around. They are "visiting" under the bedroom door and LuLu continues to hiss. I got some great advice from the Slow Talk pet blog about how to help LuLu accept the new member of the family. It might take some time but I have confidence that LuLu will come around, because she is really such a loving and sweet cat.

When Maria and I arrived at the vet's office, we had to sit in the car for about ten minutes until this incredible hail storm passed by. I've never seen anything like it - walnut-sized hail was coming down so fast that the ground became completely covered and it looked like it had snowed. And the hail hitting the car was so loud, but Maria just sat in her carrier and looked at me and didn't seem scared at all.

June 11, 2008

The girls (LuLu and Maria)


LuLu in window



Well, we are a happy family now. LuLu has accepted Maria, and I no longer have to keep Maria in her saferoom although I do make her sleep in there because otherwise, LuLu and I wouldn’t get any rest!

It’s kinda funny that here I am with two cats, and I didn’t go out to adopt either one of them, both of them just showed up at my house! A co-worker’s husband said that the cats were given to me by the Egyptian goddess Bastet, who is some kind of mystical protector of cats who helps them find their chosen person. I had to google Bastet since I’d never heard of her and sure enough, she’s an ancient cat goddess who’s been around for over five thousand years.

Yesterday at the vet, a nurse took one look at Maria and laughed and said, “She looks like Trouble!” I had to laugh too because it’s just so true! Don’t let that angelic face fool you, she is a Wild Child. Sometimes LuLu looks at me with this long-suffering expression as if to say, “Do you really think it was a good idea to bring this crazy creature into our nice peaceful home?” That’s usually after Maria has pounced on LuLu’s head or bitten her tail or harassed her in some way. No bloodshed between them, but I have scratches all over my legs where Maria has tried to climb me. She is so wide open and so much fun to watch. She does this little “spook dance” that cracks me up….she arches her back like the classic Halloween cat and then hops around flat-footed on all four feet, it’s hilarious.

LuLu is being remarkably patient. We haven’t had any sweet cuddly naps or grooming like Andasamo has had, but they do play and chase and wrestle. And I think LuLu is enjoying the company for the most part. When LuLu first showed up on my back porch and I decided to take her in, I had two dogs, both of whom have passed away since then. LuLu loved those dogs so much, and she’s a pretty outgoing and social cat overall, so I think it’s good that she has a sister now.

Maria has gained one pound in the past three weeks since I got her, so she’s up to 2.5 pounds. She started getting her shots yesterday which wasn’t too traumatic, although she hollered all the way to the vet and all the way back home; she did not like being closed up in her carrier. The vet said she’s a happy healthy kitten.

Photos by Stan (thanks!)

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June 30, 2008

The Case of the Missing Earrings

I went to a conference a couple of weeks ago and when I got home, I discovered that I was missing one earring from my favorite pair. I emailed the folks at the college where the conference was held to see if I’d dropped it in the dorm where I stayed, but they couldn’t find it. The earrings aren’t valuable but they are my favorite dangly ones, plus a friend made them so they have great sentimental value. I was bummed!

A few days later, another earring was missing. I was starting to get suspicious but I didn’t have any proof. Then I came home from work one day and found a completely different earring lying on the hallway floor.

I do have a jewelry box (with a lid) on my dresser in the bedroom, but I also have several ceramic dishes where I throw jewelry that I wear often. The next day, I found another earring on the floor of my bedroom.

Finally, I caught the perpetrator in the act. It was Maria the magpie kitten who has developed a fascination with shiny objects, it seems. I walked into the bedroom and found her on the dresser rummaging through my stuff and then she hooked one earring with one of her claws and jumped down and ran off with it. She soon dropped it and went on to other mischief (she doesn’t have much of an attention span).

So after that, I did a thorough search of the house, under the beds and behind the sofa, and found all missing earrings including my favorite one. Everything is now in the jewelry box with a lid where Miss Sticky Paws can’t get to it. Case closed, mystery solved.

Here’s the guilty party:

Maria innocent

July 13, 2008



These things crack me up. Maria is growing so fast but she has a ways to go to catch up to these enormous whiskers!

She and LuLu are completely bonded now - they are best friends. I saw LuLu try to groom Maria a few times but Maria wanted to play and wrestle instead, then one day when Maria was a little sleepy, she cuddled up to LuLu and let her lick her head.

Then a few days later, Maria was with me in the kitchen, and we went into the living room where LuLu was asleep on the couch. Maria jumped up, put her paw on LuLu's back and started grooming LuLu! LuLu was startled at first but then she relaxed and let the kitten do it. So sweet. And both of them groom me, so we are a clean and happy bunch.

jungle cat2


August 9, 2008

PhotoHunt: Dark


This week's theme is "dark."

I didn't have to look hard to find something for this theme. I've been taking lots of photos lately of a little creature with a dark face, bright eyes, and an exuberant spirit.

Taking a power nap:




Happy weekend everyone!

August 11, 2008

More Maria and LuLu

I thought I’d post a few more cat and kitten photos. Maria is growing so fast – she’s no longer a little puffball, she’s more lean and lanky now. In this one, she'd spotted one of her toys on the floor.


And then she was off!


Maria is a talker, so different from LuLu who is a very quiet cat overall. LuLu purrs a lot but it’s very soft and soothing, and she always gives me a quick “meow” any time she comes in the room, just to let me know she’s there.

Well, Maria purrs SO loud, she’s like the little engine that could. She even purrs in her sleep! “Cats for Dummies” says that a cat’s purr is the equivalent of a smile, so I guess Maria is having happy dreams. And she talks...a lot! Her voice is so funny – her meows sound more like a bird than a cat. She chirps and squawks.

Sometimes when I’m cooking dinner, Maria will come and stand at my feet and reel off this stream of squawks – it’s so modulated and positively conversational! Then she’ll stop and just look up at me expectantly, waiting for me to reply. I’d love to know what she thinks she’s telling me. I usually end up laughing and picking her up and maybe that’s what she wants.

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September 4, 2008

Time for another look at Maria and LuLu

I was telling Kathy (Trekcapri) about how Maria has claimed an empty basket on my desk as one of her places to snooze. Kathy is seriously thinking about adopting a kitten or two after she returns from Spain this fall, so I think I need to keep posting cute photos for her! I'm really looking forward to reading all about her trip and about her kitten(s) when she gets them.

And if you want to read a very fun and informative Venice Trip Report, check out Kathy's report from her trip last year - "Venice Re-Discovered." Great job, Kathy (and the photos are wonderful too).

So when I first got Maria the kitten, she had blue eyes. I've since learned that many kittens start with blue eyes that later change colors, like hers have.


More cat photos below...

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September 26, 2008

PhotoHunt: View


This week's theme is "view."

LuLu's "Room with a View"


I'm posting early this week since I'm going to be unplugged for a couple of days. Will visit everyone's PhotoHunt posts when I get back on line. Happy weekend!

October 17, 2008

PhotoHunt: Family


This week's theme is "family."

Here are my nephews displaying Brotherly Love. Being an aunt to these two is so much fun! I'm lucky to be in a family with them.


Happy weekend and happy photo hunting!

January 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to Mason!

My nephew Mason is eight years old today! Here he is a couple of weeks ago, holding Maria, the kitten that he and his brother rescued from the middle of the highway and brought to me.


Both of them are growing up so fast and while it's truly a wonderful blessing to watch young beings grow, sometimes I just want to freeze the's all going by so fast.

The big birthday bash is this weekend and because the boys are going through a big-time Indiana Jones phase, there's going to be an 8-foot long python at the party. Mason told me that I can hold it and have my picture made with it if I want. Everyone at the party can have their picture made with the snake, he said, and boy is he excited about that.

I love being an aunt more than anything, but I'm less than enthused about going to a party with an enormous snake. But I will be there with bells on. I'm gonna take my camera and use that as an excuse to NOT hold the snake. :)

This was taken eight months ago, on the day they found the kitten:


I subscribe to a "thought of the day" email service and after I put this post up, this quote came in and was so perfect that I decided to add it to this entry.

Children and animals are supremely attractive because they are honest and they live in the innocence we long to recapture. -- Alan Cohen

January 18, 2009

The Birthday Party


So here is Mason, with a lizard on his head, an albino king snake around his neck, and a python "belt" around his waist. He had a great time at his birthday party!

There were THREE snakes at this party, two turtles, three lizards, and a tree frog.

Moving on to the mammal kingdom, we had a hamster, a guinea pig, a rabbit, and a ferret.

I took 200 photos at this crazy party and I'll post a few more soon. Right now, I've got to go watch the Obama "We are One" concert. Life is good. :)

January 19, 2009

A few more party photos

Touching the tortoise:


My younger nephew Davis with the hamster and his friend (wearing Davis' Indiana Jones hat) with the guinea pig:


Mason got a lot of presents but his favorite seemed to be this book called "How To Draw Animals." He is such an animal lover and he's a good little artist too. As you can see, some of his buddies were very interested in it too. I love seeing kids interested in books (and art!).

how to draw animals

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Higher Ground

yeswedidTomorrow is the big exciting that it's finally here! I've had that Stevie Wonder song, Higher Ground, stuck in my head all day since hearing it at the "We Are One" concert last night. Gonna keep on tryin...Till I reach the highest ground. What a great song for a "celebration of American renewal" as Obama said last night. I can't wait to hear what he has to say tomorrow.

I'm taking the day off so I can watch every minute of this Celebration. I've never watched an Inauguration before! But of course until last year, I'd never given money to a political candidate or gone to a campaign rally either. I'm pretty emotional about all of this and part of me still can't believe it happened. Every time I think about the fact that we actually elected this amazing man, my heart fills up. I have a feeling that there will be many tears of joy shed by Team Obama tomorrow!

He's inheriting an ungodly mess and I don't have unrealistic expectations about any kind of quick fix, but I think he's a bright and progressive leader with a kind heart who will put together a team of people that will get us on the road to healing. We need an inspirational leader in the worst way and now we've got one. Blessings to him and his family.

My prayer is that more people all over the world will wake up to the beauty of diversity and realize that it's a wonderful and infinitely interesting blessing that there are people of different cultures, races, religions, and beliefs on this planet that we all share. How much we can learn from each other once we let go of old worn-out fears of those who are different from us in some way. We ARE all in this together and it really feels like tomorrow is a big step forward, not just for the USA but for the world as a whole.


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January 21, 2009

Blessing our new President


What a great day it was! The ceremony was so beautiful with so many unforgettable moments, songs, and images. And when I woke up this morning and heard on TV that he was already at work in the Oval Office, I couldn't have been happier.

This was forwarded in an email - I think it's making the rounds in cyberspace but I wanted to share it here. It's an inter-faith grassroots blessing and prayer circle for our President. Yesterday when he got out of the car and was walking in the parade, I immediately said a prayer for his safety. Then later I read this email and it just feels like a great thing to do.

We feel it’s important to extend a special blessing of spiritual support and protection to President Barack Obama, and we invite you to join in with us in whatever way works for you: prayer, meditation, ritual blessing, song, affirmations, whatever…

Let your heart-light and conscious blessing surround President Obama, nurture and sustain him, gently yet firmly protect him from all reactive, misguided intent, and support him with the spirit of mutual empowerment, hope, freedom, and change that he is bringing so profoundly into American politics and, truly, into the social contract of all humankind.

Whatever you do, however you do it, we suggest that you make a point of dedicating a few minutes each day to this blessing, support, and extension of spiritual protection to President Barack Obama. Any time that works for you, whether it’s a regular time each day or not, will contribute to our united efforts.

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January 28, 2009

Mason's Art

This is for Maria her comment on my Ruskin post, she asked to see one of my nephew's drawings. He did this one about a year ago, and the next time that I'm over at his house, I'll get something he's done more recently. But I was very impressed by this one because you can tell that he was starting to get a real grasp on perspective. I should start dating this stuff on the back, but I know that this one is older because we have definitely moved out of the SpiderMan phase and are now firmly into the Indiana Jones phase. :)

mason spiderman

March 3, 2009

The girls

I thought I'd share a few more photos of the cats before I "go back" to Venice. I am still trying to get my photos and thoughts organized, and now that the Blog Everyday challenge is over, I'll have time to mess with my trip photos some more.

Here's Maria doing her impression of The Sphinx:


Cuddled up for a long winter's nap on a cold day. For the most part, they are getting along great. Occasionally LuLu has to remind Wild Child Maria who's boss, and she'll take her right paw and lightly bonk Maria on the top of her head. Maria gets this very indignant look on her face and then they have a staredown, and eventually Maria backs down. Only rarely do I hear any hissing and that's when Maria is really getting on LuLu's nerves. But LuLu has much better success keeping Maria under control than I do (when I say "no" to Maria, she thinks it means "do it again"!). Maria has calmed down some but she's still a little whirlwind. :)


When Maria isn't tearing up the house plants, stalking her toy mice, trying to make LuLu wrestle or play chase with her, searching the kitchen for food to steal, or sitting in the window chirping at the birds, she gets on the floor and rolls around. I call it Kitten Yoga.


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May 4, 2009

Introducing Buddy!

Back in January, I wrote about how my nephew Mason was going to start taking after-school art lessons. Well, he finished his first class and got lots of praise from the teacher who thinks he has some real talent. He was very enthusiastic about the whole experience and did some nice work. That first class was a Color class and now he's taking a Drawing and Pencil techniques class.

Here's one of his works from the Color class. The subject matter didn't surprise me at all since both Mason and Davis have been wanting a puppy for quite a while now.

Mason's Art Work

And the good news is that the Easter Bunny brought them Buddy, a black lab puppy! Oh my gosh, is this little guy sweet. We are all so in love with him. It's been a while since we've had a dog in the family so everyone is gaga over him. I'll be doing lots of dog-sitting when my brother's family goes on vacation which will be fun. LuLu and Maria haven't met Buddy yet....Buddy came from a home with cats so we think he'll be fine, and I'm sure LuLu will love him because she was crazy about my late dog Buddha and my brother's late dog Jordan. But Maria is the big question mark - as far as I know, she hasn't met a dog yet. Will be interesting to see what wild child Maria thinks about the new puppy!


Mason and Buddy

Mason and Buddy

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May 8, 2009

PhotoHunt: In Memory


This week's theme is "In Memory."

August 2007 was a very sad time because we had to say goodbye to Jordan, my brother's dog. Jordie was a Chocolate Lab and one of the finest creatures I've ever known.

No matter how many times you go through it, it's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and losing Jordan was my young nephews' first experience with the death of a loved one. We read several excellent children's books about losing a pet (listed below) and planted a tree in Jordan's memory. The boys painted this memorial stone to put under Jordan's tree.

So even though we're happy to have a new puppy in the family, I'll never forget Jordan and every time I see this stone under the tree, I remember how much I loved him.


You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here.

I have a feeling I may need to get a box of Kleenex ready for this week's theme.

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May 26, 2009

Maria: The First Year

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:

Maria with shoe

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.


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August 3, 2009

The girls

Thought I'd post a few recent photos of the furry dynamic duo.

They have tons of store-bought toys (and a jungle gym to climb) but really, their favorite things to play with are empty cardboard boxes and big pieces of paper. Yesterday, LuLu and I were napping on the sofa and I heard such a racket from the sunroom; Maria was in there jumping on her paper over and over. I think she really loves the crinkly sound it makes.


LuLu loves paper too but she likes to use it to play hide and seek.

Hide and seek

Here they are together:

Playing with paper

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December 18, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I've never been one of those people frantically shopping and wrapping on Christmas Eve but boy, this has been such a busy December and I have so much to do to get ready. And now, we have snow in the forecast for this weekend. And it might be a lot of snow!

So anyway, I wanted to wish my blog friends Happy Holidays since I probably won't have time to blog for the next couple of weeks. Tidings of comfort and joy to all of you!


January 18, 2010

A couple of recent photos of the girls

I've realized that blogging is like exercising or healthy eating or any other good habit; when your routine falls by the wayside, it's not that easy to get back on track. Excuses, excuses, I know, but honestly I've been so busy lately and all of my free time has been going to other things (mainly the cat sanctuary). I do hope to resume regular blogging soon!

So for now, a couple of recent photos of the Dynamic Duo. They weathered the recent bizarro cold weather just fine (even though they are indoor cats, it does get a little chilly in my old house and a few times, I found LuLu laying right on the heating vent!). Cats are heat lovers, and I know they are happy that we've returned to more normal winter weather now. LuLu continues to be the quintessential lapcat, and Maria is still the Class Clown (almost everyday, she does something that makes me laugh!).



Like many people, my heart has been in Haiti this past week. I was happy to read this morning that a number of organizations have joined together to form ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti). I remember when there were similar efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and a number of Katrina cats and dogs were rescued and brought to NC to be adopted by people here. I plan to make donations for both the people and the animals of that devasted country.

Several years ago, my cousin went to Haiti and brought me a beaded Haitian prayer flag. I'd seen these in folk art galleries and really liked them a lot. Mine is hanging in my hallway and I've been looking at it every day for years now, so I feel connected to that country and its art. It's hard to get my head around the level of suffering happening there now.

February 4, 2010

Goodbye Tai

tai shan

I'm sure I'm not the only one who got a little choked up this morning watching the coverage of the pandas' departure for China. I watched Tai Shan grow up on the National Zoo webcam and went to visit him in Fall of 2006 when he was one-and-a-half years old. What a charismatic little bear! I couldn't take my eyes off of him.

He was supposed to go to China when he was two, but the zoo was allowed to keep him for a couple of extra years. We were lucky for the extra time but still, it's sad to see him go. The annual panda pregnancy watch is on, so maybe there will be another baby panda born in DC this year. Godspeed Tai!

Photos and videos of the cute one departing on the FedEx Panda Express are on the National Zoo's Flickr pages.

February 26, 2010

PhotoHunt: Daily


This week's theme is "Daily."

When you share your life with cats, there are things you have to do daily (provide food and water, scoop the litter boxes). All are easy to do and don't take much time, but you do have to do them every day. The best part about living with animals is that you get to experience unconditional love on a daily basis.

Here are the cats that I share my daily life with. I try to remember to count my blessings daily. I don't always remember to do it but when I do, these sweet creatures are among the things I'm grateful for. :)

LuLu, my oldest. She showed up on my back porch about eight years ago, hungry and cold. I took her in and we've been together ever since. She's a lap cat, super sweet and loving.


Maria, the middle child, almost two-years old. Found in the highway when she was a six-week old kitten and brought to me. She's my beautiful wild child, and has a fun and quirky personality.


And here's the newest member of the family - Joey, a six-month old rescue kitten who is happy-go-lucky and purrs all the time. He joined the family two weeks ago. :)


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Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.


March 1, 2010

March Madness (and a few more looks at Joey)

Happy March! For the past couple of years, a group of Slow Travel bloggers have joined in a February “blog everyday challenge.” This year, the challenge is called “March Madness” and honestly, I've been waffling about whether or not I was going to join in this year. But thanks to Kim, I'm in and going to go for it. I figure that even if I only manage to blog five days a week over the next month, it will be an improvement. Plus, I’ve got lots of Venice photos I haven’t shared yet, so there will probably be a bunch of those. You can see the rest of the mad bloggers in the list on my sidebar.

I’m going to start off the month with a few more photos of my new kitten, Joey. He is such a doll and has proven to be a wonderful addition to the family, though it was a bumpy ride at first (but nothing unusual; cats hate change and I didn’t expect LuLu and Maria to welcome him with open arms).

His first visit to the vet~


The vet was teasing him about being in Maria's girly pink carrier. Joey didn't seem to mind. :)


Relaxing at home in the cat bed. He's got the most beautiful golden eyes. ~


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April 2, 2010

PhotoHunt: Sweet


This week's theme is "Sweet."

Sweet potato fries...yum.


And here's my sweet cat Maria. She turned two-years old yesterday, and I gave her some catnip for her birthday. She thought that was a pretty sweet gift.


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Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend. Happy Easter to those who celebrate it.


April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day


Bears are not companions of men, but children of God, and His charity is broad enough for both.

Bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters.

A bear's days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are over domed by the same blue sky,

and his life turns and ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours and was poured from the same fountain...

John Muir (1838-1914; naturalist, writer, and founder of the Sierra Club)


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May 21, 2010

PhotoHunt: Monthly


This week's theme is "Monthly."

Hardest theme ever! I thought about things I do first, paying bills was the only thing I could think of and I don't have any photos of that. I was stumped.

But then I remembered that there are meds that you give to your pets monthly....heartworm pills, flea and tick preventative. And I do have photos of pets.

Here's a girl and her dog. I took this at a benefit dogwalk for a local animal protection group.


And here is Joey, my nine-month old kitten. He likes to hang out in the kitchen sink and watch me cook. He's such a great addition to the family!


You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.


October 29, 2010

PhotoHunt: Dark


This week's theme is "Dark."

How lucky that I live with a black cat for this Halloween weekend theme.

Dark fur, bright bright spirit. :)

Baby boy

Crazy eyes

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

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July 8, 2011

PhotoHunt: Near


This week's theme is "Near."

We are getting near the end of the Harry Potter saga. The final movie (HP7 part 2) comes out next week; my nephews are very excited about it and so am I!


Thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend.

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August 12, 2011

PhotoHunt: One

This week's theme is "One."

Here is one photo of Joey, one of my three cats. He's the youngest (just turned 2 years old) and the only boy. One of the sweetest cats I know!


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September 3, 2011

PhotoHunt: Wrong

This week's theme is "Wrong."

I met this cat at my local Petsmart in the "available for adoption" kiosk. The poor guy was rescued after being used for dog fighting bait. He's got some injuries but is super friendly and playful. Amazing how his personality and spirit survived the abuse. I hope he gets adopted and has a wonderful life from here on out.

Dog fighting is wrong. Cruelty to animals in any form is WRONG. I can barely stand to think about it.


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June 26, 2012

X is for...

X is the first letter that really had me stumped.

But then, lo and behold, the solution arrived in my email box this past weekend - this photo of my nephew on his birthday.

He turned 10 years old, and 10 in Roman Numerals is X.
Isn't it nice that there's an X on his shirt?
And one of his birthday presents was an Xbox 360 (whatever that is)!

Happy birthday, Davis, and thanks!

birthday boy

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