Friday, June 23, 2017

Ferndale Catfe' Lounge Friday

Please visit Mousebreath Magazine for today's interview with us, Eastside Cats!

Clever title, no?

Thanks, Jan!


On Wednesday, I had to pleasure of meeting The Island Cats blog Mom, Sue Doute, aka The Lady with the Yellow Hair.  We met up at the Ferndale Catfe' Lounge, in Ferndale, Michigan and spent at least an hour playing with the adoptable kitties.  A great time was had by all!  Here are some images:

Sue with a sweet kitten on her lap!
Just too adorable, and don't tell
Wally, Ernie or Zoey about it!

This is Max; he liked my lap!
Another sweet kitty


In the back, they have places for shy cats

This kitty just stared down at us.
I gave a couple slow blinks, and he responded,
so he would warm up when there wasn't so much of a commotion

And this is my bag as mentioned in yesterday's post
Two Butt Thursday
and this kitten wanted inside!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Two Butt Thursday

Chucky Two Butt is a topic that I've touched on before.  After the vet shaves his tail for a blood-pressure reading, Chuck sports a little pinkish bare spot, which from a certain angle, looks like he's got two 'starfish'...if you know what I mean!  The Hubby calls him "Chucky Two Butt".  

Here are photos from this morning; you can plainly see that Chuck's tail has a whole ring of missing fur.  Over two months ago, the vet shaved his tail, and there was a bit of a sore, which the cat just kept licking and licking.  The Hubby and I shaved around the way around, to affix a bandage to help heal the scab. But his fur is NOT growing back!  The neighbors must think he's got a touch of mange or something.

We visit the vet again in early August.  The sore spot is long gone. My poor Two Butt Chuck.

P.S. My Laurel Burch tote bag was a gift from friend BG, and I love it! It figures prominently in a future post...tease tease!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cast Away!

I played with my Prisma app, and a Patty O'Malley photo. He looks like he's on driftwood, floating out at sea, and hoping for rescue!

"I'm gonna get you, my pretty!"
A big difference from the original, where he was chattering at the birds!

Monday, June 19, 2017





written by Felix Cavaliere & Eddie Brigati
made famous by 'The Rascals' in 1967

Groovin', on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn't get away too soon

I can't imagine anything that's better
The world is ours whenever we're together
There ain't a place I'd like to be instead of

Groovin', down a crowded avenue
Doin' anything we like to do

There's always lots of things that we can see
We can be anyone we want to be
And all those happy people we could meet just

Groovin', on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn't get away too soon


We'll keep on spending sunny days this way
We're gonna talk and laugh our time away
I feel it comin' closer day by day
Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly

Groovin', on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn't get away too soon


Friday, June 16, 2017

Getting Furred

A close up of my furry shirt

Petting Sweetie...!

...and more petting!
Sweetie turned into a complete love bug as the sun set last night!  I sat on the deck, and she head-butted and side-swiped me so much that my t-shirt became covered in Sweetie fur.  She actually sat next to me, and allowed me to pet her too, which was a first.  Trying on enjoy the moment, I did not take many photos.


And where was Patty O'Malley at the time?
Hiding under the feeding station!
There were thunderstorms nearby, but they went around us. We heard thunder though, and Patty felt it was more prudent to be under something heavy to use as an umbrella, rather than purr and pet with me.  It's all good, Patty!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thankful Tree Thursday

Copper Beech Trunk

A Redbud Tree

Our guide in front of a 300+ year-old Iron Elm

Canadian Goose feather

Wild ginger is the round leaves in the center
I had a delightful experience last Sunday, visiting Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit to learn about trees and plants.  Our guide was Cheryl English, from Black Cat Pottery, who knows her trees and plants, as well as her artwork and CATS!  I mean, just look at the name of her business!

My friend BG and I went to lunch with Cheryl and her friend B. after the walking lecture, and B. and I struck up a conversation guessed it...plants and cats!  Woo Hoo!  This Friday, B. has invited me to her house to take away some of her overgrown plants; wild ginger, swamp milkweed, and a cup plant too, plus whatever else she finds.  She has four cats, and while speaking with her on the phone today, one of her cats serenaded me!  Native plants attract insects like butterflies and bees, and bats, and aren't fussy to grow.  The Hubby is going to wonder what the hey, but I've been dying to start a garden just for The 'O' Cats, with shrubs that they can hide in and hunt around.  Plus, I just want things to grow naturally.  And...there is little to no cost involved.  Double Woo Hoo!

Therefore, I am very thankful today, for plants and cats, for friends and nature, for trees and Summer!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Making Cat Friends

While out and about in the 'hood, I met up with new friends....

This is Boots

I've met Boots a few times, and when he sees me, he runs over for petting!

Isn't he gorgeous?

While petting Boots, this fluffy black cat wanted some too!

...and then the Patty O'Malley look-alike showed up!

Such a pretty kitty!
So, I had three cats to pet, and only two hands.  Boots decided he'd be better off elsewhere, and he flopped down in another yard.  I know where he lives, but don't know much about the black or tabby cats.

And, as I finished my exercise, this kitty appeared in my driveway!

He didn't really like that Patty O'Malley was following at my heels, but I was able to pet this kitty. Notice the ear-tip; that means someone is caring for this cat, and I couldn't be happier!  I've named him Oliver...or could be Olive?  Am fairly certain that my across-the-street neighbor has made a home for Oliver, which is what I told The Hubby who immediately advised me that we do NOT need anymore 'O' Cats!

HA!  As if *he* has any say in the matter...

All in all, this four-cat-friend walk ranks pretty darn near the top of my best outings EVER!  Do I love warm weather or what?


Thank you all for your loving words for Angel Sammy; he taught me to use my gut instincts when managing The 'O' Cats. 💕

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sammy ? - 6/12/14

I helped Sammy over The Rainbow Bridge three years ago today.  It was obvious that he was not doing well, so I scheduled a dental appointment.  After many trapping tries, I successfully delivered Sammy to the morning appointment.

One of my favorite images of Angel Sammy

Sammy stayed in the beer cooler-turned-shelter
Angel Sammy, beginning to look a bit rough
Tongue-out Sammy!
After the vet examined Sammy, she said that his mouth was in horrible shape, and advised that there would most likely be medicines to administer for a some time afterward. We also tested him for FIV, and he was positive.  His back legs were pee-stained, and he was thin.  Although I could pet Sammy, I could not hold him, and the idea of trying to drop pills down his throat seemed impossible.  She and I decided that euthanization would be the kindest thing, and I wrapped my arms around his body as he left this world.  I cried, and the vet cried too.  Neither of us had expected that result to the appointment.

Sammy had a unique meow, that sounded like 'Arf!'  His name was New Guy, or Guy, until I trapped him to have him neutered in 2010, and The Hubby helped me deliver the cat-laden trap to the low-cost spay and neuter clinic.  The Hubby totally forgot Guy's name when filling out the paperwork, so he used his grandfather's name of Samuel.

Three years since we saw you last, Sammy, and I know so much more about pilling and handling cats, and I believe we could have found a way to keep you healthy if that vet had had to pull all of your remaining teeth.  It wasn't the cost; it was logistics which tripped me up, and I get sad thinking about that.  You were ready to told me with your eyes that you were done with this life, and with that body.  Sammy, you were a wonderful kitty, and it seemed we had a good connection with each other.  Patty O'Malley probably wouldn't be such a spoiled brat if you had stuck around longer, ha ha ha.  You know that I think about you often, and that your ashes are carefully shelved in my bedroom.  I remember the first time that you appeared in the yard, hiding on the south side of the house, with the snow piled high all around.

💕💕I love you, Angel Sammy💕💕

Friday, June 9, 2017

Yin and Yang

Throughout their entire lives, Angel and Chuck have played the 'yin and yang' game; sitting opposite of each other.  Head to tail, and vice versa.  At first, I figured that they were assuming the places that they had when they were in their mother's womb, but now I just figure they are doing their best to equalize the energy flow in our house. 

You know that they are twins, right?
Well, two of four fursibs, at least

Angel is more round than Chuck, while Chuck is very long
Note: The Hubby purchased a pool table when we first moved into this house.  For years, he played and enjoyed it, and then the table became disused.  When we wheeled it into the front room, the cats quickly claimed it as theirs, and now it's covered in beds, boxes, and newspaper (you know why!) The front room has two large windows, and the cat-flapped front door.  I've also installed two litter boxes, and we tend to accumulate all kinds of things in there before the trek back outside to the barn or into the rest of the house for final storage. Photogenic for humans...nope!  The perfect place for a kitty catnap or Bird TV...yep!  And who rules this house?  Okay, you get the idea.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This is a photo of my youngest niece and my mother.  I am so very thankful that my cat-loving niece has finished high school and is enrolled in college.  I am thankful that my mother is wonderfully alive and kicking (okay, maybe not as high a kick as she once had...), and still stirring up trouble and fun.

😸Congratulations, N.Y!😸

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sunbeam Kitty

As I climbed into The Cat Car this morning, I spied Sweetie enjoying a sunbath in the morning light.
"Hiya, Sweetie!  Looking good!"

Close Up
When I stepped closer, there was Patty O'Malley, napping on the feeding station in the sunshine too.

Sun and shadow in the backyard

Patty, warm in the sunshine