Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Screen-door whiffies!
The Hubby removed the heavy storm door, and dragged the screen door out for our rear entrance.  Da Boyz were looking out before the dust, cobwebs, and general detritus could be swept off.  But how could we deny these two cuties their first few moments of breathing the Spring air?


My vacation was astounding, and I'll post more about it soon, because...CATS!  However, one never knows when the memory of a passed loved one will hit.  While packing for my trip, I grabbed the pill organizer that we've had for eons, to keep my vitamins and stuff organized while traveling.  What should I discover, but the last bits of Chucky's medicines in one of the compartments.

These meds helped keep Chuck alive for almost three years after the diagnosis of his bad heart
That stab of pain was so unexpected.  Took my breath away, and I sat on my bed, dry-eyed, but my body wracked with pain.  Oh, Chuck!  It's been 1-1/2 years since your passing, and I miss you so.

I put the pill pieces back, closed up the container, and put it on the shelf.  I'm not ready to throw them away.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Chili Bruce is left; Manny, right
We have had a surplus of wet and below average temperature days.  Here, I managed a photo of Da Boyz on the stool, backlit with the sun shining through the backdoor, on a rare instance of Sol breaking through the clouds.

I'm off on vacation for the next few days, so my commenting will fall off.  The Hubby is home to care for all Eastside Cats, and he'll watch those old cowboy TV shows that he so enjoys.  Actually, he watches them whether I'm home or not!  😹


Monday, May 13, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody Review

"Bohemian Rhapsody", released in 2018, is a film that follows the life of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen.  Yes, it was in theatres months ago, but I caught a free showing at a local library recently.  They served popcorn and soft drinks too!  I snagged a seat in the front row, and snapped photos of any cats on screen.  You see, Freddie loved his felines! 

Of course, this is a Hollywood movie, and the facts and timelines aren't purrfectly accurate, but kitties in a movie...Yes, Please!  There were only a few quick glimpses, but my phone camera was ready.

Rami Malek, the actor who portrayed Freddie, won an Oscar for his unique skills in representing an icon in music history.  While watching the film, I'll admit to singing along (quietly) and wriggling my booty a bit in time with the music!  Queen's music is quintessential, and Freddie and his band members made beautiful, and everlasting songs.  I recommend this movie!


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Star!

I've mentioned a neighborhood cat that I called 'Harlequin' a few times:

Well, I met her owner, and her name is:
He stepped outside when he noticed that I was sitting on his sidewalk, playing with his cat!
I thanked him for allowing me to interact with Star, and he seemed fairly amused.

You'll notice, she's very intent on something across the street.

A one-eyed ginger kitty, wearing a collar!

I've never seen this cat before, and Star's human said that these two cats do this stare standoff every day.  I tried to entice ginger kitty to come up to me, but it was a no-go.

So, I've discovered one hood cat's name, but now I have another to track down!
I'll call him 'Blinky' for now...

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Am Torn About Book Review: Rant

The Girl Before
Written by J. P. Delaney
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Ballantine Books
ISBN 0425285049 (ISBN13: 9780425285046

I listened to the audiobook version, and was enthralled from the very beginning by the uniqueness of the characters, the premise (an architect's dream home for rent), and the 'who really is a monster' mystery that winds through every chapter.

Why I'm torn: I really, REALLY liked this mystery.  But there is one problem:  a kitten is killed.  Savagely.  It's actually a teeny tiny part of the story, and yet it broke my heart.  Sure, it's not a living cat, as this is just fiction.  But why even think it, let alone write it into a story?  If that wee part could be excised, the story would have been fine.   

Why do that?

On the flipside, am I too sensitive to cats (dogs, birds, you name it) being mistreated, in books and movies?  Another case in point, "The X-Files: I Want To Believe", which was the 2nd movie made from the hit TV series, which I love.  My friends and I gathered in Memphis, Tennessee, to see this movie premier together.  I left the theatre in tears, and shaking.  Fake animal mutilation pushed me over the edge.  Everyone else stayed for the next showing of the movie; I refused, and instead went to see "Mama Mia"...and was traumatized again by Pierce Brosnan singing.

I must not be alone, because I've seen t-shirts with "I Don't Care Who Dies In The Movie As Long As The Dog Lives" written on them.  In this book, I had no idea the kitten was even a part of the story, until about 75% way into the book.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have started it.

*stepping off soapbox*


Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Why not two photos of our twins today?


Squirrel TV is good!

'Helping' dad fix the chair leg

But Wait!
Let's see those gorgeous faces!

Bonus photo!!!

"Mom, do you think you could let us get back to our synchronized napping practice?"

Monday, May 6, 2019

Another Cat Surprise While In The Woods

Sunday, May 5, I attended two separate Spring Wildflower Walks.  Although the day was sunny and warmish, the ground is still saturated from all of the rain we've experienced.  Not only were my shoes and pants very mud-spattered, I stepped straight into a hidden swale with five or six inches of water, so my socks and feet were soaked too.  I didn't wear boots, in order to be stylish, but I paid the price!

First, I was at Balduck Memorial Park, in Detroit.  This walk was sponsored by The Detroit Garden Center.  There were about ten of us; nice and informal.  Unfortunately, I lost my native plant guide, andso I do not remember the names to some of these.
See the little serrations on the leaf edges?
I thought it was cool.

Our guide said that some plants have extra tannins in their spring leaves, causing them to be reddish.
Some critters don't like tannins, so this is a way for the plants to ward off being eaten up during this important growing time. 

Heck if I can remember this one, but it's cute!

White sharp-lobed hepatica

Jack-in-the-pulpit buds

In the afternoon, I was in Tenhave Woods, in Royal Oak.  The Royal Oak Nature Society was on hand to show about 50 people around.  We saw:

A bank of trillium

The expert didn't know if this was a Grey Tree Frog or a Cope's Grey Tree Frog.  The only known difference between the two frogs, is their mating call, and this frog wasn't saying nuthin'!  The expert released the frog onto the nearest tree...

...Can you see the frog on the oak tree?
Blends in extremely well, yes?

May Apple

Jack-in-the-pulpit bloom

And, as the tour was wrapping up, a man came along, wearing this t-shirt:

Cats drive us crazy first, THEN we consult them for therapy, amIright?
He graciously allowed me to snap a photo, and I am again amazed at how my attempts at hanging out with Mother Nature seems to throw some feline action at me too!  It's beginning to get weird!

See previous post: To My Surprise...Thrice!


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Farewell Sweet Pea

Angel Sweet Pea
Image used with permission

Friends, Katnip Lounge has lost their beautiful Sweet Pea.   Angel Rupert left on 4/15/19, so this is a doubly hard passing.  Although the blog is on hiatus, Trish and Scott can be reached here via FB Messenger.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Flashback to May 2006

Chucky, enjoying the futon and a piece of sleeping bag tie

Angel is the bathroom sink
On May 4, 2006, Angel and Chuck were not quite two years old.  The Hubby and I were still novice cat humans, but we had all settled into a good routine.  Chuck routinely chewed anything stringy, such as the tie up cords on our sleeping bags, window blind cords, and the ties on my pajama bottoms.  Angel was always our quiet one, routinely staying in the corners and underneath dressers.  To find her boldly enjoying the sink was a photo-worthy occasion!

Looking at these images, I see that both cats were already a bit chunky; we fed them only kibble at this time.  After Chuck had urine crystals, ate a rope toy that he almost had to have surgery to remove, and then scooting his butt on the floor (because he was too fat to lick down there!), we switched to them to canned food.  Kibble now is only for The 'O' Cats in the winter, when wet food freezes.

I look at Chuck, and hope he is happy with our twin mancats, who were adopted in his image.


Friday, May 3, 2019

More Neighborhood Cats

My first Thomas sighting this Spring!
In the past, Thomas allowed me to pet him, as I sat on the sidewalk.  This time, however, he wasn't moving from his window perch!

Sneakers is my half-way boyfriend Sly's brofur, and this was my first Sneaker sighting this Spring!
Sneakers was actually looking all around for Sly, since he's quite aware that Sly and I have a 'thing'.  But no, Sneakers, I'm talking to you, and throwing you smooches and lovey-dovey talk!  He too, like Thomas above, chose to remain aloof and out of reach.

At least I didn't have 'other cat' smells on me, which make Da Boyz AND The PO'M sniff me like crazy!


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Backtalk

Angel, telling it like it is!
Oh yes, our kitties are full of sass and backtalk!  Even though such communication may start up at 4 am, or rise in fervor when it's meal time, the meows of cats are music to our ears.  I recall being so excited when Sweetie first let me hear her voice, that I ran inside to tell The Hubby!  So thankful that each Eastside Cat gives a vocal opinion.

Except Manny, who is very quiet, and one only hears his purring when laying next to him, in a quiet house.  Maybe it's because I showed off his underwear in yesterday's post, and he's embarrassed...


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Shadow and Light

Chili Bruce

Manny, showing his underwear

These two images purrfectly represent Da Boyz's purrsonalities: CB is sedate, watchful, and loving (especially food!), while Manny is playful, energetic, and fearless. 

But don't let the top photo fool you...we are sans sunshine in Michigan, and April 2019 was the third wettest April in weather-taking history.  We have flooding in low-lying areas, and expect more rain over the next three days.  I'm going out on a couple woods-walks this weekend; hope I won't need to wear hip boots!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


The way that they curl into each other, makes me weep with joy!
The Hubby often tosses his jacket on a chair, and before he remembers to hang it up in the closet, Da Boyz are using it for a beddy!  Nowadays, his jacket is NEVER put away; he'd rather leave it so the cats can enjoy.  Can't say I blame him, but there are more jackets than cats on this chair now!


Monday, April 29, 2019

Feral Pin Cushion


Thigh ouchies!
Paddy is my love, and he loves me.  But love is painful sometimes!  May have to consider carrying a thick pad or carpet square, to put in my lap.  His nails are sharp, as they should be, but my thigh is currently looking like a pin cushion.  He is so happy to be with me, that he makes biscuits, and even my heavy jeans didn't prevent punctures.

On the flip side of this, The PO'M prefers to snuggle with me instead of eating his meals, so he is now on a diet, as his absence from the food bowls means Sweetie can eat everything up!

Sweetie is about 1/2 the size of The PO'M, so my hand looks huge on her small frame.
Notice the look from 'you know who'...
There is no doubt that The PO'M is a hefty boy, but I've been loath to cut back on food during the cold and snow.  Now that he's voluntarily eating less, this process may be easier than imagined! 


Saturday, April 27, 2019

To My Surprise...Thrice!

The Spring weather here in Michigan has been changeable, to say the least.  In spite of that, I was able to visit Tenhave Woods Nature Trail on my lunch hour.  Some photos:
Wakerobin, a trillium


Please forgive me if the plants are misidentified; I looked them up on a couple of wildflower websites, and my friend CE id'd the wakerobin.

To my surprise, after enjoying the woods and the flowers and the chippies and the sunshine, to meet up with this adorable kitten!
Kismet, and dad
Kismet's dad is habituating the eight-week old rescue kitten to walk on a lease, and they were practicing near the woods!  Is this kitten seriously adorable or what?!?

That night, I walked the neighborhood, and my half-way-round boyfriend Sly showed up.  He was being so adorable, that I sat on the driveway...legs outstretched...and snapped photos of his floofiness.
Maybe Sly knocked me over with his cute, and I didn't realize it?

While so engaged, a car pulls up, and the man asks if I am okay.  He thought that maybe I had tripped and fallen!  LOL!  Guess they didn't catch the camera/phone in my hand, and Sly rolling on the ground in front of me.  The kindness of a stranger; that's a surprise!

After that, I kept walking.

Surprised for the third time,  a tabby kitty in the bushes ran over to me, and let me pet her!  I've not seen her before, and she was wearing a collar that read, "Annie Smith" and a phone #.  

 What a great day, to my surprise!


Friday, April 26, 2019

Photo Fails!

That Sly!

Um, Sweetie...what are you doing?

Harlequin, a neighbor cat, just keeps on rollin'...


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P.S.  On my drive into the office this morning, I witnessed a poor squirrel get run over by the car in the lane next to me.  I slowed when I saw the creature dart out across three lanes, so he made it across the fourth (my lane), but not the fifth.  The only other time that I've watched an animal get run over, was about 15 years ago, and I cried for 15 minutes.  Yes, we can discuss the horrible number of animal/car strikes that happen daily, and what can be done.  My main concern: what if the animal is only hurt, but still alive?  The ensuing suffering that I envision, makes me sad.  Telling me that "It's God's Will," or "Death is a part of life", is all well and good, but I'm in a funk today, hoping that the squirrel died instantly.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Attorneys for Animals

"A non-profit Michigan organization of legal professionals and animal advocates, that…

Advocates for animals and provides resources for people who care about them.
Fosters creative projects that will positively impact animals and educate their advocates.
Acts to support, educate and encourage attorneys and others who work on behalf of animals."

From Attorneys for Animals FB page
Used with permission
I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Beatrice Friedlander, at the All About Animals Rescue's 2019 Spay-Tacular Benefit for Animals earlier this month.  Beatrice is the President of Attorneys for Animals, and she received an award for outstanding service to animals, and the animal rescue community at the event.  While enjoying a delightful cup of coffee later in the evening, I thanked Beatrice and her husband Donald, for their advocacy of critters here in the great state of Michigan.
From AFA FB page
Used with permission
We had a pleasant conversation, and Beatrice asked me all kinds of questions, while I did the same to her!  Every time I am involved with any program or volunteer experience with All About Animals Rescue, I come away having gained more than I gave.

Every state has their animal and wildlife problems, and as we each try to effect change through our own actions, it's good to know that Attorneys for Animals is also on guard.

Thank you, Beatrice and Donald, and the rest of Attorneys for Animals!


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