Friday, September 30, 2011

Just like mom

The kittens are tired tonight. Lots of visitors today. Annie loved every minute of it. She head-butts you to get more attention and enjoys you fussing over her kits. 

Look who is going to have white tootsies. Little Bree is growing into more of a Torti (Tortoiseshell) these last few days.

Annie is pastel shades of grey, peach & white. She is called a Dilute Tortoiseshell.

I can see some peach appearing on Nigel's back. 
They are such a sweet little family.

I met a new cat named Ford tonight. I'll be caring for him soon. Bud & Chase are doing well in their owner's absence. Normally, Bud wants to go out but it has been raining for the last 2 days so he is content to be a full-time in-door feline.

Enjoy the weekend. I'm one follower away from 200 so I think I should soon have a give-away.

hugs, Deb

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The beautiful calico cat

I love to walk with Kane on a beautiful Fall day. I know he feels fine and I appreciate this season the most. I love
to photograph cats in windows.
This one has always been one of my my favorite.
I have passed by this window many times since that day and never see this beautiful, calico cat . 

I hope wherever she is, she is loved. 

hugs, Deb

She's all that

I thought she was a boy at first, but Audrey is a tom-boy. She loves to tussle with her little sister and yet she takes on the rough-housin' from Nigel. She even instigates it. She is the largest of the three and if I can be at all honest....I think she is ALL THAT and a bag of kitty treats. She's gorgeous.

 They still look like little bears because their ears have not completely unfolded. Soon they will be pointed up more.

They are loving more space. I'm just giving them a little at a time. Please believe me when I say this room does not normally look like this. It's all about safety for these three little gems .

I am off to kitty-sit and then drop in to another foster home to photograph some of her kittens. I think today calls for a Fish & Chip night so 'ta ta for now'.

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

No puppy-dog tails for Nigel

Well, I tell ya...I have never been so popular. Since I was driving through Pakenham today, I made it a priority to stop by the bake-shop to stock up on their lemon poppy-seed loaf cake. Yes, I can bake my own but I don't have a lot of time to spare. You see, I am getting more company for tea these days. Hmmmmmm

Right next to this building,  is the Pakenham General Store that includes the best bake shop for miles. They make muffins, cookies, loaf cakes, many different breads, tarts, date-squares, fruit pies and chicken pot pie.
The fresh, home-made baking is second to none and I suggest if you ever get up to Pakenham, Ontario to stop in.

You don't think this guy has anything to do with my popularity, do ya? We do sit-ups together. I always stick to my exercises if I have a partner.

1...2...3...puff puff

What are little boys made of?

Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails, (what! well I never.)
Nigel wants nothing to do with puppy dog tails. 
He stays clear of puppies. He and his sisters are now 20 days old. Boy, have they grown into some sweet little munchkins. Mom cat is starting to enjoy her window seat and gives them the boot once in awhile. She needs her space just like any mom. All in all, she has been, and still is,  a great mother.
hugs, Deb

Pink & Blue

2 girls & a boy was my guess. I had a friend check this week that has a lot of experience in this field. I just go "Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....I think?????? I'm useless here. Well, I was right. The lightest grey is a girl, middle grey is a boy & darkest is a girl.

Gosh,  they are getting cute. I can tell Annie is getting a bit tired of them nursing all the time. She leaves the 'nest' more now and they are very quiet so I know they are well fed. They just want to play with her most of the time.

Outside our spare-room window is a beautiful maple tree. It is home to many birds and squirrels. I also have the tree outside the office window and it has given me a lot of entertainment. Annie loves the tree so today I added a  window seat for her to spend all the time she wants bird-watching. She loves it.

And she loves Bree.

The tiniest little girl has been given a tiny name.

Off to cat-sit my chums, Buddy & Chase. 

hugs, Deb 


They made it to Quito.
Their adventure begins. I think I will grab  a few zzzzzz's now.

hugs (yawn) Deb

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I tried not to cry....I blew it.

My daughter, Allie & her friend, Jessica  left for Ecuador today and will travel around 5 countries in 10 weeks.

I really tried not to cry but I blew it.

 They will meet up with another male friend in Chili. I feel good about that because I'm one of those moms that worry about EVERYTHING.

This will be the longest 2 1/2 months of my life but I know it will go by quickly for these two wonderful girls. I could just imagine how excited they were.

I'm glad I have a few distractions for the next little while.
Like these 3....

Right now they are walking but still very wobbly. Their bodies are out of proportion to their eventual adult state. Their tails are very short and stick-like and their heads are large for their bodies. This will change in a week or so. They are playing with each other and 'attacking' when unexpected. Their teeth are coming in now (poor mom). They love to play with mom and she loves it too. They are now sleeping for the night.

So, that was my day. I am tired and fidgety and anxious to hear that my daughter landed safely at their destination. My kids are the most precious people in my life and I want them to experience all that they wish to so, although this is not easy for any mom,  I am excited for her. We will be keeping in touch daily and I will be posting a bit here and there. I'll be doing some praying, too.

hugs, Deb

Monday, September 26, 2011

If I could...

If I could go back to when I was a child and spend an hour or two in one place,  I would choose to be in my grandmother's attic. It was the first place I would run to when arriving for a visit.

                                        (our fostered kittens from the animal shelter)
The room seemed big to me at the time and there was an old trunk that held pictures, calendars and linens. There was a large window where the light streamed in that always had bees buzzing around the sill. A single antique bed that held quilts most likely made by my grandmother 1/2 filled a wall.  I loved to look at the photos that were done on tin, all black and white. The linens were mostly just pieces of fabric or pillow-cases that had borders of lace. Everything smelled of moth balls but it was ok, it was familiar.
 I could hear everyone talking around the kitchen from where the stove-pipe came up through the house. I loved to hear my mom's laughter through the floor.
If I was really lucky, Maggie, her tabby cat, would be nursing her babies over in the corner in a box. Oh joy!
I would sit on the old worn floor, never noticing if it was dirty or not, and watch very quietly. Of course, I would touch the kittens and Maggie would purr.

I would be over the moon and never need to leave until someone would call for dinner.
Yes, without a doubt, that is where I would go to spend an hour or two, if  I could.

I'm off to cat-sit but before I go I want to show you that the three munchkins have graduated from a one-bedroom condo to a two with a little loft. They need to exercise now but still be kept safe so this should help. Mom gets to sit on the deck and watch them stretch their legs.

I swear, they never stop moving unless it is dinner or nap-time. 
                                They sleep in a heap. 

It's getting so pretty outside.
Heading out with Kane.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Favorite Things

Here are a few of my favorite things this week.

I have to start with this bundle of 3...

I spend too much time watching them play. Yes, they play together and actually rough-house.
They are my NEW FAVORITE entertainment OF THE WEEK.

my tea cupboard


for my incredibly delicious apple upside-down cake. Recipe comin'

and not to forget my lovely Max who I have cared for all week and he has been a good boy.

even came in when he was told. :-)
hugs, Deb

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Watching for colour

The three little munchkins wait for their mom to finish dinner. These are my three 'fostered' kittens from our local animal shelter. They were full so they will stay with me for 8 weeks and then be adopted..

Fall has arrived and it makes for more interesting and colourful walks. Another week and we will see a big change in our Maple Trees.

It is beginning to look like Fall. The tops of the trees are bursting with red, orange, gold & yellow leaves.
I am catching any that fall to enjoy their fleeting beauty. It will soon be a new month and our trees will be ablaze with colour.


O HUSHED October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost--
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

by Robert Frost

This beautiful time of year will go fast so we have to enjoy each day.
You are never far from a tea-pot in my home. I think it is safe to say I am a collector.

I have been pouring more tea lately and enjoying the company....I wonder why?

hugs, Deb =^..^=

A quiet morning

I love this season although it is a little hot for this time of year. When we walk Kane at night it is time to put on the sweater and I like that. Kane loves this less humid weather, too. It is better for him. We are still dealing with his allergies but he is progressing.

Annie is doing well and enjoys our time together.  I have fallen in love with her and she shows me how she enjoys are visits by pawing me when I am ready to leave. .I guess she gets a little bored with the babies. She needs balance just like any young mom does.. I try to spend as much time as I can playing and just reading with her on the bed. She lies there and purrs.

All is pretty calm with the other cats.
Ed is back to his cat-bed. Sierra still loves her box.
It is pretty much disintegrated just the way she intended.

Lots of sleeping goes on when you are a senior cat.
Cali will be 18 years old in November.

Today we will head up to the property to check on a few things after I am finished cat-sitting.  The trees will be turning colour and look fabulous along our country road. If the grass is cut I will be adding a few stones to where some of our kitties are laid to rest.

Basil, Rue, Bree......I'm still playing with names. The shelter wants me to name them for their files and so they can advertise them. They are so close now in colour that they are getting harder to tell apart. The middle shade of grey kitten is already a spit-fire. This one never stops moving and climbing and batting the other two. I think this one will be trouble but fun trouble.
Someone wants to say "Good Morning". This is the teeniest one of the three.

The little ears are folded so they look like lambs. This week the ear canals will be completely open and the sense of hearing will continue to develop. They will be able to hear better now. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I'm heading out for breakfast and at least 2 big mugs of coffee.

hugs, Deb

Friday, September 23, 2011

Off to kitty-sit

First off, Happy Fall to all of you.
Today was back to being a busy day of cat-sitting. Remember the little moochers that wait on the deck of the house where I care for Josephine? They were there again today. The two of them waiting with their mouths open when I arrived. Lucky for them I just so happened to have some treats with me. The kind they love.

I picked up keys today to start a few days of cat-sitting 6 kitties in one home. This should be a lot of fun.

Off to water plants and do a check on a gorgeous log home. I think I could live in one of them. Two new clients called today for cat-sitting. I just love meeting new cats.

These 3 little kittens that keep me from getting anything done at home are now 2 weeks old.. They seem to change every day. I was told to keep the light limited in the closet while the eyes are developing. This makes it hard for photos plus they move around constantly but next week I will bring them out for some photos in the daylight.
Annie had a treat of salmon tonight so she is busy washing up and taking a break from motherhood for awhile.

I'm adding flowers to the kitten room today. I knew there was something missing.  I'm filling up the cat-bag as the weekend gets closer. Better add more treats for the 2 moochers. Busy time ahead with cat-sitting.

I'm pilling cats on Saturday. It's similar to putting your hand in a garbage disposal. If it's off you're safe. If it's running.........well, you get the picture. Pray for me! 

hugs, Deb

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dining out and then a kitty love-fest.

We were out for dinner tonight at our favorite fish & chip joint with all the family. My good was good.  My sister, brother-in-law & my brother joined us tonight. The kids were all there, too.
Here is our son, John minus one cast on his right hand. He's all healed up. I said it must be back to normal if he can lift a beer.

This place is small so we filled half the restaurant.
Someone pretty special sits at the head of the table. Someone, of course, pulled out the camera just to annoy everyone.
me & sis
My brother-in-law can't take a picture. They are always fuzzy or you may not even have a head. Thank goodness he doesn't have a blog.
My two girls, Jess & Allie, their friend Jessica and Allie's other half, John.

Oh, I know you are just bored to tears with all this and want a kitten fix. OK..then

                                                                    Blue eyes

                               Same length as mom's leg
Home to walk Kane and make my herbal tea with organic honey and flop down in front of three of the cutest little bitty kitties in the world...and their beautiful mom. Once again, I am getting nothing done.

Annie is starting to play more now. It's nice to see her relaxed.

I love ending the day this way.

hugs, Deb