Thursday, October 31, 2013


Halloween night it rained but was mild so we still had ghosts and goblins at the door.
Nothing gets by Sierra.
Annie does the final inspection

The number of children out and about has dwindled over the years. More seem to celebrate at home parties now.
All the grandittles dropped by to see their Nan and Gramps. 
Gwyn - our snoozin' lady-bug.
 Aunt Allie showed up in a purr-fect costume.
Bradley and Allie
                                                          (her name-tag reads Allie Cat)

                                        Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. 

We had 15 trick or treaters come to the door.  My favorite was a little gnome.

Well, it's all over for another year and we are all tired. 
Hope you had fun.
If you need or want some chocolate...I have some.
hugs, Deb

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Keeping pets safe at Halloween

I found a wonderful site on-line to give you all the tips on keeping your cats safe  during the Halloween festivities.

I also want to add that it is important to keep your indoor-outdoor cats inside several days before and after Halloween.

If your dog becomes anxious every time the door-bell rings just put him in a room away from all the noise and strangers until things calm down again.  It helps to leave the radio and a light on in the room. If that doesn't help, disconnect the darn door-bell and let them knock.

I'm looking forward to the 'trick or treaters'. My grandittles , Riley and Bradley will be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Little Gwyn will be a ladybug

Audrey wants to hand out the candy...oh goodness!

 "So keep your pets safe and "Happy Halloween, everyone".

Hugs, Deb

First snow & projects ahead

We woke up to snow on the pumpkins this morning.
Not a surprise as I remember as a child having to climb over snow-banks on Halloween night.

I've been playing with my cupboard again and discovered late last night that the little frog on one of my tea-pots had broken off. 

And his leg is missing. Hmmmm...
I immediately blamed Audrey who in turn spit and snarled and hissed and yowled. Just kidding...she just opened one eye and mumbled something about getting a life.  Anyway, I'll be fixing it today somehow and it will go on the top shelf.

For weeks now, I have been trying to decide what to do with my dining-room chairs. They need to be covered and I have finally decided on what type of fabric to use.
My inspiration came from as she showed her chairs now covered in burlap.
If you have your tea ready and want to surf awhile, drop over and enjoy this enchanting blog. I'm going to try a new tea to me.

So after cat-sitting I'll be hunting down some fabric to begin this little project.  

Audrey wants to thank all of you for your support and comments yesterday.
She's exhausted from carrying on this fierce image knowing that I've got her number. 

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Scary Cat

Scary Cat
Peering through a window pane
in the dead of night,
All that is visible are two giant green eyes.
On Halloween anything can happen;
But where did these eyes come from?
Who or what do they belong to?
There's a flash of orange,
but what does that mean?
Is it a sign of fire?
Oh Lord, what is going on?!
Peering through a window pane,
in the dead of night,
Now a broom comes flying by.
The giant green eyes hop on;
They appear to belong to a cat.
Truly how can one tell for sure?
There is no visible fur.
All that could have been was
that flash of green blending into the sky.
As Halloween ends and a new month arises;
One can only hope those scary green eyes were just a dream.
Peering through a window pane,
in the dead of night,
All that is visible are a cat's giant green eyes.

"Oh for crying out loud, Audrey. I know it's you."

"AH!'re no fun."


Monday, October 28, 2013

Tea drinking cat and granny

I found this and just had to share it. The fact that this woman makes me think of Mrs. Doubtfire makes it all the better. "Oh my goodness, you need to tell Catherine to get you a cuppa tea, eh!"  

I'm joining Cats on Tuesday at


   Enchanting Lola

" delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm" (Collins English Dictionary)

                One of my most enchanting kitty-clients. I start my day surrounded with beauty.
Lola's mom is home now and this morning starts out cold and windy. It rained overnight and the streets are still wet. The leaves are blowing around keeping Audrey amused at the window. 

I am happy to have evening cats to care for today. None that need me to rush out the door too early.
I'll be bundling up for my 5km walk later.
Best coffee cup ever.

Audrey is in one of her 'moods' and will be photo-bombing all my photos today.
Have a good one and stay cozy.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Remembering a tea-cup

How to spend a rainy, miserably cold and windy Octobrrrrrr day.
Poor Lily, she just can't face it
After caring for five gorgeous cats today, I headed back home to finish a little house-cleaning. I wanted to walk Kane but the weather was not fit for man or beast. 
Audrey waited for her treat in her tea-cup.
(when she's not making faces she's quite stunning, isn't she?)
She doesn't drink tea but likes her freeze-dried chicken bits in a fancy cup.
She helped me clean the dining-room today.
She's no slouch, ya know.

This is the cup the kitties share but Audrey has requested her own.
"It must have a dragon on it."

  "Don't you mean a little devil, Audrey?"
So now I'm on the hunt.

Actually, I have been on the hunt for a black dragon on a red tea-cup for years now. 
When I was a child and spent part of my summer holidays at my grandmothers' farm, it was customary for each of the cousins to pick out their favorite tea-cup from the big wall cupboard in granny's summer kitchen. The cupboard stood tall, from floor to ceiling, and the top half held all of her tea-cups and glass-ware. It was wood, painted green inside and the doors creaked a little when they opened. Even at a young age I loved that cupboard. It may have had something to do with the cookies that waited for our greedy little hands that sat on the bottom shelf but I think now that it was the tea-cups and all their fine colours that attracted me the most.  I picked a red tea-cup with a gold rim and a black dragon on the side. The saucer was red with a similar gold rim.  I think over the years I must have drank hundreds of cups of tea in that tea-cup.
As the cousins and I grew older we were also served coffee in those tea-cups. My grandmother was half Irish and half Scots so her drink of choice was always tea. She was a hard-working woman but whenever I think of her, she is sitting in her kitchen with her tabby-cat, Maggie, in her apron, and a cup of tea nearby. She took her time to show us how to pour our tea and coffee and enhance the flavor with milk and sugar. 
We would toast bread on her wood-stove and spread her home-made jams on top.
These are great memories.

Sadly, my grandmother's old clapboard house burned to the ground in the '70's while she was staying with my aunt. Little was saved. Somehow, I ended up with an old granite cup that I treasure now.
So, when I am junkin' I always look for a similar tea-cup to the one that stays etched in my memory.
Now I guess I'll look for one with a little devil on it, too. ;-)

Remember...Drink tea...just for the health of it.

hugs, Deb

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What made you smile today?

How clever some people are. Look at the bats used to make the face on the pumpkins. There are some scary cats in the door-way.

Puppy pumpkin.
Pretty cute, I think.
My kitty-client, Otis is more intrigued with the herbs hanging in the window than the little treat waiting for him on the sill. "Thanks for the 'cat-in-window' pose, Otis, my boy. You always make me smile.
and coming home to find Annie and Audrey sharing the window seat on this cold Octobrrrrrrr day.

Well, little Molly is still expecting her kittens. This is good news as she has time to settle in nicely with her foster mom first.
Louise Hindel from the Ottawa Cat Rescue Network emailed me an update on her tonight.
That's definitely worth a smile.
(I'll keep you posted)
hugs, Deb

Friday, October 25, 2013

From the comfort of their window.

When it is cold outside there are more cats in windows; it's a fact. Half the cats I see in windows today are normally sitting on their porch or stretched out on their lawns. Not today, though. They are happy to stay in and watch the big hairy dog go by from the comfort of their window.

OK...That's enough for one day.

hugs, Deb

Thursday, October 24, 2013


                                 Sierra lounging.
and then there are others...

Well, that's different.

It's getting cooler now in Ontario, Canada. Time to bring out the comfy boxes, the warm blankets and light the wood fire for our feline friends.
and it's a must to fill the cookie jar. So, I'll be doing that today.
Susan from (Zaza's  Corner) has posted her Molasses Ginger Cookie recipe so drop on over and have a visit.

hugs, Deb