5-19-16 Thursday

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Throwback Thursday: Jake and Alice.

The very first shot of Jake ever taken. That’s him on the left, with his brother Elwood. We were out running errands one day in August 2009, and came home to find two kittens hanging around our side stoop, a container of kitten food nearby.

Loony from the very beginning. We were initially going to foster them, but I don’t think they were with us for even 24 hours before we knew we’d be keeping them.

Jake will turn 7 in mid-June.

The very first picture of Alice. She showed up in our side yard in December 2010 (actually, she was on the front porch when Fred happened to walk out, and she ran to the side yard) on a bitterly cold night. She ran and hid under the large shrub outside my bedroom window, and Fred and I did our very best to coax her out. She wanted nothing to do with us, so we set the trap on the front porch, and left to return a couple of movies.

(This was back in 1942, when “renting a movie” meant actually renting a physical DVD or Blu-ray that had to be returned the next day.)

When we got back, she was in the trap.

She was so wild and terrified when we first caught her that I was sure we were going to end up with another feral. Turns out? Not so feral. She prefers her daddyyyyyyyy, but if he’s not around (or she thinks I’m getting her some ham), I’ll do.

Alice will turn 6 at the beginning of June.


Speaking of Throwback Thursday, today marks 11 years since I announced our very first foster litter. 11 years, 296 cats and kittens. Here’s to 296 more!


Ken “Moe” Adams and Bert Macklin in their favorite cave.

“THIS idiot,” scoffs Bert.


There is something about the expression on Susie’s face and the dangling leg that makes me want to snatch her up and kiss her silly little face all over.

Chanandler Bong, hanging out under the Ham-mick, licking the feather teaser. As you do.

Ken Adams caught himself a bee!

Dennis was snoozing on my bed, so I put Ken Adams up there to see what he’d do. He sniffed and sniffed Dennis’s foot, and then Dennis woke up and was like “HUGS!”
Ken did not want hugs, and so he scampered off the bed immediately.

“Ooooh,” said Chanandler Bong. “He’s beYOOOtiful!”
“Zzzzzzzz,” said Dennis.

Chanandler, looking utterly adorable as she prepares for nap time.

Susie in the sun with the feather teaser – and Art behind her, scheming.


Joe Bob, on the platform in the back yard.

Isn’t he just the prettiest boy?


2015: “Mama, Mama, Mama, I hug you!”
2014: I swear, my hands have never been smoother. This girl needs to open her own spa!
2013: No entry.
2012: No entry.
2011: Gracie LOVES to be brushed, and she’ll flop over on her back and roll around, she’s so giddy with delight.
2010: The many faces of Gavin.
2009: No entry.
2008: I want them to stop growing and be tiny forever!
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: Last night we cleared out the guest bedroom and set it up for our new foster children.