1-23-20 Thursday

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If you’re not following the Forgotten Felines of Huntsville Auction page on Facebook, you’re missing out! We’re having a mini auction in a few weeks, another bracelet auction, and a few other very cool things planned before the big auction in May. Go follow it, you don’t wanna miss a thing.


A few sights from around Shady Cove*.

*After 2+ years here, I’ve got to admit that I’m not feeling the name Shady Cove. I probably should have just gone with Crooked Acres… or Crooked Acres South, though we’re actually east of the old Crooked Acres, so Crooked Acres East. Crooked Cove? How about Moggie Cove? (“Moggie” being a British term for a mixed-breed cat. As I understand it, it’s an affectionate term.)

Opinions, thoughts, suggestions?

Anyway, on to the pictures!

I love this shot. I think I just caught that Yellow Finch in a blink, but it sure looks like he’s sitting there snoozing, doesn’t it?

Earl the Skwerl’s nemesis. Let’s be obvious and call him Chippy. He’s always squeaking angrily at Earl. Earl gets it from all sides. Poor Earl.

Dogwood in bloom. This is not a recent picture, it’s from 2018, I think. We’ve got two dogwoods – both pink – and I LOVE them. This one is right outside the computer room window.

I spotted this Oriole a few months after we moved in here, and haven’t seen one since (yes, I’ve put out grape jelly and nectar, and nada.)

WARNING: the next 4 pictures include bugs. If creepy-crawlies aren’t your thing, you might want to scroll on down to the next section. Or click here to skip it.





We’re giving you space.

So you don’t have to see

the creepies

and the crawlies.

Little bit more.


I think Hummingbird Moths are the COOLEST. I’ve only seen one before, and this one was all about the blooms on the Meyer Lemon tree (this is another picture that isn’t recent – I got it last summer).

This isn’t the best picture – my camera was acting up – but you can see that what we’ve got here is a praying mantis. If you look closely, you’ll see she’s missing her front right leg. I looked out the window one day, and it looked to all the world like she was caught in a spider web. I went racing out to save her, pulled her off of the web with a stick, and she gave me this look. (It occurs to me just now that you might have thought I was going to tell you a story about how I accidentally ripped her leg off. NOPE. Wasn’t me – she showed up that way.)

As soon as I backed away, she went right back over to the web and stole this partially-wrapped moth out of the web and ate it. I guess I need to mind my own business. (I also think praying mantises are THE COOLEST.)

I took this picture through the window and I LOVE it. Isn’t it cool? Don’t you feel sorry for the people who avoided the creepy-crawly section of this post? We don’t see nearly as many orb weavers here as we did at Crooked Acres. I hope the current owners are treating Dolores right.

Okay, that’s it for the creepy crawlies.















that we were talking about them.

Oh, hi! Hi, guys! We looked at some cool stuff, sorry you missed it.


Did someone request pictures of Newt, or did I imagine that? Well, in any case, here’s some Newtles just for y’all.

Surveying his kingdom.

“Admire my foot, innernets. ADMIRE IT.”

Lookin’ rumpled in the sun.


Note: I realized last night that when I was doing the “previously” links for yesterday’s post, I apparently thought it was the 23rd instead of the 22nd. I’ve fixed them, so if today’s “previously” links all look familiar, that’s why. Sorry!

2019: “Is there pettin’ over here?”
2018: She’s a GOOD girl.
2017: Frankie, one year ago (we briefly called him Malachi.)
2016: No entry.
2015: No entry.
2014: Why you gotta break my heart, you little scaredy cat?
2013: Miz Poo says, “GREAT. I just got rid of the party girl, and this nutball moves in upstairs. I gotta stop renting and get my own house.”
2012: The black Peppers come back to Crooked Acres for a break.
2011: No entry.
2010: I’m not sure why separating skittish and semi-feral kittens works so well, but it always does.
2009: They are super-playful little girls.
2008: Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air!
2007: At the Copacatbana! They fell in love!
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



1-23-20 Thursday — 15 Comments

  1. I love creepy crawlies and love seeing Newt! Next to Khal, he seems like the dignified quiet type. Such an adorable boy! And I do adore his foot and all that goes with it.

    I think Crooked Acres East sounds cool. Makes it sound like you have more in the North, South, and West. You are blessed! 🙂

  2. Newwwwwt!

    Let’s see, you seem to like “Crooked”, and the back yard is terraced, so “Crooked Terrace”? Or, because you have a lot of trees, “Crooked Forest”?

  3. I try to save spiders if I can==they eat mosquitoes and the enemy of my enemy is my friend. One morning, I sat on the porch to read the paper. As I took the paper out of its plastic sleeve, an adult spider fell on the bricks and about 200 little black dots fell on the bricks and ran for the grass. Mom spider looked dazed but she perked up after a bit.

  4. I’m with Eva on liking “Crooked Acres Cardinal Direction”. Like Truvy would say, “I’m a chain!”

  5. Well, is your property indeed Shady? Then how about Shady Acre(s)? Kind of smush them together. Or maybe more appropriately, Shady Cats Grove. Or Feline Acres, sung to the tune of “Green Acres”.

  6. Aww Delores! I love the “alternate” pictures.
    I think any name is fine. It IS all about the cats so maybe ask them?

  7. Crooked Cat Cove? Say it out loud—sounds like a classic children’s book. Would even make a perfect title for a poem about the revolving cast of permanent residents, fosters, skwerls, giant spiders, etc.

  8. Beautiful photos! I love seeing all of the different birds from other places! And while creepy crawlies don’t bother me {and I loved the hummingbird moth}, reptiles do! I wish people would do that type of warning when they post those pictures!

  9. What is it about buff/orange cats that always makes them look like they’ve just stumbled home from a night of drinking with their buddies? Even rumpled, Newtles is just fabulous.

    I’m all for “Eastern Crooked Acres”. As long as there are Permanent Residents and kittens with the odd spattering of Earls and Chippies and birds from all places, you could call it the “Catnip Cove Rest Stop and Crunchies Bar” and I’d still think it’s a magical place.

  10. Another vote for Moggie Cove, or Moggie Acres, or Moggie’s Den, or Moggie Shade, or Catnip Cove, just don’t stop taking pictures of everything, including the bugs! You just happened to have pics of my 3 favorite things about my place, too (altho I do get a few more orioles, wish you did!)! 🙂

  11. I kind of like Crooked Acres East, although I do like the word ‘moggie’ so anything with that is appealing.
    And praying mantises creep me out way more than that pretty spider picture – they’re aggressive! They sit on the bricks next to my front door in the sun, and sometimes when I come home and open the door they pretend to strike at me. Ew.

  12. In light of the extensive perimeter fencing, Shady Penitentiary (Maximum Security, for Criminally Adorable Cats).