12-25-19 Merry Christmas!

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. I cut and paste the following every year because although they are recycled words, they hold 100% true – you guys are the best, and I appreciate you so very much. Thank you for coming back here to read and comment or lurk – and for some of you (a lot of you at this point!) for adopting kittens from us. It’s been a great, kind of crazy, and sometimes sad year, and I hope 2020 is a little calmer (but not TOO calm) with no losses for any of us.

I’d most likely keep this blog going even if no one was reading (for one thing, I don’t know that I’d ever be able to remember when certain events happened without this handy blog to serve as my diary), but you guys make it so much better, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus – whatever holiday you celebrate (or don’t) I hope you are warm, happy, safe, and well-fed.


This year’s cover boy for the Love & Hisses holiday card was…

Frankie say relax…

…and have a warm, safe, happy holiday season and a wonderful 2020!

Frankie! It’s a fairly understated design, I know, but I love the way the wreath was hanging behind him, and he couldn’t possibly be any cuter. I considered photoshopping a Santa hat on his head, but I think it’s pretty perfect as is.

In case you missed it yesterday, the scanned holiday cards I’ve received so far can be seen here, or you can scroll through them below.

2019 Holiday Cards Received


Here are the cards from years past, starting with the oldest.

Mister Boogers from 2004 or 2005.

Spot, in 2008.

Tommy in 2009. That look he was giving me still cracks me UP.

Jake in 2010.

Spanky in 2011.

Miz Poo in 2012.

Maxi in 2013.

Sugarbutt in 2014.

Stinkerbelle in 2015.

Stefan in 2016.

Dennis in 2017.

Dewey in 2018.


Other pictures that could have been cards, but weren’t:

Tubby, from 2001 or 2002.

Sugarbutt in 2005. Hard to believe he was ever that little.

Reacher in 2010. I love this picture.

Charlie and Patty Peppers, 2011.

Stinkerbelle and Tommy in 2012.

Meadow, in 2013.

Carmela, 2013.

Tony Soprano, 2013.

Dennis in 2016.

Oh, that boy.


2018: Merry Christmas!
2017: Merry Christmas!
2016: Merry Christmas!
2015: Merry Christmas!
2014: This year’s Crooked Acres Holiday Card cover boy was….
2013: Merry Christmas, everyone!
2012: Merry Christmas!
2011: Merry Christmas!
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Santa Newtles.
2007: May your day include lots of kitty cuddling, if you’re so inclined.
2006: No entry.
2005: The pictures you won’t be seeing on next year’s Christmas card.



12-25-19 Merry Christmas! — 17 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas Robyn, and thank you so much for sharing the antics, joys, and challenges of feline fostering and forever homing.

  2. Merry Christmas, Robyn and Fred and all that is Shady Cove!!!!! Thank you for all that you do! As long as you keep writing and publishing this blog, I will continue reading it! Whether you know it or not – or wanted to be or not! – Love & Hisses has become part of my daily routine… alarm, coffee, L&H.. and a part of my holidays traditions… order calendar, find card (I collect vintage cards and seek out any containing a cat in any way 🙂 – this only the past 5 years or so), add my name to your card list, get out xmas decorations – L&H Christmas cards from years past take their place on my refrigerator – anticipate arrival of current year’s card – to both enjoy and add to my collection! All the while alarm, coffee, L&H daily! OY! Typing this kinda makes me look a little weird… so, sorry! We’ll just go with ‘eclectic’ and leave it at that! Have a wonderful holiday and nothing but the best to y’all in the new year!!!!

    • I don’t find this the slightest bit weird – I love that we’re part of your daily routine & holiday traditions! 🙂

  3. Have a wonderful holiday… all of you guys! Thank you for the blog, thank you for my best friends Amber(cup), Phoenix and Stardust. Thank you for all the others that I would love to reach out to and pet (I almost said comfort, but I am sure they get a ton of that from you). The pictures you post sometimes save a really bad day by sending sunshine into it. I tried to get a few pictures to send you of at least Stardust, Phoenix and Amber, but the were too tired and all they would show me was their butt! However, we all are sending you best wishes for a great next year.

  4. Happy Holidays to you & Fred! And thanks for all you do for cats — I know it is WORK to provide the kind of care and comfort you provide to the many lucky kitties that pass through your home. May the coming year be especially wonderful for you and yours!

  5. Happy holidays to you, Fred, and all the Shady Cove residents, permanent or just passing through! Your blog is the first I’ve ever followed so there are many new thoughts and ideas that I get from you and the peanut gallery. And what would a blog be without THAT!

    Happy holidays to the many “eclectic” voyeurs that give me pause to think I’m not the only weirdo out there. May your days be merry and bright into the new year and beyond!

    Got the card and LOVE it! Can’t wait for next year’s!

  6. Merry Christmas Robyn and Fred! To you and your family!

    Thank you for sharing so much of your lives and the feline population in your house.

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Your blogs have brought great joy and laughter over the years! Xoxoxox

  8. Merry Christmas to you and Fred and ALL the kitties, Robyn! I’m a 99%-of-the-time lurker, but it always puts a smile on my face to see the kitties at Shady Cove, whether they’re fosters or permanent residents. Thank for doing SO MUCH for the stray cat population in your area, and for just caring. I hope this coming year is happy and calm for all of us!

  9. Yes, I’m one of those lurkers – but yours is the only blog I read every day, for the past ten years. Season’s greetings to all at Shady Cove!

  10. May the holidays bring you all the most wonderful things the Season has to offer!

    I know that starting my day visiting Shady Cove is an essential part of my day (like coffee and feeding Malcolm). This world has become a strange place, but I know my little dose of daily happiness from Alabama resets the world on its proper axis.

  11. Watching the “baybees” is now part of my daily routine. I love seeing pictures and videos and saying goodnight to us in internet land. Thank you for the Christmas Card! Mary (no, that isn’t a mistake) CHRISTmas!