12-25-20 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 (it’s been a bizarre year, let’s just describe it that way), and I hope 2021 is a little calmer and a lot safer, with no losses for any of us.

I’d most likely keep this blog going even if no one was reading – 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, healthy, and well-fed.


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

He’s a mean one…

Archie and his resting Grinch face join us in hoping for you and yours a healthy, happy 2021, as we all bid a fond (NOT) farewell to 2020.

Archie! I just love his grumpy little Grinch face.

The scanned holiday cards I’ve received so far can be seen here, or you can scroll through them below.

2020 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.

Frankie in 2019.


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.

Axle, 2018.

Dynamo, 2018.

Henri, 2019.

Josephine, 2019.

Henri, 2019.


2018: Merry Christmas!
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.



12-25-20 Merry Christmas! — 16 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas, Robyn and Fred and all that is Shady Cove!!!!! Happiest of holiday seasons and nothing but the best to the entire L&H community in 2021!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and Fred and the kitties! Thanks for keeping us going during this strange year with your blog and IG, you gave us a reason to smile when we needed it most!

  3. Merry Christmas to you, Fred, permanent residents and fosters!

    I loved seeing the old cards. Seeing our favorite kitties that are in heaven waiting for all of us. Squee

  4. Merry Christmas you guys! Hope that today is wonderful for you and your extended family especially the little furry ones who are running up and down the hallways or soaking up the day on the heated pads and blankets.

  5. Aw, Reacher looks like he’s channeling his inner Archie.

    Merry Christmas to you all as well! 2020 would have been far suckier if it hadn’t been for the sweet little faces we got to gaze upon…

    (And here’s to hoping you received far better gifts from the Permanent Residents than the one Malcolm uh, deposited for me.)

  6. Long time lurker here. Thank you for being the first thing I read every morning! Merry Christmas to you and Fred and all your kitties! Can’t wait to shut the door on 2020. 2021 has to be better! Fingers crossed.

  7. Meowy Christmas to Robyn & Fred and all who dwell in their house! Thanks fot another year of fun & fuzz.

  8. Merry Christmas and many thanks for the years of words, photos and videos. All the best for 2021.

  9. Merry Christmas Robyn, Fred, and all the Shady Cove Clowder. Thank you for sharing your home, your life, and your passion with us. Wishing all y’all a bright and warm New Year. I’m excited to see 2020 getting farther away in the rear view mirror.

  10. Ah, what beautiful pictures. Bittersweet, some of them! The picture of Spanky was so cute it made my heart ache. Thank you for all you do. I don’t know what I would do without some of your alumni/former fosters. Happy Holidays from Phoenix, Amber(cup), Stardust, Nelson, Molly & Truman (and of course, me too!)