12-31-21 Friday

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How am I just noticing that the red wreath has sparkle balls and spring toys on it?!? That’s so perfect!!

I think they were the perfect subtle addition to the wreath. I was very tempted to add toy mice to it, but I ran out of time and Fred told me it looked fine.

Also, I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I am in both of those pictures if you look very closely!

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I have to admit, I was REALLY looking forward to a kitten named Kudzu, but still very happy for Ivy and Fred. And I expect it’ll make your vacation a teeny bit less stressful as well (knowing you won’t be missing the labor or kittens).

Fred very nearly danced when I told him – he was SO not looking forward to having to oversee the birthing experience! And I was very much not looking forward to missing it! So this worked out well. And that naming theme is going to be revisited. I have a list a mile long of invasive plant names, I could do nothing but those for the entire year and not run out.

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I thought when I first saw her that Ivy reminded me strongly of Alice. Now seeing their faces on adjacent pictures, I feel my comparison vindicated.

I totally agree, they definitely resemble each other!

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Ivy’s resting up for her crazy New Year’s Eve. She’s going to start out the night snoozing in the foster room…


Then she’ll hang out on the landing and keep an eye on the permanent residents…


And she’ll end the night in my bed, taking up more than her fair share of room (as she does.)

Can’t wait!

Speaking of Ivy – yesterday at 4 am, I was awakened by the sound of a herd of elephants thundering down the hall from the foster room.

“This is how it ends,” I thought to myself. “A herd of elephants is gonna trample me.”

Then the herd ran in the other direction. After several minutes of this, I was awake enough to sit up and turn on the light, and what did I see? Ivy running at top speed from the foster room, followed by Charlie. She ran into my room and stopped to face him. He ran in, bounded over her, bounded BACK by her, and went out the door. She ran after him. They spent the next little while chasing each other back and forth, and it was pretty cute.

It’s good to know that Ivy will eventually play well with others – her new brothers (d’Artagnan and Porthos) were fostered alongside Charlie, so they’re the same age. I suspect they’ll have a lot of fun with that girl!

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This picture of Dewey is from almost exactly 5 years ago. (For newer readers, Dewey is camera-shy and will run like the hounds of Hell are after him if I even think about taking his picture. Which is such a bummer because he’s a good-looking fella!)

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Posted on social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr) yesterday.


Ivy’s hanging out on the landing, watching the birds on the front lawn.


“Oh track toy, I love you sooooo.”


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Ivy’s fresh biscuits. Ivy is the biscuit-makingest kitty I’ve ever fostered, I think.


Good night, innernets. (Ivy)

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Previously
2020: Her favorite favorite FAVORITE toy is the packing strap.
2019: Sheriff Mama hopes you have a warm and sparkly New Year’s Eve.
2018: Axle’s all “You always been weird like this, lady?”
2017: No entry.
2016: No entry.
2015: Meet Pharrell.
2014: “Hush up, lady. I wasn’t skeered of that car. At ALL. I was just making sure that the cat tree was structurally sound!”
2013: Skepticism is apparently a family trait!
2012: The New Year’s Eve of OUR dreams includes being sound asleep long, long before the stroke of midnight.
2011: Loony Jake’s all “MY catnip banana!”
2010: No entry.
2009: They pile up on each other and sleep like the dead.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.

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12-31-21 Friday — 13 Comments

  1. Ivy and Charlie the elephants. So cute!!!! It’s amazing how heavy a couple of cats can sound. Even more so when they’re overhead. Even just one can sound like a herd!

    • It is even more amazing when a bunch of kittens who weigh 2 pounds sound like a herd of elephants. How do they make so much noise?!

  2. In November 2020 I adopted 2 youngsters around 7-8 months old. They had regularly-scheduled running marathons twice a day. I told my husband I adopted elephants instead of cats. Unfortunately one passed the end of October. I miss my tiny herd.

  3. Hahaha! Now I see you in the wreath balls. And you look like you’re dancing trying to get Ivy’s attention!

    I’m curious how you set those shots up now. I can’t figure out what’s holding the wreath. If you were in the old house, I’d think you had it hanging from the shelf you took the kitten pictures on, but now I don’t know!

    • I wired the wreath to a piece of white posterboard (with a hole cut in the middle), and then wired both of those to the front of a big box (with a hole cut in the middle) and then put the whole thing on the table (the table in the dining room for Alice, the desk in the foster room for Ivy), then lured them through with baby food (Alice) or Churu (Ivy.) So basically I put them in the box and lured them partly out through the hole. It worked out even better than I’d hoped!

  4. Happy New Year to all of you at Crooked Acre! Thank you for starting off my days with kittehs! Robyn, have a great vacation; see you next year!

  5. I looked and looked but can’t find you in the wreath photos. 😉 Are you photoshopping those or actually getting the cats to hold still for the photos? Love them either way.

    • The cats were actually coming through the wreath (I don’t think I’m good enough to photoshop them there, but I suspect it would have been a whole lot easier!)

      I’m in the reflection of the shiny balls on the wreath – I kinda look like I’m dancing, but I think I was waving a feather teaser (or actually, probably a Churu) around.

  6. Either I have worse eyesight than I thought or I looked too quickly because I thought both of those cats in the wreath were Ivy! Well, that explains why I can also see Fred in the Alice picture! What else would she look that cute for except her daddy! And maybe ham..
    In the real Ivy picture, you sure do bend over for kitties!
    Happy New Year!

  7. It’s very amazing how loud one or two or more cats can be when they tear around! Glad Ivy and Charlie were playing together like that, fun times!
    Happy New Year, and I hope you have a wonderful vacation.
    Thank you for all that you do for the felines.