1-10-20 Friday

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You know what would make the world a better place for Khal and the Smug Ones? Another bed on the table. (How have you not done that already, Lady?!!)

I’m trying not to let the table get taken over. It’s a losing battle, and I’m sure it’ll be covered with beds in another year (especially since we rarely ever actually eat there), but I’m fighting it!


How do you tell them apart? I couldn’t see any collars on them.

I’m making a mental note to do a post about this for next week, but in short: they look different to me. Plus, Gabrielle has a line on her nose (she’s had it since birth), Gabrielle is longer and lankier; Josephine is short and smaller. Josephine’s eyes take up about 1/3 of her face (I think she’s got her mother’s eyes and her auntie’s markings), and Gabrielle’s eyes are darker and more striking. But like I said – I’ll do a more in-depth post next week, with pictures.


Why do the permanent residents get so stressed? Their “ territory” invaded? Access to home & rooms compromised? Just more cats,especially those kittens that need attention & love? I can see it would be stressful for them, but rather normal since you guys foster regularly…

Mostly that it’s more cats out and about. When the fosters are restricted to the foster room, it’s a lot easier. But this year we’ve had a lot more out-and-about fosters than ever before. They’re not all that stressed out now with just the two kittens (except for Alice, who just hates all kittens), but when it was all 6 of Margeaux’s kittens PLUS Margeaux and Katriane, that was a lot for them to deal with.


Aw I love Little Pete! Possums love bananas, so you could try those on him. I used to volunteer at a wildlife rescue center and we had many, many possums, esp. during baby season. They all absolutely loved bananas, and it’s so cute to see them holding mushy banana in their little paws and munching away.

We do occasionally give them bananas! Usually it’s whatever fruit is on sale (we left an orange out for them a few weeks ago, neither of us expecting it to be eaten, but they did!) Fred used to object to giving them “too much” junk food (he veers away from giving them too much bread) until he heard that they tend to only live 2 – 3 years, and then he was like “GIVE THEM WHATEVER THEY WANT.”

I think possums are the cutest things EVER and I am jealous of your experience volunteering with wildlife rescue.


I didn’t know that Aldi is in the US too. I thought it was only in Germany.

We do indeed have Aldi here – in fact, the one closest to me is about 10 minutes away, and there’s another one in the other direction that’s 15 minutes away. It took me several visits to realize just how awesome it is, and now I do about 60% of my grocery shopping there.

My only gripe is that they don’t open ’til 9:00. If they opened just an hour earlier… but oh well.


So, I’m looking at Archie and Khal, and thinking: “wha’? No snow…? Oh right. That’s because IT’S ALL UP HERE IN CANADA AND THE NORTHERN US. *swearing*” And while I’m at it, please tell me what that ethereal glow is around Khal? Could it be this “sunshine” I’ve heard so much about? I heard it generates heat, is that true? I wouldn’t know, BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T SEEN IT SINCE PONTIUS WAS A PILATE.

Listen, I would take some of that snow if I could. It doesn’t get or stay cold enough here for long enough to suit me. I mean, it’s been in the 50s and 60s (and is supposed to be 70 on Saturday) – what kind of ridiculousness is that? On the other hand, don’t get used to the sunshine. It’s been plenty gloomy here lately, that was just an unusual day.


I can’t help thinking of one of the best videos ever: Bert’s first day with the new legs.

YouTube link

I love that video SO MUCH.


Robyn, it’s been a while since I’ve commented on your blog. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow your platform to invite any of your readers (and you and Fred too) to join a Facebook group exclusively for people who have opened up their hearts and homes to feral and former feral cats. It’s called “Owned by a (Former) Feral” and I started it about two months ago as a place where cat-lovers who love and care for ferals and former ferals can share the unique joys and challenges associated with these often-misunderstood creatures. It’s grown beyond my expectations and it’s a very active and thriving group. There are a lot of heartwarming stories, and also lots of support, suggestions and tips and strategies rooted in years of experience with ferals. It’s designed to be a place where we learn together and trade experiences. Anyone who has a feral or former feral in their life, or who just has a heart for the plight of feral cats, is welcome: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ownedbyaformerferal/

I don’t mind one little bit – what a great idea!


Josephine’s face: Me when a friend says a swear word in front of their Mom.



JoJo takes a bath.

Gabrielle would like y’all to know it’s tiring being this dang cute.

JoJo has a judgement.

Snuggly girls (Gabrielle on the left, Josephine on the right.)

Gorgeous girls.

“Gimme a HUG!”

“I thlurrrp you…”

“You thlurrrp me.”


“You said those kittens was gone, and then you brought ’em back. You are SO getting a ticket!” A Sheriff Mama’s work is never done.


2019: Today we focus on Khal Drogo, that magnificent beast.
2018: I am the one who needs to finish putting that room together, but my motivation level is hovering around zero at the moment.
2017: “Why you staring at me, then?” asked Dewey, ready to take offense if the situation called for it.
2016: No entry.
2014: Everyone knows it’s Slinnnnnnkyyyyyyyyy.
2013: Bitsy girl, sometimes you’ve just gotta DANCE, am I right?
2011: Jake loves to hang out with the babies.
2010: The Cookies, then and now.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: “Valjean! At last, we see each other plain. M’sieur LeMeow, you’ll wear a doggie chaaaaaaaaaaaain!”
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.