6-29-21 Tuesday

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Attention: we now have a CLICKABLE MAP to show just how far people have come to adopt Love & Hisses fosters! (Note: I did not include the Love & Hisses fosters who were adopted locally, because that’s 350+ cats and kittens, and I haven’t the time.)

Click on the image below, or right here to see the map. Click on each state to see a list (with link to their page) of the fosters who went to that state. The green states are the ones where Love & Hisses fosters haven’t been adopted to.

(I added a link to the sidebar – and I will do my very best to keep this map updated as future adoptions happen!)

If I missed anyone – and it’s a near certainty that I have; I was doing this mostly from memory – please let me know.


Sights from around Shady Cove: the flowers.

When we lived at Crooked Acres, I would do occasional “Sights from around Crooked Acres” posts. I didn’t really do that here (mostly, I think, because I didn’t go out into the back yard much except to take pictures of the cats.) So I have a bunch of saved-up pictures from around Shady Cove that I’ll share this week.

Earl the Skwerl poses with my daffodils.

Since we’ve lived here, I’ve developed a love for Hellebores (aka Lenten Roses).

They’re beautiful flowers, they start blooming in February, and they don’t need a lot of attention (I mean, they might LIKE some attention, but I pretty much ignore them other than admiring how pretty they are, and they’re doing great.) Most of the Hellebores that were already growing here when we moved were white and I find white flowers deeply boring, so have purchased about 20 varieties of differing colors and planted them in random spots in the back yard. (“Planting things in random spots” is exactly what I do. It’s worked out pretty well so far.)

So pretty.

Pretty pretty pretty.

This shot is from last winter – two of the lemons on our potted Meyer Lemon tree (we usually get a couple dozen each year.)

More Hellebores. I seriously considered digging up some of my favorite Hellebores and taking them with us, but ultimately decided to be nice and leave them for whoever lives here next.

Some kind of rose – Prairie rose, I think.



Charlie is not impressed with those flowers at all.


2020: “This is the best box, lady. The BEST.”
2019: No entry.
2018: Eliot showin’ off his teef while Buxton tries to pick a fight.
2017: They. Were. WILD.
2016: I love how Stefan and Webster have the exact same expression.
2015: “Well, THAT was rude!”
2014: No entry.
2012: “Inspector Stompers think you a slob. Why you never do dishes? That’s horrifying.”
2011: ::fume::
2010: Rhyme’s all “I LOVE YOU, Crazy Jake!”
2009: What’s cuter than a growling kitten? NOTHING.
2008: No entry.
2007: Sweet little pink kitty toes.
2006: No entry.
2005: Love that Flossie.



6-29-21 Tuesday — 17 Comments

  1. I would take some of the hellebores to the new place. When I had a house, I was a dedicated gardener. Three of my houses, all near where I live now, were filled with wonderful roses and perennials.

    One of my biggest regrets is not taking favorite plants with me when I moved and, with the last house, not giving plants away to gardening friends. Two of my three houses were purchased by people who didn’t give a fig about the yard, barely getting the grass mowed. The gardens and plants in them went to wrack and ruin.

    I regularly visit a friend on my old street and avert my eyes when I pass my old house. It’s just too too sad.

    On a positive note, the ginkgo tree I planted on the treelawn in 1997 is now about 25 feet tall and gloriously beautiful.

    • You have a good point – maybe I will go ahead and take a few of my favorites. I can manage that without making too much of a dent in the back yard!

      • Yes, you should! The chances are high that the new owners will either do their own thing with landscaping and/or never water what’s there.

        I remember when Lori of Finding Radiance moved, she brought many of her favorites to the new house. Sadly she’s not blogging anymore, but two of her posts (that are still on the front page) were multiple pictures of what was blooming at her new house–so beautiful!

        check it out at:

        • Thank you for sharing this link – those flower photos were more beautiful than I expected! I hope she gets her blogging mojo back soon.

  2. I seem to recall small orphan dragon Norbert was brought to my great state of Illinois, was he not? I keep meaning to drive around Chicago to see whether I can spot him peering out of a window. 😉

      • Speaking of Norbert, I wanted to reread his great origin story, but when I put ‘Norbert’ in the “search this site” box nothing comes up 🙁 (for your ‘after-we’ve-moved-and-recovered-from-said-move’ list, of course!)

  3. New Readers *must* go read the 2012 entry today! The “Inspector Stompers” post is one of this blog’s classics!! 😀

  4. Let’s not forget Herschel and Marty who made the trip to Michigan with Charles and Caroline. Or do they count since they really didn’t come from you? Just freeloaders from FF

    • They don’t count as Love & Hisses fosters since they were only here overnight. They were such good little travelers!

  5. The prairie rose looks like the wild rose that’s the provincial flower of Alberta. Wildrose is also the name of a right leaning political party in AB so be prepared if googling.

  6. Wow, thanks for putting together this map. I can’t believe (due to population and geography) that there hasn’t been an adoption to Florida yet. Maybe this is the year 🙂

  7. Robyn, I looked at the map’s page and could not find any of Ryder’s litter (or Ryder herself). Did I just overlook them?