6-30-21 Wednesday

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Back in 2010, we fostered a litter of kittens named after characters from Steel Magnolias. They were adopted out, and then almost exactly a year after he’d been adopted (so, in 2011), this sweet boy was returned.


After his return he was only with us for a couple of days, since there was room at Petsmart.

Then in 2016, we fostered a litter of kittens named after evergreens, including this gorgeous girl…


As you have possibly guessed, they were both adopted into the same home! Drum is still Drum, and Juniper is Branwen. And here they are today!

Wherein 2 baskets are better than 1!! We adopted Drum on 02/11/2011 and we have acted as his domestic servants for 10 years now! And we are happy to be servants to this adorably sweet character.

Branwen had her birthday on 04/30/2021, making her 5! She is always on the move. Got a pic of her in a rare moment…

Bunk beds…

I just love getting to see those sweet faces – thank you so much, Tamra!


Sights from around Shady Cove: the birds.

Bluebird! (I love Bluebirds.)

Cardinal (ditto.)

Finches. (I cannot recommend this bird feeder enough, it is endlessly fascinating to me.)

There are 4 Cardinals (edited: make that 5!), 1 Bluejay and 1 Bluebird in this picture.

Chickadee (yes, that is a cat-shaped bird feeder.)



Female Cardinal (I think they’re SO pretty.)

Bluebird again (I took most of these pictures in the winter and early spring, by the way.)

Yep, Bluebird again. (Gonna miss the Bluebirds.)

We get a Robin nesting in the Crape Myrtle in the front of the house every year. This is the first time I’ve gotten a decent picture of her babies.

This Nuthatch let me get surprisingly close. I started to worry there might be something wrong with it, and then it flew away.

I believe (but am not 100% positive) that this is a Yellow-Breasted Chat, which I had never seen before (and haven’t seen since.)


Charlie rolling around in the sun while Jake looks on from his favorite pile o’ leaves.


2020: And then about 2 seconds after I took this picture, Lola also hopped the Last Train to Nopesville.
2019: Margeaux’s feelin’ judgy.
2018: No entry.
2016: Such a big ol’ teddy bear.
2015: Yes, Committee of Judgemental Kittens, I KNOW THAT THE TUB NEEDS TO BE CLEANED.
2014: “We don’t miss no stinkin’ Uncle Dennis!”
2013: No entry.
2012: No entry.
2010: “I’m gonna jump!”
2009: Fun facts about Creed.
2008: He just looks at her like “I don’t know what you want, but I wish you’d be quiet about it!”
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



6-30-21 Wednesday — 9 Comments

  1. Wow all those birds in your yard!! How they are brave enough to come into a yard with all those carnivores I never understand! We can’t have a feeder up with our current pup because she’s too good of a hunter and the tree rodents don’t have a chance if we entice them in with seeds! Nuthatches do freeze until the very last millisecond… I had the same worry about one on our feeder that was frozen, but it turned out it was because of a hawk on the fence that I didn’t notice until I walked right up to the nuthatch and it took off with the hawk in close pursuit – it escaped but I felt so bad I almost got it eaten!! You have 5 cardinals in that photo with the bluejay and bluebird – one female is in there too 🙂 You always take such amazing photos!!

  2. I’m jealous of the diversity of birds in your yard, Robin. Gorgeous pics, especially of the Robin mom and babies. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Bluebirds are my favorites, and I feel like I’m being given a gift every time I spot one. I actually think you could see more of them when you move to the new house, especially if you have long stretches of open grass/meadow; they are supposed to like that environment. I used to go for walks in a neighborhood with big, 2-3 acre yards, and the place was SWARMING with bluebirds!

  4. I have the same bird feeder! I think I got it when you shared the link last time you posted a picture of it. We don’t seem to get any diversity of birds here, though. 🙁 Mostly sparrows, I think. Although the squirrels enjoy the seeds that fall to the ground.

  5. It doesn’t surprise me at all that Jake likes to lie around in a pile of leaves! Such a sweet loon!

  6. Wow, look at the birds, I love them! I too love female cardinals, and I love hearing the male/female “mating” calls of cardinals.

    Look at those sweet little faces…