9-20-17 Wednesday

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We have an update! You all remember, I am sure, Norbert (Norbie) the little orphan who just happened to come to us when Khaleesi was in the midst of giving birth to her own kittens. She was puzzled by this new kitten, but took him on as her very own.

(Mother cats are the MOST amazing creatures!)

Here is a random picture of Norbie as a little one, and you can read the story of Khaleesi, her kittens, and the introduction of Norbie here.

Somehow, it has been FOUR years since Norbie went home to Chicago (Kirsten drove down to get him!) and this is how that gorgeous boy looks now.

Intently watching birds.

This is a rare occurrence.

Crazy eyes.

Helloooo ladeeeeezzz! Belleh is ready for rubbins.

What? Is comfortable in underwear drawer.

Goofball side.

Debonair side.

Norbie is a daily joy as usual!

Thank you so much for the update, Kirsten – we love seeing that sweet boy!


Can you believe that Mercury’s Missions are SIX weeks old? Time is just racing by. They’re turning into real cats now – they use the litter box like champs, they eat on their own, they race around like their tails are on fire. They are not, unfortunately, skittering at each other despite my constant suggestions that they do so. Hopefully they’re just late bloomers when it comes to skittering – because you KNOW how I love a skittery kitten!

Here are their progression pics – 5 hours old, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 weeks old.

I don’t think they’ve changed much in the last week – their faces are maybe a little less round and their ears might be a bit bigger, but they look pretty much the same.

Here they are when they aren’t dangling from my hand.






The kittens’ eyes started changing in the last week and a half, and I managed to get pictures that show pretty well their current eye color – well, their current eye color as of yesterday, anyway.

Aurora’s eyes are mostly blue, still.

Hubble – about half and half; turning green, but still blue around the edge.

Phoenix – almost completely green.

Stardust – about half green, half blue. And PRETTY.

Telstar – mostly blue, but some definite green coming in.

I’m not making any promises, but I’ll try to get more eyeball pictures for next week!

You can’t really see them all, but all five kittens are in the top of that little cat tree.

Mama is happy to have a few minutes of peace.


Video! Mama Mercury just wants a quiet drink of water, but between Telstar and Stardust treating her like a jungle gym, and Phoenix sliding out of the closet and being surprised that her mother is right there, it’s hijinx all around.

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Newt on the patio, tired of my nonsense.


2016: Awwww, wittle baby Hemlock!
2015: No entry.
2014: When he gets really excited, his suave and debonair exterior slips, and he lets his Alabama shine through.
2013: Meadow would like you to TALK TO THE PAW.
2012: Tony Rocky Magoo + red straw = true love forevah.
2011: Tucker’s all “WHY I NEVER!” Hee!
2010: “I am hanging out with my bo’friends, lady. You go away!”
2009: But Bill apparently decided that it was time for his eyelips to GO, and ::SPROINGGGG!:: off they went!
2008: No entry.
2007: It’s a good thing he’s so cute.
2006: Maddy and Miz Poo come face-to-face over Tigger. And then Miz Poo ran away from the terrifying kitten.
2005: So, that’s been my day thus far, and it’s not even noon. I think I need a nap.



9-20-17 Wednesday — 18 Comments

  1. NORBIE!! (wow, four years??)

    Love the progression pictures with the logos! You are too clever, Miss Robyn!!

  2. Norbie!!!! Oh, he had me at hello! He has become such a beautiful mancat!! (Not that there was ever any doubt!) Thank you for sharing!!! Oh, and are you sure that was Phoenix and not KRAMER??? That was a Cosmo Kramer entrance if I ever saw one!!! LOL! The babies are beautiful and I see they’ve inherited their momma’s mad eyeliner skillz! Happy Hump Day!

  3. Norbie squeeee!!!!! Gosh I still love this handsome boy! Thank you for sharing him with us Kirsten.

  4. Look at Puff’s big ol’ head taking up space in the background of Norbie’s baby picture, lol!!

    Wee little babies… Stardust still looks as though she spied her parents kissing (she? he? dammit…), especially in the eye colour picture, lol. And it looks like Telstar’s now figured out what Stardust’s been grossing out over.

  5. Aww Norbie. From such a tough beginning to living the life. Karma sure had her eye on him and found him just the right spot to find his destiny. The goofball pic is perfect! How can they look so regal and then the next minute look like they have spent all day on the couch watching football and drinking beer?
    Phoenix/Kramer! We need to figure out a mash up of the names. Phoemer? Kramix? I love how Mercury is so chill with the kittens. I love this video!

  6. I got the Norbie banner, which I admired, before scrolling down to find that wonderful update. A terrific way to start my day!

  7. Aww, Norbs. He had the best story, and now look at him! He looks kinda like my Clio. Also, pictures of cats with zero dignity are the best.

  8. Was that Phoenix or Kramer sliding into the scene????

    And Norbie – one of my favorite kitten stories ever! Such a handsome man-cat now!

  9. Yay, Norbie updates. That last photo of him, you can still see a bit of the tiny little kitten.

    And Telstar has the most distinct white eye underliner…stands out, though the other tabbies have a little too. Telstar’s just seems to stand out. Such six-week cutie-pies!

  10. Norbie! Love that guy and his SUV curves.

    Mercurys kittens are just ridiculously cute. That Risky Business slide is too much.

  11. Norbs, what a stunningly handsome boy you grew up to be!

    We admit to usually falling in love with one or two kittens in any Love & Hisses batch but honestly, there isn’t a single Mission kitten we don’t love and look forward to seeing every day. Every one is a photogenic cutie and their videos are adorable.

  12. Thanks for the update Kirsten. We all love Norbie! And thanks for the eyeballs Robyn-those kittens are just the cutest!