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Look who it is!

That’s our sweet girl Maggie, mama to all those McMaos kittens in the Spring/ Summer of 2011! Her Dad, Alex, says:

Happy Holidays from Maggie! I wanted to let you know that Maggie, with her two brothers, have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. She received treats, tuna, and cat toys from me, Sara, and Sara’s parents. She continues to be a wonderful cat, and we feel very lucky she is in our lives.

Is that the sweetest thing, or what? I love that Maggie – the best mother EVER, remember how she mothered not only her own six babies, but went on to mother The Spice Girls as well? – ended up in a home where they love her to death. She deserves every minute of it!


These pictures are only of Barney and Bitsy Beans, because they were taken before Baby Beans joined the gang. Rest assured that there’ll be plenty of pictures of him in the entries after today!

Bitsy grabs Da Bird – and shows off her shaved belly. Love the spots.

Quite a little hunter, our girl.

Barney supervises.

Bitsy, considering her hunting strategy.

Barney talking to Da Bird (“You get down here!”) while Bitsy watches.

Got it! Barney’s a good little hunter, too. Must be a family trait.

I love that amused smile on Bitsy’s face.


Mr. Stripey, in the bed on the table. These boys have totally made themselves at home.

Sweet boys.

With Nance and Rick coming to visit for a couple of days, I was curious to see how Stripey and Sungold would do with complete strangers. What I found out is that neither of them understands the concept of “stranger.” When Rick walked through the door after running an errand, the permanent residents all went running away from him. Stripey and Sungold, on the other hand, ran toward him to see what was going on.

It also never occurred to either of them that Nance and Rick might not want to snuggle. I think 10 minutes after we sat down in the front room, Stripey was curled up next to Nance, sound asleep. He and Sungold spent plenty of time walking back and forth over Nance and Rick. Luckily, Nance and Rick were willing to put up with it and both boys got lots of petting.


Today’s permanent resident (still clearing out the folder of old pictures I haven’t shared) : Stinkerbelle.

Pretty sure she was staring at Spanky here. She’s taken an intense liking to him for some reason I don’t understand. When she swishes back and forth and meows at him, he just stares at her like “I do not understand what you want from me, but I wish you’d go somewhere else.”

On her shelf in the kitchen.

Atop the bookcase in the front room.

The OTHER bookcase in the front room. Girlfriend gets around.

And now, a Stinkerbelle video. I was trying to get her to meow her high-pitched siren of a meow, and she finally gave me one. She was more interested in staring longingly at Spanky, though.

YouTube link


2012: In a fangy kinda way.
2011: No entry.
2009: Marion enjoys her some Dog Whisperer.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.