12-25-20 Merry Christmas!

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. I cut and paste the following every year because although they are recycled words, they hold 100% true:

You guys are the best, and I appreciate you so very much. Thank you for coming back here to read and comment or lurk – and for some of you (a lot of you at this point!) for adopting kittens from us. It’s been a great, kind of crazy, and sometimes sad year (it’s been a bizarre year, let’s just describe it that way), and I hope 2021 is a little calmer and a lot safer, with no losses for any of us.

I’d most likely keep this blog going even if no one was reading – I don’t know that I’d ever be able to remember when certain events happened without this handy blog to serve as my diary – but you guys make it so much better, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus – whatever holiday you celebrate (or don’t) I hope you are warm, happy, safe, healthy, and well-fed.


This year’s cover boy for the Love & Hisses holiday card was…

He’s a mean one…

Archie and his resting Grinch face join us in hoping for you and yours a healthy, happy 2021, as we all bid a fond (NOT) farewell to 2020.

Archie! I just love his grumpy little Grinch face.

The scanned holiday cards I’ve received so far can be seen here, or you can scroll through them below.

2020 Holiday Cards Received


Here are the cards from years past, starting with the oldest.

Mister Boogers from 2004 or 2005.

Spot, in 2008.

Tommy in 2009. That look he was giving me still cracks me UP.

Jake in 2010.

Spanky in 2011.

Miz Poo in 2012.

Maxi in 2013.

Sugarbutt in 2014.

Stinkerbelle in 2015.

Stefan in 2016.

Dennis in 2017.

Dewey in 2018.

Frankie in 2019.


Other pictures that could have been cards, but weren’t:

Tubby, from 2001 or 2002.

Sugarbutt in 2005. Hard to believe he was ever that little.

Reacher in 2010. I love this picture.

Charlie and Patty Peppers, 2011.

Stinkerbelle and Tommy in 2012.

Meadow, in 2013.

Carmela, 2013.

Tony Soprano, 2013.

Dennis in 2016.

Oh, that boy.

Axle, 2018.

Dynamo, 2018.

Henri, 2019.

Josephine, 2019.

Henri, 2019.


2018: Merry Christmas!
2018: Merry Christmas!
2017: Merry Christmas!
2016: Merry Christmas!
2015: Merry Christmas!
2014: This year’s Crooked Acres Holiday Card cover boy was….
2013: Merry Christmas, everyone!
2012: Merry Christmas!
2011: Merry Christmas!
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Santa Newtles.
2007: May your day include lots of kitty cuddling, if you’re so inclined.
2006: No entry.
2005: The pictures you won’t be seeing on next year’s Christmas card.